Richard Smith, a senior federal prosecutor who co-managed the trial of former HealthSouth chief executive Richard M. Scrushy, has joined the District office of Akerman Senterfitt as one of five lawyers in a new group focusing on white-collar and Securities and Exchange Commission cases.
Smith most recently was acting head of the criminal division in the Justice Department's fraud section. Scrushy was acquitted in June of federal charges in connection with a $2.7 billion accounting fraud at the rehabilitation chain he founded. The case was the first major test of the Sarbanes-Oxley law on corporate governance.
Miami-based Akerman also recruited Alexandre H. Rene from the global litigation group of Howrey LLP. Rene is also a former trial lawyer with the Justice Department fraud section.
The other members of the new group, which will operate out of Washington and New York, are Marvin G. Pickholz and his son Jason R. Pickholz, who previously had their own firm, and Jayne K. Blumberg, a former assistant U.S. attorney who more recently litigated enforcement actions in court and before SEC administrative law judges.
In other moves:
* David P. Callet, a former partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, has joined Greenberg Traurig LLP. Callet is a trial attorney specializing in product liability, toxic tort, medical device, patent and intellectual property cases.
* Gregory D. DiMeglio, a former senior counsel in the SEC's enforcement division, has joined the District office of Philadelphia-based Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP.
* Kathleen Chagnon, former senior vice president and general counsel for Constellation Energy Group Inc., has joined Saul Ewing LLP in Baltimore.
* Richard L. Rainey, formerly with Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP, has joined the intellectual property litigation group in the District office of Covington & Burling.
-- Larry Liebert