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MERGERS Philadelphia’s Mesirov Gelaman Jaffe Cramer & Jamieson and Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis have officially agreed to merge, and more than 40 lawyers from Mesirov have moved to the firm that will continue to be known as Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis, with a few Mesirov lawyers leaving over client conflicts. The two firms will continue to occupy two offices across the street from one another, and lawyers will change offices in order to group practices together. NEW POSITIONS Michael P. Kelly has been named a partner at Newark, N.J.’s McCarter & English in the firm’s Wilmington, Del. office. Kelly, 43, will practice with the firm’s litigation group, focusing on commercial and environmental litigation. He previously had his own practice. He received his J.D. from the Dickinson School of Law in 1982. Also joining the firm is Thomas D. Walsh, an associate of Kelly’s who previously practiced with him. Walsh, 37, will focus on commercial litigation as well as bankruptcy. He received his J.D. from Widener University School of Law in 1997. Neel Lemon, 46, has joined Houston’s Baker Botts’ Dallas office as a partner in the corporate practice. He was previously a partner at Dallas’ Thompson & Knight and the head of their corporate section. He received his J.D. with honors from Texas Tech University Law School in 1979. Don McDermett, who was at one time an attorney at Thompson & Knight, has also joined the Dallas office of Baker Botts as a partner in the technology practice. He was previously a senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary at Dallas’ Sterling Software. He received his J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Steven J. Feder, 36, has joined Philadelphia’s Pepper Hamilton in its Berwyn, Pa. Office as a partner. He was previously a member at Philadelphia’s White & Williams. He received his J.D. from Temple University in 1988. Mineola, N.Y.’s Meyer Suozzi, English & Klein has hired two new attorneys. Mark L. Newfeld joins the firm as of counsel to the corporate law department. He was previously senior counsel for corporate and investment affairs at New York’s MONY Life Insurance Company. He received his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 1981. Lynn M. Brown joins the firm as a litigation associate. Brown, 42, was previously an associate at New York’s Kornstein Veisz & Wexler. She received her J.D. from George Washington University in 1983, where she was on the law review. BIG HIRES New Orleans’ Adams and Reese has hired five attorneys from Houston’s Meyer Orlando & Evans for its Houston office who specialize in energy and maritime law. Christopher Evans, 42, was a name partner at Meyer Orlando. He received his J.D. from the University of Texas in 1983. Peter McLauchlan, 40, was a partner at Meyer Orlando. He received his J.D. from St. John’s University in 1985. Walter Cicack, 43, was a partner at Meyer Orlando. He received his J.D. cum laude from the University of Houston Law Center in 1984. Patrick Appel, 40, was also a partner at Meyer Orlando. He received his J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center in 1985. Christina Putman was an associate at Meyer Orlando. She received her J.D. from the University of Houston in 1999. ASSOCIATES Mt. Laurel, N.J.’s Capeheart & Scatchard has hired five new associates. LaTonya N. Bland joins the litigation practice. She received her J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law in 1998. Prudence M. Byrne joins the workers’ compensation practice. She received her J.D. from Widener University School of Law in 1999. Joseph M. More also joins the Workers Compensation practice. He received his J.D. from Widener University School of Law in 1999. Armando Y. Riccio joins as an associate in the labor and employment group. He received his J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law in 1998. Thomas J. Walls joins as an associate in the workers’ compensation practice. He received his J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law in 1989. NEW OFFICES McDonnell & Associates announced that they have opened two offices, one in Philadelphia and one in Marlton, N.J. The firm specializes in casualty and professional negligence litigation for self-insured industrial retail corporations. APPOINTMENTS Gail S. Port, manager of the environmental practice group at Proskauer Rose, has been reappointed by Governor George Pataki to the New York State Environmental Board, following confirmation by the New York State Senate. This is Port’s eighth year on the board.

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