The Churn: L&E Defections at Paul Hastings, Plus More Lateral Moves

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JOSEPH TIRONE is rejoining Arnold & Porter as a partner in the firm's corporate and securities practice. Tirone, who will split his time between Houston and Washington, D.C., previously worked as an associate at Arnold & Porter. He was most recently with Bracewell & Giuliani, where he collaborated with the firm's energy practice on project development and finance matters.

Burr & Forman has hired intellectual property attorney HARVEY KAUGET as a partner in its Tampa office. Kauget advises clients in patent and trade secret litigation, along with IP risk management and portfolio licensing. He previously worked at Phelps Dunbar.

Insurance regulatory partner MICHAEL KASDIN has left DLA Piper for the Chicago office of Dentons. Kasdin advises insurance industry clients on all aspects of insurance and reinsurance law, including commercial disputes and arbitrations related to both regulatory and transactional matters.

Having added two partners earlier this week, Dickinson Wright continues its expansion by welcoming IP attorney ERIC LAVERS as of counsel in Toronto. Lavers, who was previously at Norton Rose Fulbright, drafts and prosecutes patent applications and also advises clients on the infringement, validity and IP aspects of commercial transactions.

GREGORY MANTER is now a partner in the technology, sourcing and commercial practice of DLA Piper, where he will focus on information technology transactions. Most recently a partner at Mayer Brown, Manter plans to divide his time between Chicago and San Diego.

Foley & Lardner is expanding its Miami office with a group of three attorneys from Miami firm Infante Zumpano led by partners EMIL INFANTE and CARLOS ABARCA. Infante focuses on securities, financial regulation and banking matters, while Abarca specializes in cross-border transactions. DANIEL DIAZ LEYVA, who is joining Foley as of counsel, also arrives from Infante Zumpano, where he worked on real estate, corporate and public affairs transactions. Foley also announced the arrival of IP litigator JAMI GEKAS as a partner in the firm's Chicago office. Gekas, who was at Edwards Wildman Palmer, represents clients in advertising, copyright, marketing and trademark issues.

Foreign legal consultant RACHEL BRANDENBURGER is now a senior adviser in the antitrust, competition and economic regulation practice at Hogan Lovells. Based in New York, Brandenburger is a former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner who most recently worked as an international special adviser to the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Holland & Knight is beefing up three of its offices by recruiting J.C. FERRER, THOMAS GREENE and GUILLERMO URIBE LARA as partners. Lara, a corporate finance partner who specializes in securities and capital markets work, has left DLA Piper with three associates and one paralegal to join H&K's Mexico City office. The Boston-based Greene is an employee benefits and executive compensation specialist who arrives from Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo. Ferrer joins his new firm's Miami office from K&L Gates, where he represented aviation industry clients in connection with transactions involving private and commercial aircraft.

Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn has added four partners. Detroit-based trial attorney PHILIP KESSLER joins the firm from Thompson & Knight, where he represented clients in business and IP issues including litigation involving contracts and partnership disputes as well as copyright, trademark and patent infringement claims. SCOT HINSHAW, who arrives from Vedder Price, is also headed to Honigman's Detroit office, where he will be a partner in the firm's labor and employment department focusing on wage and hour matters. The other two partners headed to Honigman are former Varnum attorneys PETER LIVINGSTON and JEFFREY SMITH, who will be based in Kalamazoo. Livingston advises family businesses on a variety of corporate matters; Smith is a litigator who defends clients in product liability, warranty and admiralty claims.

M&A attorney DAVID SCHWARTZ has joined the New York office of Hughes Hubbard & Reed as a partner. Schwartz, who moves over from Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, will work in Hughes Hubbard's corporate department and will advising clients on public company M&A matters such as transactions, special committee representations, proxy contests and advice on corporate defense.

PHILIPPE GOUTAY recently became of counsel in the Paris office of Jones Day, where he will work in the financial institutions litigation and regulation practice. Goutay, who joins from Freshfields along with an associate, specializes in capital requirements and anti–money laundering matters as well as securities regulation.

Morris, Manning & Martin is expanding its Washington, D.C., office with the addition of IP of counsel JUAN CARLOS MARQUEZ. Previously a member at Stites & Harbison, Marquez specializes in patent prosecution, IP licensing and enforcement, and technology transfer.

Two Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough offices are adding new partners. BRYAN DURRETT has joined the firm in Charlotte, while MARK VANDERBROEK arrives in Atlanta. Previously at Bryan Cave, Durrett advises clients on real estate transactions, with a focus on the acquisition and development of health care properties. VanderBroek is a litigation and franchise attorney who most recently practiced at Troutman Sanders.

TODD DUFFIELD has left his post as cochair of Paul Hastings' traditional labor group to join labor and employment firm Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart as a shareholder. Based in Atlanta, Duffield advises management-side clients on union organizing campaigns and elections, collective bargaining negotiations and grievance arbitrations.

McGuireWoods life science regulatory attorney MELISSA GILMORE has left that firm to lead Polsinelli's Food and Drug Administration practice. Based in Washington, D.C., Gilmore will work on FDA compliance issues for the firm's clients in the medical device, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, food and tobacco industries.

In another major defection from Paul Hastings' labor group, sibling publication New York Law Journal reported this week that three labor and employment partners have left the firm's New York office to join Proskauer Rose. The lateral group includes employment litigator ZACHARY FASMAN, previously the cochair of Paul Hastings' employment discrimination practice, as well as ALLAN BLOOM and ERIKA COLLINS. Bloom is also an employment litigator and adviser who has worked on a variety of nationwide class actions as well as individual discrimination claims. Collins advises employers on aspects of company growth and restructuring, including office openings and workforce fluctuations.

The London office of Schulte Roth & Zabel is adding a lateral partner to its investment management group. STEVEN WHITTAKER, who arrives from Simmons & Simmons, will advise hedge fund managers on the structuring, formation and operation of funds.

Steptoe & Johnson has hired DARRYL NIRENBERG as a partner in its government affairs and public policy group. Based in Washington, D.C., Nirenberg previously chaired the government advocacy practice at Patton Boggs, where he also led the agriculture, food and trade working group. A former chief of staff to late U.S. Senator Jesse Helms, Nirenberg advises consumer products and services companies on federal legislative and regulatory issues.

HEILI KIM, a former regulatory counsel at the FDA, has joined Venable as counsel in the firm's Washington, D.C., office. Kim, who most recently worked at South Korean firm Kim & Chang, advises clients in the food, medical device and pharmaceutical industries on regulatory compliance and product development matters. Venable also recently announced another hire in its Washington office: IP partner ANDREW PRATT, who arrives from Adduci, Mastriani & Schaumberg. Pratt represents companies in disputes involving software, circuits, semiconductors, Internet business methods, chemical compositions and mechanical devices.

White & Case welcomes INIGO ESTEVE as a partner in the firm's London office, where he will work in the U.K. equity capital markets practice. Esteve, who advises on initial public offerings on the London Stock Exchange along with secondary share offerings, previously worked at Clifford Chance.

Kirkland & Ellis partner EVA DAVIS, who founded that firm's Los Angeles corporate practice, has left the firm to chair Winston & Strawn's West Coast private equity practice. Davis private equity funds and strategic investors on U.S. and cross-border transactions. Sibling publication The Recorder profiled Davis as part of its 2012 "Women Leaders in Law" list.

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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