The Churn
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UPDATE: 7/21/14, 6:15 p.m. EDT. Documents filed with the U.K.’s Companies House show that the firm with the most partner-level departures in the country last year was DLA, according to U.K. publication Legal Week.

It appears the lateral market is heating up as summer sets in for large law firms.

DLA Piper, the world’s second-largest firm by attorney head count, saw a trio of partners depart from its offices in Hong Kong and Singapore, according to a report by sibling publication The Asian Lawyer.

Finance partner JOLYON ELLWOOD-RUSSELL is headed to British firm Simmons & Simmons in Hong Kong, while corporate partner GIOVANNI MARINO has joined Winston & Strawn in the same city. In Singapore, where DLA has had a fair amount of turnover in recent months, the firm saw banking and finance partner BENJAMIN SANDSTAD take an in-house job at Standard Chartered. Sandstad joined DLA from Mayer Brown a year ago.

Further south, DLA’s Australian arm has sought to offset some recent departures by adding litigation partner LIAM PRESCOTT in Brisbane from local firm HopgoodGanim. In London, DLA brought on four construction lawyers from British firm Reynolds Porter Chamberlain led by partners STEPHEN MALLEY and JONATHAN NORTHEY, the latter of which was a senior associate at his former firm.

In other Churn news …

Baker Botts has brought on Locke Lord banking and finance partner LYMAN PADEN for its corporate practice in Houston. Paden has more than 34 years’ experience representing borrowers and lenders in various finance matters.

Bingham McCutchen, coming off a bad year in 2013 and reportedly in merger talks with several Am Law 100 firms, is down two more partners. PHILIP BLUM, an IP litigation partner in New York, has joined Islandia, N.Y.-based CA Technologies as vice president and senior counsel, while environmental partner CLARA POFFENBERGER in Washington, D.C., has set up her own law and policy shop in the Beltway. A former in-house lawyer for environmental and safety law at ExxonMobil, Poffenberger joined Bingham in 2012.

Clark Hill, the Detroit-based firm that used a merger to break into The Am Law 200 this year, has hired commercial litigation and bankruptcy partner SHERRY LOWE JOHNSON in Chicago from Dilworth Paxson in Philadelphia, where she was also a partner. Lowe Johnson joined Dilworth Paxson in 2012 from Trevose, Pa.-based Lamm Rubenstone.

Having already joined forces with a small South African firm earlier this year, global legal giant Dentons has forged a new alliance in Ghana with five-partner JLD & MB Legal Consultancy. In Europe, Dentons brought back banking and finance partner PERRY ZIZZI in Bucharest, where he left legacy firm Salans for Clifford Chance seven years ago. Dentons already lured antitrust partner RAUL MIHU and managing counsel MADALINE CONSTANTIN in Bucharest from local firm Voicu & Filipescu in April.

Chicago’s Freeborn & Peters has snapped up Seyfarth Shaw litigation partner DANIEL LANCILOTI in the Windy City. Lanciloti had spent nearly 16 years at Seyfarth, where he specialized in labor and employment and trade secrets litigation.

Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, which made headlines this week for an expanded shingle and a suit against Alex Rodriguez seeking $380,000 in unpaid legal fees, has hired Jackson Lewis employment litigation partner CRAIG SNETHEN in Pittsburgh. Gordon Rees opened an office in the Steel City back in 2012 with several hires from Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney.

ERNESTO LANZA, a deputy executive director for the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, made headlines earlier this year when the self-regulatory organization oversaw the cancellation of dozens of bonds issued by Puerto Rico following the island’s debt crisis. Now Lanza is leaving the MSRB—whose most recent tax filing shows he earned $514,075 in compensation during 2012-13—to become a public finance partner at Greenberg Traurig in Washington, D.C.

Hinshaw & Culbertson has added employment litigation partner ERICA ROCUSH in Phoenix from Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart. Rocush’s practice focuses on representing management in employment disputes.

