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THELEN PARTNER JUMPS TO WINSTON & STRAWN Charles Birenbaum, a Thelen Reid & Priest partner who lost his bid to become firm chairman earlier this year, has left Thelen for Chicago’s Winston & Strawn. Fellow Thelen partner Jeffrey Bosley followed Birenbaum to Winston’s 27-lawyer San Francisco satellite. Both are employment lawyers and started work Oct. 1 at Winston as partners. Birenbaum was head of Thelen’s employment group when he ran for chairman in March. He lost by one vote to a New York-based partner, Thomas Igoe Jr. He said he wasn’t leaving because of his loss in the election. Instead, he said, he was enticed by the chance to help build an employment group at Winston in San Francisco. “This was such a great opportunity to assist a major U.S. firm in its West Coast expansion,” Birenbaum said. Patrick Murphy, a senior partner in Winston’s San Francisco office, said the firm has been trying to expand its practice group offerings in the office, which has traditionally focused on bankruptcy and commercial lending. In addition to the two new hires, Winston also transferred employment partner Joan Tucker Fife to San Francisco from the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. “We have a plan for this office to grow into a more substantial, multi-practice office,” Murphy said. “Employment is one of the key areas we identified.” — Renee Deger ORRICK SNAGS FORMER CLINTON COUNSEL Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe bagged Lanny Davis, a former White House counsel under President Clinton, for its Washington, D.C., office, the firm announced Monday. Davis, who is currently a partner at Washington, D.C.’s Patton Boggs, will start work at Orrick by the end of the month. He said he’s still working on a start date. Davis has been with Patton Boggs since 1975 and was made partner in 1978. He took a two-year hiatus from the firm in 1996 to work for the Clinton administration fielding inquiries into alleged campaign finance violations. Once back at Patton Boggs, Davis set about building a practice he called the “legal crisis communications group” to blend his litigation expertise with his public relations experience for use in high-profile cases. Davis said he plans to do similar work at Orrick, saying he was drawn to the firm because of its larger, 225-lawyer litigation group and broader range of clients. “The platform that Orrick offered to me was impossible to say no to,” Davis said. — Renee Deger

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