Law Firm Insider: 3/1/11

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Vinson & Elkins announced the hiring of three new partners. Former Dewey & LeBoeuf partner Keith Hughes, an expert in mergers and acquisitions in the energy field, joins the firm’s London office, while former O’Melveny & Myers partners Todd Triller and Maritza Okata will move to Vinson’s New York office.

Barnes & Thornburg is expanding its practice to Los Angeles, the 500-lawyer firm announced. The firm hired five partners away from Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld. David Allen will become the office’s managing partner.

Former FCC Deputy Chief Donald Stockdale Jr. joined Mayer Brown as a partner last week, the firm announced. Stockdale spent 16 years with the FCC and will join Mayer Brown’s government and global trade division in Washington, D.C. In other firm news, former partner Paul DiSangro rejoined Mayer Brown’s tax controversy office in Palo Alto, CA. He spent the past three years as a partner with Nixon Peabody.

Shearman & Sterling has hired away five partners from Howrey, which continues to lose personnel. Trevor Soames, Götz  Drauz, Geert Goeteyn, Stephen Mavroghenis and Miguel Rato join Shearman’s global antitrust team in Brussels.

Joseph Flom, a Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom name partner died Wednesday. He was 87. Flom was the firm’s first associate in 1948, and was named one of the most important lawyers of the century by American Lawyer in 1999. Flom was known for his work in the mergers and acquistions field.

Big news at Hogan Lovells this week as the firm promoted 36 associates and counsel to partner. The new partners will work for the firm’s litigation, arbitration & employment, corporate, finance, government regulatory, and intellectual property practices.

Arnold & Porter has tapped Kathleen Harris to join the firm’s London white collar criminal defense practice. Harris was the former head of the Fraud Business Group at the U.K. Serious Fraud Office. She’ll join the firm in June.

Norton Rose made a big splash this week, announcing the opening of a Hamburg office and hiring away seven partners from DLA Piper to staff the office. The firm will also move one of its partners from Frankfurt to Hamburg. The move expands the firm’s presence in Germany, which includes offices in Frankfurt and Munich.

Former U.S. Patent and Trademark office official Sharon Barner is returning to Foley & Lardner to work in the firm’s intellectual property department. 

McGuireWoods announced that Jeffrey Chadwick, formerly of Katten Muchin Rosenman, would join the firm as a partner in its restructuring and insolvency department.

Finally, some internal shuffling at alternative dispute resolution specialists JAMS -- Kimberly Taylor has been made Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Gina Miller and Vicki Satrap will take control of the firms operations in the southwest and northwest, respectively.

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