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    April 7, 2008  


Join us for lunch with three of America's top General Counsels: Freddie Mac's Bob Bostrum, the Washington Post's Veronica Dillon, and American Capital Strategies' Sam Flax (largest publicly-held private equity firm in the US; Sam and his team were named WMACCA's law department of the year).  Wed, May 28, at Il Mulino in DC. Sign up here. Thanks to great sponsor Studley.


Baseball's here again. The national pastime. As American as apple pie, lemonade, and human growth hormone. That last part was the subject of debate in February, when House Oversight Committee members spent a full day grandstanding questioning Roger Clemens over his alleged use of HGH, testosterone, the steroid Winstrol, and (worst of all) being chums with Jose Canseco. With the season in full swing and The Rocket still in legal limbo, it was time to sit down with his attorney, Covington's Lanny Breuer.


President Clinton's impeachment counsel joined Clemens's legal team in mid-January, brought in by the fireballer's Houston lawyer Rusty Hardin. How do these high-profile connections get made? Hardin, counsel to Arthur Andersen on an Enron-related matter, got hooked up with Lanny through crisis PR specialist Patrick Dorton, spokesman for the late accounting firm, and a communications director in the Clinton White House. After dinner at Caf? Milano, Dorton and Hardin joined Lanny for drinks. The hitch: finding a spot just crowded enough for anonymity. "I think I checked out more Georgetown bars than I have in the last ten years," Lanny says. A Maker's Mark or two at Nathan's sealed the engagement. (Bourbon: best business development tool ever.)    


On February 27, committee members Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Tom Davis (R-VA) asked AG Mukasey to investigate whether Clemens perjured himself. The FBI is checking into the question, and for his part, Lanny tells us he's still "working the case." He calls Clemens a "warm and gracious" client, who clearly won over another member of the Breuer clan. Lanny's son Sam just picked #22 for his high-school baseball jersey. Lanny's a die-hard Mets fan, so we had to wonder whether Clemens's infamous World Series dust-up with Met Mike Piazza caused any rifts. "We've talked about it, but I'm afraid that's privileged."

Andrews Kurth
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