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AKIN GUMP Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld’s D.C. office has brought on Allison Binneyas an associate in the public law and policy practice group. Binney, 29, joins Akin Gump from Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, where she focused her practice on Indian law. She earned her law degree at Arizona State University College of Law. ARENT FOX Mark Taylorhas left Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld for Arent Fox Kintner Plotkin & Kahn’s D.C. office. He joins Arent Fox as a partner in the financial restructuring and bankruptcy practice. His practice will emphasize Chapter 11 reorganization and financial restructuring, including representation of debtors, official committees, secured lenders, and insurers. Taylor, 45, is a graduate of the University of Utah College of Law. COLLIER SHANNON SCOTT Deane Anne Johnson,former corporate counsel for the Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., has joined D.C.’s Collier Shannon Scott as a partner in the international trade and customs practice. During much of her 25-year tenure at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Johnson was corporate customs counsel to all of the company’s divisions and subsidiaries. At Collier Shannon, Johnson will assist businesses in developing programs and practices that satisfy U.S. Customs requirements and enhance the efficiency with which those businesses import goods. Johnson, 55, earned her law degree at Indiana University School of Law. GRAY CARY WARE & FREIDENRICH Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich has recently added three lawyers and a patent agent in its D.C. office. Fernand Lavalleejoined the firm as a partner and will concentrate on government contracts law and litigation and international commercial transactions, with particular emphasis on high technology, technology transfer, and intellectual property issues. Prior to joining the firm, Lavallee was a partner with Venable. Lavallee, 39, is a graduate of William & Mary School of Law. Jeffrey Lehrerjoined as a partner in the firm’s corporate and securities practice. Lehrer was an associate in the Reston, Va., office of Cooley Godward. Lehrer, 31, focuses his practice on representing clients in such matters as mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, venture capital, joint ventures, and corporate finance. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. Dean Nakamurahas joined Gray Cary as a partner in the firm’s life sciences and patent practice groups. Prior to joining the firm, Nakamura was a partner at D.C.’s Roylance, Abrams, Berdo & Goodman. Nakamura specializes in domestic and international biotechnology patents, including preparation of new applications, prosecution, oppositions, and licensing. Nakamura, 51, holds a law degree from George Washington University School of Law and a doctorate from Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences. Also joining is patent agent Daryl Basham,who assists life sciences companies with client development, preparation and prosecution of patent applications, patent portfolio analysis, and legal research. Prior to joining Gray Cary, Basham was a patent agent at Roylance, Abrams. Basham, 42, earned a doctorate in biochemistry from Howard University. A former biotech examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, he is currently in his last year at the George Washington University School of Law. KING & SPALDING Chris Sprigmanhas been promoted to partner in King & Spalding’s D.C. office. Prior to his promotion, Sprigman, 36, served as counsel with the firm. He earned his law degree at the University of Chicago Law School. MCGUIREWOODS Bryant Robinson IIIhas joined the D.C. office of McGuireWoods as a partner in the corporate services department. Robinson, 38, will focus his practice on corporate finance and securities, emerging growth and technology, mergers and acquisitions, and banking. Prior to joining McGuireWoods, he was an associate in the D.C. office of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis. Robinson is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law. POWELL, GOLDSTEIN John Danielhas joined the D.C. office of Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy as of counsel in the firm’s government and construction contracts practice. Daniel, 59, had been of counsel and a member of the government contracts and compliance practice group in the D.C. office of Morgan Lewis & Bockius. Daniel holds a law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law. WOMBLE CARLYLE SANDRIDGE & RICE The Tysons Corner, Va., office of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice has added two intellectual property attorneys to its technology and commerce practice group. Nanda Alapati,43, joins as a partner specializing in patent acquisition and litigation and in development of domestic and foreign patent strategies. He was a partner in the D.C. office of Pennie & Edmonds and holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Barry Goldsmith,40, joins as of counsel and focuses on prosecuting patent applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and counseling clients on matters related to their patent portfolios. Prior to joining Womble Carlyle, Goldsmith practiced law with the D.C. office of Kenyon & Kenyon. Goldsmith graduated from the University of Florida College of Law. — Tiffany Hamilton Please send notices of new hires or promotions to Eva Rodriguez at [email protected]. Personnel notices should include new title and area of specialization, previous place of employment and title, education, and age.

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