Locke Lord, currently digesting Edwards Wildman Palmer following the completion of a merger with the Am Law 100 firm last month, has added another notable litigator who once clerked for former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
The newly merged firm brought on Boies, Schiller & Flexner partner M. KATHLEEN SMALLEY in Santa Monica as a partner in Los Angeles. Smalley, one of O’Connor’s first law clerks on the high court, is a former general counsel at real estate developers Trammell Crow Company and Catellus Development Corp. She also once chaired the governance committee as a trustee for the California State Teachers’ Retirement System.
Smalley joined Boies Schiller in 2012. Her practice focuses on real estate transactions and disputes, corporate and family business governance, and she serves as outside general counsel on high-stakes litigation related to complex deals and family wealth.
For its part, Boies Schiller has hired Sullivan & Cromwell civil litigation and regulatory enforcement associate QIAN GAO as counsel in its New York litigation group. Gao was a member of the diversity initiative at her former firm, where she also handled some notable pro bono matters. Boies Schiller also promoted nine attorneys to partner in late December.
In other On the Move news …
DAVID CADE, a former deputy counsel at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services who joined Polsinelli’s health care practice as a partner in late 2013, will leave the firm on March 1 tobecome CEO of the American Health Lawyers Association. The Washington, D.C.-based organization is the nation’s largest nonprofit dedicated to legal issues in the health care arena, one that Cade grew familiar while working out of Polsinelli’s base inside the Beltway. More than 30 partners have left the firm over the past few weeks.
Baker & McKenzie, which recently announced three hires for its new back office operations center in Belfast, also bagged Norton Rose Fulbright project finance partner MARK TIBBERTS in New York, where he joined predecessor firm Fulbright & Jaworski in 2008 after serving as senior counsel at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. Baker & McKenzie also brought on tax counsel JERRED BLANCHARD JR.in Houston from Ernst & Young, where he was a retired principal and consultant to the global accounting giant.