Washington Lawyer

Attorney Briefs: February 2014

From Washington Lawyer, February 2014

By Thai Phi Le

Honors and Appointments
Anna Blackburne Rigsby
, associate judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, has been sworn in as the 34th president of the National Association of Women Judges… Brian Kamoie has been appointed assistant administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency for Grant Programs at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security… William D. Nussbaum, a partner at Hogan Lovells US LLP, has been inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers… Bill Mogel of Mogel & Sweet has been honored by the Energy Bar Association with the Paul E. Nordstrom Award for exemplary long-term service to the bar and community… Justice at Stake has recognized Mark Larson, vice president and chief litigation counsel at Honeywell International, with the Justice at Stake Exemplar Award for the Defense of Fair Courts for his extraordinary commitment to preserving the integrity of Arizona’s courts… Melanie E. Bates has been promoted to legislative director in Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells’ Office at the Council of the District of Columbia. She also has been selected president-elect of the Greater Washington Area Chapter, Women Lawyers Division, National Bar Association for the 2013–2014 bar year… Todd C. Nichols of Cogdill Nichols Rein Wartelle Andrews Vail has been named president-elect of the Washington State Association for Justice… The National Juvenile Defender Center has honored Georgetown University Law Center Professor Kristin Henning with the 2013 Robert E. Shepherd Jr. Award for Excellence in Juvenile Defense, which recognizes her dedication to juvenile representation and leadership in promoting this area of legal work on the local, regional, and national levels. The Order of the Coif has selected Georgetown University Law Center Professor Neal Katyal as its 2014 Distinguished Visitor. The Georgetown Law Center has honored Stephen Altman, principal of Altman Dispute Resolution Services, with its 2013 Charles Fahy Distinguished Adjunct Professor Award for the JD Program, which is presented to an adjunct faculty member who has provided exceptional service in teaching, curriculum development, student counseling, and extracurricular activities… Eshel Bar-Adon, executive vice president of specialty finance and chief legal officer at BofI Federal Bank, has received the San Diego Business Journal 2013 General Counsel Award in the publicly traded medium category… Georgetown University Law Center Professor Cornelia “Nina” Pillard has been confirmed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit… David R. Kuney, senior counsel at Sidley Austin LLP, has been elected to the American College of Bankruptcy… The Pennsylvania Clean Water Fund awarded its Florence Neilson Environmental Leadership Award to Jordan B. Yeager, an attorney with Curtin & Heefner LLP and chair of the firm’s environmental and public sector section… David M. Brodsky, a principal at Brodsky ADR LLC, has been named chair of the board of directors for the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy… The Cook County Board of Commissioners has confirmed the appointment of Hoogendoorn & Talbot LLP partner G. A. Finch to the Cook County Employee Appeals Board in Illinois… Global cohead of litigation at Hogan Lovells LLP Steve J. Immelt has been voted in as the new chief executive officer of the firm… Georgetown University Law Center Professor Chai Feldblum has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate to a second term serving on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission… Richard Santalesa, senior counsel of InfoLawGroup LLP, has been appointed cochair of the International Association of Privacy Professional’s KnowledgeNet in Connecticut… Stephen Nagin, counsel to Peretz, Chesal & Herrmann, PL in Miami, has been elected chair of the Business Law Section of the Florida Bar… Eric P. Gallun was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel in September 2013 in the U.S. Army Reserve, JAG Corps. In addition, Gallun has been selected by the judge advocate general of the Army to serve as a military judge.

