Jina Choi joined Morrison & Foerster as a partner in the securities litigation, enforcement and white-collar defense group. Choi will provide counsel on enforcement-related litigation, government and internal investigations, whistleblower complaints and compliance programs. Previously, Choi was head of the San Francisco Regional Office at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. She will be based in San Francisco.

Fish & Richardson hired Alex Ganescu as an associate in the patent practice group. Ganescu focuses his practice on patent prosecution, patent portfolio management and strategic counseling services. He will be based in the Silicon Valley office.

Holland & Knight brought on Ryan Leaderman and Ashley Shively as partners in California. Shively’s clients include financial institutions and businesses and provides counseling in regard to fair lending, privacy, credit reporting, debt collection, false advertising and unfair business practices. Previously, she was a partner at Reed Smith. She will be based in the San Francisco office. Leaderman will be part of the land use and environmental practice group. Previously, he was a partner at DLA Piper. He will be based in Los Angeles.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe brought on Robyn Helmlinger as a partner in the public finance group. Helmlinger counsels clients on complex financings, debt programs and new financial structures. Previously, she was a partner at Squire Patton Boggs.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher brought on Craig Menden as a partner in the Palo Alto office. He focuses his practice on the representation of technology and life sciences companies in deal structures. Previously, Menden was a partner at Cooley.

Jackson Pai joined Crowell & Moring as counsel in the international trade and global employment group. Pai will split his time between the Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., offices. Previously, Pai was at Bryan Cave.

SulmeyerKupetz promoted four attorneys and brought on Cathy Ta as senior counsel in California. Jeff Pomerance and David Richardson were promoted to partner, and Asa Hami and Steve Werth were promoted to senior counsel. All five attorneys will be based in Los Angeles. Ta will also split her time with the firm’s Riverside office.

Patterson + Sheridan promoted Nick Transier to partner in the San Diego office. His experience includes prosecution and litigation and building patent portfolios for clients. Previously, Transier had been of counsel since 2017 at the firm.