The Churn
(Illustration by Paul Dilakian)

A pair of IP practice leaders have set up shop at new Am Law 200 firms.

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson raided Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler for JEFFREY LEWIS, head of the New York firm’s patent group and immediate past president of the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

Lewis is now a partner in Fried Frank’s IP litigation group in New York. He spent nearly 22 years at Patterson Belknap, which last month hired Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey assistant general counsel JAMES ZUCKER as electronic discovery counsel and director of practice technologies in New York.

Paul Hastings poached SAMUEL WAXMAN, a corporate partner and co-chairman of Shearman & Sterling’s IP transactions practice, for its M&A and global technology transactions practice in New York. Waxman spent the past decade at Shearman & Sterling.

In other On the Move news …

Aecom, a global engineering and design giant, named O’Melveny & Myers litigation partner CARLA CHRISTOFFERSON as its new general counsel, according to sibling publication Corporate Counsel. Christofferson spent the past 22 years at O’Melveny, most recently as head of the firm’s Los Angeles office. The Asian Lawyer, another sibling publication, reports that O’Melveny did bring back former associate RONALD CHENG from the U.S. Department of Justice in Los Angeles. Cheng, a cybersecurity expert who held a number of roles as a federal prosecutor, will join O’Melveny in the spring as a partner in its white-collar and corporate investigations practice. The Recorder reports that he will split his time between Los Angeles and Hong Kong.

Allen & Overy added Cravath, Swaine & Moore corporate counsel MATTHIAS BAUDISCH as a partner for the Magic Circle firm’s European high-yield debt practice in London. Baudisch spent the past 15 years at Cravath.

Burr & Forman continued its hiring frenzy in Nashville this week by relocating a partner from Birmingham, Alabama, as well as adding Adams and Reese creditors’ rights and bankruptcy partner EMILY TAUBE to its ranks in the Music City. At Adams and Reese, Taube worked out of the firm’s Memphis office.

The Am Law Daily reported Tuesday on Cadwalader’s effort to rebuild its Houston office following a series of departures by hiring Sutherland Asbill & Brennan deputy energy practice leader CHAD MILLS, who joined the latter from Locke Lord in 2007. Cadwalader also added Jones Day antitrust partner VINCENT BROPHY in Brussels and London. Cadwalader did lose white-collar litigation partner DALE TURZA, who joined its Washington, D.C., office a decade ago from Clifford Chance, to Rockville, Maryland-based SAP National Security Services, where she is now general counsel.

Davis Polk & Wardwell welcomed counsel CHARLES STEELE to its financial institutions group in Washington, D.C., from KPMG, where he was a manager director in the forensic advisory services practice of the global accounting giant.

Debevoise & Plimpton brought on SARAH COYNE, a federal prosecutor in Brooklyn, where she headed the business and securities fraud section for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, as counsel in New York. Coyne joins Debevoise as counsel in its white-collar and regulatory defense group in New York, according to sibling publication New York Law Journal.

Dickstein Shapiro continued its recent string of additions by picking up employee benefits and executive compensation partner VICTORIA ZERJAV in Stamford, Connecticut, from the local office of Kelley Drye & Warren. EVAN BARNES, special counsel with Kelley Drye’s securities enforcement group in Stamford, is now counsel at Bracewell & Giuliani in New York.

Fresh off announcing a merger in Canada and absorbing an affiliate in New Zealand, DLA Piper added McDermott Will & Emery international transactions partner ALAN D’AMBROSIO in New York. DLA Piper also landed real estate partners OLIVIA MICHAUD and ANTONIA RACCAT in Paris from local firm Lefevre Pelletier & Associes, along with three counsel and two associates. King & Wood Mallesons, a rival legal giant, did pick up DLA Piper partner IAN WOOD in London, where he founded the latter’s nuclear practice after coming aboard eight years ago.

Troy, Michigan-based IP firm Harness, Dickey & Pierce is headed to Dallas after poaching a five-lawyer Dentons team led by partners DARIN DEAVER and GERALD WELCH. Dentons, which in January announced a transformative combination with Chinese legal giant Dacheng, picked up a three-partner real estate team in Dallas last week from Locke Lord.

Haynes and Boone hired tax partner EDGAR KLEE in Mexico City from local firm Turanzas, Bravo & Ambrosi, where he was a partner. Haynes and Boone recently celebrated its 20th anniversary in Mexico, a country that The American Lawyer reported last year has become increasingly attractive to Am Law 100 firms.

Having just picked up an IP trio in Hong Kong, Hogan Lovells hired restructuring and insolvency partner RONALD SILVERMAN for its finance practice in New York. Silverman joins the firm after a brief stint at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, which took on 226 partners from Bingham McCutchen late last year. Hogan Lovells also hired Weil, Gotshal & Manges associate CASSANDRA WADUGE as counsel in its life sciences group in New York.

