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White-collar defense litigator John Carroll has been elected to a three-year term as managing partner of Clifford Chance’s Americas Region, effective Jan. 1. In this position Carroll will oversee the firm’s six offices in the United States and one office in Brazil. Clifford Chance recently opened four offices in California after hiring 18 lawyers and various staff from Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison. James Burns Jr. will continue to serve as managing partner of the West Coast offices. Carroll said one of his goals would be “integrating with the former Brobeck folks and building our presence on the West Coast.” He said he also plans to increase the firm’s integration around the world and build on its global platform. Clifford Chance has 32 offices in 19 countries and last year had gross revenue of $1.5 billion. Carroll succeeds James Benedict, who has served as the Americas regional managing partner since early 2001. Benedict will continue as a securities litigation partner and head of the firm’s global litigation and dispute resolution practice. Carroll joined New York’s Rogers & Wells in 1992. The firm merged with Clifford Chance in 2000. Prior to joining Rogers & Wells, Carroll spent nine years in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. During that time he served as chief of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force and led the prosecution team against Michael Milken and Drexel Burnham. Carroll, 47, who was recently the global head of Clifford Chance’s regulatory/white collar defense litigation group, represents institutions and their employees in disputes with the government. His clients include individual officers at Enron Corp., Adelphia Communications Corp., Qwest Communications International Inc., ImClone Systems Inc., and one of the four officials, Eric Sorkin, indicted in the Rite Aid financial fraud case. Clifford Chance currently has 67 lawyers in California — 42 in San Francisco, 11 in Los Angeles, nine in San Diego and five in Palo Alto.

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