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Dewey Raids Three Firms The newly wed firm of Dewey & LeBoeuf picked up a troupe of partners in Washington last week. Donovan Picard and Edward Rowe arrived from Hunton & Williams, where Picard was chairman of the international law and dispute resolution group. His practice focuses on international arbitration and litigation. Rowe is also an international arbitration and litigation partner. Lawrence Sung, a registered patent attorney, moved to the firm from Nixon Peabody, while Robert Lorndale, a federal income tax and business lawyer, joined from Ivins, Phillips & Barker. “The addition marks an exciting beginning to the new firm,” says Dewey & LeBoeuf Chairman Steven Davis. “The Washington, D.C., office is experiencing exponential growth, and these high-caliber lawyers will contribute to the quality, scale, and scope of our practice there.” The firm also announced that two Washington lawyers would sit on its newly formed 22-member executive committee: litigation partner Ann Ashton (coming from the LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae side) and tax and international trade partner John Salmon (who was with Dewey Ballantine pre-merger).
Covington’s Rainbow Covington & Burling filed a brief in California Supreme Court late last month in support of marriage equality for same-sex couples. The amicus brief supports San Francisco’s challenge to the California law that prevents same-sex couples from being married in that state. It was filed on behalf of three organizations: the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, the American Psychoanalytic Association, and the American Anthropological Association. The brief argues that California’s separate domestic-partnership status for same-sex couples cannot be constitutionally upheld because it allows for legal rights that purport to be “separate but equal” but in fact are not the equal of marriage. “Domestic partner benefits are not the same as marriage,” says Sonya Winner, a San Francisco partner who is co-chairwoman of the firm’s litigation practice. “Arguments proclaiming �separate but equal’ went out of fashion more than 50 years ago.” Winner argues that the two systems are unequal and that their separation sends a message that same-sex relationships are inferior to heterosexual ones. Winner says it was an acquaintance at the City Attorney’s Office who asked Covington to help with the brief. “Our lawyers do pro bono work all over the political spectrum,” says Winner. “And we respect that one another does that.”
Bingham Bears All There’s a prevailing wisdom among lawyers that clients are won through networking and better work: It’s all about street cred. Then there’s Bingham McCutchen, which for the past several years has embraced advertising. Bingham’s most recent eye-catcher was introduced in May, coinciding with the firm’s update of its Web site. That ad was mentioned on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” and features a computer-generated grizzly bear holding an infant — which represents, perhaps a bit too obscurely, the tenacious but tender skills of firm lawyers. (Said the show’s host, comedian Stephen Colbert: “Let me consult with you: Should I give my baby to a grizzly bear? Yes! But first rub him with salmon and honey.”)

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