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ANTONELLI, TERRY, STOUT & KRAUS Jesse Fenty, 35, has joined Antonelli, Terry, Stout & Kraus, an intellectual property firm in Rosslyn, Va. Fenty, an associate, joins the firm from the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, where he was a patent examiner. He received his law degree from American University, Washington College of Law.
CARTER LEDYARD & MILBURN Peter Antonoplos has joined Carter Ledyard & Milburn as counsel in the real estate group. Antonoplos, 31, focuses on real estate and corporate law, commercial litigation, and securities and financial regulation. Before joining, he was a partner at Shaffer, Bock & Antonoplos, and he received his J.D. from Catholic University, Columbus School of Law.
PEOPLE FOR THE AMERICAN WAY Judith Schaeffer has been named legal director for People for the American Way and the People for the American Way Foundation, where she will lead the development, management, and implementation of the groups’ litigation and legal advocacy programs. Previously, she was associate legal director for the organizations, and before joining in 1994, Schaeffer, 54, was a partner at Dickstein, Shapiro & Morin. She earned her law degree from Yale Law School.
REED SMITH Stephanie Cohen, 35, has joined Reed Smith as an associate in the firm’s financial services regulatory practice. Cohen concentrates on bank regulatory and residential mortgage issues, as well as consumer compliance. Previously, she was an associate general counsel at CitiFinancial Inc. Cohen received her J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law.
SKADDEN, ARPS, SLATE, MEAGHER & FLOM Eight associates were named counsel at the D.C. office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Amanda Amann practices in the firm’s mergers and acquisitions group. Amann, 32, joined the firm in 1998 and received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. John Beahn, who practices communications law, joined the firm in 2000. Previously, he was an associate at Swidler Berlin Shereff Friedman. Beahn, 36, earned his J.D. from Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. Eric Burt, 37, practices corporate law with a focus on mergers and acquisitions. Before joining the firm in 2000, Burt was an associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges. He received his law degree from American University, Washington College of Law. Margaret Krawiec joined the firm in 2003 and concentrates on litigation. Previously, she was a trial attorney in the Justice Department’s Civil Division. Krawiec, 33, earned her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. John Meckley III focuses on mergers and acquisitions. Meckley, 36, joined the firm in 1995 and left briefly to run for Congress as the Republican nominee for the 6th District of Pennsylvania, returning to the firm in 1999. He earned his law degree from George Washington University Law School. Daniel Phillips, 38, focuses on tax law. Phillips joined the firm in 1998 and earned his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. Gerald Richman specializes in energy law with an emphasis on matters regarding the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Prior to joining the firm in 2000, Richman, 54, was a trial attorney in the enforcement section at FERC. He graduated from Georgetown University Law Center. Robert Warnement, 43, practices in the firm’s energy section and focuses on energy project finance development, energy regulations, and utilities issues. Warnement joined the firm in 1995 and received his J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law.
U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE Four lawyers were appointed assistant U.S. attorneys at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. Jay Apperson, 51, has been assigned to the Appellate Division. In addition to having a lengthy career at the Justice Department, Apperson served as chief counsel to Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) as well as chief counsel and staff director for the Senate Subcommittee on Crimes, Terrorism, and Homeland Security. He earned his LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center and his J.D. from Cumberland School of Law. Joseph Cooney has joined the Misdemeanor Trial Section. Previously, Cooney, 31, was an associate at the D.C. office of Jones Day. He received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. Leslie Gerardo returns to the federal prosecutor’s office and has joined the Appellate Division. Formerly, she was of counsel at Martyn Liles where she handled white-collar criminal cases as well as complex commercial litigation. Before that, she was an assistant U.S. attorney in the D.C. office and also served on the Justice Department’s Campaign Finance Task Force. Gerardo, 45, graduated from American University, Washington College of Law. Robin Meriweather, 33, was assigned to the Civil Division. Previously, she was an associate at Jenner & Block, handling civil litigation and agency proceedings. Meriweather earned her J.D. from Yale Law School. — Attila Berry
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