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NEW POSITIONS Ralph A. Taylor Jr., 52, has joined Minneapolis’ Dorsey & Whitney as a partner in their Washington, D.C. office, where he will join the litigation and intellectual property practices. He was previously a member at D.C.’s Shaw Pittman. He received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1975. Sidney L. Williams, 36, has joined Cleveland’s Hahn, Loeser & Parks as an associate in its Columbus, Ohio office, where he will specialize in commercial litigation and product liability. He was previously an associate at Columbus’ Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur. He received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1997. Curtis A. Meltzer has been named the Chief Information Officer of Minneapolis’ Dorsey & Whitney. He was previously the CIO for Minneapolis’ Oppenheimer, Wolff & Donnelly. He received his J.D. from the Washington College of Law at American University. Letitia Wiggins McKoy, 29, has joined Houston’s Fulbright & Jaworski energy practice in Washington, D.C. She was previously assistant people’s counsel at D.C.’s Office of the People’s Counsel. She received her J.D. from Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law in 1996. Two environmental attorneys from Washington, D.C.’s Collier, Shannon, Rill & Scott have joined Philadelphia’s Piper Marbury Rudnick & Wolfe environmental practice in D.C. LeAnn Johnson-Koch, 36, joins as of counsel and focuses on enforcement defense and environmental litigation. She graduated from Syracuse University College of Law in 1990. New associate Teresa Dykes, 33, focuses on issues involving the Clean Air Act. She received her J.D. from American University in 1997. Wilmington, Del.’s Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor announced that Vivian Medinilla Longo has joined the firm’s Georgetown, Del., office as an associate. She was previously an associate at Georgetown’s Wilson, Halbrook & Bayard. She received her J.D. from Widener University in 1993. Chicago’s Barack Ferrazano Kirschbaum Perlman & Nagelberg has hired two new partners from the Chicago office of Milwaukee’s Foley & Lardner. James R. Vogler specializes in commercial litigation. He received his J.D. from Southern Illinois University in 1977. Randall Oyler also specializes in commercial litigation. He received his J.D. from the University of Chicago in 1992. PROMOTIONS Cleveland’s Arter & Hadden has promoted Washington, D.C.’s office associate Peter Riebling, 34, to partner. He focuses on an array of IP issues, including trademarks, copyrights and unfair competition. He received his J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law in 1992. APPOINTMENTS AND ELECTIONS Alyce C. Halchak, partner and chair of the Tax Department at Newark, N.J.’s Gibbons, Del Deo, Dolan, Griffinger & Vecchione, has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Attorneys’ Liability Assurance. She received her J.D. in 1975 from Catholic University of America and her LL.M. in taxation in 1982 from New York University. Karen J. Mathis, 49, a member at Denver’s Hall & Mathis, was elected chair of the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates. She specializes in business, estate planning, and creditor rights. She received her J.D. from the University of Colorado in 1975. BIG HIRES New York’s Clifford Chance Rogers & Wells has hired four new partners in two offices. Kevin O’Mara, Donald G. Carden, and Isaac P. Grossman have joined the New York office, while Jonathan Crook has joined the Hong Kong office. O’Mara, 38, was previously a partner in Dallas’ Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld’s New York office. He specializes in mergers and acquisitions, concentrating in the technology, communications and new media sectors. He received his J.D. from Temple University in 1987. Carden, 38, was previously a partner at Los Angeles’ O’Melveny & Myers’ New York office. He specializes in international tax law. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center in 1986. Grossman, 38, was previously a partner at New York’s Squadron, Ellenoff, Plesent & Sheinfeld. He also specializes in international tax law. He received his J.D. from Harvard University in 1984, and his LL.M. from New York University Law School in 1989. Crook, 35, was previously a partner at London’s Simmons & Simmons in their Hong Kong office. He will lead the insolvency and regulatory disputes practice. He received his J.D. from Yale University Law School.

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