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When the Sierra Aluminum Co. signed a construction contract with Apex Curtain Wall Group in 1997, it became bound to an arbitration clause that also provided for the prevailing party’s recovery of attorneys’ fees. Those clauses later resulted in an award to Sierra of $2.4 million, including $800,000 for its attorneys, led by Ira Genberg, a construction litigation partner at Smith, Gambrell & Russell. Genberg says it’s rare for an arbitrator to award full attorneys’ fees. He says attorneys’ fee awards vary in arbitrations, but generally from 10 percent to 70 percent of the total amount of requested attorneys’ fees is awarded. At issue in the case was a contract dispute over construction services for the San Francisco Civic Center. Sierra was hired to manufacture and engineer the center’s fa�ade, which was supposed to be installed by Apex. Apex, a division of California-based The Edifice Group Ltd., sued Sierra, alleging it had interfered with Apex’s work and used defective products. Sierra counterclaimed, contending Apex had disrupted its work. After 19 days of preliminary hearings and 35 days of evidentiary hearings, an American Arbitration Association arbitrator ruled in Sierra’s favor and awarded Smith Gambrell all of the $800,000 that the firm requested. FOUR JOIN LONG ALDRIDGE Long Aldridge & Norman has doubled the size of its product liability practice by adding four attorneys to the group. They are Charles K. Reed, James B. Manley Jr., F. Faison Middleton IV and Michael R. Boorman. All four were previously with the Atlanta office of Cabaniss, Conroy & McDonald. Reed joins Long Aldridge as a partner. Middleton, Manley and Boorman join as associates. The Long Aldridge product liability group, which is part of the firm’s litigation practice, “is a promising growth area,” says Jeffrey K. Haidet, the firm’s president and chief operating officer. He won’t rule out adding more product liability attorneys “if it made sense like this,” Haidet says. But, he adds, “we’re on the conservative side of lateral growth.” The four new attorneys bring Ford Motor Co., Hyundai Motor Co., Toyota Motor Sales, Lincoln General Insurance and McKeeson General Medical, as well as telecommunications clients to Long Aldridge, Haidet says. In 1999, Reed left Long, Weinberg, Ansley & Wheeler to form the local office of the Cabaniss firm (then called Cabaniss, McDonald, Smith & Wiggins). Middleton and Manley also joined Reed at the Cabaniss firm. All three attorneys had been invited to join Weinberg, Wheeler, Hudgins, Gunn & Dial, the firm that broke off from Long Weinberg in 1999. Ford Motor Co., a former Long Weinberg client, followed the three attorneys to the Cabaniss firm. Boorman, who had joined Weinberg Wheeler, moved to the Cabaniss firm last May. Cabaniss Conroy, a civil litigation and product liability firm, ceased operations on Jan. 31. The firm, which also had offices in Orlando, Fla., Wayne, Pa., and Turnersville, N.J., retained only its Orlando office and has been re-established as Cabaniss, Smith, Toole & Wiggins. Larry D. Smith, name partner at the 13-attorney firm, says the old Cabaniss Conroy tried to venture out of Orlando more than a year ago by establishing the three other offices. “Rapid expansion didn’t work for us as well as we had hoped,” Smith says. He adds that the Cabaniss firm functions better if the attorneys “move in separate directions” as opposed to becoming a “mega-multistate firm.” Long Aldridge has 180 attorneys in Atlanta and Washington. THREE JOIN K&S IN NEW YORK New York attorneys Philip H. Spector, Raymond J. Simon and Caryn Hemsworth joined King & Spalding’s New York office as partners this month. All three became members of K&S’ finance group, where they will practice in lease finance. Spector, Simon and Hemsworth were formerly partners in the New York office of Watson, Farley & Williams. The King & Spalding leasing team represents participants in complex domestic and cross-border leasing transactions. Margaret E. O’Neil, head of King & Spalding’s finance group in New York, says most of the three new partners’ lease finance transactions are worth at least $200 million each. “The addition of these three partners adds important capabilities to our growing structured