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06/05/07

ALM declares Watkins Ludlam as "Go-To Law Firm" for litigation


The American Lawyer Media (ALM) has named Mississippi law firm Watkins Ludlam Winter & Stennis as the "Go-To Law Firm" for its litigation practice. The firm will get recognition as "Go-To Law Firm" in a national reference guide the ALM will release at the end of June 2007. The nominees are selected from the results of the ALM's national survey of general counsels among leading financial services companies. To identify the "Go-To Law Firm," the ALM also conducts a thorough research and analysis of various public filings and resources. With more than 70 lawyers, Watkins Ludlam Winter & Stennis is based in Jackson and has offices in Gulfport and Olive Branch.

Joel Voran, new CEO at Lathrop & Gage
Assuming office of the chief executive officer, Joel Voran, the new CEO at Lathrop & Gage, L.C., looks toward further expansion and maintaining the firm's record progress. Andrew Ramirez, chair of Lathrop's selection committee, stated that besides Voran, the members also elected three representatives on the executive committee. Voran has 29 years of experience working for the firm before embarking on the newly assigned role of CEO for a three-year term, effective immediately. The post lay vacant after its incumbent Tom Stewart had resigned mid-May. If need be, Voran can continue to serve for another two additional terms also. Currently, Voran serves as the chair of the firm's Wealth Strategies practice group.

Of the three executive committee members, Bill Beck has been re-elected for the second term, while Allison Bergman and Bill Rudy are new additions to the group. They will assume office on July 1. Voted as one of Kansas City's 51 Most Influential Women, Bergman specializes in real estate and public law; while Rudy, an IP litigator, is serving as chair of the firm's IP division. Prominent Midwest full-service law firm, Lathrop & Gage, L.C., has around 280 attorneys in its 10 offices spread all over the country.

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Good news for 58 million Americans having a farting problem! Rest all your worries as Conant has innovated a gas mask that filters the obnoxious fumes you leave to permeate the air! Phew! If you are eagerly pouring through the lines, let me update you on how he came across the idea of this remarkable "pad". This innovator, Brian Conant, 48, was a National Guardsmen. Once, around eight years ago, while on a training session in Hawaii and wearing a heavy chemical warfare suit lined with charcoal, he farted. Post-effect was a mixed bag of emotions for Conant. One, he was sorry he thundered; two, he was amazed that the thunder wasn't tagged along with poisonous fumes. Smart Conant applied a similar technique to alleviate similar woes in fellow countrymen, who, says the American College of Gastroenterology, total at around 58 million. The pad which costs $12.95 is long, narrow, and washable. It is lined thinly with charcoal, which absorbs chemicals, including hydrogen sulfide, a byproduct of the bacteria that causes the fart to smell! The pad curves to body contour and is one size fit-all. Don't fret! For those who fall outside this category; Conant has also come with an "overpad." Just one last question: Conant, what took you so long, huh?

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