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FIRM PROMOTIONS Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn (Detroit): Associates Thomas W. Forster II (real estate) and Robert J. Muchnick (labor and employment) have been elevated to the partnership. McAndrews, Held & Malloy (Chicago): The intellectual property law firm has promoted four attorneys to partnership status: Joseph M. Butscher, Ronald A. DiCerbo, Joseph F. Harding and Jennifer E. Lacroix. Michael B. Harlin has also been elevated to the firm’s board of directors. Spencer Fane Britt & Browne (St. Louis): Nicholas A. Franke and Milton C. Spaulding have been elected to the partnership. Franke’s practice is focused on bankruptcy and corporate reorganization. Spaulding practices with the firm’s environmental, litigation and dispute resolution groups. NEW ARRIVALS Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld: Former Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson is joining the firm as a partner, accompanied by counsel Ladd Wiley. Public sector and health care issues will be the focus of the former cabinet member. Thompson also joins Deloitte & Touche USA as a senior advisor. DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary: Two former Winston & Strawn partners and an associate have been added to the firm’s private equity practice in Chicago. Laurence Bronska and Andrew McCune will serve as co-chairmen of the Midwest practice, and will be joined by Peter Lawrence. Gardner Carton & Douglas (Chicago): Michael E. Mermall has joined the real estate department as a partner. He previously served as general counsel of real estate investment and financial companies, overseeing all legal work and handling more than $1.1 billion in loans, financing and investments. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher (Los Angeles): A newly formed five-member media and entertainment litigation team has bolstered the firm. Partner Orin Snyder is in New York; Cynthia Arato (Denver) and Ashlie Beringer (New York) are of counsel; and Marc Isserles and Elise Zealand are New York-based associates. Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe: Shareholder Marc G. Schildkraut arrives in Washington from Howrey Simon Arnold & White to focus on antitrust matters. The firm’s San Diego office also has added three new shareholders from Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker: John M. Benassi, Jessica M. Wolff and Kurt R. Kjelland. Jaffe Associates (Atlanta), a business development consultancy for law firms and other professional services organizations, has hired Annette Marie Boyle to serve as vice president-special projects/ client manager. She was previously with McKenna Long & Aldridge. Katten Muchin Zavis Rosenman: Michael Hobel, a veteran entertainment industry attorney, has come aboard as a capital partner in the firm’s Los Angeles-area Century City, Calif., office. He arrives from O’Melveny & Myers. McDermott, Will & Emery: Andrew Kumamoto has joined the firm’s intellectual property department as a partner in its Silicon Valley office located in Palo Alto, Calif. He focuses on patent planning and litigation and technology transactions. Venable: John Muleta, head of the Federal Communications Commission’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, has joined the firm’s Washington office as partner, and will become co-chairman of the communications group. He is a 20-year industry veteran. White & Case: The firm’s Palo Alto, Calif., office welcomes the arrival of two intellectual property partners and a senior litigation associate from Orick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. The newcomers are partners Heidi L. Keefe and Mark R. Weinstein, and Mark F. Lambert, who join former colleague William Sloan Coats. NEW COUNSEL Latham & Watkins: Min Yee Ng has joined the firm’s Singapore office’s corporate finance practice as counsel, having made the move from Shearson & Sterling. She is experienced in managing complex United States and international securities transactions. Nixon Peabody: Environmental attorneys Louis Evans and Trisha Smith have signed on as counsel, based in the firm’s Garden City, N.Y., office. Both were previously partners at New York’s Tannenbaum, Helpern, Syracuse & Hirschtritt. FIRM MANAGEMENT Cozen O’Connor (Philadelphia): The firm has named managing attorneys for nine of its regional offices: Samuel S. Woodhouse III (Atlanta); Brad W. Breslau (Denver); Joseph A. Ziemianski (Houston); Mark S. Roth (Los Angeles); Kevin M. Haas (Newark, N.J.); Forrest Booth (San Francisco); Barry Boss (Washington); Kenneth R. Lang (Wichita, Kan.) and Mark E. Felger (Wilmington, Del.). HONORED Paul W. Lee, a partner in Boston-based Goodwin Procter’s business law department, has been recognized by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) Law Foundation for his contributions to programs benefiting the Asian-Pacific American legal community. Barry White and his wife Eleanor were recently honored by the American Jewish Committee in recognition of their community service to Boston. Barry is former managing partner of Boston’s Foley Hoag and Eleanor is long associated with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, among numerous other accomplishments. Reed Smith: Munich, Germany, is the site of a newly opened office, the firm’s first in continental Europe, to be led by partners Stefan Kugler and Michael Fischer. The group of seven attorneys, joined by one of counsel, four associates and several support staff, will begin operations by May 1. Movers is compiled and written by George Szamuely. 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