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Large firms’ part-time schedules go unused Just 4.7% of associates and 2.8% of partners take advantage of part-time work schedules at large law firms, according to a report released by the National Association of Law Placement (NALP). Among partners who work part-time, 72% are women, while 89% of part-time associates are women. Staff attorneys and of counsel lawyers show the highest rate of part-time work, at 16%. Some 3.6% of partners work part-time in Chicago, compared with 4% in Washington and just 1.4% in New York. While 96% of large law offices allow part-time schedules, only 44% of those offices permit entry-level attorneys to work part- time. About 1,500 law offices nationwide provided NALP with information about part-time employment. Kirkpatrick, Preston vote to approve merger Partners at Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham and Preston Gates & Ellis have voted to approve a merger of the two firms, effective on Jan. 1, 2007. The new firm, Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates, will have about 1,400 lawyers and 21 offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. In a press release issued last week, Kirkpatrick & Lockhart said it expected revenues to exceed $750 million in 2007. Peter Kalis, chairman and managing partner of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham, will continue serving as chairman. Fried Frank is set to open Hong Kong office New York’s Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson announced last week that it will open a Hong Kong office. Six partners recruited from British firm Simmons & Simmons, led by China region managing partner Huen Wong, will launch the office for Fried Frank. Another three from Simmons & Simmons, including China corporate head Stephen Mok, will come aboard early next year. Those nine partners will be joined by 20 associates. The latest move underscores Fried Frank’s decision not to merge, but to proceed with an international expansion on its own. Merger talks with London’s Ashurst were called off in May 2003. “We’ve successfully achieved our objectives without a merger,” said Valerie Ford Jacob, the firm’s chairwoman. King & Spalding will set up shop in Dubai King & Spalding is the latest U.S. law firm planning to open an office in Dubai, the booming city on the Persian Gulf. Pending approval from its partners, Atlanta-based King & Spalding plans to open the office next month with between eight and 10 lawyers, said Houston-based partner Philip R. Weems, who will be the Dubai office managing partner. King & Spalding’s focus in Dubai will be on Islamic finance, private equity and energy law. King & Spalding is moving lawyers from its Atlanta, London and New York offices to Dubai, said Weems. King & Spalding also hired one associate from Baker Botts’ Dubai office. Former McAfee GC may face backdating charges Kent Roberts, the former general counsel of McAfee Inc., is the next likely casualty in the ongoing stock-options backdating scandal. Lawyers familiar with the case said Roberts will probably be indicted within the next month-or possibly before the new year-on charges related to backdating of stock-options grants. The main issue in the case, the lawyers said, is an options grant Roberts himself received that carries a date prosecutors suspect he altered. Roberts’ troubles first became publicly clear on May 30, when McAfee fired him at a rather early stage in the company’s internal probe of options grants. Reached last week, Roberts’ lawyer, Cooley Godward Kronish partner Stephen Neal, wouldn’t comment on prosecutors’ focus on his client. Hewlett-Packard cuts ties with Larry Sonsini Hewlett-Packard Co.’s board will drop prominent Silicon Valley lawyer Larry Sonsini as its outside counsel, marking the latest fallout from a spying scandal that humiliated the computer and printer maker. Citing a person with close connections to the board, the New York Times reported last week that H-P will replace Sonsini next year. It will end an advisory role that the lawyer has filled since the mid-1990s. H-P spokesman Ryan Donovan declined to comment, saying only that the company continues to have a relationship with Sonsini’s law firm, Palo Alto, Calif.-based Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. It expects to continue to do some work for H-P in the future, said Courtney Dorman, a spokeswoman for the firm.

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