The Churn

Financial services litigator ANTHONY LAURA has left the partnership at Patton Boggs to join Epstein Becker & Green’s Newark office as a member. Laura represents financial service industry clients, particularly related to consumer class action litigation and the defense of cases involving predatory lending, deceptive practices and statutory consumer lending violations.

Greenberg Traurig has expanded its global gaming practice with the addition of LAURA MCALLISTER COX as a shareholder in Philadelphia. McAllister Cox previously served as general counsel and executive vice president of Gaming Partners International Corp., a manufacturer and distributor of casino table game supplies.

Jenner & Block welcomes back JEREMY CREELAN, who left the firm in 2010 to work as special counsel to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, to its New York office. Creelan, who was a partner before leaving Jenner and returns with the same title, joins the firm’s complex commercial litigation practice, as well as its government controversies and public policy litigation practice.

In Chicago, RALPH DUDZIAK has jumped to Loeb & Loeb from Foley & Lardner. Dudziak is a partner in his new firm’s finance department and will represent banks, leasing companies, investment banks, aircraft companies, insurance companies and other institutional investors.

McDermott Will & Emery has hired a former in-house lawyer, KARIN HOLLOCH, as a partner in its Düsseldorf office. Holloch, who previously worked in the legal department of retailing company Metro Group, specializes in compliance-related matters.

Tax lawyer SCOTT SONTAG is now a partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. Based in New York, Sontag joins the firm from Weil, Gotshal & Manges, where he served as cohead of the firm’s global tax practice.

The Palo Alto office of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton now counts CARINA TAN as a partner. Tan, most recently with Reed Smith, counsels clients on intellectual property issues, including the enforcement of IP rights in federal courts and before the International Trade Commission, the licensing, sale or acquisition of IP, and mergers and acquisitions–related IP due diligence.

Another partner has defected from Kaye Scholer in Los Angeles, sibling publication The Recorder reports. VICTORIA GILBERT, who joined Thompson Coburn, focuses her practice on commercial law, primarily related to secured lending and private banking. Kaye Scholer managing partner Michael Solow tells The Recorder that the recent losses in Los Angeles are part of the firm’s plan to recalibrate its approach in Southern California.

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