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September 21, 2017

Law and Lobbying
 
Kutak Rock LLP announced a change in the firm’s leadership: Dave Amsden, managing partner of the firm’s Atlanta office, has been chosen to serve as Vice Chair of the firm, while Jay Selanders, managing partner of the firm’s Kansas City office, has been chosen to serve as Chair of the firm. Mr. Selanders succeeds David Jacobson, who steps down after 21 years.
 
Jenner & Block announced that Michael T. Wolf, formerly corporate vice president and global chief counsel for corporate at Aon plc, has rejoined the firm as a partner in its Chicago, IL office. 
 

Judicial 

This week, South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard appointed Steven R. Jensen to be Justice on the South Dakota Supreme Court. Judge Jensen replaces former Justice Lori Wilbur, who retired.
 
The United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas announced Lee Ann Reno has been named magistrate judge. Judge Reno will replace current magistrate judge Clinton E. Averitt effective October 1, 2017. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 14, 2017

Law and Lobbying
 
Jenner & Block announced that Sam Hirsch, former Assistant Attorney General and principal deputy at the US Department of Justice's Environment and Natural Resources Division, has rejoined the firm as a partner in the Washington, DC office.
 
Chan Park, previously with the Senate Judiciary Committee serving as general counsel to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, joined Monument Policy Group, LLC as a principal. Before working with Sen. Feinstein, she was general counsel to Sen. Patrick Leahy.
 
Ambassador Stuart E. Jones, most recently with the State Department serving as Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, joined The Cohen Group as a Vice President. Ambassador Jones will be leading the firm’s Middle East practice, working with clients throughout that region.
 

Judicial 

This week, President Trump nominated three to serve on the United States Court of Appeals. Those nominated were Ryan Bounds to serve as Circuit Judge on the Ninth Circuit, Elizabeth L. Branch to serves as Circuit Judge on the Eleventh Circuit and Gregory Katsas to serve as Circuit Judge on the District of Columbia Circuit.
 
President Trump nominated 13 to serve on United States District Courts. Those nominated were R. Stan Baker to serve as District Judge for the Southern District of Georgia, Jeffrey Uhlman Beaverstock to serve as District Judge for the Southern District of Alabama, John Broomes to serve as District Judge for the District of Kansas, Walter David Counts to serve as District Judge for the Western District of Texas, Rebecca Grady Jennings to serve as District Judge for the Western District of Kentucky, Matthew Kacsmaryk to serve as District Judge for the Northern District of Texas, Emily Coody Marks to serve as District Judge for the Middle District of Alabama, Jeff Mateer to serve as District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas, Terry Moorer to serve as District Judge for the Southern District of Alabama, Matthew Petersen to serve as District Judge on the District of Columbia, Fernando Rodriguez Jr. to serve as District Judge for the Southern District of Texas, Karen Gren Scholer to serve as District Judge for the Northern District of Texas and Brett Joseph Talley to serve as District Judge for the Middle District of Alabama. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 7, 2017

Law and Lobbying
 
Edith Ramirez, former Chairwoman of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission(FTC), joined Hogan Lovells as partner and co-head of the firm’s Antitrust and Competition practice. She will be based in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles. Joining the FTC as a Commissioner in April 2010 and serving as Chairwoman from March 2013 to January 2017, Ms. Ramirez focused on promoting competition in the technology and healthcare sectors, and safeguarding consumer privacy and data security.
 

Judicial 

The United States Senate confirmed Timothy J. Kelly to be District Judge on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
 
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant appointed David M. Ishee to be Associate Justice on the Mississippi Supreme Court. Judge Ishee will replace current Associate Justice Jess H. Dickinson effective September 18, 2017. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 31, 2017

Law and Lobbying
 
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati announced that Beth George, former deputy general counsel at the Defense Department in the Obama administration, has joined the firm as Of Counsel. She will be based in the San Francisco, CA office.
 
