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    January 11, 2010  
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If you don’t recognize Vorys Sater DC managing partner Joe Lonardo, you’re probably not a serious G’town basketball fan. There’s scarcely been a home game over the past two decades at which fellow alumni haven’t found Joe courtside, high-fiving the players and shouting “Hoya Saxa!” Of course, he’s just as loyal to Vorys, where he started as a summer associate in 1971.
Vorys Sater DC managing partner Joe Lonardo
We caught up with Joe last week to check out his 30-lawyer office’s new LEED Silver 20k sq. ft. space at 19th and K (designed by SKB and built out by Dietz Construction). He and his wife braved December’s wild snow drifts to come hang up the impressive array of mementos and awards that Joe’s received from his alma mater. He says the new office symbolizes the Ohio-based firm’s confidence in the growth of its DC operations, and the ability of small branch offices to survive in today’s legal market.
Vorys Sater DC managing partner Joe Lonardo

We snapped Joe showing us his hundred year-old firm’s founding partners, one of whom, Vorys, was the chief architect of Taft’s presidential campaign. Nowadays, Joe’s firm serves as counsel to some of the Midwest’s largest companies, including Goodyear, The Limited Brands (Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body), Bob Evans, Scott’s Miracle Grow, and Abercrombie & Fitch. Between Vorys' new digs and the Hoyas' dramatic weekend comeback against rival UConn, 2010 is already shaping up to be Joe's kinda year.

Miller & Chevalier’s exec director Pamela Bernstein and her husband David Saturday night at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

We sat next to Miller & Chevalier exec director Pamela Bernstein and her husband David Saturday night at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, where we watched a legendary investigative journalist (Bob Woodward) interview an iconic actor (Ralph Fiennes) about how films like Schindler’s List inform our understanding of evil. Pamela tells us her 100-lawyer firm’s non-leveraged staffing model contributed to a better-than-expected 2009, and that prioritizing client service and efficiency over profit-maximization has helped her firm weather the recession.   

Ralph Fiennes and Bob Woodward
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum/Miriam Lomaskin
The icon convention in session. Woodward's already been portrayed by Robert Redford, but we doubt he'd mind if Fiennes also gave it a go. Fiennes next pics include Harry Potter and Ricky Gervais' Cemetery Junction.

Blank Rome's Ray Mullady

We caught up with Ray Mullady just before his office welcome party Friday at Blank Rome’s top-floor Watergate complex; he joined the firm’s litigation practice as partner. Formerly the head of Orrick’s DC litigation team, Ray tells us he’s looking forward to working on “bet-the-company” life sciences and product liability cases and that the firm’s geography and client roster make that possible. He thinks there will be more litigation activity in 2010, as the plaintiff’s bar gets more access to capital, especially mass torts relating to US-made products with sub-standard foreign components.


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