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.
Alistair Lindsay has left Allen & Overy LLP to rejoin Monckton Chambers after 11 years at the firm's London office.
Brandon Becker has been named the new executive vice president and chief legal officer of financial services organisation TIAA-CREF based in New York.
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