The Partner Shuffle: Power Circuit

New partner announcements are beginning to trickle in.

By: Marisa M. Kashino

Katherine Mooney Carroll. Photograph courtesy Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

The start of November means two things: the return of Starbucks’ red holiday cups, and new partner announcements, which always trickle in before the new year.

Here’s our first one, from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton: Katherine Mooney Carroll, an associate who focuses on bank regulatory matters and is a 2001 Yale Law grad, has made partner in the firm’s Washington office. She will officially assume her new title January 1.

There has also been movement on the lobbying front. McDermott Will & Emery added four lobbyists— Edward (Teddy) Eynon, Peggy Binzer, Mark Harkins, and Erica Stocker—to its government strategies practice. They joined from Edwards Wildman Palmer, known as Edwards Angell before a recent merger.

Wiley Rein has picked up a coveted Supreme Court clerk. (The competition for these clerks is so fierce among firms that the going hiring bonus for them is $280,000.) In this case, the clerk, Elbert Lin, is returning to Wiley, where he was an associate before clerking for Justice Clarence Thomas. He returns as a partner in the firm’s appellate and telecommunications practices.

Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt has welcomed Greg Gardella to its post-grant patent practice as a partner. He most recently served as the director of Irell & Manella’s reexamination practice.

On the revolving-door front, Janet Fisher, previously a prosecutor and investigative attorney with the Justice Department’s National Security Division, has joined Venable as a partner in its commercial litigation group. Fisher, who handled classified counterterrorism and counterintelligence actions at Justice, will work closely with the white-collar and government investigations practices.

And Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton has added Susan Hu as an associate in its tax practice, and corporate finance and real estate department. Prior to joining the firm, Hu spent six years serving as legal counsel to the IRS Office of Chief Counsel.