Law Firm Insider: 12/20/11

Find out what's going on at the Best Law Firms.


According to a survey by Law Firm Mobile, just 37 of the top 200 firms have mobile versions of their website.

Cooley opened an office in Shanghai, China, its first international office. The firm has nine domestic offices.

Shapiro Fussell Wedge & Martin has disbanded after two of its name partners, Fielder Martin and Ben Shapiro left the firm to join Baker Donelson.

Simpson Thacher is opening an office in Seoul, South Korea in early 2012.

Jones Day promoted 45 lawyers to partner worldwide, effective January 1.

Littler Mendelson has opened offices two offices in Mexico: one in Mexico City and one in Monterrey. The firm also opened an office in Morgantown, W.Va.

Nelson Mullins hired Jessica Peters Goodfellow in Columbia, S.C., Jenna Hess in Huntington, W.Va., and Matthew McGrath in Atlanta.

Kilpatrick Townsend hired Uyen Nguyen to work in its mergers and acquisitions team in Silicon Valley. Partners Wendy Choi and Ken Jenkins were appointed to the State Intellectual Property Office of China—U.S. Bar Liaison Council.

Sidley Austin promoted 33 attorneys to partner in seven offices worldwide. In San Francisco, the firm hired intellectual property lawyer Vernon Winters.

Dykema hired two Patton Boggs financial services lawyers to work in its Washington, D.C. office. The firm hired Frederick Hoops III, a tax lawyer, to work in its Grand Rapids, Mich., office.

Deborah Read was named managing partner of Thompson Hine.

Bracewell & Giuliani hired 14 public finance partners from Vinson & Elkins to work in its Houston, Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, and Washington, D.C. offices.

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