AKIN GUMP STRAUSS HAUER & FELD

Douglas Brandon, 54, has joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld’s Washington office as partner in the communications and information technology practice. Previously, he was general counsel at TerreStar Networks Inc. He earned his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School.

VENABLE

Allyson Baker, 39, has joined Venable’s Washington office as partner in the litigation practice. She focuses her practice on commercial litigation, consumer finance and tax matters. Formerly, she was an enforcement attorney at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She earned her J.D. from New York University School of Law.