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Ambassador Donald Ensenat Joins Patton Boggs LLP
Patton Boggs LLP is pleased to announce that Ambassador Donald Ensenat has joined the firm as Of Counsel in the Washington, D.C. office. He most recently served as United States Chief of Protocol at the White House and the U.S. State Department from 2001 to 2007, where he hosted foreign leaders visiting the President and his Administration, accompanied the President on his overseas visits, and was personal representative to the Ambassadors and Diplomatic Corps resident in Washington.

Drawing from his extensive background working in the U.S. Federal Government and on his private practice experience, Ambassador Ensenat will advise and assist clients on a broad range of international matters.

“Ambassador Ensenat’s knowledge and experience working within the international community will undoubtedly bolster our service to our public policy and trade clients,” said Stuart M. Pape, Managing Partner. “His arrival is a testament to our continuously expanding global presence, and we are fortunate to have such a seasoned practitioner on board to provide valuable counsel.”

His government experience also includes service as the U.S. Ambassador to Brunei, and a President-nominated and Senate-confirmed appointment to the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). He also was Assistant Attorney General of Louisiana in charge of federal court and Louisiana Supreme Court litigation, and Legislative Assistant to Congressman Hale Boggs and Congresswoman Lindy Boggs. He has served as an officer or board member of multiple professional, charitable, and political organizations, including as Chair of President George W. Bush’s presidential election campaign in Louisiana.

Ambassador Ensenat currently is on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the World Trade Center of New Orleans. He is a member of the Council of American Ambassadors and the Asia Society, and was previously a Yale Alumni Associate of Louisiana, serving as President from 1985 to 1987, as well as acting as Chair of Yale Admissions Committee from 1988 to 2001.

He graduated from Tulane University Law School, earning a J.D. in 1973. He also attended Yale University, graduating with a B.A. in 1968.


Miles & Stockbridge P.C. announced today that it represented Baltimore-based architectural design firm RTKL Associates Inc. (RTKL) in its recent acquisition by ARCADIS N.V., an international consulting and engineering company headquartered in The Netherlands.

“Miles & Stockbridge’s primary focus was assisting RTKL in obtaining economic value commensurate with the company’s financial success and global stature,” said Charles Schelberg, a principal of the firm who helped structure and negotiate the transaction. Schelberg, who led the team of lawyers that represented RTKL, said, “We are confident that we have accomplished that for our client.”

Before the acquisition by ARCADIS, RTKL was a privately owned firm. The company had 2006 gross revenues of $195 million and net revenues of $142 million.

With 1,100 professionals and support staff, RTKL provides architectural design, master planning and specialized engineering services from six U.S. offices in Baltimore, Washington, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami and from offices in London, Madrid, Shanghai and Tokyo.


Carlos A. Kelly Appointed to The Florida Bar's Eminent Domain Committee
The law firm of Henderson Franklin is pleased to announce that Carlos A. Kelly, a stockholder with the firm, was recently appointed to serve on The Florida Bar's Eminent Domain Committee by the then President-elect (and now President) of The Florida Bar, Frank Angones, for the 2008 term.

According to The Florida Bar, "the scope and function of the Eminent Domain Committee is to study and keep informed of recent developments in the field of condemnation of private property for public use by governmental agencies or private companies who have the power of eminent domain. It should keep the members of the Bar informed of developments of great significance in this field, maintain liaison with private companies and governmental agencies who have and use the power of eminent domain, and study and consider legislation, law or problems in the area of eminent domain law as developed by the committee or assigned by the president or the Board of Governors."

Kelly represents individuals and entities at the trial court level. He focuses his practice on real property disputes, including eminent domain matters. He also represents clients in business tort claims, creditors’ rights matters, and contract-based disputes.

Kelly takes a keen interest in eminent domain matters, having published an article in the October 2006 edition of The Florida Bar Journal, "How to Obtain an Order of Taking", which discusses how to obtain an order of taking in eminent domain. Most recently, he tried a condemnation case to a six-person jury in a mock trial at a seminar organized by the Association of Eminent Domain Professionals.


Halloran & Sage Welcomes Summer Associates
Halloran & Sage is pleased to announce that six law students have joined the firm for the 2007 Summer Associate Program. Angela Beaumier, Maura Droney and Naurin Hashmi are students at the University of Connecticut School of Law, Allison Blais and Amy Markham are students at Quinnipiac University School of Law and Faisal Hasan is a student at Boston College Law School. Summer associates work in a variety of the firm's departments gaining experience in several practice areas.

The firm's Summer Associate program provides an oppourtunity for law students to work in a legal environment and gain practical legal experience and exposure to law firm practice. "Our goal is to provide our summer associates with valuable and meaningful practical legal experience and at the same time give them a realistic picture of law firm life. Our firm practices law at the highest level and we have selected summer associates that are able to work up to those standards," said Jeff Gostyla, a partner with the firm who coordinates the Summer Program.


Megan M. Turnbull is elected as Allegheny County Bar Association’s Young Lawyer’s Division Council Member
As of June 2007, Megan will be serving a 2-year term in the ACBA’s Young Lawyer’s Division as a Council Member.

The Council, representing young lawyers of 10 years experience or less, serves as the liaison between the young, upcoming and more experienced members of the ACBA. The council represents the interests and needs of the younger lawyers and when necessary, passes resolutions to be communicated to the Board of Governors.

The Young Lawyer’s Division Council is granted money from the ACBA to plan and coordinate appropriate events for the young and upcoming lawyers. These events are normally based around service to the community, the education of young lawyers and events to encourage membership.


Lea E. Anderson joins the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
In addition to her current membership with CLASP (Collaborative Law Association of Southwestern Pennsylvania), Lea Anderson has recently joined the IACP (International Academy of Collaborative Professionals). To qualify for membership, Lea, a shareholder at Goehring, Rutter & Boehm, has completed training in collaborative law and mediation.

The Collaborative Law process establishes a positive divorce environment and is acclaimed for “promoting respect, placing the needs of children first and keeping control of the process with the spouses.” The methods and strategies outlined by collaborative law allow all parties involved to make the transition from married life to single life a healthy one, viewing the divorce as a new beginning, as opposed to an end. Collaborative law is respectful and aware of the needs of all affected individuals, as not only the divorcees are affected.

Dedicated to the needs of her clients and thoroughly believing in positive outcomes for families in divorce, Lea has joined these associations to further conform her practice of family law to the strategies of collaborative law. She believes the collaborative process provides her clients with healthy, positive outcomes in post-divorce situations. These strategies minimize the conflict that is often found in the traditional divorce model, are more cost effective, and enforce a more controlled, constructive environment.


Morgan Lewis Partner Laurie Foster Appointed as Vice Chair of the International Commercial Dispute Resolution Committee
Morgan Lewis Litigation Partner Laurie Foster was recently appointed as Vice Chair of the International Commercial Dispute Resolution Committee of the International Section of the American Bar Association for 2007-2008. This committee focuses on the "practical aspects of conducting international arbitrations under ICC, LCIA, AAA, and other institutional rules; ad hoc arbitrations under UNCITRAL rules; arbitration rules of the World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration Center established in Geneva; efforts in the United States to require greater disclosure by potential arbitrators; and development of model international arbitration clauses," as described by the ABA. Ms. Foster also has been appointed to the Steering Groups of the International Litigation Committee and the Women's Interest Network of the International Section. Ms. Foster begins her term in August at the ABA Annual Meeting.


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