In Miami, Akerman Senterfitt has hired SCOTT BETTRIDGE as a shareholder in its labor and employment practice group. Bettridge, whose work focuses on corporate and individual U.S. immigration issues, recently left Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen and Loewy.

Ballard Spahr has brought on PAULINE SCHNEIDER as special counsel and TATJANA MISULIC as of counsel in its public finance department in Washington, D.C. The lawyers previously worked together at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.

STEPHEN WEIZENECKER has joined Barnes & Thornburg from Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith. He will practice in the firm's entertainment and music practice as a partner, based in Atlanta.

Bingham McCutchen has added CHRIS MIZUMOTO as a partner in the firm's intellectual property and litigation groups, based in Tokyo. Mizumoto previously worked for DLA Piper as an associate.

JONATHAN LANDER joined Blank Rome's private client practice as a partner last month. He will be based out of Blank Rome's Philadelphia office. Lander last worked at PNC Wealth Management.

DONALD DEGABRIELLE is now a partner with Bracewell & Giuliani's white-collar defense, internal investigations, and regulatory enforcement practice. A former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Texas, DeGabrielle most recently worked at Norton Rose Fulbright. He is based in Houston.

Burr & Forman has hired JOSEPH VALLO from Greenberg Traurig as a partner in its litigation practice. Vallo primarily works on securities litigation, as well as securities arbitration and mediation. He will be based in Burr & Forman's Fort Lauderdale office.

C. MATTHEW SCHULZ has signed on to work in the Silicon Valley office of Dentons as a partner. In his practice, Schulz advises employers on planning and implementing global transfers. He comes from Baker & McKenzie, where he was head of its global immigration and mobility practice.

Dykema Gossett has expanded its Washington, D.C., office, as well as opened a new office in Austin. In D.C., MARSHA GENTNER, previously with Jacobson Holman, will now work as senior counsel in the intellectual property practice. DREW MCEWEN and KEVIN OLDHAM have come to Dykema Gossett's recently opened Austin office as senior counsel for the firm's tax group. McEwen and Oldham most recently had their own firm, McEwen Oldham, which closed after the pair joined Dykema. Several other current Dykema lawyers are also helping launch the Austin office.

Foley & Lardner has hired MARK MANDEL as a partner. Mandel, who was formerly at Schulte Roth & Zabel, will now be working for Foley's New York office in its litigation department and securities enforcement and litigation practice.

BRAD ROACH has moved to Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher from Hogan Lovells. Based in Singapore, he will join Gibson's energy, infrastructure, and project finance practice.

Hogan Lovells has hired a former Allen & Overy partner to its New York office. MICHAEL GILLIGAN will work for the firm's corporate and mergers and acquisitions practice.

Jones Day has added two new attorneys to the firm: BRIEN WASSNER and MATTHEW MARTEL. Wassner has moved to Jones Day's office in New York from Winston & Strawn and will join the private equity practice as a partner. Martel will be based in Jones Day's Boston office, where he will be a partner in its financial institutions litigation and regulation practice. Martel was previously at McDermott Will & Emery.

BRIAN WINTERFELDT has gone to Katten Muchin Rosenman, where he will be a partner and the head of Katten's new Internet practice. He was previously at Steptoe & Johnson, and joins along with four other Steptoe attorneys. DEBRA HUGHES, formerly an attorney at the American Red Cross, also joins the firm and will serve as intellectual property counsel in the Internet group. The team is all based in Washington, D.C.

McDermott Will & Emery has added two new partners. ZIVA ROBERTSON has joined its private client practice group in London from Withers. BRIAN GAFF will work in the firm's Boston office for its intellectual property litigation practice. He was most recently at Edwards Wildman Palmer.

KEVIN DUDDLESTEN has moved to the labor and employment department of McGuireWoods. He will work out of the firm's Austin office, concentrating on employment litigation, arbitration, and mediation for wage and hour disputes. Duddlesten previously was a partner in Littler Mendelson's Boston office.

Eight attorneys have moved to Morgan, Lewis & Bockius from Gide Loyrette Nouel. The group includes two partners, GRIGORY MARINICHEV and KONSTANTIN KOCHETKOV, as well as six associates. All of the new hires will be based out of Moscow. The Legal Intelligencer has more on the hires.

DRAKE BLACKMON has joined Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough as of counsel. He will work in the firm's Atlanta office in its general litigation practice. He specializes in business litigation, product liability, pharmaceutical and medical device litigation, class actions, and consumer finance litigation. Before coming to Nelson Mullins, Blackmon was at Alabama litigation firm Starnes Davis Florie.

The former chief counsel to the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, SHERRESE SMITH, has gone to Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker. Smith is now a partner at the firm and will work for both its telecommunication, media, and technology practice and its privacy and data security practice. Smith will work out of the firm's Washington, D.C., office.

LORETTA IPPOLITO is now a partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York. Previously with Willkie Farr & Gallagher, she joins the personal representation department, handling estate planning and estate and trust administration for high-net-worth individuals and families.

The finance practice of Vinson & Elkins has a new partner in DAVID WICKLUND, who was formerly at Debevoise & Plimpton. Wicklund joins the firm's New York office.

Six attorneys have left Norton Rose Fulbright for Winston & Strawn. Three of the new hires are partners MARCUS TORRANO, MICHAEL CHAMBERLIN, and JULIE CAPELL. They are bringing three associates with them. All the attorneys will work in Winston's labor and employment group in Los Angeles.

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