The Churn: Lateral Moves and Promotions in The Am Law 200Intellectual property litigator ANDREW BRIDGES has taken his practice to Fenwick & West in San Francisco. Bridges, who has been with Winston & Strawn since 2004, said the idea of moving to Fenwick is one he has had on and off for a number of years.
"Fenwick is the hot technology-focused law firm," Bridges says. "This is a firm with a very, very strong brand, and not many have strong brands as law firms." Fenwick counts about 300 lawyers in offices in San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Seattle, and Boise, Idaho.
Bridges, known for his Internet, copyright, and trademark practice, has done work for Apple, Google, MasterCard, Motorola, Mozilla, and the Wikimedia Foundation.
Bridges says he expects most or all of his current clients to make the transition with him, adding that he gained most of those clients while at Winston directly rather than through the firm. Bridges says he believes Winston's IP practice will thrive even with his departure: "I was a very small part of a very big firm."
The London office of Baker Botts gained NEIL FOSTER, the former head of Field Fisher Waterhouse's private equity and venture capital groups, as a partner. Foster, a specialist in technology, media, telecommunications, and life sciences transactions, represents clients from the U.K., U.S., Middle East, and Asia on deals in Europe.
Davis Polk & Wardwell will soon be taking on a new counsel in New York for its credit group. DAVID WILES, who is leaving Mayer Brown's Charlotte office, will continue to represent banks and other financial institutions in domestic and international financings, including syndicated and leveraged finance transactions, loan workouts, and restructurings.
Energy lawyer FREDERICK FUCCI left Arnold & Porter for the partnership of Dickstein Shapiro in New York. Fucci's practice covers mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, power project development and financing, and commercial contract matters. He also has experience in international arbitration.
DLA Piper poached a partner for its San Diego office from Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton. BENI SURPIN represents clients in the wireless, telecommunications, healthcare, life sciences, and automotive industries on intellectual property, technology, and commercial transactions.
Duane Morris nabbed BRIAN GANNON from Schiff Hardin to be a corporate partner in its Atlanta office. The hire relaunches a corporate practice in the firm's Atlanta office, sibling publication The Daily Report notes, a practice that completely disappeared amid the recession. Gannon focuses on private equity, mergers and acquisitions, and technology deals.
Edwards Wildman Palmer is hiring two new partners in London: JONATHAN YORKE in its insurance and reinsurance department, and AKASH SACHDEVA for its intellectual property department. Both join from Barlow Lyde & Gilbert, which recently merged with Clyde & Co.
Two corporate lawyers are joining Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's year-old Hong Kong office. The new partners are YI ZHANG, the former head of O'Melveny & Myers's Hong Kong office, and GRAHAM WINTER, from Reed Smith Richards Butler in Hong Kong. Zhang's China-based corporate practice covers transactions such as investment funds, foreign direct investment, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital, and real estate and distressed asset transactions. Winter handles M&A, corporate finance, capital markets and securities, corporate governance, and joint ventures and restructurings.
The newest partner in Jones Day's Cleveland office is MARTIN GATES, formerly with Calfee, Halter & Griswold. A banking and finance attorney, Gates represents lenders and borrowers in secured and unsecured commercial financing transactions. He also handles general commercial transactions, securitization work, and mergers and acquisitions.
A pair of SNR Denton attorneys in Chicago jumped to Locke Lord. PAIGE WATERS joins as partner, with STEPHANIE O'NEILL MACRO as of counsel. The two lawyers have expertise in insurance regulatory work and insurance transactions.
GREG GARDELLA left Irell & Manella for intellectual property boutique Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt. Gardella, now a partner at Oblon Spivak, focuses his litigation practice on patent reexamination disputes.
Venable took on two former government lawyers as partners—JANET FISHER in Washington, D.C., and RALPH TYLER in both Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Fisher joins from the Department of Justice's national security division, where she handled counterterrorism and counterintelligence matters. A former associate at Williams & Connolly, Fisher will focus her litigation practice on security, privacy, and compliance issues related to social media. Tyler was most recently chief counsel of the Food and Drug Administration and previously served as insurance commissioner for Maryland. He will work in the firm's litigation and regulatory divisions.
Wilson Elser added ROBERT RIDER as of counsel from Jackson & Campbell. Rider, based in McLean, Virginia, practices in the area of insurance coverage, with an emphasis on environmental claims and cases in which injury or harm occurs years after the circumstances surrounding a claim.
San Francisco litigator PATRICK RYAN decamped from Winston & Strawn for Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, where he joins as partner. Ryan's practice covers complex commercial litigation, class actions, intellectual property, antitrust, and constitutional matters.
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