Karen Weinstock has opened her own immigration law firm, Weinstock Immigration Lawyers. The new firm is made up of the former Atlanta office of Memphis-based immigration firm Siskind Susser, where Weinstock had worked since 2001 and was the local managing partner. She said the office’s other three lawyers, as well as paralegals and support staff, have joined the new firm.
Raju Patel manages the firm’s business and employment-based immigration practice. Leslie Diaz handles removal defense and litigation. Zulma Lopez manages the firm’s family immigration practice.
Weinstock said Weinstock Immigration Lawyers represents a mix of corporate clients and individuals, as reflected in its tagline: “Uniting families and securing global talent.”
“We are passionate about what we do,” she said. “We want to achieve dreams for clients.”
Taylor English Duma has added three attorneys. Corporate lawyer Mitzi Hill joined from Turner Broadcasting System, where she advised technology transactions and content distribution deals for Internet, mobile and other digital platforms, as well as international transactions. Raanon Gal joined from labor and employment firm FordHarrison. Gal defends management in employment matters, restrictive covenants and trade secret litigation. Christine Tenley joined from another labor and employment firm, Littler Mendelson. Tenley represents management in employment discrimination, restrictive covenants and trade secrets matters as well as traditional labor litigation.
W. Thomas Carter III has joined Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough as a partner from Alston & Bird. Carter is a corporate lawyer, representing private equity and venture capital funds as well as public and private companies in mergers, acquisitions and financing transactions.
Elizabeth Satterfield has joined Baker Donelson as an associate from Swift, Currie, McGhee & Hiers. Satterfield is in the firm’s transportation practice, representing insurers and companies.
Litigation firm Weinberg, Wheeler, Hudgins, Gunn & Dial has elected two lawyers to partner in Atlanta, Matthew Marrone and Shubhra Mashelkar. Marrone has defended contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, materialmen, engineers and design professionals in litigation over construction and contract disputes. Mashelkar is a business litigator, focused on product and premises liability defense, construction and appellate law. She’s carved out a niche representing Indian companies in the United States.
Weinberg Wheeler also promoted three lawyers in Atlanta from associate to member: Robert Marcovitch, Michael Paupeck and Tyler Schermerhorn.
Rome firm Brinson, Askew, Berry, Seigler, Richardson & Davis has named David Brearley and Lee Carter as partners. Brearley practices corporate, commercial real estate and estate planning law. Carter is a civil litigator, representing companies, financial institutions and individuals.
The Georgia Appleseed Center for Law and Justice’s new board chairwoman is Patricia Roberts, the associate general counsel for compensation and benefits at Southern Company. She succeeds Beth Tanis of King & Spalding.
Robert Gallagher of PwC is the board’s new vice chairman. Herbert Phipps, chief judge of the Georgia Court of Appeals, was re-elected secretary. Brian Gordon, a partner at DLA Piper, is the new treasurer.
Three new directors have joined the nonprofit public interest law center’s Georgia-wide board: Paula Frederick, the general counsel of the State Bar of Georgia, Virginia Adams of Ernst & Young and Judge Victoria Darrisaw of the State Court of Dougherty County in Albany.
Atlanta-based, global-poverty-fighting charity CARE has named Kevin Coventon its 2013 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year. Coventon is a trusts and estates partner at Holland & Knight.
Sabina Vayner, an associate at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, has been appointed to the Anti-Defamation League’s Southeast Region board of directors.
During its mid-year meeting earlier this month, the State Bar of Georgia honored Warner Robbins attorney W. John Camp with its Marshall-Tuttle Award for his work with the Military Legal Assistance Program. Camp, a partner at Westmoreland, Patterson, Moseley & Hinson, has spent 22 years as an Air Force staff judge advocate. He assists clients in military family law, which includes health care, pensions, survivor benefits and custody disputes involving military families. The bar recognized him for his legal assistance with Georgia legislation affecting military families: the pending Uniform Deployed Parents Custody and Visitation Act, the Military Parents Rights Act, and law covering military compensation issues in the state’s child support guidelines.