Round Up: Willkie, Latham and Others Bringing In Laterals

June 27, 2017, 3:06 PM
  • Willkie Farr & Gallagherannounced that as of June 21st,Lior Ohayonhas 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 atStroock & Stroock & Lavanin New York.

  • Cullen and Dykmanannounced two new partners on June 23rd.Nicole StefanelliandJason Teelejoined 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 fromLowenstein Sandler, where they were part of the bankruptcy, financial reorganization and creditors’ rights group.

  • Michael HardyjoinedDuane Morrisas a partner in the Baltimore office as of June 21st. Hardy moves fromWomble 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 & Lardnerannounced the arrival ofLisa Glahnin 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 fromMintz 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 & Loebannounced thatEllen Seowill join the firm’s real estate department in New York as senior counsel. Seo moves to Loeb from the commercial real estate practice group atMessner 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 joinLatham & Watkinsin 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 namedJonathan M. Brenneras a new member of its employment, labor and workforce management practice on June 22nd. Brenner, who moved to Epstein fromSidley Austin, was a partner and former head of the West Coast Employment and Labor Practice.

  • Munger, Tolles & Olsonannounced on June 23rd thatBarbara A. Micawill 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 ofLewis Roca Rothgerber Christie, and has a master’s degree in law firm management from George Washington University.

Moves in the Midwest

  • Perkins Coieannounced on June 26th thatJason 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.

  • Dentonsannounced June 21 thatJohn M. Huffwill 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 Piperannounced the addition ofDanish Hamidto 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 fromCooley, where he was co-chair of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act group.

  • Dykemaannounced on June 22nd that it will add three new senior counsels to its Dallas office.Ferdose al-Taiejoins 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 Ochoamoves to the corporate finance practice group fromGardere Wynne Sewell, where he focused on corporate commercial transactions, corporate restructuring, and international trade law.Ian Pessesalso joins the corporate finance group, and moves fromAkerman. His experience is in transactional work, and he has counselled many different businesses from different industries.

General Counsel Appointments

  • AnsysnamedJanet Leeas General Counsel

  • Tiger Capital GroupnamedMark Naughtonas General Counsel

  • LakePharmanamedHajime Tadaas General Counsel

  • BlucoranamedAnn Bruderas General Counsel

  • Nebraska Corrections DepartmentnamedCandace Bottorfas General Counsel

  • Global Jet CapitalnamedChris Paulas Senior Managing Director and General Counsel

  • SemGroupnamedSusan Lindbergas General Counsel

The United Nations

  • Raul R. Herrera, partner atArnold & Porter Kaye Scholer, will serve as Interim General Counsel for the United Nation’sGreen Climate Fundfor 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 Lewisannounced 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. FerrisandMichael A. Müllerjoin corporate and business transactions. In Los Angeles,Neeraj Arorajoin corporate and business transactions andEsther K. Rojoins in litigation. The Philadelphia office addsCasey S. Augustin the tax department,Elisa P. McEnroeandShevon L. Scarafilein litigation, andKurt W. Rademacherin finance. The Washington office expands withLincoln O. BisbeeandKrissy A. Katzensteinin labor and employment,David R. Brennemanin antitrust,Sean M. Donahuein corporate and business transactions,Lindsay B. Jacksonin investment management,Raechel Keay Kummerin litigation, andCharles A. Sweetin structured transactions. The Singapore office addsDaniel ChiaandAdrian Tanin litigation andDaniel Yongin investment management. In San Francisco,Michelle Park Chiujoins litigation.Elizabeth R. Khouryjoins the finance practices in both Houston and New York. The New York office also addsBrendan T. Killeenin labor and employment,Gina L. Laurieroin employee benefits,Christine M. LombardoandJoseph D. Zargariin investment management, andAri M. Selmanin litigation.David I. Monteirojoins the litigation practice in Dallas.David V. Sanker, Ph.D.joins the intellectual property group in Silicon Valley.Scott D. Sherwinjoins the Chicago office, also in intellectual property, andRandall J. Woodjoins corporate and business transactions in Orange County

  • Davis Polkannounced that eight lawyers will be promoted to counsel as of July 1st.Yang Chu, Hillary Dengel, Stephanie Fung, Melissa Glass, Brian D. Hirsch, Yasin KeshvargarandLijun (Annie) Yanare all counsels in the corporate department, whileNancy Jackson Marchandis 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.

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