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NEW FIRMS FOR OLD BROBECK PARTNERS Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison’s commerce & finance partners continued to land at new firms this week. F. Daniel Leventhal joined Morrison & Foerster while William Harvey, David Dedyo, Douglas Young and Kevin Fisher jumped to the San Francisco office of White & Case. “The partners in the commerce and finance group had a number of options,” Leventhal said. “I ultimately decided on Morrison because of its high quality banking and corporate practice, which had the most synergies with my practice.” Meanwhile, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker is set to bring on 10 partners, including four members of Brobeck’s San Diego intellectual property group and three securities litigators. The Paul, Hastings partnership was voting Wednesday on adding the Brobeck partners. Greg Nitzkowski, firmwide managing partner, said the firm would also be making offers to associates and staff. The IP partners include Douglas Olson, John Benassi, Stephen Korniczky and Jessica Wolff. The securities litigation group includes San Diego partners William Sullivan and Christopher McGrath and Los Angeles partner Howard Privette. Others set to join Paul, Hastings include commerce and finance partner John Hilson and corporate lawyer Kenneth Bender, from Brobeck’s San Diego office, and litigator Mark McKeen, from the San Francisco office. Reed Smith Crosby Heafey also added Donald Bouey, a partner in Brobeck’s San Francisco business & technology group, as of counsel. – Brenda Sandburg BAKER & MCKENZIE OPENS IN SHANGHAI Baker & McKenzie has added another location to the firm’s extensive list of worldwide outposts. The Shanghai, China, office, which officially opened its doors on Feb. 13, brings Baker & McKenzie’s total office count to 65, and deepens the firm’s presence in China. The firm has operated a Hong Kong office since 1974, and launched a Beijing office in 1993. “As one of the first firms to work with the Chinese government, Baker & McKenzie hopes to continue to play an instrumental role in the development of Chinese law and the legal environment,” said Baker & McKenzie’s executive committee chairwoman, Christine Lagarde, in a statement. Since joining the World Trade Organization in 2001, China has loosened a number of its regulations, including permitting foreign law firms to maintain offices in more than a single mainland city. In December, O’Melveny & Myers opened its second mainland China office in Beijing. Baker & McKenzie’s Shanghai office currently consists of seven attorneys and will focus on practices including corporate and securities, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property and banking and finance. — Alexei Oreskovic N.Y.’S KELLEY DRYE CLOSING L.A. OFFICE Kelley Drye & Warren is closing its Los Angeles office, according to attorneys inside the firm. The 25-attorney outpost of the New York firm will shut its doors on March 31. The news was announced to the Los Angeles staff and attorneys by the firm’s managing partner in a meeting last week. “Basically, it just wasn’t as productive as hoped, and bringing in new people just hasn’t revived it,” said one attorney who attended the meeting. A spokesperson for Kelley Drye did not return calls for comment. Kelley Drye has more than 300 attorneys at offices in New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C. The firm gained a Los Angeles office in 1984 when it merged with Mori & Ota. The office’s main practices are litigation, corporate and labor and employment. With the closure of its Los Angeles outpost, Kelley Drye loses its West Coast presence. A number of partners and associates at the Los Angeles office have left the firm in the past two years, said the attorney, and a lack of work meant that many attorneys in the corporate group were having trouble meeting their 2,000 billable hours goals. At its peak, said the attorney, the office had nearly 50 lawyers. While a few attorneys have been offered jobs at other Kelley Drye offices, most will be let go, said the attorney. Associates will receive three months of severance pay, while staff severance will be doled out on a sliding scale. — Alexei Oreskovic BURNS, DOANE GETS VETERAN IP LAWYER Claude “Cash” Hamrick, a veteran intellectual property attorney and the chair of Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly’s Silicon Valley patent prosecution group, is moving to Burns, Doane, Swecker & Mathis. Hamrick began as a partner at Burns, Doane’s Redwood Shores office this week. Founded in 1936, Burns, Doane has more than 100 lawyers and patent agents at offices in Alexandria, Va., Durham, N.C., and California. The Redwood Shores office has almost 20 attorneys. “This is a truly IP prosecution and litigation firm that needed some help in California to expand its electronics business,” Hamrick said. “And that’s the business I’ve been in for 35 years.” According to Burns, Doane, Hamrick has been responsible for the preparation and prosecution of more than 2,000 U.S. and foreign patents during his career. Hamrick’s move comes after six years at Oppenheimer, where he had served a stint as the chair of the firm’s San Jose office. Prior to that, he practiced at the now defunct Bronson, Bronson & McKinnon. — Alexei Oreskovic MCDERMOTT ELEVATES PALO ALTO LAWYER An associate in McDermott, Will & Emery’s Palo Alto office was among the 23 lawyers the firm elevated to partner this year. The new Silicon Valley partner, Lisa Blackburn, is an intellectual property litigator who graduated from the Santa Clara University School of Law in 1995. The new class increases the total number of partners at the 959-lawyer Chicago firm to 547. In Palo Alto, there are 15 partners. — Renee Deger

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