• Brown Rudnick has elected to its partnership Carolyn Austin in the firm’s real estate practice.

• Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has hired Mark Shelton a partner focusing on banking regulation and investigations. He was the Americas general counsel and global head of investigations at UBS AG.

• Carter Ledyard & Milburn has promoted to partner Barbara Brown, who focuses on commercial real estate.

• Nixon Peabody has promoted to partner Daniel McAvoy, public company transactions; Ashley Baynham, government investigations and white collar defense; Abigail Reardon, commercial litigation; and Kate Saracene, labor and employment in Rochester.

Sanford Heisler, a civil rights law firm focusing on gender discrimination, has promoted to partner Deborah Marcuse, who will co-manage the firm’s New York office with Jeremy Heisler.

Squire Sanders has added as of counsel Roderick Devlin, who focuses on public finance and public-private partnerships. He was previously at Greenberg Traurig.