BCG News - 1/26/04
Piper Rudnick Adds Nine Real Estate Attorneys in New York
Nine attorneys from the New York office of Swidler Berlin Shereff Friedman have left their previous firm for the New York office of Piper Rudnick. All of the newly acquired attorneys will work in the real estate practice, including Martin Polevoy, a prominent figure in New York real estate law circles, who will head the office's real estate group. The move more than doubles the size of Piper Rudnick's New York real estate practice and brings five new partners to the firm, along with several national clients. The firm's hires increase the size of the New York office to 132 attorneys, up from 106 at the beginning of 2003. Firm Press Release, 1/20/04
Skadden hires away West Coast head of Howrey Simon Arnold & White
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom made a significant addition to its West Coast practice last week with the announcement that Thomas Nolan, former head of Howrey Simon Arnold & White's West Coast practice will be joining its Los Angeled office. In his new position, Nolan will serve as the co-head of the Skadden's West Coast litigation practice group. Skadden has reportedly been looking for an attorney like Nolan to increase its presence on the West Coast (without having to resort to a merger) for the last ten years. Legal Week, 1/22/04
Gray Cary acquires white collar criminal defense boutique in DC
Nancy Luque, a highly esteemed white collar criminal defense attorney in Washington, DC, will be joining Gray Cary Ware & Friedenreich as a partner following that firm's acquisition of her boutique white collar criminal defense firm, Luque Sheinbach LLP. Also making the move will be Donna M. Sheinbach, a former name partner at her old firm, who will serve as Special Counsel at Gray Cary. The new hires enhance an already-thriving white collar criminal defense practice and provide a nice complement to Gray Cary's broad regulatory practice in DC. Firm Press Release, 1/26/04
White & Case bolsters its German practice with three new hires
White & Case has hired three attorneys away from Clifford Chance . Legal Week, 1/22/04
Coudert Brothers Reconsiders Partnership Structure
Coudert Brothers' current three-tiered system for partnership compensation is being revised to keep up with their competition, according to Legal Week. The new system will likely abandon the firm's second tier status of partners, called contract partners, in favor of a more conventional track. The contract partner tier currently falls in between salaried and equity partners and exists as a way for the firm to evaluate the attorney before granting him or her the coveted equity status. Usually, a partner will remain a contract partner for a year before reaching the equity partnership, but it could last longer, and only two or three years of contract partnership guarantee the same treatment as equity partners. A decision to make the change will likely be made next month. Legal Week, 1/22/04
Arent Fox adds three attorneys in DC
Arent Fox Kintner Plotkin & Kahn strengthened its DC office with the recent lateral hiring of three attorneys, including two partners. The new partner hires are Erik Cherdak, who will join Arent Fox from Steptoe & Johnson as an intellectual property partner concentrating in the fields of acquisition of rights, licensing, and litigation of patent rights, and Joseph Rieser, Jr, a tax partner coming from Reed Smith who focuses on matters relating to federal and state income tax. Julie Tierney joins Arent Fox's food and drug practice as an associate from Buc & Beardsley. New York Lawyer, 1/23/04
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