NEW ASSOCIATE ARRIVALS

Burr & Forman (Birmingham, Ala.): George Bronner joins the firm’s corporate and tax practice as an associate in the Mobile, Ala., office. Bronner focuses his practice on advising corporate clients on large-scale site selection projects, including negotiations for incentives agreements. Previously, Bronner was an associate at Kelley, Drye & Warren. Bronner received his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law in 2003.

Horvitz & Levy (Los Angeles): Emily Cuatto joins the firm as an associate. Cuatto focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation. Previously, Cuatto was an associate at Bingham McCutchen. Cuatto received her J.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law in 2008.

Kleinberg, Kaplan, Wolff & Cohen (New York): Dorothy Santos joins the firm’s estate planning and administration practice as an associate. Santos focuses her practice on estate and tax planning and administration. Previously, Santos was an associate at Smith, Gambrell & Russell. Santos received her J.D. from New York Law School in 2007.

Michael Best & Friedrich (Milwaukee): Michelle Kouba joins the firm’s intellectual property practice group as an associate in the Chicago office. Kouba focuses her practice on domestic and international trademark law, domain name, Internet, copyright, advertising and unfair competition law. Previously, Kouba was an associate at Vanek, Vickers and Masini. Kouba received her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in 2009.

ASSOCIATE PROMOTIONS TO PARTNERSHIP

Coughlin & Gerhart (Binghamton, N.Y.): Meiying Austin has been promoted to partnership at the firm. Austin focuses her practice on estate planning and administration, supplemental needs trusts, guardianships, real estate litigation, adoptions, and immigration. Austin received her J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law in 2004.

Horvitz & Levy (Los Angeles): Felix Shafir has been promoted to partnership at the firm. Shafir focuses his practice on commercial litigation, employment disputes and employer liability, environmental litigation, class action defense, federal and state securities issues, punitive damages liability, and immigration law. Shafir received his J.D. from the Northwestern University School of Law in 1999.

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough (Columbia, S.C.): Five associates have been promoted to partnership at the firm:

In the Huntington, W.Va. office, Randy Saunders focuses his practice on commercial litigation, product liability litigation, insurance bad faith litigation, medical liability and healthcare litigation, and class actions and mass torts. Saunders received his J.D. from University of Kentucky College of Law in 2005.

In the Atlanta office, Noshay Cancelo focuses her practice on representing domestic and international clients in arbitration proceedings and state and federal courts throughout the United States. Cancelo received her J.D. from Georgia State University College of Law in 2005. Brandee Kowalzyk focuses her practice in the areas of pharmaceutical and medical device defense, commercial litigation, aviation, and product liability. Kowalzyk received her J.D. from Georgia State University College of Law in 2005. Sarah Loya focuses her practice on general corporate law with an emphasis in venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, and financing transactions. Loya received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2005. And Steve Park focuses his practice in finance, corporate and securities law with an emphasis on corporate finance, corporate governance, public and private offerings of securities, compliance with SEC regulations and reporting requirements. Park received his J.D. from University of Illinois College of Law in 2004.

Phelps Dunbar (New Orleans): Erik Piazza has been promoted to partnership at the firm in the firm’s Baton Rouge, La., office. Piazza focuses his practice on real estate matters, including commercial and residential developments, commercial leases, banking/financing, condominium regimes and other commercial transactions. Piazza received his J.D. from Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 2004.

Porter Hedges (Houston): Three associates have been promoted to partnership at the firm. Jason Lloyd is a partner in the firm’s property, finance and energy group. Lloyd focuses his practice on syndicated, club, single-lender and capital market financings. Lloyd received his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 2003. Kevin Poli is a partner in the firm’s corporate practice group. Poli focuses his practice on corporate and securities matters. He received his J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law in 2003. And Kevan Richards is a partner in the firm’s real estate and real estate finance sections. Richards focuses his practice on real estate transactions. Richards received his J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law in 2000.

Segal McCambridge (Chicago): Matthew Montgomery has been promoted to partnership in the firm’s toxic tort/hazardous substances practice. Montgomery focuses his practice on a variety of toxic tort and general liability actions. Montgomery received his J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law in 2004.