Law Firm Insider: 1/17/12

Find out what's happening at the Best Law Firms.


Over the past four years, approximately 30 percent of all lawyers promoted to partner among the top 200 firms were women, according to a study by The American Laywer. The study looked at nearly 5,000 lawyers.

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati hired named Doug Clark and Jack Sheridan as co-managing partners of the firm. Former CEO Steve Bochner, who took over the firm in August 2009, will practice corporate law full time.

Saul Green, former deputy mayor of Detroit, returned to Miller Canfield, where he worked prior to leaving the firm for public service.

Clifford Chance hired former Dewey & LeBoeuf attorneys Ivan Presant and Joseph Cosentino. The mergers and acquisitions experts will work in New York City. Clifford Chance also hired Aaron Comerford to work in its Tokyo office.

DLA Piper hired a five-lawyer corporate and intellectual property team in Silicon Valley.

Mayer Brown named Michael Lackey head of its Washington, D.C. office. He'll take over for Mark Ryan, who has left the firm to join the U.S. Department of Justice.

Fisher & Phillips opened offices in Boston and Memphis, bringing its nationwide total to 27 offices. Employment lawyer Joseph Ambash will lead the Boston office, while Jeff Weintraub, also an employment attorney, will lead the Memphis office.

Drinker Biddle hired former U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Commissioner for Patents Robert Stoll. He'll join the firm's intellectual property group.

SNR Denton hired health care attorney Charles Luband to work in its New York office.

Covington & Burling hired Jean De Ruyt to work in the firm's Brussels office.

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