Jason Lee DeFrancesco joins the firm as a partner.

Hill Wallack LLP Attorneys at Law, 21 Roszel Road, Box 5226, Princeton 08543. 609-924-0808. Michael Kahme, managing partner. www.hillwallack.com.

Hill Wallack has hired Jason Lee DeFrancesco as a partner in the firm’s intellectual property and corporate departments and made two other management moves. DeFrancesco, who headed the patent counsel practice at his previous firm, Baker and Rannells, in Pennsylvania, and formerly served as a general counsel for an international welding company, will focus on food, alcohol, medical, retail fashion, chemicals, and engineering.

DeFrancesco was general counsel at American Torch Tip Co. from 2010 to 2012.

Nicole Perdoni-Byrne

“Hill Wallack has presented me with a compelling opportunity to join its multi-faceted intellectual property practice,” DeFrancesco said. “The range of industries and types of IP law my new colleagues practice are challenging and exciting; I look forward to materially contributing to the team.”

“We’re thrilled to have Jason join our growing practice,” said Michael Kahme, Hill Wallack managing partner. “His background both in law firms and in-house at corporations will be a great asset to the IP group and to the firm.”

DeFrancesco earned his law degree at Albany Law School in 2003. He also has a master’s in physical chemistry from Georgia Tech and a bachelor’s in chemistry from Florida State.

Michael P. Morrow

Hill Wallack has also promoted two of its attorneys. Nicole Perdoni-Byrne has been named a partner of the firm in its real estate, banking & financial services, and public finance practice groups. Michael P. Morrow has been named counsel in the firm’s real estate, creditors’ rights/bankruptcy, and corporate law practice groups. Both Perdoni-Byrne and Morrow are based in the firm’s Princeton office.

Nicole Perdoni-Byrne concentrates her practice in financial institutions. She earned her law degree at Seton Hall and is a Rutgers graduate.

Michael P. Morrow concentrates his practice in matters of real estate lw, creditors’ rights/bankruptcy, and corporate law. He earned a law degree at New York Law School and a bachelor’s at Dickinson College.

Trenton Circus Squad, 675 South Clinton Avenue, Trenton 08611. 609-433-9725. Tom von Oehsen, trentoncircussquad.org.

Juggling New Jobs: Zoe Brookes is passing the baton at the Trenton Circus Squad to Tom von Oehson, who will be the new executive director.

The Trenton Circus Squad, a nonprofit group that teaches circus skills to children, has a new executive director and a new director of operations. Squad co-founder Zoe Brookes is stepping down as executive director in March, and co-founder Tom von Oehsen, formerly the program director, is taking her place. Bradd Marquis Jackson is the new program director.

Jackson is a Trenton native who formerly worked for Millhill Child and Family Development, the Trenton Area Stakeholders, and Campfire New Jersey.

Brookes will resume her consulting practice and plans to volunteer on governing committees for the group.

“Please join us in thanking Zoe for her creativity, wisdom, determination and joyful spirit in leading our organization over the last four years, and in wishing Zoe well for the future,” said Trenton Circus Squad board chair Amy J. Mayer.

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