The Churn
(Illustration by Paul Dilakian)

The first week of May was a busy one at Chadbourne & Parke.

Court filings finally revealed the $35 million sum the firm agreed to pay earlier this year to settle its involvement in a long-running dispute with Ponzi scheme victims, as Chadbourne also spun off its Warsaw office into an independent firm. Now an equity partner who spent more than 14 years at Chadbourne in Washington, D.C., has retired from the law and started his own consulting shop.

DANA FRIX, who left O’Melveny & Myers for Chadbourne in 2002 and a decade later was named leader of the latter’s inside the Beltway base, also served as chair of Chadbourne’s telecommunications, media and technology practice and as an editor and contributor to the firm’s TMT Perspectives blog. Frix, who confirmed his departure in an email to The Am Law Daily last week, has now formed his own shop in Washington, D.C., and suburban McLean, Virginia.

Internet domain name registration records show that a website for Frix’s new outfit, the Frix Advisory Group, was registered on May 3 but is still under construction. Frix, who will serve as his firm’s CEO, wrote on his profile on professional networking site LinkedIn that his move will allow him to pursue private investments in the telecom and media sectors as he provides consulting advice.

Frix’s LinkedIn profile also states that he is an investor in Savi Technology Inc., an Alexandria, Virginia-based logistics and sensor analytics technology company that is also a Chadbourne client.

In other On the Move news …

WILLIAM ANAYA, public policy counsel at Alston & Bird and head of the firm’s political compliance practice in Washington, D.C., joined Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. in the nation’s capital as head of U.S. government affairs at the Chinese e-commerce giant. W. HUNTER HOLLIDAY, a longtime corporate and securities partner at Alston & Bird in Atlanta, where he served as the firm’s mentoring partner and was once a member of its hiring committee, left last month to become general counsel of The North Highland Co., a global management consulting firm, as noted by sibling publication the Daily Report.

The Am Law Daily reported last week on Allen & Overy picking up the remnants of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom’s Sydney office, which the high-powered Am Law 100 firm announced that it would close in February. Making the move to the Magic Circle firm is a three-lawyer Skadden securities team: partner MARK LEEMEN, counsel CECILE BAUME and an associate.

Bracewell, which renamed itself earlier this year after some high-profile departures in New York, sought to rebuild its Big Apple base this week by bringing on Zuckerman Spaeder litigation partners PAUL SHECHTMAN and BARBARA JONES, according to sibling publication New York Law Journal. Jones is a former federal judge who joined Zuckerman in 2013, while Shechtman helped open his former firm’s New York office in 2011 after leaving Stillman, Friedman & Shechtman, a local litigation boutique where he was a name partner that was subsequently absorbed by Ballard Spahr. Bracewell also hired ROBERT KRAEMER, a former deputy chief counsel at the U.S. Air Force Civil Engineer Center at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, as counsel for its commercial real estate group in San Antonio.

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle, which is poised to open a new office in Geneva by relocating some current staffers from Paris, also hired corporate and commercial counsel ALESSANDRA ZINGALES in Muscat, Oman, from the Jihad Al-Taie Law Office, a leading local firm.

Gardere Wynne Sewell, a Texas firm that recently saw its revenue rise during the oil price crunch, grabbed environmental partner LAURA WHITING in Dallas from Occidental Chemical Corp., where she was senior counsel. Gardere also added litigation partner SEAN WHYTE in Dallas from Alston & Bird, where he made partner last year. Gardere litigation partner MARK MAYFIELD, who joined the firm’s office in Austin, Texas, back in 2010, recently formed his own shop in the Lone Star State capital. Gardere energy regulatory partner CATHERINE WEBKING left its Austin office earlier this year to join local shop Scott Douglass & McConnico.

GrayRobinson bolted on Tallahassee-based lobbying shop Capitol Insight last week in a move that brought back former partner DEAN CANNON as chair of its government affairs group, according to sibling publication the Daily Business Review, which noted that the Florida firm had also recruited Miami City commissioner FRANCIS SUAREZ as of counsel from local shop Alvarez Barbera. GrayRobinson grabbed Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur commercial litigation partner ANDREW TRETTER in Naples, Florida, but saw bankruptcy and commercial litigation partner IVAN REICH leave its Fort Lauderdale office to join Shendell & Pollock in nearby Boca Raton, Florida. DAVID DOYLE JR., chair of GrayRobinson’s medical liability department, left the firm earlier this year with partner ADAM PASTIS to join Pearson Bitman in Orlando as partners in the firm’s medical malpractice and insurance defense litigation group.

Holland & Knight, which the DBR reported has absorbed six-lawyer aviation firm Clark Ricketts in London, also hired senior international trade counsel EDUARDO MANTILLA-SERRANO in Bogota, Colombia, from his own solo practice. Mantilla-Serrano had previously worked at local firms Muñoz Tamayo & Asociados and M&M Trade and Law.

Despite hitting some recent turbulence in the lateral market, K&L Gates has continued to restock its roster of partners, taking two from DLA Piper within the past week. K&L Gates added IP litigator SIMONE MITCHELL in Sydney and energy expert PAOLO ZAMBERLETTI in Milan from the ranks of the global legal giant. K&L Gates also welcomed health care regulatory and transactional partner MICHAEL LEVINSON in Miami from Hogan Lovells, where he was counsel.

Kirkland & Ellis, which has been on its own lateral hiring binge, took its fourth and fifth partners in a year from Magic Circle firm Linklaters by landing private equity pro DAVID HOLDSWORTH and tax specialist TIM LOWE in London, according to sibling publication Legal Week.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius brought on Shook, Hardy & Bacon management-side labor and employment partner ETHEL JOHNSON for its offices in Dallas and Houston, while also welcoming CATHERINE “KATY” GORDON as of counsel for its broker-dealer and investment adviser regulation group in Washington, D.C., from her role as director and associate general counsel at E*Trade Financial Corp. in Arlington, Virginia. The Am Law Daily reported last week on Morgan Lewis’ addition of AMIEL WEINSTOCK as of counsel for its personal law group in Boston from his role as general counsel of Thomas Brady & Associates, a high-end insurance brokerage firm owned by the father of the star New England Patriots quarterback of the same name.

Sidley Austin, having just finalized the addition of a four-lawyer Indian practice team in Singapore, also brought back former associate MICHAEL LEVY as a white-collar and government litigation and investigations partner in New York. The NYLJ reported that Levy spent the past 13 years as a federal prosecutor at the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan, with the last three as chief of the appeals unit.

Southern California’s Theodora Oringher added Sullivan & Cromwell special counsel EDWARD JOHNSON in Los Angeles as a senior attorney for its complex civil litigation group in nearby Century City. GEORG KRAUSE-VILMAR, special counsel at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York, left the firm’s corporate group a month ago to become general counsel at LionTree LLC, a New York-based boutique investment bank that specializes in making investments in the telecom and media sectors.