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Sedgwick signs a merger with a real estate boutique

Sedgwick Detert Moran & Arnold, LLP, has merged with San Francisco-based real estate law boutique led by Jeffery Woo, thus expanding its real estate practice.

Other associates joining Sedgwick from the boutique firm are David Blumenfeld, Harrison Nam, Scott Okamoto, Stanley Riddell, and Stephen Sherman. The boutique predominantly focused its practice on representing landlords, while Sedgwick's real estate firm already offers litigation and transactional services to its varied clients. Sedgwick's clientele includes developers, managers, lessees, professionals, and various kinds of commercial real estate owners. This shows a growing trend among big law firms, such as Sedgwick, to give small firms an access to administrative support network, offering a showcase to bring in services into new market areas.

Sedgwick, a 70-year old firm, has more than 350 attorneys working from 13 offices in the United States and Europe.

LexisNexis boosts up atVantage™ law firm business development solution
LexisNexis® recently launched the updated version of atVantage™, its advanced business development tool that helps evaluate and track development prospects, monitor market trends, and assess rival firms. Besides providing supplementary content, the new solution gives the law firms advantages of polished navigation, more dynamic prospecting, competitive intelligence information gathering capabilities, and additional combination of corresponding technologies.

Mark Gediman, director of information services at full-service law firm Best Best & Krieger LLP (BB&K), said, "The firm win-rate has increased significantly since using atVantage." The newly launched tool helps in better decision-making, eventually generating an overall growth in the revenue of the firm.

Lexis is a top supplier of information and services solutions to a wide range of professionals in accounting, academic, risk management, government, law enforcement, legal, and corporate sectors. With around 13,000 employees, Lexis serves its wide range of customers in 100 countries.


Man laughs his way to death
What does a person normally do on the day of execution? Recite a poem, read a Bible verse, ask for forgiveness, or pray! But there was a Texas man who wanted to breathe his last by saying a joke. Patrick Knight, 39, had been soliciting jokes on a page designed by one of his friends on the social networking website, MySpace.com. And as desired, he chose the funniest one to be told from the hundred jokes that he received before receiving the lethal injection. Knight was executed for killing of his two elderly neighbors in August 1991 in Amarillo, TX. According to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokeswoman, Michelle Lyons, Knight wanted to keep his execution light and so he came out with this strange concept of laughing his way to death. The state had nearly 396 executions in past, but never for once those put to death made such bizarre requests. Knight carried out the entire exercise with a noble intention of keeping himself and others waiting for execution in a jolly mood.



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