Career Tracker: Bankruptcy Executives Find New Homes In Dallas, New York
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(Reuters) – The U.S. economic recovery is not slowing law firms’ appetite for bankruptcy and restructuring.
In Texas this week, O’Melveny & Myers called on Norton Rose Fulbright’s global head of restructuring, Louis Strubeck, and others to start an office in Dallas. Houston-based bankruptcy partner Demetra Liggins has joined McGuireWoods after 13 years at Thompson & Knight, which is expected to merge with Holland & Knight of Miami in August.
In New York and Chicago, Mayer Brown recruited a trio of Foley & Lardner restructuring partners, including the head of the company’s New York restructuring group, Doug Spelfogel.
Learn more about these initiatives and other law firms since the last Career Tracker:
Alston & Bird caught former US Department of Justice National Security Attorney Kellen Dwyer for his privacy and cybersecurity litigation team in Washington, DC
Andre Geverola, the former director of criminal litigation in the Department of Justice’s antitrust division, joined Arnold & Porter in Chicago and Washington, DC, to lead the practice of cartel investigations within the antitrust group of the business.
Baker Botts hired Taylor Owings, a Washington antitrust litigation partner. Owings was Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General in the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice.
BakerHostetler has added Melissa Mannino, former legal counsel at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich and Rosati, to its international trade and national security team as a partner in DC
Barnes & Thornburg opened an office in Boston with four IP side partners, Ronald Cahill, Heather Repicky, Rory Pheiffer and Derek Roller, of Nutter McClennen & Fish. The company also recruited three partners, as well as consultants and staff, from Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath in Delaware. The partners are Thomas McGonigle, Shawn Tucker and Michael Maimone.
Martin Gusy, former co-head of K&L Gates’ international arbitration practice, joined Bracewell as head of their international arbitration practice in New York.
Cozen O’Connor brought in business litigator Jeremy Deutsch and a team of five attorneys from Anderson Kill in New York. Class action lawyer Joshua Levy also joins the firm, from his role as special counsel at Sullivan & Cromwell in Washington, DC
Crowell & Moring is strengthening its financial services capabilities with former Goodwin Procter litigator Brian Hail joining New York.
Davis Polk hired former Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton Partner and Practice Group Leader Paul Marquardt as a Partner in the Financial Institutions Group in Washington, DC
Brad Miller joins Davis Wright Tremaine’s media and entertainment practice in Los Angeles from Amazon Studios, where he was associate general counsel.
Monté Squire joins Duane Morris as a partner in the firm’s intellectual property practice in Wilmington. Squire previously worked as an Administrative Patent Judge and a member of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board for the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Dennis O’Donnell and Ben Winger landed as partners in the DLA Piper restructuring practice in New York and Chicago, respectively. O’Donnell joins Milbank and Winger joins Kirkland & Ellis.
André Thiollier joined Foley & Lardner in San Francisco as a partner in the DLA Piper transactions practice.
Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath has recruited a team of six Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner lawyers, including partners Larry Scarborough, Jake Kramer, Jessica Maziarz and Desmonne Bennett in New York, Washington, DC and Denver.
Goodwin Procter’s technological practice wins 12 new partners Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, Latham & Watkins and Jones Day for its New York and Silicon Valley offices. Jonathan Chou, Peter Fusco, Geoff Willard and William Wilson are from Orrick, David Concannon from Latham & Watkins and Stuart Ogg and Micheal Reagan from Jones Day. The company also added Matthew Gruenberg, private equity partner of Schulte Roth & Zabel, and Steven Clemens, tax partner, of Dechert in New York.
Hogan Lovells added Andrew Strong and Barry Burgdorf, who joined Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman as partners of the firm as partners in Houston.
Laurie Edelstein left Steptoe & Johnson to join Jenner & Block’s energetic and complex practices as an associate in San Francisco.
Erin Nealy Cox, who served as US attorney for the North Texas District until January, moved into the Kirkland & Ellis office in Dallas from September 1. She will be a partner in the firm’s government, regulatory and internal investigations group.
King & Spalding has hired former U.S. District Attorney for the Eastern District of California, Greg Scott, as a partner on its San Francisco and Sacramento-based Special Affairs and Government Investigations team.
K&L Gates is recruiting fintech partners Andrew “Drew” Hinkes and Justin Wales in Miami and Los Angeles from Carlton Fields.
