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PAIR OF LITIGATORS EXIT HOWREY FOR ORRICK Edwin Woodsome, the head of Howrey Simon Arnold & White’s commercial trial practice, has moved to Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe’s Los Angeles office. Woodsome began practicing at Orrick on Monday after a seven-year stint at Howrey Simon, where he led the firm’s 100-attorney commercial trial group. Making the move with Woodsome is Howrey partner Barclay Edmundson. “Howrey is a wonderful law firm, but they are a litigation-only operation,” Woodsome said. “I thought it was important to offer clients access to a broader range of services.” Woodsome also said he was attracted to the opportunity to help develop Orrick’s West Coast litigation practice. A Harvard Law School graduate, Woodsome has more than 25 years of experience representing public companies in complex business litigation, including international legal disputes, securities law and toxic tort cases. In addition to being a veteran litigator, Woodsome is also an established rainmaker who said his book of business is between $5 million and $10 million. Edmundson has been first chair in numerous trials in state and federal court during his 20-year career as a litigator. His practice focuses on complex class actions, including wage and hour and ERISA issues. – Alexei Oreskovic PILLSBURY ATTORNEY RETURNS TO THE FOLD Michelle Hallsten has rejoined Pillsbury Winthrop’s Sacramento outpost to head up the 16-attorney office’s business department. The move will be Hallsten’s second stint at Pillsbury. She was of counsel at the firm between 1995 and 2000. Hallsten had been a partner in the Sacramento office of Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich. Gray Cary senior associate Thomas Morton is making the move with her. “I am delighted to return to Pillsbury Winthrop and its Sacramento office, and to have the opportunity to build and lead a business department in the Sacramento market during a pivotal time of growth in this region,” Hallsten said in a statement. Hallsten’s practice focuses on securities, corporate governance, private debt and equity financings, venture services and mergers and acquisitions. She represents emerging and established companies in a variety of industries including technology, health care, life sciences and real estate. After earning her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law, Hallsten served as a staff attorney in the Security and Exchange Commission’s division of corporation finance. – Alexei Oreskovic

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