The Churn

McDermott Will & Emery, having just sorted through a list of candidates in order to finalize its new leadership, has continued a hiring spree it embarked on a few weeks ago, one that recently saw the firm bring back its former Boston office leader.

The Chicago-based firm hired Schulte Roth & Zabel partner ROBERT GOLDSTEIN in New York to head its private equity group, as noted earlier this month by sibling publication the New York Law Journal. Goldstein has brought with him from Schulte Roth special counsel FRANK STEINHERR, who joined McDermott has a partner in its private equity group, and real estate investment and finance partner DANIEL MARTIN.

REBECCA MARTIN, co-chief of the civil frauds unit and a health care fraud coordinator at the U.S. attorney’s office in downtown Manhattan, has also joined McDermott as a litigation partner in New York. At the firm, Martin will focus on handling internal investigations and government actions involving the False Claims Act for clients such as hospital and pharmacy chains, pharmaceutical companies and universities, according to the NYLJ.

The Am Law Daily reported earlier this month on McDermott’s addition of leading executive compensation expert STEVEN ECKHAUS from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft in New York. Eckhaus, who joined Cadwalader three years ago from Katten Muchin Rosenman, is bringing with him another new McDermott partner in Cadwalader senior attorney EVAN BELOSA. In Boston, McDermott picked up privacy and cybersecurity partner MARK SCHREIBER from Locke Lord, where he also served as chair of privacy matters at the World Law Group. (Schreiber was previously a partner at Edwards Wildman Palmer, which was absorbed into Locke Lord in early 2015.)

McDermott also brought back EN-JIUN ENRICA MA, a tax specialist who made partner at the firm in early 2013 before joining Johnson & Johnson in an in-house role, as a partner for its office in Washington, D.C. In London, McDermott hired health care transactional partner HAMID YUNIS from Taylor Wessing, where he headed the Anglo-German legal giant’s health care group.

There have been some minor defections from McDermott in recent weeks, including the departure of white-collar litigation partner MICHAEL WYNNE in Houston for local firm Hughes Arrell Kinchen. Loeb & Loeb also added McDermott senior associate ELISABETH “BESS” MORGAN in Los Angeles as senior counsel for its advanced media and technology group in Nashville. Morgan, whose practice focuses on IP counseling and transactional matters, will work out of Los Angeles-based Loeb & Loeb’s new office building in the Music City.

In other On the Move news …

Alston & Bird added employee benefits and executive compensation partner DOMINIC DEMATTIES in Washington, D.C., from the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where the former Kirkland & Ellis partner spent the past four years as an attorney-adviser in the its office of the benefits tax counsel. Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, which saw of counsel and former Krispy Kreme legal chief DARRYL MARSCH leave its North Carolina headquarters last month to become general counsel at Dallas-based Wingstop Restaurants Inc., welcomed Alston & Bird trademark and copyright counsel LAURA KEES as a partner in Atlanta.

Alston & Bird brought on IP and trade secrets litigation counsel LENNY HUANG in East Palo Alto, California, from IP boutique Singularity in nearby Redwood Shores. Alston & Bird construction litigation and government contracts partner KEVIN COLLINS left the firm’s Santa Monica office in August to start his own shop in the city, while Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton snagged Alston & Bird senior commercial and real estate finance attorney MERRI MCCOY as counsel in Dallas. Bowman and Brooke bagged Alston & Bird commercial and product liability litigation partner LINDSAY CARLSON in Los Angeles as senior counsel for its office in nearby Torrance, California.

Debevoise & Plimpton brought back former international dispute resolution partner CATHERINE AMIRFAR in New York from the U.S. Department of State, where she spent the past two years as a counselor on international law. Greenberg Traurig hired Debevoise corporate and securities partner SHERRI CAPLAN in New York. Overseas, Debevoise associate PARVEET SINGH GANDOAK recently left the firm’s Hong Kong office to become corporate counsel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Singapore, as noted by Indian legal publication Bar & Bench.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher grabbed a new partner in STUART DELERY, a former acting associate attorney general in the No. 3 role at Main Justice in Washington, D.C., where he led the department’s civil division, as noted by sibling publication The National Law Journal. Gibson Dunn also added Proskauer private equity partner JAMES HOWE in London, according to sibling publication Legal Week, and hired Schulte Roth’s M&A and securities co-chair JOHN POLLACK in New York. In August, Gibson Dunn added IP transactions partner JOHN SQUIRES from Perkins Coie in New York, according to our previous reports.

