The Churn
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Pepper Hamilton partner and managing director of Free Group International Solutions LAWRENCE BYRNE will leave private practice to become the New York City Police Department’s deputy commissioner for legal matters.

The move is a return to civil service for Byrne, who previously worked as an assistant U.S. attorney and deputy chief in the U.S. Department of Justice’s organized crime and racketeering section. He left to become a partner in the New York office of Linklaters in 2006 and eventual head of the U.S. litigation practice.

Byrne will be filling the shoes of DOUGLASS MAYNARD, former partner at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, who left the firm after 10 years to join the NYPD. Maynard will now return to Akin Gump.

In other Churn news …

Dykema Gossett has added senior counsel ERIC WHITE to its corporate finance practice in Dallas. White spent the past 10 years at Patton Boggs, where he was a partner with special expertise in shari’ah-compliant finance. Patton Boggs merged with Squire Sanders in May to become Squire Patton Boggs.

MATTHIAS EDRICH has left Kutak Rock’s Denver office to join Greenberg Traurig’s tax and public finance practices in Boston and Denver. He is also an officer of the German American Chamber of Commerce and has advised German companies on doing business in Colorado.

Husch Blackwell has continued its expansion kick with the hiring of former U.S. Department of Justice trial attorney MARK MILTON, who has spent the last four years in the DOJ’s tax division. He will join the firm’s technology manufacturing and transport group, as well as the government compliance, investigation and litigation team. The team has already added nine attorneys over the past 15 months.

The growth in Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton’s Washington, D.C., office will continue with the addition of JOSHUA POND as a partner in its intellectual property department. After 11 years, Pond will leave Fish & Richardson, where he was a principal.

Following a brief stint as an environmental law partner at Bernkopf Goodman, MARGARET STOLFA will move to become a partner in LeClairRyan’s environmental and real estate practices. Prior to entering private practice, Stolfa spent almost nine years as general counsel for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.

After 23 years with Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, R. MONTGOMERY DONALDSON has left to join the rapidly growing Polsinelli. Donaldson will leave his post as the managing partner in Montgomery’s Wilmington, Del., office to become a shareholder in Polsinelli’s financial and fiduciary litigation practice in Wilmington. Polsinelli, one of the fastest growing Am Law firms, recently doubled its presence in California with the acquisition of a 21-lawyer group from McKenna Long & Aldridge.

Shook, Hardy & Bacon has welcomed MIRANDA LUNDEEN SOTO as a partner in the global product liability group. She comes from Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel, and is known for her advice column Gavel Babble, described as “where Dear Abby meets Judge Judy.”

BOBBY GREENFELD has joined Steptoe & Johnson as counsel in the firm’s growing national intellectual property practice in New York. He is leaving Mayer Brown, where he was counsel in the its IP group.

Antitrust attorney ERIC BERMAN joined Venable as counsel in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. Berman comes from William Mullen, where he chaired the antitrust and trade regulation practice and was a partner for almost two years.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges has lured away prominent bankruptcy partner RAY SCHROCK from rival Kirkland & Ellis in a move that will bolster its own signature practice. The high-profile hire is a major coup for Weil, which itself has lost dozens of partners and associates in a slowdown of reorganization work amid a general improvement in business activity worldwide.

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