The end of the summer is nearly at hand, and many lawyers are leaving government positions, departing law firms and on the move. Below is a round up of some of the more eye-catching lateral jumps:
- Sam Hirsch, former acting assistant attorney general and principal deputy at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, rejoined Jenner & Block as a partner in Washington, D.C. Hirsch will be a member of the firm’s —wait for it — environmental and workplace health and safety law, energy, government controversies and public policy litigation, and election law and redistricting practices, in addition to leading the firm’s Indian law practice. Get all that? At the DOJ, he was involved in the Deepwater Horizon litigation, “including helping structure the global settlement, which imposed a $5.5 billion civil penalty on BP,”according to the firm.
- Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has added three partners to its global litigation group: Todd Blanche, a former prosecutor in the Southern District of New York, Kyle DeYoung, a former senior counsel to the director of enforcement at the Securities and Exchange Commission, and Ellen Holloman, a securities and bankruptcy litigator. Blanche and Holloman are based in New York while DeYoung is based in Washington, D.C.
- Brian Fleming, former counsel to the assistant attorney general for national security at the Department of Justice, has joined Miller & Chevalier as a member of its international practice in Washington, D.C. At the DOJ, Fleming worked on export control and “managed the DOJ’s review of all transactions before the Committee on Foreign Investment” according to the firm. In private practice, he will work on export controls and economic sanctions, foreign direct investment, cybersecurity and white collar defense.
- Robert Litt, who until earlier this year served as general counsel for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, joined Morrison & Foerster as an of counsel in Washington, D.C. Litt, who advised the President, the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council in his previous position, which he had held since 2009, will provide counsel on national security, privacy and white collar matters.
- Michael Rubin, a litigator who specializes in privacy and cybersecurity, is leaving Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati to join Latham & Watkins as a partner in San Francisco.
- Joe Regan and Adam Plumbley, both oil and gas litigators, have departed Winstead PC to join K&L Gates as partners in the Fort Worth office. Regan focuses “on civil litigation and appellate law with an emphasis on energy and real estate litigation, including eminent domain and real property dispute” while Plumbley works on “energy litigation, eminent domain matters, real property disputes, and general commercial litigation,” according to the firm’s website.
- Wendy Bernero, a legal marketing specialist, has departed Bernero & Press to join Baker McKenzie as its head of client development for North America. Bernero had previously teamed up with Aric Press, American Lawyer’s former editor-in-chief, to form Bernero & Press. That firm has now changed its name to PP&C Consulting, according to an announcement. She will focus on helping lawyers understand and meet their clients’ needs in her new role.
- Gareth Rees QC, who since 2012 has served as executive director of enforcement at the Financial Reporting Council, the UK’s audit regulator and corporate governance authority, will join King & Spalding as a partner in London, focused on government investigations. In his previous role, he helped prosecute accountants, auditors and actuaries in the UK.
- Meyer Koplow, former executive partner of Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz and currently of counsel at the firm, was named chair of Brandeis University’s board of trustees, where he is an alumnus.
- Robert Kadlec, a corporate attorney who works on mergers and acquisitions, financing and governance matters, has departed Sidley Austin to join Duane Morris as a partner in Los Angeles. Earlier this year, that office picked up the eight-attorney corporate and banking boutique Horgan Rosen Beckham & Coren.
- Cheryl Davis, former director for cybersecurity policy at the U.S. National Security Council and principal director of cyber policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, joined FTI Consulting as a managing director in Washington, D.C. In her new role, she will assist corporate, government and law firm clients with cybersecurity.
- Anh Lee, a corporate finance attorney in Chicago, departed Kirkland & Ellis to join McDermott Will & Emery’s corporate transactions group as a partner. Lee focuses on debt financing and leveraged buyouts.
- Neil Rajan, who focuses on corporate finance and securities law, departed Vinson & Elkins to join Locke Lord as a partner in its Dallas office. Rajan focuses on securities offerings, mergers and general representation.
- Jeffrey. I.D. Lewis, a patent litigator, departed Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson to join Norton Rose Fulbright as a partner in New York. He also works on trademark cases, as well as general litigation.
- The American Bar Foundation appointed Angela Onwuachi-Willig, Chancellor’s Professor at U.C. Berkeley Law as the William H. Neukom Fellows Research Chair in Diversity and Law. During the next year, Onwuachi-Willig plans to work on two projects: a book project about race-based traumas that African Americans experience in the wake of high-profile acquittals of defendants who have killed unarmed African Americans; and a research project on the founding and development of the National Bar Association, the country’s largest network of predominantly African American lawyers and judges, formed in 1925 in Des Moines, Iowa.
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