Law Firm Insider: 9/7/11

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Mid-level associates aren't happy with their jobs, according to a survey by the American Lawyer. In 2010, satisfaction among third-, fourth-, and fifth-year associates fell to its lowest level since 2004.

According to a report by the Institute for Inclusions in the Legal Profession, the percentage of minority lawyers rose from 9.7 percent in 2000 to 11.6 percent in 2009.

Legal hiring stayed essentially flat between July and August, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics August employment report. The industry added 100 jobs during the month.

Vinson & Elkins partners elected Scott Wulfe to be its new managing partner.

DLA Piper had a big week—the firm hired Jacqueline Bore to work in its intellectual property and technology group, Trevor Butcher to work for its integrated projects and energy team,and corporate lawyer Ortwin Carron for its Brussels office.

McKool Smith has acquired Los Angeles-based firm Hennigan Dorman and its 35 lawyers.

Bird & Bird has hired a team of Hogan Lovells media lawyers in Hamburg, Germany.

Polsinelli Shughart hired a team of Denver-based lawyers from Hensley Kim.

Hogan Lovells hired former acting solicitor general Neal Katyal to work in its Washington, D.C. appellate practice.

Dykema has opened an office in Charlotte and has hired financial services lawyer Donald Lampe to anchor the new practice.

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips hired Kristin Escalante to work in its Los Angeles office.

Littler Mendelson is launching a specialized "Whistleblowing and Retaliation" practice to handle cases relating to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform act that was designed to make large corporations' finances more transparent.

Sidley Austin hired Matthew Solomson to work in the firm's government contracts practice in Washington, D.C.

Winston & Strawn hired two labor and employment attorneys to work in its Paris office.

Garvey Schubert Barer hired white collar defense lawyer Laurence Finegold and litigators Gary Grenley and Paul Trinchero.

K&L Gates hired Paul Simpson to work in its finance practice in Dubai.

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