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ELECTED Alan S. Nadel, a partner in the Philadelphia office of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, was recently sworn in as president of the Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association for 2001-2002. The group boasts more than 500 members. NEW PARTNERS Thacher Proffitt & Wood (New York) has elevated three attorneys to the partnership level. In finance, John J. Kim; in tax, Andrea N. Mandell; and in real estate, Joseph S Nicotra. Kim and Mandell, formerly senior associates, are resident in the firm’s New York office, while Nicotra, previously counsel, will work in the firm’s White Plains, N.Y., office. MERGERS Three class action boutiques have merged to form a practice devoted to representing investors in shareholder suits. The union joins Boston’s Berman, DeValerio & Pease, San Francisco’s Berman, DeValerio, Pease & Tabacco and West Palm Beach, Fla.’s Burt & Pucillo. The combined firm, Berman DeValerio Pease Tabacco Burt & Pucillo, will have 29 attorneys and a support staff of 32. Nixon Peabody, in a move to strengthen its West Coast practice, has acquired the 70-attorney firm of Lillick & Charles, with offices in San Francisco and Orange County, Calif. Nixon, ranked among the largest 60 firms nationwide, has offices in 11 cities on the East Coast. Lillick, which will adopt the Nixon Peabody name, was founded in 1897 and has a strong background in commerce. LATERAL MOVES The Chicago office of Detroit’s Dykema Gossett has added three corporate attorneys from Chicago’s Rosenthal and Schanfield. Joining as members are Stanley R. Weinberger and L. Walter Deitch, and, as an associate, David Cellitti. Foley & Lardner welcomes Michael D. Wolk as a partner in its Washington, D.C., office. Until last month, Wolk had been the chief counsel of the market regulation department at NASD Regulation Inc. His practice will focus on securities and trading compliance. Greenberg Traurig (Miami) has added seven litigators from Washington, D.C’s Zevnik Horton to its Denver practice. Joining as shareholders are David Palmer, Brian Duffy and Craig Richardson; and, as associates, Naomi G. Beer, Christopher J. Neumann, Michele Stone and Christine Wise Ludban. Dallas’ Strasburger & Price is at it again. The firm’s Austin, Texas, office has added nine attorneys from local firm Sheinfeld, Maley & Kay. The latest acquisition comes on the heels of a merger just two weeks earlier with Houston- and Austin-based Griggs & Harrison, which brought 26 attorneys to its ranks, primarily in its Houston office. Snell & Wilmer partner Steven Wheeler has decided to join the company for which he has served as outside counsel for 20 years. Wheeler, a partner in the firm’s Phoenix office, has become a senior vice president at Pinnacle West Capital Corp., a Phoenix-based energy provider with consolidated assets of $7 billion. Wheeler will direct the matters of transmission operations, regulation and planning. Mary Beth Young, formerly judicial law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court, has joined Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue’s Columbus office as an associate in the issues and appeals practice area of the litigation group. HONORED Public Counsel Law Center chose to honor former Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt at its annual William O. Douglas dinner. Babbitt was honored for his contribution to environmental preservation, specifically for his efforts toward restoring the California Bay Delta and the Florida Everglades, the creation of new national monuments and the protection of endangered species. Appointed as Secretary of the Interior by then-President Bill Clinton in 1993, Babbitt is of counsel to the environmental practice at Latham & Watkins. APPOINTED R. Hewitt Pate has resigned his partnership at Hunton & Williams to accept an appointment as deputy assistant attorney general in the antitrust division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. He will report to Charles James, head of the division. The Department of Commerce’s U. S. Patent and Trademark Office has installed Douglas Bourgeois as its chief information officer. Before joining the office, Bourgeois was managing director of customer service technology at Federal Express. His new role includes acting as a principal adviser and directing e-commerce initiatives. ACADEMIA Donald C. Langevoor, professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center, has been chosen to succeed Professor Lynn Stout as director of the Sloan Project on Business Institutions, a $2.2 million university project to explore the socioeconomic role of corporations and the connection between law and business. Stout will join the faculty at the University of California School of Law this fall.

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