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Laterals Brown Rudnick Berlack Israels (Boston): Two attorneys come on board as partners-in New York, Michael J. Student (corporate and securities), and in London, Neil Pigott (bankruptcy and finance). Student was previously a partner in the New York office of Holland & Knight. Pigott was previously a partner at Mandel, Katz, Manna & Brosnan of Valley Cottage, N.Y. Fish & Richardson: Gene T. Barton Jr. joins the corporate and securities group as partner in the firm’s Boston office. He was previously a partner at Boston’s Choate, Hall & Stewart. Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith (Los Angeles): Two attorneys join the firm’s Los Angeles office as partners-Laurence Schnabel (products liability) and Jon Kardassakis (insurance). They were founding partners of Los Angeles’ Lindahl, Schnabel, Kardassakis & Beck. New counsel Akerman Senterfitt (Orlando, Fla.): Edward Whelan joins the construction litigation practice as counsel to the firm’s Jacksonville, Fla., office. He was a partner at McGuireWoods of Richmond, Va. Bowditch & Dewey (Worcester, Mass.): John S. Ziemba joins the government relations practice as of counsel. He was previously Massachusetts director of labor. Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge (Boston): Two attorneys come on board as counsel-Gary J. Lieberman (litigation management) and Jason R. Talerman (real estate). Lieberman previously served in the Boston office of the Federal Labor Relations Authority. Talerman was previously a partner at Boston’s Kopelman and Paige. Goulston & Storrs (Boston): George L. Weidenfeller joins the affordable housing and economic development group as counsel to the firm’s Washington office. He was previously deputy general counsel to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. McNees Wallace & Nurick (Harrisburg, Pa.): Two attorneys join the labor and employment practice as of counsel to the firm’s Columbus, Ohio, office-Elizabeth J. Birch and Samuel N. Lillard. Birch is a former assistant attorney general for business regulation and employment law for the state of Ohio. Lillard is a former assistant attorney general for federal litigation and employment law for Ohio. Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt (Alexandria, Va.): Takahiro Miura joins the litigation practice group as of counsel. He was most recently senior vice president for Sony Intellectual Property Solutions Corp. in Tokyo. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (New York): Heather Maloy joins the tax group as counsel to the firm’s Washington office. She previously served as associate chief counsel for both the income tax and accounting and passthroughs and special industries divisions of the Internal Revenue Service. At the IRS, she served in a variety of positions, including assistant to the commissioner, deputy associate chief counsel and acting deputy chief counsel. New partners Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher (Los Angeles): Two attorneys join the firm’s Los Angeles office as partners. Debra Wong Yang comes on board as partner and as co-chairwoman of the crisis management practice group. She previously served as U.S. attorney for the Central District of California in Los Angeles. In May 2002, President Bush appointed her as the first Asian-American woman to serve as a U.S. attorney. Maurice Suh also joins as partner, and will focus on complex commercial litigation and internal corporate investigations. A former deputy mayor of homeland security and public safety for the city of Los Angeles, he also served as deputy chief of the public corruption and government fraud section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of Califonria, and was a partner at Howrey. Greenberg Traurig: Two attorneys come on board as partners in the firm’s New York office-Carole Aciman (technology, media and telecommunications) and Daniel P. Raglan (corporate and securities). Aciman was previously counsel to Hughes Hubbard & Reed of New York. Raglan was previously an associate at New York’s Sullivan & Cromwell. New arrivals LeClair Ryan (Richmond, Va.): Three attorneys come on board as partners in the firm’s newly opened New York office-Paul A. Merolla (securities), Michael T. Conway (bankruptcy) and Andrew J. Frisch (white-collar criminal defense). Merolla is a former executive vice president and general counsel of Instinet Group Inc. Conway was a partner at Lazare Potter Giacovas & Kranjac in New York. Frisch most recently served as a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone (Detroit): Two attorneys join the firm’s Detroit office-as partner, Michael D. VanHemert, and as senior counsel, S. Kinnie Smith Jr. VanHemert arrives from CMS Energy Corp. and Consumers Energy Co., where he was vice president, deputy general counsel and chief governance officer. Smith was vice chairman and general counsel of CMS Energy and vice chairman of Consumers Energy. 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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