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New partners Katten Muchin Zavis Rosenman: Thirteen attorneys have risen to partner rank�Milton Buckingham, Charles Chejfec, Denise Devine, Mark Laughman, Margaret Lomenzo and Ziemowit Smulkowski (Chicago); Stephen Friedman and Jacqueline Giammarco (New York); Christine Fitzgerald and Brian Huben (Los Angeles); Jennifer Beer and Nicole Lynn Kobrine (Washington); and Francis Pinckney (Charlotte, N.C.). Meyer Darragh Buckler Bebenek & Eck (Pittsburgh): Jeffrey Cohen and Leah L. Roth have been promoted to partner. Cohen’s litigation-based practice focuses on insurance defense and toxic torts. Roth, also a litigator, concentrates on the defense of health care providers. Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone (Detroit): Four associates have been elevated to partnership status�Jennifer A. Bielfield, Adam S. Forman and Joseph D. Gustavus are all based in Detroit and Robert J. Nolan is resident in Grand Rapids, Mich. Laterals Bingham McCutchen: Richard S. Taffet has come aboard as a New York-based partner in the firm’s intellectual practice group, arriving from Thelen Reid & Priest. He has served as lead counsel on a variety of IP, antitrust and commercial litigation matters. Blank Rome (Philadelphia): Based in Washington, Heather Miller Podesta has joined as a partner and will serve as a principal with Blank Rome Government Relations. As an expert on tax, trade and transportation issues, Podesta has helped develop policy and has provided strategic counsel to Democrats in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate. Preston Gates & Ellis (Seattle): Ralph Alldredge has joined as a partner in the firm’s San Francisco office, having made the move from Legal Strategies Group. His areas of expertise include patent infringement, antitrust, trade secrets, business torts and products liability. Shearman & Sterling (New York): The firm’s litigation practice has signed on two new partners�white-collar crime specialist Steven Molo is based in New York and Stephen Hibbard, who focuses on security law and corporate governance, practices in San Francisco. Sidley Austin Brown & Wood: Patrick Morrisey joined the firm’s health care group as a partner. Currently deputy staff director and chief health counsel of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Morrisey was a principal staff author of the recent Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act. New counsel Reed Smith: The firm’s appellate practice has added Dennis Peter Maio, to be based in San Francisco. He has held a range of top-level positions with the California Supreme Court during the past two decades and he joins Reed Smith as of counsel. Stroock & Stroock & Lavan (New York): Ernst H. Rosenberger, an associate justice of the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division is a new of counsel in the firm’s litigation group. He focuses on arbitration, mediation and alternative and international dispute resolution. Firm management Hancock & Estabrook (Syracuse, N.Y.): Richard W. Cook has been installed by the partnership as managing partner of the firm. Cook practices corporate and banking law, is a member of the executive committee and currently serves as head of the firm’s business department. Steptoe & Johnson: Roger E. Warin, present head of the firm’s litigation practice, has been elected chairman of the executive committee. Douglas G. Green, a specialist in the areas of commercial litigation and electric power, will be the committee’s vice chairman. Elected Christopher A. Lewis, Marilyn J. Horan and Mark C. Schultz have been chosen as new officers by the Judicial Conduct Board of Pennsylvania. Lewis, elected chairman, is a partner with Philadelphia’s Blank Rome, Horan is a court of common pleas judge and Schultz serves as a partner with Cozen O’Connor, also of Philadelphia. Named Susan M. Hickman, a partner with Hinshaw & Culbertson (Chicago), has been named to the new Illinois joint House-Senate task force on mold in indoor environments. She has performed as lead counsel in mold litigation spanning the United States and works with clients to develop risk-management programs to combat mold and other indoor air-quality problems. Lanae Holbrook, a Washington-based partner with Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson (New York), has been named to the women’s leadership board at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Her practice focuses on securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions and venture capital financings. Awarded Judith Areen, Georgetown University Law Center dean, has received the 2004 Laurie D. Zelon Award from the Pro Bono Institute, making her the first academic professional to be so honored. Areen was cited in introductory remarks by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for having integrated public interest law into every aspect of the law center, its students, faculty and alumni. Areen has established the law center’s Office of Public Interest and Community Service. Honored Griffin B. Bell, former U.S. attorney general and current senior partner at Atlanta’s King & Spalding, is the recipient of the Atlanta Bar Association’s Leadership Award. With kudos from presidents Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush, and with more than 300 people in attendance at the ceremony, Bell said “Sometimes you have to set aside awards of private law practice and serve your country . . . .Lawyers are, first and foremost, in a service profession.” 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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