The Am Law Daily reported earlier this week on Goodwin Procter bringing back former partner BRACKETT DENNISTON III as senior counsel in Boston. Denniston retired a year ago as general counsel of the General Electric Co., where he spent more than a decade as the conglomerate’s top in-house lawyer. Goodwin Procter also added KAREN NEUMAN, chief privacy officer at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, as a cybersecurity partner and head of its privacy practice in Washington, D.C., according to The NLJ. In Paris, Goodwin Procter added corporate and M&A counsel DAVID DIAMANT from King & Wood Mallesons.

Hogan Lovells landed litigation and arbitration expert GREGORY LISA, interim director of the U.S. Department of Treasury’s office of compliance and enforcement for its financial crimes enforcement network, as an international trade and investment practice partner in Washington, D.C. Hogan Lovells also hired IP, media and technology partner TAYLOR EVANS in Houston from Bracewell, a firm he joined in 2012 from Andrews Kurth.

Hogan Lovells also picked up Pinsent Masons financial technology partner JOHN SALMON in London—the move was unveiled earlier this year—and added a former innovation director from DLA Piper to serve as its head of legal services delivery, according to Legal Week. British firm Shoosmiths hired Hogan Lovells private equity partner AMIT NAYYAR in London. Back in the U.S., the VLP Law Group added patent prosecution partner EDWARD KWOK in Palo Alto from Hogan Lovells, where he was an IP partner in nearby Menlo Park, California.

Jenner & Block brought on communications, Internet and technology partner REBEKAH PRESTON GOODHEART in Washington, D.C., where she spent the past eight years as legal adviser to Mignon Clyburn, a Democratic commissioner with the Federal Communications Commission. Jenner & Block, which has also recently sought to build out its wealth management group, also hired LEE VAN VOORHIS as an antitrust partner in Washington, D.C. Van Voorhis previously served as head of Baker & McKenzie’s North America antitrust group, according to The NLJ. Seyfarth Shaw snagged Jenner & Block litigation counsel SHANNON CALLAHAN as senior counsel in Chicago.

Jones Day hired a five-strong team from White & Case in Brussels led by capital markets partner MATTHIEU DUPLAT and infrastructure and projects partner FERDINAND BRUGHMAN, a local partner who Legal Week notes headed his former firm’s energy, infrastructure, project and asset finance group in the Belgian city. Jones Day also added Clifford Chance real estate partner CHRISTIAN TRENKEL in Munich and Herbert Smith Freehills banking and finance, projects and infrastructure partner NADIM KHAN in Dubai. In the U.S., Jones Day reeled in Reed Smith health care partner DANIEL CODY in San Francisco and Barnes & Thornburg M&A partner DAVID VANDER HAAR in Minneapolis. Ashurst added Jones Day tax partner MARTIN BUENNING in Frankfurt, according to Legal Week, while Latham & Watkins landed Jones Day public utilities partner CHARLES READ as of counsel in Los Angeles.

JAY GEIGER, a longtime M&A counsel at Cahill Gordon & Reindel in New York, left the Wall Street firm in August to become managing director of M&A tax at global accounting giant KPMG LLP. The move comes amid a recent report about global accounting firms gradually moving into the legal services sector.

