Was There, Now Here

Notable Moves in Big Law

Nov 08, 2017, By Jennifer King

Reed Smith announced that Peggy Heeg has joined the firm as a partner in its Houston office, where she will be a member of the global energy and natural resources group. Heeg’s practice focuses on pipeline development, regulatory compliance, and corporate governance. Heeg joins Reed Smith from the Houston office of Norton Rose Fulbright, where she was a partner and former member of the firm’s executive committee.

Debbie Feinstein and Sonia Pfaffenroth have rejoined Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer as partners. Feinstein was director of the Bureau of Competition at the US Federal Trade Commission. She will lead the firm’s global antitrust group. Pfaffenroth was previously deputy assistant attorney general for Civil and Criminal Operations for the Antitrust Division at the US Department of Justice. Both women are resident in the Washington, D.C., office.

BakerHostetler has recruited Laura Jehl, Jennifer Kurcz, Inge Larish, Beverly Lyman and Carole S. Rendon to join the firm as partners. Jehl joins the privacy and data protection team, resident in the Washington, D.C., office, from Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, where she co-led the firm’s privacy and cybersecurity practice and its blockchain technology and digital currency group. Kurcz joins the patent litigation team, resident in Chicago, from McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff. Larish joins the intellectual property practice and patent litigation team, resident in the Seattle office. She was previously at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman in San Diego. Lyman joins the firm’s intellectual property practice and biotechnology, chemical and pharmaceutical team, resident in the Cincinnati and Atlanta offices. Lyman was previously at Thompson Hine. Rendon is the former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. Resident in the Cleveland office, she joins the firm’s white collar team.

Andrea Cropley and Tara McGraw Swaminatha have joined Squire Patton Boggs as partners, and Kathrine Bancroft has joined as a director. Cropley joins the corporate practice, resident in Manchester, from Irwin Mitchell, where she was northern head of corporate. Swaminatha joins the data privacy and cybersecurity practice from DLA Piper and will be based in the Washington, D.C., office. Bancroft is also joining the Manchester corporate practice, and was previously assistant company secretary and legal counsel at UK Biobank.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman has hired Jean Kuei and Deborah Ruff as partners. Kuei, who is based in the Washington, D.C., office, joins the labor and employment team from Reed Smith. Ruff, who joins from Norton Rose Fulbright, will serve as global head of international arbitration and as the London litigation practice leader.

Nola B. Heller, formerly assistant United States attorney for the Southern District of New York who served as chief of the SDNY’s General Crimes and Violent and Organized Crime Units, has joined Cahill Gordon & Reindel as a partner in its white-collar crime and government investigations practice, resident in the New York office.

Crowell & Moring has recruited Amy B. Comer, Alexis Gilman, Valerie M. Goo, Michelle Jacqueline Linderman and Rebecca Monck Ricigliano to join the firm as partners. Comer, who joins from Morgan Lewis, is a member of the corporate practice resident in London. Gilman previously was assistant director at the Federal Trade Commission; she joins the global antitrust group, resident in Washington, D.C. Goo, who joins from Orrick, is based in Los Angeles and a member of the litigation practice. Linderman joins the international trade practice, based in London, from Ince & Co, where she was global head of its sanctions team. Ricigliano joins the New York office as part of the white collar and regulatory enforcement group. Previously she was first assistant attorney general of New Jersey.

Fox Rothschild has added Barbara P. Alonso, Laura M. Holm, Helene D. Jaffe, Maureen L. Mitchell and Michelle L. Witzany as partners, and Barbara Brigham Denys as assistant general counsel. Alonso joins the corporate practice, resident in Miami. Previously she was a partner with Squire Patton Boggs. Holm joins the corporate practice, based in West Palm Beach, from Quarles & Brady. Jaffe joins the antitrust practice, and has been named its co-chair, a position she previously held at Brown Rudnick. She is resident in New York. Mitchell joins the environmental practice, based in Seattle, from Summit Law Group. Witzany, who is based in Minneapolis, joins the real estate practice from Winthrop & Weinstine. Denys, who is based in Philadelphia, was previously with the Pennsylvania Office of Disciplinary Counsel.

