Law Firm Insider: 6/28/11

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The NHL's Atlanta Thrashers were sold to True North Sports & Entertainment, a group from Winnipeg, Canada. The group will move the team there next year—DLA Piper advised Atlanta Spirit—the Atlanta ownership group—on the $170 million sale. The firm also hired Michael Macaluso from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. He will work in the firm's finance practice.

Matthew Powers is leaving Weil, Gotshal & Manges to form his own boutique firm. The firm also lost Nichola Groombridge and David Ball, Jr., who have joined Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.

Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman are launching a real estate practice after hiring Wallace Schwartz and Adam Endick, former partners at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. In other news, Kasowitz will advise beleaguered bookselling giant Borders as it is set to be sold sometime in July.

Cozen O'Connor picked up 19 lawyers from Cohen Pontani Lieberman & Pavane. The team will work in the firm's intellectual property practice.

Foley Hoag announced it will open an office in Paris after hiring Bruno Leurent and Thomas Bevilacqua. The pair formerly worked for Winston & Strawn.

It was a big week for SNR Denton—the firm hired former Jones Day partner Pamela Fulmer to work in its intellectual property practice in San Francisco, hired Heather Richman to work in its Silicon Valley public policy and regulation practice, and hired four former Seyfarth Shaw litigation and arbitration lawyers to work in its New York City office.

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips hired three lawyers last week: former O'Melveny & Myers partner Phillip Kaplan will join the firm in Orange County; James Bonham and Shawn Hodjati will join the firm's government practice in Washington, D.C.

Winston & Strawn has hired former Seyfarth Shaw partner John Roesser in New York City.

Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi has hired Richard Mescon to work in its New York City office.

Washington, D.C. lobbyist Manuel Ortiz is moving from Quinn Gillespie Associates to Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. Read more about the move here.

Dewey & LeBoeuf hired three partners to work in its global private equity transactional practice. Ira White, Ilan Nissan, and Chris Nugent will all work in the firm's New York City office.

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