The Churn

Haynes and Boone, which has been busy tracking an increasing number of oil and gas bankruptcies during the past year, hired a bankruptcy and business restructuring partner this month from Proskauer Rose.

GEOFFREY RAICHT, who joined Proskauer in 2011 after co-heading the restructuring and insolvency affinity group at McDermott Will & Emery, joined Haynes and Boone as a partner and leader of the firm’s restructuring practice in New York. Raicht specializes in Chapter 15 proceedings, a process that allows foreign filers to use U.S. bankruptcy courts.

Haynes and Boone saw SEAN MCKENNA, co-chair of the firm’s health care group and a white-collar litigation partner in Dallas, leave earlier this month to join Greenberg Traurig’s health care and food and drug practice as a partner. (As an aside, a former Haynes and Boone partner’s lateral departure earlier this year ended up in litigation this month in Texas.)

THOMAS MAVRAKAKIS, a partner at Haynes and Boone who folded his Silicon Valley-based IP boutique into the firm last summer, made his tenure short by leaving in July to become general counsel at Santa Clara, California-based enterprise software company ServiceNow Inc. Mavrakakis is a former director of patent strategy at Apple Inc.

In other On the Move news …

Akerman, a fast-growing firm that just expanded in four cities by absorbing the bulk of a Houston-based firm, added Hinshaw & Culbertson labor and employment partner THOMAS MANDLER in Chicago and hired Pryor Cashman real estate litigation partner JOSHUA BURSTEIN in New York. Akerman also recently grabbed five new partners in Los Angeles by recruiting Gresham Savage Nolan & Tilden real estate and land use litigation partners ELLEN BERKOWITZ, LISA KOLIEB and BRADY MCSHANE, the latter of which joined his now former firm late last year from Manatt, Phelps & Phillips. Others joining Akerman in Los Angeles include Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith complex commercial litigation partner MICHAEL WEISS—a former deputy attorney general in California—and corporate partner MARK LIU from Amicorp Group, where he was group legal counsel.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld added JOSHUA TEITELBAUM, deputy assistant secretary for textiles, consumer goods and materials at the U.S. Department of Commerce, as counsel for its public law and policy practice in Washington, D.C. Akin Gump white-collar litigation partner ARNOLD SPENCER in Dallas left the firm this month to become general counsel at local bitcoin provider Coinsource. Akin Gump complex commercial litigation counsel MATTHEW PEPPING in San Antonio joined Norton Rose Fulbright as a senior associate in the city, while Akin Gump IP counsel IFTI AHMED left the firm’s Houston office to join local litigation boutique Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing as an associate.

London-based legal giant Allen & Overy expanded its operations in New York earlier this month by bringing on a five-partner banking and finance team led by new global leveraged finance co-head SCOTT ZEMSER and partners ALAN ROCKWELL and JUDAH FROGEL from White & Case, as well as Proskauer partner RAJANI GUPTA and Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy associate-turned-partner TODD KORETZKY, as reported by sibling publication Legal Week. Earlier this year, Allen & Overy’s New York office added ContourGlobal LLC deputy general counsel SIMON CLARK as senior corporate counsel, while senior antitrust counsel DAVID ERNST left the Magic Circle firm’s Big Apple base to become an antitrust and competition counsel at 3M Co. in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Altice USA, formerly known as Cablevision Systems until its $17.7 billion acquisition in June by Luxembourg-based Altice N.V., hired Shearman & Sterling M&A partner DAVID CONNOLLY in New York as its new executive vice president and general counsel, according to sibling publication Corporate Counsel. Connolly was part of a team of lawyers from the firm that advised Altice on its purchase of Cablevision. Shearman & Sterling finance counsel LUKE JAGGAR in London also recently left the firm to join the private office of German financial services giant Deutsche Bank AG in Geneva, Switzerland, as director of transaction structuring and management.

