• Herrick, Feinstein has appointed new chairs and co-chairs of several departments. Therese Doherty, a Herrick partner since 2001, joins partner Ronald Levine as co-chair of the firm’s litigation department. Belinda Schwartz, a Herrick partner since 1997, has been appointed chair of the firm’s real estate department. Stephen Brodie, a Herrick partner since 2004, joins partner Edward Stevenson as co-chair of the firm’s corporate department.

Alexandra Margolis, who focuses on leveraged domestic and cross-border financing transactions, has joined Nixon Peabody as a partner. Margolis joins from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

• Duane Morris has appointed Mark Canizio as vice chair of the firm’s construction group. Canizio is the first New-York based leader of the group.

• Labor and employment firm Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart has added Maria Fernandez Gandarez as a shareholder. Gandarez joins from Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy and focuses on immigration law.

G. Edward Rudloff Jr. has been elected the president of Foran Glennon Palandech Ponzi & Rudloff. The firm focuses on insurance coverage, subrogation, medical malpractice, construction, architectural/engineering defense, and bankruptcy and insolvency.

• Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has elected to counsel Daniel Cendan, litigation, and Giorgio Mandelli, international arbitration.

Michael Sciotti has joined Hiscock & Barclay as a partner in the firm’s labor and employment practice in Syracuse. He was practicing at Hancock Estabrook.

Brian Bloom has joined Moritt Hock & Hamroff as a partner in the firm’s intellectual property and litigation practice groups at the firm’s Garden City office. He was a partner at Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman.

• JAMS, private provider of mediation and arbitration services, has added to its panel Lorraine Brennan, who will be based in the JAMS New York Resolution Center. The former managing director of JAMS International, she will serve as neutral in disputes within practice areas including bankruptcy, business and commercial litigation, employment, intellectual property and international arbitration.