Law Firm Insider: 2/23/12

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

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America's new free trade agreement with South Korea, set to take effect March 15, will clear the way for firms to open up offices in the country, the American Lawyer reports. Firms intending to open an office in the country include McDermott Will & Emery, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Paul Hastings, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, and Simpson Thacher & Barlett.

Former U.S. ambassador Robert Gelbard will join SNR Denton. Gelbard served as ambassador to Bolivia between 1988 and 1991 and ambassador to Indonesia from 1999 to 2001. The firm also hired a patent prosecution team formerly of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC. The team includes Martin Bruehs, Charles Bruton, and Scott Cummings. The three will work in Washington, D.C.

Gibson Dunn hired Andrew Dady to work in its New York City office as part of the real estate team.

K&L Gates hired finance attorney Neil Campbell to work in its Hong Kong office. He previously worked for O'Melveny & Myers. In Los Angeles, the firm hired transactions lawyer Stephen Lee.

Perkins Coie hired intellectual property lawyer Timothy Carroll to work in Chicago.

Shawn Lanier joined Nelson Mullins in Atlanta.

DLA Piper's Miami office is moving to a 22,500 square foot space in the Southeast Financial Center. In New York City, the firm hired global insurance lawyer William Marcoux.

Hinshaw & Culbertson is also moving to new digs in Miami—at the end of March, the firm will move into a 22,500 square foot space in the Downtown Coral Gables Business District.

Kilpatrick Townsend hired Jesse Bennett to work in the firm's Seattle office.

Constangy, Brooks & Smith hired workers' compensation lawyers Keith Hanenian and Andrew Nelson to work in Tampa and Atlanta, respectively.

Arnstein & Lehr hired David Newman, Erik Jarmusz, and Elizabeth Anne Thompson to work in Chicago and Amanda Shear to work in Coral Gables, Fla.

Barnes & Thornburg hired Jeff Morgan to work in its Atlanta patent law office.

After a yearlong sting at Greenberg Traurig, Fernando Margarit rejoined Hunton & Williams' corporate practice in Miami. The firm also hired Jeffrey Sullivan to work in New York City.

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