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Compiled by Nathaniel Barr / Washington, D.C.'s Best Lawyers 2017

ON THE MOVE

In-House and Government:


► Haynes and Boone: Herbert A. Glaser (energy law, 2015) left the firm to become chief counsel of the U.S. Department of Energy’s loan programs office. He was previously managing partner of the firm’s Washington, D.C., office.

► Jackson Lewis: Misti Mukherjee (employment law – management; litigation – labor and employment, 2014) left the firm to become executive vice president and general counsel at Towne Park, a hospitality company that provides valet, concierge, and transportation services.

► Katten Muchin Rosenman: Joshua G. Berman (criminal defense: white-collar, 2014) left the firm to become deputy general counsel of the U.S. Department of Commerce. He previously co-led the firm’s white-collar, government investigations, and compliance practice.

 Lerch, Early & Brewer: Harry C. Storm (commercial litigation; corporate law, 2012) became an associate judge for the Montgomery County Circuit Court in Maryland.

► Schiff Hardin: Roger E. Smith (energy law, 2006) moved to an in-house counsel position at Entergy Services, Inc., in Washington, D.C.

 Tina L. Snee: Tina L. Snee (personal injury litigation – defendants; personal injury litigation – plaintiffs, 2008) became a judge for the Fairfax County General District Court in Virginia.

Private Practice:

► Alston & BirdAdam J. Biegel (antitrust law; litigation – antitrust, 2011) was selected to lead the antitrust practice at the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. He previously practiced at Alston & Bird’s Atlanta, Georgia, office.

► Dentons: Jeffry J. Erney (tax law; litigation & controversy – tax, 2007) joined as partner at the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. He previously practiced at Baker & Hostetler in Cleveland, Ohio, as chair of its tax controversy & litigation group.

► Kalicki Arbitration: Jean Engelmayer Kalicki (international arbitration – commercial; international arbitration – governmental, 2010) established an international arbitration practice in New York City. She previously practiced at Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C.

IN THE HEADLINES

 Covington & Burling: Paul Tagliabue (sports law, 2017) was announced as a contributor finalist for the 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame. Tagliabue served as the commissioner of the NFL from 1989 to 2006. Under his tenure, the league increased its revenues and fan involvement and grew by four teams to 32 in total.

 Gibson, Dunn & CrutcherMiguel A. Estrada (appellate practice; bet-the-company litigation; commercial litigation; criminal defense: white-collar; litigation - intellectual property; litigation - regulatory enforcement [SEC, telecom, energy], 2006) and Randy M. Mastro of the firm’s New York City office helped Spanish-language television network Univision reach an out-of-court settlement with Donald Trump in February. Trump sued the network for dropping the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants last summer, which Trump co-owned at that time, because of his negative comments about Mexican immigrants in the speech announcing his presidential campaign. The terms of the settlement remain private, but both Univision CEO Randy Falco and Trump issued public statements acknowledging their long working relationship and mutual desire to put the matter behind them.

► Morgan, Lewis & Bockius: James Hamilton (criminal defense: white-collar, 2007) was part of the team that advised Hillary Clinton in selecting Virginia Senator Tim Kaine as her vice presidential running mate. Hamilton worked to vet potential candidates on Clinton’s short list alongside her campaign chair John Podesta, former State Department chief of staff Cheryl Mills, and other top aides and advisors.

ITN FEATURE

A Major Acquisition that More Than Tripled Blank Rome’s D.C. Footprint This Year

Philadelphia-based Blank Rome bolstered its presence in the Washington, D.C., and New York City legal services markets and more than tripled the size of its D.C. office this February with the addition of more than 100 attorneys from now-defunct Dickstein Shapiro. Dickstein Shapiro was well regarded by clients and its peers in the legal community: The once formidable firm earned U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” national Tier 1 rankings for energy law, insurance law, and labor law – management in 2016, and 15 of its Best Lawyers-recognized attorneys joined Blank Rome in the deal.*

Blank Rome’s chairman Alan J. Hoffman, who masterminded his firm’s acquisition of Dickstein Shapiro, explained to The Washington Post, “Knowing about the reputation of that firm in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere, but particularly in Washington as a real legal powerhouse, we pursued the opportunity.”

The acquisition added 90 attorneys to Blank Rome in Washington, D.C., added an additional 13 attorneys to the firm in New York City, and strengthened and extended the reach of the firm’s government relations, insurance, and corporate law practices, among others. 

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