Round Up: The Latest Hires and Promotions in Big Law

Workers leave the Barclays Plc headquarters in the Canary Wharf financial, shopping and business district in London, U.K., on Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Below are the most recent partner hires, promotions and general counsel appointments. The column covers moves announced from July 5 to 13.


  • Sidley Austin announced the addition of two new partners in its Houston office on July 5th. David Asmus focuses on mergers and acquisitions, project development, and finance transactions. He is also a past president of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiator and a past chair of the Institute for Energy Law. Brian Bradshaw focuses on acquisitions and divestitures and the development and financing of oil and gas, power and LNG projects. He has worked on domestic and international transactions, focusing on Latin America. Bradshaw formerly served as a chair of the Oil and Gas Section of the International Bar Association. Both join the firm’s Energy practice, and Asmus does so as co-leader.
  • Also on July 5th, the Miami office of McDermott Will & Emery announced the arrival of Roy Larson as a partner in its Corporate & Transactional Practice Group. Larson, formerly of Baker McKenzie, specializes in mergers and acquisitions, and focuses on domestic and cross-border transactions in the health care sector. He counsels on both public and private equity offerings, and represents companies in cases that involve corporate governance, securities offerings, and joint ventures.
  • Withersworldwide expanded its international corporate practice with the addition of a team of professionals from Winston & Strawn. The team is led by Mabel Lui, who focuses on mergers and acquisitions and led DLA Piper‘s Asian Corporate team for 17 years. Polly Chu and Daniel Tang are the other partners. Chu specializes in corporate real estate matters and Tang focuses on cross-border international mergers and acquisitions. The rest of the team consists of associate and private client specialist Deirdre Fu, associates David Cheng and Kathy Ku, trainee Bobby Fung and paralegals Quinncy Wu, Mei Ching Yeung and Lara Yuen.
  • McGuireWoods expanded its private equity industry team with the addition of Anne Croteau. Croteau is an experienced advisor of small business investment companies, business development companies, and other investment funds. She advises in financings, mergers and acquisitions, and divestitures.
  • DLA Piper welcomed environmental lawyer Jeffrey Salinger to the firm as of July 11. Salinger focuses on advising corporate clients on environmental transactional matters in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, project finance and bankruptcy, and real estate. He joins the firm’s Corporate practice, and previously served as a member of the Council on the Environment of New York City and GrowNYC. He moves to DLA Piper from Shearman & Sterling.


Lawyers Leave Government

  • Kirkland & Ellis welcomed a new partner in the Investment Funds group in Washington D.C. Alpa Patel moves to Kirkland after serving at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, where she focused on implementing regulations affecting private fund advisers and assisted the SEC in developing policy initiatives relating to private funds and advisers.
  • Akin Gump announced on July 11 that Howard R. Sklamberg, the former Deputy Commissioner for Global Regulatory Operations and Policy at the Food and Drug Administration has joined the firm’s health care and life sciences regulatory practice. Sklamberg brings experience in coordinating standards and agreements with foreign countries and testifying before Congress to the firm’s Washington D.C. office.
  • Manatt, Phelps & Phillips announced on July 11 that former U.S. Attorney Richard S. Hartunian will join the firm’s corporate investigation and white collar defense practice. Hartunian is a veteran of the Department of Justice, and focuses on internal investigations, criminal and regulatory enforcement actions, and high-stakes civil litigation.
  • Crowell & Moring announced a new Senior Policy Director on July 7. Traci Vitek, whom moves to Crowell from the Department of Health & Human Services Office of the Inspector General, brings experience in health care government to the firm.


Goldman Lawyers Move House

  • Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft announced on July 5th that Peter C. Morreale will join the firm’s Capital Markets group as a partner in Washington D.C. Morreale moves to Cadwalader from Goldman Sachs, where he was Managing Director and Associate General Counsel in the Mortgages-Legal group. He focused on providing legal coverage for structures and businesses and advising clients on asset-backed securities.
  • Greenberg Traurig announced on July 5th that Ben Adler will join the firm’s corporate practice. Adler also moves from Goldman Sachs, where he worked for 18 years. Recently he worked as managing director and general counsel of the Merchant Banking Division. He focuses on corporate investments, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity transactions.


