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San Francisco Nossaman Guthner Knox & Elliott has added David McDonald and Stephanie Hopkins as partners in its litigation practice group. Hopkins and McDonald join the firm from Aon Corp.’s law division. Aon closed its law division in March. While at Aon, Hopkins and McDonald focused on broker professional liability, insurance coverage and employment matters. McDonald is a 1989 graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law. Hopkins received her J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law in 1995. Gordon & Rees has added The Berkley Law Group, a successor to Berman, Berkley & Lasky, to the firm. Daniel Berkley and Carol Copsey join Gordon & Rees as partners, and Sheldon Michaels as senior counsel. Berkley, who has specialized in labor and employment law for more than 25 years, is a 1971 Boalt Hall School of Law graduate. Copsey, also an employment law specialist, graduated from McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific in 1983. Michaels’ focus is as a mediator and arbitrator in employment matters. He is a UCLA School of Law graduate. Robert Arns has received the Trial Lawyer of the Year Award from the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association. Arns, in practice for 28 years, was recognized as “a leader in the legal community for his continuous dedication, successful verdicts and the unending compassion he brings to each and every case he represents on behalf of injured families.” He is a graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law, where he teaches trial practice. Kathleen Fisher has been chosen for the S.F. AIDS Foundation’s 2004 Leadership Award. Previously with Morrison & Foerster for 28 years, Fisher is being recognized for more than 10 years of pro bono work advancing the mission of the foundation and its international affiliate, the Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation, where she currently is serving as general counsel. South Bay Pillsbury Winthrop has added employment partner Greg Lemmer in its Palo Alto office. Previously with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, Lemmer’s practice includes wrongful termination, employment discrimination, harassment and wage and hour. He received his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School. Joining Lemmer from Orrick is associate Amy Thornborrow, who also practices in the litigation and employment area. She is a University of Michigan Law School graduate. James Leong has joined Dorsey & Whitney’s Palo Alto office as of counsel, where he practices in the trademark, copyright and brand management group. Leong comes to the firm after more than 11 years with Visa International Service Association, where he managed the worldwide intellectual property matters for the company. He is a Boalt Hall School of Law graduate. East Bay Best Best & Krieger has added Roger Peters as a partner in its municipal law practice group in Walnut Creek. Previously Peters was a partner at Cornell, Lange & Peters and has served as city attorney for the town of Colma since 1995. He is a graduate of Boalt Hall School of Law. Southern California Jonathan Bank has joined Lord, Bissell & Brook as of counsel in its Los Angeles office. Bank focuses on reinsurance and insurance dispute resolution and regulatory matters. He most recently served as senior vice president of Tawa Associates Ltd. and will continue as outside counsel for Tawa. O’Melveny & Myers’ Century City office has a new managing partner, Joseph Calabrese. A 22-year veteran of the firm, Calabrese works extensively in both the firm’s traditional entertainment practice and the entertainment and media acquisitions and finance practice. He replaces David Weil, who recently became CEO of Anschutz Film Group, but will remain a partner with the firm. 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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