Steven M. Wernikoff, the former enforcement director for the Federal Trade Commission’s Office of Technology Research and Investigation, joined Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP as a partner in the firm’s Chicago, IL office. He will be Co-Leading the Data Security and Privacy Litigation; and Autonomous Vehicle practice groups. Before joining the firm, Mr. Wernikoff spent a total of 17 years at the Federal Trade Commission.
 

Judicial 

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York appointed its first South Asian-American magistrate judge, Sanket Bulsara, this week. Bulsara is also the first South Asian-American to serve as judge within the Second Circuit.
 
Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter appointed G. Richard Bevan to be Justice on the Idaho Supreme Court. Bevan replaces Justice Daniel Eismann, who is retiring. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 24, 2017

Law and Lobbying
 
Stark & Stark announced that Denise Mariani has been named chair of the firm’s Nursing Home Litigation Group. Prior to joining Stark & Stark, Mariani served as a judicial law clerk to The Honorable Paul T. Koenig and The Honorable Linda R. Feinberg of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division-Family Part.
 
Maya Uppaluru, most recently a member of the health care team at the U.S. Digital Service, joined Crowell & Moring LLP as an associate in the firm’s digital health team. Previously in her career, Ms. Uppaluru was an advisor to the White House Chief Technology Officer and an FCC attorney.
 

Judicial 

This week, Associate Justice Geraldine Hines retired from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Associate Justice Hines was the first African American woman to serve on Massachusetts’ highest level court. In June, Governor Charlie Baker nominated Scott Kafker as her replacement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 17, 2017

Law and Lobbying
 
Former U.S. Representative J. Randy Forbes joined Greenberg Traurig LLP as a Senior Director in the firm’s Washington, D.C. Office. He will be working with the Government Law & Policy practice’s Federal team. Mr. Forbes served as U.S. Representative for Virginia’s 4th District from 2001 to 2017 and was a member of the Virginia Senate from 1998 to 2001.
 

Judicial 

Judge Leslie B. Rothenberg was appointed Chief Judge of the Florida Court of Appeal, Third District. Judge Rothenberg replaces former Chief Judge Richard Suarez, who will remain on the bench. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 10, 2017

Law and Lobbying
 
Jeffrey L.  Papa, formerly chief of staff and chief legal counsel for the Indiana Senate, has rejoined Barnes & Thornburg LLP in the firm’s Immigration and Global Mobility Services and Labor and Employment Law practices. 
 

Judicial 

President Trump nominated two to the United States Courts of Appeals. Those nominated were Leonard Steven Grasz to be Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and Michael B. Brennan to be Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. The President also nominated Patrick J. Urda and Elizabeth Ann Copeland to be Judges on the United States Tax Court.
 
President Trump nominated six to be District Judges on United States District Courts. Those nominated include Donald C. Coggins Jr. to be District Judge for the District of South Carolina, Terry A. Doughty to be District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana, Michael Joseph Juneau to be District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana, A. Marvin Quattlebaum Jr. to be District Judge for the District of South Carolina, Holly Lou Teeter to be District Judge for the District of Kansas and Robert Earl Wier to be District Judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 3, 2017

Law and Lobbying
 
Thompson & Knight announced that as of August 14, 2017, the firm’s Houston, TX location is moving to the BG Group Place at 811 Main Street, Suite 2500. 
 

Judicial 

The United States Senate confirmed Kevin C. Newsom to be Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
 
U.S. District Judge Lawrence Stengel was named Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Stengel replaces former Chief Judge Petrese Tucker, who will remain on the bench. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 27, 2017

Law and Lobbying
 
David Horowitz, former deputy general counsel at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), joined Hogan Lovells as a partner in the firm’s Washington, DC office. Prior to joining HHS in 2010, Mr. Horowitz spent five years at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as head of the Office of Compliance for drugs and three years as Assistant Commissioner for Compliance Policy.
 
Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP announced that Robert E. Thackston has been elected chairman of the firm’s executive committee.
 

Judicial 

The United States Senate confirmed John K. Bush to be Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
 
North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum appointed Jon Jensen to be Justice on the North Dakota Supreme Court. Jensen replaces Justice Carol Kapsner, who will retire at the end of July.
 
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey appointed Karl Eppich to be Judge on the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division Two. Eppich replaces Judge Joseph Howard, who retired. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 20, 2017

Law and Lobbying
 
Larissa Martinez, previously a member of President Trump’s transition team, joined government relations firm Invariant. While working on President Trump’s transition team, she focused on advancing communications and third-party outreach in support of Trump’s cabinet nominations. Previously in her career, she served as executive director and senior advisor to Senator Deb Fischer.
 
Blank Rome LLP announced that Andrea J. Markstrom, formerly with Faegre Baker Daniels LLP where she led technology infrastructure and support operations, has joined the firm’s New York, NY office as Chief Information Officer. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

July 13, 2017

Law and Lobbying
 
Crowell & Moring LLP announced that Ambassador Robert W. Holleyman II, former Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, joined C&M International, the firm’s international policy and regulatory affairs affiliate, as its new President and CEO. Mr. Holleyman will also work with Crowell & Moring as a partner in the firm’s International Trade Group. He served as Deputy U.S. Trade Representative from 2014 to 2017, leading U.S. trade and investment relations Asia and global trade policy for services, investment, intellectual property, and innovation.
 
Allen & Overy announced that Vince Neicho, previously Litigation Support Senior Manager for the firm, has left to join Integreon as an expert legal solutions consultant.
 

Judicial 

The United States Senate confirmed David C. Nye to be District Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Idaho. The confirmation of Judge Nye fills the two person bench on the court. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 6, 2017

Law and Lobbying
 
Joel Leftwich, former majority staff director for the Senate Agriculture Committee, will be joining The Glover Park Group as a Managing Director in the firm’s government relations practice. He will also be a part of the firm’s food and agriculture practice, providing strategic and policy counsel to clients.
 
Hoge Fenton announced that Lloyd A. Schmidt, formerly a shareholder at Hopkins & Carley, has joined the firm as counsel.
 

Judicial 

The Missouri Supreme Court named Judge Zel Fischer as Chief Justice. Fischer succeeds Judge Patricia Breckenridge, who will remain on the court. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 29, 2017

Law and Lobbying
 
Dentons announced that Beth Wilson, former Greater Toronto Area Managing Partner at KPMG LLP, has been selected as the firm’s next Canada CEO effective July 1, 2017. She will also become a member of the Dentons Global Management Committee and Global Board upon assuming the position. Chris Pinnington, currently CEO and Chair of Dentons Canada, will step down as CEO after nearly eight years in the role and will continue to serve as Chair.
 
Jenner & Block announced that Emily Petrovic Li has joined the firm’s Chicago office as a partner in the Private Wealth Practice. 
 

Judicial 

The New Hampshire Executive Council confirmed Anna Barbara “Bobbie” Hantz Marconi to the New Hampshire Supreme Court. Hantz replaces retiring Justice Carol Ann Conboy.
 
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker nominated Massachusetts Appeals Court Chief Justice Scott Kafker to be Justice on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. If confirmed, Kafker will replace retiring Associate Justice Geraldine Hines. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 22, 2017

Law and Lobbying
 
Philip L. Verveer, former Senior Counselor to the Chairman of the FCC during the Obama administration from 2013 to 2017, joined Venable LLP as a Senior Counsel in the firm’s Washington, DC office. Before his most recent role, Mr. Verveer also served in the Obama administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy from 2009 to 2013. Also joining Venable LLP is Michael Blume, former head of the DOJ’s consumer protection branch. Mr. Blume will be based in the firm’s New York, NY and will serve as a Partner in their Regulatory Group.
 
