The Churn
(Illustration by Paul Dilakian)

Mayer Brown launched a German private equity practice last week by hiring two partners in Frankfurt from King & Wood Mallesons, a global legal giant that just posted flat global gross revenue for 2015 after announcing in January that it would tweak its financial structure following a series of partner departures.

JULIAN LEMOR, head of King & Wood Mallesons’ German private equity group, and partner BIRGIT HUEBSCHER-ALT are among those leaving the firm for Mayer Brown. German legal publication Juve reports that the lawyers previously worked together at SJ Berwin, a London-based firm that King & Wood Mallesons absorbed in 2013 prior to its recent decision to review its European finances.

Mayer Brown, which saw the former head of its German corporate and M&A group leave the firm late last year, also added Morgan, Lewis & Bockius corporate and securities partner MATHEW KIDWELL in London, where the oil and gas industry transactional expert joined his former firm in 2013 from K&L Gates. Mayer Brown banking and finance counsel PRITI DAVE left the firm’s New York office earlier this year to become an associate at Morgan Lewis.

In Brazil, Mayer Brown’s local affiliate Tauil & Chequer added tax senior counsel FERNANDA BASTOS in Rio de Janeiro from Campos Mello Advogados and capital markets and finance senior counsel JESSICA QUEIROZ in São Paulo from Koury Lopes Advogados, where she was a senior associate. (Tauil & Chequer, which in 2009 linked up with Mayer Brown after dumping Thompson & Knight, added an 11-lawyer team from Campos Mello late last year.)

Mayer Brown litigation and dispute resolution counsel GEORGIA “GINA” SAVIOLA in Los Angeles left the firm this month to become assistant general counsel at Sumitomo Electric USA Holdings Inc. in nearby Torrance, California. Mayer Brown complex civil litigation counsel STEVEN RICH in Los Angeles joined Petaluma, California-based Amy’s Kitchen Inc. as associate general counsel.

In other On the Move news …

Barnes & Thornburg, a Midwestern legal giant that went on a litigation-centric hiring spree last month, bagged private wealth partner STEPHANIE DENBY in Chicago from local midsize shop Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella.

Cooley, a firm that saw its gross revenue soar 14 percent in 2015, brought back corporate life sciences partner LAURA BEREZIN in Palo Alto, California, from Hogan Lovells, as noted by sibling publication The Recorder. Berezin joined Hogan Lovells five years ago after leaving Cooley.

U.K. sibling publication Legal Week reports that Dechert added ANDREW HOOD, a former legal adviser to British Prime Minister David Cameron, as a senior director for its international trade and government regulation group in London. Dechert corporate and real estate partner PHILIPPE PHANEUF recently left the firm’s Los Angeles office, which he joined from Greenberg Traurig two years ago this month, to become general counsel at architectural firm M. Arthur Gensler Jr. & Associates Inc.

Epstein Becker & Green’s consulting arm EBG Advisors nabbed health care and human resource specialists SAM NUSSBAUM and XAN RASKIN this month in Washington, D.C., and New York, respectively. Nussbaum served as executive vice president and chief medical officer at health insurance giant Anthem Inc., and Raskin was assistant general counsel at Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. Epstein Becker also bagged labor, employment and workforce management partner DAVID MARDEN in New York from local litigation boutique Dewey Pegno & Kramarsky, where he was promoted to counsel in January.

Late last year Epstein Becker also added two senior counsel by hiring labor and employment expert RHONDA MOLL from her role as special counsel for the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s Metro-North Railroad and KAREN CAVALLI for its health care and life sciences group. Cavalli was most recently deputy general counsel for managed care contracts at Aria Health in Philadelphia. Both lawyers joined Epstein Becker’s office in New York.

Faegre Baker Daniels, formed via a merger four years ago, brought on Polsinelli partner ROBERT GOLDSTEIN in Denver as corporate counsel for its natural and organic products team in the Mile-High City and nearby Boulder, Colorado. Faegre added cross-border corporate partners THEODORE “TED” COMINOS JR. in Chicago and CRISTINA AUDRAN-PROCA in London from Locke Lord, where she was counsel; both once worked at predecessor firm Edwards Wildman Palmer. Cominos previously served as chair of Locke Lord’s cross-border transactions practice after spearheading Edwards Wildman’s opening of an Istanbul office.

Also headed to Faegre in Indianapolis is IP counsel DAVID STEMERICK, who joined the firm this month after serving as senior corporate counsel at Takeda California Inc. in San Diego. Faegre, which earlier this year welcomed aboard a new chief talent officer, did see product liability counsel MINDY FINNIGAN in Chicago leave the firm in February to become associate director of career services at the University of Chicago Law School. Faegre complex business litigation partner SHIV O’NEILL in Indianapolis also recently left the firm to become senior counsel for global litigation at engine company Cummins Inc. in Columbus, Indiana. Faegre business litigation counsel KATHERINE WITTENBERG in Boulder is now of counsel in the trial group at Taylor Anderson in Denver.

Greenberg Traurig, which saw its 2015 gross revenue hit $1.32 billion as it closes in on a potential merger with 550-lawyer British firm Berwin Leighton Paisner, grabbed DLA Piper partner MARK GRANTHAM to lead its Atlanta business litigation team, according to sibling publication the Daily Report. DLA Piper of counsel ANN BYRD joined Grantham at Greenberg Traurig in the same capacity. Greenberg Traurig also hired investment fund and advisory of counsel CHRISTOPHER MCHUGH from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C., where he was counsel to commissioner Kara Stein, after spending the previous two years as senior counsel in the regulator’s division of investment management. Greenberg Traurig corporate of counsel EDWARD STURCHIO JR. in New York is now global general counsel at Advanced Accelerator Applications, a French pharmaceutical firm that specializes in the field of molecular nuclear medicine.

