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Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Skallawwag: like Teen Beat for lawyers!

We're not officially back from vacation yet, but is it wrong for us to admit that we have developed a huge crush on ex-Jones Day partner and present FTC Chair Deborah Majoras?





It is, isn't it? Pretend you didn't see this post.

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As '05 Dawns, Companies Grab Antitrust Edge
The Deal
As seen at Law.com

Monday, December 20, 2004

Stupid day jobs

Unfortunately, we've actually been busy at work and haven't had a chance to update the site for awhile. Suffice to say, you haven't missed ALL that much; just an odd Clifford Chance story here and there. Anyway, we're going to be taking the next couple of weeks off to celebrate Christmas and New Year's. It actually only takes us two seperate days to celebrate these two holidays, but it also takes us a couple of weeks to recover. See you next year!

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Clifford Chance Settles Brobeck Collapse Claims
by Brenda Sandburg
The Recorder
as seen at Law.com

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

The call of the wild

W. David Osborne used to be a counsel at San Diego, CA's Moose Restaurant Group, owner of Moose McGillycuddy's, which features beautiful people serving beautiful food. Osborne fit in, of course, because he's a beautiful person serving up beautiful legal advice. But you can only take so much neon and props nailed to the walls for so long, so he's signed on to e a labort and employment partner for Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton.

By the way, wouldn't it be awesome if the firm's name partners were Cybill Sheppard, Chris Mullin, Andy Richter and Lionel Hampton?

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Movers
by George Szamuely
National Law Journal

P.S. We realize Cybill Shepherd doesn't spell her name that way...

Metge in Mintz Levin

Bruce Metge is back at Mintz Levin, apparently worn out from all the counseling Digex Inc. needed.

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Movers
by George Szamuely
National Law Journal

Traurig fishing for Hudson

You gotta love these guys who just come in and take over a place. Larry Hudson isn't just a new Greenberg Traurig partner. He's also the new head of the firm's government affairs group.

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Movers
by George Szamuely
National Law Journal

Mr. Roberts goes to Washington

Venable. Venable. Venable has added Michael G. Roberts to its D.C. office. At one point in his career, he worked as Crowley Maritime's corporate counsel, where he offered legal opinions on plundering insurance.

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Movers
by George Szamuely
National Law Journal

MoFo's Temple: Sam Jackson's house of worship?

The title is a very vague reference to Pulp Fiction. You can ignore it and just move on to the news that Jeffrey J. Temple has left White & Case for the green, green grass of Morrison & Foerster's real estate practice.

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Movers
by George Szamuely
National Law Journal

Good to the last drop

Robin J.H. Maxwell has left Davis Polk & Wardwell's financial institutions team to join the Goodwin Procter financial services teams. Semantics, really.

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Movers
by George Szamuely
National Law Journal

You Say, "I Caught You Because I Want You and One Day I'll Let You Go"

First Zell, now Gray: Gray Davis, deposed California governor, has landed at Loeb & Loeb, presumably because his acting career didn't take off. He'll bring his brand of drab energy to the firm's LA office.

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Movers
by George Szamuely
National Law Journal

Monday, December 13, 2004

Lazarski part Mayer Brown pour Salans

After spending 30 years at CC, Henry Lazarski left for Mayer Brown. Now, just over a year later, he's bailing out of the firm's Paris office to join Salans. It's that way sometimes: you spend years somewhere, then when you finally get out, you need to keep going and going, to newer, more different places.

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Salans in Paris property raid on Mayer Brown
by Antony Collins
Legal Week

Friday, December 10, 2004

Press comments

We get mentioned places. Here's the list (because we're nothing if not self-absorbed... that's how law librarians are):

Put Brobeck on eBay

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali rejected Clifford Chance's offer to settle claims by ex-Brobeck partners against the Magic Circle firm. Instead, the judge set up an auction on December 17 that will set the price of the Brobeck estate, for either settlement or further legal action. The KM Group will be one of the bidders, in the hopes that they can buy the rights to sue CC over breaking up Brobeck by pilfering the Tower Snow group. The other known bidder is CC, of course, who really would rather settle at this point.

