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Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton has lured another lawyer from the leadership ranks of the District of Columbia U.S. Attorney’s Office. In August, Daniel Seikaly, the office’s Criminal Division chief, will join the D.C. office of the Los Angeles-based law firm. Seikaly will reunite with colleagues Roscoe Howard Jr., former U.S. attorney, and Mark Nagle, the office’s former Civil Division chief, who joined Sheppard, Mullin in June. Together, the three lawyers with a combined prosecutorial experience of more than 50 years will establish a criminal defense practice for the firm’s D.C. office, which opened last year. “We hope that we can do for Sheppard, Mullin clients what we have done for the government,” says Howard. Pamela Naughton, a California-based white collar lawyer, says, “We afforded them the opportunity to grow a practice from a fairly new office from the ground up.” Seikaly first joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 1980, then left for positions at the Department of Justice and the Central Intelligence Agency before returning to the office in 2001. At Sheppard, Mullin, he will focus on international criminal work, including the terrorism and trade regulation areas. Seikaly says he chose the firm because of the opportunity to help shape the new office and to work with his colleagues again. Meanwhile, the U.S. Attorney’s Office is conducting a nationwide search for candidates to lead the office’s civil and criminal divisions, says spokesman and Principal Assistant U.S. Attorney Channing Phillips. Deputy Chief R. Craig Lawrence is the acting civil chief and a contender for the permanent position, Phillips says. Kenneth Wainstein was selected by Attorney General John Ashcroft in May to serve as interim U.S. attorney. Phillips says Seikaly’s departure will be a “huge loss” to the office, but adds the office is accustomed to attorneys leaving for other positions. “Firms and other agencies recognize the quality of talent we have here,” Phillips says.

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