Sally Yates to K&S: Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates  joined King & Spalding as a partner, returning to the Atlanta-based firm where she started her legal career almost 30 years ago. Yates, who catapulted to national prominence when she was fired by President Donald Trump in January 2017, said she will spearhead independent investigations for corporations, universities and other organizations with “particularly challenging or vexing issues.”
Atlanta U.S. Attorney John Horn to K&S: John Horn  returned to King & Spalding as a partner in the special matters practice, as the firm calls its white-collar group. Horn became the U.S. attorney in Atlanta in 2015, when his former boss, Sally Yates, became the deputy U.S. attorney for the Obama administration. He was succeeded by BJay Pak, the Trump administration appointee.
Dentons Partners open Squire Patton Boggs office: Anne-Marie McGaughey, Wayne Bradley and Petrina McDaniel from Dentons  started the office, along with four associates.
Jeremy Silverman from Dentons to Alston: Deal lawyer Jeremy Silverman  left Dentons to become a partner at Alston & Bird, ending a 21-year run at a firm that evolved from Long Aldridge & Norman to McKenna Long & Aldridge in 2002 before finally becoming part of Dentons in 2015.
Sam Olens to Dentons: Dentons  landed former Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens as counsel for its extensive public policy practice, where he works with the firm’s state attorneys general and government affairs teams.


Dentons gets Mark Trigg from Greenberg: Trigg  said he was attracted to the international megafirm’s larger platform.
Stacey Evans to Wargo French: Plaintiffs lawyer and former state representative Stacey Evans  joined Wargo French as a partner after an ambitious run for the Democratic nomination for governor.
Bobby Shannon leaves HBS to start Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell outpost: Veteran trial lawyer and longtime Hall Booth Smith partner Robert Shannon Jr. left the firm to  start an Atlanta office for Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell,  just a year after retiring as a major general in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.
Angela Spivey to Alston from McGuireWoods: Food and beverage lawyer Angela Spivey  joined Alston & Bird from McGuireWoods, where she had been the managing partner of the Atlanta office. Spivey also co-chaired McGuireWoods’ food and beverage team and was a member of its board of partners.
Three partners from Hicks Casey & Morton to Swift Currie: Swift, Currie, McGhee & Hiers  landed three partners who practiced together for more than a decade at Marietta boutique Hicks, Casey & Morton—William Casey Jr., Erica Morton and Richie Foster—along with seven lawyers who work with them.


Three partners to BakerHostetler from LeClairRyan's Atlanta outpost, which closed: A three-partner team of Atlanta tech and data security lawyers John Hutchins, Chris Wiech and Janine Anthony Bowen  joined BakerHostetler, departing the local LeClairRyan outpost they started three years ago. With no lawyers left in Atlanta, LeClairRyan closed its office in the city.
Nekia Hackworth Jones to Nelson Mullins from DOJ: Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough  landed federal prosecutor Nekia Hackworth Jones as a partner for its growing white-collar practice. She had started out at Nelson Mullins before becoming an assistant U.S. attorney in Atlanta, then going to the Justice Department with Sally Yates in 2015.
Randy Chartash starts own firm: Randy Chartash, chief of the white collar section for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta,  started his own firm after 27 years as a federal prosecutor.

While the most significant lateral partner moves are in the eye of the beholder, last year Dentons and the Department of Justice accounted for quite a few of them. King & Spalding landed former Deputy U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates, plus former Atlanta U.S. Attorney John Horn, while several other federal prosecutors in Atlanta decamped for private practice.

Meanwhile, Dentons lost a number of partners in the first months of 2018, after the expiration of an unusual lockup agreement that tied up capital for McKenna Long & Aldridge partners that joined Dentons in 2015 when the global megafirm acquired McKenna. Several left to start a local office for Squire Patton Boggs, while Dentons also made a couple of notable gains.

Click on the arrows to see some of Atlanta’s most notable partner moves in 2018.