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    January 4, 2010  

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Being this is the first day back, we have some predictions for you from top lawyers. But first, we’d like to show you three superstars of the new decade (unless, of course, you don’t think it technically begins until 2011).

We snapped this at 12:02 AM January 1 of ABA president Carolyn Lamm at her DC home. As if hosting a flawless sit down dinner for 50 doesn’t prove her organizational skills, she continues until August to serve as activist CEO of the 400,000 member association with a budget of $200 million and staff of 1,000. With her: former White & Case colleague Paul Friedman, who’s been a US District judge here since 1994 and as of two minutes before took senior status (“Ah, I’ll be able to pick the cases I want”); and former Willkie Farr communications uber-lawyer Phil Verveer, newly minted as Ambassador and US Coordinator for Communications and Information Policy. (Saves on family commuting expenses: Wife Melanne is also at State, as ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues.)

2010 Predictions

DC malpractice titan Jack Olender, tells us that his predictions have historically been 90% successful. In 2010, Jack says we’ll see substantial increases in the volume of cases brought against: 1) football organizations, as players who have suffered concussions sue their coaches, trainers, schools, and leagues; 2) the government, as lawyers sue for the wrongful conviction of clients who have been exonerated by new DNA tests; 3) spas, as plaintiff lawyers set their sights on services traditionally considered plastic or aesthetic surgery, such as liposuction and botox injections; and, of course, 4) Tiger Woods

Akin Gump Chairman Bruce McLean tells us he’s starting out the new decade optimistic, and focusing on opportunities stemming from the changing regulatory environment in what he sees as an economic recovery. He tells us that he’s far less optimistic about the District’s sports scene: “The Nats, Wizards, and Redskins are at or near the bottom in their leagues, and there is no reason to believe they will get any better.” On the other hand, he thinks the Caps might be able to snag the Stanley Cup this year.

Rawle Andrews, who we’ve gotten to know over the past three years as Managing Attorney of AARP‘s Legal Counsel for the Elderly, took on a new role today as interim Sr. State Director of AARP Maryland. He’s now responsible for overseeing all of AARP's advocacy, communications and outreach programs in MD, including the work of over 250 staff and volunteers, and the interests of more than 850k members. His predictions for 2010? (1) At least five transatlantic mergers between AmLaw 100 firms; (2) the commercialization of social media platforms, as Facebook launches an IPO and Twitter begins selling ads; and (3) the Philadelphia Eagles trumping the San Diego Chargers in Super Bowl XLIV.

We personally predict that Northrop Grumman will announce relocation of its corporate headquarters to Washington DC to take place by 2011. (OK, we might have read that in a surprise announcement ten minutes ago.) We think that means more in-house counsel here who can get to know and hire more Washington lawyers. Do you have a reliable hunch (or story idea) for legal happenings to come this year?

Our legal reporter, Patrick Dowd, welcomes your premonitions. patrick@bisnow.com

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