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    January 7, 2010  

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Bruce Heiman and Mike Missal, K&L Gates’ policy-regulatory practice co-chairs, say they’re ready to solve any puzzle involving business and government, anywhere. Be it healthcare and financial services legislation in DC, or international protection for freight carriers under siege by Somali pirates. (They're no Johnny Depp, but Maersk is a longtime client.)
K&L Gates' Bruce Heiman and Mike Missal

We caught up with Bruce and Mike and learned about their new Global Government Solutions initiative, an effort across dozens of practice groups in 33 offices worldwide that they’re leading to spotlight their readiness to help companies benefit from (or at least survive) dramatic increases in government regulation, stimulus, and enforcement. Having just completed what Mike tells us was a record year in terms of collection, the two are strategizing for 2010.

K&L Gates' Bruce Heiman and Mike Missal

With the Bush tax cuts up for renewal, a greater desire to address deficits, and the looming cost of increased entitlements, Bruce says that 2010 will be “the year of taxes.” Mike thinks it’ll more likely be remembered as “the year of enforcement.” An example of how this will affect business? DoJ’s increased sanctions against execs in “supervisory roles” pertaining to FCPA violations will spur boards of directors to become more active in the management of companies they serve. And, alas, the multi-billion dollar question: What do these two pals, whose 1800-lawyer firm was formed by a 2007 mega merger, think of the recent Hogan Lovells marriage? “The highest form of flattery,” says Bruce


Orrick's Rob Reznick
Yesterday, we caught up with Rob Reznick, the latest addition to Orrick’s Antitrust and Competition and Life Sciences Industry groups. A transplant from Hughes Hubbard & Reed, Rob says he’s interested in building a team of three or four associates to help with a nationwide drug industry pricing case he’s working on as co-lead counsel for Merck. In 2010, Rob sees an influx in anti-trust enforcement causing friction because of the linkage such cases have to the political question of reducing healthcare costs. The result: "an environment in which plaintiffs and gov’t enforcers may be inclined to pursue unusually aggressive theories."
Orrick's Rob Reznick

We snapped Rob with his newly-issued stack of Orrick trivia cards; he says he was ineluctably drawn to the firm’s goal of increasing its east coast anti-trust practice, its strength in interdisciplinary life sciences, and the firm’s culture, which he calls “both smart and cool.” Proof of this duality: “Any firm that would present me with trivia cards featuring partners I've never met is the firm for me.”

Chuck Asmar, Larry Schor, and John McKenna

Chuck Asmar, Larry Schor, and John McKenna (all formerly with McManus, Schor, Asmar & Darden, and now name partners at new Asmar, Schor & McKenna) gathered Tuesday at their recently christened office at Chevy Chase Pavilion, which they’ve clocked at just seven min from CBD. We’re told they kicked off their first day with a champagne breakfast, and that their phones have been “ringing off the hook.” They must have good connections, because their prime practice areas—construction, litigation, government contracts, homebuilding, commercial leasing and real estate—aren’t exactly booming at the moment. Hopefully they’re at the forefront of a revival, and we wish them the luck in 2010.


Look who we found last night on the 30th floor of the Las Vegas Hilton, playing for the VIP party at the famed annual Consumer Electronics Show? Constantine Cannon’s Bob Schwartz, right, and colleague Seth Greenstein. They’ve repped CES parent Consumer Electronics Association for decades in FCC and IP work and throw in music for good measure.

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