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New partners Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto (New York): Three of the intellectual property firm’s attorneys have attained partnership status-Frank A. De Lucia Jr. (patent preparation and prosecution), James M. Gibson (trademark law) and Colleen Tracy (patent litigation). Murchison & Cumming (Los Angeles): Kasey A. Covert and Gina E. Och have been elevated to the partnership. Covert, head of the firm’s Northern California office, handles complex litigation. Och focuses on products liability for the law and appellate practice group. Guy R. Gruppie of the products liability practice group was also promoted to senior partner. Schiff Hardin & Waite (Chicago): Nine attorneys, including six associates, one counsel and two of counsel, have been promoted to partner-Kristy L. Allen, Svetlana Bekman, Jennifer M. Cerven, Thomas J. Henehan, David A. Howard, Matthew J. Murer and Paul A. Rahe are all based in Chicago; Randolph M. Perkins is in Lake Forest, Ill.; and Laura S. Pruitt is based in Washington. Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault (Boston): Four of the firm’s attorneys have achieved the partnership level-in the business practice group are Mark T. Bettencourt, Kimberley J. Kaplan-Gross and Malcolm B. Nicholls III; John J. Falvey Jr. practices in the litigation group. Wiley Rein & Fielding (Washington): Six new partners have been elected-Jennifer D. Hindin (communications law), Charles C. Lemley (litigation, health care and employment and labor); Kevin J. Maynard (government contracts, health care and litigation); William E. Smith (litigation and insurance); David H. Topol (insurance, litigation and appellate); and Helgi C. Walker (communications and appellate). Zuckerman Spaeder (Washington): Robert R. Hearn, resident in the firm’s Tampa, Fla., office, has been promoted to partner. He began his career with an environment litigation firm and focuses his practice on complex civil litigation. Laterals Chapman and Cutler (Chicago): The financial services law firm has added four new partners to its corporate and securities practice-William F. Teuting, William C. Hermann, Thomas C. Lee and Suzanne M. Russell. Cozen O’Connor (Philadelphia): A team of New York-based attorneys from Hill, Betts & Nash have joined the firm’s commercial litigation group, including senior members Peter J. McHugh, Geoffrey D. Ferrer and John F. Keating, of counsel Ralph L. McMurry and junior member Susan P. Mahon. Jennings, Strouss & Salmon (Phoenix): Trademark and copyright attorney Peter M. Eichler, who will be located in Scottsdale, Ariz., has joined as a partner and will serve as chairman of the firm’s intellectual property practice group. Included among his clients are Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Jackson and Cher. Reed Smith: Patrick Bradley, formerly a trial attorney with the United States Department of Justice, is a new partner in the firm’s Princeton, N.J., office. His practice focuses on aviation defense and other products liability actions. Steptoe & Johnson (Washington): Lynda Zengerle has come aboard as a new partner in the firm’s home office. Zengerle, previously with Arent Fox Kintner Plotkin & Kahn (Washington) and Baker & McKenzie, will focus on all aspects of immigration law for businesses, nonprofits and institutions of higher education. Tew Cardenas (Miami): Two new partners have been added to the firm’s home office. Jonathan Etra, in litigation, focuses on white-collar criminal defense and civil racketeering matters. Jeffrey H. Lapidus, in the real estate and land use group, represents domestic and foreign institutions in real estate transactions. New counsel Baker Botts (Houston): Eight new special counsel have been appointed. Gary Abelev, R. William Beard Jr. and Paul J. Reilly are with the intellectual property group; Renu Gupta and Clara M. Poffenberger are with the environmental group; David Arlington is in litigation; Craig Troyer is in the corporate practice group; and Wendy B. Warren practices in global projects. Elected Mark E. Wojcik, a professor at John Marshall Law School in Chicago, has been voted in as president of the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago. Named John D. Altenburg Jr., retired Army general and Greenberg Traurig attorney, has been chosen by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to serve as the appointing authority of military commissions. Among his new duties, Altenburg will be charged with overseeing military tribunals of alleged terrorists detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Michael A. Epstein, a member of the management committee at New York-based Weil, Gotshal & Manges and co-head of the firm’s trade practices and regulatory law department, has been appointed chairman of the board of trustees of the Institute for Cancer Prevention, an organization notable for being the first to establish the link between smoking and lung cancer. Firm merger Piper Rudnick and San Francisco’s Steinhart & Falconer have announced a merger, bringing together Steinhart’s 32 attorneys (including 19 partners) with Piper Rudnick’s 950 lawyers. The conjoined firm will retain the Piper Rudnick name. New offices Chadbourne & Parke (New York): The firm has expanded its international presence with the opening of offices in Warsaw, Poland, and Kiev, Ukraine. Managing partner Gabriel Wujek will lead the Warsaw location and managing partner Jaroslawa Johnson will head the Kiev office. Movers is compiled and written by Roger Adler. 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