The Churn
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Arnold & Porter recently announced the addition of corporate and financial services partner CHARLES BETHILL and senior counsel MARK SOKOLOW in New York from Alston & Bird.

Both lawyers joined Alston & Bird in late 2011 as part of a banking group defecting from SNR Denton, a predecessor to current day Dentons and successor to Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal following a 2010 transatlantic merger. Bethill and Sokolow, who have worked with one another for years, were absorbed into Sonnenschein in late 2008 after the firm took on more than 100 lawyers from now-defunct Thacher Proffitt & Wood.

The collapse of Thacher Proffitt at the start of the financial crisis—the subject of a March 2009 feature story in The American Lawyer—came a little more than eight years after the firm avoided any casualties on Sept. 11, 2001, following the destruction of its headquarters at the World Trade Center. Only a year after evacuating the Twin Towers, Sokolow, a regulatory and securities compliance expert, miraculously survived another terrorist blast while visiting Jerusalem.

In joining Arnold & Porter, Sokolow and Bethill reunite with senior counsel Kevin Barnard, a former cohead of his firm’s financial services practice. The trio had worked with one another on the federal government’s bailout of insurance giant AIG, according to our previous reports.

In other Churn news …

Akerman, a Florida-based Am Law 200 firm that shortened its name late last year, has expanded in Chicago with its hire of litigation partner CHRISTINE BAUSTISTA from the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles, bankruptcy partner MICHAEL MOLINARO from Reed Smith and health care partner CAROLYN METNICK from Barnes & Thornburg, where she was an associate. Last year Molinaro, a former cochair of the bankruptcy practice at Loeb & Loeb, sued his former firm for $160,000 in allegedly unpaid compensation for 2012.

Baker & McKenzie has brought on partner CATHRYN SAWICKI in Toronto from Fogler Rubinoff to become a member of its business immigration and mobility practice. The global legal giant did lose special counsel FRANK NIU in Beijing this week to Dentons, where he’ll be a corporate partner, according to sibling publication The Asian Lawyer. Quarles & Brady also picked up Baker & McKenzie M&A partner ANDRE FIEBIG in Chicago.

DARREN VANPUYMBROUCK, a commercial, class action, product liability and toxic tort litigation partner with Schiff Hardin in Chicago, has left the firm for Barnes & Thornburg, where he’ll also be a partner.

Bass Berry & Sims is picking up two associates from McLean, Va.-based General Counsel P.C. and Holland & Knight, as well as Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy patent attorney RONALD SIGWORTH as an IP partner in Washington, D.C., in a move that the Nashville Post reports will bring the Tennessee firm’s Beltway branch to about a dozen employees. Before joining Milbank in 2013, Sigworth spent four years at Crowell & Moring.

Bingham McCutchen might be engaged in merger talks and coping with a series of partner defections, but the firm did see white-collar investigations and enforcement partner DAVID MILLER join its New York office after nine years as a federal prosecutor in Manhattan. Bingham also saw two financial institutions counsel—GILLIAN BIRON and BRANDYNE RUSSELL—recently depart in the Big Apple. Russell’s destination was unclear, but Biron has become a managing director at legal recruiting firm Empire Search Partners.

Dechert has grabbed Goodwin Procter life sciences and IP partner SCOTT WARREN in New York. Warren, a litigation and patent prosecution expert, advises clients in the chemical, medical and pharmaceutical industries.

DLA Piper has poached life sciences partner SHANE ALBRIGHT in Silicon Valley from Hogan Lovells, a firm he joined in 2011 after being special counsel at Cooley, according to sibling publication The Recorder. Albright specializes in corporate and transactional work for companies in the biopharmaceutical and medical research space.

ARI MARKENSON, an adjunct associate professor at Brooklyn Law School and health care of counsel at Benesch, Friedlander, Coplon & Aronoff in White Plains, N.Y., has left the firm for Duane Morris in New York. Markenson handles health care M&A, private equity and regulatory work.

Dykema Gossett has added senior commercial litigation counsel MATTHEW RINALDI in Dallas from his own shop, one he started late last year after leaving his role as counsel at local firm Miller, Egan, Molter & Nelson. Rinaldi was previously an associate at K&L Gates and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

Hunton & Williams has hired real estate counsel JEROME DANO and VALERIE KITAY in New York from Ashurst and Goodwin Procter, respectively. Kitay was an associate at her former firm, while Dano was counsel. Dano began his legal career as an associate at Thacher Proffitt in 1998.

Woodbury, N.Y.-based insurance specialist Kaufman, Dolowich & Voluck has hired San Francisco partner LOUIS CASTORIA from Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, where he was chair of the firm’s specialty professional risks group and cochair of its securities industry practice. Kaufman Dolowich also picked up litigation partner IRAM VALENTIN in Hackensack, N.J., from The Gonzo Law Group, where he was a partner.

Kaye Scholer has hired corporate partner GLYNNA CHRISTIAN in New York from Squire Patton Boggs, formed via a megamerger on June 1. Christian joined legacy firm Squire Sanders in 2012 from Winston & Strawn, where she had been global chair of sourcing. She decamped to Winston in 2009 from now-defunct Dewey & LeBoeuf. Last year a Dewey bankruptcy trustee sued Christian for $395,000 in back compensation as part of a spate of suits filed against her and eight other former Dewey equity partners.

Locke Lord has nabbed Norton Rose Fulbright commercial and IP litigation partner CHARLES BAKER in Houston, where he will become head of IP litigation. Locke Lord has also lured regulatory enforcement partner TERENCE HEALY in Washington, D.C., from Reed Smith, which he joined last year from his role as a senior assistant chief litigation counsel at the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Mayer Brown has recruited a five-strong team from Bryan Cave to launch an Asian consulting arm in Singapore. The Asian Lawyer reports that CECIL LEONG, who served as CEO of Bryan Cave International Consulting, will take the same role at Mayer Brown, which is in the process of also registering a consulting unit in Shanghai. Leong, who is not a lawyer, will be joined by four other nonlegal advisers.

Reed Smith appellate litigation partner TRACY GENESEN, who joined the firm’s San Francisco office last year from Kirkland & Ellis, has been hired to become the new general counsel of Edrington USA, a Scotch whisky company and firm client. Genesen spoke with sibling publication Corporate Counsel about her previous work for Edrington, which owns brands like Macallan and Cutty Sark.

MARK RUSSELL, a former legal director of patents at pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co., has joined Vedder Price as counsel in the firm’s IP group in New York. Russell, a former examiner with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, specializes in patent prosecution and IP due diligence work.

Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease has expanded in its home state of Ohio by raiding local firm Hahn Loeser & Parks for IP and technology partners MARK WATKINS in Akron and MICHAEL GARVIN in Cleveland. The Buckeye State duo has worked with each other representing clients on various IP matters for almost 15 years.

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