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Elected Debevoise & Plimpton (New York): The firm has promoted seven attorneys to the partnership: Andrew J. Ceresney (litigation-New York), Jeffrey S. Jacobson (litigation-New York), Matthew E. Kaplan (securities-New York), Geoffrey Kittredge (investment management and private equity-London), Li Li (corporate-Shanghai), Maeve O’Connor (litigation-New York) and My Chi To (bankruptcy and restructuring-New York). New arrivals Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld: Grant Aldonas, former United States Commerce Department undersecretary for international trade, has joined the firm as a partner. He will be based in Washington with the international trade practice. Prior to his term in public service, Aldonas’ career included 12 years in private practice and a stint as a Foreign Service officer. Bryan Cave: The firm’s Phoenix office has been bolstered by the arrival of Michelle H. Ganz and Ilene R. Slate. Ganz practices in the labor and employment client service group. Slate is a special counsel to the real estate, construction and project finance client service group. Duane Morris (Philadelphia): The firm’s New York office has added to its roster Alexander Moon, formerly of Philadelphia’s Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis. Moon joins as a partner in the corporate/capital markets practice group. Epstein Becker & Green (New York): Marian E. Ladner has come aboard as a member of the firm’s international trade practice. Her expertise includes the areas of customs and import compliance, export compliance, international law and transportation/logistics. In 2002 and 2004, she was appointed by cabinet secretaries Paul O’Neill, John Snow and Tom Ridge to serve on the Advisory Committee in Commercial Operations of the Customs Service. GrayRobinson: Chadley W. Clements has joined the firm, resident in Melbourne, Fla. He practices civil litigation, including the areas of maritime, employment and labor, contract disputes and personal injury. Hancock & Estabrook (Syracuse, N.Y.): The firm has added three new attorneys-Holly Kozlowski Austin, Eileen A. Casey and Mary C. King. Hodgson Russ (Buffalo, N.Y.): Christopher J. Schuster has joined the firm’s business litigation practice group in the Boca Raton, Fla., principal office. He arrives from the Boca Raton location of Adorno & Yoss. McGlinchey Stafford (New Orleans): Brooks Eason and Dewitt “Rusty” L. Fortenberry Jr. have joined the firm’s litigation team in its Jackson, Miss., office. Eason, a member, focuses on commercial disputes and the defense of employment discrimination claims. Fortenberry, of counsel, specializes in litigation and government relations. Porter & Hedges (Houston): W. David Tidholm has been hired as a new partner, joining the firm from Dallas-based Gardere Wynne Sewell. He will practice with the firm’s real estate and real estate finance groups. Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton (Los Angeles): Edward Lozowicki (partner) and Mathew Troughton (special counsel) have signed on with the firm’s construction litigation practice group, resident in San Francisco. Both made the move from Coudert Brothers. Stroock & Stroock & Lavan (New York): New partner Henry E. Mendia, previously with Miami-based Steel Hector & Davis, has joined the firm’s litigation practice group in the Miami office. His practice focuses on commercial litigation and international arbitration. Woodward, Hobson & Fulton (Louisville, Ky.): Three new attorneys have arrived in the Louisville office: Robert L. Maddox (from Vanderbilt Capital Advisors), Mary E. Eade (from Louisville’s Tachau Maddox Hovious & Dickens) and Scott A. Dyer (following 17 years with the United States Marine Corps). Firm management Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (New York): Mark Walker has been elected managing partner of the firm, succeeding the late Peter Karasz, who had been managing partner since 2000. Walker joined the firm in 1966 and has helped to expand its global presence, particularly in Latin America and Asia. He is a specialist in sovereign debt restructuring. Cozen O’Connor (Philadelphia): Three senior members-Lawrence T. Bowman (Dallas office), Camille M. Miller (Philadelphia office) and William B. Moffitt (Washington office)-have been elected to serve on the firm’s executive committee. Seyfarth Shaw (Chicago): Lorie E. Almon and John P. Napoli have been appointed co-managing partners of the firm’s New York office. Almon focuses on complex employment litigation, collective and/or class proceedings and appellate matters. Napoli specializes in the areas of federal, state and local taxation and real estate. Appointment Neil Falis, a partner at Atlanta-based Kilpatrick Stockton, has been named commissioner to the 2005 Blue Ribbon Commission of the National Association of Corporate Directors. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to addressing the corporate governance needs of company boards and individual board members. Awards George W. Conk, a partner at Tulipan & Conk of South Orange, N.J., has been awarded a Fulbright Senior Specialist grant by the United States Department of State, to teach copyright law at Shanghai’s East China University of Politics and Law. Jeffrey S. Mandel of Florham Park, N.J.’s Pitney Hardin is the recipient of the Young Lawyer of the Year Award from the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. Mandel practices toxic tort litigation, personal injury law, criminal law and general litigation. His practice also includes a concentration on appeals. Movers is compiled and written by George Szamuely. Please send material to him at The National Law Journal, 105 Madison Ave., New York, N.Y. 10016, or [email protected].

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