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BLANK ROME Conor Warde has joined Blank Rome as an associate in the international maritime practice. Previously, Warde was the associate general counsel of International Registries Inc., the organization that runs the Marshall Islands Ship and Corporate Registry. Warde, 31, advised the group on regulations and enforcement of national and international maritime laws. He also drafted maritime and corporate legislation for the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Warde graduated from George Washington University Law School.
FISH & RICHARDSON Kfir Levy, 33, has joined Fish & Richardson as an associate. Practicing in the litigation group, Levy concentrates on patent litigation in technology industries including semiconductors and computer hardware and software. Levy previously served as an associate in the Houston and San Francisco offices of Howrey. He earned his J.D. from the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
HUNTON & WILLIAMS Jeffrey Hardie has been elected counsel in the McLean, Va., office of Hunton & Williams. Hardie, 44, practices in the firm’s labor and employment group, where he focuses on counseling clients on high-risk and complex labor issues. He also advises clients on preventative measures and with compliance. Before joining in 1996, Hardie was an associate with Leftwich & Douglas. He earned his law degree from Tulane University Law School.
KELLER AND HECKMAN Mary Pivec has joined Keller and Heckman as a partner in the firm’s immigration and employment defense practice. Pivec represents employers in defense of whistleblower investigations and litigation, including cases under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. She has experience dealing with immigration disputes, compliance issues, discrimination, and unfair labor practices. Previously, she was a partner at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton. Pivec, 57, received her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law.
OGLETREE, DEAKINS, NASH, SMOAK & STEWART Melissa Bailey has joined Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart as of counsel. Bailey, 39, focuses on labor and employment law as well as government relations. She represents clients before Congress and government agencies on topics such as wage laws, family leave, disability law, and labor management. Prior to joining the firm, Bailey was a partner at Arent Fox and also served as the labor and employment counsel to the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepeneurship. She received her LL.M. in labor and employment law from Georgetown University Law Center and her J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law.
REED SMITH Lawrence Sher, 42, has joined Reed Smith as a partner in the firm’s regulatory litigation practice. Sher represents domestic and international clients in complex commercial litigation. He also advises companies on strategy and compliance, particularly in avoiding or resolving commercial and product liability disputes. Previously, Sher was a partner at Blank Rome. He received his law degree from American University, Washington College of Law.
STEIN, SPERLING, BENNETT, DE JONG, DRISCOLL & GREENFEIG Two associates have joined Stein, Sperling, Bennett, De Jong, Driscoll & Greenfeig in Rockville, Md. Diego Rojas, 29, focuses on personal injury, criminal law, and traffic issues. Before joining the firm, he was an associate with Bierman, Geesing & Ward in Bethesda, Md. He earned his J.D. from the Columbus School of Law of the Catholic University of America. David Rosen concentrates on civil litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Rosen, 32, was an associate at Futrovsky, Nitkin, & Scherr in Rockville, Md. He graduated from George Washington University Law School.
STEWART PARTNERS Darius Withers, 37, has joined Stewart Partners, a government relations and public affairs firm. As the firm’s general counsel and managing director, Withers advises the firm on lobbying and election law matters. In addition, he represents clients before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, and the Department of Homeland Security, as well as other regulatory bodies. Previously, he was a senior associate at Kelley Drye Collier Shannon. He also served for four years as an attorney adviser in the Common Carrier Bureau (now the Wireline Competition Bureau) and the Enforcement Bureau at the FCC. He received his J.D. from George Washington University Law School. — Attila Berry
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