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January 12, 2017

Law and Lobbying
 
Former Rep. Heath Shuler joined Baker & Hostetler LLP as a senior advisor on the firm’s federal policy team. He was previously senior vice president of federal affairs at Duke Energy Corporation. The firm also hired James Murphy, most recently national political director for Donald J. Trump for President, as a senior advisor.
 
Lauren Crawford Shaver, previously director of expansion states for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, joined Forbes Tate Partners as a partner in the firm’s grassroots practice. She also worked with the Obama Admistration, serving as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs for health care at the Department of Health and Human Services.
 
Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A. announced that Ellen Torregrossa-O'Connor has been elevated to General Counsel of the firm.
 
Jenner & Block announced that George H. Pain, currently General Counsel for Olin Corporation, will join the firm as a partner in its Chicago office, effective March 1, 2017. 
 

Judicial 

The Michigan Supreme Court unanimously selected Justice Stephen Markman to be the next Chief Justice of the court. Justice Markman succeeds former Chief Justice Robert P. Young Jr., who will remain on the bench. 
 
Texas Governor Greg Abbott appointed Mark Pittman to the Texas Court of Appeals, Second District and Jason Boatright to the Texas Court of Appeals, Fifth District. Both new Justices have a term set to expire December 31, 2018. 

 

 

 

January 5, 2017

Law and Lobbying
 
Arnold & Porter LLP and Kaye Scholer LLP combined effective January 1, 2017, becoming Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP. Richard M. Alexander, previously chair of Arnold & Porter, will continue as chair of the combined firm.
 
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC and Ober, Kaler, Grimes & Shriver completed their merger effective January 1, 2017. The combined firm will retain the Baker Donelson name, and Ben C. Adams will continue as chairman and chief executive officer of the firm.
 
Ulmer & Berne LLP announced the promotions of five of its attorneys to partner - Daniel Gottesman, Richard Hamilton, Jr., Jesse Lipcius, Brad Sobolewski, and Kenneth Zirm, who was previously General Counsel. In addition, associate Evelyn Holmer was promoted to counsel. Lipcius is based in the firm’s Cincinnati office, and all other attorneys are based in Cleveland.
 

Judicial 

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper appointed Craig R. Welling to the Colorado Court of Appeals effective January 16, 2017. Welling replaces former Judge Gale Miller, who retired. 

 

 

 

December 29, 2016

Law and Lobbying
 
Faiza Saeed is the new Presiding Partner of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, effective January 1, 2017.
 
Alan Zuckerman will serve as Flaster/Greenberg P.C.’s Managing Partner and Chief Operating Officer, effective January 1, 2017.
 
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP have two management changes for the new year –  Richard Stehl will be the firm’s new Chief Executive Officer and David Morse will be the Vice Chairman and President, both effective January 1, 2017.
 
Effective January 1, 2017, Kevin Hogan will be Phillips Lytle LLP’s Firm Managing Partner.
 
Michael Gerstenzang will serve as Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP’s Managing Partner, effective January 1, 2017.
 
Daryl Lansdale Jr. has been appointed Norton Rose Fulbright’s Managing Partner, effective January 1, 2017.
 
Squire Patton Boggs named Frederick Nance the firm’s Global Managing Partner, effective January 1, 2017.
 
Effective January 1, 2017, Robert Hicks will serve as Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP’s Managing Partner.
 

 

 

December 22, 2016

Law and Lobbying
 
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP hired Michael Stratton as a Senior Policy Director in the firm's Washington, DC office. He previously served in both the Carter and Clinton administrations.
 
Ulmer & Berne LLP announced that Howard Groedel has been named chair of the firm’s Business Law Practice Group, and Douglas K. Sesnowitz and Marie C. Kuban have been named vice chairs.  Additionally, Lori Pittman Haas has been appointed vice chair of the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group, which is chaired by Mary Forbes Lovett.
 

Judicial 

This week, Andrew Gould and John Lopez IV were sworn in to the Arizona Supreme Court. The two justices were added to the court due to legislation signed by Governor Doug Ducey in May. The bench now has seven seats as opposed to the original five. 

 

 

December 15, 2016

Law and Lobbying
 
Former Colorado State Senator, Greg Brophy, joined Michael Best Strategies LLC. He will coordinate between the firm’s D.C. team and its western offices.
 
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP announced that Muhammad U. Faridi, Jonah M. Knobler, and Jean-Claude Lanza will become partners of the firm, and Melissa R. Ginsberg and Brian M. Sweet will become counsel, effective January 1, 2017.


Judicial
 

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey appointed James Beene to the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One. Beene replaces former Judge Maurice Portley, who retired.
 
 
 

December 8, 2016

Law and Lobbying
 
Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP announced that Philippe Johnson will be the firm’s next managing partner in the Montreal office, effective June 1, 2017. Johnson succeeds Pierre-Andre Themens, who has held the position for the past 17 years.
 
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP combined with Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, P.C. As a result of the merger, Jackson Gilmour co-founder William Jackson will co-chair Kelley Drye’s environmental law practice group and become managing partner of the firm’s Texas offices.
 
Stephanie Benedict, former Senior Account Executive from Hillary for America, joined Waxman Strategies as a senior account executive.
 
Dave Ramey, previously Chief of Staff to Rep. Ken Calvert, joined Kadesh & Associates, LLC as a principal.


Judicial
 

Terrence J. Campbell has asked President Obama to withdraw his nomination from consideration as a District Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Kansas. Campbell was nominated in January of 2016.
 
Bill Thompson, clerk of the Mississippi Supreme Court, will retire at the end of 2016. Thompson has been clerk of the court for 40 years.

 

 

December 1, 2016

Law and Lobbying
 
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP announced that Michael Bernhardt has joined the firm’s Frankfurt office as a partner in the Corporate Department.
 
Kyle Plotkin, previously a high-ranking aide to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, joined Purple Strategies LLC as a senior director. He’ll be focusing on crisis communications, issue advocacy and reputation management.


Judicial
 

On November 29, 2016, there was a run-off election for a seat on the Mississippi Supreme Court. The race was close, but attorney John Brady conceded giving the victory to Circuit Judge Bobby Chamberlin. Chamberlin will replace Justice Ann Lamar, who is retiring. 
 
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey appointed Andrew W. Gould and John R. Lopez IV to the Supreme Court of Arizona. The appointments were a result of legislation that expanded the court from five justices to seven. 

 

 

November 23, 2016

Law and Lobbying
 
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP announced that the firm has elected eleven attorneys as members, effective January 1, 2017. The new partners are Andrew Blau, Abram Ellis, Ian Ho, Michael Holick, Shahpur Kabraji, Parker Kelsey, Xiaohui Lin, Tom Lloyd, Linton Mann III, Benjamin Schaye, and Adam Shapiro.


Judicial
 

The race between Ohio Court of Appeals Judge Pat Fischer and Cuyahoga Common Pleas Court Judge John O’Donnell for a seat on the Supreme Court of Ohio remains locked this week. Both sides have started plan for any court challenges that may arise over the final ballots. Judge Fischer, a Republican, is currently in the lead although the final tally won’t be reached until the end of November. Republicans currently hold a 6-1 advantage in the court. 
 
 
 

November 17, 2016

Law and Lobbying
 
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP announced that Kevin O'Shea, Erwin Dweck, and Yaakov Sheinfeld have joined the firm as partners in the Real Estate Practice Group.
 
David Peluso, formerly Chief of Staff to House Republican Conference Chair, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, joined Kountoupes | Denham as a principal.
 
Paul Poteet, most recently Senior Policy Advisor and Counsel on Tax and Trade for Senator John Thune, will be joining The Glover Park Group. As of November 21, he will be working in the firm’s Government Relations Practice as a Managing Director.


Judicial
 

The Oklahoma Supreme Court elected Justice Douglas Combs to be the next Chief Justice of the court. Justice Combs will replace outgoing Chief Justice John Reif on December 1, 2016.
 
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal appointed three new justices to the Supreme Court of Georgia. Those appointed were current Georgia Court of Appeals Judges Nels Peterson and Michael Boggs. The final appointee was current Solicitor General Britt Grant. The appointments are effective January 1, 2017. Governor Deal also appointed two new judges to replace the outgoing judges on the Georgia Court of Appeals. Those appointed were current State Senator Charlie Bethel and superior court judge Tillman E. “Tripp” Self III. These appointments are also effective January 1, 2017. 

 

 

November 10, 2016

Law and Lobbying

Ken Spain, previously managing director for corporate communications and external affairs at Koch Industries, Inc., joined CGCN Group, LLC as a partner. Mr. Spain will work in the firm’s strategic communications division.

McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP announced that Peter T. Zarella, former Connecticut Supreme Court Associate Justice, will join the firm in January 2017 as an Of Counsel member of its Appellate and Alternative Dispute Resolution practice groups.

David Pressman, United States Ambassador to the United Nations for Special Political Affairs, has joined Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP as a partner in the firm’s New York City office.


Judicial
 

This week, 28 states held judicial elections that included 58 seats on state supreme courts and 160 seats on intermediate appellate courts.

The one seat on the North Carolina Supreme Court was up for election that included Incumbent Justice Bob Edmunds against Superior Court Judge Michael Morgan. Morgan was able to pull off the win and even though the court is non-partisan his win marks a shift in the ideological balance to a Democratic majority.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal appointed three new justices to the Supreme Court of Georgia. Two of the appointments are a result of a new law that expands the court, starting in January. Deal elevated Court of Appeals of Georgia Judges Nels Peterson and Michael Boggs and his final pick is current Solicitor General Britt Grant. The elevation of Peterson and Boggs leaves another two appointments for the Court of Appeals of Georgia that Deal will have to fill in the coming weeks. 

 

 

November 3, 2016

Law and Lobbying
 
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC and Ober, Kaler, Grimes & Shriver announced plans to combine. Post-merger, the firm will retain the Baker Donelson name. The combination is currently expected to take effect on January 1, 2017.
 
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP announced two new hires in its public law and policy practice in Washington, D.C.: Hunter Bates, previously Legal Counsel and Chief of Staff to current Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, and Justin J. McCarthy, formerly Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs and in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative during the George W. Bush administration. Mr. Bates will be joining as Partner, while Mr. McCarthy will be joining as Senior Advisor.
 
Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, LLP announced that attorney Stephen L. Levine has joined the firm’s intellectual property practice as a Partner.


Judicial
 

This week, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal appointed Clyde L. Reese to be Judge on the Court of Appeals of Georgia. Reese is currently the Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Health. He will replace Judge Herbert Phipps effective December 1, 2016.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker appointed Timothy Dugan to be Judge on the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, District I. Dugan will replace Judge Patricia Curley effective December 10, 2016. 

 

 

October 27, 2016

Law and Lobbying
 
Otterbourg P.C. announced that attorney Daniel Fiorillo has been named head of the firm’s restructuring practice group, effective January 1, 2017.

Dentons opened a new office in Sacramento, CA, which will serve as the headquarters for the firm’s California public policy, transactional and litigation practices. The new office will be anchored by Marc Burgat, a principal in the public policy and regulation practice.

Judicial 

United States Magistrate Judge David D. Noce was reappointed to his sixth, eight-year term, at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. The reappointment makes Judge Noce the longest serving magistrate judge in the U.S. federal courts. 

 
 
 
October 20, 2016
 
Law and Lobbying
 
Mayer Brown LLP announced that Daniel L. Stein, previously Chief of the Criminal Division in the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, will be joining the firm on November 28, 2016 as a partner in the firm’s New York, NY office. He will be leading the firm’s global Regulatory and Investigations group and operate as co-leader of the White Collar Defense and Compliance group.
 
