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CROWELL & MORING Daniel Vielleville, 38, has joined as counsel in Crowell & Moring’s international dispute resolution group in the Washington office. He joins the firm from Squire, Sanders & Dempsey’s Miami office, where he worked as an associate. Vielleville earned his J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law.
DRINKER BIDDLE & REATH Drinker Biddle & Reath has promoted two attorneys to partner and one to counsel in its Washington office. Janet Fries, 58, is a partner in the intellectual property practice group. Her practice is focused on copyright and trademark law, entertainment law, and Internet law. She was previously counsel at the firm. Fries earned her J.D. from George Washington University Law School. Michael Miner, 34, is a partner in the commercial litigation practice group, focusing his practice on white-collar criminal investigations and prosecutions. He was previously an associate at the firm. Miner earned his J.D. from George Washington University Law School. Jonathan Tarnow, 37, is counsel and a member of the education team in the firm’s government and regulatory affairs practice group. He was previously an associate at the firm. Tarnow earned his J.D. from George Washington University Law School.
PEPPER HAMILTON M. Peter Adler, 52, has joined Pepper Hamilton’s Washington office as a partner. His practice areas include: Health care services, financial services, and intellectual property. Previously, he was president of InfoCounsel in Alexandria, Va. Adler earned his J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law and his L.L.M. from Georgetown University Law Center.
SALLIE MAE Two attorneys were promoted in Sallie Mae’s Reston, Va., office. Mark Heleen, 45, is a senior vice president and deputy general counsel. He was previously vice president. Heleen is responsible for all legal matters in the financing and derivative transactions of the company, including the recent equity offering. Heleen earned his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Eric Reicin, 38, is a senior vice president and deputy general counsel. He was previously vice president. Reicin leads litigation, employment law, and intellectual property issues for the corporation and also manages legal support for the asset performance group and the information technology division. Reicin earned his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law.
SHEPPARD MULLIN RICHTER & HAMPTON Brian Liss, 33, has joined Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton’s Washington office as special counsel in the firm’s labor and employment practice group. He most recently practiced with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius as an associate in Washington. Liss earned his J.D. from George Washington University Law School.
SIMON & PARTNERS Pamela Stuart, 59, will lead Simon & Partners’ new Washington office. Stuart is of counsel at the firm. Her primary areas of practice include civil and criminal litigation, international law, corporate governance, and trusts and estates. Prior to joining the firm, she was a solo practitioner in Washington. Stuart received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.
SQUIRE, SANDERS & DEMPSEY Two senior associates have been promoted to principal at Squire, Sanders & Dempsey in its Washington offices. Christopher Gordon, 35, is in the economic regulation practice. Gordon earned his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. Kevin Levey, 37, is in the energy, corporate transactions and securities, and project finance practices. He also works out of the Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, office. Levey received his J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law.
STERNE, KESSLER, GOLDSTEIN & FOX Chenghua Luo, 40, has joined as an associate at Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox in Washington. She will work in the biotechnology practice. She was previously an associate at Cantor Colburn in its Hartford, Conn., office. Luo earned her J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law.
VENABLE Joseph Lynyak III, 56, has joined Venable in its banking and financial services practice as a partner in both its Los Angeles and Washington offices. He moves to Venable from financial services law firm, Buckley Kolar, where he was also a partner in its Los Angeles and Washington offices. Lynyak earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. — W.J. Hennigan
Please send notices of new D.C.-area hires or promotions to Jeff Jeffrey. Personnel notices should include new title and area of specialization, previous place of employment and title, education, and age.

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