Andrews Kurth, which could be on the cusp of a merger with storied IP shop Kenyon & Kenyon, recruited public power and finance of counsel WILLIAM MEDAILLE in Austin, Texas, from the Lower Colorado River Authority, a nonprofit public utility where he was an attorney in the same city. Andrews Kurth corporate partner KEVIN TRAUTNER in Houston joined independent technology and oilfield services company NCS Multistage LLC as vice president and general counsel, while Texas firm Gray Reed & McGraw grabbed Andrews Kurth corporate partner WESLEY DORMAN JR. in Dallas. Andrews Kurth commercial litigation counsel RACHAEL MCDONELL ROLON in Houston started her own firm in The Woodlands, just north of the city, as Barnes & Thornburg brought on Andrews Kurth IP litigation partner ANTHONY SON in Washington, D.C., where he joined the latter two years ago from Wiley Rein. Son will now work out of Barnes & Thornburg’s Minneapolis office.

Barnes & Thornburg, whose Minneapolis office opened in 2009 but two months ago lost three notable litigators to Jones Day, moved to rebuild its local operations last week by bagging Bowman and Brooke commercial and product liability litigation partner CHRISTOPHER FOWLKES in the Twin Cities. Barnes & Thornburg also landed Littler Mendelson labor and employment partner FREDERICK SCHWARTZ in Chicago and Bose McKinney & Evans utility regulatory partner L. PARVIN PRICE in Indianapolis.

Blank Rome reeled in corporate, M&A and securities of counsel JO ANNE SCHWEDINGER in Pittsburgh from her role as deputy chief counsel and managing attorney in the credit division at farm equipment giant Deere & Co. in the Steel City. Blank Rome labor and employment of counsel JULIE REID in Philadelphia left the firm this month to become a human resources counsel at King of Prussia, Pennsylvania-based energy distribution company UGI Corp. Chamberlain Hrdlicka White Williams & Aughtry, a national tax boutique that opened in Philadelphia back in 2007, bagged Blank Rome tax partner BARRY KLEIN for its office in the city.

Brown Rudnick nabbed Norton Rose Fulbright senior associate JAMI VIBBERT as a partner for its cybersecurity and data privacy group in New York. Brown Rudnick international arbitration partner IGNACIO TORTEROLA, who joined the firm two years ago after serving as Argentina’s liaison officer at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, joined Washington, D.C.-based arbitration boutique Gomm & Smith, which has rebranded itself at GST LLP. Brown Rudnick land use and real estate partner GEOFFREY WILLIS in Irvine, California, has become a name partner at Larsen, Willis & Woodard in nearby Newport Beach, according to records on file with The State Bar of California.

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney added government relations partner EDWARD HILD in Washington, D.C., from his role as chief of staff to Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a role he has held since 2011. Buchanan Ingersoll also brought on litigation of counsel CHRISTOPHER SPROWLS in Tampa from the Florida state attorneys’ office, where he spent the past seven years, and Pepper Hamilton affordable housing and community development special counsel MICHELLE YARBROUGH KORB as a real estate counsel in Pittsburgh. Tucker Arensberg added Buchanan Ingersoll tax partner CHARLES “CHUCK” POTTER JR. in Pittsburgh, but watched Becker & Poliakoff pick up Buchanan Ingersoll counsel CONRAD LAZO as a construction law and commercial litigation partner in Tampa.

Detroit-based Am Law 200 firm Clark Hill bolted on a municipal finance practice by absorbing two-lawyer boutique Axe & Ecklund in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, a move that brought on founding partners PETER ECKLUND JR. and JOHN AXE, the latter of whom joined as senior counsel. Clark Hill also grabbed Greenberg Traurig public finance partner ERNESTO LANZA as senior counsel in Washington, D.C., where he joined his former firm two years ago from his role as deputy executive director of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board. Clark Hill hired Kutak Rock partner PAIGE MARTIN as senior counsel for its civil and commercial litigation group in Phoenix. Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani reeled in Clark Hill commercial litigation partner KENT CARTER in Chicago.

Cozen O’Connor brought on Bond, Schoeneck & King labor and employment partner JOHN HO in New York. Cozen labor and employment partner SEPIDEH SMITH, who joined the firm’s Chicago office a year ago as part of its merger with local shop Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson, left this month to become senior counsel for labor and employment at Burr Ridge, Illinois-based CNH Industrial NV. Cozen insurance disputes partner and Argentine-qualified lawyer ANAYSA GALLARDO STUTZMAN left the firm’s Miami office two months ago to serve as the new local managing partner for Minnesota-based insurance and antitrust firm Zelle, according to sibling publication the Daily Business Review.