McBee Strategic Consulting changed its name to SIGNAL Group, LLC. The new name reflects the departure of founder Steve McBee, who left two years ago, and the subsequent acquisition of the firm by Wiley Rein LLP.
 
Dimitri Karakitsos, previously senior counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, joined Holland & Knight LLP as a partner. He will be based in the firm’s Washington, DC office and will be working in the Public Policy & Regulation Practice Group.
 
Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP announced that Joseph J. Mellema has joined the firm as of counsel in the Patent Litigation Group. He will practice out of the firm’s Orange Country Office.
 
Judicial
 
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey appointed Paul McMurdie to the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One. McMurdie replaces Judge John C. Gemmill, who retired.
 
 
 
 
October 13, 2016
  
Law and Lobbying
 
Norton Rose Fulbright announced that Daryl L. Lansdale, Jr. will serve as the firm’s next US Managing Partner, effective January 1, 2017, succeeding Linda L. Addison. He will also be succeeding Ms. Addison as Chair of the US Management Committee on the same date. Mr. Lansdale currently serves as head of the firm’s US Business Law Practice.
 
Judicial
 
Alabama Supreme Court Justice Lyn Stuart was elevated to acting Chief Justice. Justice Stuart replaces former Chief Justice Roy Moore as a result of his suspension for the remainder of his term.
 
District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Robert E. Morin was sworn in as Chief Judge of the court. Judge Morin replaces former Chief Judge Lee F. Satterfield, who held the position since 2008. 
 
 
 
 
October 6, 2016
  
Law and Lobbying
 
Former U.S. Representative Ed Whitfield (R-KY, 1st) joined Farragut Partners LLP as a principal. The firm specializes in energy, health care and telecommunications.
 
Judicial
 
This week, the Alabama Court of the Judiciary ruled that Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore violated the states canon of judicial ethics by telling local judges they could refuse to allow same-sex couples to wed. The court voted unanimously to suspend Chief Justice Moore for the remainder of his term, which expires in 2019. 
 
 
 
 
September 29, 2016
  
Law and Lobbying
 
Archer & Greiner announced that former Philadelphia city solicitor Shelley Smith has joined the firm as a partner in the Commercial Litigation and Labor and Employment practices.
 
Subject Matter announced that John Buckley would be joining the firm as its new Chief Executive Officer effective October 4. Previously, he was Executive Vice President for Corporate Communications at AOL LLC.
 
Bill Corr and Kristi Martin, both formerly of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), joined Waxman Strategies as Senior Advisor and Vice President respectively. Mr. Corr was most recently Deputy Secretary of HHS, while Ms. Martin served as Senior Advisor in the Office of Health Reform.
 
Judicial
 
This week, President Obama nominated Julie Rebecca Breslow, Deborah J. Israel and Carmen Guerricagoitia McLean to be Associate Judges on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia
 
 
 
September 22, 2016
  
Law and Lobbying
 
Jonathan Meyer, the former Department of Homeland Security Deputy General Counsel, has joined Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton as a partner.
 
Ira J. Coleman was elected the next Chairman of McDermott Will & Emery LLP, effective January 1, 2017. He’ll be succeeding Jeffrey E. Stone and Peter J. Sacripanti, who will be stepping down as Co-Chairmen after eight years.
 
Karen K. Billups, former staff director for the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, rejoined Balch & Bingham LLP as a partner. She will be based in the Washington, D.C. office.
 
Brackett Denniston rejoined Goodwin Procter LLP from General Electric Company, where he served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel. He will be serving as Senior Counsel to the firm.

 
Judicial
 
The Illinois Supreme Court unanimously elected Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier as its next Chief Justice. Justice Karmaier will succeed current Chief Justice Rita B. Garman effective October 26, 2016. 
 
 
 
 
September 15, 2016
  
Law and Lobbying
 
Brian McKeon, most recently legislative director and acting chief of staff for Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, joined Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP as a senior policy advisor. He’ll be based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, working in its government relations department.
 
Former Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, joined Dentons as a consultant working out of the firm’s Calgary office. He’ll be advising clients on issues such as market access and maximizing value in global markets.
 
Stuart Delery, former acting associate attorney general of the U.S. Department of Justice and former head of the DOJ's civil division, joined Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. His practice will focus on litigation and federal government investigations.
 
Robins Kaplan LLP announced that Eamon O’Kelly has joined the firm’s Antitrust and Trade Regulation Group as of counsel. He will practice out of the New York office.

Judicial
 
President Obama nominated Diane Gujarati to be District Judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
 
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin appointed District Judge Barbara Swinton to the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals
 
 
 
September 8, 2016
  
Judicial
 
President Obama nominated Abid Riaz Qureshi to be District Judge on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
 
The Georgia Supreme Court unanimously elected current Presiding Justice P. Harris Hines to become the its next Chief Justice. Also unanimously elected was Justice Harold D. Melton to become the next Presiding Justice. Both will begin their new roles effective January 6, 2017. 
 
 
September 1, 2016
 
Law and Lobbying
 
Venable LLP announced that Stuart P. Ingis will succeed James L. Shea as the firm's Chair in February 2017. Mr. Ingis will serve as Chair-Elect until February 1, 2017, when he will become Chair. Mr. Shea will then serve as Chair Emeritus.
 
Andrews Kurth announced that 55 lawyers from Kenyon & Kenyon will join its intellectual property and technology practice in early September. The merged practice group and certain offices will market as Andrews Kurth Kenyon. 
 
Judicial
 
David Lowy and Kimberly Budd were sworn in as Justices on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. With the start of the Justices Lowy and Budd, the court is now officially back at full strength after three justices retired earlier this summer. 
 
 
August 25, 2016
 
Law and Lobbying
 
John Squires, previously Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for Goldman, Sachs & Co., joined Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP as a partner in the firm’s New York, NY Office. Before working at Goldman Sachs, he was General Counsel and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for Honeywell Inc.
 
Joshua Teitelbaum, who was recently Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Textiles, Consumer Goods and Materials for the International Trade Administration in the U.S. Department of Commerce, joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP as counsel. He’ll be based in Washington, D.C., working in the firm’s public law and policy practice.
 
McGlinchey Stafford announced that Christopher P. Couch has joined the firm’s Birmingham, AL office as of counsel. He will practice within the Banking and Corporate practice groups.
 
Judicial
 
The Tennessee Supreme Court unanimously elected Justice Jeff Bivins to be the next Chief Justice effective September 1, 2016. He replaces former Chief Justice Sharon Gail Lee, who will remain on the court.  
 
 
August 11, 2016
 
Law and Lobbying
 
Terrance D. Carroll, former Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives, joined Butler, Snow, O'Mara, Stevens & Cannada, PLLC as an attorney in the firm’s Denver, CO Office. He will be working with the firm’s business services and government relations practices.
 
Foster Swift announced that Richard Dietz and Michael Liddane have joined the firm’s Transportation Practice as senior attorneys. 
 
Judicial
 
Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Steven Taylor announced his retirement effective December 31, 2016. Taylor has served as Justice since 2004 with a stint as Chief Justice from 2011-2012. 
 
 
 
August 5, 2016
 
Law and Lobbying
 
Lowenstein and Sandler announced that Donatella Verrico has been promoted from Director of Human Resources to Chief Human Resources Officer. Verrico has been with the firm for 15 years.
 
Judicial
 
The Massachusetts Governor’s Council unanimously confirmed David Lowy to be Associate Justice on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
 
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker nominated Kenneth Desmond, James Lemire, Peter Sacks and Sookyoung Shin to be Associate Justices on the Massachusetts Appeals Court
 
 
 
July 28, 2016
 
Law and Lobbying
 
Elaine C. Greenberg, formerly SEC Enforcement Division Senior Officer, joined Greenberg Traurig, LLP as a shareholder in the firm’s litigation practice. She will be based in Washington, DC.
 
Chamberlain Hrdlicka announced that litigation and business attorney Ken Trujillo has joined the firm’s Philadelphia office as a shareholder.  
 
Lowenstein Sandler LLP announced that James Shehan has joined the firm as a senior counsel in its Life Sciences Practice and as head of the Firm’s FDA Regulatory Practice.
 
Judicial
 
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker appointed Dan Kelly to the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Kelly will replace Justice David Prosser, who is retiring effective July 31, 2016. 
 
 
 
July 22, 2016
 
Law and Lobbying
 
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP announced that Faiza J. Saeed has been elected Presiding Partner, effective January 1, 2017. She succeeds current Presiding Partner, C. Allen Parker.
 
Husch Blackwell LLP and Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. combined effective July 15, 2016. The combined firm retains the Husch Blackwell name and will continue to operate in all markets where both firms maintained offices.
 
 
 
July 14, 2016
 
Law and Lobbying
 
Robins Kaplan LLP announced that Scott Gautier has joined Howard Weg and H. Jeffrey Schwartz as national co-chair of the firm’s Restructuring and Business Bankruptcy Group.
 
Darrell T. Scott, previously serving under Governor Nikki Haley as chief of staff for the SC Department of Employment and Workforce, joined Capitol Resources, LLC.
 
Quarles & Brady LLP announced its first managing partner transition. Daniel G. Radler will become the firm’s managing partner, effective December 1, 2016. Fredrick G. Lautz, who has served in the position since its inception in 2007 will remain with the firm following the transition.
 
Judicial
 
United States Circuit Judge Roger L. Gregory began his term as Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Judge Gregory replaces former Chief Judge William Traxler, who will continue to serve as a Circuit Judge.
 
Washington Governor Jay Inslee appointed David S. Mann to be Judge on the Washington Division I Court of Appeals. Mann will replace Judge Linda Lau, who will retire later this summer. 
 
 
 
July 1, 2016
 
Law and Lobbying
 
Bockorny Group, Inc. hired Allen Jamerson, the senior legislative clerk for the House Judiciary Committee and a former adviser to former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. He will focus on issues related to the House and Senate judiciary committees.
 
McGlinchey Stafford PLLC announced the addition of three attorneys to its New York City office and Commercial Litigation practice group. Geraldine “Gerri” A. Cheverko and Jonathan E. Samon join as of counsel, and Kristen D. Romano joins as an associate.
 
Judicial
 
The United States Senate confirmed Robert F. Rossiter Jr. to be District Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska.
 
The Pennsylvania Senate confirmed Sallie Updyke Mundy to be Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Also confirmed were Geoffrey Moulton Jr., Lillian Harris Ransom and Carl Solano to be Judges on the Superior Court of Pennsylvania and Joseph Cosgrove and Julia Hearthway to serve as Judges on the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania.
 
 
 
June 23, 2016
 
Law and Lobbying
 
Dan Scandling, former Congressional Chief of Staff and Communications Director, joined APCO Worldwide Inc. as Senior Director for Public Affairs. Previously, he was Senior Vice President of Public Affairs at Ogilvy Government Relations.
 
Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP announced that Aaron Burstein, formerly with the Federal Trade Commission, has joined the firm as a partner.
 
Zelle LLP announced the opening of their Miami, FL office. Anaysa Gallardo Stutzman will serve as the office’s managing partner.
 
Judicial
 
The American Bar Association (ABA) released its evaluation of President Obama’s nominee to Supreme Court of the United States, Chief Judge Merrick Garland. The ABA gave him the assessment of “Well Qualified”, their highest possible rating. President Obama nominated Chief Judge Garland on March 16, 2016. The U.S. Senate has yet to vote on the Chief Judge’s confirmation. 
 
