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The fallout from the formation of Squire Patton Boggs on June 1 continued this week, as lawyers from both legacy firms found new professional homes.
The shakeup in the partnership ranks on both sides proved to be good news for Jones Day in Washington, D.C., which hired three top Republican lawyers from Patton Boggs, BENJAMIN GINSBERG, WILLIAM McGINLEY and DONALD McGAHN, according to sibling publication The National Law Journal. All three specialize in government relations work.
McGahn, a former member of the Federal Elections Commission, joined Patton Boggs in September. McGinley’s current assignments include representing embattled Republican congressman Michael Grimm, who has been charged with mail, wire and tax fraud in a 20-count federal indictment. In addition to his legal accomplishments, Ginsberg is the only one of the three who can claim to have been played by Bob Balaban in “Recount,” an HBO docudrama about the 2000 presidential election.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, Patton Boggs’ archrival for lucrative D.C. lobbying work, which recently added health care and life sciences partner NATHAN BROWN in Washington, D.C., from the FDA, also poached a health care team in the Beltway led by Patton Boggs executive committee member JOHN JONAS and partners MARTHA KENDRICK, KAREN SMITH THIEL and ANURAG VARMA, according to the NLJ.
Varma, who was of counsel at Patton Boggs, is being joined at Akin Gump by Patton Boggs senior counsel RICHARD THOMPSON and senior policy advisers M. TODD TUTEN and LU ZAWISTOWICH. (Patton Boggs’ roster of lobbying clients shrank during the year’s first quarter, according to data analyzed by The Washington Post.)
The NLJ reports that Holland & Knight has also entered the Squire Patton Boggs recruiting fray by hiring Patton Boggs corporate partners NORMAN ANTIN, JEFFREY HAAS and KEVIN HOULIHAN in Washington, D.C., along with associate-turned-senior-counsel WILLIAM LEVAY and government contracts expert and chief diversity partner MARY BETH BOSCO. Also joining Holland & Knight, which has hired dozens of Patton Boggs partners over the past year, are corporate partner MARK GOLDSCHMIDT and associate SHAWN TURNER in Denver. (Turner joins his new firm as a partner.)
Meanwhile, Patton Boggs told the NLJ that it planned to close its eight-lawyer Anchorage in conjunction with the Squire Sanders tie-up. While Holland & Knight has been in talks to with the lawyers in that office, who are led by partner WALTER FEATHERLY, as of late Friday no official announcement had been made about whether the group would join the firm. (Holland & Knight did manage to finalize one other addition before flipping the calendar to June. The firm announced that corporate senior counsel CLAUDIO MORFE is joining its Boston office from Swedish telecommunications giant Ericsson’s CDMA Mobile Systems unit.)
Patton Boggs opened in Anchorage in 1999, according to records on file with the state of Alaska, and the firm has regularly represented energy giant ExxonMobil, which has endured plenty of legal headaches since the Exxon Valdez oil spill disaster in 1989. Crowell & Moring raided Patton Boggs’ Anchorage office in 2009 to launch its own outpost in the state. Current Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell is a former Patton Boggs partner who succeeded Sarah Palin after her resignation in 2009.
As for Squire Sanders, it recently saw Shanghai banking and finance partner XI NUDONG join local shop Concord & Partners, according to sibling publication The Asian Lawyer; Squire Sanders associate JEFFREY COLEMAN jumped to Dickinson Wright as a corporate of counsel in Columbus.
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Cooley has hired Boston-based IP litigation partner ELLEN SCORDINO from Fish & Richardson, which she joined in 2011 from Kirkland & Ellis. Scordino specializes in pharmaceutical and biotech industry work.
PHILLIP WARREN, an antitrust chief with the U.S. attorney’s office in San Francisco since 2002, is leaving public service to join Covington & Burling as an antitrust partner in the Bay Area. Warren, who has 30 years of antitrust experience, leaves an office that sibling publication The Recorder reported this week has cut back on white-collar investigations since U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag was appointed as the top prosecutor there in 2010.
Drinker Biddle & Reath has once again raided IP shop Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg—a self-styled superboutique that has experienced a growth spurt amid a merger last year—in Delaware for a four-partner team of FRANK DiGIOVANNI, JEFF EICHEN, ZHUN LU and KEITH WALTER. The four lawyers join former colleague Ashley Pezzner, who in April took with him five other Novak Druce lawyers, including his father, of counsel Harold Pezzner, according to sibling publication Delaware Law Weekly.
