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A slew of new partners was named this week in San Francisco and Palo Alto offices of California and East Coast firms — all effective Jan. 1. Philadelphia-based Dechert promoted two local attorneys to partner. David Linder, 40, a finance and real estate attorney in the firm’s San Francisco office, received his J.D. in 1995 from Temple University School of Law. Jill Kopeikin, 38, an intellectual property and commercial litigator in the Palo Alto office, received her J.D. in 1992 from Boalt Hall School of Law. The 700-lawyer firm elevated a dozen attorneys firmwide — five more than last year. New York-based Simpson Thacher & Bartlett elevated one attorney to partner in Palo Alto. Harrison “Buzz” Frahn, 37, a litigator, earned his J.D. in 1996 from Vanderbilt University School of Law. The 700-attorney Simpson Thacher elevated six associates to partner firmwide — one less than last year. At Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, two partners were elevated in the firm’s Menlo Park office. Brett Pletcher, 36, a corporate attorney, was admitted in 1996 after graduating from Boalt Hall School of Law. John Dietz, 33, also in corporate, was admitted in 1997 after earning his J.D. from Hastings College of the Law. The 75-attorney firm promoted one less attorney than last year. Finally, Hanson, Bridgett, Marcus, Vlahos & Rudy promoted three associates in its San Francisco office — the same number as last year. Alexander Berline, 38, a member of the insurance coverage practice, earned his J.D. in 1991 from the University of San Francisco School of Law. Kurt Franklin, 38, with the Labor & Employment Section, earned his J.D. in 1994 from the University of San Francisco School of Law. Kimon Manolius, 43, in the firm’s public agency section, practices commercial litigation and labor and employment law. He earned his J.D. in 1990 from Boston University School of Law. The 125-attorney firm has offices in San Francisco, the North Bay and Sacramento.

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