 
 
June 16, 2016
 
Law and Lobbying
 
Nanette DeRenzi, former judge advocate general of the Navy and a retired three-star admiral, was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Jefferson Consulting Group, LLC. She succeeds Thomas Daffro.
 
Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. announced that Madeleine McDonough was elected to a five-year term as the firm’s new Chair. Her term will begin on January 1, 2017, and she will succeed John Murphy, who has served as Chair for the past 15 years.
 
McGlinchey Stafford PLLC announced that Deborah A. Reperowitz has joined the firm’s New York City office as a member in the Commercial Litigation Practice Group. 
 
Judicial
 
Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts appointed Jeffrey Funke to be Associate Justice on the Nebraska Supreme Court. Funke will replace retiring Justice William M. Connolly effective August 1, 2016.
 
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker nominated Kimberly Budd, Frank Gaziano and David Lowy to be Associate Justices on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. If confirmed, the nominees will replace Justice Francis Spina, Justice Robert Cordy and Justice Fernande Duffly, who announced they will retire this summer.
 
 
 
June 9, 2016
 
Law and Lobbying
 
Robins Kaplan LLP announced that Breton A. Bocchieri, formerly with Novak Druce, has joined the firm as a partner in the Intellectual Property and Technology Litigation Group.
 
Baker & Hostetler LLP announced that former United States Congressman Mike Ferguson joined the firm in Washington, D.C. He will serve as Senior Advisor and leader of the Federal Policy team.
 
Baker & McKenzie announced that, following the votes of its partners, Paul Rawlinson has been elected as the firm’s next Chairman. He has been Managing Partner of the firm’s London presence since 2013.
 
Former Senator William “Mo” Cowan has been appointed the new President and Chief Executive Officer of ML Strategies, the government relations and business advisory affiliate of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. Stephen P. Tocco, who served as President and Chief Executive Officer of ML Strategies since 1997, will now serve as Chairman.
 
Arnold & Porter LLP announced that former Chief of the Civil Division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, Sara Shudofsky, has joined the firm as a partner in its New York office. Her practice will involve handling internal corporate investigations and False Claims Act matters.
 
Judicial
 
This week, the United States Senate confirmed Jennifer Choe Groves and Gary S. Katzmann to be Judges on the United States Court of International Trade
 
 
 
June 2, 2016
 
Law and Lobbying
 
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC announced that Joseph A. Dougherty has officially taken over as the firm’s new Chief Executive Officer, Managing Director and Chairman of the Board. John "Jack" A. Barbour, the firm’s former CEO, has transitioned to the position of Executive Chairman. Prior to his appointment, Dougherty served as Managing Shareholder of the firm’s Philadelphia, PA Office.
 
Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP announced that Stephen L. Ferszt has joined as a partner and practice group leader in the firm’s Employee Benefits practice. Ferszt joins from Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP.
 
Judicial
 
This week, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan appointed Joseph M. Getty to the Maryland Court of Appeals. Getty previously served as Chief Legislative Officer in the Governor’s Administration. Governor Hogan also appointed Donald E. Beachley and Melanie M. Shaw Geter to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. The appointments went in to effect immediately.
 
Also, the South Carolina General Assembly elected Donald Beatty to be the next Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court. Beatty will replace current Chief Justice Costa Pleicones on January 1, 2017. The South Carolina General Assembly also elected Judge James E. Lockemy to be Chief Judge of the South Carolina Court of Appeals. Judge Lockemy will be sworn in within the next few weeks. 
 
 
May 26, 2016
 
Law and Lobbying
 
Sonja Nesbit, formerly deputy assistant secretary for legislation for human services at the US Department of Health and Human Services, joined Arent Fox LLP as senior government relations director.
 
Judicial
 
This week, Supreme Court of Virginia Justice Stephen R. McCullough was officially sworn-in by Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons.  McCullough replaces former Justice LeRoy Milette, who retired. 
 
 
May 19, 2016
 
Law and Lobbying
 
Vinson & Elkins LLP announced the opening of an office in Taipei, Taiwan. The office will be overseen by partners David Tsai and Christopher Kao.
 
Squire Patton Boggs hired Patricia R. Hatler, most recently Executive Vice President, Chief Legal and Governance Officer at Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, has joined the firm’s Financial Services Practice as of counsel. She will be based in the firm’s Columbus, OH office.
 
LeClairRyan announced the addition of eight attorneys and seven professional staff to its Newark, NJ office. The team will join the firm’s Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Practice.
 
Judicial
 
This week, the U.S. Senate confirmed Paula Xinis to be District Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.
 
President Obama nominated Frances Marie Tydingco-Gatewood to be District Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Guam.
 
Alaska Governor Bill Walker appointed Susan Carney as Justice on the Alaska Supreme Court. Carney will succeed Justice Dana Fabe, who is retiring. 
 
 
May 12, 2016
 
Law and Lobbying
 
Beau Rothschild, former chief of staff to Rep. Blake Farenthold, joined Bridge Street Group, LLC as principal. He was previously Member Services Director for the House Administration Committee.
 
Joseph McMonigle, a former chief of staff at the United States Department of Energy, joined Blank Rome LLP as a principle.
 
Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, LLP announced that partner Yuki Onoe has been named the new head of the firm's Tokyo office.
 
Andrew Luh, formerly a partner with Fenwick & West, has joined Gunderson Dettmer as chair of the firm’s Global M&A Practice Group.
 
Judicial
 
This week, Utah Governor Gary Herbert appointed Jill Pohlman and David Mortensen to the Utah Court of Appeals. Mortensen replaces Judge John Pearce, who was elevated to the Utah Supreme Court. Pohlman replaces Judge James Davis, who retired.
 
Indiana Governor Mike Pence appointed Geoffrey Slaughter to the Indiana Supreme Court. Slaughter succeeds former Justice Brent Dickson, who retired. 
 
 

May 5, 2016
 
Law and Lobbying
 
Chip Smith, CEO of the lobby and public affairs firm Glover Park Group, will join 21st Century Fox as Executive Vice President of Public Affairs in late June 2016.
 
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati announced that Lowell Segal has rejoined the firm from Ropes & Gray as a partner in the Palo Alto, CA office. 
 
Judicial
 
This week, President Obama nominated eight to be District Judges. Those nominated were Patricia D. Barksdale and William F. Jung for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida; Todd E. Edelman and Florence Y. Pan for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia; Philip R. Lammens for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida; Reginia M. Rodriguez for the United States District Court for the District of Nevada; Patricia Ann Timmons-Goodson for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina and Anne Rachel Traum for the United States District Court for the District of Nevada.
 
Associate Justice Walter Timpone was sworn in Chief Justice Stuart Rabner to the Supreme Court of New Jersey. 
 
 

April 28, 2016
 
Law and Lobbying
 
Anne MacMillan, former deputy chief of staff at the United States Department of Agriculture,joined Heather Podesta + Partners, LLC. She previously served as Director, Government affairs at The Wonderful Company LLC.

D. Joe Smith has rejoined Jenner & Block from Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC as chair of the firm’s Government Contracts Practice. 

Judicial

This week, the New Jersey Senate confirmed Walter Timpone to be Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of New Jersey 
 

April 21, 2016
 
Law and Lobbying

Stuart Chapman, formerly of American Continental Group, Inc., joined Thorn Run Partners as a partner. Previously, he served as chief of staff to Rep. Carolyn McCarthy.

Cole Schotz P.C. announced the opening of their new office in Boca Raton, FL. The office will be managed by member Linda L. Snelling.

Judicial

This week, President Obama nominated Beth M. Andrus, J. Michael Diaz, and Kathleen O’Sullivan to be District Judges on the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. 
 
 

April 14, 2016
Law and Lobbying
 
Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP announced that Randall S. Newman, formerly of Randall S. Newman, P.C., has joined the firm as a partner in its New York Office.
 
Cornerstone Government Affairs hired Lisa Duarte, former Chief of Staff to the Mayor's Economic Council at the Office of the Mayor for the City of Chicago, as Vice President. 
 
Judicial

This week, the U.S. Senate confirmed Waverly D. Crenshaw Jr. to be District Judge for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.
 
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie withdrew his nomination of David Bauman and then nominated Walter Timpone as a Justice on the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
 
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam appointed J. Ross Dyer to be Judge on the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, Western Section. Dyer replaces Roger Page, who was appointed to the Tennessee Supreme Court
 
 

April 7, 2016
Law and Lobbying

Jenner & Block announced that Michael McNamara has joined the firm as co-chair of the Professional Responsibility Practice. He will be based in the Los Angeles, CA Office.

Linklaters appointed partners Rebecca Jarvis and Richard Bussell as the new global co-heads of restructuring and insolvency. They replace partner Tony Bugg, who is now the global head of banking.

Crowell & Moring LLP hired Rob Burton, former Acting and Deputy Administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, as a partner in the firm’s Government Contracts practice group. He will be based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.

Judicial

This week, President Obama nominated David C. Nye to be District Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Idaho.  


March 31, 2016
Law and Lobbying
 
James G. McGovern, formerly Chief of the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney's Office, Eastern District of New York, joined Hogan Lovells. He will be based in the firm’s New York Office, joining their White Collar and Fraud practice.
 
Allen & Overy announced that partners Philip Bowden and Andrew Thomas have been elected as the firm’s new global co-heads of banking. They replace partners Stephen Kensell and Andrew Trahair.
 
Judicial

This week, Supreme Court of the United States deadlocked 4 - 4 in a case involving public-sector unions’ ability to collect fees from workers who choose not to join the union. The outcome serves as a major victory for organized labor and also gives a stark example of how the vacancy created by Justice Scalia’s death has affected the Court.
 
Also this week, Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois met with Supreme Court nominee Judge Merrick Garland, becoming the first Republican Senator to meet with the Judge. Kirk urged other Senators to also meet with the nominee, but did not guarantee his confirmation. The move represented a significant break with Senate Republican leaders who have so far refused to even consider Judge Garland’s nomination.


March 24, 2016

Law and Lobbying

Allen & Overy announced that partner Richard Browne has joined Dirk Meeus as joint leader of the firm’s Global Corporate Practice. Browne replaces Andrew Ballheimer, who was recently promoted to global managing partner.
 
Steptoe & Johnson LLP hired Allison Nyholm as a director. She was formerly an aide to Sen. Lisa Murkowski.
 
Judicial
 
This week, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon appointed Colleen Dolan to the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District. Dolan replaces Judge Patricia Cohen, who now serves as a federal magistrate judge.
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Shira Scheindlin announced she will step down from the bench effective April 29, 2016.

 

March 17, 2016

Law and Lobbying

Alston & Bird LLP hired Thomas G. Walker, former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina. His practice will focus on government investigations, internal corporate investigations, and white collar criminal defense.
 
Former Associate Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals, Susan Phillips Read, joined Greenberg Traurig, LLP. She will serve as Of Counsel in the firm’s Global Litigation Practice.
 
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP announced the promotions of Mary Lehner, Caroline Richard, and Ryan Suda to partner, effective May 1, 2016. Suda is based in the firm’s New York office, and both Lehner and Richard are based in the firm’s Washington, DC office.
 
