Attorney Recruiter Placements and Legal Recruiter Placements and Lateral Attorney Moves for the Week of June 19, 2023 |

Attorney Recruiter Placements and Legal Recruiter Placements and Lateral Attorney Moves for the Week of June 19, 2023


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Summary: Here are the attorney lateral moves and placements for the week of June 19, 2023.
week of June 19, 2023

Tanisha Palvia has joined White Collar & Government at Moore & Van Allen PLLC and comes from Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP.

Charles W. Kemp joined the Securities & Capital Markets Group at Moore & Van Allen PLLC, previously at CarMax, Inc.

Jonathan Ching will practice Capital Markets & Public Companies Law at McDermott Will & Emery and move from Linklaters.

Robert Kindler moves to Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison from Morgan Stanley and will practice Mergers & Acquisitions Law.

Brian Bewley has joined Health Care at Reed Smith and comes from Manatt, Phelps & Phillips.

Kaitlyn Dunn joined the Health Care Group at Reed Smith and was previously at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips.

Neil Weisbard will practice Real Estate Law at Seyfarth Shaw LLP and moves from Pryor Cashman.

Matthew Moersfelder moves to Seyfarth Shaw LLP from Davis Wright Tremaine LLP and will practice Intellectual Property Law.

AleksasBarauskas has joined Litigation at Smith Gambrell Russell and comes from Akerman LLP.

Carolyn Metnick joined the Healthcare Group at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton and was previously at McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

Carrie Mahan will practice Antitrust, Consumer Protection Law at Sidley Austin and moves from Weil Gotshal & Manges.

Brian Medich moves to Spencer Fane from Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig and will practice Intellectual Property Law.

Tracey A. Zaccone has joined Alternative Capital and Private Credit, Corporate, and Leveraged Finance at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and comes from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.

David C. Teh joined the Alternative Capital and Private Credit, Corporate, and Leveraged Finance Group at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and was previously at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP.

Jonathan Kurry will practice Real Estate Law at Vedder Price and moves from Reed Smith LLP.

Paul Watford moves to Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and will practice Litigation Law.

Keani A. Christian has joined Labor & Employment at Goldberg Segalla and comes from The Cook Group.

Calvin J. Brown joined the Workers Compensation Group at Goldberg Segalla and was previously at Cook County Public Defender.

Andrew F. Beck will practice Labor & Employment Law at Goldberg Segalla and moves from Kane, Pugh, Knoell, Troy & Kramer, LLP.

Stephanie Lipinski Galland moves to Miles & Stockbridge from Williams Mullen and will practice Finance & Capital Markets Law.

Carl Schwertz has joined Litigation & Dispute Resolution at Miles & Stockbridge and comes from Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

Brienne Letourneau joined the Commercial Litigation Group at White & Case and was previously at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP.

Hope Anderson will practice Commercial Litigation Law at White & Case and moves from King & Spalding, LLP.

Chris Bennett moves to Weil, Gotshal & Manges from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and will practice Private Equity, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Corporate Law.

Samina Akhter has joined Corporate at Venable and comes from Blank Rome LLP.

David Barr joined the Intellectual Property, Intellectual Property Litigation Group at Venable, previously at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP.

Jay Gavigan will practice Corporate Law at Venable and moves from Morrison & Foerster LLP.

Marc R. Weintraub moves to Stinson from Bailey & Glasser LLP and will practice Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights, Corporate Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions Law.

Stephen Putnoki-Higgins has joined Tax, Trusts & Estates at Stinson and comes from Bailey & Glasser LLP.

Jeremy B. Shir joined the Land Use & Zoning Group at Shutts & Bowen and was previously at Becker & Poliakoff, PA.

Ian Carleton Schaefer will practice Labor & Employment Law at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton and moves from Loeb & Loeb LLP.

Andrew Quesnelle moves to Seyfarth Shaw LLP from Eckert, Seamans, Cherin & Mellott and will practice Labor & Employment Law.

R. Allan Pixton has joined Litigation at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan and comes from Kirkland & Ellis.

Chip Erb joined the Banking & Finance, Bankruptcy, Workout & Creditors Rights Group at Porter Wright Morris & Arthur and was previously at Brennan Manna Diamond.

Adam R. Troutwine will practice Litigation, Energy, and Real Estate Law at Polsinelli and moves from Hendren Andrae, LLC.

Benjamin E. Busboom moves to Polsinelli from Hogan Lovells and will practice Litigation, Energy Law.

Jake M. Levin has joined Environmental & Natural Resources at Polsinelli and comes from Thompson Hine LLP.

David Reintjes joined the Private Equity Group at Polsinelli and was previously at Scale LLP.

Neil Austin will practice Commercial Litigation and M&A Law at Polsinelli and moves from Foley Hoag.

Matthew Weill moves to Polsinelli from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and will practice M&A, Private Equity, Venture Capital & Emerging Growth Companies Law.

Anthony “Tony” Phillips has joined Corporate Investigations & White-Collar Defense at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and comes from Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, LLP.

Andrea K. Wahlquist Brown joined the Executive Compensation Group at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and was previously at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.

Ryan Tisch will practice Antitrust, Consumer Protection Law at McDermott Will & Emery and moves from Crowell & Moring LLP.

Lawrence G. Wee moves to Milbank LLP from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and will practice Capital Markets and Restructuring Law.

Eugene Park has joined Capital Markets and Investments at Milbank LLP from Kirkland & Ellis.

James M. Smedley joined the Intellectual Property, Venture Capital & Emerging Growth Group at McCarter & English and was previously at Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP.

Alex Korona will practice Intellectual Property Law at McCarter & English and moves from Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP.

Sonal Majmudar moves to Mayer Brown from Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and will practice Tax, Trusts & Estates Law.

Adam S. Hickey has joined Cybersecurity & Data Privacy at Mayer Brown and comes from the US Department of Justice.

Larry Woodard joined the Real Estate, Construction, and Infrastructure Group at K&L Gates and was previously at Honigman LLP.

Naoki Kawada will practice Mergers and Acquisitions, Immigration Law at K&L Gates and moves from Perkins Coie.

Ryan Keech moves to K&L Gates from Ellis George Cipollone O’Brien Annaguey LLP and will practice Mergers and Acquisitions, Immigration Law.

Lance Dial has joined Asset Management and Investment Funds at K&L Gates and comes from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

Beth Shapiro Kaufman joined the Private Client Services, Trusts & Estates, Tax Group at Lowenstein Sandler and was previously at Caplin & Drysdale.

Megan E. Wernke will practice Private Client Services, Trusts & Estates, Tax Law at Lowenstein Sandler and moves from Caplin & Drysdale.

Melissa L. Wiley moves to Lowenstein Sandler from Caplin & Drysdale and will practice Tax, Trusts & Estates Law.

Laurent Badoux has joined Labor Management Relations at Littler Mendelson PC from Buchalter.

Richard Rahm joined the Class Actions Group at Littler Mendelson PC and was previously at DLA Piper.

Jacqueline Langland will practice Litigation and Trials Law at Littler Mendelson PC and moves from Jackson Lewis.

Thomas Lucas will move to Littler Mendelson PC from Jackson Lewis and practice Labor Management Relations and Class Actions Law.

Jim Thelen has joined Higher Education at Littler Mendelson PC from the University of Maine System.

Lu Li joined the Corporate & Business, Private Equity & Venture Finance Group at Lathrop GPM and was previously at the University of Minnesota Law School.

Erik Fossum will practice Commercial Litigation Law at Lane Powell and moves from the State of Alaska.

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