The Churn

Norton Rose Fulbright, a global legal giant formed via a cross-border combination in 2013, followed up its recent expansion in Canada by opening an office in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

The outpost on the island nation located just north of Australia will serve to handle natural resources work and be led by local partner KARO LELAI, a former general counsel for Kumul Minerals Holdings Ltd. and a prominent member of Papua New Guinea’s sports federation. Reuters reported in December on potential changes to the country’s mining laws that could usher in a flood of foreign investment.

Lelai will be the only lawyer on the ground in Port Moresby, according to a report late last month by London-based sibling publication Legal Week. Partners working out of Norton Rose Fulbright’s office in Sydney—where the global firm has reportedly been sniffing around on potential merger opportunities—will back the new office in the city.

ADRIAN AHERN, a corporate partner and former global chair of Norton Rose Fulbright who once led the firm’s Australian arm, is poised to leave the firm and join Sydney-based Westpac Banking Corp. as a customer advocate, according to the Australian Financial Review. Johnson Winter & Slattery, a leading independent firm Down Under, nabbed Norton Rose Fulbright commercial litigation and competition partner TOM JARVIS in November. Jarvis led Norton Rose Fulbright’s dispute resolution and litigation group in Melbourne. The legal arm of global accounting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers opened its first Asia Pacific office in Singapore this month by bringing on Norton Rose Fulbright real estate partner NATALIE BREEN.

In October, Norton Rose Fulbright recruited Reynolds Porter Chamberlain private equity partner DAVID MARSHALL in London, as well as adding Allen & Overy senior associate MARCO NIEHAUS as of counsel for its corporate and securities practice in Frankfurt. Norton Rose Fulbright recruited Reed Smith energy regulatory partner MICHAEL YUFFEE for its office in Washington, D.C., where the former also recently hired public finance and tax of counsel JAMES MCGETTRICK JR. Norton Rose Fulbright complex and products liability litigation partner EDWARD “TEDDY” ADAMS left the firm’s Houston office in October to join Crown Castle International Inc. as vice president of litigation.

Legal Week reported in November on Norton Rose Fulbright’s plans to open an office in Monaco in early 2017. The firm absorbed 54 partners this fall into its verein network from Vancouver’s Bull, Housser & Tupper, a move that came after Norton Rose Fulbright struck an alliance with Kenya’s Walker Kontos and opened another office in San Francisco. Norton Rose Fulbright CEO Peter Martyr, architect of the firm’s rapid expansion, spoke with Legal Week in October about his strategic vision.

In other On the Move news …

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld grabbed K&L Gates energy partner DAVID SWEENEY this month in Houston, where he joined the latter in 2014 after an in-house stint at a subsidiary of Russian oil giant Lukoil. Akin Gump added senior counsel DANIEL ZIMMERMAN in late November for its corporate practice in New York from his role as a senior attorney in Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft’s corporate finance group. Akin Gump litigation counsel PATRICK MOTT left the firm’s New York office in October and is now a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice’s criminal division in Chicago.

Akin Gump brought on G. HUNTER BATES, a former chief of staff to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, last month from Republic Consulting LLC, a government affairs shop he co-founded, to serve as a senior policy consultant in Washington, D.C. In October, Akin Gump added Chadbourne & Parke associate SCOTT COCKERHAM as counsel for its tax and project finance practice in Washington, D.C., where a month prior Akin Gump picked up Vedder Price of counsel ELIZABETH SIMON to work as an ethics attorney in its office of the general counsel. In August, Akin Gump hired Dechert antitrust partner GORAV JINDAL in Washington, D.C. Akin Gump litigation counsel JOHNY CHAKLADER left the firm’s office in the nation’s capital in November to become a corporate counsel at defense giant Northrop Grumman Corp. in suburban Falls Church, Virginia.

Akin Gump added Addleshaw Goddard international disputes partner KAMBIZ LARIZADEH last week in London, where Akin Gump also snagged private equity partner IGOR KRIVOSHEKOV this summer from Dentons, which he joined his former firm in 2010 from now-defunct Dewey & LeBoeuf. Burford Capital Ltd., a large litigation funder that just acquired rival Gerchen Keller Capital in a $160 million deal, launched its own London-based firm called Burford Law in October under the U.K.’s alternative business structure rules after hiring Akin Gump counsel TOM EVANS. Akin Gump senior counsel SUSAN DEAN left the firm’s Singapore office in September to become head of legal for the Asia Pacific region at Burger King Corp. in the city-state. Akin Gump counsel LINDSEY HARMON in Dallas also recently left the firm to become senior corporate counsel at home décor company Pier 1 Imports Inc. in nearby Fort Worth.

