Workflows: Law Firm News for Jan. 24, 2017

By Gayle Cinquegrani

In Workflows, Bloomberg BNA brings you the latest in the steady stream of news about law firms and practitioners of labor and employment law.

Emily Seymour Costin in Washington has been named a partner in the compensation, benefits and ERISA litigation group at Alston & Bird.

Michael E. Wachtel has joined Archer & Greiner as an associate in Hackensack, N.J. His practice centers on employment and commercial litigation.

Labor and employment law firm Littler Mendelson has elected Lindbergh Porter from its San Francisco office as chair. The firm also added three members to its board of directors: Richard Harris in Philadelphia; Allan King in Austin, Texas; and Anthony Rizzotti in Boston. Harris is co-chair of Littler’s litigation practice group, King is co-chair of the firm’s class actions practice group and Rizzotti is co-chair of the health-care industry group.

Littler Mendelson also added Thomas M. Cryan Jr. as a shareholder in Tysons Corner, Va. Cryan’s practice focuses on executive compensation and fringe benefits.

Labor and employment law firm Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart has added five shareholders: Shafeeqa Watkins Giarratani, who will serve as co-managing shareholder of the firm’s office in Austin, Texas; John “JP” Hasman in St. Louis; Jacqueline “Jackie” Damm and Adam Collier in Portland, Ore.; and Lauren Zeldin in Atlanta.

Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton , a labor and employment law firm in San Diego, has promoted Joanne Alnajjar Buser and Jeffrey P. Michalowski to partnership.

Phelps Dunbar has elevated three labor and employment lawyers from associate to counsel: Jessica Huffman in Baton Rouge, La.; Erin Malone in Tampa, Fla.; and Day Peake in Mobile, Ala.

Spencer Fane has elected Elizabeth Wente a partner. Wente is a labor and employment attorney in Springfield, Mo.

Bernadette Sargeant has joined Stinson Leonard Street as a partner in the employment and labor law practice group in Washington.

Avrohom Gefen, who specializes in employment and commercial litigation, was promoted to partner by Vishnick McGovern Milizio in Lake Success, N.Y.

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