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BAKER BOTTS Kent Mayo, 38, has joined Baker Botts as special counsel in the firm’s environmental practice group. Most recently, he was a trial lawyer for the Environmental Enforcement Section of the Department of Justice. Mayo earned his J.D. from Washington University School of Law.
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE Michael Geffroy, formerly chief counsel for oversight and investigations for the House Committee on Homeland Security, will join the Department of Justice as counselor to the assistant attorney general, Criminal Division. For the past five years, Geffroy has worked in the House of Representatives. In 2001 he was counsel to then-House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman William “Billy” Tauzin (R-La.). Geffroy, 40, earned his J.D. from Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law.
FOLEY & LARDNER Three attorneys were promoted to partner at Foley & Lardner, and a fourth joined the firm. Gilberto “Ybet” Villacorta, 49, has moved to Foley & Lardner’s intellectual property department as a partner. A member of the firm’s biotechnology and pharmaceutical, IP litigation, and life sciences groups, Villacorta focuses on counseling business clients. Before joining Foley, he was chair of the life sciences group at Katten Muchin Rosenman. Villacorta received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Michael Matthews is now a partner in the firm’s litigation department. He has experience in government enforcement, complex commercial litigation, and intellectual property and technology litigation. He also conducts internal investigations in the United States and abroad on behalf of corporations, audit committees, and boards of directors. Matthews, 33, received his J.D. from the University of Michigan. Irwin Raij, 34, was promoted to partner as a member of the regulated industries department. He focuses his practice on professional sports teams, development of sports facilities, federal appropriations, economic development, affordable housing, and federal election law. Raij was recently involved in the representation of Major League Baseball’s relocation of the Montreal Expos to Washington and continues to serve as the Washington Nationals’ counsel for day-to-day business operations. He received his J.D. from Washington University School of Law. Anthony Son, 33, was elevated to partner in the firm’s intellectual property department. He represents clients on the strategic use of intellectual property, with a particular focus on patent litigation. His litigation experience includes a wide range of technologies, such as computer and Internet business methods, semiconductors, and electronic and computer technologies. He earned his J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
KALIJARVI, CHUZI & NEWMAN Elaine Fitch has been promoted from associate to partner at Kalijarvi, Chuzi & Newman. She specializes in all aspects of employment law, particularly sexual harassment and disability law. Fitch, 39, earned her J.D. from the University of California Hastings College of the Law.
KELLER AND HECKMAN Keller and Heckman announced four new partners. David Ettinger, 38, practices in the firm’s food and drug group, counseling clients on food and drug regulatory compliance issues in the United States, Europe, Asia, South America, and Canada. Before joining Keller and Heckman, Ettinger was an attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and an assistant district attorney in the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office in New York. He received his J.D. from Pace University School of Law. Devon Hill has come aboard the firm’s food and drug practice. He assists clients with regulatory issues involved in the global marketing of new products and focuses on compliance and testing issues surrounding the regulation of food, cosmetics, and food and drug packaging materials in the United States and Europe. Hill was a resident in the firm’s Brussels office for more than two years, assisting clients with EU regulatory issues. Before attending law school, Hill, 40, obtained a master’s degree in chemistry and worked as a research chemist. He earned his J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law. Pamela Langhorn, 33, is now part of the firm’s food and drug practice. Langhorn helps companies obtain food-packaging clearances in the United States, South America, and the European Union. In addition, as a former clerk for an administrative law judge at the Drug Enforcement Administration, she advises companies on issues arising from the DEA’s regulation of listed chemicals. She received her J.D. from George Washington University Law School. Michael Novak practices in the firm’s environmental group, focusing on regulatory and administrative law involving chemical, pesticide, and life-science companies. Before joining the firm, Novak, 38, served as general counsel for Riverdale Chemical Co. He earned his J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law.
MCGUIREWOODS Lynn Eccleston, 57, has joined the Tysons Corner, Va., office of McGuireWoods as of counsel in the commercial litigation department. A registered patent attorney with 20 years of experience, she is part of the patent practice and focuses on biotechnology, chemical, and pharmaceutical matters, including patent litigation, counseling, and prosecution. Previously, Eccleston was a principal at Eccleston Law Firm in Washington. She received her J.D. from Wayne State University Law School.
REED SMITH Gary Thompson, 40, has joined Reed Smith as a partner in the insurance recovery practice group. He is a lateral from Gilbert, Heintz & Randolph, where he was a founding partner. A commercial litigator with a focus on policyholder insurance coverage disputes, Thompson represents large commercial policyholders seeking to secure insurance proceeds from their insurers. His practice focuses on fidelity bond, asbestos, general liability, and hurricane and other property insurance. Thompson received his J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law — Newark.
U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE Jamila Hoard, Aimee Jimenez, and David Last were appointed as assistant U.S. attorneys at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District. Hoard will be assigned to the Appellate Division, Jimenez to the Misdemeanor Section, and Last to the Domestic Violence Misdemeanor Unit. Hoard, 29, was awarded her J.D. from Duke University School of Law. She then joined Dickstein Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky as an associate, where she was part of the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution section. After receiving her J.D. from New York University Law School, Jimenez worked as a senior attorney in the law department of Quest Communication International Inc. In 2003, Jimenez, 39, was appointed as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of Florida, where she was assigned to the Civil Division. Last, 32, received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. He then served as a law clerk to D.C. Superior Court Judge Joan Zeldon. In 2001, Last joined Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan as a litigation associate.
U.S. COURT OF FEDERAL CLAIMS Thomas Wheeler, 58, was recently sworn in as a judge on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Previously, he was a partner at DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary. After working for the firm for more than a decade, Wheeler was nominated last June by President George W. Bush to serve on the court for a 15-year term. He was confirmed by the Senate last October. Wheeler began his service at the court in November, and his investiture was held Feb. 3 at the Howard T. Markey National Courts Building. He earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
WALLACE KING DOMIKE & BRANSON Terri Reiskin, 46, has joined Wallace King Domike & Branson as a litigation partner specializing in products liability and class action defense. Her clients include automobile manufacturers and suppliers as well as medical-device companies. She had been a partner at Hogan & Hartson. Reiskin earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School.
WOMBLE CARLYLE SANDRIDGE & RICE Mike Hazzard was promoted to partner in Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice’s technology and commerce practice. Formerly an associate, Hazzard advises communications companies on regulatory, litigation, corporate, and e-commerce matters. He has worked with emerging and established companies in a myriad of industry sectors, including competitive local exchange carriers, VoIP providers, wireless carriers, cable operators, international carriers, Internet service providers, large end users of telecommunications services, and private equity firms. Hazzard, 36, received his J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. — Nathan Carlile
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