Cozen O’Connor has hired Lynn Krisay Brehm, Melissa Grossman, Diane J. Hvolka, Meridith Moldenhauer, Devon Turner Riley, Melinda Rudolph as partners. Brehm, who is resident in Charlotte, practices employee benefit/ERISA law. Previously she was at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney. Grossman joins the private client services group, based in the Philadelphia office, from Hyland Levin. Hvolka joins the Los Angeles office from real estate and commercial litigation boutique Gilchrist & Rutter, which joined Cozen O’Connor in its entirety. Moldenhauer is resident in the Washington, D.C., office and joins the zoning, land use and development group Based in Philadelphia, Riley joins the institutional response group from Nexsen Pruet. Also based in Philadelphia, Rudolph is part of the corporate practice group and joins from Reed Smith.

Valérie Demont, Liisa M. Thomas and Kandace P. Watson have joined Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton as partners. Dremont joins the corporate practice, resident in the New York office, from Pepper Hamilton, where she was an active member of the capital markets, securities and M&A practice, chaired the firm’s U.S.-India practice group and was a member of the firm’s French Desk. Thomas joins the Chicago office as co-leader of the firm’s privacy and cybersecurity practice. Previously she chaired the global privacy and data security practice at Winston & Strawn. Watson joins the San Diego office and corporate practice group from Kilpatrick Townsend, where she headed the mergers, acquisitions, securities and corporate team in Southern California and led the corporate department’s Southern California chemical and life sciences, and medical devices teams.

Mayer Brown has recruited Nicolette Kost De Sevres to join the firm’s Washington, D.C., office as a partner in the litigation and dispute resolution practice. Previously, she was a senior policy advisor at DLA Piper, where she served as co-head of that firm’s US financial and technology (fintech) compliance practice.

Katherine Mooney Carroll, until recently the counselor to former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, has rejoined Cleary Gottlieb, Washington, D.C., as a partner. She is based in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office and will focus on global banking and regulatory matters.

Leslie R. Caldwell is joining Latham & Watkins as a partner in the white collar defense and investigations practice, resident in the San Francisco office. She was previously assistant attorney general for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division.

Sidley Austin has hired Emily Pitlick Mallen as a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. She is a member of the energy practice.

Giovanna M. Cinelli has joined Morgan Lewis, Washington, D.C., as co-leader of the international trade, national security, and economic sanctions practice. Melanie Ryan has joined Morgan Lewis as a partner in London, where she is a member of the global investigations and disputes practice.

Ropes & Gray has recruited Lisa H. Bebchick to join the firm’s New York office as a partner in its business and securities litigation practice. Previously she was at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson.

Salomé Cisnal de Ugarte is joining Hogan Lovells, Brussels, as a partner in the firm’s global antitrust practice. Previously she was a partner at Crowell & Moring.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has recruited Anna Howell, who joins the firm’s London office as a partner. Previously Howell was at Herbert Smith Freehills, where she was co-head of the global energy group.

Sabrena Silver has joined White & Case, New York, as a partner in the global banking practice. Prior to joining the firm, she was at Linklaters, where she was a partner in the banking group, co-head of its Mexico working group and head of its Ecuador working group.

Greenberg Traurig has hired Marina I. Ross as a shareholder in the firm’s Miami real estate practice.

Elizabeth (Liz) Evans, Rachael Pontikes and Catherine Young Hagerty have joined Reed Smith as partners. Evans is resident in New York office and joins from Dentons, where she was global co-head of the aviation and aerospace group. Pontikes joins the Chicago office and previously was a partner with Duane Morris in Chicago. Hagerty joins the San Francisco office from Morrison & Foerster.

Morrison & Foerster has recruited Stefani E. Shanberg and Jennifer J. Schmidt to join the firm as partners in the San Francisco office and Serena Tan to join as a partner in the Hong Kong office. Shanberg and Schmidt lead a six-lawyer group that joined the intellectual property litigation practice from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, while Tan joins the corporate practice from Debevoise & Plimpton.

Sarah E. Walters, formerly the chief of the economic crimes unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts, has joined McDermott Will & Emery’s litigation practice group as a partner, resident in the Boston office.

Dechert has recruited Siew Kam Boon as a corporate partner based in Singapore. She was previously a partner at K&L Gates.

Meredith A. Jones-McKeown has joined Perkins Coie’s commercial litigation and construction practices as a partner in the San Francisco office. Previously she was at Sheppard Mullin, where she was co-chair of the construction practice and co-managing partner of the San Francisco office.

Debevoise & Plimpton has hired Kara Novaco Brockmeyer, who was previously chief of the SEC Enforcement Division’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Unit, as a partner and member of the white collar and regulatory defense and strategic crisis response and solutions groups. She will be resident in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office

Janet P. Judge has joined Holland & Knight as a litigation partner in the firm’s Boston office. She was the founder and president of Sports Law Associates LLC. In addition, Shannon Armstrong has joined the Portland, Ore., office as a partner in the litigation practice. Previously she was at Markowitz Herbold. Danielle V. Garcia has joined the firm’s Los Angeles office as a partner in the firm’s financial services practice. Previously she was a partner with Blank Rome in Los Angeles.

