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Reed Smith swipes Greenberg’s China chief Reed Smith is bringing aboard Jinshu “John” Zhang, head of Greenberg Traurig’s China practice. Los Angeles-based Zhang said his practice should benefit from Reed Smith’s strong presence in China, most notably its recent acquisition of Richards Butler Hong Kong. “[R]eed Smith has become a force to be reckoned with, with more than 100 lawyers on the ground in China,” Zhang said. Zhang was at Greenberg for seven years. Last month, the firm opened a Shanghai office. At Reed Smith, he will be responsible for the firm’s China work “on this side of the pond,” he said. Zhang’s practice mostly involves M&A deals with Chinese companies and other international businesses, he said. Subprime-related suits accelerating, study finds The unraveling of the subprime mortgage market has generated plenty of litigation and the rate of federal filing has expanded as the market continues to tumble, according to a research report by Navigant Consulting. By the end of 2007 some 278 actions � including securities cases and commercial contract disputes � have been filed, with the majority in the last half of the year, Navigant reported. Filings doubled in the last half of the year, jumping from 97 in the first half to 181 in the second. Almost no one is immune, according to Navigant. It reported that the defendants in these suits were primarily mortgage bankers and loan providers. High court, appellate rulings since 1950 online All U.S. Supreme Court and appeals court decisions since 1950 � the equivalent of 1,858 volumes of case law � have been posted on a Web site created by Creative Commons and Public.Resource.Org, two nonprofit organizations devoted to creating a “legal commons.” Carl Malamud, founder of Public.Resource.Org, said the federal courts have posted decisions online dating to 1995, but earlier cases have been accessible electronically only through paid services often unaffordable to the public, solo practitioners, small law firms and many government attorneys. “The law is based on precedent and you need the appellate decisions at least back to 1950,” Malamud said. “Back to 1995 is not good enough.” Midsize Chicago firm stakes turf in San Diego Bell, Boyd & Lloyd, a midsize Chicago-based firm, has opened its first office on the West Coast, creating a San Diego presence that will focus on providing intellectual property legal services in the life sciences area and also general corporate services. The office is starting up with the arrival of two new partners � Stephanie L. Seidman, a biotechnology scientist and patent attorney joining from Fish & Richardson, and David Fisher, a corporate lawyer who led Fisher Thurber in the city, the firm said in a release. Latham plans to open three Middle East offices Latham & Watkins plans to open three offices in the Middle East, the firm has announced. The firm expects near the end of March to have offices in Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates and in Doha, Qatar, to bolster its presence in the Persian Gulf region. Leading the offices will be Rindala Beydoun, who has left Houston-based Vinson & Elkins as a corporate partner to join the 2,181-attorney firm. The practice will focus on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, project development and finance. Latham & Watkins recently reported 2007 revenues of more than $2 billion, a 23% gain from 2006. It also reported $2.2 million in profits per partner.

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