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NO ‘MOONLIGHTING’ FOR LARRY SONSINI AT EQUITY FIRM Larry Sonsini won’t be moonlighting after all. The chairman of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati had been considering a job with Silver Lake Partners, a private equity firm in Menlo Park, but the discussions recently broke off. For a time, though, Wilson Sonsini partners were a bit worried about the fate of the firm. Sonsini assured them at a partnership meeting earlier this month that he never intended to leave Wilson Sonsini. Instead, he had apparently discussed taking a part-time post at Silver Lake. Sonsini did not return a phone call and Jim Davidson, a co-founder of Silver Lake, declined to comment. “Larry’s an extraordinarily high-profile and talented person, and he’s regularly approached for opportunities,” said Wilson Sonsini spokeswoman Courtney Dorman, adding that she could not discuss the particulars of any offer. Silver Lake Partners was founded in 1999 to make large-scale investments in leading technology companies. The firm already has a prominent Wilson Sonsini alum in its ranks. Alan Austin, one-time managing partner of Wilson Sonsini, joined Silver Lake two years ago as a managing director and chief operating officer. There has been frequent speculation about what will happen to the firm when Sonsini retires. The last time Sonsini considered taking another job was in 2003 when he was offered chairmanship of the New York Stock Exchange, which he turned down. In February, Sonsini gave up his role as CEO to partner John Roos, and Jeffrey Saper became vice chairman. At the time, Sonsini said the change was not about instituting a succession plan but positioning the firm to become a national powerhouse. For now, though, the firm will have Sonsini’s undivided attention, and the Silver Lake talks are a thing of the past. “It all happened quickly and disappeared quickly,” one partner said. &# 151 Brenda Sandburg IT’S NICE TO BE NEEDED Oakland criminal defense attorney Daniel Horowitz thought he was just going to be talking about Susan Polk’s murder trial on TV � until he spoke to Polk. Now he’s her attorney. The Orinda woman is charged with stabbing to death her husband, Felix Polk, whom she met when she was 15 and he was her therapist. Until last week, Polk planned to represent herself � and cross-examine her own son, the prosecution’s main witness. Horowitz, a frequent guest on legal gabfests on cable TV, planned to provide commentary for several shows about the Polk trial. “First I just wanted to meet her so I could be a good TV commentator and get a good gig with CNN,” Horowitz said. “Then I felt this lady is innocent. I don’t feel that too often.” “After three days of talking,” he said, “she looked at me and cried and said, ‘Would you please be my lawyer?’” Last Monday, Contra Costa County Superior Court Presiding Judge Thomas Maddock appointed Horowitz and defense attorney Ivan Golde as Polk’s attorneys. Horowitz says he’s caught some heat from his friends in the media. He knows Polk’s trial isn’t nearly as interesting to TV viewers if she’s not representing herself. But he thinks he’s got the case of a lifetime. “Why did I spend 26 years to be a lawyer? Because I wanted to be good enough to win this case,” he said. “This is the person who needs me more than anyone who has ever needed me.” � Warren Lutz ‘FIRM’ MAKES LATERAL MOVE NBC’s “The Law Firm,” a reality TV series unceremoniously pulled from the air earlier this month due to miserable ratings, has found a new home. Bravo will broadcast all eight episodes starting at 8 p.m. Tuesday. In the show � a behind-the-scenes look at real trial lawyers in action on real cases � 12 young litigators vie for survival and a prize of $250,000. And what cases they are: dog attacks, fake cops, playful terrorist threats, dominatrix Web sites. And that’s just the first two episodes. Host Roy Black, a partner with Miami’s Black, Srebnick, Kornspan & Stumpf, plays coach, critic and mentor. Not an easy job. � Candice McFarland

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