Joseph tirone rejoins the firm’s corporate and securities practice as a partner. He focuses on the energy and natural gas industries in project development and finance transactions. He previously worked for Bracewell & Giuliani. Tirone earned his J.D. from University of Notre Dame Law School.


Kristie Kully, Soyong Cho and Kerri Smith were named partners in the firm’s Washington office. Kully works on regulatory matters affecting mortgage banking clients in the consumer financial-services group. She earned her J.D. from Cornell Law School. Cho, who focuses on commercial disputes, earned her J.D. from University of Virginia School of Law. Smith, who earned her J.D. from Duke Law School, focuses on consumer financial-services matters.


Andrew Zimmitti, a financial-services litigator, joins the firm’s litigation division as a partner. He previously worked at Patton Boggs. Zimmitti focuses on issues related to payment systems and virtual currencies. He earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.


Stuart Broom and Bradley Nowak will start the firm’s energy and infrastructure practice group as partners. Previously, they worked at Williams Mullen in Washington. Broom earned his J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law and Nowak earned his from Wake Forest University School of Law. Additionally, Warren Nowlin joins the firm’s new practice group as senior counsel. He previously worked at Williams Mullen and earned his J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law.


Steven Kaufmann rejoins the firm as a partner in the litigation practice in the Washington and Denver offices. Kaufmann previously was the firm’s managing partner of the Denver office and a former chairman of the global litigation department. Most recently, he served as chief of staff to the Millennium Challenge Corp. in the Obama administration. He earned his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.


Saba Bazzazieh will open a Washington office as a managing partner for the firm, which represents tribal governments and entities. She previously worked in the firm’s Chandler, Ariz., office. Bazzazieh earned her J.D. at Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.