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ARENT FOX Arent Fox announced the promotion of seven associates. David Hamill, 46, of the international group was promoted to partner. Hamill focuses on international, customs, trade policy and disputes, and export-controls and sanctions issues. He has represented Fortune 500 companies whose imports and exports are regulated by the Department of Homeland Security and the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection. He earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Nancy Noonan of the international group was promoted to counsel. Noonan’s expertise is with proceedings under the international trade and customs laws of the United States. She has represented a wide variety of clients in anti-dumping, countervailing duty, and Section 201 proceedings. Noonan, 37, received her J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law. Murat Ozgu, 36, of the intellectual property practice was promoted to partner. Ozgu is a registered U.S. patent attorney. His practice includes all aspects of patent law and related areas, such as drafting and prosecuting patent applications, counseling clients regarding patent portfolio management, and advising clients on multipatent, multinational patent litigation matters. He received his J.D. from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Joseph Price was elevated to partner in the litigation practice. Price, who focuses on white-collar criminal defense and commercial litigation, has represented institutional and individual clients facing allegations of involvement in business-related and other criminal conduct. He has experience in representing clients during all phases of an investigation, from subpoena compliance and grand jury proceedings to criminal defense at trials and on appeal. Price, 34, received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. James Ravitz, 35, is now a partner in the firm’s consumer product safety group. Ravitz’s practice is concentrated on food and drug law, intellectual property, consumer product safety, and advertising. The vice chair of the firm’s consumer product safety committee, Ravitz represents manufacturers and distributors who are seeking approval to market drugs, medical devices, food, dietary supplements, and cosmetic products. He also counsels clients on all aspects of the marketing of such products, including labeling, advertising, manufacturing, and distribution. He earned his J.D. from Boston University School of Law. Allison Shuren was promoted to partner in the health care practice. She serves on the life sciences steering committee, concentrating on issues involving medical devices and emerging technologies. She focuses her practice on a variety of regulatory and legislative health care issues, including Medicare coverage and reimbursement, fraud and abuse counseling, and investigations involving defense of allegations of False Claims Act violations. Shuren, 41, earned her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. Savalle Sims, 35, is now a partner in the firm’s litigation group. Her litigation practice includes a broad range of commercial and intellectual property matters, with particular emphasis on trademark and copyright cases as well as litigation involving product safety and employment discrimination issues. Sims has extensive experience handling jury and bench trials in a variety of civil cases. She earned her J.D. from Notre Dame Law School.
BEVERIDGE & DIAMOND K. Russell LaMotte, 38, has joined Beveridge & Diamond as of counsel in its international environmental practice. He will advise clients on global and regional regulatory regimes, including climate change, international chemicals management, oceans, biotechnology, and other multilateral environmental and trade-related agreements. LaMotte spent more than 10 years at the U.S. Department of State, most recently as deputy assistant legal adviser in the Office of the Legal Adviser. As an attorney in the Office of International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, he represented the U.S. government in designing, negotiating, or implementing many of the major environmental and oceans agreements and initiatives. He earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School.
BLANK ROME Richard Williamson has joined Blank Rome as a partner in the real estate practice group. Previously, Williamson, 55, was a partner in the D.C. office of Winston & Strawn. He concentrates on representing financial institutions, developers, and real estate investment trusts in all aspects of real estate, corporate, finance transactions, and public-private privatization projects. Williamson received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.
DUNCAN & ALLEN Paul Breakman, 33, was promoted to partner at Duncan & Allen. Previously an associate, he specializes in energy and communications law, representing public power and municipal entities. His energy-related practice includes business advice and litigation before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. His communications-related practice includes providing support to municipal cable and communication entities. He earned his J.D. from Tulane University Law School.
POWELL GOLDSTEIN Powell Goldstein announced that Peggy Clarke has joined the firm as a partner in the international trade group. Her practice involves international trade and market-access issues, including anti-dumping and countervailing duties and World Trade Organization, NAFTA, and related work. She also served as a negotiator in a working group for the U.S.-Canada Free Trade talks. Before joining the firm, Clarke, 48, was a partner with Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr. She received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
THOMPSON HINE David Schwartz has joined Thompson Hine as of counsel in the firm’s international trade and customs practice group. Schwartz, 43, focuses on import and export compliance, trade-remedy litigation, and trade policy. Schwartz most recently practiced as of counsel at the D.C. office of Blank Rome. He earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School. Joshua Harris, 27, has come aboard as an associate in the firm’s international trade and customs practice group. Before practicing law, Harris was a presidential management fellow with the International Trade Administration in the U.S. Department of Commerce. He earned his J.D. from The George Washington University Law School. Laurence Prange, 36, has joined as an associate in the firm’s transportation practice group. He focuses on commercial and regulatory transportation issues. Prange had been an associate in the D.C. office of Barnes and Thornburg. He earned 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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