Ryan Alexander has joined Selman Breitman in Los Angeles as chair of the firm’s Commercial Transactions practice. Alexander’s practice includes clients from the automotive, construction, finance and technology industries.

Irell & Manella promoted Christopher Abernethy, Paul Swanson, and Ian Washburn to partners in its Los Angeles office. Abernethy focuses on intellectual property and patent litigation, Swanson counsels clients on corporate, intellectual property and entertainment-related transactions and Washburn focuses on intellectual property and complex business litigation.

Three attorneys at Meyers Nave have been promoted to principal: Eric Casher, Camille Hamilton Pating and Douglas McManamon. All three attorneys are based in the firm’s Oakland office.

Munger, Tolles & Olson elected four attorneys to partnership in January: John Gildersleeve, Margaret Maraschino, Adam Weiss, Mark Yohalem. All four partners are based in Los Angeles.

Smith Gambrell & Russell opened a new Los Angeles office in January, following the firm’s combination with business law firm Rodi Pollock Pettker Christian & Pramov. Eleven Rodi Pollock attorneys will join Smith, Gambrell & Russell: Anne Edwards, Elizabeth Blakely, Henry Pramov Jr., Patrick Cain, Walter Killmer Jr., Robert Norton, John Pettker, Dominique Tauzin, Robert Yahiro, Gregory Sidman and Gregg Rapoport.

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan is promoting three attorneys in January: Jake Loftus and Arjun Rao to partner, and Christine Ellice to special counsel. All three attorneys are based in Los Angeles.

Holland & Knight brought on Marne Sussman as a partner in its Land Use and Environment Group. Sussman will be based in the San Francisco office and focuses her practice on environmental issues such as the California Environmental Quality Act. Previously, Sussman was counsel at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman.

Eva Wolf has been promoted to partner in Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp’s tax and trusts & estates practice group. Wolf is based in Los Angeles.

VLP Law Group brought on Craig Wood as a partner in its real estate practice group. Wood will be based in the Los Angeles office.