• Bracewell & Giuliani has added Richard Farmer as a partner in its energy practice. Farmer, who focuses on energy and infrastructure finance, development and acquisitions and public/private partnerships and privatizations, was a partner at Fulbright & Jaworski.

• Fox Rothschild has added Leonard Budow as a partner and co-chair of the fashion law practice group. He was a partner at Phillips Nizer.

• Litigation funder Burford Capital has hired Andrew Cohen, a former litigation associate at Debevoise & Plimpton, as a vice president and member of the underwriting and investment arm.

• Shearman & Sterling has promoted to counsel Jordan Altman, intellectual property transactions; Paul Epstein, project development and finance; H. Miriam Farber, litigation; and Robert Sein, real estate.

• Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker has promoted three New York attorneys to partner: Philip DeNoia, defense of premises and security officer liability, construction accident liability and product liability; Daniel Morse, defense of general liability and casualty cases involving personal injury and property damage claims; and Dov Sternberg; defense of high-exposure medical malpractice claims.

• Norris McLaughlin & Marcus has promoted two attorneys to member: Deanna Koestel, commercial litigation, and Melissa Pena, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights law and complex commercial litigation.

• Arent Fox intellectual property partner Marylee Jenkins, who heads the firm’s IP group in New York, has been appointed to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office‘s Public Advisory Committee. The committee reviews the agency’s policies, performance and budgets. Its nine members are appointed by the secretary of commerce.