The Churn
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CORRECTION: 5/29/14, 1:10 p.m. EDT. The work history for Brad Mirkin was misstated in the 13th paragraph of this column. We regret the error.

Jones Day opened its Houston office in 2001. In the 13 years since, the Lone Star State’s largest city has seen a surge in energy work, thanks in part to the U.S. shale gas revolution and Mexico’s decision to enact key oil and gas industry reforms, as sibling publication Texas Lawyer reported earlier this year.

On Tuesday, Jones Day became the latest Am Law 200 firm to make a play for a bigger piece of the Houston boom when it announced that it has hired Haynes and Boone M&A partners JEFFREY DINERSTEIN and partner ARTHUR NATHAN, both of whom have advised oil field services clients on a range of transactional matters.

Dinerstein, the cohead of Haynes and Boone’s M&A practice, also serves as a board member, general counsel and treasurer for the Fire Fighters Foundation of Houston and treasurer of The Women’s Fund for Health Education and Research.

Jones Day energy partner Jason Leif, who splits his time between Houston and Washington, D.C., serves as president of the Energy Bar Association and spoke with the Houston Chronicle this month about Texas’s continuing surge in energy-related work, which Texas Lawyer reported this month is also fueling growth in the legal sector.

In other Churn news …

Baker & McKenzie has hired Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy senior associate EDWARD “TEDDY” BALDWIN as a partner in Washington, D.C. Baldwin specializes in international arbitration and litigation matters.

Blank Rome is bringing back ALAN LIEBERMAN as a corporate litigation partner from the Securities and Exchange Commission, where he served as assistant chief litigation counsel of enforcement in Washington, D.C. Lieberman, an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, left Blank Rome for the SEC in 2004. He was previously a partner at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis.

NORMAN ABRAMS, the head of DLA Piper’s government litigation group in Melbourne, has left the firm for local shop Moray & Agnew, according to Australian legal publication Lawyers Weekly. Abrams is the second senior partner to leave DLA’s operations Down Under this month. Melbourne managing partner Peter Monk, who departed for Hive Legal, preceded him out the door.

Two months after working with him on a $1 billion nursing home deal, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has hired Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson real estate partner HARRY SILVERA in New York. Silvera, 45, was also part of a Fried Frank team that advised Google on its $1.8 billion buy of a Manhattan office tower in 2010.

California firm Glazier Yee has opened an office in the Atlanta suburb of Marietta by hiring Sutherland Asbill & Brennan unclaimed property practice attorney MARLYS BERGSTROM as its new local managing partner, according to The Marietta Daily Journal.

GrayRobinson has brought back TROY KISHBAUGH as a partner and chair of the Florida-based Am Law 200 firm’s health care practice in Orlando. Kishbaugh left GrayRobinson a little more than a year ago for a job as assistant vice president and operations counsel at Naples, Fla.–based Health Management Associates. The company is in the midst of being integrated into Community Health Systems following the $3.9 billion merger announced last summer between both for-profit hospital chains.

RANI DOYLE, a former co-general counsel with Och-Ziff Capital Management who joined Dentons last year as counsel in New York, is returning to Morgan, Lewis & Bockius as a business and finance partner in Washington, D.C. Doyle previously worked at Morgan Lewis in the Beltway between 2000 and 2007.

Nixon Peabody has brought on government investigations and white-collar counsel BRADLEY MIRKIN in New York from FINRA, a self-regulatory organization where he was a senior litigation counsel. FINRA records show that Mirkin served as chief operating officer and general counsel for Celadon Financial Group from 2007 to 2010. Before that, he worked at South Florida’s Fowler White Burnett.

Quarles & Brady has hired corporate services partner EDWARD HANNON in Chicago from the equity partnership of leading local firm Freeborn & Peters. Hannon, who also serves as vice chair of the board of directors for the Illinois CPA Society, specializes in real estate tax matters.

Stinson Leonard Street, the firm formed last year through the merger of Stinson Morrison Hecker and Leonard, Street and Deinard, has hired health care partner MARKUS CICKA in St. Louis from Centene Corp., where he was director of home state health plan compliance. Cicka joined Centene—a company reported to be a takeover target following the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark 2012 ruling on the Affordable Care Act—last year after serving as the first director of Missouri’s Medicaid compliance unit. He was previously a partner with Husch & Eppenberger, which merged with Blackwell Sanders in 2008 to form the firm now known as Husch Blackwell.

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