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PETER KEANE WON’T RUN FOR S.F. MAYOR After a second flirtation with elected office, Golden Gate University School of Law Dean Peter Keane decided Monday he doesn’t want to run for mayor after all. Keane said the deciding factor then, as now, is his wife, Nancy, who doesn’t fancy being San Francisco’s first lady. “I’m not going to do it,” said Keane. “I can’t get my wife to go along. She’s just not comfortable with the idea.” Keane had been approached by San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Quentin Kopp on the right and San Francisco Supervisor Matt Gonzalez on the left to run for mayor. But when crunch time came, he didn’t want “to get thrown into the cesspool of San Francisco politics,” he said. Two years ago, Keane floated trial balloons on a possible candidacy for city attorney. After much soul-searching then, he opted to remain a dean. Keane declined to say whom he would support in the mayoral race, but mentioned City Treasurer Susan Leal as an attractive candidate. Keane also faulted front-running candidate Supervisor Gavin Newsom for starting “a demagogic debate” aimed at “beating up on the homeless people.” Newsom was a prime sponsor of a proposition that changed the city’s welfare grants by limiting cash payments, but providing food and shelter. Keane said during his exploratory campaign he met with community leaders who asked how he would discuss the homeless issue. “I said I wouldn’t talk about it as a candidate,” he said, because he wouldn’t want to be elected “on the backs of the homeless.” Keane plans to step down this year as law school dean, but will continue to teach. He is also working on two novels. — Dennis J. Opatrny FIVE NEW PARTNERS FOR HANSON, BRIDGETT Hanson, Bridgett, Marcus, Vlahos & Rudy has promoted five attorneys to partner, increasing its partnership ranks by 10 percent. The new partner class is the largest in at least five years; the firm elevated three attorneys to partner last year. All five of this year’s new partners work in Hanson, Bridgett’s San Francisco office. While the firm has outposts in Marin and Sacramento, about 100 of its 115 attorneys are in San Francisco. Each of the new partners comes from a different route, said Managing Partner Andrew Giacomini. “We had people come all the way through our summer program and make partner; we had lateral people; and we had a person who left and then came back.” Michael McNaughton came to Hanson, Bridgett as a summer associate and has practiced in the firm’s litigation department since graduating from Boalt Hall School of Law in 1993. He focuses on probate litigation, complex antitrust litigation and real estate litigation. Garner Weng, a 1977 Boalt Hall graduate who started at Hanson, Bridgett as a summer associate, handles both transactions and disputes relating to technology and intellectual property. Myron Moye, an employment and labor law attorney, earned his J.D. from UCLA School of Law in 1984. He specializes in both litigation and counseling. Moye left Hanson, Bridgett in 1996 for Landels Ripley & Diamond and returned in 1999. Michele Trausch, a 1977 Golden Gate University School of Law graduate, joined Hanson, Bridgett as senior counsel two years ago. A commercial litigator, her practice focuses on professional liability and real estate litigation. Robert Blum, a Boalt Hall graduate, has specialized in tax and employee benefits matters for 25 years. He was involved in the Congressional Legislation Counsel that wrote the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act. — Alexei Oreskovic HELLER EHRMAN ADDS SILICON VALLEY PARTNER Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe has bolstered its life sciences patent practice with the addition of partner Ginger Dreger, the former head of the biotechnology group in Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear’s San Francisco office. Dreger began working in Heller’s Silicon Valley office Thursday. Her practice focuses on domestic and international patent issues for biotech and pharmaceutical companies. Her addition brings the attorney count in Heller’s national patent and trademarks practice group to 64. “I feel more comfortable in a larger law firm where you can work together on multiple disciplines within the law,” said Dreger. “Very often I have had clients asking me whether we can help them with incorporating or corporate law matters.” Originally from Hungary, Dreger, who holds an M.S. in chemistry, began her career as a research scientist. In 1990 she joined the in-house legal department of South San Francisco’s Genentech Inc., where she was involved in securing patent protection for some of the company’s main drug products. She also served as chief patent counsel at Sunnyvale-based biotech company Scios Inc. — Alexei Oreskovic

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