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Tad Ferris has left Holland & Knight for the law firm Foley & Lardner, becoming the co-chairman of its greater China regulatory practice in Washington, where he will also work on global sustainable manufacturing issues. Ferris serves as co-chairman of the China committee of the United States Council for International Business.

Amanda Greenwold Wise was named the vice president and chief counsel for federal affairs at the American Insurance Association, and started the new gig on Monday. She comes from white-shoe law firm Debevoise & Plimpton. Prior to that, she was the senior counsel at the Treasury Department’s office of general counsel, concentrating on banking and finance. In that role, she worked on policy issues, including insurance provisions in the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill and the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program (TRIA).

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Akin Gump hired former Justice Department official Esther Lander as a partner in its labor and employment practice in Washington. Lander has worked at the firm twice before, from 1997-2002 and then from 2004-2006. Prior to rejoining Akin, Lander served as the principal deputy chief of the employment litigation section within the Civil Rights Division at the DOJ. 

Corey Hilmas has become the senior vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs at the Natural Products Association. Before joining the trade group, he worked as the chief of the dietary supplement regulation implementation branch at the Food and Drug Administration and as the senior toxicologist for dietary ingredients at the agency.

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) hired Whit Remer as a senior manager of federal government relations to work on issues related to “river and flood control structures, oil and gas, economic development and environmental restoration,” according to the group. He has been working for the Environmental Defense Fund for the last three years.

• Former counsel to Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), Jeff Wood, joined the Washington office of law firm Balch & Bingham as a partner in its environmental and natural resources section, in addition to its energy section. 

IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries hired Kenneth Schramko as its director of government relations. Before that, he founded a consulting company called Brick Strategies.

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