Covington has recruited Carolyn Kubota and Catharina Min to join the firm as partners. Kubota, who joins the firm’s litigation, and white collar defense and investigations practices, is resident in the Los Angeles office. Min joins the corporate practice, based in the Silicon Valley office.

Justice Rebeca Aizpuru Huddle, who was previously a member of the Texas First Court of Appeals, has rejoined Baker Botts as a partner of its litigation department. She is based in Houston. The firm has also recruited Melanie Sharpe to join its real estate and construction group as special counsel based in the London office.

Foley & Lardner has hired Lisa Glahn, Susan Greenspon and Karen Mangasarian as partners. Glahn joins the Boston office, where she is a member of the construction practice. Previously she was a member at Mintz Levin. Greenspon joins the transactions and securities practice, resident in the Chicago office. She previously was a partner at Dentons. Mangasarian joins the chemical, biotechnology and pharmaceutical practice, based in the New York office. Previously she was a partner at Ropes & Gray.

Damali Taylor, who previously served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Northern District of California, has rejoined O’Melveny as a partner in its white collar defense and corporate investigations practice. She is resident in the firm’s San Francisco office.

BakerHostetler has recruited Carole S. Rendon to join the firm as a partner in its Cleveland office. Rendon previously was U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

Sonia Pfaffenroth has rejoined Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer’s Washington, D.C., office as a partner. Previously she was deputy assistant attorney general for civil and criminal operations for the Antitrust Division at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Troutman Sanders has recruited Sue Charles, Halli Cohn, Wynter Deagle and Barbara Werther to join the firm. Charles is an environmental lawyer, based in Chicago, who was previously at Lathrop & Gage. Cohn joins the litigation practice, resident in the Atlanta office, from King & Spalding. Deagle, who was previously at Mintz Levin, is part of the business litigation practice who is based in San Diego. Werther joins the construction practice, based in Washington, D.C., from Sedgwick.

Samantha C. Grant has joined the Century City office of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton as a partner in the labor and employment practice. Grant was previously at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp.

Littler has added Renea I. Saade as a shareholder in the Anchorage office. She was previously a partner in the labor and employment group at Stoel Rives.

Anne Croteau has joined McGuireWoods’ private equity industry team as a partner in Raleigh office. Previously she was at Smith Anderson. In addition, Lorraine Vaz has joined the firm’s London office as a partner from King & Wood Mallesons. She is a member of the debt finance practice.

Previously she was the Chicago Bar Foundation’s director of pro bono and court advocacy. Kerry Olson, former executive vice president and global general counsel of Carlson Hotels, Inc., has joined Faegre Baker Daniels as a partner in the firm’s international franchise practice in Minneapolis. This firm has also hired Kelly Tautges as pro bono counsel and director of pro bono and community service, based in the firm’s Minneapolis office.

Alicia C. O’Brien has joined Venable as a partner in the government division in the Washington, D.C., office. She previously served as an associate deputy attorney general in the Office of the Deputy Attorney General and a deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legislative Affairs at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Katten Muchin Rosenman has recruited Claudine Chen-Young, Natalia Sorgente and Kathryn von Matthiessen to join the firm as partners. Chen-Young joins the structured finance and securitization practice, resident in the Washington, D.C., office. Sorgente, who was previously associate deputy attorney general for the US Department of Justice and ex-chief of staff for the DOJ Environment and Natural Resources Division, also joins the Washington, D.C., office. She is a member of the environmental and workplace safety and litigation practices. Von Matthiessen is rejoining the firm as a partner in the trusts and estates practice, resident in the New York office.

Kathleen Swan has joined Locke Lord’s Chicago office as a partner in the private equity and venture capital practice group. Previously she was at Quarles & Brady, where she was co-chair of the corporate venturing group.

Nixon Peabody has expanded its affordable housing practice with the hire of Partner Erica F. Buckley, who is resident in the New York office. Previously Buckley was at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan. Angela Cottrell and Isabelle de Smedt have also joined the firm as partners in the M&A and corporate transactions practice, resident in the firm’s new Raleigh, N.C., office.

Elaina I. Sodhi has joined Duane Morris, Miami, as a partner in the firm’s real estate practice. Prior to joining the firm, she was at Carlton Fields Jorden Burt.

