The Churn
(Illustration by Paul Dilakian)

G. MICHAEL BELLINGER has left Arent Fox to join the New York office of Carter Ledyard & Milburn as a partner in the firm’s litigation department. Bellinger, who moved to Arent Fox from Dorsey & Whitney in 2011, specializes in white-collar criminal defense and internal corporate investigations as well as commercial and employment litigation.

The latest Weil, Gotshal & Manges defector is ASHLEY ALTSCHULER, a litigation partner who has landed at DLA Piper. Altschuler, who handles corporate and securities litigation matters, will practice in Wilmington as well as in DLA’s New York office. DLA also recently announced the arrival of corporate and finance partner JOHN “JAY” COOGAN JR. in the firm’s Philadelphia office. Coogan previously worked at Duane Morris.

U.K. publication Legal Week reported this week that Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has hired London-based corporate attorney ASH QURESHI, a former Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton partner, who left that firm in 2011 to work in the financial services industry. Qureshi, who joins Freshfields as a partner, worked first at an asset management unit of the Renaissance Group before heading to Hanson Asset Management.

Goodwin Procter welcomes Silicon Valley attorney REZWAN PAVRI as a partner in the firm’s technology companies practice. Pavri was previously a partner in the Palo Alto office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he worked on transactions and IPOs for such tech clients as McAfee, Trulia and Twitter.

Litigation boutique Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer has added GEORGE HRITZ as of counsel in the firm’s New York office. Previously a counsel at Thompson & Knight, where he joined from Hogan Lovells in 2011, Hritz will focus on antitrust and securities litigation.

The Paris office of McDermott Will & Emery is growing with the hiring of EMMANUELLE TROMBE as a partner in the firm’s corporate advisory practice. Trombe, who most recently worked at Dechert, focuses on corporate work for clients in the pharmaceutical, medical device and related health care industries.

Three Boston-based Nutter McClennen & Fish IP partners have left that firm to become members at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo. WILLIAM GEARY III, LISA ADAMS and CHRISTINA SPERRY will work on patent and trademark matters for clients in the medical technology, health care and life sciences industries. The three attorneys have previously worked with such clients as Johnson & Johnson and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Shook, Hardy & Bacon is expanding its Washington, D.C., office with the addition of DAVID MARIA as a partner in the firm’s Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (FCPA) and anticorruption compliance practice as well as its government enforcement and compliance practice. Maria most recently served as a prosecutor in the fraud section of the U.S. Department of Justice’s criminal division with a focus on health care fraud and FCPA violations.

Former U.S. attorney for the District of Utah DAVID BARLOW will rejoin Sidley Austin as a partner this summer. Barlow, who will be based in Washington, D.C., joined Sidley for the first time in 2000 and became a partner there in 2006. He will handle a variety of litigation matters for life sciences clients.

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan is welcoming new partners in three new offices. IP litigator ALAN ALBRIGHT is joining the firm’s Austin office from Bracewell & Giuliani, while technology, outsourcing and procurement partner MICHAEL STEINIG has left Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman to work in Sutherland’s Washington, D.C., office. The firm’s Atlanta office is adding corporate partner ROBERT BALL III, who most recently served as the chief financial officer and chief operating officer for Reach Analytics.

Bryan Cave corporate counsel RICCARDA HEISING has left that firm to join Taylor English Duma as a member of the firm’s Atlanta office.

KATHERINE BANDY WEBER is now of counsel in the Dallas office of Wilson Elser after leaving her previous post as a partner at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith. Weber is an IP attorney who works on such matters as breach of distribution agreements as well as service contract and real estate disputes.

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