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BAKER, DONELSON, BEARMAN, CALDWELL & BERKOWITZ Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz has added two partners to its intellectual property practice. Susan McBee, 39, is a registered patent attorney with experience in the engineering, chemical, and biochemical fields, and specializes in patent prosecution, patent licensing, and patent and trademark portfolio management. Previously, she practiced with Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz. McBee received her J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. Kening Li came to the firm from Crowell Moring. He is a patent attorney with experience in biotechnology, chemical, and pharmaceutical patent work. Li, 42, earned his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School.
BLANK ROME Jennifer Peru, 30, has joined Blank Rome as an associate in the firm’s white-collar internal and government investigations practice group. Most recently, Peru was a trial attorney in the Southern Criminal Enforcement Section of the U.S. Department of Justice Tax Division. Peru has been an investigator and a prosecutor in federal trials involving tax fraud, money laundering, and conspiracy. She received her J.D. from Temple University’s James E. Beasley School of Law.
COHEN & COHEN Kim Brooks-Rodney was promoted to partner at Cohen & Cohen. She focuses on medical negligence, product defects, and catastrophic automobile injuries. Brooks-Rodney, 45, received her J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law.
GIBSON, DUNN & CRUTCHER Thomas Dupree Jr., 35, a member of both the appellate and constitutional law and media and entertainment practice groups, was promoted to partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He earned his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.
KROOTH & ALTMAN Krooth & Altman announced two promotions and two hires. Amy Connelly, 35, was named partner. Connelly focuses her practice on representing mortgage lenders in commercial real estate financing transactions under various programs, including loans to be purchased by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. Connelly received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Roderick Owens, 33, who was also named partner, concentrates on representing mortgage and investment bankers in the taxable and tax-exempt bond financing of hospitals, nursing homes, and multifamily projects. He earned his J.D. from Tulane University Law School. Bradley Lefkowitz, previously an associate with a Cleveland-based firm, joined as an associate, practicing primarily in commercial real estate financing, including construction, acquisition, refinancing, and permanent financing. Lefkowitz, 30, received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. Elizabeth Pate, 27, was hired as an associate right out of law school. Pate will focus on representing mortgage lenders in commercial real estate. She received her J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law.
ODIN, FELDMAN & PITTLEMAN Donald Goldrosen and Ellen Farrell Sharpe have joined Odin, Feldman & Pittleman’s real estate and land use group. Goldrosen, 50, formerly the head of the international real estate group at Reed Smith, has joined as a partner. He received his J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. Sharpe, 37, who was also previously with Reed Smith, has come aboard as of counsel. She earned her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law.
PATTON BOGGS Patton Boggs promoted seven attorneys to partner. Bret Koplow, 47, specializes in food and drug law and general health law matters. Before joining Patton Boggs, Koplow was a practicing clinical psychologist. He received his Ph.D. from the California School of Professional Psychology and his J.D. from Chicago Law School. Kathleen Lester advises clients on legislative and regulatory matters involving health policy initiatives and issues concerning medical and Internet privacy. Lester, 34, earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Courtney Nowell, 34, focuses on a broad range of business law and federal income tax issues, including the tax treatment of partnerships, limited liability companies, and corporations. She earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Jonathan Pavony, 34, advises clients on corporate and securities matters, including public offerings, private placements, merger and acquisition transactions, stock and asset purchase transactions, joint ventures, and corporate governance practices. He received his J.D. from the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law. Catherine Sun Wood counsels individuals and companies on commercial litigation and arbitration. Wood, 32, earned her J.D. from American University Washington College of Law. Andrew Zimmitti, 36, advises trade associations, large corporate entities, and foreign governments on general civil litigation matters. Zimmitti received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Jeremy Huffman focuses on export and import control and compliance, technology transfers, licensing, trade, and litigation. Huffman, 33, earned his J.D from the University of Virginia School of Law.
SHEPPARD, MULLIN, RICHTER & HAMPTON Peter Reichertz, 55, is now a partner at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton. Most recently with Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, Reichertz is the chair of Sheppard’s new food and drug law group and a member of the intellectual property practice group. He received his J.D. from The George Washington University Law School. — Nathan Carlile
Please send notices of new D.C.-area hires or promotions to Nathan Carlile. Personnel notices should include new title and area of specialization, previous place of employment and title, education, and age.

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