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton has recruited Gwendolyn Payton as a partner on the complex commercial litigation team, resident in the Seattle office.

Michaelle L. Baumert, Tracy Costantino, Shelly Freeman, D’Anne Gleicher, Marcela A. Mendoza, Rachel E. Muñoz, Dorothy “Dottie” Parson McDermott and Tracey R. Wallace have joined Jackson Lewis as principals. Baumert joins the Omaha office from Kutak Rock. Costantino joins the Los Angeles office. Freeman joins the Overland Park, Kan., office from Freeman & Fowler. Gleicher joins the San Francisco office. McDermott and Mendoza both join from Ogletree Deakins, with McDermott resident in Indianapolis and Mendoza resident in Denver. Muñoz joins the Boston office from Morgan, Brown & Joy. Wallace joins the Dallas office from Schiff Hardin.

Polsinelli has recruited Carmen J. Cole to join its Los Angeles office as a partner in the labor and employment practice.

Corinne Bertsche, Malinda A. Miller, Andrea Miller-Jones, Lindsay Nickle, Nicole M. Nowlin, Mary Smigielski and Deborah Seo have joined Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith as partners. Bertsche joins the San Diego office as part of the professional liability practice. Miller and Miller-Jones join the Newark office and are healthcare and insurance defense lawyers. Nickle joins the Dallas office as part of the data privacy and cybersecurity practice. Nowlin joins the Portland office as part of the general liability practice. Seo joins the Sacramento office as part of the corporate practice. Smigielski joins the Chicago office as a member of the labor and employment practice.

Ogletree Deakins has recruited Ann Andrews, Tracie Childs, Janice Dubler, Candace Gomez Harrison, Kristina Holmstrom and Robin Repass to join the firm as shareholders. Andrews and Holmstrom join the firm’s Phoenix office from Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie. Childs and Harrison the Orange County office; Childs was previously at Manning & Kass and Harrison was at Jackson Lewis. Dubler joins the Philadelphia office from Montgomery McCracken. Repass joins the Denver office from Tesla, where she served as managing counsel for global environmental health, safety and sustainability.

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft has hired Ellen V. Holloman a partner in its global litigation group, resident in the New York office.

Priya R. Aiyar, former acting general counsel for the U.S, Department of the Treasury, has joined Willkie Farr & Gallagher as a partner in the Washington, D.C., office. She is a member of the litigation department and government relations practice group.

Jenner & Block has hired Emily Petrovic Li as a partner in the Chicago office, where she is part of the private wealth practice. She was previously at Mayer Brown.

Pepper Hamilton has recruited Deborah L. Spranger as a partner in the health sciences department, resident in the Berwyn, Penn., office. Previously she was a partner at Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, where she served on the firm’s executive committee, led the firm’s business and finance department, and co-chaired the firm’s life science’s practice group. In addition, Lisa D. Kabnick and Kathryn Pourmand Nordick have rejoined Pepper Hamilton, both resident in the firm’s Philadelphia office. Kabnick is a senior advisor in the commercial department, and Nordick is a partner in the financial services practice. Both were previously at Reed Smith.

Laura N. Perkins and Alexandra Poe have joined Hughes Hubbard & Reed as partners. Perkins joins the joined the firm as a partner in its anti-corruption and internal investigations practice and white collar and regulatory defense group, and is based in the Washington, D.C., office. Previously she was an assistant chief for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement in the Fraud Section of the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division. Poe joins the corporate department, resident in New York, from Reed Smith, where she was co-chair of the private fund formation and counseling practice.

Barnes & Thornburg has recruited Natalie Perry and Mandisa S. Price to join the firm as partners. Perry, who is resident in the Chicago offices, joins the corporate department from Ice Miller. Price also joins the corporate practice, resident in Dallas, from Weil, Gotshal & Manges.

Therese Doherty and Arameh Zargham O’Boyle have joined Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo as members. Doherty was previously co-chair of the litigation department at Herrick Feinstein. She joins the New York office and is part of the litigation group. O’Boyle also joins the litigation practice, based in Los Angeles. Previously she was a partner at Sedgwick.

Blank Rome has recruited Linda Kornfeld and Laura Reathaford to join the firm as partners, both based in Los Angeles. Kornfeld will also serve as vice chair of the insurance recovery group. She was previously at Kasowitz Benson Torres, where she was the Los Angeles office’s managing partner. Reathaford joins the labor and employment group from Venable.