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Goodwin Procter to launch new San Francisco and Los Angeles offices
In a constant effort to be known as a national firm, Boston-based Goodwin Procter has decided to launch offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles this summer. Partners in the firm's New York and Boston offices will be relocating to California, and the firm will also be joined by eight partners from Pillsbury & Cooley. Based on 2004 reports, the firm was ranked No. 67 on the Am Law 100, with a gross revenue of $302.5 million, per-lawyer revenue of $700,000, and profits per partner of $1.16 million. Goodwin's main practice areas are private equity, financial services, products liability, litigation, corporate, and real estate.

BCG News - 05/16/06

Loeb joins JAMS
Michael Loeb, Esq., a veteran labor and employment lawyer, has joined the alternative dispute resolution provider JAMS after more than 30 years in private law firm practice. Previously with Bingham McCutchen, Loeb will now be based in the newly expanded San Francisco Resolution Center. JAMS, The Resolution Experts, is the nation's largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution services.

Akin Gump launches Supreme Court practice
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld seeks to enter the "prestigious practice" group by appointing Thomas Goldstein as a partner in its Washington, DC, office. The 900-lawyer firm expects the move to raise its profile in the increasingly prized Supreme Court practice area. Goldstein has argued 16 cases before the Court through his three-member firm Goldstein & Howe, which includes his wife Amy Howe. At Akin Gump, Goldstein joins a 20-lawyer appellate practice, mainly based in California.

Drinker Biddle adds litigation partner
Drinker Biddle & Reath has announced the appointment of Kenneth A. Murphy as a partner in its Philadelphia office. Previously working with Saul Ewing as a shareholder in the Commercial Litigation practice group and co-chair of the firm's Diversity Committee, Murphy will focus his practice on products liability and mass torts in Drinker's Litigation Department. Drinker Biddle is a national law firm established in 1849 and serves its clients from its Philadelphia; Washington, DC; San Francisco; Los Angeles; New York; Chicago; Florham Park and Princeton, NJ; Berwyn, PA; and Wilmington, DE, offices.

Orrick renews senior-management positions
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has refurbished its senior-management structure in the U.S. and Europe with the addition of new management roles to oversee the firm's international growth. The firm's San Francisco partner Joseph Malkin has been appointed as U.S. managing partner to lead 650 lawyers in eight offices across the U.S. and will play a key role in the global integration among its U.S., Asian, and European offices. The firm also announced the appointment of Peter Bicks as partner-in-charge of its New York office. Orrick has 850 lawyers in 13 practice areas located in 16 offices in seven countries.

McDermott Will & Emery adds three new partners
McDermott Will & Emery has announced the addition of Phyllis Kupferstein, G. Jill Basinger, and Jon Dean as partners in its Los Angeles office. The three lawyers previously worked with Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges' employment practice. Kupferstein was a partner at Quinn Emanuel and served as national director of employment litigation and counseling. Basinger has experience dealing with copyright and trademark infringement, unfair competition, unfair business practices, and fraud. Dean focuses on the areas of complex business litigation, employment litigation, and white-collar criminal defense cases.

Proskauer Rose and Fried Frank reveal strong profits
Proskauer Rose and Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson have announced strong revenue increases for the year 2005. Proskauer posted a 15% increase in fee income, which reached $454 million, while profits per partner rose 7% to $1.22 million. Fried Frank's revenue increased 9% to $390 million, while profits per partner hit a reported $1.24 million, an 8% increase. Over the past year, both firms made several high-profile lateral hires and increased their international presences.

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