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07/02/07

Lewis and Roca merges with old Nevada firm


Phoenix-based law firm Lewis and Roca, LLP, with offices in Nevada, New Mexico, and Arizona, has merged with Beckley Singleton, one of the oldest law firms in Nevada. The 170-attorney firm clubs in the lawyers of Beckley Singleton, making Lewis and Roca one of the biggest law firms in the state.

Beckley Singleton's 15 shareholders have joined Lewis and Roca as partners, two lawyers as of counsel, and the rest 17 lawyers as associates. Serving in the Las Vegas and Reno metro areas, all the 34 attorneys of Beckley Singleton have an expertise in business law and litigation. The merger will be effective from August 1, carrying out practice under the name of Lewis and Roca. Beckley Singleton's skills in gaming law and bankruptcy will be an added advantage to Lewis and Roca.

Nelson Levine buys Querrey & Harrow
Law firm Nelson Levine de Luca & Horst has obtained the eight-attorney NY office of Querrey & Harrow . Nelson Levine's NY office, that serves a wide range of insurance industry clientele, has added three partners from Chicago-based Querrey & Harrow.

George Vogrin, a Querrey partner, will hold the post of managing partner in the NY office. Representing London-based insurers and reinsurers, Vogrin presently works with the Lloyds of London as coordinating counsel to underwriters. With offices in Cherry Hill and Newark, NJ; Columbus, OH; and Philadelphia, Nelson Levin has acquired a new office at Blue Bell headquarters that can accommodate 70 lawyers. The Querrey group's experience in reinsurance litigation and complex insurance will assist Nelson Levine in serving the European insurance market.

BIZARRE NEWS

Marijuana is now a legally accepted spice in Indonesia
Chefs in Indonesia are now free to use tiny amounts of crushed marijuana leaves or seeds as a spice in certain dishes. The Indonesian Vice President Yusuf Kalla himself has approved the idea. However, drug traffickers are not as free as chefs are. If caught, they have to pay with their lives. Simply put, it is all right for chefs to possess marijuana, but not drug traffickers. The possession of marijuana is still a crime in Indonesia as it is in the neighboring countries-Malaysia and Singapore. However, with this new ruling, the police are going to face tough times while tracking down the culprits. Obviously, it is going to be difficult for the police to differentiate a chef from a drug peddler.

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