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Legal briefs: Energy and Commerce general counsel returns to Steptoe

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Jim Barnette has rejoined Steptoe & Johnson after his second stint as general counsel for the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, the firm announced last week.

Barnette served as general counsel for the committee from 1994 to 2007, joined Steptoe as a partner from 2007 to 2011, and last year returned to the committee as principal adviser to committee chairman Joe Upton on health care, Clean Air legislation and telecommunications reform. He will practice in Steptoe’s government affairs and public policy group in Washington.

Crowell & Moring new head of arbitration group

Henry Burnett, a partner in Crowell & Moring’s New York office, has been tapped to lead the firm’s international dispute resolution group, replacing former chairman Arif Ali, who earlier this month left for Weil, Gotshal & Manges and took three partners with him.

The firm has yet to name a new chairman for its financial services group, following the departure of former chairman William O’Connor, who jumped to Thompson & Knight along with partner Evelyn Seeler this month.

Nixon Peabody hires former Eagle Consulting CEO

Vincent Napoleon has joined Nixon Peabody as counsel in the firm’s commercial litigation practice in Washington.

Napoleon was previously president and chief executive of business and legal advisory firm Eagle Consulting Services, counsel at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman and in-house counsel at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Lockheed Martin, GE and other companies. His practice focuses on government contracts, mergers and acquisitions, cross-border transactions, regulatory compliance and Securities and Exchange Commission-related matters.

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