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BLANK ROME Katherine Barecchia, 27, has joined Blank Rome as an associate in the firm’s intellectual property and technology practices. Barecchia was with Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, as an associate in the electrical and mechanical and litigation departments. Her practice focuses on design and utility patent protection in a variety of technologies, including medical devices, cancer diagnosis, business methods, and telecommunications. Barecchia received her J.D. from George Mason University School of Law.
CHADBOURNE & PARKE Laura Hegedus is a recent addition to Chadbourne & Parke’s tax practice. She was previously a tax lawyer in the New York and London offices of Jones Day. Her expertise includes advising issuers, underwriters, investment managers, and lenders on a wide range of capital markets activities. Hegedus, 38, earned her J.D. from Tulane University Law School.
CROWELL & MORING Thomas Hanusik, 41, former assistant chief of the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, has joined Crowell & Moring. A partner in the white-collar and securities litigation practice, Hanusik was a member of the Justice Department’s Enron task force and a senior counsel for the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement. He received his J.D. from Duke Law School.
LERCH, EARLY & BREWER Lerch, Early & Brewer announced the election of one attorney to partner and the addition of one associate. Alison Rind, 44, practices primarily in commercial lending and real estate transactions, with a focus on government guaranteed-loan programs. She joined the firm in 2001 and earned her J.D. from The George Washington University Law School. Vicki Canales has accepted an associate position with Lerch, Early, having worked as a law clerk for the firm since April 2005. She will be practicing primarily in the commercial lending and real estate transactions groups. Canales, 30, received her J.D. from American University Washington College of Law.
MCDERMOTT WILL & EMERY McDermott Will & Emery announced that Eric Conn, Michael Connelly, Joshua Odintz, Erika Olsen, and Bonnie Warren have been promoted to partner. Conn, 31, is focusing on occupational safety and health law and complex commercial litigation. His practice includes representing clients in all aspects of Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Mine Safety and Health Administration law, including enforcement actions, compliance counseling, and litigation. He received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. Connelly, 34, concentrates his practice on patent litigation and prosecution, intellectual property licensing, and counseling private and public clients on the protection of intellectual property assets. Connelly earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Odintz works on both tax controversy and tax planning. Before joining McDermott Will & Emery, he served as a lawyer adviser with the U.S. Tax Court. Odintz, 35, earned his J.D. from California Western School of Law. Olsen, 31, focuses her practice on telecommunications regulatory issues for emerging technologies, common carriers, and electric utilities, as well as spectrum-related issues. Olsen received her J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law. Warren, 44, concentrates her practice on intellectual property law and patent litigation. Before practicing law, Warren worked in the software design and development industry, where she designed utility software for NASA that allowed for better storage and access of flight data. She earned her J.D. from Samford University Cumberland School of Law.
MCGUIREWOODS Brian Lubkeman, 32, was named partner at McGuireWoods. He practices in the firm’s real estate and environmental department, concentrating on real estate transactions, real estate development matters, commercial lending transactions, commercial leasing, and land-use matters. Lubkeman received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.
NIXON PEABODY Leanne Stewart, 36, an Australian attorney who previously served as general counsel to the Australian Wine and Brandy Corp., the governmental agency that regulates wines and brandy in Australia, has joined Nixon Peabody’s beverage alcohol group.
PERKINS COIE Caroline Goodson has returned to Perkins Coie as of counsel. Goodson, 36, joined the firm in May 2004 from the Federal Election Commission. During her tenure at Perkins she represented the Kerry-Edwards presidential campaign. She subsequently joined the Kerry campaign to help with postelection work, including the mandatory post-campaign audit. Goodson received her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. — Nathan Carlile
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