The Churn: Milbank, Shearman Land Securities Litigators, Plus More Lateral Moves

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The Churn

The New York securities bar saw a string of lateral moves this week.

As sibling publication The Am Law Litigation Daily reported, those switching offices include GEORGE CANELLOS, the former codirector of enforcement at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, who returned to his former firm, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy. Canellos, who stepped down from the SEC in January, will begin at Milbank as a partner and head of the firm's global litigation practice in mid-March.

Canellos tells the Lit Daily that he had "an unbelievable flurry of interest from some great places," but ultimately chose to return to Milbank, which he left in 2009, because it has "the right combination of next-generation talent in white-collar and securities, it's well-managed, it's big enough to handle the most extensive work for major clients."

Shearman & Sterling, meanwhile, hired six partners from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe this week, led by securities litigator JOSEPH FRANK. Fellow litigators MATTHEW CRANER and AGNES DUNOGUE also made the move to Shearman, along with leveraged finance partners RONAN WICKS, PATRICK FLANAGAN and JASON WHITE.

As The American Lawyer reported in a cover story last year, Shearman has been putting an emphasis on building up its securities litigation capabilities.

In other Churn news …

Akerman's New York office has gained FREDERICK REIF and DEBRA TAMA as partners. Both join from LeClairRyan and represent European clients including insurers, reinsurers, manufacturers and others in litigation and dispute resolution.

HIROSHI SHERATON is on the move from McDermott Will & Emery to Baker & McKenzie in London. A patent litigation partner, Sheraton specializes in the life sciences industry and is a trained chemist. Baker & McKenzie also recently hired WILLIAM WOODS and ANN HURWITZ as partners in Dallas. Previously with Baker Botts, the pair represent U.S. and international franchise operations in transactional, distribution and regulatory matters.

Los Angeles–based trial lawyer PETER HAVILAND, who handles cases in state and federal court, has moved from Kaye Scholer to Ballard Spahr as a partner. Haviland's current docket includes product liability and commercial litigation matters for DuPont and mass tort/environmental claims for ExxonMobil Corp., according to his new firm.

Boies, Schiller & Flexner has added KAREN DUNN as a partner in Washington, D.C. Dunn has spent her career in various branches of the government, working as an associate White House counsel in the Obama administration, an assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, a U.S. Supreme Court clerk, and communications director for then–U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton. In her new position, Dunn plans to focus on civil and criminal litigation.

Duane Morris has hired LISA SCRUGGS as a partner from Jenner & Block. Scruggs, who is based in Chicago, joins her new firm's trial practice and will specialize in cases related to the education industry.

KELLY WITTE has left a position as litigation counsel at engine manufacturer Cummins Inc. to rejoin her former firm, Faegre Baker Daniels, as counsel. Witte, who represents product manufacturers and distributors in litigation in state and federal court, did two previous stints at Faegre, from 2001 to 2002 and from 2006 to 2010.

Hogan Lovells has expanded in Los Angeles with the arrival of MICHAEL MADDIGAN from O'Melveny & Myers. Maddigan, a litigation partner, represents clients, many of them in the health care industry, in disputes involving health care, privacy, insurance, antitrust and business issues.

Labor and employment firm Jackson Lewis has opened an office in Overland Park, Kan., with a team from Spencer Fane Britt & Browne. The addition of the Kansas City region office gives Jackson Lewis 55 offices in the United States and Puerto Rico. Those staffing the new outpost include office managing partner BRIAN CHRISTENSEN, partner DAVID KIGHT and of counsel KYLE RUSSELL.

After serving as the inaugural U.S. Ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, DAVID CARDEN has returned to Jones Day as partner-in-charge of the firm's Asia practice. Carden, who will be based in Singapore, previously worked at Jones Day as a partner in New York and as cohead of the firm's securities litigation and SEC enforcement practice. He became ambassador in March 2011.

The Houston office of K&L Gates now counts BRETT YOUNG as a partner. Young, who was previously with Norton Rose Fulbright, focuses his practice on tort matters as well as dispute resolution and energy, environmental, catastrophic and mass disaster litigation.

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips announced three new partner additions within the past week. In Los Angeles, the firm added JOHN GATTI as a partner and cochair of the entertainment litigation practice. Gatti, previously the chair of entertainment litigation at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, represents studios, television networks, film financiers, actors, and other clients involved in the media, entertainment, sports, Internet and gaming industries. DAVID GERSHON, meanwhile, has joined Manatt from Bingham McCutchen as a partner in San Francisco. Gershon specializes in securities and general corporate matters for financial institutions and technology companies. In Washington, D.C., Manatt welcomes former Patton Boggs partner CAROL VAN CLEEF as a partner in its financial services practice. Van Cleef specializes in payments systems and digital and virtual currencies, including Bitcoin.

Intellectual property litigator JOHN HINTZ has joined Rimon as a partner in New York after two years at Haynes and Boone. Hintz, who has also worked at Chadbourne & Parke as a partner, represents clients in a range of IP and patent disputes.

A White & Case partner from 2007 to 2012 before moving to Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, DANIEL LEVIN has rejoined his former firm's white-collar practice as a Washington, D.C.–based partner. Earlier in his career, Levin worked in a variety of government jobs, including as a senior associate counsel to former President George W. Bush.

STEPHANIE SHARRON has lateraled from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe to Morrison & Foerster in Palo Alto. Sharron, who joins Orrick as a partner, focuses on technology and intellectual property transactions; the technology and IP aspects of mergers, acquisitions, asset spin-off transactions and private equity investments; and other matters.

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has hired two Los Angeles–based partners from Sidley Austin, SEAN MORAN and MICHAEL JOYCE. The two lawyers, who focus on energy and infrastructure finance, joined Sidley in February 2012 from Dewey & LeBoeuf.

The two latest hires at Winston & Strawn are partner DANIEL PASSAGE and of counsel FRANCISCO FLORES, both of whom join from Bingham McCutchen in Los Angeles. The pair handle structured finance deals.

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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