The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200

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Greenberg Traurig has hired three intellectual property partners from Weil, Gotshal & Manges: MARK DAVIS, STEPHEN SHAHIDA and RONALD PABIS. All three join as shareholders in Washington, D.C., and Davis, who has represented clients before the International Trade Commission, will also chair Greenberg's ITC practice.

Greenberg CEO Richard Rosenbaum says the firm has been looking to expand its national patent litigation practice and ITC work, particularly in D.C. "When we were doing our search, Mark Davis' name popped up several times as one of the go-to players in that area," he says. Rosenbaum adds that Greenberg has been talking to the group about lateraling for the past couple of months and that Greenberg approached them about the move.

The group's departure date from Weil and official start date at Greenberg are still being determined. Rosenbaum says Davis, Shahida, and Pabis—who were not immediately available for comment Tuesday—gave their notice last week, and that he's not sure if they'll be bringing any clients with them. (As of Tuesday afternoon, their bios still appear on Weil's website.)

A spokeswoman for Weil said, "We wish them well in their future endeavors."

Weil made a hire of its own this week, bringing former partner COURTNEY MARCUS back to the firm as a partner in Dallas. Marcus, who last worked at Weil in 2006, was most recently with Fulbright & Jaworski, part of the Swiss verein Norton Rose Fulbright. She represents private equity firms, public and private corporate borrowers, financial institutions, and other investors in financial transactions.

In other Churn news ...

JEREMY ELMAN has lateraled from McDermott Will & Emery to DLA Piper, where he joins the intellectual property and technology practice and the patent litigation group. A partner in Miami, Elman represents companies in the technology, consumer electronics, gaming and media sectors in litigation, trade secret, trademark and copyright matters.

Jackson Lewis has hired employment litigator FRASER MCALPINE and slated him to be managing partner of its San Francisco office beginning Jan. 1. McAlpine was most recently at Hunton & Williams, where he was managing partner of that firm's San Francisco office and head of its California labor and employment practice. McAlpine will take over the San Francisco management post from Jackson Lewis partner Bradley Kampas, who is returning to practice full time.

In Hong Kong, Latham & Watkins has nabbed Sidley Austin attorney BENJAMIN CARALE as counsel in its corporate department. Carale represents issuers and underwriters in international bond and equity issuances.

Morrison & Foerster has brought on the former co-CEO of SNR Dentons, HOWARD MORRIS, to head its business restructuring and insolvency group in London. Morris, who joins as senior of counsel, will focus on cross-border and pan-European transactions and insolvency proceedings. The Am Law Daily had more on his move earlier this week.

Seyfarth Shaw has grabbed LAWRENCE LORBER from Proskauer Rose to be senior counsel in Washington, D.C. Lorber specializes in labor and employment law, such as equal employment opportunity issues, affirmative action, matters related to the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, and Department of Labor audits.

BENJAMIN DIEHL is now special counsel at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan in Los Angeles. Previously a supervising deputy attorney general in the California attorney general's office, Diehl joins Stroock's financial services litigation and government relations practice groups.

Thompson Hine has expanded in New York with business litigation partner TAMMY BIEBER. Previously at Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt, she represents auditors, issuers and and investment funds in litigation and in government and internal investigations.

White & Case has hired partner JI HOON HONG from Shearman & Sterling. Hong is based in New York and focuses on structured debt capital markets transactions and asset-backed securitization in the transportation sector.

JOHN "JAY" WATKINS has left Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr to join Wiley Rein's corporate practice, based in Washington, D.C. He represents private equity, venture capital and hedge funds in connection with acquisitions, debt and equity investment, and leveraged buyouts, among other matters.

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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