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STAFFING UP Legal staffing firm Special Counsel has acquired LawCorps, one of the District’s largest legal staffing firms, in a $14.3 million deal. Special Counsel is a unit of the MPS Group, which is based in Jacksonville, Fla., and provides companies and law firms with temporary and direct-hire workers, litigation and document support, and trial-related services. LawCorps was founded in the District in 1988 by Bryce Arrowood. Lawyers make up 65 percent of the combined companies’ 1,380 person work force. — Jenna Greene L.A. WOMAN Hogan & Hartson has added Carissa Coze as a partner in the firm’s 50-lawyer Los Angeles office. A corporate specialist, Coze joins the firm from Thelen Reid & Priest. Her experience includes working with semiconductor equipment manufacturers, telecommunications companies, government contracting businesses, and other technology companies. — J.G. CLEARY IN COLOGNE Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton has opened an office in Cologne, Germany, with the addition of two partners from Linklaters. Dirk Schroeder and Romina Polley both join Cleary as antitrust partners. Schroeder was previously head of the European Union competition practice at London-based Linklaters’ German practice, known as Linklaters Oppenhoff & Rädler. It is Cleary’s second German office — the firm also has a presence in Frankfurt. — Anthony Lin, New York Law Journal NO INTERFERENCE A team of lawyers from Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner racked up a win at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit last week in a patent interference case. In a 2-1 decision, the court found that Finnegan client Bouchard (Aventis Pharma S.A.) prevailed on all counts against Chen (Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.). Patent interferences are rare events, occurring when two parties seek to patent the same invention at the same time. In this case, the dispute concerned a class of taxanes, or anti-cancer agents. Finnegan partner Thomas Irving argued for Bouchard. — J.G.

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