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DUANE MORRIS Duane Morris has picked up four energy lawyers from Powell Goldstein. Michael Kessler, 53, concentrates on energy regulation at the state and federal levels as well as energy development, financing, transmission, and general energy-management issues. Kessler, a partner, represents independent energy producers and clients in the retail energy markets in acquisitions, restructuring, and other negotiations. He earned his J.D. from Vermont Law School. David DeSalle, also a partner, is experienced in energy regulation and transactions. DeSalle, 36, represents clients before state and federal regulatory bodies and has advised electrical utilities and natural gas suppliers in restructuring and mergers. He was of counsel at Powell Goldstein and received his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Daniel Malabonga, an associate, focuses on transmission and energy market issues with an emphasis on Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regulations. Malabonga, 48, earned his law degree from the University of the Philippines. Michael Splete, 35, focuses on generator interconnection, energy markets, and regulation. Splete, an associate, earned his J.D. from George Washington University Law School.
EQUAL JUSTICE WORKS Lynn Dondis has joined Equal Justice Works as the leader of its public interest law opportunities group. Dondis, 53, joins from the office of Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), where she was a legislative assistant and worked on social policy issues. She also served as counsel to the Senate Subcommittee on Children and Families. Dondis earned her law degree from Brooklyn Law School.
FISH & RICHARDSON Frank Italiano, 29, has joined Fish & Richardson as an associate in the firm’s patent prosecution practice and focuses on electrical engineering matters. Previously, Italiano was an associate at Crowell & Moring. He received his J.D. from George Washington University Law School.
FOLEY & LARDNER Four senior counsel were elected partner at Foley & Lardner. George Best, 39, focuses on intellectual-property litigation as well as patent, trade secret, and business tort cases. He has advised clients in a range of industries including biotechnology, veterinary diagnostics, food processing, and automobile safety systems. Before joining the firm in 1998, Best served as a clerk to Judge Randall Rader on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He earned his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. Courtenay Brinckerhoff, 39, represents clients in the pharmaceutical, medical device, and food industries and counsels them on patents and investigations. Before joining the firm in 2001, Brinckerhoff clerked for Federal Circuit Judge Alvin Schall. She received her law degree from George Mason University School of Law. Elizabeth Gray practices white-collar defense and securities litigation and represents public companies, broker-dealers, officers, and directors. Gray, 47, is experienced in federal securities law, including insider trading, accounting issues, and market manipulation. She joined the firm in 2003 after co-founding Potomac Pharma Inc., a biopharmaceutical company. Gray graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law. Jeffrey Newman concentrates on government contracts, federal and state procurement and administrative law, and litigation. He assists clients with contract formation and intellectual-property rights. Newman, 37, represents government contractors before a variety of government agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. Prior to joining the firm in 2001, he was an associate at Bracewell & Patterson. He received his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.
MCDERMOTT WILL & EMERY Robert Dilworth has joined McDermott Will & Emery as partner. Dilworth, 64, practices in the firm’s tax division, where he counsels multinational clients on international tax planning. Previously, he was a senior adviser in the Office of Tax Policy at the Treasury Department, and prior to that he was a principal at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School.
MORGAN, LEWIS & BOCKIUS Two lawyers have joined Morgan, Lewis & Bockius as partner. Robert Busby practices intellectual-property litigation and has prepared and prosecuted patent applications on semiconductors, electronics, medical devices, and cameras. Previously, he was a partner at Baker & McKenzie. Busby, 42, received his J.D. from George Washington University Law School. William Matney Jr. is a patent litigator with a focus on trademarks. He has prosecuted trademark applications and has experience with cybersquatting and typosquatting issues before federal courts and other regulatory bodies. Before joining the firm, Matney, 44, was a partner at Baker & McKenzie. He obtained his law degree from George Washington University Law School.
NIXON PEABODY Five associates were named partner at Nixon Peabody. Molly Bryson, 35, practices real estate syndication law. Bryson negotiates transactions for the acquisition and syndication of housing projects involving low-income housing tax credits. She joined the firm, then known as Peabody & Brown, in 1998, and earned her J.D. from Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. Randall Kelly concentrates on affordable-housing issues in an effort to expand low-income housing opportunities. He represents clients in the development and preservation of federally assisted multifamily properties. Before joining the firm in 1999, Kelly, 36, was vice president and general counsel for Gershman Investment Corp. in St. Louis. He graduated from Washington University School of Law. Kelly Kramer focuses on white-collar criminal defense, government investigations, and complex civil cases. Kramer, 34, has represented public officials, lobbyists, and consultants in corruption cases and has experience litigating under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. Before joining the firm in 2004, he was an associate with Ropes & Gray. Kramer earned his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Scott Sergio represents equity investors in the acquisition, development, and syndication of affordable housing. Sergio, 36, focuses on low-income housing tax credits, historic rehabilitation credits, bond financing, and general real estate matters. He began working at the firm in 1998 and graduated from Temple University Beasley School of Law. Patrice Harris Talbott, who joined the firm in 2003, concentrates on transactional and Housing and Urban Development regulatory matters. Talbott advises developers in the acquisition and expansion of affordable-housing projects across the country. Previously, she was an associate at DLA Piper, and she also served as an attorney for HUD in Illinois and Washington, D.C. Talbott, 36, received her LL.M. in real estate from the John Marshall Law School and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. — Attila Berry
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