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NEW HIRES Seattle’s Riddell Williams has added two attorneys as principals in the firm. Mark Hough, 55, practices commercial litigation emphasizing trademark, copyright, trade secret, and antitrust law. He was previously a shareholder at Seattle’s Reed McClure. He received his J.D. from the University of Washington in 1971. Anthony Rafel, 44, focuses on real estate transactions and condominium construction, labor and employment issues, and contract and tort matters. He was previously a partner at Seattle’s Rohan Goldfarb Rafel & Shapiro. He received his J.D., cum laude, from the Cardozo School of Law in 1981. Dallas’ Winstead, Sechrest & Minick has added Deborah C. Ryan, 40, as a shareholder in the real estate practice group. She was previously a partner in Dallas’ Gardere & Wynne. She received her J.D. from Southern Methodist University in 1984. Phoenix’s Snell & Wilmer has hired Michael McGinnis, 43, as a partner in its business and finance group in its Denver office. He was previously a member at Denver’s Brownstein Hyatt & Farber. He received his J.D. with high distinction from the University of Iowa in 1982. Joel Gross, 47, has joined D.C.’s Arnold & Porter as a partner in the firm’s environmental practice. He was previously the chief of the Environmental Enforcement Section at the Environmental and Natural Resources Division at the Department of Justice. He received his J.D. from New York University School of Law. Robert W. Jones, 48, has joined the Dallas office of Patton Boggs as a bankruptcy and business litigation partner. He was previously a partner in Dallas’ Thompson & Knight. He received his J.D. from Stanford University in 1977. D.C.’s Steptoe & Johnson has hired Christopher Tai, 40, as a partner in the firm’s technology and telecommunications group. He was formerly vice president, general counsel, and secretary at D.C.’s SkyOnline Inc. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School. Mary Beth Brody, 49, has joined Minneapolis’ Dorsey & Whitney as of counsel in the firm’s franchise practice group. She was previously a member at Minneapolis’ Fredrikson & Byron. She received her J.D. from Indiana University in 1976. Washington, D.C.’s Patton Boggs has added of counsel Sean Murphy, 36, to the firm’s business law practice, where he focuses on civil litigation and business organization and transactions. He was previously of counsel to D.C.’s Muldoon, Murphy & Faucette. He received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1989. Stephen Tight, 29, has joined Minneapolis’ Fredrikson & Byron as an associate in the finance and securities and commercial transactions practices. He was previously an associate at Minneapolis’ Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand. He received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1997. Baltimore’s Ober Kaler has hired two new associates for its health law practice. Julie Kass was previously senior counsel at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She received her J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1994. John Lessner was previously counsel to the Maryland Department of Aging and the Maryland Medical Assistance Program. He received his J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1993. ELECTIONS AND APPOINTMENTS Chicago’s Winston & Strawn partner James R. Thompson, the former governor of Illinois, has been elected firm chairman. Thompson, 64, concentrates on government regulations and corporate litigation. He received his J.D. from Northwestern University in 1959. James M. Neis, 64, was also elected to another term as managing partner. He specializes in corporate and taxation law. He received his J.D. from DePaul University in 1973.

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