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BAKER BOTTS Robert Wagman Jr., 39, has been promoted to special counsel in Baker Botts’ Washington office. He practices in the litigation group. Wagman was previously an associate. He earned his J.D. at American University’s Washington College of Law.
CAPITAL LEGAL SEARCH Nicole Walter, 33, has joined Capital Legal Search as a senior recruiter. She was previously a bankruptcy associate in the Washington office of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr. Walter earned her J.D. at George Washington University School of Law.
DICKSTEIN SHAPIRO Charles Ossola, 54, has joined Dickstein Shapiro as a partner in the firm’s Washington office. He is a litigator in the intellectual property practice. Ossola was previously a senior partner at Arnold & Porter. He earned his J.D. at Villanova University Law School.
MCDERMOTT WILL & EMERY Six associates in the Washington office of McDermott Will & Emery have been promoted to partner. Todd Castleton, 39, belongs to the employee benefits department. Castleton earned his J.D. at George Mason University School of Law. Anne Hance, 31, is a partner in the health law department. Hance received her J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law. Mark Opper, 31, belongs to the tax department. Opper received his J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law. Meredith Parker, 31, belongs to the trial department. Parker earned her J.D. at the University of Virginia School of Law. David Rines, 39, belongs to the telecommunications group. Rines received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Athena Velie, 38, is a partner in the energy and derivatives market practice. Velie earned her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.
MORRISON & FOERSTER Two attorneys in Morrison & Foerster’s Washington office and one in the Northern Virginia office have been promoted to partner. Brian Matsui, 35, is a partner in the appellate practice in the D.C. office. He was previously of counsel. Matsui earned his J.D. at Stanford University Law School. Andrew Smith, 42, is a partner in the financial services and privacy group in Washington. He was previously of counsel. Smith received his J.D. from the College of William & Mary’s Marshall-Wythe School of Law. Erik Velapoldi, 37, is a partner in the corporate and securities group in the McLean, Va., office. He was previously of counsel. Velapoldi received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.
OBLON, SPIVAK, MCCLELLAND, MAIER & NEUSTADT Four attorneys have been promoted to partner at Alexandria, Va., firm Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt. Additionally, six associates have been elevated to senior associates. Tia Fenton, 33, is a senior associate in the litigation department. She received her J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. Andrew Harry, 30, is a senior associate in the electrical and mechanical department, focusing on patent prosecution. Harry earned his J.D. at American University’s Washington College of Law. Kyoko Imai, 35, is a senior associate in the trademark and copyright department. She received her J.D. from George Washington University Law School. Stefan Koschmieder, 42, is a partner in the chemical and biotechnology practice group. He was previously a senior associate. Koschmieder received his J.D. from George Washington University Law School. Stephen Kunin, 59, is a partner in the patent protection group. He was previously of counsel. Kunin earned his J.D. from the National Law Center of the George Washington University. Kevin McKinley, 35, is a senior associate in the electrical and mechanical department, focusing on patent prosecution. He earned his J.D. from Widener University School of Law. Robert Nissen, 50, is a partner in the litigation department, where he specializes in patent litigation. He was previously of counsel. Nissen received his J.D. from the University of Texas Law School. Eric Schweibenz, 35, is a senior associate in the litigation department. He received his J.D. from Roger Williams University School of Law. Vincent Shier, 33, is a partner in the chemical and biotechnology group. He was previously a senior associate. Shier earned his J.D. at George Washington University Law School. Zachary Stern, 45, is a senior associate in the electrical and mechanical department. He received his J.D. at George Washington University Law School. — Marisa McQuilken
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