Attorney Recruiter Placements and Legal Recruiter Placements and Lateral Attorney Moves for the Week of Aug 28, 2023 |

Attorney Recruiter Placements and Legal Recruiter Placements and Lateral Attorney Moves for the Week of Aug 28, 2023


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Summary: Here are the attorney lateral moves and placements for the week of Aug 28, 2023.
week of Aug 28, 2023

Alan Bickerstaff has joined Emerging Growth and Venture Capital, Private Equity, and M&A at DLA Piper and comes from Shearman & Sterling LLP.

Cassandra Cuellar joined the Emerging Growth and Venture Capital, Private Equity, and M&A Group at DLA Piper and was previously at Shearman & Sterling LLP.

Sharon O. Jacobs will practice Environmental Litigation and Real Estate Law at Dickinson Wright and moves from Spencer Fane LLP.

Elizabeth Griffith moves to Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP and will practice Oil & Gas Law.

Gwaina Wauldon has joined Labor & Employment at Carlton Fields.

Wendy Dowse joined the Appellate and Product Liability Group at Carlton Fields and was previously at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP.

Agustin Ceballos will practice Corporate Law, Tax, Benefits and Estate Planning Law at Buchalter and moves from Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek.

Daniel Silva moves to Buchalter from Gordon & Rees LLP and will practice White Collar & Investigations, Litigation Law.

Josh Escovedo has joined Real Estate, Litigation, Intellectual Property Law, and Intellectual Property Litigation at Buchalter and comes from Weintraub Tobin.

Christopher Rogers joined the Corporate Law Group at Buchalter and was previously at Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, PLC.

Edward J. LoBello will practice Business Restructuring, Creditors’ Rights, and Bankruptcy Law at Bond, Schoeneck & King and moves from Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein.

Brad Neighbors moves to Bradley Arant Boult Cummings from Balch & Bingham LLP and will practice Banking & Financial Services Law.

Scott M. Kaplan has joined Commercial Litigation, Class Action Defense at Blank Rome, from Patzik Frank and Samotny Ltd.

Shaneeda Jaffer joined the White Collar, Government Investigations & Regulatory Compliance Group at Benesch and was previously at Clarence Dyer & Cohen LLP.

Justin Klein will practice Litigation Law at Benesch and moves from Ice Miller LLP.

Thomas Bousnakis moves to Benesch from Ice Miller LLP and will practice Litigation Law.

Joy Kerr has joined Real Estate & Environmental at Benesch.

Sarah La Voi joined the Digital Assets and Data Management Group at Baker & Hostetler LLP and was previously at Winston & Strawn LLP.

Eric B. Gyasi will practice Digital Assets and Data Management Law at Baker & Hostetler LLP and moves from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.

Morgan Forsey moves to ArentFox Schiff from Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton and will practice Labor & Employment, Complex Litigation Law.

Daniel McQueen has joined Labor & Employment, Complex Litigation Law at ArentFox Schiff and comes from Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton.

Nora Stilestein joined the Labor & Employment and Complex Litigation Group at ArentFox Schiff and was previously at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton.

Michael C. Hefter will practice Commercial, Securities, and Financial Services Litigation Law at Alston & Bird and moves from Hogan Lovells.

Seth M. Cohen moves to Alston & Bird from Hogan Lovells and will practice Commercial, Securities, and Financial Services Litigation Law.

Ryan Philp joined Commercial, Securities, and Financial Services Litigation at Alston & Bird from Hogan Lovells.

Kfir Abutbul joined the Corporate Law and M&A, Private Equity Group at Allen & Overy and was previously at Paul Hastings.

Michelle West will practice Government Contracts Law at Fox Rothschild and moves from Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP.

Warren K. MacRae moves to Gibbons PC from Loeb & Loeb LLP and will practice Intellectual Property Law.

Christopher J. Smith has joined Workers Compensation at Goldberg Segalla and comes from Franklin & Prokopik, PC.

Timothy J. Travers joined the Transportation Group at Goldberg Segalla and was previously at Kjar, McKenna & Stockalper.

Thomas C. Kus will practice Commercial Litigation, Drug & Medical Device, Environmental/Toxic Tort, Product & General Liability Law at Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani and moves from Faegre Drinker Biddle and Reath.

William B. (“Bill”) Schiller moves to Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP from Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym Ltd. and will practice Labor & Employment, Immigration Law.

Derek Schmidt has joined Appellate, Government Solutions at Husch Blackwell.

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You can browse a list of past webinars here: Webinar Replays

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Harrison Barnes is the legal profession's mentor and may be the only person in your legal career who will tell you why you are not reaching your full potential and what you really need to do to grow as an attorney--regardless of how much it hurts. If you prefer truth to stagnation, growth to comfort, and actionable ideas instead of fluffy concepts, you and Harrison will get along just fine. If, however, you want to stay where you are, talk about your past successes, and feel comfortable, Harrison is not for you.

Truly great mentors are like parents, doctors, therapists, spiritual figures, and others because in order to help you they need to expose you to pain and expose your weaknesses. But suppose you act on the advice and pain created by a mentor. In that case, you will become better: a better attorney, better employees, a better boss, know where you are going, and appreciate where you have been--you will hopefully also become a happier and better person. As you learn from Harrison, he hopes he will become your mentor.

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