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04/02/07

Goodwin Procter enters San Diego market


Boston-based law firm Goodwin Procter LLP is continuing its West Coast expansion process. After setting its presence in California, the firm opened one office in San Diego and another in downtown Los Angeles. The new offices will bring the total to four offices in California region. The new San Diego office will be looked after by Stephen C. Ferruolo and Ryan A. Murr, former partners with Heller Ehrman LLP.

Ferruolo has wide experience in corporate practice and technology licenses for companies dealing in biotechnology and medical devices. He also worked in software and telecommunications areas. Murr specializes in corporate and securities law, focusing on securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance matters for life sciences and technology industries.

Goodwin till now used real estate and real estate capital markets to support its West Coast expansion. However, apart from aiming to serve clients on the West Coast, the move to open offices in the area also marks a long-term bicoastal strategy of the firm, revealed Regina M. Pisa, Chairman and Managing Partner of the firm in Boston. The law firm hopes to expand its nationally recognized technology and life sciences practice, as well as its real estate and real estate investment management practice to wider dimensions.

Pisa also remarked that the firm will mutually benefit from its offices in Boston and San Diego. Both the areas are huge markets for biotechnology and life sciences, respectively. The San Diego office at present has two attorneys, but "envisions growing to 25" says Pisa.

Archer & Greiner teams up with Satori Group, Inc.
New Jersey-based regional law firm Archer & Greiner, P.C. has entered into a technology agreement with Satori Group, Inc. Satori provides enterprise class business intelligence and business performance management. Archer & Greiner will take up the firm's Satori i-Performance Legal Enterprise BI and BPM services. A full service law firm, Archer & Greiner serves both corporate and individual clients.

Earlier, the firm also worked with Satori on the Profitability solution project. This project adopted by the firm last year, helps the management to effectively manage growth value, both for the firm and its clients in terms of rates, staffing, and cost-effective practice management. The Satori i-Performance Enterprise is a complete BI and BPM legal suite. The law firm will implement all the components of the Satori i-Performance Legal suite comprising Enterprise legal data warehouse, Planning, Reporting, proCube Platform, Matter Planning, Dashboard, and Online Inquiry.

Law firms have to operate within the ambit of client-driven and price-sensitive legal industry. Therefore, adoption of such software makes law firms look at the costs from client-level, an angle that provides them with a strategic insight. John Tait, Archer & Greiner Director of Finance, said that the firm was highly impressed with Satori's understanding of the law firm's business.

BIZARRE NEWS

Man visits same restaurant five times without paying his tab
What happens when you manage to get off without paying your tab in a restaurant? And would you be fool enough to visit the same place again? Check this out. A gentleman went into O'Charley's restaurant, Bloomington, IN. He ordered two drinks and a rib-eye steak. He received his bill for $25.96. He then excused himself to use the "restroom," and… he walked out without paying. Not once but this guy did the same thing four Wednesdays repeatedly. On the fifth Wednesday, the cops were waiting for him. When confronted about unpaid bills, he offered to pay with a check, reports yahoonews. The restaurant revealed the sad part… they didn't accept checks. The "scofflaw" got nervous and ran. Cops caught him as he dashed to his car door. He is accused of theft and resisting arrest, and is held at the Monroe County Jail on $2,000 bond. Good, you don't have to pay your tabs in jail.

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