BCG News - 10/11/05
Morgan Lewis forms a joint venture with TMI Associates
Morgan Lewis has formed a joint venture with TMI Associates, Japan's sixth-largest law firm. The new partnership, Morgan Lewis-TMI, will focus primarily on cross-border corporate transactions in Japan. Lawyers from Morgan Lewis's preexisting Tokyo office will join the new firm. TMI Associates will also continue its joint venture with U.K. firm Simmons & Simmons for work on European and Asian deals. The Legal Intelligencer
Hogan & Hartson opens Venezuelan office
Hogan & Hartson has opened an office in Caracas, Venezuela, its first base in Latin America. The firm hired two partners and two associates from Venezuelan firm Hoet Pelaez Castillo & Duque to staff the new office. Legal Week
Kasowitz Benson establishes intellectual property practice
New York firm Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman is establishing an intellectual property practice with the addition of Salem Katsh, the former head of IP at Shearman & Sterling. Kasowitz Benson, a 150-lawyer firm best known for its litigation and bankruptcy practices, hopes to build its IP practice to 20 lawyers with an emphasis on patent and trademark litigation in about a year. New York Law Journal
Polsinelli Shalton expands D.C. office
Kansas City, MO, firm Polsinelli Shalton Suelthaus has expanded its Washington, DC, office with the addition of government relations subsidiary, Davidson & Company, as well as two attorneys from DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary. William Blakely, formerly of DLA Piper, will serve as managing shareholder of the office. Firm Press Release
Edwards & Angell merges with Palmer & Dodge
New England-based firms Edwards & Angell and Palmer & Dodge are merging on November 1, creating a 520-lawyer firm: Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge. Edwards & Angell has 340 lawyers in nine offices, and Palmer & Dodge has 180 lawyers in Boston. The new firm will be will be led by co-managing partners Terrence Finn of Edwards & Angell and Charles DeWitt of Palmer & Dodge. The Boston Globe
Squire Sanders & Dempsey re-elects Thomas Stanton as chairman
Squire Sanders & Dempsey has re-elected Thomas Stanton to his 15th consecutive one-year term as chairman. Squire Sanders merged with Steel Hector & Davis on September 6. Legal Week
Sources as noted above and from Hildebrandt International.
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