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With the end of summer, several partners have packed up their files and moved to other firms. Two employment lawyers from Oakland, Calif.’s Crosby, Heafey, Roach & May jumped to San Francisco’s Morrison & Foerster, while Cooley Godward lost a patent prosecution partner to the Palo Alto, Calif. office of Dorsey & Whitney. Outside the Bay Area, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe’s New York office hired three partners away from New York’s Pennie & Edmonds while losing a Los Angeles partner to Manatt, Phelps & Phillips. Crosby Heafey partner Judith Droz Keyes and of counsel Tim Emert joined MoFo the last week of August. They are the latest in a string of lawyers to leave Crosby Heafey; at least 15 partners have left the firm in the last 20 months. Keyes said MoFo’s larger practice and San Francisco headquarters were particularly appealing. “This is a wonderful firm with a number of excellent attorneys in the labor and employment field,” she said. Keyes and Emert joined Crosby Heafey in 1998 when Crosby Heafey merged with labor boutique Corbett & Kane. Keyes was a 22-year veteran of Corbett & Kane, while Emert had been with the firm about 14 years. “This is a volatile market we’re in and a volatile time in our profession and each attorney is making decisions for themselves,” Keyes said of the recent Crosby departures. Among other partners shuffling between firms, Cooley special counsel Ann Pease is set to join the Palo Alto office of Dorsey & Whitney later this month. Pease, a patent prosecutor who left Palo Alto-based Cooley Aug. 30, had joined the firm last year from Pennie & Edmonds. She could not be reached for comment. Minneapolis-based Dorsey & Whitney gained a Bay Area presence in April when it merged with intellectual property boutique Flehr Hohbach Test Albritton & Herbert. Meanwhile, San Francisco-based Orrick Herrington lost Blase Dillingham, a corporate and technology partner in its Los Angeles office, to Manatt Phelps. Prior to joining Orrick Herrington in 1998, Dillingham had been with what was then Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro for 11 years. Dillingham, who started at Manatt Phelps Sept. 3, said the firm offered a growing corporate and technology platform. “Manatt is committed to local expansion and has the legal infrastructure to achieve that goal,” Dillingham said. “Orrick in Los Angles had not been growing in the last three to four years.” Orrick Herrington’s 60-attorney L.A. outpost has lost several partners in the last year, including Mary Neale, the former managing partner of the office who joined Sidley Austin Brown & Wood in July. Neale, a public finance attorney, said she left because of client conflicts. Two other partners went to in-house positions and a third joined the L.A. city attorney’s office. Meanwhile Orrick Herrington is setting up a second shop in Southern California. The firm acquired Lyon & Lyon’s Irvine digs when the firm closed its doors Aug. 31 and took on 10 Lyon partners, one of whom will become of counsel at Orrick Herrington. Orrick Herrington’s New York office also lured away Pennie & Edmonds patent litigation partners Brian Coggio, Jennifer Gordon and Scott Familant.

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