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• Patrick J. Fitzgerald has become a partner in Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom’s Chicago office. As former U.S. attorney, Fitzgerald “oversaw numerous high-profile prosecutions, including the successful prosecutions of former Illinois Govs. George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich on corruption charges.” Before that, he served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York. 


• Dan Bryant has joined Covington & Burling and will lead the firm’s public policy and government affairs practice. He most recently worked as the senior vice president of global public policy and government affairs at PepsiCo. Additionally, he served as assistant attorney general for legal policy and assistant attorney general for legislative affairs in the Department of Justice under President George W. Bush. He also serves on the board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.


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• Todd R. Harrison has returned to Patton Boggs as a partner in the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution practice group. Harrison previously worked as the chief counsel for oversight and investigations for the House Energy and Commerce Committee in the House and led the congressional investigation into the failed solar firm Solyndra. 


• Allyson Robinson will lead the newly combined Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) and OutServe, an association for actively serving LGBT military personnel. She comes from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), where she “drove the design and delivery of HRC’s broad portfolio of training and curricula for corporate leadership … to improve LGBT cultural competence and inclusion in the workplace.” She is an Army veteran who served as a “senior trainer/evaluator for NATO and as an adviser to the armed forces of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar.” 


• Deanna Tanner Okun has become a partner at Adduci, Mastriani & Schaumberg. Before that, she served as the chairwoman of the International Trade Commission. She will focus her practice on “regulatory, policy and compliance issues … to steer companies through the intersection where innovation confronts barriers, such as intellectual property theft, unfair trade practices or regulatory hurdles.”