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UPDATES Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman announced a new Climate Change andSustainability Practice Group. The group will advise clients on the changingstandards and regulations relating to greenhouse gases. Attorneys from thefirm’s environment, land use and natural resources, litigation, publicpolicy and finance sections will contribute to the group. A wide range ofbusiness, including utilities, energy producers, chemical companies andmanufacturers will be affected by new emissions reduction regulations.”Climate change is just a piece of the larger sustainability issueconfronting companies today,” said Sheila Harvey, a partner in the firmsWashington office. “It is creating the need for a broad-based practicedrawing on multiple legal skill sets.” Schiff Hardin, a firm founded in Chicago in 1864, will absorb SanFrancisco-based Morgenstein & Jubelirer’s 35 attorneys in its largestcombination ever, using the transaction to open its first West Coast office,the two firms said. The new Schiff Hardin office will open at the start ofnext year. The firms have worked together for 20 years on various cases,mainly related to product liability issues, and have shared clients,including Owens-Illinois Inc. and Georgia-Pacific Corp., said Ron Safer,managing partner of Schiff Hardin. Schiff Hardin, which already has officesin New York, Atlanta and Washington, will have nearly 400 attorneys afterthe combination. New Orleans-based Phelps Dunbar has acquired 10-attorney Terriberry, Carroll& Yancey. The addition will boost the admiralty practice of 275-attorneyPhelps Dunbar, which has seven offices, mostly in Louisiana and Mississippi.Terriberry�s clients include owners, operators and insurers of cargocarriers traveling in and out of deepwater ports. It also has a significantmarine pollution practice. Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker has added five attorneys to its intellectual property practice in Washington from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. Joining the firm as partners are Larry Gotts, former leader of Pillsbury Winthrop�s national intellectual property group, and Michael Bednarek, leader of his previous firm�s financial institutions intellectual property practice. Joining Paul Hastings as of counsel are Aslan Baghdadi, Mark Koehn and Elizabeth Roesel. San Francisco corporate and securities attorney with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, Michael J. Halloran, was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff and Counselor to SEC Chairman Christopher Cox. Halloran is currently senior partner with the firm’s 250-lawyer corporate securities worldwide practice group and founded Pillsbury’s Washington office in 1979. Cox said in a statement Monday that Halloran will advice the chairman on Securities and Exchange Commission programs to promote investor protection, capital formation and healthy markets and will assist Cox in overall commission management. Halloran left Pillsbury briefly to serve as general counsel and group executive vice president for BankAmerica Corp. from 1990 to 1996 and was the company’s chief lawyer worldwide, heading a 200-lawyer organization. He is also lead author and editor of Venture Capital and Public Offering Negotiation, covering formation of venture capital funds, taking companies public and making venture capital investments. During his tenure with Pillsbury he represented investment banks and funds as well as public and private issuers and boards of directors. New partners Bryan Cave: Nir Yarden joins the financial services practice as partner in the firm’s New York office. He was previously of counsel to the corporate and securities group in the New York office of Greenberg Traurig. Dykema Gossett: Gary Gordon joins the government policy department as partner in the firm’s Lansing, Mich., office. He most recently served as chief deputy attorney general for the state of Michigan. Lovells (London): Jason Kaplan joins the U.S. tax practice as partner in the firm’s New York office. He was previously of counsel to New York’s Cahill Gordon & Reindel. McDermott, Will & Emery: Natalia Blinkova rejoins the intellectual property, media and technology department as partner in the firm’s Washington office. She previously served as chief law clerk to Paul R. Michel, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Schiff Hardin (Chicago): Matthew C. Crowl joins the litigation and white-collar/corporate compliance groups as partner in the firm’s Chicago office. He most recently served as first deputy chief of staff in the office of Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. New counsel Greenberg Traurig: Ronald G. Rossi joins the corporate and securities practice as of counsel to the firm’s Denver office. He is the founder and managing director of the law firm Rossi & Co. of Evergreen, Colo. Thacher Proffitt & Wood (New York): Ricardo Ramirez joins the Latin American dispute resolution group as counsel to the firm’s Mexico City office. He previously served as deputy general counsel for trade negotiations at the ministry of economy in Mexico. Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (Palo Alto, Calif.): Seth C. Silber joins the antitrust and trade regulation practice as of counsel to the firm’s Reston, Va., office. He previously served in the Federal Trade Commission as antitrust advisor to Commissioner Jon Leibowitz. New arrivals Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw (Chicago): Four attorneys come on board as partners-in Chicago, Gary Jungels and Olga Loy (private equity); in New York, John D. Ferrell (banking and finance); and in Washington, Steven Wrappe (tax controversy). Jungels and Loy were partners at Chicago’s Kirkland & Ellis. Ferrell was previously a partner at Los Angeles’ Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton. Wrappe was previously at the national tax office of Deloitte Development LLC, where he acted as director of advanced pricing agreements and competent authority services. Laterals Clifford Chance: John L. Graham joins the mergers and acquisitions group as partner in the firm’s New York office. He was previously a partner and co-head of the M&A group at Atlanta’s King & Spalding. Dreier (New York): Five attorneys join the firm’s bankruptcy and corporate reorganization practice as partners in the firm’s New York office-Paul R. Traub, Steven E. Fox, Susan F. Balaschak, Maura I. Russell and Wendy G. Marcari. They were all previously partners at New York’s Traub, Bonacquist & Fox. Ford & Harrison (Atlanta): William Carmell joins the firm’s New York office as partner. He was previously a partner in the labor and employment relations practice in the New York office of Chicago’s Winston & Strawn. Jackson Lewis: Two attorneys join the immigration practice as partners in the firm’s Washington office-Pamela J. Mak and Minnie Fu. The move is a result of the firm’s merger with immigration firm Danziger, Mak & Fu. Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker: Three attorneys come on board as partners-in New York, Joseph O’Malley and Bruce Wexler (international intellectual property), and in Paris, Sandra Esquiva-Hesse (global finance and restructuring). O’Malley and Wexler were both previously partners at Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto of New York. Esquiva-Hesse previously practiced at Clifford Chance. Movers is compiled and written by George Szamuely. Please send material to him at The National Law Journal, 105 Madison Ave., New York, N.Y. 10016, or [email protected] .

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