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Boston law firms take from Testa, and more There’s one thing you can say about Boston’s legal market: It’s never quiet for long. Foley & Lardner announced last week that 38 attorneys from the Boston office of New York-based employment and life sciences law firm Epstein Becker & Green will join Foley’s business law, litigation and intellectual property departments, effective on Feb. 1. “The Boston market has long been one of the firm’s expansion priorities because of its strategic importance to our national and international life sciences and health care clients and to our private equity/venture capital practice,” said Ralf Boer, Foley’s chairman and CEO. In other Beantown action, Boston’s Goodwin Procter has hired 19 partners from Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, which voted earlier this month to disband. The attorneys will practice in the areas of technology, mergers and acquisitions, life sciences, intellectual property, securities litigation and white-collar crime. Testa Hurwitz voted to dissolve after 10 partners left the firm in December. Some of the partners went to Proskauer Rose’s Boston office and others left for Bingham McCutchen. Five partners from McDermott, Will & Emery also have joined Goodwin Procter. Also last week, Bingham McCutchen announced that three Testa Hurwitz partners will work primarily out of Bingham’s Boston office. Former Stanford dean goes to Quinn Emanuel Former Stanford Law School Dean Kathleen Sullivan has joined Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges as of counsel with the task of building an appellate practice for the Los Angeles firm. Sullivan remains on Stanford’s law faculty and will continue to head Stanford’s new constitutional law center, expected to be launched in the next academic year. She began working at Quinn Emanuel’s Redwood Shores, Calif., office last week. “Quinn Emanuel made an irresistible offer,” Sullivan said. “They gave me carte blanche to build an appellate practice from scratch.” Sullivan said she has been creating lawyers for 20 years, and the chance to work in a new capacity was exciting. She said she also hoped to build a synergy between Quinn Emanuel and the pro bono work to be done through the constitutional law center. Brobeck trustee sues former partners for pay Ronald Greenspan, the trustee of Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison’s bankruptcy estate, didn’t wait for former Brobeck partners to respond to a settlement offer that he presented in November. He recently began filing hefty individual suits against some 200 partners, asking them to cough up distributions they received in 2001 and 2002, as well as their 2002 bonuses and a portion of Brobeck’s debt to Citibank. Greenspan estimates that the partners “are liable to the estate in the aggregate for approximately $275 million,” according to the complaints. Brobeck dissolved in 2003. Pillsbury mulls a merger After three months of merger talks, Pillsbury Winthrop and Washington firm Shaw Pittman have reached the due diligence phase, according to a source close to the discussions. Pillsbury spokeswoman Crystal Rockwood said she could neither confirm nor deny the report, adding that the firm has talked with numerous possible merger partners but had nothing to announce. Pillsbury’s largest offices are in San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles. A spokeswoman for Shaw Pittman said that firm is also “open to assessing merger opportunities” but declined to comment on any negotiations with Pillsbury. Thomson Corp. acquires Hildebrandt International Legal consulting firm Hildebrandt International is being acquired by publishing giant Thomson Corp., the companies announced last week. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but Hildebrandt will keep its name and continue to operate as an independent business. Bradford Hildebrandt, who pioneered the field of legal consulting when he opened his firm 30 years ago, will continue to direct the business. He said his 35 consultants, based in New Jersey, Washington, San Francisco, Chicago and London, would benefit from Thomson’s international platform.

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