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CADWALADER, WICKERSHAM & TAFT Charles “Rick” Rule has joined Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft as head of the antitrust practice. Rule, 51, represents major corporations in private antitrust litigation and in civil and criminal investigations by both U.S. and foreign regulatory bodies. Previously, he led the antitrust group at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. Rule graduated from the University of Chicago Law School.
GOULSTON & STORRS Cynthia Paine has been named partner in the D.C. office of Goulston & Storrs. She represents both nonprofits and developers with affordable-housing issues, revitalization plans, and commercial development. Prior to joining the firm in 2001, Paine, 44, was an associate at Goodwin Procter. She graduated from Georgetown University Law Center.
HUNTON & WILLIAMS Brent Fewell has joined Hunton & Williams’ environmental group as counsel. With expertise in water law, Fewell focuses on compliance, permit negotiations, regulatory and legislative advocacy, and enforcement matters. He previously served as the deputy assistant administrator for the Office of Water at the Environmental Protection Agency, where he provided counsel for regulations and developed national water programs. Fewell, 41, earned his law degree from Duquesne University Law School.
LITTLER MENDELSON Robert Clayton has joined Littler Mendelson as a partner. Clayton, 56, focuses on labor and employment litigation as well as collective bargaining, representing both public and private employers. Prior to joining the firm, he was a partner at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo, and he earned his J.D. from George Washington University Law School.
MCDERMOTT WILL & EMERY Paul Thompson, 38, has joined McDermott Will & Emery as partner in the firm’s trial practice. He served as counsel to former Sen. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) on the Judiciary Committee, where he was lead counsel during the reauthorization of the USA Patriot Act, the passage of the Military Commissions Act, and legislation relating to the National Security Agency’s warrantless wiretapping program. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School.
NATIONAL CHAMBER LITIGATION CENTER Robin Conrad has been appointed executive vice president of the National Chamber Litigation Center, which is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s public-policy law firm. Conrad joined the center in 1983 as environmental counsel and has since held numerous positions, including director of litigation and vice president of legal affairs. She has assisted in increasing the center’s nonlabor docket, upping its Supreme Court presence, and in managing a growing staff. Conrad, 52, received her J.D. from Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law.
SHOOK, HARDY & BACON David Douglass, 47, has joined Shook, Hardy & Bacon as a partner in the firm’s business law practice. Douglass concentrates on the defense of companies and executives in criminal investigations and enforcement actions. Previously, he chaired the white-collar and government enforcement group at Porter Wright Morris & Arthur, and he also served as an assistant U.S. attorney in Massachusetts as well as a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department. Douglass earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School.
STRADLEY RONON Michelle Roberts, 38, has joined Stradley Ronon as an associate. She counsels investment companies, investment advisers, and brokers on regulatory and compliance matters. Previously, Roberts was an associate with Seward & Kissel. She earned her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.
THOMPSON HINE Gregory Husisian has joined Thompson Hine’s international trade and customs group as a partner. Concentrating on international trade law, public policy, and litigation, Husisian, 42, represents governments and industries in anti-dumping and countervailing issues. Prior to joining the firm, he was counsel at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, and he received his law degree from Cornell Law School.
U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION Frank Borchert, 46, was named general counsel of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Borchert is the chief legal adviser to the administrator as well as the agency’s senior adviser on policy and program development. Previously, he was deputy general counsel for Capital One Financial Corp., and he earned his J.D. from New York University School of Law. — Attila Berry
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