The Churn
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RANDY GAINER has left Davis Wright Tremaine to join the Seattle office of Baker & Hostetler, where he will be a part of the IP group. Gainer will advise clients on data breach response, compliance and risk assessment and computer-related litigation as part of the firm’s privacy and data protection team.

Labor and employment attorney ANGELINE DUFFOUR has left Dentons to be a partner in the Paris office of Cohen & Gresser. Duffour litigates employment and labor-related disputes while also advising clients on such matters as employment contracts and collective agreements as well as wage and incentive plans.

DLA Piper has hired litigator ARDITH BRONSON as of counsel in the firm’s Miami office, where she will focus on health care litigation. Bronson arrives from Weil, Gotshal & Manges.

TERRY SMITH and ROBERT DUDA JR. have joined the Chicago office of Faegre Baker Daniels after leaving labor and employment boutique Smith O’Callaghan & White, which will close with their departure. Smith, who founded the boutique in 2000 after leaving Schiff Hardin & Waite, joins Faegre as a partner, while Duda will be counsel.

Sibling publication The Legal Intelligencer reported this week that the Pittsburgh office of Fox Rothschild has been bolstered with the addition of former United States Steel Corporation general counsel JAMES GARRAUX, who will join the firm as counsel effective March 31. Garraux, who retired from U.S. Steel at the end of last year, will advise employers on labor and employment matters.

CHARLES GALBRAITH has joined the Washington, D.C., office of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton as counsel with a focus on Native American affairs. Galbraith, a member of the Navajo nation, is a former assistant U.S. attorney in Arizona and most recently served as the White House’s associate director of intergovernmental affairs and public engagement, a position that required him to manage the White House’s relationship with 566 tribal governments and Native American populations.

Real estate finance attorney MICHAEL HERMAN has left Cassin & Cassin to join the New York office of Polsinelli as counsel. Herman represents institutional lenders in structuring real estate loans for sale and securitization in the secondary market.

The Washington, D.C., office of Saul Ewing welcomes the arrival of partner WILLIAM NUSSBAUM, who joins the firm’s higher education and commercial litigation practices. Nussbaum, who previously worked at Hogan Lovells, represents educational institutions such as colleges and universities in a variety of discrimination and employee misconduct disputes.

Sidley Austin has hired CHRISTOPHER BARBUTO, formerly a senior M&A in-house attorney at General Electric, as an M&A partner in the firm’s New York office. While at GE, Barbuto had a hand in many of that company’s major transactions, including the $11.6 billion sale of the company’s plastics business to Saudi Basic Industries Corporation in 2007.

Tax partner PAUL PATROW is now with Thompson Coburn’s Chicago office after leaving Fox, Swibel, Levin & Carroll. Patrow focuses on tax aspects of business formations, acquisitions, dispositions and financings.

JASON SCHMITZ has left Baker & McKenzie to join the Chicago office of Vedder Price as a shareholder in the IP group. Schmitz advises clients on various aspects of IP litigation and transactions, including trademark matters and IP due diligence in M&A, finance, tax and real estate transactions.

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