Lateral Partner/Counsel Moves in DC

  • Stephanie Avakian re-joins Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr

    Stephanie Avakian, previously Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement, will re-join Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr later in the year as Chair of the firm’s Securities and Financial Services Department and member of the Management Committee.

  • Robert Smith joins Akerman

    Robert Smith, previously Partner at Quarles & Brady, has joined Akerman as Partner in the firm’s Franchise and Licensing Practice. Mr. Smith focuses his practice on representing U.S. franchisors expanding internationally and serving as franchise counsel in complex financial transactions, including whole business securitization transactions.

  • Justin Murphy joins McDermott Will & Emery

    Justin Murphy, previously Trial Attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, has joined McDermott Will & Emery as Partner in the firm’s Regulatory Practice Group. Mr. Murphy focuses his practice on complex antitrust litigation and government and white-collar criminal investigations.

  • Timothy Carson joins McDermott Will & Emery

    Timothy Carson, previously General Attorney at the Federal Trade Commission, has joined McDermott Will & Emery as Counsel. Mr. Carson advises clients on all facets of the merger review and clearance process, with a focus on compliance with the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act and related rules.

  • Rebecca Coccaro joins Akin Gump

    Rebecca Coccaro, previously Special Counsel at Sullivan & Cromwell, has joined Akin Gump as Partner in the firm’s Executive Compensation, Employee Benefits and ERISA Practice. Ms. Coccaro advises clients on the executive compensation and employee benefits aspects of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings and financial restructuring matters.

  • Lesli Esposito and Brian Boyle join McDermott Will & Emery

    Lesli Esposito and Brian Boyle, previously Partners at DLA Piper, have joined McDermott Will & Emery as Partners. Ms. Esposito focuses on complex commercial litigation and government investigations, concentrating in the fields of antitrust and consumer protection. Mr. Boyle represents leading global businesses in antitrust and consumer protection-related litigation and investigations, and advises clients on merger control, compliance and government strategies.

  • Kathleen Blaszak joins Winston & Strawn

    Kathleen Blaszak, previously Partner at Eversheds Sutherland, has joined Winston & Strawn as Partner in the firm’s Corporate Practice. Ms. Blaszak focuses her practice on mergers and acquisitions, new venture formations, joint ventures, investments, strategic partnerships, and complex commercial transactions.

  • Nazak Nikakhtar joins Wiley Rein

    Nazak Nikakhtar, previously Assistant Secretary for Industry and Analysis at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA), has joined Wiley Rein as Partner in the firm’s International Trade Practice.

  • Michael Vito re-joins Lowenstein Sandler

    Michael Vito, previously Counsel at Baker & Hostetler, has re-joined Lowenstein Sandler as Partner in the firm’s Trusts & Estates Group.

  • Jennifer Short joins Blank Rome

    Jennifer Short, previously Partner at KaiserDillon, has joined Blank Rome as Partner in the firm’s White Collar Defense & Investigations Group. Ms. Short represents government contractors, healthcare providers, and others in highly regulated industries that are susceptible to government investigations and enforcement actions.

  • Michael Atkinson joins Crowell & Moring

    Michael Atkinson, former Inspector General of the U.S. Intelligence Community, has joined Crowell & Moring as Partner in the firm’s White Collar and Regulatory Enforcement and Investigations Groups. Mr. Atkinson’s practice focuses on white collar defense, internal investigations, and related complex civil litigation.

  • Ricardo Jackman joins Ballard Spahr

    Ricardo Jackman, previously Of Counsel at Shulman Rogers Gandal Pordy & Ecker, has joined Ballard Spahr as Of Counsel in the firm’s Business and Transactions Department and Media and Entertainment Group.

  • Jeffrey Lehtman joins Miller & Chevalier

    Jeffrey Lehtman, previously Partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, has joined Miller & Chevalier as Member in the firm’s Litigation Department. Mr. Lehtman’s practice focuses on assisting clients with internal and government investigations, regulatory compliance, and complex cross-border litigation.

  • Mark Davis joins Jenner & Block

    Mark Davis, previously Partner at Goodwin Procter, has joined Jenner & Block as Partner in the firm’s Patent Litigation Practice. Mr. Davis is an accomplished lawyer with more than 30 years of experience representing multinational, domestic, and start-up companies regarding intellectual property and related international trade, data privacy, unfair competition, and antitrust matters.

  • Alan Whitehurst joins McKool Smith

    Alan Whitehurst, previously Partner at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, has joined McKool Smith as Principal. Mr. Whitehurst focuses on intellectual property and unfair competition litigation and specializes in telecom-related disputes.

  • Cybil Roehrenbeck joins Hogan Lovells

    Cybil Roehrenbeck, previously Shareholder at Polsinelli, has joined Hogan Lovells as Partner in the firm’s Government Relations and Public Affairs Practice. Ms. Roehrenbeck’s practice includes a focus on health care innovations such as digital health, value based reimbursement, telehealth, and AI.

  • Michael Podberesky joins McGuireWoods

    Michael Podberesky, previously Federal Prosecutor in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Fraud Section, has joined McGuireWoods as Partner in the firm’s Government Investigations & White Collar Litigation Department. Mr. Podberesky handles healthcare and procurement fraud investigations and litigation, government and internal investigations, and white collar defense.

  • Andrea Delisi joins Morrison & Foerster

    Andrea Delisi, former OFAC Assistant Chief Counsel, has joined Morrison & Foerster as Of Counsel in the firm’s National Security and Global Risk + Crisis Management Groups. Ms. Delisi focuses her practice focuses on economic sanctions, investigations, export controls, international trade, compliance, enforcement, and other national security-related matters.

  • Andrew Tauber joins Winston & Strawn

    Andrew Tauber, previously Partner at Mayer Brown, has joined Winston & Strawn as Partner in the firm’s Appellate & Critical Motions Practice.

  • William Kotapish joins Carlton Fields

    William Kotapish, former Assistant Director at the Securities and Exchange Commission, has joined Carlton Fields as Of Counsel in the firm’s Financial Services Regulatory Practice.

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