Cozen O'Connor Hires Pros With Local Government Ties: Cozen O’Connor has an eye on Pennsylvania state and local government with its first two lateral hires of the new year. In Harrisburg, Scott Mehok joined the firm as a member in its corporate practice, coming from Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott. Mehok is a public finance attorney who recently helped establish the Infrastructure Bank in Pennsylvania, which helps municipalities fund infrastructure projects. In Philadelphia, Joe Hill has rejoined Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies, now as a government relations principal. Hill left Cozen O’Connor just over a year ago to work on Gov. Tom Wolf’s re-election campaign as political director and deputy campaign manager. (Photo courtesy of Cozen O'Connor) READ MORE
Ballard Spahr Takes Federal Lobbying Group From Nossaman in DC: Adding federal lobbying to its government relations practice, Ballard Spahr has taken a quintet of professionals from Nossaman’s Washington, D.C., office, including three lawyers. Lawyers Timothy Jenkins and Kate Belinski are joining the Philadelphia-based firm as partners, along with Brent Heberlee as of counsel. Senior policy adviser Sherry Harper Widicus and compliance manager Emory Rogers are also making the move. Jenkins, Belinski, Heberlee and Widicus are all registered lobbyists. (Photo courtesy of Ballard Spahr) READ MORE
Reed Smith Tacks on Laterals in Houston, Philadelphia: Reed Smith added three lawyers in Houston, including a significant boost to the firm’s Latin America business team, and a finance partner in Philadelphia. Mariano Ornelas Lopez, the former legal director of CENAGAS, the Mexican government agency that manages the country’s natural gas transportation and storage network, joined Reed Smith on Dec. 26 as counsel in the firm’s global energy and natural resources industry group. Also in Houston, Hollie Reiminger joined on Jan. 2 as counsel in the labor and employment group, coming from Stuart PC, a labor and employment firm in Houston. Haylie Treas, a data security and privacy lawyer from Jennings Teague in Oklahoma City, joined as an associate on Jan. 2. (Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM) READ MORE
Spector Gadon Adds Prominent Atlanta Litigator With Philadelphia Roots: Spector Gadon & Rosen added well-known Atlanta litigator and Philadelphia native John Da Grosa Smith as a member. The move, which became effective Dec. 3 and was announced Jan. 3, gives Spector Gadon a presence in Atlanta and provides a larger practice platform for Smith, who ran an Atlanta-based complex litigation boutique under the name of SMITH LLC for more than a decade. (Photo courtesy of Spector Gadon) READ MORE
Barley Snyder Absorbs Small Hanover Firm: Another small law firm in Pennsylvania has become part of a wave of consolidation in the industry, combining with midsize shop Barley Snyder. Hanover’s Guthrie, Nonemaker, Yingst & Hart was absorbed by central Pennsylvania-based Barley Snyder earlier this month. The combination adds two lawyers, Keith Nonemaker and Matthew Guthrie, and five other professionals to Barley Snyder’s Hanover location. READ MORE

