• Denis McInerney, a lawyer recruited to oversee the Justice Department’s fraud section after the financial crisis, is returning to private practice at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.

A former federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York, Mr. McInerney was a partner at Davis Polk before joining the Justice Department.

Mr. McInerney defended Arthur Andersen on obstruction-of-justice charges related to the Enron scandal, and also served as an associate independent counsel in the Whitewater investigation during the Clinton presidency. He was chief of the Justice Department’s fraud section from 2010 to 2013, and then served as deputy assistant attorney general overseeing the criminal division’s fraud, appellate and capital case sections.

Mr. McInerney helped lead the Justice Department’s investigations into the alleged manipulation of LIBOR, a key interest rate, by big banks and oversaw investigations of complex white-collar criminal matters including alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

At Davis Polk, he returns as a partner in the firm’s litigation department and member of its white-collar criminal defense and investigations practice.

—Jennifer Smith

• Construction lawyer Jamie Frankel has joined the New York office of Schiff Hardin LLP as a partner in the firm’s construction practice.

Mr. Frankel, previously chairman of the construction group at Arent Fox LLP, has represented the engineers of record for the Schoharie Creek Bridge collapse on the New York State Thruway; the structural engineers for the John Hancock building in Boston; and the City of New York in connection with the Sept. 11, 2001, collapse of 7 World Trade Center, among other failure and collapse matters.

He represented U.S. architectural firms that worked on Israel’s new Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, among other transportation infrastructure work.

“Jamie is well known for his strong belief in practical, realistic approaches to problem solving,” said Schiff Hardin’s managing partner, Ron Safer, in a statement.

—Jacob Gershman