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BREAKING AWAY After almost five years in the D.C. office of Bryan Cave, litigator Christopher Manning has broken away to form his own firm. “Working at a large law firm wasn’t necessarily for me,” says Manning, who also did a stint at Kansas City, Mo.’s Blackwell Sanders. “I wanted to do something more entrepreneurial.” The D.C.-based Manning Law Firm offers, says its founder, “the expertise of a large firm and the rates of a small firm.” After eight weeks on his own, the 32-year-old Manning says that he already has a healthy client roster of small D.C. businesses, adding, “Everyone has been enthusiastic.” He says he is so busy, in fact, that he already has made plans to increase the size of his firm. Manning says that a corporate lawyer at a “high-profile” firm in town has agreed to become his partner in October. — Joel Chineson GOING DOWNTOWN The Rockville, Md.-based solo international trade lawyer Douglas Jacobson, whose clients are largely U.S. companies engaged in exporting and importing, has gone downtown. The Law Offices of Douglas N. Jacobson now has an outpost at 1725 I St., N.W. The decision to open a D.C. office was made “mainly for marketing reasons,” says the 42-year-old Jacobson. “Having a D.C. address is important to attracting clients, particularly in the trade area.” Jacobson started his own practice two years ago after spending 11 years at Dickstein Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky — Joel Chineson EARLY ACHIEVEMENT The Virginia State Bar recognized former Fairfax Bar President Glenn Lewis with its 12th annual Lifetime Achievement Award for his “substantial contribution to . . . family law in the commonwealth” on June 18. “It’s quite unbelievable to get a lifetime achievement award when you’re 51,” he laughs. Lewis’ 12-lawyer firm, the Lewis Law Firm, has offices in Washington, Fairfax, Va., and Rockville, Md., and specializes in family and matrimonial law. According to the bar, Lewis contributed more than 1,000 hours to continuing legal education in Virginia. — Alicia Upano

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