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• Frank McCarthy has been named the new senior vice president at the Keelen Group. Before that, he worked as a senior political and legislative representative for the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA). At the Keelen Group, McCarthy’s practice will focus on transportation and labor clients, and he will continue to work with NATCA.


• Salans and Fraser Milner Casgrain (FMC) plan to “become foundational members in the creation of a new top 10 international law firm” with SNR Denton that will be known as Dentons. The three firms will “have no headquarters, no dominant national culture, and will proudly offer clients talent from diverse backgrounds and countries with deep experience in civil law, English common law and U.S. common law.”


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• Littler Mendelson has formed a new venture called the Workplace Policy Institute to provide a resource for “the employer community to engage on legislative and regulatory developments that impact their workplaces and business strategies.” Comprising attorneys at various practices within the firm, it aims to be a central source for “education, counseling and advocacy services.” Shareholders Michael Lotito and Ilyse Schuman will serve as co-chairmen.


• Thomas J. Perrelli rejoined Jenner & Block as a partner in the firm’s Washington office. Before that, he served as the associate attorney general at the Department of Justice from 2009 to March 2012. Perrelli will lead Jenner & Block’s new government controversies and public policy litigation practice group, focusing on “advising clients and their leaders on the most intractable problems at the intersection of law, law enforcement and government regulation.”


• Chani W. Wiggins has started a new firm called Winn Strategies. Wiggins worked as the assistant secretary at the Department of Homeland Security. Winn Strategies is also partnering with the Washington firm McAllister & Quinn and aims to work on homeland security, energy and technology issues. Before working at Homeland Security, Wiggins held various senior staff roles in the House and Senate.

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