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    January 8, 2010  
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Earlier this week, we caught up with the newly-appointed managing partner of Bracewell & Giuliani’s DC office, energy project dev and finance guru Nancy Wodka, who tells us she’s looking to grow her 50-lawyer office by adding 10-20 lawyers over the next two years.
Managing partner of Bracewell & Giuliani Nancy Wodka

Nancy tells us a lot of the weight of her firm has shifted towards the Northeast since the opening of a NY office in ’05, and that stringent new energy standards emanating (currently, in theory) from DC are going to drive business, if they’re ever put in place. The Copenhagen talks, she says, highlighted the difficulty of achieving consensus on such complex global issues: but “inaction is hurting the industry.”

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Bracewell & Giuliani's Nancy Wodka

Nancy’s advice for other female lawyers who aspire to leadership: “It’s important to be respected as a good lawyer and a good peer.” It also doesn’t hurt, as we suspect is the case with Nancy, to be popular. In addition to the weightier responsibilities of her new position, she tells us she’s considering reviving Spring Fling, a temporarily dormant annual office tradition (a scenario too common in this recession) involving everyone’s families, which she thinks might be a hit with the office’s ever-growing number of young parents.

IP Recruits to Sterne Kessler

Sterne Kessler's Keeto Sabharwal
When Keeto Sabharwal, former head of Blank Rome’s IP litigation dept, was first contacted by a rep from Sterne Kessler early last fall, he said he “flat-out wasn’t interested” in moving; but after giving in to a “no-strings-attached” networking lunch with the 91-lawyer firm’s managing director, which led to a tour of its entirely DC-based operations, Keeto found over 50 biotech and engineering PhDs and patent law specialists churning away, and changed his mind. He tells us the Dec 14 move to the mid-size firm was the right choice, as its niche expertise in IP law “may be unparalleled in the US.”
Sterne Kessler's Dennies Varughese, Seeto Sabharwal, Nirav Desai , and Danny Yonan
Keeto, pictured here with his aura in full glow (overexposure to radiation technology patents?), expects a surge of IP litigation in '10, and says that when a platform for biogenerics finally materializes, Sterne's a step ahead because it’s now investing in intellectual capital. Case in point, the three other former Blank Rome lawyers who were recruited along with Keeto: associates Dennies Varughese and Nirav Desai , and of counsel Danny Yonan.

Jammin’ at Jones Day

Jones Day's Kevin Marshall and Shay Dvoretzky

Yesterday, we stopped by Jones Day to chat with Kevin Marshall and Shay Dvoretzky, both just been appointed to partnership in the firm’s issues and appeals court practice. Shay tells us he’s deep in prep for a case he’ll be arguing before SCOTUS in March involving the former PM of Somalia and the question of whether former foreign officials can be sued in US courts for their official acts. As if life couldn’t be any better, he tells us that he was inexplicably upgraded to first class on his recent holiday trip to Jamaica.

Covington’s DC media guru Eric Greenberg, right, with Gannett VP of Digital Matt Jones, Covington San Fran colleague Ken Ebanks, and Gannett President of Television (they own 23 stations) Dave Lougee

Your publisher is at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas and last night snapped this at the Encore Hotel of Covington’s DC media guru Eric Greenberg, right, with Gannett VP of Digital Matt Jones, Covington San Fran colleague Ken Ebanks, and Gannett President of Television (they own 23 stations) Dave Lougee. (The Gannett folks are also, of course, local Tysons Corner guys.) Dave is holding a prototype of a mobile television (it was tuned to a news show doing a feature on John Edwards, so we flipped channels), which broadcasters and content providers see a big future for. Ah, and perhaps for their deal lawyers.

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