The Churn

Two large firms with Southern roots broadened their base this week with offices in new cities.

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, an Am Law 200 firm based in Memphis, announced Monday its acquisition of a 12-lawyer group representing wireless carriers from the Pennington Law Firm in Columbia, South Carolina.

The move brings Pennington partners CHRISTOPHER OLDS, LISA SMITH and NICHOLAS STEINHAUS to Baker Donelson, as well as of counsel KELLI CANTEY and ROGER HALL. Seven other lawyers, six paralegals and two staffers will also join Baker Donelson, which through the mass lateral hire will establish its first office in South Carolina.

Birmingham, Alabama-based Maynard, Cooper & Gale, which expanded last year to San Francisco, announced the opening of a New York office this week after hiring IP litigation and licensing partners KEVIN CULLIGAN and JOHN HANISH from Goodwin Procter. Both lawyers joined Goodwin Procter in 2008 after fleeing Heller Ehrman, a now-defunct firm they joined the year before from King & Spalding.

Maynard Cooper also added IP litigation partner JOHN HINTZ in New York from Rimon, but watched real estate and banking partner KEVIN GRAY peel away last month in Huntsville, Alabama. Gray joined Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, an Am Law 200 regional rival that in late July raided Maynard Cooper for three partners in Birmingham.

In other On the Move news …

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld added counsel BENOIT CHAMPON in Singapore from Chenavari Investment Managers, where he was senior legal counsel for fund formation. Amgen Inc. added Akin Gump appellate and IP litigation counsel EMILY JOHNSON in Washington, D.C., as senior counsel for IP litigation at the biotech giant’s headquarters in Thousand Oaks, California. Akin Gump senior counsel DAVID LAWRENCE left the firm’s office in Austin, Texas, to join Texas shop Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr as a complex commercial and IP litigation partner in the Lone Star State capital. Third-party litigation funder Burford Capital has also launched its own law firm in the U.K. under the country’s alternative business structures law by hiring Akin Gump commercial litigation and arbitration counsel TOM EVANS in London, according to U.K. publication The Lawyer.

Archer & Greiner added former Philadelphia city solicitor SHELLEY SMITH as a partner for its litigation and labor and employment groups in the city, according to sibling publication The Legal Intelligencer, which also noted the departure this month of Archer & Greiner litigation partner DAVID MARION in Philadelphia to White and Williams, where he is now senior counsel. Marion joined Archer & Greiner in 2011 from Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads, another regional firm where he spent 21 years, including seven as chairman. Archer & Greiner litigation and land use partner STELLA TSAI left the firm’s Philadelphia office in August to become a judge on the city’s First Judicial District Court of Common Pleas.

MICHAEL PLATA, a business litigation partner at Ridgefield, New Jersey-based Plata Ferrer Law Group, where he was a founding member, joined Archer & Greiner this summer as a partner in Hackensack, New Jersey. Day Pitney picked up trusts and estates partner ANGELA MCEWAN in Parsippany, New Jersey, from Archer & Greiner’s headquarters in nearby Haddonfield. FisherBroyles brought on Archer & Greiner banking, finance and real estate partner CYNTHIA BROOKS in Hackensack for its offices in Atlanta and Princeton, New Jersey.

Besides its new base in South Carolina, Baker Donelson also brought on Sirote & Permutt business litigation associate MARCUS MAPLES as a partner in Birmingham. Baker Donelson, which also recently relocated its privacy and information security chair to Nashville and named a new chief innovation officer, saw two nonlawyer public policy analysts form their own government relations firm in the Music City. Burr & Forman bagged Baker Donelson commercial real estate partner JOHN ROGERS JR. as of counsel in Nashville, according to local news reports.

Ballard Spahr brought on real estate partner EMILY VAIAS and of counsel DOUGLAS IRVIN this summer in Washington, D.C., from Linowes and Blocher and Holland & Knight, respectively. Irvin, who was a partner at Holland & Knight, previously also previously worked at Linowes and Blocher. In June, Ballard Spahr land use partner ERICA LEATHAM left the firm’s office in Washington, D.C., to become director of land acquisition and entitlements at homebuilding giant Lennar Corp. in Morrisville, North Carolina, a suburb of Raleigh. Ballard Spahr commercial litigation partner ROBERT SCOTT in Baltimore left that same month for local firm Treanor Pope & Hughes in nearby Towson, Maryland. Ballard Spahr energy regulatory partner ANDREA CHAMBERS left the firm’s inside-the-Beltway base in August to join DLA Piper, according to our previous reports, while Ballard Spahr labor and employment partner ELISABETH “BABE” BLATTNER-THOMPSON in Salt Lake City left the practice of law in May.

