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Howrey Simon Arnold & White continued expanding in 2002, opening new offices in San Francisco and Brussels and growing its Chicago and London practices, adding 39 lawyers firmwide in 2002. Managing partner Robert Ruyak says adding offices and attorneys resulted in a drop in firmwide average profits per partner, which was down to $700,000 from $762,000 in 2001. Locally, the firm lost two lawyers. Revenue per lawyer in the D.C. area—$644,000—was substantially higher than the firmwide number of $575,000. Also in 2002, Howrey launched consulting firm CapAnalysis in Washington. The Howrey affiliate, made up of accounting and financial experts, snagged for its executive vice chairman Jeffrey Eisenach, then-president of the Progress & Freedom Foundation. In spite of $20 million in investments made by the firm in 2002, gross revenue locally was up about 10 percent, to $174 million in 2002 from $158.8 million in 2001. The new offices, including the intellectual property litigation practice that opened in San Francisco in 2002, have been successful, Ruyak says. That office had “a couple of big wins” and brought in some big-name partners. “We decided to continue building a business while a lot of other firms are not doing that,” he says. “I think last year’s investment is going to pay off this year.” Most of Howrey’s practices held their own in 2002, but mergers and acquisitions took a hit from last year’s rash of corporate scandals and the poor economy. “But our other areas have been extremely strong and growing,” Ruyak says. The firm’s D.C.-based intellectual property and global litigation practices remained strong, he says. Ruyak says the firm is on track for a more profitable 2003, due in part to a $1 billion-plus class action settlement the firm helped broker between big tobacco companies and tobacco farmers. Howrey’s D.C. office represented the tobacco growers who claimed tobacco companies had engaged in price fixing. (The firm’s fee hasn’t been determined. The presiding judge in the case is expected to set the amount in September.) The firm has continued opening offices in 2003, adding a branch in Amsterdam. The Chicago and London offices were beefed up.

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