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NIXON PEABODY GRABS 2 FROM LITTLER Nixon Peabody is beefing up its San Francisco employment practice with the addition of a pair of longtime Littler Mendelson partners. Jeffrey Tanenbaum, the co-chair of Littler’s occupational safety and health practice, and Robert Carrol began practicing out of Nixon’s 80-lawyer San Francisco office Monday. The two attorneys will co-chair Nixon Peabody’s West Coast employment law practice. Tanenbaum will also chair Nixon Peabody’s national OSHA practice. “It was a great opportunity for both me and my clients,” Tanenbaum said. “I was experiencing more and more cross-over into environmental law and criminal law, and Nixon Peabody has attorneys that are well versed in both areas.” Tanenbaum practiced for 21 years at Littler, where he developed an expertise on OSHA matters and founded Littler’s OSHA practice in the mid-1980s. Nixon Peabody Chairman John Canoni said Tanenbaum’s OSHA expertise is especially valuable since whistle-blower complaints under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act are being sent to OSHA by the U.S. Department of Labor. Carrol’s move comes after a 26-year stint at Littler, where he focused on defending wrongful termination, employment discrimination and harassment claims, as well as traditional labor law matters. The majority of Nixon Peabody’s 45-lawyer employment group is based on the East Coast. As co-chairs of the West Coast employment group, Tanenbaum and Carrol will strive to expand the practice within Nixon’s two California offices, in San Francisco and Orange County. — Alexei Oreskovic AG WANTS TAKEOVER OF PIPEVINE INC. Attorney General Bill Lockyer is stepping in to try to recover what’s left of PipeVine Inc., the San Francisco nonprofit that collapsed last month. Lawyers from the AG’s office asked the San Francisco Superior Court on Wednesday to dissolve the company and appoint bankruptcy trustee David Bradlow as receiver. Lockyer said the move was important in order to protect charities and donors that did business with PipeVine, according to a news release issued by the AG’s office. PipeVine managed donations for United Way groups and several major corporations. “In the Bay Area alone, PipeVine processed $40 million in contributions for the United Way, which serves some 6,000 charities,” the press release said. PipeVine said it didn’t have any more money and shut its doors June 2, leaving donations and charities in limbo. Lockyer’s court filing does not allege any violations of the law but can be amended later if attorneys determine there’s been wrongdoing. — Jeff Chorney

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