The Churn
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Dickstein Shapiro, whose revenues, profits and headcount have dropped precipitously over the past 18 months, saw 13 lawyers and lobbyists leave the firm this week for Greenberg Traurig.

The group includes Dickstein’s public policy practice head ANDREW ZAUSNER, who will chair Greenberg Traurig’s government law and public policy practice in Washington, D.C., according to sibling publication The Blog of Legal Times.

Others joining Greenberg Traurig include partner ROBERT MANGAS, a former chief of staff to ex-U.S. Sen. Wendell Ford, as well as former Arkansas U.S. Sen. TIM HUTCHINSON, former Maryland U.S. Rep. ALBERT WYNN and former Michigan U.S. Rep. PETER HOEKSTRA. The new hires will bolster a lobbying group at Greenberg Traurig that was hit hard a decade ago by the criminal charges filed against former firm partner Jack Abramoff.

Greenberg Traurig has also hired IP counsel JAMES McALEENAN in Boston from Hawthorne, N.Y.-based Dugan & Dugan, where he was a senior attorney after having previously served as an in-house lawyer at Hasbro and Schlumberger. JAMES S.H. NULL, a former tax associate at Reed Smith, has also joined Greenberg Traurig as of counsel in New York.

In yet another lateral hire by Greenberg Traurig, the firm added White & Case corporate partner EMILIO ALVAREZ-FARRE to its Latin American and Iberian practice group in Miami. Alvarez-Farre, who has advised the Argentine government on privatization work, specializes in cross-border M&A and financing transactions.

In other Churn news …

Arnold & Porter has launched a London bank regulatory practice with its hire of financial services partner TIM ARON from Katten Muchin Rosenman, a firm he joined in late 2012 from the U.K.’s Financial Services Authority, according to British publication Legal Week.

Baker & McKenzie has brought on tax partner DANIEL ROSEN in New York from the Internal Revenue Service, where he spent the past 16 years, most recently serving as a special trial attorney in the agency’s office of chief counsel since 2006. Rosen will advise clients at his new firm on tax controversies and litigation matters.

MOLLY BRYSON, a real estate and tax credit partner at Nixon Peabody in Washington, D.C., has joined Ballard Spahr as a partner in the Beltway. Bryson had been with her former firm since 1998, the last seven years of which as a partner, and she will now assist clients with tax credits for affordable housing and solar energy projects at Ballard Spahr.

Blank Rome has bagged consumer class action defense experts JOSHUA BRIONES and ANAHIT TAGVORYAN in Los Angeles from DLA Piper. Both join Blank Rome as partners in its corporate litigation practice. Tagvoryan had been an associate at DLA.

Burr & Forman has boosted its real estate practice in Orlando by bringing on counsel ROBERT ROSEN from Veridian Realty, where he has been president and owner for the past four years. Rosen previously spent 17 years as a partner at Florida’s Broad and Cassel, leaving the firm in 2004 to enter the real estate business.

A restructuring of Radnor, Pa.-based nonprofit health care network the Jefferson Health System has brought Cozen O’Connor a new cochair of its health care practice in Philadelphia in deputy general counsel R. CHRISTOPHER RAPHAELY, according to sibling publication The Legal Intelligencer. Federal tax records show that Jefferson Health paid $325,670 to Raphaely in total compensation for 2011-12.

DLA Piper has hired accounting litigation partner SETH FRIEDMAN in New York from BDO USA, where he was deputy general counsel. Friedman, who is also an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School, joined BDO from rival KPMG in November 2011. He began his legal career as an associate at Latham & Watkins. DLA also added IP of counsel PETER McLAUGHLIN in Boston from Morrison & Foerster, which he joined last year as of counsel from Foley & Lardner.

Holland & Knight has hired senior government contracts counsel ELIZABETH GILL in Washington, D.C., from Squire Patton Boggs, the newly merged legal giant she joined last month from legacy firm Patton Boggs, where she was of counsel, according to The Hill.

Indianapolis-based Ice Miller has added former Littler Mendelson labor and employment partner STEPHANIE SEAY KELLY in Chicago, where she had been with the national firm since 2005. Kelly represents management-side clients in a variety of employment disputes.

Jones Day has grabbed Weil, Gotshal & Manges complex commercial litigation partner CHRISTOPHER “R.J.” PACE in Miami for its business and torts practice. Pace, a former federal prosecutors and U.S. Supreme Court clerk, has his own website that lists some of his key representations over the years.