Holland & Knight bagged Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney commercial lending and real estate partner JOHN DYRO SR. in Jacksonville as senior counsel in its finance and real estate group. Holland & Knight also hired K&L Gates real estate partner JONETTA BROOKS in Dallas.

The Asian Lawyer reports that Ashurst construction, projects and infrastructure partner PAUL RIEHTMULLER in Perth joined Jones Day, as the latter also added Latham & Watkins corporate partner TIMOTHY FITZSIMONS in Chicago. Latham did lose M&A counsel TOMMASO AMIRANTE in Milan; he is now a partner at Italian firm LMS Studio Legale.

K&L Gates added IP partner ARTHUR ARTINIAN in London from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where the Australian was a senior associate in the Magic Circle firm’s global IP and IT practice. K&L Gates also hired RACHEL TAUSEND, co-founder and chairwoman of the electronic discovery team at Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, as a partner in its e-discovery analysis and technology practice in Washington, D.C.

K&L Gates corporate and capital markets partner DAVD JOHNSON, who joined the firm’s Hong Kong office from Allen & Overy in 2013, defected to Norton Rose Fulbright in the Asian financial center. Norton Rose Fulbright, which last month struck two alliance deals in Africa, also nabbed tax partner BART LE BLANC in Amsterdam from Loyens & Loeff, where he was a senior associate at the leading Dutch firm.

McDermott Will & Emery bolstered its international private client practice in London by bolting on partner JEAN-MARC TIRARD from Tirard Naudin, a firm he founded in 1997. McDermott also added tax partner THOMAS YOUNG in Chicago from KPMG, where he was a senior manager of international tax. McDermott complex commercial and professional liability litigation partner DEREK MEYER in Los Angeles formed boutique LeonardMeyer, while antitrust partner JENNIFER WESTBROOK left McDermott’s office in Washington, D.C., to become an attorney with the Federal Trade Commission’s bureau of competition inside the Beltway.

San Francisco’s Owen, Wickersham & Erickson added NEIL BOORSTYN, a legendary copyright lawyer and longtime partner at now-defunct Bingham McCutchen, as of counsel in the city. Owen Wickersham is one of the Bay Area’s oldest IP boutiques.

New York’s Phillips Nizer picked up former Bingham McCutchen financial institutions regulatory, enforcement and litigation partner MARK ELLIOTT in the Big Apple. Elliott, who also serves as chairman of the City of White Plains Board of Ethics in suburban Westchester County, New York, briefly worked at Bingham McCutchen successor Morgan Lewis. Phillips Nizer did lose real estate partner SAMUEL OFSEVIT in New York to local firm Tarter Krinsky & Drogin.

Schiff Hardin landed federal prosecutor RYAN POSCABLO in New York as a partner in its litigation group. Poscablo spent the past six years as an assistant U.S. attorney in Manhattan, where he was undefeated as lead counsel in 12 notable criminal trials since leaving Weil as an associate in 2009.

Having recently expanded to San Francisco, Troutman Sanders set about bolstering its bench closer to home, bringing on K&L Gates corporate and M&A partners C. CHAD WARPULA and KEVIN CHRISTMAS in Charlotte. Christmas joined K&L Gates from Reed Smith in 2013, while Warpula jumped aboard three years earlier after serving as general counsel for Dale Earnhardt Inc., the racing team of the Nascar legend of the same name.

White & Case became the latest global firm to take advantage of Clifford Chance’s review of its German operations, adding energy, environmental and M&A partners THOMAS BURMEISTER and PETER ROSIN in Dusseldorf, according to German legal publication Juve. A handful of White & Case lawyers have left the firm this year for in-house roles. Corporate partner PHILIP POWER is an assistant general counsel at Ernst & Young in New York; IP counsel PATRICK MA in Beijing is now director and senior counsel at Mattel in Hong Kong; project finance counsel RALPH BUSCH in Dusseldorf is now in-house at ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions and real estate and construction partner JOLANTA KALECINSKA-ROSSI in Warsaw is now a partner at PwC Legal Polska.

Winston & Strawn snagged JEFFREY STERN, leader of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman’s structured products team, as a partner in its structured finance and derivatives practice in New York. Winston & Strawn lost antitrust partner EMMANUEL TRICOT and two associates in Paris to France’s Veil Jourde, while tax and finance partner FRANCK LAGORCE left the firm office in the city for Pinsent Masons. For its part, Pillsbury plucked Latham counsel DAVID BURNS in Washington, D.C., as counsel for its telecommunications and technology group.

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