Latham & Watkins added Elisabeth “Lisa” Martin, former lawyer at Kirkland & Ellis, who joins the firm’s capital market and public company representation practices in Chicago, and Tana Ryan, partner of its private equity practices and of mergers and acquisitions in Los Angeles. The company also added Antony “Tony” Kim d’Orrick for his connectivity, privacy and information practice in Washington.
The Littler Mendelson labor and employment law firm has taken over William “Bill” Robbins, formerly of Polsinelli, as a Kansas City shareholder.
Sean McDonnell returns to Mayer Brown as a litigation and dispute resolution partner in Washington after nine years as a federal prosecutor in Philadelphia. The firm has also added partners to its corporate and securities law practice, including Marina Besignano of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, Tim Clark of Dechert and Javier Fierro of Sidley Austin. He also acquired a restructuring group of three Foley & Lardner partners, including Doug Spelfogel, who will lead the New York office restructuring practice, Leah Eisenberg in New York and Derek Wright in Chicago.
McGuireWoods has added M&A partner Edmund Daniels in Houston from Haynes and Boone. The company also welcomed Jeffrey Shah, private equity partner of Vinson & Elkins to New York.
Frank Gerratana, previously Director at Fish & Richardson, joins the intellectual property practice of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo as a member in Boston.
Morrison & Foerster tapped Stacy Cline Amin, former senior legal counsel for the Food and Drug Administration and deputy general counsel for the US Department of Health and Human Services, to co-lead its FDA regulatory and compliance practices. She will be based in Washington, DC
Nixon Peabody has recruited a duo of intellectual property partners, Erica Van Loon and Andrew Choung, from Lathrop GPM in Los Angeles.
Norton Rose Fulbright has hired former Reed Smith partner Stephen Aschettino in New York as the US head of its fintech practice.
O’Melveny opened an office in Austin with four attorneys from Thompson & Knight, including partners Phillip Oldham, Benjamin Hallmark and Katie Coleman, and senior attorney Rex VanMiddlesworth. Oldham was previously the Austin bureau chief at Thompson & Knight, while senior counsel Coleman was the head of government and regulatory practice at Thompson & Knight. O’Melveny also added tech-focused business partners, Adit Khorana, of Cooley, and Daniel Wu, of Fox Rothschild, to its offices in Silicon Valley and Century City, respectively.
Mike Mitchell, Preetha Gist and Mitch Naumoff joined Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe’s structured finance group as partners in Washington, DC, after Chapman and Cutler.
Nutter McClennen & Fish uses the entire BRL Law Group corporate team for its corporate and transaction departments, including partners Tom Rosedale, Suzanne Hamel and Mark Burgiel.
Perkins Coie hired IP partner Lori Gordon from King & Spalding in Washington, DC
Polsinelli added partners Gregory Jones, former healthcare litigator at McDermott Will & Emery, and Weston Rockers, partner of Morrison & Foerster, in Los Angeles and San Francisco, respectively.
Jonathan Marcus joins Reed Smith’s energy and natural resources industry group as a Washington partner of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.
Rimon hired partner Benjamin Aguilera for his corporate practice in Phoenix and partner Zhun Lu for his intellectual property practice in Newark, Delaware. Aguilera is from Greenberg Traurig, while Lu is from Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath.
Gregory Ruback joined Schulte Roth & Zabel as a financial partner in New York from DLA Piper.
Sidley Austin recruited debt financing partners Nicholas Schwartz and Kristen Smith from Kirkland & Ellis in New York and San Francisco, respectively.
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett brings in former Manhattan Federal Attorney Martin Bell as a partner in the firm’s litigation department in New York.
Steptoe & Johnson strengthens its litigation capabilities with the addition of two Diamond McCarthy partners, Juliya Arbisman and Robby Mockler, who join the firm’s international arbitration and commercial litigation practices. The firm has hired several other partners, including former Sullivan & Cromwell partner Liz Cassady for her commercial litigation practice, and Lizzie Baird, former deputy director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s trading and markets division, both in Washington, DC
Willkie Farr & Gallagher adds Melainie Mansfield of DLA Piper to its corporate reorganization and restructuring department in Chicago.
Former DLA Piper Partner Khoa Do joins Winston & Strawn to chair the Northern California corporate practice.
Naomita Yadav heads to Withers’ San Francisco office from Ernst and Young, where she was a senior executive.
Hemanshu (Hemu) Nigam, a former attorney and founder of cyber intelligence and investigative firm Cyber Security Affairs, joined Venable’s e-commerce, privacy and cybersecurity practice as a partner in Los Angeles.