NEWSMAKERS

ACCOUNTING

Damon Frier has been appointed assistant leader of Grant Thornton LLP's Southern California tax practice. Frier was previously a tax partner with the firm.

ARCHITECTURE

Interior Architects has hired Brandi Mayo as business development manager for its Los Angeles office. Mayo was previously architecture and design representative at Humanscale, a company that manufactures ergonomic office furniture.

BANKING & FINANCE

Comerica Bank has promoted Keith L. Tuitt to vice president and district manager for the Los Angeles Mid-City and Westside district. Tuitt was previously vice president and banking center manager for the bank's Crenshaw branch.

Melinda Dorji has joined Kinecta Federal Credit Union as vice president of loan servicing. Dorji was previously first vice president of ResMAE Mortgage Corp.

CONSULTING

Karl Hardesty has been named regional managing partner of the Los Angeles office of Tatum, an executives services and business consulting firm. Hardesty was previously managing partner of the company's Orange County office.

ENGINEERING

Parsons Commercial Technology Group, an engineering and construction company, has named Michael M. Walsh president. Walsh was previously executive vice president and global business development manager with the company.

GOVERNMENT

Dean F. Efstathiou has been named acting director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works. Efstathiou was previously chief deputy director of Public Works.

LANDSCAPE

ValleyCrest Cos., a Calabasas-based landscape design, construction and management company, has hired Jonathan Wyman as vice president of business development. Wyman was previously vice president and director of business development with SB Architects, an architectural firm specializing in hotels, resorts and residential projects.

LAW

Randall J. Dean has been appointed president of the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel. Dean is a partner at the Los Angeles office of Chapman Glucksman & Dean, a California-based law firm.

Goodwin Procter has named Elliot D. Hinds, Marc A. Jones, Q. Scott Kaye and Eric R. Reimer corporate partners in its Los Angeles office. Hinds, Jones and Kaye were previously partners with McDermott Will & Emery. Reimer was chairman of McDermott Will & Emery's global leveraged-finance practice group.

The Los Angeles office of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, a national law firm, has promoted Ryan J. Larsen to partner in its litigation and dispute resolution practice, and named Colbern C. Stuart partner in its intellectual property practice. Larsen was previously an attorney with the firm. Stuart was a partner with the San Diego office of international law firm Heller Ehrman LLP.

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