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Ray Quinney to establish new tech and science practice

Ray Quinney & Nebeker, a Salt Lake City law firm, raided national law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati to enrich its practice areas with five attorneys. The move stems from the firm's desire to establish a solid practice in technology and life science companies, "The Venture Practice." Many of these companies are financially aided by institutional venture capital investors.

Mark Bonham, a corporate and securities partner, and Matthew Wells, a venture capital attorney at the national firm, joined the new firm as shareholder. The duo will be joined by senior associates Aaron Murdock, Chris Shoff, and Justin Judd together with supporting staff members in forming the firm's new Venture Practice. The new attorneys at the firm have vast experience in venture capital transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and public offerings, including Utah IPOs for Omniture, Altiris, Overstock, and Sonic Innovations, said James Jardine, Ray Quinney's managing director. These incoming attorneys have served as legal advisor on nearly 100 venture capital transactions, 80 bridge financings, besides 46 M&A deals. With the new recruits, Ray Quinney now has more than 100 attorneys on its roster. The new attorneys will be working in the law firm's principal office in Salt Lake City, and its branch office in Provo.

Delgado, Acosta, Braden, and Jones dissolves law firm
One of El Paso's largest law firms, Delgado Acosta Braden & Jones, P.C., has dissolved. Three of the four named partners, Hector Delgado, Alejandro Acosta, Jr., and John R. Jones, have joined forces with an Austin-based law firm, Bickerstaff, Heath, Pollan & Caroom.

The Austin law firm, which will now be known as Bickerstaff, Heath, Delgado & Acosta, specializes in state and local government law. Delgado and Acosta will join in as partners at the El Paso office of the new law firm where Acosta will serve as the CEO. The two new partners bring a wealth of legal experience as well as a rich history of accomplishments to the new firm. Their new firm will retain Delgado and Acosta's Dallas and Houston offices.

The third partner, John R. Jones, will oversee the Houston office. Besides Jones, two other attorneys from the former firm joined the Austin firm. Ricardo Ortiz and Catherine Than have joined the commercial litigation section at Bickerstaff. Ricardo Ortiz will be based in the Dallas office, while Catherine Than will practice in the Houston office. This makes Bickerstaff, Heath, Delgado & Acosta the largest minority-owned firm in the Southwest comprising 18 partners and 30+ lawyers across the state.

The remaining 11 former firm's lawyers have found jobs or started their own practices, informed Acosta. Paul Braden, the fourth partner, on the other hand, joined international law firm Fulbright & Jaworski, as partner in El Paso.


11-year old leads Alabama police on a wild-chase
An intoxicated 11-year-old girl in a Chevrolet Monte Carlo led the Alabama police on 8-mile high-speed chase. A patrol officer near the Florida line flashed his lights to stop the car, which instead of abiding by his authority, sped faster up to 100 mph. The ordeal ended for the police when the car, after sideswiping another vehicle, flipped over in the Gulf Coast town of Orange Beach, AL. The police officer, who approached the wrecked vehicle, was surprised when he saw the driver—his face expressions captured by a video camera in the police car. The girl, who received bruises due to the crash, said she was on the way to pick up her sister at a concert. She is now charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, speeding, reckless endangerment, and leaving the scene of an accident.

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