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    July 25, 2008  
 
 

Covington;
Young Lawyers;
Hispanic Bar


 

Beijing '08: It has a certain ring, yes? The International Olympic Committee isn't the only one that thinks so; just two weeks before the Games, Covington has lit the torch on its own Beijing show, an office headed up by former Management Committee Chair Stuart Stock. After checking our travel budget, we purchased a Metrocard yesterday and sat down with Tim Hester, Stuart's successor, at 1201 Penn.

 

Covington laid the groundwork for its China entry two years ago, when Tim and Stuart went on a week-long fact-finding mission, visiting Chinese firms, government officials, clients and lawyers at other U.S. firms for tips on what it takes to succeed there. One big takeaway: you aren't going to get far by simply importing Western attorneys. Joining Stuart are new Of Counsel Cao Yu, a transactional lawyer who's done work for the NBA and entertainment companies at the prestige China firm Haiwen & Partners, and Covington's Of Counsel Ellen Eliasoph, who logged 25 years of legal practice in China and Japan, including a stint at Warner Bros., before joining Covington last year. (We wrote about her before.) The office has space for 18, and two more are on the way: associate Eric Carlson, who picked up Cantonese on a Mormon mission to the country, and Jian Zhou, coming over from Cleary Gottlieb's Beijing office in September.

 

The art in these pics comes from Tim's wife Francie, commissioned for this lobby piece only after Tim went through an "elaborate recusal process." If only Olympic judges had such standards. The antitrust specialist says the China office has immediate benefits, particularly for the firm's pharma clients and others looking to crack the market, but is really a strategic move aimed 10 years out, when Tim says China's economic might will make a presence there a virtual necessity for firms repping multi-nationals. He's headed back to the Beijing office's "opening ceremonies" in November, but colleague and former NFL Commish Paul Tagliabue will beat him over, attending the Olympic version on Aug. 8th.


BEER BAR

 

As the dog days approach, we're picking up on a trend we like: bar events with plenty of beer to stave of the summer doldrums. The IP section of the DC Bar Young Lawyers' Committee concocted the cleverest excuse for a Wednesday night of drinking: a talk by GWU Law Prof. Roger Schechter on beer and wine trademark cases to a sardine-like crowd at the cozy Science Club bar in DuPont. We strategically took this picture of the good professor with his eyes half-shut to make him appear more affected by the libations than he actually was, flanked by Kelly Drye Collier Shannon associate Yasmin Tavakoli and summer Mike Dobson. Prof. Schechter gave a highly entertaining talk discussing seminal trademark cases (well, okay, funny cases) like the legal tilt between Girls Gone Wild and Oklahoma winery "Girls Gone Wine," run by Shady Ladies, LLC.

 

Things were so packed we had to get an aerial angle on associates Meredith Gamill of Armstrong Teasdale, which does patent work for GE, and Alain Lapter of Blank Rome, former examining attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Born in Belgium, Alain favors Stella Artois, while Philly native Meredith goes with Yuengling.


SANGRIA TIME!
 

They one-upped the menu here: At a separate event last night, sangria was on offer at the Hispanic Bar Association of DC's mixer at Gallery Place's La Tasca. We mingled through the crowd of 50 for this pleasant pic of HBA communications committee chair Lyzka DeLaCruz; Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund's Diana Sen (running for President-elect of the Hispanic National Bar Association-get your votes in now); AYUDA attorney Alice Lugo; and Goodwin Proctor associate Marie Scott. Lyzka attended a presidential inauguration in The Gambia, Africa's smallest country, after representing the republic in litigation with one of its former lobbyists. But she lost negotiations with her husband over the order of names on the masthead of the firm they started this year, Bakker DeLaCruz.

 
 
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