• Alton Abramowitz, a senior partner of Mayerson Abramowitz & Kahn and a Law Journal columnist, has been named president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a more than 1,600-member national bar group of divorce and family law attorneys.

• Nicholas Cannella, a partner at Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto, has been named a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, an invitation-only bar group for attorneys with at least 15 years of trial experience.

• Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle has elevated Thomas Laurer to the partnership. With the promotion, Laurer, who is in the New York office, will relocate to the investment management group in London.