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Promotions Coudert Brothers (New York): Hong Kong-based attorney Martin E. Robinson has been named a partner in the firm. As a member of the global investment funds practice, Robinson’s focus is on offshore hedge funds and private equity funds. Kelley Drye & Warren (New York): Four associate attorneys have been made partner: James E. Nealon, M. David Short and Robert I. Steiner are with the litigation practice group and Neil O’Donnell is with the corporate group. Associate Troy D. Reynolds has been named special counsel. Nordman Cormany Hair & Compton (Oxnard, Calif.): Former associates Meghan B. Clark and Melissa H. Sayer have been elevated to partnership status. Clark works with the employment, intellectual property and litigation law groups. Sayer is with the corporate and business law practice. Rutan & Tucker (Costa Mesa, Calif.): Seven attorneys have been promoted to the partnership: Nela Bernstein (real estate), Mark Budensiek (employment/labor), Treg Julander (trial), Todd O. Litfin (public), Cristy Lomezo Parker (corporate/securities), Karen Walter (public) and Lori Williams (real estate). New Arrivals Calfee, Halter & Griswold (Cleveland): Cristin Snodgrass has joined as a senior attorney in the estate and succession planning group. She will be based in the home office. Crowell & Moring (Washington): John W. Ryan has joined the firm’s intellectual property group as a partner based in the principal office. He has focused on technology licensing, due diligence investigations, litigation and patent preparation and prosecution, among other areas of expertise. Lambda Legal (New York): Kenneth D. Upton Jr. has come aboard as a senior staff attorney in Lambda’s Dallas-based south central regional office. Upton is focused on securing rights for the children of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents. Preston Gates & Ellis (Seattle): Richard Hanson is a new partner in the firm’s Washington office. He will focus on government contracts, construction and procurement policy. He recently retired from the United States Air Force, which he represented in worldwide contract dispute litigation before the Armed Services Board of Contract Disputes. Venable (Washington): Privacy law expert Emilio W. Cividanes has joined the firm’s government and legislative practice, and will also bolster the homeland security, consumer and telecom practices. A veteran of Capitol Hill, he has been actively involved in the drafting of major federal privacy statutes and regulations. Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr: Stephen M. Cutler, former director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement, is joining the firm’s Washington office as co-chairman of its securities department. Prior to his tenure with the commission, Cutler was a partner with Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. New Counsel McDermott, Will & Emery: Karen Laub is a new counsel in the firm’s Orange County, Calif., office. Laub’s clients include high-technology companies, for whom she handles transactional matters and the litigation of complex patent, copyright and trade secret cases. Firm Merger Dorsey & Whitney has joined forces with Palo Alto, Calif.’s Ritchey Fisher Whitman & Klein and its staff of 15 attorneys. After closing, Ritchey Fisher will operate under the Dorsey & Whitman banner. Named Akerman Senterfitt of Orlando, Fla., has had 30 firm attorneys named to Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Marcy Levine Aldrich, Kimberly A. Ashby, Jonathan L. Awner, Cecelia Bonifay, James S. Bramnick, Ted R. Brown, J. Thomas Cardwell, Francis L. Carter, Jules S. Cohen, L. Frank Cordero, J. Bruce Culpepper, Anthony J. Cuva, Kirk S. Davis, Don K. Duffy, Susan N. Eisenberg, Michael I. Goldberg, Russell B. Hale, Carmen S. Johnson, Allan J. Katz, Teddy D. Klinghoffer, David V. Kornreich, Brian P. Miller, Hank H. Raattama Jr., Stephen K. Roddenberry, Keith E. Rounsaville, Joseph W. Rugg, Dwight D. Saathoff, Lawrence D. Silverman, Andrew M. Smulian and Stanley H. Wakshlag. Jim Cain, a partner in the Raleigh, N.C., office of Atlanta-based Kilpatrick Stockton, has received a presidential nomination to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Denmark. Previously, he was president and chief operating officer of the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League. Tracy-Gene G. Durkin of Washington’s Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox has been named president-elect of the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia for 2005-06. Durkin, who directs her firm’s mechanical patent group and also leads its trademark practice, has been an active member of the association since 1992. Awards Roger E. Warin, chairman of Washington’s Steptoe & Johnson, is the recipient of the Wiley A. Branton Award given by the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. The prize, whose previous winners include attorneys general Janet Reno and Richard Thornburgh, recognizes Warin for his 30-plus years of support for the committee and its civil rights advocacy. Abigail Watts-FitzGerald, a Miami-based partner at Richmond, Va.-headquartered Hunton & Williams, has received the 2005 “Put Something Back” Pro Bono Volunteer for the Arts Award. She was cited for her work for Karen Peterson and Dancers Inc., a nonprofit troupe of artists of “mixed abilities,” some of whom are disabled. Movers is compiled and written by George Szamuely. Please send material to him at The National Law Journal, 105 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016, or [email protected].

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