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The remaining partners of Altheimer & Gray’s recently launched-then-closed San Francisco office have scattered to a variety of firms, despite efforts to keep the group intact. Bingham McCutchen; Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw and Perkins Coie all have picked up one or more partners from Altheimer’s San Francisco office, which only opened its doors in November. The attorneys have been in play since early July, when Chicago-based Altheimer abruptly announced its plan to dissolve as a result of cash flow problems. “We did want to stay as a group because we had spent a lot of time building something unique here,” said Charles Campbell Jr., the partner who helped launch Altheimer’s San Francisco office. According to Campbell, the group received multiple offers to acquire the group en masse. But each of the top choices, while a “terrific opportunity for many,” was not ideal for all, said Campbell, who is slated to begin working at Perkins Coie’s San Francisco office after conflict checks are completed. International tax partner Graham Taylor was the first partner to announce a new home when he moved to the San Francisco office of Seyfarth Shaw along with two associates. Taylor has now been joined by Jack Slobodin, a veteran patent litigator with more than 100 trials on his resume. Bingham McCutchen picked up the other largest chunk of the firm, with Mark Slater, Lori Walth, Danielle Merida and Jonathan Hersey all coming aboard. The move is somewhat of a coming home for the attorneys, who left Bingham McCutchen in April to help jumpstart the Altheimer office. Slater returns to Bingham McCutchen as a partner, Walth and Hersey are counsel and Merida is an associate. Mayer Brown’s 11-attorney Palo Alto office lured Michael Molano, an intellectual property partner from Altheimer, along with IP associate John Griffith. “The acquisition of Mike and John reflects a nationwide interest within Mayer Brown in expanding our IP practice,” said Palo Alto office managing partner C. Cabell Chinnis. “We felt very comfortable that they were not only top-quality lawyers, but they were also both real gentlemen in the best sense of the word.”

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