Pataki joins Chadbourne & Parke

Former Governor of New York George E. Pataki has joined law firm Chadbourne & Parke, LLP, as counsel. He has joined the firm's New York office along with his former chief of staff, John Cahill. Pataki, who has noteworthy accomplishments in the fields of renewable energy and the environment, will focus his practice on these areas in addition to handling corporate matters. He served three terms as the 53rd Governor of New York, from 1995 through 2006, and is widely viewed as a potential Republican presidential candidate for the 2008 election. Cahill, a former state environmental conservation commissioner, became Pataki's closest aide. Both Pataki and Cahill earlier worked for law firm Plunkett & Jaffe.

Frost Brown adds eminent Northern Kentucky attorney
William T. Robinson, a well-known attorney in Northern Kentucky, has joined Frost Brown Todd, LLC. Based in Frost Brown's Cincinnati office, Robinson will chair the firm's strategic planning and expansion committee. He will help the firm reopen its Northern Kentucky office and bolster its presence in the region. Robinson, who is presently the treasurer of the American Bar Association, was named Northern Kentuckian of the Year in 2005. Prior to joining Frost Brown, he was associated with Greenebaum, Doll & McDonald for 16 years. Located in the heart of America, Frost Brown Todd has 360 lawyers serving clients in more than 50 practice areas, including government relations, strategic planning, and public policy advocacy.

Top bankruptcy attorneys from Weil Gotshal join Cadwalader
The financial restructuring department of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, LLP's New York office will soon witness the inclusion of partners Deryck A. Palmer, John J. Rapisardi, George A. Davis, and Andrew M. Troop. The lawyers join Cadwalader from the business finance and restructuring department of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP. The highly experienced bankruptcy attorneys, who specialize in complex business reorganizations, debt restructurings, distressed mergers, and acquisitions, have clients in industries including healthcare, telecommunications, the automotive industry, the airline industry, finance, and manufacturing. Established in 1792, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft serves leading financial institutions and does business in 50 countries on six continents.

Hutchison Law Group bolsters IP and corporate practices
Hutchison Law Group, PLLC, has announced the addition of Thomas E. Holsten and Caroline Horton Rockafellow to the firm's intellectual property practice group and Amalie L. Tuffin to its corporate and securities practice group. Specializing in patent law for biotechnology and pharmaceutical clients, Holsten comes from the Washington, DC, office of Arnold & Porter, LLP. Rockafellow comes from RTP law firm Daniels, Daniels & Verdonik and also serves as in-house counsel for a biotechnology corporation and a software-development company. Tuffin comes from Daniels, Daniels & Verdonik, as well, and practices primarily in the areas of corporate governance, transactions, and domestic taxation for life-science and information-technology corporations. Established in 1996, Hutchison Law Group is a leading provider of strategic business and intellectual property counsel to life-science and technology communities in the Southeast.

Former New York Medicaid inspector general joins O'Connell and Aronowitz
O'Connell and Aronowitz has announced the hiring of former New York State Medicaid Inspector General David Ross. Ross, who will work primarily on healthcare and administrative law, represents businesses and individual clients in criminal, civil, and administrative proceedings in the areas of healthcare fraud, abuse, and audits. Ross earlier served in a number of positions at the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. Established in 1925, O'Connell and Aronowitz is one of the oldest law firms in Albany, NY, and also has an office in Plattsburgh, NY.

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