finance practice,” says Walter W. Driver Jr. managing partner of King & Spalding and chairman of the firm’s policy committee. O’Neil says the three new partners “expect to retain their institutional equity investor clients.” She adds that the firm hopes to attract three to five associates to support the three partners’ work. Watson Farley has offices in New York, London, Paris, Athens, Greece; Singapore, Moscow and Copenhagen, Denmark. The firm has 20 attorneys in its New York office. King & Spalding has 98 attorneys in its New York office, which opened nine years ago and is engaged in litigation, M&A, finance, municipal securities and real estate matters. The firm has 650 lawyers in Atlanta, Washington, New York and Houston, with nearly 40 percent based in Atlanta. Last month, the New York office added Jeffrey Q. Smith, Steven G. Brody, Scott E. Eckas and Susan DiCicco, all from New York’s Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. DAVID LEVY LEAVING NSI David Levy, general counsel for the Atlanta-based National Service Industries, will retire from the company and resign from its board of directors April 4. Levy, 63, served as general counsel of NSI for 27 years and is the company’s executive vice president of administration. “Retiring enables me to devote substantially more of my time to community and other activities that I have enjoyed over the years,” says Levy. He will become of counsel to King & Spalding’s corporate practice group immediately upon his retirement. NSI is a King & Spalding client. LAWYERS’ ORCHESTRA GROWS One year after its inaugural rehearsal, the Atlanta Lawyers’ Orchestra has grown into an aspiring chamber ensemble with weekly rehearsals and several concerts. Flutist Alysa B. Freeman, an associate at Parks, Chesin, Walbert & Miller, founded the orchestra and serves as its president. She says the group had its first rehearsal with six attorney-musicians on Jan. 17, 2000. Since then, the lawyers’ orchestra has gained 14 members, played five concerts and performed at two private parties. But Freeman wants to expand the group further. “We really need strings,” Freeman says, as well as musicians proficient in low brass, double reeds, bassoons, oboes and percussion. Currently, the 20-member orchestra consists of about 10 lawyers and five or six paralegals, Freeman says. The other members do not work in the legal field. “To be true to our name, we want to have 75 percent” of the orchestra’s members in the legal field, she says. But, she adds, “Everyone’s invited.” Freeman says the orchestra hopes to present six concerts this year. The next concert is Sunday, Feb. 25 at 3 p.m. at the William Bremen Jewish Home at 3150 Howell Mill Road. A reception will follow. The Atlanta Lawyers’ Orchestra rehearses every Monday evening from 7 to 9 at the auditorium of the William Bremen home. For more information, call Freeman at (404) 873-8000 or visit http://www.zilleon.com/alo. Briefly … Kilpatrick Stockton has six new partners in its office here. Richard Cicchillo Jr. is an attorney in the business transactions group; Cindy D. Hanson and Christopher B. Lyman are partners in the litigation practice group; Daniel F. Piar is a partner in the labor and employment group; Kenneth B. Pollock is a partner in the finance practice group; and Susan E. Stoffer works in the benefits, compensation and ERISA litigation practice group. The National Board of Trial Advocacy has certified Columbus, Ga., sole practitioner Gary O. Bruce, Eric J. Hertz of Atlanta’s Hertz, Link & Smith, Samuel S. Olens of Ezor & Olens and Robert B. Turner of Savannah, Ga.’s Savage & Turner, as civil trial advocates. The National Trial Advocacy Program administers an application process and certification program for trial attorneys. Litigation attorney Stephen M. Brooks has joined the Smith, Helms, Mulliss & Moore office as a partner. The Charlotte, N.C.-based firm now has 13 attorneys in its office in Atlanta. Nadine Strossen, president of the American Civil Liberties Union, will address the Atlanta Executive Network’s meeting on Feb. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Colony Square Hotel. The Atlanta Executive Network is a business networking organization for gays and lesbians.

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