A cutback in work from one of its largest clients has continued to prompt departures from the Atlanta office of Dow Lohnes. The latest losses include one partner and three associates, who opted to move to Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton in Atlanta.
RUSSELL JONES will now be a partner at Kilpatrick in its labor and employment practice. The three associates he brings over to the firm with him will also work for the labor and employment practice.
Attorneys began leaving Dow Lohnes in July after Cox Enterprises, one of the firm's most prominent clients, announced that it wanted to spread some of its legal work to other firms, according to sibling publication Daily Report. Cox said that it would keep Dow Lohnes—which opened an office in Atlanta to work for the media company—on as outside counsel for communications law matters, such as Federal Communications Commission–related regulatory issues. At the same time, Cox said that it would be open to using Dow Lohnes attorneys in other practice areas if they joined new firms.
Jones says that he has worked with Cox Enterprises in the past, "and I will continue to work with them at Kilpatrick." Asked if Cox's July announcement affected his decision to leave Dow Lohnes, Jones says that his clients' interests are always at the front of his mind. He adds that he expects to continue advising all the clients he has been working with for the past several years.
Other recent departures from Dow Lohnes's Atlanta office include four attorneys moving to Sutherland Asbill & Brennan earlier this month.
In other Churn news . . .
GEORGE GRAHAM has returned to Akerman Senterfitt as a shareholder to handle transactional real estate and general corporate business matters. He will work in Orlando, coming back to the firm after leaving in 2012. He most recently was at Seyburn, Kahn, Ginn, Bess and Serlin.
LEE ROSEBUSH has been made counsel in Baker & Hostetler's Washington, D.C., office. He moved over from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius and is now a member of the firm's food and drug administration practice team.
Health care lawyer DAVID GEE has left Garvey Schubert Barer for Davis Wright Tremaine. A partner in the firm's Seattle office, he typically represents clinical and molecular diagnostic laboratories.
Dickinson Wright has added a new partner to its Toronto office's corporate group, JACK TANNERYA. He previously worked at Canadian firm Miller Thomson.
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has hired disputes and international arbitration partner PENNY MADDEN from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. She will be based out of the firm's London office. Earlier in her career, she worked at Clifford Chance and Shearman & Sterling.
Holland & Knight has expanded its litigation practice in Miami by hiring JUAN ZORRILLA from Zorrilla & Associates as a partner. Zorrilla, who practices in the areas of complex commercial litigation, international litigation, and bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, is in the process of closing down his old firm.
DAVID HUGHES has moved from Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart to the Atlanta office of Jackson Lewis, where he will practice employment law counseling and litigation. He joins as a partner.
In London, RAYMOND MCKEEVE has come to Jones Day as a partner from Berwin Leighton Paisner. He will be in Jones Day's private equity practice.
JOHN MCGUINNESS has moved from BuckleySandler to the litigation practice of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips. Based in Manatt's Los Angeles office as a partner, he brought two associates over with him.
Mayer Brown has hired GEORGE BAPTISTA in its New York office, where he will practice for both the firm's banking and finance practice and for its Latin America group. He joins as a partner after leaving a senior counsel position at Allen & Overy.
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has grabbed a corporate lawyer from Paul Hastings's Tokyo office. New partner EDWARD JOHNSON will be part of Orrick's mergers and acquisitions and private equity group, based in Tokyo.
Two more lawyers have left DLA Piper to join their former colleagues at newly launched San Francisco firm Sacks, Ricketts & Case, sibling publication The Recorder reports. MARGARET PARKER and STEVE CHIARI will be partners in the firm, with Parker focusing on complex commercial litigation and employment matters, and Chiari handing commercial, business and tax litigation, consumer class action defense, and internal investigations. Parker was a partner at DLA Piper, and Chiari a senior associate.
Squire Sanders has hired MARK THOMAS, previously the head of Addleshaw Goddard's structured finance group. The new partner will now be in the firm's London office handling matters relating to structured finance and capital markets.
Thompson Hine has expanded its New York office by hiring new business litigation partner MICHAEL JAHNKE. Previously with Loeb & Loeb, he focuses on antitrust issues emerging from proposed mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures.
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