The Churn

Chadbourne & Parke has hired new partner KERRIE CAMPBELL, a Washington, D.C., litigator who specializes in what she and her new firm describes as “reputation protection,” from Manatt, Phelps & Phillips.

Campbell—who previously chaired Manatt’s consumer product safety and defamation, media and First Amendment practices—advises clients on product disparagement, defamation, libel and First Amendment issues.

Campbell tells The Am Law Daily that a “thorough and focused” search—helped by legal recruiters Cynthia Sitcov and Ann Director—led to her decision to make the move to Chadbourne.

“No one in the legal market today has branded what I do, which is the reputation protection practice,” Campbell says, adding that Chadbourne fit all of the criteria she was looking for in a firm. “I was looking for a very deep and talented litigation bench, a prestige international firm—in particular, one with innovative and forward-thinking leadership that …. has strategic vision to support, brand and market my particular practices.”

One challenge she was presented with was finding a firm where that could accommodate her representation of clients in cases against large media entities. “Finding [a] firm with the talent and resources to support a practice on the nonmedia side is an interesting challenge,” Campbell says.

Some of Campbell’s past clients include Mobil Oil, R.J. Reynolds, author Deepak Chopra, Watergate burglar G. Gordon Liddy and Mark Felt Sr., the man who late in life revealed himself to be Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward’s top-secret source Deep Throat. Campbell says her representations of Liddy and Felt, two key figures in the Watergate scandal that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon, came about mostly by coincidence. Between 1992 and 2001, she successfully defended Liddy against defamation and libel claims brought by others involved in the Watergate scandal. Then, she was called in to successfully defend Felt in a breach of contract action brought by his former biographer in the wake of the former Federal Bureau of Investigations associate director’s admission that he was the mysterious figure who provided information Woodward with information about the Watergate burglary.

Campbell is currently representing Pyrex manufacturer World Kitchen in a pending product disparagement case, as well as the Cato Institute in a pending appeal regarding tour guide regulations in New Orleans.

Abbe Lowell, head of litigation for Chadbourne, said in a statement: “Continuing to build upon and diversify our litigation capabilities is a strategic priority for our firm. Kerrie’s expertise in Consumer Protection Safety Commission (CPSC) enforcement and counseling and First Amendment defamation and product disparagement federal litigation will expand our breadth of service.”

In other Churn news . . .

Alston & Bird’s Los Angeles office is growing with the addition of transactional intellectual property attorney DANIEL GERST as counsel. Gerst, who previously worked in-house as senior counsel for Hilton Worldwide, will focus on IP transactions involving brand management, technology, marketing and media issues.

Former Dorsey & Whitney IP attorneys GARY ABELEV and PAUL ACKERMAN are now partners in the New York office of Andrews Kurth. Both specialize in patent litigation, with Abelev focusing on cases related to such areas as medical imaging, computer software, metallurgy and other electrical and mechanical arts. Ackerman’s past cases have involved utility and design patents from such areas as biotechnology, software, semiconductors and glassware.

Blank Rome has announced the hiring in New York of DIANA ENG as of counsel in the firm’s consumer finance litigation group. Previously a senior associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, Eng works on commercial litigation matters that included antitrust, bankruptcy, class action and intellectual property issues.

JOHN PERRY JR. has returned to the Birmingham office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, where he will advise not-for-profit health care providers on compliance, contract and corporate governance issues as a partner in the firm’s health care practice group. Perry, who began his legal career as an associate with Bradley Arant, was most recently a partner with Edmunds & Williams.

Michael Best & Friedrich finance partner GREGORY TEARS has left the firm and joined Cozen O’Connor as a member of that firm’s public and project finance group. Relocating from Milwaukee to New York, Tears has experience representing clients on such public finance transactions as general obligation bonds, interest rate swaps and variable and fixed rate obligations. Meanwhile, Cozen has also announced the arrival of former Dorsey & Whitney private equity chair CHRISTOPHER BELLINI as a member in the firm’s Minneapolis office. Bellini advises on M&A and private equity transactions.

DARLENE MARSH is now a member in the Nashville office of Dickinson Wright, where she will specialize in finance and environmental compliance aspects of commercial real estate. Marsh joins the firm from Burr & Forman.

Drinker Biddle & Reath has added FREDERICK SCHOENBRODT II as counsel in its Florham Park, N.J., and Princeton offices. Schoenbrodt, who previously practiced with trusts and estates firm Neff Aguilar, will work in Drinker Biddle’s private client group and will focus on wills, trusts and charitable planning.

