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UPDATES Atlanta-based Sutherland Asbill & Brennan has acquired Griffin Cochrane & Marshall, a 10-attorney construction law firm, also in Atlanta. Joining Sutherland are five partners, one of counsel and four associates. Griffin Cochrane founding partner Harry L. Griffin Jr. will move his independent mediation practice to Sutherland’s offices as well. With 429 attorneys, Sutherland has offices in New York, Washington, Texas and Florida. The National Association of Women Lawyers has named Stacie Strong as its new executive director. Strong, who was of counsel in the Chicago office of Baker & McKenzie, practices international commercial litigation and arbitration. She earned a law degree from Duke University School of Law and a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. Blank Rome has appointed Carl Buchholz as the its new managing partner and chief executive officer. Buchholz, a complex commercial litigator, rejoined Philadelphia-based Blank Rome in 2002, after serving as special assistant to the president and executive secretary at the White House Office of Homeland Security. He replaces Fred Blume, who will step down from the position June 30. New partners Kirkland & Ellis (Chicago): Ephraim Starr rejoins the intellectual property and litigation practice groups as partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office. He returns after serving as in-house counsel for more than seven years at Honeywell International Inc., most recently as vice president and general counsel of the company’s transportation systems segment. Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps (San Diego): Jason J. Belice joins the business practice group as partner in the firm’s San Diego office. He was previously a senior associate at Baker & McKenzie. McGuireWoods (Richmond, Va.): John H. Williamson joins the commercial litigation department as partner in the firm’s Tysons Corner, Va., office. He previously served as a trial attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Venable (Washington): Joan Ellis joins the patent prosecution group as partner in the firm’s Washington office. She joins from the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences, where she had served as an administrative patent judge since 1995. From 1987 to 1994, she was a patent examiner with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice: Holly Emrick Svetz joins the antitrust, federal and state regulation and government affairs practice group as partner in the firm’s Tysons Corner, Va., office. She was previously of counsel to Morrison & Foerster. New arrivals Clifford Chance: Two attorneys join the finance and restructuring group in the firm’s New York office-as partner, John P. Howitt and as counsel, Ray Warman. They were both previously at the New York office of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky and Walker. Hiscock & Barclay (Syracuse, N.Y.): Three attorneys come on board-in Syracuse, James P. Evans (partner, labor and employment) and Matthew J. Larkin (counsel, torts and products liability); and in Rochester, N.Y., Steven J. Tranelli (partner, real estate, telecommunications and municipal and land use). Evans was previously proprietor of The Evans Law Firm. Larkin was a partner in the New York office of Philadelphia’s Cozen O’Connor. Tranelli was previously a partner at ChamberlainD’Amanda of Rochester. Laterals Brown Rudnick Berlack Israels (Boston): Two attorneys join the newly established international technology and outsourcing group as partners-Dov H. Scherzer and Rory Graham. Scherzer previously led the international practice at New York’s Brown Raysman Millstein Felder & Steiner. Graham formerly led the outsourcing practice at Baker & McKenzie. Crowell & Moring (Washington): James C. Chen joins the natural resources and environmental group as partner in the firm’s Washington office. A former Environmental Protection Agency attorney, he was previously a partner at Hogan & Hartson of Washington. Foley & Lardner: Sven Riethmueller joins the business law department and the life sciences and emerging technologies industry teams as partner in the firm’s Boston office. He was previously a partner in the corporate and technology groups at Goulston & Storrs of Boston. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher (Los Angeles): Mary G. Murphy joins the land use practice as partner in the firm’s San Francisco office. She was formerly a partner at Farella Braun + Martel of San Francisco. Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton (Los Angeles): James M. Chadwick joins the business trial and entertainment, media and communications practice groups as partner in the firm’s San Francisco office. He was previously a partner at DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary. Firm promotions Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn (Detroit): Three attorneys have been elected to the partnership-H. Kirk Meadows (environmental), Lara Fetsco Phillip (litigation) and Jeanne M. Scherlinck (employment). Morris & Morris (Richmond, Va.): Three attorneys have been named to the partnership-M. Scott Bucci, Mark D. Dix and Lauren M. Ebersole. Appointed James C. Duff, co-chairman of the federal public policy group of Southern firm Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, has been appointed to serve as director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts in Washington. He had already served as chief of staff of the U.S. Supreme Court under the late Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist. Movers is compiled and written by George Szamuely. Please send material to him at The National Law Journal, 105 Madison Ave., New York, N.Y. 10016, or [email protected] .

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