The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200
Weil, Gotshal & Manges's recent losses continued this week with Proskauer Rose announcing Wednesday that it had hired former Weil private equity and buyouts partner STEVEN PECK in Boston.
Peck's departure comes on the heels of a spate of defections from Weil's offices in Houston and Dallas and several months after the firm said it planned to scale back its commercial litigation practices in Houston and Boston amid a broader round of cost-cutting. (The Am Law Daily covered the Texas losses here and here.)
Peck, who expects to bring some of his clients with him, says his decision to move to Proskauer was driven by his respect for his new firm's private equity and private funds groups, the scale of Proskauer's Boston office and the Boston office's stature in the firm, and his long friendship with Proskauer partner Steven Ellis. Peck and Ellis, who serves as cohead of the multi-tranche finance group in Boston, attended Boston University Law School together.
In other Churn news . . .
Crowell & Moring has expanded its West Coast government contracts group with addition of partners DAVID GINSBERG and GAIL ZIRKELBACH, both of whom have joined the firm's Los Angeles office from McKenna Long & Aldridge. Ginsberg and Zirkelbach focus on internal investigations of alleged fraud and ethics violations, bid protests at both the federal and state levels, litigation and arbitration involving government contractors, and other government contracts compliance matters.
Chadbourne & Parke has added three partners in New York. BETH KRAMER, who was previously at K&L Gates, has joined Chadbourne's private fund practice and will focus on investment management and securities law. Meanwhile, LAWRENCE LAROSE and SAMUEL KOHN—both of whom specialize in municipal bankruptcy and insolvency matters—have joined Chadbourne's bankruptcy and financial restructuring practice from Winston & Strawn.
JOHN HAAS is now of counsel in the private equity, venture capital, and transactional and securities practices in Foley & Lardner's New York office. Haas was previously with UBS AG, where he served as executive director of the global capital solutions team within the company's debt capital markets group.
Jones Day has hired three partners in Boston from Holland & Knight. DOUGLAS BANGHART practices state and federal tax credit syndication and partnership taxation, while also handling assignments for nonprofit organizations. JEFFREY GAULIN concentrates on structuring transactions centered around historic tax credits, new markets tax credits, and state tax credits. JOHN KELLEY handles real estate and equity financing tax and business transactions. Jones Day has also expanded its New York office with the addition of former assistant U.S. attorney HEIDI WENDEL to its health care and life sciences practice. Wendel joins the firm from the U.S. attorney's office for the Southern District of New York, where she served as chief of the civil frauds unit.
The Philadelphia office of McCarter & English has added partner LAURA CORSELL and special counsel DON FELICE. Corsell and Felice, who counsel investment companies and advisers on federal and state tax regulations, were previously with Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads.
WILLIAM "MO" COWAN is slated to join Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky, and Popeo in November as of counsel while also working as the chief operating officer of the firm's government relations and strategic consulting affiliate, ML Strategies. Cowan was appointed earlier this year to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant when John Kerry became secretary of State until a special election was held. He was a litigation partner at Mintz Levin for 12 years before becoming a senior adviser to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick in 2009.
As The Am Law Daily reported earlier this week, San Francisco's Shartsis Friese has snatched a four-attorney trusts and estates team from Morrison & Foerster. RICHARD KINYON and PATRICK MCCABE join Shartsis as partners, while APRIL ROX and DANIELLE ZARAGOZA come aboard in of counsel roles.
MARCUS WU is the newest partner to join Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman's San Diego office. Formerly at Hanson Bridgett, Wu works with retirement and deferred-compensation plans.
Reed Smith has grabbed a team of three corporate partners and one of counsel from Dentons. Joining Reed Smith in New York are tax, benefits, and wealth planning partner DAVID HRYCK, corporate and securities partner DAVID MASON, and international tax counsel SHEILA GERAGHTY. The firm's Washington, D.C., office, meanwhile, welcomes tax, benefits and wealth planning partner JEFFREY KORENBLATT.
As previously reported by The Am Law Daily, MATTHEW MARTENS, the former chief litigation counsel for the Securities and Enforcement Commission's enforcement division, has joined Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr as a partner in the securities and litigation practices in Washington, D.C.
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