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Edwards Wildman Opens Government Group: Business of Law

May 23, 2014

Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP established a government relations and public policy subsidiary by hiring four people from the Boston-based government relations firm Smith, Ruddock & Hayes.

Robert Hayes, Robert R. Ruddock, Daniel F. Cahill and Louis A. Rizoli will be the new entity’s leadership team and will be in the Boston and Washington offices.

“The creation of the Edwards Wildman public policy group expands our firm’s capabilities throughout New England and in our nation’s capital,” Alan J. Levin, chairman of Edwards Wildman, said in a statement.

Hayes, a former Massachusetts state legislator with more than 25 years’ experience, will be president of the group, the firm said.

Ruddock, who spent 18 years at the business advocacy organization Associated Industries of Massachusetts, will be senior vice president. 

Cahill, a former assistant district attorney in Essex County as well as a legislative agent, and Rizoli, who worked as counsel to the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1986 to 2009, will be vice presidents.

News

Squire Sanders Suspends Vote on Patton Boggs Merger, WSJ Says

Squire Sanders LLP suspended its merger vote with Patton Boggs LLP, according to the Wall Street Journal, which confirmed the news with a Squire Sanders spokesman.

The move comes after former Ecuadorean clients of Patton Boggs sued the firm for violating its ethical duty to clients in its agreement to pay $15 million to settle a lawsuit with Chevron Corp. (CVX:US), the Journal said.

Patton Boggs helped represent Ecuadorean farmers and villagers for a portion of their decades-long legal battle against Chevron. The case in Ecuador ended in a $9.5 billion judgment against Chevron for polluting the rain forest there. A U.S. judge determined in March that the verdict was the result of bribery and fraud.

“It seems clear that he objective of the motion is simply to generate publicity and cast a cloud over Patton Boggs,” Elkan Abramowitz, an attorney for the firm with Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello PC, wrote in a filing seeking to quash the ethical objections.

Patton Boggs, with about 350 lawyers, is known for its government and lobbying practice. It has struggled with declining revenue, partner defections and layoffs in the past year.

Squire Sanders didn’t reply to an e-mail seeking comment.

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Moves

Milbank’s Teddy Baldwin Joins Baker & McKenzie  

Litigator Edward G. Baldwin joined Baker & McKenzie’s North American litigation practice in Washington as a partner from Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP.

He recently represented the Bank of Mongolia in relation to racketeering and fraud claims and Fraport AG in claims against the Philippines, the firm said.

Friedman Joins Fox Rothschild’s Entertainment Law Practice

Fox Rothschild LLP added Alan R. Friedman, a senior litigator and former general counsel for Miramax Film Corp., as a partner in the New York office. He was most recently with Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.

Pillsbury Adds Litigation Partner Clark Thiel From Jones Day 

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP added Clark Thiel, formerly of Jones Day, as a partner in the firm’s litigation section in San Francisco. He has experience in construction disputes and knowledge of copyright, trademark and trade secret issues specific to the construction industry, the firm said.

Ex-Securities Regulatory and Och-Ziff Lawyer Joins Morgan Lewis

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP said Rani Doyle joined the firm as a partner in its business and finance practice in Washington. She most recently was at Dentons US LLP.

Doyle previously worked at the Securities and Exchange Commission and as co-general counsel for Och-Ziff Capital Management Group, the firm said.

Cozen O’Connor Expands Employment Practice in California

Cozen O’Connor hired California-based labor and employment attorney Michelle Lee Flores, previously of Fisher & Phillips LLP, as a member in the Los Angeles office.

Litigator Diedrich Joins Littler’s Pittsburgh Office

Littler Mendelson PC added employment litigator S. Elaine Diedrich as a shareholder in the Pittsburgh office. Diedrich was formerly a partner with Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP and litigation partner-in-charge of that firm’s Pittsburgh office.

To contact the reporter on this story: Elizabeth Amon in New York at eamon2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net David Glovin, Stephen Farr


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