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Laterals Bracewell & Patterson (Houston): The firm’s government relations, advocacy and strategy section has added Bill Brack as a partner. He has more than two decades of legal and lobbying experience in Washington and was chief of staff to Senator Hank Brown, R-Colo. Duane Morris (Philadelphia): 25-year health care veteran John A. Knapp has been added as a partner with the health law practice group. Knapp, formerly of Philadelphia’s Cozen O’Connor, concentrates his practice in corporate and regulatory health care matters. Greenberg Traurig: Environmental and land use expert Fernando Villa has bolstered the firm’s real estate practice by joining as a shareholder in its Los Angeles office. Formerly with Holland & Knight, he represents clients in redeveloping landfills, Superfund and other once-contaminated sites into viable projects. Kilpatrick Stockton (Atlanta): The firm’s finance practice group has added Cindy A. Brazell and Doug Gosden as partners, to be joined by associates Naho Kobayashi and Raj Natarajan. Brazell and Gosden concentrate in complex corporate and commercial finance transactions. Piper Rudnick: Litigator John J. Clarke Jr. has been added to the firm’s New York office, where he will pursue his expertise in representing corporations and their boards of directors in corporate governance matters. Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal: U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) litigator T. Reed Stephens has augmented the firm’s health care fraud and litigation practice as a Washington-based partner. At DOJ, Stephens was lead or co-lead counsel in 60 investigations, mostly involving Medicare and Medicaid. New partner Reed Smith: Rhona Kisch has been elevated to partner in its New York-based real estate practice group. Kisch, formerly of Boston’s Mintz, Levin, Cohen, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, focuses on the convergence of real estate and communications issues. New counsel Dickinson Wright (Detroit): Intellectual property attorney James P. Calve has joined the Washington office as of counsel. He specializes in patent prosecution and litigation. Prior to assuming his new position, Calve was associated with Baker Botts. Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (Washington): Richard F. Jackson, formerly of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, has come aboard as counsel in the home office, where he will practice with the securities group. He focuses on investment management issues. Firm management Ropes & Gray (Boston): The firm has named new chairpersons of the litigation department: Partner and current vice chair Roscoe Trimmier Jr. assumes the chairmanship and Lisa M. Ropple, partner and former head of the summer program, will be second-in-command. Elected Alex Cash of Charleston, S.C.’s Rosen, Rosen & Hagood has been elected to the board of governors for the South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association. The organization provides continuing legal education to its 1,300 enrollees and serves as an advocate for the rights of the state’s individual consumers. Jean M. Lawler, senior partner with Los Angeles-based Murchison & Cumming, has become president-elect of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel. She was the first woman elected to the group’s board of directors and will be the pioneering woman president of the 1,300-member organization. J. Walter Sinclair, a Stoel Rives partner based in Boise, Idaho, is the new president of the International Association of Defense Counsel. George S. Hodges, a partner at Boeggeman, George, Hodges & Corde of White Plains, N.Y., is the new president-elect. The association, with 2,200 peer-reviewed members, is the oldest international organization of attorneys representing corporations and insurers. Named Dixie L. Johnson, a partner with New York’s Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, has been named chair of the American Bar Association’s committee on federal regulation of securities. She is the first female to head this committee, whose more than 2,000 members make it the largest group in the business law section. New offices Patton Boggs (Washington) is launching a new office in Doha, Qatar, making it the sole American law firm to practice there under the official license of the Qatari government. Its focus will be on matters related to public and private international law. Thacher Proffitt & Wood (New York): The firm is moving to Two World Financial Center in New York, becoming the first large law firm from the destroyed World Trade Center to return to downtown and the Ground Zero area. Movers is compiled and written by Roger Adler. Please send material to him at The National Law Journal, 105 Madison Ave., New York, N.Y. 10016.

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