Judicial
 
On Wednesday, President Obama nominated Merrick B. Garland to be Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States. Judge Garland, known as a centrist and moderate, is currently the Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, a position he’s held since 2013. Earlier, he spent sixteen years on the court as a Circuit Judge. Building up to the announcement with a social media blitz and a number of strategic leaks to the press, the President demanded action from the Senate on Garland’s nomination. Prominent Senate leaders were already pushing back before Obama set foot in the Rose Garden to make the announcement, repeating that they would not vote on any nominee until after the 2016 election season is settled and a new President is elected. In the meantime, the Supreme Court will continue to hear cases with only eight justices on the bench, thus increasing the possibility of a 4-4 stalemate in which the Court takes no action and lower rulings are left standing.

President Obama nominated Rebecca Ross Haywood to be Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

President Obama nominated six to be District Judges. Those nominated were E. Scott Frost, James Wesley Hendrix and Irma Carillo Ramirez for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas; Walter David Counts III for the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas; Karen Gren Scholer for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas and Kathleen Marie Sweet for the United States District Court for the Western District of New York.

President Obama nominated Danny C. Reeves to be a commissioner on the United States Sentencing Commission.

United States District Court for the District of Columbia Chief Judge Richard Roberts retired. Current judge Beryl Howell will replace Roberts as Chief Judge effective March 21, 2016. 

 

March 10, 2016

Law and Lobbying

Former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Louis B. Butler Jr. joined DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C. He will be based in the firm’s Brookfield, WI Office.
 
Squire Patton Boggs and Carroll, Burdick & McDonough LLP announced that they have reached a definitive agreement to combine firms. Upon completion of the merger, Carroll Burdick will operate as an integrated part of Squire Patton Boggs. The merger is expected to be completed before the end of March 2016.
 
Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A. announced that Clay Constantinou, the former United States Ambassador to Luxembourg, has rejoined the firm as Of Counsel in the Woodbridge, NJ office.
 
Judicial
 
This week, Chief Justice Leigh Saufley was sworn in for her third term as on the Supreme Judicial Court of Maine

 

March 3, 2016

Law and Lobbying

Kelly T. Currie, former Acting U.S. Attorney and Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, returned to Crowell & Moring LLP as a partner in the firm’s White Collar & Regulatory Enforcement practice group.
 
McDonald Hopkins LLC elected Shawn M. Riley as its new President effective October 1, 2016. Carl J. Grassi, the firm’s current president, will become Chairman of the firm. 
 
Pamela Cothran Marsh, the former United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, joined Berger Singerman as a partner in the firm’s Dispute Resolution and Government Regulatory practices.   
 
Judicial

This week, President Obama nominated Lucy Haeran Koh to be Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Also nominated were Donald Beatty and Donald C. Coggins Jr. to be District Judges on the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina  

On March 1, 2016, Arkansas held primary elections which served as the general election for two seats on the Arkansas Supreme Court. Dan Kemp was elected Chief Justice and Shawn Womack was elected to fill the other seat. Kemp will replace current Chief Justice Howard Brill and Womack will replace retiring Justice Paul Danielson. They will be sworn in in January 1, 2017.  

 

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie re-nominated David Bauman to be a Justice on the Supreme Court of New Jersey  

 

February 25, 2016

Law and Lobbying

Rick Healy, formerly of the House Appropriations Committee, joined McDermott Will & Emery LLP as a Senior Legislative Advisor. 

Jenner & Block announced that Craig C. Martin has been named chair of the firm’s Litigation Department. Martin is a partner in Jenner & Block’s Chicago office.
 
Adam Lurie, a former partner at Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft, has joined Linklaters as a partner in the firm’s U.S. Dispute Resolution Practice. Lurie will head Linklater’s Washington, D.C. Litigation and Government Investigations Practice.

Government Affairs

Christine Bliss, previously Assistant US Trade Representative for Services and Investment, is now President of the Coalition of Services Industries

 

Michael Thompson has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Business Coalition on Health.

Judicial

This week, Governor Cuomo appointed 10 judges to fill vacancies in the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division. First Department appointees include Ellen Gesmer, Marcy Louise Kahn, and Troy Karen Webber. Second Department appointees include Francesca E. Connelly and Valerie Brathwaite Nelson. Third Department appointees include Sharon A.M. Aarons and Robert C. Mulvey. Finally, the Fourth Department appointees include John M. Curran, Patrick H. NeMoyer and Shirley Troutman.

The Puerto Rican Senate confirmed Judge Maite Oronoz Rodriguez as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico.

The Tennessee State Legislature confirmed Roger Amos Page as Justice on the Tennessee Supreme Court. Page fills the vacancy created by Gary Wade, who retired.  

 

 

 

February 18, 2016

Law and Lobbying

Blank Rome LLP announced that more than 100 attorneys and additional staff from Dickstein Shapiro LLP’s New York and Washington, D.C., offices have joined the Firm. James Kelly, former Chairman of Dickstein Shapiro now serves as the Chairman of Blank Rome's Washington, D.C. Office. As result of the merger, Dickstein Shapiro has ceased to function as an independent law firm.

Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP announced the opening of a new office in Century City, Los Angeles, CA.  Kenneth Sulzer, formerly with Proskauer Rose, LLP, will serve as Managing Partner.

Government Affairs

The Center for Effective Government will cease operations effective March 4, 2016.

Judicial

On February 13, 2016United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed away, creating a vacancy on the Supreme Court of the United States. Justice Scalia’s passing comes at a crucial time, with both political and legal implications. Prior to his death, conservatives enjoyed a slight 5-4 majority on the bench and an edge on many cases. Now, with an evenly divided bench, it seems likely that the Court will be heading towards a 4-4 deadlock more often than not until the vacancy is filled. With some of the most consequential cases in years left on the docket, this provides a significant shift in power as a tie vote does not set precedent; laws will go unchanged, lower court decisions will be left standing. President Obama has stated his intention to nominate a replacement for Justice Scalia, but it looks unlikely that any of his picks could make it through the Republican-controlled Senate. Many Republican Senators have already pledged to block a nomination, and several have said that President Obama should hold off and let his successor choose instead. That hasn’t stopped speculation on who President Obama might name though. Top picks include D.C. Circuit Judges Sri Srinivasan, Merrick Garland, and Patricia Millett, as well as Ninth Circuit Judge Paul Watford, U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch and California Attorney General Kamala Harris. The Senate is set to convene next week and all eyes are on President Obama.

Also this week, President Obama nominated Abdul K. Kallon to be Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

 

 

February 11, 2016

Law and Lobbying

Jenner & Block announced that H. Kurt von Moltke has joined the firm’s Chicago office as a partner. He joins the Securities, Corporate Finance, and Corporate practices, and will co-chair the firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions Practice.

Frank Keating, the former governor of Oklahoma, joined Holland & Knight LLP as a partner in its Washington, D.C., and Tysons, VA offices.

Judicial

This week, President Obama nominated Stephanie A. Finley to be District Judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. He also nominated Claude J. Kelly III to be District Judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

The New York Senate confirmed Michael J. Garcia to be Judge on the New York Court of Appeals

 

 

February 4, 2016

Law and Lobbying

Lisa Schrader, formerly Chief of Staff to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, joined Hill & Knowlton Strategies as a Senior Vice President.
 
Jones Day announced that they have opened a new office in Brisbane, Australia. This is the firm’s third office in Australia and its 43rd worldwide. Partner John Cooper will serve as the office’s Managing Partner.

Judicial

This week, President Obama nominated Jennifer Klemetsrud Puhl to be Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Also nominated was Terrence J. Campbell to be District Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Kansas.
 
Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts appointed Max J. Kelch to be Associate Justice on the Nebraska Supreme Court. Kelch replaces Judge Michael McCormack, who retired.

Judge Jerry Goodman was sworn in as Chief Judge of the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals. Goodman succeeds Judge Bill Hetherington, who held the Chief Judge position in 2015. 


 

January 28, 2016

Law and Lobbying

Jonathan E. Eady, former co-leader of Arnall Golden Gregory LLP’s Real Estate Practice, was named the firm’s new managing partner. He succeeds Glenn P. Hendrix, who served in the role for eight years.

Government Affairs

Tom Gallagher has been named Chief Executive Officer and Secretary of the American Radio Relay League effective April 18, 2016.  He will join the organization as CEO and Secretary-Elect on February 29, 2016.

Sherman Gillums, Jr., previously Deputy Executive Director, is now the Interim Executive Director of Paralyzed Veterans of America.

Judicial

This week, the U.S. Senate confirmed John Michael Vazquez to be District Judge the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton appointed Margaret H. Chutich to be Associate Justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court. Chutich will fill the vacancy created when Wilhelmina M. Wright was confirmed to the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. Dayton also appointed Diane B. Bratvold to the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Bratvold will fill the vacancy created by Chutich.  


 

January 21, 2016

Law and Lobbying

Witt O'Brien's, LLC named Tim Whipple as its new Chief Executive Officer. He previously served as President of Kroll Inc.

Greenberg Traurig, LLP announced that former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani will be joining the firm in the near future. He previously worked at Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, which will henceforth be known as Bracewell LLP as a result of his departure.

Chaffe McCall, L.L.P announced that E. Howell Crosby has been elected to serve as the firm’s new Managing Partner. 

Zelle LLP announced the expansion of its Antitrust and Unfair Competition Group with the addition of five new attorneys based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. The new attorneys were all formerly with Dickstein Shapiro. 

Government Affairs

Susan M. Liss, currently Executive Director of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, has been named Executive Director of Justice at Stake effective February 16, 2016.

Chandini Portteus has stepped down as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Livestrong Foundation.  Greg D. Lee, previously Chief Financial Officer, is now President of the organization.

Nigel Sizer has been named President of the Rainforest Alliance effective February 1, 2016.

Judicial

This week, the U.S. Senate confirmed Wilhelmina Marie Wright to be District Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota
 
The New York Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination of Janet DiFiore to be Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals.

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant appointed Jim M. Greenlee to the Mississippi Court of Appeals. Greenlee replaces James D. Maxwell, who was recently appointed to the Mississippi Supreme Court

 


January 14, 2016

Law and Lobbying

Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC announced that Daniel A. Schwartz has been named Managing Member of the firm.

Stoel Rives LLP announced that James E. Torgerson is the firm’s new Firm-wide Managing Partner, making him the first Alaskan-based managing partner of a major law firm in U.S. history.

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati announced that the firm will open a Boston office in February 2016. This will be the firm’s 10th U.S. location and its 15th worldwide.

Jonathan Lippman, former chief judge of New York’s highest court, joined Latham & Watkins LLP in its New York office as Of Counsel. He retired from his post as chief judge at the end of 2015.

Former Senior Counsel to the Republican National Committee, David Powers, joined Clark Hill PLC’s DC office as Senior Counsel. Previously, he worked in the corporate investigations practice at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP.

Bill Owens, former Colorado Governor, joined Greenberg Traurig, LLP’s Denver office as a senior director in the firm’s Government Law & Policy Practice.

Former Senator Kay Hagan joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP as a Senior Policy Consultant. She will be based in the firm’s Washington office.

Judicial
 
This week, the U.S. Senate confirmed Luis Felipe Restrepo to be a Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

President Obama nominated Donald Karl Schott and Myra C. Selby to be Circuit Judges for the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Also nominated was Winfield D. Ong to be District Judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana

 

 

January 7, 2016

Law and Lobbying

Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP announced that the firm has changed their name to Zelle LLP.

Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP and Christie, Parker & Hale LLP combined to form Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP

Mellisa M. Davis has joined Thompson & Knight LLP as Counsel in the firm’s Trial Practice Group. Davis previously worked as an appellate attorney for the Texas Supreme Court and the First Court of Appeals.

Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, a former deputy center director and deputy director for policy and regulation at the Centers for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, joined Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP. She will be based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.

Government Affairs

Ilir Zherka is now Executive Director of the Alliance for International Exchange.

Josh Zinner is now the Executive Director of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility.

Bob Martinez, Jr. is now the International President of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

Tracy Hart is now Chairperson of the National Health Council.

Christopher T. “Chris” Gates has stepped down as President of the Sunlight Foundation.  The new chief staff executive is Interim Executive Director John Wonderlich who had been the organization’s Policy Director.

Judicial

On January 5, 2015, Peggy Kuo was sworn in as the newest U.S. Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
 
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey appointed Clint Bolick to the Arizona Supreme Court. Bolick fills the vacancy created by the retirement of former Justice Rebecca White Berch.
 
Tennessee Court of Appeals Judge D. Michael Swiney was selected to be the next Chief Judge. Swiney will serve as Chief Judge for a one-year term.
 
Nevada Supreme Court Justice Ron D. Parraguirre assumed the role of Chief Justice. 
 
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant appointed two to serve on the Mississippi Supreme Court. Those appointed were James D. Maxwell and Dawn Beam. Maxwell replaces former Justice David Chandler, who was appointed as Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Family Services. Beam will replace Justice Randy Pierce effective January 31, 2015. 
 
 
 

December 28, 2015

Judicial

This week, the United States Senate confirmed Darlene Michele Soltys and Robert A. Salerno to be Associate Judges on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

On December 22, 2015, Michele Hotten was sworn in to the Maryland Court of Appeals. Hotten fills a vacancy that was created when Glenn T. Harrell Jr. retired. 

 

 

December 17, 2015

Law and Lobbying

Jenner & Block announced that Susan Kohlmann has been named managing partner of the firm's New York office, effective January 1, 2016. Kohlmann succeeds Richard Ziegler, who led the office for the past eight years.

Heather Weine Brochin was named managing partner of Day Pitney LLP’s New Jersey office, effective January 1, 2016. Brochin replaces partners Tony Marchetta and Greg Parliman, who managed the office for three years.

Bose Public Affairs Group LLC acquired mCapitol Management, Inc.’s public affairs business. As a result, Brad A. Queisser will join the Washington, D.C. office of Bose Public Affairs Group LLC effective January 1, 2016.

Government Affairs

Thomas G. Mahnken has been named President of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments effective in March 2016.  CSBA had previously announced that current President Andrew F. Krepinevich, Jr. would be stepping down at that time.

Judicial

This week, President Obama nominated four to be District Judges. Those nominated were Paul Lewis Abrams for the United States District Court for the Central District of California, Suzanne Mitchell and Scott L. Palk for the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, and Ronald G. Russell for the United States District Court for the District of Utah.

 

Also, Tamika R. Montgomery-Reeves was sworn in as a Vice Chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery. Montgomery-Reeves replaces former Vice Chancellor Donald F. Parsons Jr., who retired. 

 

 

December 10, 2015

Law and Lobbying

Jones Day announced that Julie McEvoy, former deputy associate attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice since 2012, is rejoining the firm’s Washington office as a partner in the antitrust and competition law practice.

Stephen W. Preston, a former General Counsel at the Department of Defense and the Central Intelligence Agency, joined Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP as a partner in the firm’s Washington, DC office. He will also be chairing the firm’s Defense, National Security and Government Contracts practice. 

Government Affairs

Connecticut Governor Dannel P. “Dan” Malloy is now Chairman of the Democratic Governors’ Association.  Malloy, who had been named Chairman-Elect last year, has replaced Montana Governor Steve Bullock.  Washington Governor Jay Robert Inslee has replaced New Hampshire Governor Margaret Wood Hassan as Vice Chairman.

John F. Clark, formerly Director of the United States Marshals Service, is the new President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

Judicial

This week, the U.S. Senate confirmed Travis Randall McDonough as District Judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.  

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton appointed Lucinda Jesson and Tracy Smith to be Judges on the Minnesota Court of Appeals. The appointments fill the vacancies created when former Judge Natalie Hudson was elevated to the Minnesota Supreme Court and Judge John Smith announced his retirement in early February 2016. 

Oregon Governor Kate Brown appointed Lynn Nakamoto to the Oregon Supreme Court. Nakamoto replaces former Justice Virginia L. Linder, who retired. Governor Brown also appointed Roger J. DeHoog and Scott A. Shorr to be Judges on the Oregon Court of Appeals. The appointments fill the vacancies created when Judge Nakamoto was elevated to the Oregon Supreme Court and Chief Judge Rick Haselton announced his retirement effective December 31, 2015. 

 

 

December 3, 2015

Law and Lobbying

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen Wigginton, will join Armstrong Teasdale LLP in January 2016, the firm announced. He will be based in the firm’s St. Louis, MO Office.

Jennifer Johnson, founder of the government affairs practice at Washington Strategies and Bighorn Public Affairs, joined The Ingram Group. Previously, she worked under Senate Whip Al Simpson and Rep. Joel Hefley.

Sean Riley, previously chief deputy attorney general in the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office, joined Cozen O’Connor’s state attorney general practice in Washington, DC.

 

Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP announced that John T. Scott, III, former Deputy General Counsel of Verizon and a leading wireless industry attorney, has joined the firm as of counsel.

Government Affairs

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez has been elected Chairman of the Republican Governors Association.  Wisconsin Governor Scott K. Walker has replaced her as Vice Chairman.

Bob Martinez, Jr. has been named International President of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers effective January 1, 2016.  He will replace current International President R. Thomas “Tom” Buffenbarger.

 

Judicial

This week, President Obama nominated Steven Nathan Berk and Elizabeth Caroll Wingo to be Associate Judges on the Superior Court for the District of Columbia.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo nominated Janet DiFiore to be Chief Judge for the New York State Court of Appeals. If confirmed by the New York State Senate, DiFiore will replace current Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman effective January 1, 2016.

 

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan appointed Michele Hotten to be Judge on the Maryland Court of Appeals. Hotten will replace Judge Glenn Harrell Jr., who retired. 

 

 

November 19, 2015

Law and Lobbying

Thompson & Knight LLP announced that Mark M. Sloan has been named Managing Partner of the firm, effective February 2016. Emily A. Parker will continue to serve as the firm's Managing Partner until Sloan officially takes over next year.

Lester Munson, former Staff Director of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined BGR Government Affairs, LLC as Vice President. He was previously chief of staff to Mark Kirk in both the House and Senate.

Andrew Stewart, former acting director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Special Litigation and Projects Division, has joined Vinson & Elkins LLP as counsel in the firm’s Washington, D.C. Office.

Robert Fields, previously Information Systems Director at the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles for the State of Florida, joined One Eighty Consulting.

Government Affairs

Mika Marumoto is the new Executive Director of the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development.

Earl James, previously Development Director, is now Executive Director of Citizens for Global Solutions.

Joel Packer has announced he will be stepping down as Executive Director of the Committee for Education Fundingeffective March 31, 2016.

Josh Zinner has been named Executive Director of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility effective January 4, 2016.  He will replace current Executive Director Laura A. Berry who had previously announced her intention to retire at the end of this year.

Judicial

On November 16, 2015, the U.S. Senate confirmed LaShann Moutique DeArcy Hall to be a District Judge on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez appointed Judith Nakamura to be a Justice on the New Mexico Supreme Court. Nakamura succeeds former Justice Richard Bosson, who retired.

New Hampshire Supreme Court Chief Justice Linda Dalianis appointed Christopher Keating to be Executive Director of the Administrative Office of the Courts of New Hampshire. Keating will replace current Executive Director Donald Goodnow effective April 2016.

 

 

November 12, 2015

Law and Lobbying

Jamillia P. Ferris, former FCC Advisor, joined Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati as a partner in the firm’s Antitrust practice. From 2010-2013, she served in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice as chief of staff, deputy chief of staff, and counsel to the assistant attorney general.

Government Affairs

Wade J. Henderson has announced his intention to step down as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights at the end of 2016.

Amalgamated Transit Union has moved its headquarters from Washington, DC to Silver Spring, MD.

Judicial

On November 6, 2015, President Obama nominated Vik Edwin Stoll to be a Judge on the United States Tax Court.  

On November 9, 2015, Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert appointed John A. Pearce to be a Justice on the Utah Supreme Court. Pearce replaces former Justice Jill Parrish, who was confirmed as District Judge for the United States District Court District of Utah.

 

 

November 5, 2015

Law and Lobbying

Israel “Izzy” Klein, formerly a senior principal at Podesta Group, joined Roberti Global. She was previously a top aide to Senators Chuck Schumer and Ed Markey.

The Roosevelt Group made three new hires: Kathleen I. Ferguson, former principal deputy assistant secretary for installations, environment and energy at the U.S Air Force; retired Col. Kevin Felix, former chief of the Future Warfare Division at the U.S. Army; and retired Lt. Col. Albert Calamug, former congressional liaison officer for the U.S. Marine Corps.

Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP announced that Radhika “Ronnie” Raju has joined the firm as of counsel. Raju previously served as a Trademark Examining Attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Judicial

On November 3, 2015, Pennsylvania and Kentucky held judicial elections for seats on their Supreme Courts. In Pennsylvania, Democrats won each of the three open seats on the Supreme Court and in doing so gained the majority in the state’s highest court. Elected were Philadelphia judge Kevin Dougherty and Superior Court Judges David Wecht and Christine Donohue. They will be sworn in on January 4, 2016. In Kentucky, Circuit Court Judge Sam Wright edged Court of Appeals Judge Janet Stumbo to fill the open seat vacated by Will T. Scott. Wright will be sworn in on January 4, 2016. 

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker appointed William W. Brash III to be Judge on the Wisconsin Court of AppealsDistrict I. Brash replaces Rebecca Bradley, who was appointed to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

 


October 29, 2015

Law and Lobbying

Burns White LLC announced that all 11 attorneys and six support staff from Dapper, Baldasare, Benson, Behling & Kane, PC will be joining the firm’s Pittsburgh office, effective January 1, 2016. The addition will bring new practice groups in the areas of trucking litigation, extra contractual litigation, and insurance coverage.

Government Affairs

Ilir Zherka has been named Executive Director of the Alliance for International Educational and Cultural Exchangeeffective January 1, 2016.  He will replace current Executive Director Michael McCarry who had previously announced his intention to retire at the end of this year.

Judicial

On October 26, the U.S. Senate confirmed Lawrence J. Vilardo to be District Judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of New York.

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey appointed Christopher Staring to be a Judge on the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division II. Staring succeeds Judge Virginia Kelley, who retired. 

 


October 22, 2015

Law and Lobbying

Amy Hanson Swonger, former Aide to Republican Whip Mitch McConnell, joined Heather Podesta + Partners, LLC. Most recently, she was Senior Manager at Ernst & Young’s Washington Council.

Former lawyer of the United States Department of Justice, Geoffrey Graber, joined Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLCas a partner. At DOJ, he was Deputy Associate Attorney General and Director of the Department’s working group on mortgage security matters.

Jodi G. Daniel, former Director of the Office of Policy in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, joined Crowell & Moring LLP as a partner in its Health Care Group.

Seyfarth Shaw LLP announced that prosecutor Andrew Boutros has joined the firm as a litigation partner and co-chair of its White Collar Criminal Investigations & Defense Practice Group.