Kathy Keneally, formerly an attorney at DLA Piper and led the Justice Department’s tax division, has joined Jones Day as a partner in the firm’s tax practice. She will be based out of the firm’s New York office.
 

Judicial 

President Donald Trump officially nominated Stephanos Bibas to be Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 15, 2017

Law and Lobbying
 
Polsinelli PC announced that F. Chase Simmons, current Chair of the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group, was named Vice Chair and Chair-Elect of the firm. Mr. Simmons, who has been with the firm for his entire 20-year legal career, will be taking over for current Chairman Russ Welsh on January 1, 2019. Mr. Welsh has served as Chairman since 1998 and will work closely with Mr. Simmons to ensure a smooth transition.
 
Haynes and Boone CDG, LLP announced that they have launched a new corporate practice in London. Tom Ferns, previously a partner at Rosenblatt, will head the practice.
 

Judicial 

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb appointed Christopher Goff to the Indiana Supreme Court. Goff replaces former Justice Robert Rucker, who retired in May. The appointment completes the bench for the five-member court. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

June 1, 2017

Law and Lobbying
 
Tom Nagle, previously director of U.S. government relations for Accenture plc, joined Public Strategies Washington, Inc. as a principal. Earlier in his career, he was chief of staff to Sen. Tom Udall for 12 years.
 
Jones Day announced that Samir C. Jain joined the firm's Washington, DC office as a partner in its Cybersecurity, Privacy & Data Protection practice.
 

Judicial 

The United States Senate confirmed Amul R. Thapar to be Circuit Judge for the United States Circuit Court for the Sixth Circuit.
 
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey appointed William R. Sellers to be Associate Justice on the Alabama Supreme Court. Sellers fills the seat previously held by Chief Justice Lyn Stuart.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 25, 2017

Law and Lobbying
 
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett announced that David Blass, a former associate general counsel at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, joined the firm as a partner in its Washington, DC office.
 
Loeb & Loeb LLP announced that Mitchell Nussbaum, former Managing Partner of the firm’s New York, NY office, has been promoted to Vice Chair of the firm. Laurie Ruckel will now head the firm’s New York, NY office.
Polsinelli PC announced that F. Chase Simmons has been nominated as the new Vice Chair and Chair-Elect of the firm. The nomination is expected to be confirmed by the firm’s shareholders on June 8, 2017. Mr. Simmons would begin his tenure as Chairman of the firm on January 1, 2019, taking over for the firm’s current Chairman and CEO, Russ Welsh, who will have served in the position for over two decades.
 

Judicial 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed nine to be Associate Justices on the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division. Those appointed include Cynthia S. Kern, Peter H. Moulton, Jeffrey K. Oing and Anil C. Singh to the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Department; Linda J. Christopher and Angela Iannacci to the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department; Stanley K. Pritzker and Philip R. Rumsey to the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department; and Joanne M. Winslow to the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Department.
 
In addition, Governor Cuomo appointed Rolando Acosta to be Presiding Justice for the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department

 

 

 

 

 

May 18, 2017

Law and Lobbying
 
Brent Wible, former Senior Counsel and Special Assistant to President Barack Obama, joined Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP as Counsel in the firm’s U.S. Litigation and Global Investigations practice group.
 
Kia Scipio joined Fish & Richardson as Diversity & Inclusion Manager. She will be based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.
 
The Rotunda Group, LLC announced that Mike Biagi, Executive Director of the Republican Party of Kentucky since 2015, will be joining the firm as a partner in June. Under Mr. Biagi’s leadership, Kentucky Republicans gained 17 seats in the State House, filling a majority for the first time in 95 years.
 

Judicial 

Chief Judge Jerome B. Simandle of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey announced he will assume “senior status”. District Judge Jose L. Linares will succeed Judge Simandle and become the first Hispanic chief federal judge in New Jersey. The change is effective June 1, 2017.
 