Five of the seven attorneys at Chicago-based IP boutique Ryndak & Suri have joined the Chicago office of Hinshaw & Culbertson, including founder JAMES RYNDAK, who joins the firm as a partner. MARK SURI and ERIC WEIMERS are also joining Hinshaw as partners in the firm’s IP practice. The team joining Hinshaw, which also includes two associates and two paralegals, specializes in representing companies in transactional and litigation matters involving copyright, patent, trademark and trade secret issues.

Hunton & Williams has hired former Katten Muchin Rosenman partner RORI MALECH as a partner in its capital finance and real estate group. Malech, who advises clients on all areas of commercial real estate development and finance, previously served as cochair of Katten’s Washington, D.C., real estate group.

MATTHEW SCOTT DISBROW has left Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn to join Jackson Lewis as a shareholder in Detroit. Disbrow represents a range of employers on employment law matters such as wage and hour issues, trade secret and noncompetition disputes, executive compensation and discrimination-related matters.

Jenner & Block welcomes MICHAEL SCODRO, who had served as state solicitor general of Illinois since 2007, as a partner in the firm’s Chicago office as of Jan. 27. Scodro, who will be a part of Jenner’s appellate and Supreme Court practice, has argued on behalf of the state of Illinois in the U.S. Supreme Court, Illinois Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and Illinois Appellate Court.

The Washington, D.C., office of K&L Gates is expanding with the addition of four partners. JONATHAN EISENBERG returns to the firm as a partner in the government enforcement practice, where he will specialize in litigation, internal investigations and other regulatory matters. Eisenberg, who most recently served as general counsel at UBS Wealth Management Americas, was originally elected to K&L Gates’ partnership in 1985. Meanwhile, BARCLAY COLLINS, RANDOLPH GOODMAN and MICHELLE WAKINO have left Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr to join K&L Gates as partners in the tax-exempt organizations practice.

E. DUNCAN GETCHALL, the former solicitor general of Virginia, is returning as a partner and senior litigator in the Richmond office of McGuireWoods. A former chair of the firm’s appellate practice group—and a onetime nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit—Getchall left McGuireWoods in 2010 to spend four years in the office of Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. As solicitor general, Getchall helped construct one of the first state challenges to the Obama administration’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Patton Boggs infrastructure practice chair RICHARD ORNITZ has left the firm to join the New York office of McKenna Long & Aldridge as senior counsel in the firm’s corporate practice. Ornitz focuses on infrastructure issues, as well as private equity and cross-border finance matters. He is the founder and chairman of infrastructure and development company Infralinx and serves on the board of the United Nations Public Private Partnership Council.

MANAN “MIKE” SHAH is now a tax partner in the New York office of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, having left his previous position as a partner at Jones Day. Shah advises clients on corporate governance and executive compensation matters in connection with corporate transactions.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has rolled out the red carpet for entertainment trial attorneys MARSHALL GROSSMAN and STACY WEINSTEIN HARRISON, who join the firm as partners in Los Angeles. Grossman and Weinstein, both of whom arrive from Bingham McCutchen, specialize in IP and litigation matters related to the entertainment industry. Their list of celebrity clients includes sportscaster Erin Andrews, Beats Electronics, singer Mariah Carey, CNN host Larry King and author J.K. Rowling.

Bankruptcy attorney K. JOHN SHAFFER has landed in the Los Angeles office of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan as a partner. Shaffer, previously a senior shareholder at Stutman Treister & Glatt, represents debtors, creditors and purchasers in restructuring work in and out of court.

Shearman & Sterling has welcomed corporate finance attorney CHRISTOPHER FORRESTER as a partner from Morrison & Foerster. Forrester joins Shearman in Palo Alto, where he will focus on corporate securities, M&A, corporate governance and compliance for clients in Asia and North America.

White-collar litigator KATHLEEN HAMANN is now a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of White & Case. Hamann arrives from the U.S. Department of Justice, where she worked on anticorruption cases related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act within the fraud section of the DOJ’s criminal division.

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr has hired HEATHER TEWKSBURY to be a partner in the firm’s Palo Alto office. Tewksbury, who will be a part of the firm’s antitrust and competition practice, previously investigated and prosecuted criminal antitrust violations as a trial attorney with the DOJ’s antitrust division in San Francisco.

BASIL HWANG, the former head of Dechert’s Hong Kong office, has left the firm to join China’s Zhong Lun Law Firm, sibling publication The Asian Lawyer reported earlier this week. Hwang, who specializes in cross-border M&A, will be a partner with Zhong Lun’s associate Hong Kong firm Boughton Peterson Yang Anderson.

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