NEW ARRIVALS

Blank Rome (Philadelphia): Six attorneys join the firm’s consumer financial litigation group as associates.

In the Boca Raton, Fla., office, Albert Gibson will focus his practice on commercial litigation matters, representing lenders and financial institutions in federal consumer finance litigation, state law Unfair and Deceptive Acts and Practices (UDAP) cases and common law cases. Previously, Gibson was an associate at the now defunct Ruden McClosky. He received his J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law in 2007. Brandon Forgione will focus his practice on federal commercial litigation matters, state law UDAP claims and other consumer-protection statutes. Previously, Forgione was an associate at Broad and Cassel. He received his J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law in 2009. Karene Tygenhof will focus her practice on commercial litigation and appellate matters, representing financial institutions in consumer finance and real estate litigation and appeals. Previously, Tygenhof was special counsel to Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrère & Denègre. She received her J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law in 2004.

In the Houston office, Joshua Huber will focus his practice on litigation matters, with a specific focus on commercial litigation, consumer financial services, energy, banking and finance, and real estate. Previously, Huber was an associate at Hirsch & Westheimer. He received his J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law in 2008.

In the Los Angeles office, Sridavi Ganesan will focus her practice on consumer finance litigation matters, representing lenders and financial institutions in consumer finance litigation matters. Previously, Ganesan provided contract services to numerous law firms in California, and participated in various aspects of litigation for both plaintiffs and defense in state and federal courts. Ganesan received her J.D. from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles in 2001.

In the Philadelphia office, Gustine Pelagatti III will focus his practice on commercial litigation, representing lenders and financial institutions in a variety of finance litigation matters. Previously, Pelagatti was an associate at Weber Gallagher Simpson Stapleton Fires & Newby. He received his J.D. from Widener University School of Law in 2006.

Crowell & Moring (Washington): Kelly Tsai joins the firm’s insurance and reinsurance group as an associate in the New York office and will focus her practice on insurance and reinsurance litigation. Previously, Tsai was an associate at Dewey & LeBoeuf. She received her J.D. from Cornell Law School in 1999.

Nixon Peabody: Jesse Hiney joins the firm’s energy and environmental practice as counsel to the Jericho, N.Y., office. Hiney will focus his practice on performing oversight of environmental cleanups, advising on Brownfield redevelopment and negotiating with federal, state and local authorities on permit applications and enforcement proceedings. Previously, Hiney was an associate at Paul Hastings. He received his J.D. from New York Law School in 2001.

Verrill Dana (Portland, Ore.): Kathleen O’Donnell Wyatt joins the firm’s litigation and trial group as an associate in the firm’s Boston office. Wyatt will focus her practice on products liability, premises liability and toxic tort litigation. Previously, Wyatt was an associate at Cetrulo & Capone. She received her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in 2009.

PROMOTIONS TO PARTNER

Goulston & Storr (Boston): David Coombs and Andrew Rothstein have been elected to partners at the firm. Coombs practices in the firm’s corporate group and focuses in the areas of business and securities law, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, venture capital and private equity. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1998. Rothstein practices in the firm’s private client and trust group and focuses on counseling clients on the design, implementation and use of tax-efficient wealth transfer strategies. He received his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1998.