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ALSTON & BIRD Two attorneys have joined the financial services group in Alston & Bird’s D.C. office. Laura Biddle has joined as counsel. She was previously an associate at Thacher Proffitt & Wood. Biddle, 41, earned her J.D. at Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law. Jeffrey Hare, 35, has joined as a partner. He was previously a senior associate at Thacher Proffitt & Wood. He received his J.D. from West Virginia University College of Law.
BAKER BOTTS Three attorneys will be promoted to partner in Baker Botts’ Washington office in January. Brooksany Barrowes will be a partner in the global projects group. She is currently an associate. Barrowes, 32, earned her J.D. at the University of Chicago Law School. Mark Cook will be a partner in the global projects group. He is currently special counsel. Cook, 52, received his LL.M. from the University of Virginia School of Law. Barton Seitz, 48, will be a partner in the environmental group. He is presently special counsel. Seitz received his J.D. from George Washington University Law School.
BAKER, DONELSON, BEARMAN, CALDWELL & BERKOWITZ Sule Akyuz, 45, has joined Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz’s D.C. office as of counsel in the firm’s corporate and mergers and acquisitions group and its international transactions and trade group. She was previously a law clerk to Judge Nancy Alquist in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Maryland. She received her LL.M. from American University’s Washington College of Law.
BUC & BEARDSLEY Carmen Shepard has been made partner at Buc & Beardsley in Washington, D.C. She had previously been counsel to the firm. Shepard, 51, earned her J.D. at Yale Law School.
JACKSON LEWIS Frank Connolly has joined Jackson Lewis as a partner in the firm’s labor and employment practice based in Vienna, Va. He was previously of counsel at DLA Piper. Connolly, 43, earned his J.D. at Georgetown University Law Center.
KELLEY DRYE COLLIER SHANNON Robert Cohen, 40, has joined Kelley Drye Collier Shannon as special counsel in the government relations and public policy group and the campaign finance and political law group. He was previously of counsel at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice. Cohen earned his J.D. at Emory University School of Law.
KILPATRICK STOCKTON Three first-year associates have joined Kilpatrick Stockton’s Washington office. Patrick Eagan, 29, has joined the intellectual property practice. He earned his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. James Mecone, 25, has joined the litigation group. He received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Tracie Siddiqui, 25, has joined the intellectual property group. She earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
MANATT, PHELPS & PHILLIPS Marvin Morris has joined Manatt, Phelps & Phillips in the firm’s D.C. real estate and land use practice. Morris, 38, was previously special counsel to the chief financial officer for the District of Columbia. He received his J.D. from Howard University School of Law.
MCGUIREWOODS John Farnum has joined McGuireWoods as an associate in the firm’s restructuring and insolvency group based in Tysons Corner, Va. He was previously a law clerk to Chief Judge Ross Krumm of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia. Farnum, 26, received his J.D. from the University of Richmond School of Law.
MORRIS, MANNING & MARTIN Cindy Chang has joined Morris, Manning & Martin’s D.C. office as an associate in the firm’s insurance group. She previously completed a clerkship with Judge Kathianne Knaup Crane of the Missouri Court of Appeals. Chang, 26, received her J.D. from Washington University School of Law.
ROTHWELL, FIGG, ERNST & MANBECK Two associates have been made partner at Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck in the District. Anne Sterba, 34, is in the trademark practice. She earned her J.D. at George Mason University School of Law. Brian Tollefson, 38, is a member of the copyright, licensing and transactions, litigation, patent prosecution, and unfair competition practices. He received his J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law.
SUTHERLAND ASBILL & BRENNAN Daron Threet has joined Sutherland Asbill & Brennan as counsel in the firm’s Washington-based energy and environmental practice. He was previously counsel to the Deepwater Ports Program at the U.S. Department of Transportation. Threet, 33, received his J.D. from Notre Dame Law School. — Marisa McQuilken
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