Ballard Spahr brought back data privacy and IP counsel CORINNE MILITELLO in Philadelphia from the University of Pennsylvania, where she spent the past two years working on data privacy issues related to HIPAA compliance. In New York, Ballard Spahr hired Katten Muchin Rosenman M&A partner DAVID LANDAU, but saw of counsel ERIK ZISSU join the New York City Law Department. Zissu joined Ballard Spahr two years ago as part of its merger with local litigation boutique Stillman & Friedman. Ballard Spahr complex commercial and product liability litigation partner MICHAEL CARROLL in Philadelphia joined Subaru of America this month as assistant general counsel in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Ballard Spahr labor and employment litigation partner LUCRETIA CLEMONS left the firm’s Philadelphia headquarters in August to become a judge on the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas. PATRICK HARVEY and JOHN MCLAUGHLIN, labor and employment partners at Ballard Spahr in the same city, decamped this month for Campbell, Durrant, Beatty, Palumbo & Miller in suburban Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, having just announced plans to close its offices in China and forged an alliance with a French restructuring firm, added Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe structured finance associate DAVID RIDENOUR as special counsel in Washington, D.C. Ridenour was caught up last year in a health insurance dispute that was voluntarily dismissed in December 2015. Cadwalader, which named two partners to top leadership roles, saw commercial litigation senior counsel GREGORY MARKEL leave the firm’s New York headquarters this week to become a partner at Seyfarth Shaw, as noted by sibling publication the New York Law Journal. Cadwalader employee benefits and executive compensation special counsel SHANE STROUD joined Hughes Hubbard & Reed as a partner in New York, a month after he was initially reported as headed to McDermott Will & Emery.

Covington & Burling brought on THOMAS DEFILIPPS as chair of its West Coast corporate practice from Sidley Austin, where he served as managing partner of the firm’s office in Palo Alto, California, according to sibling publication The Recorder. DeFilipps joined Sidley in 2009 from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Covington officially hired King & Wood Mallesons litigation partner GREG LASCELLES earlier this month in London, where he will reunite with former colleague and current Covington partner Alex Leitch, who joined the firm in early 2015. Covington also added a career foreign service officer with extensive experience in Asia as a senior adviser for its public policy and government affairs group in Washington, D.C.

Crowell & Moring hired commercial litigation, privacy and cybersecurity counsel KRISTIN MADIGAN in San Francisco from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s privacy and identity protection division in Washington, D.C. The nation’s capital was also where Crowell & Moring welcomed Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman associate AMNA ARSHAD as counsel for its aviation group, hired Howard University School of Law professor ANDREW GAVIL as senior of counsel for its antitrust practice and added advertising and product risk management group counsel LAUREN BELL, previously a trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice’s consumer protection branch. Katten hired Crowell & Moring partner TERENCE ROSS—an IP litigator and co-chair of the firm’s trademark and brand protection working group—in Washington, D.C. Crowell & Moring government contracts counsel LESLIE MONAHAN joined accounting giant KPMG LLP as assistant general counsel in the same city, where Crowell & Moring advertising and product risk management counsel NATALIA MEDLEY left the firm to become regulatory counsel at ZF TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. in Livonia, Michigan.

Crowell & Moring snagged Davis Polk & Wardwell senior associate SIMON EVERS as a corporate partner and English law expert in London. Crowell & Moring picked up DLA Piper of counsel PAOLO CIOPPA as M&A counsel in New York, where IP counsel SEAN JACKSON left Crowell & Moring this summer to become corporate IP counsel at engineering company Legrand North America LLC in West Hartford, Connecticut. Crowell & Moring corporate and business aviation counsel MEAGHAN MOLININI in Washington, D.C., joined Bethesda, Maryland-based HCH Legal this month as senior counsel, as Crowell & Moring antitrust litigation counsel ANGELA YU in Irvine, California, left the firm to become an associate at Kading Briggs in the same city. GERALD MURPHY, co-chair of the aviation group at Crowell & Moring in Washington, D.C., left the firm in August to become senior corporate counsel at Inc. in Seattle, where he’s currently working for the online retail giant’s Amazon Air and Prime Air units. Jones Day hired Crowell & Moring counsel JOHN BEAUMONT in August as of counsel for its M&A group in Riyadh.