The Am Law Daily reported last week on Kirkland’s acquisition of Washington, D.C.-based Bancroft, a 16-lawyer appellate litigation boutique home to former U.S. Solicitor General PAUL CLEMENT, whose decision to join forces with Kirkland rattled the closely-knit U.S. Supreme Court bar. Other Bancroft partners joining Kirkland by the start of the new Supreme Court term on Oct. 1 include H. CHRISTOPHER BARTOLOMUCCI, JEFFREY HARRIS, GEORGE HICKS JR. and ERIN MURPHY. Kirkland also added investment funds partner JAMIE LYNN WALTER in Washington, D.C., from her role as senior counsel in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s division of investment management. Kirkland partner CHRISTINE WILSON left the firm’s inside-the-Beltway base earlier this year to become senior vice president for regulatory and international at Delta Air Lines Inc.

In New York, Kirkland recruited partner JAVIER RUBINSTEIN, an international arbitration expert who served as a vice chairman at PwC. Kirkland also added antitrust partner KATHERINE “KATE” ROCCO from Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York, where she was a litigation associate. Kirkland, which is poised to launch an investment funds practice in Houston, saw litigation partner ANDREW HORNE leave the firm’s New York office in June to start his own shop. Faegre Baker Daniels also recently brought on a pair of Chicago-based Kirkland partners in restructuring expert NORA TAUKE SCHWEIGHART and IP litigator CRAIG LEAVELL. Chicago’s Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg grabbed Kirkland finance partner DAVID MILLIGAN. And records on file with the Illinois State Bar Association show that Kirkland’s JOSH MCLANE, a tax expert who made partner last year in Chicago, has taken an in-house job at CareTrust REIT Inc. in San Clemente, California.

Latham landed equity capital markets partner OLIVER SEILER in Frankfurt from Allen & Overy, where he headed the Magic Circle firm’s German capital markets group, as noted by Legal Week. Latham, which this month saw the global chair of its pro bono practice nominated to a federal court seat, also lured on government risk and investigations partner HUI XU for its litigation and trial department in Shanghai. Xu was previously of counsel at Covington, according to sibling publication The Asian Lawyer.

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips hired BuckleySandler counsel BRETT NATARELLI as a partner for its consumer financial services litigation group in Chicago, while also bringing on BuckleySandler litigator A. PAUL HEERINGA as counsel in Washington, D.C. The nation’s capital was where IVAN WASSERMAN, the head of Manatt’s office in the city, left last week for food and drug law boutique Amin Talati & Upadhye, according to The NLJ, which noted that Manatt has already chosen a new local leader. Crowell & Moring hired Manatt advertising and product risk management counsel LAUREN ARONSON this month in Washington, D.C., where government affairs and public policy partner DANIEL ADDISON JR. left Manatt earlier this year to become an in-house lawyer in Houston at Citgo Corp. Addison joined Manatt a year ago from Squire Patton Boggs.

The latter saw a lawyer from legacy firm Patton Boggs join Manatt almost a year ago as a government and regulatory policy counsel in Washington, D.C. JACK EVANS, a member of the local city council, reportedly makes $60,000 per year from Manatt. The nation’s capital was where Manatt hired a nonlawyer managing director for its Manatt Health unit in June, a month before a financial technology partner left Manatt for another firm. LINDA TIANO, a health care partner who joined Manatt a year ago, also left the firm’s inside-the-Beltway base in August to become chief legal officer and general counsel at New York-based nonprofit Healthfirst Inc. Glaser Weil Fink Howard Avchen & Shapiro snagged Manatt trusts and estates litigation partner ADAM PINES in Los Angeles, while Manatt corporate partner MARTIN MAYO in Palo Alto joined technology venture capital firm Rothenberg Group LLC in San Francisco. Manatt advertising, marketing and media law partner JEN DEITCH LAVIE in New York joined HomeServe USA Corp. as a senior marketing counsel.

Nixon Peabody picked up Manatt land use and infrastructure partner BRYAN LEROY this week in Los Angeles. Nixon Peabody also nabbed a patent counseling and IP transactions team led by partner ON LU—chief IP counsel at the European Innovation Academy in Nice, France—and IP counsel EDUARDO QUINONES in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., respectively. Nixon Peabody recruited securities counsel CHRISTINE WESTBROOKS in Rochester, New York, from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C., where she worked in the office of compliance inspections and examinations. Nixon Peabody brought back former investment funds partner KAI HARRIS to head the firm’s fund formation team from Boston, where she spent nearly the past three years as U.S. general counsel at Waypoint Capital.