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Blank Rome Absorbs Five-Lawyer Group From LA Family Law Boutique: Blank Rome, which has been growing its California family law practice, added five more family law attorneys, this time from Los Angeles-based Buter, Buzard, Fishbein & Royce. The small LA firm will shut its doors in the wake of the departures. The group, led by partners Kristina Royce and Ashley Silberfeld, joined Blank Rome’s matrimonial and family law practice Jan. 1. Also joining the firm are of counsel Glenn Buzard and associates Jacqueline Combs and Ali Fishbein, bringing the Philadelphia-based Am Law 100 firm’s total roster of family law attorneys to 35. (Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM) READ MORE
Lewis Brisbois Bulks Up Phila. Office With Segal McCambridge Hires: Los Angeles-based Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith has added 10 lawyers to its office in the city, including eight from another firm headquartered outside Philadelphia. The firm’s newest Philadelphia partners are Walter “Pete” Swayze III, Megan Grossman, Michael Pullano, Gregory Hurchalla and Richard Goldberg. Swayze, Grossman and Pullano all come from Chicago-based Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, and are joined by associates Asher Block, John Borelli, Chester Darlington, Adrianna Yanez and David Yavil. Swayze, who had been Segal McCambridge’s Philadelphia office managing partner, will also serve as co-chair of Lewis Brisbois’ life sciences practice and vice chair of its products liability practice. Grossman has been appointed vice chair of the life sciences practice. (Photo courtesy of Lewis Brisbois) READ MORE
Blank Rome Nabs Trio From Cadwalader Energy Practice: Blank Rome continued its hiring spree, adding a three-lawyer group in Washington, D.C., to its energy practice. Mark Haskell and Brett Snyder have left Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft to join Philadelphia-based Blank Rome as partners, along with George Billinson, who is joining the firm as of counsel. All three will continue to work in Washington. Haskell said Cadwalader has directed its focus on the financial services sector, so “we decided it would be a better fit for us to look for a firm that had a deep, substantial, long-term commitment to the energy industry.” He and Snyder added that they were interested in Blank Rome because of its maritime practice and its litigation capabilities in Houston and Oklahoma. READ MORE
Duane Morris Snags Wiley Rein Patent Litigation Chair: Kevin Anderson joined Duane Morris’ intellectual property practice group as partner in Washington, D.C., from Wiley Rein, where he was chair of the firm’s patent litigation practice. Anderson spent more than 17 years at Wiley Rein, and he said his head was “still spinning” in his first week at Duane Morris. He said he’s known Woody Jameson, Duane Morris’ intellectual property practice group chairman, for about a dozen years and talked to him about deciding to make the move. (Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM) READ MORE
Casualty Litigator Rejoins Post & Schell From Travelers Legal Dept.: A Philadelphia litigator is back at his former law firm, Post & Schell, after spending over a decade in-house in the insurance industry. Glenn Campbell has rejoined the Philadelphia-based regional firm as a principal in the casualty litigation department, after a stint at The Travelers Companies Inc. He said he expects Travelers to be a client as he rejoins the firm, and he hopes to continue relationships with other carriers he worked with while in private practice. Campbell started his career at Post & Schell in 1988 and spent 17 years there previously. During his time away from the firm, he was a senior attorney at Travelers, overseeing major and catastrophic loss, construction injury and products liability litigation. READ MORE

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Buchanan Grabs Phila. Health Lawyer From Eckert Seamans:Philadelphia health care lawyer Rafael Villalobos Jr. is taking his practice from one Pittsburgh-based firm to another, trading firms he worked with when he was in-house at a local hospital system. Villalobos has joined Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney’s Philadelphia office as counsel in the health care and litigation departments, coming from Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott. Earlier he had relationships with both firms while serving as chief legal counsel for Aria Health. READ MORE
Four Tech Lawyers Decamp Fox Rothschild for K&L Gates in Chicago: A group of four data privacy and intellectual property lawyers in Chicago made a quick turn from Fox Rothschild to K&L Gates, in hopes of making their practice more technology-forward. Partners Daniel Farris and Christopher Hines made the move along with associates Joe McClendon and Nicole Poulos, Pittsburgh-based international firm K&L Gates announced Thursday. Farris said he officially joined K&L Gates Jan. 2. Farris, who had been a co-chair of the technology practice at Philadelphia-based Fox Rothschild, said he and his group were attracted to K&L Gates’ international footprint, as “technology and privacy over the last few years has really been a global practice.” (Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM) READ MORE

If there was any thought that the lateral hiring market among Pennsylvania firms and out-of-state firms targeting Pennsylvania might slow down after a very active 2018, the first three weeks of 2019 should put that notion to rest. Large, midsize and small law firms across the state have been hiring both inside and outside Pennsylvania, with D.C. among the major geographic focal points. Meanwhile, the trend of out-of-town firms expanding into Pennsylvania has also continued. Above is an early roundup of the moves we’ve seen so far.