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NEW HIRES Former U.S. Attorney Charles G. La Bella, 51, has joined Washington D.C.’s McKenna & Cuneo as a partner in its San Diego office. La Bella, who was senior managing director and counsel at DSFX, was appointed by Attorney General Janet Reno to investigate campaign finance in 1997 and also serves on a panel investigating the Rampart scandal in Los Angeles. He received his J.D. in 1978 from Fordham Law School. C. Gladwyn Goins has joined Detroit’s Miller, Canfield, Paddock & Stone as a partner in the Washington, D.C. office, where he will focus on corporate and securities issues. He was previously the U.S. general counsel of securities and investments for the National Australia Bank Limited. He received his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University and his LL.M. in securities regulation from Georgetown University School of Law. Arnold & Porter has hired two new attorneys for its Washington, D.C. office. Joseph A. Micallef, 34, joins the firm as a partner. He was previously a member at D.C.’s Howrey, Simon, Arnold & White and will continue his practice as a patent litigator. He received his J.D. from the University of Virginia in 1991. Michele Woods, 38, joins the firm from D.C.’s Covington & Burling, where she was an associate. She will continue to practice as a copyright litigator. She received her J.D. and LL.M. from Duke University Law School in 1990. Robert D. Borteck, 53, has joined Providence, R.I.’s Edwards & Angell as a partner in the Short Hills, N.J. office. He focuses his practice on estate administration, taxation effect analysis and all areas related to trust and estate planning. He was previously a member at Morristown, N.J.’s Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perrett. He received his J.D. from New York University Law School in 1972. Phoenix’s Snell & Wilmer has hired Thomas L. LeClaire, 47, as of counsel, where he will practice Indian law. He was previously the director of the Office of Tribal Justice and the senior advisor for Indian affairs to Attorney General Janet Reno. He received his J.D. from Cornell University in 1981. Stephen Going has rejoined Seattle’s Perkins Coie as a partner in its Portland office, where he will practice corporate and securities law. He was previously with Portland’s Ater Wynne. He received his J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1990. Chicago’s Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal has hired Cherise M. Valles as of counsel in its Geneva office, where her focus is on the World Trade Organization and e-commerce matters. She was previously counsel at the trade law division of the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. She received her J.D. from the University of Ottawa. Milwaukee’s Foley & Lardner will open a new firm in Detroit in October. The firm will be headed by managing partner Gerald Neal; joining him will be Fred Feldkamp, a business law partner, and partner Salvatore Barbatano, a bankruptcy expert. Los Angeles’ Latham & Watkins’ has hired Oonagh Whitty as a partner in the firm’s London office, where she will join the tax practice. She was previously a member in the London office of New York’s Watson, Farley & Williams. She graduated from Imperial College, London University in 1975. Susanne von Turk has joined Chicago’s McDermott Will & Emery in its New York office as a partner. She specializes in international transactions and corporate and commercial matters. She was previously special counsel to New York’s Hughes, Hubbard & Reed. She received her J.D. from the Hamburg University School of Law in 1982 and her LL.M. from Columbia Law school in 1987. D. William Morreau Jr. has joined Indianapolis’ Barnes & Thornburg as a partner, where he will join the government relations practice. Morreau, who was the chief of staff to Indiana Gov. Evan Bayh, was previously a partner at Indianapolis’ Bingham Summers. He received his J.D. from Georgetown University in 1981. Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps has hired Kurt L. Kicklighter as a partner in its San Diego headquarters. He was most recently a partner at San Diego’s Higgs, Fletcher & Mack. Kicklighter, who has expertise in securities, mergers and acquisitions will join Luce Foward’s business practice group with. He received his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 1981 and his LL.M. from the University of San Diego Law School in 1996. Allen, Matkins, Leck, Gamble & Mallory has hired two new associates to its Los Angeles headquarters. R.J. Corner, 37, joins the firm from Los Angeles’ Christensen, Miller, Fink, Jacobs, Glaser, Weil & Shapiro, where he was an associate. His practice covers land use transactions and litigation, administrative law, municipal advocacy and writs and appeals. He received his J.D. from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles in 1996. Kacy Collons Keys, 30, focuses her practice on land use, real estate and environmental law. Prior to joining Allen Matkins, she served as Senior Business Development Representative on the Los Angeles Business Team for the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development. She received her J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley’s Boalt Hall in 1997. FIRM NEWS Frost & Jacobs and Brown, Todd & Heyburn announced the largest merger-of-equals in the Midwest to form Frost Brown Todd, a super-regional law firm of approximately 400 attorneys with eight offices in Cincinnati, Columbus and Middletown, Ohio; Louisville, Lexington and Covington, Ky.; Nashville, Tenn.; and New Albany, Ind. Atlanta’s Morris, Manning & Martin, which focuses on technology, real estate, corporate finance and securities, insurance and healthcare law, has opened a new office in Charlotte, N.C. Bob Donlon will join the firm to head the new office. Donlon, who was previously head of the securities and emergent law groups at Charlotte’s Smith Helms Mullis & Moore, received his J.D. from Albany Law School in 1982. AWARDS Robert Kaufman, a partner in New York’s Proskauer Rose, has received the Justice Award from the American Judicature Society for advancing the administration of justice nationwide. Kaufman, 70, and a graduate of Brooklyn Law School, practices in the firm’s healthcare group. The AJS is the national organization of judges, lawyers and laypersons devoted to improving the administration of justice. Rebecca Noonan, an associate at New York’s Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler, has been selected to receive the Legal Aid Society’s Pro Bono award for her work representing eight homeowners who lost title to their homes. Noonan, 29, received her J.D. from Yale University in 1996.

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