Of course, anyone could theoretically participate in the auction, so if you're interested in buying a claim against CC, here's your chance. It'll cost you, though: right now there are $250m in claims against the ethereal Brobeck.

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Clifford Chance Offer Scuttled in Brobeck Bankruptcy
by Brenda Sandburg and Jeff Chorney
The Recorder
as seen in Law.com

Thursday, December 09, 2004

Halpern flip-flops

We at Skallawwag love it when district attorneys whose career it is to procescute white collar crime join law firms to defend white collar crime. For example, Jonathan Halpern is the ex-head of the major crimes unit of the Southern District of New York, in which he handled complex white-collar criminal prosecutions. He has joined Winston & Strawn to practice white-collar criminal defense.

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Firm Hires Top Federal Prosecutor
by Anthony Lin
New York Law Journal
as seen in New York Lawyer

McKenna goes to Zell

McKenna Long & Aldridge is not an AmLaw 100 firm, but nevertheless, we'll report that they've hired ex-senator Zell Miller to work in its government affairs group. Miller plans to make it his manic obsession to advise the firm's clients.

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Controversial U.S. Senator Will Join Firm
by Meredith Hobbs
The Daily Report
as seen in New York Lawyer

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Lardner gets Bedell, hi-ho the derry-o

Former Gardner Carton & Douglas securities lit chair Stephen Bedell has joined Foley & Lardner's securities lit group, as part of his plan to only work for securities lit teams at firms with the letters "a-r-d-n-e-r" in their names.

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Movers
by George Szamuely
National Law Journal

Lee achin' to leave Akin

Kirkpatrick & Lockhart has picked up James K. Lee from Akin Gump. The partner will be working in the business lit group.

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Movers
by George Szamuely
National Law Journal

Hall Boggs down in Qatar

Leigh J. Hall, late of the Law Offices of Gebran Majdalany and later of Pillsbury Winthrop, has become a partner in Patton Boggs' Doha, Qatar office. He will no doubt be advising regional governments and businesses in international trade matters and whatnot, because that's what Patton Boggs does in Qatar.

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Movers
by George Szamuely
National Law Journal

Rossell Proffitts from move

Marc M. Rossell is leaving Shearman & Sterling to become a partner at Thacher Proffit & Wood, which sounds like a place that builds medieval housing. Or maybe that's just us.

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Movers
by George Szamuely
National Law Journal

I am not a Citigroup counsel!

Dianna M. Nixon has left Citigroup's corporate legal department to become an of counsel in Gibson Dunn's N.Y. real estate group.

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Movers
by George Szamuely
National Law Journal

Baker & Hostetler cooks up new attorneys

Eight lawyers have jumped ship from Akerman Senterfitt to Baker & Hostetler. The associates are Lillian Chaves Moon, Marilyn G. Morgan, Rexford H. Stephens, James W. Seegers, and Tracey L. Ellerson. The partners are Patrick M. Muldowney, Joyce Ackerbaum Cox, and Kevin W. Shaughnessy. All this maneuvering occurred in Orlando, FL, so the odds are when Shaughnessy et al were asked where they were going after their transition was complete, they didn't say, "We're going to Disney World!"

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Movers
by George Szamuely
National Law Journal

Sound of the Big Babou

Skadded has added Laurent Cohen-Tanugi to its Parisian M&A team. The ex-Cleary Gottlieb partner comes to Skadden from Sanofi-Synthelabo, a jauntily-named pharma company.

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Movers
by George Szamuely
National Law Journal

Hingham up at Mintz

John R. Hingham has gone ecto-house from Partners HealthCare to become a partner in Mintz Levin's health care group. Healthy, weathly (presumably), and wise (you gotta figure)!

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Movers
by George Szamuely
National Law Journal

Testa Hurwitz hurting

Bingham McCutchen has scooped up three of the 10 partners who are bailing out of Boston's Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault. So far this past year, Testa has lost one quarter of its partnership. One quarter! Hey, maybe they could merge with CC?

