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HUNTON & WILLIAMS D. Bruce Hoffman has rejoined Hunton & Williams as a partner and vice chair of the firmwide antitrust practice group. He spent the last three years at the Federal Trade Commission, where he served as the deputy director of the Bureau of Competition. Hoffman, 37, received his J.D. from the University of Florida Frederic G. Levin College of Law. MCKENNA LONG & ALDRIDGE Jessica Abrahams has joined McKenna Long & Aldridge as a partner in its government contracts practice. Abrahams, 39, previously was a partner at Powell Goldstein. She received her J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. MILLER, BALIS & O’NEIL Miller, Balis & O’Neil announced a new hire and the promotion of one of its associates to partner. Craig Silverstein was elected partner, effective January 2005. Silverstein, 32, will continue his practice in the areas of electric utility regulation and transactions. He received his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. William “Skip” Benz joined the firm as an associate. Benz, 32, most recently held a position in the Office of Chief Counsel for the Inspector General of the Treasury Department. He received his J.D. from Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington, Ind. PILLSBURY WINTHROP Pillsbury Winthrop has elected two associates to partner in its McLean, Va., office. Thomas Cawley Jr., 40, is a member of the intellectual property counseling group, specializing in biotechnology patent prosecution. He received his J.D. from Franklin Pierce Law Center. Bryan Collins, 32, is a member of the intellectual property and patent groups. He received his J.D. from Boston University School of Law. REDMON, PEYTON & BRASWELL F. Paul Maloof has joined the Alexandria, Va., firm of Redmon, Peyton & Braswell as a partner. He will focus on commercial law. Maloof, 54, previously headed his own private firm, Maloof & Associates, in McLean, Va. He received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. SUTHERLAND ASBILL & BRENNAN Andrew Soto has joined Sutherland Asbill & Brennan as of counsel in its energy group, focusing on regulatory litigation, energy policy matters, and the regulatory aspects of commercial transactions in the power and gas area. Most recently, Soto served as senior legal adviser to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Pat Wood III. Soto, 42, received his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law. U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE Interim U.S. Attorney Kenneth Wainstein of the District of Columbia has appointed seven assistant U.S. attorneys to his office. Magdalena Bell, 42, rejoins the office, in the Homicide Section. Most recently, she was an assistant state’s attorney with the Montgomery County, Md., State’s Attorney Office. Bell received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Fernando Campoamor, 36, joins the Misdemeanor Section. He previously served as special counsel in the litigation and white collar practice groups at Covington & Burling. He received his J.D. from Duke University School of Law. B. Patrick Costello Jr. also joins the Misdemeanor Section. Costello, 36, previously served as a law clerk to U.S. Chief District Judge Thomas Hogan of the District of Columbia. He received his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School. Elizabeth Gabriel, 27, joins the Domestic Violence Misdemeanor Section. She most recently worked as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz of the District of Maryland. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School. David Johnson joins the Misdemeanor Section. Johnson, 28, previously served as a clerk to U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer of the District of Columbia. He received his J.D. from William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law. Darlene Soltys, 39, joins the Grand Jury Section. For the past year, she has been a special assistant U.S. attorney for the office’s Organized Crime and Narcotics Section. She received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Kacie McCoy Weston, 28, joins the Special Proceedings Section. She received her J.D. from Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law and most recently she served as a law clerk to the senior judges of the D.C. Court of Appeals. U.S. DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA Judge James Spencer, 55, became the first African-American chief judge in the history of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia when he was selected to replace Chief Judge Claude Hilton. Chief judges are selected by seniority and serve for seven-year terms. Hilton will continue to hear cases in Alexandria. Spencer is based in Richmond. � 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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