The Churn
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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has hired NATHAN BROWN as a health care and life sciences partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. Brown is a former special assistant to the chief counsel of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and most recently served as a health policy adviser to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

Litigator PETER ZEIDENBERG is now a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Arent Fox, where he joins the white-collar and investigations practice. Zeidenberg, who is a former federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice, previously worked at DLA Piper.

Covington & Burling announced the arrival of MYTHILI RAMAN, most recently the acting assistant attorney general for the DOJ’s Criminal Division. Raman is joining the firm as a Washington, D.C.–based partner in the firm’s litigation and white-collar groups. In her most recent role with the DOJ, Raman oversaw more than 600 prosecutors while heading up investigations into financial fraud and market manipulation as well as money laundering, corruption and IP theft matters.

Brown Rudnick has hired former government prosecutor JUSTIN WEDDLE as a New York–based partner in the firm’s white-collar defense and government investigations group. Weddle arrives from the U.S. attorney’s office for New York’s Southern District, where he served as deputy chief appellate attorney. Weddle is the second Manhattan prosecutor to decamp for an Am Law firm in recent weeks, following MARC BERGER—the former chief of the securities and commodities fraud task force in the Southern District—who said last week he will join Ropes & Gray in July.

Tax attorney TIMOTHY BECKER is moving to Boston to join Choate, Hall & Stewart as a partner after leaving Akin Gump’s New York office. Becker advises private equity funds and other financial clients on tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions.

Dentons is welcoming attorneys in two of its offices, with insurance regulatory partner MATTHEW GAUL joining in New York and corporate and media partner DAVID BLOOD arriving in Los Angeles. Blood, who previously worked at Latham & Watkins, handles transactions involving IP, media, sports and technology assets. Gaul arrives from Steptoe & Johnson, where he advised insurance companies and other financial institutions with respect to government investigations and regulatory matters.

London-based corporate partner JONATHAN EARLE has left Ashurst and is heading to Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Earle focuses on cross-border M&A matters.

GARY DEWAAL is joining Katten Muchin Rosenman as special counsel in the firm’s financial services practice. Based in New York, DeWaal is a former group general counsel and executive committee member of derivatives and securities brokerage Newedge. Most recently, he worked in private practice at Gary DeWaal & Associates.

The Chicago office of Latham & Watkins is growing with the arrival of litigation partner SAMUEL ISAACSON from DLA Piper. Isaacson specializes in commercial litigation matters, including securities-related litigation and class actions, as well as regulatory and internal investigations.

Three Baker & McKenzie partners have landed in the Washington, D.C., office of Mayer Brown, where they have created a new global mobility and immigration group. The group includes ELIZABETH STERN, the former managing partner of Baker & McKenzie’s Washington, D.C., office, as well as partners PAUL VIRTUE and GRACE SHIE and one associate. The attorneys advise corporate clients on matters of immigration, labor and employment law, employee compensation and benefits and related compliance issues.

TERRI SHIEH-NEWTON is now a member of the IP practice at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo and will be based in San Francisco. Shieh-Newton, who holds a Ph.D. in cellular and molecular medicine from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, was previously cochair of the stem cell and regenerative medicine practice at Morrison & Foerster. Mintz Levin recently expanded its IP practice with the addition of three members in Boston from Nutter McClennen & Fish.

McGuire Woods is expanding its debt finance department with the hire of partner HAMID NAMAZIE from Buchalter Nemer, where he previously served as administrative chair of that firm’s bank and finance practice in Los Angeles. Namazie will advised McGuire Woods clients on secured and unsecured lending transactions.

BEN GARCIA is now special counsel in the global securities practice at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy. Based in New York, Garcia most recently practiced at Herbert Smith Freehills, where he worked on corporate finance and capital markets matters.

The Atlanta office of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough has added litigator MARQUETTA BRYAN as of counsel. Bryan, who was previously at Carlock, Copeland, Semler & Stair, focuses on education and employment litigation matters as well as general litigation.

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