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After more than a decade at the helm of Arnold & Porter, Chairman Michael Sohn will step down in November. The reason: Sohn, 65, has hit the firm’s mandatory retirement age for leadership positions. “It’s healthy for an institution to look to the next group of people,” Sohn says. He will be replaced by Thomas Milch, 55, an environmental lawyer who began his career at the firm 29 years ago. . . . Meanwhile, lateral movement is happening in Washington’s smaller firms. Health care specialists Epstein Becker & Green snagged three attorneys and a consultant from Baker & Daniels’ D.C. office. The addition of partners Brad Thompson and Ted Mannen, consultant Paul Campbell, and associate Leah Kendall bring the number of health care lawyers to 62. Doug Hastings, chair of Epstein Becker’s health care and life sciences practice, says the new hires will help build the firm’s medical-devices niche. . . . South Carolina-based Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough grabbed four Food and Drug Administration and Federal Communications Commission specialists from Carter Ledyard & Milburn’s D.C. office. The acquisitions of partners Timothy Fitzgibbon and Robert Hoegle and of counsel Thomas Bardo and Mary Diemer bring Nelson Mullins’ two-year-old outpost up to 12 lawyers. Managing partner George Wolfe expects at least one more new hire soon. But the move leaves New York-based Carter Ledyard with just two attorneys in D.C. Still, H. Thomas Davis Jr., a partner on Carter Ledyard’s executive committee, says the firm has no plans to close its office. . . . D.C. firms are still holding the line on associate salaries, but Chicago firms are starting to crack. Last week, Seyfarth Shaw upped first-year salaries from $125,000 to $135,000, following a similar move by Chicago-based Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw.
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