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BROBECK TRUSTEE SUES EX-CHAIRMAN SNOW Former Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison Chairman Tower Snow Jr. has been sued for $2.7 million by the trustee of the bankrupt Brobeck estate. As of Monday, Snow was among 224 former Brobeck partners to be hit with individual complaints by trustee Ronald Greenspan. The suits demand that partners pay back distributions they received in 2001 and 2002, when Greenspan says Brobeck was insolvent, as well as 2002 bonuses, capital that had been returned to them, and, in some cases, recourse debt. Greenspan claims Snow should pay back $2 million he received in 2001 distributions, $503,000 in 2002 distributions plus $237,000 of capital that was returned to him after he left Brobeck in 2002. Former corporate rainmaker Warren Lazarow is on the hook for the most money, $3.1 million. Following him are John Hilson, former managing partner of the firm’s Los Angeles office, whom Greenspan claims owes the estate $3.07 million; litigator Steven Zager, hit up for $2.93 million; and intellectual property rainmaker Douglas Olson, on the hook for $2.88 million. Lazarow and Olson were on Brobeck’s policy committee, which decided to disband the firm in January 2003. Greenspan had extended a settlement offer to each partner, which he said was “a small fraction” of the amount of liability he laid out in his complaints. The first deadline for accepting the offer is Jan. 31. Also of note in Brobeck’s bankruptcy proceedings, Baxter International Inc., which was one of the firm’s biggest clients, has sold its $655,716 claim against Brobeck to Revenue Management Corp., a company that buys bad debt. — Brenda Sandburg GOVERNOR TAPS TWO FOR SAN DIEGO BENCH Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has appointed two San Diego area attorneys to the San Diego County Superior Court bench. Francis “Frank” Devaney, a deputy city attorney, and Timothy Taylor, a civil litigator, were both appointed to the bench on Monday. Devaney, 50, is a Santa Clara University School of Law graduate who began his career as a deputy city attorney in the criminal division in 1983. He later moved to the civil litigation division where he worked until becoming the head deputy city attorney in the office’s trial unit in 2001. Devaney, who lists no political party affiliation, fills a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Vincent DiFiglia. Taylor, 45, is a civil litigation partner at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, where he has spent most of his career. He also served on the State Bar Commission on Access to Justice and as the Southern District’s lawyer representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. Taylor earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. He declares no registered political affiliation. His appointment will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Eugene Mac Amos Jr. State judges earn $139,784. — Jill Duman NO-SHOW LAWYER IS SUSPENDED FOR 30 DAYS San Francisco lawyer Raul Aguilar, sanctioned last year by the state Supreme Court for lying about missing an oral argument, has been suspended for 30 days. In issuing the order on Thursday, San Francisco-based State Bar Court Judge Pat McElroy said the Aguilar & Sebastinelli partner had committed acts of dishonesty by “repeatedly lying” to the Supreme Court. The judge also said Aguilar failed to maintain respect for the court by not assigning a lawyer to appear at oral argument. “Specifically, by failing to appear — either in person or through counsel,” McElroy wrote, “respondent harmed the administration of justice by wasting the time and resources of the California Supreme Court.” Aguilar was sanctioned $1,000 by the high court in September and referred to the State Bar for discipline after the justices ruled that he had lied to them about his reasons for missing oral argument on Feb. 10 in Sacramento. Attorney Allen Kent, who had handled that case until resigning from Aguilar’s firm five days before the argument, was fined $250, but not referred for discipline. The State Bar order, to which Aguilar stipulated, requires Aguilar to pay State Bar prosecution costs of about $2,000, plus any outstanding State Bar Court costs. It also places him on probation for two years, requires him to take one hour of legal education in law office management, attend ethics school and pass the State Bar’s multi-state professional responsibility exam. The order notes that Aguilar, admitted to the California bar in 1973, hadn’t been involved in any previous misconduct in his more than 30 years in practice. — Mike McKee

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