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Queens Administrative Judge Named

Acting Justice Leslie G. Leach has been appointed administrative judge of Queens Supreme Court, Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman announced yesterday. Justice Leach succeeds Justice Steven W. Fisher, who served in that role since 1998. Last month, Governor George E. Pataki appointed Justice Fisher to the Appellate Division, Second Department. Justice Leach, 57, first joined the bench as a Criminal Court judge in 1993 and was elevated to an acting Supreme Court justice two years later. Court leaders tapped him to preside over the drug treatment part when it was established in 1999. He held that position until his election to Supreme Court last year. Since then, he has been handling civil cases. Before his appointment to the Criminal Court, Justice Leach worked on the legal staff of virtually every court in the state system, from Criminal Court to the Court of Appeals. — Daniel Wise

Quinn Emmanuel Adds Two Patent Litigation Partners

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges has added two partners in New York. Edward DeFranco, a former partner at New York intellectual property boutique Fish & Neave, and Andrew Berdon, a former partner at IP boutique Frommer Lawrence & Haug, will join Quinn Emanuel as partners specializing in patent litigation. Los Angeles-based Quinn Emanuel is a litigation-only firm with 210 lawyers. The firm has 22 lawyers in its New York office. — Anthony Lin

Man Slapped With New Charge for Disrupting Mets Game

A New Jersey man was the first to be charged in New York with interference with a professional sporting event for interrupting a Mets game Tuesday night, Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said yesterday. John McCarthy, 38, of Totowa, N.J., was charged with third-degree criminal trespass and the new interference count, a misdemeanor, said Mr. Brown. Mr. McCarthy allegedly ran around the ball field at Shea Stadium, briefly halting the Mets’ game with the San Francisco Giants. He faces up to a year in jail and as much as a $5,000 fine if convicted, the district attorney said. — Cerisse Anderson

Pair Named to Investigations Commission

Dineen Riviezzo,executive deputy inspector general in the state Inspector General’s Office, yesterday was appointed chairwoman of the New York State Commission of Investigation. At the same time, Governor George E. Pataki named G. Kevin Ludlow, a member of the state’s parole board, as a member of the commission, which investigates public officers, employees and authorities. The commission over recent years has conducted investigations into the operations of the Putnam and Suffolk counties sheriffs’ offices. Ms. Riviezzo of Brooklyn is a former Manhattan assistant district attorney. Mr. Ludlow of Oneida County served as legal counsel to former Assemblyman and State Senator William R. Sears. — Cerisse Anderson

Personal Notes on Lawyers

Brian D. Waller and Kenneth C. Murphy have been named partners at Simon Partners. Both were formerly associates at the Law Offices of Bradley D. Simon. Also, Terry J. Johnson has been named an associate at Simon Partners.

Seyfarth Shaw has elected Dov Kesselman partner in its labor and employment department. He has been with the firm since 2002.

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