The Churn
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CORRECTION: 5/7/14, 11:54 a.m. EDT. A previous version of this column misstated the work history of two Squire Sanders hires in the last paragraph. We regret the error.

Despite a recent round of layoffs, Winston & Strawn has hired a four-strong corporate team in Hong Kong and a three-partner IP team in San Francisco.

KORULA “SUNNY” CHERIAN, the cohead of Hogan Lovells’ U.S. IP group, is joining Winston along with patent litigation partners SCOTT WALES and CONSTANCE RAMOS, according to sibling publication The Recorder. All three previously practiced together at Howrey. When the trio left the now-defunct firm in early 2011, Cherian reportedly had $10 million in business, according to our previous reports.

Winston has also recruited MABEL LUI, the former head of DLA Piper’s Asia corporate group, as a partner in Hong Kong. Joining Lui are DLA senior counsel DANIEL TANG, who will become a partner at Winston, of counsel-turned-counsel POLLY CHU and an associate, according to sibling publication The Asian Lawyer. DLA has named U.S. M&A partner PAUL CHEN to replace Lui as the head of its Asian corporate group. Chen previously headed the Hong Kong office of now-defunct Dewey & LeBoeuf, which he fled in May 2012 for DLA’s Silicon Valley office. He will now relocate to Hong Kong.

In other Churn news …

Arent Fox’s Los Angeles office has added conservative radio host HUGH HEWITT and GARY WOLENSKY from dissolving Newport Beach, Calif.–based Hewitt Wolensky & McNulty, where both litigators were name partners, according to sibling publication The National Law Journal. The latter firm saw former name partner JANET HICKSON join Shook, Hardy & Bacon’s Orange County office as a litigation partner in December.

The Asian Lawyer reports that White & Case has lost banking and finance partner KATE ALLCHURCH in Singapore to British firm Ashurst. Also leaving White & Case is London arbitration partner PAUL COWAN, who has become a barrister at 4 New Square, according to U.K. publication Legal Week.

Baker & McKenzie will open its third Australian office in Brisbane this summer by poaching antitrust partner JO DANIELS and energy partner DARREN FOOKS from leading local firms Allens and Clayton Utz, respectively, according to Aussie publication Lawyers Weekly.

JAMES ODELL has become the new financial services practice cohead at Blank Rome in New York after joining the firm from The Depository Trust & Clearing Corp., where he served as a managing director and head of legal at the New York–based securities trading shop. Odell was previously a partner at Jones Day and O’Melveny & Myers and general counsel for the Americas at Swiss banking giant UBS.

Three years after leaving Squire Sanders to set up DLA Piper’s Miami office, international arbitration partners PEDRO MARTINEZ-FRAGA and C. RYAN REETZ are heading to Bryan Cave, where the duo will open the latter’s new outpost in the Magic City and cohead its dispute resolution group, according to sibling publication the Daily Business Review.

HANK POOL, a former deputy general counsel at Pittsburgh-based PNC Bank, has joined Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney as senior counsel in its financial services practice, according to sibling publication The Legal Intelligencer, which notes that the former in-house lawyer will spend four months out of the year in Florida managing his new firm’s integration with Tampa-based Fowler White Boggs. The two firms officially merged in mid-March.

New York’s Cohen & Gresser has hired Seyfarth Shaw corporate partner NICHOLAS KAISER as counsel in its tax and real estate groups.

Covington & Burling has continued its lateral hiring spree by adding former ITC chairman SHARA ARANOFF as IP of counsel in Washington, D.C., as well as Jones Day insurance recovery partner MARTIN MYERS in San Francisco.

JEFFREY BROWN has become the latest federal prosecutor in Manhattan to head into private practice, joining Dechert as a litigation partner. Brown was previously cochief of the general crimes unit at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. Dechert has also added arbitration special counsel ERICA STEIN in Brussels from local boutique Hanotiau & van den Berg.

DLA Piper has poached insolvency and commercial litigation partner KON TSIAKIS in Melbourne from leading Aussie firm HWL Ebsworth.

After suffering from a series of lateral departures in recent months, Dorsey & Whitney has taken the next step in its turnaround effort, snagging Faegre Baker Daniels renewable energy and clean technology practice head ROBERT ANDERSON as a finance and restructuring partner in Denver.

ELIZABETH HERDES, a former senior counsel at natural gas provider El Paso Corp., has left her own consulting firm in Denver to join Greenberg Traurig as counsel in the firm’s energy and infrastructure practice.

KATHRYN HELLINGS has left her role as assistant chief of the national criminal enforcement unit at the Justice Department and will join Hogan Lovells on June 3 as an antitrust partner in Washington, D.C. Hogan Lovells is losing appellate litigation partner CHRISTOPHER HANDMAN—a former Am Law Litigator of the Week—in the same city as he joins Snapchat to become the first-ever general counsel for the photo messaging startup.

Holland & Hart has brought on labor and employment of counsel MATTHEW LINTON in Denver from his role as assistant regional general counsel for the Social Security Administration.

Husch Blackwell has hired TREY MARTINEZ FISCHER—a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives—from his own firm as a litigation partner in Austin. Fischer, chairman of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, has been the subject of some Lone Star State scuttlebutt for changing his name to run for public office.

The London office of Latham & Watkins has received its latest addition in THOMAS ALABASTER, a former senior counsel with key firm client and private equity giant The Carlyle Group, who joined Latham last month as an investment funds partner. Alabaster, a former associate at Debevoise & Plimpton, also served as Carlyle’s chief compliance officer for Europe and Africa.

HERSCHEL WEINSTEIN, the general counsel of Forest Laboratories from 2006 through January of this year, has joined Lowenstein Sandler as senior counsel in New York, where he’ll serve as vice chair of the firm’s life sciences group. In February, specialty drug maker Actavis made a $25 billion bid to buy Forest Labs, whose current chief legal officer is Robert Bailey.

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips has hired family wealth transfer planning and trusts and estates administration counsel JENNIFER GOROVITZ in San Francisco after she stepped down earlier this year as CEO of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties. A 2012 tax filing by the nonprofit shows that Gorovitz received $330,709 in total compensation. She had been with the organization since 2004 and began serving as acting CEO in 2009.

Kirkland & Ellis litigation partner AUDREY HARRIS has left the firm’s office in Washington, D.C., to join former colleague Laurence Urgenson at Mayer Brown. Urgenson, a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act expert, joined Mayer Brown in March. He and Harris—who will be a partner at Mayer Brown—worked together advising clients such as Chiquita Brands International.

K. LORRAINE “LORI” LORD has left her position as senior litigation counsel with McGuireWoods in Richmond to succeed Jay Stroman as chief staff attorney for the Supreme Court of Virginia. Lord started her new position this week.

Paul Hastings has hired master limited partnerships expert DOUGLAS GETTEN as of counsel in its capital markets and securities practice in Houston from Vinson & Elkins, where he had been an associate.

The revolving lateral door never stops spinning in Silicon Valley. ARMANDO CASTRO already counted five different Am Law 100 firms as his home—he left Reed Smith two years ago to join DLA Piper—before picking up stakes again to join Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman as a corporate and securities partner in Palo Alto. Castro told The Recorder this week that he’s been searching for the right firm to build his practice and that he hopes Pillsbury will be his last stop.

Squire Sanders has hired MARK GLEESON from British firm Addleshaw Goddard to head its U.K. data protection and privacy practice in London. Gleeson was previously with Mercer, the consulting arm of Marsh & McLennan, where he was corporate counsel advising on data and information issues. Squire Sanders also added corporate partner DENIS BARAT in Paris from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he was counsel.

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