Dechert, which recently expanded its presence in Saudi Arabia with a new office in Riyadh, also nabbed tax partner SABINA COMIS in Paris, where she previously served as co-leader of Mayer Brown’s private investment funds group in the city. Dechert partner ROMAIN VIRET in Paris joined Reed Smith as an IP counsel in Paris last month, while British firm Fieldfisher recruited Dechert special counsel and data protection officer RENZO MARCHINI as a privacy, security and information partner in London.

Drinker Biddle & Reath reeled in Fox Rothschild corporate partner ALAN “J.R.” LANIS JR., who joined the firm a year ago from now-defunct Richardson & Patel, in Los Angeles. Drinker Biddle also bagged Baker Botts partner BONNIE BARSAMIAN in New York, where she joined her now former firm in 2013 after serving as special counsel at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. Drinker Biddle added financial regulatory partner JAMES LUNDY in Chicago, where he spent the past two years as associate general counsel at an unidentified futures and securities brokerage affiliated with a European-based bank. Lundy previously spent a dozen years in the Chicago regional office of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Goodwin Procter, which named 15 new partners this week after bringing back a former partner in Boston from General Electric Co. and launching a rebranding initiative this summer, hired financial industry and technology partner VERONICA MCGREGOR in San Francisco. McGregor comes to Goodwin Procter from Hogan Lovells, whose Bay Area base she joined two years ago after leaving Jones Day. Goodwin Procter also grabbed Shearman & Sterling finance partners ARNAUD FROMION and FREDERIC GUILLOX in Paris, along with counsel ADRIEN PATURAUD and several associates, according to U.K. publication Legal Business.

Goulston & Storrs picked up tax counsel JONATHAN STEIN in New York from Pryor Cashman, as well as tax partner ABRAHAM LEITNER from leading Canadian firm Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg. Leitner now heads Goulston & Storrs’ tax group from New York. Goulston & Storrs ERISA counsel SONIA STEELE left the firm’s Boston office this summer to join local firm Murtha Cullina in the same capacity. Arent Fox brought back former nonprofit finance and real estate partner SEAN GLYNN in Washington, D.C., from Goulston & Storrs, where he spent four years as a partner.

McGuireWoods, which opened a San Francisco office earlier this year by bringing on a large team from Reed Smith, expanded its office in the city this week by adding IT and life sciences partner LIOR NUCHI from Alston & Bird in nearby East Palo Alto, according to The Recorder. McGuireWoods also added labor and employment litigation partner PEYTON SMITH in Austin, Texas, from Munsch Hardt. Smith joined the latter in February from Reed & Scardino, an Austin-based firm where he chaired the labor and employment group.

Thompson & Knight added ex-Whitewater counsel ROBERT RAY in New York from Fox Rothschild, according to the NYLJ. Ray, who in 2002 released a critical report of the Clintons before running into his own quasi-scandal a few years later, joined Fox Rothschild three years ago from Pryor Cashman. Thompson & Knight hired trial practice partner CHARLES SHEWMAKE in Dallas from BNSF Railway Corp., where he spent the past eight years as general counsel, according to sibling publication Texas Lawyer. Thompson & Knight also added labor and employment counsel SARAH YOUSUF in Dallas, where the former Kane Kessler associate in New York spent the past few years doing volunteer work.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher welcomed Cadwalader corporate litigation chair MARTIN SEIDEL in New York, according to the NYLJ, and grew its office in Milan in recent weeks by nabbing Norton Rose Fulbright corporate and financial services partner ALESSANDRO MONZA and adding restructuring of counsel SIMONE OLIVETTI. Willkie Farr welcomed Olivetti to its ranks earlier this year from Italian firm Macchi di Cellere Gangemi, as noted by local legal publication Top Legal.

Winston & Strawn snagged Schulte Roth & Zabel special counsel LYNN TANNER as a finance partner in New York and expanded its arbitration ranks overseas with two new hires. MICHAEL STEPEK, global head of international arbitration at Akin Gump in Geneva, Switzerland, left the firm earlier this month for Winston & Strawn in London, while arbitration expert MATTHEW BATE rejoined his former Akin Gump partner colleague in the same role at Winston & Strawn, as noted by the Global Arbitration Review. Bate made partner at Akin Gump in early 2012, while Winston & Strawn announced plans to close its Geneva office last year.