Associate General Counsel, Lateral Associates Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP

Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces the arrival of a new partner and three lateral associates, including one to its Madison County, Ill. office.

Partner Christy J. Benton joins the firm from John Crane Inc. in Chicago, where she was Associate General Counsel – Litigation. Benton focuses her practice on Asbestos Litigation, Toxic Tort Litigation and Product Liability. She received her J.D. from the University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law in 1995 and her B.A. from Michigan State University in 1992.

Associate Kenneth C. Hoffmann joins Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP from Bollinger Connolly Krause LLC, where he was also an associate. He focuses his practice on Medical Negligence and Healthcare, Construction Litigation, and Product Liability. Hoffmann received his J.D from DePaul University College of Law in 2011 and his B.A. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2008.

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New Partner Joins Wyrick Robbins

Wyrick Robbins is pleased to announce that Kyle Still has joined the firm as a partner in the Labor and Employment Practice Group. He regularly represents, counsels, and trains clients regarding all state and federal employment laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Retaliatory Employment Discrimination Act, and state wage and hour laws.

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Polsinelli Dallas Growth on a Roll with Addition of New Attorneys and Move to Uptown’s Frost Tower

Fresh off its move to Frost Tower, the Dallas office of Polsinelli makes way for five more attorneys, adding to the firm’s significant growth as it continues to expand its client service capabilities. The firm now occupies six floors of Frost Tower spanning 77,000 square feet of space in the building and has reached 41 attorneys in Dallas.

The five most recent additions include shareholder Allen J. Dickey and attorneys William B. Farnsworth and John Turnage, who focus on real estate finance matters. Shareholder David E. Olesky and Laurie Pierce, of counsel, will provide strategic guidance to health care professionals with complex health care litigation needs.

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Chuhak & Tecson litigation team welcomes Kristen Hudson

Chuhak & Tecson, P.C., is pleased to announce that Kristen Hudson, a highly successful and respected litigator, has joined the firm as a principal.

With a primary focus on representing businesses in complex commercial litigation, Hudson has won high-stakes legal challenges in state, federal and appellate courtrooms across the nation. She comes to Chuhak & Tecson after eight years at a litigation boutique, where she was a partner.

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Goulston & Storrs Welcomes Stephen Schweiger to Growing Real Estate Group in New York

Goulston & Storrs is pleased to announce that Stephen Schweiger has joined the firm’s Real Estate practice in its New York office. Stephen joins the firm as a Director and will co-chair the firm’s Real Estate Capital Markets/Debt group along with Directors Adam Curry and James Lerner.

Stephen joins Goulston & Storrs from Riemer & Braunstein LLP. His practice focuses on representing financial institutions in connection with construction, mezzanine and permanent financing projects and credit enhancement for the issuance of taxable and tax exempt bonding. With extensive experience in the complexities of the New York lien law, Stephen is also well-versed in the workout and resolution of problem loans on national, local and regional levels, as we as commercial real estate conveyancing and leasing transactions.

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New Partner Joins Sedgwick’s Cyber Security Practice

Sedgwick LLP announced that Cinthia Granados Motley joined the firm as a partner in its Chicago office. Motley practices in the areas of cyber security and privacy, ERISA, multi-jurisdiction commercial litigation, and insurance.

“Cinthia’s tremendous experience in cyber security and ERISA will be a great asset to our firm and client teams,” said Sedgwick Chair Michael Healy. “She is an exceptional attorney who adds to the strength of our international practice and will no doubt provide valuable insight to our clients in areas that are of increasing concern to the business community.”

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Dentons Adds Top FAA Unmanned Aircraft Executive to Strong Aviation Team

Dentons today named James H. Williams, previously the Manager of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Unmanned Aircraft Integration Office, as a Principal in the Firm’s Public Policy and Regulation Practice. In this role, Williams will advise clients on aviation technology, regulatory, and compliance issues with particular emphasis on the military, consumer, and commercial use of unmanned aircraft. He will be resident in the Firm’s Tysons Office in McLean, Virginia.

Williams joins Dentons following more than 25 years of distinguished service with the FAA where he held a Top Secret security clearance. In 2012, he was selected to serve as manager of the FAA’s newly-created Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Office, the single agency focal point for all UAS-related activities, to develop and coordinate solutions to the challenges presented by drones across the FAA and external organizations. In this capacity Williams was instrumental in improving inter-agency cooperation to expand unmanned military and commercial aircraft access to US airspace and served as the agency’s spokesperson on all UAS-related issues. This includes briefing congressional members and their staff on the FAA’s activities related to unmanned aircraft as well as preparing the FAA Administrator for congressional hearings and testifying before the House Aviation Subcommittee Congressional Roundtable and the House Science Committee.

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Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete Opens Minneapolis Office

Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP, a national law firm, is pleased to announce the opening of a new office in Minneapolis which expands the firm’s footprint to 28 offices in 17 states.

Constangy has named Piyumi Samaratunga, a leading corporate immigration attorney, to head the new office which will focus primarily on corporate immigration and global mobility. “Piyumi brings an unparalleled set of skills with her experience in international law, the corporate sector and as an immigrant. Her strong business aptitude and knowledge of global corporate immigration law will enhance Constangy’s position as a key strategic business partner for employers adapting to the rapidly changing diverse global workforce,” said Neil Wasser, Chair of the firm’s Executive Committee.

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Holland & Knight Expands Real Estate Practice in Boston

Holland & Knight announced today that real estate lawyers Frank Stearns and Nadya Makenko have joined the firm’s Boston office as partner and senior counsel respectively. They previously were with K&L Gates.

Mr. Stearns has almost 30 years of experience advising a broad range of clients in commercial real estate developments and managing the permitting, financing and development of office, residential and other commercial development projects. He also manages national leasing assignments for technology companies. His clients include developers, institutional investors, buyers, sellers, financial institutions, hospitals, landlords, tenants and others involved in real estate and business transactions. He has worked extensively with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on environmental permitting and liability issues, and has managed large-scale brownfield developments.

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Theodore T. Eidukas Joins Quarles & Brady Energy Practice Group

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP today announced that Theodore T. Eidukas has joined the firm’s Chicago office as a partner in its Energy Practice Group.

Eidukas’ practice focuses on utility regulatory and complex commercial litigation matters, representing clients in all aspects of litigation, including trials, appellate arguments, motion practice, depositions, and other discovery.

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