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GAVEL OFF-LINE Gavel Consulting Group, founded by retired federal judges to provide strategic legal advice for companies, law firms, and governments, has temporarily taken down its Web site after questions were raised about its use of judicial titles in marketing the Bethesda, Md.-based business. “We’re not trading on our titles,” says retired military appeals court judge Eugene Sullivan, co-founder with former District Judge Stanley Sporkin. “But we want to make sure we are doing this right.” — Tony Mauro BROBECK IN COURT Scrambling to reimburse its creditors, the defunct Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison has filed suit against a former client for failing to pay its bills. Brobeck is seeking $29,455 from U.S. Microbics Inc. for unspecified services. The complaint was filed earlier this month in San Francisco Superior Court. Brobeck has also filed suit against two of its insurers for failing to provide coverage for two breach-of-contract suits. The suits were filed in 1995 by the now-defunct Santa Monica, Calif., firm Dickson, Carlson & Campillo. The firm claims that Brobeck acted inappropriately when it hired away Dickson, Carlson partners Debra Pole and William Fitzgerald. Brobeck ceased operations Feb. 14 and is struggling to pay off a $56 million bank debt. — Brenda Sandburg HOGAN’S ACE RESERVE Hogan & Hartson New York partner Loretta Lynch has been appointed by the Federal Reserve’s board of governors to a three-year term as director of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Lynch is former U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York. — Richard Barbieri ORRICK’S MILAN AFFAIR On a European expansion spree, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe is opening an office in Milan later this month with 23 attorneys from the Italian legal affiliate of Ernst & Young. Five months ago, the firm set up shop in Paris with the acquisition of 42 lawyers from the Paris office of London-based Watson, Farley & Williams. Orrick’s Milan outpost will focus on major cross-border and domestic mergers and acquisitions, debt restructuring, project finance transactions, and public law. — B.S.

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