The Churn

Ashurst, an embattled London-based legal giant that in August tweaked its lockstep compensation system in an effort to hold on to top earners, recently saw two partners poised to join Am Law 100 rivals choose to remain in place.

JAMES PERRY, a financial regulatory partner at Ashurst in London, announced plans in April to join Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s growing office in the city. Perry’s hire that month by Gibson Dunn started his exit clock and marked Gibson Dunn’s second notable lateral addition from the British firm following its recruitment in late 2014 of former Ashurst senior partner Charlie Geffen. Last week, Perry decided to remain at Ashurst, according to sibling publication Legal Week.

The non-move was the second aborted departure at Ashurst, which a week earlier saw banking and finance partner NIGEL WARD, one of the U.K.’s leading leveraged finance experts, decide to remain at the firm instead of joining Paul Hastings. The latter touted Ward’s hire in mid-September, only two weeks after Paul Hastings announced plans to bring on three other finance partners—DIALA MINOTT, CAMERON SAYLOR and MICHAEL SMITH—from Ashurst in London.

In retaining Ward, the former head of Ashurst’s banking and capital markets groups, the British firm saved face after an embarrassing 24-hour stretch in which it lost five partners to other firms around the world. One of those defectors was ALASTAIR HOLLAND, managing partner of Ashurst’s Abu Dhabi office, who joined Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle in the Persian Gulf emirate, as noted by sibling publication The Asian Lawyer.

Ashurst, which named a former New York-based partner to its board last week, also picked up Nixon Peabody project finance partner VINCENT CASEY for its office in the Big Apple. Legal Week reported in late September that Casey would replace CHARLES WILLIAMS, an energy and infrastructure partner hired from Allen & Overy’s New York office in 2013. Williams recently left Ashurst to start his own boutique.

As for Paul Hastings, the firm confirmed last week its addition of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman executive compensation specialist DANIEL STELLENBERG as a partner in Palo Alto, California. It’s a quick turnaround for Stellenberg, who only joined Pillsbury Winthrop in May from Shearman & Sterling’s office in nearby Menlo Park, where he was counsel. Meanwhile, Schulte Roth & Zabel announced last week its hire of Paul Hastings M&A partner CLAUDIA SIMON in New York.

In other On the Move news …

Arent Fox grabbed Dykema Gossett senior counsel SAMUEL MILLER as a corporate finance counsel in Los Angeles, while welcoming consulting attorney GEORGE KNAPP, a former partner at Squire Sanders and now-defunct Coudert Brothers for its international energy practice in Washington, D.C. Arent Fox complex litigation counsel MARTIN CUNNIFF recently left the firm’s office in the nation’s capital to join telecommunications and social innovation boutique Innovista Law as a partner. Arent Fox partner DEANNE OTTAVIANO joined the American Psychological Association this summer as its new general counsel in Washington, D.C., replacing the retired Nathalie Gilfoyle, who tax records show earned $404,246 from the nonprofit in 2014. The American Lawyer reported last month on Robins Kaplan’s hire of Arent Fox antitrust partner EAMON O’KELLY as of counsel in New York, where he joined the latter four years ago from Dewey & LeBoeuf. Arent Fox patent counsel DAVID SARISKY left the firm’s Los Angeles office to join Loza & Loza in nearby Upland, California. LINDA LECOMTE, an IP litigation and licensing partner at now-defunct Kenyon & Kenyon who joined Arent Fox last year, left in September for New York’s Wuersch & Gering.

Buchalter Nemer nabbed Arent Fox products liability litigation partner GARY WOLENSKY, senior counsel ANNE MARIE ELLIS and two associates in Irvine, California, where they joined the latter two years ago after it absorbed the bulk of dissolving Newport Beach, California-based Hewitt Wolensky & McNulty. Buchalter Nemer picked up Payne & Fears partner ERIC KENNEDY to lead its new automotive industry group in Los Angeles. Buchalter Nemer also brought on LAURENT BADOUX, chair of Greenberg Traurig’s labor and employment group in Phoenix, as a partner in nearby Scottsdale, Arizona, along with senior counsel DOUGLAS JOHN from local firm Frazer, Ryan, Goldberg & Arnold, where he was a senior partner.

