The Churn
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KAREN SANZARO, who left Alston & Bird eight years ago to join Hunton & Williams’ highly regarded technology and outsourcing practice, has returned to her former firm. Sanzaro, who is based in Washington, D.C., specializes in technology transactions and outsourcing arrangements. She will be a member of Alston & Bird’s task force on privacy and security matters—an area in which Hunton is also known for its expertise.

Baker Botts has hired McKenna Long & Aldridge litigation partner THOMAS DiBIAGIO as a partner in its white-collar defense and government investigations group in Washington, D.C. DiBiago served as U.S. attorney for Maryland until early 2005. Several months after the December 2006 dismissal of seven other U.S. attorneys under controversial circumstances, DiBiago told The New York Times he had been forced out of his post as a result of public corruption investigations he was pursuing involving associates of then–Republican Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich Jr. The Justice Department denied DiBiago’s claims. (Ehrlich is now senior counsel with King & Spalding in Washington, D.C.)

Some seven years after joining Seyfarth Shaw from Brown Rudnick, patent partner JOHN SERIO is on the move again, this time as one of a handful of lawyers joining Burns & Levinson to bolster the Boston-based firm’s IP practice. He specializes in representing clients in the biotechnology, medical devices and pharmaceutical industries.

Cooley has beefed up its own life sciences IP teams in Boston and New York with the addition of six lawyers from Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, including that firm’s IP cochair IVOR ELRIFI and partner HEIDI ERLACHER. Four other former Mintz Levin partners—BRIAN HOPKINS, JENNIFER KARNAKIS, CYNTHIA KOZAKIEWICZ and MATTHEW PAVAO—are joining Cooley as special counsel.

After a decade at Goodwin Procter, private equity partner JEREMIAH “JAY” SULLIVAN has left the firm’s Boston office to join DLA Piper. Sullivan has experience handling cross-border corporate, M&A and finance transactions.

Drinker Biddle & Reath has hired New York–based corporate restructuring partner JAMES MIILLAR from Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr. Millar, who began his career as an associate at LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae, has worked on reorganizations for distressed clients across a range of industries.

KAMAL JAFARNIA, a former real estate counsel at Alston & Bird in New York, has joined Greenberg Traurig. Jafarnia, who spent almost four years as a chief compliance officer at real estate investment trust American Realty Capital, will be of counsel in Greenberg’s REIT practice.

Jones Day was busy this week hiring on both sides of the Atlantic. The firm brought on private equity partner LOUIS MERCEDES in Boston from Edwards Wildman Palmer, where he spent roughly 13 years. Jones Day also picked up a five-lawyer labor and employment team in Amsterdam led by partner MARIELLE DAUDT and counsel FRANCK VAN UDEN from Baker & McKenzie, where Uden was a senior associate.

Promoted to counsel at Ropes & Gray last November, LOUIS FOGEL has left the firm’s Chicago office to become an IP and patent litigation partner at Jenner & Block. Fogel specializes in life sciences and pharmaceutical work.

PHILIP GIORDANO, a longtime member of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division, has joined Kaye Scholer as counsel in the firm’s antitrust practice. Giordano will split his time between Palo Alto and Washington, D.C.

Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith has brought Los Angeles–based IP partner JONATHAN PINK back from Bryan Cave, which he joined in 2008 as chair of the Internet and new media team. Pink, who has own website, represents companies and individuals in entertainment and IP–related matters.

TARA GOFF KAMRADT, a corporate and health care partner who joined Baker & Hostetler’s Chicago office in 2010 from Katten Muchin Rosenman, is joining McDonald Hopkins as a member of its national health care group. Kamradt is a founding member of the Chicago Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law.

Seeking to compete with the major players Down Under, mid-tier Australian firm Mills Oakley has hired DLA Piper real estate partner TONY BUTLER in Brisbane, according to local legal news reports. Butler has more than 20 years’ experience handling corporate real estate work in the country.

Mintz Levin has hired Foley & Lardner partner KENNETH APPLEBY in Boston. Appleby, who specializes in tax and trusts and estates work, was with Foley for the past eight years.

DLA has lost another partner in the Asia-Pacific region, with Singapore corporate head SHEELA MOORTHY departing for Norton Rose Fulbright. Moorthy was with DLA since 2005, when she came aboard from the now-defunct Coudert Brothers, according to sibling publication The Asian Lawyer.

The National Law Journal, another sibling publication, reported this week on O’Melveny & Myers’ hire of former White House official DANIELLE GRAY—the chief liaison to the president’s cabinet—as a litigation and regulatory partner who will divide her time between New York and Washington, D.C. Gray began her legal career as an O’Melveny associate a decade ago before going to work on President Obama’s campaign for the U.S. Senate. Before resigning from public service in January, she served as deputy director of the National Economic Council and aided in the rollout of the Affordable Care Act.

A trio of Paul Hastings labor and employment lawyers—former Palo Alto practice vice chair JEFF GRUBE and of counsel ELISABETH “LISA” BROWN and THOMAS GEIDT—have left the firm to form a San Francisco–based boutique called Grube Brown & Geidt.

Perkins Coie has added to its technology transactions practice by picking up Andrews Kurth technology and privacy partner DEAN HARVEY in Dallas. Harvey joined Andrews Kurth three years ago from Vinson & Elkins.

Schiff Hardin has hired IMRON ALY as cohead of its pharmaceuticals and biologics patent litigation practice in Chicago. Aly comes from Winston & Strawn, which he joined in 2007 from Kirkland & Ellis. He made partner at Kirkland in 2005.

Transportation finance partner DAVID BROOKES has joined the London office of Vedder Price from British firm Holman Fenwick Willan. Vedder Price, which is known for its aviation finance work, opened in London in September 2011 and strengthened the U.K. outpost in January by recruiting Norton Rose Fulbright aviation practice head Neil Poland.

Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker continued the torrid pace of first-quarter law firm mergers this week by absorbing eight-lawyer San Francisco construction and product liability litigation shop Hake Law. Joining Wilson Elser are partners WILLIAM HAKE, KATHRYN “LUCY” HOFF, MELISSA IPPOLITO and NICOLAS MARTIN.

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