Faegre Baker Daniels bagged veteran Bryan Cave energy and environmental partner COLIN HARRIS in Boulder, Colorado, where he will co-head his new firm’s energy and natural resources industry team. Best & Flanagan bagged Faegre Baker Daniels labor and employment partner JOEL SCHROEDER in Minneapolis, while Duane Morris hired Faegre Baker Daniels corporate partner LINDA CROW in London.

The Am Law Daily reported last week on Fox Rothschild’s addition of five partners—litigators ERIC NYSTROM and JOHN EKMAN, as well as financial services lawyers MICHAEL BATES, MICHAEL CAVALLARO and THOMAS HOFFMAN—in Minneapolis from shrinking local firm Lindquist & Vennum. Fox Rothschild, which recently saw a partner transition to an of counsel role at the firm after taking on a new general counsel position, also picked up CHRISTOPHER BEALL, an IP and media litigation partner with Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz, for its offices in New York and Denver. Beall serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

SARAH BISER, co-managing partner of McCarter & English’s New York office and chair of the firm’s construction and infrastructure group, also recently joined Fox Rothschild as a partner in the Big Apple. Fox Rothschild nabbed Nixon Peabody counsel CLAUDETTE MILLER in Chicago, where she was once a partner at local predecessor Ungaretti & Harris. Fox Rothschild white-collar litigation, compliance and criminal defense partner DENNIS BOYLE in Washington, D.C., recently left the firm to form Annapolis, Maryland-based Boyle & Frost. Husch Blackwell hired Fox Rothschild energy and natural resources partner and former practice leader JACK LUELLEN as senior counsel in Denver, where he once served as managing partner of now-defunct boutique Burleson’s office in the Mile-High City.

The Am Law Daily reported a month ago on King & Spalding’s recruitment of M&A partner JEFFREY MALONSON in Houston from Vinson & Elkins, a firm he prepared to leave earlier this year for Simpson Thacher & Bartlett until a former colleague he was making that move with had a change of heart. King & Spalding’s New York office also recruited Kirkland & Ellis restructuring partner JEFFREY PAWLITZ and Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson private equity and M&A associate MAYA MITCHELL as counsel. King & Spalding nabbed Norton Rose Fulbright counsel KRISTINE WADDELL as a senior attorney for its IP group in Austin, Texas. Dentons hired bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring partner MARK WEGE in Houston from King & Spalding, where he spent nearly the past nine years. In Washington, D.C., King & Spalding antitrust partner PETER TODARO left the firm after 20 years this month for Latham & Watkins, while trade disputes counsel JOSEPH LARONSKI joined the U.S. International Trade Commission as an attorney-adviser. British firm Addleshaw Goddard, involved in now stalled merger talks with Hunton & Williams, hired King & Spalding international arbitration counsel SARAH VASANI as a partner in London.

Lane Powell picked up immigration partner DUSTIN O’QUINN in Seattle from his own firm in Houston, which the former Gardere Wynne Sewell and Berry Appleman & Leiden lawyer opened in January 2015. Lane Powell, an Am Law 200 firm based in Seattle, snagged real estate counsel JULIE SEIDENSTEIN in the city from local firm Foster Pepper, where she was of counsel for the past three years, and DLA Piper corporate and M&A partner BYRON DAILEY. Lane Powell also hired Sullivan & Cromwell attorney HEIDI BRADLEY in Los Angeles as a complex commercial litigation partner in Seattle.

HAROLD MALKIN, a two-decade veteran at the U.S. Department of Justice in Portland, Oregon, joined Lane Powell’s office in the city earlier this year as a partner and chair of the Pacific Northwest firm’s investigations and regulatory compliance team. Earlier this year, Lane Powell landed health care regulatory partner JOSEPH GREENMAN on Portland from his role as senior vice president and general counsel at the Oregon Health Care Association, whose most recent federal tax filing for 2013-14 shows it paid Greenman $147,246 for his services that year. Lane Powell also brought back former partner and commercial and product liability litigator BRUCE HAMLIN in May as an assistant general counsel. Hamlin, who previously spent nearly 30 years at Lane Powell, formed his own shop in January of this year after leaving his role as a senior partner at Portland-based Martin, Bischoff, Templeton, Langslet & Hoffman.

