Selected partner and group transactions handled by Sabina Lippman, Mark Jungers, Kamari Alexander, Jeff Conta, Maaike Almeida, and Divya Bala in: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Chicago, New York, Washington DC, Houston, Dallas, Charlotte, Caracas, Greater China and other select legal markets.

2014 Placements

Covington & Burling adds Robyn Polashuk from Greenberg Traurig and Dan Shallman from O‘Melveny

Robyn will be a leader in the firm’s media and communications practice; her practice focuses on the licensing and distribution of video content across a variety of platforms and business models—from cable, satellite and IPTV to broadband and mobile applications, video-on-demand and electronic sell-through. Dan Shallman, a former federal prosecutor who served as a white collar defense partner at O'Melveny, will significantly expand Covington’s top-tier white collar practice.

Sidley & Austin adds Michael Mallow, Mark Campbell and Liv Kiser from Loeb & Loeb

Michael Mallow, Mark Campbell and Liv Kiser bring a six-lawyer group to Sidley & Austin’s Consumer Class Actions litigation team. Michael, Mark and Livia will join Sidley as partners along with Counsel Michael Shortnacy, and associates Rachael Straus and Darlene Cho. Previously, the group practiced at Loeb & Loeb LLP, where Michael and Mark co-chaired the Consumer Class Action and Regulatory Defense practice.

Andy Roth and Kimberly Gold join Norton Rose Fulbright from Mintz Levin

Partner Andy Roth and Sr. Associate Kimberly Gold join Norton Rose Fulbright from Mintz Levin. Roth, a Chambers listed health care lawyer for nearly a decade, has a national reputation for his accreditation work; he counsels academic medical centers and teaching hospitals nationwide on standards required by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. Roth's other clients include multihospital systems, individual hospitals, correctional healthcare providers, nursing homes, physician groups, managed care organizations and health maintenance organizations.

Litigators Frank Kaplan and Ken Meyers join Blank Rome from Bingham McCutchen

Frank Kaplan has joined Blank Rome as a partner and Ken Meyers as an Of Counsel, from Bingham McCutchen. Mr. Kaplan's complex litigation experience spans class action, securities, insurance, unfair competition, partnership, and professional liability matters at both the trial and appellate levels. Mr. Meyers practices complex civil litigation and appellate work primarily in the areas of insurance coverage and business litigation.

Aaron Murphy Joins Foley & Lardner from Akin Gump

Aaron Murphy, an FCPA and anti-corruption partner, joins Foley & Lardner from Akin Gump. Aaron has advised on many FCPA matters in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, South America and Europe. His experience includes lead investigative roles with on-the-ground FCPA experience in Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Denmark, Egypt, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. He is the author of the highly regarded Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: A Practical Resource for Managers and Executives, published by John Wiley & Sons and is quoted regularly in national news media on corruption issues.

Tax partners Matt Sperry and Matt McKim join McDermott Will & Emery from DLA

Partners Matt Sperry and Matt McKim join McDermott Will & Emery's Direct Investing practice from DLA. Sperry and McKim have a global practice counseling trustees, financial institutions and High Net Worth clients on a wide range of domestic and international corporate and tax-planning matters, including advising clients on global tax and structuring needs, leading acquisitions and dispositions of businesses and real estate.

M&A Lawyers Joshua Dean and Tom Reddy join Sheppard Mullin from Bingham McCutchen

Joshua Dean, who focuses on mergers and acquisitions in the banking industry, and Tom Reddy, who focuses on bank regulatory work and financial services M& A, will be joining Sheppard Mullin from Bingham McCutchen.

Jay Gerzog, Eric Altman and Tamar Rosenberg join Sheppard Mullin from Epstein Becker

Partners Jay Gerzog, Eric Altman, and associate Tamar Rosenberg join Sheppard Mullin from Epstein, Becker & Green. Jay Gerzog is a prominent health care transactions partner and widely recognized expert on tax-exempt and not-for-profit institutions. He has over 25 years of experience advising large institutional hospitals, health care systems, and life sciences companies regarding significant business transactions. Eric Altman was one of the leaders of Epstein, Becker & Green's real estate practice and represents large institutional hospitals in transactions that range from the acquisition, structure and finance of distressed hospital/healthcare assets to the typical lease, license and related real estate advice associated with operations. He also nationally represents several prominent domestic and global clients in all aspects of their complex commercial real estate transactions. Jay and Eric formerly practiced together at Skadden Arps before their time at Epstein Becker & Green.

Labor & Employment partner Kamran Mirrafati joins Foley & Lardner from Seyfarth Shaw

Kamran Mirrafati joins Foley & Lardner from Seyfarth Shaw; Kamran practice focuses management side traditional labor/union relations. In addition to experience with unions, he specializes in wage and hour, wrongful discharge, employment discrimination, unfair competition, and breach of contract. His clients span a wide range of industries including oil and gas, communications, retail, healthcare, finance, manufacturing, and education.

International Law specialist Li Hua joins Squire Sanders from Gide Loyrette Nouel in Beijing

Li Hua joins Squire Sanders' Beijing office as a partner from Gide Loyrette Nouel. Li is recognized as a leading individual in competition and antitrust matters. She also has extensive experience in the areas of regulatory compliance, international trade / WTO and anti-dumping.

