Law Firm Insider: 5/17/11

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Covington & Burling was the law firm behind Microsoft's $8.5 billion proposed acquisition of internet communications company Skype last week. Speaking of Microsoft, it has been 10 years since the computing giant's antitrust lawsuit. The Wall Street Journal has a blog post discussing the aftermath of the trial.

Amidst a rough time for the legal industry, the University of Delaware has delayed plans to open a law school, according to the National Law Journal.

Chicago mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel has named Steve Patton his administration's corporation counsel—Patton is a senior litigation partner with Kirkland & Ellis.

DLA Piper has named Michael Poulos co-managing partner of its Chicago office, which has added 11 new partners in the past five months. Robert Crewdson was named co-managing partner of its Atlanta office. Scott Horton, Of Counsel in DLA Piper's New York office, received the 2011 National Magazine Award for investigative reporting for his Harper's article, "The Guantanamo Suicides."

O'Melveny & Myers is losing nine partners in New York, according to the American Laywer. Seven partners are expected to move to Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, while two are moving to Weil, Gotshal & Manges.

Winston & Strawn made two hires this week—in Hong Kong, Tejinder Mahil joined the firm; in New York, litigator Richard Falek joined from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman beefed up its intellectual property group in Atlanta and New York, hiring six lawyers, including three partners.

Eric Finkbeiner is leaving the Virginia governor's office, where he served as senior advisor for policy to Gov. Bob McDonnell, to return to McGuireWoods.

Covington & Burling hired four life science partners in London.

Venable hired former DLA Piper trial lawyer Kenneth Thompson to work in its Baltimore office.

SNR Denton hired Martin Gibson from Patton Boggs to work for its energy practice in Dallas. In San Francisco, the firm hired former Jones Day partner Arthur Beeman.

Bill Prince has joined Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough's health law group in Columbia, S.C.

Kirstin Gibbs has joined Bracewell & Giuliani's energy practice in Washington, D.C.

Foley & Lardner has hired environmental litigator Stephen Darmody to work in its Miami office.

Seyfarth Shaw has hired Loren Gesinsky to work in its labor and employment practice in New York.

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