Law Firm Insider: 9/20/11

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Thompson Coburn is the highest-tech law firm, according to a midlevel-associates survey by the American Lawyer. The publication asked associates to rate their firms' technology use in four areas: overall quality of technology, use of technology to serve client needs, technology training, and technology support. Rounding out the top five were Cozen O'Connor, Nutter McClennen & Fish, Fenwick & West, and Paul Hastings.

Vault ranked the top 100 summer associate programs for 2012. Fish & Richardson tops the list, with Baker & Hostetler, Cravath Swaine & Moore, Williams & Connolly, and Arent Fox following.

Morrison & Foerster hired Bernie Pistillo to work in the firm's tax department in San Francisco.

Law firm revenue and partner profits were up over the first half of the year, according to a survey by Wells Fargo. Revenue at firms surveyed increased an average of 4.5 percent.

DLA Piper hired former Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meager & Flom partner Matthew Murphy to work in its bankruptcy and restructuring group in Chicago.

Perkins Coie hired James Jensen to work in the firm's emerging companies practice group in Palo Alto, Calif.

Baker Botts promoted 13 lawyers to partner.

Also promoting lawyers: Kirkland & Ellis will make 74 attorneys partners as of Oct. 1. The firm also hired Mitra Hormozi, who worked in the New York Attorney General's office under Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Sidley Austin hired James Brigagliano, former Securities and Exchanges Commission deputy director of the division of trading and markets. He will work in the firm's securities and futures regulatory practice.

Foley & Lardner hired Erika Morabito to work in the firm's bankruptcy and business reorganizations practice. The firm also hired Charles Schwenck to work in the its Los Angeles office.

Ted Voorhees, a lawyer at Covington & Burling, has been named chair-elect of the American Bar Association's section of antitrust law for 2012.

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel is opening an office in Silicon Valley. The first partners in the new office will be Paul Andre and Lisa Kobialka, who both specialize in intellectual property law.

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough hired Dow Davidson to work in the firm's Charleston, S.C. office.

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton hired Athena Johns to work in the firm's San Francisco office.

Megan Dixon will become Hogan Lovells' managing partner for its San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices.

Seyfarth Shaw hired labor and employment expert James Beyer to work in the firm's Chicago office.

Jones Day picked up four lawyers in Paris from Norton Rose, headlined by mergers and acquisitions expert Hervé Castelnau.

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