NEW ARRIVALS

Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz (New York): S. Gregory Boyd joins the firm’s New York office as partner and chairman of the interactive entertainment group. He will focus on negotiating and drafting game development agreements for consoles, personal computers and mobile, social and online games. Previously, Boyd was an associate at Davis & Gilbert.

LeClairRyan (Richmond, Va.): Robert Brener joins the firm’s business litigation and labor and employment practice area teams as partner in the Newark, N.J., and New York offices and will focus on complex commercial and corporate disputes. Previously, Brener was counsel to Edwards Wildman Palmer.

LATERALS

Barnes & Thornburg (Indianapolis): Michael Elam joins the firm’s environmental law department as partner in the Chicago office and will focus on environmental, energy and natural resource law. Previously, Elam was a partner at DLA Piper.

Butzel Long (Detroit): Andrew Shaffer joins the firm as partner in the New York office and will focus on bankruptcy and restructuring matters. Previously, Shaffer was a partner at Mayer Brown.


 

Foley & Lardner: Alan Friedman joins the firm’s business litigation and dispute resolution practice as partner in the Los Angeles office and will focus on complex business litigation, arbitration and mediation. Previously, Friedman was a partner at Jones Day.



Ford & Harrison:
Edward Carlstedt joins the firm as partner in the Tampa, Fla., office and will focus on trade secret, noncompete and restrictive covenant disputes as well as defending employers against claims of harassment, discrimination and retaliation. Previously, Carlstedt was a partner at Trenam Kemker.

Holland & Knight: Charles Weiss joins the firm as partner and head of the firm’s New York intellectual property group. He will focus on patent litigation matters in the life sciences field. Previously, Weiss was a partner at Kenyon & Kenyon.

Lathrop & Gage (Kansas City, Mo.): Gregory Casimer and John Gutkoski join the firm’s intellectual property practice as partners in the Chicago and Boston offices, respectively, and will focus on intellectual property litigation. Previously, Casimer was a partner at Niro, Haller & Niro, and Gutkoski was a partner at Nixon Peabody.

Mayer Brown: James Fong joins the firm’s corporate and securities practice as partner in the Hong Kong office and will focus on corporate finance transactions. Previously, Fong was a partner at Hogan Lovells.

Proskauer Rose (New York): Steven Pearlman joins the firm’s labor and employment law department as partner in the Chicago office and co-head of the newly launched whistleblowing and retaliation practice group. He will focus on defending management against whistleblower claims. Previously, Pearlman was a partner at Seyfarth Shaw.

Weingarten Brown (Los Angeles): David Kesselman joins the firm as partner and will focus on litigating antitrust, unfair competition, copyright, class action, wrongful termination and professional malpractice cases. Previously, Kesselman was a partner at Blecher & Collins.



ZwillGen
(Washington): Michele Floyd joins the firm as partner in the San Francisco office and will focus on complex litigation, primarily representing Internet companies. Previously, Floyd was a partner at K&L Gates.

NEW FIRM

Fisher Cohen Waldman Shapiro (Chicago): Paul Fisher, David Cohen, Joey Waldman and Allen Shapiro have launched a new law firm focused on addressing complex financial matters for small and midsize companies. The firm will directly collaborate with private investment banking firm S-K Partners Ltd. Prior to launching the firm, Fisher was chairman of the real estate and environmental department at McGuireWoods; Cohen was in private practice, representing clients in state court commercial collection matters; Waldman served as in-house counsel at S-K Partners; and Shapiro was lead principal at S-K Partners.

Movers is compiled and written by Tasha Norman. Please send material to her at The National Law Journal, 120 Broadway, Fifth Floor, New York, N.Y. 10271, or tnorman@alm.com.