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Bingham McCutchen has lost two longtime litigators who joined the legacy McCutchen firm in the 1970s. James Fowler, co-chairman of the firm’s military base reuse and privatization practice, will be leaving in the coming weeks for an in-house job with Apple, said San Francisco Managing Partner Geoff Howard. Partner Robert Ebe has left for Nixon Peabody’s San Francisco office, his new firm announced Monday. The San Francisco pair’s recent moves follow the departure of three partners in March and two in February. They included Mary Huser, who headed Bingham’s Silicon Valley office and co-led the IP practice, and Christopher Hockett, a former litigation department chief who sat on the Firm Committee, which acts as the firm’s board of directors. Like Ebe and Fowler, at least four of those five lawyers were legacy McCutchen attorneys. In 2002, Boston’s Bingham Dana and San Francisco’s McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen merged to form Bingham McCutchen. Howard said the firm will miss both Ebe and Fowler. Fowler would not comment, but Howard confirmed that Fowler announced last week that he had accepted a job with Apple. Fowler told his colleagues he hoped to be able to leave Bingham by the end of the month and then take some vacation time, Howard said. Apple’s relatively new general counsel, Daniel Cooperman, is also a former McCutchen lawyer. Ebe, who joined McCutchen in 1976, joined both Nixon’s litigation and dispute resolution and its franchising practices. Fowler joined McCutchen in 1972. Ebe said one of the major reasons he joined Nixon was the firm’s franchise practice. “They’re one of the tops in the country in that respect,” he said. He also hopes to take advantage of what he described as the firm’s expanding international presence, collaboration and “significant commitment to California.”

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