Jeffrey Watkiss, 57, has joined the Washington office of McDermott Will & Emery as partner in the firm’s energy advisory practice. Watkiss has particular experience representing power and natural gas companies on regulatory and compliance matters. Previously, he was a partner at Bracewell & Giuliani. He earned his J.D. from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law.
Carol Smoots, 58, has joined Pierce Atwood’s Washington office as a partner in the firm’s energy practice group. Smoots represents energy companies in regulatory proceedings, as well as in domestic and international energy transactions. Previously, she was a partner at Perkins Coie. She earned her J.D. from Willamette University College of Law.
Jonathan Cedarbaum, 50, has returned to the Washington office of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr as a partner in the litigation/controversy department and as a member of the government and regulatory litigation group. Previously, he was acting assistant attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel. He earned his J.D. from Yale Law School.
Robert Ruyak, 61, has joined Winston & Strawn as a partner in its global litigation practice in Washington. His experience includes antitrust, intellectual property, insurance recovery, international trade, government contract, products liability and securities disputes. Previously, he was managing partner and chief executive officer at now-defunct Howrey. He earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.