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UPDATES Ronald S. Cooper has left his post as a partner with Washington-based Steptoe & Johnson to become general counsel of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The general counsel, a four-year assignment, is responsible for the EEOC’s enforcement litigation program, which is managed by 15 regional attorneys, and for its appellate and amicus work, handled from its headquarters in Washington. Cooper practiced with Steptoe & Johnson for 34 years, primarily handling employment litigation. Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal has announced that Paul A. Gajer has been named chair of its corporate practice group. Gajer, who has been with Sonnenschein since 2002, succeeds Michael Froy, who will return to his practice full-time. Gajer represents a number of private equity, buy-out and venture capital funds in all aspects of their business. His work focuses on structuring investment, buy-out and disposition transactions, and the related senior and mezzanine financing aspects of such transactions, as well as fund formation. Gajer has practiced corporate and securities law for more than 25 years. During that time, he has represented a variety of cable television, cellular telephone and technology clients in merger, acquisition, financing and reorganization transactions. New partners Alston & Bird (Atlanta): William C. Stefko joins the real estate capital markets practice as partner in the firm’s New York office. He was previously vice president and assistant general counsel at CWCapital LLC. Baker & Daniels (Indianapolis): Two attorneys join the intellectual property and life science practices as partners in the firm’s Washington office-Geoffrey Karny and Ronald Kamis. Karny was previously special counsel to Cooley Godward of Palo Alto, Calif. Kamis was special counsel to Heller Ehrman. Chadbourne & Parke (New York): Charez Golvala joins the corporate practice as partner in the firm’s London office. He was previously a senior corporate solicitor in the London office of Houston’s Vinson & Elkins. Crowell & Moring (Washington): Ann R. Klee rejoins the firm as partner in the natural resources and environmental group. She previously served as general counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as chief counsel of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works and as counselor to the secretary of the Department of the Interior, Gale Norton. Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler (New York): Michael B. Mukasey rejoins the litigation group as partner. For the past 18 years, he served as chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Mukasey first joined the firm in 1976, following service as an assistant U.S. attorney in the criminal division of New York’s southern district, where he held the post of chief of the public corruption unit. New counsel Duane Morris (Philadelphia): Thomas Dent joins the trial practice group as special counsel to the firm’s Chicago office. He was previously a partner at Chicago’s Seyfarth Shaw. Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone (Detroit): Two attorneys come on board as senior counsel to the firm’s Ann Arbor, Mich., office-Thomas C. O’Brien (litigation and dispute resolution) and Stephen G. Palms (real estate). O’Brien was most recently the principal of O’Brien Law Firm in Ann Arbor. Palms was most recently executive vice president and general counsel of Ann Arbor-based real estate company, McKinley Inc. New arrivals Shutts & Bowen (Miami): Four attorneys join the firm’s Tampa, Fla., office as partners-Robert A. Soriano (bankruptcy), Eric Adams (commercial litigation) and Adam E. Crall and Eric R. Pellenbarg (intellectual property). Sorianao, Adams and Crall were previously partners at Tampa’s Carlton Fields. Pellenbarg was a contract law attorney in the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps at Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts. Laterals Brown Rudnick Berlack Israels (Boston): Albert J. Pinzon and Thomas R. Weinberger join the structured finance group as partners. They were both previously partners in the securities and life insurance practices at New York’s Mound Cotton Wollan & Geengrass. Fulbright & Jaworski (Houston): Jonathan Franklin joins the Supreme Court and appellate practice group as partner in the firm’s Washington office. He was a partner at Hogan & Hartson of Washington. Loeb & Loeb: Three attorneys join the real estate department as partners in the firm’s New York office-Raymond A. Sanseverino, Richard A. Nardi and Kenneth W. Sold. They were all previously partners at Brown Raysman Millstein Felder & Steiner of New York. Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp (Los Angeles): Gary E. Gans joins the entertainment litigation practice as partner. He was most recently a partner and leader of the entertainment litigation practice at Richards, Watson & Gershon of Los Angeles. Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker: Two attorneys come on board as partners-in New York, Keith Miller (litigation), and in Palo Alto, Calif., David Dedyo (corporate). Miller was a partner at Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham. Dedyo was previously a partner at White & Case. Sullivan & Worcester (Boston): Four attorneys join the corporate department as partners in the firm’s New York office-J. Truman Bidwell Jr., Robert J. Gillispie, David C. Goss and Robert L. Clare III. Bidwell was most recently a partner at Thelen Reid & Priest. Gillispie was a partner at New York’s Chadbourne & Parke. Goss and Clare were both previously partners at White & Case. New firms Rebecca Walker and Jeffrey Kaplan have formed the law firm of Kaplan & Walker, with offices in Santa Monica, Calif., and Princeton, N.J., to provide compliance-related legal services. Walker is founder of Walker Compliance P.C. and the author of Conflicts of Interest in Business and the Professions(Thomson West 2005). Kaplan was a partner at Stier, Anderson & Malone of Skillman, N.J. He is co-author of Compliance Programs and the Corporate Sentencing Guidelines(Thomson West 1993). Appointed Michael A. Hordell, a partner at Philadelphia’s Pepper Hamilton, is to become chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Public Contract Law. 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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