By The Hill Staff - 01/25/12 12:44 AM EST
•Rachel Racusen and Noralisa Leo have joined SKDKnickerbocker as vice president and senior vice president, respectively, of the public affairs division. Racusen leaves the Federal Emergency Management Agency, where she was the director of public affairs. Before that, she served as communications director for the House Education and the Workforce Committee Democratic staff and then-Chairman George Miller (D-Calif.). Leo has served as the Smithsonian Institution’s external affairs officer and deputy director.
•Venable has hired three partners, Michele Van Patten Frank, Toni-Junell Herbert and Mark Shanks, from Patton Boggs. Frank has worked for the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office as a patent examiner. Herbert and Shanks previously founded Shanks & Herbert, which later was folded into Reed Smith.
•Warren Rosborough is now a partner at McDermott Will & Emery’s Antitrust & Compliance practice group. Rosborough rejoins the firm after working in the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division as a trial attorney. He previously worked for the firm as an antitrust associate.
•Michael Lackey has been promoted to partner-in-charge at Mayer Brown. Lackey joined the firm in 1995 and became a partner in 2002. Before that, he served was a lieutenant in the navy. He also is a Georgetown University law school board member for its Advanced E-Discovery Institute.
•Justin Shur and Ben Quarmby now work for MoloLamken as firm partners. Shur leaves the Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section of the Criminal Division, where he was the deputy chief. Quarmby, who focused partially on IP litigation, leaves Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan to join the firm.