Delaware Governor John Carney nominated Gary F. Traynor to be Justice on the Delaware Supreme Court. If confirmed, Traynor would replace former Justice Randy J. Holland, who retired. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 11, 2017

Law and Lobbying
 
Jones Day announced that Andrew M. Luger, former United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota, has joined the firm's Minneapolis, MN office as a partner in its Investigations & White Collar Defense practice.
 
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati announced that Randy J. Holland, former Delaware Supreme Court Justice, is joining the firm as Senior Of Counsel in the Wilmington, DE office.
 
Brian McGuire, most recently chief of staff to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, will be joining Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP as a policy director on June 12th. He’ll be working with the firm’s Government Relations Department in the Washington, D.C. office. Previously in his career, Mr. McGuire served as Sen. McConnell’s chief speechwriter and deputy communications director for eight years.
 

Judicial 

President Trump nominated John K. Bush and Joan L. Larsen to be Circuit Judges on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. President Trump also nominated Amy Cohen Barrett to serve as Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; Kevin C. Newsom to serve as Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; David C. Stras to serve as Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit; and Damien M. Schiff to serve as Judge on the United States Court of Federal Claims.
 
President Trump nominated two to be District Judges. The nominees include David C. Nye to be District Judge on the United States District Court for the District of Iowa and Scott L. Palk to be District Judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma.
 
President Trump announced his intent to nominate Dabney L. Friedrich to be District Judge on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and Terry F. Moorer to be District Judge for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama.
 
Florida Governor Rick Scott appointed State Representative Eric Eisnaugle to be Judge on the Florida Court of Appeals, Fifth District. Eisnaugle replaces former Judge C. Alan Lawson, who was elevated to the Florida Supreme Court.
 
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy nominated Nina F. Elgo and Maria Araujo Kahn to the Connecticut Appeals Court. If confirmed by the state legislature, female jurists will hold the majority of seats on the court. 

 

 

 

 

 

May 4, 2017

Judicial
 
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan appointed Patrick L. Woodward to be Chief Judge of the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland.  Judge Woodward has served on the court since 2005 and the appointment is effective May 6, 2017.
 
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey appointed Lyn Stuart as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. Justice Stuart had been serving as acting Chief Judge and was officially appointed to the position after the resignation of former Chief Justice Roy Moore, who resigned to run for U.S. Congress. 

 

 

 

 

 

April 27, 2017

Law and Lobbying
 
Rivkin Radler LLP announced that Jeffrey P. Rust, formerly a partner at Farrell Fritz, has joined the firm as a partner in the Health Services and Corporate practice groups.
 
Marty Paone, previously President Obama’s Senate Liaison and Deputy Assistant for Legislative Affairs, rejoined Prime Policy Group as a Senior Advisor. During his previous tenure at the firm, he served as Executive Vice President.
 

Judicial 

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey appointed Associate Justice Lyn Stuart as the next Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. Justice Stuart had been serving Acting Chief Justice since 2016 and was appointed as the next Chief Justice after suspended former Chief Justice Roy Moore resigned to run for United States Congress.
 
Missouri Governor Eric Greitens appointed Brent Powell to the Missouri Supreme Court. Powell replaces former Judge Richard Teitelman, who passed away.
 
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper appointed John Arrowood to the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Arrowood replaces former Judge Douglas McCullough, who resigned.

 

 

 

 

 

April 20, 2017

Law and Lobbying
 
Ballard Partners, Inc. hired former Rep. Robert Wexler. Prior to joining the firm, he spent 13 years in Congress before resigning to become president of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace, a position he’ll continue to maintain while working at Ballard.
 
Todd Novascone, previously the chief of staff to Sen. Jerry Moran, joined Ogilvy Government Relations as a principal. He served as a Kansas state representative from 2000 until 2005, when he began working under Sen. Moran, who was then a congressman.
 
Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, LLP announced that Alexander J. Hadjis has joined the firm as a partner in the Litigation and PTAB Trial practices. 
 

