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BINGHAM PARTNER HEADS TO MONTEREY Neil Shapiro, a partner at Bingham McCutchen’s San Francisco office, is leaving the firm to join a small, 12-attorney practice in Monterey. A commercial litigator who focuses on media law, Shapiro will move to Monterey’s Kennedy, Archer & Harray next week. The 5-year-old firm handles corporate, real estate and business matters. Shapiro said the move stems from his desire to return to the fundamentals of lawyering, such as working directly with clients, and to free himself of the pressures that come with working at a big, international firm. “I like practicing law; I don’t like administering cases,” said Shapiro. He said the move to Monterey is also ideal in that he won’t have to drive down there anymore to visit his fiancee, as he’s been doing several times a month for the past nine years. So far, said Shapiro, all of his clients have expressed interest in moving with him to Kennedy, Archer & Harray. Shapiro joined San Francisco’s McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen three years ago, before its July 2002 merger with Boston’s Bingham Dana. Prior to that he was at the now-defunct firm of Landels, Ripley & Diamond. — Alexei Oreskovic COURT APPROVES RULE CLARIFYING CONFLICT The California Supreme Court has approved an amendment to the state’s rules of conduct to offer guidance to lawyers trying to determine if they have a conflict of interest in an insurance case, the State Bar has announced. The State Bar proposed the amendment to Rule of Professional Conduct 3-310 in light of the Fresno-based Fifth District Court of Appeal’s 1999 ruling in State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. v. Federal Insurance Co., 72 Cal.App.4th 1422. In that case, the court held that a law firm should be disqualified for bringing an action against an insurance company while simultaneously representing a policyholder of the same company in an unrelated insurance defense case. The amendment, which was approved Jan. 10 and goes into effect March 3, said that notwithstanding the appeal court holding, the conflict rule “is not intended to apply with respect to the relationship between an insurer and a member when, in each matter, the insurer’s interest is only as an indemnity provider and not as a direct party to the action.” A special Joint Task Force of the Judicial Council and the State Bar Board of Governors developed the amendment. — Mike McKee PILLSBURY HIRES NEW MANAGING PARTNER After two years under the direction of real estate partner Glenn Snyder, Pillsbury Winthrop’s San Francisco office has a new managing partner. Andrea Wirum, an attorney in the firm’s insolvency department, has been tapped by Pillsbury Chairwoman Mary Cranston to head up the 186-attorney office. The move marks Wirum’s second stint in the role, having served as San Francisco’s managing partner in 1996 and 1997. She also chaired Pillsbury’s compensation committee between 1998 and 2001. Wirum said she would draw on this experience in managing the San Francisco office. “You develop a broad and deep understanding of who does what where, and that provides assistance in helping to do things like strategic planning,” she said. One of Wirum’s goals is to expand the San Francisco office. Pillsbury has no set terms for the managing partners of its offices. Instead, managing partners are typically shuffled every couple of years. Snyder will stay on the San Francisco office’s management committee, as well as assume the role of “operations managing partner.” Snyder headed the office during a period of change, overseeing the integration of Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro with Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam & Roberts, as well as managing the office through the economic downturn. (Total head count has declined 5 to 10 percent since 2001, said Snyder.) He also orchestrated the San Francisco group’s move from its historic office space on Montgomery Street to the new Fremont Street office. — Alexei Oreskovic

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