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7/26/04

Nixon Peabody adds bicoastal beverage alcohol practice
Nixon Peabody hired attorneys for both its New York and San Francisco offices last week to form a beverage alcohol team, which will help industry clients with issues ranging from land use to product development to labor and employment. Leading the team will be Vincent O'Brien, an attorney formerly of Buchman & O'Brien, who has built a practice of representing alcohol companies throughout his career, which included a lengthy stint as the general counsel of the Seagram Company. Joining O'Brien from his former firm will be Compliance Assistants Luke Williams and Alexandra Lawrence, who will both work in the San Francisco office. Susan Cagann and Matthew Botting will also join the San Francisco office, bringing experience from winemaker Kendall Jackson and the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, respectively. Both will join as partners. Rounding out the team is Wanda Wuest, who will work in the firm's Rochester office and formerly served as head of compliance for Remy Martin Amerique. Firm Press Release, 7/21/04

BCG News - 7/26/04

DLA to open in Cologne
As talks continue between Piper Rudnick and UK-firm DLA, both firms are making news by opening Western European offices. Piper Rudnick opened its first-ever international office in Paris just a few short weeks ago, and now DLA has split with Gorg Rechtsanwalte, its German ally, to open its own Cologne office. Dr. Ulrich Jungst, managing partner of Gorg as well as a recently-anointed partner at DLA, will open the new office and act as the regional managing partner. The office is expected to open in September of this year, at which time Gorg will leave DLA's international network. The Lawyer, 7/21/04

Insurance defense firm acquires six-attorney team
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, an insurance defense firm with approximately 350 attorneys, has acquired a six-attorney team from Obringer DeCandio & Oosting to launch a new Jacksonville office. Having only expanded to Florida in 2000, Marshall Dennehey already boasts three other offices in the state and approximately 30 attorneys. Leading the new office is Obringer DeCandio's former managing partner, Michael Obringer. Three other partners and two associates from the firm will also help to establish the new office. Marshall Dennehey's other Florida offices are located in Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, and Tampa. New York Lawyer, 7/22/04

Fried Frank eyes its next move in Europe
Legal Week reports that Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson may be looking to build on its recent expansion to Frankfurt by setting up another European outpost, this time in Italy. Fried Frank has made building its European practice one of its goals after a proposed merger with UK firm Ashurst fell through and the firm hired Justin Spendlove to build its operations there. Fried Frank currently has two offices in Europe, with the older office in London. Legal Week, 7/22/04

Lewis & Munday hires two former in-house attorneys
Two prominent attorneys, Leroy Richie and Samuel McCargo, have been hired to join the Detroit offices of Lewis & Munday, the firm announced today. Richie, who formerly served as vice president and general counsel of Chrysler Motors Corporation and as general counsel to the United States Golf Association, will join as Of Counsel. McCargo, who will join as partner, has held various positions at The Wellness Plan, including that of associate general counsel. He will focus his practice on litigation, labor and employment, administrative and health care law. Firm Press Release, 7/26/04

MoFo hires partner for growing San Diego office
Another partner from the San Diego office of Gray Cary Ware & Friedenrich has defected to Morrison & Foerster. Last week the firm announced that Scott Stanton will join the firm's corporate practice to work on securities, M&A, and general corporate work. In a press release announcing the hire, the firm's Chair said MoFo has aggressively sought to grow its San Diego practice. One of the larger steps the firm has taken to grow the office occurred in May, when three trial attorneys, also from Gray Cary, were brought on. Firm Press Release, 7/19/04

Baker & McKenzie adds partners on the East Coast
With additions to both the New York and Washington, DC offices, Baker & McKenzie has once again increased its formidable East Coast presence. Roslyn Tom, formerly of Dewey Ballantine, has joined the firm's New York City office in the North American corporate & securities practice group. She specializes in domestic and international securities offerings and will employ her experience in handling transactions involving Asian nations to help the North American region's China practice, as well. In Washington, DC, Mark Menefee will join the firm's global export compliance practice. Hired as Of Counsel, Menefee offers experience as the former director of the Office of Export Enforcement as the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security. Firm Press Releases, 7/19/04, 7/21/04

Orrick expands in New York
Peter Sternberg has joined the New York City office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, adding to the firm's East Coast presence organically. Although the firm was recently unsuccessful in its latest attempt to merge with an East Coast firm when it ran into client conflicts with Swidler Berlin Shereff & Friedman, the firm has consistently been able to build its offices through high-profile lateral partner hires. Sternberg will join Orrick's corporate practice as a partner focusing on international transactions. He comes to the firm from Jones Day . Firm Press Release, 7/20/04

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