Law Firm Insider: 10/11/11

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

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Bad news for the legal industry: employment in the sector fell by 1,300 jobs in September, according to the latest employment report. The country saw an addition of 103,000 jobs.

Alberto Gonzales, U.S. Attorney General under President Bush, has joined Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis. The country's first Hispanic Attorney General will serve of counsel and work with the firm's government investigations and white collar defense teams.

U.S. News partner Best Lawyers has released its "Lawyer of the Year" awards for 2012. Check out the winners here.

If it seems like you've been reading about more law firm mergers in this blog lately, you're right: there have been 43 mergers since the beginning of the year, up 79 percent compared to last year, according to legal consulting firm Altman Weil.

Greenberg Traurig opened a new office in Mexico City, the firm's 33rd. It also hired Kate Kalmykov to work in its business immigration and compliance practice.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan hired Andy Schapiro, a former Mayer Brown litigation partner.

DLA Piper hired restructuring lawyer Troy Doyle to help the firm reorganize its Asian efforts. The firm also hired Henry Quinlan to work in its Dubai office and also added two lawyers in Australia.

Alston & Bird has hired Jamie Underwood to work for its intellectual property litigation group in its Washington, D.C. office.

Nelson Mullins made a couple hires: in Atlanta, the firm added Elizabeth McKee; in Greenville, S.C., the firm added Kimberly Renaud.

Ford & Harrison hired antitrust lawyer Todd Seelman to work in its Denver office.

Quarles & Brady hired former Drug Enforcement Association lawyer D. Linden Barber. He will work as the firm's director of DEA compliance operations.

Buchalter Nemer hired six lawyers across its bank and finance and health care practices.

Loeb & Loeb hired John Strohm to work in the firm's music industry practice in Nashville.

Kramer Levin opened a new office in Silicon Valley and hired two intellectual property lawyers who will work there. The firm also announced that Matan Koch, an associate, will join the board of the National Council on Disability.

Foley & Lardner hired Roy Lessy Jr. to work for the firm's antitrust group and its energy industry team.

Proskauer hired bankruptcy lawyer Geoffrey Raicht to work in its New York City office.

K&L Gates also hired a bankruptcy lawyer—former SNR Denton partner John Bicks has joined the firm's New York City office. The firm also launched a new office in Doha, and formed a new energy infrastructure and resources practice area.

Goodwin Procter hired two partners in London who will focus on expanding the firm's European presence.

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