Ashurst, a big British firm that just approved an annual profit payout to partners, picked up Paul Hastings restructuring partner PAOLO MANGANELLI in Milan. The American Lawyer reported earlier this month on Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson’s addition of Paul Hastings banking chair V. GERARD “JERRY” COMIZIO in Washington, D.C., where he will head his new firm’s banking practice. Comizio joined Fried Frank a few months after the firm hired Paul Hastings special litigation counsel TIMOTHY CREMENS for its inside-the-Beltway base. Across the country, K&L Gates hired Paul Hastings energy and environmental associate BUCK ENDEMANN as an energy partner in San Francisco.

Boies, Schiller & Flexner bagged leading civil rights lawyer DAVID PRESSMAN, a former U.S. ambassador for special political affairs to the United Nations, as an arbitration and litigation partner in New York, according to sibling publication the New York Law Journal. Pressman will also serve as executive director of the new Clooney Foundation for Justice, a nonprofit group formed by actor-turned-activist George Clooney and his wife Amal, a well-regarded human rights lawyer in London. Boies Schiller also brought back former litigation partner HEATHER KING in Palo Alto, California, from Theranos Inc., a troubled blood-testing technology company that hired her as general counsel in 2015. Boies Schiller hired Clifford Chance senior counsel WILLIAM HOOKER in October as counsel for its international commercial arbitration and litigation group in London. Boies Schiller litigation counsel CAMILLE OBERKAMPF left the firm’s Paris office that same month and is now a consultant.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton unveiled last week its addition of MATTHEW SOLOMON, chief litigation counsel for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s enforcement division, as a litigation and enforcement partner in Washington, D.C., as noted by sibling publication The National Law Journal. Solomon announced his intention to leave the SEC, where he has spent the past four years, shortly before Thanksgiving.

The Legal Intelligencer, a sibling publication, reported a week ago on Cooley’s addition of Chadbourne & Parke international dispute resolution co-head MARK BECKETT and partners MARC SUSKIN and RACHEL THORN in New York. All three joined Chadbourne from Latham & Watkins in early 2013. Cooley also hired Pepper Hamilton’s longtime life sciences head JEFFREY LIBSON and partner GEOFFREY STARR in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, as well as Life Sciences Law Group co-founder and partner MANYA DEEHR in Philadelphia. The American Lawyer reported in early November on Cooley’s hire of Wiley Rein partner ROBERT MCDOWELL, a former commissioner with the Federal Communications Commission, as co-leader of its global communications practice in Washington, D.C. In London, Cooley snagged IP of counsel TANYA HEARE from Venner Shipley, a local firm where she was a partner.

Cooley also hired a financial technology team in November from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman led by new practice leader and partner MARCO SANTORI in New York and Boston-based special counsel PATRICK MURCK, the latter of whom is a former executive director and general counsel for the Bitcoin Foundation Inc. (Tax records show that the Seattle-based organization paid a collective $173,753 to Murck in 2014 and 2015.) Cooley also added special counsel GEOFFREY SPOLYAR in Boston from Kirin-Amgen Inc. in Thousand Oaks, California, where he was assistant vice president and corporate secretary at the biopharmaceutical joint venture between Amgen Inc. and Kirin Brewery Co. Ltd. Choate, Hall & Stewart hired Cooley partner KIMBERLEY KAPLAN-GROSS, founder of the firm’s Boston fund formation practice, as a partner in the city earlier this month. Cooley special counsel BARRY GRAYNOR left the firm’s San Francisco office in August to become a commercial lending, structured finance and venture debt counsel at the VLP Law Group. LORI MASON, a former director of professional development and of counsel at Cooley in Palo Alto, also left the firm last summer to become a lecturer at The University of Texas at Austin.

Davis Wright Tremaine reeled in Stoel Rives of counsel ELAINE ALBRICH as an environmental and real estate counsel this month in Portland, Oregon, where Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith landed Davis Wright partner SEAN HOAR as chair of its data privacy and network security practice. Hoar joined Davis Wright in 2014 from the Justice Department. Davis Wright litigation partner ERIC DAHLIN left the firm’s Portland office in August after being named a judge on the Multnomah County Circuit Court. Davis Wright telecommunications partner JILL VALENSTEIN left the firm’s New York office in September to join Stamford, Connecticut-based Charter Communications Inc. FREDERICK GIROUX, of counsel in Davis Wright’s cable and telecommunications group in Washington, D.C., departed in July to become COO and counsel at Bethesda, Maryland-based Bennet & Bennet.