Chadbourne & Parke hired Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton IP litigation partner MICHAEL SOLOMITA in New York, where renewable energy partner ELI KATZ left Chadbourne’s ranks in late September for Latham & Watkins. Locke Lord landed Chadbourne oil and gas transactional partner KEVIN ATKINS earlier that same month in London. Atkins joined Chadbourne in 2014 from Vinson & Elkins. MARC ALPERT, a longtime Chadbourne partner and head of the firm’s public companies group in the Big Apple, left the firm this summer to join New York-based conglomerate Loews Corp. as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary. Chadbourne banking and project finance partner MAREK KROL, who joined the firm’s now shuttered Warsaw office in 2010, headed to full-service Baltic firm Magnusson in September.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton hired Allen & Overy corporate partner MICHAEL ULMER last month in Frankfurt, according to Legal Week. Ulmer joined the Magic Circle firm in 2006 from leading German firm Hengeler Mueller. Cleary Gottlieb capital markets partner CARMEN CORRALES, who represented Argentina in one of the largest sovereign debt restructurings in history, left the firm’s New York headquarters in August.

Cooley added PAUL ROBERTS, a longtime partner at global accounting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, as a tax partner in San Francisco. Cooley also hired BROOKE FRITZ, counsel for global technology services and strategic outsourcing at International Business Machines Corp. in Denver, as special counsel for its office in suburban Broomfield, Colorado. DLA Piper picked up Cooley special counsel BRANDEE FERNANDEZ in San Diego as an M&A partner in East Palo Alto, while Troutman Sanders snagged Cooley special counsel CHARLES “CHUCK” CHARPENTIER as a finance partner in Washington, D.C. Charpentier spent nearly the past nine years at Cooley.

Covington & Burling brought on partner DAVID SCHWARTZBAUM in New York, where he was most recently co-chair of Greenberg Traurig’s global M&A steering committee. Covington, which just added another nonlawyer public policy adviser in Washington, D.C., also hired futures and derivatives and white-collar defense and investigations of counsel ANNE TERMINE in the city from her role as a chief trial attorney at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Covington bagged former BG Group plc general counsel GRAHAM VINTER as senior counsel and chair of its project finance practice in London, according to Legal Week, which noted his 18 years at the British oil giant poised to be absorbed into Royal Dutch Shell plc.

In Los Angeles, where Covington opened an office in 2015, the firm hired food and drug partner F. WADE ACKERMAN a month ago from his senior counsel role with the U.S. Senate, according to sibling publication The Recorder. San Francisco-based Airbnb Inc. recruited Covington of counsel MARGARET RICHARDSON in August for a global policy development position in Washington, D.C. Richardson joined Covington’s office in the city a year ago from the U.S. Department of Justice, where she served as chief of staff and counselor to current Covington partner and former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. Airbnb hired Holder this summer to assist the apartment rental company in devising stronger anti-discrimination policies.

The Am Law Daily reported last month on Jones Day’s hire of longtime Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn business and tort litigation partner ARTHUR O’REILLY in Detroit, where Jones Day opened an office in 2015 after working with Honigman on the Motor City’s bankruptcy case. Jones Day announced this week its addition of CHERIE OWEN, deputy assistant general counsel in the procurement law division at the Government Accountability Office in Washington, D.C., as of counsel for its government regulation group in the nation’s capital. In Amsterdam, Jones Day recruited DLA Piper restructuring partner JASPER BERKENBOSCH, who brought with him three associates, as noted by Legal Week.

Jones Day also welcomed Winston & Strawn employee benefits and executive compensation partner ERIK LUNDGREN in Chicago and recruited financial institutions litigation and regulation partner SERGIO ALVAREZ-MENA in Miami from his role as a director in Credit Suisse AG’s legal and compliance department. Sidley Austin snagged a Jones Day real estate team in New York led by partners STEVEN KOPPEL, AVIVA YAKREN and ADAM VERSTANDIG, according to sibling publication the New York Law Journal. All three had previously practiced with one another at now-defunct Heller Ehrman.

Two weeks ago, Munger, Tolles & Olson announced its opening of an office in Washington, D.C., after hiring former U.S. Solicitor General DONALD VERRILLI JR., Jenner & Block appellate litigation partner MICHAEL DESANCTIS and deputy associate U.S. attorney general CHAD GOLDER. Verrilli, a former Jenner & Block partner, previously worked at the firm with DeSanctis. Munger Tolles also added MARK YOHALEM, a deputy chief of criminal appeals at the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles and the federal government’s lead lawyer in its ill-fated attempt to unlock an iPhone, as of counsel in the city, as noted by The Recorder. Yohalem also writes scripts for video games in his spare time. Munger Tolles corporate partner BRETT RODDA left the firm’s Los Angeles headquarters earlier this year to join Greenwich, Connecticut-based Silver Point Capital LP as general counsel.

