When James Rishwain Jr., Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman’s new chairman, takes the reins in January, it looks as though he’ll have his hands full with issues stemming from the 2005 merger of California’s Pillsbury Winthrop and D.C.-based Shaw Pittman.

Last week a group of six former Shaw Pittman partners who left the firm at the time of the merger filed an amended complaint in their lawsuit against the merged entity in the Circuit Court for the City of Alexandria, Va., claiming the firm owes them millions in unreturned capital contributions and for work they did in the first quarter of 2005.

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