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UPDATES Michael Lowman, formerly assistant chief litigation counsel for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s division of enforcement, has joined Jenner & Block as a partner in its securities litigation group. Lowman, who will practice in the firm’s Washington office, worked at the SEC for five years, focusing on complex financial fraud cases, insider trading and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations. He was in private practice in New York and Washington for eight years prior to joining the SEC. Morgan, Lewis & Bockius has added as a partner Lawrence A. Gross, former chief legal officer of SunGard Data Systems. He will practice in the firm’s business and finance group. Gross worked for 20 years at SunGard, a software and processing provider for the financial services industry, which was purchased by a private equity consortium last year for $11.4 billion. His practice will focus on merger and acquisitions and technology transactions. He graduated in 1979 from the University of Michigan Law School. New partners Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin (Kansas City, Mo.): Nick H. Varsam joins the corporate department as partner in the firm’s St. Louis office. He was previously general counsel of St. Louis-based Huttig Building Products Inc. Clifford Chance: Brynn D. Peltz joins the corporate finance practice as partner in the firm’s New York office. She was previously senior counsel to Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York. Hanson, Bridgett, Marcus, Vlahos & Rudy (San Francisco): Vicki Randall comes on board as partner. She was previously associate general counsel of Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream Inc. and general counsel of The H�agen-Dazs Shoppe Co. Jones Day: David R. High joins the private equity practice as partner in the firm’s Pittsburgh office. He was previously vice president and general counsel of DQE Inc. (now Duquesne Light Holdings Inc.). Prior to that, he was a partner at Pittsburgh’s Meyer, Unkovic & Scott. Kirkland & Ellis (Chicago): Sam Pakbaz rejoins the corporate practice as partner in the firm’s London office. He was previously general counsel and managing director at U.S.-based hedge fund Shumway Capital Partners LLC. New counsel Kaye Scholer (New York): Robert C. Davis III joins the corporate and finance department as of counsel to the firm’s Chicago office. He was previously a partner at Kirkland & Ellis of Chicago. Laterals Baker Hostetler: Stephen Rahaim joins the energy and environmental practice group as partner in the firm’s Washington office. He was previously a partner at Duane Morris of Philadelphia. Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz (Wilmington, Del.): Scott R. Miller comes on board as partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office. He was previously a partner in the intellectual property litigation and transactional groups at Bingham McCutchen. Fish & Richardson: Shari Fleishman Esfahani joins the litigation group as partner in the firm’s Washington office. She was previously a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. Foley & Lardner: Michael P. Richman joins the national business reorganizations practice as partner and chairman in the firm’s New York office. Chairman of the American Bankruptcy Institute, Richman was previously a partner at Chicago-based Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw. King & Spalding (Atlanta): Jesse R. Pierce joins the litigation group as partner in the firm’s Houston office. He was previously a litigation partner at Howrey. Latham & Watkins: Jack Welch joins the corporate department as of counsel to the firm’s Los Angeles office. He was previously of counsel to Allen & Overy of London. Manatt, Phelps & Phillips (Los Angeles): Mark D. Litvack joins the entertainment and media practice as partner. He was previously a partner at Los Angeles’ Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp. Morrison & Foerster: Jon Edgell joins the technology transactions group as partner in the firm’s London office. He was previously a partner in the outsourcing and technology practice at London’s Tite & Lewis, which joined Lawrence Graham in 2004. Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart: Two attorneys join the firm’s newly-opened Tucson, Ariz., office as partners-Tibor Nagy and Jim Mackie. They were both partners at Snell & Wilmer. Pepper Hamilton (Philadelphia) Leon R. Barson joins the corporate restructuring and bankruptcy practice as partner in the firm’s Philadelphia office. He was previously a partner at Philadelphia’s Adelman Lavine Gold and Levin. Seyfarth Shaw (Chicago): Four attorneys come on board as partners-in San Francisco, David B. Roseman and Mark Mengelberg (real estate); and in Washington, Ernest M. Stern (corporate and finance) and James L. Banks (labor and employment). Roseman was previously a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. Mengelberg was previously a partner at Los Angeles’ Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis. Stern was a partner at Chicago’s Schiff Hardin. Banks was a partner at McGuireWoods of Richmond, Va. Steptoe & Johnson LLP (Washington): John Caracappa joins the intellectual property practice as partner in the firm’s Washington office. He was previously a partner in the intellectual property group in the Washington office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. Thompson Hine: Robert Rywkin joins the commercial and public finance and corporate transactions practice groups as of counsel to the firm’s New York office. He was of counsel to Dorsey & Whitney. Venable (Washington): Edward P. Boyle, joins the national litigation practice as partner in the firm’s New York office. He was previously a partner at Hoguet Newman & Regal of New York. Firm promotions Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson (New York): Seven attorneys have been elected to the partnership-in Washington, Michael J. Alter (tax), Tommy P. Beaudreau (litigation) and Brian T. Mangino (corporate); in London, Craig Arnott (European antitrust) and Rob McBride (corporate); and in New York, Brian Kniesly (tax) and David L. Shaw (corporate). Appointed William Paul Bowers, tax partner in the Dallas office of Houston’s Fulbright & Jaworski, has been appointed to the U.S. Treasury Department, where he will serve as senior counsel in the office of the assistant secretary for tax policy. 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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