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AKIN GUMP STRAUSS HAUER & FELD Laurence Tribe will serve as a consultant in Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld’s D.C. office. Tribe, 65, a law professor at Harvard University, will counsel the firm on Supreme Court matters and constitutional law. In addition to having argued 35 cases before the Supreme Court, he has also advised nations, states, companies, and individuals on constitutional issues. He earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School.
BAKER, DONELSON, BEARMAN, CALDWELL & BERKOWITZ Robert Divine, 46, has returned to Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz as partner and leader of the firm’s immigration practice where he specializes in business immigration and litigation. Divine left the firm in 2004 to serve as chief counsel for the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services within the Department of Homeland Security. He received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School.
DLA PIPER Jerry Herman, 53, has joined DLA Piper’s hospitality and leisure group as of counsel. He has a background in hotel and real estate acquisition, development, and management and was CEO of Arlington Hospitality where he led the effort for debt reduction and restructuring. Before joining the firm, Herman was president and managing member of BJB Hotels. He earned his J.D. from Duke University School of Law.
GILBERT HEINTZ & RANDOLPH Two associates were elected partner at Gilbert Heintz & Randolph. Jennifer Brennan, 35, focuses on complex dispute resolution and litigation. She assists her clients in complicated insurance disputes and product liability matters. Prior to joining the firm in 2001, Brennan was an associate at Dickstein Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky. She received her J.D. from American University Washington College of Law. Chidi Ogene, who joined the firm in 2003, practices insurance law, bankruptcy law, and tort liability. Before joining, he was an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell, where he represented companies in finance transactions. Ogene, 38, earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
HARMON, CURRAN, SPIELBERG & EISENBERG Two attorneys were elected partner at Harmon, Curran, Spielberg & Eisenberg. Paul Murphy, who joined the firm as an associate after graduating law school in 2000, focuses on the formation and regulation of nonprofit organizations, including tax exemption, lobbying disclosure, and campaign finance law. Murphy, 37, received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. John Pomeranz, previously of counsel, specializes in lobbying and election law for tax-exempt entities, representing clients before a variety of regulatory bodies such as the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Election Commission. Prior to joining the firm in 2004, Pomeranz, 43, was the nonprofit advocacy director at the Alliance for Justice. He earned his LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center and his J.D. from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law.
LEGAL PLACEMENTS Missy Hodgson has joined Legal Placements as a staffing coordinator in the organization’s D.C. office. Previously, she was the executive assistant to the general counsel at the Securities Industry Association. Hodgson, 29, received her J.D. from Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law.
REED SMITH Two associates were elected partner at Reed Smith. Gail Daubert practices in the firm’s health-care and government-relations groups. She assists clients in the pharmaceutical and medical supplies industries, helping them navigate regulations, legislation, and legal issues. After graduating from law school, Daubert, 41, joined the firm in 1999. She obtained her LL.M. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and her J.D. from American University Washington College of Law. Jason Healy, 34, specializes in healthcare law and advises hospitals, hospices, medical suppliers, and health-care associations on regulations, legislation, and corporate issues. Healy joined the firm in 1999. He earned his J.D. from Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law.
RENO & CAVANAUGH Three associates were elected partner at Reno & Cavanaugh. Efrem Levy, 35, concentrates on affordable housing development and management. He assists public housing authorities in complicated development projects and in navigating federal housing tax code and other regulatory matters. Levy has been at the firm since 2002. He received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Jennifer Alpha focuses on affordable housing development involving complex mixed finance transactions and advises housing authorities on closing transactions as well as on federal Department of Housing and Urban Development regulations. She joined the firm in 2001. Alpha, 32, earned her J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Jaime Lee concentrates on public and affordable housing development. She handles complicated finance transactions, while advising clients on a wide range of regulatory issues in connection with federal funding. Before joining the firm in 2002, Lee, 34, was an associate at Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles, where she practiced land use law. Lee obtained her J.D. from Harvard Law School. — Attila Berry
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