The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200
Kelley Drye & Warren has hired another attorney from Dow Lohnes, the Washington, D.C., firm that has seen its lawyer head count cut nearly in half over the past three years. The new addition is DAVID LONG, now a patent litigation partner in Kelley Drye's D.C. office.
Long, the former chair of the patent practice at Dow Lohnes, specializes in technology and telecommunications–related IP work. He joined Dow Lohnes in 2011 from Howrey as that firm collapsed.
"David's arrival further enhances our capabilities for clients in the telecommunications and high-tech industries," Lewis Rose, managing partner of Kelley Drye's D.C. office, said in a statement. "Growing our intellectual property breadth and depth will further enhance our value-add services to our clients." (Neither Long nor Rose were immediately available for comment Tuesday.)
Long's arrival at Kelley Drye comes a few weeks after the firm hired Adisa Bakari and Jeffery Whitney, two former leaders of Dow Lohnes's sports and entertainment practice, to launch a sports and entertainment group. Last week, The Am Law Daily took a detailed look at the numerous other partners who have left Dow Lohnes in the recent past.
A substantial number of those defections came in the wake of a decision by media giant Cox Enterprises to end an exclusive arrangement with Dow Lohnes in certain practice areas and spread that work to other firms, a development that has hit the firm's Atlanta office especially hard.
In other Churn news . . .
Arent Fox has brought on former Dentons partner DANA FINBERG as a partner in its litigation and intellectual property groups. Based in San Francisco, Finberg serves as trial counsel on patent, trademark, trade secrets, trade dress, and copyright cases.
Baker Botts has added a patent litigation partner in Houston, NICOLAS BARZOUKAS. Most recently with Weil, Gotshal & Manges, Barzoukas concentrates on patent litigation in the pharmaceutical field and in industries related to chemistry, electronics, biotechnology, medical devices, lasers, and mechanical systems.
CHRISTIAN ALLEN has joined the Troy office of Dickinson Wright as of counsel. Allen, previously with Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen and Loewy, will be a member of the firm's immigration practice.
Edwards Wildman Palmer has expanded in London with the hire of technology and communications partner SARAH PEARCE. Formerly at Bird & Bird, Pearce focuses on information technology, communications, and outsourcing projects.
Former in-house lawyer MOLLIE O'BRIEN is now a member at Epstein Becker Green in Newark. Part of the firm's health care and life sciences practice, she has experience negotiating health care contracts, counseling clients on employment law, and working with clinicians on licensing and medical staffing issues, among other things. Before joining the firm she worked as general counsel at two organizations: Superior Insurance Company and Emergency Medical Associates, a group of 400 emergency medical providers.
Jenner & Block has hired JOSEPH NOGA as a partner in New York. Noga will concentrate on commercial litigation and investigative matters now that he's left a position as deputy chief of litigation for GE Capital, the financial services unit of General Electric.
ALEX EASTWOOD is now a partner at K&L Gates, practicing in its energy infrastructure and resources group in Perth, Australia. Eastwood previously served as general counsel at Gryphon Minerals, an Australian company that produces gold from West Africa.
K&L Gates has also added former Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton attorney KLAUS BANKE as a partner in its Frankfurt office. He advises international and German companies on mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures, as well as on general corporate law.
ALEJANDRO JARA is now senior counsel in the Geneva office of King & Spalding and a member of the firm's World Trade Organization and international trade practice. Jara joins the firm from the WTO, where he had served as deputy director general since 2005.
In Los Angeles, DAVID BEN-MEIR has moved from Alston & Bird to Norton Rose Fulbright. Ben-Meir is now a partner in his new firm's intellectual property practice, specializing in patent litigation and patent enforcement disputes.
JOHN PENN has jumped from Haynes and Boone to Perkins Coie's bankruptcy and restructuring practice, which he joins as a partner. Based primarily in Dallas, he will also spend time in the firm's New York office when working on Chapter 11 cases in that jurisdiction.
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