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JUDGE TOSSES KONIG’S SUIT AGAINST STATE BAR A retaliation suit against the State Bar by one of its former prosecutors was thrown out Monday by a San Francisco federal judge. U.S. District Judge Martin Jenkins ruled that Alan Konig, who worked as a deputy trial counsel for about 5 1/2 years before leaving last fall, had raised no issue of triable fact and had shown no evidence of retaliation. “Plaintiff offers only generalities to support his pretext argument, claiming that because he was treated poorly around the time he submitted complaints about judicial misconduct, the events must be connected,” Jenkins wrote in a 33-page decision. “In light of the totality of the record � the court finds plaintiff has failed to marshal significant and probative evidence sufficient to avoid summary judgment.” Konig, employed by the State Bar from May 1999 until October 2004, sued the organization while still employed there in June 2004. He claimed he faced retaliation for reporting alleged improprieties by his superiors and two State Bar Court judges. State Bar officials have contended that they were dealing with an insubordinate employee who refused to follow office rules and continually showed disrespect for his superiors and State Bar Court judges. Jenkins noted in his ruling that Konig’s bosses “had a strong interest in promoting the efficiency of the public services their office performs through its employees and in managing its employees appropriately, particularly where employee conduct hinders the efficient operation of the office.” The ruling is Konig v. Dal Cerro, 04-2210. Related: Judge Mulls Validity of Suit Against BarMike McKee SHEPPARD ADDS GLOBAL BANKRUPTCY SPECIALIST A year after opening a New York office, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton has boosted its bankruptcy practice there by adding Edward Tillinghast III, the former head of Coudert Brothers’ global financial restructuring and insolvency group. Tillinghast’s specialties include corporate reorganizations and restructurings, cross-border insolvencies and creditors’ rights litigation for clients in Asia, Europe and the U.S. special counsel Mary Johnson and associate Malani Sternstein are joining him in the move to Sheppard, Mullin. Tillinghast said he was attracted to Sheppard’s strong finance and bankruptcy practices, and by its plan to push into the China market. Tillinghast advises clients such as American Express Financial, China Export & Credit Insurance Corp., JPMorgan Chase, Marathon Oil, Singapore Airlines and TIAA-CREF in many jurisdictions throughout Asia, Australia, Europe and the U.S. Sheppard “is new in the New York market and growing in a careful and strategic way,” he said. “Expanding into China was something I was quite focused on, and their plan for doing that is very helpful,” added Tillinghast, the former coordinator of Coudert’s Asia-Pacific Restructuring and Insolvency Group in New York. Guy Halgren, the chairman of Sheppard’s executive committee, said Tillinghast’s addition will mirror the firm’s strong West Coast bankruptcy practice. “It’s an established practice, he has an excellent reputation, and he’s the kind of partner you want to have,” Halgren said. Tillinghast joins fellow former Coudert attorneys Kevin Goering in New York, David Huebner in Los Angeles and Edward Lozowicki in San Francisco. � Kellie Schmitt

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