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Ballard Spahr has hired DAVID MARGULES, a veteran litigator before the Delaware Court of Chancery, as a partner in Wilmington.

Margules joins Ballard Spahr from local litigation boutique Bouchard Margules & Friedlander, which sibling publication the Delaware Law Weekly reports has changed its name to Friedlander & Gorris after the loss of two name partners in recent weeks.

In March, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell nominated partner Andre Bouchard to become the next Chancery Court chancellor, filling the vacancy created when former Chancellor Leo Strine Jr. was promoted to chief justice of the state’s supreme court. (Strine, who was confirmed in February, was profiled by The American Lawyer in 2012.)

Bouchard was confirmed by Delaware’s legislature in April and is due to be sworn in as chancellor on May 23. Bouchard’s former partner Margules, who also serves as president of the Jewish National Fund’s mid-Atlantic zone, represents both defendants and plaintiffs in a variety of litigation matters.

The announcement of Margules’ arrival comes as Ballard Spahr mourns the death of Frederic “Rick” Ballard Jr., the great-grandson of firm founder Ellis Ames Ballard. Rick Ballard, who led the firm’s tax and exempt organization group, died Sunday at 72 of complications from lung cancer.

In other Churn news …

Dickinson Wright has hired of counsel BILLEE WARD in Grand Rapids from Miller Canfield Paddock and Stone, which she joined in 2008 and where she served most recently as senior attorney in the health care practice in Kalamazoo.

Make it four firms in four years for WILLIAM GREEN IV. Green, a former Philadelphia city councilman who now heads the Philadelphia School Reform Commission, has left Duane Morris for Dilworth Paxson, where he will be special counsel in the corporate and business group. Green joined Duane Morris in 2011 from Kutak Rock, which he moved to in 2010 from Pepper Hamilton.

Litigation partner JOHN RYAN is also leaving the Philadelphia office of Duane Morris—which he joined eight months ago after an in-house stint at Aramark—to become general counsel of Unilife Corp., a developer and supplier of injectable drug delivery systems, according to the Philadelphia Business Journal.

Sibling publication The Recorder reports that Hogan Lovells has hired Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati corporate partner NATHANIEL GALLON in Silicon Valley, along with Jones Day of counsel VERONICA McGREGOR, who joins the firm’s San Francisco office as a partner.

Two weeks after St. Louis-based manufacturer Energizer Holdings announced plans to split itself into two publicly traded companies, senior employee benefits and labor counsel STEPHANIE ZORN is leaving her position at the company to become of counsel at labor and employment firm Jackson Lewis in St. Louis.

Jones Day has brought on DLA Piper government regulation partner FERNAND “FERN” LAVALLEE to bolster its IP and government contracting practice in Washington, D.C. Lavallee joined DLA predecessor Gray Cary Ware & Friedenrich in 2003 from Venable.

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton has hired food and drug counsel EMALEE MURPHY in Washington, D.C., from Arnall Golden Gregory, an Atlanta-based firm where she was of counsel.

NOREEN KELLY-DYNEGA, a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act expert whose master carpenter husband builds homes throughout the New York tristate area, has left her position as a litigation partner at Latham & Watkins in New York to become a partner at McGuireWoods.

Morrison & Foerster’s Japanese affiliate Ito & Mitomi has brought back AKIHIRO WANI as a banking and finance senior counsel in Tokyo, according to sibling publication The Asian Lawyer. Wani, a former managing partner of the local office of Linklaters, left the Magic Circle firm in 2012. A bengoshi, or senior Japanese-qualified lawyer, Wani is known for his swaps and derivatives work.

Formed three years ago, New Jersey’s Parker Ibrahim & Berg has been growing rapidly in recent months, hiring attorneys from Patton Boggs’ rapidly downsizing Garden State operations and opening a Philadelphia office in December. Parker Ibrahim has now added Willkie Farr & Gallagher partner SCOTT ROSE as the chair of its complex commercial and securities litigation group. Rose, who will be based in Somerset, N.J., made partner at Willkie in 2007.

Paul Hastings has made its first London lateral hire of 2014 by poaching financial institutions expert BEN REGNARD-WEINRABE from Hogan Lovells, where he made partner in 2011. Regnard-Weinrabe is set to begin working as a partner in Paul Hastings’ commercial and retail banking practice on June 9.

Reed Smith has hired Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson energy practice head MICHAEL YUFFEE in Washington, D.C., where he joins his new firm’s global energy and natural resources industry group. Fried Frank’s financial performance rebounded last year amid a leadership transition and on the heels of a subpar 2012. Yuffee joined the firm that year from Hogan Lovells.

MICHAEL SOLOMITA has left his role as a partner at New York-based IP shop Amster Rothstein & Ebenstein to join Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton as a litigation partner in New York.

Sidley Austin has brought on life sciences partner G. SAMUEL ZUCKER in Palo Alto from O’Melveny & Myers, where he split his time between Silicon Valley and New York, according to The Recorder. Zucker joined O’Melveny in 2003 from now-defunct Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison.

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