Law Firm Insider: 5/3/11

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DLA Piper officially launched its Australian branch May 1, after integrating partner DLA Phillips Fox into the firm. The move officially gives DLA Piper the most attorneys in the world, with about 4,200. Friday, the firm absorbed Sacramento boutique Stevens, O’Connell & Jacobs and its 10 lawyers.

Former West Virginia congressman Alan Mollohan has joined Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough. The Democrat spent 14 terms in office before losing in the primary last year. The firm also added Frank Seigel and Noshay Collins to its Atlanta office.

Jack Linehan has joined Ober|Kaler’s health law practice in Baltimore. Linehan formerly worked in the U.S. Attorney’s office in the District of Maryland.

Brad Berman joined Holland & Knight in New York City, where he will work in the firm’s structured finance and maritime practice groups. Berman was executive director of the Liberian International Ship and Corporate Registry. The firm was also named the top trademark law firm by World Trademark Review.

Seyfarth Shaw has added litigator Wayne Bond in Atlanta. He formerly worked for Womble Carlyle.

Jones Day has hired Bruce Raphael, formerly chair of the mergers and acquisitions and banking practice groups at Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge. He will work in Boston.

Archer & Greiner has merged with Herten, Burstein, Sheridan, Cevasco, Bottinelli, Litt & Harz, creating the fourth-largest law firm in New Jersey.

McCarter & English has hired Benjamin Hron, co-founder of VC Ready Law Group, which focuses on law for technology startups. He will work in the firm’s Boston office.

Littler Mendelson has opened an office in Nashville. Jennifer Robinson and C. Eric Stevens have joined the firm. Both worked at Miller & Martin.

Christopher Kirkham has joined Kirkland & Ellis in San Francisco. He will work in the firm’s debt finance practice.

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