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BLACKWELL SANDERS PEPER MARTIN Shannon Maher has joined the D.C. office of Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin as an associate in the energy and public utility practice group. Before joining, Maher was an attorney adviser in the Office of Enforcement at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. While at FERC, she investigated potential violations of the Federal Power Act, Natural Gas Act, Natural Gas Policy Act, and Interstate Commerce Act. Maher, 28, earned her J.D. from Vermont Law School.
CADWALADER, WICKERSHAM & TAFT Jodi Avergun has joined Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft as special counsel in the firm’s litigation practice. Before joining the firm, Avergun was chief of staff of the Drug Enforcement Administration. Avergun’s practice will focus on white-collar criminal defense. From January 2002 until February 2005, Avergun, 44, was chief of the narcotic and dangerous drug section of the criminal division at the Justice Department. Avergun received her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, where she was an editor of the Brooklyn Law Review.
GREENBERG TRAURIG Montserrat Miller, former Judiciary Committee counsel to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), has joined Greenberg Traurig’s Tysons Corner, Va., and D.C. offices. Miller, 37, will focus on governmental affairs, with an emphasis on immigration, homeland security, and data privacy and security issues. Miller’s work in the Senate included advising Feinstein on immigration, homeland security, privacy, and constitutional issues. She earned her J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law.
MILBANK, TWEED, HADLEY & MCCLOY Andrew Leblanc, formerly an associate, has been named a partner in Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy’s litigation group. Leblanc, 33, focuses on a broad range of litigation and arbitration, including class actions, breach-of-contract claims, bankruptcy-related disputes, securities fraud claims, insurance, and tort claims. He has argued before state and federal trial and appellate courts and domestic and international tribunals. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School.
STERNE, KESSLER, GOLDSTEIN & FOX Five associates have joined Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox. Doyle Siever, 40, who was a patent agent at Human Genome Sciences Inc., based in Rockville, Md., joined the firm’s biotech practice. He received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. Ulrike Winkler, 40, a former patent examiner at the Patent and Trademark Office, joined the firm’s biotech practice. She earned her J.D. from Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law and has a Ph.D. in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Nevada. Jenny Yeh, 32, also joined the firm’s biotech practice. She earned a J.D. from the Santa Clara University School of Law and a Ph.D. from Georgetown University. C. Matthew Rozier joined the firm’s mechanical practice. He began with the firm as a summer and student associate. Rozier, 29, earned his J.D. at George Washington University Law School. Alexandra Pechhold, 30, is a former patent examiner with the PTO and joins the firm’s mechanical practice. She received her J.D. from George Washington University Law School.
VORYS, SAATER, SEYMOUR and PEASE Kara Lehman has joined Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease’s Alexandria, Va., office as an associate in the litigation practice. Lehman, 27, was an associate at Lewis Law Firm’s D.C. office. She also is a former law clerk to Judge Dennis Smith of the Fairfax County Circuit Court. She received her J.D. from George Washington University Law School. — Nathan Carlile
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