Law Firm Insider: 5/10/11

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Finally, some good news for the legal industry—after two months of decline, 1,500 legal jobs were added in April, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. More positive signs: demand for legal services increased by 2.1 percent from 2010 levels during this year's first quarter, according to the Peer Monitor Index Report.

The aftermath of Osama bin Laden's death has a lot of lawyers discussing whether the U.S. military operation was legal. The Pakistani government, which has been under fire from lawmakers, has retained Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell to lobby Congress to continue providing billions of dollars in aid to the country.

Fordham University has named a new dean, Michael Martin.

Four lawyers at Miller & Chevalier have left to create a boutique firm that will handle intellectual property disputes before the International Trade Commission.

K&L Gates hired 10 lawyers from Clifford Chance in Tokyo.

It was another big week for the world's largest law firm. DLA Piper hired former Delaware governor and Congressman Michael Castle as a partner in its government affairs practice. The Republican was a two-term governor and nine-term member of the House of Representatives. Matthew Yoon has joined the firm in New York as a partner in its government affairs practice. Yoon formerly worked with SNR Denton. Two DLA Piper partners, John Haley and Carlos Loumiet, were named top dealmakers of the year in public finance by Daily Business Review.

Four ex-Howrey partners in Europe have found new firms, according to American Lawyer. Marc F-X Groebl will join Jones Day, Reed Smith has hired two intellectual property lawyers in Paris, and O'Melveny & Myers hired Marc Reysen in Brussels.

Baker & McKenzie is opening a new office in Doha, Qatar, its 69th office worldwide.

Vinson & Elkins has hired former federal prosecutor Matthew Jacobs, and antitrust lawyer Craig Seebald as partners in its northern California office and Washington, D.C. office, respectively.

Stephen Akerley has joined Dechert from O'Melveny & Myers as an intellectual property partner.

Covington & Burling hired Shaoyu Chen as managing director of the firm's China food and drug practice. He formerly worked for the Food and Drug Administration.

Bracewell & Giuliani hired Robert Crowley, formerly of Dorsey & Whitney, to work in its Seattle litigation practice. In Houston, the firm hired Stuart Zisman to work in its energy practice.

Seyfarth Shaw has hired labor and employment attorney Wanda Holloway from Littler Mendelson. In Los Angeles, the firm has hired Steven Fein from DLA Piper.

Grant & Eisenhofer has hired former Hogan Lovells lawyer Matthew Morris to run its bankruptcy litigation practice.

Jones Day has hired energy transactions lawyers Gerald Farano and Danielle Varnell in Washington, D.C. Both worked at Winston & Strawn.

The New Jersey State Bar Foundation will award Cynthia Jacob of Fisher & Phillips the Medal of Honor—given to lawyers who focus on improving the state's justice system.

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