The Churn
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Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy added two members to its partnership ranks this week, as two more left for opportunities elsewhere.

The firm brought on Jones Day private equity partners ROBERT KENNEDY and BRIEN WASSNER in New York, where they will join Milbank’s global corporate group. The M&A duo has advised clients in a range of different industries. Wassner joined Jones Day two years ago from Winston & Strawn, while Kennedy left Latham & Watkins in 2006 for Jones Day.

Meanwhile, Milbank bankruptcy partner MATTHEW BARR in New York left the firm for Weil, Gotshal & Manges, a rival in the arena for restructuring-related legal services. Barr had a lead role at Milbank advising hedge fund honcho Philip Falcone’s bankrupt wireless communications venture LightSquared, which is on the precipice of emerging from three years in Chapter 11.

GLENN GERSTELL, a longtime commercial transactions and telecommunications partner who served as managing partner of Milbank’s office in Washington, D.C., retired after 39 years at the firm last month and will now serve as the new general counsel for the National Security Agency.

At the NSA, the former Milbank partner will replace Rajesh De, who left the national security establishment in March to return to Mayer Brown. The Daily Beast, which first had news of Gerstell’s potential appointment in late July, noted that he was a prolific fundraiser for the Obama administration, which tapped the Milbank partner in 2011 to serve on its infrastructure advisory council.

In other On the Move news …

Armstrong Teasdale added corporate services partner SARAH ROSE SISE in St. Louis from Bryan Cave, where she was a longtime partner in its employee benefits group. Also headed to Armstrong Teasdale is commercial litigation of counsel JASON WILEY in Las Vegas. Wiley was previously a partner at local firm Kolesar & Leatham.

Reuters reports that DANIEL HAWKE, head of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s insider trading and market abuse unit since it was created in 2010, is poised to join Arnold & Porter as a partner in Washington, D.C. Hawke’s father, John Hawke Jr., served six years as U.S. comptroller of the currency and previously chaired Arnold & Porter from 1987 through 1995. The latter Hawke is now senior counsel at the firm, which will add his son to its ranks this month.

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, which saw one of its partners named this week president-elect of the American Bar Association, hired senior public policy adviser and attorney BRUCE BOWERS in Atlanta from local lobbying shop Massey, Watson, Bowers & Hembree, where the lawyer-lobbyist was a founding partner. Baker Donelson expanded its financial litigation and compliance group in Atlanta by bringing on TERESA BAILEY, TEAH GLENN KIRK and CRAIG NAZZARO as of counsel, according to sibling publication The Daily Report. Bailey and Kirk come from two local shops, Aldridge Connors and Wargo & French, where they were managing partner and senior associate, respectively. Nazzaro previously was a vice president and assistant general counsel at JPMorgan Chase in New York.

Last month Baker Donelson hired former Weil senior capital markets associate NOAH KRESSLER in New York as of counsel in the firm’s corporate finance and securities practice in New Orleans. EMILY LANDRY, a product liability litigation partner with Baker Donelson in Memphis, left the firm in July to become assistant general counsel at Memphis-based paper products giant Verso Corp.

Ballard Spahr brought back former real estate associate LAURA REDSTONE as of counsel in Denver from her role as a partner at Boulder, Colorado-based Kirschenbaum Jansen. Redstone, who initially left Ballard Spahr in 2004, specializes in commercial real estate transactions. Ballard Spahr is hiring again in its real estate group after cutting back on staffing during the economic downturn, according to a story last week in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Cooley continued its U.K. expansion—the firm opened a London office with a 55-lawyer team in January—by launching a patent practice in the city through its hire of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo associate DAVID WRAIGE as special counsel, according to U.K. publication Legal Business.

Davis Wright Tremaine welcomed employment litigation partner TRACY THOMPSON and counsel M. MICHAEL COLE in San Francisco from the Miller Law Group, where Cole was senior counsel. KAREN RUSSELL, of counsel in Davis Wright’s labor and employment group and head of the firm’s diversity outreach initiative, left its Seattle office last month to focus on her role as an inclusion coach, where she helps clients find better ways to mentor your lawyers.

