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EIGHT MADE PARTNER AT HELLER EHRMAN Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe announced the promotion of eight partners Wednesday, with four of the new partners located in California. This year’s partner class is slightly larger than last year’s seven-attorney class, but still smaller than the 14 lawyers Heller elevated to partner two years ago. The new partners are in five of Heller’s 12 offices. Three practice in the firm’s San Francisco headquarters. Two are in the Seattle office, and the remaining three are in the Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C., offices. “We’re very pleased to welcome our new shareholders, as they exemplify the great people we have and the great work we do across our many offices and national practice groups,” said Chairman Barry Levin in a statement. The three San Francisco partners are Thomas Brown, Nicole Ryan and Christopher Stoll. Brown, a member of the firm’s antitrust and trade regulation group, has been with the firm since 1996. He has participated in a number of class actions and counsels clients preparing for merger activity. After earning his J.D. from the University of Chicago in 1995, he clerked for Judge Diane Wood of the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Ryan, a 1994 graduate of Boalt Hall School of Law, is in the firm’s securities litigation and financial services groups. Her practice focuses on securities litigation, corporate governance matters and other complex commercial disputes. She clerked for Judge Betty Fletcher of the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals and Judge Lowell Jensen of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. She also spent three months in the San Francisco district attorney’s office where she tried several cases to verdict. Stoll works in Heller’s product liability, insurance coverage and intellectual property litigation groups. He represents businesses in complex disputes involving alleged unfair business practices, insurance coverage and intellectual property. A 1994 graduate of Harvard Law School, Stoll joined the firm in 1995 after serving as a clerk for Judge James Browning of the Ninth Circuit. The other new partners are Reynold “Rene” Siemens in Heller’s insurance coverage and product liability group; Holly Kulka in the securities litigation group; Michael Gamsky in the financial services, corporate securities and mergers and acquisitions groups; Todd Glass in the energy group; and Paul Booth in the life sciences and patents and trademarks groups. – Alexei Oreskovic BROBECK ELEVATES 7 TO PARTNER RANKS Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison has elevated six associates and one of counsel to partner. The number is down from last year when the firm elevated nine associates to partner, and a sharp drop from the class of 2001, in which Brobeck had a record 24 new partners. The elevations occurred in five of Brobeck’s 11 U.S. offices. Four intellectual property attorneys were elevated, as well as a litigator, a securities litigator and a member of the firm’s business and technology group. In the San Francisco office, securities litigator Steven Kaufhold, a 1991 graduate of Hastings College of the Law, was named partner. And in the East Palo Alto office intellectual property attorney Kenneth Korea, a 1993 graduate of Northwestern University School of Law, and corporate attorney Sam Zucker, who graduated from Yale Law School in 1995, joined the partnership ranks. The two new partners in the San Diego office are IP attorneys Kurt Kjelland, who graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1994, and Franklin Ubell, a 1975 graduate of the George Washington National Law Center. Ubell joined Brobeck in 2000 after 15 years as founding partner of the Orange County IP firm Price, Gess and Ubell. IP attorney M. Craig Tyler, a 1995 graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, was elevated in the Austin office. And litigator Kathleen MacFarlane Waters, who graduated from Boston College Law School in 1994, became partner in the Los Angeles office. – Brenda Sandburg TWO NEW PARTNERS AT HOWARD, RICE Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin announced Wednesday that it has elected a pair of new partners. The new partners will be promoted on March 1. This year’s class is half the size of the four-attorney partner class the firm has elected each of the past two years. The new partners “emphasize the commitment to legal excellence and dedication to client service that we care so much about at Howard, Rice,” Stuart Lipton, the managing director of the 140-lawyer firm said in a statement. Shelli Ching practices in the firm’s business department and focuses on public and private securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance issues. A 1995 Harvard Law School graduate, Ching rejoined Howard, Rice in 2001 after practicing for two years in Singapore. She has also served as director of legal affairs for AppStream Inc. Mark Sheft, also a 1995 graduate of Harvard Law School, is a commercial litigator whose practice focuses on securities, breach of fiduciary duty and trademark and trade secret disputes. He joined the firm in 1999 from Jackson Tufts Cole & Black. — Alexei Oreskovic WILSON SONSINI ADDS LIFE SCIENCES PARTNER Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati added a partner this week to its life sciences practice, hiring longtime biotechnology company insider Vernon Norviel. Norviel started Monday in the Palo Alto office of the firm after a stint as general counsel of Mountain View-based Perlegen Sciences Inc., which he joined in 2001 from its parent, gene chipmaker Affymetrix Inc. Before joining the subsidiary, Norviel spent six years as a vice president and general counsel of Affymetrix in Santa Clara. Norviel was an associate, then a partner, at Townsend and Townsend and Crew before going in-house. – Renee Deger

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