Jeffrey Grube, Lisa Brown and Thomas Geidt have formed Grube Brown & Geidt, an employment boutique firm in San Francisco. All three previously practiced employment law in Paul Hastings’ California offices. Grube, who was with Paul Hastings for 20 years, was most recently vice chairman of the Palo Alto office.

Donahue Gallagher Woods, founded in 1918, and Fitzgerald Abbott & Beardsley, founded in 1883, announced the merger of their law firms, effective May 1. The combined East Bay firm will be named Donahue Fitzgerald and will offer a range of practices, including business and corporate, employment and labor, intellectual property, trusts and estates, litigation, nonprofits, real estate, tax and franchise.

Archer Norris has added partners Matthew Covington and Summer Smith to its San Francisco office. Covington, formerly a partner at DLA Piper, focuses his practice on real estate, environmental, commercial and finance. Smith, formerly a partner at Ropers Majeski Kohn Bentley, focuses her practice on business and commercial litigation and the representation of professionals.

Philip Giordano has joined Kaye Scholer as counsel in the antitrust practice. He will split his time between the firm’s Washington, D.C., and Palo Alto offices. He most recently served as a trial attorney in the national criminal enforcement section of the Department of Justice Antitrust Division, where he focused on the investigation, development and resolution of civil and criminal antitrust cases.

Sideman & Bancroft has grown its business crimes group with the addition of partner David Fermino, special counsel Darlene Bagley and associate Gina Cortese to its San Francisco office. Joining from Ridley, McGreevy & Winocur, Fermino focuses his practice on white-collar criminal defense and criminal and civil appeals. Bagley also joins from Ridley, McGreevy & Winocur, where she focused on criminal defense. Cortese joins from the Office of the San Jose City Attorney, where she was a volunteer attorney in the litigation division. Béatrice Martinet has joined the office as special counsel in the IP, business and civil litigation groups. She joins from Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel, where she was an associate in the IP group in Silicon Valley.

Oakland’s Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean has added associates Katherine Kao and Jason Horst to its litigation group. Kao, who joined from Valle Makoff, earned her J.D. from UC-Hastings College of the Law in 2007. Horst, previously with Duane Morris, is a 2006 graduate from the University of San Francisco.

Partners Thomas Stewart, Winnifred “Winnie” Ward and Gregg Josephson have left Sacramento-based Downey Brand to form their own firm, Stewart Ward & Josephson. They will focus on real estate, finance and business law transactions in their new Sacramento office.

Corey Van Houten has been added as an associate to the construction and real estate groups of Miller, Morton, Caillat & Nevis in San Jose. He earned his J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law in 2013.

Eric Reimer has rejoined Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy as a partner in the Los Angeles office. He arrives from O’Melveny & Myers, where he was chairman of the corporate finance practice. He was an associate and later senior counsel at Milbank from 1990 to 1999.

Norton Rose Fulbright‘s employment and labor team has added three lawyers in its Los Angeles office: partners Arthur Silbergeld and John Yslas and senior associate Jennifer Awrey. Silbergeld and Awrey come from Dickstein Shapiro, while Yslas practiced at Foley & Lardner.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom has promoted Andrew D. Garelick, a member of the mergers and acquisitions group, and Allen Lanstra, a member of the litigation practice, to partner in Los Angeles.

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