The Churn
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Bingham McCutchen and the newly formed Squire Patton Boggs, two Am Law 100 firms that have dealt with a high degree of lateral volatility in recent months, both made hires this week.

Squire Patton Boggs, formed on June 1 via a merger between Patton Boggs and Squire Sanders, made its first hires since that combination by picking up Asia-focused corporate partners KENJI FUNAHASHI and HIROKI SUYAMA in Los Angeles, according to sibling publication The Asian Lawyer.

Suyama joins Squire Patton Boggs from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, where he was an associate, while Funahashi comes aboard from Jones Day, a firm he joined as a partner in 2010 from Baker & McKenzie’s San Diego office. (Baker & McKenzie shuttered its San Diego office in 2012.) Both lawyers specialize in advising clients on inbound and outbound cross-border transactions in Asia.

One partner who has not joined Squire Patton Boggs is DOUGLAS MISHKIN, the former cochair of the employment law practice at Patton Boggs in Washington, D.C. Mishkin, who frequently represents government contractors in trade secrets litigation, has instead joined Venable’s Beltway office as a partner. LINOS CHOO, a litigation and dispute resolution partner in the London office of Squire Patton Boggs, is also leaving the firm to join the shipping industry practice at DLA Piper. Choo joined legacy firm Squire Sanders in 2010 from DLA, where he had previously been a senior associate.

Bingham McCutchen, a firm that made a leadership change last month and has sought to put a tough 2013 in its rearview mirror, also announced this week its hire of a three-lawyer life sciences and patent prosecution team from Cooley in Boston. Joining Bingham as a partner is former Cooley associate MARK HAYMAN, who brings with him two other associates that will hold the same roles at Bingham, according to the Boston Business Journal.

Of course, as with Squire Patton Boggs, Bingham also saw departures, with two partners leaving the firm for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. The moves were expected following Reuters breaking the news last month of a 14-lawyer team poised to depart Bingham for Skadden, Sidley Austin and Paul Hastings.

While the latter two firms have publicly confirmed their Bingham hires, Skadden has yet to announce its new additions. But records on file with The District of Columbia Bar now show that former Bingham real estate partner RAJIV MADAN and tax partner CHRISTOPHER BOWERS have left the firm’s office in Washington, D.C., for Skadden. Bowers once clerked for former U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist and has been an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center. Both Bowers and Madan were partners at McKee Nelson, which merged with Bingham back in 2009.

In other Churn news …

Baker Botts has brought on international arbitration partner EDWARD SCHORR and special counsel ANDREW BEHRMAN in New York from Hogan Lovells, where Behrman was of counsel. Both lawyers, who specialize in energy and technology matters, represent clients before U.S. courts and foreign tribunals.

DLA’s Phoenix office has added real estate transactional partners KEVIN LYTLE and J. CRAIG CARTWRIGHT from Snell & Wilmer, a firm they joined in 2011 from their own shop in nearby Scottsdale. DLA did lose corporate partner ESTHER LEUNG in Hong Kong to Chinese firm Jun He, according to The Asian Lawyer, which notes that the departure is the latest from DLA’s office in China’s largest city by population.

New York’s Golenbock Eiseman Assor Bell & Peskoe has hired real estate partner JOSEPH GINSBERG from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, where he spent the past decade. Ginsberg’s practice focuses on real estate development, finance, leasing and structuring joint venture deals.

Goodwin Procter has picked up Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher of counsel EDWIN O’CONNOR—who joined the firm in 2012 after seven years as a vice president in the investment banking division at Goldman Sachs—as a partner in its technology and life sciences practice in New York. O’Connor previously spent seven years as an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell.

Former Constellation Energy general counsel STEVEN MILLER has joined Hogan Lovells as an energy practice of counsel in Washington, D.C. Hogan Lovells has previously done work for Constellation Energy, which was sold for $7.9 billion in 2011 to Exelon Corp.

Financial institutions partner JASON JURGENS has joined Jones Day in New York from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, where he made partner in 2011 and practiced in the firm’s commercial, corporate and securities litigation group. Jurgens will be a member of Jones Day’s financial institutions litigation and regulation practice.

K&L Gates has hired corporate partner HENRY SHIN from Akin Gump’s New York office. Shin will work out of New York temporarily before transferring to Seoul, where he will serve as a foreign legal consultant. K&L Gates, which opened in South Korea in late 2012, has also hired energy partner JOHN KING from Clayton Utz in Perth, although he will relocate to Singapore before year’s end, according to The Asian Lawyer. Leaving K&L Gates is IP partner C. RACHAL WINGER in Seattle, who has become a partner at Lee & Hayes, a boutique with roots in the Pacific Northwest.

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton has hired M&A partner E.W. GENTRY SAYAD in Shanghai to cochair its Asia practice. Sayad joins the firm from Fredrikson & Byron, where he served as chief representative and managing partner of the firm’s office in the city. The Asian Lawyer reports that Sayad was also once a partner at St. Louis-based Armstrong Teasdale. He is also a former director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development China Trade and Investment Office.

LARRY FELDMAN, a former special counsel at Kaye Scholer, has joined Los Angeles-based Liner as a partner in its civil litigation group. Feldman, who represented members of O.J. Simpson’s legal team and was once involved in a high-profile legal battle with late pop icon Michael Jackson, focuses on civil litigation with an emphasis on entertainment, insurance, legal malpractice, personal injury and real estate cases.

McKenna Long & Aldridge has hired counsel LISA ELLMAN for its public policy and regulatory affairs practice in Washington, D.C. Ellman, a former law school student of President Barack Obama when he was a professor at The University of Chicago Law School, was most recently an attorney in the Justice Department’s office of legal policy. Ellman was also chief counsel for the White House’s open government partnership.

JOSEPH PRICE has left Kirkland & Ellis to join Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris Glovsky and Popeo as a corporate partner in New York. Price, who prior to being a Kirkland partner was an associate at Bear Stearns, primarily handles debt finance work.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has hired Goodwin Procter capital markets partner CHRISTOPHER AUSTIN in New York and Silicon Valley, according to sibling publication The Recorder. Austin, a leading lawyer for initial public offerings by technology companies, was previously a partner at Ropes & Gray for 16 years, save for a two-week stint at Cooley in 2010.

PETER DOYLE, a litigation partner at Kirkland in New York, has left the firm to join Proskauer Rose as a partner. Doyle specializes in handling complex commercial, financial and securities cases before state and federal courts.

JANA FONG-SWAMIDOSS, a former senior staffer with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in Washington, D.C., has joined Venable’s regulatory and product safety practice as counsel in the nation’s capital. Fong-Swamidoss is also a former staff counsel to the U.S. Senate’s Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. A Honolulu native, she once served as a legislative assistant to late Hawaii Sen. Daniel Inouye, a law school graduate and World War II veteran who died at 88 in late 2012.

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