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Minneapolis’s Dorsey & Whitney sure has that killer instinct. In January, Dorsey helped send Seattle’s Bogle & Gates to its grave by luring away eight Bogle partners. Now Dorsey has been spotted near the deathbed of Doherty Rumble & Butler in St Paul, Minnesota, which dissolved in June. Doherty was hit by the calamitous defection of Ralph Morris, head of the agribusiness group, to Dorsey last December. He accounted for 10-20 percent of Doherty’s annual revenue of just over $60 million. “There was certainly no intention to damage Doherty,” says William Johnstone, managing partner of the now-600 lawyer Dorsey. Morris said that he left because he felt that Doherty wasn’t growing fast enough to support his practice.

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