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Former DLA Piper partners form new law firm

Two former partners at DLA Piper, LLP, have launched their own Chicago law firm, Cheng Cohen, LLP, specializing in work with franchisors.

Ric Cohen, 46, and Amy Cheng, 35, started the West Loop firm in part in response to clients complaining on the rates charged by DLA. Cheng Cohen's rates are about 25% lower than DLA's. Cheng Cohen's clients include fast-food purveyor Red Robin, Gloria Jean's Coffees, and sandwich chain Quiznos. Cohen has an expertise in commercial litigation, which includes intellectual property, valuation, securities actions, contract disputes, antitrust, and technology. Cheng specializes in domestic and international commercial transactions, general corporate work, franchise, and licensing and distribution law. The firm manages all categories of business and commercial litigation from simple contract disputes to complex class actions. Cheng Cohen employs two part-time lawyers, apart from Cohen and Cheng as partners. The firm expects to hire two full-time attorneys this summer.

Cooley Godward's new shop to tap technology
Well-known Silicon Valley law firm Cooley Godward Kronish opened a Boston office with 10 partners. The move of expansion to Boston comes from the firm trying to tap into the region's booming technology and life sciences markets. Cooley will set up a major New England presence with a focus on life sciences, venture and private equity fund representation, M&A, emerging and public companies, and IP and commercial litigation. Eminent corporate attorneys John Hession and Lester J. Fagen will lead the new office.

The merger of Silicon Valley firm Cooley Godward and New York boutique law firm Kronish Lieb Weiner & Hellman resulted in the formation of Cooley Godward Kronish last year. Both law firms have a combined 50 years of practice in Boston.

California-based Cooley Godward Kronish is a full-service law firm with more than 600 lawyers. It has offices in main commercial, government, and technology centers such as New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Reston, Broomfield, Boston, Palo Alto, and Washington, DC.


Haven't you ever wished you could smash your computer? This guy did it.
A 51-year-old man in the German city of Hanover got so frustrated with his computer that he chucked it straight out of the window; that too in the middle of the night. Neighbors, who were woken by noise of the computer crashing, called the police. The man, when asked to give reason for his daunting act, said he had got annoyed with his computer. The police, instead of pressing charges for disturbing his neighbors, sympathized with the man and let him free after making him clean up the debris. A police spokesperson contended, "Who hasn't felt like doing that?"

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