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UPDATES Geraldine Ferraro has joined Blank Rome’s government relations practice inNew York as a principal of the firm. A former Democratic vice-presidentialnominee, Ferraro most recently was managing director of Global ConsultingGroup. The appointment of Ferraro represents a departure for Blank Rome,which traditionally has maintained close ties to the Republican Party. Itschairman, David Girard diCarlo, received various appointments by both Bushadministrations. In addition, the firm’s managing partner, Carl Buchholz,previously worked with former director of Homeland Security Tom Ridge andPresident Bush to develop the administration’s policies on the war onterror. “We are committed to providing clients with a bipartisan teamtailored to serve their unique needs,” Buccholz said in a press releaseannouncing Ferraro’s appointment. Lateral moves Keith Fleischman, a senior partner at Bernstein Liebhard & Lifshitz since 2003, has joined Grant & Eisenhofer as a partner in its New York office. Fleischman, 48, has served as co-lead or lead counsel in securities cases against Taser International, BellSouth Corp., Motorola Inc., Ann Taylor Stores Corp., Aetna Inc. and John Hancock Financial Services Inc. Before joining Bernstein Liebhard & Lifshitz, Fleishman was a senior partner for 10 years at Milberg Weiss & Bershad, then called Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach, where he was on the management and strategic planning committees. He served as an assistant U.S. attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut from 1990 to 1993. Prior to that, he was a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice’s criminal division for two years and an assistant district attorney for the Bronx District Attorney’s Office for four years. Fleishman said that while he anticipated securities litigation to continue, Grant & Eisenhofer has “institutional investors al over the world in a variety of lawsuits. There’s a much broader base at Grant & Eisenhofer.” New partners Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrere & Denegre: Arnold Havens, former general counsel of the U.S. Department of Treasury, has joined the firm’s Washington office as a partner. The law firm, based in New Orleans, expects Havens’ experience with government affairs to assist clients in areas affected by Hurricane Katrina. Prior to working at the Treasury Department, Havens was senior vice president for government affairs at CSX Corp., where he worked with the company’s transportation units.
New partners Akerman Senterfitt: Michael Francis rejoins the corporate practice as partner in the firm’s Miami office. An associate at the firm from 1997 to 2004, he most recently served as deputy general counsel at Miami-based Lennar Corp. New counsel Bond, Schoeneck & King (Syracuse, N.Y.): Roderick C. McDonald comes on board as senior counsel to the firm’s business law department. He was previously general counsel at Special Metals Corp. in New Hartford, N.Y. Haynes and Boone (Dallas): David Epstein joins the national bankruptcy practice as of counsel to the firm’s Dallas office. He is a bankruptcy law professor at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. Laterals Duane Morris (Philadelphia): Annette A. Idalski joins the employment and immigration practice group as partner in the firm’s Atlanta office. She was previously at Hunton & Williams of Richmond, Va. Holland & Knight: Three attorneys join the securities and mergers and acquisitions practices as partners-in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Kara L. MacCullough and Laurie Green, and in Miami, Esther L. Moreno. They were all previously partners at Akerman Senterfitt. New arrivals Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher (Los Angeles): Two attorneys come on board-in London, as partner, Selina Sagayam (United Kingdom corporate finance and capital markets), and in Los Angeles, as of counsel, Douglas M. Fuchs (business crimes and investigations). Sagayam was previously a partner in the London office of Simmons & Simmons. Fuchs was previously an assistant U.S. attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California. Firm promotions Carroll, Burdick & McDonough (San Francisco): Four attorneys have been elevated to the partnership in the firm’s San Francisco office-Jeffrey H. Belote and Timothy M. Flaherty (real estate and construction), Oriet Cohen-Supple (commercial) and James P. Cunningham (toxic torts). Cox, Castle & Nicholson (Los Angeles): Six attorneys have been elected to the partnership-in Los Angeles, Tara Morris, Matthew Seeberger and John Matthew Trott; in Irvine, Calif., James McCoy Jr. and Steven Muldowney; and in San Francisco, Paul Dubrasich. Fisher & Phillips (Atlanta): Ten attorneys have been elected to the partnership-in Atlanta, Callan Carter, Robert Coursey, Rebecca Jakubcin, E. Jewelle Johnson and Jennifer Sandberg; in Charlotte, N.C., Kevin Dalton; in Chicago, Nadine Abrahams; and in Irvine, Calif., Christopher Boman, Talar Herculian and Jeffrey Thurrell. Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis: Nineteen attorneys have been named to the partnership-in Boston, Christopher Centurelli (intellectual property); in London, Christian Major and Elizabeth A. Shell (real estate); in Los Angeles, Michael J. Quinn (securities); in Newark, N.J., Emily L. Won (environmental); in New York, David Dickstein (investment management), Betty Louie (corporate) and Robert N. Michaelson (bankruptcy); in Palo Alto, Calif., James H. Prenton (corporate); in Pittsburgh, Roberta D. Anderson (insurance), Ronald T. Aulbach (tax), Paul C. Cancilla (corporate), Mark G. Knedeisen (intellectual property), Joseph C. Safar (antitrust) and Melissa J. Tea (commercial); in San Francisco, Matthew J. Mangan (investment management); and in Washington, Eric J. Edwardson (mortgage banking), Rebecca L. Kline Dubill (securities) and Lynn A. Schweinfurth (investment management). Lathrop & Gage (Kansas City, Mo.): Seven attorneys have been promoted to the partnership-in Kansas City, Robyn L. Anderson and Pat Fanning (business), Nicol S. Fitzhugh (environmental) and Brian M. Holland (bankruptcy); in Springfield, Mo., Mark A. Fletcher (business); in Overland Park, Kan., Jennifer M. Hannah (business); and in New York, Bridget A. Short (intellectual property). McGlinchey Stafford (New Orleans): Six attorneys have been elected to the partnership-in Houston, Claude B. Anello (commercial real estate), Dwight W. Scott Jr. (health care) and S. David Smith (commercial); in Baton Rouge, La., Dawn M. Rawls (real estate) and Layna S. Cook (health care); and in Jackson, Miss., George Hembree III (commercial). Whiteford, Taylor & Preston (Baltimore): Seven attorneys have been named as partners-in Baltimore, Robert S. Collins (technology and intellectual property) and Kevin G. Hroblak, Dennis J. Shaffer and J. Daniel Vorsteg (bankruptcy); in Washington, Michael C. Gartner and Jennifer S. Jackman (business litigation); and in Towson, Md., Jennifer Ryan Lazenby (business litigation).

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