Law Firm Insider: 5/31/11

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It was a fairly slow week in the law world as Memorial Day weekend loomed, but there's still some news to report.

Two major firms announced they were upgrading their office space. Morrison & Foerster has signed a lease to become the anchor tenant at 250 W. 55th St in Manhattan. In Washington, D.C., Holland & Knight has signed a lease to move to an office at 800 17th St. NW next summer.

The New York Times wrote an interesting article this week about a

new class of associates

who generally get paid less and are not on track to make partner, but work fewer hours.

Sidley Austin will help AT&T work through its $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA as the telecom giant tries to get government approval for the move.

The Daily Business Review reports that Florida firm Ruden McClosky will close offices in Miami, Orlando, and Boca Raton and will withhold 9 percent of partner pay as the firm tries to right its finances.

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle becomes the first international law firm to open an office in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. The office becomes the firm's third in the area—it has two in Kazakhstan.

Crowell & Moring has hired a seven-lawyer health care litigation team in San Francisco and Los Angeles. The lawyers formerly worked at Epstein Becker & Green.

Sullivan & Cromwell has made a lateral hire in London—Louise Delahunty will join the firm from Simmons & Simmons.

Venable has hired Marcella Ballard to work in its intellectual property group in New York City; she joins the firm from Baker & McKenzie.

Frost Brown Todd has hired Barry Hines, formerly with Stites & Harbison.

Goodwin Procter has hired Mark Schonberger to work in its business law department in New York City. He joins the firm from Paul Hastings.

Ober|Kaler president Craig Holden has been named to the board of directors of the American Health Lawyers Association.

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough is making millions of documents available electronically for its corporate clients with its new Encompass E-Discovery and Document Review Solutions program. The firm says it will make decisions about whether or not to file a suit more easy for its clients.

Paul Jorissen and Jorg Wulfken will begin three-year terms on Mayer Brown's management committee after the firm's equity partnership approved their nominations. In other firm news, Terri Gillis was named president of the New York Intellectual Property Law Association.

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