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New Hires at FCC, Patton Boggs and Roberts, Raheb & Gradler, Koopersmith New Akin Chair

Justin Cole will join the Federal Communications Commission as press secretary, the commission announced Wednesday. Cole formerly served in corporate communications at Tata Communications. The FCC's previous press secretary, Neil Grace, was promoted to senior communications advisor.

Susan Bastress has rejoined Patton Boggs as a partner, the firm announced Wednesday. 

Bastress, who was a managing partner in the firm's Doha, Qatar office until 2008, will return to the firm's Doha office later this year. In the interim, Bastress spent two years each at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe and at her own Bastress & Associates

The firm lauded her accomplishments as the first non-Qatari attorney licensed in the country and advising firms and sovereign entities in the Middle East. 

Roberts, Raheb & Gradler also announced an addition this week. Michael Andrews will serve as counsel for the firm's financial services practice. Andrews formerly served as Vice president of international affairs for Citigroup and head of Salomon Brothers' D.C. office. 

Kim Koopersmith has been elected the new chair of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP, with her term starting April 1, 2013.

Bruce McLean
will step down as chairman after a 20-year tenure, but he'll remain a senior executive partner with the firm.

Koopersmith is currently Akin Gump's U.S. managing partner. She will be the firm's first female chairperson.

With Elahe Izadi

This post, originally published at 8:53 a.m., has been updated.

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