• Brian Peters has joined the Franklin Square Group. He was director of government relations for Research in Motion, the Canadian manufacturer of the BlackBerry. Prior to joining the company, he was at the Information Technology Industry Council, a tech trade association. Peters worked on Capitol Hill for Rep. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.) as a legislative assistant.
• Kearsarge Global Advisers, headed by Jim Courtovich, former aide to ex-Sen. Phil Gramm (R-Texas), announced a new joint venture with I.W. Osborne & Co., based in London. The two companies have formed Sphere Consulting, a new communications and government affairs company. The two firms have already been working on projects in Europe, the Middle East and South America.
• Luis Mejia has joined DLA Piper as a partner for the firm’s securities enforcement and litigation practices in its Washington office. He served as chief litigation counsel for the enforcement division at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). At the SEC, Mejia managed a 50-person litigation group in Washington and assisted with the supervision of 75 trial attorneys in the agency’s regional offices. Prior to joining the agency in 1999, he was a partner at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, where he worked as trial counsel.
• Randy S. Segal has joined Hogan & Hartson to work in the firm’s satellite and telecoms practice. Segal most recently worked as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of SkyTerra.
• Andrea Chambers has been hired by Foley & Lardner to work as a partner in the firm’s energy industry team at its Washington office. Before joining the firm, Chambers was a partner at Troutman Sanders.