It’s been more than ten months since President Trump took office, and the exodus of lawyers out of the public sphere into the private sectors is starting to slow down although there is still a trickle. Below are dozen lateral moves that we’re highlighting for your attention:
- Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher beefed up its Supreme Court practice by adding Nicole Saharsky in its Washington, D.C. office where she will serve as a co-chair of Gibson Dunn’s Appellate and Constitutional Law Practice Group. Saharsky most recently spent 10 years as an Assistant to the Solicitor General. During her tenure, she argued 29 cases in the Court, briefed 45 cases on the merits, and filed hundreds of additional briefs and motions on a broad range of issues, including securities, intellectual property, labor, bankruptcy and corporate criminal liability.
- Jeremy Kenley, a private equity lawyer focused on real estate, and Sandy Bhogal, a corporate tax lawyer, will join Gibson Dunn’s London office as partners, arriving from Mayer Brown.
- Bracewell has added two lawyers in its Washington, D.C. office: Angela B. Styles, who departed her position as firmwide chair of Crowell & Moring and joined as a partner in the firm’s government contracts practice; and Paul F. Wight, who joins as a partner in the energy regulatory group and departs Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where he was a partner for many years. Styles also chaired Crowell’s government contracts’ practice, and works on [extraneous space here] civil fraud matters under the False Claims Act, and general government contract counselling. Wight advises utilities and other energy companies on electric power regulatory related litigation, compliance and transactional matters.
- Paul Hastings announced that restructuring partner David Manson will join the London office from White & Case where he was a partner. Manson advises banks and companies on domestic and cross-border restructuring transactions.
- Latham & Watkins is making moves overseas: In Moscow, it added Alexander Gomonov as a partner in the Corporate Department. Gomonov focuses on cross-border acquisitions, disposals and joint ventures with a focus on the oil & gas and mining sectors.
- Latham also added three corporate partners in Spain, including Juan Picón, the Madrid-based global co-chairman of DLA Piper, Ignacio Gómez-Sancha and José Antonio Sánchez-Dafos, who represent banks and private equity firms in deals across Europe and Latin America.
- DLA Piper has added Michael Krauss as a litigation partner in its Minneapolis office. Krauss joins from Faegre Baker Daniels where he was the finance litigation team leader. He is a former federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York and has represented banks in structured products matters, such as residential mortgage-backed securities litigation and indenture claims, in addition to working on creditor litigations and insolvency.
- William Candelaria joined DLA Piper’s finance practice as a partner in New York, where he will work on cross-border financings, with particular focus on Latin America. Candelaria previously served on the Board of Directors of the New York City Economic Development Corporation and arrives from Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle.
- The litigation finance firm, Longford Capital, recruited Cindy S. Ahn as a Director, who will assist with investment sourcing, due diligence, and monitoring of portfolio investments. Previously, she practiced in the intellectual property group at Kirkland & Ellis and also served as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Third Wave Technologies, Inc., a publicly traded molecular diagnostics company. Ahn has experience litigating intellectual property matters in federal court with expertise in Hatch-Waxman pharmaceutical patent cases.
- BakerHostetler added Pierre R. Yanney, a patent prosecutor, as a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group and patent litigation team in New York. Yanney comes to BakerHostetler from Stroock & Stroock & Lavan.
- Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies, the law firm’s government relations practice, grabbed a five-person team in New York from Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, which includes three New York City specialists, Katie Schwab, Rose Christ, and Reggie Thomas. Nantasha Williams, government relations adviser and Allison Sadoian Arethas, legislative analyst, also joined from Manatt.
- Seyfarth Shaw has recruited Gregg Dulik as a partner in San Francisco, where he will join the the firm’s Construction practice group and focus on litigation. Dulik comes from Sedgwick. Dulik has handled litigation on commercial buildings, multi-unit housing developments, infrastructure, hospitals, jails, and manufacturing facilities.
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