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LAWYERS FOR COMPANIES SEE HOLES IN IMMIGRATION PLAN Many business leaders and lobbyists had nothing but praise for President George W. Bush’s proposal last week to allow millions of undocumented workers in the United States to apply for temporary legal status. But lawyers who represent businesses on immigration matters are cautious, pointing out important holes in the proposal. Morgan, Lewis &Bockius partner Eleanor Pelta says that one concern is that Bush’s Jan. 7 proposal doesn’t specify if employers that come forward to assist their workers applying for legal status will be given amnesty. It is, after all, illegal to employ undocumented foreign workers. That issue, Pelta says, “is going to have to be addressed if we’re going to have employers and employees working together.” Nor does the Bush plan offer specifics on another important issue: the status of workers who apply for guest worker permits, says Elizabeth Espin Stern, a business immigration partner at Shaw Pittman. Currently, employers must suspend workers they discover are illegal, but it’s unclear if employers under a new law would have to suspend those in the application process. Christopher Weals, a partner in the D.C. immigration practice of Seyfarth Shaw, says businesses are also unsure about the burden they would face in proving, as Bush’s proposal calls for, that no Americans wanted the jobs sought by the guest workers. “Businesses are not going to start sponsoring people in this category if there’s going to be a lot of extra burden and cost,” Weals says. The proposal could have an unintended impact as well. Businesses seeking green cards for their workers worry that guest worker applications would further bog down the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. It already takes several years to get a green card, and an influx could “really break the agency,” which is struggling to reorganize since it became part of the Department of Homeland Security, Stern says. “What happens to all those people who have been waiting?” Stern asks. The White House did not return calls for comment. Supporters of the plan stress that Bush’s recommendations are just in the proposal phase. “Yes, there are billions of details to be worked out,” says Theresa Brown, director of immigration policy for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “What the president has done has put the issue out on the table.” � Marie Beaudette ITALIAN CONNECTION As the probe into a multibillion-dollar accounting scandal at Parmalat Finanziaria SpA widens in Italy, the giant dairy company has hired Weil, Gotshal & Manges to defend it in the United States against securities fraud charges filed Dec. 30 by the Securities and Exchange Commission. According to Irwin Warren, the Weil, Gotshal New York partner heading the group, the team includes partners Greg Danilow, Marcia Goldstein, and Gary Holtzer in New York, and Christopher Mallon in the firm’s London office. Representing the SEC are Joaquin Sena, Lawrence West, Charles Clark, Douglas Paul, and Allison Rosenstock in Washington and Robert Blackburn in New York. The government lawyers declined comment. The SEC alleges that the Italian company offered $100 million of unsecured notes to U.S. investors as part of “one of the largest and most brazen corporate financial frauds in history.” � Lily Henning TRADING PLACES World Trade Organization Judge James Bacchus is returning to Greenberg Traurig � but in a new position. Bacchus becomes chairman of the firm’s new global trade practice group. “I’ve seen firsthand and up-close the evolution of the world economy,” says Bacchus, after serving eight years on the Appellate Body, the WTO’s final appeals court in trade disputes. The former Democratic congressman from Florida was named to the WTO in 1995 and first divided his time between WTO headquarters in Geneva and his Greenberg Traurig office in Orlando. After five years, he took a leave of absence from the firm to focus exclusively on WTO work, which included presiding over the steel tariff case that pitted the Bush administration against the international community. Bacchus will now split his time between Greenberg Traurig’s Orlando and D.C. offices. “It’s good to be back home,” he says. “I’m very much looking forward to having a new mountain to climb.” � Christine Hines DINH’S NEW FRIENDS Since leaving his post last June as assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Policy, Viet Dinh has been doing more than just debating the merits of the USA Patriot Act � though he has been doing a lot of that. “I’m joined at the hip with David Cole,” laughs Dinh, referring to his Georgetown University Law Center faculty colleague and usual debate adversary. “And I see Nadine every few weeks.” That’s Nadine Strossen, president of the American Civil Liberties Union. Dinh has also added a new role to his portfolio: Supreme Court advocate. Dinh is representing the plaintiff in the victims’ rights case of Lynn v. Reinstein, No. 03-274, which the Court was set to consider at conference Jan. 9. The pro bono case came to Dinh a day after he left government service, he says, referred by victims’ rights groups he worked with while at Justice. More Supreme Court work may be in