Government Affairs

Theresa Pierno, previously Chief Operating Officer, is now President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Parks Conservation Association.  She replaces W. Clark Bunting who had earlier announced his intention to step down as soon as a replacement was named.

Judicial

On October 20, 2015, the U.S. Senate confirmed Ann Donnelly to be District Judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

 


October 15, 2015

Law and Lobbying

Daniel M. Hawke, former head of the SEC’s division of enforcement’s market abuse unit, joined Arnold & Porter LLPas a partner. He also previously served as director of the SEC’s regional Philadelphia, PA office.

Jones Day announced that Jason S. Varnado, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the southern district of Texas, will join the firm’s Houston office in December as a partner in the investigations and white collar defense practice.

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. has expanded its ERISA Litigation Group with the addition of Russ Buhite. Buhite was previously the managing partner of the Tampa office of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C. He joins as a shareholder and will practice out of the firm’s Tampa and Seattle offices.

Government Affairs

Former New York Governor David Alexander Paterson has announced he is stepping down as State Committee Chair of the New York Democratic State Committee effective November 4, 2015.

Robert Bank, currently Executive Vice President, has been named President of American Jewish World Serviceeffective July 1, 2016.  He will replace current President Ruth W. Messinger who has led the organization since 1998.

Judicial

Circuit Judge Timothy Tymkovich was elevated to Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Tymkovich succeeds Judge Mary Beck Briscoe.

Barbara Holmes was sworn in as Federal Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee

 


October 8, 2015

Law and Lobbying

Levick Strategic Communications acquired The MACH 1 Group, adding a fourth office in Austin, TX. The office will be led by Katherine McLane, founder of MACH 1.

Patrick Murck, former Executive Director, General Counsel and founding member of the Bitcoin Foundation, joined Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP as a special counsel. He will be based in the firm’s Washington, DC office.

Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP has relocated its Washington, D.C. office from 2300 N Street, NW to 1800 M Street, NW. The firm will occupy the 8th floor of the building’s North Tower.

Day Pitney LLP has added five real estate attorneys from Porzio, Bromberg & Newman PC. Among these additions is Peter Wolfson, formerly the chair of Porzio’s real estate practice.

Government Affairs

Robert Roach, Jr., previously General Secretary-Treasurer of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, is now President of the Alliance for Retired Americans.

Helena R. Berger is now President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Association of People with Disabilities.  Berger had been Acting President and Chief Executive Officer since Mark L. Perriello stepped down earlier this year.

Judicial

This week, the Senate confirmed Dale A. Drozd to be District Judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California.

Also, Patricia S. Harris was sworn in as Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas.

 


October 1, 2015

Law and Lobbying

Julie A. Veach, former chief of the wireline competition bureau at the Federal Communications Commission, joined Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP as a partner in the firm’s Washington, DC office.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP announced Washington, DC litigation partner David Dekker has been elected as the firm's new Vice Chair and Chair Elect. When he becomes chair on January 1, 2017, Dekker will succeed Jim Rishwain, who became Pillsbury's chair in 2006 and who will complete his fourth term on December 31, 2016, after which he will become Chair Emeritus.

Day Pitney LLP has appointed corporate partner Ellen Knarr as office managing partner of its New York office. Knarr counsels public and private companies on corporate and securities law matters.

Government Affairs

The National Association of Publicly Traded Partnerships has changed its name to the Master Limited Partnership Association.

Judicial

This week, Federal Magistrate Judge John S. Kaull retired from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Virginia. As a result, Michael Aloi was sworn in as the new Magistrate Judge to replace Kaull. 

Also this week, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder appointed Joan Larsen to be a Justice on the Michigan Supreme Court. Larsen replaces Justice Mary Beth Kelly. 

 

 

September 24, 2015

Law and Lobbying

Former U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke rejoined Davis Wright Tremaine LLP as a Senior Advisor. Mr. Locke also previously served as Washington State Governor from 1997 to 2005.

Therese Goldsmith, former Maryland Insurance Commissioner, joined Hogan Lovells as a Partner in the firm’s Baltimore, MD office. Prior to this, she was commissioner on the Maryland Public Service Commission for nearly two years.

Daniel Feldman, previously the State Department’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP as a Partner in the firm’s Century City, CA office.

The law firm of SmithAmundsen continues growth in Indiana, adding 10 lateral attorneys in less than three months to its Indianapolis office. This significant expansion makes the firm's Indianapolis office its second largest.

Patent-focused law firm Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt has acquired Stolowitz Ford Cowger LLP (StoFoCo). The Portland-based law firm’s seven attorneys will bring Portland-based Schwabe’s intellectual property attorney team to 32 people, making it one of the largest IP law groups in the Pacific Northwest.

Government Affairs

W. Clark Bunting, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Parks Conservation Association, is stepping down. He will remain until a successor has been named.

Judicial

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has hired former Lieutenant Governor Jari Askins to be their next Administrative Director of the Courts. Effective October 1, 2015, Askins will replace current Director Michael Evans, who is retiring.

 

 

September 17, 2015

Law and Lobbying

Michael Friedberg, former staff director for the House Transportation & Infrastructure subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials, joined Holland & Knight as a senior policy advisor on transportation.

Matthew Holland, former Executive Director of Public Health Solutions at WebMD, joined MWW Group as Senior Vice President, Corporate Healthcare Practice.

Winston & Strawn LLP announced that Jeffrey Kessler and Dan Webb have been elected Co-Chairmen of the firm. They will serve a three-year term through September 2018.

Robert F. Cusumano, former General Counsel for ACE, Ltd., joined Crowell & Moring LLP in New York as a partner.

Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC (CSG) announced that the Honorable Patricia K. Costello will become Of Counsel to the firm, effective October 1, 2015. Judge Costello joins CSG after serving for more than 25 years as a New Jersey Superior Court Judge, including the last decade as the Assignment Judge in Essex County.

Government Affairs

Bob Dane, previously Communications Director, is now Executive Director of the Federation for American Immigration Reform.

Judicial

This week, President Obama nominated Rebecca Goodgame Ebinger to be District Judge on the United States District Court of the Southern District of Iowa.

Also, Matthew P. Brookman was selected to be a magistrate judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa. Brookman, currently chief of the Drug and Violent Crime Unit for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Indiana Southern District, will succeed Magistrate Judge William G. Hussman, effective upon Hussman’s retirement on January 31, 2016. 

 

 

September 10, 2015

Law and Lobbying

Neil Quinter, former chief counsel to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, joined Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP.Previously, Mr. Quinter served as a partner at McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

Former Staff Director at the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care, Jocelyn Moore, joined the Glover Park Group as a Managing Director.

William Stellmach, former acting chief of the fraud section of the U.S. Department of Justice's criminal division, joined the Washington office of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP as a partner. Mr. Stellmach will practice in the firm’s litigation department.

Arnold & Porter LLP announced that Managing Partner Richard Alexander will become Chairman of the firm, succeeding current Chairman Tom Milch, on January 1, 2016. Partners Ann Davis and Michael Daneker will also become Co-Managing Partners, effective October 1, 2015.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP announced that Jeewon Kim Serrato has joined the firm as a counsel in the Washington, D.C. office. Serrato joins the firm from Fannie Mae, where she was Chief Privacy Officer. She will practice in the firm’s Cybersecurity & Data Privacy practice.

Government Affairs

Dale Barnett is the new National Commander of The American Legion.

Judicial

This week, the Senate confirmed Roseann A. Ketchmark to be District Judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri.

Also, President Obama nominated three to become District Judges. Those nominated were Clare E. Connors to be District Judge for the District of Hawaii, Stephanie A. Gallagher to be District Judge for the District of Maryland and Mary S. McElroy to be District Judge for the District of Rhode Island

 

 

September 3, 2015

Law and Lobbying

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management, announced that the firm has opened an office in Seattle, WA.

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati announced that Bruce Kisliuk, the former Deputy Commissioner for Patent Administration at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), has joined the firm as a senior patent counselor. He will be based in the Washington, D.C., office.

Matthew Jones, previously counsel and chief of staff to D.C. attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr., joined Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP as a partner. Mr. Jones will practice  out of the firm’s investigations and criminal litigation group.

Judicial

This week, Keith G. Kautz was sworn in to the Wyoming Supreme Court. Kautz will replace Justice Marilyn Kite, who retired. 

Also, Amy Feldman was sworn in as the new Franklin Circuit Court Clerk in Franklin County, Kentucky. Feldman replaces former clerk Sally Jump, who retired. 

 

 

August 27, 2015

Law and Lobbying

Former Acting Secretary at the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Manuel Flores, joined Arnstein & Lehr LLP as a partner in Chicago. He will practice in the Banks and Financial Institutions Group.

Nick Peacock was named Baker Botts LLP’s first Chief Operating Officer. Previously, he spent four years as regional operating officer of Baker & McKenzie LLP’s North American operations.

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. announced that James J. Murphy, former chief labor and employment counsel at General Dynamics, has joined the firm. He will co-chair the firm’s Defense Contracting Industry Group.

Government Affairs

Laura Barrett is the new Executive Director of the Center for Health, Environment and Justice.  She replaces Lois Marie Gibbs who founded the organization in 1981.

Judicial

This week, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson appointed Howard Brill to be the next Chief Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court. Brill will replace former Chief Justice Jim Hannah, who resigned on August 13, 2015. 

 

 

August 20, 2015                                                                                                                       

Law and Lobbying

Global law firm Ropes & Gray announced that Heather Egan Sussman and Rohan Massey have joined the firm as partners, bringing their widely recognized skills to the firm's leading privacy & data security practice. 

Bodman PLC announced that Michigan Supreme Court Justice Mary Beth Kelly will join the firm as a member on October 15, 2015.  She will practice in Bodman's Detroit office.

Jeffery S. Dennis, former Director of the Division of Policy Development at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in the firm’s Washington, DC office.

Judicial

This week, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts appointed Stephanie Stacy to the Nebraska Supreme Court. Stacy will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Kenneth Stephan. 

Also, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton appointed Court of Appeals Judge Natalie E. Hudson to the Minnesota Supreme Court. Hudson will succeed Justice Alan Page, who reached the state’s mandatory retirement age of 70 this month. 

 

 

August 13, 2015

Law and Lobbying

Boies, Schiller & Flexner signed a lease for a new office space at 1401 New York Ave., N.W. in Washington, D.C. They will move into the new office space during the third quarter of 2016.

Deborah Dorman-Rodriguez, former chief legal officer of Health Care Service Corp and former general counsel of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, joined Freeborn & Peters LLP to head the firm’s new healthcare practice.

Government Affairs

Thomas Jay “Tom” Pritzker has been named Chairman of the Board of the Center for Strategic and International Studies effective in November 2015.  He will replace Samuel A. “Sam” Nunn who will remain on the board as Chairman Emeritus.

Anthony M. “Tony” Reardon, previously National Executive Vice President, is the new National President of the National Treasury Employees Union.  He replaces Colleen M. Kelley who had served as National President since 1999.  Jim Bailey has replaced Reardon as National Executive Vice President.

Moses A. McIntosh, Jr. is the new National Commander of Disabled American Veterans.

Judicial

This week, the Oregon Judicial Department announced the retirement of Justice Virginia L. Linder of the Oregon Supreme Court and Chief Judge Rick Haselton of the Oregon Court of Appeals effective at the end of 2015. 

