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Sidley Austin Expands with Addition of Six
Lawyer News | 2008/03/26 09:20
strong style=font-weight: normal id=tpcpChicago/strong – Sidley Austin LLP announced that sixlawyers will join the firm in Chicago in the private equity practice.These lawyers, S. Michael (Sy) Peck, Jeffrey Smith, Roger Wilen, DirkAndringa, Alexis Cooper and Nancy Kasko, will integrate theirsignificant experience representing private equity sponsors and theirportfolio companies with Sidley’s well established Mamp;A andsecurities practices and expanding private equity practice. br id=i586/br id=mgxh/“Theseare six exceptionally talented and successful lawyers in the privateequity arena and they will make valuable contributions to our privateequity team,” said Fred Lowinger, co-head of the firm’s Mamp;A andPrivate Equity practice. “Our new colleagues will be an integral partof our efforts to expand the scope and depth of our services to theprivate equity community.” br id=a1j:/br id=dk.f/“Sidley offers us the idealplatform to grow our practice in all areas of private equity,” saidPeck. “Sidley is already recognized as global leader in so many areas,including Mamp;A, capital markets, financing, corporate governance andhedge funds. Their global private equity practice is extremely activeand we are thrilled to not only be a part of this, but to add a newdimension of experience to an already substantial practice.” br id=himc/br id=fpyb/Thesesix new private equity lawyers have extensive experience in a widerange of complex corporate transactions, including LBOs, equityinvestments, add-on acquisitions, divestitures, public offerings,recapitalizations and restructurings.

Former Judge Z. Mae Jimison dies
Lawyer News | 2008/03/05 14:20
pZ. Mae Jimison, the first black woman to serve as a judge on the Marion Superior Court, died today. She was 64.
Jimison was an appointed judge from 1988 to 1990. She was on the City-County Council from 1992-95 and ran as a Democratic candidate for mayor in 1995, losing to Republican Stephen Goldsmith./ppJimison was elected to the bench in 1996, but lost her bid for reelection six years later. Her office had become known for missing records and mistakes. At one point, then-Prosecutor Scott Newman said her court had run “off the rails.”/ppJimison is credited with creating the Marion County Drug Court./ppMarion Superior Judge Cynthia Ayers today paid tribute to Jimison./pp“As the first black woman appointed to the Superior Court of Marion County, she crossed a historic barrier and opened doors for other qualified women to become part of the judiciary in this state,” Ayers said in a statement./pp“Her insistence on fairness and impartiality for all litigants, her dedication to justice, and her exemplary service to the court will long be remembered by all.” /ppJimison was hopeful as she prepared to leave office in 2002./pp“I always believe I should let God order my steps,” she said in a Star interview. /pp“I also believe that when he closes a door, he always opens a window. I am looking for my windows.”

Former Court justice Baldwin joins Pittsburgh law firm
Lawyer News | 2008/03/04 12:40
pCynthia Baldwin, who served as a justice on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court from 2006 until January, has joined law firm a href= color=#000000Duane Morris LLP/font/strong/a's Pittsburgh office as a partner in the trial practice group and appellate litigation sub practice group. /ppPrior to her appointment to the commonwealth's highest court, Baldwin spent 16 years as a judge in various divisions of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. /ppDuane Morris, based in Philadelphia, opened its Pittsburgh office in 2003. /p!-- Send us your comments More Latest News Buttons --

Logan lawyer appointed to 1st District Court
Lawyer News | 2008/03/03 19:23
Logan lawyer has been appointed to the 1st District Court by Gov. Jon Huntsman. Kevin Allen is currently the senior partner in the firm Allen and Ericson in Logan. He must be confirmed by the state Senate.

Allen will succeed Judge Gordon J. Low. Kevin has a genuine desire to serve the people of our great state and his distinguished previous experience proves he will carry on the admirable service of Judge Gordon Low, Huntsman said in a statement announcing the appointment Monday.

Allen also has been a partner with Barrett and Daines in Logan and was a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navys Judge Advocate General Corps.

FCC General Counsel Feder Leaves for Law Firm
Lawyer News | 2008/03/01 13:49
pSamuel Feder, the general counsel of the Federal Communications Commission, is leaving his post of about three years to become a partner at law firm Jenner amp; Block. Feder, who has worked closely with Chairman Kevin Martin since coming to the FCC in 2001, will be replaced by Matthew Berry, according to release by the agency. Feder worked with Martin on radio spectrum and international policy issues.

