The Churn
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CORRECTION: 4/2/14, 10:45 a.m. EDT. An initial version of this column misspelled Christian Bartholomew’s name. We regret the error.

The spate of partner departures at Weil, Gotshal & Manges continued this week as securities litigation and enforcement partner CHRISTIAN BARTHOLOMEW left the firm’s office in Washington, D.C., to join Jenner & Block.

Bartholomew, a former senior trial counsel with the SEC, spent more than a decade at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius before leaving that firm in May 2011 to join Weil, where he lead the firm’s securities enforcement and litigation practice in D.C. and Miami, according to our previous reports.

Meanwhile, Weil alum CAITLIN HALLIGAN has stepped down from her position as general counsel at the New York County District Attorney’s Office to join Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher as an appellate litigation partner in New York, according to sibling publication New York Law Journal.

Halligan—a former solicitor general of New York State and veteran of high-profile appellate disputes—had worked at Weil until early 2010. Later that year the Obama administration nominated her to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, beginning a nearly two-year process that ended in March 2013 when she wrote a one-paragraph letter asking the White House to withdraw her candidacy after Senate Republicans successfully filibustered her nomination, according to sibling publication The Blog of Legal Times.

The NYLJ reports that Halligan, 47, officially left the Manhattan D.A.’s office on Feb. 1. (Former Dechert partner Benjamin Rosenberg has replaced her as general counsel.) She told the NYLJ on Tuesday that Gibson Dunn’s strong presence in New York and its overall litigation expertise drew her to the firm.

At Patton Boggs, another firm that sibling publication The National Law Journal reports is grappling with a rising tide of defections as it pursues a potential merger with Squire Sanders, more than a half-dozen partners are on the move. The losses began last week when BENJAMIN CHEW—the former head of Patton Boggs’ commercial litigation and antitrust group and a key figure in a $228,919 fee dispute the firm had last year with luxury airplane interior maker BaySys—joined Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman in Washington, D.C.

The Am Law Daily reported last week on the decision by Rosemary Becchi, deputy chair of Patton Boggs’ tax and financial services practice, to join McGuireWoods in the Beltway. The NLJ reports that McGuireWoods returned to the Patton Boggs well this week by hiring six partners from the firm—J. KEVIN BOARDMAN, DARREN COLLINS, JON FINGER, ROBERT HILTON, DAVID McLEAN and AKASH SETHI—to open an office in Dallas.

In other Churn news …

Tax and wealth management partner GORDON LITT has left the Columbus office of Ohio firm Brickler & Eckler to join Baker & Hostetler as a partner in the same city. Litt has nearly 35 years experience in tax and estate planning issues.

MARC WARREN has joined Crowell & Moring as senior counsel in its aviation and administrative law and regulatory practice in Washington, D.C. Warren had most recently been acting chief counsel for the Federal Aviation Administration.

Foley & Lardner has hired health care and life sciences partner JANA KOLARIK ANDERSON in Jacksonville from Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, a firm she joined in 2010 when it opened an office in the Florida city. She was promoted to partner af Nelson Mullins in January 2011.

JACK LUELLEN, a managing partner of the Denver office at Burleson LLP and one of the top energy lawyers in the Mile High City, has left the boutique firm to become chair of Fox Rothschild’s national energy and natural resources practice.

Garvey Schubert Barer has brought back partner EMILY STUDEBAKER. She left the firm last November for Davis Wright Tremaine. Studebaker, who specializes in health care compliance and transactional matters, first joined Garvey Schubert Barer in Seattle in 2007. She spent five months at Davis Wright.

ALLEN PEGG, formerly of Miami boutique Murai Wald Biondo Moreno & Pegg, has rejoined Hogan Lovells as a litigation counsel in the same city. Pegg was an associate at predecessor firm Hogan & Hartson from 2002 through 2006 when he joined Murai Wald, becoming a partner at the latter in 2009.

K&L Gates has hired Allen & Overy counsel FRANK VOON as a corporate and M&A partner in Beijing, according to sibling publication The Asian Lawyer. Voon joined Allen & Overy’s Shanghai office in 2010 from leading Australian firm Allens. He relocated to Beijing last year.

Almost a year after Vinson & Elkins announced the closure of its Shanghai office, the firm is losing the cohead of its China corporate practice. The Asian Lawyer reports that DAVID BLUMENTAL has joined Latham & Watkins. Blumental has handled several major oil and gas deals for major Chinese clients such as CNOOC. He relocated to Vinson’s Hong Kong office seven months ago.

Mayer Brown has hired Foreign Corrupt Practices Act expert LAURENCE URGENSON as a partner from Kirkland & Ellis in Washington, D.C., where he spent the past 40 years working on international regulatory compliance issues.

ERIC REIMER has left his position as corporate finance chair at O’Melveny & Myers—a role he assumed in June 2011—to join Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy’s Los Angeles office. Reimer, who began his career at Milbank and will now work out of the firm’s Los Angeles office, joined O’Melveny in late 2010 from Goodwin Procter. He joined the latter firm two years prior in another lateral move from McDermott Will & Emery.

Norton Rose Fulbright has bolstered its labor and employment practice in Los Angeles by hiring ARTHUR SILBERBERG, who chaired Dickstein Shapiro’s West Coast employment practice, and JOHN YSLAS, national vice chair of the same group at Foley & Lardner. Norton Rose, which merged with Am Law 100 firm Fulbright & Jaworski last year, has also hired Clifford Chance senior associate GREGORY MAN as a partner in Hong Kong.

Saul Ewing strengthened its higher education and commercial litigation practice in Philadelphia by hiring ROBERT CLOTHIER from Fox Rothschild, where he cochaired the latter’s media, defamation and privacy law group. A former partner at Dechert and Norristown, Pa.–based High Swartz, Clothier is also a director of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, a Washington, D.C.–based nonprofit that educates attorneys and administrators on key campus legal issues.

Real estate partner SCOTT MOREHOUSE has left Greenberg Traurig’s office in Washington, D.C., to join Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton. Morehouse, who has also previously been a partner at Mayer Brown and Morgan Lewis, represents funds and real estate investment trusts in their property dealings through the U.S.

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr announced last week its hire of former federal prosecutor and FBI director ROBERT MUELLER III as an equity litigation partner in Washington, D.C., according to the NLJ. Now Wilmer has also added Mueller’s former chief of staff, AARON ZEBLEY, as a litigation partner in the city, where he’ll work closely with his former boss.

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