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POWER MOVE Eric H. Peterson has taken the top legal spot at TXU Corp., a Dallas-based energy distributor with more than $40 billion in assets. After a brief stay in Detroit as general counsel for GTE Energy, Peterson, 41, returns to his native Dallas area to join the company for which he worked as outside counsel for more than a decade. As a 15-year veteran of TXU’s principal outside law firm, Dallas’ Worsham Forsythe & Wooldridge (which merged into Hunton & Williams in January), Peterson played an active role in the company’s early expansion. He advised TXU during several complex transactions, including the purchase of an energy group in London in 1998. He takes the reins from Bob Wooldridge, a senior partner at Hunton & Williams who had been the acting general counsel for TXU. The company will continue to use Hunton as its primary firm, but said the increasing diversity of its business demanded the creation of a formal executive legal role. As the only in-house lawyer to one of the largest energy companies in America (it’s 58th in the Fortune 500), Peterson admits that there is heat from Enron and the energy crises in California. “It puts a spotlight on our industry like we haven’t seen before,” he said, “but it also reinforces how we’ve operated in the past.” Peterson is spending much of the present time getting reacquainted with the 18,000-employee company. He doesn’t regret the sojourn to Detroit because it left him “better equipped and a little more seasoned.” He is busy supporting TXU’s expansion into other markets and helping business units meet their growth targets. He also plans to tap the “significant resources” of Hunton & Williams, just a few floors below. DEALER’S CHOICE Trivest’s 18-month search for a new general counsel has ended with 33-year-old David Gersham, who joins the Miami-based private investment firm from Akerman, Senterfitt & Eidson of Miami, where he was of counsel. Gersham said his role as director and general counsel for Trivest Partners is “a little overwhelming, but a pretty great opportunity.” Gersham’s background is mostly in transactions and mergers and acquisitions, stemming from his days as a senior attorney at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. His first in-house role was M&A counsel for Roseland, N.J.-based Automatic Data Processing Inc., but he didn’t want to relocate to central New Jersey. He joined Akerman and then landed the job at Trivest after an Akerman client, so impressed by his dealmaking ability, arranged an interview with the CEO. He will find plenty of deals to keep him busy at Trivest, which boasts a record of 115 acquisitions totaling $2 billion since its inception in 1981. Trivest invests in companies and co-manages them. It currently has 15 portfolio investments that include Sun Pharmaceuticals, which markets Banana Boat products, and Winsloew Furniture, which produces the AeroBed. Gersham will oversee a staff of two attorneys and a “slew” of outside firms, and will use his capital expertise to advise Trivest’s five managing directors. The environment at his new company is “very smart,” Gersham said, “and the firm is well capitalized.” MORE HIRINGS, PROMOTIONS BroadVision Inc. has hired John W. Kuo as senior vice president and general counsel. He comes from 3Com Corp., where he was legal director for the Asia/Pacific region and associate general counsel for finance and business development. Redwood City, Calif.-based BroadVision provides portal applications that serve the networking needs of businesses. Caliper Technologies Corp. has named Bruce E. MacMillan as vice president and general counsel. Previously, he was vice president and general counsel for Sugen Inc., a biotechnology company that was acquired by Pharmacia. Before that he served as assistant general counsel for Raychem Corp. Caliper, based in Mountain View, Calif., produces LabChip, a technology that enables scientists to perform laboratory experiments on a microchip. MacMillan will oversee legal affairs, intellectual property and commercial and collaborative contracts. D&B has promoted David J. Lewinter to senior vice president and general counsel. Lewinter joined the Murray Hill, N.J.-based business information company, formerly known as Dun & Bradstreet, in October 1999 and worked on its initial public offering and on the spinoff of Moody’s Corp. in April 2000. He most recently operated out of the company’s United Kingdom office as vice president and leader for European legal affairs. Prior to joining D&B, Lewinter was assistant general counsel at Philip Morris Cos. Inc. and an attorney at Becton Dickinson & Co., a medical technology company. Phelps Dodge Corp. has elevated J. Dale Brunk to vice president and assistant general counsel. Brunk had been senior counsel at the Phoenix-based copper and chemicals producer. He will now oversee contractual matters, acquisitions and divestitures. Before joining the company in 1997, Brunk was vice president and managing counsel with First Interstate Bancorp. Phelps Dodge employs 14,500 people worldwide. Kerry Galvin has stepped up to senior vice president and general counsel at Houston’s Lyondell Chemical Co. She joined the company in 1990 and since July 2000 has been vice president and general counsel. Acterna Corp., a communications-testing company, has lured Rick Goshorn to become its new corporate vice president and general counsel. Goshorn joins Acterna from Cable & Wireless PLC, where he was senior vice president and general counsel. He succeeds Mark Tremallo, who opted not to relocate with the company from Burlington, Mass., to Germantown, Md. Goshorn will be busy beefing up the in-house legal department following the companywide layoff of 1,400 employees last year, said to be the result of a slumping telecom industry. First Health Group Corp. General Counsel Susan T. Smith was among the ranks of new senior corporate officers elected recently by the Downers Grove, Ill.-based health benefits provider. Peggy Banczak has become general counsel for Cielo Wind Power LLC, an Austin, Texas-based energy company. Banczak previously held a number of senior corporate counsel positions at Entergy Wholesale Operations and Enron North America Corp. She will supervise outside counsel and oversee contracts and negotiations with landowners, utilities and investors. Albuquerque, N.M.-based Sun Healthcare Group Inc. has hired Steven A. Roseman as executive vice president and general counsel. Roseman was previously of counsel to the Denver office of New York’s LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae and was formerly general counsel for American Health Properties in Englewood, Calif. He succeeds Robert F. Murphy, who advised the company through its emergence from bankruptcy. Rockville, Md.-based real estate equity firm Federal Realty Investment Trust has promoted two members of its legal group, following the resignation of general counsel Nancy Herman in May. Dawn Becker, formerly vice president, real estate and finance counsel, will be vice president and general counsel. Deborah Colson, formerly vice president for legal leasing, will be vice president for legal operations. Becker will have oversight of Federal Realty’s corporate, securities and transactional legal affairs. Colson will manage legal affairs related to leasing, property management and litigation. Nichol M. Harris has left Wells Fargo Insurance to join Minnesota Life Insurance Co. as associate general counsel and investment attorney. Harris will work in the asset management division of the St. Paul, Minn.-based insurer and advise portfolio managers and analysts on private investment transactions. Kenneth G. Hawari has moved in-house as general counsel for Advanced Neuromodulation Systems Inc., a medical device company in Plano, Texas. Hawari had been a partner at Dallas’ Hughes & Luce, the company’s primary outside counsel. Hawari, who will also be vice president of business development, will focus on helping to expand the company through acquisitions, technology and product development. going outside Eric Buermann, formerly in-house general counsel for the Florida Republican Party, has joined Miami’s Steel Hector & Davis. Buermann will practice in the firm’s real estate group. Kenneth Munoz, the former executive vice president and general counsel for New York’s Madison Square Garden LLP, has become senior counsel to the New York office of Chicago’s Sidley Austin Brown & Wood. Munoz had spent 24 years in the legal department of MSG, which owns the New York Knicks and Rangers, among other properties. He directed business development for the entertainment company, which boasts gross revenues of nearly $1 billion. At Sidley, he will practice in the corporate group with a focus on building the firm’s sports, media and entertainment practice.

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