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    June 13, 2008  


One of the great new condominiums of the region has opened its doors: Lionsgate, in the heart of Bethesda. We believe it will become a well-known landmark of luxury and convenience. See their ad to right, and tell 'em we sent you!


How many lawyers can say they've had a major movie based on their life? Yesterday we met up with DLA Piper senior associate Eric O'Neill, left, who in a former life as an FBI agent played an instrumental role in bringing down Robert Hanssen, the G Man who been selling secrets to the Russians for 15 years. Now, the GW law grad played by Ryan Phillipe in the 2007 movie Breach works on corporate internal investigations and reps government contractors. He'd like to up his speaking engagements, especially on economic espionage, which he says is a specialty of the French. With him, Deloitte's Ed Ross, president-elect of the Association of Legal Advisors DC chapter, which presented yesterday's luncheon talk by Eric at Il Mulino.



We already know names and logos say a lot about how a law firm is perceived, but what about artwork? Jean Efron recommends art to a client list that reads like the AmLaw 100, including Baker Botts, Gibson Dunn, Sidley & Austin, and Williams & Connolly. We met her at Terrell Place (home to Venable) where, since the building used to be a Hecht's, she chose sculptures as a throwback to mannequins in the window. Jean told us firms are asking for art that "reflects their mission." For a patent firm, for example, she suggested glass works each created with a different technique.


Jean's very first client was Took Crowell of Crowell & Moring in 1974. Back then, firms only displayed antique maps or hunting prints (as in fox hunts). Now, most of the works she procures are contemporary, though there's a rising interest in art made between WWI and WWII. Jean's advice: Buy the best quality artwork within your budget rather than scattering money across lesser pieces.

A Bisnow Bash!

Delighted to meet many of you who came on Wednesday to our party atop the historic Woodward Building at 733 15th, at which 250 noshed on sushi and enjoyed the clear views—we felt we could practically touch the planes (a service United now charges for).  Above, with PNC's Mark Diachok, second from right, a great Nixon Peabody crew that co-hosted with us: Herb Stevens, Molly Bryson, David Schon, and Andrew Potts. Nixon Peabody did all the historic tax credits on the building that went up in 1911 and was recently renovated to luxury apartment rentals: 9' to 12' high ceilings just a block from the White House.

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