The Churn: Sidley Picks Up Weil Partner, Plus More Lateral Moves

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Another Weil, Gotshal & Manges partner has left for Sidley Austin, this time in New York.

Sidley announced the hire this week of HOLLY GREGORY, who joins Sidley as a partner and as global coordinator of its corporate governance practice. In October, Sidley hired nine partners from Weil, all in Dallas.

Gregory, who was traveling Tuesday and unavailable for comment, had been with Weil since 1987, according to her LinkedIn page. A corporate governance specialist, she counsels clients on fiduciary duties, risk oversight, conflicts of interest, board and committee structure, board leadership structures, and other corporate governance issues.

In November, Penn State's board of trustees hired Gregory to advise on governance practices for the university in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Also last year, Gregory worked on the Weil team advising longtime client AMR, the parent company of American Airlines, in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy and $11 billion merger with US Airways Group.

A Weil spokeswoman said "We wish Holly success in this next phase of her career."

In other Churn news ...

AARON MURPHY has lateraled from Latham & Watkins to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. Murphy joins his new firm's San Francisco office as a partner, focusing on counseling and investigations related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Allen & Overy's newest senior counsel is GORDON MILLER, a recent hire from Dechert. Based in Washington, D.C., Miller is a financial services regulatory lawyer. Earlier in his career he worked as a lawyer for the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System.

In Moscow, MIKHAIL SEMYONOV has jumped from Linklaters, where he was counsel, to Baker Botts, where he is a global projects partner. Semyonov advises on mergers and acquisitions and energy transactions in Russia.

Baker Donelson has expanded its Nashville office with two group hires. MATTHEW HARRIS, RICHARD PENSINGER and ANNE MARIE KEMPF all join as real estate shareholders. They last worked at Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis.

Tax lawyers STEVEN WOOD and JULIE BOSWELL also join Baker Donelson in Nashville, with Wood as a shareholder and Boswell as of counsel. The pair previously practiced at Brentwood, Tenn., firm Thraikill, Harris, Wood & Boswell, which disbanded after the departures of Wood and Boswell and retirement of the other name partners.

DANIEL BUDOFSKY has joined Bingham McCutchen as a partner in its investment management group in New York. Budofsky, most recently a partner at Davis, Polk & Wardwell, advises banks, financial institutions, corporations, funds and asset managers on financial products.

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings has hired life sciences litigator WILLIAM GOODMAN III as a partner in Jackson, Miss., from Watkins & Eager. Goodman serves as defense counsel to life sciences companies such as Bayer Corp., Pfizer Inc. and GlaxoSmithKline in commercial and personal injury litigation. Joining Goodman in the move is JOSEPH STROBLE, who also comes to Bradley Arant as a partner, as well as two associates.

The Wilmington office of Duane Morris now counts RICHARD RENCK as a partner. Previously with Delaware firm Ashby & Geddes, Renck is a corporate and commercial litigator who most often works on cases in the Delaware Court of the Chancery.

Edwards Wildman Palmer announced several new hires this week. Former U.S. Department of Justice lawyer DANIEL FAHNER is now with the firm's office in Chicago. A partner in the litigation department, Fahner focuses on complex commercial litigation, corporate internal investigations and compliance and matters related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. He last worked at Greenberg Traurig.

Edwards Wildman has also expanded in Washington, D.C., with new hire EDWARD GLYNN JR. from Manatt, Phelps & Phillips. Glynn, who spent 14 years at the Federal Trade Commission, represents makers of consumer products and pharmaceutical and dietary supplements, as well as advertising and marketing companies, in federal and state regulatory matters, government investigations and litigation.

And in Hartford, BRYAN ZERHUSEN has joined the intellectual property department of Edwards Wildman as a partner from McCarter & English. Zerhusen advises clients in the health care, chemical and life sciences industries on patent preparation, patent prosecution and patent counseling.

Litigator PETER CANFIELD is now with Jones Day in Atlanta as a partner. Canfield most recently worked at Dow Lohnes, which had a spate of defections in Atlanta last year and is now defunct after the firm's Washington, D.C., office merged with Cooley. Canfield has represented corporations, universities and professional firms in general civil disputes, including shareholder derivative actions, contract disputes and noncompete litigation.

Entertainment lawyer ROBERT WISE has closed a firm he founded in 2007 and is now a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Loeb & Loeb. Wise represents independent television production companies in the negotiation of cable network deals and other transactions.

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo has added a lawyer from Patton Boggs, LAURENCE FREEDMAN, as a member in Washington, D.C. Freedman, a former assistant director in the civil fraud section of the Department of Justice, represents health care providers and life sciences companies in litigation.

A trio of renewable energy lawyers have jumped from Foley & Lardner to Morgan, Lewis & Bockius: partner JAMES TYNION III in New York, partner ELIZABETH HANIGAN in Chicago and of counsel EVELYN KIM in San Francisco. The team focuses on the development, construction and financing of wind, solar and other renewable power projects, as well as renewable energy deals.

Morgan Lewis has also hired THOMAS CARTWRIGHT as a partner in London. Previously with Taylor Wessing, Cartwright is a private equity and investment funds lawyer.

ERIC JEFFREY has left Goodwin Procter to join Nixon Peabody as counsel in Washington, D.C. Jeffrey is a transportation specialist whose practice includes advising ocean common carriers, marine terminal operators and other entities involved in global trade.

Labor and employment firm Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart has added IMAD ABDULLAH as a shareholder in its Memphis office. Abdullah, a labor and employment litigator, joins from Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz.

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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