Judicial 

This week, Derrick Chan was sworn in to the Intermediate Court of Appeals of Hawaii. Chan replaces former Judge Daniel Foley, who retired.

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton appointed James B. Florey to be Judge on the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Judge Florey will replace current Judge Lawrence Stauber, who is retiring at the end of May.  
 

 

 

 

 

April 13, 2017

Law and Lobbying
 
Mark Feierstein, formerly special advisor to President Obama on Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada, joined CLS Strategies as a senior advisor. Before serving the Obama Administration, he was a principal at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, a global opinion research and consulting firm, for 11 years.
 
Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP announced that Leslie S. Johnson has been named Partner-in-Charge of the firm’s Columbus, OH office.
 

Judicial 

On April 7, 2017, the United States Senate confirmed Neil M. Gorsuch as Associate Justice for the Supreme Court of the United States. Associate Justice Gorsuch was sworn in on Monday, April 10, 2017. The Supreme Court of the United States is now back to operating with all nine seats on the bench filled for the first time since February of 2016. 

 

 

 

 

 

April 6, 2017

Law and Lobbying
 
Matt Paul, most recently Chief of Staff for Sen. Tim Kaine during Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, joined Cornerstone Government Affairs, LLC as Vice President of Strategic Communications. Mr. Paul also worked as Clinton’s Iowa State Director during the caucuses.
 
Pete Landrum, who was senior adviser to former Sen. Jeff Sessions for a decade, joined BGR Government Affairs, LLC as Vice President. Mr. Landrum will work in the firm’s International and Defense practice, focusing on its homeland security, shipbuilding, and aerospace clients.
 

Judicial 

Oregon Governor Kate Brown appointed Meagan A. Flynn to be Justice on the Oregon Supreme Court. Flynn had served on the Oregon Court of Appeals since 2014 and replaced Justice Richard C. Baldwin, who retired. 

 

 

 

 

 

March 30, 2017

Law and Lobbying
 
Liz Allen, previously White House Deputy Communications Director and Deputy Assistant to President Obama, joined the Glover Park Group as Senior Vice President in the firm’s strategic communications office. In her career serving the Obama administration, she also worked at the office of Vice President Biden and at the U.S. Department of State.
 
Jeff Cardwell, former Indiana Republican Party chairman, joined Sextons Creek as a Senior Vice President. The firm was founded by Vice President Mike Pence, who Mr. Cardwell served under as an aide before being picked to head the state Republican Party in 2015.
 
Jenner & Block announced that the firm has established a new Aviation and Aerospace practice group. Partners Thomas Newton Bolling, former United Airlines vice president and deputy general counsel, Marc L. Warren, previously the chair of Crowell & Moring's Aviation Group, and Abby L. Bried, former United Airlines Associate General Counsel, will serve as co-chairs.
 

Judicial 

Vermont Governor Phil Scott announced the appointment of Karen Carroll to the Vermont Supreme Court. Carroll will replace Justice John Dooley, who will retire effective March 31, 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

March 23, 2017

Law and Lobbying
 
Harold Hancock, previously tax counsel to the Ways and Means Committee for over six years, joined McGuireWoods LLP as a partner in the firm’s Washington, DC office. Mr. Hancock’s practice focuses on several areas of tax law, including tax accounting, tax-exempt organizations, and estate taxes.
 
Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP announced that Morgan Ribeiro, formerly Executive Director of the firm’s healthcare department, has been promoted to Chief Business Development Officer.
 

Judicial 

President Trump nominated Amul R. Thapar to be Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
 
The U.S. Senate confirmed Danny C. Reeves and Charles R. Breyer to be members of the United States Sentencing Commission.
 
Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigby was sworn in as the Chief Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. Blackburne-Rigsby replaces former Chief Judge Eric Washington. 

