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GLOBETROTTING LAWYER RETURNS FROM TRIP TO IRAN Arthur Fine, a partner at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp in Los Angeles, has traveled to more than 100 countries, including Afghanistan and Ethiopia, in a style he refers to as adventure traveling. He and his wife, Margie, a surgeon, enjoy trekking to the foot of K2 � the towering Himalayan peak � and rafting along the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe. After returning from each trip, Fine shares details of his adventures with a slide show over lunch at Mitchell Silberberg’s offices. His recent adventure to Iran shows how much his presentations have grown in popularity. Two presentations this month each garnered a 50-person waiting list. The presentations are fascinating, said Peter Gelblum, a litigation partner at the firm who attended last week’s slide show. “I do a lot of traveling myself, but I’ve never been to Iran.” Fine, who is the only firm member to organize such presentations, said he enjoys showcasing his trips because it gives him an opportunity to process his travels, conduct more research and educate his co-workers, clients and friends. In his 1 1/2-hour presentation on Iran, Fine incorporated rich details on the country’s history and attractions along with a commentary on its culture and politics. Despite not seeing another American tourist for the three weeks of his trip, Fine said he felt safe. “It turned out my trepidation was entirely unwarranted,” Fine said. Fine discussed archaeological sites, mosques and museums and offered commentary on the country’s treatment of women, food and traffic. “Stop signs � forget them � everyone else does,” he said. “If you’re heading down a one-way street in the wrong direction and cars are coming at you, use the sidewalk. It’s perfectly OK.” Fine “showed a depth of knowledge about a country that has been out of sight,” said Dave Danjczek, who met Fine through Mitchell Silberberg’s work with his company, the Titan Corp. With so many countries under his belt, what does Fine plan to explore next? He paused, then said with a smile, “Antarctica.” � Kellie Schmitt LAWYERS WITHOUT BORDERS Farella Braun & Martel partner William Keane recently put his courtroom skills to use in an entirely untraditional setting � on the film set of “The Skeptic,” a psychological thriller about a lawyer who inherits a haunted house. Starring Tom Arnold, Tim Daly and Zoe Saldana, the movie involves an arrogant civil trial attorney whose personal life careens out of control. “We lawyers very much like to have control over things and plan for a certain outcome,” Keane said, leaning waaaay back in his chair. “This lawyer’s professional life is controlled, but his personal life is anything but.” Keane, a white-collar criminal defense attorney, spent two October days on the set. He counseled writer and director Tennyson Bardwell and crew on the details of a courtroom setting, such as what items should appear on the counsel table, how a judge uses a gavel and the likely demographics of the jury. “I’ve never done anything in the movies before,” Keane said. “It was a very interesting change of pace from my firm work.” Keane has 6 1/2 years of federal prosecution work under his belt and eight at Farella. Keane said the biggest eye-opener in the experience was “how hard movie people work.” He said it reminded him of trying a case in court because of “all the work that goes behind the scenes for a few precious moments on camera.” The movie will hit theaters some time next year. � Petra Pasternak PASSING ON LESSONS While American firms rush to set up shop in China, Chinese firms are beefing up on the principles of western management. Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman Chair Mary Cranston has just returned from China, where she spoke to Chinese law firm leaders about “Managing a Modern Law Firm for Profit and Success.” It was part of the International Bar Association’s first event in China. Each of the panels, held Nov. 1 and 3 in Beijing and Shanghai, respectively, drew about 150 Chinese lawyers. “I was the only American law firm leader,” said Cranston. “The Chinese lawyers were grilling me much more than the U.K. law firms because I think they saw the American system, which compensates lawyers on merit and year-to-year performance, as better than the lockstep system [adopted by many British law firms].” Also among the speakers were partners from Allen & Overy; Linklaters; Gide Loyrette Nouel; Clifford Chance; and the Asian operations of White & Case. According to Cranston, Chinese firms are for the most part groups of lawyers who share profits. Most don’t yet allocate a pool of dollars for management. “They are struggling with how to develop their lawyers,” said Cranston. “They can see there is a huge marketplace, and they know they need a different model of organization.” Still, Cranston said the Chinese firms are quickly catching up with their American counterparts. As of 2000, there were less than 100 firms in China, she said. And today there are about 400. Meanwhile, Pillsbury has filed its own application for a license to open shop in Shanghai. “It takes awhile,” Cranston said. “We’re working on it.” � Marie-Anne Hogarth

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