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UPDATES Jane Wexton joins the New York and Washington offices of Orlando, Fla.-based Akerman Senterfitt as its compliance practices and advisory services leader. She was previously the senior vice president and chief compliance officer for General Electric Consumer Finance. Wexton’s practice will focus on assisting clients in assessing corporate risk and helping to appraise corporate compliance programs. She will concentrate on several regulatory areas, including anti-corruption, anti-money laundering and privacy and consumer protection. Jill Berkeley, David H. Anderson and Seth D. Lamden, previously partners at Schiff Harden, join Howrey’s insurance recovery practice as partners, the second time in a month that the Washington firm has added several partners to its Chicago office. Berkeley will be the co-chair of the firms Midwest insurance recovery group and has extensive experience representing insurance policyholders and claimants. Anderson’s practice focuses on insurance-related counseling and litigation. Lamden represents and advises clients in coverage disputes. Paul G. Alfonso joins Brown Rudnick as co-practice leader of the firm’s Boston government law & strategies group, dividing his time between the firm’s Boston and Washington offices. Alfonso previously served as chairman of the Massachusetts Department of Communication and Energy from 2003 until 2005, and has remained on the department’s board as a commissioner since. He will focus his practice on the regulatory policies of the energy, telecommunications and transportation sectors. New partners Thompson & Knight (Dallas): Pauline E. Higgins joins the finance practice as partner and chief diversity officer in the firm’s Houston office. She was previously vice president, assistant general counsel and assistant corporate secretary for JPMorgan Chase & Co. in Houston. Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll (Philadelphia): Gina Maisto Smith joins the white- collar litigation group as of counsel. She most recently was an assistant district attorney in the homicide division of the Philadelphia district attorney’s office. New counsel King & Spalding (Atlanta): Elaine Tseng rejoins the FDA/health care practice as counsel to the firm’s Washington office, while residing in San Francisco. She most recently served as regulatory counsel in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s office of regulatory policy. New arrivals Reed Smith: Five attorneys come on board-in New York, Aron Izower (partner, corporate and securities); in Washington, Antony B. Klapper (partner, products liability); in Philadelphia, Thomas H. Suddath Jr. (partner, regulatory litigation); in Oakland, Calif., Joseph P. Mascovich (counsel, appellate); and in Wilmington, Del. David E. Wilks (partner, business). Izower was previously a partner in the capital markets practice at White & Case. Klapper was previously a partner in the Washington office of Chicago’s Kirkland & Ellis. Suddath was previously chairman of the government investigations and white-collar crime practice at Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads of Philadelphia. Mascovich was formerly senior general appellate counsel in the Union Pacific Railroad Law Department in Roseville, Calif. Wilks was previously a partner in the Wilmington office of Pittsburgh’s Buchanan Ingersoll. Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal: Eight attorneys come on board-in Washington, Alexander J. Hadjis and Richard G. Green (partners, patent litigation), Michael Kosmas (partner, global hospitality/ leisure) and Nina Eldred (of counsel, global hospitality/leisure); and in Phoenix, Richard F. Ross, Meghan Cocci and Mark Daliere (partners, global hospitality/leisure) and Bruce Martin (of counsel, global hospitality/leisure). Hadjis and Green were both previously partners at New York’s Weil, Gotshal & Manges. Kosmas, Eldred, Ross, Cocci, Daliere and Martin arrive from Squire, Sanders & Dempsey. Firm promotions Debevoise & Plimpton (New York): Three attorneys have been named as partners-in Moscow, Alan Kartashkin (corporate); in New York, Pierre Maug�� (corporate); and in London, Matthew D. Saronson (tax). Nossaman Guthner Knox & Elliott: Five attorneys have been elected to the partnership-in Los Angeles, David Graeler (eminent domain) and Patrick Harder (infrastructure); in Irvine, Calif., Mary Lynn Coffee (land use); and in San Francisco, Yuliya Oryol (transactional real estate) and Jan Vaughn Mock (litigation). Laterals Cooley Godward (Palo Alto, Calif.): Thomas F. Poch� joins the intellectual property litigation practice as partner in the firm’s Washington office. He was previously a partner in the Washington office of Wilmington, Del.-based Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz. Dorsey & Whitney: Three attorneys join the corporate trust and banking group as partners in the firm’s New York office-Ellen J. Bickal, Anthony M. Harvin and David J. Fernandez. They were previously partners at New York’s Emmet, Marvin & Martin. Fish & Richardson: Cathy L. Reese comes on board as partner in the corporate and chancery litigation practice in the firm’s Wilmington, Del., office. She formed and headed the litigation practice at Greenberg Traurig’s Wilmington office. Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson (New York): Two attorneys join the corporate department as partners-Terrance J. O’Malley and David S. Mitchell. O’Malley was previously a partner in the investment management group at New York’s Schulte Roth & Zabel. Mitchell was previously a partner in the capital markets department at New York’s Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. Heller Ehrman: Blaine E. Templeman joins the intellectual property practice as partner in the firm’s New York office. He was previously a partner in the New York office of Boston’s Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo. LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae (New York): Two attorneys come on board as partners-in New York, Andrew Hulsh (corporate and finance), and in Washington, Lyle Roberts (litigation). Hulsh was previously a partner at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel of New York. Roberts was previously a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati of Palo Alto, Calif. McCarter & English (Newark, N.J.): John R. Hewitt joins the securities and white-collar criminal litigation practice group as partner in the firm’s New York office. He was previously a partner at Chicago-based Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw. He was also senior vice president/associate general counsel at Lehman Brothers and served as senior counsel in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement. Schiff Hardin (Chicago): Two attorneys come on board as partners-in Atlanta, Alexander W. Suto (real estate) and in New York, Carl W. Oberdier (litigation). Suto was previously a partner at Alston & Bird of Atlanta. Oberdier was previously a partner at Debevoise & Plimpton of New York. 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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