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LIKE IT OR LEAVE IT San Francisco District Attorney Terence Hallinan told his prosecutors, in effect, to go along to get along or get out. Hallinan issued the message in a memo reaffirming his support for Chief Deputy Darrell Salomon. Hallinan apparently decided he needed to reassert control of his 120-attorney office after a group of top prosecutors confronted him over their displeasure with Salomon. Seven assistant DAs — a group which one attorney dubbed “the Samurai Seven” — marched into Hallinan’s office after they lunched at a nearby restaurant, to make the DA aware of what they considered Salomon’s sandpaper-like comments and haughty attitude. Although they didn’t go in “asking for his head,” said one prosecutor, they made clear their displeasure with Salomon. And although Hallinan issued his memo reiterating his support of Salomon, he also reportedly “balled out” his chief deputy for letting the situation deteriorate. “Whatever else,” said the prosecutor, “Terence wants the troops to be happy.” Several other prosecutors said that since Salomon has imposed his hard-nosed style, office morale has plummeted. Veteran prosecutors say they are concerned that several of Hallinan’s hires are polishing their r�sum�s and looking for employment elsewhere. From The Recorder HEAD HUNTED As managing attorney of the Short Hills, N.J. office of Edwards & Angell, securities partner Christine Marx presided over the firm’s New Jersey expansion. Now one of the largest national firms in the state, the office has 20 lawyers. Make that 19. After 17 years with the firm, Marx decamped last week for an even bigger operation, expansion-minded Duane, Morris & Heckscher, the Philadelphia firm with 24 lawyers in outposts in Cherry Hill, Princeton and Newark, which is where she’ll be. Marx, whose clients include several privately held dot-coms, says her move to Duane, Morris was initiated by a call from a headhunter, not by one of those partner-to-partner “let’s-have-lunch” dates. “I don’t do lunch,” Marx says. “Life is too short.” Replacing Marx as managing attorney at her old firm will be Robert Novack, who knows the job. He was managing partner of Short Hills’ Budd Larner Gross Rosenbaum Greenberg & Sade before he defected to Edwards & Angell during Marx’s stewardship. From New Jersey Law Journal JUSTICE DELAYED Texas state representative Tom DeLay has turned to a longtime ally, former Arkansas Congressman Ed Bethune, to defend him in the campaign finance racketeering suit filed by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. The suit accuses DeLay, the House Majority Whip, of pressuring contributors for donations in exchange for support of certain legislation. Bethune, who served in the House from 1979 to 1985, is a partner in the D.C. office of Houston’s Bracewell & Patterson. He defended former Rep. Newt Gingrich when the then-speaker of the House was brought up on ethics charges in 1996. Bethune calls the RICO suit “a real stretch. As a former member of the House, I regret that we are returning to the days of recrimination.” Bethune will defend the case with partner John Cope. From Texas Lawyer FORMER JUDGE OBJECT OF CLIENT’S SUIT A Barnstable, Mass. Superior Court jury awarded Judith Meyer $750,000 after finding she was inadequately represented by her lawyer, Augustus Wagner Jr., a former Superior Court and District Court judge, during a 1989 divorce proceeding. Meyer claimed she lost money in her divorce settlement as a result of Wagner’s failure to protect her interests in two properties: A house worth $1.8 million and a vacant, 21-acre lot worth $800,000, according to her current lawyer. Meyer’s ex-husband sold the properties for less than market value, and, as a result, the mortgages on the property were foreclosed. Harold Meyer, a wealthy real-estate developer, left his wife and kids in 1989 to marry a 21-year-old woman. From American Lawyer Media

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