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SAN FRANCISCO Charles Ferguson has joined Dorsey & Whitney as of counsel in the trial practice group. Ferguson, who worked in energy consulting while maintaining a litigation practice before coming to the firm, is a 1973 graduate of Boalt Hall School of Law. The Schinner Law Group has added Leah Hencier as special counsel in the real estate group. Hencier, who was previously with Old Republic Title Co., graduated from the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law in 1982. Richard Lapping has been named managing partner of Thelen Reid & Priest’s San Francisco office. He succeeds Michael Hallerud. Lapping, who is co-chair of the bankruptcy and creditors’ rights practice, received his J.D. from Hastings College of the Law in 1982. SACRAMENTO Ian Rambarran has joined Klinedinst as an associate in the business, intellectual property, Internet law, real estate and restaurant/hospitality practice groups. He graduated from the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law in 2003. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Bruce Fraser, Elizabeth Walker and Paul Walker have joined Sidley Austin Brown & Wood in Los Angeles as partners. Fraser and Paul Walker are both in the real estate practice group. Fraser is a 1981 graduate of Harvard Law School, while Walker received his LL.B. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1969. Elizabeth Walker, in the litigation practice group, graduated from University of San Diego Law School in 1983. James Rogan has joined Preston Gates & Ellis as of counsel in the intellectual property litigation and policy practices. Rogan, a former congressman and director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, is a 1979 graduate of UCLA School of Law.

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