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Promotion Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott (Pittsburgh): Scott D. Cessar has been appointed as member in charge of the firm’s home office. He is the current chairman of the construction law and alternate dispute resolution groups. Cessar succeeds Christopher R. Opalinski, who was recently named head of the firm’s litigation division. New Arrivals Bracewell & Giuliani (Houston): Michelle Roberts is a newly arrived partner in the trial section of the firm’s Dallas office. She concentrates on complex commercial litigation and also performs as outside general counsel for several companies. Brown Rudnick Berlack Israels (Boston): Thomas J. Cassidy has come aboard as a new partner in the firm’s New York office. He has more than 15 years’ experience in asset-backed and mortgage-backed finance, and will be joining the bankruptcy and finance department. Cullen and Dykman (Brooklyn, N.Y.): Victor M. Finmann, a 30-year veteran in the field of trusts and estates law, has joined the firm as a partner in its Garden City, N.Y., office. He has particular expertise in distributions from qualified plans, tax-sheltered annuities and IRAs. Fulbright & Jaworski (Houston): The firm’s New York office has a new partner in Kenneth M. Breen who, for the last 10 years, was a federal prosecutor. Most recently, he served in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, where he focused on such areas as insider trading, market manipulation, tax fraud, anti-counterfeiting and money laundering. Kirkland & Ellis (Chicago): Gordon W. Johnson has joined as a partner in the firm’s New York office. He is a former chief legal advisor on commercial insolvency and creditor-rights systems at the World Bank, and also spent 10 years with New York-based Weil, Gotshal & Manges. Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham: John K. Williamson is a new partner in the firm’s intellectual property practice, having made the move from PPG Industries Inc., where he was an assistant general counsel. He focuses on litigation, licensing and infringement issues. McDermott, Will & Emery: Jessica Cullen Smith has joined the firm’s intellectual property, media and technology practice in Los Angeles. The new partner focuses her practice on transactions for media, entertainment and high-technology companies. Rutan & Tucker (Costa Mesa, Calif.): Bruce Allen has joined the firm to become its chief marketing officer. He served previously with Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison and Deloitte & Touche. Winstead Sechrest & Minick (Dallas): Jim Grace, joining the firm as a shareholder, is a new member of the government relations/public policy and energy practice groups. He is based in Houston, and served previously with CenterPoint Energy Inc. and Baker Botts in that city. New Counsel McGlinchey Stafford (New Orleans): Mary L. Grier Holmes joins the firm’s labor and employment section as of counsel, resident in the principal office. She concentrates on defending employment litigation and on the defense of cases involving environmental regulations and workplace safety standards. Rivkin Radler (Uniondale, N.Y.): Founding partner Leonard L. Rivkin has rejoined the firm as of counsel. Rivkin was national trial counsel for Dow Chemical Co. in Agent Orange class actions, and has served as national coordinating counsel for insurers in hazardous waste and environmental-related litigation. In-House CB Richard Ellis Group Inc. (Los Angeles): Wanda Goodloe, for 16 years a senior real estate partner at Jones Day, has been appointed general counsel for the commercial real estate-services firm’s New York Tri-State Region. Hildebrandt International (Somerset, N.J.): Attorney and psychologist Larry Richard, an authority on leadership effectiveness in law firms, will head the consulting firm’s leadership and organization development practice. An expert on lawyers’ personalities, he has tested more than 25,000 members of the profession. Elected Anne E. Gorham of the Lexington, Ky., office of Stites & Harbison and chairwoman of the construction service group, has been elected to the governing committee of the 6,000-member American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry. David N. Hofstein, a shareholder in Philadelphia domestic relations law firm Hofstein Weiner & Levit, has been elected to the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s board of directors. He is a former chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association Family Law Section and is an adjunct lecturer at Temple University School of Law. Stuart M. Lederman, a partner at Morristown, N.J.’s Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perretti, has been elected secretary of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation, the educational and philanthropic arm of the state bar association. His practice focuses on government affairs, construction, real estate and civil litigation. New Office Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart: The labor and employment law firm has established a new office in Phoenix. Joseph T. Clees (managing shareholder), and Michael D. Guinan, Pavneet S. Uppal, L. Eric Dowell, James T. Tucker and Tracy A. Miller, all former partners and counsel with Bryan Cave, will be founding shareholders at the firm’s new location, its 24th city. Name Change Major, Hagen & Africa (San Rafael, Calif.): The legal search firm has been renamed Major, Lindsey & Africa, honoring managing partner Jon Lindsey. Lindsey founded the New York office and has served with the firm for 14 years. Movers is compiled and written by George Szamuely. 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