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05/29/07

Seyfarth Shaw hires IP attorneys, hikes pays


Chicago-based Seyfarth Shaw, LLP, raided competitor Brown, Rudnick, Berlack, Israels, LLP, for three intellectual property lawyers, apart from another IP lawyer from Cesari and McKenna, LLP. All the four new IP lawyers are registered to practice before the United States Patent & Trademark Office.

The trio from Brown Rudnick includes former IP practice group's co-chair Brian Michaelis, besides Thomas Saunders and John Serio. All three of them will join the new firm as partners. Joseph P. Quinn will join the new firm as of counsel. Saunders is a specialist in university technology transfer and Serio is an expert in regulatory affairs. The duo specializes in life sciences.

With the addition of the new attorneys, Seyfarth's IP practice at Boston will have 28 attorneys, while the total strength will exceed 80. Meanwhile, in a bid to retain its top position in the competitive Sacramento legal market, the firm with effect from April 1 has also hiked first year associates' salaries to $135,000 from the current $121,000.

New doors open for Rider Bennett's attorneys
Traditional law firm Rider, Bennett, Egan, and Arundel will close doors May 31. One of the top-drawer firms in Minnesota, the move to shut shop after nearly five decades of business comes as a major destabilizing factor for its more than 90 lawyers and 100 staff. The firm provided services in trial work, business law, and also trusts and estates. Steve Plunkett, managing partner of the erstwhile firm said the old firm's attorneys will continue to serve the firm's clients in their own capacities, either individually as independent practitioners or collectively by opening new law firms, or by joining other law firms as employees.

No sooner the closure of the firm was officially announced, other law firms rallied to rope in the firms' attorneys together with their client-list. Of the 90 plus attorneys, 83 have already changed their addresses to the new ones. Big names like Gray Plant Mooty annexed eight. Bassford Remele took in eight trial lawyers, including Steve Plunkett, while Briggs & Morgan also took a sizeable share of the attorney loot in various practice areas.

The other Minneapolis firms that opened doors to include Rider Bennett attorneys are Ford & Harrison, Moss & Barnett, Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, Halleland Lewis Nilan & Johnson, Faegre & Benson, and Fredrikson & Byron, reports bizjournals.com.

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A woman who weighed 40st gets stuck in the toilet for 14 hours!

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