Boies Schiller & Flexner has named NATASHA HARRISON as managing partner of its newly-launched London office—its first office outside of the U.S. Harrison will assume her position in early November, according to a firm spokeswoman.
Boies Schiller announced the office opening in May. The firm’s co-founder and managing partner Jonathan Schiller says the move was prompted by the large amount of LIBOR work its attorneys were doing for its banking clients since 2012, including Barclays Capital, HSBC Holdings and Goldman Sachs.
Harrison previously worked in Bingham McCutchen’s London office as a partner representing hedge funds and investment banks in litigation and arbitration issues. Schiller says the firm interviewed between 20 to 30 attorneys for the managing partner position since the start of the year before deciding on Harrison. “Some of our clients had worked with her before—she had worked with some hedge funds we represent,” says Schiller.
Schiller says he expects some of Harrison’s previous work to carry over to Boies Schiller and that it is likely that more Bingham attorneys will follow her to her new firm.
Meanwhile, Herbert Smith Freehills is making a notable hire of its own with the appointment of SCOTT BALBER as head of its U.S. investigations and financial services litigation practice in New York, where he will focus on white collar defense, regulatory matters, securities and commercial litigation. Balber had previously served as partner and head of financial services litigation at Cooley before moving to Herbert Smith a year later. Before that, he had been the cochair of Chadbourne & Parke’s commercial litigation practice.
While at Cooley, Balber represented real estate mogul Donald Trump in a $5 million suit he filed against late night comedian Bill Maher in February for a joke he told about Trump’s orange hair. The suit was dropped—or “temporarily withdrawn,” according to Trump—two months later.
Balber says he moved to Herbert Smith because of its global platform, which better served the needs of his clients, including a large number of financial institutions. Balber says he is bringing his clients over to Herbert Smith as well as a team of attorneys from Cooley, including Jonathan Cross, who started as counsel at the firm on Monday (Balber declined to reveal any other names). Cross will be in Herbert Smith’s disputes practice, but will work for its corporate crime, investigations, and financial services litigation with Balber, according to the firm spokeswoman.
In other Churn news . . .
Arnold & Porter has added compliance specialist VIRGINIA MURPHY to its business litigation practice in New York as counsel. She joins from the New York Racing Association, an organization that runs three horse racing tracks in the New York area, where she was an associate general counsel.
CHAD STOVER has joined Barnes & Thornburg’s Wilmington office as a partner from Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg. Stover represents financial institutions, manufacturers, technology developers, and others in the finance and technology industries.
Bracewell & Giuliani has hired four partners in San Antonio. JANE MACON, previously at Norton Rose Fulbright, practices in the areas of public law, public finance, and administrative law. Also from Norton Rose Fulbright, new addition WILLIAM AVILA acts as bond counsel, underwriters counsel, issuers counsel, and trustees counsel in municipal bond transactions. MICHAEL BERNARD, most recently a San Antonio city attorney, will concentrate on public law, public finance, energy, and litigation. New hire BLAKELY FERNANDEZ—who was a managing partner at the Austin-based firm Tuggey Fernandez, now know as Tuggey—handles traditional bond financings and corporate financings.
ROGER ZAKHEIM, currently the general counsel of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee, is slated to join Covington & Burling on November 4. As of counsel at the firm, he will contribute to Covington’s global public policy and government affairs practice as well as its defense, homeland, and national securities practices.
Duane Morris has hired two partners in Philadelphia from the intellectual property boutique Woodcock Washburn, DAVID WOLFSOHN and ALEKSANDER GORANIN. Both specialize in intellectual property litigation.
JOHN GIBSON has left Shook, Hardy & Bacon to open his own Lawrence, Kansas–based boutique firm called FreeState Patent Services. His practice will focus on building patent portfolios, helping clients write patent applications, prosecuting patent applications at the U.S. patent and trademark office, and other patent application processes.
Former in-house lawyer GEORGE JOHNSTON has left a position as Hoffmann-La Roche’s vice president and chief patent counsel to join Gibbons. Johnston is now counsel in the firm’s Newark office, concentrating on intellectual property matters related to pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical products.
Greenberg Traurig has hired the former cochair of Littler Mendelson’s global mobility and immigration practice group, IAN MACDONALD. Now a shareholder in Greenberg Traurig’s Atlanta office and a member of the business immigration and compliance practice, Macdonald has brought three associates over with him.
STEVEN GOLDBERG has jumped from Russ August & Kabat to Manatt, Phelps & Phillips in Los Angeles office as a partner. Goldberg advises clients on litigation related to entertainment, real estate, securities, business torts, and other matters.
Hinshaw & Culbertson has added three partners to its New York office’s labor and employment practice from Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith. IVAN SMITH litigates employment discrimination cases, specializing in class and multi-plaintiff cases. MAUREEN STAMPP also concentrates on employment discrimination, as well as arbitrating disciplinary, contract interpretation and employment cases. GREGORY GLICKMAN advises clients on labor and employment matters and related litigation.
Mayer Brown has expanded its London office with new securitization partners RICHARD TODD and DAVID O’CONNOR. Todd, most recently at Berwin Leighton Paisner, has returned to Mayer Brown after last working there in 2010 as a senior associate. O’Connor came over from Allen & Overy.
Quarles & Brady has brought on intellectual property partner ERIC KRISCHKE in Chicago. Krischke, who moved from Schiff Hardin, specializes in patent portfolio management, strategic client counseling involving validity and infringement issues, due diligence investigation, pre-litigation analysis, and litigation.
Litigator GREGORY HURLEY is now practicing at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton in Orange County, California, as a partner. He was formerly at Greenberg Traurig, Hurley is an accessibility law specialist, advising on matters related to such laws as the Americans with Disabilities Act and Fair Housing Act.
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