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    February 29, 2008  
 
 

STEAKS
WITH SEYFARTH


Join us for lunch with two of America's top General Counsels: Ed Ryan of Marriott and Beth Wilkinson of Fannie Mae, talking about issues faced by in-house counsel in dealing with law firms. Wed, March 5, at Il Mulino in DC. Sign up here. Special thanks to great sponsors Studley, Gilbert Randolph, and The Lansburgh.

 

Last night we crashed Seyfarth Shaw's client appreciation shindig at Smith & Wollensky on 19th St., where partners boasted of the cohesiveness among their nine U.S. offices. Judging from the number of attorneys who flew in for the event, they've got a right to—either that or these people will go a long way for a good steak.

 
 

Real estate specialist Ron Gart (left) has been with Seyfarth only 30 days now, but he's already making himself comfortable: he's installed a putting green and gumball machine in his office. (You've got to pass the time on those conference calls somehow, right?) Appreciated clients Joann St. Peter of US Bank, Debra Goldstein and General Counsel Alex Iszard, both of Combined Properties, and Seyfarth's co-head of Structured and Real Estate Finance Peter Korda (in from the Big Apple) must have looked hungry—their server insisted on standing by for orders.

 
 

Kevin Connelly chairs the government contracts practice; Mike Hubbard is also in the group and serves as the DC's Associate Managing Partner (we've never heard of such a thing before, but we'll roll with it); and Bob Bodansky heads the DC Business Services Group—BSG for those who don't mind abbreviations that sound vaguely like food additives. And here's a factoid you've come to rely on us for—each of them was born in the area:  Kevin in Adelphi, Bob in North Chevy Chase, and Mike in the old Doctor's Hospital.

 
 

Local clients Melissa Hilton (right) of Marathon Asset Management and Mike Levin (left) of Merrill Lynch Capital hug it out with Deborah Gordon from Seyfarth's Chicago office and Andrew Pearlstein from Boston. Andrew's daughter is starting at GW in the fall, so we can expect to see a lot more of him. Deborah nobly sacrificed a night of American Idol viewing (her self-confessed addiction) to make it out. When she predicted that 16-year-old crooner David Archuleta would win, we feigned ignorance...and then scurried home to watch the episode on Tivo.

 
 

Ron let us in on a little secret: Firm administrator Rosemary Schmidt is the one who keeps the trains running over at Seyfarth. Here they stand with real estate attorney Christa Dommers, who had a train story of our own. On her daily MARC commute from Darnstown, she has a regular Scrabble game with a deputy director of the IMF, a First Amendment attorney from Davis Wright Tremaine, and an architect from Gensler. Hey, you never know how you're going to meet your next client.

 
 
 
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