O’Melveny & Myers landed litigation counsel JENNIFER LAGRANGE in Century City, California, from the Justice Department, where until late September she was a trial attorney in the commercial litigation branch of the civil division in Washington, D.C. SUSAN VAN KEULEN, an IP litigation partner at O’Melveny in Menlo Park, California, has been tapped to fill a federal magistrate judge position vacated earlier this year by Paul Grewal, according to The Recorder. O’Melveny M&A counsel KATHERINE MCCORMICK also left the firm’s office in Silicon Valley to become corporate counsel at Dublin, California-based Carl Zeiss Meditec Inc., the North American unit of the German medical products manufacturer of the same name.

Proskauer Rose welcomed White & Case private investment funds partner MONICA ARORA in New York, where earlier this year Proskauer hired Hogan Lovells senior commercial litigation associate ERIN MEYER as pro bono manager. Meyer will management Proskauer’s global pro bono program in collaboration with the firm’s full-time pro bono partner, a position established by Proskauer a year ago this month. Proskauer also bolstered its London office in August by adding DLA Piper private equity real estate partner VIKKI MCKAY and Berwin Leighton Paisner associate director BEN TAYLOR as special real estate counsel. Proskauer labor and employment litigation partner KATHARINE PARKER in New York is poised to leave the firm to become a federal magistrate judge, according to the NYLJ.

Legal Week reports that Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan expanded its presence in Paris this week by hiring international arbitration partner ISABELLE MICHOU from Herbert Smith Freehills, where she led the firm’s local disputes group, and adding MICHAEL YOUNG, co-head of Allen & Overy’s global arbitration practice. Young joined the Magic Circle firm in 2011 from Herbert Smith Freehills. Quinn Emanuel recently recruited Macfarlanes financial services chief DAVID BERMAN as a partner in London, according to Legal Week, and snagged Simmons & Simmons construction litigation and arbitration of counsel MARK GRASSO in the same city. Quinn Emanuel of counsel LUCY PERT left the firm’s London office this summer to become director of litigation funding at Harbour Litigation Funding Ltd.

Quinn Emanuel, which earlier this year set up shop in Zurich, has reportedly been trying to recruit a high-powered antitrust team from Shearman & Sterling in Brussels in addition to bringing on a new leader for its Moscow office. The American Lawyer reported in late September on Quinn Emanuel’s hire of KIRILL PARINOV, most recently group general counsel at Russian mining giant MMC Norilsk Nickel, as its new managing partner in Moscow. Parinov took over as Quinn Emanuel saw international arbitration partners VASILY KUZNETSOV and IVAN MARISIN decamp for Baker Botts in Moscow. Marisin previously served as head of Quinn Emanuel’s office in the city, which opened in late 2011.

The National Law Journal, a sibling publication, reported last month on Quinn Emanuel’s addition of RICHARD SMITH, head of regulatory and government investigations at Norton Rose Fulbright in Washington, D.C., as a partner for its litigation group inside-the-Beltway. Smith is known for his work representing the National Football League Players Association. Quinn Emanuel litigation partner ROBERT JUMAN in New York left this summer to become a federal prosecutor in Miami, while of counsel NICHOLAS JOSEPH also fled the firm’s Big Apple base to become a complex commercial litigation partner at local shop Kauff Laton Miller. Quinn Emanuel of counsel THOMAS CUSHING in Chicago joined local firm Donohue Brown Matheston & Smyth this month as trial counsel. PETER KLIVANS, an IP and business litigation of counsel at Quinn Emanuel in San Francisco, left the firm in June and is now a masters’ candidate in applied economics and finance at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Sheppard Mullin hired government contracts, investigations, international trade and cybersecurity partner JONATHAN MEYER in Washington, D.C., from his role as deputy general counsel at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Sheppard Mullin also added Aerojet Rocketdyne Inc. general counsel BRIAN SWEENEY as special counsel in Sacramento and San Francisco, bolstering its defense industry ties in both cities, according to The Recorder. Sheppard Mullin snagged Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth corporate partner ANTHONY MAURIELLO in San Diego as special counsel in the same city. Sheppard Mullin government contracts partner BRUCE CASINO left the firm’s office in Washington, D.C., earlier this year to become leader of global anticorruption programs at McLean, Virginia-based Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corp., a role that will see him report to the management consulting giant’s deputy general counsel and chief compliance officer.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom brought back former counsel TARA REINHART as an antitrust litigation and government investigations partner in Washington, D.C., from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s bureau of competition, which she joined as senior trial counsel in late 2014. Earlier this year, Reinhart helped the FTC scuttle a proposed $6.3 billion merger between Office Depot Inc. and Staples Inc. Skadden added arbitration counsel JENNIFER PERMESLY in New York from disputes boutique Chaffetz Lindsey, where she was a partner. In Hong Kong, Chinese firm Jun He Law Offices hired Skadden counsel ADAM CHENG as a corporate partner, according to The Asian Lawyer.