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12 AT PILLSBURY MAKE THE LEAP TO PARTNER Pillsbury Winthrop announced Friday it has promoted a dozen attorneys to the firm’s partnership class effective Jan. 1. Locally, two attorneys were promoted in the firm’s San Francisco office. Craig Bristol, 43, an intellectual property and business attorney, earned his J.D. in 1996 from Santa Clara University School of Law. Devin Rainey Cuyler, 37, an intellectual property and technology law expert with emphasis on transactional work, earned his J.D. in 1994 from the John Marshall Law School. One attorney was promoted in the firm’s Palo Alto office. Mark Danielson, 41, who practices intellectual property law with special attention on patent, trademark and unfair competition litigation, graduated in 1995 from the University of Miami School of Law. Partners were also named at the 700-attorney firm’s offices in San Diego-North County, Orange County, Los Angeles, Northern Virginia and New York. Last year, Pillsbury Winthrop promoted 10 attorneys to partner. — Marie-Anne Hogarth LAWYER GETS 7 YEARS OF BAD LUCK — TWICE NEW YORK — A New York lawyer who thought he was eligible for reinstatement after being disbarred for seven years has been told he must wait another seven. The attorney was not actually disbarred in 1997 because he failed to notify authorities that he had been convicted of a crime. He finally lost his license this year as he was about to apply for reinstatement. New York’s Appellate Division, First Department, last week refused to backdate the disbarment to the time of his conviction. A federal judge convicted the lawyer, Thomas Zichettello, of racketeering in his job as an administrator for the scandal-ridden Transit Police Benevolent Association. Because a felony conviction inevitably brings disbarment, Zichettello said, he assumed it was automatic. He did not report the felony conviction to the First Department or its disciplinary committee as is required by state law, he said. Instead, he “instituted a self-imposed disbarment,” he told the First Department. He did not practice law after serving a prison term and waited the seven years required by New York Judiciary Law to petition to vacate the disbarment. The Departmental Disciplinary Committee learned of his conviction in early 2004 and moved to make the disbarment official. Zichettello in turn moved to date the action back to the conviction date and to be reinstated immediately. On Thursday, a five-judge panel unanimously approved the committee’s recommendation for disbarment and rejected Zichettello’s cross-motion. — New York Law Journal PARMALAT CREDITORS DECRY LITIGATION RULES NEW YORK — The legal war accompanying the collapse of the bankrupt Italian food giant Parmalat is being waged mainly in Italy. But litigation has spread to American courts, and some U.S. creditors of Parmalat are crying foul. An injunction based in bankruptcy law bars the U.S. creditors from litigating in the United States and it has prevented them from defending themselves in cases Parmalat has filed against them in this country, they say. When revelations about Parmalat’s financial troubles appeared last year, the bad news quickly pushed the company into bankruptcy. Executives were fired, investigations were begun here and abroad, and Enrico Bondi took over the administration of the bankrupt company. In the summer, Bondi won a preliminary injunction barring creditors in the United States from pursuing their claims here and pushing them to the Italian courts. Led by Marcia Goldstein of Weil, Gotshal & Manges and a team of lawyers from Curtis, Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle, Parmalat applied for the injunction under § 304 of the bankruptcy code. “It is a coordination statute,” explained Stephen Gross of Robinson & Cole, who is not involved in the litigation. The law allows U.S. bankruptcy judges to stop creditors of bankruptcies administered abroad from pursuing their claims here. It is meant to encourage harmony among countries, Gross said, by having all the creditors pursue their claims in one jurisdiction instead of risking inconsistency in courts around the world. In this case, that meant the Italian bankruptcy system. — New York Law Journal DASCHLE AND HIS STAFF ARE MUCH IN DEMAND WASHINGTON — Election Day was brutal on Democrats — especially Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota, who narrowly lost his bid for a fourth term. But the soon-to-be-former senator is a big fish that law and lobby shops and corporations would pay top dollar to snatch up. Though Daschle is the marquee name, he isn’t the only potential lobbyist who may emerge from the minority leader’s office. He has a top-notch staff with particular expertise in health care issues. “He has a team around him that’s very dedicated and very loyal,” says Anthony Podesta, co-chairman of PodestaMattoon. Anne Urban, a lobbyist with Venn Strategies and a one-time aide to Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., says Daschle “has one of the best and most well-respected staffs on the Hill.” Some of the standout prospects on Daschle’s staff include Mark Childress, his chief counsel; Pete Rouse, his chief of staff; and Nancy Erickson, his deputy chief of staff. A number of Daschle’s leadership and committee staff members are likely to remain on the Hill. A handful of lobby shop managers contacted for this article say they have not yet approached Daschle. But Democrats as well as Republican lobbyists say there’s no doubt that Daschle will be a sought-after commodity. And his D.C. opportunities could include lobbying and corporate board jobs or a gig with a foundation, think tank, investment bank, or university. Daschle’s wife, Linda, is a senior public policy adviser at Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz. — Legal Times

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