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08/06/07

DLA Piper expands geographical reach with new Central & Eastern Europe offices


International law firm of DLA Piper opened a new office in Munich, effective August 1. The Munich office brings the total of the firm's German offices to four. The other offices are situated in Cologne, Hamburg, and Frankfurt. The move fortifies the firm's presence in the German soil as a major player in key commercial areas. DLA Piper's Technology, Media, and Commercial (TMC) partner in Cologne office, Thomas Jansen will head the new office in Munich. With him, two more attorneys relocated to Munich. The new office will at present concentrate on TMC practice and corporate matters.

Meanwhile the firm opened a new office in Warsaw, the ninth office in the Central and Eastern Europe sector and appointed three Polish partners to lead the new office. Experienced commercial lawyers Krzysztof Wiater and Pawel Grzejszczak who specialize in energy and telecommunication related matters join the firm from Squire, Sanders & Dempsey's Warsaw office. Michal Zieniewski, the third partner joins DLA Piper from the Warsaw office of CMS Cameron McKenna and specializes in the construction and energy industries on projects and finance-related matters. The new Warsaw office will advise companies and financial institutions on a range of corporate and commercial matters.

Thomas A. Decker, new CEO of Cozen O'Connor
Putting an end to its restructuring and succession plan, law firm Cozen O'Connor named Thomas A. Decker as its president and chief executive officer, effective August 9. The move to reorganize the firm, which began early this year, saw the formation of a Board of Directors and shifted controlling decision-making power to shareholders, a marked change of its governance structure.

For the firm's first time, the role and responsibility has been vested on someone apart from the firm founders Stephen A. Cozen or Patrick J. O'Connor. A corporate attorney of national acclaim, Decker earlier served Cozen O'Connor for four years as the managing partner before becoming chairman of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. The founders of the firm, both Steve Cozen and Patrick O'Connor will be chairman and vice-chairman, respectively, and will remain active in the firm's practice and policymaking.

Established in 1968, Cozen O'Connor's 500 attorneys practicing in 23 global offices serve business, insurance, and private clients in full range of legal matters.

BIZARRE NEWS

Passer-by Pinches Reporter; Seen Live on TV
A Channel 4 News reporter in UK was pinched on her bottom by passer-by Rufus Burdett, while she was reporting live on television. The incident was seen by more than 100,000 on YouTube. Reporter Sue Turton did not want to file a compliant. The police, which first intended to punish Burdett with a £80 (approx. $160) fine under the Public Order Act, let off the jobless man with a caution. Public goosing has traditionally been regarded as harmless fun, but can now get people in trouble; they can get their names on police record, they can be fined, or even imprisoned.

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