Blank Rome L.L.P., Philadelphia, elected the following lawyers to partner in the firm: Eric G. Fikry, a commercial-litigation lawyer in Philadelphia and Princeton; Michelle Gitlitz Courtney, a corporate-litigation lawyer in New York; Brian S. Gocial, a maritime, international-trade and public-contracts lawyer in Philadelphia; Heather Sonnenberg, a financial-services lawyer in Philadelphia; Stanley B. Tarr, a business-restructuring and bankruptcy lawyer in Wilmington, and Jonathan K. Moore, a financial-services lawyer in Philadelphia.
Henkels & McCoy, a national engineering and utility contractor founded in 1923 with corporate headquarters in Blue Bell, hired John D. Harrower as vice president and division manager of the company's pipeline construction division. Harrower had been chief operating officer for Universal Pegasus' onshore and offshore divisions.
Wisler Pearlstine, Blue Bell, named Claudia Huot a partner in the firm. She has been an associate in the firm since 2001, working part time for eight years before moving to full-time status in 2010. Huot concentrates her practice in the area of school law, representing school districts, charter schools, and educational management organizations.
Petplan, a Philadelphia-based pet insurance company, hired Steve Shell as vice president of veterinary development. He had been vice president and general manager of Merck Animal Health.
Devon Health Services Inc., a King of Prussia health-care cost-management company and owner of a directly contracted Preferred Provider Organization network, hired Thomas N. Nicholson as executive vice president. He had been vice president, chief marketing officer, for Dakotacare.
Bucks County Historical Society, Doylestown, which operates the Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle, hired Laura Biersmith as vice president of institutional advancement. Before establishing her own consulting business in 2002, Biersmith was director of major and planned gifts and vice president of development at Heritage Conservancy in Doylestown.
Binswanger, King of Prussia, promoted Scott Gabrielsen to president-Commercial Philadelphia Metro, responsible for overseeing commercial operations for the Philadelphia region. He had been executive vice president.
Lisa Herzog was promoted to associate director from manager in the consultant relations group at Turner Investments, a Berwyn employee-owned investment-management firm.
Cadient Group, a King of Prussia digital health-care agency, hired Stacey Davis as creative director, copy, and Linda Bailey as senior copywriter. Davis had been a freelance creative director, copywriter and marketing consultant for the last decade. Bailey had been lead writer for a new pediatric vaccine at InVentiv Health Communications, Newtown.
Health Advocate Inc., an independent health-care advocacy and assistance company in Plymouth Meeting, hired Esther J. Nash as vice president and medical director. She had been vice president, clinical innovation and strategy, at OptumHealth Care Solutions (a division of UnitedHealth Group).
Smart Devine, a Philadelphia accounting, tax and advisory firm, hired Robert Mulhearn as senior manager in its business valuation practice. Mulhearn had been president of Providence Valuation L.L.C. and vice president and director at Marshall & Stevens Inc.
JenaValve Technology Inc., a privately held, venture-backed developer, manufacturer and marketer of transcatheter-delivered aortic valve systems based in Wilmington and Munich, appointed Raymond W. Cohen executive chairman of its board. He is chief executive officer at Vessix Vascular Inc., Laguna Hills, Calif.
Bellevue Communications Group, a Philadelphia public relations firm, promoted Pete Peterson to vice president from senior account executive.
Reed Smith L.L.P., has promoted the following counsels and associates to partners in its Philadelphia office: Stephen J. Blazick, former counsel, is a partner in the firm's State Tax Group; Marilyn Heffley, former counsel, is a partner in the firm's Financial Industry Group; Margaret S. Jones, former associate, is a partner in the firm's Corporate & Securities Group; Brad M. Rostolsky, former associate, is a partner in the firm's Life Sciences Health Industry Group; and J. Cory Falgowski, former associate, is a partner in the firm's Financial Industry Group in the firm's Wilmington office.
DLA Piper, Philadelphia, hired Courtney Gilligan Saleski in the firm's litigation practice as a partner. Saleski had been an assistant U.S. attorney in the District of Columbia.
Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell L.L.P., Wilmington, elected Patricia O. Vella and John P. DiTomo partners, and promoted Katherine H. Betterly to special counsel. Vella is a member of the firm's Delaware Corporate Law Counseling Group, where she has served as special counsel since 2004. DiTomo is a member of the firm's Corporate and Business Litigation Group. Betterly is a member of the firm's Commercial Law Counseling Group and Real Estate Group.
Mortgage Network Inc., a private mortgage banking company in Conshohocken, hired Annette Dougherty as sales manager. She had been a mortgage banker at JP Morgan Chase, Philadelphia.
The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Co., Horsham, hired Paul C. Jeffers as senior vice president, chief human resources officer. He had been vice president of human resources with PHH Corp. in Mount Laurel.
The Bloom Organization, a Mount Laurel commercial industrial real estate management firm, promoted Gregory H. Birnbohm to vice president, construction management, from construction manager.
Robin D. Rothstein was appointed associate professor of medicine at Temple University School ofMedicine and medical director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program at Temple University Hospital. Rothstein had been an attending gastroenterologist and the director of house staff education in gastroenterology Pennsylvania Hospital.
E.R. Browning was named associate vice president for institutional advancement at Cabrini College, Radnor. He had been associate vice president for institutional advancement at the University of Maryland University College in Adelphi, Md.
AgileCat, a Center-City based branding agency, hired Stephen L. Snyder as director of client development. He had been an account manager with Red Tettemer + Partners. - Mike Zebe