The Churn

February 2, 2011 7:26 PM

The Churn: Buying in Bulk

Posted by Tom Huddleston Jr.

The Washington, D.C., office of Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge has merged with Fleischman and Harding, a 12-lawyer Washington, D.C.-based communications boutique, both firms announced on Tuesday.

Leading the 12-person team is senior partner AARON FLEISCHMAN, who focuses on strategic solutions in corporate and regulatory issues, and partner ART HARDING. Fleischman had served as his firm's chairman and managing partner. Also joining Edwards Angell are partners SETH DAVIDSON, LARRY FREEDMAN, and JEFF HARDIN, and counsel CRAIG GILLEY, SHARON MONAHAN, and JOHN WILNER.

Over its 35-year history, Fleischman has represented clients from across the communications industry--including television, radio, Internet, and wireless companies--on regulatory, transactional, and legislative issues.The firm's past clients include Advance Communications, Cable One, CW Network, Time Warner Cable, and Mediacom.

Edwards Angell managing partner Walter Reed said in a statement that the new group will not only boost his firm's communications practice but will "complement our capabilities in a number of other areas, such as intellectual property and litigation."

Greg Young, the partner-in-charge of Edwards's D.C. office, tells The Am Law Daily: "We certainly hope that the clients that they've historically been linked to will continue on now, with the arrival of Fleischman and Harding here." The new group, Young says, will also support the work for Edwards's existing communications clients. "We see this as a reciprocal type of transaction," he says.


In other Churn news...

Blank Rome has brought in a seven-person consumer financial services team from Dilworth Paxson to expand its Philadelphia office. WAYNE STREIBICH leads that team and joins Blank Rome as a partner. He represents middle market and emerging growth companies in planning, transactions, and employment agreements. Arriving with him is partner KEVIN RAKOWSKI, of counsel JONATHAN MOORE, and four associates.

The National Law Journal, a sibling publication, on Monday reported that the Chicago office of DLA Piper has hired five restructuring attorneys from Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker. Included in that group is RICHARD CHESLEY, the founder and former chairman of Paul Hasting's Chicago office. Chesley has served as restructuring counsel on Chapter 11 proceedings for such clients as Kaiser Aluminum Corporation, National Century Financial Enterprises, Montgomery Ward, and Purina Mills. The group, which represents debtors, creditors, and committees on restructuring litigation and bankruptcy transactions, includes STACEY KERNGREGORY OTSUKAKIMBERLY NEWMARCH, and AMEER AHMAD, who all join as partners. 

Finally... Kaye Scholer announced the arrival of two securities litigation partners from Winston & Strawn. Based in New York, VINCENT SAMA and CATHERINE SCHUMACHER are now part of Kaye Scholer's litigation practice. Sama will serve as chair of the firm's securities and derivative litigation practice group, as well as cochair of the complex commercial litigation department. Schumacher represents individuals, banks, and issuers in federal and state courts, as well as in corporate internal and regulatory investigations.


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