Edwards Wildman Palmer has picked up IP and life sciences litigation partner KAL SHAH in Chicago from Thompson Coburn, which Shah joined in 2011 after leaving Kirkland.
Another IP litigator, Atlanta-based Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton partner E. DANIELLE WILLIAMS, has left the firm, where she cochaired its women’s initiative and served as a member of its partnership and strategy committees, to join Fish & Richardson. Williams’ practice focuses on patent litigation in a variety of industries.
After losing a real estate partner to Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher earlier in the week, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson has added leveraged finance partner STEWART KAGAN in New York from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. Kagan joined Cadwalader from Akin Gump in 2008.
Italy’s Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners has hired Paul Hastings real estate partner ALESSANDRO STOPPA and counsel ALESSIO GIAMMARINO in Milan, where the latter was an associate, according to U.K. publication The Lawyer. Stoppa also worked out of Paul Hastings’ London office.
Jackson Lewis has hired employee benefits of counsel KEITH RANTA in Baltimore. Ranta moves over from Latham & Watkins’ Washington, D.C., office, where he was an associate in the firm’s executive compensation and benefits practice. Ranta previously served as an attorney adviser in the IRS’ office of chief counsel.
Jones Day has brought on PRUDENCE SMITH, a former senior attorney with Australia’s antitrust regulator, as of counsel in Sydney. Jones Day opened in Oz’s largest city in 1998 and added its second office Down Under, in Perth, earlier this year, according to sibling publication The Asian Lawyer.
MICHAEL CHALOS, a maritime lawyer with Chalos O’Connor in New York, has left his position as a senior partner with the firm to join K&L Gates. Chalos, whose move made waves among maritime industry observers, is brining along two associates from his former firm, which has offices in Boston and New York.
Mayer Brown has brought on an 11-lawyer IP team in Chicago and Washington, D.C., led by Steptoe & Johnson partner JAMIE BEABER. Four counsel and six associates are expected to follow him from Steptoe to Mayer Brown, according to the firm.
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy has added alternative investment special counsel CATHERINE LEEF MARTIN in New York from Davis Polk & Wardwell, where she was counsel. Martin, who for a period worked part-time at Davis Polk, helps financial institutions and companies on Investment Company Act issues.
The Am Law Daily recently reported on Shook, Hardy & Bacon becoming the latest big Kansas City, Mo.-based firm to expand in Denver by merging with five-lawyer local shop Sander Ingebretsen & Wake. Name partners KIRK INGEBRETSEN and RICHARD “CHIP” SANDER join Shook Hardy as partners, while DANIEL WAKE and DANIEL ROHNER come aboard as of counsel.
Shook Hardy also became the latest firm to launch a college sports practice with its recent poaching of counsel CORBYN “CORBY” JONES and WILLIAM ODLE in Kansas City from local firm Spencer Fane Britt & Browne, which they joined last year after the dissolution of their former firm, Jones Jennings. Jones is a former University of Missouri quarterback who went on to play in the Canadian Football League.
A week after opening in Charlotte, Troutman Sanders has continued to expand in the Queen City by again raiding K&L Gates, this time to hire real estate partners JON GOLDBERG and STEPHANIE GREER FULCHER, both of whom were promoted to partner at the firm earlier this year. The duo bring with them a trio of their former associate colleagues.
It didn’t take long for Weil, Gotshal & Manges to rebound from London banking and finance head Stephen Lucas’ defection to Kirkland. Weil has added Latham & Watkins partner REENA GOGNA in London to replace Lucas. Gogna focuses her practice on advising lenders and sponsors on acquisition finance transactions and bank and bond structures.
The revolving door that connects the government to Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr continues to swing, with STEPHANIE AVAKIAN, the vice chair of the firm’s securities department New York, being named the SEC’s deputy enforcement director. Avakian, 44, who has worked in the enforcement division before, will report to unit chief Andrew Ceresney, who left Debevoise & Plimpton to become the SEC’s top cop last year. The NLJ notes that another ex-Wilmer partner, Jennifer O’Connor, who left the firm for the IRS last year, is poised to join the White House counsel’s office.
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