Elaine Kaplan has been appointed the role of general counsel of the US Office of Personnel Management in Washington, DC.
Top trademarks lawyer John Olsen has joined the London office of Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge UK LLP along with a 15-strong team from Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP.
The world's largest museum complex and research organisation, the Smithsonian Institution, has named Judith Leonard the new general counsel effective 1 June 2009.
Top competition expert Carl Shapiro will be leaving his post as a professor of economics at the University of Berkeley in California to become the next deputy assistant attorney general for economics at the US Department of Justice's antitrust division.
Effective 1 May 2009, Canadian law firms McMillan LLP and Thackray Burgess will join forces to found McMillan's third office, based in Calgary.
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP has hired Luc Saucier as a partner in its Paris office.
Akerman Senterfitt has expanded its franchising and licensing practice with the hire of shareholders Warren Lewis and Michaele "Shelley" Weatherbie in Vienna, Virginia.
K&L Gates LLP and Chicago based Bell Boyd & Lloyd LLP have merged under the name K&L Gates LLP.
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