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NINE MADE PARTNER AT LEWIS BRISBOIS Two San Francisco associates were among the nine lawyers promoted to partner Jan. 1 by Los Angeles-based Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith. The nine new partners, who were voted into the partnership last month, brings to 204 the number of partners at the 380-lawyer firm. The firm was previously known as Lewis, D’Amato, Brisbois & Bisgaard, but changed its name in July. In San Francisco, the new partners are Katherine Catlos, an employment and corporate lawyer who graduated from the University of San Francisco in 1996, and Reuben Jacobson, a professional liability lawyer who graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1993. The firm’s other new partners, all of whom are based in Southern California offices, are Karen Feld, Christopher Greenleaf, Craig Mann, Brigitte Mayo, Daniel Rudderow, Robert Slaughter III and Delmar Williams. — Renee Deger FIVE ELEVATED AT CARROLL, BURDICK Carroll, Burdick & McDonough has elevated five associates to partner in its San Francisco and Walnut Creek offices. The firm now has 40 partners firmwide. In addition to the Bay Area offices, Carroll, Burdick has offices in Los Angeles and Sacramento. Angela Herrera, Richard Hong and Michael Lateef have been elevated in the San Francisco office. Herrera, 33, is a member of the products liability and friction groups. She represents businesses in large multi-party actions regarding violations of Proposition 65, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act. She earned her law degree in 1996 from the University of San Francisco School of Law. A member of the commercial and business transactions group, Hong, 33, serves as outside general counsel to corporations. Hong is fluent in Mandarin and Taiwanese. He earned his J.D. in 1995 from Pepperdine University School of Law. Lateef, 36, also works in the firm’s commercial and business transactions group, where he counsels clients through all phases of business development. He earned his LL.M. from Golden Gate University School of Law in 2002 and his J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1994. Eric Clarke and Sheryl Traum have been elevated in the Walnut Creek office. Clarke, 35, represents public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions and intellectual property matters. He earned his law degree in 1993 from University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law. Traum, 40, is a member of the firm’s commercial litigation group. She specializes in toxic mold, construction, commercial, product liability and entertainment litigation. She earned her J.D. from Hastings College of the Law in 1988. — Jason Dearen NIXON PEABODY HIRES PUBLIC FINANCE EXPERT Edsell “Chip” Eady Jr., the chair of Foley & Lardner’s public finance group, has moved to Nixon Peabody. Eady officially started working out of Nixon Peabody’s 80-lawyer San Francisco office on Thursday. He joins partner William Deyo Jr., who moved to San Francisco from New York last year to head up Nixon Peabody’s West Coast public finance practice. Eady said he was attracted to Nixon Peabody because of its strong track record in the public finance sector, its size and its New York office. “It’s very important to take advantage of the firm’s strength on the East Coast as a good base to build on, a good counterbalance to what we’re doing on the West Coast,” said Eady. During his five years at Foley & Lardner, Eady practiced out of the firm’s San Francisco office. Nixon Peabody, which has 570 attorneys in 13 U.S. cities, moved into San Francisco in the summer of 2001 when it acquired 100-year-old Lillick & Charles. According to Nixon Peabody, Eady has acted as bond counsel, underwriters counsel, disclosure counsel and project finance counsel in hundreds of municipal and project finance transactions. His practice has focused on complex urban development projects as well as energy and telecommunications finance. — Alexei Oreskovic FARELLA HIRES FORMER WULFSBERG PARTNER Jeffrey Sykes has joined Farella Braun & Martel as a partner in its construction group. Previously Sykes was a name partner at Oakland-based Wulfsberg Reese & Sykes, which is now called Wulfsberg Reese Colvig & Firstman. After more than two decades at the firm, He left for “business reasons” in October. “After 21 years with one firm, it was time to take a step back, take a break and consider my future,” Sykes said in a press release. “After several months of reflection, a call from Farella evolved into the perfect next step.” At Wulfsberg, Sykes represented municipal clients and businesses in projects ranging from power plants to retail and commercial developments. Farella’s construction clients include the San Francisco city and county government, the Port of Oakland, the Regents of the University of California and Sony Corp. of America. “Jeff’s experience complements and enhances the depth of our resources,” said Adam Dawson, chair of the firm’s construction group. “He will play a significant role in the continued expansion of the group and allow us to add to the breadth of our services.” Sykes earned his J.D. in 1977 from Ohio State University College of Law. “I have always respected Farella and am pleased to be a part of its future. At the same time, the departure from my former firm was amicable and I anticipate continuing my relationships with my former partners and friends,” Sykes said. — Jason Dearen

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