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Collaring Crime For all those CEOs who’ve been feeling a little jumpy lately, Kilpatrick Stockton has added a new practice area that ought to lessen some fears. The firm announced last week that it has formed a special investigations and white-collar crime team. Previously, the firm focused primarily on antitrust criminal defense work, but this September, Scott Marrah, a former assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, joined the firm, and Kilpatrick branched out into new areas of white-collar defense, such as criminal violations surrounding trademark infringement, health care fraud, and advising companies on Sarbanes-Oxley and USA Patriot Act issues. “We have been working to grow this area,” says Connie Robinson, a partner in Kilpatrick’s D.C. office who was in the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division for 27 years before joining the firm. “It seemed right, since [Marrah] adds such breadth, to create a team around him.” Though Marrah, who will lead the group, is based in the Atlanta and New York offices, the new practice has a significant D.C. contingent, including Stephen Baskin, the managing partner of the firm’s D.C. office; Peter Boyle, a partner in the litigation group; and Robinson. Baskin says the firm is looking to build the practice even more in Washington over the next year.
Ditching Dick Shannen Coffin, the former counsel to Vice President Dick Cheney, may have exited the Bush administration at the beginning of the month, but he certainly hasn’t left the practice of law. Coffin will return to Steptoe & Johnson early next year after an undoubtedly much-needed break and will be practicing civil appellate law and general commercial litigation. He will also be involved in two new practices that the firm began this year: He will be doing policy work with legislative and regulatory agencies and will be a part of the firm’s burgeoning crisis management group. Coffin, who joined Steptoe as an associate in 1997 after winning the firm’s writing prize while at Georgetown University Law Center, practiced appellate law at the firm. He also served as deputy assistant attorney general in the Civil Division of the Justice Department in the current administration. Roger Warin, Steptoe’s chairman, says the firm is glad to have Coffin back. “He’s a good friend, although a number of us are on a different side of the political aisle,” says Warin.
Grand Plans Greenberg Traurig is representing a developer in a real estate project that could mean big changes to the city of Manassas Park. American Building Corp. submitted a proposal last week to the town’s city council and to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build a 115-acre mixed-use project called Blooms Grove Station in the Northern Virginia city. The approximately $1.5 billion project would include 5 million square feet of office space, residential buildings, businesses, a hotel, and municipal buildings, including a new city hall and library. Also, the developers have entered a bid to build a campus for 6,200 military personnel and a free monorail. “There is nothing like this project, either in size or in slant, that I know of in the country,” says Thomas Galli, the lead partner on the deal for Greenberg Traurig. He adds that the project uses innovative land-planning, designed to ameliorate traffic congestion, and environmentally friendly procedures such as storing rainwater for use in irrigation. Several other attorneys and practice groups at Greenberg are working on the deal. Joseph Corrigan, a partner in the firm’s government affairs group, is handling the government relations for the developers, and Joe Reeder, the managing partner of the mid-Atlantic region, is providing advice on government contracts and public relations. The city council has 45 days to review the project and gather other proposals. According to the city attorney for Manassas Park, Dean Crowhurst, the city cannot take an official position on the proposal until the review is concluded. But he says that the city is in full support of having the military personnel moved to Manassas Park.
Arbitrate This Attorneys with Covington & Burling scored a win last week for GPC Biotech, a biopharmaceutical company, in an arbitration before a panel from the American Arbitration Association. In 2002, GPC Biotech entered into a licensing agreement with Spectrum Pharmaceuticals Inc. to develop and market a cancer drug called satraplatin. But last year, Spectrum accused GPC Biotech of breaking the terms of their contract by not paying Spectrum certain sublicensing fees, not appropriately promoting the drug in Japan, and violating their co-promotion agreement in the United States. Spectrum sought a termination of the licensing agreement as well as around $15 million in damages. However, the arbitration panel in Boston on Nov. 5 unanimously voted to reject Spectrum’s claims against GPC Biotech. “This was a high-stakes licensing dispute,” says Anthony Herman, a partner at Covington’s D.C. office and the lead attorney on the case. “We are very pleased that the panel sided with our arguments on every claim and gave GPC Biotech a complete defense victory.” The other D.C. attorneys who worked on the case are partner Edward Rippey and associates Benjamin Razi, Emily Porter, and Ted Metzler. Spectrum was represented by Bingham McCutchen, which declined to comment on the matter.
Greener Pastures Ann Klee, the co-chairwoman of Crowell & Moring’s environmental law and natural resources practice, is saying farewell to the firm. In February, Klee is going to General Electric Co., where she will be vice president of corporate environmental programs. She will be based in GE’s main office in Fairfield, Conn. Klee takes over from Stephen Ramsey, who has held the position since 1990. GE is not currently a client of the firm. “It’s a great set of challenges for an environmental lawyer, and not one that I could have found anywhere else,” says Klee. Klee, who began her career at Crowell before going into government, was the general counsel to the Environmental Protection Agency from 2004 to 2006. Prior to that, she was counselor to the secretary of the Department of the Interior. In Klee’s new position at GE, she will oversee environmental health and safety for the company’s 320,000 employees and will participate in GE’s environmental strategies, which include developing more energy-efficient projects. “We will miss Ann very much, but, of course, it is a wonderful honor to know that one of America’s finest corporations turned to her to fill this important role,” says Kent Gardiner, the chairman of Crowell.
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