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BLANK ROME Harold Damelin, 60, has joined Blank Rome as partner in the firm’s white collar crime practice after serving as the inspector general for the Treasury Department. As inspector general, Damelin was in charge of the department’s audits as well as responsible for looking into allegations of waste, fraud, abuse, and program mismanagement. In addition, he served as staff director and chief counsel to the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, where he directed investigations on health care fraud, procurement fraud, and Russian organized crime. Damelin earned his law degree from Boston College Law School.
BROWN RUDNICK Two partners have joined Brown Rudnick from Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal. Fred Levy, who practices corporate law, has represented companies in more than 300 mergers, acquisitions, and dispositions both domestically and abroad. Levy, 53, assists clients in negotiations, contracts, and shareholder and lending agreements and has experience in structuring private equity and hedge funds. He graduated from the University of Southern California Law Center. Catherine Gardner assists corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies in development, operations, and financial transactions and represents a range of industries, including broadcasters, technology companies, hedge funds, and trade associations. Gardner, 37, also structures hedge funds and private equity funds as well as helping purchase and sell securities. She earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
HUNTON & WILLIAMS Three associates and one counsel were named partner at Hunton & Williams. Jeremy Schwer, 34, practices energy and project finance law. Schwer concentrates on domestic and international transactions and represents overseas and U.S. companies, private equity groups, and governments in acquisitions, sales, project finance, and development transactions. Before joining the firm in 2005 as counsel, he was counsel at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. Schwer received his law degree from Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. Jonathan Wilan focuses on complex litigation, class actions, and internal investigations, with an emphasis on insurance issues. He has represented a large insurance broker in multidistrict class actions and investigations and has experience helping companies plan for and respond to new federal e-discovery rules. Previously, Wilan, who joined the firm in 2004, was an associate at LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae. Wilan, 34, earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School. Allison Wood practices in the firm’s resources, regulatory, and environmental law section. With a specialty in air quality, Wood has experience in climate change, emissions trading, and air quality standards. Her clients include the electricity industry and manufacturing and transportation companies. Before joining as an associate in 1999, Wood, 39, was an associate at Kelley Drye & Warren, and she graduated from George Washington University Law School. Scott Yarnell, who joined the firm in 2000, is a partner in the litigation and intellectual property section in the firm’s McLean office. A registered patent attorney, Yarnell, 38, focuses on intellectual property counseling, procurement, and litigation and advises clients in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Previously, he was an associate at Nath & Associates. Yarnell graduated from George Washington University Law School.
MILLER & CHEVALIER Susan Relland, 32, has joined Miller & Chevalier as of counsel in the employee benefits practice. She focuses on the development and management of domestic and international benefit plans and represents clients before Congress and other federal agencies. Prior to joining the firm, Relland was a senior manager in Ernst & Young’s human capital practice and also served as the health policy legal counsel for the American Benefits Council. Relland earned her J.D. from Tulane Law School.
VENABLE Two partners have joined Venable from McGuireWoods. James Troup, 48, represents companies in the communications industry, including broadcast radio and television as well as cable, wireless, landline carriers, and Internet companies. In addition to assisting clients in litigation and transactional matters, Troup advises telecommunications companies on compliance, representing them before numerous regulatory and enforcement agencies. Previously, he led his former firm’s telecom and media practice. Troup received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. Tony Lee, 38, focuses on local and long-distance landline carriers, counseling them on mergers and acquisitions, compliance, bankruptcy, and enforcement issues. He also advises rural telecommunications companies on the purchase and sale of wireless spectrum as well as asset transfers. Lee earned his J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law. — Attila Berry
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