IP partners Korula “Sunny” Cherian, Scott Wales and Constance Ramos join Winston & Strawn from Hogan Lovells

Partners Sunny Cherian, Scott Wales and Constance Ramos join Winston & Strawn from Hogan Lovells; Cherian has been lead and co-lead trial counsel in dozens of complex patent cases, has successfully argued appeals before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and has represented clients before the International Trade Commission under Section 337. Wells has served as counsel in more than 35 high stakes patent litigation matters in the federal district courts and the United States International Trade Commission, serving as primary or co-lead counsel in over a dozen of those cases. Dr. Ramos’ trial experience includes RFID technologies, surgical simulators, computer software and other computer-related fields.

Litigation partner Noel Cohen joins Polsinelli from Manatt Phelps

Noel Cohen joins Polsinelli from Manatt Phelps. Noel specializizes in employment law, class action defense, intellectual property, false advertising and sports law. His clients include companies of all sizes and a range of industries, including sports and entertainment, financial services, healthcare, real estate, insurance and nonprofits.

Securities partner Georgia Bullitt Joins Willkie Farr from Morgan Lewis

Willkie Farr & Gallagher has added Georgia Bullitt, a leading broker-dealer and derivatives regulatory lawyer as a partner in their Asset Management Group; Ms. Bullitt focuses on securities and derivatives trading issues, regulation of broker-dealers, investment advisers and other financial intermediaries, and trade-related documentation. Her experience also includes advice on structured products, regulation of foreign exchange (including questions regarding retail forex), and private banking. Ms. Bullitt regularly provides advice regarding a broad range of Dodd Frank and CFTC registration-related issues, including swap clearing, registration of SEFs and SDRs, retail and ECP FX transactions, ISDA DF Protocol, swap reporting, and CPO and CTA registration.

Prominent White-Collar Crime litigators Ray Marshall, Krystal Bowen and David Cannon join Sheppard Mullin from Bingham McCutchen

Sheppard Mullin has added three partners to the firm's White Collar and Investigations and Business Trials Team: Raymond Marshall, Krystal Bowen and David Cannon. Marshall, Bowen and Cannon join Sheppard Mullin from Bingham McCutchen. Marshall served on Bingham McCutchen's Executive Committee, as well as its Diversity Executive Committee; Bowen served as the co-chair of Bingham's White Collar Investigations and Enforcement Group. Sheppard's Chair Guy Halgren described Ray as “a lion in our industry; one of the most well-known and respected attorneys in the litigation bar.”

Finance partner Dan Passage joins Winston & Strawn from Bingham McCutchen

Dan Passage joins Winston & Strawn from Bingham McCutchen's Structured Transactions Group. Dan has nearly two decades of experience advising issuers, underwriters and financial institutions on complex financial transactions, with an emphasis on securitizations and structured finance. He has received national recognition for his work structuring programs for the origination, financing and securitization of novel asset classes, including life settlements, premium finance loans, annuities, patent and trademark license royalties, trade receivables, automobile leases, sales contracts and dealer floorplan receivables, CBOs/CLOs, commercial and residential mortgages, and credit card receivables.

IP partner Jami Gekas joins Foley & Lardner from Edwards Wildman

Jami Gekas joins Foley & Lardner’s powerhouse intellectual property group from Edwards Wildman. Ms. Gekas represents clients with an array of advertising, marketing, copyright and trademark issues, including complex litigation and transactional matters ranging from clearing brand names and licensing to executing promotions and evolving media campaigns.

Holland & Knight Adds partner John Kern from Manatt Phelps

Litigator John Kern, formerly a partner at Manatt Phelps & Phillips, joins Holland & Knight; Mr. Kern focuses his practice on commercial, intellectual property and healthcare litigation, with significant experience defending companies facing civil investigations brought by the U.S. Department of Justice and state attorney general offices.

Illinois State Solicitor General Michael Scodro Joins Jenner & Block

Illinois Solicitor General Michael Scodro joins Jenner & Block Partner in their Appellate and Supreme Court Practice. Michael oversaw the civil and criminal appeals divisions of the Attorney General's Office and has argued on behalf of the State in the U.S. Supreme Court, Illinois Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and Illinois Appellate Court. He also advised the Illinois attorney general on constitutional and other significant legal issues and was a leader in coordinating with other state attorneys general's offices across the country in the preparation and filing of multi-state amicus briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court. Michael is an Appellate Lawyer-in-Residence at Chicago-Kent College of Law's Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States (ISCOTUS), a Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School, a member of the American Law Institute, and a former law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

Frank Burke joins Foley & Lardner from Seyfarth Shaw

Frank Burke, Co-Chair of Seyfarth’s Fraud and Abuse, False Claims and Internal Investigations Team, joins Foley & Lardner; Burke, a former assistant U.S. attorney, handles civil and criminal litigation related to securities, real estate, fraud, transactions and professional malpractice disputes. He has also represented clients in white collar criminal defense and internal corporate investigations.

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