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MERKLE Jason Reis, 40, has joined the database marketing agency Merkle as general counsel and senior vice president. Reis is the Lanham, Md.-based agency’s first in-house general legal counsel. He was most recently a partner in the Reston, Va., office of DLA Piper. While there, Reis served as primary outside corporate counsel to domestic and international public and private companies. He received his J.D. from the University at Buffalo Law School of the State University of New York at Buffalo.
NEIGHBORHOOD LEGAL SERVICES PROGRAM Wyndell Banks has joined the Neighborhood Legal Services Program in Washington, D.C., as director of legal programs. He was previously the founding partner of the Banks Law Firm. In his new position, Banks, 43, will manage about 50 attorneys, staff, and volunteers in four offices throughout Washington. The program provides legal services to low-income clients. He earned his J.D. from Howard University School of Law.
O’MELVENY & MYERS Two partners have joined O’Melveny & Myers in the firm’s D.C. office. Steve Bunnell has joined the firm’s global enforcement and criminal defense practice. He was previously chief of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C. He also served for two years as chief of the Fraud and Public Corruption Section in the D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office. Bunnell, 47, earned his J.D. at Stanford University Law School. Richard Grime, 42, is a member of O’Melveny & Myers’ securities enforcement and regulatory counseling practice. He was most recently assistant director of the Division of Enforcement of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Grime spent more than nine years at the SEC, where he started out as a staff attorney. He received his J.D. from Oxford University’s Wadham College.
PROSKAUER ROSE Alicia Batts has joined Proskauer Rose as a partner in the firm’s antitrust practice. She was most recently a partner at Dickstein Shapiro. Batts, 42, represents clients before antitrust enforcement agencies and in federal antitrust cases. She has also served as an antitrust adviser at the Federal Trade Commission. Batts received her J.D. from Columbia University Law School.
SHEPPARD, MULLIN, RICHTER & HAMPTON Four attorneys have joined Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton in the firm’s D.C. labor and employment practice. Sheldon Kline joins the firm as a partner. He was most recently a partner at Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner. Kline, 59, represents clients in labor negotiations, bankruptcy, federal and state court litigation, and before administrative agencies, particularly the National Labor Relations Board and the National Mediation Board. He earned his J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. Jennifer LaMacchia, 34, joins the firm as an associate. She was most recently an associate at Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner. LaMacchia specializes in matters related to the airline industry. She earned her J.D. at Loyola Law School. Jonathan Rose also joins the firm as a partner. He was previously a partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman. He focuses on the representation of plan sponsors and fiduciaries involved in Employee Retirement Income Security Act claims and related litigation. Rose, 43, received his J.D. from Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law. Thomas Wotring joins the firm as a special counsel. He was previously of counsel at Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner. Wotring, 56, advises employers in labor negotiations, federal litigation, and before state and federal agencies, particularly the National Labor Relations Board and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He earned his J.D. at Washington and Lee University School of Law.
WINSTON & STRAWN Mark Clodfelter, 57, has joined Winston & Strawn as counsel in the firm’s D.C. international arbitration practice. He comes to the firm from the U.S. State Department, where he served as assistant legal adviser for international claims and investment disputes for the past seven years. In that position, he directed the representation of the United States in international arbitration proceedings. Clodfelter earned his J.D. at the University of Michigan Law School. — Marisa McQuilken
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