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Cooley Godward Kronish has formed a government contracts practice with the addition of two partners from DLA Piper. Gregory Smith, former chairman of DLA Piper�s government contracts practice group, and Kevin Mullen will lead the practice from the firm�s Washington office. Smith�s work focuses on negotiations with government agencies, defective pricing issues and cost accounting disputes. Mullen�s practice centers on homeland security contracts, including vaccine development for bio-defense and Avian fluprograms. Vinson & Elkins has added 14 attorneys to its international trade law practice in Washington from Willkie Farr & Gallagher. The group, led by William Barringer, includes five partners, one counsel, eight associates and five analysts. Other partners are Christopher Dunn, James Durling, Kenneth Pierce and Daniel Porter. Matthew Nicely joins as counsel. Vinson & Elkins opened a Hong Kong office earlier this year. New partners Latham & Watkins: Sean M. Berkowitz joins the litigation department as partner in the firm’s Chicago office. He previously served as director of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Enron Task Force. Before that he served in the criminal division of the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago. Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw (Chicago): Eric John Finseth is joining the corporate and securities practice as partner in the firm’s Palo Alto, Calif., office. He previously served in the Securities and Exchange Commission as an attorney fellow in the Division of Corporation Finance, Office of Chief Counsel. New counsel The Bayard Firm (Wilmington, Del.): Ann L. M. Frazier comes on board as of counsel to the personal services group. She was previously lead counsel for Hercules Inc. Pepper Hamilton (Philadelphia): Leonard Schneidman joins the tax practice as of counsel to the firm’s Boston office. Author of U.S. Taxation of Foreign Portfolio Investors: A Practical Guide to Taxation in the U.S. Capital Markets (Boulder Publishers, 2006), he was most recently a partner at Boston’s Foley Hoag. New arrivals McKenna Long & Aldridge: Two attorneys join the national government affairs practice-in New York, as partner, Richard S. Gordon and in Albany, N.Y., as of counsel, Gerald J. Jennings. Gordon previously served as director of policy and planning for Indiana Governor Evan Bayh. Jennings was most recently a partner and counsel at the government relations firm Patricia Lynch Associates Inc. Spriggs & Hollingsworth (Washington): Three attorneys come on board-as partners, David J. Taylor (government contracts) and George Brent Mickum IV (complex litigation), and as of counsel, Bradford E. Biegon (complex litigation). Taylor was a partner at Washington’s Tighe Patton Armstrong Teasdale. Mickum served as an attorney at the Federal Trade Commission and as a special assistant U.S. attorney for the Department of Justice. Biegon was counsel to Andrews Kurth of Houston. Laterals Davis Wright Tremaine (Seattle): Harvey S. Schochet joins the creditors’ rights practice as partner in the firm’s San Francisco office. He was previously a partner at San Francisco’s Steefel, Levitt & Weiss. Holland & Knight: Oran Whiting joins the commercial litigation and government practices as partner in the firm’s Chicago office. Previously a partner at Chicago’s Much Shelist Freed Denenberg Ament & Rubenstein, Whiting has also served as commissioner on the Illinois Court of Claims and as counsel to the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives. Kaye Scholer (New York): Stuart Fleet joins the international corporate practice as partner in the firm’s London office. He was previously a partner at London-based Eversheds. King & Spalding (Atlanta): Two attorneys come on board as partners-in New York, Margaret B. Brivanlou (intellectual property), and in Houston, John H. Barquin (energy). Brivanlou was previously a partner at Jones Day. Barquin was a partner at Vinson & Elkins of Houston. Phillips Nizer (New York): Michael D. Cohen joins the corporate/securities department as partner and co-chairman of the newly formed distressed debt and claims trading group. He was a partner and co-founder of The Cohen Law Firm. Sidley Austin: Sandra A. Bresnick joins the intellectual property practice as partner in the firm’s New York office. She was previously a partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges of New York. Stroock & Stroock & Lavan (New York): Kevin M. Andruschak joins the insurance practice group as special counsel. He was previously counsel to the New York office of Clifford Chance. Vedder, Price, Kaufman & Kammholz (Chicago): Jay S. Zwerling joins the equipment finance group as partner in the firm’s New York office. He was previously a partner at New York’s Hahn & Hessen. Firm promotions Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker: Sixteen attorneys have been elected to the partnership-in Paris, Erwan Barre (corporate); in San Diego, Raymond W. Bertrand (employment); in New York, Richard S. Denhup and Domenick Pugliese (corporate) and Jodi A. Kleinick (litigation); in Los Angeles, Jason M. Frank (litigation), Heather A. Morgan (employment), Derek V. Roth (real estate) and Jennifer S. Yount and Arthur L. Zwickel (corporate); in Costa Mesa, Calif., Jay C. Gandhi (litigation); in London, Justin Hamer (tax); in Hong Kong, Maurice Hoo (corporate); in Atlanta, Ted Smith (real estate) and William K. Whitner (litigation); and in San Francisco, Zachary R. Walton (real estate). Richard J. Nelson, a partner in the business crimes defense practice at San Francisco’s Sideman & Bancroft, has been appointed co-chair of a subcommittee on computer crime, intellectual property and trade secrets within the American Bar Association Section of Business Law’s white-collar crime committee. 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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