The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan has gained a five-attorney technology, media, and telecommunications team from Dow Lohnes in its Washington, D.C., office.
The group includes partners WILLIAM DUDZINSKY, MICHAEL HEPBURN, and PAUL LANG, as well as counsel MEREDITH O'LEARY and senior attorney ANDREA GEHMAN.
Sutherland managing partner Mark Wasserman says the team provided an opportunity to broaden the range of services in the firm's technology, media,part-time and telecommunications practice. Historically, he says, the firm has provided clients in the practice with tax and benefits advice. "Our new lawyers enhance our tax and benefits services overall while expanding our range of industry service across all facets of transaction work, employment law, and litigation."
The hires come after media giant Cox Enterprises, one of Dow Lohnes's core clients, announced that it wanted to spread some of its legal work to other firms, according to sibling publication Daily Report. At the time, Cox said it would continue to work with Dow Lohnes attorneys who do non-communications work if they joined other firms.
Dudzinsky says that all of the attorneys in his group have done work for Cox in the past and will continue to do so at Sutherland. Asked if Cox's announcement influenced the team's decision to move, he says, "I do not want to say cause and effect, but our clients had a great reaction to our move."
The moves follow those of four attorneys who left Dow Lohnes for Sutherland in Atlanta in mid-August. Dudzinsky says his team had worked closely with the attorneys who had already moved over to Sutherland before. "It was not why we moved, but it was in the plus category and hey, it's great that we're now all together," he says.
In other Churn news . . .
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has added a group of three attorneys to its Fort Worth office from Kelly Hart & Hallman: partner MARC EPSTEIN, senior counsel SEAN BRYAN, and senior counsel RANDALL QUICK. Epstein assists clients in structuring various vehicles for real estate investment. Bryan and Quick also work in the firm's real estate practice, with Bryan focused on the formation, structuring, and maintenance of entities used in business transactions while Quick concentrates on agreements relating to the construction, development, management, and operation of real estate.
In London, Andrews Kurth has poached three attorneys from Chadbourne & Parke to practice in its international dispute resolution, energy, and infrastructure groups starting September 30, pending regulatory approval. The new hires are MELANIE WILLEMS, who will be a partner and the head of the firm's international arbitration practice; MARKUS ESLY, who will be an international arbitration partner; and one associate.
Andrews Kurth has also hired ERIC JOHNSON in Dallas as of counsel, where he will advise on public financing matters. He last practiced at Sandler Siegel and will be serving part time as a member of the Texas House of Representatives.
Brown Rudnick has boosted its London office with new partners SOPHIE MCGRATH and PETER BIBBY. McGrath, who moved from Morrison & Foerster, advises on private and public financings, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, restructuring, and general corporate and governance issues. Bibby joins the international white-collar and investigations practice after leaving Bingham McCutchen.
Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle has added two counsel in its Muscat, Oman office. CHARLES CRUDEN comes to the firm from Al Alawi & Co. and advises on mergers and acquisitions, corporate and commercial law, compliance, domestic and cross-border investments, and joint ventures. JAMES KELLICK, who specializes in litigation and alternative dispute resolution, moved over from Trowers & Hamlins.
JOHN RYAN has returned to Duane Morris in Philadelphia as a partner in its trial practice group after leaving food service, facilities and clothing provider Aramark. He was last at Duane Morris in 2005 as a partner.
Fox Rothschild's West Palm Beach, Florida office has expanded with two new partners from Greenberg Traurig. HOWARD BREGMAN practices for the firm's real estate group, specializing in commercial development, financing, sales and acquisitions, resort and hotel development, and property leasing. GARY DUNKEL concentrates on business disputes, real estate litigation, creditors' rights, banking litigation, and other areas in the firm's business litigation practice.
MICHELLE TANZER has joined GrayRobinson's Boca Raton, Florida office as a shareholder and as chair of the firm's residential, resort, and club department. Tanzer, who advises residential and resort communities, joined the firm from Holland & Knight.
GrayRobinson's Fort Lauderdale office has also gained shareholder JOSEPH DUCANIS from Fowler White Boggs. He practices in the areas of estate planning and probate and trust administration.
PAUL LACOURCIERE has moved from San Francisco law firm Greenbridge Corporate Counsel to K&L Gates as a partner. Still based in San Francisco, he joins the firm's energy and infrastructure projects practice, concentrating on the wind energy and solar electricity industries.
LISA LEDBETTER is now a partner in Jones Day's Washington, D.C., office. She comes to the firm from Dentons and will advise banks and other financial institutions on legal and compliance strategies.
McGuireWoods announced that DAVID KIRK will begin practicing with the firm as a partner in London on January 2, 2014. He is slated to join the firm's government, regulatory, and criminal investigations practice, concentrating on financial regulation, compliance, and criminal investigations. Kirk will step down from his current position as the chief criminal counsel at the Financial Conduct Authority, a U.K. regulator, in November.
DAVID SYMES has jumped from Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart to Littler Mendelson in Portland, Oregon. He is now a shareholder in the firm's employment litigation practice.
QIAN HUANG has moved to Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman's Northern Virginia office as a partner from Dentons. A member of the intellectual property practice, Huang assists clients with patent procurement and patent litigation.
Polsinelli has brought in JOHN DUNCAN as a shareholder to take on commercial real estate finance and capital markets transactions. Last at Bryan Cave, he is based in Polsinelli's Dallas office.
In Beijing, YONG REN has lateraled from Mayer Brown to the partnership of Proskauer Rose. He joins the firm's private equity practice, representing general and limited partners throughout Asia.
Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker has added two of counsel to its Dallas office. LEONARD HOFFMAN, previously with Jackson Walker, joins the firm's real estate and development, aviation and aerospace, and commercial and business litigation practices. New hire MARY HARTSFIELD concentrates on insurance coverage and litigation matters. She most recently worked at an office supply company she cofounded, and before that held an in-house counsel position at The Medical Protective Company, a medical malpractice carrier.
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