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Seyfarth Shaw has poached Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman partner David Roseman to anchor its entry into the West Coast real estate market. Seyfarth, traditionally known for labor and employment, has been adding corporate and real estate capabilities in an effort to become more of a full-service firm. “We are the preeminent firm in the country in labor and employment,” said J. Kelly Bufton, who heads Seyfarth’s real estate practice. “We don’t view that as an area with a lot of expansion capabilities.” Seyfarth already has one real estate partner in Los Angeles. With Roseman as a senior partner, Bufton said the firm hoped to attract more lawyers to its West Coast real estate practice. The firm has plans to hire more partners as well as associates in both L.A. and San Francisco. It also has an office in Sacramento. “We are trying to identify partners and get them in,” Bufton said. Over the past five years, the firm has grown its real estate ranks from 20 to 80 lawyers. Part of that growth came with the acquisition 2 1/2 years ago of Chicago-based D’Ancona & Pflaum, a full-service firm with a large real estate capability. “We are committed to meeting the growing demand from our clients for representation in real estate matters and welcome David’s experience in this area,” said J. Stephen Poor, Seyfarth’s managing partner, in a prepared statement released Wednesday. Roseman, who has long represented real estate developer Shorenstein Co. in its transactional work, starts Friday at Seyfarth. He served as an associate at Shearman & Sterling with Doug Shorenstein, who now heads the company. Meanwhile Pillsbury partner Robert Herr, who works in the firm’s San Francisco office, was long affiliated with patriarch Walter Shorenstein. Herr did not respond to a telephone call Wednesday. Roseman wasn’t available for comment as of press time Wednesday. Bufton would not confirm that the Shorenstein account would be following the attorney to Seyfarth. For Pillsbury, this is the most recent blow to the firm’s real estate practice. Earlier this year, the firm lost Lewis Feldman to Goodwin Procter. Partner Michael Meyer and four other real estate partners left Pillsbury’s L.A. office for what is now DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary in January 2004. Contacted Wednesday, Feldman said “Seyfarth Shaw is fortunate to have David join them. �I am sure his relationships with Shorenstein will continue, and we wish him all of the best.” Pillsbury spokesman Eric Miller said Roseman was a “good friend, a skilled practitioner, and we wish him well. While we will miss David, real estate is one of the firm’s core practices, and it is strong and growing.”

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