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San Francisco Steefel, Levitt & Weisshas announced that Charlotte Ito, Mauricio Beugelmansand David Nemecek Jr.have joined the firm’s business and tax and litigation groups. Ito, who specializes in complex estate planning, is a 1983 graduate of Hastings College of the Law. Beugelmans and Nemecek, who both focus on securities arbitration and litigation, are late-’90s graduates of Golden Gate University School of Law and McGeorge School of Law at University of the Pacific, respectively. David Spielberghas joined Thelen Reid & Priestas a partner in the firm’s project and infrastructure group. Spielberg has more than 25 years of experience representing owners, developers, lenders and investors in project and related infrastructure transactions. He also has extensive experience in energy and power purchase agreements and renewable energy projects. He is a graduate of Stanford Law School. Baker & McKenziehas expanded its corporate and securities practice with the appointment of Emery Mitchellas a partner. Mitchell represents public and private companies in joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions. He also represents several investment banks in financial advisory matters. He received his J.D. from Hastings College of the Law in 1989. Tyler Paetkauhas joined Winston & Strawnas a partner in the firm’s labor and employment practice. Paetkau represents employers in such court litigation as wrongful termination, discrimination, sexual harassment and defamation. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School. Robert Friese, one of the founding partners of Shartsis, Friese & Ginsburgin San Francisco, has become the president of the Association of Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni. Friese is co-chair of the Securities Enforcement Defense group at Shartsis, Friese, which includes four former SEC attorneys. Friese will be the first ASECA president based on the West Coast. South Bay Bankruptcy expert Penn Butleris joining Squire, Sanders & Dempseyas part of that firm’s expanding bankruptcy practice in its Palo Alto office. Butler, who has more than 30 years of experience representing clients in all aspects of insolvency and reorganization, is a graduate of Hastings College of the Law. White & Leeannounced that Tom Armstronghas joined the firm’s Menlo Park office as a partner. Armstrong’s background is in working with emerging growth technology companies, as well as public companies. He received his J.D. from Hastings College of the Law in 1984. East Bay The Oakland-based Public Health Institutehas appointed Brenda Drakeas its director, putting her in charge of the group’s health-related lawsuits, including a $21 million settlement involving prescription drug marketing. Drake, a graduate of Boalt Hall School of Law, practiced corporate law for 16 years before becoming a foundation executive, trustee and director of several different social organizations. Southern California Warren Louihas joined the Los Angeles banking and finance practice of Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw.Loui, who has represented corporate clients in several multibillion-dollar securitizations and financings, received his J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1981. McDermott, Will & Emeryhas announced that John Hankins, a partner with the firm specializing in intellectual property, has relocated to San Diego, where he will serve as partner-in-charge of the firm’s local office. Hankins, who focuses his practice on infringement and validity matters, is a graduate of Rutgers School of Law. 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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