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AKERMAN SENTERFITT Jim Schumann, 38, has joined Akerman Senterfitt’s government affairs group as of counsel. Previously, Schumann was director of legislative affairs at the Department of Homeland Security. There he led the multibillion-dollar appropriations process for the four Florida hurricanes in 2005 and for Hurricane Katrina and guided the reauthorization of seven emergency preparedness programs through Congress. Prior to that, he was the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s deputy director of congressional and intergovernmental affairs. Schumann earned his J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law.
ARNOLD & PORTER Arnold & Porter announced the election of six associates to counsel. Robert Mascola is a member of the firm’s antitrust and business litigation practices. Mascola, 41, has represented clients in several private antitrust class action and litigation suits involving the pharmaceutical, book publishing, vitamin, and tobacco industries. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School. Evelina Norwinski, 45, is a member of the firm’s business litigation and white-collar-defense practice groups. She has represented corporations and individuals in criminal and civil matters in federal and state courts. Those cases involved RICO, the Lanham Act, product liability, environmental liability, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. She earned her J.D. from Stanford University Law School. Kathryn Olson, a member of the firm’s real estate practice group, has represented clients in general commercial real estate matters, including purchases and sales, leasing, financing, management, and compliance. Her practice focuses on transactions in the hospitality industry. Olson, 39, received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. Lisa Price, 41, is a member of the business litigation and product liability and mass tort litigation groups. She handles litigation in federal and state courts, primarily in the defense of pharmaceutical companies, and has extensive experience in diet-drug litigation. Price earned her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. Ali Sharifahmadian, a member of the intellectual property practice, has litigated patent, trade-secret, and unfair-competition matters involving computer, software, and electronics technologies. Sharifahmadian, 34, also counsels clients on licensing and procuring patents. He earned his J.D. from William & Mary School of Law. Joy Taylor, 41, is a member of the firm’s tax practice group. Her primary expertise is in the area of corporate taxation, where she advises clients in taxable and tax-free domestic and international transactions. She received her LLM from New York University School of Law.
FRIED, FRANK, HARRIS, SHRIVER & JACOBSON John Duffy has been hired as of counsel by Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. A registered patent attorney, Duffy, 42, will practice in the firm’s litigation department while continuing to hold his position as a professor of law at George Washington University Law School. He earned his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.
KING & SPALDING Catherine O’Neil, 42, who most recently served as an associate deputy attorney general at the Department of Justice, has joined King & Spalding as a partner in the business litigation practice. O’Neil was the principal staffer to former Deputy Attorney Generals James Comey and Larry Thompson on domestic and international drug enforcement, drug policy, anti-money laundering strategy, and asset forfeiture. She will counsel clients involved in complex civil litigation and government investigations. O’Neil earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School.
MEHRI & SKALET Adam Savett has come aboard Mehri & Skalet as an associate in the firm’s investor protection practice group. He specializes in securities and ERISA litigation, representing public and private pension funds and individual investors. Savett, 30, most recently practiced as an associate in the D.C. office of Cohen, Milstein, Hausfeld & Toll. He received his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law.
ORRICK, HERRINGTON & SUTCLIFFE Russell Duncan, 49, formerly of the Securities and Exchange Commission, has joined Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe as a partner. His practice focuses on SEC litigation and enforcement issues and private securities litigation, including financial fraud, accounting fraud, insider trading, and broker-dealer violations. Duncan, who served as an assistant chief litigation counsel in the enforcement division’s trial unit at the SEC, earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School. — Nathan Carlile
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