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FISH & RICHARDSON James Fussell III has joined Fish & Richardson’s D.C. office as an associate in its litigation group. Fussell, 30, was previously an engineer and consultant with FTN & Associates of Little Rock, Ark. He received his J.D. from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law. KIRKLAND & ELLIS Five attorneys were promoted to partner at the D.C. office of Kirkland & Ellis. Laura Fraedrich, 45, was previously of counsel. She practices in the international trade group and focuses on export control, including issues arising from the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, the Export Administration Regulations, and various embargoes administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control. Fraedrich received her J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. Susan Engel focuses on appellate litigation. Previously an associate, she has participated in appeals before the Supreme Court, federal appellate courts, and numerous state courts. She has represented clients in cases concerning product liability, antitrust, intellectual property, health care, and securities law. Engel, 31, earned her J.D. from New York University School of Law. Alicia Johnson, 34, was previously an associate and practices in the litigation group. She focuses on product liability, employment disputes, fraud and breach of contract, unfair labor practices, regulatory investigations, and discrimination in public accommodations. She received her J.D from Howard University School of Law. David Tewksbury was previously of counsel. He joined Kirkland’s energy group in late 2005 and represents merchant energy companies in regulatory, administrative litigation, and transactional matters. Tewksbury, 40, earned his J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law. Christian Semonsen, practices in the area of environmental law, primarily in the context of corporate mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures. Promoted from associate, Semonsen, 40, received his J.D. from George Washington University Law School. MAYER, BROWN, ROWE & MAW Duane Layton, Sydney Mintzer, and Jeffery Lowe have joined Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw’s global trade practice in the D.C. office. All three come from Miller & Chevalier. Layton, 52, who headed Miller & Chevalier’s international trade litigation group, joins as partner. He is a former senior counsel at the U.S. Department of Commerce and routinely represents the U.S. and other exporters in international trade issues. He earned his J.D. from California Western School of Law. Mintzer joins as counsel. At Miller, Mintzer focused on trade policy and disputes ranging from market access barriers to global duty reduction strategies. He has worked on antidumping cases before the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. International Trade Commission, U.S. Court of International Trade, the Federal Circuit, and NAFTA panels. Mintzer received his J.D. from New York University School of Law. Lowe, 43, joins as an associate. Before working as an associate at Miller, he served in the Office of Chief Counsel for Import Administration at the Department of Commerce, acting as lead commerce attorney in negotiations to regulate steel subsidies and in WTO dispute resolution proceedings. Lowe earned his J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. PAUL, HASTINGS, JOFSKY & WALKER Daniel Brown has joined Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker as a partner and will co-chair the federal enforcement and corporate compliance group within the firm’s national immigration practice. Brown has held a number of senior positions within the Department of Homeland Security. From May 2005 to August 2006, he served as counselor to the assistant secretary of Homeland Security and then as director of the Office of Policy and Planning at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency. Brown, 39, received his J.D. from the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law. SIDLEY AUSTIN Rebecca Troth, previously legal director of the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, has joined Sidley Austin as pro bono counsel. Troth, 50, served as an attorney for the Department of Justice from 1991 to 2000. She then became one of four legal advisers to then-Attorney General Janet Reno from June 2000 to January 2001. Troth was recently named the chairwoman of Lawyers Executive Advisory Partners, which is composed of several law firms that provide pro bono and financial support to the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty. Troth received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. VENABLE Steven Ludwig, 46, has been hired by Venable as a partner in the firm’s patent prosecution and litigation groups. Before joining Venable, Ludwig practiced for 14 years with Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox. There, he was the equity director in the biotechnology and chemical group. Ludwig earned his J.D. from George Washington University Law School. He also has a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Minnesota. Ludwig worked as a research scientist on gene sequencing and cloning before becoming a lawyer. — Nathan Carlile
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