Law Firm Insider: 1/25/11

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After a relative slow-down in the legal industry through the holiday season, some of the Best Law Firms have already made some notable moves in 2011:


Jones Day has further extended its global reach with the addition of three new offices in Saudi Arabia. The firm opened an office in conjunction with Saudi firm Alsulaim Alawaji & Partners in Riyadh this month, and two more locations in Jeddah and Alkhobar are set to open later in 2011. Stateside, Jones Day's new office in Boston opened this month, too, for a total of 37 locations worldwide.

In a flurry of lateral hiring last week, Gibson, Dunn, & Crutcher has snatched four high-ranking partners from Vinson & Elkins: William B. Dawson, former head of V&E's Litigation and Regulatory Department, Jeffrey Chapman, who served on the management committee at his former firm, Michael Raiff, former V&E Media Practice Leader, and Robert Little, a corporate partner. The lawyers will start in Gibson Dunn's Dallas office alongside Robert C. Walters, another new hire and former Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Energy Future Holdings.

Covington & Burling plans to strengthen its services to national and international businesses with a new strategic risk and crisis management practice. The team, which includes former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, will use its deep-seated expertise in governmental, global, and media affairs to compile management strategies for business clients. 

Need help deciphering project finance legal terminology? There's now an app for that, thanks to Latham & Watkins. The new Book of Jargon, a free iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad application, contains 850 project finance terms and can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store.

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