Nixon Peabody, which established a presence in Singapore last month by allying with a boutique in the city-state, also picked up TYLER SAVAGE, head of the corporate and transactional practice at Harter Secrest & Emery, as a partner in Rochester. Nixon Peabody of counsel JOHN CHATOWSKI in San Francisco joined Selvin Wraith Halman as an insurance litigation partner in Oakland, while Nixon Peabody real estate tax partner JACK CONDON III decamped for Klein Hornig in Boston. Nixon Peabody corporate partner ELIZABETH DAVIS, who joined the firm last year through its merger with Chicago’s Ungaretti & Harris, left this summer for Windy City firm Burke Warren MacKay & Serritella. CRAIG TRACTENBERG, team leader of Nixon Peabody’s global disputes and franchising group, joined Fox Rothschild in New York.

O’Melveny & Myers recruited a new Israeli practice head in EINAT MEISEL, who joined the firm’s office in Silicon Valley this month after more than 14 years at the GKH Law Offices in Tel Aviv. O’Melveny also added IP partner VISION WINTER in Los Angeles from The Procter & Gamble Co., where he was a power and controls project engineer at the consumer goods giant. In nearby Century City, California, O’Melveny landed Latham corporate associate ERIC GEFFNER, who joined the firm as counsel. Santa Monica’s Murphy Rosen hired O’Melveny litigation counsel DANIEL CSILLAG in Los Angeles, while O’Melveny litigation counsel DIANA SHAW in Washington, D.C., decamped in July to become assistant counsel to the inspector general at Homeland Security.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe hired O’Melveny energy tax partner MARK CATERINI in New York, where he joined his former firm in 2012 from crumbling Dewey & LeBoeuf. O’Melveny snagged special litigation counsel KEITH BURNEY in Seattle from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, where he was a staff attorney and law clerk. PwC Legal, the legal services arm of the global accounting giant, picked up Orrick cybersecurity and data privacy of counsel JAMES DRURY-SMITH as a director for its cyber and data team in London. Orrick did see IP litigation partner ROBERT ISACKSON leave the firm for Venable New York.

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, which has made several high-profile lateral hires so far this year, hired former federal prosecutor MICHELLE PARIKH as counsel for its litigation department in Washington, D.C. Parikh began her career as an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore before moving to the U.S. Department of Justice in 2008, where she spent nearly the past decade working out of New York and Washington, D.C. Paul Weiss also welcomed back former associate PO YING LO as corporate counsel in New York from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, where she was counsel for more than three years in Hong Kong. Paul Weiss corporate counsel BRANCH FURTADO in New York joined high-powered entertainment firm Grubman Shire & Meiselas as a partner in the same city.

Proskauer’s bolstered its London office by reeling in Reed Smith leveraged finance partner BENJAMIN DAVIS and Dentons corporate partner ELEANOR SHANKS, as noted by Legal Week. Morrison & Foerster picked up Proskauer funds partner OLIVER ROCHMAN in London, according to Legal Week, while Proskauer hired Munger, Tolles & Olson associate KYLE CASAZZA as senior counsel for its commercial litigation group in Los Angeles. Proskauer Rose partner IRENA GOLDSTEIN, a Dewey & LeBoeuf refugee, recently decamped for Trenk, DiPasquale, Della Fera & Sodono in New York. Proskauer real estate partner STUART KAPP in Boca Raton, Florida, has formed his own shop called Kapp Morrison in the city.

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, which announced plans this week for a new co-managing partner, hired BRUCE GALLANT earlier this month as of counsel for its executive compensation group in New York. Gallant, a former managing director and associate general counsel at JPMorgan Chase & Co., came out of retirement to join the firm, according to Bloomberg Big Law Business. Stroock special counsel GLENN BORIN, a former co-managing partner of the firm’s tax certiorari practice in New York, recently joined local firm Marcus & Pollack as a managing attorney.