Clarification, 9/3/13, 2:05 p.m. EST: The first and second paragraphs below and subheadline of this story have been updated to clarify that Nagendra "Nick" Setty was not cochair of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton's intellectual property practice at the time of his recent departure from the firm. He served in that role until June 3.

A former cochair of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton's intellectual property practice, NAGENDRA "NICK" SETTY, has left the firm after working there for two years to join Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.

In an interview with sibling publication The Recorder, Setty said he chose to join Orrick because it has a global reach and because he is close friends with the cohead of the firm’s intellectual property group, Neel Chatterjee. "We found ourselves often talking about working together," Setty, who served as cochair of Sheppard Mullin's IP practice until June 3, told The Recorder.

Setty, who said he hopes to bring some of his active cases to the firm with him, will alternate between Orrick’s San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices. He has previously represented Samsung Electronics Co., Cisco Systems, Siemens, and other technology and pharmaceutical clients.

A Sheppard Mullin spokesman declined to comment to The Recorder.

In other Churn news . . .

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz has hired three attorneys this week. KLINT ALEXANDER will now be of counsel for the firm's global trade and commercial transactions, dispute resolution, and general business group after leaving Wyatt Tarrant & Combs. He will work in Nashville, Washington, D.C., and London. Baker Donelson also has brought in ANITA BETH ADAMS from Neese & Adams to be of counsel for its corporate mergers and acquisitions group in Jackson, Mississippi. Lastly, ALAN RUMPH joins its health law practice as of counsel in Atlanta and Macon, Georgia, from Smith, Hawkins, Hollingsworth & Reeves.

Ballard Spahr has expanded its consumer finance services practice by hiring litigator JUSTIN ANGELO for its New York office. Angelo comes to the firm from Greenberg Traurig to practice as of counsel. The firm also hired OLABISI LADEJI OKUBADEJO as of counsel to its Baltimore office to help with civil rights and employment issues.

Foley & Lardner has brought in BETH BOLAND as a partner from Bingham McCutchen. Boland will be in the firm's Boston office advising on business litigation and government investigations related to securities, insider trading, consumer and shareholder class actions, and other matters.

KATHRYN MARIETTA has moved from the Houston-based oil and gas corporation Apache, where she served as assistant general counsel, to King & Spalding's global transactions practice. As a partner in the firm's Houston office, she will specialize in liquefied natural gas, engineering, procurement, and related areas.

McCarter & English has added two attorneys to its intellectual property practice as special counsel. LISA TYNER, previously with Baker Botts, will be in New York. JAMES CULLEM, most recently with Pepper Hamilton, is based in Boston.

A five-member intellectual property team has joined Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman’s London office from Gowlings. The group is led by partners JAMES TUMBRIDGE and PAUL HARRIS and includes one special counsel and two associates.

A Holland & Knight partner has moved to Vedder Price to be a shareholder in the firm's Washington, D.C., office. ROBERT MACKICHAN is now with the firm's government contracts practice, working on federal real estate issues.

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