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BROWNSTEIN HYATT & FARBER Brownstein Hyatt & Farber has named Kyle Simpson legislative consultant at the firm’s D.C. office. Simpson, 49, was previously president of the lobbying firm Morgan Meguire, which he founded. Before creating Morgan Meguire, Simpson worked for the Department of Energy, eventually becoming senior policy adviser to then-Energy Secretary Federico Pe�a.
DEBEVOISE & PLIMPTON Paul Berger, 56, has been named partner at Debevoise & Plimpton’s D.C. office. He will practice in the litigation group. Berger leaves his post as associate director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Enforcement Division, where he supervised fraud investigations and chaired the Financial Fraud Task Force. Before joining the SEC, Berger was an associate at Jenner & Block’s D.C. office. He earned his J.D. from the Antioch School of Law.
GREENBERG TRAURIG Greenberg Traurig has added three new partners to its Tysons Corner, Va., office. The new additions, previously partners at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo’s Reston, Va., office, will join Greenberg Traurig’s corporate group. Mark Wishner, 55, specializes in information technology and biotechnology. He earned his J.D. from American University Washington College of Law. A graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law, Scott Meza, 50, represents and advises companies on information technology and health care. Finally, Stephen McVearry, 45, is an expert on transactional and securities law. He earned his J.D. from George Washington University Law School.
JENNER & BLOCK Gregory Gonsalves has joined Jenner & Block’s D.C. office as a partner. Gonsalves, an expert on patents and trade secrets, will work in the intellectual property practice. Before coming aboard, he was an associate at Jones Day and, before that, an associate at Pennie & Edmonds. Gonsalves, 45, spent 15 years as a computer engineer at IBM before earning his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.
KING & SPALDING Elaine Tseng, previously regulatory counsel at the Food and Drug Administration, has returned to King & Spalding as counsel to the firm’s FDA and health care practice group. Tseng, 34, specialized in pharmaceutical and medical regulation as an associate at King & Spalding before she moved to the FDA. Although she lives in San Francisco, Tseng will be affiliated with the D.C. office. She earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School.
MINTZ, LEVIN, COHN, FERRIS, GLOVSKY AND POPEO Karen Lovitch, 37, has been promoted to partner at the D.C. office of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo. Lovitch, a member of the firm’s health practice group, was previously of counsel. Her work consists of advising health care clients on coverage, reimbursement, and compliance issues. Lovitch received her J.D. from American University Washington College of Law.
PATTON BOGGS Susan Temkin has joined as a partner at Patton Boggs’ D.C. office. Temkin, 51, joins the firm’s tax practice group and will focus on tax-exempt organizations. Before moving to Patton Boggs, Temkin was a partner at DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary. Temkin also has two years of experience at the Internal Revenue Service as a legal adviser and technical adviser. She earned her J.D. from the Western New England College School of Law.
SHEPPARD, MULLIN, RICHTER & HAMPTON Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton has named Joseph Simei special counsel at the firm’s D.C. office. He will work in the firm’s corporate practice. Simei, 40, focuses on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, and securities. Previously, he was an associate at Latham & Watkins’ D.C. office. Before earning his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law, Simei served as a Navy submarine officer for eight years.
WILSON SONSINI GOODRICH & ROSATI Renata Hesse has joined as a partner in Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s antitrust practice. Hesse, who focuses on litigation related to technology and trade regulation, will work at the firm’s Reston, Va., office and move to the D.C. office when it opens later this year. Previously, Hesse worked for the Justice Department as chief of networks and technology enforcement. Before that, she was a litigation associate at San Francisco’s Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison. Hesse, 42, earned her J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall).
WOMBLE CARLYLE SANDRIDGE & RICE Holly Svetz, 48, has come aboard as a partner at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice’s Tysons Corner, Va., office. Svetz, who focuses on government contracts and intellectual property, joins the firm’s antitrust, federal and state regulation, and government affairs group. Previously, Svetz was of counsel at Morrison & Foerster’s D.C. and Northern Virginia offices. Before that, she was an associate at DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary. Svetz received her J.D. from George Washington University Law School. — Gabe Nelson
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