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On the MoveA weekly report of lawyer moves and law firm changes. Keep abreast of where movers and shakers are going and what they're doing.
2013-01-25 09:57:10 AM
Perkins Coie has promoted Diane Gorczyca to senior counsel. Gorczyca, a member of the product liability practice, graduated from Wayne State University Law School in 1995
Bullivant Houser Bailey of counsel Marilyn Raia and Norm Ronneberg have been awarded designation as certified specialists in admiralty and maritime law by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Raia is a 1976 graduate of UC-Hastings law school. Ronneberg received his LL.M. in international maritime law in 1976 at University of Oslo Law Faculty, Norway, and his J.D. in 1975 at UC-Berkeley School of Law.
BraunHagey & Borden has added Richard Jackson as counsel and Alfredo Amoedo and Allyson Fair as first-year associates.
Jackson previously served as assistant solicitor general in the New York state attorney general's office. He graduated from Columbia Law School in 2001.
Amoedo previously served as a judicial extern for U.S. District Judge William Alsup of the Northern District of California. He is a 2012 graduate of UC-Hastings law school.
Fair previously served as a judicial extern for U.S. District Judge Roger Hunt of the District of Nevada. She received her J.D. from UC-Hastings law school in 2012.
Abigail Hipps has joined Silicon Legal Strategy as a senior associate. Hipps, formerly with Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, focuses on startup formation, commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions and venture capital financings. She earned her J.D. from UC-Hastings law school in 2004.
The Eric C. Conn Law Firm will open a new office in San Francisco this summer. The firm, which advises clients on Social Security disability and SSI benefits issues, already has an office in Beverly Hills. The new office expansion will be led by Michael Yen.
Will Mosley has been named to the 2013 Board of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley. Mosley, an associate at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, is a member of the patent litigation team. He graduated from UC-Hastings law school in 2011.
Daphne Higgs, a member of Perkins Coie's technology transactions and privacy practice, has been promoted to senior counsel in the Palo Alto office. She received her J.D. from the University of British Columbia in 1998.
Michael Kelleher has joined Cogent Legal in Oakland as a litigation consultant. Kelleher was formerly general counsel at DS-IQ and a partner at Folger, Levin & Kahn. He specializes in patent, trade secret, copyright, trademark and electronic discovery, and graduated from UC-Berkeley School of Law in 1992.
Winston & Strawn has added Michael Tomasulo to the firm's Los Angeles office as a partner. Most recently with Dickstein Shapiro, Tomasulo focuses on high-stakes intellectual property litigation and counseling. He is a 1994 graduate of University of Southern California School of Law.
Smith Dollar has added Michael Pfeifer as a partner in charge of the firm's office in Orange. Pfeifer's practice includes lender liability defense, financial fraud investigation and recovery, regulatory compliance and creditor representation in bankruptcy. He also currently serves as general counsel, a member of the board of directors, and the chair of the Quality Assurance Committee for the California Mortgage Bankers Association. He graduated from Cornell Law School in 1975.
One LLP, a Newport Beach firm that focuses on intellectual property and entertainment matters, added lawyers Mark Fleischer, George "Judd" Funk, Penelope Glass and Adam Rosen.
Fleischer, a partner, previously served as executive vice president of entertainment business development at MGM Studios. He received his J.D. from University of Southern California School of Law in 1984.
Funk, a partner, most recently served as senior executive vice president at New Line Cinema. He is a 1978 graduate of University of Utah College of Law.
Glass, an of counsel, was formerly principal at Penelope Glass, a PLC. She graduated from UCLA School of Law in 1979.
Rosen, a partner, was previously the founder and managing partner of Rosen Feig & Golland. He received his J.D. from UCLA School of Law in 1991.
McDermott Will & Emery has named Daniel Foster as partner in charge of the firm's Orange County office. Foster, a member of the intellectual property litigation practice group, is a 1995 graduate of University of Illinois College of Law.
The TCW Group, an international asset management firm, has appointed Meredith Jackson as executive vice president and general counsel. Jackson, most recently with Irell & Manella, graduated from UC-Hastings law school in 1988.
Perkins Coie has promoted Brian Hennessy and Teresa (Poulsen) Tate to partner.
Hennessy, a member of the intellectual property and commercial litigation practices, is based in Palo Alto. He received his J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law in 2003.
Tate, a member of the emerging companies practice, is based in San Francisco. She graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 2002.
Berliner Cohen has elected Christian Picone to the partnership in its San Jose office. Picone focuses on securities, business litigation, real estate litigation and white-collar criminal defense. He is a 1993 graduate of Drake University Law School.
Duane Morris has elevated Meagen Leary and Laurie van Löben Sels to partner.
Leary is a member of the business reorganization and financial restructuring practice group. She is a 2004 graduate of Tulane Law School.
A 1996 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, van Löben Sels is a member of the intellectual property practice group.
Baker & McKenzie has promoted 19 lawyers to partner in North America, including Denise Glagau, Alain Mégias and Daniel Robyn in San Francisco.
Glagau, a member of the compensation and employment law practice, received her LL.B. from Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law in 1997 and her LL.M. in international legal studies from Golden Gate University School of Law in 2001.
Mégias, a member of the international commercial practice, earned his master's degree in business and tax law from University of Clermont-Ferrand School of Law in 1994 and his LL.M. from University of San Diego School of Law in 2002.
Robyn, a member of the international commercial practice group, graduated from University of Cologne School of Law in Germany in 1997 and received his LL.M. from University of Georgia School of Law in 1998.
Reed Smith has elected 22 lawyers firmwide to partner, including Eric Buhr and Christine Kohler in Los Angeles and Cristina Shea in San Francisco.
Buhr is a member of the life sciences health industry group. He graduated from UCLA School of Law in 2001.
Kohler is a member of the labor and employment group. She is a 2000 graduate of University of Southern California School of Law.
Shea is a member of the insurance recovery group. She earned her J.D. from Pacific McGeorge School of Law in 1995.
Keker & Van Nest has elevated Ben Berkowitz, Warren Braunig, Adam Lauridsen and Paven Malhotra to partner.
Berkowitz focuses on complex intellectual property, commercial and white-collar criminal cases. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 2005.
Braunig focuses on complex commercial litigation, including trade secrets and trademark cases, consumer class actions and contract disputes. He received his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 2005.
Lauridsen is a member of the complex commercial and white-collar practice. He is a 2005 graduate of Harvard Law School.
Malhotra's practice includes intellectual property and antitrust matters, legal malpractice and general commercial litigation. He earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2005.
K&L Gates has elected 47 lawyers to the partnership, including Hector Espinosa in Los Angeles, Joshua Lane in Orange County and Jeffrey Ratinoff in Palo Alto, effective March 1.
Espinosa, who focuses on construction litigation and counseling, is a 2002 graduate of UC-Hastings law school.
Lane, who focuses on corporate and securities law, graduated from UCLA School of Law in 2004.
Ratinoff, who focuses on intellectual property litigation, earned his J.D. from Vanderbilt Law School in 1998.
Nixon Peabody has promoted 13 attorneys to its partnership, including Sarah Andre, Irene Kuei and Rudy Salo in California, effective Feb. 1.
Andre, a member of the commercial litigation practice, is based in Los Angeles. She graduated from University of Virginia School of Law in 2002.
Kuei, a member of the affordable housing practice, is based in San Francisco. She received her LL.M. in taxation from University of San Diego School of Law in 2005 and her J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 2003.
Salo, a member of the public finance practice, is based in Los Angeles. He is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center in 2003.
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