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Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker lured partner Thomas Shoesmith away from Cooley Goodward this week, possibly to help the national firm bulk up its international expertise in Northern California. Shoesmith, who joined Cooley in 1998 from Baker & McKenzie, was the coordinator of Cooley’s international practice group. He did much the same kind of work for Baker. He founded and had been chairman of the firm’s Southern California international and Latin American practice groups. Shoesmith did not return a call for comment by press time. Paul Hastings referred inquiries to Shoesmith. Final details of Shoesmith’s move were apparently still being worked out. At Cooley, Shoesmith counseled clients on structuring international transactions and represented international corporations doing business in the United States as well as emerging growth companies with business overseas. Paul Hastings has been trying to grow into a national presence in recent years. The Los Angeles-based firm brought on board some 130 lawyers from New York’s Battle Fowler last summer to gain a foothold in the Big Apple. With offices in London, Tokyo and six states, the firm, which grossed $388.5 million last year, is also working to become an international player. The designation has been hard won, said Peter Zeughauser, a principal at ClientFocus, a law firm consultant in Corona Del Mar, Calif. Adding to its international expertise is no surprise, he said. The firm has made some smart moves branching out, he added, like opening an office in Stamford, Conn., to cozy up to General Electric Co. and GE Capital Corp., where partners had key contacts. Zeughauser said Paul Hastings also was shrewd to move into Atlanta to take advantage of the burgeoning local economy there.

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