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    June 4, 2008  

30 UNDER 30


Zuckerman Spaeder's Bill Schultz wants you to get cheap drugs. No, not like that—he just scored a victory for generic pharmco Roxane that lets it keep marketing its Type 2 diabetes drug Acarbose. Read on, but we warn: Side effects include increased knowledge, heightened curiosity, and a desire to tell friends. Also cottonmouth


Bill, right, grabs some fresh air with Andrew Goldfarb and Alexandra Miller, who helped client Roxane defeat a TRO request from rival Cobalt. The 1984 Hatch-Waxman Act grants 180 days of marketing exclusivity to the first generic to submit a new drug application (in this case, Cobalt), but Bill says per the Act, Cobalt forfeited those rights by dragging its feet on FDA approval. With the request denied, Roxane keeps the 65% market share it earned before Cobalt's filing in Federal District Court in DC. It's a good victory for the Zuckerman team, as Bill can remember when all a drug company needed to get a crippling TRO against a competitor was a nice smile.


Over Memorial Day weekend, Bill rode his bike (not above) 100 miles from Shirlington to Purcellville on the W&OD Trail. When he's not dealing with drugs at work, it's tobacco. Well, anti-tobacco. He lobbies for the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids and says June may be a watershed month. They're backing legislation to give the FDA jurisdiction over tobacco, which may see a House vote in the next 30 days.



Jon Smith, Director of the Legal Aid Society of DC, is looking awfully calm for a man with a daunting task: providing legal counsel to 110,000 qualifying DC residents. Maybe that's because of the boost Legal Aid got late last year, on its 75th anniversary: a $10 million grant over three years from the DC City Council and DC Bar, which allowed Legal Aid to double its staff attorney force from 13 to 26. When we stopped in for an update, Jon told us Legal Aid has been providing direct representation to 500 clients a year, but he expects the number will hit 700 in '08. Thanks for that goes in part to three new offices it's opened in areas like Anacostia, in order to make services more accessible.



Don't think we've forgotten about our big Bisnow 30 Under 30 Honors—we've just been overwhelmed with fantastic nominations and our own diligent research to uncover the finest young guns in town. This here is nominee Liz Oyer, whose office d?cor just screams "hard-working associate." She's a third-year at Mayer Brown whose appellate skills, honed at Harvard (where she won the Ames Moot Court) and on an 11th Circuit clerkship with Judge Marcus haven't escaped notice from Mayer Brown Supreme Court practitioners Andy Pincus and Charles Rothfeld. They've already used her on two High Court briefs, including last term's Hein v. Freedom from Religion Foundation. The Mayer team didn't win over the Court on the standing question, but here's what convinced us of Liz's persuasive skills: She's gotten the firm to spring for a Ladies Spa Day for summer associates, who for the last two summers have spent one day across the street at Nutsa Spa, enjoying two spa treatments each and a bit of champagne thanks to Liz. Now, that's advocacy!      

Gilbert Randolph
Intelligent Office
Reston Limo
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