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Beleaguered Jenkens is in nonprosecution pact Federal prosecutors in New York City have entered into a nonprosecution agreement with Dallas law firm Jenkens & Gilchrist over its past involvement in illegal tax shelters, a scandal that has already fatally crippled the once-thriving firm. Between 1998 and 2003, the firm’s Chicago-based tax shelter practice provided hundreds of legal opinion letters in support of tax shelters the Internal Revenue Service subsequently deemed illegal. As part of the agreement, Jenkens & Gilchrist will pay a $76 million civil penalty to the IRS, which estimates 1,400 taxpayers relied on the opinions. The firm also has pledged continued cooperation with an investigation of the firm or individual lawyers involved in the tax shelter practice. Epstein Becker grows in New York City Epstein, Becker & Green has recruited seven real estate lawyers from the New York office of Roseland, N.J.’s Lowenstein Sandler. The group is headed by Adrian Zuckerman, the former head of Lowenstein Sandler’s New York real estate practice and a former deputy general counsel of real estate management company Helmsley Spear Inc. Zuckerman will become co-head of Epstein Becker’s national real estate practice. The firm has 380 lawyers in 11 offices nationwide. Littler expands further with Oregon merger Labor and employment firm Littler Mendelson continued its expansion last week with a merger with five-lawyer Portland, Ore., firm Amburgey & Rubin.The addition gives Littler more than 600 lawyers in 42 offices, including ones in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and Seattle. “Portland has experienced tremendous corporate growth and is emerging as a thriving business hub,” said Littler’s president, Marko Mrkonich. Fisher & Phillips opens Philadelphia-area outpost Atlanta-based labor and employment firm Fisher & Phillips is moving into the Philadelphia area with the help of six attorneys from Saul Ewing. The firm opened an Exton, Pa., office last week with three partners, two of counsel and one associate from Saul Ewing. Making the move are partners Christopher P. Stief, David W. Erb and Michael R. Greco. Two ex-Enron lawyers hit with civil fraud charges The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission charged two former in-house �attorneys at Enron Corp. with civil securities fraud last week, as the agency continues to unravel a web of alleged corporate deception more than five years after the once high-flying energy company collapsed into bankruptcy. The charges against Jordan Mintz, who was general counsel of Enron’s global finance group, and Rex Rogers, the associate general counsel, were filed in Houston. The agency said they took part in a scheme to misrepresent transactions in Enron’s financial statements. Judge orders trial over law firm’s settlement A New York trial judge has ordered a trial on whether a law firm that negotiated a huge settlement with the makers of the diet drug combination fen-phen manipulated the settlement in way that increased the lawyers’ share of the money. Supreme Court Justice Charles E. Ramos said there are questions about whether the firm, Napoli Bern Ripka, violated ethical rules in apportioning shares of the settlement money.

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