The Churn
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Squire Patton Boggs may have officially gone live earlier this month, but partners from the former Am Law 100 firm known as Patton Boggs continue to peel away for new positions elsewhere.

The latest to leave is ROBERT BRAMS, a former senior Patton Boggs partner who chaired the firm’s construction law practice, and is now poised to become cochair of the government contracts and projects practice at Greenberg Traurig in Washington, D.C. But Brams isn’t just your typical Beltway lawyer.

The Am Law Daily reported on his role last year advising the U.S. Wrestling Association on its ultimately successful effort to get Greco-Roman wrestling back into the 2020 and 2024 Summer Olympic Games. Bram, a former college wrestler, spearheaded the organization’s lobbying effort and currently serves as president of Wrestling to Beat the Streets DC, a nonprofit that supports inner-city youth in the nation’s capital.

While Greenberg has brought on Brams, the firm did recently bid farewell to MICHAEL HORNREICH, the former cochair of its construction law practice in Miami. Hornreich joins Weinberg, Wheeler, Hudgins, Gunn & Dial, a midsize litigation boutique with offices in Miami, Las Vegas and Atlanta.

Nonetheless, Greenberg has also bulked up in London, where the firm has announced its hire of a new international real estate chair in ERIC ROSEDALE, who comes aboard from Dentons. Rosedale had served as global real estate cohead for the Swiss verein, whose feisty global CEO Elliott Portnoy has been in a much-publicized spat with The American Lawyer and U.K. publication The Lawyer over the merits of measuring profits per partner.

Dentons did lose a lawyer this week in Calgary to Canadian firm McCarthy Tetrault, which announced its hire of financial services partner JAMES-SCOTT LEE, who had once been an associate at Heenan Blaikie. Lee left the now-defunct firm in September 2012 to join Dentons, which opened in the city following a three-way merger announced that same year with Canadian firm Fraser Milner Casgrain. Ironically enough, Dentons absorbed 46 lawyers from Heenan Blaikie earlier this year following that firm’s dissolution.

In other Churn news …

Arnold & Porter has added real estate litigation and hospitality partner WILLIAM BOSCH and counsel ANTHONY CAVANAUGH in Washington, D.C., from Steptoe & Johnson, where Cavanaugh was of counsel. Both represent real estate owners and developers, as well as funds that invest in real estate projects.

D. CAMERON PRELL, a former senior counsel with McGuireWoods, has joined Crowell & Moring’s energy group as counsel in Washington, D.C. Prell, who has written about the increasing value of clean technology firms, specializes in the business of climate change and the convergence of energy and environmental law and finance.

Foley & Lardner has hired former federal prosecutor LORI RICHARDSON PELLICCIONI as a white-collar and health care partner in Los Angeles. She joins the firm from the Center for Healthcare Compliance, a health care consulting firm where she served as president. She’s also been a Justice Department compliance monitor and adjunct assistant professor of health policy and management at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Gordon & Rees has grabbed Epstein Becker & Green product liability and toxic tort chair WILLIAM RUSKIN as a partner in New York. Ruskin, who was also a member of Epstein Becker’s national litigation steering committee, brings with him more than 35 years experience in product liability work as the latest member of Gordon & Rees’ environmental, drug and medical device practice groups.

Hogan Lovells has brought on Herbert Smith Freehills senior associate SHAUN LANGHORNE as a litigation partner in Singapore specializing in insolvency disputes, according to sibling publication The Asian Lawyer.

Having recently opened in Anchorage, Holland & Knight has now hired IP partner HOWARD SUH in New York from Kirkland & Ellis, a firm he joined as a partner in May 2012 from Kaye Scholer, where he had been counsel. Suh’s practice focuses on patent litigation for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.

The International Dairy Foods Association has added Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld public policy partner J. DAVID CARLIN in Washington, D.C., as its new vice president of legislative affairs. He replaces Jerry Slominski, who earlier this year left the organization, which paid him $285,802 during its 2012 fiscal year, according to a federal tax filing by the nonprofit.

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton has hired energy and project finance counsel MATTHEW FERGUSON in New York and Washington, D.C., from CohnReznick in Vienna, Va., where he was a principal and practice leader for renewable energy at the nation’s 10th-largest accounting firm, which this month announced a merger with another accounting shop in Boston. Ferguson is also a member of the board of directors for the American Council on Renewable Energy.

Latham & Watkins has launched an environmental practice in London by poaching PAUL DAVIES from British firm Macfarlanes, the latest in a stream of high-profile local lateral hires by the former, according to U.K. publication Legal Business. Latham has also landed real estate finance partner SCOTT McPHEE in its hometown of Los Angeles from Morrison & Foerster, where he made partner in 2007.

ARTHUR CARTER, a senior labor and employment partner with Haynes and Boone in Dallas, has left the firm to join Littler Mendelson, a Swiss verein that considers itself the world’s largest labor firm representing management. Carter brings more than 30 years of experience with him to Littler.

McGuireWoods has bolstered its tax and employee benefits practice in Houston by adding partner DURHAM McCORMICK JR. from Gordon Thomas Honeywell in Seattle. McCormick has nearly a decade of experience handling matters in finance, project development and renewable energy.

ALLAN HOROWITZ, a former manager of special programs in the enforcement division of the Federal Aviation Administration’s office of the chief counsel, has landed at McKenna Long & Aldridge as counsel in the firm’s aviation and litigation practice in Washington, D.C. Horowitz will join McKenna’s unmanned aircraft systems practice, which launched earlier this year to cater to the growing drone industry.

Nixon Peabody has nabbed VINCENT CASEY in New York from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, where he was of counsel in the firm’s energy and infrastructure group. Casey, who before joining Orrick in 2006 was a partner at Shearman & Sterling, will be a partner at his new firm, where he’ll help build out its project finance and public-private partnerships practice, according to the Bond Buyer.

More than two weeks after Reuters broke the news of a 14-lawyer group defecting from Bingham McCutchen, a firm seeking to rebound from a tough 2013, Sidley Austin has confirmed its hire of a four-partner real estate and complex commercial litigation team led by NEIL COHEN, RICHARD FRIES, TODD MARCUS and SCOTT STERN. Fries is the former cochair of the real estate group at Bingham, which also saw Georgetown University Law Center graduate and longtime national director of legal recruiting ARI KATZ depart for Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, where he’ll serve as the firm’s new chief recruiting officer.

Winston & Strawn, which opened in Taipei this year, has recruited IP partner HORNG-DAR LIN from the Sovereign Law Office, a local firm he founded last year after previously serving as vice president of IP at contract electronics maker Foxconn Technology Group, according to The Asian Lawyer. Foxconn has made headlines in recent years for its work on behalf of consumer electronics giant Apple.

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