Law Firm Insider: 11/2/12

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


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Gibson Dunn hired patent litigator Michael Valek to work in its Dallas office.

Former Massachusetts Governor William Weld has joined Mintz Levin’s government relations team.

Morrison  & Foerster promoted Larren Nashelsky to chair. Nashelsky will replace Keith Wetmore.

Hunton and Williams hired Paul Huck Jr., former deputy Attorney General of Florida.

Jones Day hired mergers and acquisitions attorney Chris Swift in Hong Kong. The firm also hired Matthew Skinner to work in Singapore.

Frederick Lewis has joined Baker Donelson’s labor and employment department. Lewis will work in both Memphis and Knoxville, Tenn.

Mintz Levin has hired Adam Gale to work in its corporate and securities section in New York City. The firm also hired Paul Dickerson, formerly of the U.S. Department of Energy, to work in its Boston clean energy practice.

Proskauer has hired finance lawyer Rajani Gupta to work in the firm’s Los Angeles office. She comes to the firm after working for more than 10 years at Latham & Watkins. The firm also promoted three attorneys to partner and three attorneys to senior counsel.

Kilpatrick Townsend hired Rob Roy Smith to work for its Native American Affairs team in Seattle. The firm also opened in office in Shanghai: Kenneth Chang and Charles Gray, who formerly worked in Denver, will move to the office. Finally, the firm hired Sally Nielsen to work in its Atlanta office.

Barnes & Thornburg hired Joe Thompson to work in its corporate department in Minneapolis.

Dykema hired Jonathan Feld to work as a member of its business litigation group in Chicago.

Barnes & Thornburg hired Lindsey Dates and Daniel Lawler to work in its Chicago office.

Kramer Levin hired George Silfen, a corporate attorney, in New York City.

Garvey Schubert Barer announced it will open an office in Anchorage, Alaska.

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