the future, Dinh says, but in the meantime, he is also teaching a Georgetown class on the separation of powers with Deputy Solicitor General Paul Clement, and working on a post-9/11 book. Its “modest” tentative title, he jokes, is Reordering Civilization. � Tony Mauro CHANCING IT The head of the U.S. litigation and dispute resolution practice at Clifford Chance has moved to the D.C. office of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. Antitrust litigator Kenneth Gallo will work with another former Clifford Chance partner, Joseph Simons, former director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition. “This solidifies the firm’s antitrust practice in Washington,” says Simons. Gallo’s departure is another blow to London-based Clifford Chance’s U.S. antitrust practice, which last year saw the departure of star partners Kevin Arquit and Steven Newborn. Those moves were attributed in part to disagreements between American partners � accustomed to compensation based on the business they brought in � and Clifford Chance management over the firm’s lock-step, seniority-based compensation structure. In response to Gallo’s exit, John Carroll, Clifford Chance’s managing partner for the Americas, said by e-mail: “We wish Ken the very best. . . . He has helped build our litigation practice, which has 245 lawyers, into one of the deepest and most successful . . . in the U.S.” � Anthony Lin, New York Law Journal, and Lily Henning BEEF STAKE Crowell & Moring has beefed up its agribusiness and environment capabilities by merging with five-lobbyist legislative and regulatory firm Capitolink. The new subsidiary-C&M Capitolink – is an independent limited liability company owned by Crowell & Moring. The two firms have collaborated on projects together for several years and share some of the same clients. “We came to have a lot of respect for each other and came to recognize the potential synergies of working together more closely,” says Crowell & Moring chair John Macleod. John Thorne, who founded Capitolink in 1993, will continue as president of C&M Capitolink; members of Crowell & Moring’s management will serve on its board of directors. C&M Capitolink also includes partners Thomas Hebert and Deborah Atwood. � Kristen A. Lee MILKING THE CONTROVERSY The government was quick to take steps when it became apparent that mad cow disease had arrived in the United States. Now, with Congress set to return to session, lobbying groups from the industries that depend on cattle as well as animal rights activists are gearing up for potential CapitolHill hearings, more rules from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and new laws that could come at a cost to business. Steven Kopperud, a senior vice president at Policy Directions whose clients include the National Renderers Association and the American Feed Industry Association, says he is working with the USDA and Congress to ensure that legislative and policy decisions are based on science. “Policy for the sake of public relations is shortsighted and comes back to haunt you,” he says. Lobbyists and Hill staffers say hearings are likely to come at the end of the month and could focus on ways to detect sick cows, to track cows throughout their lives, and to determine what happens to diseased animals. “I’m sure policy recommendations will be made, and we will work with that,” says Bryan Dierlam, director of legislative affairs at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Adds Kopperud: “We expect to see a lot of hearings.” � Kate Ackley GOOGLE SEARCH The much-anticipated initial public offering by Google Inc. is the deal securities lawyers are pinning their hopes on to recharge the market for IPOs and technology stocks in general. The Internet company is expected to announce the largest IPO in history. It could value the company at $15 billion. And it’s the deal every law firm in Silicon Valley would love a piece of � in particular, the chance to represent Google’s underwriters in the IPO. “They’re all hopeful,” says Gregory Gallo, a Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich partner in Palo Alto, Calif. Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is likely a shoo-in as company counsel. Firm Chairman Larry Sonsini incorporated the company in 1998, and David Drummond, Google’s director of corporate development who doubles as general counsel, is a former Wilson Sonsini partner. Despite the long list of investment banks reportedly signed on, only one law firm will get to represent the underwriters as a group. The firm to land the work won’t be public until Google files documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission. That’s expected to happen in the next few months. � Renee Deger, The Recorder A LONG WAY FROM THE PTO Intellectual property boutique Stevens Davis Miller Mosher is venturing out of the District for the first time. On Jan. 1, the 14-lawyer firm opened a satellite office in Columbus, Ohio, “to provide better service to ongoing clients,” including the Huffy Bicycle Co., says trademark partner Barth deRosa. Sean Casey, who merged his solo practice in Ohio into the firm, is joining as of counsel and managing director of the new office. � Christine Hines

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