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BALLARD SPAHR ANDREWS & INGERSOLL Michael Hodge has joined Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll after 20 years in the D.C. government. Hodge, 59, practices as a partner in the public-finance group. Previously, he served as director of the revenue bond program and as chief operating officer for planning and economic development with the Office of the Deputy Mayor. Hodge received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.
DAVIS WRIGHT TREMAINE Two associates were named partner at Davis Wright Tremaine. K.C. Halm represents telecommunications, wireless, and cable companies with matters such as securing franchises, licenses, and operating authority as well as developing tariff and pricing strategies. Halm, 39, was an associate with Cole, Raywid & Braverman until the firm merged with Davis Wright Tremaine in 2006. He received his law degree from American University, Washington College of Law. Constance Pendleton, who joined the firm in 2000, practices First Amendment and media law. Pendleton, 36, represents newspapers, broadcasters, and publishing companies in cases involving libel, privacy, access issues, and privilege. Previously, she was an associate with Collier Shannon Scott, and she earned her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.
FITZPATRICK, CELLA, HARPER & SCINTO Two associates were elected partner at Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto. Edmund Haughey concentrates on patent and trademark litigation, advising clients on patent strategies, licensing agreements, and trademark registration. Edmund, 34, joined the firm in 1998 after graduating from William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law. Justin Oliver, 34, joined the firm in 1997. He focuses on patent prosecution, licensing, and litigation for technology firms, including medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and software. Oliver is a graduate of American University, Washington College of Law.
HOLLAND & KNIGHT Nina Eldred has joined Holland & Knight as senior counsel. Eldred, an expert in hospitality law, advises hotel owners in financing, management, and development. She has been vice president and assistant general counsel for Marriott International and Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co. Previously, she was of counsel with Squire, Sanders & Dempsey in the firm’s hospitality practice. Eldred, 48, earned her J.D. from Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law.
MCDERMOTT WILL & EMERY Six attorneys made partner at McDermott Will & Emery. Jennifer Geetter, a member of the health group, advises health-care-industry clients on research, strategy, development, and compliance, with a focus on emerging biotechnology and safety matters. Previously an associate, Geetter, 32, joined the firm in 2001. She graduated from Harvard Law School. Peter Malyshev concentrates on transactions and regulations involving energy trading. He advises clients on risk management, compliance, hedge funds, and other financial matters. Before joining the firm in 2002, Malyshev, who was counsel at the firm, served as a lawyer for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Economic Analysis. Malyshev, 41, earned his LL.M. in financial regulation from Georgetown University Law Center and his J.D. from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law. Arturo Requenez II specializes in corporate tax law both domestically and abroad. As co-chairman of the tax private-equity group, he counsels clients on complex transactions, mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations, and international tax matters. Previously counsel at the firm, Requenez, 35, joined in 2005 after working as a manager with PriceWaterhouseCoopers. He received his LL.M. in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center and his J.D. from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. Brian Seidleck practices patent law with a focus on preparing and prosecuting patent applications in the chemical, electrical, and mechanical industries. Before joining the firm in 2002 as an associate, Seidleck, 35, was a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law. David Tennant, 31, advises clients on patent development and strategy. He drafts and prosecutes patent applications and handles complex patent cases for corporate clients in a range of industries. Tennant, who joined the firm in 2000 as an associate, earned his law degree from Franklin Pierce Law Center. Kelli Francuzenko, 35, practices intellectual-property law in relation to life sciences and biotechnology, assisting clients in licensing, collaborations, patent prosecution, and due diligence. She counsels research facilities, government contractors, and companies on intellectual-property development and strategy. Francuzenko obtained her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.
VENABLE Two attorneys have joined Venable in the firm’s Northern Virginia office. Everett Hoeg III practices as a partner in the firm’s taxation section. Hoeg, 59, advises individuals on taxation and estate matters as well as assisting businesses in mergers and acquisitions, partnership formations, and tax issues. Previously, he was a partner at Reed Smith, where he co-chaired the firm’s tax, benefits, and wealth planning practice. Hoeg received his LL.M. in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center and his J.D. from Duke University School of Law. Lisa Hughes, who has joined as of counsel, is an estate and tax attorney with experience in Medicaid issues, retirement planning, and public finance, as well as advising guardians of incapacitated adults. Previously of counsel at Reed Smith, Hughes, 44, received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. — Attila Berry
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