Round Up: Newly Appointed GCs, Growing Litigation Teams and Other Moves

Below is a round up of the latest lateral partner moves and general counsel appointments from the past week.

New Leadership at the NYC Bar Association

  • The New York City Bar Association announced on June 15 the results of its annual elections. John S. Kiernan, of Debevoise & Plimpton, will return as President, and Elizabeth Donoghue of Himmelstein McConnel Gribben Donoghue & Joseph will return as Vice President, joined this year by Lisa E. Cleary of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler and Sharon L. McCarthy of Kostelanetz & Fink, as co-VPs. Ira M. Feinberg of Hogan Lovells U.S. LLP will continue as Secretary. Marjorie Peerce of Ballard Spahr, N. Nate Saint-Victor of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC, Jeffery Winn of Chubb Insurance Group and Mark W. Zeno of the Center of Appellate Litigation represent the Executive Committee Class of 2021. Sarah L. Cave of Hughes Hubbard & Reed will be the Chair of the Executive Committee and Muhammad Faridi of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler will serve as the Secretary of the Executive Committee.

Expanding Litigation: Sherman & Sterling, Dykema, Baker Botts, Buchalter, Ropers Majeski, Nixon Peabody

  • Shearman & Sterling announced on June 15 the expansion of its Global Antitrust and Litigation Practice in D.C. with the addition of a five-partner team, formerly of Hunton & Williams. The team consists of David A. Higbee, who focuses on antitrust government and internal investigations and served at the Department of Justice and in the George W. Bush administration, D. Bruce Hoffman, who focuses on antitrust and unfair competition and worked at the Federal Trade Commission and the Bureau of Competition, Djordje Petkoski, who focuses on criminal antitrust and international clients and worked on cartel investigations by the DOJ, Ryan Shores, who focuses on high-stakes litigation and worked in the defense of multi-state fraud, unfair competition and breach-of-contract cases, and Todd M. Stenerson, who focuses on commercial litigation and class action suits and worked on investigations by the DOJ’s Antitrust Division and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • Litigator Michael Klein joined the Austin office of Dykema, the firm announced on June 15. Klein, previously of Sedgwick, has worked for more than 35 years as a trial lawyer, recently focusing on first party insurance coverage, bad faith and insurance regulatory litigation.
  • Also on June 15th, Baker Botts announced that Justice Rebeca Aizpuru Huddle its Houston Litigation Department. Justice Huddle was appointed to the First Court in 2011 and elected in 2012, prior to which she was a litigation partner with the firm.
  • Buchalter added Matthew S. Covington, Jeffrey M. Hamerling and Jeannie Kim to its San Francisco office and Alissa Pleau-Fuller to its Sacramento office, the firm announced June 13th. Covington, Hamerling, and Pleau-Fuller all join the Litigation Practice Group and move from Archer Norris, while Kim joins the Insolvency & Financial Law Practice. Covington and Hamerling both have experience representing petroleum company clients. Pleau-Fuller focuses on serving the litigation needs of franchisors. Kim previously served as a judicial law clerk and focuses on bankruptcy cases.
  • Nixon Peabody added counsel Robert Fisher to its Government Investigations and White Collar Defense practice, the firm announced June 15. Fisher has experience as a federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s Office in Boston. At Nixon Peabody he will represent clients facing government investigations or cases brought by federal agencies.
  • Christopher Hitchcock and John W. Hanson joined the New York office of Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley, the firm announced on June 14th. Hitchcock has thirty years of experience as a commercial litigator, trying construction, employment, professional malpractice and insurance cases. Hanson litigates legal malpractice matters, construction accidents, commercial disputes, premises liability suits and Fair Debt Collection actions.
  • Latham & Watkins announced June 13 that it expanded its complex commercial litigation practice in New York with four lawyers from Kirkland & Ellis. Joining the firm are Kirkland partners Joseph Serino and Eric Leon, as well as associates Kuangyan Huang and Nate Taylor. The lawyers are the latest in a string of hires at Latham.

Ballard Spahr, Eversheds Sutherland, Sheppard Mullin, Mintz Levin

  • Ballard Spahr on June 15 welcomed attorney Keli Colby to its Washington, D.C. office. Colby moves from Boston Properties Inc., where she was Vice President and Counsel of the D.C. office. She has worked on a variety of property types in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, leading the legal teams behind some of the largest projects in the D.C. region.
  • Eversheds Sutherland announced on June 12 that Michael Bahar joined the firm’s Litigation Practice Group as a partner in Washington, D.C. where he will lead the U.S. Cybersecurity and Privacy team. Previously, Bahar served as Rep. Adam Schiff’s Staff Director and General Counsel to the Minority Staff of the U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
  • Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton announced on June 12 that Daniel E. Schnapp has joined the New York office as a partner in its Entertainment and Digital Media practice and as co-leader of the Technology Transactions Team. Schnapp joins from Hughes Hubbard & Reed where he was Chair of the firm’s New Media, Entertainment and Technology practice and brings former Hughes Hubbard associates Alexis Robinson and Genevieve Perez.
  • On June 14th the San Francisco office of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo announced the addition of Greg Chin as a member of the firm’s Corporate and Securities Practices. Chin is the third in a series of recent additions to the firm’s San Francisco office, and comes to the firm from the Flatiron Law Group LLP. His focus is on clean tech, life sciences, and digital health companies, representing both public and private groups in growing industries.

International: Ashurst and Duane Morris & Selvam

  • Ashurst appointed Emmanuelle Pontnau-Faure as a partner in Paris, the firm announced on June 14th. Pontau-Faure, who will work in the firm’s tax practice, moves after fourteen years at White & Case. She has experience in corporate, finance, real estate, litigation and restructuring matters.
  • Gerard A Hekker moved from Sidley Austin to Duane Morris & Selvam LLP as a director in the Singapore office and as a partner in the San Francisco office, it was announced June 15. Hekker has two decades of experience practicing in Asia and focuses on cross-border capital markets, M&A and telecommunications, and media and technology transactions.

GC Appointments & Additions

  • Finance Appointments
    • Bank Leumi appointed Gerri Alfino as General Counsel, EVP and Corporate Secretary.
    • Westbury Bank appointed Steve Ritt as Senior VP and GC.
    • ECN Capital appointed Loreto Grimaldi as SVP, GC, and Secretary.
  • Private Sector Appointments
    • Tech company HawkEye360 appointed Alison Alfers as Chief Legal Officer.
    • Medical technology company LivaNova appointed Keyna Skeffington as SVP and GC.
    • Science and technology company Leidos appointed Jerald Howe Jr. as EVP and GC.
    • Technology services & consulting company Infosys appointed Inderpreet Sawhney as Group GC.
    • Organic meal delivery company Sun Basket appointed Isobel Jones as GC.
    • Herbalife Nutrition appointed Rick Werber as acting GC.
  • Nonprofit Appointments
    • Creative Associates International appointed Laurence Grayer as VP, GC, and Chief Compliance Officer.

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