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HELLER LANDS LITIGATOR FROM QUINN EMANUEL Warrington Parker, a litigator at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges, has joined Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe, rounding out the firm’s recently inaugurated appeals and strategy practice group. Parker practiced for seven years in Quinn Emanuel’s Los Angeles office. Prior to that, he was an assistant U.S. attorney in the central district of California, where he focused on criminal litigation. During his career, Parker has briefed and argued 22 cases before the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. While Parker handled both appeals and trial work at Quinn Emanuel, he said he was at a point in his career in which he was interested in focusing exclusively on appellate work. “Over the years I’ve come to realize how much I like it,” said Parker. “I love writing; I love thinking through the issues; I love oral argument.” The addition of Parker completes the initial team that will comprise Heller Ehrman’s recently formalized appeals group. On March 24, the firm announced that Joshua Rosenkranz, the founding CEO of New York University’s Brennan Center for Justice, had joined the group. Heller Ehrman partners David Goodwin and Charles Curtis Jr. are also in the group. Parker has relocated to the Bay Area from Los Angeles, and practices in Heller Ehrman’s San Francisco office. – Alexei Oreskovic SKADDEN NAMES 26 TO ‘LEGAL PEACE CORPS’ NEW YORK — Twenty-six young lawyers representing 14 law schools around the country were named Skadden fellows last week — a two-year program that has been called a “legal Peace Corps.” Eleven of the fellows — sponsored by the Skadden Fellowship Foundation, an arm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom — will work for New York city and state public law agencies. The firm will provide annual salaries of $37,500, as well as underwriting customary fringe benefits to which employees of the sponsoring agency are entitled. Among the New York fellows are Matthew Colangelo, 28, a recent graduate of Harvard Law School, and Joy Radice, 28, who will graduate this year from Harvard Law. In the highly competitive application process required of Skadden fellows, Colangelo won the backing of the NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund with his proposal for impact litigation in matters of job discrimination faced by black welfare recipients returning to the work force. Radice will work for the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem in a program she designed to help ex-offenders return to ordinary life. Colangelo means to test discriminatory hiring practices he said have resulted from enactment of the federal Public Responsibility and Work Opportunities Reform Act. According to findings by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, blacks making the transition from welfare assistance are far more likely than whites to encounter dismissively short job interviews and are twice as likely to be quizzed about drug activity and criminal background. – The New York Law Journal DESPITE DEFENSE WIN, BAYCOL CASES CONTINUE NEW YORK — Although the first Baycol trial is over, with a win for its maker, thousands of claims remain, and the plaintiff in case No. 1 might not have been ideal. The victory by the international prescription drug company Bayer in the defense of its cholesterol fighter Baycol came as a surprise to some, particularly after the plaintiffs’ counsel had boasted of securing potentially damaging internal company documents to show the Corpus Christi, Texas, jury. But that smoking-gun strategy misfired on March 18 when jurors returned a unanimous verdict in Bayer’s favor after a four-week trial. Haltom v. Bayer Corp., 02-60165-00-0-4 (Nueces Co., Texas, Dist. Ct.). The jury expressly rejected claims, based on those documents, that Bayer knew the drug was unreasonably dangerous when it rolled Baycol out in 1995 and had not fully informed prescribing physicians about those dangers. “It feels very good,” said Bayer’s chief trial counsel, Philip Beck, a partner at Chicago’s Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott. That feeling may not last for long. More than 700 new Baycol cases were filed during the monthlong trial. More than 8,400 are pending nationwide. – The National Law Journal

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