Law Firm Insider: 5/24/11

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The Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission have hired two prominent lawyers. The DOJ hired Sheila Birnbaum, a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom to be its special master for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. The FCC hired Renata Hesse of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati to help review AT&T's $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile.

The New York Times reports that former Baker & McKenzie chairman Christine Lagarde is a frontrunner to replace Dominique Strauss-Kahn as International Monetary Fund head. Lagarde is currently French Finance Minister, but headed Baker & McKenzie from 1999-2004.

Facing budget cuts, New York State laid off 367 nonjuidicial employees last week, many of them court clerks, assistants, and aides.

Wilson Sonsini hired William Chandler, chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery, to be a partner in its corporate governance, litigation, and mergers and acquisitions practice. He will start June 18.

It was a busy week for K&L Gates—the firm has added Adam Lenain, formerly of Foley & Lardner, as a partner in its San Diego corporate practice, David DeNinno, formerly of Reed Smith, to its corporate practice in Pittsburgh, and has hired three new partners in Dallas. Finally, the firm hired Eric Yoon, who worked for White & Case for two decades, to its corporate practice in New York City.

Dewey & LeBoeuf has hired two partners for its London private equity practice group. Both Mark Davis and Russell Van Praagh have joined the firm from Taylor Wessing.

Allison Waller has joined Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough's Raleigh office, where she will be a policy advisor. She worked at the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce for five years as its state lobbyist and director of government affairs. The firm has also hired Carlton Younger to practice commercial and business litigation in Raleigh.

Rick Boucher, who spent 28 years as a Congressman from Virginia's 9th district, has joined Sidley Austin. He will lead the firm's government strategies practice group in Washington, D.C. The Democrat lost his seat to Republican Morgan Griffith in the 2010 election.

Susan Feeney, a partner at McCarter & English, was sworn in Thursday as the president of the New Jersey State Bar Association. She becomes the association's 113th president and the seventh woman to serve in that role. The firm added corporate and securities attorney Joris Hogan to its New York City office.

Goodwin Procter has hired Daniel Tyukody from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe to work in its litigation department in Los Angeles. Also in Los Angeles, Dykema has hired Steven Peden, formerly of Steptoe & Johnson, to work in its corporate finance practice group.

Gregg Galardi has joined DLA Piper, where he will co-chair their bankruptcy and reorganization group. Galardi formerly worked at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meager & Flom. The firm has named Sang Kim co-managing partner of its Silicon Valley office. Law360 recently ranked DLA Piper the best global law firm.

Jones Day has hired Konstantin Kroll as a partner in its Moscow office, and Horace Lam a partner in its Beijing office.

SNR Denton hired Robert Gilbert as a partner in New York City.

Holland & Knight hired Donovan Warner Burke and Bruce MacLennan to work in its corporate practice office in New York City.

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