 

 

 

 

 

March 16, 2017

Law and Lobbying
 
Jordan Blumenthal joined Becker & Poliakoff, P.A. as an attorney and government relations consultant in the firm’s government law and lobbying practice. He will be based in the firm’s Washington, DC office. Previously, he was senior legislative assistant and counsel to former Rep. Patrick Murphy.
 
Former Congressman Charles Boustany, Jr. M.D., joined Capitol Counsel LLC as a partner in the firm’s Washington, DC Office. During his 12 years in Congress, he served on the House Ways and Means Committee and was Chariman of the Subcommittee on Tax Policy.
 
Downey Brand announced that William R. Warne has been named the firm’s new Chair. He will be replacing San O. Van Vleck, who held the position since 2014.
 

Judicial 

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin appointed Robert G. Johnson to the Kentucky Court of Appeals. Johnson fills the seat that was vacated due to the election of Laurance VanMeter to the Kentucky Supreme Court. He will serve until the position is filled through the November 2018 midterm election.
 
Utah Supreme Court Chief Justice Matthew Durrant appointed Richard H. Schwermer to be State Court Administrator for the Utah State Courts. Schwermer will replace current State Court Administrator Daniel J. Becker effective May 1, 2017. 

 

 

 

 

 

March 9, 2017

Law and Lobbying
 
Elliot Williams, previously deputy assistant attorney general for legislative affairs at the Department of Justice, joined The Raben Group LLC as a principal. At the DOJ, Mr. Williams played key roles in securing Senate confirmation for both Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates.
 
David A. Newman, formerly Associate Counsel to President Obama, joined Morrison & Foerster LLP as Of Counsel. At the White House, Mr. Newman advised the president and senior staff on counterterrorism legal and policy matters and was instrumental in organizing the administration’s response to domestic and international crises.
 

Judicial 

Chief Judge Daniel Breen of the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee announced he will assume senior status effective March 17, 2017. The court has not yet selected his replacement as Chief Judge. 

 

 

 

 

March 2, 2017

Law and Lobbying
 
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP hired Renata Hesse, previously head of the antitrust division at the Justice Department. She will be working as a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.
 
Fish & Richardson announced that J. Kevin Gray has been named the new managing principal of the firm’s Dallas, TX office.
 

Judicial 

The United States District Court for the Central District of California appointed John D. Early to serve as Magistrate Judge.  Early succeeds former Magistrate Judge Arthur Nakazato.
 
Ohio Governor John Kasich appointed Dennis Deters to be Judge on the Ohio Court of Appeals, First District. Deters replaces former judge Pat DeWine, who was elected to the Ohio Supreme Court

 

 

 

 

February 23, 2017

Law and Lobbying
 
Norton Rose Fulbright and Chadbourne & Parke LLP announced plans to combine in the second quarter of 2017. Following the combination, the firm will retain the Norton Rose Fulbright name.
 
Jenner & Block announced that Jason Yardley has joined the firm as a partner in its London office.
 

Judicial 

Louisiana Court of Appeals Judge Madeleine M. Landrieu announced she will step down to become Dean of the College of Law at Loyola University.  
 
 
 
 
 
 

February 16, 2017

Law and Lobbying
 
Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC named Dorothy A. Davis and Timothy Q. Hudak as Co-Chief Executive Officers of the firm, effective March 1, 2017. They replace Timothy P. Ryan, who will return to his law practice at the firm. Davis, a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, is the first woman to assume the role of CEO at Eckert Seamans.
 
Jenner & Block announced that attorney Andrew D. Irwin has joined the firm as a partner in its Washington, DC office.
 

Judicial 

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker nominated Elspeth Cypher to be Associate Justice on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. If confirmed Cypher will replace Associate Justice Margot Botsford, who will retire March 15, 2017.
 
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin appointed Patrick Wyrick to be Justice on the Supreme Court of Oklahoma. Wyrick will fill the seat left open from the retirement of Justice Steven Taylor.
 
Alaska Governor Bill Walker appointed Tracey Wollenberg to the Alaska Court of Appeals. The appointment of Wollenberg marks the first time that an Alaska appellate court will be majority women.  

