Geri Edens recently joined Baker Hostetler as a litigation partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Edens represents chemical, energy, agricultural, and consumer products companies in a variety of regulatory and litigation matters relating to environmental compliance, the law and science of chemical regulation, natural resource law, on clean air and water issues, food additive approvals under the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act, and regulation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). She has defended the adequacy of environmental analyses for major economic development projects, large-scale energy projects, interstate pipeline right-of-way approvals, and GMO product approvals.
Julia L. Jennison was recently elected as a shareholder of Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A. in the firm’s West Palm Beach, Florida office. Jennison’s practice focuses on environmental, land use, water resources, sustainability, administrative, and real estate law. Previously, she was a senior legal research assistant for the South Florida Water Management District for 13 years.
Suedeen Kelly recently joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Field LLP as co-chair of the firm’s energy regulatory practice in Washington, D.C., where she will continue to represent clients on FERC matters and other energy-related matters. Kelly served two terms as a Democratic FERC commissioner. Most recently, Kelly was with Patton Boggs LLP. She was also a professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law and chairwoman and commissioner of the New Mexico Public Service Commission.
James P. Moorhead recently announced the formation of the Moorhead Law Group, LLC in Chicago. Moorhead’s national practice focuses on commercial real estate, conservation and natural resources law, and sports law. Previously, he was a partner with Thompson Couburn LLP.
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Michelle Diffenderfer, a shareholder at Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A. in West Palm Beach, Florida, was selected to be featured in The 2013 Woman’s Advantage Shared Wisdom Calendar. The calendar provides advice for women business owners from influential women leaders across the United States and around the world. Diffenderfer had held various leadership positions within the Section, including education officer and Council member. She currently chairs the Communications and External Relations Committee.