The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200

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Richmond-based Am Law 200 firm LeClairRyan expanded its health care law capabilities with the acquisition of 11-attorney health care boutique Adelman, Sheff & Smith.

Based in Annapolis, Adelman Sheff also has attorneys in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Joining LeClair as shareholders are S. ALLAN ADELMAN, TIMOTHY ADELMAN, RONALD SHEFF, MICHELE SMITH, MELISSA THOMPSON and MICHAEL VON DIEZELSKI; partners CHRISTOPHER ADELMAN and KRISTIN BOHL; senior counsel LEWIS MORRIS; and two associates.

The group's clients include large health systems, hospitals, ambulatory care centers, nursing homes, large physician practices, and individual health care providers. As sibling publication Corporate Counsel notes, the acquisition is the latest example of firms expanding their ability to advise on issues related to the Affordable Care Act.

"Our clients will significantly benefit from their decades of experience and in-depth understanding of health care law and regulation as it pertains to hospitals, health systems and other health providers," LeClairRyan CEO David Freinberg said in a press release announcing the combination.

With the new additions, LeClairRyan has 344 attorneys.

In other Churn news …

Akerman Senterfitt has gained an alcoholic beverage industry group from GrayRobinson in Miami. The six-person team includes shareholders ROBERT LEWIS and MARBET LEWIS and one associate. The husband-and-wife duo's client base includes national alcohol retailers, domestic and foreign alcohol suppliers, and alcohol importers and distributors. Sibling publication Daily Business Review has more on the moves.

A recent round of hiring at Cozen O'Connor has brought two more partners to the firm's New York office: contracts, labor and construction lawyer PATRICK SARDINO, previously with Smith, Sovik, Kendrick & Sugnet, and litigator WILLIAM KIRRANE, previously with Wade Clark Mulcahy, who takes on construction, personal injury, and product liability cases, among others.

Intellectual property attorneys BRUCE GRAY and FRED HATHAWAY, both previously with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, have joined Dickinson Wright in Washington, D.C., as members. Gray advises on patent acquisition, evaluation and litigation. Hathaway focuses on domestic and international trademark counseling, prosecution and enforcement.

Jones Day's newest partner in Munich is BOJAN SAVIC, an intellectual property attorney specializing in patent counseling, prosecution, due diligence and oppositions. Savic had run his own firm, Savic Patentanwälte, since 2007.

JOHN GOOD and JUSTIN SALON, corporate finance attorneys specializing in work for real estate investment trusts and business development companies, have jumped from Bass, Berry & Sims to Morrison & Foerster. The pair, based in Washington, D.C., join as partners. MoFo has also hired finance and renewable energy partner JEFFREY CHESTER, of counsel ELIZABETH SLUDER and one associate from Kaye Scholer. Chester advises on global capital-raising transactions for the renewable and alternative energy industry.

Bankruptcy and restructuring lawyer GLENN SIEGEL has left Dechert for Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in New York. He joins as a partner and as cohead of Morgan Lewis's bankruptcy and restructuring group.

The Charlotte office of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough has expanded with the addition of partners SARAH BUFFETT and J. KEITH JONES. Buffett, previously with Moore & Van Allen, focuses on international, corporate, and immigration law. Jones, a former Moore & Van Allen lawyer who most recently worked as a solo practitioner, is a real estate practitioner.

Norton Rose Fulbright has hired CHRISTOPHER HILBERT as a partner in New York. Previously with Jones Day, Hilbert focuses his practice on corporate transactions including mergers and acquisitions, securities, finance, capital markets and contracts.

In Paris, MICHEL ROSEAU has jumped from Bird & Bird to Orrick Rambaud Martel, the French arm of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. A former French government lawyer who spent time at the country's ministries of finance and European affairs, Roseau joins the antitrust and competition practice as a partner.

DANIEL SCOTT has joined Pryor Cashman as a partner from Chadbourne & Parke, where he was counsel. Based in New York, Scott is a trusts and estates lawyer who specializes in domestic and international estate, tax and wealth planning.

JEFFREY GLEASON has left a position as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice for Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi in Minneapolis. Gleason, who joins Robins Kaplan as a principal, spent the past four years leading multiagency civil fraud investigations involving potential violations of the False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute.

The Washington, D.C., office of Quarles & Brady now counts STEVEN GOLDMAN as a partner in its corporate services practice. Most recently with Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs in Atlanta, Goldman has also worked in-house at Marriott International.

Winston & Strawn confirmed this week that it has hired JOHN STRASBURGER, MELANIE GRAY, LYDIA PROTOPAPAS and JASON BILLECK from Weil, Gotshal & Manges to be partners in Winston's Houston office. The Am Law Daily first reported on this batch of Weil defections October 3.

The Churn is compiled from law firm releases and announcements. Moves based on our own reporting will note this. Please send all announcements and news releases to thechurn@alm.com.

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