Law Firm Insider: 2/7/12

Find out what's happening at the Best Law Firms


The legal sector turned around its employment numbers in January, adding 1,000 jobs during the month, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That makes up for a dire December, when employment fell by 1,100 jobs in the industry.

Morris, Manning & Martin hired three attorneys to work in its health care practice. Dan Mohan and Bill Boling will work in Atlanta, and John Northup will work in Savannah, Ga.

Holland & Knight attorney Jason Gibson was named president-elect of the National LGBT Bar Association. The firm also hired two litigators in Miami.

Jones Day opened a new office in Düsseldorf, Germany. The firm also has offices in Frankfurt and Munich.

Christine Warnke, of Hogan Lovell's, was named chair of the White House Project to Advance Women's Leadership.

Goodwin Procter hired Terry Garnett and Vincent Yip to work in its Los Angeles patent litigation practice.

Covington & Burling hired Casey Cooper to work in its London global anti-corruption practice.

Foley & Lardner hired Thomas Brown to work in its San Francisco government enforcement practice.

K&L Gates acquired Italian firm Marini Salsi Picciau Studio Legale. The new Milan firm will be K&L Gates' 41st worldwide and the eighth it has opened in the past two years.

Venable hired Stephanie Zaffos in Los Angeles and Peter Koffler in New York City. Koffler will lead the firm's real estate group, and Zaffos will work in the firm's tax and wealth planning office.

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips hired Greg DeBor. He will become managing director of Manatt Health Solutions, a policy and business advisory group run by the firm.

DLA Piper hired a five-lawyer team from McDermott, Will & Emery. The team is led by Joshua Kaye and Michael Austin and will work out of the firm's Miami office.

Quarles & Brady hired Leezie Kim, former general counsel for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The firm also hired Sarah Fanto to work in its intellectual property practice in Chicago. Melissa Manning, an associate at the firm's Chicago office, will serve as an advisory member to the Young Women's Leadership Council.

Miller & Chevalier hired James Warren and Alexander Zakupowsky to work in its tax department.

Baker Donelson hired Culver Schmid to work in its real estate practice.

Barnes & Thornburg hired Paul Laurin to work in its Los Angeles finance department.

Thompson Hine hired William Schrag and Peter Gennuso to work in its New York City office.

Karn Bennett joined Hunton & Williams' environmental practice in Washington, D.C.

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