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06/08/07

Helms Mulliss & Wicker shows record growth of 62%


The Raleigh office of business law firm Helms Mulliss & Wicker (HMW), PLLC, has reached a record growth of 62 % in the first half of 2007. David Paulson, managing member of the Raleigh office of HMW found the recent growth to be impressive but did not feel it to be the firm's main goal. Acknowledging the firm's accomplishment mostly due to the growth of the region, he announced that the vicinity "has a growing number of very sophisticated businesses that support the growth of law firms interested in complex legal work".

Persistent increase in the number of clients has impelled the firm to hire more. In the past five months, HMW has recruited three paralegals and three legal assistants to the Raleigh office. Paulson emphasized that the firm has been "constantly looking for top attorneys and support staff."

American Health Lawyers Association appoints John R. Washlick as director
The American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) has chosen Cozen O'Connor member John R. Washlick on its Board of Directors. Only four attorneys are chosen on a national scale. Washlick joins the board this month at the AHLA's annual meeting. Designated at such a position is a matter of paramount credit that a legal professional can conquer while practicing health law. The board frames AHLA's policy and leads "health law to excellence through education, information, and dialogue".

Co-chairing Camden County Bar Association's health law committee, Washlick is also on the board of directors of the New Jersey Bar Association health law committee.

Washlick is ranked among The Best Lawyers in America and also tagged a Pennsylvania "Super Lawyer," in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Philadelphia magazine.

BIZARRE NEWS

Don't fancy an arrest? Then, don't stare at dogs!
"Prosecuting a woman for `staring' at a police dog is absurd:" Defendant's lawyer

Have a habit of making faces? Beware. Chances are you might earn a gargle or a few unsavory names or get arrested! Ask this lady, Jayna Hutchinson, 33, of Lebanon, NH, who tried to be one up on a police dog in a stare-me-down competition, - she got 'cuffed! Apparently the lady disapproved of the canine's looks and showed it on her face. Allegedly, she made a face at the police dog! The charges on her: cruelty to a police animal and resisting arrest after the incident in West Fairlee.

Vermont State Police Sgt. Todd Protzman had gone to investigate a brawl, where the lady was involved. But, because "she smelled like alcohol and was drunk", Protzman refused to take her statement then. Tempers flew and the enraged lady marched up to the police dog, Max, in the car and through a closed window stared at him in a "taunting/harassing manner." The stare had supposedly diverted Max's attention to the "threat" on the window than keep an eye on his master and his men. "It's constitutional expression" says her lawyer, "to make faces at police dogs and officers" if not approved! Orange County State's Attorney Will Porter, however, decided to drop the charges.

Morale of the story: Look away even if a police dog eyes you!

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