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RICH GUY Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the richest practicing attorney of them all? One can never really know with all these tobacco settlements, but don’t overlook Deryl Hamann, of Omaha, Neb. During the 1980s and 1990s, Hamann ran Baird, Holm, McEachen, Pedersen, Hamann & Strasheim (est. 1873), and still practices banking law there. In his free time, though, he has assembled a banking empire that now includes 47 offices throughout the Midwest and boasts $1.5 billion in assets. These banks throw him and his family about $10 million in yearly income. But Hamann doubts that he’s the richest attorney still on the job — “Not when I read what the hourly charges are at the big-city firms.” From The National Law Journal MEANIE Jim Taylor, 39, is a California Webhead who’s been through two divorces and a few business faceoffs. Unimpressed with counsel, he now joins the legal mockery field with www.lawyerdance.com, which teems with bopping barristers and International Society for the Promotion of Cruelty to Attorneys products, including mugs, cartoons and little figurines of J.D.s in cages. He insists that he avoided being malicious. “Believe me, there were product rejects,” he says. A lawyer voodoo doll, however, will be available in a few weeks. From The National Law Journal SELF-REVERSAL Give Anne Thompson an ‘A’ for admitting a mistake, if not for math skills. The chief judge for the District of New Jersey filed an amended financial disclosure form after facing flack over an expense-paid trip she took to Montana in 1996. Thompson ended up on the front page of The Trentonian under the headline, “Junket Judge Thompson — Questions Surround Local Jurist.” She was one of 19 federal judges named by the Community Rights Counsel of Washington, D.C., which assists state and local governments in defending land use laws, for failing to report junkets taken at the expense of private organizations. “All I can tell you is it was an oversight,” Thompson says of the record-keeping mistake. In Thompson’s case, it was a five-day seminar called “Environmental Economics and Policy Analysis” at a Spanish-style resort that offered horseback riding, fishing and a nightly cocktail hour. The event was put on by the Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment, a Montana nonprofit funded by charitable trusts and foundations. The conference was worthwhile in preparing her for environmental cases, Thompson says, adding that she did not discern any ideological bent in the seminars. From New Jersey Law Journal AH, SWEET REVENGE What goes around comes around. After losing nearly 30 lawyers to Howrey Simon Arnold & White earlier this year — including former name partner James Rill — D.C.’s beleaguered Collier Shannon Scott is rebuilding. Last week, the 77-lawyer firm announced the addition of three new antitrust and intellectual property partners. Ironically, two of the newcomers, Thomas Gilbertsen and Richard Kjeldgaard, hail from none other than Howrey Simon. In addition, Collier Shannon picked up Michael Knight of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division. Managing partner William Scott calls the Howrey connection “pure coincidence.” But Gilbertsen says he sees similarities between the two firms: “Collier really reminds me of Howrey & Simon when I first went there in the eighties.” He adds, “Howrey had been through some troubles and boiled down to a core group of believers. I think Collier is in the same position today, and I wanted to get in on the ground floor.” From Legal Times

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