Law Firm Insider: 8/2/11

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Bad news for summer associates. Job offers for summer attorneys dropped by one-third between 2009 and 2010, according to the American Lawyer's summer hiring survey. Seventy-nine firms responded to the survey—1,791 summer associates got offers in 2010, down from 2,679 in 2009.

Fulbright & Jaworsky has acquired Houston-based intellectual property firm Slusser Wilson & Partridge, including its three name partners Bill Slusser, Mike Wilson, and Jayme Partridge.

Winston & Strawn has hired intellectual property litigator David Dalke to work in its Los Angeles office.

Bradley Butwin has been named chair-elect of O'Melveny & Myers. For the past two-and-a-half years, Butwin has headed the firm's litigation department.

Bingham McCutchen has hired three tax practice lawyers to work in its Silicon Valley office.

Earl Jones III has joined Littler Mendelson's Dallas office as a shareholder. He previously worked at the firm from 1994-2002. He will work in the firm's corporate compliance and ethics practice. The firm also opened a downtown Los Angeles office.

Charles Rose, former Department of Education general counsel, has joined Drinker Biddle during a big week for the firm, which also opened a new office in Manhattan.

Intellectual property lawyer John Resek has joined Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough's Boston office.

K&L Gates hired Peter Fitzpatrick to be a corporate partner in its New York office. He joins the firm from Arent Fox. The firm also formed a new energy, infrastructure, and resources practice, which will be led by Elizabeth Thomas and Michael Zanic.

Proskauer has hired three partners in London.

Sidley Austin has hired David Rody to work in its New York office.

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips has hired two litigation partners to work in its Washington, D.C. office. David Killalea and Stephen Raptis both join the firm from Gilbert.

Joel Friley has rejoined Morrison & Foerster after spending the last several years practicing law in Canada. Friley formerly worked for the firm in San Francisco, New York, and London.

Gibson Dunn partner Theodore Olson will receive the American Bar Association Medal, which recognizes "distinguished service by a lawyer or lawyers to the cause of American jurisprudence."

William Greenberg, a partner at McCarter & English and retired brigadier general, has received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service.

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