The Churn
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Squire Patton Boggs officially went live this week, and more partners from legacy firm Patton Boggs were on the move, according to sibling publication The National Law Journal.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, which already hired a health care lobbying group from Patton Boggs last week, added to its list of new laterals by bringing on Patton Boggs telecommunications pracitce cohead JENNIFER RICHTER and senior public policy counsel GREGORY WALDEN in Washington, D.C. Also leaving the latter firm’s soon-to-be-shuttered Newark office is James Tyrrell Jr., a litigation partner who was once the firm’s highest-paid partner and is the lawyer responsible for bringing to the firm a controversial case against energy giant Chevron.

Edwards Wildman Palmer has now hired Tyrrell as a toxic tort and commercial litigation partner in its New York and Morristown, N.J., offices, according to sibling publication the New York Law Journal. The Am Law Daily reported earlier this year that Tyrrell and Patton Boggs would likely part ways, in part due to differences over the Chevron case, which Patton Boggs paid $15 million to retreat from last month.

Both Tyrrell and Akin Gump’s Richter were members of Patton Boggs’ executive committee.

In other Churn news …

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney became the latest Am Law 200 firm to head for the Rocky Mountains this week when it picked up partner ANDREW ROMANOW and counsel JEFFREY HARRISON in Denver, according to Law Week Colorado and the Denver Business Journal. The two lawyers join the Pittsburgh-based firm from CoBank ACB, an agriculture credit bank where Romanow served as deputy general counsel and Harrison was a senior corporate attorney. Buchanan Ingersoll also hired banking and structured finance partner DAVID FERNANDEZ in Philadelphia and New York from Carter Ledyard & Milburn, which he joined in 2010 after leaving Dorsey & Whitney.

Texas’ Cox Smith Matthews, which saw profits per partner surge 6.6 percent last year, has hired K&L Gates labor and employment partner JAIME RAMON in Dallas. Ramon previously served as a director of the office of federal contract compliance programs at the U.S. Department of Labor during the administration of President George H.W. Bush.

After suffering months of partner attrition at its operations Down Under, DLA Piper has brought on IP and technology partner PETER JONES in Sydney from local firm Gilbert + Tobin, according to sibling publication The Asian Lawyer. Jones had been with his former firm, one of the few remaining top independent legal shops in Oz, for 15 years.

Dorsey & Whitney has brought back partner SCOTT DESMOND in New York from Greenberg Traurig, where he was most recently of counsel. Desmond, who worked at Dorsey as an associate and then partner between 1988 and 2006, joins the firm’s technology commerce practice within its corporate group.

Global legal giant Herbert Smith Freehills has poached Mayer Brown finance partner KAI LIEBRICH in Frankfurt, according to U.K. publication Legal Week. Liebrich, who joined Mayer Brown in 2005, made partner at the firm in 2011. Herbert Smith opened the Frankfurt office and an outpost in Berlin last year after terminating an alliance relationship with leading German firm Gleiss Lutz.

Latham & Watkins has landed Kirkland & Ellis IP litigation partner ANN MARIE WAHLS in Chicago. Wahls counsels clients on a range of IP issues and reunites at Latham with former Kirkland colleague David Callahan, who joined the firm in April.

LYNN LEVINE, a former director of the International Trade Commission’s office of unfair import investigations, has joined Morrison & Foerster as an IP partner in Washington, D.C. Levine has been a Beltway consultant since leaving the ITC in January 2013.

HEATHER MEEKER, an IP transactions partner and comanaging partner of Greenberg Traurig’s Silicon Valley office, has left the firm to join O’Melveny & Myers, according to sibling publication The Recorder, which named her as one of its Women Leaders in Technology Law last year. Meeker joins O’Melveny’s office in Menlo Park, Calif., where she will presumably maintain her blog on open source software licensing.

Osborne Clark, a British firm that opened a New York office last fall, has now added an outpost in Amsterdam. U.K. publication The Lawyer reports that to staff the new office, the firm has hired Baker & McKenzie IP partner MICHIEL ODINK and litigation and arbitration partner JEROEN BEDAUX; IP partner S. JEROEN LUB from Norton Rose Fulbright; and labor and employment partner JORGO TSIRIS from Dutch firm Steins Bisschop & Schepel.

Paul Hastings has raided Bingham McCutchen, a firm that is coming off a difficult 2013, for white-collar investigations and enforcement cochair MICHAEL LEVY and litigation partners MICHAEL SPAFFORD and AMY CARPENTER-HOLMES in Washington, D.C. The trio, who joined Bingham via the firm’s 2009 merger with McKee Nelson, previously practiced together at Swidler Berlin Shereff Friedman, a firm that also merged with Bingham in early 2006. More Bingham departures could be in the offing. Reuters first reported last week that another 11 lawyers are poised to leave the firm.

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison has added Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld finance partner BRIAN KIM to its corporate group in New York. Kim specializes in acquisition financing and distressed debt transactions, and was part of an Akin Gump team that advised hedge fund honcho John Paulson on his $512 million acquisition of piano maker Steinway last year, according to our previous reports.

Florida’s Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson has brought on Manatt, Phelps & Phillips employee benefits partner JOHN HEBER in Miami. Heber spent nearly 10 years at Manatt, where he once cochaired the firm’s global compensation practice.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges’ struggles have been well-documented in recent months—including by The American Lawyer in its May 2014 issue—but one departure did go unnoticed until recently. DANIELLE DO, a corporate partner in New York, left Weil in March to become chief corporate and securities counsel for GE Capital Retail Finance. Do joined Weil as an associate in 1998.

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has hired former Dewey & LeBoeuf structured finance partner IRA PALGON in Palo Alto. Palgon joins Wilson Sonsini from Covington & Burling, which he joined in early 2009, three years before Dewey filed for bankruptcy.

China’s Zhong Lun Firm has added M&A partner VICTOR PANG to its Hong Kong affiliate Boughton Peterson Yang Anderson, according to The Asian Lawyer. Pang, who will split his time between Hong Kong and Beijing, joins the firm from Reed Smith, where he was counsel.

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