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New partners Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld: Murry B. Cohen, a former justice on the Texas 1st Court of Appeals in Houston, joins as partner in the firm’s Houston office. He will head the firm’s Texas appellate practice. Howard & Howard (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.): Jon Shackelford comes on board as partner in the firm’s Ann Arbor, Mich., office. A specialist in intellectual property law, he was previously senior patent counsel for global automotive components maker Federal-Mogul Corp. Laterals Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Martin (Houston): Jefferson B. Blandford joins the litigation practice as partner in the firm’s Atlanta office. A specialist in labor and employment law, he was previously a partner with Ford & Harrison of Atlanta. Duane Morris (Philadelphia): Charles E. Harrell joins the corporate practice group as partner in the firm’s Houston office. He was previously a partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges of New York. Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich: David Young joined the corporate and securities practice as partner in the firm’s San Diego office. He was previously co-chairman of the venture capital and technology group at Los Angeles’ Manatt, Phelps & Phillips. Weil, Gotshal & Manges (New York): Alexander J. Hadjis joins as partner in the patent litigation practice in the firm’s Washington office He was previously a partner at Fish & Richardson. Wiley Rein & Fielding (Washington): Margaret A. Ryan comes on board as partner in the firm’s government contracts, litigation and appellate groups. Previously a partner in the Denver office of Chicago-based Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott, she has also served as a law clerk for Justice Clarence Thomas and as aide de camp to the commandant of the Marine Corps. In addition, John E. Barry rejoins the firm as partner in the communications practice. Previously with Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek of San Diego, he has also served as law clerk to justices Warren E. Burger and Anthony M. Kennedy. Zuckerman Spaeder (Washington): Melinda Sarafa joins as partner in the firm’s New York office. A white-collar defense practitioner, she was previously at Brafman & Ross of New York, and served as an assistant federal public defender in the Southern District of Texas. New counsel Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold (San Francisco): Vernon A. Kowal joins the firm’s Chicago office as special counsel from Freeborn & Peters of Chicago. Thacher Proffitt & Wood (New York): Christopher Lewis comes on board as counsel in the structured finance practice group at the firm’s home office. He was previously a partner at Simmons & Simmons in London. Whiteford, Taylor & Preston (Baltimore): Robert S. Collins joins the business and intellectual property groups as counsel in the firm’s home office. He was previously a corporate and intellectual property partner at Gordon & Glickson of Chicago. New arrivals Katten Muchin Zavis Rosenman: Two partners arrive from Chicago-based Welsh & Katz to join the intellectual property practice group in the firm’s Chicago office-Eric C. Cohen and Charles R. Krikorian. Elected William P. Atkins, partner in the McLean, Va., office, of Pillsbury Winthrop and co-chairman of the firm’s global intellectual property section, has been elected president of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia. Michael S. Greco, partner in the Boston office of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart, has been voted by the ABA House of Delegates as ABA president-elect. He will become the association’s 129th president in August 2005. Edward F. Koren, partner and chairman of Holland & Knight’s private wealth services section, has been elected chair of the ABA Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law. Irwin H. Warren, partner and co-head of business and securities litigation practice at Weil, Gotshal & Manges of New York, has been elected to the Council of the Section of Litigation of the ABA. Founded in 1973, the section consists of approximately 74,000 members and is responsible for setting policy on issues critical to the legal profession, such as “tort reform,” the SEC’s proposed “noisy withdrawal” rules under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and proposed changes to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct. Appointed Jodie Bernstein, of counsel to the antitrust/U.S. trade regulation client service group at Bryan Cave, has been appointed to serve as one of the 10 public members of the National Advertising Review Board. The board is the appeals body of the advertising industry’s self-regulatory system. Bryan Bockhop of Atlanta’s Arnall Golden Gregory has been named vice chairman of the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s Emerging Technologies Committee. Started in 1897, the AIPLA is a 14,000-member national bar association for attorneys involved in the practice of patent, trademark, copyright and unfair competition law. Heather J. Meeker, partner in Greenberg Traurig’s East Palo Alto, Calif., office, is to co-chair the Open Source Committee for the ABA’s Section of Science and Technology. Polly Plimpton, counsel to the business practice group at Boston’s Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, has been appointed chair of the ABA’s Subcommittee on Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation and Section 16 of the Committee on Federal Securities Regulation. The subcommittee focuses on issues such as insider trading. Movers is compiled and written by George Szamuely. Please send material to him at The National Law Journal , 105 Madison Ave., New York, N.Y. 10016, or [email protected]

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