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Holland & Knight’s Atlanta office has lost two partners. Corporate finance and securities partner Allison Wade, 66, left the firm for Lord, Bissell & Brook, giving no notice and tendering his resignation through voicemail. In a separate move, Caroline C. Kresky, 55, a commercial litigation partner, departed for Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough. Wade will help roll out Lord, Bissell & Brook’s corporate practice. Until now, the firm’s Atlanta office has focused primarily on litigation. He joins Lord Bissell as of counsel, and says the “marvelous opportunity” of joining the new local corporate outfit made him move quickly on July 11. Movers came to pack his office late that night, Wade says. Asked about the late-night move, A. Summey Orr III, managing partner of Holland & Knight’s local office, says Wade apparently could not reach any of the firm’s management and he understood there was a “sense of urgency” to the move. Wade says he quit July 11 on the voicemail of Robert R. Feagin III, Holland & Knight’s firmwide managing partner. The next day, he moved to Lord Bissell. “I did move on short notice,” says Wade. “I just thought it was a great opportunity, so I saw no reason to defer taking the opportunity.” As for Feagin’s return voicemail, Wade says, “I don’t know if I want to characterize his reaction.” Wade refused to comment on whether he took clients from H&K. Feagin says he still has not spoken with Wade but exchanged voicemail messages. Orr says he did not speak with Wade before he left the firm either. William H. Venema, head of H&K’s local corporate section, says he was out of town when Wade resigned. While he says he wishes the best for Wade, Venema acknowledges the departure was a surprise. Wade headed Holland & Knight’s local corporate section after Charles D. Ganz resigned in 1998. But Wade only served in that role for 18 months before being succeeded by Venema in November 1999. After eight years as a name partner at Booth, Wade & Campbell, Wade joined H&K in 1997. The Booth firm’s bitter split in 1995 moved through U.S. Bankruptcy Court and binding arbitration as the partners, who had no written partnership agreement, battled over everything from asset distribution to the office lease. Before that, Wade was with Kilpatrick & Cody (now Kilpatrick Stockton) for 11 years. He also worked for Eastern Air Lines Inc. as senior vice president of finance. Lord Bissell also has hired James D. Comerford, SmithKline Beecham’s regional director of government affairs, for its corporate practice. Kresky, who left Holland & Knight on July 5 after giving a few days’ notice, says Nelson Mullins provides a better platform for her litigation practice. The South Carolina-based firm has a strong intellectual property practice, she says. Her international clients, which she declined to name, can benefit from transactional work in the IP area, she adds. Nelson Mullins also was interested in helping her develop a family law practice, Kresky says. Kresky represents individuals in high-end divorces, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, guardianship cases for incapacitated adults, and trusts and estates litigation. Kresky, who graduated from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta in 1983, had been a partner with Branch, Pike & Ganz when it merged with Holland & Knight in 1995. Before her law career, she was a journalist in Washington and worked for a furniture manufacturer in Dalton and Atlanta. Orr says, “My impression was that Caroline was looking for a change.” K&S’ GREENBERG JOINS NEEDLE & ROSENBERG Atlanta-based King & Spalding’s loss of a veteran intellectual property attorney is Needle & Rosenberg’s gain. Trademark specialist Allen Greenberg, who also worked in the legal department at Coca-Cola Co. for 22 years, will join Needle on Aug. 1. Because he’s still employed by K&S, Greenberg says he can’t comment on his move until August. Bruce N. Proctor, senior trademark counsel at Coca-Cola, says he doesn’t know whether any Coca-Cola trademark work will follow Greenberg. A spokeswoman for Coca-Cola says the company outsources trademark work to K&S as well as to Alston & Bird and Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner. Proctor estimates that 150 to 200 law firms handle Coca-Cola’s trademark work. Founding Officer William H. Needle of Needle & Rosenberg says Greenberg contacted his firm. Greenberg worked with Needle lawyers on the Nestea trademark, which involved a joint venture between Coca-Cola and Nestl�. He also knew the Needle attorneys through teaching intellectual property courses with them at Emory University School of Law, he says. Greenberg joined King & Spalding in November 1999. Prior to that, he served as assistant general counsel at Coke. He was also the company’s senior trademark counsel, senior litigation counsel, senior marketing counsel and general counsel of company bottling operations. Greenberg has taught trademark law at Emory Law School since 1989. Last spring, the Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, N.H., introduced the Greenberg Trademark Institute and the Greenberg Chair of International Trademark Law in honor of Greenberg’s contributions to the trademark law arena. ALA DONATES STUFFED ANIMALS TO POLICE The Association of Legal Administrators’ annual vendor luncheon last week included a menagerie of 1,000 stuffed animals. The Atlanta Chapter of the ALA brought their fuzzy friends to the event at the city’s Ritz-Carlton Downtown. The “Bags, Bears and Bunnies” program donated the toys –plus more than 500 duffel, tote and gym bags — to the Atlanta Police Department. The donated items will be given to children whom police officers have to remove from dangerous homes. Sandra R. Moss, chairman of the chapter’s community relations committee, says the officers will keep the toys and bags in the trunks of their squad cars. Children who are removed suddenly from their homes, says Moss, often don’t have time to pack their belongings. Officers frequently will stuff a few of a child’s things into garbage bags, Moss says. The duffel bags will replace those. And, Moss adds, “because of the great people in Atlanta’s law firms, many of Atlanta’s children who are unfortunate enough to find themselves in bad situations will now have a fuzzy friend to provide a little comfort.” BROWN NAMED ASSOCIATE GC AT AGL RESOURCES Jeffrey P. Brown has been appointed associate general counsel at Atlanta-based AGL Resources Inc. Prior to joining AGL, Brown, 45, was vice president and general counsel for Evolution Networks Inc., a telecommunications startup. He joined Evolution last year. From 1994 to 2000, he served in BellSouth Corp.’s legal department. He last served as vice president and group counsel for the corporation and was responsible for the legal affairs of the customer markets and network services divisions. Brown was also a securities and mergers and acquisitions partner in the Atlanta office of Hunton & Williams from 1988 to 1994. He was with Hansell & Post (now Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue) from 1981 to 1988. Briefly … Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School has appointed Avarita L. Hanson as associate dean for academic affairs. Hanson is a John Marshall law professor and had served as interim associate dean since December 2000. From 1998 to 2000, Hanson served as executive director of eight licensing and disciplinary boards for the office of the Georgia Secretary of State. She was a part-time judge on the Fulton County Juvenile Court and a sole practitioner from 1995 to 1998. Hanson teaches civil trial advocacy at John Marshall.

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