Law Firm Insider: 9/13/11

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Summer associate hiring is up, according to a survey by Am Law Daily. At firms that employed at least 20 summer associates this year there was an average job-offer rate of 97 percent.

DLA Piper hired Ron Gould, formerly of Grant Thornton, to work for the firm's litigation practice in Chicago. In Los Angeles, the firm hired labor and employment lawyer Maria Rodriguez, formerly of Winston & Strawn.

Debevoise & Plimpton hired M. Natasha Labovitz to work in its New York office.

Novak Druce & Quigg has opened an office in Cupertino, Calif.

Strasburger & Price has merged with Oppenheimer Blend in San Antonio to form Strasburger Price Oppenheimer Blend. The new firm will have 40 attorneys in the city—Strasburger & Price will continue to operate throughout Texas, where it has some 200 attorneys in Dallas, Houston, and Austin. The firm also announced the hiring of two new attorneys in its Dallas office.

K&L Gates hired Luke Cadigan, former assistant director of the Securities and Exchange Commission's enforcement division's Boston office, as a partner in the firm's government enforcement practice. The firm also opened an office in Doha, Qatar, its 38th office worldwide. Finally, K&L Gates hired Paul Braverman, former deputy editor of The American Lawyer, to work as the firm's director of market intelligence.

Winston & Strawn hired former Howrey chief Robert Ruyak to work in the firm's global litigation practice in Washington, D.C. After Howrey's bankruptcy and dissolution earlier this year, Winston & Strawn took on many of the firm's former lawyers. Other newcomers to the firm include Robb Adkins, who will join the San Francisco and Los Angeles offices, and Philippe Desprès and Déborah Attali, who will join the firm's Paris office.

Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy has appointed Barbara Camacho to be its next "Fragomen Fellow," who will focus on improving pro bono immigration services provided by the firm and the City Bar Justice Center, an affiliate of the New York City Bar Association.

Venable has hired former DLA Piper attorney Anthony Saur to its corporate group in New York City.

SNR Denton has hired a three-attorney mergers and acquisitions team to its Washington, D.C. office. The team will focus on energy investment in China. In other firm news, the National Law Journal and the Legal Times named partner Robert Bostrom one of Washington, D.C.'s "most influential in-house counsel."

Greenberg Traurig hired Dennis Block to work in its global mergers and acquisitions practice.

Amir Alavi and Todd Mensing have been promoted to name partners at Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing, a Houston commercial litigation firm.

Goodwin Procter attorney Wayne Budd has won The American Lawyer's lifetime achievement award. Budd has fought for racial and ethnic diversity in large corporations.

Loeb & Loeb will receive a pro bono service award from the California State Bar for its immigration and political asylum work.

Mayer Brown partner Fern Bomchill has been elected president of the Federal Bar Association.

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