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Ten More Partners Jump Ship at Shrinking Firm
New York Lawyer

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Breadth and circuseth

Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark R. Winston is heading to Baker & McKenzie to work on white-collar criminal defense, internal corporate investigations, and not-so-simple civil litigation. While New York lit head Grant Hanessian doesn't say that Winston adds depth to Baker, he does say his previous work "will further the breadth" of the firm's litigation group.

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Former Assistant United States Attorney Joins Baker & McKenzie LLP in New York
Baker pr

Auf Gehts Bayern!

Skadden has partners Walter Henle and Bernd Mayer and of counsel Lutz Zimmer to start up a Munich office. Meanwhile, partners Matthias Jaletzke and Peter Veranneman have joined the Frankfurt office. All five attorneys are from Baker & McKenzie. Wir entschuldigen uns wenn wir "Auf Gehts Bayern!" falsch buchstabiert. Wir sprechen nicht Deutsches.

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Skadden Establishes Munich Office and Adds Four Partners in Germany
Skadden pr

Monday, December 06, 2004

Hot Topics

We've added a new section to our right hand sidebar: Hot Topics. These are stories that Skallawwag frequently covers. So far, we've got sections for CC stories and for the DLA Piper Rudnick merger.

The Wayte is over at Dewey

Alan Wayte has decided he wants to work for a behemoth, so he's packing up the real estate books in his Dewey Ballentine office and heading to Freidenrich... er, DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary.

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Partners Switching Firms
New York Lawyer

The Skadden you smoke, the Drinker you get

Scott Joachim has skadaddled from Skadden to ply his M&A trade with Drinker Biddle & Reath, which sounds like highlights from Fezziwig's holiday party.

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Partners Switching Firms
New York Lawyer

Dewey or don't we?

Oh, we do. At least David Perlman does. He's leaving FERC's general counsel office to do energy work at Dewey Ballantine.

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On the move
by Bethany Broida
Legal Times

Schmidt found KPMG too taxing

Paul Schmidt has gone ecto-house at KPMG, heading to Baker & Hostetler to head the firm's international tax team.

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On the move
by Bethany Broida
Legal Times

Guess who's back? McCarty's back!

Philip McCarty has returned to McDermott Will & Emery after doing taxes at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He's got an LL.M., which is the degree LL Cool J wanted before he took up rapping.

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On the move
by Bethany Broida
Legal Times

McGuireWoods lands two labor attorneys

McGuireWoods has hired two labor and employment associates: Cathryn Ann Le, ex-Troutman Sanders, and Jesse Rudy, ex-Wiley Rein & Fielding.

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On the move
by Bethany Broida
Legal Times

Paul's gotta brand new chair

Christopher Dugan is the new chair of Paul, Hastings' litigation department. He'll be played by Jason Robards. (Too obtuse? Fair enough.)

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On the move
by Bethany Broida
Legal Times

Don't care about anyone but Arnold & Porter

Dara Corrigan has left her post as acting inspector general for the Department of Health & Human services to head up the pharma & medical device team at Arnold & Porter. Incidentally, she wasn't the one in charge of inspecting the British factory that the US gets its flu shots from.

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On the move
by Bethany Broida
Legal Times

Wilmer gets out the vote

If the Legal Week Awards are the Oscars of the legal world, then the Leading Lawyer Awards are like a regional Emmys. The Legal Times' first ever best attorney award ceremony was held December 1, and the list of honorees read like the Lawyers section of the Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale AND Dorr website. That's because four of the award-winning attorneys came from that particular firm: Thomas Olsen (IP), William NcLucas (Securities), Howard Shapiro (Litigation), and Seth Waxman (Appellate Litigation).

Other top lawyers included the Arent Foxy David Osnos (Real Estate), Holland & Knight's Alban Salaman (Trusts & Estates), and for Labor and Employment, Connie Bertram of Venable. Venable. Venable.