 

 

August 6, 2015

Law and Lobbying

Star attorney Billy Martin is leaving his private D.C. practice and joining the law form Miles & Stockbridge. He was tied to high-profile clients — often involved in some kind of scandal — including Michael Vick.

Jenner & Block LLP announced that private equity lawyer Alan B. Roth has joined the firm as a partner in their Chicago office. He will be part of the firm’s Corporate, Private Equity, and Mergers and Acquisitions practices.

William Zarit, the former Minister for Commercial Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, has joined The Cohen Group as a Senior Counselor based in Beijing, China.

Government Affairs

Cameron Phelps Munter, former U.S. Ambassador to Serbia and to Pakistan, officially became Chief Executive Officer of the EastWest Institute this week.

Judicial

This week, President Obama nominated seven to serve on the United States District Courts. Among those nominated were Susan Paradise Baxter for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Inga S. Bernstein for the District of Massachusetts, Gary Richard Brown for the Eastern District of New York, Robert John Colville for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Marilyn Jean Horan for the Western District of Pennsylvania, and Dax Eric Lopez for the Northern District of Georgia. 

President Obama also nominated three to the United States Court of International Trade. Among those nominated were Elizabeth J. Drake, Jennifer Choe Groves and Gary Stephen Katzmann. 

 

 

July 30, 2015

Law and Lobbying

Schiff Hardin LLP announced that partner Alphonso E. Tindall Jr. joined its public finance group from Squire Patton Boggs in New York. 

Lewis F. Murphy has joined the national Litigation Practice Group of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP as a partner in the Miami office. His practice focuses on complex multidistrict and high-stakes commercial litigation.

Jones Day announced that Paul Kuo joined the firm's Singapore office as of counsel in its capital markets practice, where he will lead the capital markets activity in Indonesia and Southeast Asia. He arrives from the Singapore office of Clifford Chance LLP, where he was counsel.

Roderick “Rick” Palmore, former head of legal teams at both General Mills and Sara Lee, has rejoined Dentons as a senior counsel in the firm’s Chicago office.

Government Affairs

John A. Biedrzycki has been elected Commander-in-Chief of Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S.

Zephyr Teachout, former Democratic Candidate for Governor in New York, is now Chief Executive Officer and Chair of Mayday PAC.

Judicial

This week, Scott L. Kafker was sworn in as Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court after being confirmed by the Governor’s Council. Kafker replaces former Chief Justice Phillip Rapoza, who retired. 

Also, Alexander F. MacKinnon was sworn in as Magistrate Judge on the United States District Court for the Central District of California. MacKinnon replaces Judge Victor B. Kenton, who retired.

 

 

July 23, 2015

Law and Lobbying

Margaret Richardson, former Chief of Staff and Counselor to Attorney General Eric H. Holder, joined Covington & Burling LLP as Of Counsel.

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP announced that Patrice P. Jean joined the firm's intellectual property practice as a partner in the firm's New York office. Jean was previously a partner at Kenyon & Kenyon LLP.

Kristi W. Richard, an associate at McGlinchey Stafford PLLC, has been honored as a graduate of the Baton Rouge Area Leadership Program Class of 2015.

Chris Porrino Rejoined Lowenstein Sandler to Co-Chair the firm’s National Litigation Practice.

Government Affairs

Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments President Andrew F. Krepinevich, Jr., who has led the organization since 1993, will be stepping down in March 2016.

Jonathan A. Greenblatt is now National Director of the Anti-Defamation League.  He has replaced Abraham H. Foxman who remains with ADL as National Director Emeritus.

Judicial

This week, President Obama nominated Leonard Terry Strand to be District Judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa. 

Also, Idaho Supreme Court Justice Jim Jones was selected by his peers to be the next Chief Justice. Jones will replace current Chief Justice Rodger Burdick, who will remain serving on the state’s highest court. 

 

 

July 16, 2015

Law and Lobbying

Pedro Ramos, partner and Co-Chair of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis, LLP’s Higher Education Practice Group, will step down from his position at the end of July to join The Philadelphia Foundation as President and CEO.

Linklaters announced the appointment of William Hague, former UK Foreign Secretary, as Chair of its newly created International Advisory Group.

Hinshaw & Culbertson Chairman Donald Mrozek is ceding his role as leader of the Chicago-based national firm to litigation partner and Vice Chair Kevin Burke.

John Ariale, founder of Ariale Strategies and former chief of staff to Rep. Ander Crenshaw, joined Becker & Poliakoff as an attorney and senior government relations consultant in its government law and lobbying practice group.

Mike Robinson, who for the last five years served as coalitions and member services director for the House Appropriations Committee, joined Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen Bingel & Thomas Inc.

Devon Seibert, most recently legislative director for Rep. David McKinley, joined Strategic Health Care as a vice president.

Gadi Dechter, former senior advisor at the White House National Economic Council and National Security Council under President Obama, joined APCO Worldwide as head of the firm’s public affairs practice.

Government Affairs

Michael McCarry, Executive Director of the Alliance for International Educational and Cultural Exchange, has announced his retirement effective at the end of this year.

Judicial

This week, President Obama nominated Darlene Michele Soltys to be an Associate Justice on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. 

 

 

July 9, 2015

Law and Lobbying

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. returned to Covington & Burling LLP as a partner. Mr. Holder held his previous position for more than six years.

Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Dewald has joined Andrews Kurth LLP as a partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice.

Cullen and Dykman LLP announced the selection of Christopher Palmer as its new managing partner, effective July 1. Palmer takes over as managing partner from Thomas J. Douglas, Jr., who served in that role since 2002, and who will remain with the firm.

Simon Davies, managing partner at Linklaters since 2008, will step down from his role at the end of the year to join Lloyds Banking Group.

Government Affairs

Marshall L. Doney, previously President and Chief Operating Officer, is now President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Automobile Association.

Judicial

This week, the Senate confirmed Kara Farnandez Stoll to be a Circuit Judge on the United States Circuit Court for the Federal Circuit. 

Also this week, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker nominated Associate Justice Scott Kafker to be Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court. If confirmed by the Governor’s Council, Kafker will replace former Chief Justice Phillip Rapoza, who retired. 

 

 

July 2, 2015

Law and Lobbying

Loeb & Loeb LLP announced that Jason R. Lilien, a former bureau chief of the New York State Attorney General's charities bureau, joined the firm’s charitable giving and tax-exempt organizations practice as a partner in New York.

Global specialist law firm Dechert LLP announced that its partners have re-elected Andrew J. Levander and Daniel O’Donnell to continue in their existing leadership roles as Chair and Chief Executive Officer, respectively. O’Donnell will serve as CEO through June 2016 and Levander will continue as Chair through June 2019. Starting July 1, 2016, Henry N. Nassau will assume the role of CEO for a four-year term. Until then, Nassau is serving as Deputy Chair for practice group management.

Thomas Munno, who has served as Dechert's New York managing partner for the past 21 years, retired from the partnership Tuesday. The firm has appointed Kathleen Massey to succeed him.  Massey’s practice focuses primarily on high-profile securities and commercial litigation matters.

Global law firm Shearman & Sterling, active in the Middle East for over 50 years, has established an on-the-ground presence in Saudi Arabia in affiliation with Abdulaziz Alassaf & Partners. They have opened three new offices in Riyadh, Jeddah, and Al-Khobar.

Dentons US LLP and McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP finalized their merger, with the new firm retaining the Dentons US LLP name. Jeff Haidet, who served as McKenna Long’s Chairman, and Peter Wolfson, previously Dentons US Chief Executive Officer, will serve as Co-Chief Executive Officers of the combined firm. Mike McNamara will continue in his role as Managing Partner of Dentons US, while Mark Flanagan, previously McKenna Long’s Managing Partner, will serve as US Integration Partner.

Erik Jones, previously senior attorney and adviser to State Attorney General Lisa Madigan, joined Venable LLP as a partner in the firm’s Washington, DC Office.

Judicial

This week, in a historic decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that the Constitution’s guarantee of due process and equal protection under the law means that states cannot ban same-sex marriages. As a result, gay marriage will become legal in all 50 states. Justice Kennedy, writing on behalf of SCOTUS, said the hope of gay people wanting to marry “is not to be contended to live in the loneliness, excluded from one of civilizations oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”

Also, Judge Sara Doyle was sworn in as the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeal of Georgia. Doyle succeeds current Chief Judge Herbert Phipps.  

 

  

June 25, 2015

Law and Lobbying

Kristine Blackwood, former deputy director for congressional oversight and investigations at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, joined Squire Patton Boggs as a partner in the healthcare public policy practice.

Rod Hall, former assistant administrator for government affairs at the Federal Aviation Administration, joined K&L Gates as a government affairs advisor. Mr. Hall previously served as deputy chief of staff for Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson.

Steven Agnoli was hired by Reed Smith LLP as its new Chief Information Officer. Mr. Agnoli was previously Chief Information Officer at K&L Gates LLP.

Michael Kreps, formerly of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, re-joined Groom Law Group as a Principal.

Former judge and congressman Charlie Gonzalez has joined Ogletree Deakins in the firm’s San Antonio office.

Robert Bell, previously a partner at Kay Scholer LLP, has joined Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP’s antitrust and competition practice as a partner in Washington.

Wilson Sonsini & Rosati announced that Lydia Beebe, who served as corporate secretary and chief governance officer of Chevron Corporation for 20 years and was the first woman officer at the company, has joined the firm as Senior Of Counsel.

Government Affairs

Cameron Phelps Munter, former U.S. Ambassador to Serbia and Pakistan, has been named Chief Executive Officer of the EastWest Institute effective August 1, 2015.

Judicial

Thursday, the Supreme Court held in a 6 – 3 decision that the Affordable Care Act authorized federal tax credits for eligible Americans living in states with their own exchanges but also in the 34 states with federal exchanges. Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion, stating “Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them.” This is now the second time SCOTUS has saved the law. 

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper appointed Richard L. Gabriel to serve on the Colorado Supreme Court. Gabriel, currently serving on the Court of Appeals, will succeed retiring Justice Gregory J. Hobbs Jr. effective September 1, 2015. 

Delaware Court of Chancery Vice Chancellor Donald Parsons informed Governor Jack Markell that he will not seek a second 12-year term and will retire effective October 22, 2015. 

 

 

June 18, 2015

Law and Lobbying

Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP announced that Scott J. Fisher will succeed Jerry H. Biederman as Managing Partner of the firm. The leadership change will take effect from January 1, 2016.

Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP opened a new office in Chicago, IL. The office is the firm’s eighth physical location, and will be managed by partner Steven E. Feldman.

Amanda Smith, who served for six years as the executive director of the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, has joined Holland & Hart LLP as Of Counsel.

Jason Scism, previously of Bockorny Group, and Larry Brady, who most recently worked as majority staff director of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform under Rep. Darrell Issa, launched Bridge Street Group.

Kit Bond Strategies has brought on former Missouri GOP Rep. Kenny Hulshof to serve as vice chairman and partner. Hulshof most recently served as vice chair of Polsinelli’s public policy practice.

Government Affairs

Former U.S. Representative James “Jim” Gerlach has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of the Business Industry Political Action Committee effective June 22, 2015.  He will replace Gregory S. “Greg” Casey who had previously announced his departure effective at the end of this month and who has held the position since 1999.

Judicial

This week, President Obama nominated Brian R. Martinotti to be District Judge for the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. Also nominated as Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. to be District Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska. 

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant appointed Jack Wilson to be Judge on the Mississippi Court of Appeals. Wilson will replace Judge Larry Roberts, who is leaving in June. 