Sam provided exceptional legal advice on every matter we faced and also played a crucial role in policy development. I have worked with Sam since the day I became a Commissioner in 2001, and I will greatly miss his excellent judgment and wise counsel, Martin said in a release. /p

Helped law firm go global
Lawyer News | 2008/02/05 14:11
pThomas A. Reynolds Jr. led Winston amp; Strawn on a path of global expansion and brought in politically powerful partners, including former Gov. James Thompson and former U.S. Atty. Dan Webb./ppHe was also part of the ownership group that moved the Milwaukee Braves to Atlanta in the mid-1960s and chairman of the authority that built the stadium where the Chicago White Sox play./ppMr. Reynolds, 79, died of complications of Parkinson's disease Thursday, Feb. 14, in his Winnetka home, son Thomas A. Reynolds III said./ppThe second of three generations to practice law at Winston, Mr. Reynolds was the firm's managing director from 1969 to 1989 and then chairman until his retirement in 1992./ppDuring his years at the helm, Winston expanded from 70 lawyers in Chicago to about 400 lawyers in five countries./ppHe built this law firm, it's fair to say, said Thompson, who succeeded Mr. Reynolds as Winston's chairman. He put it on the map./ppA year after Mr. Reynolds took over, the firm opened an office in Washington, D.C. In 1980, Mr. Reynolds oversaw a merger that established a New York office./ppHis belief was that the firm that decided to stay regional would not be able to compete, said his son, a partner at Winston./ppMr. Reynolds hired a string of legal and political heavyweights who attracted big-spending clients. Shortly after Thompson left the U.S. attorney's office in 1975, Mr. Reynolds signed him to Winston. Throughout Thompson's tenure as governor, Mr. Reynolds chaired his finance committee./ppThompson said he considered 10 law firms after leaving the governor's office in 1991 and was swayed by Mr. Reynolds and his promise that Thompson could take over as Winston amp; Strawn's chairman upon Mr. Reynolds' retirement./ppHe was able to inspire other people, and he had a great head for business, Thompson said./ppMr. Reynolds also was instrumental in the hiring of former vice president Walter Mondale, former Illinois Commerce Commission chairman Michael Hasten and Webb, the former U.S. Attorney for the Chicago region./ppIn the late 1980s, Thompson appointed Mr. Reynolds to lead the Illinois Sports Finance Authority, which oversaw the construction of a new White Sox ballpark, now U.S. Cellular Field. Today, Thompson heads the authority./ppA lifelong fan of baseball, Mr. Reynolds was part of a syndicate of Chicago businessmen led by William Bartholomay that bought the Milwaukee Braves for $5.5 million in 1962./ppFrankly, they did it because the Cubs weren't for sale, Mr. Reynolds' son said, noting his father's lifelong fealty to the North Side team. For dad, it was the love of baseball./ppA year after buying the Braves, the ownership group began negotiations that led to the team's move to Atlanta in 1966, sparking legal disputes and the long-standing ire of fans in Milwaukee. The group sold the team to Ted Turner in the mid-1970s./ppMr. Reynolds' father joined Winston amp; Strawn in 1927, following his graduation from Georgetown University Law School./ppMr. Reynolds grew up in Edgewater and attended Loyola Academy and Georgetown, where he was a top tennis player before being sidelined by injury. He graduated from University of Michigan's law school and married the former Suzanne FitzSimons in 1951./ppMr. Reynolds sat on a number of boards, including those of Gannett and Smurfit-Stone./ppHe was a supporter of The Big Shoulders Fund, which provides educational opportunities to impoverished inner-city students, from its inception in 1986./ppA convivial executive, Mr. Reynolds often held court after a long day's work in the bar of the Mid-Day Club in what is now the Chase Tower./ppHe used to say, 'You might as well have fun in this life because if you don't, no one's going to want to be with you in the first place,' his son said./ppIn addition to his wife and son, Mr. Reynolds also is survived by sons Sherman, Timothy and Stephen; daughters Kathy Lanctot, Suzy Hick and Ellen Largay; sisters Sheila Berner, Susan Sullivan and Mary Ellen; 37 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren./ppTwo daughters, Julie Shaw and Clare Joyce, preceded him in death./ppMass will be said at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Sts. Faith, Hope amp; Charity, 191 Linden St., Winnetka.

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