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Nixon Peabody attorneys elected to partnership

International law firm Nixon Peabody LLP has elected 12 attorneys to its partnership effective Feb. 1.

Female attorneys represent 42 percent of the 2011 class. The new partners practice across geographies in diverse areas representing all of the firm’s departments: Business & Finance, Litigation and Intellectual Property, and Regulatory and Real Estate.

Three of the new partners are in the Rochester office:

• Jeffrey H. LaBarge, Global Business & Transactions, concentrates business and corporate law with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, commercial transactions, intellectual property law, and federal and state corporate and securities law. His work also involves counsel with respect to raising capital under federal and state securities laws. LaBarge is a graduate of Rutgers-Camden School of Law who earned his B.A. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

• Jared C. Lusk, Real Estate, represents landowners, developers, agribusinesses, retailers, public utilities, wind and other energy producers, as well as fire and emergency service providers throughout New York state. His primary concentration in on real estate development, planning, zoning, and compliance with the State Environmental Quality Review Act. He is also active in the community, serving on the Pittsford Town Council and several not-for-profit boards. Lusk earned his J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law and received a B.A. from St. John Fisher College.

• Jonathan S. Penna, Real Estate, has led complex acquisitions and sale projects, as well as commercial lease negotiations for various institutional and non-institutional real estate investors. His work also involves counseling clients on real property taxation and assessment matters, and advising municipalities and other condemning authorities on eminent domain procedure and valuation claims relative to real property acquisitions by condemnation. Penna graduated cum laude from the University at Buffalo School of Law and earned a B.A. magna cum laude from the State University of New York at Binghamton.