The Churn
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JOSEPH BORYSHANSKY is headed back to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld after six years as a senior trial counsel in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s enforcement division. Boryshansky, previously a litigation counsel at Akin Gump, rejoins the firm as a partner in the white-collar defense and government investigations practice in New York.

Arnold & Porter welcomes DAVID HUEBNER, the outgoing U.S. ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, as a partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Huebner, who was appointed ambassador by President Barack Obama in 2009, will join the firm’s international arbitration, public international law and national security practices. Prior to taking the diplomatic post, Huebner served as managing partner of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton’s Shanghai office.

Cozen O’Connor has added litigators in two offices with the arrivals of WILL STUTE in Minneapolis and LINDA RIEFBERG in New York, both of whom join Cozen as members. Stute, who previously worked at DLA Piper, represents clients in complex financial litigation such as business torts, securities fraud, shareholder class actions and M&A litigation. Riefberg—who arrives from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson—is a former chief counsel in the enforcement department of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

PAUL KAUFMAN, the former chief of the civil health care fraud unit in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, is now a health care partner in the New York office of Dentons. In his previous role, Kaufman recovered more than $1 billion for the government through health care fraud cases, including a $302 million settlement with Quest Diagnostics over criminal and civil claims concerning the alleged misbranding of diagnostics tests.

Immigration attorney LISA DURAN is now a member in Dickinson Wright’s Phoenix office, which the Detroit-based firm added when it combined with Arizona firm Mariscal, Weeks, McIntyre & Friedlander last year. Duran arrives from Quarles & Brady, where she represented clients in the sponsorship of foreign national professionals for employment-based visas.

WILLIAM DOLAN III is leaving Brown Rudnick to join the Providence office of Donoghue Barrett & Singal as a partner, effective May 5. Dolan previously served as Brown Rudnick’s managing director of litigation and as the firm’s general counsel and chief legal officer.

The managing partner of Ropes & Gray’s San Francisco office, corporate partner RYAN MURR, is headed to Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where he will cochair the firm’s life sciences practice group. Murr, who began his career as an associate at Gibson Dunn in 1998, advises technology and life sciences companies on such corporate matters as securities offerings and transactions.

The Indianapolis office of Jackson Lewis is expanding with the addition of SCOTT PRESTON as a shareholder. Preston most recently worked at Littler Mendelson, where he advised management on a variety of labor and employment matters.

Former Yahoo Inc. Asia-Pacific general counsel JIM WU has left that company to rejoin K&L Gates as a corporate partner who will divide his time between the firm’s Taipei and Palo Alto offices. Wu is a former partner at Preston Gates & Ellis, a K&L Gates predecessor firm, where he served as founding partner of that firm’s Taipei office.

The Tysons Corner, Va., office of McGuire Woods has added CHRISTIAN NAGEL as senior counsel in the firm’s commercial litigation department. Nagel, who previously practiced at Fluet Huber + Hoang, works on bid protests, False Claims Act matters and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations.

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart is expanding its London office with the addition of employment law practitioner SIMON MCMENEMY as a shareholder. McMenemy previously worked at Signet Partners, where he was a founding partner.

Patent litigator SIEGMUND GUTMAN has left Bingham McCutchen to join the Los Angeles office of Proskauer Rose as a litigation partner and as chair of the firm’s life sciences patent practice. Gutman, who focuses on creating market exclusivity and freedom-to-operate strategies for a range of life sciences clients, left DLA Piper to join Bingham as part of a five-partner IP litigation group just last April.

Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi has hired the former chief ethics officer at Best Buy, KATHLEEN EDMOND, who joins as of counsel in the firm’s business litigation group. Based in Minneapolis, Edmond created triage and investigation protocols for Best Buy while managing internal ethics investigations.

Employee benefits and executive compensation attorney KEITH MONG is now a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Venable. A former Venable associate, Mong most recently served as a shareholder at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, where he advised middle market and emerging businesses on benefits and compensation issues.

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