Law Firm Insider: 12/13/11

Find out what's happening at the Best Law Firms.

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Dykema hired two Patton Boggs lawyers. They will work in the firm's Washington, D.C., financial services practice.

Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin is merging with Arnold & Porter on Jan. 1, 2012. The new firm will have about 800 attorneys.

Garvey Schubert Barer attorney Stan Barer won a lifetime achievement award from the Western Returned Scholars Association for his work in China.

Hughes Hubbard & Reed is opening an office in Kansas City.

Sheppard Mullin announced that it will open an office in Seoul, South Korea, sometime next year.

Herbert Smith will open an office in New York City. The firm closed its old office in the city in the mid-1990s.

Bryan Cave is merging with Denver firm Holme Roberts & Owen.

Venable restructured its government practice in Washington, D.C. Douglas Green will take over the group. The firm also hired John Farenish, former general counsel of the Department of Defense's Defense Contract Audit Agency.

Greenberg Traurig will open an office in Tel Aviv, Israel, in January.

Hinshaw & Culbertson partner Raylene DeWitte Grischow was elected president of the Sangamon County Bar Association, which encompasses Springfield, Ill., and the surrounding area.

Sidley Austin hired Ayaz Shaikh in Washington, D.C. Shaikh will work as a partner in the firm's project finance practice.

Mayer Brown hired Rory Cohen to work in its corporate and securities practice in New York City.

Nelson Mullins hired Raymond Pierce, dean of the North Carolina Central University School of Law. He will join the firm in July 2012, when his contract with that university expires. The firm also hired Erika Birg to work in its Atlanta office.

Covington & Burling hired Kristian Wiggert to work in London.

It was a big week for Kilpatrick Townsend—the firm hired Matthew Levin to work in its bankruptcy and financial restructuring practice in Atlanta and hired two associates to work in that office. It also added three associates each in Denver and San Francisco, and one in Silicon Valley.

K&L Gates announced it is opening an office in Charleston, S.C., its 40th worldwide.

Gibson Dunn hired two partners in Washington, D.C.

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