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New Partners at Skadden and Stupak Joins Venable: Power Circuit

And the latest Howrey refugees land with new firms
Richard Beckler, now a partner at Bracewell & Giuliani, is the latest ex-Howrey lawyer to find a new firm. Photograph courtesy Bracewell & Giuliani.

More ex-Howrey lawyers have found new homes.

Richard Beckler, who was co-head of the securities litigation, government enforcement, and white-collar defense group at Howrey, has joined Bracewell & Giuliani as a partner.

Holland & Knight, which recently welcomed partner Jerry Ganzfried, has also hired John Stanton and Karen Boyd, both of whom practiced with Ganzfried in Howrey’s appellate group. Stanton joined Holland & Knight as senior counsel, and Boyd is an associate.

Alan Cooper, previously a trademark lawyer at Howrey, landed at Wiley Rein as counsel in the intellectual-property practice.

Rimon Law Group—the virtual, cloud-based firm—has hired its first Washington attorney, Carson Porter. Previously counsel at Arent Fox, Porter is now a partner in the health care, mergers and acquisitions, and non-profit practices at Rimon.

Corporate-and-securities partner Christopher Zochowski jumped from McDermott Will & Emery to Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman.

Real-estate partner Greg Grigorian has joined Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.

On the revolving-door front, former Michigan Democratic Representative Bart Stupak has joined Venable as a partner in the legislative-and-government-affairs group. Stupak, who didn’t seek reelection in 2010, left Congress in January.

And Richard Verma, who left Steptoe & Johnson to serve in the Obama administration as assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs, has returned to the firm. He’s a partner in the international, national and homeland security, and government affairs and public policy groups.

Last but not least, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom announced its new partners. Two DC-based attorneys, Margaret Krawiec and Paul Wight, are among nine who were promoted.

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