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    July 29, 2008  


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Now that we DC residents have our Second Amendment rights cleared up, it's timely to mention that former DC Attorney General Linda Singer has joined Zuckerman Spaeder. As AG, Linda filed the merit briefs and cert petition in Heller, but resigned in January, before the case wrapped. Her new gig is her first in the private sector, so we dropped in to see what finally lured her to the dark side.


On the day Linda resigned, her law school classmate Norman Eisen called up and began a months-long pitch to get her to Zuckerman. The decisive offer was the chance to launch a Public Client Practice Group advising state AGs and other officials. The group works in the areas of consumer protection, securities litigation, pharmaceutical/food and drug, antitrust, tax, charitable trust enforcement, and civil rights. Linda says her background helps her understand public clients whose interests aren't always financial.


As Mayor Fenty's first AG, Linda helped create an Honors program to serve as a pipeline for new lawyers; forged a partnership with G'town law professor Peter Edelman to allow students to work in the AG's Public Advocacy Division; and increased funding for continuing education, new staff training, and internal evaluations. Despite how professionally developed she made the DC office, should it ever need advice Linda can keep giving it...for pay.

McGuireWoods' New Tysons MP


McGuireWoods went through a big change this year with the addition of 150-lawyer North Carolina firm Helms Mullis Wicker in March (bringing the firm to 900 attorneys in 17 offices), but things are steady as she goes in the 50-lawyer Tysons branch, says the office's new Managing Partner Jonathan Rak. That's a good thing—about a third of the office works on real estate, but despite the economy and downturn in residential projects, Jonathan says that things have picked up in land use (eg, getting permits for projects to be done when things turn rosy again). He's hard at work for Dulles Transit Partners, the public/private partnership extending Metro to Tysons and Dulles, which needs county approvals for stations it hopes to open in 2013. Happily for Jonathan, one of them is right down the street from the office.

Gibson Dunn's Energy Whiz


See those three diplomas? Each is a degree in nuclear engineering, and one is a Ph.D. from MIT. Those are just three of the reasons that Gibson Dunn has brought Bill Hollaway in to help grow its energy regulatory practice. The lawyering thing happened to Bill almost by accident; he was working on the Yucca Mountain high-level waste management project for a DoE contractor when, being a "big picture" guy, he signed up for night school at Georgetown Law to learn about the regulatory world that drives the nuclear industry. Pretty soon he was getting cold called by Shaw Pittman, now Pillsbury, while he was still a student. In two stints there (with time at Skadden in between), he's expanded from doing NRC work to all manner of energy regulation—even helping one of his favorite clients, John Deere (yep, the tractor people), with its sideline business in wind farms. Getting in the door at Gibson Dunn was harder than getting a nuclear permit, though: Bill estimates he interviewed with 50-60 partners in DC, NY, and LA before coming on board this month.

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