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BRACWELL & GIULIANI Amauri Costa, 37, was elected partner at Bracewell & Giuliani. He handles corporate and finance matters for companies located in or doing business in Latin America. Much of his practice involves providing advice on civil law issues and management of local counsel in complex corporate and financial transactions, doing commercial litigation, and attending administrative proceedings before regulatory agencies. Costa is also licensed as a Brazilian lawyer, having practiced law in Brazil before joining Bracewell in 1998. He received his law degree from the Law School of the University of S�o Paulo in Brazil and his LLM from Georgetown University Law Center.
CROWELL & MORING William O’Neill has joined Crowell & Moring’s insurance and reinsurance practice as a partner. O’Neill, who specializes in reinsurance arbitration and litigation, has represented clients in arbitrations and litigations involving actuarial and agency issues, contract interpretation, fraud, misrepresentation, underwriting practices, and allegations of misconduct by brokers and managing underwriters. Most recently he was with Chadbourne & Parke, where he was an associate. O’Neill, 39, earned his J.D. from Cornell Law School.
HAYNES AND BOONE Arthur Cohen, 52, has come aboard Haynes and Boone as a partner in the corporate practice group. Previously with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, he concentrates on energy and infrastructure law and has more than 25 years of experience advising on projects in the United States, Asia, Latin America, and Europe. At Haynes and Boone, his practice will focus on both sponsors and lenders as well as energy-related acquisition and disposition transactions. Cohen received his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.
NIXON PEABODY Vernon Johnson III has been hired as a litigator in the business litigation practice of Nixon Peabody. Johnson, 41, has handled numerous general civil litigation matters, such as real estate, commercial leasing, health care, unfair competition, restrictive covenants, and general corporate defense work. Before joining the firm, he was a partner at Jackson & Campbell, where he was chair of the firm’s general litigation and trial practice. He earned his J.D. from the George Washington University Law School.
THELEN REID & PRIEST Thelen Reid & Priest announced that Martha Groves Pugh, 41, has joined its tax department as a partner. Pugh came over from McDermott Will & Emery, where she was a partner and a leader of the firm’s energy tax group. She specializes in advising energy companies on a wide range of tax-related issues and has appeared before the Internal Revenue Service, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and state public service commissions. She received her J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law.
WILLIAMS MULLEN Michael Sklaire, a new addition to Williams Mullen, is a partner in the firm’s litigation practice. Previously, he was a partner at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice. He focuses on government investigations, corporate compliance, and general commercial litigation. Before entering private practice, Sklaire, 38, spent more than 11 years as a federal prosecutor with the Department of Justice, where he worked in the Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section, the Office of Enforcement Operations, and the Money Laundering Section. He received his J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law.
WILSON SONSINI GOODRICH & ROSATI Susan Creighton has rejoined Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati as a partner in the antitrust practice. Creighton, 46, was previously with the Federal Trade Commission, where she served as the director of the Bureau of Competition. She joined the FTC as deputy bureau director in August 2001 and became director in July 2003. Prior to her FTC experience, Creighton was a partner at Wilson Sonsini, specializing in antitrust counseling and litigation. She earned her J.D. from Stanford University Law School. — Nathan Carlile
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