The Churn
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A little less than three years after leaving Mayer Brown for litigation powerhouse Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, ANDREW SCHAPIRO is making another big move, having recently been confirmed as the next U.S. ambassador to the Czech Republic.

Schapiro, who works out of New York and Chicago, is a former Harvard Law School classmate of President Barack Obama. The 51-year-old appellate litigator also served as a top bundler for the president during his 2012 reelection drive, helping cobble together more than $500,000 in donations for Obama’s campaign coffers.

Once Schapiro sets up shop in Prague later this year, he’ll replace another Harvard Law School classmate of Obama and bundler, Norman Eisen, a former senior ethics counsel for the administration who was also once a partner at Zuckerman Spaeder.

In other Churn news …

Arnold & Porter has brought back ex-partner HARRIS SHERMAN, a former undersecretary for natural resources and environment at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and twice an executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. Sherman, who will become senior counsel in Arnold & Porter’s Denver office, previously served as the firm’s head in that location from 1980 to 2000.

Ballard Spahr has hired JAMES SZE, formerly a partner at Duane Morris, as an intellectual property partner in the firm’s 5-year-old San Diego office. Sze specializes in electrical engineering and computer science technologies. He is a former engineer with Qualcomm Inc., where he designed satellite communications software, messaging systems and other wireless applications.

Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, the product of a merger between two Florida firms almost a year ago, added ETHAN HORWITZ to its New York office as a shareholder in the firm’s intellectual property and technology practice group. Horwitz will be leaving King & Spalding after serving as a partner in the intellectual property practice for seven years.

Covington & Burling brought on ROBYN POLASHUK as a partner in the firm’s communications and media practice in its Redwood Shores office, as reported in sister publication The Recorder. She spent the past nine years at Greenberg Traurig, working out of its Los Angeles office and representing major clients like Univision Communications Inc., Fox Cable Networks Inc. and The Walt Disney Co., where she was senior counsel for five years.

Former chair of the intellectual property section of the State Bar of Michigan ANNA BUDDE will join Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn as a partner in the intellectual property department. Prior to entering into law, Budde worked as a research chemist for 17 years at BASF, the largest chemical company in the world.

Katten Muchin Rosenman is making moves to bolster its environmental practice with the addition of former Assistant U.S. Attorney NADIRA CLARKE and former lawyer for the U.S. Department of Justice LILY CHINN. Both acted as environmental trial attorneys for the government and, most recently, led the white-collar and environmental crimes practice group at Beveridge & Diamond.

Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg, the Houston-based intellectual property specialty firm, has opened its ninth location by poaching intellectual property attorney ALFRED ZAHER from Blank Rome to lead its new Philadelphia office, according to sister publication The Legal Intelligencer. The move is in keeping with the firm’s continued growth since last year’s merger between predecessor firms Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz and Novak Druce + Quigg.

Reed Smith’s San Francisco office has added KEVIN WHITTAKER as a partner in its labor and employment practice. Whittaker will be leaving recently renamed Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani after spending about a year and a half as a partner in its San Francisco office.

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan has added JAY HOLLOWAY and LIZ WILLIAMSON to the energy and environmental practice group as partners in Washington, D.C. The environmental group now boasts over 70 lawyers, representing clients on issues of crude oil, natural gas, and renewable and alternative energy. The firm also expanded internationally in March when it combined with Arbis LLP, adding offices in London and Geneva.

Intellectual property lawyer LINDA ZIRKELBACH will rejoin Venable as counsel in the firm’s trademark, copyright and licensing group in Washington, D.C. Though she most recently served as a counsel at the Potomac Law Group, she began her career as an IP associate at Venable.

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