Law Firm Insider: 7/26/11

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Leo Herzel, former co-chair of Mayer Brown, died this week. He was 87. Herzel taught corporate law at the University of Chicago law school for more than 10 years, and served as co-chair of Mayer Brown from 1984-1991.

Knobbe Martens will open an office in Silicon Valley in September. The firm hired Scott Smith, a patent attorney and doctor who will consult for companies seeking counsel about medical devices.

Ropes & Gray has opened an office in Shanghai, the firm's third in Asia. The firm also has offices in Hong Kong and Tokyo.

Allen & Overy has opened an office in Casablanca, Morocco. The firm also opened a new office in Washington, D.C. that will focus on improving the firm's U.S. regulatory practice.

Anita Hill has joined Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, where she will work for the firm's civil rights and employment practice group. Hill is famous for accusing U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of sexually harassing her when she worked with Thomas at the Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Ken Gormley, of counsel at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis, won the American Bar Association Gavel Award for his book, The Death of American Virtue: Clinton v. Starr.

Perkins Coie hired Selena Linde and Michael Sharkey to work in its insurance coverage litigation practice in Washington, D.C.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher appointed leaders of two offices: Mary Murphy will head the San Francisco office, while Daniel Nelson and Drew Tulumello will co-head the Washington, D.C. office.

John Pierce, formerly of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Roasati, has joined DLA Piper's Seattle office.

McGuireWoods hired four new partners to its debt finance practice in Charlotte. Former Winston & Strawn attorneys Eric Burk, Jim Hedrick, David Lapp, and Kent Walker all recently joined the firm. Also in Charlotte, the firm hired Ellen Ruff, former president of nuclear development at Duke Energy.

John Huff has joined Mayer Brown's real estate practice in Chicago.

Little Fawn Boland has joined SNR Denton in San Francisco, where she will serve as counsel to the firm's Indian law and tribal representation and public policy and regulation practices.

Latham & Watkins has hired Mark Koehn to work in its Washington D.C. litigation department.

Baker Donelson has hired Jon Leyens and Quin Breland to work in its New Orleans office.

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