New Litigators at Sedgwick and Bracewell

  • On July 11, Sedgwick announced the launch of its new Securities Litigation Practice Group. The group is led by Kendra S. Canape, who defends brokerage firms and clearing firms in class action and mass action litigation. Canape is joined by associates Christopher R. Farnsworth and Rachel A. Weitzman. The group expands the firm’s commercial division, and is an interdisciplinary encompassing members of the bankruptcy, business litigation, real estate litigation, and finance practices.
  • Bracewell announced on July 11 that David A. Super joined the practice as a partner in Washington D.C. Super, who joins the firm from Baker Botts, joins the litigation practice. He has experience with complex commercial litigation in federal and state courts.


International Firms Expand

  • Reed Smith announced that Ingrid Silver will join its Entertainment & Media Industry Group in London on July 5th. Silver provides commercial and regulatory advice to the media and entertainment sector, as well as specialist industry advice on corporate transactions. She is the only lawyer to ever sit on the global board of the Mobile Entertainment Forum. Silver moves to Reed Smith from Dentons.
  • Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe announced the arrival of Scott Peterman as a partner in its Hong Kong office. Peterman focuses on advising on private equity, real estate, and emerging markets exchange traded funds throughout Asia. He moves to Orrick from Jones Day, where he was a partner since 2015.
  • Christopher Kurth, formerly a general counsel for wealth management at UBS AG, will join Baker McKenzie as a compliance and investigations partner in its Zurich office. Kurth formerly advised UBS’s wealth management and trust business on transactions and regulatory matters but left the bank in April.


Shifts at BakerHostetler, Baker Donelson, Blank Rome, Barnes & Thornburg

  • BakerHostetler announced that Steven Spears will join the firm’s Houston office as a partner in the Intellectual Property group and Inge Larish will join as a patent litigator in the Seattle office. Spears moves from McDermott Will & Emery and is the first patent litigator in the Houston office. Larish moves from Pillsbury Winthrop and counsels multinational technology companies.
  • Baker Donelson announced the arrival if Sebastian Meis and Felix Faerber to the Global Business Team in Atlanta. Meis joins as a shareholder, and is a licensed attorney in both Germany and the U.S. He advises companies on corporate matters, and represents German investment funds. Faerber joins the office as an attorney, and represents both domestic and international companies.
  • Blank Rome announced the addition of Mark M. Lee to the firm’s White Collar Defense & Investigations practice in Philadelphia. Lee, who is the former chair of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis‘s white collar defense and corporate investigations group, also worked as an Assistant United States Attorney. He advises on internal investigations and offers compliance counseling.
  • Barnes & Thornburg announced the addition of Mandisa S. Price as a partner in the Dallas Corporate Practice group. Price, who moves from Weil Gotshal & Manges, advises private equity firms and public companies on complex transactions.


Locke Lord, David Wright Add Partners

  • Locke Lord announced on July 11 that Richard Reibstein has joined the practice as a partner in the Labor and Employment Practice group in New York. Reibstein developed a national practice in independent contractor compliance and misclassification law. He is also an author whose work has appeared in Bloomberg BNA’s Daily Labor Report.
  • Davis Wright Tremaine announced the addition of partner Cristina Chou to the firm. Chou is the former Vice President of Regulatory Affairs at Time Warner Cable. She has advocated legal and policy positions before the FCC for Time Warner and provided expertise to senior management regarding the company’s video business. She joins the firm’s D.C. office.


New Dean at Vermont Law School

  • Vermont Law School announced the appointment of its ninth president and dean, Thomas McHenry, on July 11. McHenry is a former partner at Gibson Dunn, and an experienced environmental and administrative lawyer. VLS, which is the number one-ranked law school in the country, welcomes McHenry after the departure of former president Marc B. Mihaly.


