BCG News - 9/22/03
CMS Cameron McKenna closes DC office, lawyers head to Bracewell & Patterson
International British law firm CMS Cameron McKenna is close to announcing that it will close its Washington, DC office, which practiced under the name Cameron McKenna LLP. Earlier in the week, there were reports that Cameron McKenna had planned only to cut back the office, leaving a few attorneys in the office to handle work for the existing clientele, but they quickly realized that this was unfeasible. When the decision to reduce the number of attorneys in the office was made last week, six energy attorneys made their way to Bracewell & Patterson. Those that were unaffected by the first cuts have yet to announce their plans. Legal Week 9/19/03
Last partner to join Shaw Pittman through Klein & Martin merger leaves
The merger between Klein & Martin, a Los Angeles firm, and Washington, DC-based Shaw Pittman has ended after a two year partnership. All three partners that joined Shaw Pittman as part of the merger have now left the firm, after an agreement to end the merger was reached in August. The last partner to leave has joined Nossaman Buthner Knox & Elliot, following in the footsteps of two others, one of whom started her own firm with an associate that was also part of the merger. The other departing partner joined the Los Angeles office of Katten Muchin Zavis Rosenman along with three associates. This exodus leaves the Los Angeles office of Shaw Pittman with six attorneys. Los Angeles Daily Journal 9/22/03
Altheimer & Gray's international attorneys find new homes
Altheimer & Gray's dissolution is Salans' gain, as the international firm founded by French and American attorneys will take on five new offices. Salans will gain control of offices in Prague, Bratislava, Istanbul, Bucharest and Shanghai. Also taking on a new Eastern European office will be Chadbourne & Parke, which will set up a presence in Kiev with former Altheimer attorneys. Legal Week 9/18/03
Dykema Gossett establishes a presence in Southern California
Dykema Gossett, a large Detroit firm, has opened up a new office in the Los Angeles suburb of Pasadena thanks to the closing of another Detroit firm, Feeney Kellett Wienner & Bush. The office will initially house four attorneys and join the firm's litigation practice. Dykema also gained eight additional attorneys following Feeney Kellett's dissolution, including two of the name partners, all of which will work out of the firm's five Michigan offices. Los Angeles Daily Journal 9/22/03
Lathams attorney joins Linklaters ' efforts to grow in New York
When Magic Circle firm Linklaters could not find a New York firm to merge with, they decided to grow their New York presence a different way. Following the hiring of four attorneys from Shearman & Sterling's and the subsequent formation of a New York litigation practice a few months ago, Linklaters has announced the hiring of a partner from Latham & Watkins and the opening of an insolvency practice that will help to further establish their presence in America's financial center. Legal Week 9/22/03
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