Law Firm Insider: 10/4/11

Find out what's going on at the Best Law Firms.


Lawyers at recently shuttered firms such as Howrey might not have too much to worry about, according to a new study by an Emory University professor. Christopher Rider followed 1,426 lawyers who lost their jobs after six firms closed during 2008 and 2009. Rider found that 88 percent of them have found new jobs, with 65 percent of them landing at one of the top 250 national law firms.

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz hired La'Verne Edney to work in its Jackson, Miss. office.

Todd Hinnen, former national security head at the Department of Justice has joined Perkins Coie's privacy and security practice.

O'Melveny & Myers promoted three lawyers to key management positions in the firm. The firm also hired Heather Traeger to work in its financial services practice in Washington, D.C.

W. Melvin Haas, a partner at Constangy, Brooks & Smith, has been reappointed as vice chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Labor Relations Committee, his third term in that post.

Lowenstein Sandler has hired Lynda Bennett, who will chair the firm's insurance coverage group.

Jones Day hired two lawyers to work in its banking and finance practice in New York. The firm also hired Eric Barbiuer de La Serre to work in its antitrust and competition practice in Paris.

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton hired Rajit Kapur to work in its Silicon Valley office.

Arnstein & Lehr hired real estate attorneys Kathleen Gilligan and Paul Diamond to work in its Chicago office.

Dykema elected a new CEO—Peter Kellett will take over the post for a three-year term beginning on Jan. 1.

McGuireWoods was named as one of the best law firms for women by the National Association for Female Executives.

Nelson Mullins hired three new associates to work in its Columbia, S.C. office.

Covington & Burling promoted 10 lawyers to partner. Goodwin Procter also had a round of promotions, naming 17 new partners.

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