Law Firm Insider: 2/08/11

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Communications lawyers were busy making lateral moves in Washington, D.C. this week. Perhaps most notably, Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge has merged with Fleischman and Harding, a boutique Washington D.C. firm that focuses on communications law. The 12 attorneys, who include Aaron Fleischman, Art Harding, Seth Davidson, Larry Freedman, and Jeff Hardin, will join EAPD’s Washington office.

In another communications law move, Phillip R. Marchesiello has left Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld for Wilkinson Barker Knauer. Marchesiello will bring his expertise in areas including telecommunications and mass media and cable law to the Washington, D.C. office of Wilkinson Barker Knauer.

In a move from the communications industry, Patricia A. Dunn has rejoined Jones Day after about 14 years as Vice President/Labor for The Washington Post. Dunn, who previously worked at Jones Day from 1983 to 1997, will serve of counsel in the Labor & Employment group in the firm’s Washington office.

Dewey & LeBoeuf has gained a team of 10 bankruptcy and reorganization attorneys from Hennigan, Bennet and Dorman. The group of lawyers, including partners Bruce Bennett, James Johnston, Sidney Levinson, Bennett Murphy, Joshua Mester, and Monika Weiner, will work in the firm’s Los Angeles office. New Counsel Joshua Morse will join Dewey & LeBoeuf in San Francisco.

The exodus of lawyers from embattled firm Howrey continues. Last week, 11 partners left for various offices of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. Among the Howrey defections to Morgan Lewis in Chicago are David W. Clough, former head of Howrey’s Chicago office, and Kenneth M. Kliebard, former chair of the Consumer Class Action Defense Group at Howrey. Winston & Strawn has made offers to more than three-quarters of the remaining Howrey attorneys, a move that has various news outlets, including The Washington Post, questioning the fate of the 55-year-old firm.

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