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NEW HIRES Corporate attorneys Jeffrey Spear and Susan Yohe have joined Pittsburgh, Pa.’s Buchanan Ingersoll as shareholders. Spear, who specializes in commercial law, bankruptcy, creditor’s rights, and general corporate law, was previously a member at Pittsburgh’s Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott. He received his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1989. Yohe, 52, was previously a member at Pittsburgh’s Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Potter. She specializes in commercial litigation, employment litigation, media law, and intellectual property. She received her J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1979. Cairncross & Hempelmann has hired two new associates for their Seattle office. Patricia A. Raskin, who specializes in corporate and technology law, was previously an associate at Seattle’s Davis Wright & Tremaine. She received her J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law in 1995. Erin P. Snodgrass, 30, specializes in intellectual property and trademark law. She was previously an associate at Seattle’s Foster Pepper & Shefelman. She received her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Washington in 1994. Andrew Palmieri, 37, has joined the Alexandria, Va., office of Ohio’s Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease as a partner. He was previously managing partner of Washington, D.C.’s Hewes, Gelband, Lambert & Dann. He focuses on complex commercial, corporate, and real estate transactions, in addition to his work on residential and commercial real estate projects. He received his J.D. from Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law in 1987. BIG HIRES Hahn Loeser & Parks has hired three new associates for its Cleveland, Ohio, office. Amy O’Connor Goodman, 28, specializes in commercial litigation and insurance coverage. She was formerly an associate at Pittsburgh’s Kirkpatrick & Lockhart. She received her J.D. in 1997 from the University of Florida. David H. Gunning II, 33, concentrates on commercial litigation and construction law. He was formerly an associate at Akron, Ohio’s Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs’ Cleveland office. He received his J.D. from the Cleveland Marshall School of Law in 1994. Deborah D. Zielinski will practice business and corporate law. She received her J.D. from the Cleveland Marshall School of law in 2000. Philadelphia’s Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll has added three former partners from Omaha, Neb.’s Kutak Rock’s Washington, D.C. office to its public finance group in Washington. All three attorneys are partners. W. Kimball Griffith, 51, concentrates on issues involving the public finance, housing, and real estate fields. He received his J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1974. Margo Stern, 57, focuses on municipal finance and real estate law. She graduated from American University’s Washington College of Law in 1979. Jeffrey Ballard, 38, focuses on government contracts and securities work. He received his J.D. from George Washington University Law School in 1990. APPOINTMENTS AND ELECTIONS Richard M. Leslie, a senior partner at Miami’s Shutts & Bowen, was elected to a two-year term in the American Bar Association House of Delegates. Leslie, 63, concentrates on admiralty law and trial practice. He received his J.D. from the University of Michigan in 1961. Katherin A. Nukk-Freeman, an associate at Newark, N.J.’s Gibbons, Del Deo, Dolan, Griffinger & Vecchione, has been appointed to the board of directors of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Nukk-Freeman, 32, specializes in employment law. She received her J.D. from Boston College in 1993. Donald B. Leach, a shareholder in Akron’s Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs’ Columbus, Ohio office, has been certified as a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an organization composed of trial lawyers who have won million- and multi-million-dollar settlements. Leach, 46, practices construction, real estate, and commercial law. He received his J.D. from Ohio State University College of Law in 1982. E. Phelps Gay, a partner in New Orleans’ Christovich & Kearney, was sworn in as the president of the Louisiana State Bar Association at the organization’s recent annual meeting. Gay, 47, specializes in maritime law, products liability law, and international law. He received his J.D. from Tulane Law School in 1979.

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