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SAN FRANCISCO Kirkland & Ellis has elevated Adam Alper and Azin Lotfi to partner. Alper, who practices in the IP group, is a 1998 graduate of University of Arizona College of Law. Lotfi, who practices in the corporate group, graduated from Indiana University School of Law in 1999. Alicia Donahue has been named managing partner of Shook, Hardy & Bacon. A member of the products liability litigation practice group, Donahue received her J.D. from University of San Francisco School of Law in 1984. Shannon Minter, legal director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, was one of the winners of the Leadership for a Changing World awards. Recognized for his contributions to the LGBT community, with an emphasis on transgender issues, Minter will receive $100,000 to advance his work and an additional $15,000 to put towards educational opportunities over the next two years. SOUTH BAY William Hebert is joining Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham as of counsel in the Palo Alto office. Hebert, who comes to the firm from now-defunct Coudert Brothers, will specialize in securities fraud, patent and trademark, and class action litigation. He is a 1988 graduate of Boalt Hall School of Law. SACRAMENTO Steven Churchwell is joining DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary as a partner in the government affairs practice group. Churchwell, who was previously with Livingston & Mattesich, received his J.D. from University of Tennessee College of Law in 1982. Lozano Smith has added Daniel Maruccia as an associate in the facilities and business, students and local government practice areas. Prior to joining the firm, Maruccia was deputy legislative counsel for the state of California. He graduated from University of San Diego School of Law in 1997. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA John Mitchell has joined Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Marmaro as a partner specializing in commercial litigation and IP. He will work out of the firm’s offices in both Los Angeles and San Francisco. Formerly an adjunct professor of federal Indian law at Southwestern University School of Law, he received his J.D. from University of Chicago Law School in 1994. DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has added Amy Nefouse as a partner in the San Diego office, where she will join the real estate practice group. Nefouse, who comes to the firm from Latham & Watkins, graduated from Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington in 1991.

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