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McDermott, Will & Emery has lost practically their entire government contracts practice to Vinson & Elkins’ D.C. office. Partners Michael Charness and Kathleen Little, who headed the group, took a bunch of associates and most of their clients with them. McDermott is scrambling to find a new group. “We are talking to a variety of groups, and we will be back to where we were shortly,” said McDermott’s Timothy Waters, the partner in charge of the D.C. office. Charness says he is going to Vinson because “they have a wonderful group of clients for us.”

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