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COOLEY GODWARD KRONISH Three associates were elected partner at Cooley Godward Kronish’s Reston, Va., office. Nathan Cummings practices in the firm’s intellectual property and patent counseling divisions with a focus on intellectual property litigation. Before joining the firm in 2000, he was an associate at Howrey & Simon. Cummings, 41, received his J.D. and LL.M. from Duke University School of Law. Kenneth Krisko represents biotech companies in corporate finance and commercial transactions in the firm’s business division. Krisko, 42, who joined Cooley in 2000, was previously an associate at Wiley Rein & Fielding. He obtained his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. Mark Looney represents major developers in the firm’s real estate group. His practice involves all aspects of land use, including zoning, industrial, and residential matters. Looney, 37, came to the firm from McGuireWoods in 2000, and he received his J.D. from George Mason University School of Law.
DECHERT Two attorneys were elected partner at Dechert’s D.C. office. Christopher Christian, 34, works in the firm’s financial services group and devotes his practice to investment issues, routinely advising offshore funds on specific U.S. regulations. Christian, who has been with the firm since 1999, received his J.D. from Columbus School of Law at Catholic University of America and his LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center. James Fishkin, previously of counsel, practices in the firm’s antitrust group and assists clients in mergers and acquisitions, agency practice, and antitrust litigation. Before joining the firm, Fishkin, 45, spent 15 years as an attorney for the Federal Trade Commission, where he managed many high-profile merger investigations. He earned his J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law.
GIBSON, DUNN & CRUTCHER Four attorneys were promoted to partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s D.C. office. Michael Scanlon practices in the firm’s corporate transactions group and is experienced in mergers and acquisitions, securities regulation, and corporate governance matters. Previously an associate, Scanlon, 36, clerked for Judge Richard Goldberg of the U.S. Court of International Trade from 1997 to 1999. He received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Jason Schwartz focuses on labor and employment counseling and litigation and has been an associate at the firm since he graduated from law school in 1998. He represents companies and individuals in a wide variety of labor relations cases. Schwartz, 34, earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Christopher Wood, previously an associate, concentrates on antitrust law and international trade regulations with a special focus on anti-dumping cases for both foreign and domestic clients. Prior to joining the firm in 1998, Wood, 38, served as a clerk for Judge William Bryson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He received his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. Michael Collins, previously of counsel, practices in the firm’s employment and labor department, where he specializes in executive compensation and employee benefits. Before joining the firm in 2000, he was an associate at the Groom Law Group. Collins, 37, obtained his J.D. from Notre Dame Law School.
KING & SPALDING Margrete Stevens has joined King & Spalding as a consultant in the firm’s international arbitration practice. Previously, Stevens, 53, was lead counsel to the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, where she supervised the legal team and support staff. She received her LL.M. from the London School of Economics law department and her law degree from the University of Copenhagen.
PATTON BOGGS Jonathan Rubin, 52, has joined Patton Boggs’ antitrust and competition policy group as a partner. Representing clients in the telecommunications and technology industries, Rubin will focus on antitrust litigation, merger clearance, and antitrust compliance. Prior to joining, he served as Senior Research Fellow at the American Antitrust Institute. Rubin received his J.D. from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.
SOAP AND DETERGENT ASSOCIATION Michelle Radecki has been elected general counsel to the Soap and Detergent Association, the trade association for the cleaning-products industry. She will advise the association on all legal matters and give guidance on legislation. Radecki, 35, previously was legislative counsel to former Rep. John LaFalce (D-N.Y.). She received her J.D. from the University at Buffalo Law School at the State University of New York.
STEPTOE & JOHNSON Michael Durst has joined Steptoe & Johnson as counsel in the firm’s tax practice with a special focus on international tax and transfer pricing. Durst, 52, is the former director of the Internal Revenue Service’s Advance Pricing Agreement Program, and he joins from PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he was a partner. He received his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) and his LL.M. from Harvard Law School.
VENABLE Joseph Ryan has joined Venable as a partner in the firm’s business transactions practice. For the past 12 years, Ryan, 64, was general counsel at Marriott International, where he headed several major acquisitions and asset dispositions for the company, including the hotel’s purchase of the Ritz-Carlton. He earned his law degree from Columbia University School of Law. — Attila Berry
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