Law Firm Insider: 9/27/11

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According to a midyear survey by Citi, law firms saw greater revenue over the first half of 2011, but expenses rose slightly faster. Firms saw a 3.7 percent revenue increase and a 4.7 percent increase in expenses.

WilmerHale has hired two big names: the firm hired Boyd Johnson III, deputy U.S. attorney for the southern district of New York and Thomas Strickland, former chief of staff and assistant secretary for fish and wildlife and parks with the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is opening its first European office. The new Brussels office will focus on technology and life sciences law.

Morris, Manning & Martin hired Michelle Valente Lee to be the firm's managing attorney of its Gwinett, Ga. Office.

Ford & Harrison hired Salvador Simao to work in its newly opened office in Short Hills, N.J., the firm's 22nd office.

Perkins Coie continued a busy month by hiring five new insurance coverage lawyers to its Washington, D.C. office. The lawyers, headed by Leon Kellner and Vivek Chopra, join from Dickstein Shapiro.

White & Case has set up a new leadership team. Hugh Verrier will continue to be the firm's chairman, while Jacquelyn MacLennan, David Koschik, and Oliver Brettle will make up the rest of the executive committee. In other firm news, Campbell Steedman has been hired as a partner in Abu Dhabi.

Jan Handzlik has joined Venable's SEC investigations and white collar defense practice in Los Angeles.

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton has hired Wade Blackmon to work in its Native American affairs law group. Scott Hutton has joined the firm's Dubai office.

Bracewell & Giuliani has hired Paul Grabowski to be its chief marketing officer.

Barnes & Thornburg hired David Young to work in the firm's litigation department in Minneapolis.

Jones Day hired David Brewster, a former Skadden partner. He will work in the firm's Boston office.

Paul Hastings hired antitrust lawyer Holly House to work in its San Francisco office.

Winston & Strawn earned an award from the Minority Corporate Counsel Association for its initiatives to promote equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people. The firm also hired Roxane Maywalt to work in its energy practice in Washington, D.C.

Fisher & Phillips is holding a national labor law symposium in Chicago on October 5. The symposium will cover topics such as labor arbitration, social media, and the effects of health care reform on labor law.

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