On the Move
William D. Booth has joined Michael Best & Friedrich LLP as partner on the firm’s energy team… Marc Fink and Jeffrey Lawrence have joined Cozen O’Connor’s newly formed international arbitration practice group as partner… Consuelo Campuzano has joined Potomac Law Group, PLLC, as partner in the firm’s corporate practice. Bill A. McGrath has joined as partner, establishing the firm’s consumer product safety and stewardship practice and joining the FDA regulatory compliance team… John L. Cuddihy has joined Ballard Spahr LLP as partner, focusing on complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on patent infringement and antitrust issues… Peter Lavallee, formerly of the District of Columbia Office of the Attorney General, has reentered public service as the director of communications and outreach at the Washington State Department of Natural Resources in Olympia, Washington… Marion S. Cooper has joined MercerTrigiani as counsel… Kari K. Gregory has been promoted to counsel at Latham & Watkins LLP. Scott D. Forchheimer, David J. Greene, and Brian E. Kowalski have been elevated to partner at the firm… Juan Morillo will join Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP as partner and cochair of the white collar and corporate investigations group… Lourdes C. Acevedo has joined PobleteTamargo LLP as special counsel, focusing her practice on immigration and nationality matters… Former U.S. Supreme Court clerks Emily Kennedy, David Morrell, and Ryan Watson have joined Jones Day in the firm’s issues and appeals practice. Morrell resides in the firm’s Houston office… Martin P. Dunn has joined Morrison & Foerster LLP as partner in the firm’s corporate finance practice… J. Brian Davis has joined Ivins, Phillips & Barker, Chartered, as partner in the firm’s corporate tax group… Bonnie Hochman Rothell has joined Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP as partner in the firm’s litigation practice… Ernest B. Abbott has joined Baker Donelson, PC as of counsel and member of the firm’s state public policy group, concentrating his practice in the areas of emergency management and disaster recovery… Reed Smith LLP has added Kristin C. Davis, Julie L. Hammerman, and Alexis P. Storey as associate in the firm’s insurance recovery group… Litigation and dispute resolution lawyer Brian Netter has been promoted to partner at Mayer Brown LLP. Clinton H. Brannon has been promoted to counsel in the firm’s intellectual property group… Jamie Bobotek, John Hane, and Patrick Jennings have been elevated to partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP… Former U.S. Supreme Court law clerk Brian Burgess has joined Goodwin Procter LLP as associate in the firm’s appellate litigation practice… Former Surface Transportation Board general counsel Raymond A. Atkins has joined Sidley Austin LLP as partner and member of the firm’s transportation practice… Teresa (Terry) Stanek Rea, former acting and deputy director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office and acting and deputy undersecretary of commerce for intellectual property, has returned to Crowell & Moring LLP as partner in the firm’s intellectual property group… Joshua N. Rose has joined Tully Rinckey PLLC as senior associate in the firm’s employment law practice group. Kathleen J. Raynsford has joined the firm as of counsel in its labor and employment law practice group… Former U.S. Department of the Air Force counsel David B. Robbins has joined Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, PA, as partner and chair of the firm’s government contracts practice… Matthew Dyckman has joined Goodwin Procter LLP as counsel in the firm’s financial institutions group, focusing on corporate finance and securities, mergers and acquisitions, and banking and financial services… Gary Guzy, most recently deputy director and general counsel of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, has joined Covington & Burling LLP in the firm’s environmental, clean energy, public policy, and government affairs practices... Gregory S. Nixon has joined CH2M HILL as senior vice president and chief legal officer… Thomas N. Bulleit has joined Ropes & Gray LLP as partner, leading the firm’s health care practice…Ike Adams, Torrey Cope, Michael R. Franzinger, Eric D. McArthur, James Mendenhall, and Ryan C. Morris have been elected to partnership at Sidley Austin LLP… New York City Corporation Counsel Michael A. Cardozo has rejoined Proskauer Rose LLP as partner in the litigation department in the firm’s New York office… Katy M. Gottsponer has been elected to partnership at Vinson & Elkins LLP, focusing her practice on energy infrastructure project development and finance transactions… John W. F. Chesley has been promoted to partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, focusing his practice on white collar criminal and securities enforcement matters… Dickstein Shapiro LLP has elected Katie Scott and David Yang to its partnership ranks. Scott was elevated to partner in the firm’s intellectual property practice. Yang is a partner in the firm’s government contracts practice… Jan Pederson and the Pederson Immigration Law Group has joined Maggio + Kattar P.C. as shareholder… Adam J. Siegel has joined the National Parks Conservation Association as associate general counsel… Ryan Spiegel has joined Paley Rothman and will work in its litigation, commercial transactions, and government contracts practice groups… David S. Cade has joined Polsinelli LLP as shareholder in the firm’s health care practice… Derek J. Schaffner has been promoted to counsel in Mayer Brown LLP’s corporate and securities group.

Company Changes
Jamie S. Kilberg has cofounded Kauffman Kilberg LLC in Portland, Oregon. The firm will focus on criminal defense in federal and state courts, including white collar criminal defense, environmental criminal defense, investigations, and compliance counseling… Little Bulman Medeiros & Whitney PC has merged with Pierce Atwood LLP and will operate under the Pierce Atwood name... The Health Law Firm in Altamonte Springs, Florida, has been certified by Orange County, Florida, as a Service-Disabled Veteran Business.  

Author! Author!
Arthur J. Rynearson, a legislative drafting consultant, has written Legislative Drafting Step-by-Step, which was published by Carolina Academic Press… Alexander Wohl, speechwriter and adjunct professor at American University’s Washington College of Law, has written Father, Son and Constitution: How Justice Tom Clark and Attorney General Ramsey Clark Shaped American Democracy, which was published by the University Press of Kansas… Sherri L. Schornstein has written Criminal Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights: U.S. Perspective, which was published by LexisNexis… James J. Gross, a partner at Thyden Gross & Callahan, LLP, has released It’s Splitsville, a book about divorce, published by Apress Media… Katy Goshtasbi, chief executive officer of Puris Personal Branding Solutions, has authored Personal Branding in One Hour for Lawyers, published by the American Bar Association… Howard Feinstein has written Fire on the Bayou: True Tales From the Civil Rights Battlefront, which was published by Foxhead Books… Anastasia “Stasia” Kelly and Suzanne Rich Folsom have coauthored “Ten Traits of a Good Chief Compliance Officer: Lessons From Polar Exploration,” which was published in the December 2013 edition of Inside Counsel.

D.C. Bar members in good standing are welcome to submit announcements for this column. When making a submission, please include name, position, organization, and address. Please e-mail submissions to D.C. Bar staff writer Thai Phi Le at tle@dcbar.org.