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UPDATES William H. Webster, a consulting partner in the Washington office of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley and McCloy, has been appointed chair of the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC). He is a former chair of the firm’s litigation department and is currently involved in the firm’s international, corporate, banking and administrative law practices. A former federal judge, Webster served as the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 1978 to 1987, as director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 1987 to 1991, and was previously vice chair of the HSAC. Orlando, Fla.-based Akerman Senterfitt has announced that Wickwire Gavin, a construction law and government contracts boutique, has joined the firm, adding 30 attorneys from its Virginia, Los Angeles and Wisconsin locations. A total of 21 attorneys will join Akerman Senterfitt as shareholders, while three will join as of counsel and six as associates. The new attorneys will join more than 80 lawyers comprising Akerman Senterfitt’s current real estate practice. New partners Dechert: Sean H. Porter joins the finance and real estate practice as partner in the firm’s New York office. He previously was counsel to King & Spalding of Atlanta. New counsel Gibbons, Del Deo, Dolan, Griffinger & Vecchione (Newark, N.J.): Robert Needle joins the business and commercial litigation department as counsel to the firm’s Philadelphia office. He was previously at Aon Corp. Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr: Jeannie Rhee joins the investigations and criminal litigation practice group as counsel to the firm’s Washington office. She previously served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the fraud and public corruption section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. New arrivals Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker: Four attorneys come on board-as partners, in Paris, Deborah Sankowicz (employment), in Los Angeles, Mitchell Menzer (real estate) and in New York, Michele Cohen (corporate); and as of counsel, in Palo Alto, Calif., Michael N. Edelman (litigation). Sankowicz was previously a partner at Latham & Watkins. Menzer was previously a partner at O’Melveny & Myers. Cohen was previously a partner at New York’s Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. Edelman was previously at Dechert. Laterals Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld: David J. D’Urso joins the private equity practice as partner in the firm’s New York office. He was previously a partner at O’Melveny & Myers. Hunton & Williams (Richmond, Va.): Two attorneys join the firm’s New York office as partners-Eric R. Burner (global capital markets and securitization) and Nadia Burgard (lending and restructuring). Burner was previously with the capital markets group of New York’s Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. Burgard was previously a partner at O’Melveny & Myers. Latham & Watkins: Two attorneys join the corporate department as partners in the firm’s New York office-Jose W. Fernandez and Antonio Del Pino. They were both previously partners in the New York office of O’Melveny & Myers. Morrison & Foerster: Larry Engel joins the bankruptcy practice as partner in the firm’s San Francisco office. He was previously a partner at White & Case. Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton (Los Angeles): Three attorneys join the firm’s San Francisco office as partners-Maureen E. Corcoran (corporate) and Keith R. Gercken and Laurence A. Goldberg (tax, employee benefits and estate planning). Corcoran and Gercken were previously partners at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. Goldberg was previously a partner at Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham. Honored Jerome J. Shestack, of counsel to Philadelphia’s Wolf, Block, Schorr and Solis-Cohen, and co-chairman of the firm’s business litigation department, as well as a former president of the American Bar Association, has received the 2006 ABA Medal, which is the highest recognition the group confers. 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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