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MAYER, BROWN GRABS PAIR OF NEW PARTNERS Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw continued its hiring spree on the West Coast this week by hiring Altheimer & Gray partner Michael Molano and luring Ian Feinberg away from Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich. The firm is also picking up John Griffith, an Altheimer associate. Chicago-based Altheimer announced in July it was winding down operations. The trio boosts Mayer, Brown’s Palo Alto ranks to 12, including eight partners. Feinberg’s departure comes at a difficult time for Gray Cary, which has counted on its IP litigation practice to help the firm maneuver the downturn. Feinberg, whose book of business last year topped $5 million, said he wanted to practice with a firm that had international capabilities. J. Terence O’Malley, chairman of Gray Cary, said law firms have to be prepared to lose people at times. “We will miss him and we wish him luck,” O’Malley said. For Mayer, Brown, the newcomers arrive on the heels of an announcement last week that Larry Langdon, a longtime Hewlett-Packard Co. executive who most recently was with the Internal Revenue Service, will be joining the office later this summer as head of the firm’s global tax practice. Meanwhile, the firm’s 72-lawyer Los Angeles office recently added former California Assemblyman Scott Baugh, who represented Huntington Beach as a Republican, as a partner. Since leaving state government in 2000, Baugh was a partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips. Donald Falk, a Mayer, Brown partner in Palo Alto, said the new arrivals are part of a nationwide growth push by the firm. In Silicon Valley, the arrival of Feinberg and Molano, both of whom are intellectual property litigators, and Langdon fills out the firm’s mix of specialties for the office. “We couldn’t do what we want to do without IP,” Falk said. “We now have our core of litigation, counseling and due diligence and patent prosecution.” – Renee Deger NEW JUDGES TAPPED IN ORANGE COUNTY SACRAMENTO — Gov. Gray Davis on Thursday made a round of appointments to fill vacancies on the Orange County Superior Court bench. David Hoffer, 39, a deputy chief with the Santa Ana U.S. attorney’s office, is heading to the bench. Before becoming a federal prosecutor, Hoffer worked at Irell & Manella and Stradling, Yocca, Carlson & Rauth. He has also been a judge pro tem. Hoffer attended Boalt Hall School of Law. Davis also appointed Linda Marks, 45, a solo in Irvine. She does plaintiffs- and defense-side personal injury and also mediates disputes through Judicate West. She began as a Los Angeles County deputy public defender and also worked at Marks & Yocum and Earley, Baruch & Marks. She also teaches at Western State University School of Law. She attended Southwestern University School of Law. Also named was Mark Millard, 65, a partner at Millard, Castle & Monarch in Santa Ana. He was among the first family law specialists to be certified by the State Bar. He’s worked at Lemkin, Schilling & Millard; Oster, Millard & Suchman; and Hurwitz & Hurwitz. He attended the University of Southern California Law School. Davis also elevated Salvador Sarmiento, 52, who has been a commissioner since 1997, to the bench. Before that, he practiced mostly family law as a solo. He attended the UCLA School of Law. – Jeff Chorney

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