Jones Day nabbed Shearman & Sterling financial institutions litigation and regulation partner STEPHEN HIBBARD in San Francisco, where he once chaired the corporate governance and securities litigation group at Bingham McCutchen before joining Shearman & Sterling in 2004. In Australia, Jones Day added business restructuring and reorganization partners ROGER DOBSON and KATIE HIGGINS in Sydney from Henry Davis York, according to Legal Week, which notes that Dobson previously headed the local firm’s banking, restructuring and insolvency practice.

K&L Gates, which announced last week the promotion of 50 lawyers to partner, more than half of them women, added investment management partner and ERISA fiduciary group head ROBERT SICHEL in New York from investment and risk management firm Pacific Global Advisors, where he was general counsel. K&L Gates also brought on Baker & Hostetler M&A partner BRYCE LINSENMAYER in Houston, but saw complex commercial litigation partner PAUL GENENDER leave its Dallas office for Weil, Gotshal & Manges.

Kaye Scholer snagged MARK MAIER, promoted in 2014 to colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, to lead its national security practice in Washington, D.C., after he founded the government contracts practice and co-founded the data privacy team at McGuireWoods in suburban Tysons Corner, Virginia. Kaye Scholer real estate of counsel ROBERT KANDEL, a former commissioner of New York City’s Office of Economic Development, is now of counsel at Goldberg Weprin Finkel Goldstein.

Morrison & Foerster added creditors-side bankruptcy partner JONATHAN LEVINE in New York from Andrews Kurth, a firm where he spent the past 13 years. MATTHEW HARRISON, of counsel in MoFo’s Tokyo office after joining the firm from O’Melveny & Myers in 2013, left that office in January.

Polsinelli, coming off a strong 2015 and poised to grow larger this year after announcing last week that it would open new offices in Boston and Houston as a result of its agreement to bolt on the bulk of 80-lawyer IP boutique Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg, also landed Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie IP litigation partner COLBY SPRINGER in San Francisco. Springer comes to Polsinelli after the firm recently picked up two other partners from Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie, which was formed in January via a merger.

Polsinelli also poached a high-profile litigation partner in Dallas by recruiting WILLIAM MATEJA from Fish & Richardson, according to sibling publication Texas Lawyer. Mateja, who focuses 60 percent of his practice on health care fraud and abuse work, is also one of several Lone Star State lawyers defending Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on felony charges of violating securities laws.

Reed Smith reeled in Fish & Richardson IP litigation partner LISA CHIARINI in New York, while also watching financial services partner MATTHEW BROMBERG leave its Big Apple base to become general counsel at Red Bank, New Jersey-based Millington Securities Inc. and affiliate WBI Investments Inc. Bromberg joined Reed Smith last August after serving as senior managing counsel and managing director at The Bank of New York Mellon. Reed Smith, which recently announced plans to shed 45 lawyers from its ranks, saw financial services litigation partner FELICIA YU in Los Angeles take an in-house job at Pasadena, California-based East West Bank, which serves the Chinese American community in the Golden State.

HUGH SCOGIN JR., a former corporate partner at Dewey & LeBoeuf who joined Reed Smith’s Beijing office in 2008, left the latter in January to start his own shop in New York. Reed Smith life sciences and health industry litigation partner ADAM MASIN also decamped to join Shipman & Goodwin in the same city. MARTY DAKESSIAN, an equity partner in Reed Smith’s California tax controversy and litigation group in Los Angeles, also recently left the firm he joined in 2010 to launch his own three-lawyer tax boutique, called Dakessian Law, which will have offices in Los Angeles and Sacramento. Reed Smith senior counsel STEVEN KATZ also this month left to join labor and employment firm Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete as senior counsel for its new office in Los Angeles.

Rimon Law, a growing firm in the virtual law space, snapped up three Am Law 200 partners in recent weeks. Rimon Law roped in Reed Smith counsel JOHN MUSSMAN as a banking and financial services partner in Chicago, reeled in Foley & Lardner corporate partner ROBERT LEE in Orlando and landed LeClairRyan commercial litigation partner BRIAN HAFTER as counsel for its technology and financial services litigation team in San Francisco.

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, which saw both gross revenue and partner profits rise last year, snapped up Reed Smith bankruptcy and finance partner COLLEEN MCDONALD in San Francisco and landed LAURA JEHL, a former general counsel at chief privacy and security officer at Anthem subsidiary Resolution Health Inc., as a partner and co-chair of its privacy and data security practice in Washington, D.C. Sheppard Mullin’s JASON NORTHCUTT and MICHAEL GIBSON, a pair of corporate, private equity and real estate finance and transactional experts who made partner at the firm in 2011 and 2013, respectively, left its office in Washington, D.C., to join Bass, Berry & Sims as partners inside the Beltway.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, which announced plans two weeks ago to close its Sydney office, saw litigation partner TIMOTHY MILLER in Palo Alto become a managing partner of the Silicon Valley office of California litigation boutique Valle Makoff. Skadden executive compensation and employee benefits counsel DAVID OLSTEIN left the firm this month to become of counsel in the fiduciary responsibility practice at the Groom Law Group in Washington, D.C. Skadden litigation and arbitration counsel SHANNON LAZZARINI in New York also recently left the firm for Milan to become group head of litigation at UniCredit, Italy’s largest bank.

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz doesn’t make many lateral hires, but earlier this month the firm reached outside its ranks to recruit former Stroock & Stroock & Lavan associate DEREK SILVERMAN as a litigation electronic discovery attorney in New York. Silverman joined Wachtell after spending most of the past year as an e-discovery attorney consultant at British banking giant Barclays in the Big Apple.