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DUANE MORRIS Celeste Wasielewski, 43, has joined Duane Morris as a partner in the employment and immigration division with a concentration on the Railway Labor Act and the National Labor Relations Act. She has an in-depth background in a variety of labor relations and employment discrimination cases. Before joining the firm, Wasielewski was a partner at DLA Piper. She received her J.D. from George Washington University Law School.
FISH & RICHARDSON Two attorneys have joined Fish & Richardson. Indranil Mukerji has joined as of counsel and will concentrate on patent and intellectual property litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Mukerji, 32, was managing partner at Wall Marjama & Bilinski in Syracuse, N.Y. He received his J.D. from Boston University School of Law. Meghan McGovern, an associate, will practice in the firm’s patent division with a focus on patent prosecution in electrical engineering. Previously, McGovern, 32, was a summer associate with the firm. She earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
MAYER, BROWN, ROWE & MAW Three counsel have been elected partner at Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw. Daniel Brown focuses his practice on securities litigation, white-collar criminal defense, securities-enforcement defense, and regulatory counseling. He also represents corporate clients and individuals before a variety of regulatory bodies. Prior to joining the firm in 2005, Brown, 39, was counsel at the D.C. office of Crowell & Moring, and he spent several years as the branch chief of the midwest regional office of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Enforcement. He earned his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law Adriaen Morse Jr. concentrates on securities-enforcement defense, securities litigation, and regulatory counseling. He represents clients before federal, state, and private securities regulators as well as in litigation, arbitration, and criminal grand jury investigations. Before joining the firm in 2005, Morse, 40, was counsel at Crowell & Moring. He received his LL.M. in securities and financial regulation from Georgetown University Law Center and his J.D. from the University of Richmond School of Law. Robert Varnell, 35, focuses on labor and employment litigation with an emphasis on federal labor regulations. Varnell, who joined the firm in 2005, previously was the deputy solicitor of labor for the Department of Labor, where he dealt with labor and employment regulations. He earned his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.
MCDERMOTT WILL & EMERY Two attorneys have joined as partner in McDermott Will & Emery’s D.C. office. Reed Stephens will concentrate his practice on litigation, transactional work, and regulatory compliance for pharmaceutical companies. Previously, Stephens, 40, worked as an attorney for the Department of Justice and was lead counsel in major investigations, many involving health care fraud against the government. Prior to joining the firm, he was a partner at Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal. Stephens earned his J.D. from Stanford Law School. Elizabeth Hack practices civil litigation with a focus on health care fraud and civil rights abuses. Before joining the firm, she was a partner at Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, and she has also been an attorney for the Department of Justice in the Employment Litigation Section and the Civil Fraud Section. Hack, 43, obtained her J.D. from George Washington University Law School.
PATTON BOGGS Ted Sonde has joined Patton Boggs as a partner in the firm’s Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement practice and will represent corporations and individuals in government investigations and complex litigation. Sonde, 66, is a former associate director of the SEC’s enforcement division, where he was in charge of civil enforcement litigation. Prior to joining the firm, he was of counsel at Hogan & Hartson. He received his LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center and his LL.B. from New York University School of Law.
PILLSBURY WINTHROP SHAW PITTMAN Three counsel were elected partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. Christian Buerger practices in the real estate group and specializes in areas including commercial leasing, acquisitions and dispositions, financing, and real estate investment trusts. Buerger, 34, began practicing at the firm when he graduated in 1996 from Harvard Law School. Richard Franklin, 45, specializes in estate planning, trusts, estate administration, taxation, and individual retirement account planning. Franklin, who joined the firm in 2003, was counsel at Steel Hector & Davis in Naples, Fla. He holds an LL.M. in estate planning from the University of Miami School of Law and a J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law. Paul Tummonds Jr., a member of the firm’s real estate group, concentrates on land use, zoning, and historic preservation in the D.C area. Prior to joining the firm in 2000, Tummonds, 36, was an associate at Wilkes Artis. He earned his J.D. from Wayne State University Law School.
POWELL GOLDSTEIN Thomas Jackson has joined Powell Goldstein as partner. Jackson, 61, an experienced technology and intellectual property attorney, joins the firm from Banner & Witcoff, where he was a partner. He has an extensive background in electronic patent law. He earned his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law.
TROUTMAN SANDERS Grady Frank has joined Troutman Sanders as of counsel in the firm’s Tysons Corner, Va., office. Frank, 60, will practice in the complex litigation group. His background is in banking and mortgage-lender liability disputes. He previously was a partner at LeClair Ryan and obtained his J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law.
VENABLE Raymond Shepherd III has joined Venable as a partner in the government division. He will head the firm’s new congressional investigation group. Shepherd, 38, joins from the Senate Subcommittee on Investigations, where he served as chief counsel and staff director. Working under Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.), the subcommittee’s outgoing chairman, he helped run Senate hearings on topics ranging from terrorism to Internet pharmacies. He earned his J.D. from George Washington University Law School. — Attila Berry
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