Holland & Knight, a firm with Florida roots, is headed to Alaska.
Six lawyers previously with Patton Boggs, which combined with Squire Sanders into the newly named Squire Patton Boggs two weeks ago, have agreed to launch an Anchorage office for Holland & Knight, the firm’s 19th office, according to sibling publication the Daily Business Review.
Records on file with the state of Alaska show that Patton Boggs opened its outpost in the frozen north back in 1999. The decision to launch in Alaska was in large part an outgrowth of the firm’s longtime relationship with ExxonMobil, which Patton Boggs represented in litigation stemming from the Exxon Valdez oil spill disaster that ravaged the Alaskan coastline in 1989. (The firm’s ties to ExxonMobil are somewhat ironic given its recent battles with energy giant Chevron.)
Five years ago, Crowell & Moring raided Patton Boggs’ Anchorage office to establish its own Alaskan presence, according to our previous reports. The state’s current governor, Sean Parnell, is a former Patton Boggs partner who succeeded Sarah Palin after her resignation in 2009.
Over time, the Anchorage office gradually became considered ancillary to Patton Boggs’ core business. It was eventually earmarked for closure as the firm sought to streamline its operations within the past 18 months, say two former partners briefed on the matter. Patton Boggs itself told sibling publication The National Law Journal earlier this month that the Anchorage base would not be included in its merger with Squire Sanders. (Alaska was an unlikely hot spot for legal news this week, as The NLJ reports that the nation’s 49th state will soon have a law school.)
As a result, Holland & Knight, a firm that has regularly raided Patton Boggs for packs of partners over the past year, welcomes a group that includes partners KEVIN CALLAHAN, WALTER FEATHERLY, TERESA RIDLE and DOUGLAS SERDAHELY. Callahan and Ridle were of counsel at Patton Boggs.
The DBR reports that the former Patton Boggs lawyers coming aboard represents a wide range of clients in litigation, transactional and regulatory matters, particularly energy companies and Native American corporations and tribes.
In other Churn news …
PAUL HIRST, head of the raid and public transport practice at DLA Piper in London, has left the global legal giant for Addleshaw Goddard. Hirst will head the British firm’s transport group, according to U.K. publications Legal Week and Legal Business.
Alston & Bird has hired litigation partner BRETT JAFFE from New York’s Cohen & Gresser. Jaffe joined Cohen & Gresser in 2008 after a decade at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, save for a yearlong interlude as a vice president at Ramius Capital Group.
Baker & McKenzie has brought on antitrust partner ROWAN McMONNIES in Sydney from Australian firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth, where he was special counsel, according to sibling publication The Asian Lawyer.
Blank Rome has added of counsel JED SILVERSMITH in Philadelphia from the Justice Department’s tax division, where he was a trial attorney.
SEBASTIAN VOS, a director at public affairs consultancy Fipra, has agreed to join Covington & Burling in Brussels. Vos will serve as the firm’s European head of public policy and government affairs. Magic Circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where Vos once worked, was also reportedly keen on acquiring his services, according to U.K. publication The Lawyer.
Day Pitney, a firm whose head count troubles were recently covered by The NLJ, has brought on ROBERT APPLETON, a former federal prosecutor and United Nations corruption investigator, as a white-collar and investigations practice partner in New York. Appleton joins Day Pitney from his own consultancy, which he set up in 2009 after the U.N. let its antifraud unit to dissolve.
Dickinson Wright has added corporate partner WILLIAM KELLY JR. in Columbus from Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur. Except for a 13-month stint as a general counsel in the late 1990s, Kelly had been with Porter Wright since 1976. Kelly joins Dickinson Wright as an equity partner.
KARL DIAL, a certified public accountant and commercial litigation partner at Norton Rose Fulbright in Dallas, has left the firm for DLA. Also joining DLA as a strategic adviser in the firm’s Mexico City office is JUAN CARLOS MERODIO LOPEZ. Before moving to DLA, Lopez was a founding partner of his own shop, M&L Estudio Legal.
Drinker Biddle & Reath is the latest firm to hire from dissolving bankruptcy boutique Stutman, Treister & Glatt, adding GEORGE WEBSTER II as a bankruptcy counsel in Los Angeles. Stutman Treister announced in late April that it would close its doors after more than 60 years.
Insurance litigators MARK BRADFORD and TOMAS THOMPSON have left DLA’s Chicago office for Duane Morris. The pair, who, respectively, held the titles of associate and of counsel at DLA, will be partners at their new firm.
Foley & Lardner has poached Seyfarth Shaw labor and employment partner KAMRAN MIRRAFATI. Mirrafati, who will divide his time between Los Angeles and San Francisco, specializes in management-side labor disputes and arbitration proceedings.
JAMES LEAHY, chair of the energy practice at Locke Lord in Houston, has left the firm for Greenberg Traurig, which has also hired senior litigation counsel GRANT COOK from his own Houston-based firm and real estate partner WAYNE YAFFEE from Gardere Wynne Sewell. Also joining Greenberg Traurig is ERNEST “ERNIE” LANZA, a public finance expert who began his career at the firm. Lanza joins Greenberg Traurig’s Washington, D.C., office as a partner from his role as deputy executive director of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, where he took home $514,075 in compensation, according to the organization’s 2013 tax filing.
Despite losing Leahy, Locke Lord has hired financial services and regulatory practice partner TIMOTHY KEMP in Chicago from First American Financial Corp. Kemp had been with First American since 2003, most recently as deputy general counsel.
Michael Best & Friedrich has picked up Operation Desert Storm veteran and Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone IP transactional partner TIMOTHY ENGLING in Chicago.
MITCHEL PAHL, a former Dewey & LeBoeuf partner who joined Duane Morris in 2012, has moved to Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe’s New York office. Pahl will be senior counsel in the firm’s employee compensation and benefits practice.
Paul Hastings has hired e-discovery expert THOMAS BARNETT as special counsel in its data science practice in Los Angeles from Saito Sorenson, where he was a partner and chair of the local firm’s information intelligence group.
Reed Smith has raided K&L Gates for five commercial litigation partners in Chicago: DAWN BEERY, CAROLINE PLATER, DAVID RAMMELT, JAMES REILAND and M. DAVID SHORT. K&L Gates merged five years ago with Chicago firm Bell Boyd & Lloyd, and the union has seen in its share of defections in recent years, although Rammelt and Short joined their former firm after that merger from Kelley Drye & Warren in 2009.
Retiring Delaware Supreme Court Justice JACK JACOBS will join Sidley Austin as senior counsel on Oct. 1, reports sibling publication Delaware Law Weekly. Jacobs will work in the firm’s litigation and M&A practice but remain based in Wilmington, where Sidley does not currently have an office.
White & Case has added employee benefits partner HENRIK PATEL in New York from Sullivan & Cromwell, where he had worked since 2001, most recently as special counsel. Also joining White & Case: London-based banking partner MARTIN FORBES. He was previously a senior associate at Magic Circle firm Clifford Chance.
Williams Montgomery & John, a Chicago-based litigation boutique representing rooftop owners fighting a proposed expansion plan for historic Wrigley Field, has brought on an eight-lawyer team from Steptoe & Johnson led by partners CHRISTOPHER BARBER, GARY GARNER and PETER MEYER. Crain’s Chicago Business reports that the group left Steptoe because of conflicts.
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