Law Firm Insider: 11/22/11

Find out what's happening at the Best Law Firms.

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Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman has opened a new office in Silicon Valley. Douglas Lumish, chair of the firm’s intellectual property group, will manage the new office.

DLA Piper has launched a new international securities group that will be based in London. George Barboutis will run the group.

Mayer Brown promoted 39 partners in more than 15 offices firmwide. The promotions will take effect Jan. 1.

Burns White also announced a round of promotions: Six attorneys in three offices were promoted to member.

Ober|Kaler awarded three nonprofit youth organizations in the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore metro areas with grants totaling $35,000.

Covington & Burling attorney Stephen Calkins has been appointed by the Irish government to lead its mergers division in the government’s Competition Authority.

Venable hired five lawyers, including three partners, to work in its Washington, D.C. energy practice.

Jones Day hired Marcello Hallake to work in its Sao Paulo office. He will focus on mergers, acquisitions, and project financing. The firm also hired Darrell Taylor to work for its energy practice in Houston.

Bracewell & Giuliani has formed a policy resolution group that will focus on legislative and regulatory affairs in Washington, D.C.

Horvitz & Levy has hired appellate attorney Steven Fleischman.

David Lewis has joined Hinshaw & Culbertson’s risk management and lawyers professional responsibility group in New York City.

Hogan Lovells hired Song Zhu to work in its intellectual property group in San Francisco.

Perkins Coie hired Deborah Gutfeld to work in its Chicago bankruptcy practice.

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