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ARNOLD & PORTER Matthew LaRocco, 35, has joined Arnold & Porter’s D.C. office as a senior legislative and policy adviser in the public policy group. Previously, LaRocco was general manager of Fleishman-Hillard Government Relations, where he created financial services and homeland security practice groups. While at Fleishman-Hillard, LaRocco also served as homeland security adviser to Sen. John Kerry’s (D-Mass.) presidential campaign.
BAKER & MCKENZIE Robert Kirschenbaum has moved to Baker & McKenzie’s D.C. office as a partner. Kirschenbaum has been a partner in Baker & McKenzie’s Palo Alto, Calif., and San Diego offices. Before joining Baker & McKenzie, he served as team leader for the Internal Revenue Service’s Advance Pricing Agreement program. Kirschenbaum, 56, earned his J.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law.
BRYANT MILLER OLIVE Patti Grant-Wilkinson has been hired as managing partner for Bryant Miller Olive’s D.C. office. Focusing on municipal finance and real estate, Grant-Wilkinson, 42, will work in the firm’s public finance group. Before joining Bryant Miller Olive, Grant-Wilkinson worked as a partner in Hunton & Williams’ D.C. office. She earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
FOLEY & LARDNER Michael Lockerby has joined Foley & Lardner’s D.C. office as a partner in the litigation department. Lockerby, 49, focuses on national distribution and franchise, and he will assist in developing a national practice in these areas. He joins from Hunton & Williams, where he was also a partner. Lockerby has served on the board of governors of the Antitrust, Franchise, and Trade Regulation Section and the International Practice Section of the Virginia State Bar and has chaired the Franchise and Dealership Committee of the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Law Section. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law.
HOLLAND & KNIGHT Holland & Knight hired Kathleen Nilles, former tax counsel for the House Committee on Ways and Means, as a partner in the firm’s Indian law practice. Nilles, 55, will concentrate her practice on federal and state tax issues of concern to nonprofit and governmental entities. Nilles earned her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.
PERKINS COIE Perkins Coie has added two patent attorneys to its D.C office. Both join the firm’s intellectual property practice. Michael Oblon joins Perkins Coie as a partner. Oblon, a patent litigator, was previously counsel in WilmerHale’s D.C. office. Before entering private practice, Oblon, 36, was a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School. James Denaro, 34, comes aboard as an associate. A patent prosecutor and counsel, Denaro was previously an associate at Morrison & Foerster. He received his J.D. from Tulane University Law School.
POWELL GOLDSTEIN Powell Goldstein has promoted Carolyn Rowland to partner and Chris Thompson to counsel in the firm’s D.C. office. Rowland focuses on low-income housing tax credit, historic-rehabilitation tax credit, and new-market tax credit transactions. A member of the American Bar Association, Rowland received her J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law. Thompson, 39, practices in environmental and natural resources law. Before joining Powell Goldstein, he worked for the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, Environmental Enforcement Division, and the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Fund. He earned his J.D. from Vermont Law School.
ROPES & GRAY Daniel Hirsch has joined as a partner in Ropes & Gray’s D.C. office. Hirsch, 52, will work in the firm’s investment management group. Hirsch was previously head of Deutsche Asset Management’s mutual fund services legal department. Before that, he was branch chief in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Enforcement Division. Hirsch is a graduate of Harvard Law School.
VORYS, SATER, SEYMOUR and PEASE Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease announced that Corinne Pouliquen has joined the firm as a partner in the D.C. office’s technology and intellectual property group. Pouliquen, 40, came to Vorys from Epstein, Becker & Green. She has served as in-house counsel for companies in the veterinary and biotechnology industries, and she also has worked as an analytical chemist and a veterinary research assistant. Pouliquen earned her J.D. from Franklin Pierce Law Center.
WILMERHALE Jeanie Rhee, 33, joined the litigation department at WilmerHale as counsel. Now a member of the investigations and criminal litigation practice, she previously worked in the fraud and public corruption section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Columbia. Rhee also served as a legislative fellow in the office of former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) and as counsel in the Department of Justice’s Office of Policy Development. She earned her J.D. from Yale Law School. — Marisa McQuilken and Gabe Nelson
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