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Steptoe Opens Chicago Office With Gardner Carton Lawyers (Click on the link to read the updated daily story that ran on on January 2, 2007)
New Year, New Job A number of Washington lawyers started the New Year with new jobs. Boston’s Goodwin Procter has scooped up Mark Heller, chairman of WilmerHale’s Food and Drug Administration department, to start an FDA practice in its D.C. office, says John Aldock, chairman of the firm’s Washington office. The move is part of Goodwin’s strategy to build a significant life sciences, FDA, medical devices, and technology corporations practice in its D.C. office, Aldock says. Heller and partner Louise Howe start at Goodwin this week. Meanwhile, WilmerHale’s securities department said goodbye to another one of its members after losing some big names last month. Paul Eckert was named by President George W. Bush to become an associate counsel at the White House. ***

The changing of the guard at the Capitol has seen Republican committee counsel leave the Hill for law firms. Recent departures include Marc Gerson, formerly the majority tax counsel for the House Committee on Ways and Means, who joined Miller & Chevalier as a member of the firm’s tax and government affairs departments, and Howard Waltzman, former chief counsel for the Telecommunications and the Internet Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, who started the New Year as a partner at the Washington office of Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw.


Tim McClain, general counsel of the Department of Veterans Affairs from 2001 to 2006 and a 20-year Navy veteran, starts this week as of counsel at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, where he will focus on federal health-care issues. Meanwhile, Alan Granwell, a senior partner at tax boutique Ivins, Phillips & Barker, jumped to DLA Piper’s tax practice last week. Granwell is expected to help build the firm’s international tax practice.

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