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    April 4, 2008  
 
 

DLA’S
NIGHT OF STARS


Last chance!  The "30 Under 30" nominations are due by tomorrow.  No muss or fuss—just a couple sentences about your nominee and why they deserve this august honor:  30under30@bisnow.com. 


 

Last night’s party celebrating DLA Piper’s new(ish) 500 8th Street building had us wondering: Can you really throw a housewarming six months after moving in? Our existential queries didn’t seem to bother the assembled, including some of the brightest stars in the mega-firm’s galaxy of 3,700 lawyers spread across 63 offices and 24 countries. The new digs boast 200k SF and a glamorous separate entrance with an impressive awning just like an expensive steakhouse.

 

Global Chairman George Mitchell (right) with Scott Frankel of CB Richard Ellis. The Major League Baseball steroid czar (and lest we forget, former Senate Majority Leader) tells us he’s finally practicing law again in New York after wrapping his Mitchell Report. Though he couldn’t make Opening Night in DC, he pledges his baseball allegiance to the Nats, noting he regularly attended Senators games at Griffith Stadium “just a few years ago.” The stadium closed in 1961. (Take-home for clients: if this guy bills you for “just a few hours,” take it and run.)    

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DC Managing Partner Ann Ford with the guys who made the deal happen: real estate practice head Jay Epstien and Boston Properties’ Ray Ritchey. Ann waxed idyllic about her third-floor view: “My office overlooks the Hotel Monaco—I pretend I’m in Paris.” The office features one conference room fitted almost exclusively with materials that are organic, biodegradable, or recycled. But is it edible?

 

Former Michigan Gov. Jim Blanchard co-chairs the government affairs group in DC but spends three days a week at his Detroit-area home, all the better for him and wife Janet (who won our coolest-outfit award in a walk) to spearhead Hillary Clinton’s Michigan operation. No surprise we found them hobnobbing with Sally Southey and Roy Norton, Ministers with the Canadian Embassy, as Jim is also former Ambassador to the Great White North.

 

Legends of the DC bar Earl Silbert (one of the first Watergate prosecutors) and plaintiffs’ lawyer Pat Regan (counsel to the family of late NY Times reporter David Rosenbaum) with national hiring partner Ben Boyd. Earl has just a few more partners at DLA Piper than he did when running his own 20-lawyer shop with Jack Bray 10 years ago. He still straps on his skates for competitive hockey games at Laurel’s Ice House, and recently played in an organized tournament for senior teams called “Geri‑Hat‑Tricks.”   

 

So who are the future stars? Perchance Phil Ludvigson, Jamie Konn, or Alex Marzelli, who just started after spending three months working appeals at The Hague’s International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. She’s being eyed closely at Bisnow for a 30 Under 30 honor, which reminds us: nominations are closing pronto, so get those emails in to 30under30@bisnow.com

 
 
 
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