The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200

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Shook, Hardy & Bacon is launching a Seattle office with new hire BART EPPENAUER, who will start at the firm on Dec. 1 as the office's managing partner. Eppenauer, most recently Microsoft's chief patent counsel, worked as an intellectual property associate at Shook Hardy in the 1990s.

Microsoft has been one of Shook Hardy's clients since 1999, according to firm chair John Murphy. "Opening an office in Seattle has always been on our radar, not just because of our relationship with Microsoft," Murphy says. "We've had a growing Pacific presence." Murphy adds that Eppenauer is also a key hire because he has numerous contacts in the software industry beyond Microsoft.

Though Eppenauer will be the only attorney in Seattle when the new office opens next month, Murphy says he is confident the office will grow quickly: "We've already had inquiries from inside the firm and from people outside the firm. I cannot give any specific numbers, but I think we will have about 12 attorneys by the end of 2014."

Murphy sees the office initially focusing on software and technology, but believes a product liability group will develop quickly.

In another notable move, SCOTT HAMMOND, the deputy assistant attorney general for criminal enforcement in the Department of Justice's antitrust division, is joining Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Starting in January, Hammond will be a partner in Gibson Dunn's Washington, D.C., office focusing on criminal antitrust and international cartel matters.

Hammond, who has spent his entire 25-year career at Justice, helped found a leniency program that rewards voluntary disclosure of cartel activity in order to avoid criminal conviction, according to sibling publication Blog of Legal Times. "I wanted to find a home where I could hit the ground running by utilizing my experience expanding the antitrust division's international cartel program," Hammond said in a statement.

Gary Spratling, the cochair of Gibson Dunn's antitrust and trade regulation practice and a colleague of Hammond's from the DOJ, said in a statement that he believes Hammond's addition will help make Gibson Dunn the "go-to" firm for cartel defense work.

In other Churn news …

NICOLE TOPPER is now of counsel in Blank Rome's consumer finance litigation and commercial and corporate litigation groups, based in Boca Raton, Fla. She was most recently with Florida law firm Sachs Sax Caplan.

Bracewell & Giuliani has expanded its white-collar defense practice in New York with new partner GLEN KOPP. Previously an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York, Kopp will advise clients on internal investigations and regulatory enforcement actions related to financial institutions, corporate accounting, wire and bank fraud and other matters.

BETHANY HILLS has moved from Hodgson Russ to Epstein Becker & Green in New York. Hills, who joins Epstein Becker as a member, counsels life science and medical device companies and health care providers on reimbursement, regulatory and compliance matters.

DANIEL BURNS has moved from Fish & Richardson to Goodwin Procter as a partner in that firm's patent prosecution and counseling practice. Based in Silicon Valley, Burns focuses on domestic and international prosecution of patents related to, among other things, software, Internet, information retrieval, cloud computing, renewable energy and machine learning.

The newest counsel at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton is CRAIG CANNON, who will have a firmwide role in managing e-discovery matters for Kilpatrick and will also be a member of the firm's litigation department. Based in Winston-Salem, Cannon most recently served as global discovery counsel at Bank of America.

King & Spalding has hired MAYA MELNIKAS, the former cohead of White & Case's restructuring and insolvency practice in the central and eastern European region. Melnikas is now a finance partner in King & Spalding's Moscow office, where she concentrates on bank finance, restructuring and mergers and acquisitions in financial and capital markets sectors.

Labor and employment litigator MICHAEL MOFFATT has rejoined Littler Mendelson after serving as associate general counsel for the financial services holding company CNO Financial Group. He was last at Littler in June 2010 as a shareholder, and is again a shareholder in Indianapolis. Littler has also added shareholder DENISE BACKHOUSE to its New York office's e-discovery team. Backhouse, most recently of counsel at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, provides e-discovery services for corporate dispute, antitrust, regulatory and white-collar matters, as well as commercial litigation and labor and employment matters.

DANIEL SCOTT has left Chadbourne & Parke to join Pryor Cashman as a partner in its trusts and estates group. Scott's practice covers life and legacy planning for celebrities, athletes, artists, entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom has brought in JUDITH MATHER as of counsel in its tax controversy and litigation group. Mather, most recently at Dow Lohnes in Washington, D.C., concentrates on valuation disputes involving estate and gift tax and Internal Revenue Service regulatory matters.

JENNIFER BOROW, formerly of Loeb & Loeb, has moved to the Los Angeles corporate and real estate transaction firm Sklar Kirsh. Borow is a partner who counsels high-net-worth individuals and family offices in connection with their closely held businesses, real estate holdings and other investment assets.

Steptoe & Johnson has gained a new partner in PAUL CHARLTON, a former U.S. attorney for the District of Arizona who was previously at Phoenix firm Gallagher & Kennedy. His practice will concentrate on litigation, internal investigation and white-collar defense in Phoenix.

SIMON COOK has joined Sullivan & Worcester from Dentons. A partner in the London office, Cook practices in the area of structured trade and commodities finance in emerging markets.

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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