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OBLON, SPIVAK Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt has elected two new partners. Both new partners at the Alexandria, Va.-based firm had been senior associates. Philippe Signore, 36, practices patent law in the firm’s electrical/mechanical department, where he focuses on drafting opinions, and obtaining, licensing, and enforcing patents. He received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. Robert Mattson, 31, focuses on computer-related technology and patent litigation. He received his law degree from George Mason University School of Law. PAUL, HASTINGS Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker has added three new partners, all previously partners at Hunton & Williams, to its corporate department in the District. Ellis Butler, 36, concentrates on project financing, development, acquisitions, and other transactions involving the energy and infrastructure industries. He graduated from Harvard Law School. Jeffrey Schroeder, 37, also specializes in financing, development, acquisitions, and business transactions involving the energy and infrastructure industries. He received his law degree from Washington and Lee University School of Law. Laurence Skinner, 47, focuses on project development, dispute resolution, and energy regulation. He received his J.D. from the University of Richmond T.C. Williams School of Law. POWERS PYLES SUTTER & VERVILLE Jeffrey Andrade, 39, has joined Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville as its director of education government relations. He recently served at the U.S. Department of Education as the deputy assistant secretary for policy in the post-secondary education office. Andrade is a graduate of American University. ROSS, DIXON & BELL Ross, Dixon & Bell has elected two new partners, resident in the firm’s D.C. office. Sheila Caudle, 53, concentrates on insurance law and litigation. The former of counsel received her law degree from Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law. Former associate Stephanie Schmelz, 35, practices insurance law and litigation. She received her law degree from the University of Michigan Law School. SANDERS, SCHNABEL & BRANDENBURG Jeanette Camara Richmond has joined Sanders, Schnabel & Brandenburg as an associate focusing on employee benefits and ERISA. Richmond, 42, is a former associate in Seyfarth Shaw’s D.C. office. She received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. STEPTOE & JOHNSON Steptoe & Johnson has added three lawyers to its D.C. office. Lynda Zengerle has joined the firm as a partner. Zengerle, 59, will focus on all aspects of immigration law for businesses, nonprofits, and universities. Prior to joining Steptoe, she was a partner at Baker & McKenzie. She graduated from the University of Michigan School of Law. Jeffrey McFadden, 46, has joined the firm as of counsel in the firm’s D.C. litigation practice. McFadden concentrates on securities litigation and enforcement, white collar crime defense and general civil litigation. Most recently counsel at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, McFadden is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center. Paul Lieberman has joined the firm as special counsel. Lieberman, 59, is a member of the government contracts group. Previously, he was deputy assistant general counsel for procurement law in the U.S. General Accounting Office. He is a graduate of Northeastern University Law School. SWIDLER BERLIN SHEREFF FRIEDMAN Swidler Berlin Shereff Friedman elected Michael Farber to partner in its D.C. office. Farber, 34, is a member of the antitrust and trade regulation practice group, where he represents clients in antitrust litigation and federal and state agency investigations. The former associate is a graduate of George Washington University Law School. — Christine Hines Please send notices of new D.C.-area hires or promotions to Christine Hines 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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