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ALSTON & BIRD Tom Amis and Nik Patel have joined Alston & Bird’s D.C. office as partners in the leveraged capital group. Both Amis and Patel were previously partners in Baker Botts’ D.C. office. Amis will serve as co-chairman of the firm’s renewable energy group. For the past 20 years he has represented international clients, both lenders and sponsors, in transactions involving electric power, oil and gas, port development, agribusiness, and cable television. Before joining Baker Botts, Amis, 50, served as senior commercial counsel at the Overseas Private Investment Corp. He earned his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. Patel, 34, represents sponsors and lenders in project transactions in several industries, including oil and gas, power (including renewable-resource projects), and education. He counsels companies in connection with development activities, stock and asset mergers and acquisitions, joint-venture arrangements, and debt and equity offerings. In addition to practicing law, Patel is an adjunct professor at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. Patel earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
AXINN, VELTROP & HARKRIDER John Ongman has been hired by Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider as a partner in the firm’s D.C. office. He focuses on intellectual property and regulatory issues and is a member of the biomedical practice. Ongman, 55, handles intellectual property, regulatory, and antitrust cases for industries such as biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, telecommunications, information technology, and engineering. He counsels clients on patent validity and infringement issues and represents them in litigation in federal court and before the International Trade Commission. Ongman is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center. He received his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law.
EQUAL JUSTICE WORKS Paul Igasaki has joined Equal Justice Works as deputy chief executive officer. Igasaki is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the organization and overall leadership of the staff. Previously, Igasaki served as executive director of the Rights Working Group, a nationwide coalition of organizations and individuals that focuses on civil liberties. Igasaki also served as vice chair, chair, and commissioner of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission from 1994 until 2002, after being appointed by President Bill Clinton. Prior to the appointment, Igasaki was executive director of the Asian Law Caucus in San Francisco. Igasaki, 51, earned his J.D. from the University of California, Davis School of Law (King Hall).
MCDERMOTT, WILL & EMERY Natalia Blinkova, 37, has rejoined McDermott, Will & Emery’s intellectual property, media, and technology practice as a partner. From 2004 to 2005, Blinkova served as the chief law clerk to Judge Paul Michel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Blinkova’s practice emphasizes patent litigation in federal courts and the International Trade Commission, as well as appellate advocacy before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. While previously with McDermott (1998�2004), she worked on appeals, analyzing legal issues, and writing briefs. She earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
ROSS, DIXON & BELL Two associates have joined the D.C. office of Ross, Dixon & Bell. Robert Duke focuses on insurance, general liability, fidelity and surety, and associations and nonprofits. Before joining the firm he was an associate at Williams & Connolly. Duke, 40, also served as the director of underwriting at the Surety Association of America for seven years. He received his law degree from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. Michael Kiffney, 32, focuses on commercial litigation, insurance, and government contracts. Kiffney practiced for three years as an associate at the McLean, Va., office of Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald and worked as a summer associate at Hunton & Williams. Kiffney received his J.D. from William & Mary Law School. — Nathan Carlile
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