Former Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton partner DAVID GELFAND began work Monday in the antitrust division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Based in Washington, D.C., he is now a deputy assistant attorney general under Assistant Attorney General William Baer.

Dickinson Wright has hired CHERIE BRANT as a partner in its Toronto office from Canadian environmental firm Willms & Shier. Brant's practice covers aboriginal law, energy and sustainability, and environmental issues.

McDermott Will & Emery has hired New York lawyer JACOB HOLLINGER from the Environmental Protection Agency to be a partner in its energy advisory practice. At the EPA, he specialized in Clean Air Act enforcement, litigation, permitting, and rulemaking matters.

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough has expanded its Huntington, West Virginia, office with the hire of CHIP CAPEHART. He is now of counsel for the firm's health care practice, concentrating on medical malpractice claims and health care compliance issues. He joins from Farrell, White & Legg.

In San Francisco, Nixon Peabody has added former Sedgwick lawyer KAREN NG as a partner in the firm's employee benefits group. She will focus on structuring and financing Employee Stock Ownership Plan transactions and advising on the role of ESOPs and other benefit plans in corporate mergers and acquisitions.

TRACY WARREN has left Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek and joined Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart's San Diego office as a shareholder. She brings an associate with her. Both will practice in the firm's sports and entertainment, employment law, and higher education practice groups.

JONATHAN BROSE has left the partnership of Sidley Austin for Seward & Kissel, where he will be a partner. He joins the New York office's tax group, concentrating his practice on investment funds, structured finance, and capital markets transactions.

The Cincinnati office of Squire Sanders now counts ADAM COLVIN as a partner. Previously with Katz Teller, he is part of the health care practice group, working on regulatory and transactional matters.

Troutman Sanders has hired the cochair of Hunton & Williams's environmental practice, BROOKS SMITH. He is now a partner in Troutman's environmental and natural resources practice in Richmond.

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