 

 

 

June 11, 2015

Law and Lobbying

Thomas L. Weisenbeck, former Assignment Judge for the Morris/Sussex Vicinage of the Superior Court, joined Amery & Ross, P.C. as Of counsel. He will focus on mediation, arbitration, and special master services, as well as providing litigation counsel to the firm's clients.

Government Affairs

Tensie Whelan will be stepping down as President of the Rainforest Alliance before the end of January 2016.  She is expected to remain in this position until a successor has been named.

Christopher Shelton is the new President of the Communication Workers of America.  He replaces Larry Cohen.  Also, Sara Steffens has replaced Annie Hill as Secretary-Treasurer.

Judicial

This week, Wyoming Governor Matt Mead announced his appointment of District Judge Keith Kautz to the Wyoming Supreme Court. Kautz will replace Justice Marilyn Kite, who will retire in August. 

Florida First District Court of Appeal announced Judge L. Clayton Roberts will become Chief Judge effective July 1, 2015 

 

 

June 4, 2105

Law and Lobbying

Hayden Rogers, former chief of staff to Sen. Joe Manchin, joined Bockorny Group as a Managing Director. Previously, Mr. Rogers served for more than five years as chief of staff to former Rep. Heath Shuler.

Former U.S. Ambassador James Smith joined C&M International, Ltd. as President. He previously served as U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia from 2009 to 2013.

Government Affairs

Kevin Hagan, previously President and Chief Executive Officer of Feed The Children, has assumed his position as Chief Executive Officer of the American Diabetes Association.

Donna E. Shalala, previously President of the University of Miami, has assumed her position as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.

Judicial

The Wisconsin Supreme Court appointed former Director of State Courts J. Denis Moran to serve as Interim Director of State Courts. His appointment will be effective June 4, 2015. 

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper announced the appointment of Elizabeth Harris to serve as Judge on the Colorado Court of Appeals. Harris will replace Judge James S. Casebolt effective July 1, 2015. 

 

  

May 28, 2015

Law and Lobbying

Dentons hired former U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich as a Senior Advisor in its Public Policy and Regulation practice.

Government Affairs

Public Campaign has changed its name to Every Voice Center.

Judicial

This week, President Obama nominated Edward L. Stanton III to be District Judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. 

The Senate confirmed Jill N. Parrish to be District Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Utah. Also confirmed was Jose Rolando Olvera to be District Judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

 

 

May 21, 2015

Law and Lobbying

Elliott Greenleaf welcomed David F. Simon as Senior Shareholder and Co-Chairman of the firm’s Executive Committee.

Alan Wolper was named co-chair of Ulmer & Berne's Financial Services & Securities Litigation Practice Group. 

Schiff Hardin appointed Christine A. McGuinness as the leader of the firm’s national Real Estate Group.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall W. Jackson joined Boies, Schiller & Flexner’s Global Investigations and White Collar Defense practice.

Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP hired Craig A. Newman as a partner in its Litigation Department.  He will also lead the firm’s Privacy and Data Security Practice Group, and be a member of its Structured Finance Litigation Practice Group.

Daniel Addison joined Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP as a partner in its federal government affairs and public policy practice. Mr. Addison joins from Squire Patton Boggs and previously served in senior-level positions in both the Reagan and first Bush administrations.

 Cohen & Grigsby, P.C. named Christopher Carson, Chair of the firm’s Strategic Talent Management Initiative, as the firm’s next Chief Executive Officer with effect from January 1, 2016. He replaces Jack Elliott, who has served as President and CEO for over 13 years.

Judicial

This week, Patience Roggensack presided as Chief Justice over the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Roggensack was elected by her colleagues to replace longtime Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson. Wisconsin voters last month approved a constitutional amendment allowing the justices to vote on who should serve as chief and picked Roggensack to replace Abrahamson. Abrahamson has argued that she can’t be removed as Chief Justice until her term ends in 2019 and has filed a federal lawsuit in order to remain as Chief Justice. Last week, a federal judge denied her attempt to block implementation of the amendment while the case unfolds. A trial is expected later this summer. 

 

 

May 14, 2015

Law and Lobbying

Allen Matkins hired Ralph Allen as its new Chief Operating Officer. Ralph is based in the firm's Irvine office and will oversee all of the firm's operational functions. He succeeds Michael Palmer who retired after 10 years with the firm.

Buchalter Nemer opened its fifth office in St. Helena/Napa Valley.

Hirschler Fleischer formed a Data Privacy and Security Practice which is led by Collin J. Hite, Jacqueline C. Hedblom and Angela R. Matney.

Kathryn Hickner joined Jennifer Lawry Adams as co-chair of Ulmer & Berne's Health Care Practice Group.

Hans Klingler, former chief of staff to Rep. Michael McCaul, joined Levick Strategic Communications as a Senior Vice President. Before starting as Rep. McCaul’s chief of staff in 2013, Mr. Klinger worked as former Rep. Connie Mack’s chief of staff from 2010-2011.

Michael P. Kiskinis joined Sullivan & Worcester LLP as Chief Operating Officer, working out of the firm’s Boston office. He was previously COO of Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP, which merged with Locke Lord LLP at the beginning of the year.

Government Affairs

Former Senator and Defense Secretary Charles Timothy “Chuck” Hagel has returned to the Atlantic Council as a Distinguished Statesman and member of its International Advisory Board.  Hagel had previously been Chairman of the organization’s Board of Directors.

Judicial

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker appointed Rebecca Bradley to be Judge on the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, District One. Bradley fills the vacancy created by Judge Ralph Adam Fine, who passed away. 

 

 

May 7, 2015

Law and Lobbying

Gordon & Rees opened an office in Boston, Massachusetts. The office is led by partner John J. Robinson.   

Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker P.A. elected ten of its lawyers to serve as the firm’s 2015 Board of Directors. 

Mark W. Ryan rejoined Mayer Brown as a partner in Washington. D.C. where he will lead the global Antitrust & Competition practice.  He was the first Director of Litigation at the US Department of Justice Antitrust Division. 

Matthew J. Gardner joined Wiley Rein LLP’s as Of Counsel in the firm’s Cybersecurity and White Collar Defense & Government Investigations practice. Gardner was a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. He worked in the Cybercrime Unit as a federal prosecutor in both the Eastern District of Virginia and the Southern District of California, tried over 20 federal felony jury trials, and served as lead prosecutor on dozens of investigations involving computer crimes and cybersecurity issues. 

Josh Finestone joined Navigators Global as Vice President of Legislative Affairs.  Finestone worked for members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, and most recently served as legislative assistant for U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV).  

Jones Day formed a Cybersecurity, Privacy & Data Protection Practice.  The practice is led by Daniel J. McLoon.

Robins Kaplan LLP named Roman Silberfeld to the newly created position of National Trial Chair.  Silberfeld served as Managing Partner of the firm’s Los Angeles office, and will be succeeded in that role by partner Michael Geibelson.

Scott Kamholz, former Administrative Patent Judge of the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board, rejoined Foley Hoag LLP as partner and co-chair of the firm’s Patent Post Grant Proceedings Practice. Mr. Kamholz previously practiced at the firm for more than a decade before being appointed to the Patent Trail and Appeal Board in 2012.

Former president of CapSouth Consulting, Christopher Barron, joined McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies LLC (MHGS) as Director of Communications Practice. For the prior two years, Mr. Barron served as a consultant to MHGS.

Judicial

This week, President Obama nominated Elizabeth Ann Copeland to be Judge for the United States Tax Court. 

Maine Governor Paul LePage announced his appointment of Thomas E. Humphrey to be Associate Judge for the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. Humphrey succeeds Warren M. Silver, who resigned. 

 

 

April 30, 2015

Law and Lobbying

Fox Rothschild opened a Chicago office.  Donna B. More will serve as office managing partner.

Adams and Reese LLP named Guilford Thornton, Jr. as its new Managing Partner. He succeeds Charles Adams, Jr., who held the position since 2001. 

Cozen O’Connor and Chicago-based Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson LLP (MBT) announced their respective partners have agreed to a combination of 60 attorneys from MBT with Cozen O'Connor. It is anticipated that MBT’s attorneys will join Cozen O'Connor effective June 1, 2015.

Alan Cohn, who formerly served in senior positions at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, joined Steptoe & Johnson LLP as Of Counsel. Mr. Cohn will be based in Washington, D.C. and focus his practice on national and homeland security.

Government Affairs

Nancy Keenan, formerly President of NARAL Pro-Choice America (2004-2013), is now the Executive Director of the Montana Democratic Party.

Judicial

This week, Virginia Supreme Court Justice LeRoy Millette Jr. plans to retire effective July 31, 2015. With the Virginia General Assembly out of session, Governor Terry McAuliffe will make an appointment to fill the vacancy upon the Justice’s retirement

 

 

 

April 23, 2015

Law and Lobbying

Eytan J. Fisch, formerly assistant director for policy at the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Foreign Assets Control, joined Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP as a counsel. Mr. Fisch will work in the firm’s financial institutions regulation and enforcement group.

Squire Patton Boggs hired David Hoppe, former chief of staff to former Sen. Jon Kyl, as a senior policy adviser. 

Mark Brunner, former senior adviser to Sen. Mark Warner, has joined the Cohen Group as vice president. Prior to working for Senator Warner, Mark served for 20 years in the Navy, retiring in 2009 at the rank of Commander. Additionally, Tom West, former Director for Afghanistan and Pakistan on the National Security Council, joined the firm as an associate vice president. 

Capitol Hill Consulting Group hired former Rep. Steve Southerland as a senior vice president. Mr. Southerland served on the Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Transportation and Infrastructure Committees during his four-year tenure. 

Former Sen. Mark Begich joined Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck as a strategic adviser. He will join the firm’s government relations department and will work out of its Washington, D.C. office.

Porter Goss, former CIA director and congressman, joined Dickstein Shapiro LLP as a senior adviser in its public policy and political law practice. Mr. Goss represented Southwest Florida for 16 years.

Government Affairs

Andrew McElwaine has announced he is stepping down as President and Chief Executive Officer of American Farmland Trust effective at the end of April 2015.  Former American Farmland Trust President Ralph Grossi will replace McElwaine on an interim basis at that time. 

Judicial 

This week, the Senate confirmed Alfred H. Bennett to be District Judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. 

President Obama nominated Wilhelmina Wright to be District Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. 

 

 

April 16, 2015

Law and Lobbying

A merger between Dentons US LLP and McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP has been approved by both firms. The merged firm will be led by Co-Chief Executive Officers Jeff Haidet, the Chairman of McKenna Long, and Peter Wolfson, the CEO of Dentons US. Mike McNamara, who currently serves as Managing Partner of Dentons US, will be the Managing Partner of the merged firm. Leadership in the firm's other regions will remain unchanged. The merger is projected to be completed "later in 2015," according to the firms.

Stratton Edwards, former legislative counsel for Rep. Tom Cole, joined Capitol Hill Consulting Group. Mr. Edwards took on Oklahoma State University as his first client at the lobbying firm.

Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP hired Michael Pl. Motyka as executive director.   Motyka succeeds Steven D. Wingert, who has held the position since 2006.

Ashurst appointed Sarah Morton-Ramwell as global pro bono partner.  She will be based in the firm’s Sydney office.

Judicial

This week, the Senate confirmed Alfred H. Bennett to be District Judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. 

President Obama nominated Wilhelmina Wright to be District Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota.