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June 8, 2010 3:56 PM

King & Spalding, Littler Mendelson Establish Far-flung Offices

Posted by Brian Baxter


King & Spalding and Littler Mendelson this week announced they are opening up new offices in new locales.

Stephen Orava, an international trade practice partner at King & Spalding in Washington, D.C., is Switzerland-bound to oversee the firm's new office in Geneva. (The city, pictured right, recently was ranked the fourth most-expensive city for expatriates after Tokyo, Osaka, and Moscow in a worldwide cost of living survey conducted by global consulting firm Mercer.)

The National Law Journal, a sibling publication, reports that Orava will split his time between D.C. and the new Swiss outpost, where King & Spalding is establishing a presence to better represent clients on matters involving the Geneva-based World Trade Organization.

The firm considered a Geneva location for several years, Orava told The NLJ. It finally decided to make a move after WTO expert Daniel Crosby left local firm Budin & Partners to join King & Spalding along with associate Stephanie Noel. Crosby, the new office's first full-time partner, has known Orava since the two were associates in Baker & McKenzie's D.C. office in the 1990s.

"I've been trying to get him to join us for many, many years," Orava told The NLJ. "We finally were able to get him to take a closer look."

Also helping King & Spalding to establish its seventh office outside the U.S. is professor Joost Pauwelyn, a WTO and international law expert at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva. Pauwelyn has served as a senior adviser to King & Spalding since September 2007, according to a press release from the firm.

Labor and employment firm Littler Mendelson is heading into the wild by opening its forty-ninth office in the nation's forty-ninth state.

Alaska native and Littler partner Douglas Parker will lead the firm's Anchorage operation. Parker had practiced in the city while he was a partner at K&L Gates. (Parker, who left K&L in July 2007 to join Littler's office in Portland, Ore., once chaired the labor and employment practice at Preston Gates & Ellis, the Seattle-based firm that merged with Pittsburgh's Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham in December 2006 to form K&L Gates.)

Anchorage by Evening "Our local presence will provide deeper access to the firm's labor and employment law knowledge and know-how to Alaskan-based employers, as well as for national and international companies with operations in Alaska," Parker said in a release issued by the firm.

Crowell & Moring was the most recent Am Law 200 firm to open an office in Anchorage (pictured left). It moved into the market last August by luring Patton Boggs's environment practice cochair.

The Alaska location brings Littler's total offices to nearly 50--a large number for most firms, but the norm for labor and employment shops. Littler rival Jackson Lewis opened its forty-fifth office in Baltimore this past January, and the firm picked up an operation in Omaha a year ago by acquiring a local boutique. 

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