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Inadmissible: and the winner is...
by Eva Rodriguez
Legal Times

Bannister slides down to Gibson Dunn

Another week, another CC departure. Alan Bannister has left the Magic Circle firm to join a Gibson Dunn London office that can be best described as "burgeoning." Bannister, incidently, will provide Gibson Dunn with "additional depth," according to a corporate partner. This means CC is getting narrower by the minute!

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Gibson Dunn hires CC securities partner
by Tim Newbold
Legal Week

Yet more on D'Piper G

You know, now that we've typed in "D'Piper G" in every post we've made about the DLA/Piper Rudnick Gray Cary merger, we can't help but notice that the name is very similar to Ali G. So from now on, we're just going to call the new firm "Freidenrich."

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Piper Rudnick to Merge With Big British Firm
by Neil Irwin
Washington Post

Hot Topics: Clifford Chance

Hot Topics: DLA Piper Rudnick merger

Sunday, December 05, 2004

More on D'Piper G

The Baltimore Sun has a detailed article about the DLA/Piper Rudnick merger (stat check: 2,462 attorneys, $1.5b in turnover). In it, they reveal that former U.S. senator and D.C.-based partner George Mitchell will be the firm's chair, while Baltimore's Francis B. Burch Jr., Chicago's Lee I. Miller, and London's Nigel Knowles will all be co-chief executives.

The article also details some of the troubles other firms have had with merging and expanding overseas. CC could've told you that.

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Piper Rudnick to merge with British law firm
by Bill Atkinson
Baltimore Sun

Saturday, December 04, 2004

DLA and Piper vote to merge

See how dedicated we are to you? We could be out drinking heavily right now, but instead we're drinking heavily here at home and patiently waiting to confirm that DLA and Piper Rudnick have voted to merge, which they have. And they're really going with the name DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary. Man, Freidenrich got the raw end of this deal.

In contrast to yesterday's post, the New York Times says that D'Piper G will have 2700 attorneys... there are just too many to count! They're also saying that the firm's turnover is over $1.2b, which we'd say is close to the $1.165b we were saying yesterday, except that it's still a difference of roughly $35m, which isn't exactly chump change. But hey, math is hard!

The firm will have no HQ, and will use a "complex profit-sharing arrangement that accounts for things like local living costs and hours of work" to pay the attorneys at its 49 different offices worldwide. In other words, the Chinese attorneys will get paid less... which would mean they could snag Wal-Mart as a client!

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2 Big Law Firms to Merge
New York Times

Friday, December 03, 2004

DLA merger vote upcoming

Hey kids, tomorrow's the big day! No, not St. Nicholas Eve: the DLA/Piper Rudnick merger vote! Of course, the vote's shaping up to be a mere formality, which means that DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary will come into existence as the new year dawns. DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary... what are the odds that those last three names are going to get hacked off eventually? They should have gone with our suggestion: D'Piper G.

Anyway, if the vote goes through... and we can't stress enough that it's going to go through... D'Piper G would be 3100-attorney strong, and with £600,000,000 in turnover. (In American dollars, that's $1,165,323,761, which is a more impressive-looking number. In Canadian, it's $1,392,980,253, which is even more impressive-looking. In euros, it's only €867,119,843, but if the Italian lira still existed, it would be ₤2,523,069,930,341.)

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DLA set for transatlantic merger
by Ben Mitchell
Legal Week

Legal Week Awards wrap-up

You can take the Oscars and the Emmys and the Tonys (the Tonys?) and wrap 'em all up into one convenient awards show package, and you're still not going to match the glamour of the Legal Week Awards. First of all, the Legal Week Awards ceremony doesn't last four hours. Secondly, it doesn't have Hugh Jackman singing. And lastly, it tends not to reward the same tired shows and performers year after year. (Seriously, how many bloody awards does David Hyde Pierce really need?)

Anyway, Addleshaws won the UK Firm of the Year Award, while Milbank Tweed snagged the International Firm of the Year (as well as the snazzy dressers award, given by Joan Rivers outside the Old Billingsgate Market after the ceremony).

