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SAN FRANCISCO Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has added James Abrams and Neil Sekhri to its real estate practice. Both attorneys come to the firm from Farella Braun & Martel. Abrams, who is an associate, graduated from Stanford Law School in 2005. Sekhri, who is of counsel, is a 1987 graduate of UC-Davis’ King Hall School of Law. Bruce Boyd has joined Preston Gates & Ellis as a partner in the finance, insolvency and real estate practice. Boyd, who was previously with Gordon & Rees, received his J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law in 1973. Ropes & Gray has added partners Scott Elliott and Geoffrey Leonard to the West Coast corporate practice. Both attorneys come to the firm from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. Elliott graduated from Hastings College of the Law in 1992, while Leonard is a 1981 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center. McQuaid Bedford & Van Zandt attorneys Elizabeth Ewens and Craig Pridgen have transferred to the firm’s Davis office. Ewens, who is a partner, specializes in water and real property rights as well as representation of clients in the health club industry. She graduated from UC-Davis’ King Hall School of Law in 1994. Pridgen, who is of counsel, focuses on land use, planning and commercial litigation. He is a 1973 graduate of McGeorge School of Law at University of the Pacific. Laurence Goldberg has joined Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton as a partner in the tax, employee benefits, and trusts and estate planning practice group. Goldberg comes to the firm from Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham. He received a J.D. from University of Houston Law Center in 1983 and an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1984. Robyn Thomas has been elected executive director of the Board of Directors of the Legal Community Against Violence. Thomas previously served as the first executive director of the Tikkun Community in Berkeley, an international interfaith organization focused on social justice and political freedom. She received her J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law. Douglas Young has joined Baker & McKenzie as a partner in the corporate and securities practice group. Young, who was formerly with White & Case, graduated from University of Chicago Law School in 1985. SILICON VALLEY Deborah Ludewig has joined the Palo Alto office of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham as a partner in the corporate practice. Ludewig, who comes to the firm from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, received her J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law in 1991. The Silicon Valley Campaign for Legal Services has elected Thomas Kellerman chair of the executive committee. Kellerman, who is a partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, succeeds Emmett Stanton of Fenwick & West, who now holds the position of immediate past chair. EAST BAY Bill Grimm and Bryn Leland Martyna have received the Voices for Children Award given by the Children’s Alliance, a children’s advocacy organization in Washington state. They were honored for their work on a class action geared toward improving Washington’s foster care system. Grimm and Martyna both work with the National Center for Youth Law in Oakland. Grimm is a senior attorney who has been with NCYL for 18 years, while Martyna is in the first year of a two-year Skadden fellowship. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Irell & Manella partner Morgan Chu has won an Award for Excellence from Chambers & Partners, which has named him the top intellectual property lawyer in the U.S. Chu was one of 19 attorneys who received an Award for Excellence. He is a 1976 graduate of Harvard Law School. Greenberg Traurig has added Paul Schumacher as a partner in the litigation department in Los Angeles. Schumacher, who was previously with Bingham McCutchen, graduated from Loyola Law School in 1983. John Van de Kamp has joined ADR Services Inc. as its newest panelist, handling mediations and arbitrations. Van de Kamp will continue to serve as of counsel at Dewey Ballantine. He is a 1959 graduate of Stanford Law School.

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