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CUSTOMS CHIEF BONNER GOING BACK TO GIBSON Robert Bonner is returning to Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher after serving as the first commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Bonner, a former federal judge and a litigation partner in Gibson’s Los Angeles office from 1993 to 2001, left to serve as the commissioner of the U.S. Customs Service in 2001. When the Department of Homeland Security was established, Bonner oversaw the merger of three separate agencies and 42,000 employees into a unified border agency. Bonner’s governmental background will enhance Gibson’s expertise in white-collar defense, corporate investigations and high-stakes civil litigation, according to the firm’s managing partner, Kenneth Doran. It will also bolster any work on public policy issues related to the Department of Homeland Security. Returning to Gibson is “like going home,” Bonner said in a statement. He will split time between the firm’s Washington and L.A. offices. Before his most recent governmental service, Bonner also served as administrator of the Drug Enforcement Agency, as a U.S. district judge in Los Angeles, and as U.S. attorney for the Central District of California. During his previous stint at Gibson, Bonner’s practice focused on business and white-collar crime, complex civil cases, internal corporate investigations and corporate compliance. � Kellie Schmitt REED SMITH OPENS OFFICE IN PARIS PHILADELPHIA � Reed Smith has opened a Paris office with four partners from the Paris firm Rambaud Martel. The new office will operate under the name Reed Smith Rambaud Charot, the latter two reflecting new partners Mathieu Rambaud and Benoit Charot. The four new partners and six associates will handle transactional and litigation work surrounding Rambaud’s mergers and acquisitions practice and Charot’s industrial risk, product liability and white-collar defense work. “Expansion in Paris is largely driven by the needs of clients in two of Reed Smith’s core practices: life sciences and financial services,” Reed Smith Managing Partner Gregory Jordan said in a statement. “Reed Smith’s significant life sciences clients are increasingly active in France, and the capital of Paris also provides excellent opportunities for expanding the firm’s financial services practice.” The new addition brings Reed Smith’s European offices to a total of four, with two UK offices and the 7-month-old Munich office. Reed Smith has been doing work for French businesses and international clients with interests there out of its England offices, which have over 100 lawyers. Instructions from French corporations currently make up 10 percent of the corporate and commercial work done in those offices. � The Legal Intelligencer

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