Law Firm Insider: 10/25/11

Learn what's happening at the Best Law Firms.

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The American Lawyer analyzed the world's top 100-earning law firms to see where most of their partners were located. Nine out of the top 100 firms have more than 60 percent of their lawyers working in offices outside of the home country, compared to just one of the top 50 firms in 1998. With 83 percent of its lawyers located outside the U.S. in 41 countries, Baker & McKenzie has the highest proportion of foreign-based lawyers.

O'Melveny & Myers laid off about 75 support staffers last week. No attorneys were affected.

Fenwick & West hired life sciences technology transactions attorney Jake Handy to work in three of its west coast offices.

Marten Law has launched a San Francisco office with the hiring of Robert Lawrence, a former Orrick partner.

Sheppard Mullin has hired former Fish & Richardson partner Nagendra Setty to become co-chair of the firm's intellectual property group.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has hired two Dechert partners to launch a new office in Moscow. The new office will be open by the end of the year.

Winston & Strawn hired Joshua Smith to work in its Charlotte corporate finance practice.

Baker Donelson merged with Houston-based firm Spain Chambers. The new Houston office will be the firm's 17th.

Kilpatrick Townsend hired tax lawyer Susan Hu to work in its Washington, D.C. office.

Greenberg Traurig hired Larry Kanusher to work in the firm's entertainment and media practice.

K&L Gates hired Charles Carter to work in its Seattle office.

Miller & Chevalier has hired David Resnicoff to work for its international, white collar, and internal investigations practices.

Morris, Manning & Martin announced they will promote Christina Graham, John Locett, and Lisa Wolgast to partner on Jan. 1, 2012.

Sidley Austin hired Sarah Olson to be the firm's chief diversity officer in charge of expanding the presence of female and minority lawyers at the firm.

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