JANICE SCHNEIDER, a former environmental partner at Latham & Watkins in Washington, D.C., officially joined the Obama administration a little more than a month ago as assistant secretary for land and minerals management at the U.S. Department of the Interior. Schneider had been nominated for the position late last year.

McGuireWoods has nabbed Crowell & Moring IP and life sciences litigation partner CEDRIC C.Y. TAN in Washington, D.C. Tan joined Crowell two years ago from Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, having previously been a member of legacy firm Townsend and Townsend and Crew.

The National Retail Federation, which tax records show paid $280,999 to Alston & Bird in 2012, has tapped the firm to hire privacy and data security practice cochair PAUL MARTINO in Washington, D.C. Martino will become the NRF’s new vice president and senior policy counsel after the elevation of NRF in-house lawyer Beth Provenzano to vice president for federal government relations, according to The Hill.

Reuters broke the news Friday that Och-Ziff Capital Management, one of a only a few publicly traded hedge funds, had hired former Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton partner and ex-SEC general counsel DAVID BECKER to replace Jeffrey Blockinger as its new chief legal and compliance officer. Becker, who left the SEC in 2011 to return to Cleary as a partner before sliding into a senior counsel role at the firm, was once the subject of an SEC inspector general’s report probing the regulator’s response to the fallout from Bernard Madoff’s massive Ponzi scheme.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has hired FCPA expert WILLIAM JACOBSON as a white collar and investigations partner in Washington, D.C., from oil and natural gas services company Weatherford International Ltd., where he was senior vice president, co-general counsel and chief compliance officer. From 2007 to 2008, Jacobson served as assistant chief of FCPA enforcement within the fraud section of the Justice Department’s criminal division. He joined Weatherford in 2009.

Paul Hastings has plucked Kaye Scholer’s white collar litigation and international investigations chair ERIC SUSSMAN in Chicago. Sussman’s practice focuses on pharmaceutical and medical device matters. He joined Kaye Scholer in 2008 from the U.S. attorney’s office in the Windy City.

JAMES BARNES, a former managing partner of Reed Smith’s Pittsburgh office, has joined Pepper Hamilton as a corporate and securities partner in the Steel City. Barnes, the first African American to lead a large firm office in Pittsburgh, was once named in a pay equity suit filed by another former partner against Reed Smith that was ultimately dropped in 2011.

Schiff Hardin has brought back former associate ANDREW PORTER as a white collar and corporate compliance partner in Chicago from the local U.S. attorney’s office, where he was a deputy chief of the general crimes section with a focus on prosecuting narcotics and gang-related cases. Porter’s work leading to the conviction of a high-ranking member of the Latin Kings street gang was recently the subject an editorial in the Chicago Tribune.

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton has hired K&L Gates litigation partner KENNETH RECHTORIS in Chicago. Rechtoris rejoins a group of lawyers he once worked with at Bell, Boyd & Lloyd, which merged with K&L Gates in 2009. Since then, many Bell Boyd partners have moved on to other firms, as noted two years ago in a report by Crain’s Chicago Business.

Steptoe & Johnson has brought back former chairman J.A. “LON” BOUKNIGHT JR., who left the firm for a second time in 2009, as an energy partner in Washington, D.C., according to The Blog of Legal Times. Bouknight was previously general counsel for the Newark-based Public Service Enterprise Group, the oldest and largest investor-owned gas and electric utility in New Jersey.

Snell & Wilmer has poached a seven-lawyer environmental and natural resources team from Polsinelli in Phoenix led by partners LUCAS NARDUCCI and MITCHELL KLEIN, counsel JOHN BURNSIDE, MICHAEL FORD, MARIBETH KLEIN and MARGARET LaBIANCA, along with an associate and policy adviser. Maribeth Klein, LaBianca and Ford had been partners at Polsinelli, which promoted Burnside from of counsel to partner late last year.

DAMIAN WILMOT, a former president of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association who joined Goodwin Procter in 2006 and made partner four years later, left the firm in June to become an assistant general counsel at Sunovion Pharmaceuticals.

Troutman Sanders has hired Hughes Hubbad & Reed private equity chair MICHAEL WEINSIER in New York. Weinsier was once a partner at Jenkens & Gilchrist, whose 91-lawyer office in the Big Apple was absorbed by Troutman back in 2005. Jenkens & Gilchrist closed its doors in 2007 after the firm reached a nonprosecution deal over its use of illegal tax shelters.

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