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ARIZONA LAWYER STILL DOESN’T GET A VOTE An out-of-state lawyer who earlier this year lost a bid in federal court to be allowed to vote in State Bar elections has lost again — this time in state court. James Wagstaffe, who represented the State Bar, said San Francisco Superior Court Judge A. James Robertson II denied a writ of mandate Thursday filed by Louis Hoffman, of Scottsdale, Ariz. The Kerr & Wagstaffe partner said Robertson held there is no fundamental right to vote for the State Bar’s governors and that the Bar statute limiting voters to lawyers with offices in California passes the rational basis test. “They were seeking to have the entire statutory procedure that’s been in place three quarters of a century declared unconstitutional,” Wagstaffe said, “and the judge rejected it outright.” Hoffman, a Harvard Law School graduate who has had a California bar license since 1989, had claimed his inability to vote was essentially taxation without representation. His first suit, filed in Oakland federal court by Boalt Hall School of Law Professor Stephen Barnett, was thrown out in April by U.S. District Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong. Barnett filed again earlier this year in San Francisco Superior Court. The case is Hoffman v. State Bar of California, 02501830. — Mike McKee QUINN EMANUEL GETS DEWEY BALLANTINE DUO Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges has lured Sanford Litvack, a trial lawyer and former vice chairman of Walt Disney Co., from Dewey Ballantine. Litvack, who joins Quinn Emanuel as partner Dec. 23, will be based in the firm’s Los Angeles and New York offices. Litvack has been of counsel at Dewey Ballantine since he left Disney last year. During his 10 years at Disney, Litvack moved from general counsel to vice chairman. Prior to joining Disney, Litvack was a partner at Dewey Ballantine. “I have been very lucky to have had incredible career experiences, both as a lawyer and as a business executive, but what I enjoy most is being in a courtroom,” Litvack said in a statement. “As a result, Quinn Emanuel was the natural choice for my next career move. . . . Unlike most traditional New York firms, where the litigation is simply part of a larger organization, at Quinn Emanuel the sole focus is on business litigation — with a heavy emphasis on trial work.” Dewey Ballantine partner Joanna Swomley is also jumping to Quinn Emanuel’s New York office. A specialist in complex commercial litigation, she has been at Dewey for the past nine years. Based in Los Angeles, the 190-attorney Quinn Emanuel has five offices, including outposts in San Francisco and Redwood Shores. — Brenda Sandburg

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