Ballard Spahr Adds Antitrust Litigators: Business of Law

Jay N. Fastow and Denise L. Plunkett joined Ballard Spahr LLP’s New York office as partners in the litigation department and antitrust and consumer financial services practice groups.

They left Dickstein Shapiro LLP, where Fastow was co-leader of the antitrust and financial services practice.

Fastow recently won a jury trial for ArvinMeritor Inc. in an antitrust case concerning anticompetitive conduct in the sale of heavy-duty truck transmissions.

“Ballard Spahr has made a strategic commitment to growing its antitrust litigation group with top people who complement our existing team,” John B. Langel, chairman of the firm’s litigation department, said in a statement.

Partner Moves Round-Up

McDermott Adds Energy Litigator in Los Angeles

Commercial litigator Richard K. Welsh joined McDermott Will & Emery LLP as a partner in the Los Angeles office from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

Welsh’s practice primarily focuses on complex commercial litigation in the energy sector.

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP announced that Arunabha Bhoumik, who was a prosecutor in the Justice Department’s Fraud Section of the Criminal Division, joined the New York office as a partner in the litigation division.

At the Justice Department, Bhoumik investigated and prosecuted matters involving fraud, false claims, money laundering and violations of the anti-kickback statute in the health-care industry, the firm said in a statement.

Beni Surpin joined Paul Hastings LLP as a partner in the San Diego office, where he will help lead the firm’s technology and commercial transactions practice. He was previously a partner at DLA Piper LLP.

Lora A. Moffatt joined Crowell & Moring LLP’s intellectual property group in the New York office. She was previously with Dentons, where she was a partner and co-leader of the firm’s intellectual property practice group. She was previously chairwoman of the New York IP practice at Salans before that firm combined with Dentons.

Perkins Coie LLP added Lorelie S. Masters to the firm’s Washington office as partner in the insurance recovery group. Masters was most recently a partner with Jenner & Block LLP.

Firm News

Shearman, Freshfields Lawyers Said to Start Arbitration Firm

A group of six lawyers from Shearman & Sterling LLP, Covington & Burling LLP, Jones Day LP and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP plan to open a global arbitration firm, a person familiar with the matter said.

The lawyers from Washington, London and Paris will start an independent firm later this year, the first to be solely focused on global arbitration, said the person, who requested anonymity because of exit negotiations with the law firms.

Two lawyers have resigned from Freshfields’s London and Paris arbitration teams, the person said. Constantine Partasides is leaving the London group while Georgios Petrochilos resigned from the Paris office, the person said.

A third lawyer, Jan Paulsson, who headed the arbitration group at Freshfields for 20 years and resigned from the firm last year, will also join the new firm, the person said.

Luke Sobota, based in Jones Day’s Washington office, will also join the new firm along with Gaetan Verhoosel from Covington & Burling’s international arbitration team in London, said the person.

Todd Wetmore, from Shearman & Sterling’s Paris office, will also join the new firm, the person said.

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Patton Boggs to Close in Newark, Politico Reports

Patton Boggs LLP is closing its Newark, New Jersey, office after the site lost $11.8 million last year, partly because its World Trade Center captive insurance case ended, Politico reported Feb. 24.

Of the 26 lawyers at the Newark office, about five will remain in New Jersey and about half will join the New York office, managing partner Ed Newberry said, according to the website.

It was unclear how many lawyers or staff will lose their jobs, though 65 were laid off last year and many partners have left the firm, Politico said.

Patton Boggs cut $27 million in costs last year, which means it expects a profitable 2014, Newberry told Politico.

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