Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott's Gary McConnell
Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott’s Gary McConnell ()

NEW ARRIVALS

Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott (Pittsburgh): Gary McConnell joins the firm’s products liability practice as partner in the Pittsburgh office and will focus on mass torts and commercial litigation. Previously, McConnell was a vice president and associate general counsel at Bayer Corp.

Blank Rome (Philadelphia): Christopher Hu joins the firm’s intellectual property litigation group as of counsel to the New York office. He will focus on patent and trade secret matters in a variety of industries. Previously, Hu was a partner at Dickstein Shapiro.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher (Los Angeles): Eric Vandevelde joins the firm’s information-technology and data-privacy practice and the white-collar defense and investigations practice as of counsel to the Los Angeles office and will focus on litigation matters. Previously, Vandevelde served as deputy chief of the cyber- and intellectual property crimes unit in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California.

Lowenstein Sandler (Roseland, N.J.): Matthew Boxer rejoins the firm as partner and chairman of the corporate-investigations and integrity practice in the Roseland office and will represent private clients and government agencies in government and internal investigations. Previously, Boxer served as the New Jersey state comptroller.

LATERALS

Baker Botts (Houston): Andrew Lankler joins the firm’s white-collar criminal defense practice as partner in the New York office and will focus on criminal, regulatory and complex civil matters. Previously, Lankler was founding partner of Lankler, Carragher & Horwitz.

Ballard Spahr (Philadelphia): Saba Ashraf joins the firm’s tax, mergers and acquisitions/private equity, and health care groups as partner in the Atlanta office and will advise clients in corporate and partnership taxation matters. Previously, Ashraf was a partner at McKenna Long & Aldridge.

Bracewell & Giuliani (Houston): Casey Low joins the firm’s antitrust/competition and litigation practice as partner in the Austin office and will focus on commercial litigation, including antitrust claims, and white-collar matters. Previously, Low was a partner at Andrews Kurth.

Dykema Gossett: Aaron Charfoos joins the firm’s intellectual property group and litigation department as partner in the Chicago office and will focus on patent and commercial litigation matters. Previously, Charfoos was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis.

Fowler White Boggs (Tampa): Rose Wil­son joins the firm’s tax, trusts and estates practice group as partner in the Tampa office and will focus on estate and business planning. Previ­ously, Wilson was a partner at Chamberlain Hrdlicka.

Greenberg Traurig: Philip Weingold joins the firm’s tax and corporate and securities practices as partner in the New York office and will focus on federal, state, local and international tax and corporate matters. Previously, Weingold was a partner at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel.

Jones Walker (New Orleans): Antoinette Jackson joins the firm’s real estate practice as partner in the Houston office and will focus on commercial and affordable housing transactions. Previously, Jackson was a partner at Coats Rose.

King & Spalding (Atlanta): Ulf Grund­mann joins the firm’s U.S. Food and Drug Administration and life sciences practice as partner in the Frankfurt office and will focus on European regulatory work in the pharmaceutical, medical device and food industries. Previously, Grundmann was a partner at Bird & Bird.

K&L Gates: Randel Young joins the firm’s energy, infrastructure and resources practice as partner in the Houston office and will advise clients in the energy, natural resources, electric power and related service, manufacturing and supply sectors. Previously, Young was a partner at Jackson Walker.

Loeb & Loeb: Scott Liebman joins the firm as leader of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulatory and compliance practice in both the New York and Washington offices and will focus on serving health and life sciences clients in the manufacture, marketing or distribution of FDA-regulated products. Previously, Liebman was a partner at Porzio Bromberg & Newman.

Murtha Cullina (Hartford): Rachel Faye Smith joins the firm’s business and finance department as partner in the Boston office and will focus on Employee Retirement Income Security Act, pension and employee benefits, and executive compensation. Previously, Smith was a partner at Bingham McCutchen.

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.