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BLANK ROME Alain Lapter, 31, has joined Blank Rome as an associate in the intellectual property group, where he will focus on business and trademark law. Before joining the firm, Lapter was a trademark-examining attorney at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. While there, he reviewed trademark applications and argued before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Lapter earned his J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law.
FOLEY HOAG Ronald Goodman, formerly the co-head of Winston & Strawn’s international arbitration practice, has joined Foley Hoag’s international litigation and arbitration practice as a partner. Goodman, 56, represents clients before international arbitration boards, the U.N. Commission on International Trade Law, the International Chamber of Commerce, and other international bodies. In addition, Goodman counsels governments on law reform, restructuring, treaties, privatization, and project finance. He received his law degree from Columbia Law School.
SHEARMAN & STERLING Thomas Johnston has joined Shearman & Sterling as a partner. Johnston, who practices tax law, concentrates on tax controversy and litigation issues. He has experience litigating and mediating tax cases for both domestic and international companies. Before joining the firm, Johnston, 54, was a partner at Miller & Chevalier. He graduated from the University of Michigan Law School.
THOMPSON HINE Bruce Hopkins, 49, has joined Thompson Hine as a partner. Hopkins practices real estate law, concentrating on retail and mixed-use projects. He has experience with development, leasing, sales, financing, management, and construction. Before joining the firm, Hopkins was a partner at Griffin, Fletcher & Herndon. Hopkins received his J.D. from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Brian Kamoie has been appointed as the deputy assistant secretary and director of the Office of Policy and Strategic Planning within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Kamoie, 35, works on policy development and planning for responses to bioterrorism and other public health emergencies. Previously, he was a professor at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services where he taught public health law and policy, as well as health services law. He earned his J.D. from the George Washington University Law School.
VENABLE Two partners from DLA Piper have joined Venable’s environmental law practice. William Weissman represents the Utility Solid Waste Activities Group, a consortium of utility companies and trade associations. Since 1979, he has assisted the group with a variety of issues including waste management, site remediation, hazardous materials transport, and management of chemicals and petroleum products. Weissman, 66, also advises other corporations and trade groups in the waste and chemical industries, and has represented companies before trial courts, appellate courts, the U.S. Supreme Court, and Congress. He began his career in the Antitrust Division of the Justice Department before moving into private practice. He graduated from Columbia Law School. Douglas Green also represents the USWAG, helping the organization with litigation, regulations, congressional issues, and compliance. In addition, Green contributes to the firm’s homeland security practice, which advises utilities, chemical manufacturers, and hazardous materials transporters on federal anti-terrorism regulations. Green, 50, received his law degree from the George Washington University Law School.
WINSTON & STRAWN Margaret “Peggy” Blake has joined Winston & Strawn as a partner in the firm’s corporate group. Blake advises foreign and domestic clients on securities regulations, focusing on assisting global custodian banks. She also counsels international broker-dealers, advisers, and private banks on U.S. securities laws and helps financial institutions navigate anti-money laundering regulations. Previously, she was a partner at Baker & McKenzie. She also worked in the Division of Market Regulation at the Securities and Exchange Commission. Blake, 42, received her J.D. from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. — Attila Berry
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