Promotions at Nixon Peabody, Davis Polk, Kelley Drye, Ballard Spahr

  • Nixon Peabody announced on July 12 that Colette A. Dafoe, of the firm’s Real Estate practice, will lead the firm’s Washington D.C. office as managing partner. In addition to management duties, Dafoe will continue her focus on representing owners, investors and developers in acquisitions, sales, leasing, financing and development of commercial real estate.
  • Davis Polk & Wardwell announced that ten lawyers have been elected partners, effective July 1. Daniel Brass, Marcel Fausten, Jeong M. Oh and John Perry join the partnership in the Corporate Division in New York. Lara Samet Buchwald enters the Litigation Department, also in New York, focusing on complex commercial and bankruptcy litigation.
  • Karen Chan is also a partner in the Litigation Department residing in Hong Kong, who focuses on complex regulatory matters. William A. Curran is in the Tax Department in New York, advising on federal income tax aspects of domestic and cross-border mergers. Dan Hirschovits works in the Corporate Department in the London office, advising corporate and investment banking clients. David Lisson is partner in the Litigation Department in Northern California, litigating patent infringement and intellectual property cases, and Jai R. Massari works in the Financial Institutions Group and the trading and markets practice in Washington D.C.
  • Kelley Drye & Warren announced five new partners and promoted ten attorneys to special counsel also as of July 1. The five partners are Jennifer Bedoya, Sarah Cronin, Cliff Katz, Marisa Lorenzo, and Aaron Rosenfeld. Bedoya joins the Real Estate group, and focuses on commercial real estate transactions throughout the U.S. Cronin, who joins the Media & Entertainment and the Insurance Recovery groups, represents and advises media and entertainment companies on litigation matters, and represents policyholders in insurance recovery cases against providers. Katz joins the Pharmaceutical Litigation group, and has represented generic pharmaceutical companies with experience in Hatch-Waxman patent litigation. Lorenzo joins the Litigation and Communications practices. She is an experienced litigator focusing on investigations, enforcement actions and lawsuits in the communications industry. Rosenfeld joins the Real Estate, Hospitality, and Corporate groups, and is a transactional attorney who advises on commercial real estate deals and represents purchasers, sellers, and financing parties. Additionally, Cmaeron Argetsinger, Matt Basile, Katie Bond, Melissa Byroade, Michael Dover, Joel Hankin, Beth Johnson, Dino Koutsoubas, Cathy Lee and Jaclyn Metzinger were all promoted to special counsel.
  • Ballard Spahr elected three of their attorneys to firm partnership as of July 1st. Meredith Swartz Dante, of the Litigation Department in Philadelphia, represents employers in labor and employment matters. Peter W. Hennessey, from the Business and Finance Department in Philadelphia, is a corporate and securities attorney working on capital markets transactions. Bruce F. Johnson, of the Real Estate Development in Las Vegas, focuses on real estate and commercial finance and investment transactions. Meanwhile, the firm closed its San Diego office after losing two partners to Dinsmore & Shohl, and transferring two others to the Los Angeles office.


Moving Offices & Shifting Strategies

  • Taylor English Duma announced a strategy for nationwide expansion on July 11. The hybrid business model uses the acquisition of remote partners to allow the firm to operate from its central office in Atlanta while managing partners across the country. The initiative is led by Chris Wilson, who formerly worked at virtual law firm FisherBroyles. The new platform combines a brick-and-mortar practice with national reach.
  • Steptoe & Johnson announced the relocation of its Palo Alto office to San Francisco on July 11. The Northern California branch is led by Bill Abrams, Laurie Edelstein, and Sanjeet Dutta. The new office will be in downtown San Francisco at One Market Plaza in the Steuart Tower.


Counsel Changes

  • Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel announced on July 5th that two of its special counsels, Natan Hamerman and Randal Murdock have been promoted to counsel in the New York office. Hamerman litigates civil and complex commercial cases, focusing on bankruptcy and real estate litigation. Murdock advises clients on securities law, mergers and acquisitions, software and technology transactions, and general business matters.
  • Holland & Knight announced the arrival of Denning Rodriguez as counsel in the New York office. Rodriguez is a notable fashion and luxury goods attorney, and has represented some of the largest names in fashion and entertainment, such as Brian Atwood and Anita Ko, as well as executives and directors at companies like Coach, Louis Vuitton, and Vera Wang. He moves to Holland & Knight from his own boutique practice, Rodriguez, LLC.



  • Renewable energy developer Boralex appointed Pascal Hurtubise as Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, and Corporate Secretary.
  • CKR Restaurants, which owns Hardee’s and Carl Jr’s, appointed Chip Siegel as Chief Legal Officer.
  • The U.S. Small Business Administration appointed Christopher Pilkerton as General Counsel.
  • Creative Associates International appointed Laurenence Grayer as Vice President, General Counsel, and Chief Compliance Officer.
  • Nationwide Title Clearing appointed Greg McCloskey as lead General Counsel.