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AKIN GUMP STRAUSS HAUER & FELD Thomas Goldstein, 35, has joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. He will continue to focus on his Supreme Court practice and serve, generally, the firm’s litigation clients. Before founding Goldstein & Howe, in 1999, Goldstein practiced at Boies & Schiller and at Jones Day Reavis & Pogue. He has argued 16 cases before the Supreme Court, most recently, the first case of the current term, Tum v. Barber Foods, which he won unanimously. In November 2005 he argued Georgia v. Randolph, a search and seizure case that is still awaiting a ruling from the Court. Goldstein teaches Supreme Court litigation at both Stanford Law School and Harvard Law School. Since 2003 he has been principally responsible for SCOTUSblog, which is devoted to coverage of the Court and is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading legal blogs. He received his J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law.
BLANK ROME C. Vincent Leon-Guerrero has come aboard Blank Rome as an associate in the firm’s real estate group. Leon-Guerrero, 40, is a lateral from Winston & Strawn, where he was a senior associate in the real estate group. He represents institutional investors, local and national developers, and corporations in connection with real estate financing, development, acquisition and disposition, and leasing transactions. Leon-Guerrero earned his J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law.
DAVIS WRIGHT TREMAINE Liz Lopez, 30, has joined Davis Wright Tremaine as an associate. She will advise Fortune 500 companies on corporate diversity matters, including assessing legal vulnerabilities to prevent threats of discrimination lawsuits, assisting companies to establish a crisis-management response from pending litigation, and developing and implementing diversity enhancement plans. Previously, Lopez served as counsel to the Massachusetts Department of Revenue and was a Middlesex County assistant district attorney in Cambridge, Mass. She received her J.D. from Boston College Law School.
DUNCAN & ALLEN Duncan & Allen announced that Paul Breakman has been elevated to partner. Previously an associate, he specializes in energy and communications law, generally representing public power and municipal entities. His energy practice involves providing business advice and litigating before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. His communications practice includes providing support to municipal cable and communication companies. Breakman, 33, earned his J.D. from Tulane University Law School.
GARDNER CARTON & DOUGLAS Moon Soo Lee, 41, has joined Gardner Carton & Douglas as counsel in the intellectual property practice. Lee’s practice focuses on patent prosecution, litigation, and counseling. He counsels clients on all aspects of patent issues, including patentability, infringement, validity, licensing, and the right to use new technologies. In addition, he prosecutes and enforces patents and negotiates intellectual property and technology-development agreements. Previously a member and founder of eFirm Ltd., Lee earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
OBLON, SPIVAK, MCCLELLAND, MAIER & NEUSTADT Beth Chapman, a retired U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Trademark Trial and Appeal Board judge, has accepted a position as of counsel at Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt. In 1998, Chapman, 57, was appointed to the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, for which she wrote decisions on ex parte appeals and inter partes cases after trial, including Genesco Inc. v. Gregory Martz and DC Comics v. Pan American Grain Mfg. Co. Inc. She received her J.D. from the University of South Dakota School of Law.
PROMONTORY INTERFINANCIAL NETWORK Douglas Phillips, 50, has joined Promontory Interfinancial Network as vice president and general counsel. He had been with Covington & Burling, where he advised business clients, including IBM, Microsoft, and the National Football League. From 1988 to 1990, Phillips served as the first president of the Business Software Alliance, which represents leading U.S. software companies before governments and in the international marketplace. He earned his J.D. from New York University School of Law.
STERNE, KESSLER, GOLDSTEIN & FOX Shameek Ghose has come aboard Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox as an associate. Ghose, 32, who earned his J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law, specializes in cell and molecular biology, cytogenetics, and radiobiology.
WILLIAMS MULLEN Williams Mullen has picked up three lateral partners for its communications group. Michael Fleming, Brian McDermott, and Edward Quill Jr. arrived from Swidler Berlin and will also work closely with the firm’s business, e-commerce, and multistate corporate compliance and public policy groups. Fleming, 44, has represented clients in state and federal courts and before state and federal regulatory agencies on telecommunications issues. He received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. McDermott, 33, assists domestic and international telecommunications and broadband clients with local, state, federal, and international regulatory and transactional issues. His experience includes mergers, acquisitions, and securities issuances; the transfer and purchase of public utility facilities; the negotiation of interconnection agreements; and the negotiation of rights-of-way use agreements, pole attachment and conduit access agreements, and franchise agreements with municipalities. He received his J.D. from Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law. Quill represents a diverse clientele before local, state, and federal governmental agencies, including the Federal Communications Commission and state public utility commissions. His experience includes regulatory compliance for a broad range of regulated transactions, such as mergers, asset acquisitions, and financings. Quill, 39, earned his J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. — Nathan Carlile
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