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CHADBOURNE & PARKE Mary Lopatto, 51, has been elected partner in Chadbourne & Parke’s insurance and reinsurance practice group. She has experience in handling reinsurance disputes, including arbitrations subject to Bermuda arbitration law. Lopatto is also chair of the AIDA Reinsurance and Insurance Arbitration Society, the leading U.S. association serving the insurance and reinsurance arbitration community. She received her J.D. from the Catholic University of America School of Law.
JENNER & BLOCK Three attorneys have been elevated to partner at Jenner & Block. Kali Bracey, 34, is a member of the firm’s litigation & dispute resolution; entertainment and new media; insurance litigation and counseling; and white-collar criminal defense and counseling practice groups. Bracey earned her J.D. from Yale Law School. Jared Freedman, 36, works in the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution; appellate and Supreme Court; and media and First Amendment practices. Freedman graduated from Yale Law School. Darren Lubetzky, 33, is part of Jenner & Block’s litigation and dispute resolution section. Lubetzky received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.
MAJOR, LINDSEY & AFRICA Stephen Springer, 42, has joined Major, Lindsey & Africa as a managing director. He brings eight years of legal recruiting experience to the firm, resulting in connections with several law firms, Fortune 500 corporations, and many technology and financial services companies. Prior to his legal recruiting career, Springer was an associate at Jones Day, where his practice focused on labor and employment litigation and counseling. Springer received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
MEDIA ACCESS PROJECT Former Federal Trade Commission Commissioner Mozelle Thompson, 51, has joined the Media Access Project’s board of directors. During his tenure at the FTC, Thompson oversaw issues involving the convergence of the high-tech, telecom, and media industries. Thompson also developed key U.S. and FTC policy positions on international consumer protection, online privacy, and spam. He received his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.
OBLON, SPIVAK, MCCLELLAND, MAIER & NEUSTADT Frank West and Akihiro Yamazaki have been elected partners at Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt. West, 38, practices in the firm’s litigation department. He has experience in patent litigation in federal district courts and in Section 337 actions before the International Trade Commission. He received his J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law. Yamazaki, 39, practices in the firm’s chemical department. His practice includes the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in a wide range of chemistry-related technologies. He received his J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law.
PRESTON GATES ELLIS & ROUVELAS MEEDS Brian McCalmon and Megan Troy have been named partners in Preston Gates Ellis & Rouvelas Meeds’ competition law and economic regulation practice groups. McCalmon, 36, represents individuals and companies in monopolization, price-fixing, and merger investigations before federal and state competition authorities, as well as in private litigation. He received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Troy, 34, concentrates on telecommunications. She counsels clients on a broad range of telecom and technology issues, including Federal Communications Commission regulatory matters, e-commerce contracts, and international telecom. Troy received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
VENABLE Venable has elected nine new partners in its Washington, D.C., and Tysons Corner, Va., offices. Thomas France, 35, a member of the firm’s business transactions practice group, specializes in securities law and corporate transactions. He earned his J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law. Keith Haddaway, 47, practices all aspects of intellectual property law, including counseling, portfolio management and strategic development, licensing, litigation, and preparation and prosecution of patent applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He received his J.D. from the George Washington University Law School. Tamara McNulty, a member of the construction group, focuses on complex commercial litigation, particularly in the areas of construction law, surety law, government contract law, and litigation. McNulty, 38, earned her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School. Jeanne Newlon, 35, is a member of Venable’s tax and wealth planning practice group and has experience in the administration of decedents’ estates. She received her J.D. from the George Washington University Law School. Dana Nifosi, 41, counsels public and private entities on environmental transportation and land-use matters. She earned her J.D. from the George Washington University Law School. Lowell Rothschild advises corporate, institutional, and governmental clients on federal and state environmental, health, and safety issues. Rothschild, 36, received his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School. Jagpreet Singh, 35, is a member of the firm’s business transactions practice group and focuses on mergers and acquisitions, general corporate and commercial representation, corporate finance, and corporate investigations. He received his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law. Melissa Landau Steinman, 36, practices primarily in antitrust, advertising and marketing, trade regulation, unfair competition, consumer protection, and general commercial law. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School. Damon Wright focuses his practice on complex commercial, unfair competition, and white-collar criminal litigation. Wright, 34, earned his J.D. from George Mason University School of Law.
VORYS, SATER, SEYMOUR & PEASE AnnaLisa Schmidt, 29, has joined Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease as an associate in the litigation group. She focuses her practice on commercial litigation, with an emphasis on professional liability defense and coverage matters, including lawyers, stockbrokers, and other professionals. She received her J.D. from the Catholic University of America School of Law. — Nathan Carlile
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