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Taking On the House A senior partner at Arnold & Porter is taking some time off from the firm, but not for an undoubtedly much�needed vacation. Irvin Nathan has been appointed by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D�Calif.) to be general counsel to the House of Representatives. In his new position, he will represent the legal interest of the House and will advise the leadership, members, and staff. “It’ll be a challenge, and I assume it will be an interesting legal experience,” says Nathan, who practices white�collar and civil litigation. This is not the first “vacation” Nathan has taken from the firm since he started there in 1968. He also served two stints in the Justice Department, one in the 1970s, one in the ’90s. In addition, he was senior counsel to the House Judiciary Committee during its investigation earlier this year into the scandal surrounding the firing of nine U.S. attorneys.
Morrison’s New MP Morrison & Foerster has a new managing partner in the firm’s D.C. and Northern Virginia offices. Alan Cope Johnston is taking over for Brian Busey. Johnston, who is a partner in the IP litigation practice, is no managing partner neophyte. He was in charge of the firm’s Palo Alto office for five years and was also a founding partner in the firm’s D.C. office. Until 2006, he led the litigation group in the firm’s Tokyo office. Johnston plans to boost the offices’ main practice areas, which include litigation, energy, project finance, appellate, and SEC enforcement. “I think there’s real opportunity for us in D.C. and in Virginia, and I want to see if I can contribute to building those two offices,” says Johnston. As to exactly how he will reach this goal, he says, “There’s only one way. You’ve got to hire the best talent.”
On the Move, PR Style Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom may have reached the 2,000�attorney mark, but the firm recently lost two public relations folks in the D.C. office. Susan Jacobsen, formerly Skadden’s business development and public relations officer, has moved to the Association for Corporate Counsel. Jacobsen is the new director of communications and public relations for the organization, which represents in�house counsel and has more than 22,000 members worldwide. Catherine Mosher, who also did PR for Skadden, has changed firms and is now the events and communications specialist at Steptoe & Johnson. Also joining the association are Lucy Jones, as director of business development from Lexis-Nexis; Ellen Zavian, as associate general counsel and director of legal resources from the National Football League Players Association; and Jim Way, as director of membership marketing from the Airline Reporting Corp.
Case Watch Ring one up for Arnold & Porter. The firm notched a big win on behalf of the nonprofit Internet organization Network for Good in a suit against United Way of the Bay Area. The lawsuit � for fraud, misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of contract � was in connection with a donations processing company associated with United Way that neglected to pass along donations to charities. The A&P attorneys successfully argued that United Way was liable for the actions of the defunct company, and on Oct. 19 San Francisco Superior Court Judge Robert Dondero awarded Network for Good more than $4 million in damages. The Arnold & Porter team consisted of James Joseph, a partner in the Washington office, and litigation partners Sharon Douglass in San Francisco and David Oswalt in Los Angeles.
Deal Flow Attorneys at Dickstein Shapiro helped strike a deal for the Carlyle Group, the seemingly omnipresent private equity fund. Last week, Carlyle and the Apollo Group, a public educational provider, joined forces in a $1 billion venture to invest in international post�secondary education. The Apollo Group is investing $801 million, and Carlyle $199 million. “The purpose of the joint venture is to invest in post�secondary education throughout the world and to invest in post�secondary education businesses,” says Neil Lefkowitz, a partner in Dickstein’s D.C. office and the lead attorney on the deal. “We’re a knowledge�based economy, and those with knowledge will do better.”
Keeping Score is a weekly column devoted to the legal business scene. Got a tip? Contact Senior Editor Douglas McCollam at [email protected].

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