The Churn
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It’s been a busy past few weeks at Holland & Knight.

The Miami-based Am Law 100 firm announced last month it would open in Anchorage by bringing on an eight-lawyer team from Patton Boggs ahead of the latter’s merger with Squire Sanders, the latest in a series of prominent hires from Patton Boggs by Holland & Knight, which recently confirmed the closure of its sole outpost in the Middle East to focus on the Americas.

On July 1, Holland & Knight announced it had hired another 11 lawyers for its energy and clean technology practice in Austin and Washington, D.C., by picking up half of energy boutique Brickfield, Burchette, Ritts & Stone. Among those joining Holland & Knight are name partners WILLIAM BURCHETTE and FRED RITTS, the latter of which comes aboard as senior counsel.

Other Brickfield Burchette lawyers making the move to Holland & Knight include partners PATRICK BURCHETTE, MARK DAVIS, MICHAEL McCARTY, ALLEN O’NEIL, CHRISTINE RYAN and EMILY STREETT, as well as senior counsel RUSSELL PARISH, ALVIN TAYLOR and JOHN WRIGHT. The team specializes in representing rural energy cooperatives in Texas, according to sibling publication Legal Times, which notes that Brickfield Burchette will continue in some smaller form.

Another smaller shop recently raided by Holland & Knight is Los Angeles-based Corbin, Athey & Martinez. In May, the litigation boutique saw name partner JOEL ATHEY and of counsel NICHOLAS MELZER depart for Holland & Knight’s white-collar defense practice, where Melzer is now senior counsel. Holland & Knight also brought on White & Case aircraft finance partner RICHARD FUREY last month in New York.

In other Churn news …

Brown Rudnick has bagged Speechly Bircham technology and IP practice head ALEXANDER CARTER-SILK to lead its European IP practice in London, according to U.K. publication Legal Business. Carter-Silk has represented Australian supermodel Elle Macpherson, a client relationship that has come up in the Leveson Inquiry, the judicial body in the U.K. formed to probe the ethics of the British press following the country’s phone-hacking scandal.

A month after sibling publication The National Law Journal reported on Day Pitney’s head count issues, the firm has brought on Jones Day renewable energy of counsel THOMAS HAVENS as a partner in its energy and utility practice in New York. Havens joined Jones Day in 2001 and had previously been a partner at Winston & Strawn.

Dentons has hired Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft structured finance partner JEFFREY CHEN in Hong Kong, according to sibling publication The Asian Lawyer. Chen joined Cadwalader in 2011 from Mayer Brown, a firm that hired the finance and securitization expert in 2006 from Jones Day, where he had also been a partner.

Foley Hoag has poached White & Case arbitration partner PHILIPPE SARRAILHE in Paris. The veteran commercial disputes and M&A expert joined White & Case in 2001 from Ashurst. Foley Hoag opened in Paris three years ago and is known for its international arbitration expertise.

The Asian Lawyer reports that Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has hired Paul Hastings energy and infrastructure partner PATRICIA TAN OPENSHAW in Hong Kong and Shearman & Sterling corporate counsel FANG XUE as a partner in Beijing. Gibson Dunn reopened an office in Beijing last year after being gone for a decade.

Greenberg Traurig has hired litigation partner NICHOLAS SECCO in Tampa from Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago, where he was promoted to partner in 2007. Secco’s practice focuses on product liability, mass and toxic tort and environmental class action defense work.

Haynes and Boone has expanded its environmental practice with partner JULIE DOMIKE and counsel ALEC ZACAROLI in Washington, D.C., both of whom join the firm from Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton. The duo joined the latter in 2011 from Wallace King Domike & Reiskin, an energy boutique where Domike was a name partner.

ERNIE LAI KING, a top South African tax lawyer and former head of the China practice at leading local firm ENSafrica, has joined Hogan Lovells as head of its local tax and China practice in the country. Hogan Lovells picked up an office in Johannesburg last year through its merger with 120-lawyer Routledge Modise, according to our previous reports.

DIONNE LOMAX, an antitrust and trade regulation partner with Vinson & Elkins in Washington, D.C., has left the firm for Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, where she will be a partner specializing in health care antitrust matters. Before joining Vinson in 2000, Lomax was a trial attorney in the Justice Department’s antitrust division.

McGuireWoods has hired corporate partner JEFFREY ROTHSCHILD in New York from McDermott Will & Emery, a firm he joined back in 2003. The former Latham & Watkins and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett associate represents financial advisers in securities and other corporate matters, including M&A transactions.

Norton Rose Fulbright has added construction partner ADRIENNE PARKER in Perth from leading Australian firm Clayton Utz, as well as labor and employment partner HELENE LEE in Melbourne from her role as a consultant to Workplace Advantage, according to Aussie legal publication Lawyers Weekly. Norton Rose Fulbright also brought back Holman Fenwick Willan banking and finance partner JANET BUTTERWORTH in Paris. Butterworth was previously an associate at the firm.

Quarles & Brady has brought on Jones Day associate CLAIRE WINNARD as a labor and employment partner in Chicago. Winnard represents management in employment disputes.

Reed Smith has snagged MARK WEBBER, the head of the telecommunications practice at British firm Osborne Clarke, as a partner in its media and technology practice in London, according to reports in the U.K. legal press. Webber, seen here describing his technology transactions practice, had been with Osborne Clarke since 1997 and made partner a decade later.

TANYA CHUTKAN, a litigation partner with Boies, Schiller & Flexner in Washington, D.C., was confirmed in a 95-0 vote by the U.S. Senate last month to serve as a federal district court judge in the nation’s capital, according to The NLJ. Chutkan, a former public defender, sailed through her confirmation hearing earlier this year.

White & Case has hired local partner PAUL ALEXANDER for its capital markets practice in Milan. Alexander heads to White & Case from Linklaters, where he was an associate at the Magic Circle firm.

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