Round Up: Willkie, Latham and Others Bringing In Laterals

  • Willkie Farr & Gallagher announced that as of June 21st, Lior Ohayon has joined the asset management group in New York. Ohayon focuses on fund formation, compensation and regulatory matters, and most recently co-chaired the corporate practice at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan in New York.
  • Cullen and Dykman announced two new partners on June 23rd. Nicole Stefanelli and Jason Teele joined the firm’s bankruptcy and creditor’s rights department in Newark, New Jersey. Both lawyers have experience representing creditors and debtors and move to Cullen from Lowenstein Sandler, where they were part of the bankruptcy, financial reorganization and creditors’ rights group.
  • Michael Hardy joined Duane Morris as a partner in the Baltimore office as of June 21st. Hardy moves from Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice. He joins the corporate and securities law practice, and has experience representing private equity investors, debt lenders, and operating companies in mergers and acquisitions.

Changes in Construction & Real Estate

  • Foley & Lardner announced the arrival of Lisa Glahn in its Boston-based construction practice. Glahn focuses on strategic deal structuring, contract formation, complex litigation and claims resolution, representing both private and public sector clients. She joins Foley from Mintz Levin, and also worked at the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, and serves on the board of the non-profit organization Women in Construction.
  • Loeb & Loeb announced that Ellen Seo will join the firm’s real estate department in New York as senior counsel. Seo moves to Loeb from the commercial real estate practice group at Messner Reeves, and has experience representing both landlords and tenants, purchasers and sellers, and institutional and private lenders and borrowers.

West Coast Additions

  • Leslie R. Caldwell, former assistant attorney general for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, will join Latham & Watkins in San Francisco on their white collar defense group in September. Caldwell has experience in federal criminal cases, overseeing more than 600 lawyers at the Criminal Division, and working to create criminal enforcement policy and change criminal legislation. Prior to the Criminal Division, Caldwell was the first director of the Department’s Enron Task Force, and served as an assistant U.S. attorney in New York and in California.
  • Epstein Becker Green‘s Los Angeles office named Jonathan M. Brenner as a new member of its employment, labor and workforce management practice on June 22nd. Brenner, who moved to Epstein from Sidley Austin, was a partner and former head of the West Coast Employment and Labor Practice.
  • Munger, Tolles & Olson announced on June 23rd that Barbara A. Mica will join the firm as Chief Operating Officer. Mica will oversee administrative functions, plan, organize, and direct daily operations and initiatives, and work closely with the firm’s managing partners. Mica previously worked as COO of Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie, and has a master’s degree in law firm management from George Washington University.

Moves in the Midwest

  • Perkins Coie announced on June 26th that Jason M. Quintana, former senior counsel for mergers and acquisitions at Boeing, has joined the practice as a partner in the Chicago office. Quintana has experience advising on strategic domestic and cross-border transactions. Before Boeing, he was at Mitsui & Co., where he was lead attorney for the chemicals business division and its portfolio companies in both North and South America.
  • Dentons announced June 21 that John M. Huff will join as a partner in the firm’s insurance regulatory practice in Kansas City. Huff is a former director of the Missouri Department of Insurance, and has a background in state and insurance regulation, products, claims, and other insurance industry concerns. He was also elected president of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.


  • On June 19th, DLA Piper announced the addition of Danish Hamid to its Washington, D.C. office. Hamid focuses on cross-border business transactions, regulatory compliance, and internal investigations, and has done so throughout Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. He has worked with both private and publicly traded companies across industries. He moves from Cooley, where he was co-chair of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act group.
  • Dykema announced on June 22nd that it will add three new senior counsels to its Dallas office. Ferdose al-Taie joins the commercial litigation practice group, and previously worked as a federal prosecutor in D.C., where she recently served as Senior Counsel in the U.S. SEC’s Division of Enforcement. Virgil Ochoa moves to the corporate finance practice group from Gardere Wynne Sewell, where he focused on corporate commercial transactions, corporate restructuring, and international trade law. Ian Pesses also joins the corporate finance group, and moves from Akerman. His experience is in transactional work, and he has counselled many different businesses from different industries.

General Counsel Appointments

  • Ansys named Janet Lee as General Counsel
  • Tiger Capital Group named Mark Naughton as General Counsel
  • LakePharma named Hajime Tada as General Counsel
  • Blucora named Ann Bruder as General Counsel
  • Nebraska Corrections Department named Candace Bottorf as General Counsel
  • Global Jet Capital named Chris Paul as Senior Managing Director and General Counsel
  • SemGroup named Susan Lindberg as General Counsel


The United Nations

  • Raul R. Herrera, partner at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer, will serve as Interim General Counsel for the United Nation’s Green Climate Fund for six months in Songdo, South Korea. Herrera focuses on international corporate and financing transactions. As Interim General Counsel, Herrera will represent it at meetings with member states, multilateral institutions and other parties, and will advise its Executive Director and Board, while helping to recruit a permanent general counsel.


Partner promotions at Morgan Lewis, Davis Polk

  • Morgan Lewis announced the addition of 31 new partners in its firms on June 23rd. In Boston, Stephen L. Altieri, Ph.D. joins the intellectual property practice, and Erin Powers Brennan, Kristen E. Ferris and Michael A. Müller join corporate and business transactions. In Los Angeles, Neeraj Arora join corporate and business transactions and Esther K. Ro joins in litigation. The Philadelphia office adds Casey S. August in the tax department, Elisa P. McEnroe and Shevon L. Scarafile in litigation, and Kurt W. Rademacher in finance. The Washington office expands with Lincoln O. Bisbee and Krissy A. Katzenstein in labor and employment, David R. Brenneman in antitrust, Sean M. Donahue in corporate and business transactions, Lindsay B. Jackson in investment management, Raechel Keay Kummer in litigation, and Charles A. Sweet in structured transactions. The Singapore office adds Daniel Chia and Adrian Tan in litigation and Daniel Yong in investment management. In San Francisco, Michelle Park Chiu joins litigation. Elizabeth R. Khoury joins the finance practices in both Houston and New York. The New York office also adds Brendan T. Killeen in labor and employment, Gina L. Lauriero in employee benefits, Christine M. Lombardo and Joseph D. Zargari in investment management, and Ari M. Selman in litigation. David I. Monteiro joins the litigation practice in Dallas. David V. Sanker, Ph.D. joins the intellectual property group in Silicon Valley. Scott D. Sherwin joins the Chicago office, also in intellectual property, and Randall J. Wood joins corporate and business transactions in Orange County
  • Davis Polk announced that eight lawyers will be promoted to counsel as of July 1st. Yang Chu, Hillary Dengel, Stephanie Fung, Melissa Glass, Brian D. Hirsch, Yasin Keshvargar and Lijun (Annie) Yan are all counsels in the corporate department, while Nancy Jackson Marchand is counsel in the financial institutions group. Chu and Fung both practice in Hong Kong, while Dengel, Glass, Hirsch, Keshvargar, and Marchand counsel in the New York office and Yan practices out of Beijing.