Law Firm Insider: 11/3/11

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

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U.S. News and Best Lawyers launched their 2011-2011 "Best Law Firms" rankings. Learn more about the rankings here and check out the new rankings here.

According to the American Lawyer, DLA Piper is likely to hire former Linklaters managing partner Tony Angel to be its co-global chairman. In other firm news, Beni Surpin was hired in San Diego, and Chris Lin will work in the firm's employment, pensions, and benefits group in Beijing.

Bloomberg LP hired five partners from Willkie Farr & Gallagher to serve as in-house attorneys. The five have long been outside counsel for the software, data, and media company.

Baker & McKenzie has formed a partnership with Turkish firm Esin Attorney Partnership to help out with cases in that part of the world.

Pillsbury announced it is opening an office in Abu Dhabi.

Cooley partner Ronald Sussman was elected president of the Turnaround Management Association, effective Jan. 1, 2012.

John Rhee has joined Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing.

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz hired Jan Hayden to work in its New Orleans office.

Weintraub Genshlea Chediak Law Corporation has merged with Tobin & Tobin. The combined firm will have 60 attorneys and offices in Sacramento, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

McGuire Woods hired Laurent Wiesel, a New York litigator.

Baker Botts hired Neil Foster and Mark Rowley. They will both work in London.

Marc Bruner has joined Perkins Coie's environment, energy, and resources practice in San Francisco.

Nelson Mullins partner John Kuppens has been elected national director of DRI—The Voice of the Defense Bar. He will serve for three years.

Winston & Strawn hired Alfred Fabricant and Lawrence Drucker, former Dickstein Shapiro partners. The pair will work in New York.

Bracewell & Giuliani has named Mark Lewis managing partner of its Washington, D.C., office.

Sidley Austin hired Tony Jacobsen to work in its Shanghai office.

Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt hired Greg Gardella and former U.S. Register of Copyrights Marybeth Peters.

Garvey Schubert Barer launched a hospitality, travel, and tourism practice with a group of five former Cairncross & Hempelmann attorneys.

Jones Day hired Martin Gates to work in its banking and finance practice in Cleveland.

Venable hired Ralph Tyler, former chief counsel of the Food and Drug Administration. He will work out of Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

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