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ORRICK OPENS PORTLAND OFFICE WITH LOCAL TALENT Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe is opening a Portland office with the addition of two public finance partners from a firm in that city. The new outpost will expand Orrick’s presence in the Pacific Northwest. The firm has a 21-lawyer Seattle outpost, which opened in 1998. Orrick announced Friday that it has hired Douglas Goe and Townsend Hyatt from Ater Wynne. They will be joined by bond and tax partners Michael Schrader and Scott Schickli who will serve as of counsel. Orrick said two associates are also expected to join the firm from Ater Wynne. Goe, who chaired Ater’s public finance group, has represented many of the largest state bond issuers in Oregon, including several state agencies and also served as underwriter’s counsel on financings for one of the largest municipally owned generators of hydroelectric power. Hyatt’s practice focuses on national Indian tribe finance. He represents more than two dozen trial governments across the country. “We want to be the law firm of choice for sophisticated corporate transactions throughout the Pacific Northwest,” said Stephen Graham, the partner-in-charge of the Seattle and Portland offices. “To do that you need to think of Portland.” — Brenda Sandburg OPPENHEIMER CLOSES LOS ANGELES OFFICE Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly is throwing in the towel in Los Angeles, scattering the 10 attorneys who work in the office to other locales. The Minneapolis-based Oppenheimer last week disclosed plans to close its 34,000-square-foot office in Century City when the firm’s lease expires in May, said Laurie Zenner, Oppenheimer’s spokeswoman. The firm will transfer a handful of lawyers, including partner Joel Voelzke, to the firm’s 18-lawyer Orange County office, Zenner said. The firm also plans to rent small offices for several partners who want to stay in Los Angeles, though who will remain behind is still being worked out, she said. Zenner added that one associate and two partners will likely leave the firm, but she declined to disclose details. Zenner said the firm had no plans to shutter any of its other California offices, which are in Newport Beach and Palo Alto. Oppenheimer opened its Los Angeles office in 1997 by acquiring Poms, Smith, Lande & Rose, an intellectual property boutique. One former Oppenheimer partner said the firm couldn’t compete with bigger and better-known firms. The partner, Mark Wine, who left in April 2002 for McDermott, Will & Emery, said that most of the L.A. firms were beefing up their IP practices at the same time and Oppenheimer was largely unknown. Last spring, Wine and six other L.A.-based partners along with two IP lawyers in the firm’s Palo Alto office left Oppenheimer in a matter of months to join other firms. “California is just turning out to be a different experience than I think we all hoped it would be,” Wine said. “We never were able to achieve the market penetration as we desired.” — Renee Deger TWO LATERALS ADDED AT BERDING & WEIL Berding & Weil, a 15-year-old Alamo civil law firm, has hired two partners for its real estate and business practice group. Robert Young II comes to the firm after working 12 years as a Alamo solo. Young, 60, specializes in commercial real estate and business transactions. Before his solo practice, Young worked at Davis, Craig & Bartalini in Alameda and was a name partner at Oakland’s Kay, Merkle & Young. Clifford Horner, 39, a litigation attorney who specializes in commercial landlord-tenant issues, comes from Walnut Creek’s Morgan Miller Blair where he worked for seven years. “Bob and Cliff are outstanding attorneys with superior skills,” said Tyler Berding, a Berding & Weil founding partner, in a statement. “They are exactly the kind of lateral addition that we are looking to make as we continue our relationship-based, tactical expansion in the real state industry and beyond.” — Jahna Berry SCHOLARSHIP HONORS REMCHO’S MEMORY The Bar Association of San Francisco has established a new minority scholarship in the name of Joseph Remcho, a prominent California political attorney who died in a helicopter crash in January. The Remcho Minority Scholarship bolsters the dwindling number of minority scholarships the bar has been able to provide in recent years. The bar reports that the number of minority scholarships fell from 25 three-year scholarships in 1998 to just three in 2002. “With the elimination in 1996 of many affirmative action programs in our state schools after Proposition 209, it is up to the private bar to ensure gifted and committed law students of color are afforded a Bay Area law school education,” said Jeffrey Bleich, BASF president, in a press release. Remcho’s clients included Mayor Willie Brown, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Gov. Gray Davis. The Remcho Minority Scholarship has been started with more than $17,000 in donations made since his death. In addition to the Remcho scholarship, BASF received an anchor pledge by the Charlotte and Arthur Zitrin Foundation to fund a new scholarship in 2003. BASF used the announcements to urge law firms to commit to providing more money for such scholarships. “This is a call to action to every law firm that can afford to commit to approximately $10,000 a year, and fortunately, most can,” said Teveia Barnes, BASF’s executive director. — Jason Dearen

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