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ARENT FOX Michael Burton, 33, has joined Arent Fox’s international trade group as a partner in the D.C. office. Moving over to the firm from Miller & Chevalier, Burton has more than nine years’ experience representing U.S. and foreign clients on a wide range of issues related to compliance with and enforcement of U.S. economic sanctions, export controls, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, anti-money laundering, and import laws. He has also conducted internal investigations, compliance assessments, and due diligence; prepared voluntary disclosures; and resolved enforcement actions before the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Treasury, State, and Homeland Security. He received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
BAKER & DANIELS Geoffrey Karny and Ronald Kamis have joined the D.C. office of Baker & Daniels as partners in the life sciences and intellectual property departments. Previously, Karny, 57, was a special counsel at Cooley Godward, where he provided strategic counseling and opinions, prepared and prosecuted biotech patent applications, and conducted investor due diligence for clients. Karny earned his J.D. from New York University School of Law. Before he came aboard Baker & Daniels, Kamis was a special counsel at Heller Ehrman and a member of that firm’s life sciences practice group. He counseled clients in negotiating complex licensing transactions, managing global patent portfolios, and assessing intellectual property aspects of acquisitions, public offerings, and other commercial transactions. Kamis, 36, earned his J.D. from the George Washington University Law School.
FISH & RICHARDSON Dana Christensen, 42, has been hired by Fish & Richardson’s D.C. office as an associate in the patent prosecution group. Christensen focuses on computer software and the electrical and mechanical arts. Before joining the firm, Christensen was an associate at Baker & Hostetler. Earlier he worked for the Boeing Co. in the air safety investigation and litigation department. Christensen also worked for Boeing before attending law school, as a customer engineer and a senior specialist engineer. He received his J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law.
KELLEY DRYE & WARREN Three attorneys received promotions at Kelley Drye & Warren. Ira Kasdan was promoted to partner in the firm’s Tysons Corner, Va., office; he was of counsel. Kasdan’s practice focuses on complex civil litigation and alternative dispute resolution before federal and state courts, private arbitration and mediation services, and government agencies. He has represented corporations and individuals in complicated breach-of-contract matters, fraud, misrepresentation, and related tort claims. Kasdan, 52, also counsels clients on animal-related laws (federal and state) and has considerable experience with issues arising under the Endangered Species Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, and the Animal Welfare Act. He earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Thomas Cohen, 55, was promoted from special counsel to of counsel in the firm’s D.C. office. Cohen’s practice is concentrated on issues involving telecommunications, wireless phones, media, the Internet, and government relations. Cohen has more than 25 years’ experience in the communications and telecommunications industry. He received his J.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law. Joan Griffin was promoted to of counsel from special counsel in the firm’s D.C. office. Griffin’s practice focuses on telecommunications and foreign investment. She has worked with the telecommunications industry for more than 25 years, primarily as an in-house regulatory and corporate counsel to major telecommunications companies providing line, wireless, and satellite services. Griffin, 51, advises clients on a wide range of telecommunications-related matters, with particular emphasis on state and federal regulatory issues involving mergers and acquisitions with foreign investment. She earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
STEPTOE & JOHNSON John Caracappa, 34, has joined Steptoe & Johnson’s intellectual property practice as a partner. Caracappa had been a partner in the intellectual property group at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld’s D.C. office, where he focused on patent litigation. He moved over to Akin Gump in 2004 from the intellectual property group at Clifford Chance. He has represented in district courts and at the International Trade Commission a range of Fortune 500 and leading international companies using new technologies, including injection-molding systems, chip-scale packages, excimer lasers, cell phones, and microprocessors. Caracappa received his J.D. from Franklin Pierce Law Center.
THOMPSON, LOSS & JUDGE Thompson, Loss & Judge has hired two litigation associates. Stephanie Manson, 29, formerly an associate at Hunton & Williams, earned her J.D. from the Washington and Lee University School of Law. A graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, L. Nicole Hampton, 32, was an associate at Hogan & Hartson. — Nathan Carlile
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