The Churn: Brown Rudnick Takes Paris, Plus More Lateral Moves

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Brown Rudnick has opened an office in Paris with new partner SEBASTIEN BONNARD from French firm Lacourte Raquin Tatar and two associates.

Bonnard will lead the office along with Brown Rudnick partner Nicholas Tse, who is currently based in London but will split his time between the two cities. The Paris office will focus on international arbitration, according to Brown Rudnick chairman and CEO Joseph Ryan.

Domestically, Brown Rudnick has hired California state treasurer BILL LOCKYER to work part-time in the firm's government law and strategies practice group as of counsel. Lockyer says he plans to work at Brown Rudnick full-time when his term as California state treasurer ends in January 2015.

Lockyer says that a number of firms and nonprofits approached him, and that he also was offered academic positions. In considering potential firms, "some were automatically excluded because they were under contract with my office or the state," he says.

However, because Brown Rudnick is a Boston firm with a small California footprint, Lockyer says he was able to make the transition. At 72 and having worked in the public sector for almost 50 years, Lockyer says he has certain expectations of law firms. "It has to be challenging and fun," he says.

Ryan says that Lockyer's presence is part of the firm's plan to expand in Orange County, Calif., where the firm opened in April. "I think this is a particularly interesting opportunity for Bill because not only is he practicing in the private sector, but he has a chance to grow the office," Ryan says.

In other Churn news …

BuckleySandler's newest partner is WALTER ZALENSKI, previously with Weil, Gotshal & Manges, who will divide his time between the firm's Washington, D.C., and New York offices. Zalenski is a banking and consumer finance lawyer.

Debevoise & Plimpton has hired the cohead of Herbert Smith Freehill's Seoul office, TONY DYMOND. At Debevoise, Dymond will be based in London, with a litigation practice focused on construction and engineering disputes in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

Dechert has expanded its New York office with partner JEFFREY SION, who was last at the audit, tax and advisory services firm KPMG. He counsels registered and unregistered funds and investment advisers on domestic and international tax matters.

DIRK MUELLER has moved from Winston & Strawn to San Francisco firm Farella Braun + Martel. He is a partner in the firm's energy and clean technologies practice group, counseling clients on project development, acquisition, disposition, financing, contract and real estate matters.

MYLA REIZEN has joined Foley & Lardner's Miami office as a partner from Jones Walker. Reizen's practice covers health care government investigations and qui tam matters.

Haynes and Boone has added DAVID CALABRESE to its real estate practice in New York, focusing on commercial real estate. A partner, Calabrese joins from Bryan Cave. Haynes and Boone has also hired ARMAN KUYUMJIAN in New York as of counsel to advise public and private companies and private equity funds in mergers and acquisitions. Kuyumjian previously worked at Weil, Gotshal & Manges.

JAMES GRANDOLFO, the former Asia Pacific capital markets head of Allen & Overy, has officially joined Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy in Hong Kong. He is a partner in its securities group advising underwriters, corporations, and sovereign and quasi-government issuers in the Philippines, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Malaysia, Thailand, China and Hong Kong. Sibling publication The Asian Lawyer has more on his move.

Longtime New York City corporation counsel MICHAEL CARDOZO is slated to return to Proskauer Rose on Jan. 1 when the administration of Mayor Michael Bloomberg ends. Cardozo left Proskauer in 2002 after 35 years there to take on the government job and served as Bloomberg's only corporation counsel during his tenure as mayor. He rejoins Proskauer as a partner in the firm's litigation department, based in New York.

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton has gained new partner BRUCE COLBATH in New York. He came from Weil, Gotshal & Manges and is a partner concentrating on advertising, marketing and antitrust law.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom has brought in the cochief of the terrorism and international narcotics unit at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, JOCELYN STRAUBER, to its white-collar crime group. She joins as counsel in New York representing companies and individuals in criminal and civil enforcement 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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