The Churn

HEATH TARBERT has left the corporate department of Weil, Gotshal & Manges in Washington, D.C., and will join Allen & Overy as a partner in January. Above the Law first reported on the move, which Allen & Overy confirmed Tuesday. Tarbert, who is qualified to practice in both the United States and United Kingdom, advises on transactional and regulatory matters involving banks, thrifts, credit unions and other financial institutions. At Allen & Overy he will lead the firm’s U.S. bank regulatory group. Earlier in his career, Tarbert served as associate counsel to President George W. Bush and as special counsel to the U.S. Senate Banking Committee.

Weil also recently saw three of its Houston-based patent litigators decamp for Greenberg Traurig’s Austin office. The three attorneys moving to Greenberg are KEVIN KUDLAC and AMBER LEE HAGY, who join the firm as shareholders, and of counsel RENE TREVINO. At Weil, Kudlac was a partner, Hagy was of counsel and Trevino was an associate. In November, Greenberg added a trio of patent shareholders from Weil in Washington, D.C.

In Paris, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius has hired SABINE SMITH-VIDAL as a partner in its labor and employment practice. Previously with Allen & Overy, Smith-Vidal counsels clients on various labor and employment matters, including day-to-day human resources issues, restructurings and reorganizations, employee disputes, pension plans and traditional union and management concerns.

Incoming New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has chosen Dorsey & Whitney partner ZACHARY CARTER to serve as the city’s next corporation counsel. Carter fills a role recently vacated by longtime corporation counsel Michael Cardozo, who is rejoining his former firm, Proskauer Rose, as a partner. Prior to joining Dorsey as a litigation partner in 1999, Carter served as the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, as a magistrate judge in the Eastern District, and as a New York City criminal court judge, among other roles. In his new job, Carter will oversee an office of 730 attorneys and 600 support staff. At Dorsey, Carter cochaired the firm’s white-collar crime and civil fraud practice and focused his own practice on white-collar criminal defense, securities cases and other civil litigation.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is losing partner MEGAN TANG in Hong Kong. Tang, who has been with Cleary since 2008, is joining the Securities & Futures Commission of Hong Kong as director of the agency’s corporate finance division in February. While at Cleary, she has specialized in advising public companies and their shareholders on corporate governance and compliance matters.

MARCO POCCI has joined Winston & Strawn’s energy team as a partner in Hong Kong, sibling publication The Asian Lawyer reports. Pocci, previously with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, advises on cross-border mergers and acquisitions. He is qualified to practice in the U.K. and Italy and was based in Rome earlier in his career.

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