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• Norman Chambers has been appointed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to be chairman of the group’s Let’s Rebuild America Initiative. Chambers is chairman, president and CEO of NCI Building Systems Inc. He has worked in leadership positions for other businesses, including Comfort Systems USA and Halliburton Co.


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• Michael Ferrell has come to Williams Mullen to help open its federal government affairs practice in Washington. Ferrell leaves Venable, where he headed the firm’s first government affairs practice. Before that, he co-owned a government affairs consulting practice, was the Mortgage Bankers Association of America’s senior vice president and legislative counsel and worked in the House and Senate.


• McDermott Will & Emery has hired Jeffrey Brennan and promoted Paul Thompson. Brennan is now a partner in the firm’s antitrust and competition practice. Brennan led the Federal Trade Commission’s Health Care Services and Products Division from 2001 to 2005 and was promoted in 2005 to associate director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition. Thompson has been promoted to co-partner-in-charge for the Washington office. Before joining the firm, he worked for the Senate Judiciary Committee as counsel and served in the Pittsburgh United States Attorney’s Office as an assistant U.S. attorney in the appellate section.


• Robert Bostrom will be joining SNR Denton in August as partner and co-head of the firm’s global financial institutions and funds sector. He will leave Freddie Mac, where he is the executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary. Prior to Freddie Mac, Bostrom worked for National Westminster Bancorp. as executive vice president for legal compliance and regulatory affairs.


• Adrian Fenty has joined the Washington firm Klores Perry Mitchell as special counsel. Fenty served as mayor of Washington from January 2007 through January 2011 and has given strategic advice to a variety of clients since leaving office.