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UPDATES Former Illinois governor James Thompson, 70, will step down as chairman of Chicago-based Winston & Strawn on Aug. 31, saying it was time to pass leadership of the firm to the next generation. Thomas Fitzgerald, a 52-year-old tax attorney, will lead the firm as its managing partner after voting wraps up next month on a new partnership agreement that will combine the duties of the chairman and the managing partner. Thompson, who served as chairman of the firm for 13 years, will continue to practice full-time as a litigator at Winston & Strawn, he said. Nixon Peabody has added three attorneys to its technology and intellectual property practice in Washington, D.C. Joining as partners are Jeff Schwartz and Lawrence Sung. Mary Webster joins as of counsel. All three practiced with Schwartz, Sung & Webster, an intellectual property boutique focusing on patent litigation and patent portfolio development. Schwartz graduated from Georgetown University Law Center and has a master’s degree from the American Technical University. Sung is a professor at the University of Maryland School of Law. Webster graduated from the American University Washington College of Law. She has a master’s degree in microbiology from the University of South Florida. Steven Markowitz, former chief intellectual property counsel for Cabot Corp., has joined Cambridge, Mass.-based Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner. Markowitz, who joins as of counsel, will focus his practice on chemical technologies matters, including patent procurement and protection, due diligence and infringement. His practice also will involve litigation and intellectual property-related contracts, including licensing and portfolio management. New partners Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld: Steven H. Schulman comes on board as partner and leader of the newly created pro bono practice. He was previously counsel to Latham & Watkins’ pro bono practice. King & Spalding (Atlanta): Phyllis B. Sumner joins the business litigation group as partner. She most recently served as assistant U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia. Manatt, Phelps & Phillips (Los Angeles): Charulata B. Pagar rejoins the national advertising, marketing and media practice as partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office. She was most recently at the Federal Trade Commission in Washington. New counsel Ball Janik (Portland, Ore.): Matthew Paxton comes on board as special counsel. He previously served as senior counsel on maritime, oceans and the atmosphere for the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Fish & Richardson: Jonathan A. Marshall comes on board as senior counsel to the firm’s New York office. He was previously a partner at New York’s Weil Gotshal & Manges. Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo (Boston): Craig Dingwall joins the communications practice as of counsel to the firm’s Washington office. He most recently served as director of state regulatory affairs at Sprint Nextel Corp. New arrivals Greenberg Traurig: Three attorneys come on board-in New York, Daniel I. Schloss (counsel, technology, media and telecommunications and intellectual property) and Robert C. Dinerstein (partner, global and New York financial institutions); and in Wilmington, Del., as partner, Donald J. Detweiler (business reorganization and bankruptcy). Schloss most recently served as in-house intellectual property licensing counsel for the city of New York. Dinerstein was previously at UBS Investment Bank, where he served as vice chairman for the Americas and senior corporate counsel. Before that, he was executive vice president and general counsel at Shearson Lehman Brothers Inc. Detweiler was previously a partner at Philadelphia’s Saul Ewing. Latham & Watkins: Two attorneys come on board-in Washington, as partner, Donald Remy (litigation); and in Costa Mesa, Calif., as counsel, Steven Otto (finance and real estate). Remy previously served as senior vice president, deputy general counsel and chief compliance officer at Fannie Mae. Otto was previously a partner at Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps of San Diego. Laterals Akerman Senterfitt (Orlando, Fla.): Peter L. Dame joins the bond practice as partner in the firm’s Jacksonville, Fla., office. He was previously a partner at Rogers Towers of Jacksonville and, before that, at Squire, Sanders & Dempsey. DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary: Two attorneys come on board as partners-Carl W. Hittinger (litigation) and Jay Hailey (real estate). Hittinger was previously a partner at Stevens & Lee of Reading, Pa. Hailey was a partner at Locke Liddell & Sapp. Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan (Milwaukee): Two attorneys come on board as partners-Ned Witte (environmental law) and William H. Farley Jr. (litigation). Witte was previously a partner at Foley & Lardner. Farley was previously a partner at Burris, Wright, Slaughter & Tom of Chicago. Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe: Four attorneys come on board as partners-in San Francisco, Lawrence B. Low (corporate); in Tokyo, Toshihiko Tsuchiya (real estate); and in Los Angeles, Kent Goss and Valerie Goo (complex business litigation). Low was a partner in the San Francisco office of Seattle’s Preston Gates & Ellis. Tsuchiya was a partner at Jones Day. Goss and Goo were litigation partners at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison (New York): T. Robert Zochowski Jr. joins the finance group as partner in the firm’s New York office. He previously headed the structured finance group at Shearman & Sterling of New York. Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton (Los Angeles): Daniel N. Yannuzzi joins the intellectual property practice group as partner in the firm’s Del Mar Heights, Calif., office. He was previously a partner in Morrison & Foerster’s San Diego office. Shook, Hardy & Bacon (Kansas City, Mo.): Tristan L. Duncan joins the tort section as partner in the firm’s Kansas City office. She was most recently a partner at Stinson Morrison Hecker of Kansas City. Thompson Hine: Marci P. Schmerler joins the real estate practice group as partner and leader in the firm’s Atlanta office. She was previously a partner at Alston & Bird of Atlanta. Vedder, Price, Kaufman & Kammholz (Chicago): Edward K. Gross joins the equipment finance group as partner in the firm’s Washington office. He was previously a partner and chairman of the lending and leasing group at Ober, Kaler, Grimes & Shriver of Baltimore. Weil, Gotshal & Manges (New York): Guillermo Aguilar-Alvarez joins the litigation/ regulatory department as partner in the firm’s New York office. Previously a partner in the Mexican firm of SAI Abogados, he has also served as general counsel of the International Chamber of Commerce International Court of Arbitration in Paris, and as principal legal counsel for the Mexican government in the negotiation and implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement and other trade agreements. Appointed Susan P. Serota, partner in the New York office of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, has been selected to chair the American Bar Association’s Section of Taxation. 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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