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MERGERS Philadelphia’s Duane Morris & Heckscher has opened an office in London and added six British solicitors from Geisler & Laws to its ranks. The solicitors include partners Alexander M. Geisler, Susan A. Laws and S. Jonathan Passman, and associates Milan A. Patel. Simon M. McCarthy and Anaar Z.P. Dhanji. Duane Morris’ next office is planned for Atlanta, Ga. One of Germany’s largest firms, Bruckhaus Westrick Heller Lober, based in Dusseldorf, merged with London’s Freshfields. The new firm will be called Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Its 30 offices in 19 countries will have a total of 1,850 lawyers. Volpe & Koenig and Weinstein & Kimmelman, two small Philadelphia IP boutiques, have merged to form Weinstein, Volpe & Koenig. This is the fourth such merger for Volpe & Koenig, which opened in 1987. BIG HIRES San Francisco’s Morrison & Foerster has hired six new attorneys to its land use and real estate practices: Michael Zischke, 45, was formerly a partner at San Francisco’s Landels Ripley & Diamond. He will join the land use and environmental group in the firm’s home office as a partner. He received his J.D. from UC-Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law in 1982. David Levy was formerly an associate at Landels Ripley. He will join the land use and environmental group as an associate. He received his J.D. from the Hastings College of Law in 1999. Beverly Russell joins the firm’s home office as an associate in the real estate practice. She was also previously an associate at Landels Ripley. She received her J.D. from Hastings College of Law in 1989. Suheil Totah, 37, was a partner at Landels Ripley’s Sacramento office and joins the Sacramento office as a specialist in real estate. He received his J.D. from Golden Gate University in 1988, where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Golden Gate University Law Review. Steven Vettel, 44, was previously a partner at Gladstone & Vettel and will join the San Francisco office as of counsel in the real estate practice. He received his J.D. from UC-Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law in 1984. Thomas Ruby, who was previously a member of the San Jose City Attorney’s office, will join as of counsel in the Palo Alto office. He received his J.D. from Hastings College of Law. Philadelphia’s Pepper Hamilton has hired three new attorneys, Kevin Walsh, Matthew Swett and Sebastian Ferrer, all from Philadelphia’s Adelman Lavine Gold and Levin. All three are real estate legislation specialists. Walsh, 44, was a member at Adelman Lavine. He received his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1980. Swett, 32, received his J.D. from Villanova University in 1993. Ferrer, 35, received his J.D. from Georgetown University in 1995. Swett and Ferrer were both associates at Adelman Lavine. NEW PARTNERS Lisa Christoffers Yano has joined New York’s Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison as a partner in their Tokyo office. She is a corporate lawyer specializing in technology and telecommunications. Yano, 45, was previously a partner at San Francisco’s Morrison & Foerster in Tokyo. She received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1985. NEW ASSOCIATES Torys has hired two new associates in its New York offices, David Sack and Jonathan Bing. Sack, 29, was previously an associate at San Francisco’s Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in New York. He concentrates in commercial litigation. He received his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 1995. Bing, 30, who specializes in employment litigation, was previously an associate at Paris’ Salans Hertzfeld Heilbronn Christy & Viener in New York. He received his J.D. from New York University in 1995. Jeffrey S. Brenner and Sudha Tiwari Kantor have joined the Cherry Hill, N.J.-based firm of Flaster/Greenberg. Brenner, 36, who joins as a senior associate focusing on corporate law and the litigation of business and insurance law matters, was previously an associate with Cherry Hill’s Tomar Simonoff Adourian O’Brien Kaplan Jacoby & Graziano. He received his J.D. from the Rutgers-Camden School of Law in 1989. Kantor, 32, has joined Flaster/Greenberg in its litigation practice group as an associate, where she will concentrate on family law. She was previously an associate at Princeton, N.J.’s Stark & Stark . She also received her J.D. from Rutgers in 1993. Lansdale, Penn.’s Rubin Glickman & Steinberg has announced that Steven F. Fairlie has joined the firm as an associate. Fairlie, 31, previously worked as a trial attorney in the major crimes and narcotics units in the Montgomery County District Attorney’s office. He received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1995. GENERAL When Cobb County, Ga. Superior Court Judge Robert E. Flournoy Jr. retires this year, his son, Robert E. Flournoy III will have assumed a new position on the bench – the ninth superior court judge, a post which was created by the Georgia General Assembly recently. The younger Flournoy, 47, practiced family law in Marietta for 20 years. He received his J.D. from the University of Georgia in 1984. Frank I. Fusaro has joined Philadelphia’s Miller Alfano & Raspanti as director of finance and administration. Fusaro will oversee the finance, human resource, information systems and administrative support functions of the firm. Oklahoma City Attorney Cheryl P. Hunter, 42, has assumed duties as an Oklahoma State Regent for Higher Education. Ninth Judicial District Judge Donald L. Worthington swore Hunter in during a recent Regents meeting. She is a shareholder in the firm Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson. She received her J.D. from the University of Oklahoma in 1982. Albert B. Smith III will become an 11th Circuit Court judge on June 28. Formerly the prosecuting attorney of Bolivar County, Mississippi, Smith received his J.D. from the Mississippi College School of Law. NEW POSITIONS IN OLD FIRM New York’s Torys firm has appointed Margaret C. (Peg) Henry head of its public finance practice, and Stephen Adnopoz has been appointed as of counsel. Henry, 48, is a partner at Torys. Before joining the firm she was Tax Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee. She received her J.D. from George Washington University in 1977, from which she also received an L.L.M. in Taxation in 1980. Adnopoz, 43, was formerly an associate with Torys. He received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1981.

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