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New York’s Shearman & Sterling announced recently that they will expand their new office in Menlo Park, Calif., adding four partners and two associates to the office, with more to follow. New attorneys include partner Peter Lyons, of mergers and acquisitions; corporate finance partner Danielle Carbone; and Marc Rossell, also a partner in finance. Others are yet to be announced. San Francisco’s Walsh, Donovan & Keech has closed its doors, citing lack of resources for clients. The 10-member firm, founded 16 years ago, concentrated on maritime, technology and insurance clients. Name partner James Walsh has joined Carroll Burdick & McDonough in San Francisco as a partner. Walsh, 53, specializes in maritime law and commercial litigation. He received his J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law in 1971. Name partner Charles Donovan, who also specializes in maritime and commercial law, has joined Philadelphia’s Schnader Harrison Segal and Lewis in San Francisco as a partner. Donovan, 49, received his J.D. from Cornell University in 1977. Partner Robert Bleicher, 41, also joins Schnader Harrison as a partner. He specializes in maritime and commercial law. He received his J.D. from the University of Santa Clara in 1983. Hartford, Conn.’s Murtha, Cullina, and Pinney gained 35 new lawyers and a substantial Boston office recently when it merged with Boston’s Roche, Carens & DeGiacomo. Murtha Cullina had been looking for a solid base in Boston for a few years. Collectively, the two firms represent E.I. du Pont du Nemours & Co., United Parcel Service, supermarket giant Ahold USA, and John Deere, among other clients. O’Melveny & Myers partner Arthur Culvahouse Jr. of the Washington, D.C., office has been elected the Los Angeles firm’s next chairman. Culvahouse, 52, was formerly counsel to President Ronald Reagan and is a successful corporate lawyer. He replaces former chairman Charles Bender. Culvahouse received his J.D. from New York University Law School in 1973, where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the NYU Annual Survey of American Law. San Francisco’s Britton Silberman & Cervantez, a 10-lawyer firm, has been acquired by San Francisco’s Thelen Reid & Priest to work in its emerging company practice. Britton Silberman will maintain its offices in SoMa [South of Market], where the company thrived, due somewhat to its partners experience with start-ups and engineering backgrounds. New partners at Thelen are: Brent Britton, 34. He received his J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 1994. Gil Silberman, 34. He received his J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law in 1996. Thomas Cervantez, 33. He received his J.D. from Harvard University in 1992. Seven associates are also joining Thelen from Britton Silberman Eric D. Daniels has been named managing partner of Robinson & Cole, Hartford, Conn.’s oldest firm. At 37, Daniels is the youngest managing partner the firm has ever had. A product-liability defense lawyer, Daniels joined the firm immediately after graduating magna cum laude from Boston College Law School in 1986. Providence, R.I.’s Edwards & Angell announced that it will merge with Boston’s Dike, Bronstein, Roberts & Cushman, effective July 1. Dike Bronstein, which dates back to the 1860s, is well known for its intellectual property practice, and will become Edwards & Angell’s IP group. This merger makes Edwards & Angell’s Boston office its largest. Washington, D.C.’s Wiley, Rein & Fielding has announced that John Kamp will join the firm on June 19. Kamp, AGE, was previously the senior vice president in the Washington, D.C. office of the American Association of Advertising Agencies. He received his J.D. from the University of Tulsa Law School. James Laughlin Jr. has joined Cleveland’s Arter & Hadden Washington, D.C., office as a partner, where he will work in the intellectual property and technology practice. Laughlin, 58, was previously of counsel to Arlington, Va.’s Antonelli, Terry, Stout & Kraus. He received his J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law. Washington D.C.’s Hogan & Hartson has added six new attorneys to its home office. Jeffrey Shane, 59, joins the aviation practice as a partner, where he focuses on regulatory, policy and transactional issues. Previously, he was a partner at D.C.’s Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. He graduated from Columbia Law School in 1965. In addition, five attorneys from the D.C. office of Atlanta’s Long Aldridge & Norman are joining the firm’s electric regulatory practice group in D.C.: John Stough, 55, who joins as partner, focuses on regulatory and commercial affairs in the domestic electric utilities and natural gas industries. He graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1974. Douglas Beresford, 44 and also a partner, focuses on financial structures in the electric utility and natural gas industries. He graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 1982. Counsel Kevin Downey, 35, represents clients before various government bodies, including state public utility commissions and the Securities and Exchange Commission. He graduated from the Dickinson School of Law in 1990. Stough, Beresford and Downey were members at Long Aldridge. George Hobday Jr., 33, an associate, will concentrate on energy issues. He received his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1994. Gabriel Sterling, 27 and also an associate, will concentrate on energy issues. He received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1998. Hobday and Sterling were both associates at Long Aldridge. Margaret Daley has been named General Counsel for Washington, D.C.’s Investigative Group International. Daley, AGE, was previously the associate general counsel. She received her J.D. from Boston University School of Law. Loretta Garcia has joined Washington, D.C.’s Irwin, Campbell & Tannenwald, a D.C.-based firm specializing in the communications industry, as an associate. Garcia, 45, was previously an associate at D.C.’s Dow, Lohnes & Albertson. She received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1994. Marshall Babson, a former partner in the D.C. office of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, has joined Cleveland’s Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue as a partner in Washington. Babson, 54, focuses on an array of labor issues, including Title VII litigation, collective bargaining agreements, and arbitration proceedings. Babson served on the NLRB from 1985 to 1988, and is a charter member of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. He graduated from Columbia Law School in 1995. John Schryber, 43, has joined Patton Boggs as a partner in the Washington, D.C. office. Schryber, who was previously of counsel to New York’s Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler in D.C., focuses on trial law, with a concentration in complex commercial disputes. He received his J.D. from New York Law School in 1983. Shawn Lisle, a former trial attorney at the Department of Justice, has joined the Washington, D.C. office of Columbus, Ohio’s Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur as an associate in the litigation group. At the DOJ, Lisle, 33, concentrated on complex civil litigation matters and tax issues. He received his J.D. from the University of Akron School of Law in 1993. Catherine Gallagher, 39, has joined the Washington, D.C., office of Houston’s Vinson & Elkins as a partner. She represents underwriters and issuers in an array of transactions. She was formerly a partner at Houston’s Andrews & Kurth in D.C. She graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 1985.

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