Greenberg Traurig has promoted shareholder Victoria Davis Lockard to vice chair of its pharmaceutical, medical device and health-care litigation practice, which is chaired by another Atlanta shareholder, Lori Cohen. The firm also recruited a shareholder, Clarence Davis, to the group. Davis joined Greenberg's Atlanta office from the Columbia, S.C., office of Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough.
Geoffrey Gavin has joined Jones Day as a partner in the intellectual property practice from Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton. Gavin is a patent litigator and patent portfolio adviser who's handled patent matters in such areas as wireless telecommunications, software, athletic footware, floor covering and paper products. Gavin serves pro bono as a guardian ad litem, representing the interests of children in child custody cases.
Corporate lawyer Chester "Chet" Hosch has joined Burr & Forman as a partner from Schreeder, Wheeler & Flint. Hosch, who is also a certified public accountant, handles tax and corporate finance matters as well as mergers and acquisitions.
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton has added Rodney Miller as an associate handling patent litigation. Miller was previously an associate in the Houston office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. He earned a law degree from the University of Houston in 2009 and a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2005.
Family law firm Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor has opened an Alpharetta office. The firm also has offices in Sandy Springs and Marietta. Randy Sabatini will head the office, which is at 11175 Cicero Drive.
Katie Connell has been named to the board of directors of the Charles Longstreet Weltner Family Law American Inn of Court. Connell is a partner at Boyd Collar Nolen & Tuggle.
Thomas Carlock, a founder of Carlock Copeland & Stair, has received this year's Tradition of Excellence Award from the General Practice and Trial Section of the State Bar of Georgia. Carlock has tried more than 500 cases before a jury during his 57 years in civil practice, including more than 75 wrongful death cases and 150 catastrophic injury cases.