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Milbank Tweed to close Silicon Valley office New York’s Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy plans to close its 10-lawyer Silicon Valley office. Chairman Mel M. Immergut said last week that the office, though self-supporting, would require a much larger investment from the firm in order to truly thrive. He said Milbank Tweed decided it would prefer to deploy its resources elsewhere, including China, where he said the firm would open an office in about two months. Two partners now work in the Palo Alto, Calif., office, which opened four years ago. Immergut said that all of the Palo Alto associates have been offered opportunities to relocate with the firm. Largest minority-owned firm is set to merge Adorno & Yoss of Miami, the nation’s largest minority-owned law firm with 245 lawyers, is merging with Boston-based Fitzhugh, Parker & Alvaro, the largest minority-owned law firm in New England. Fitzhugh Parker, with 23 lawyers, will become part of Adorno, Yoss, Fitzhugh, Parker & Alvaro. The combined firm will have 20 offices in the United States and elsewhere. The merger represents continued consolidation in the Boston market. Recent mergers include Edwards & Angell with Palmer & Dodge, and Ropes & Gray with New York’s Fish & Neave. Pillsbury looks to cut its administrative staff Barely a week after explaining to the firm’s partnership disappointing year-end results for 2005, the management at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman is dealing with another sticky subject: getting a portion of the firm’s administrative staff to give up their jobs. Managing partner Marina Park isn’t saying how many people the bicoastal firm wants to see leave, but she expects a voluntary buyout program to involve no more than 50 of the firm’s thousand-person staff. If that doesn’t work, she hasn’t ruled out layoffs. “We will take a look at our business and evaluate that” after the firm completes its program, Park said. Park said Pillsbury isn’t holding a similar program for lawyers, nor is it pushing lawyers out or laying them off. The staff has until Jan. 23 to respond to the firm’s severance offer, and the departures would be effective on Feb. 3. Baker Botts hopes to open a Beijing office Baker Botts, which opened an office in Hong Kong in 2005, is seeking to expand its practice to mainland China with an office in Beijing. In December 2005, the 716-lawyer firm filed an application with the Beijing Municipal Justice Bureau seeking a license that would allow the firm to open an office in Beijing. “It’s not in our hands, but we hope to get good news in the first half of the year,” said partner Stuart Schaffer, the head of Houston-based Baker Botts’ global projects group. Schaffer said it’s too early to put an estimate on the number of lawyers who would work in the Beijing office, but the current plan is to open the office with one senior lawyer. That lawyer would likely be a Chinese national or a foreign lawyer with experience working in mainland China, he said. Failed bar exam haunts ex-Stanford dean Failing the California Bar examination may have been a bigger deal than Kathleen Sullivan imagined. By the narrowest of margins last week, the California Supreme Court denied the former Stanford Law School dean’s request to appear pro hac vice for Genentech Inc. in a case involving a $500 million judgment against the company. “The application and motion do not establish grounds for exemption from eligibility requirements,” said the one-page order signed by Chief Justice Ronald George. “They do not show that applicant possesses special expertise in a particular area of the law at issue in this proceeding,” George said. Sullivan, now of counsel to the Redwood Shores, Calif., office of Los Angeles-based Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges, could not be reached for comment last week.

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