The Churn: Bingham Loses Trio of Litigators, Plus More Lateral Moves

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For the second time in a month, Bingham McCutchen has lost a high-profile group of partners to a rival firm. On Tuesday, RAYMOND MARSHALL, a 36-year Bingham veteran and member of the firm's executive committee, officially joined Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton along with two other San Francisco–based Bingham litigation partners. Also moving to Sheppard Mullin are KRYSTAL BOWEN, a former assistant U.S. attorney in the Central and Northern Districts of California who coheaded Bingham's white-collar practice, and DAVID CANNON.

Marshall, 60, a past president of both the State Bar of California and the Bar Association of San Francisco, says he and the lawyers making the move with him were attracted to Los Angeles–based Sheppard Mullin's comparatively more substantial presence in the state, particularly in San Francisco, where the firm has 90 lawyers. (With the Tuesday departures, Bingham's office in the city now has 74.) "A lot of firms nationally are retrenching in San Francisco," Marshall says. "Sheppard is growing through lateral hires. It really has become a destination firm. They're growing, but they're growing smart." (Sheppard Mullin's revenue rose in 2013 but its profits fell, in part because of a rise in head count, according to The American Lawyer's reporting.)

The work Marshall and Bowen do focuses primarily on matters related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and environmental crime allegations, as well as financial institutions enforcement matters. Bowen, for example, is currently representing two energy traders at Barclays PLC in federal district court in Sacramento. The duo, along with the bank, are fighting a $453 million enforcement penalty levied by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission over alleged market manipulation.

The three partners joining Sheppard Mullin share some clients with their new firm—including Chevron Corp. and Wells Fargo & Co.—according to Marshall, who calls the overlap "an added attraction."

Asked for comment Tuesday on the latest departures, a Bingham spokesman said, "While we wish these lawyers the best, we continue to strategically and selectively invest in our firm." The statement cites hires over the past year including an eight-partner intellectual property team in Santa Monica, a seven-lawyer investment funds group in Asia, and three antitrust partners in Washington, D.C., and London.

Earlier this month, The Am Law Daily reported on a series of other losses (and a few additions) at Bingham, including the recent departure of at least nine lawyers from the firm's real estate group to Katten Muchin Rosenman.

Sheppard Mullin also announced this week that it hired CRAIG WOLFE as a bankruptcy partner in New York. Wolfe, who joins from Kelley Drye & Warren, represents debtors, creditors’ committees, individual creditors, lenders, purchasers of assets and indenture trustees in various types of bankruptcy.

In other Churn news …

Adams and Reese has bulked up in Columbia, S.C., with the recent hire of four bankruptcy attorneys from local firm Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd. TARA NAUFUL and LINDSEY LIVINGSTON join their new firm as partners and WILLIAM SHORT JR. comes aboard as special counsel, along with one associate. The firm's Tampa office also welcomes DAVID YAMIN as special counsel. Yamin, previously with Bingham McCutchen, has a nationwide civil litigation practice.

ERIC PACKEL has been hired as counsel in the Philadelphia office of Baker & Hostetler. Most recently with Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, his practice focuses on privacy, data security and technology issues. A real estate team from Herrick, Feinstein is also on the move to Baker & Hostetler. New partner DENNIS RUSSO arrives along with partner GINA MAVICA and one associate. Russo advises on real estate financings, workouts, joint ventures, acquisitions and other matters, with Mavica focused on the hospitality industry.

TIMOTHY CRUDO has left the partnership of Latham & Watkins to become a partner at San Francisco firm Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass. A former federal prosecutor, Crudo will head Coblentz's white-collar defense and government enforcement practice.

Cooley has hired WILLIAM DONOVAN as head of litigation in its Los Angeles office, which is less than 2 years old. Donovan, previously with DLA Piper, is a trial and appellate lawyer who handles consumer class action, professional liability and commercial cases.

Dechert has picked up a partner from Greenberg Traurig, PHILIPPE PHANEUF, in its Los Angeles office. Phaneuf, who will be joined by two associates, advises on domestic and international transactions including mergers and acquisitions, real estate acquisitions, partnerships, joint ventures and financing matters.

