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HELLER SHUTS DOWN MARYLAND OUTPOST Less than two years after opening an outpost for biotech startups in Montgomery County, Maryland, Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe is reversing course. The firm will shutter the office at the end of the month and offer its seven attorneys and 10 staff members positions at other offices. The Maryland office was launched in February 2001 in hopes of courting emerging companies in what Heller Ehrman’s Web site labels “one of the life science industry’s ‘hotbeds’ of activity.” But according to firmwide Managing Partner Robert Hubbell, the combination of the Sept. 11 attacks and the economic recession has hampered growth in the region, known as “DNA Alley.” “By and large, the particular niche of the life sciences practices hasn’t developed the way we thought it would,” said Hubbell. Heller Ehrman’s business plan called for the office to have 14 attorneys, twice its current level, by this time. Hubbell said the firm will continue servicing the Maryland clients from its Washington, D.C., office, which is 30 minutes away. Any attorneys or staff who choose not to relocate will receive a severance package, which Hubbell declined to describe. Heller Ehrman is currently in talks with the landlord of the Maryland location to work out the terms of its lease. — Alexei Oreskovic SEGWICK PARTNER MOVES TO ORRICK Kathleen Patterson, a longtime litigator in Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold’s product liability group, has moved to Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. Patterson became a partner in Orrick’s 86-attorney litigation department last month, heading up the San Francisco office’s new complex liability litigation practice. Her practice focuses on defending manufacturers of pharmaceuticals, biologics and medical devices in complex product liability litigation. Patterson made the move along with Kathryn Edwards, now of counsel at Orrick, and a legal assistant. According to Patterson, she continues to work with the clients that she spent most of her time with during her 16 years at Sedgwick. “Our litigation group is fast becoming one of the profession’s leading practices in the representation of high-risk, high-exposure cases,” said Chairman and CEO Ralph Baxter Jr. in a statement. “Kathleen’s track record and reputation make her an invaluable addition to that practice, as well as a harbinger of continued growth for Orrick.” — Alexei Oreskovic

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