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JONES DAY IN S.F. Jones Day has formally announced the opening of its San Francisco office, after months of slowly assembling a team of lateral partners. The new office, Jones Day’s 13th in the United States and 29th worldwide, will initially focus on litigation, labor and employment, and corporate health care work. The office will have a team of 10 attorneys, with plans to grow to between 20 and 25 attorneys in the next six weeks. The 2,000-attorney firm’s entry into San Francisco was not unexpected. In April, Pillsbury Winthrop partner Robert Mittelstaedt came over to help Jones Day establish a San Francisco foothold. According to a recent Jones Day announcement, Pillsbury Winthrop partner Craig Stewart and senior counsel Caroline Mitchell are following Mittelstaedt. Elwood Lui, a longtime partner at Jones Day’s Los Angeles office and a top rainmaker, will head up the San Francisco office as managing partner. — Alexei Oreskovic BROBECK SUED Federal Express Corp. isn’t waiting for Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison to get around to paying off its creditors. The company filed suit against Brobeck in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California last month seeking $133,000 in outstanding bills, plus interest and attorney fees. According to the April 25 complaint, Brobeck has unpaid charges dating from October. Stephen Snyder, the head of Brobeck’s liquidation committee, says the firm owes its commercial creditors about $15 million, plus an unknown sum to its landlords. Before dealing with these debts, however, the firm must pay off a $56 million bank debt. — Brenda Sandburg PEPPER RETURN Eighteen months after leaving Pepper Hamilton to become chief litigation counsel for corporate and toxic tort matters at Honeywell International, health effects litigator Michael Pratt has rejoined the firm for the second time. Before leaving the firm in December 2001, Pratt’s practice was geared almost exclusively toward commercial litigation. While he will continue to market himself in that area, Pratt will concentrate on health effects litigation. Pratt, 44, started at Pepper Hamilton in 1986 as a litigation associate. He served in the Philadelphia city solicitor’s office for several years in the 1990s. — Jeff Blumenthal

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