The in-house legal team at Marks & Spencer landed the UK Legal Department of the Year, the prize for which ironically was the department store's Festive Cheer Christmas snack package, complete with shortcake biccies and stupid, bloody, gross Christmas pudding. (Which, during the afterparty, was lobbed at Joan Rivers.)

Other winners included Linklaters (Finance Team), Freshfields (Litigation Team), Lovells (Property Team), Slaughter & May (M&A Team), and Neville Eisenberg of Berwin (BER-win?) Leighton Paisner snatching the Partner of the Year honors. You can click on the rest of the winners here.

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Addleshaws comes out on top at Legal Week Awards
by Charlie Wright
Legal Week

Freshfields integration committee stale

Freshfields is preparing to disband its European integration committee. The committee was created in 2000, when the Magic Circle firm merged with Germany's Bruckhaus Westrick Heller Loeber. Since you figure if they haven't integrated the two European firms at this point, they're never going to.

It's time to insert the obligatory reference to Germany's struggling economy, which may cause the firm to downsize its German practice. The firm denies this, of course.

The dissolution of the integration committee came up during a review of the firm's operations, which will eventually culminate in present COO Kirk Stephenson assuming the new position of managing director. He is expected to share power with Chief executive Hugh Crisp.

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Freshfields governance review to axe Euro integration group
by Paul Hodkinson
Legal Week

Thursday, December 02, 2004

Linklaters: German for Clifford Chance?

Man, is Linklaters' German practice ever suffering. Four attorneys have announced their departure from the firm's Frankfurt office: Peter Gamon, Monika Wenz, Herman Eber-Huber, and Christopher Arend.

This comes not long after DLA announced it had snagged three partners and a managing associate from Linklaters' Cologne office. Linklaters was quick to point out that the "partners" were actually junior partners, which apparently is German for senior associates. However, a managing associate is a managing associate in any language.

On top of all this, Rupert Weber, the London-based attorney who lead the creation of Linklaters' German arm, as well as its merger with Oppenhoff & Radler, announced in early November he was heading to Maitland & Co.

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Departures continue as German trio quit Linklaters
by Sarah Gill
Legal Week

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DLA recruits four senior associates from Linklaters Cologne
by Gemma Westacott
The Lawyer

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Weber adds name to list of Linklaters corporate departures
by Husnara Begum
The Lawyer

Does a Knight tilt windmills in Holland?

Holland & Knight has added two new attorneys to its offices. Well, actually, Robert S. Highsmith Jr. isn't new to H&K, but the former deputy executive counsel (... deputy executive?) to Georgia's Guv Sonny Perdue rejoins the firm and finally makes partner! He'll be working in Atlanta's government practice.

Vernon S. Lynch III is leaving his position as special real estate counsel to Maryland's Attorney General to become a partner in H&K's D.C. office. As you might surmise, if you were easily surmised, he will be working in the real estate group.

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Movers
by George Szamuely
National Law Journal

Nuts to Nutter

Richard Goldman and Steven Giordano shall rule Bingham McCutchen's investment management group as partner and of counsel. They come to the firm's Boston office from Nutter, McClennen & Fish.

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Movers
by George Szamuely
National Law Journal

Murchison, Cannaday, Averill leaving Jenkens

Baker & McKenzie has picked up three attorneys from Jenkens & Gilchrist: partners Vince Murchison and Barry F. Cannaday, and associate Martin P. Averill. Call them the Information Society because they're all pure global energy practitioners! (Wow, that was spectacularly awful, wasn't it?)

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Movers
by George Szamuely
National Law Journal

Mother, tell your lawyers not to come my way...

Drawn by the allure of Morristown, N.J., Charles S. Detrizio has left King & Spalding for Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti. He'll be doing the corporate law thang not far from Fort Nonsense National Park.

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Movers
by George Szamuely
National Law Journal

Kaiser rolls away from Weil

Weil, Gotshal & Manges associate Adam J. Kaiser has gone in-house as a general counsel at Solow Realty & Development. We'd say more, but we've already spent our pun capital with the headline.

