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NEW CARROLL, BURDICK HIRE FROM O’MELVENY The San Francisco office of Carroll, Burdick & McDonough has added a new partner to its employment group. Natalie Pierce, 32, joins the firm from O’Melveny & Myers, where she worked as of counsel. “It is an absolute pleasure to welcome Natalie into our group,” said Mary Wright, chair of the employment group, in a press release. “We hired Natalie not only for what she is today, a highly skilled attorney with a loyal clientele, but for what I can see in her future. She is going to be a superstar.” Pierce defends employers in all types of litigation, representing clients before administrative agencies and state and federal courts on matters including discrimination, wrongful discharge, retaliation and other claims. In addition, she has experience defending wage and hour class action and Business and Professions Code � 17200 wage and hour claims. She earned her law degree in 1997 from Columbia Law School. – Jason Dearen FIRM LURES RIVAL BANKRUPTCY GROUP MIAMI, Fla. — The fast-growing Miami outpost of Richmond, Va.’s Hunton & Williams has lured away Holland & Knight’s three-man bankruptcy and creditors’ rights practice group, part of a push to add legal practice areas in Miami while expanding nationally in the busy field of bankruptcy law. Partners Craig Rasile, Jeffrey Bast and Andrew Zaron on Monday moved four blocks south on Brickell Avenue to join the 45-lawyer Hunton & Williams office headed by former Holland & Knight Miami executive partner Marty Steinberg. Rasile, 41, noted that Steinberg had helped elevate him to practice-area leader at Holland 10 years ago. Rasile chaired the bankruptcy/creditors’ rights practice for South Florida for Tampa-based Holland and helped build the firm’s bankruptcy practice group nationwide to about 55 lawyers from 25. He said he will have the same title and a similar role, helping Hunton & Williams expand its bankruptcy practice nationwide. His focus has been on workouts and commercial litigation in several industries, including retail, health care, energy, telecommunications and franchise operations. Bast, also an experienced litigator, represents corporate debtors, shareholders, trustees, receivers and other parties in complex workouts, reorganizations and liquidations. Zaron, a former intern for U.S. Bankruptcy Judge A. Jay Cristol in Miami, has experience in securitized loan transactions and bond transactions. “We wish Craig, Jeff and Andy success in all their future endeavors. We still consider them our friends,” Prieto said. – Miami Daily Business Review IMCLONE’S WAKSAL GETS 7-YEAR SENTENCE An emotional portrayal of Samuel Waksal as a humanitarian who acted rashly and then suffered much for the insider-trading scandal at ImClone Systems Inc. ran into the federal sentencing guidelines and a Southern District of New York judge Tuesday. Turning aside pleas for a downward departure under the guidelines by defense attorney Mark Pomerantz, Judge William Pauley sentenced the ImClone founder to seven years and three months in prison, the maximum under the guideline range. The judge said Waksal demonstrated a “pattern of lawlessness and arrogance” in covering up his attempt to unload millions in company stock on the eve of bad news from regulatory authorities on the application for the cancer-fighting drug Erbitux. The guidelines called for a range of between 70 months and 87 months, and the judge rejected the request of Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Schachter for a sentence more severe than 87 months. The hearing concluded eight months of jockeying between Schachter and Pomerantz over the appropriate sentence for Waksal, who entered a guilty plea on Oct. 15 to securities fraud, perjury, obstruction of justice, bank fraud and conspiracy. He later pleaded guilty on March 3 to wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud for avoiding New York state sales tax by routing the purchase of valuable artworks through New Jersey. The investigation by the Southern District U.S. attorney’s office also overtook Waksal’s friend Martha Stewart, who sold ImClone stock shortly before the bad news about Erbitux was made public. Stewart was indicted last week for conspiracy, obstruction of justice and securities fraud, but not insider trading. She has pleaded not guilty. – New York Law Journal

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