McGuireWoods brought back former corporate partner LISA ORMAND TAYLOR in Jacksonville, Florida, from XPO Logistics Inc., where she spent nearly the past two years as an assistant general counsel at the transportation and logistics company. McGuireWoods also hired GHILLAINE REID, a former regional branch chief at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, as a partner and co-head of its broker-dealer practice in New York, where she was most recently with local boutique Schoeman Updike & Kaufman, according to sibling publication the New York Law Journal. In North Carolina, McGuireWoods Consulting, the firm’s public policy arm, recruited a new nonlawyer government relations adviser in Raleigh from Moore & Van Allen.

Quarles & Brady bagged labor and employment partner PETER ASAAD in Washington, D.C., from his role as managing partner of Immigration Solutions Group in the city, where he also served as of counsel at Aljijakli & Kousseff. The McCormick Group in Arlington, Virginia, helped broker the move. Quarles & Brady health care partner LESLIE TECTOR, who joined the firm’s Milwaukee headquarters two years ago, joined the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in June as vice president and general counsel. Quarles & Brady restructuring partner VALERIE BAILEY-RIHN in Madison, Wisconsin, left the firm earlier this summer to become a circuit court judge for Dane County. CHARLENE KELLY, a Quarles & Brady employee benefits partner in Chicago and Phoenix, joined ConAgra Foods Inc. as senior counsel for compensation and benefits in the Windy City. TIMOTHY CLEMENTS, a real estate expert who joined Quarles & Brady’s Phoenix office earlier this year, is now vice president and regional counsel at Meritage Homes Corp. in nearby Scottsdale, Arizona. Polsinelli plucked Quarles & Brady partner JOHN CRAIGER for its loan enforcement and creditors’ rights practice in Phoenix.

LINDSAY KELLY, counsel at Irell & Manella and co-chair of the firm’s cyber practice in Los Angeles, left earlier this year to become a vice president at New York-based biopharmaceutical drug developer Roivant Sciences Inc., which has the backing of a billionaire. Irell & Manella, profiled by The American Lawyer in June, also saw longtime partner JONATHAN STEINBERG in Los Angeles decamp in March to become counsel at local IP shop Lowenstein & Weatherwax.

Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker landed commercial litigation and disputes of counsel JOHN BENFORD in Orlando from his own firm in the city. Wilson Elser also welcomed labor and employment litigator ELISABETH “LISA” SHU as of counsel in McLean, Virginia, from Dentons, a global legal giant she joined last year when it absorbed McKenna Long & Aldridge. Wilson Elser health care of counsel PAUL GILLAN in Albany, New York, is now senior counsel and practice group lead for managed care and population health at the Johns Hopkins Health System Corp. in Baltimore. The Am Law Daily reported last week on Tucker Ellis’ opening in St. Louis after the Cleveland-based firm’s hire of Wilson Elser’s local managing partner and insurance litigator BRIAN HUELSMANN, who joined his now former firm in January 2015, and five ex-Wilson Elser associates.

Winston & Strawn welcomed CHRISTINE MATOTT, senior benefits counsel at management consultancy Aon Hewitt LLC, as of counsel for its employee benefits and executive compensation practice in Chicago. JOHN LORENTZEN, a longtime capital partner at Winston & Strawn in the same city, left in July and is now a senior managing director at private investment firm Ashland Capital Partners LLC. Davis Wright Tremaine added Winston & Strawn labor and employment litigation partner JULIE CAPELL in Los Angeles, while Baker & McKenzie brought on Winston & Strawn oil and gas industry partner DENMON SIGLER in Houston. Reed Smith welcomed Winston & Strawn associate JASON GORDON as counsel for its entertainment and media group in New York, where Venable hired Winston & Strawn of counsel ROSS HONIG as a commercial real estate finance partner. Winston & Strawn senior trial partner CHARLES MOLSTER III in Washington, D.C., has formed his own in the city and suburban Great Falls, Virginia.