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SAN FRANCISCO Julia Stommes has joined Duane Morris as partner in the firm’s employment, benefits and immigration practice. Formerly with Gardere Wynne Sewell, Stommes’ focus is on assisting corporate clients with recruiting, hiring and retention of foreign nationals in the U.S. and abroad. She is a 1993 graduate of Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps has added William Marchant as special counsel. A real estate litigator, Marchant most recently worked at Foley McIntosh Frey & Claytor in Lafayette. He received his J.D. from University of San Francisco School of Law in 1991. Covington & Burling has announced the election of five new partners, including Emily Leonard in San Francisco. Leonard focuses on corporate, general commercial and intellectual property matters, with a concentration on the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors. She is a 1994 graduate of George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. Employment lawyer David Faustman has joined Grotta, Glassman & Hoffman to lead the firm’s West Coast expansion to San Francisco and Los Angeles. A graduate of UCLA School of Law, Faustman has been a partner at Latham & Watkins, has managed his own employment law firm and has served as senior vice president for labor relations and public affairs for Safeway Inc. Robert Starzel is rejoining Holme Roberts & Owen as special counsel. Starzel spent the past 15 years as vice chairman of Southern Pacific and senior officer of Union Pacific. He started his legal career at Holme Roberts in 1971 after graduating from Harvard Law School. NORTH BAY Michael Gogna, a senior associate with Oakland-based Meyers, Nave, Riback, Silver & Wilson, has been appointed city attorney for Healdsburg and general counsel for the city’s redevelopment agency. He took over the position on Oct. 1 from retiring Meyers, Nave partner Kenneth Wilson. Gogna earned his J.D. from Empire College School of Law in Santa Rosa in 1993. EAST BAY Kristina Lawson has joined Miller, Starr & Regalia in Walnut Creek. Lawson’s practice includes land use and natural resources. Previously Lawson was an associate at Meyers, Nave, Riback, Silver & Wilson where she served as an assistant city attorney for two Bay Area cities. She earned her J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law. SACRAMENTO Employment expert Barbara Christiansen has joined JAMS. In 1999, Christiansen established Employment Dispute Resolution Services in the Northwest Region and has been a mediator and arbitrator in many private and public sector employment cases. For 11 years she was a partner with Littler Mendelson. She earned her J.D. from McGeorge School of Law at University of the Pacific. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Gordon & Rees has added three attorneys to its Los Angeles and Orange County offices. Robert Feinstein and Shirley Deutsch have joined the employment group in the Los Angeles office. Both Feinstein and Deutsch previously worked at Littler Mendelson and have extensive experience in litigation and the representation of employers in suits involving discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination and wage and hour disputes. In Orange County, Douglas Smith will be working in the business and technology group. Smith’s practice will focus on litigation and trial work in the areas of business transactions and disputes, fiduciary and shareholder relations and trust and probate. Previously, Smith was a partner at Hayes Simpson Greene. Hogan & Hartson in Los Angeles has added Ray La Soya as a partner in the corporate group. La Soya, who focuses on matters involving high-profile mergers and acquisitions and private equity, worked on the merger of Chevron and Texaco. He received his J.D. in 1991 from Yale Law School. Nancy Scull, leader of the real estate practice group at Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps in San Diego, was presented with a “Women Who Mean Business Award” by the San Diego Business Journal. Scull was one of 25 women recognized by the publication for her achievements, business contributions and involvement in the community. Please send news about partners or associates, appointments or awards to: [email protected], or On the Move, The Recorder, 10 United Nations Plaza, Third Floor, San Francisco, CA 94102.

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