Paul Hastings, Steptoe Add Laterals: Business of Law

Paul Hastings LLP announced that Eric Sussman, a former federal prosecutor with a pharmaceutical and medical-device focus, joined the firm in Chicago. He was previously with Kaye Scholer LLP, where he was co-chairman of the white collar litigation and internal investigations practice.

Steptoe & Johnson LLP said former firm chairman and energy lawyer Lon Bouknight is returning to the firm, joining the electric power group in Washington. Bouknight retired from Public Service Enterprise Group Inc., where he was executive vice president and general counsel.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP announced that William B. Jacobson will join the firm’s white collar and corporate investigations practice group in Washington. He was senior vice president, co-general counsel and chief compliance officer of Weatherford International Ltd., an oil and natural gas service company.

Andrew C. Porter joined Schiff Hardin LLP’s Chicago office in the white collar crime and corporate compliance group. He was previously an assistant U.S. attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago.

Also in Chicago, Kenneth E. Rechtoris, formerly of K&L Gates LLP, joined Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP as a partner in the business trial practice group.

Cozen O’Connor expanded its health-care practice group with the addition in Philadelphia of R. Christopher Raphaely, previously deputy general counsel for the Jefferson Health System, and general counsel to the system’s accountable care organization and captive professional liability insurance companies. He will be co-chairman of the practice group with Mark Gallant, a former deputy chief counsel to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in Washington.

Firm News

Manhattan Prosecutor Wants Dewey Trustee’s Lawsuit Halted

Two former top executives at defunct Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP and the Manhattan district attorney agree on one thing: A lawsuit by the law firm’s liquidating trustee against the executives should be halted pending completion of related criminal prosecutions.

District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. intervened in the bankruptcy last week, supporting the request of former executive director Stephen DiCarmine and ex-finance chief Joel Sanders to halt the trustee’s suit during the criminal case.

DiCarmine, Sanders and Steven Davis, Dewey’s former chairman, were indicted by a Manhattan grand jury this year, charged with a “blatant” $200 million fraud that spurred the largest law firm bankruptcy in history. They pleaded not guilty.

There’s “material overlap” between the trustee’s lawsuit and the prosecution, Vance said. Jury selection is expected to start in January 2015 and a trial may conclude four to six months later, according to the district attorney.

Proceeding with evidence exchanges in the trustee’s action will allow DiCarmine and Sanders to use the civil litigation process to preview witness testimony in the criminal case while they needn’t make any reciprocal disclosures because the U.S. Constitution protects them against self-incrimination, according to Vance.

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Jones Day Announces New Leadership in U.S. and Latin America

Jones Day appointed several partners to new leadership positions in the southern U.S. and Latin America.

Lizanne Thomas, who has been partner-in-charge of the Atlanta office since 2008 and is the head of the global corporate governance team, will oversee the firm’s operations in the South, including Atlanta, Dallas and Houston. She will have responsibility for more than 300 lawyers in those offices.

Luis Riesgo, partner-in-charge of Jones Day’s Sao Paulo office and leader of the Latin America practice, will oversee operations in Miami, as well as Sao Paulo and Mexico City. Riesgo handles corporate and M&A work.

Richard H. Deane Jr., co-leader of the corporate criminal investigation practice, will succeed Thomas as the Atlanta partner-in-charge. Deane has been head of the litigation group in Atlanta.

Hilda C. Galvan will succeed Patricia J. Villareal as partner-in-charge of the Dallas office. Galvan is a partner in the intellectual property practice who concentrates on patent litigation. Villareal, a member of the securities litigation and Securities Exchange Commission enforcement practice, will focus full time on client matters in Dallas.

Duane Morris’ McPherson Named Washington Managing Partner

Duane Morris LLP appointed intellectual property lawyer Patrick D. McPherson managing partner of the Washington office. He succeeds Douglas Woloshin, who has held the position since 2001 and is returning to his corporate practice full time.

McPherson represents clients in the acquisition, enforcement and protection of intellectual property rights and heads the firm’s post-grant review practice before the Patent Trademark and Appeal Board.

Woloshin’s practice includes mergers and acquisitions, real estate, corporate finance and project finance matters. He played a significant role in the establishment of the Singapore and Vietnam offices, the firm said.

Pillsbury Names Tysons Corner Managing Partner

Scott E. Barat was named managing partner of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP’s Northern Virginia office in Tysons Corner. Formerly the head of the pro bono committee in that office, Barat advises clients on the construction process.

He takes over from former managing partner John E. Jensen, who has led the office since 2007 and remains as head of government contracts and disputes.

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