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ORRICK BULLISH ON RALPH BAXTER BOBBLEHEADS What does Ralph Baxter Jr. have in common with Hillary Clinton, Tiger Woods and Austin Powers? The chairman of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has a line of bobbleheads made in his image. Orrick associates came up with the idea for Baxter bobbleheads as a way to raise money for the firm’s charity auction last month. And Baxter agreed to become a collector’s item. “I thought if it will help raise money and if it can produce some amusement I was fine with it,” Baxter said. The five bobbleheads turned out to be a hit, going for $400 to $800 a piece. “I was determined that I was going to end up with one of those bobbleheads,” said associate Joseph Liburt. “There was no limit on what I was prepared to bid.” “What isn’t it worth to ask my Ralph bobblehead, ‘Can you double my salary retroactive to 1993?’” joked Liburt, who snagged one of the figurines. The other winning bids were made by a group of San Francisco women litigators, a group of employment partners, associate Matthew Poppe and partner Michael Frank. The auction, organized by partner Lynne Hermle in the Menlo Park office, brought in $16,000 to $18,000. Half of the proceeds are going to the San Francisco Chronicle‘s Season of Sharing Fund and the other half to a planned medical center at the San Francisco SPCA. Hermle said the pet hospital is naming a treatment room after Orrick. Lawyers and staff in the Silicon Valley office also donated vacation homes, restaurant reservations and other gifts for the auction. Partner G. Hopkins Guy III offered a day’s labor to fix up someone’s house. The “Put Handyman Hop to Work” item was one of the top sellers. And partner William Anthony donated his 1981 Corvette for the weekend. Hermle said planning is already underway for next year’s event. She’s not sure if they’ll make more bobbleheads, but people have sent in a few suggestions for future figures: a Malibu Ralph posed in front of the firm’s Orange County office with a surfboard and a Parisian Ralph holding a baguette. “It was such a hit this year,” Hermle said, “I’d like to do it.” –Brenda Sandburg WHY RAIDERS TURNED TO PI ATTORNEY Special teams are a standard feature of any football squad. Perhaps that’s why the Oakland Raiders fielded a personal injury lawyer to represent the team in the trial phase of its long-running spat with the Oakland Coliseum. The trial ended last month with a $34 million verdict in favor of the Raiders (which the Coliseum has vowed to appeal). While Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin served as the silver and black’s legal offensive line for most of the case, handling all the motions, Roger Dreyer, of Sacramento’s 17-attorney Dreyer, Babich, Buccola & Callaham, subbed in as lead counsel during the trial. Dreyer might seem an odd choice, considering that the majority of his cases involve representing individual victims of automobile accidents. In fact, the Raiders case marked the first time Dreyer has represented a corporate entity in his 20-plus year career. “When we were thinking about how to best present the case to the jury, we decided that a local Sacramento, top-flight trial lawyer was our best choice,” says Howard, Rice partner Kenneth Hausman. According to Dreyer, litigating a business suit was not all that different from his standard caseload. “It’s just like what I normally do,” he says, “which is I sit there, I pick a jury for a plaintiff, and I present my case.” – Alexei Oreskovic

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