Holland & Hart has hired IP of counsel MATTHEW BARNETT in Colorado Springs from consulting firm 54 West Group, where the former Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom associate-turned-Holme Roberts & Owen partner served as president after being deputy commissioner and general counsel for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Barnett, who served in that role during a 14-month period that ended in early 2011, was paid $334,395 during that time, according to federal tax records. Barnett will specialize in sports IP matters at Holland & Hart.

Jones Day has hired global disputes partner SIMON BELLAS in Perth from Norton Rose Fulbright, according to Aussie publication Lawyers Weekly. Bellas, who advises clients in the construction and engineering sectors, joined Norton Rose Fulbright in 2012 from Baker & McKenzie.

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton has hired IP litigation partner SEAN DeBRUINE in Silicon Valley from Alston & Bird, according to sibling publication The Recorder. Also joining Kilpatrick in Silicon Valley is IP litigation partner JON MICHAELSON, who comes aboard from K&L Gates, where he was the administrative partner for the firm’s office in Palo Alto, which he founded back in 2005.

For its latest high-profile lateral hire, Kirkland & Ellis has returned to Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom—a firm it raided for two top M&A partners five years ago—to poach tax partner DEAN SHULMAN in New York. Shulman, a veteran of dozens of notable deals, including an initial public offering by the owner of the Empire State Building last year that generated $33 million in legal fees, gives a boost to Kirkland’s tax and transactional practice in the Big Apple.

DAVID QUINTO, a former partner at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan in Los Angeles best known for his work representing the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, left the high-powered litigation firm earlier this year to join Kupferstein Manuel & Quinto, a firm cofounded by former Quinn Emanuel partner Phyllis Kupferstein. Quinto and Kupferstein were among the first lawyers who teamed up with Quinn Emanuel managing partner John Quinn nearly three decades ago to start the firm, according to a 2006 feature story by The American Lawyer.

Latham & Watkins has landed antitrust litigation partner LAWRENCE BUTERMAN in New York from the Justice Department’s antitrust division, where he was a trial attorney who also worked in the networks and technology enforcement section. Buterman first-chaired several notable government investigations, including an e-book pricing case against Apple, one that has the company battling a corporate monitor.

RICHARD BRIANSKY, a partner at Boston-based Prince Lobel Tye, has left the firm for McCarter & English, where he’ll handle complex construction, real estate and general commercial disputes.

Nixon Peabody has nabbed former federal prosecutor CHARLES TAMULEVIZ as a white-collar and government investigations counsel in Providence. Tamuleviz joins Nixon Peabody from local firm DarrowEverett, where he was a partner.

Paul Hastings has plucked Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner litigation partner JOSEPH PALYS in Washington, D.C., its second such hire from the IP-centric firm in recent months. Palys is a former U.S. Patent and Trademark Office examiner who specializes in a wide range of IP issues.

ANDREW CROSS and TODD ZEREGA, two former Reed Smith financial services partners in Pittsburgh, have joined Perkins Coie’s investment management practice in Washington, D.C. Cross served as a team leader for Reed Smith’s derivatives and structured products group. Perkins Coie elected new leadership earlier this month.

A little more than a month after its merger went live, Squire Patton Boggs has sought to offset some of the attrition that took place at legacy firm Patton Boggs by going on a hiring spree. The firm has added oil and gas of counsel FERNANDO CANO-LASA in Houston from Petroleos Mexicanos, the Mexican energy giant known as Pemex, where he served as an in-house lawyer until earlier this year, as well as real estate partner THOMAS KIBBEY in Columbus from Tim Hortons Inc. Kibbey, a former partner at legacy firm Squire Sanders, joined the Canadian casual dining chain in late 2012.
Steptoe & Johnson has snagged Mayer Brown IP litigation partner JOHN MOLENDA in New York to chair its health care and life sciences practice. Molenda, who was promoted to partner at Mayer Brown earlier this year, was previously a partner at Jenner & Block.

J. GREGORY GRISHAM, a labor and employment litigation partner in the Memphis office of Jackson Lewis, has left the firm to become of counsel at Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan in Nashville. Grisham had previously practiced with the firm before joining Jackson Lewis in 2012.

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