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DANGER INC.’S COUNSEL KEEPS PRODUCT CLOSE TO HIS HIP Scott Darling has something in common with Jennifer Aniston. He, too, was drawn to the “hiptop,” a combination cell phone and Web browser you can clip on your hip. But instead of just buying the device, he joined the company that sells it. Darling became senior corporate counsel at Palo Alto’s Danger Inc. two years ago. He was a fourth-year associate at Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian when a friend told him about the cool new company. “I was drawn in by the gadget, the sexiness,” Darling said. The company had raised money and was “pretty hot at a time when things were slowing down in the Valley.” The device — which also allows users to instant message, e-mail and play games — is marketed in the United States as T-Mobile’s Sidekick. T-Mobile is introducing the next-generation product, which is slimmer and includes a camera, at the X Games this week in Southern California. One of the product’s endorsers is none other than skateboarding legend Tony Hawk. The device has a following in the hip-hop community and among software code writers, Darling said. It has appeared in rap videos and also showed up on ABC’s “Primetime” earlier this year when Aniston interrupted her interview by Diane Sawyer to answer her ringing hiptop. For Darling, the biggest perk of the job has been traveling. He’s been to Montreal, Vienna, Dusseldorf, Singapore and the Cayman Islands to hammer out licensing agreements with carriers around the world. Darling’s job also involves talking with the FBI, as Danger receives a couple of subpoenas a month for information about its consumers. In one case, a man allegedly tried to use the device to create an alibi during a bank robbery. Darling said a company engineer showed that a note written on the device had actually been written the day before the robbery. “For a guy who’s 32 and been practicing six years, it’s a fabulous experience,” Darling said. — Brenda Sandburg CAPITOL SWIPE The anti-tort reform Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights has taken aim at Bill Gausewitz, who was recently named by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to head up the Office of Administrative Law. In a slam published in the Capitol Morning Report, a weekday e-mail round-up of Sacramento news, Doug Heller, an FTCR spokesman, blasted the governor’s appointment of Gausewitz, who works for a lobbying group, the American Insurance Association, as its assistant vice president for state affairs. “This nomination is worse than partisan,” Heller opined. “It’s pure special interest payola to the insurance industry which has given Arnold over $1 million in campaign contributions.” The Office of Administrative Law reviews the administrative regulations proposed by more than 200 state agencies for compliance with state standards and then transfers the regulations to the Secretary of State for publishing. Gausewitz is a graduate of UCLA School of Law. His appointment requires Senate confirmation. If confirmed, he will be paid $123,264. — Jill Duman NOT THE MIRACLE DIET Morrison & Foerster attorneys may have imagined they would shed pounds while raising cash during a recent AIDS cycling benefit. After all, they rode 100 miles a day for seven days straight. But the event’s local sponsor, the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, set up so many food stops along the way, some cyclists had to loosen a belt loop when they returned to the office. “They had Clif Bars, pretzels, bananas and these amazing little peanut butter and jelly sandwiches from Ohio,” said MoFo associate Karl Christiansen. “I mean, when does an adult get to eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches?” Christiansen rode with Team MoFo — 12 Morrison & Foerster attorneys, staff members and friends who pedaled 585 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles as part of AIDS/Lifecycle 3 in mid-June. Riders included Laurie Hane, a MoFo managing partner, Paul Friedman, an associate, and Stephanie Chenard, a legal secretary. Each cyclist was required to raise $2,500 to participate in the ride. The MoFo team raised an average of more than $5,300 per rider. Team MoFo has participated in the Lifecycle events since their inception three years ago. Some MoFo cyclists have lost loved ones to AIDS; others have worked for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, which is a longtime client of the firm. MoFo represented the foundation in litigation with Pallotta Teamworks, the previous organizer of the AIDS rides, after the foundation decided not to use the for-profit group to organize future rides. The foundation, citing high administrative costs and other irregularities, defeated the litigation. MoFo Chairman Keith Wetmore is also the latest in a string of MoFo partners to serve on the foundation’s board of directors. Christiansen said the experience of pedaling along the rolling California coastline — at once solitary and communal — mirrored the dynamic of AIDS itself. “At first you think you’re alone, and then you realize we’re all in this together.” — Adrienne Sanders

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