Steptoe & Johnson is opening a Palo Alto office and has tapped patent litigator William Abrams, most recently a partner at King & Spalding, as managing partner. Coming with Abrams is patent litigation partner Sanjeet Dutta. See story online.

Foley & Lardnerhas added Francis Burke as a litigation partner in the government enforcement, compliance and white collar defense practice. He will be based in the San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices. Most recently, Burke chaired the Los Angeles litigation department at Seyfarth Shaw, where he also co-led the firm’s national fraud and abuse, false claims and internal investigations team. He received his law degree from Harvard Law School. See story online.

Litigator John Kern has joined Holland & Knight as a partner in the San Francisco office. Most recently he was a partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, and he focuses his practice on commercial, intellectual property and healthcare litigation. He received a J.D. degree from Cornell Law School. See story online.

Corporate and M&A attorney Nicholas O’Keefe has joined Kaye Scholer as a partner in the Palo Alto office. He was formerly senior counsel at Crowell & Moring and, before that, a partner in the Silicon Valley office of Latham & Watkins. He received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

Barry Epstein has joined Allen Matkins‘ San Francisco office as a partner in the land use and environmental and natural resources groups, as well as its infrastructure, energy and utility industry group. He graduated from the University of Michigan School of Law.

G. Edward Rudloff Jr. of the San Francisco office of Foran Glennon Palandech Ponzi & Rudloff, has been elected president of the firm. His practice focuses on first- and third-party insurance coverage disputes. He is a graduate of the Santa Clara University School of Law.

Jeffrey Hallam has been named managing partner of Sideman & Bancroft. He succeeds Ellen Kahn, who had led the firm since 2008. Specializing in the representation of corporate clients in connection with their brand protection, anti-counterfeiting and anti-fraud enforcement efforts, he currently serves as co-head of the business crimes and government investigations group. He graduated from Northwestern University School of Law.

San Francisco’s Kaye Moser Hierbaum has added Andrea Goldman as of counsel in its family law, estate planning and trusts and estates practice serving high net worth individuals. She was formerly an associate at the Law Offices of Carol Amyx in Berkeley, and most recently at her own firm.

Buchalter Nemer has added Kathleen Juniper as of counsel in its Orange County office. She focuses her practice on developing strategic and practical legal solutions for health care clients. She earned her J.D. at Washington College of Law at American University.

Nixon Peabody added Matthew Ichinose as an associate in San Francisco. He represents foreign and domestic clients in a variety of real estate, finance and corporate transactions. He earned his J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law.

San Francisco-based Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass has promoted litigators Rees Morgan and Charmaine Yu to partner. Morgan earned his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2003. Yu graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2001.

Los Angeles’ Sacks, Glazier, Franklin & Lodise has appointed Matthew McMurtrey as the firm’s managing partner. He takes over from co-founder Kenneth Glazier. McMurtrey joined the firm in 2001 and became a partner in January 2012. He specializes in probate litigation with an emphasis on trusts and estates. He received his J.D. from UCLA School of Law.

Reed Smith has promoted the following attorneys to counsel in California: In San Francisco, insurance recovery litigator Lilit Asadourian and commercial litigator Jeffrey Rieger, and in Los Angeles, commercial litigator Natasha Sung and labor & employment litigator Julia Trankiem.

Tucker Ellis promoted Ferlin Ruiz to counsel in the San Francisco office. He focuses on products liability and toxic tort defense, representing manufacturers, suppliers, contractors, and premises owners in personal injury matters. He earned his law degree at UC-Hastings College of the Law.

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