Law Firm Insider: 8/16/11

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This week, the National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Bar Association released a list of the 40 best LGBT lawyers under the age of 40.

Baker Botts named Mark Whitaker the head of its International Trade Commission practice.

Goodwin Procter hired former Foley & Lardner lawyer Chad Fuller to work in the firm's litigation group in its San Diego office.

Dykema hired John Thomas and Terri Resikin to work in the firm's litigation department. Both lawyers will work on cases dealing with the automotive industry.

Cooley hired Thomas Mason, former chair of the government contracts law group at Williams Mullen. The firm also hired an intellectual property team from Seattle-based Seed Intellectual Property Law Group. The team, made up of Bill Christiansen, Emily Wagner, and Carol Laherty, will work on life sciences cases.

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough rehired Matt Bogan after he finished up a clerkship with the U.S. district court in South Carolina. On Sept. 9, the firm is offering to write free wills for disaster first responders at its Columbia, S.C. office. The event is being held in commemoration of first responders who died in the aftermath of 9/11.

Perkins Coie hired former Latham & Watkins litigation partner Charles Samel.

The American Bar Association appointed Covington & Burling partner Ellen Flannery to the association's standing committee on the federal judiciary. The association also named Covington & Burling partner William Paul to head its tax section.

Winston & Strawn rehired Robert Berger to work in its litigation practice after he spent time as the director of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.

Loeb & Loeb hired Peter Seiden and Bryan Petkanics to work in its commercial finance practice in its New York office. In Chicago, the firm hired Erik Chalut to work in its bankruptcy practice.

Fragomen, the world's largest immigration-focused law firm, announced that it will acquire CMS Cameron McKenna's United Kingdom immigration practice.

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