Attorney Recruiter Placements and Legal Recruiter Placements and Lateral Attorney Moves for the Week of June 27, 2022 |

Attorney Recruiter Placements and Legal Recruiter Placements and Lateral Attorney Moves for the Week of June 27, 2022


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Summary: Here are the attorney lateral moves and placements for the week of June 27, 2022.

Michael Gnesin has joined Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Securities & Corporate Finance at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, coming from Kelleher + Holland, LLC.

Nora Rigby (Lenora M. (‘Nora’) Rigby) joined the Consumer Financial Services, Data & Technology group at Akerman LLP and was previously at Zuckerman Spaeder LLP.

Michelle S. Chan moves from Covington & Burling to practice Private Equity, Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions law at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.

Daniel Tavakoli moves to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld from Covington & Burling and will practice Private Equity, Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions law.

Evan Hudson has joined Financial Services & Products Group, Capital Markets & Securities at Alston & Bird, coming from Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP.

Nicholas Yodock joined the Sports & Entertainment group at Archer and was previously at Yodock Entertainment Law.

Ivan B. Knauer moves from Ballard Spahr LLP to practice Class Action Litigation law at Armstrong Teasdale.

Peter McLaughlin moves to Armstrong Teasdale from Prince Lobel Tye LLP and will practice Emerging Companies law.

Camille L. Roe has joined Alternative Dispute Resolution at Armstrong Teasdale, coming from Jackson Lewis P.C.

Liz Lindquist joined the Life Sciences & Healthcare Regulatory group at Arnold & Porter and was previously at King & Spalding.

Kenny L. Saffles will practice Appellate Practice, Commercial/Business Litigation law at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC.

Andrew Novak moves to Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC from Homestead Title Company and will practice Real Estate Finance law.

Melody Drummond Hansen joined Intellectual Property, Patent Litigation at Baker & Hostetler and was previously from O’Melveny & Myers LLP.

David Mainzer joined the Investment Management, Securities & Capital Markets group at Ballard Spahr and was previously at Cohen/Mainzer LLP.

Sean Crowley will practice Corporate & Securities law at Benesch.

Alexandria Gardella moves to Benesch from Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. and will practice Labor & Employment law.

David E. Parsly has joined Corporate, M&A, and Securities at Blank Rome, coming from DLA Piper.

John C. Hood joined the Healthcare group at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings.

Lauren Smyth moves from McGuire, Craddock & Strother, P.C. to practice Real Estate law at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings.

Lauren R. Silk moves to Carlton Fields from Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith and will practice Property & Casualty Insurance law.

Christopher Moore has joined mergers and acquisitions at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

Jed Wulfekotte joined the Litigation & Trial, Health Care group at Crowell & Moring and was previously at Stein Mitchell Beato & Missner LLP.

En-Min Chua moves from UBS Securities LLC to practice Global Finance law at Dechert.

Ted Wolff moves to Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath from Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP and will practice Environment & Energy law.

Shéy Cobb (Sheyron B. Cobb) has joined Litigation and Trials at Fisher Phillips.

Iriel Jones joined the Employment Discrimination and Harassment group at Fisher Phillips and was previously at the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Michael Crosbie moves from Shutts & Bowen to practice Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution law at Foley & Lardner.

John Willding moves to Fox Rothschild from Barnes & Thornburg LLP and will practice Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity & Investment Management law.

Randee E. Schmittdiel has joined Workers’ Compensation at Goldberg Segalla and was previously from The Law Offices of Walker and Zylstra.

Melissa Sandak joined the ERISA and Executive Compensation group at Goodwin Procter and was previously at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP.

Katherine Katz will practice Construction, Labor and Employment, and Litigation law at GrayRobinson.

Clair E. Wischusen moves to Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP from Fox Rothschild LLP and will practice Commercial Litigation law.

Donna Tobar has joined Construction at Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP, coming from Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald.

Matthew Nichols joined the Public Finance Practice Group at Greenberg Traurig and was previously at King & Spalding.

Alexandra Aguirre moves from Morrison & Foerster LLP to practice Corporate Services, Mergers & Acquisitions law at Holland & Knight.

Charles H. Wilson moves to Jackson Lewis P.C. from Littler Mendelson P.C and will practice Trials and Appeals law.

Benjamin Smith has joined Environment & Product Regulation at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton.

Elizabeth Fite joined the Litigation group at Kutak Rock and was previously at Rogers & Fite, LLC.

Ian Maher moves from Littler Mendelson PC. to practice Labor, Employment & Benefits law at Lane Powell.

John V.H. Pierce moves to Latham & Watkins from WilmerHale and will practice International Arbitration law.

Joshua Friedman has joined Executive Compensation, Employment & Benefits at Latham & Watkins, coming from Cooley.

Wesley W. Horton joined the Appellate group at McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP and was previously at Horton, Dowd, Bartschi & Levesque, P.C.

Karen L. Dowd moves from Horton, Dowd, Bartschi & Levesque, P.C. to practice Appellate law at McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP.

Neel Maitra moves to Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati from Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and will practice Securities Regulatory and Complex Transactions law.

William W. Oxley has joined Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, coming from Baker Hostetler.

Meghan Kelly joined the Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution group at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe and was previously at Baker Hostetler.

Dan Austin moves from Dickinson Wright PLLC to practice Emerging Companies & Venture Capital law at Perkins Coie.

Hillary E. Ellis moves to Polsinelli from Kutak Rock LLP and will practice Real Estate and Financial Services law.

Alissa Piccione has joined Financial Services at Reed Smith, coming from Troutman Pepper.

Thomas Gray joined the Tax group at Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders and was previously at Faegre Drinker.

Cheryl Sabnis moves from King & Spalding to practice Employment Litigation and Avoidance law at Vedder Price.

Ryan Lapine moves to Venable LLP from Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz and will practice Commercial Litigation, Entertainment Industry Litigation law.

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