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San Francisco Kathryn Ashton has been promoted to partner at Hancock Rothert & Bunshoft. An appellate law specialist, Ashton’s practice emphasizes complex civil litigation and insurance coverage disputes. She is a 1997 graduate of Santa Clara University School of Law. Lori Andrus has been elevated to partner at Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein. Andrus has worked at Lieff Cabraser since graduating from Duke University School of Law in 1999. A Louisiana native, she represented Louisiana crawfish farmers in a class action that recently netted a $45 million settlement for the class. Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Marmaro has elevated Nicolas De Lancie to partner. A member of the firm’s financial services group, De Lancie focuses on the representation of creditors in commercial credit transactions. He joined Jeffer, Mangels as of counsel in 2001; he received his J.D. in 1978 from UC-Davis’ King Hall School of Law. Carroll, Burdick & McDonough has promoted Sean Conboy to partner. A member of the litigation department, Conboy focuses on products liability, consumer warranty and general commercial matters. He is a 1995 graduate of Drake University Law School. Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley has hired three attorneys on the West Coast, including partner Donald Miles in San Francisco. Miles joins the firm from Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin. With a well-established litigation practice, he focuses on insurance coverage, bad faith, product liability and Proposition 65 matters. Miles is a 1974 graduate of Hastings College of the Law. McKenna Long & Aldridge has added five litigators from C.W. Wood & Associates to its product liability and toxic litigation practice. The new group: partner Christopher Wood, senior trial counsel Eric Bergstrom and Daniel Hoye, and senior litigation associates Paul Lannus and Ana Portillo. Led by Wood, the group’s experience includes defending claims arising from exposure to asbestos, silica and solvents as well as commercial litigation matters. Stoel Rives has promoted 13 to partner, including Christine Griffith in San Francisco. Griffith practices in the land use and environmental sections, representing property owners, business concerns and public agencies. She is a 1997 graduate of Stanford Law School. Hinshaw & Culbertson has added Kara Farmer as an associate. Farmer practices in the area of professional liability defense litigation. She is a 2004 graduate of UC-Davis’ King Hall School of Law. Andrew Wiener has opened his own mediation practice and law office after 16 years with Haas & Najarian. He will remain of counsel with the firm. His new practice focuses on workplace disputes and employment and business litigation. South Bay IP attorney James Peterson has joined Jones Day in Menlo Park as a partner. Peterson previously was a partner at Burns, Doane, Swecker & Mathis where he chaired the mechanical practice group and co-chaired the nanotechnology group. He received his J.D. from Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law in 1972. McDermott Will & Emery in Palo Alto has added Michele Moreland as a partner. Moreland joins the firm’s intellectual property practice as a litigator representing clients in a range of technology industries. She received her J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law. San Jose’s Hopkins & Carley has hired former Coudert Brothers partner Robert Christopher. Christopher joins the commercial litigation department with significant copyright, patent and antitrust litigation experience. He received his J.D. from UC-Davis’ King Hall School of Law in 1979. East Bay Archer Norris partner Colin Coffey has been installed as president of the Contra Costa County Bar Association for 2005. Coffey’s practice centers on health care and regulation. He also practices public entity and political law. Coffey is a 1983 Hastings College of the Law graduate. Sacramento Retired Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Richard Park has joined JAMS. Park, who had served on the superior court bench since 1984, was presiding judge from 2000 to 2002. Park received his J.D. from UC-Davis’ King Hall School of Law in 1970. Southern California Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley has hired three attorneys on the West Coast, including partner Christopher Norgaard and of counsel James Park in Los Angeles. Joining the firm from Newell, Campbell & Roche, Norgaard has a well-developed business litigation practice specializing in IP, unfair competition, banking, real estate, public entity and contract matters. He received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1973. Park joins the firm from his own private practice and specializes in general business and transactional law. He is a 1997 graduate of Southwestern University School of Law.

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