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MAJOR ACQUISITION Attorney recruiting firm Major, Hagen & Africa has opened its first D.C. office. The company’s newest satellite is managed by Jeffrey Lowe, 38, a former partner at Hogan & Hartson, where he headed the firm’s business and finance group and served on its recruiting committee. Founded in San Francisco in 1982, Major, Hagen recruits and places practice groups, partners, associates, and in-house counsel. The firm has 57 recruiters in offices in 12 U.S. cities and in Hong Kong. — Lily Henning TAKING CREDIT Cleveland’s Weltman, Weinberg & Reis, which has been called by trade publications the country’s largest creditors’ rights firm, is making a mid-Atlantic push. It has opened an office in New Jersey, and plans to open branch offices soon in Philadelphia and New York. Weltman, Weinberg has 82 lawyers and more than 600 nonlawyer employees who specialize in collections work. It also has offices in Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, Pittsburgh, and Detroit. — Michael Booth SAN FRANCISCO HIRE Kirkpatrick & Lockhart has added an intellectual property partner in its San Francisco office. Deborah Bailey-Wells, 44, joins the firm from Bingham McCutchen. Kirkpatrick opened its San Francisco office three years ago and has nearly 30 lawyers. — Richard Barbieri THREE MORE YEARS The partners of Winston & Strawn have voted to extend the term of firm chairman James Thompson, 66, for three more years. Chairman since 1993, Thompson served as Illinois governor (1977-91) and U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois (1971-75). Winston & Strawn, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary, has 143 lawyers in its D.C. office. — R.B. RUNNING ROBINS Minneapolis-based Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi announced changes in its governance lineup last week. The firm elected a seven-member executive board, which in turn appointed three members. Among the appointees is Charles Hunnicutt, 52, a partner in the D.C. office with a government affairs, regulatory, and transportation practice. — R.B.

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