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08/02/07

Sidley Austin fortifies firm strength


International law firm Sidley Austin, LLP, is on a firm strengthening mode. The firm added 36 new names to its impressive list of 659 partners in its worldwide offices.

Of the 36, 11 belong to the firm's Chicago office alone. The new partners in the Chicago office join various practice groups, including financial services/consumer class actions; structured finance and securitization; real estate; bankruptcy/corporate reorganization; investment funds, advisers and derivatives; communications regulatory; insurance/reinsurance disputes; insurance; M&A and private equity; and securities litigation and SEC enforcement. The remaining partners have joined other offices at Brussels, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. Thomas A. Cole, chair of the firm's executive committee, and Charles W. Douglas, chair of the firm's management committee stated that the new partners not only share Sidley's client service culture, but also are accomplished lawyers in their own spheres.

With more than 1,700 lawyers practicing in 16 U.S. and international cities, Sidley Austin is one of the world's largest full-service law firms.

Johnson & Bell's Waukegan office will merge operations with Chilton Yambert
Chicago-based law firm Johnson & Bell's attorneys in the Waukegan office will join forces with the lawyers in the law firm of Chilton Yambert Porter & Young.

Johnson & Bell has more than 105 attorneys specializing in complex civil disputes. William V. Johnson, Johnson & Bell's president said that the move would give the attorneys in the Waukegan office more space to practice in their forte. The firm's focus has shifted in the recent years to wider litigation practice including commercial, employment, insurance coverage, and toxic tort litigation practices. Owing to this shift in focus, the Waukegan office attorneys' "niche practice no longer fit the firm's business model," and this augured the bifurcation.

BIZARRE NEWS

Everyone knows who Lady Luck dated last week!
Man buys lottery tickets, forgets, buys again with the same digit, and ends up winning the lottery twice! Fairy tale ending, right? True. But for Derek Ladner, a lucky combination of twin lottery tickets and forgetfulness fetched him a two of the five shares of the jackpot, a neat haul of £958,284 ($1,946,177). Ladner and his wife Dawn, from Redruth in Cornwall, couldn't believe their luck when their six regular numbers came up on the midweek draw. Soon the £2,395,710 ($4,865,442) jackpot was split into five divisions and the Ladners collected their share of £479,142 ($973,088). The story doesn't end here. A week later Ladner remembered he had bought another ticket with the same numbers for the same draw. Any doubts about Lady Luck's recent dates? Ladner went back to claim another share of the same amount, thereby doubling his winnings to £958,284 ($1,946,177). The Ladners plan to spend their fortune renovating their house and taking a luxury holiday. They deserve it!

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