Law Firm Insider: 2/15/12

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

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A new survey by Green Target found that in-house lawyers are increasingly turning to new media and social networking to connect with clients.

DLA Piper opened a new, 14-lawyer office in Mexico City. The firm hired United States and Japanese patent lawyer Stuart Lubitz to work in its Los Angeles office and hired Murray Procter to work in Brisbane, Australia. In its Reston, Va., office, the firm promoted Tara Lee to managing partner.

Burr and Forman hired labor lawyer Morey Raiskin to work in its Orlando office.

Hunton & Williams hired John O'Connor to work in its corporate practice.

Hogan Lovells named Nicholas Cheffings its new chairman. Cheffings will take over for co-chairs Claudette Christian and John Young on May 1.

Foley & Lardner hired business litigator Nancy Stagg in San Diego, Arturo Requenez in Miami, and Tracy Bacigalupo in Washington, D.C.

Perkins Coie hired business lawyers Stephen Hardesty and Nicholas Taylor in Boise, Idaho.

Venable hired advertising lawyers Randal Shaheen and Amy Mudge in Washington, D.C. The firm also shuffled its management team: Brian Schwalb has been named vice chairman of the firm, and Jim Shea was promoted to senior management.

SNR Denton hired three tax attorneys and an oil and gas lawyer in Washington, D.C. The firm will also open a new office in New Orleans on March 1.

McGuireWoods is launching a new data privacy and security team, which will be led by William Cook, a partner in the firm's Chicago office.

Barnes & Thornburg hired patent litigator Jeff Morgan in Atlanta.

Sidley Austin opened a new office in Houston. The office's seven lawyers were hired from seven different firms. In Hong Kong, the firm promoted three lawyers to partner.

Rimon hired Mark Diamond to work in its San Francisco office.

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