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WilmerHale, Arnold & Porter Hit $160K With a few more area behemoths last week raising starting salaries to $160,000 for first-year associates, it’s unlikely that any major players will be able to delay matching much longer. The curfew bell hath rung. • Out of the Woods: Disner Fired From McGuireWoods Eliot Disner is out of a job, less than a week after court filings made public his objections to the $49 million settlement negotiated by his firm, McGuireWoods, in an antitrust class action against the parent company of BAR/BRI, the nation’s largest provider of bar review courses. • Purdue’s Pain: Justice Department Gets Plea Agreement in OxyContin Marketing Case Two local plaintiffs lawyers are celebrating the Justice Department’s $635 million plea agreement with the Purdue Frederick Co. and three of its executives over its marketing of prescription painkiller OxyContin. • Getty Gets McKay: Fired U.S. Attorney Lands GC Job at Getty Images Fired U.S. Attorney John McKay has landed on his feet. McKay, formerly the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Washington, will become senior vice president and general counsel of Getty Images. The company is one of the world’s largest distributors of news photographs. • Locked In: Locke Liddell to Merge with Lord Bissell Locke Liddell & Sapp, based in Houston and Dallas, and Chicago-based Lord, Bissell & Brook have agreed to merge and will form a 700-lawyer firm named Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell. • Dealer’s Choice: Sidley Partner Berenson Has Another High-Profile Client Sidley Austin’s Bradford Berenson is working for Susan Ralston, former executive assistant to presidential adviser Karl Rove, who is seeking immunity from prosecution before testifying about contacts between Bush administration officials and lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

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