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Perry returns to Latham

Philip J. Perry rejoined Latham & Watkins' Washington, DC, office as a partner in the Litigation Department. Perry will handle a range of regulatory and national security matters in the firm apart from litigation, arbitration, and Congressional investigations. He will also chair Latham's Public Policy Practice Group.

Perry, who earlier served as a partner at Latham, moved on to hold several positions of prominence in the U.S. government. He served as the General Counsel for several U.S. Departments such as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS); and the White House Office of Management and Budget. He was also the acting Associate Attorney General supervising the Justice Department's civil, tax, environment and natural resources, and antitrust and civil rights divisions. In addition, Perry also served as Counsel to the U.S. Senate's Special Investigation of Campaign Finance Abuses, investigating various matters and structuring Senate hearings.

Renowned as a fierce litigation specialist, Perry's rejoining Latham is marked with great expectation at the firm. The global law firm has more than 1,900 attorneys in its 24 offices. It hopes to leverage on Perry's expertise to bolster its litigation, public policy, and homeland security practices firmwide, more particularly in Washington, DC.

Crowell & Moring adds nine lawyer financial institutions team in New York
Crowell & Moring LLP fortified its corporate and litigation practice in New York office with the addition of nine financial services and distressed debt lawyers. The team includes partners William M. O'Connor, Robert G. Frucht, and Evelyn H. Seeler. The new representative institutional and hedge fund team earlier served Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC. They have represented clients that include Wachovia Bank, Lehman Brothers, UBS, and Silver Point Capital. The new addition will make Crowell & Moring's New York office comprise 29 lawyers in just five months of operation.

O'Connor, who leads the team, formerly served as member of Buchanan's Board of Directors and managing shareholder of its New York office. In the new firm, he will lead the New York-based creditors' rights team. The team also includes partners Seeler and Frucht, experienced transactional and trial lawyers. The other six consists of four counsels: Douglas R. Arntsen, Timothy J. Fierst, Prassana Mahadeva, and James Maisano; and two associates: Genelle R. Francis and Jamie Krapf.

The firm is eager to work with the team that is richly experienced with Wall Street connections and the financial services sector. The firm's corporate group serves clients on the transactional side from its U.S. and European offices. The addition will expand the scope of its services, particularly to financial institutions who seek interdisciplinary counsel of an international law firm. Notably, the firm's Corporate Group was ranked by The Legal 500 US-Volume I (Corporate and Finance) for its mergers and acquisitions work in 2006.


Jailer jolted for pot in his potato
Robert Earl Hannon, 37, a Leflore County jail guard, got caught with pot in his potato. The Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics were running an investigation to probe the illegal entry of contraband into the correctional facility, when Hannon, who previously stated that he did not eat potatoes, was served a large serving of mashed potatoes with lunch by an unidentified woman. An immediate search revealed two ounces of marijuana and $200 stashed within the mashed potatoes. Hannon was arrested and released on a $15,000 bond.

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