Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, a downtown L.A.-based law firm, has named Pamela L. Westhoff partner in its real estate, land use and environmental practice group. Westhoff was previously partner in the downtown L.A. office of DLA Piper.

Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, a downtown L.A.-based law firm, has appointed Roland J. Tong and Kathryn Tyler partners. Tong was previously in-house intellectual property counsel in the San Fernando office of Future Graphics Imaging Corp., an imaging supplies company. Tyler previously served as senior counsel in the business and intellectual property departments of Silver & Freedman, a Century City law firm.

MARKETING

Jennifer Vides Blake has joined the West L.A. office of RL Public Relations, a Hispanic public relations and marketing firm, as senior vice president. Blake previously served as senior vice president of consumer marketing practice in the West Hollywood office of Weber Shandwick, a New York-based public relations firm.

NON-PROFIT

The Independent Film & Television Alliance Collections, a Westwood-based non-profit organization that collects international audiovisual royalties, has promoted Tony Aronovitz to manager. Aronovotz was previously financial analyst.

Lloyd Greif has been elected chairman of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., a non-profit organization with the mission of attracting and retaining businesses and jobs in Los Angeles. Greif is founder and president of Greif & Co., a downtown L.A. middle-market investment bank.

REAL ESTATE

CB Richard Ellis Group Inc. has hired Valerie Achtemeier as executive vice president in the capital markets group at its downtown L.A. office. Achtemeier was previously vice president and director of capital markets with Majestic Realty Co., a real estate development company in City of Industry.

Paul Miszkowicz has joined King's Arch Capital, a Beverly Hills real estate investment firm, as lead investment analyst. Miszkowicz was previously investment analyst with Sharp Capital Group in Van Nuys.

KUDOS

Aviva Family and Children's Services, a Hollywood non-profit mental health and social service agency, has presented its Aviva Impact Awards to NancyJane Goldston, Vicki Martin and Tracee Ellis Ross. Goldston is founder and chief executive of the UXB, a Beverly Hills advertising agency. Martin is principal of Johnson Martin Advisors Inc., a Beverly Hills investment management firm. Ellis Ross is an actress and producer.

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