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HAPPY REUNION Founded by Deborah Cochran and Amy Owen,Tysons Corner, Va.’s Cochran & Owen has been open for business only since the first of the year. Yet already it’s beginning to grow. The firm, whose practice areas include estate planning and administration, asset protection, taxation, business planning, employment law, and litigation, has just added two lawyers to its roster. Patrick Kennedy, 43, joins the firm as a partner and will focus on trusts and estates, tax planning, family wealth preservation, asset protection, and business law. Benje Selan, 29, climbs on board as an associate and concentrates on commercial litigation. It’s a reunion of sorts for the three partners. Cochran, 40, and Owen, 42, are both veterans of the McLean, Va., office of Miles & Stockbridge, where they first met. When Cochran left that firm three years ago, she landed at the Tysons Corner office of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, where she worked with Kennedy. It’s always a little like old home week at Cochran & Owen. All but one of the firm’s six support staff worked with Cochran and Owen at Miles & Stockbridge. Both of the firm’s founders strongly believe in not burning their bridges, saying they’ve gotten great support for their startup effort from the lawyers in all their former firms and have managed to bring all their clients to their new shop. “We really reconnected with all our friends at Miles & Stockbridge,” says Owen. “We have good relations with everybody,” adds Cochran. — Joel Chineson THE RIGHT TIME “The opportunity for smaller firms has never been better,” says Joseph Hennessey, explaining why only weeks ago he walked away from his associate perch at D.C.’s Cullen Law Firm to open a solo practice in Bethesda, Md. “Larger firms are pricing themselves out of the market for medium-sized businesses, and the economic market is good for startups.” Hennessey, 38, who has also put in stints at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius and Coudert Brothers, is hoping to focus on litigation and arbitration and do some dispute resolution as well. When asked about his aspirations, the area native says, “If I can provide legal services to firms that are local and meet their expectations, I’d be happy.” — J.C.

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