Greenberg Traurig Hires Two Practice Heads: Business of Law

Greenberg Traurig LLP made two high-profile hires, snagging practice heads from Dentons and Patton Boggs LLP, both of which have recently undergone mergers.

Eric Rosedale, who was co-head of global real estate at Dentons, joined the firm as chairman of Greenberg Traurig’s international real estate practice, a role that will involve coordinating non-U.S. matters, the firm said. Dentons, which has 2,600 lawyers in 75 locations, was formed last year through a merger of three firms.

Rosedale will work closely with the global chairmen of the firmwide real estate practice, Rob Ivanhoe and Corey Light, as well as Tim Webb, who will be co-chairman of international real estate.

“Working hand in hand with country leaders such as Marek Grodek in Poland, Jan Kees Brandse in the Netherlands, and Luigi Santa Maria in Italy, and of course co-chair Tim Webb in the critical London market, Eric will no doubt assist us in becoming a leading international player,” Richard A. Rosenbaum, Greenberg Traurig chief executive officer, said in a statement.

In Washington, Robert S. Brams, Patton Boggs’s construction law group chairman, joining, will co-chair Greenberg Traurig’s Washington-based government contracts and projects practice. Patton Boggs recently merged with Squire Sanders to create Squire Sanders Boggs, which has 1,500 lawyers in 44 offices.

“Our model is focused on delivering value to our clients, not building an empire, and we have rejected the concept of growth for growth’s sake,” Rosenbaum said in a statement on Brams’s hiring.

Dentons and Squire Sanders are organized as Swiss vereins, which have separate finances for different offices but integrate operations under a common name.

Holland & Knight, Latham & Watkins: Lateral Partner Roundup

Howard Suh, whose practice focuses on patent litigation for life science companies, joined Holland & Knight LLP’s intellectual-property practice group in the New York office from Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

Latham & Watkins LLP announced that Paul Davies will join the environment, land and resources department in London from Macfarlanes LLP.

Fisher & Phillips LLP added Jason Geller as a partner in its San Francisco office from Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson LLP.

Dickinson Wright PLLC said Carolyn J. Johnsen joined the firm’s Phoenix office as a member from Jennings, Strouss & Salmon PLC, where she was chairwoman of the business restructuring and reorganization department.

Law Firm News

David Hoiles Is Named Head of Jackson Lewis’s San Diego Office

Jackson Lewis PC named David G. Hoiles Jr. San Diego office managing shareholder, succeeding Craig A. Schloss.

Hoiles his career with Jackson Lewis more than 13 years ago. He represents employers in all types of employment litigation, the firm said.


GM’s Barra, Jenner & Block’s Valukas to Testify Before Congress

Anton Valukas, the former U.S. attorney hired by General Motors Co. to lead its internal investigation of defects blamed for accidents, deaths and millions of recalls, is scheduled to testify today before Congress along with GM Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra.

Valukas, the chairman of Jenner & Block LLP, said in his report that GM’s engineering and legal departments failed to connect the dots and move quickly enough on the main recall.

“I understand that while this report answers many questions, it leaves open others,” he said in prepared remarks.

Among the questions still to be answered are how many more defective GM cars are on the road and whether the company can be trusted to tell the truth, Jere Beasley, a lawyer who has filed lawsuits in relation to the ignition switch, said in a statement.

GM has recalled a record 20 million vehicles in North America for various fixes so far this year, more than double the number of cars and trucks it sold worldwide last year.

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