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NY Lawyers On the Move
New York Lawyer

Bateman Holland & Knighted

Maureen Bateman has left her senior special counsel position at Bank of America to go out-house... wait, that doesn't sound right... extra-house? Ecto-house? Ecto-house... as a partner at Holland & Knight. She'll be a part of the fancy shmancy sounding private wealth services dispute resolution team.

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NY Lawyers On the Move
New York Lawyer

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

DLA soon to have 10,000 lawyers

DLA has taken some time out of its busy schedule (pronounced sheh-djool) merging with as many firms as humanly possible to snatch 41 attorneys from Denton Wilde Sapte's technology, media and telecommunications practice. This leaves Dentons with only two London-based IP partners, although one of them is probably leaving soon too.

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Denton loses IP practice to DLA
by Stéphanie Bodoni
Managing Intellectual Property

Who doesn't love dogs playing poker?

Venable. Venable. Venable has lost three IP attorneys to Bingham McCutchen. Those making the short (but tedious, due to roadwork and Metro delays) trip across Washington, D.C. are partners Gary Hnath and Fei-Fei Chao and patent agent Yu-Ing Huang.

By the way, if you've never been to Bingham's site, you just gotta. Especially if you like William Wegman's body of work.

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In brief: moves
Managing Intellectual Property

Kumamoto goes Fishing

Don Kumamoto has left his position as VP of IP at Applied Material to become an of counsel in Fish & Richardson's Silicon Valley office. We swear we will only make fun of Fish & Richardson's name this one time.

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In brief: moves
Managing Intellectual Property

Ugrymov присоединять Baker

Vladislav Ugryumov joins Baker & McKenzie as head of its Moscow patent group. We're just thrilled that Blogger can publish in the cyrillic alphabet. Hopefully, we spelled the Russian word for 'joins' right. We'd hate to think of what else that headline could mean.

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In brief: moves
Managing Intellectual Property

Commerce Bancorp chair a Lex fan

The man they call Lex (seriously, they do) has left Blank Rome to go in-house at Commerce Bancorp. Alexander Bono will become the first general counsel in the Penn.-based bank's history. He's the second Blank Roman to leave the firm for Commerce this year: Michael D. Shepard became the Bank Secrecy Act senior VP in September.

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Bank Hires Partner as First GC
by Jeff Blumenthal
Legal Intelligencer
as seen in New York Lawyer

Who wants a Snow job?

A group of plaintiff lawyers, led by Kazan, McClain, Abrams, Fernandez, Lyons & Farrise and called the KM Group, are trying to buy the rights to a lawsuit against CC by the former attorneys at late, great Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison. The suit accuses the Magic Circle firm of killing off Brobeck by hiring a 16-partner group led by Tower Snow Jr. to start CC's late, far-from-even-remotely-good California practice.

We had no idea you could buy the rights to a lawsuit. Can you also trade them? Like, we'll offer you a class action against McDonald's for two employment discrimination suits against Wal-Mart and a suit to be named later? That'd be brilliant...

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Bid Raised for Rights to Brobeck Litigation
by Brenda Sandburg
The Recorder
As seen at Law.com

Are you up for the downstroke, CC?

The December issue of American Lawyer (which should be arriving any... minute... now...) details the problems CC has faced since its merger with Rogers & Wells. Guess what: a lot of it has to be money! Specifically: Americans who want more money! (Maybe that's uncharitable, but as is often the case when we are being uncharitable, we don't care.)

According to the understated managing partner Peter Cornell, "It's been a bit more turbulent than I'd like..."

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Still the Biggest, but Still Bailing
by Susan Beck
American Lawyer

Starling starting at McGuireWoods

Jeffrey F. Starling, former judicial clerk and legislative correspondent, is now a McGuireWoods associate. He's going to be doing products liability and litigation management work, often at the same time!

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Lawyers in the News
Virgina Lawyers Weekly