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AKIN GUMP STRAUSS HAUER & FELD Steven Schulman, 39, has joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld as the firm’s first full-time pro bono partner and will lead its pro bono practice. Schulman came over from Latham & Watkins, where he was that firm’s first pro bono counsel. In addition to maintaining a practice in many areas of public interest law — including human rights, landlord-tenant, and predatory-lending matters — he developed and implemented Latham’s signature Child Refugee Project, which assists unaccompanied alien children in the United States by providing individual representation and legislative counseling. Schulman is a member of the Washington Council of Human Rights First and is on the legal advisory board of the Capital Area Immigrant Rights Coalition. From 2002 to 2005 he served as co-chair of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation Pro Bono and Public Interest Litigation Committee. A member of the ABA Commission on Immigration from 2005 to 2006, Schulman is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center. He received his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law.
BLANK ROME Three attorneys have joined Blank Rome in the firm’s product liability, mass torts and insurance group: Ralph Johnson and Lynn McKay as partners and Leon Taranto as of counsel. The trio arrives from Washington’s Schmeltzer, Aptaker & Shepard, where each was a partner. Johnson focuses his litigation practice on the defense of radiation-injury claims involving exposure to naturally occurring radioactive materials and nuclear-reactor emissions. At Schmeltzer, Johnson headed the environmental, radiation and toxic tort litigation section. Before that, he served as assistant director of the Department of Justice’s Torts Branch, where he directed the radiation and toxic litigation teams. During that time, Johnson, 57, received five special achievement awards from the attorney general for his leadership of the federal government’s radiation litigation defense. He earned his J.D. from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. McKay, 40, counsels corporate clients who face claims of injuries associated with radiation and radioactive materials in nuclear-power generation and naturally occurring radioactive materials in oil and natural gas production and processing operations. She has experience in the evaluation and analysis of field data and testing methods. McKay earned her J.D. from Indiana University School of Law�Bloomington. A specialist in radiation injury, toxic tort, environmental contamination, and business tort litigation, Taranto has defended toxic tort and class action claims against oil companies for radiation and chemical-exposure injuries, mental distress, medical-monitoring expenses, property damage, and environmental contamination. In addition, he has defended radiation and chemical-exposure injury claims made against federal nuclear weapons testing and production contractors and nuclear power plant licensees. And he has counseled foreign governments in the defense of radiation-injury claims. Taranto, 55, received his J.D. from Emory University School of Law.
LATHAM & WATKINS Donald Remy, 39, will join Latham & Watkins’ D.C. office as a partner in the litigation department. Formerly senior vice president, deputy general counsel, and chief compliance officer at Fannie Mae, Remy has also served as U.S. deputy assistant attorney general, overseeing the daily management and leadership of the Torts Branch of the Department of Justice. During his tenure, Remy also served as head of the Civil Division’s Federal Programs Branch and as the senior counsel for policy. He earned his J.D. from Howard University School of Law.
MINTZ, LEVIN, COHN, FERRIS, GOVSKY AND POPEO Craig Dingwall has accepted a position in Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky, and Popeo’s D.C. office as of counsel in the communications section. Previously, Dingwall, 50, was the director of state regulatory affairs at Sprint Nextel Corp. in Washington. Over the course of his career he has focused on common-carrier regulation, regulatory litigation, telecommunications transactions, privacy, market entry, regulatory compliance, strategic planning, contract negotiations, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic alliances. At Sprint Nextel, Dingwall supervised regulatory operations for competitive and incumbent local, wireless, and long-distance telecommunications services in 16 states. He earned his J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law.
STEIN, SPERLING, BENNETT, DE JONG, DRISCOLL & GREENFEIG Two associates have joined Stein, Sperling, Bennett, De Jong, Driscoll & Greenfeig. James Dawson Jr., 44, concentrates on state and federal tax controversy. Formerly the assistant director for the comptroller of Maryland, Dawson is a frequent speaker on state and local tax matters and is currently the president-elect of the Tax Section Council of the Maryland State Bar Association. He received his J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law. Mary Lombardo, 31, focuses on commercial litigation. She earned her J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law.
STRADLEY RONON STEVENS & YOUNG Rachel Tausend has joined Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young as an associate in the securities litigation and investment management practice groups. Based in the D.C. office, Tausend, 38, represents and counsels investment companies, investment advisers, broker-dealers, and individuals in connection with inquiries, investigations, and enforcement actions brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission, state regulators, and industry self-regulatory organizations. She also conducts internal investigations and represents companies and individuals in private securities litigation. Before coming aboard Stradley Ronon, Tausend was an associate in the D.C. office of DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary, where she practiced securities and business litigation. She received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. — Nathan Carlile
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