Law Firm Insider: 10/22/2013

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Edwards Wildman Palmer hired Jinshu "John" Zhang in its Los Angeles office as a partner.

DLA Piper hired Aravind Swaminathan as a partner in its litigation practice in Seattle.

Benno Kimmelman joined Sidley Austin's New York office as a partner, while Dana MacGrath joined as counsel. Both will be members of the firm's international arbitration practice.

Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg hired Natalie J. Scruton as an associate in the firm's labor and employment practice group.

Steven P. Quarles and David P. Ross have joined Sedgwick's land use and natural resources practice as partners in its Washington, D.C., office.

Morrison Foerster has named new managing partners for its San Francisco and Denver offices. In San Francisco, Philip Besirof, a partner in the firm's securities litigation, enforcement & white-collar defense group, will succeed Michael Agoglia. In Denver, David Strong, a partner in the firm's tax department, will succeed Randall Fons.

Akerman Senterfitt hired shareholder Elizabeth Morgan and associate Michelle Rosenblatt to the firm's taxation practice group in Naples, Fla.

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips hired Kathleen L. Brown as a partner in the firm's Los Angeles office, who will spend significant time in the firm's New York and San Francisco offices.

Maureen A. Ruane has rejoined Lowenstein Sandler to lead its new health care litigation, investigations and compliance practice.

K&L Gates' Seattle office hired Carla M. DewBerry as a partner in the health care practice. Charlotte Hill joined the London office of Covington & Burling as a partner.

Nonprofit and hospitality attorney Barbara F. Dunn joined Barnes & Thornburg's Chicago office as a partner in the corporate department.