 

 

 

 

February 9, 2017

Law and Lobbying
 
Thomas Lopach, previously executive director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, joined Subject Matter’s government relations team. Mr. Lopach was formerly chief of staff to Sen. Jon Tester.
 
Former Sen. David Vitter joined Mercury, LLC as the lobbying firm’s new Co-Chairman. Mr. Vitter’s clients include corporations such as Visa Inc. and NBCUniversal, LLC.
 
Motley Rice LLC announced that Linda Singer has joined the firm as a member and chair of the firm’s Public Client Practice.
 

Judicial 

The District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission selected Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby to be Chief Judge for the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. Judge Blackburne-Rigsby succeeds Chief Judge Eric T. Washington, who did not seek a fourth term as Chief.
 
Hawaii Governor David Ige appointed Derrick H.M. Chan to be Judge on the Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals. Chan will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of former Judge Daniel R. Foley. Chan’s appointment is subject to senate confirmation. 

 

 

 

 

February 2, 2017

Law and Lobbying
 
Jenner & Block announced that partners Matthew S. Hellman, Jessica Ring Amunson, and Michael T. Brody have been named co-chairs of the firm's Appellate and Supreme Court Practice. Hellman and Amunson are based in the firm’s Washington D.C. office and Brody is based in Chicago.
 
Former Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick joined Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel as a partner in the firm’s Philadelphia, PA office. Mr. Fitzpatrick spent four terms in the House, where he was on the Financial Services Committee and was vice chair of the Oversight and Investigation subcommittee.
 

Judicial 

President Trump announced his nomination of Federal Appeals Court Judge Neil M. Gorsuch for the Supreme Court of the United States.
 
The South Carolina General Assembly elected George James Jr. to be Justice on the South Carolina Supreme Court. Also elected was D. Garrison Hill to be Associate Judge for the South Carolina Court of Appeals.
 
Massachusetts Governor Dannel Malloy nominated Gregory T. D’Auria to be an Associate Justice on the Connecticut Supreme Court. D’Auria would replace the seat held by former Associate Justice Peter Zarella, who retired. 

 

 

 

January 26, 2017

Law and Lobbying
 
Kevin J. Wolf, formerly a senior U.S. Department of Commerce official, joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP as a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Wolf spent the past seven years as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration.
 
Jeh C. Johnson, former secretary of Homeland Security, is rejoining Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, where he formerly worked. He will be a partner in the firm's litigation department.
 

Judicial 

President Trump announced via Twitter that he will declare his nominee for the Supreme Court of the United States on February 2, 2017.
 
New York Court of Appeals Chief Judge Janet DiFiore appointed Ellen Biben as Administrative Judge of the New York Criminal Term courts. Biben replaces former Judge Michael Obus, who had overseen the Manhattan courts for eight years.
 
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Chief Judge Sidney R. Thomas appointed David Walter Hercher as Bankruptcy Judge for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Oregon. Hercher succeeds Judge Randall J. Dunn, who retired this month. 

 

 

 

January 19, 2017

Law and Lobbying
 
Raphael A. Prober, previously associate deputy attorney general at the Department of Justice, rejoined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP as a partner. He’ll be serving as partner and co-head of the firm’s congressional investigations practice.
 
Robert J. Daley, formerly legislative aide to Sen. John Barrasso, joined Polsinelli PC as a legislative director in Washington, DC. He will be working with the firm’s public policy practice.
 

Judicial 

President Obama nominated Charles R. Breyer and Danny C. Reeves to be members on the United States Sentencing Commission
 
President Obama also announced his intent to appoint Addy Schmitt to be a member of the District of Columbia Judicial Nominating Commission.
 
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo nominated Rowan D. Wilson to be a Judge on the New York Court of Appeals. If confirmed, Wilson will replace former Judge Eugene Pigott, who retired. 

 

 

 

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.