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SAN FRANCISCO Deborah Abernathy has joined Bullivant Houser Bailey as an associate. Abernathy, who will represent insurance companies on coverage issues and litigation, is a 2005 graduate of Boalt Hall School of Law. Richards, Watson & Gershon has added associate David Alderson to the litigation department. Alderson, who comes to the firm from Fitzgerald, Abbott & Beardsley, graduated from University of Michigan Law School in 2003. William Campbell has joined CHAPMAN, POPIK & WHITE as senior counsel. Campbell, who was previously with DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary, focuses his practice on business litigation, insurance and professional liability. He received his J.D. from Rutgers School of Law in 1970. Partner William Casey has been named chair of Duane Morris’ insurance and reinsurance practice group. Casey was former managing partner of Hancock, Rothert & Bunshoft, which recently merged with Duane Morris. He received his J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1984. BLEDSOE CATHCART DIESTEL & PEDERSEN has elevated Alison Crane to partner. Crane, who focuses her practice on product liability and construction accident claims, received her J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 1998. Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass has named Sara Finigan a partner. Finigan, who focuses on general business transactions and securities issues, graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1997. Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham partners Laurence Goldberg and Kathryn Wheble were included in Bay Area Lawyer Magazine’s listing of the best lawyers in the Bay Area. Wheble was named one of the best intellectual property lawyers. She graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 1992. Partner Edward Grenville and associate Joshua Henderson have joined Nixon Peabody. Grenville, who was formerly with Nossaman Guthner Knox & Elliott, is a member of the financial services group. He is a 1990 graduate of University of San Francisco School of Law. Henderson, who was previously with Kelly, Herlihy & Klein, is a member of the labor and employment practice group. He graduated from George Washington University Law School in 1996. Pillsbury & Levinson has added insurance law expert David Lilienstein as an associate. Lilienstein, who comes to the firm from Bourhis & Wolfson, graduated from University of San Francisco School of Law in 2001. Kathleen Panek, Scott Freedman, Candace Lam and Ian Forrest have joined Bradshaw & Associates as associates. Panek, who is with the firm’s family and real property groups, is a graduate of Hastings College of the Law. Freedman, who focuses his practice on real property and business litigation, graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law. Lam, who is in the intellectual property and real property groups, received her J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law. Forrest, who is with the real property practice group, is a graduate of Boston College Law School. The American Tort Reform Association has named William Stern one of its Legal Reform Champions. Stern, who is a partner in Morrison & Foerster’s litigation department, is a 1980 graduate of Cornell Law School. The Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center has elected seven new members and named officers of the Board of Directors for 2006. The new members are James Finberg, partner at Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein; James Fleming, partner at Reed Smith; Mark Levie, partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe; Marc Lackner, associate general counsel at Bank of America; Steven Plevin, partner at Nixon Peabody; retired U.S. District Judge Fern Smith, currently with JAMS; and Darin Snyder, partner at O’Melveny & Myers. The new officers of the Board of Directors are Robert Dell, chair, Latham & Watkins; Richard Odgers, executive vice chair, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman; Jose Allen, vice chair, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; Elizabeth Cabraser, vice chair, Lieff Cabraser; Mary Jo Shartsis, vice chair, Shartsis Friese, Lisa McCabe van Krieken, secretary, Folger Levin & Kahn; and Scott Fink, treasurer, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. SOUTH BAY Partner Susan Hollander has been named co-manager of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips’ intellectual property practice group. She is a 1987 graduate of Boalt Hall School of Law. EAST BAY Meyers Nave has added partners John Bakker, Eric Danly and Amrit Kulkarni to its Oakland office. Bakker, who serves as city attorney of Greenfield, general counsel of the Bayshore Sanitary District and assistant city attorney for Dublin, Union City and the town of Los Altos Hills, specializes in public law. He is a 1998 graduate of Hastings College of the Law. Danly, who serves as attorney for the cities of Clearlake, Cloverdale and Petaluma, focuses on legal issues surrounding public agencies. He graduated from Hastings College of the Law in 1998. Kulkarni, who has litigated numerous cases at the trial and appellate level, specializes in land use and environmental law. He received his J.D. from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College in 1998. Barry Gorelick, formerly of Furtado, Jaspovice & Simons, is opening his own firm in Oakland. Gorelick, who specializes in workers’ compensation law, graduated from Golden Gate University School of Law in 1985. Stacie Nelson has joined Reed Smith as of counsel in the trusts and estates practice group in Oakland. Nelson, who was previously with Holland & Knight, received her J.D. from University of Southern California Law School in 1996. James Tiemstra, formerly a partner and chair of Miller, Starr & Regalia’s bankruptcy practice group, is opening his own firm in downtown Oakland. Tiemstra has focused his practice on commercial law and bankruptcy, equipment leasing litigation, business reorganizations and creditors’ rights and workouts. He is a 1980 graduate of Golden Gate University School of Law. SACRAMENTO Michele Beckwith and Elizabeth Niemi have joined Downey Brand as associates. Beckwith, who was a law clerk for U.S. District Court Judges Gregory Hollows and Peter Nowinski, focuses on civil litigation. She is a 2003 graduate of Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law. Niemi, who was a deputy district attorney for Washoe County and a senior assistant city attorney for Sparks, Nev., specializes in family law. She graduated from Notre Dame Law School in 1994. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Alschuler Grossman Stein & Kahan has named five partners: Daniel Fiore, Jonathan Gluck, Kevin Martin, Pauline Massih and Mark Saulino. The firm also has added James Hornstein as of counsel. Fiore, who is in the entertainment and media department, graduated from Harvard Law School in 1995. Gluck, who practices in the business litigation department, received his J.D. from University of Southern California Law School in 1993. Martin, who is with the business litigation department, is a 1998 graduate of New York University School of Law. Massih, who is with the business litigation department, graduated from UCLA Law School. Saulino, who is with the transactional department, received his J.D. and LL.M. from New York University School of Law in 1994 and 1996 respectively. Hornstein will continue as vice president and general counsel to Moldex, a hearing and respiratory health care business. He graduated from Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit College of Law in 1985. Nossaman Guthner Knox & Elliott in Irvine has added employment specialist Veronica Gray to head its employment practice group and Brad Grabske and Audrey Huang as associates. Gray and Grabske both come to the firm from Jackson Demarco. Gray is a 1976 graduate of Pepperdine University School of Law, while Grabske graduated from University of Southern California Law School in 2003. Huang, who was previously with Bingham McCutchen, is with the land use practice group. She received her J.D. from University of Southern California Law School in 2001. Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold has elected Curtis Parvin new managing partner of the Orange County office. Parvin focuses his practice on business, construction, products liability, toxic tort, environmental litigation and personal injury cases. He is a 1984 graduate of Pepperdine University School of Law. Gena Stinnett and Andrew Tam have joined Richards, Watson & Gershon in Los Angeles as associates. Stinnett, who comes to the firm from Sidley, Austin, Brown & Wood, is with the public law department. She is a 2004 graduate of Loyola Law School. Tam, who is joining the real estate department, graduated from University of Southern California Law School in 2005. Please send news about partners or associates, appointments or awards to: [email protected], or On the Move, The Recorder, 10 United Nations Plaza, Third Floor, San Francisco, CA 94102.

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