Davis Wright picked up Perkins Coie health care litigation and regulatory partner RENEE HOWARD in its hometown of Seattle, where the firm recently welcomed labor and employment litigation counsel ANGELA VOGEL from Expeditors International of Washington Inc., which she joined last year as corporate counsel for employment. Davis Wright added MARTHA PHELPS, senior director of legal at Richfield, Minnesota-based consumer electronics giant Best Buy Co. Inc., as a transactional counsel for its e-commerce and omnichannel retail group in Seattle. Bryan Cave bagged Davis Wright of counsel SARAH BHAGWANDIN in Seattle as counsel for its employee benefits and executive compensation group in Denver.

REBECCA CROSS, a former partner at San Francisco-based business litigation and trial boutique BraunHagey & Borden, left the firm this summer to become a food and beverage litigation, policy and regulatory partner at Davis Wright in the Bay Area. Davis Wright hired Hooper, Lundy & Bookman partner JORDAN KEVILLE last month as a health care litigation and payments partner in Los Angeles, where Davis Wright saw employment services counsel CHRISTIANE “CHRISSY” ROUSSELL depart in November to become senior employment counsel at Fox Entertainment Group. Roussell joined Davis Wright a year ago from Hunton & Williams.

Fox Rothschild hired corporate partner JOHN CAPETTA last week in Exton, Pennsylvania, from Martin LLP in Stamford, Connecticut, where the former private equity chair at Kelley Drye & Warren became a partner two years ago. This summer, Fox Rothschild snagged Spector Gadon & Rosen real estate chair DAVID GILES as a real estate partner in Philadelphia, while also nabbing commercial finance counsel KIMBERLEE KNOPF in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, after she spent the past two years as counsel to various companies in the area. Cozen O’Connor recruited energy, environmental and public utilities litigation partner CHRISTINE SOARES in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, from Fox Rothschild in Philadelphia.

BERNARD SACKS, a septuagenarian who joined McCarter & English two years ago, left the firm in August to become counsel in the litigation, engineering and construction group at Fox Rothschild in New York. In October, Fox Rothschild added Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp of counsel BRAD MARKOFF as a corporate and real estate partner in Los Angeles. Fox Rothschild recently reeled in tax and wealth planning counsel BETH MILLER in Wilmington, Delaware, from local firm Morris James, where she was an associate. Fox Rothschild hired financial restructuring and bankruptcy partner MARK HALL last month in Roseland, New Jersey, from Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perretti in nearby Morristown. Fox Rothschild commercial real estate transactions partner GRACE SHIN left the firm’s Morristown office in September to join Riker Danzig spinoff Sherman Wells Sylvester & Stamelman in Florham Park. FisherBroyles brought on Fox Rothschild counsel LAUREN TALAN in Newark as a commercial litigation partner this month in Princeton.

Fox Rothschild added Dentons insurance litigation partners DANIEL FEINBERG and GEOFFREY REPO last month in Chicago, only a few weeks after Fox Rothschild hired M&A partner MARK SANTO in Pittsburgh from international firm Marco Q. Rossi & Associati, a boutique with offices in the Steel City, New York and Milan. In Dallas, Fox Rothschild absorbed The Klein Law Firm in November, picking up tax and wealth planning partner ALAN KLEIN and counsel RANDALL JOHNSON in the process. MARK PLATT, a restructuring litigator who in 2014 joined McGuireWoods’ Dallas office, left the latter in September to become a partner in Fox Rothschild’s insolvency group. Fox Rothschild consumer regulatory partner MICHAEL BATES, who joined the firm’s Minneapolis office in August from Lindquist & Vennum, left two months later to join JPMorgan Chase & Co. as a vice president and assistant general counsel in Dallas.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher grabbed Munger, Tolles & Olson complex business litigation partner KRISTIN MYLES LINSLEY in San Francisco in a move that also saw the firm pick up some terrorism-related litigation work for Facebook Inc., according to sibling publication The Recorder. Gibson Dunn, whose former white-collar defense and investigations chair could be a candidate for a position in a Trump administration, is poised to see capital markets expert PRIYA MEHRA in Singapore leave the firm to join the in-house legal team at Indian travel company IndiGo, according to Indian legal publication Bar and Bench. Mehra was promoted to of counsel two years ago.