Dentons made its 50th lateral hire since announcing its combination with McKenna Long & Aldridge in April, a union that became official last month, by nabbing Norton Rose Fulbright energy partner CARL STEEN in Los Angeles. Dentons corporate partner TED SHOUB, who joined the legal giant after it absorbed Canadian firm Fraser Milner Casgrain in 2013, decamped for the Toronto office of Calgary-based Bennett Jones.

The Asian Lawyer, a sibling publication, reports that DLA Piper recruited JAMES PHILIPS, a longtime M&A partner with leading Australian firm Minter Ellison, to its ranks in Sydney. DLA Piper’s South African affiliate Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr also picked up partner DEEPA VALLABH in Johannesburg to serve as its new head of cross-border M&A for Africa and Asia. Vallabh was previously a partner at local firm Webber Wentzel, which has an alliance with London-based legal giant Linklaters.

Dykema Gossett bolted on litigation partner LEA COURINGTON and senior counsel R. CHRIS HARVEY in Dallas from boutique Stewart Courington Dugger Dean, which two years ago added Harvey and Courington to its ranks after a Dykema raid on another local shop. SUSAN RAMOS, senior counsel with Dykema’s immigration group in El Paso, Texas, recently left the firm to join the Ayers Immigration Law Firm in Asheville, North Carolina.

Jenner & Block brought on private equity partners ALAN ROTH and CHRISTOPHER DOUGLASS in Chicago from Locke Lord, which they joined earlier this year after it absorbed their former firm Edwards Wildman Palmer. The two, who focus their practice on fund formation and small business investment companies, bring with them Locke Lord associate KATE PRICE as special counsel.

Jones Day hired energy transactions partner STEPHEN OLSON in Houston from Baker & Hostetler, where he spent the past nine years as a partner. Jones Day also added Sidley Austin real estate finance partners JOHN RAFKIN and DAVID WOODS in Chicago.

The Am Law Daily reported this week on Littler Mendelson opening its 67th office in Toronto by raiding local boutique Kuretzky Vassos Henderson for labor and employment partners BARRY KURETZKY, GEORGE VASSOS and MONTY VERLINT, as well as counsel MARNIE BAIZLEY. SARI SPRINGER, another partner headed to Littler as its new local leader in the T-Dot, comes aboard from Canadian firm Cassels Brock & Blackwell.

Loeb & Loeb landed partner STEVEN OLENICK for its multidisciplinary sports practice in New York from Kantor Davidoff Mandelker Twomey Gallanty & Kesten, a local boutique that saw one of its founders die last year. Olenick, a registered sports agent, provides transactional, advisory and litigation services to athletes, agents, coaches and managers in the sports industry.

Morrison & Foerster added antitrust partner DAVID CROSS in Washington, D.C., from Crowell & Moring, where he co-chaired his former firm’s electronic discovery and information management practice. Also leaving Crowell & Moring for MoFo in San Francisco is senior counsel MURRAY INDICK, who will now co-chair his new firm’s emerging companies and venture capital group. MoFo also brought back SEAN RUFF as of counsel and co-head of its financial technology practice in Washington, D.C., from Square, where he served as director and lead payments and regulatory counsel at the e-payments startup.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe hired veteran IP partner YA-CHIAO CHANG in Beijing from Kirkland & Ellis, where he was also a partner advising clients in the semiconductor, telecommunications and high-tech sectors, according to The Asian Lawyer. In Germany, Orrick added real estate counsel FELIX SCHAFER in Dusseldorf from Graf von Westphalen, a local firm where he was a partner.

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati welcomed corporate and securities partners ROBERT ROSENBLUM and SUSAN GAULT-BROWN in Washington, D.C., from K&L Gates, where they were members of the firm’s investment management group. K&L Gates has been trimming its partnership ranks in recent months, as noted in a story this week by sibling publication The Legal Intelligencer.