Dykema has hired DAVID GRAHAM as senior counsel in its products and professional liability/pharmaceutical practice, which is based in Minneapolis. Most recently with Oppenheimer, Wolff & Donnelly, Graham specializes in food law, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, medical device and pharmaceutical litigation.

Florida litigator GREG SNELL has merged his solo practice with Foley & Lardner's office in Orlando. Snell, who joins Foley as of counsel, has a broad litigation practice that encompasses intellectual property, unfair business practices, employment, insurance coverage, professional negligence and construction suits, among others.

Securities litigator TODD MURRAY is now with Gardere Wynne Sewell in Dallas. Previously with Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, Murray joins Gardere as a partner in the trial group.

Greenberg Traurig has lost JOHN STAFFORD JR. in Washington, D.C., to Husch Blackwell. The newest partner in the firm's technology, manufacturing and transportation group, Stafford began his career representing the U.S. Army in contract disputes and litigation before entering private practice in 1984.

ADAM GOLDEN has lateraled from Kaye Scholer—where he served as cochair of the firm's corporate department—to Hogan Lovells in New York. Golden's practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, intellectual property licenses, joint ventures, and other corporate transactions. In October, three corporate partners left Kaye Scholer for Hogan Lovells in Los Angeles.

LeClairRyan's Boston office now counts former Edwards Wildman Palmer lawyer LEEANN BAKER as a shareholder. Baker represents institutional lenders, landlords, tenants and developers in real estate matters, particularly the leasing, financing and acquisition of commercial real estate. On the West Coast, meanwhile, LeClair has brought on BERNARD GEHLHAR as a shareholder in San Francisco. Gehlhar, who was previously with Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, represents consumer product companies in product liability litigation.

The chair of Dorsey & Whitney's labor and employment practice, DOUGLAS CHRISTENSEN, has moved to Littler Mendelson in Minneapolis. A shareholder, Christensen litigates a range of labor and employment matters and also advises clients on traditional labor issues. (In mid-January The Am Law Daily reported on the departures of several other Dorsey practice group leaders and the potential impact of those losses on the Minneapolis-based firm.)

Locke Lord has expanded its tax practice with the addition of JAREMI CHILTON as a partner. Based in Houston, Chilton advises clients on international tax matters and commercial immigration work. He joins from 100-lawyer firm Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry.

ADAM KNOWLTON has left a position as senior vice president and general counsel of real estate investment and management company Younan Properties Inc. to be senior counsel at Loeb & Loeb. Based in Los Angeles, Knowlton represents institutional investors, property owners, developers and lenders in all aspects of real estate development.

McCarter & English has acquired a 14-lawyer firm in Washington, D.C., sibling publication New Jersey Law Journal reports. The acquisition of Miller, Balis & O'Neil gives McCarter & English both a new stable of energy industry clients and its eighth office. Joining the firm as partners are JOHN MICHAEL ADRAGNA, SEAN BEENY, JAMES BYRD, JAMES CHOUKAS-BRADLEY, RANDOLPH ELLIOTT, JOSHUA MENTER, WILLIAM MILLER and ROBERT O'NEIL.

Perkins Coie has added LEE SCHINDLER as a partner in its emerging companies and venture capital practice, based in Seattle. Schindler last worked as counsel at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr in Boston. He advises technology and life sciences companies and the venture capitalists that invest in such companies. Also in Seattle, Perkins Coie has hired PATCHEN HAGGERTY as a partner in the trademark and copyright practice. Haggerty, who manages global trademark portfolios and trademark enforcement programs, recently left Dorsey & Whitney.

A public-private partnership specialist, RODERICK DEVLIN, has moved from Greenberg Traurig to Squire Sanders. Devlin, who joins as of counsel in New York, has worked on many P3 projects throughout the United States in recent years, including the construction of a new terminal at New York's JFK International Airport and a project to build a toll bridge at Knik Arm Crossing in Alaska.

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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