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COCHRAN & OWEN Sheila Costin, 39, has joined Cochran & Owen as of counsel. Costin was formerly an assistant county attorney in the Land Use Section of the Fairfax County Attorney’s Office, and a partner at Richards McGettigan Reilly & West. She earned her J.D. at Georgetown University Law Center. HOLLAND & KNIGHT Aurene Martin, 39, has joined Holland & Knight as a partner in the Indian law practice group. Previously, Martin was principal deputy assistant secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs. She received her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School. KAYE SCHOLER William Hoffman, 42, has joined Kaye Scholer as a partner in its products liability practice. Previously, Hoffman was a partner at Arnold & Porter. He received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. SONNENSCHEIN NATH & ROSENTHAL Joshua Berman, 34, has joined Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal as a partner. Berman formerly worked as a federal prosecutor. He received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. SPIEGEL & McDIARMID Spiegel & McDiarmid has announced the arrival of three associates: Sean Flynn, 34, joins the firm from the Center for Study of Responsive Law, where he was a senior attorney with the compulsory licensing project. His practice focuses on representing municipal utilities and electric cooperatives. Flynn received his J.D. from Harvard Law School. Melinda Claybaugh, 28, joins the firm after working for the California Appellate Project and the Tri-State Transportation Campaign in New York. Her practice focuses on energy law and litigation. She received her J.D. from New York University School of Law. R. Weston Donehower, 32, will focus his practice on the representation of municipalities before federal and state agencies. He received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. THOMPSON COBURN Gary Newell has joined Thompson Coburn as a partner in the utility regulation practice. Newell, 51, was formerly a partner with Spiegel & McDiarmid. He received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. TROUTMAN SANDERS Kristina Nygaard, 57, has joined Troutman Sanders as of counsel to its energy practice group. Prior to this, Nygaard served as chief hydroelectric legal adviser at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. She received her J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. VENABLE Ralph Sharpe, 57, has joined Venable as of counsel to the firm’s financial services group risk management and compliance team. Previously, Sharpe worked as deputy comptroller for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. He received his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School. WILEY REIN & FIELDING Gregg Elias, former Democratic general counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will be returning to Wiley Rein & Feilding as a partner in its communications and government affairs practices. Elias, 40, was an associate at the firm prior to his work on Capitol Hill. He received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. WOMBLE CARLYLE SANDRIDGE & RICE Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice has announced the arrival of two associates: Melissa Ferrario, 28, joins the firm’s antitrust, trade practices, and commerce practice. Previously, she worked on commercial litigation and antitrust at Howrey Simon Arnold & White. She received her J.D. from George Washington University Law School. Audra Hale-Maddox, 28, joins the firm’s business litigation practice group. Prior to this, she worked in Germany as a civilian legal assistance attorney with the U.S. Army. Hale-Maddox received her J.D. from William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law. � Jennifer Mann Please send notices of new D.C.-area hires or promotions to Bethany Broida 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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