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McDonald Hopkins annexes Chicago firm

Chicago-based 13-lawyer firm Harris Kessler & Goldstein merged operations with Cleveland-based 120-attorney regional law firm McDonald Hopkins. The merger will fulfill McDonald Hopkins' ambition to accommodate its expanding Midwest clientele. The merger adds 13 Harris Kessler's employees to McDonald Hopkins roster, besides its existing 95 attorneys in Cleveland alone. With the move, McDonald Hopkins gained a foothold in the financial center of the Midwest.

Meanwhile, the new Chicago office will be looked after by Steve Harris, Rick Kessler and John Goldstein who will also continue to serve with the same personalized services in corporate law, healthcare, real estate, estate planning, and commercial litigation. McDonald Hopkins' attorneys concentrate in all aspects of business law, litigation, business restructuring, and estate planning matters.

McDonald Hopkins President Joseph LoPresti stated that the firm's merger was part of the move to "push deeper into the Midwest by striking acquisition deals". The recent move follows the firm's acquiring of Detroit auto industry law firm Linedahl Gross Lievois earlier in January 2006. In addition to Cleveland, Chicago, and Detroit, the firm has offices in Columbus and West Palm Beach, FL.

ALM's technology awards announced
ALM's Law Technology News has announced the awardees of its fourth annual Law Technology News Awards program for the best technology use by law firms and in-house legal departments. The winners in the five law firm categories are Oz Benamram, Jo Haraf, and James McKenna from Morrison & Foerster; Judith Flournoy from Loeb & Loeb; John J. Kruse from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft; Pen Volkmann from Holland & Hart; and Chip Goodman, Cheryl Garrett from Winston & Strawn along with the firm's IT Department. The in-house winners are John Theriault and Mary Ann Sarao from Pfizer Inc. The program announced other awards, including the year's Most Innovative Use of Technology by a Law Firm, Most Innovative Use of Technology During a Trial, and Champion of Technology.

Law Technology News provides information on the latest technological advances made for the legal marketplace. Monica Bay, editor in chief of the magazine while commenting on the awardees, opined that the present law firms and legal departments face tremendous pressures for speedy delivery, cost effectiveness, and the best of services. Hence, these firms and technology users display creativity, determination, and spirit in achieving these goals. For the first time, a pro bono award was presented, acknowledging the benefits of using technology to serve the under-privileged sections of the community.

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