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AKERMAN SENTERFITT Richard Smith, 44, joins Akerman Senterfitt as a partner from the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, where he was acting head of the fraud section and the principal deputy chief for litigation. He will work in the white-collar and SEC advisory group, a newly created practice. At the DOJ, Smith oversaw the litigation activities of all trial attorneys in matters involving violations of statutes concerning conspiracy, wire and mail fraud, bank fraud, securities fraud, obstruction of justice, money laundering, and RICO. He received his J.D. from the University of Florida’s Frederic G. Levin College of Law.
BELL BOYD & LLOYD Mark Pratt has accepted a position as associate resident in the intellectual property group of Bell Boyd & Lloyd. He will concentrate on intellectual property litigation and patent prosecution. Before attending the University of Baltimore School of Law, Pratt, 41, was an electrical engineer for the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He joins the firm from Morgan & Finnegan.
CLUTCH LEGAL STAFFING Paul Mandell, 32, has been named president of Clutch Legal Staffing. Clutch provides temporary and permanent staff for law firms and corporate legal departments. Mandell was previously an associate at Arnold & Porter, where he specialized in antitrust and general civil litigation. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School.
CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION Jeffrey Williams joined the Consumer Product Safety Commission as assistant general counsel for enforcement. He was a partner in the litigation and government relations practice groups of Chicago’s Ungaretti & Harris. Williams, 46, received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
MANATT, PHELPS & PHILLIPS Wendy Krasner, 52, has signed on with the D.C. office of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips as a partner. Krasner previously served as deputy vice president for policy and research at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. She earned her J.D. from the University of California Berkeley School of Law.
PRESTON GATES ELLIS & ROUVELAS MEEDS James Rogan, 48, a former House member from California, has joined Preston Gates Ellis & Rouvelas Meeds as of counsel in its policy and intellectual property practices. President George W. Bush appointed Rogan undersecretary of commerce for intellectual property and director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, a position he held from 2001 to 2004. He earned his J.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law.
SCHNADER HARRISON SEGAL & LEWIS Benjamin Hahn has come aboard Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis as a partner in the litigation services department and the employment practice group. For the past nine years, Hahn, 52, has practiced on his own in Annapolis, Md., and with Hahn, Kyle & Hollrah, specializing in labor and employment law. He received his J.D. from Stanford Law School.
SEYFARTH SHAW John Toner, 57, has joined Seyfarth Shaw as of counsel in its labor and employment practice group. Previously, Toner was chief of staff for the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, an independent U.S. government agency that preserves and promotes labor-management peace and cooperation. He received his J.D. from George Mason University School of Law.
THOMPSON HINE Thompson Hine has added three members to its business litigation practice, all of whom came from Buchanan Ingersoll. They will focus on commercial litigation. Christopher Schwartz, 52, who joins the firm as a partner, brings more than 25 years of trial experience, including work for the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. He earned his J.D. from New York University Law School. C. Dennis Southard IV, 43, hired as an of counsel, was previously a senior attorney with Buchanan. He will focus on administrative law, contract disputes, employment disputes, and real estate issues. He received his J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law. Brooke Falk, 34, joins the firm as an associate and will continue to concentrate on Federal False Claim Act claims. She received her J.D. from American University Washington College of Law. — Nathan Carlile
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