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San Francisco In an expansion of its intellectual property litigation practice, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feldis adding a new partner, Yitai Hu, and five other attorneys — Sean DeBruine, Gary Ma, Ming-Tao Yang, Michael Kimand Cindy Feng.Hu, a 1994 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law, has extensive experience litigating matters before U.S. district courts and the International Trade Commission. His team will staff both the San Francisco office and Akin Gump’s new office in Taipei. Richards, Watson & Gershonis adding a new labor and employment practice downtown, moving into new office space and bringing Roy Clarkefrom the firm’s Los Angeles office. Clarke works in labor and employment law, in both the public and private sectors, with an emphasis on advisory matters and administrative hearings. He received his J.D. from Loyola Law School in 1994. Cozen O’Connorhas named Forrest Booth, a member of the firm’s insurance coverage department, to be managing attorney of its San Francisco office. Booth, a 1975 graduate of Harvard Law School, is admitted to practice before the Ninth District and D.C. District U.S. Court of Appeals, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Tax Court. South Bay Yahoo Inc. in Sunnyvale has made Joseph Siinoits vice president of intellectual property and deputy general counsel. Siino, an executive with more than 16 years of experience in the legal profession, earned his J.D. from the Boalt Hall School of Law. Penn Butler, a bankruptcy attorney with more than 30 years of experience in the field, has been tapped by Squire, Sanders & Dempseyfor its bankruptcy and reorganization practice in Palo Alto. Butler is a graduate of Hastings College of the Law. Sacramento Ray LeBov, former director of the Administrative Office of the Courts’ Office of Governmental Affairs, has established himself as a private-practice government lobbyist. Ray LeBov and Associatesconcentrates on advocacy for the disabled, children and the California Appellate Defense Council. LeBov received his J.D. from the University of Southern California. Nossaman Guthner Knox & Elliotthas named a new partner in its heath care practice group in Sacramento. Timothy Aspinwall, who focuses on administrative litigation and writs, received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University in 1986. Southern California Marks, Golia & Finchannounced several changes and additions at its San Diego office. The firm elevated Jason Thornton, a University of San Diego graduate who specializes in construction litigation, to partner. It also took on Rachel Tait, Bernard King IIIand Nowell Lantz– all former law clerks for the firm — as associates. Finally, the principals of Merrill, Schultz & Bennett, Stephen Schultzand Mark Bennett, who specialize in the representation of management in labor disputes, will join the firm as of counsel. Three attorneys, William Curley III, Regina Dannerand Michael Yoshiba, were named shareholders by Richards, Watson & Gershon.Curley, whose practice covers general municipal representation, received his J.D. from Western State University. Danner, a specialist in eminent domain, real estate transactions and commercial litigation, is a graduate of Loyola Law School. Yoshiba, currently involved in condemnation projects in a number of California cities, received his J.D. from the University of West Los Angeles. Jeffrey Cawdrey, an attorney with more than 20 years of experience in business and bankruptcy law and litigation, has joined Gordon& Rees’ San Diego office as a partner. Nossaman Guthner Knox & Elliotthas announced two new partners in Southern California. Michael Shonafelt, a land use attorney and 1996 graduate of Loyola Law School, works in the firm’s Irvine office. And Byron Gee, a member of the water law, environmental and land use practice groups and a 1997 Loyola graduate, works in the Los Angeles office. Please send news about partners or associates, appointments or awards t [email protected], or On the Move, The Recorder, 10 United Nations Plaza, Third Floor, San Francisco, CA 94102.

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