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    March 10, 2008  

Sheppard Mullin
Turns 5


Sheppard Mullin's DC office had its fifth birthday party last week, and never being ones to turn down a slice of cake we had to show up. The overall firm is 80 years old with over 500 attorneys. Appropriate to its cool LA roots, the DC office gave itself a hip lounge vibe for the occasion, with "Sheppard-tinis" and "Mullin Mojitos" offered at the bar.


Aviation practice head Roy Goldberg and DC Managing Partner Ed Schiff founded the DC outpost with Bob Magielnicki (he was outside of camera range—on the West Coast for an SEC investigation) on the week of President's Day in 2003.  Ed tells us that unsuspecting California partners were met with 20+ inch snowstorm (remember those?) and vowed to restrict their DC visits to summer months. The snowstorm wasn't a bad omen, though:  in its five years the firm has gone from three to 40 lawyers, with strengths in government contracting, FDA, and regulatory work.


Here in the elevator lobby—or is that the Chi Cha Lounge?—partners Lucantonio Salvi (coolest name ever) and Peter Reichertz frame FTI Consulting's Rob McDonald. For client CB Fleet, a global maker of health and beauty products, Lucantonio works the M&A side while Peter handles regulatory.


Associates Julie Hopkins, Matt Clanton, and Rob Ziff pose before the spread of corn soufflés and miniature turkey rubens. Julie came over with an IP group from K&L Gates, and Matt does work for New Line Cinema, clearing the titles of their feature films. (Also, full disclosure: "Ziff" is known to your loyal Bisnow correspondent from a local poker game, the members of which would like to thank him for his generosity.)


At least one LA partner braved the chance of snow: Larry Braun, right, who represents Northrop.  Here he stands with telecommers—yes, we just made up that word—Megan Troy and Chris Huther.  Megan and Chris rep Verizon and tell us there's a new battle emerging in their field between telcos and power companies over the use of utility poles. Hey, it can't all be glamorous! 

Andrews Kurth
Sports Club/LA
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