The Churn
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Allen Matkins Leck Mallory Gamble & Natsis welcomes senior counsel ELIZABETH CLARK to its San Francisco office, where she will be a part of the land use practice group in the firm’s real estate department. Previously with Fitzgerald Abbott & Beardsley, Clark advises clients on commercial real estate acquisitions, as well as on matters related to financing, development, construction, leasing and depositions.

Litigator KERI BORDERS has left Kelley Drye & Warren to join the Los Angeles office of Buchalter Nemer as a shareholder. Borders focuses her practice mostly on entertainment and class action matters.

Day Pitney is expanding its IP group with the addition of DAVID GREENBAUM as a partner in the firm’s New York office. Greenbaum, who arrives from Edwards Wildman Palmer, counsels clients from such industries as fashion, cosmetics, entertainment and pharmaceuticals on trademark and design matters.

Labor and employment attorney KORAY BULUT is Greenberg Traurig’s newest shareholder, having joined the firm’s San Francisco office from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. He defends technology companies in a range of employment matters, including employee mobility disputes and wrongful termination complaints.

Edwards Wildman Palmer has added former Hogan Lovells banking partner IRA GREENE as a partner in the restructuring and insolvency department. Based in New York, Greene represents debtors in Chapter 11 cases and advises clients buying businesses and assets out of bankruptcy.

Faegre Baker Daniels is expanding its Chicago office with the addition of partner GEORGE MESIRES, who will lead that office’s finance and restructuring practice. Mesires is the former cochair of the finance and restructuring practice at Ungaretti & Harris.

NORBERTO QUINTANA has left Davis Polk & Wardwell to join the financial services practice at Holland & Knight as a partner. Based in New York, Quintana works on various financing matters and debt restructurings for clients in the energy, infrastructure, telecommunications and retail industries, among others.

Sibling publication The Legal Intelligencer reported Friday that Los Angeles–based Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith has established a new office outside of Philadelphia, in Berwyn, Pa., after landing a 14-lawyer team from insurance law boutique Nelson Levine de Luca & Hamilton. The new arrivals, including eight partners, are led by JOHN MULLEN, who will serve as the office’s managing partner and as chairman of his new firm’s data breach, cyberlaw and security practice. Also joining is JOHN SALVUCCI, who will head the firm’s newly formed life sciences practice. Other partners arriving from Nelson Levine are CHRISTOPHER DIIENNO, PAULYNE GARDNER-SMITH, THOMAS HARRINGTON, LAWRENCE JACKSON, JAMES PRENDERGAST and CLAUDIA MCCARRON.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius has added a litigator to its Pittsburgh office by recruiting JOHN GISLESON as a partner. Gisleson advises on business litigation matters such as tort, contract and statutory claims. He was most recently at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis, where he once served as cochair of the firm’s litigation services department.

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough welcomes partners to two of its offices: SHERRY CULVES in Atlanta and BRENDI KAPLAN in Nashville. Most recently with Jones, Cork & Miller, Culves specializes in education law, employment law and general litigation. Kaplan, who joins from Burr & Forman, handles corporate transactions, as well as commercial real estate, health care and public finance matters.

The London office of O’Melveny & Myers has added M&A partner DANIEL OATES from Kirkland & Ellis. Oates advises private equity and corporate clients on a variety of transactional work. In October, he advised venture firm Sequoia Capital in connection with its purchase of an undisclosed minority stake in Skyscanner that valued the Scottish travel site at $800 million.

ALBERTO CARDENAS, a founding partner of Tew Cardenas, is joining Squire Sanders as a senior partner in the firm’s Miami and Washington, D.C., offices effective March 1. Cardenas—who focuses on regulatory, government affairs and administrative law—is also a founding partner of two lobbying firms, Cardenas Partners DC and Florida-based The Advocacy Group at Cardenas Partners, that will enjoy a formal working relationship with Squire Sanders. Cardenas, a former Florida state Republican party chairman, also serves as the chairman of the American Conservative Union.

Pfizer’s assistant general counsel has left the company to become a partner in the New York office of Paul Hastings. GARY GIAMPETRUZZI is leaving Pfizer after 13 years with the company to work in Paul Hastings’ litigation, life sciences, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and global compliance practices. As Pfizer’s head of government investigations, Giampetruzzi was responsible for all regulatory investigations into the company’s various businesses as well as any related litigation.

ERIKA BRIGHT has left Haynes and Boone to become a partner in the Dallas office of Wick Phillips, where she will focus on insurance litigation matters such as representing insurance policyholders in trials and arbitrations against carriers.

The Churn is compiled from law firm releases and announcements. Moves based on our own reporting will note this. Please send all announcements and news releases to