Miles & Stockbridge has hired a team of seven attorneys and one patent agent from Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz. The new hires, who are slated to start Monday, include SUSAN MCBEE, CHESTER MOORE, and DAVID WOODWARD as principals; RICHARD HENDERSON as of counsel, and BRYAN JONES and DAVID VANIK as counsel.

All the attorneys will practice for the firm's intellectual property group and work primarily in Washington, D.C. They will also spend time in the firm's Tysons Corner, Virginia, and Frederick, Maryland, offices.

John Frisch, the chairman of Miles & Stockbridge, says the firm was looking to expand its intellectual property group in response to clients seeking advice related to the American Invents Act, which has changed the way patents are scrutinized and granted. "These lawyers are the missing piece of the puzzle for our IP group," Frisch says. "They have a lot of biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and chemistry field experience."

McBee says one appeal of Miles & Stockbridge was the firm's strong base in the Mid-Atlantic, where the Patent and Trademark Office is based (Baker Donelson, meanwhile, has roots in Tennessee). She said she expects the large majority of the group's clients to move to Miles & Stockbridge with them.

In other Churn news . . .

LEAH KNOWLTON has joined Ballard Spahr from Miller & Martin. She is based in the firm's Atlanta office as a partner, specializing in environmental regulatory matters and litigation.

Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn has added to its Kalamazoo, Michigan, office by bringing in JUSTIN CRAWFORD as a partner in the firm's corporate department from Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone. His practice covers mergers and acquisitions, entity formation, corporate governance, and corporate records management.

After 13 years in London, most recently with Bristows, R. KENNETH BOEHNER has returned to the United States to join Jones Day's Atlanta office. He is now a partner in the firm's mergers and acquisitions practice, focusing on the life sciences and technology, media, and telecommunications sectors. Prior to joining London-based Bristows, Boehner led the London office of what was then Kilpatrick Stockton (now Kilpatrick Stockton & Townsend), which closed its office there in 2009, according to our past reports.

MATTHEW WALKER is now a partner in the energy, infrastructure, and resources practice of K&L Gates, based in the Doha, Qatar, office. He joins the firm from Dentons, and will focus on construction law and dispute resolution.

Michael Best & Friedrich has expanded its Madison, Wisconsin, office with new senior counsel ANGELA JAMES. James joins the firm's environmental practice group and energy and sustainability industry team. She comes to the firm after serving as the vice president of government relations with the Wisconsin Paper Council.

Environmental litigators JOHN MCGAHREN and STEPHANIE FEINGOLD have lateraled from Patton Boggs to Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in Princeton. As sibling publication New Jersey Law Journal reported, McGahren served as head of Patton Boggs's New Jersey office, which he helped found seven years ago, until his recent departure.

BRANDEN BALTICH was hired as of counsel to Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough’s Atlanta office’s corporate and securities group. He last worked as assistant general counsel of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta.

In Hong Kong, PETER CLEARY is now senior counsel and cohead of the Asia energy and infrastructure group for Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. Previously with RAK Petroleum Public Company Limited, a United Arab Emirates–headquartered independent oil company, he will be handling cross-border energy and infrastructure projects for Orrick.

BRIAN BARRETT has left a position as a vice president in the global liquidity products group of Goldman Sachs to join Sutherland Asbill & Brennan as a partner. Based in New York, he advises banks, broker-dealers, insurers, reinsurers, hedge funds, and asset managers on all aspects of structured finance, secured lending, and derivatives.

Venable's latest partner hire is MICHAEL MANLEY, who last worked at asset manager ICON Capital. He is based in the firm's New York office and is a member of the firm's corporate practice.

The Churn is compiled from law firm releases and announcements. Moves based on our own reporting will note this. Please send all announcements and news releases to thechurn@alm.com.