Goodwin Procter made big moves to bolster its European operations in recent weeks by hiring high-powered Shearman & Sterling private equity duo MARK SOUNDY and SARAH PRIESTLEY as partners in London, as noted earlier this month by Legal Week. Soundy served as global private equity head at his former firm, while Priestley led Shearman & Sterling’s London tax group. In Paris, where Goodwin Procter has been busy hiring in recent months, the firm welcomed King & Wood Mallesons leveraged buyout and M&A counsel ISABELLE MEYRIER. Goodwin Procter also bagged Kleinberg, Kaplan & Becker partner and food and drug expert SCOTT LASSMAN in October for its life sciences practice in Washington, D.C. Alston & Bird brought on Goodwin Procter counsel MICHAEL SAARINEN as an investment management partner in New York, as Futurewei Technologies Inc. grabbed Goodwin Procter partner and former NASA engineer DANIEL BURNSwho joined the firm’s Silicon Valley office in 2013—to serve as a senior corporate IP counsel in Santa Clara, California. Goodwin Procter life sciences and technology partner CYNTHIA “CINDY” MCADAM, who joined the firm a year ago, recently left its office in Menlo Park, California, to join venture capital firm Ribbit Capital in Palo Alto.

Hogan Lovells, whose longtime leader is getting ready to ride into retirement, hired CHRISTOPHER CASEY as an antitrust partner in December. Casey, who is based in Washington, D.C., previously chaired the corporate investigations group at Dilworth Paxson before joining the Justice Department in 2014 as a deputy associate attorney general for antitrust.

Hughes Hubbard & Reed hired pharmaceutical litigation and regulatory expert MARY BARTKUS in December as special counsel in New York from Kenilworth, New Jersey-based Merck & Co. Inc., where she was executive director and senior counsel for international litigation. Hughes Hubbard litigator MICHAEL TIGER, promoted to partner in 2013, left the firm’s New York office this month to become deputy general counsel for the city’s Department of Consumer Affairs. In October, Baker & McKenzie bagged Hughes Hubbard corporate partner JAN JOOSTEN in New York, where he specializes in cross-border deals for Dutch and European companies.

RUBEN DIAZ JR., a longtime general counsel at Nicaragua’s Grupo Pellas, joined Hughes Hubbard & Reed’s Miami office in September as co-chair of the firm’s Latin America practice, according to sibling publication the Daily Business Review. Diaz began his legal career as an associate at Hughes Hubbard in New York. Hughes Hubbard also welcomed Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr partner ALI STOEPPELWERTH as special antitrust and regulatory counsel in Washington, D.C. In Paris, Hughes Hubbard hired anticorruption and internal investigations counsel NICOLAS TOLLET from European engineering and construction giant Technip SA, where he was vice president of group compliance in the city and Rio de Janeiro.

Latham hired Herbert Smith Freehills’ global co-head of energy JOHN BALSDON as a partner for its finance group in London, according to Legal Week. Latham landed Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft special counsel CHIK CHEE TERRIS TANG as a corporate finance counsel in Hong Kong. BENEDICT NWAEKE, promoted to corporate counsel late last year in Latham’s London office, left in November to become head of legal at Soho House & Co., a private club with an exclusive membership. Boies Schiller hired Latham health care litigation associate JESSICA PHILLIPS this summer as counsel in Washington, D.C., where she once clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Alito Jr.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan hired Addleshaw Goddard head of civil fraud MARK HASTINGS this month as a partner in London, according to a report this month by Legal Week, while also bringing on Kirkland & Ellis of counsel JAMES SCHINK as an international arbitration partner in Chicago. WAYNE ALEXANDER, an IP litigation partner who joined Quinn Emanuel’s Tokyo office in 2010, left the firm this fall, as did international arbitration and litigation counsel GEORGE JURYNEC in New York. State bar records in Illinois and New York show that Jurynec has returned to his hometown of Chicago.

Ropes & Gray hired Herbert Smith Freehills banking and debt finance partner MALCOLM HITCHING in London, according to Legal Week, which in early November noted the pending retirement of a top private equity partner at Ropes & Gray in London. Quinn Emanuel added veteran International Trade Commission litigator and IP litigation partner BRIAN BIDDINGER in New York from Ropes & Gray, where he had worked since the latter absorbed Fish & Neave in late 2004. Ropes & Gray IP litigation partner JAMES MYERS, who that same year joined the firm’s office in Washington, D.C., left in November to become general counsel at Tristar Products Inc.

Shearman & Sterling, which recently overhauled its partnership compensation structure, grew its capital markets and Latin America practice in September by bringing back former associate ALEJANDRO GORDANO as counsel in London from Credit Suisse AG, where he was a director and counsel for almost three years. Shearman & Sterling’s Brussels office saw two antitrust partners remain with the firm—they had been in discussions about a potential move—even as antitrust expert TREVOR SOAMES finally made his long awaited move to Quinn Emanuel in December. Allen & Overy recruited longtime Shearman & Sterling counsel WAYNE LEE as a corporate partner in Shanghai, according to sibling publication The Asian Lawyer.

