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DICKSTEIN SHAPIRO Six associates were elected partner at Dickstein Shapiro DeAnna Allen, 38, practices intellectual-property litigation with a focus on electrical-engineering and computer-technology issues and has experience with transfer rights, trademark litigation, and trademark and patent prosecution. Prior to joining the firm in 2002, Allen was an associate at the Chicago office of Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw, and she served as in-house counsel to Burger King Brands. Allen received her J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law. Erica Dominitz, 36, concentrates on insurance-coverage law and represents corporate policyholders in negotiations and in litigation with insurance companies. Before joining the firm in 2000, Dominitz was an associate at Katz & Ranzman. She earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Gianni Minutoli, who joined the firm in 1997, practices patent law with an emphasis on electrical circuitry, computer memory and systems, imagers, lasers, wireless communication devices, and software inventions. Previously, Minutoli, 40, was a senior engineer at Northrop Grumman Norden Systems Inc., where he assisted in creating advanced radar and tracking systems. He earned his J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law. Jeffrey Rhodes, 39, practices in the firm’s bankruptcy division, representing creditors, creditors’ committees, trustees, and debtors. Before joining the firm in 1997, Rhodes clerked for Judge Duncan Keir of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland. He received his J.D. from American University Washington College of Law. Michael Wentworth focuses on energy law with an emphasis on electric power regulatory issues. He represents electric public-utility clients before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as well as state and federal courts. Before joining the firm in 2001, Wentworth, 44, served as a uniformed attorney in the Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps, and he obtained his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School. Bradley Wine, 36, practices civil litigation and regulatory-compliance counseling with a focus on complex commercial disputes before industry professionals, administrative boards, and federal and state courts. Prior to joining the firm in 1999, he was an associate in Holland & Knight’s commercial litigation group. He earned his J.D. from Vermont Law School.
FIRM ADVICE Susan Gallagher has joined Firm Advice as director of recruiting. Before joining the attorney-placement company, Gallagher, 46, was general counsel for Huthwaite Inc., a sales-performance firm. She received her law degree from Harvard Law School.
HOWREY Four attorneys were promoted to partner and two senior associates were promoted to counsel at Howrey. Mark Klapow, previously a senior associate and now a partner, concentrates on complex civil litigation involving antitrust, business torts, contracts, fraud, environmental, patents, trademarks, and other commercial issues. Prior to joining the firm in 2000, he clerked for Judge Christine Miller of the U.S Court of Federal Claims. Klapow, 33, received his J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law. Fiona Philip, 33, practices in the firm’s securities litigation, government enforcement, and white-collar defense group, representing corporations, directors, and employees in Securities and Exchange Commission and other law-enforcement investigations. Before joining the firm in 2004, Philip, who was a senior associate and is now a partner, served as enforcement counsel to the chairman of the SEC. She earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Lara Degenhart, who joined the firm in 1992, represents policyholders in coverage disputes involving environmental remediation, and she also has experience in health-care industry cases. Previously special counsel at the firm, Degenhart, 39, is now a partner. She obtained her law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law. Nancy Lapidus, who is now a partner, practices in the firm’s intellectual property group, where she focuses on trademark and domain-name counseling as well as on prosecution and enforcement. Prior to joining the firm in 2005 as of counsel, she was counsel at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. Lapidus, 36, earned her J.D. from George Washington University Law School. Vanessa Forsythe has been named counsel in the firm’s antitrust and global-litigation groups and concentrates on antitrust litigation and commercial issues. She joined the firm in 1997 after clerking for Judge Leonie Brinkema of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Forsythe, 36, earned her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. Jay Guiliano, who was named counsel in the intellectual property section, specializes in patent litigation involving software systems or mechanical devices. Before joining the firm in 2000, Guiliano, 35, was an associate at Hancock & Estabrook. He received his law degree from Syracuse University College of Law.
IVINS, PHILLIPS & BARKER Jeffrey Cohen has joined Ivins, Phillips & Barker as partner and will lead the firm’s employee-benefits litigation group. Previously, Cohen, 50, was chief counsel for the federal Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp., where he directed litigation for bankruptcy proceedings and ERISA disputes. He earned his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.
KING & SPALDING Four attorneys were elected partner at King & Spalding. Jennifer Bragg practices in the firm’s Food and Drug Administration/health-care group, where she provides FDA compliance advice and counseling to pharmaceutical and medical-device clients. Before joining the firm as an associate in 2003, Bragg, 35, served as associate chief counsel for criminal enforcement at the FDA. She earned her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law. Alan Dial, who was counsel, focuses on complex civil litigation, white-collar criminal defense, and internal investigations. Dial, 41, left the firm in 1998 to serve as an assistant U.S. attorney in San Diego and Atlanta, returning in 2004. He received his J.D. from Howard University School of Law. Elizabeth Mims Donley concentrates on mergers, acquisitions, licensing and financial transactions, joint ventures, and other corporate matters and represents pharmaceutical, defense, aerospace, telecommunications, and technology companies. Prior to joining the firm in 2000 as an associate, Donley, 34, clerked for Judge Owen Forrester of the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. She earned her J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School. Kelly Reeves, 36, focuses on health-care law and represents pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical-device companies in regulatory and compliance issues. Previously an associate, Reeves joined the firm in 1999. She received her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law.
LEGAL eSTAFFING INC. Richard Thuemmler, 33, has been promoted to director of the professional legal and support services division at Legal eStaffing Inc. in Vienna, Va. Prior to joining the company, he was a national applications consultant for LexisNexis. He earned his J.D. from the University of Toledo College of Law.
SONNENSCHEIN NATH & ROSENTHAL Randy Sabett has joined Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal as a partner in the firm’s information-security and enforcement group. Sabett, 43, concentrates on information-security compliance issues, data-breach prevention, and liability counseling for Internet technology. Previously, he was special counsel at Cooley Godward Kronish, where he began the information-security and cybercrime division. Sabett received his J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law. — Attila Berry
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