BEAU BUFFIER, a native Australian and co-head of Shearman & Sterling’s antitrust group, left the firm’s Big Apple base to become chief of the antitrust bureau in the office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, according to the NYLJ. Shearman & Sterling finance counsel CHARLES “CHUCK” THOMPSON also left the firm’s New York headquarters in November and is now a founder and president of BlockChain Consulting LLC. Intel Corp. hired Shearman & Sterling counsel EILEEN O’PRAY in Silicon Valley as tax counsel in Santa Clara.

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, whose partnership recently voted to pursue a transatlantic tie-up with British firm Eversheds, brought on Dentons insurance litigation and disputes partner PATRICK GENNARDO in New York. He joined Dentons nearly three years ago from Edwards Wildman Palmer, where he chaired that firm’s complex commercial litigation group after fleeing a faltering Dewey & LeBoeuf. Sutherland Asbill’s merger with Eversheds, set to go live on Feb. 1, 2017, will create 2,300-lawyer Eversheds Sutherland.

Troutman Sanders hired ex-federal prosecutor DAVID CHAIKEN as a white-collar and government investigations partner in Atlanta, according to sibling publication the Daily Report, which also noted in late August the firm’s addition in its home city of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton financial services litigation partner CINDY HANSON. Troutman Sanders snagged Smith, Gambrell & Russell senior attorney ROBERT LEE as of counsel for its immigration practice in Atlanta, where Troutman Sanders also added Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart associate LAURA SUMMERS as of counsel for its employee benefits and executive compensation group. Troutman Sanders business and securities litigation partner THOMAS BOSCH recently joined the SEC in Atlanta, where the firm saw labor and employment partner TINA DENAPOLI leave this summer to become director of corporate legal at fast food giant Chick-fil-A Inc. Troutman Sanders real estate and contracts of counsel MELISSA BARATIAN in Atlanta is now affiliated with McGuireWoods in the same city.

Troutman Sanders hired Mayer Brown environmental regulatory and compliance partner KEVIN DESHARNAIS this summer in Chicago and brought on financial services litigation of counsel ANDREW BUXBAUM in Richmond, Virginia, from SunTrust Banks Inc., where he spent the past dozen years as a first vice president and senior counsel. D. CABELL VEST, manager of design and construction transactions at Capital One Financial Corp., also joined Troutman Sanders as of counsel for its multifamily housing, real estate and finance group in Richmond. Lewis Brisbois landed Troutman Sanders general liability partner KENNETH O’REILLY in New York, where litigation and real estate of counsel KATHERINE MCDANIEL left Troutman Sanders in September to become senior litigation counsel at T-Mobile US Inc. in Bellevue, Washington. Troutman Sanders litigation of counsel DANIEL RASHTIAN left the firm’s office in Irvine, California, this fall to join Callahan & Blaine in nearby Santa Ana.

Venable hired CHARLES “CHUCK” CURRAN, a former chief counsel for policy and regulatory at AOL Inc., in October as a privacy and data security partner in Washington, D.C. Curran, who had his own consulting firm for more than four years, spent the previous three years as executive director and general counsel at the Network Advertising Initiative, which tax filings show paid him $334,575 in 2011. LISA HIX, promoted to partner last year in Venable’s nonprofit group, left the firm’s office in the nation’s capital to become deputy general counsel at the American College of Cardiology.

Venable brought back former associate BETH CASEMAN as counsel for its nonprofit organizations practice in Washington, D.C. Caseman most recently served as senior vice president and deputy general counsel at Alexandria, Virginia-based Volunteers of America Inc. Venable also added counsel CAROL CALHOUN for its inside-the-Beltway employee benefits practice from the Calhoun Law Group, where she served as founder and president for nearly 17 years after having spent a decade as a partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.

Venable also added McDermott tax and wealth planning partners WILLIAM BURFORD, ANDREW COPANS, JONATHAN LURIE and JASON TRENTON in Los Angeles this month, according to The Recorder. Venable counsel JASON WHITING, who joined the firm’s Los Angeles office in late 2014, left in December to become a partner in the tax and wealth planning practice at local shop Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger.

The American Lawyer reported in earlier this month on a high-profile lateral addition by Weil, Gotshal & Manges with its hire of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett antitrust leader KEVIN ARQUIT in New York. Arquit is 62, the usual retirement age for partners at Simpson Thacher, according to our previous reports. Weil also welcomed Mayer Brown tax partner INGO KLEUTGENS in Frankfurt, where he spent nearly the past 15 years at his former firm. In London, Weil saw international dispute resolution head JULIET BLANCH leave its ranks in October to become an independent arbitrator, a move noted by Legal Week.