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Sullivan & Worcester LLP, a leading corporate law firm with offices in Boston, New York and Washington, DC, today announced the promotion of Stacy H. Louizos and David J. Nagle to partner in the firm's investment management and tax groups respectively. The promotions reflect the firm's continued commitment to meeting client needs by strengthening key practice areas.

"Both of these fine lawyers have made outstanding contributions to the firm as associates and we are pleased and proud to welcome them to Sullivan & Worcester's partnership," commented co-managing partner, William J. Curry.

Stacy Louizos is a member of the Investment Management Practice Group of the Corporate Department in the New York office. Ms. Louizos' practice focuses on the representation of registered investment companies (mutual funds) and their independent directors and investment advisers, and includes: the organization and offering of open-end and closed-end investment companies; mergers of individual mutual funds and fund complexes; and counseling on compliance and other regulatory matters under the federal securities laws. She received a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1992, where she was a National Merit Scholar, and a J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law in 1997. She is admitted to the bar in Virginia (1997) and the District of Columbia (1999).

David Nagle is a member of the Tax Department in the Boston office. His practice involves both transactional tax planning and representing taxpayers in disputes before the Internal Revenue Service and the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. After earning his B.A., with honors, from the University of Virginia in 1991 and his M.A. from the University of Michigan in 1995, he received his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1997 and his LL.M. in Taxation from Boston University School of Law in 2000. He is admitted to the bar in Massachusetts (1997) and to the United States Tax Court (1998).

About Sullivan & Worcester LLP
Sullivan & Worcester LLP is a leading corporate law firm providing counsel to domestic and international clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to emerging businesses. With 200 lawyers in Boston, New York and Washington D.C., the firm offers services in a wide range of areas including corporate finance; securities; litigation; mergers and acquisitions; tax; real estate; private equity and venture capital; bankruptcy; regulatory law and employment and benefits. Sullivan & Worcester is also recognized for its representation of REITs and its deep expertise in energy and mutual fund law. For more information please visit www.sandw.com.


Sughrue Mion's Alan J. Kasper Elected to the Board of Directors of American Intellectual Property Law Association
WASHINGTON – Sughrue Mion, PLLC is pleased to announce that partner Alan J. Kasper has been elected as Treasurer of the board of directors of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA).

AIPLA is a national bar association formed to maintain a high standard of professional ethics in the area of intellectual property and to insure proper interpretation of the laws governing the practice of intellectual property. Its’ membership consists of more than 16,000 lawyers in private and corporate practice, government services and the academic community. AIPLA represents a wide spectrum of companies and institutions that are involved directly and indirectly in the practice of patent, trademark, copyright and unfair competition law.


Penn Ayers Butler, a bankruptcy lawyer in Squire Sanders’ office in Palo Alto, notes that the new Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005, which in part imposes tough restrictions on key employee-retention programs, could result in more expense for firms that cannot keep key employees and must seek help from third-party turnaround experts.


Lawyers Mobilize As Identity Theft Law Takes Effect
Scott Christie has been quoted in the New Jersey Law Journal in regards to identity theft and the new laws taking effect.


McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff Promotes Eric R. Moran and Andrew W. Williams to Partner
The intellectual property law firm McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP is pleased to announce it has named Eric R. Moran and Andrew W. Williams to the Firm's partnership. Both were previously associates at the firm.

"Eric and Andrew have both shown the solid work and commitment to excellent client service that we expect of those who advance to positions of greater responsibility in the firm," said Matthew J. Sampson, managing partner. "We look forward to their further participation in the firm in this new role."

Eric R. Moran works with clients across a broad range of industries involving mechanical, electrical-mechanical, and telecommunications technology, as well as software. He regularly prepares and prosecutes patent and trademark applications for clients, develops opinions of counsel, and also works on licensing issues. Mr. Moran is an experienced litigator and frequently represents his clients in patent and trademark disputes in the federal courts. He has also counseled clients on copyright issues and the enforcement of domain name rights. Mr. Moran holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a J.D., with high honors, from Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Andrew W. Williams focuses his practice on litigation, patent prosecution, and opinion work in the areas of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and chemistry. He holds a B.S. in biochemistry, with honors, from the University of Iowa and an M.Phil. from Yale University. He also earned a Ph.D. in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale University, where his thesis work involved biochemical and molecular-biological studies of the export assembly of the bacterial flagellum. He also conducted postdoctoral research in the area of genetic analysis of bacterial pathogenesis at the University of Kentucky. Mr. Williams received his J.D., with highest honors, from George Washington University Law School.


ZKS Receives the Legal Aid Society's Award of Excellence
ZKS recently received the Orange County Bar Association's Legal Aid Society Award of Excellence. This is the fourth time ZSKS has received the Award of Excellence in the firms 20-year history. The firm received the award in 1988, 1996, and 1999.

ZKS and others were honored at the Orange County Bar Association Luncheon on July 30, 2003. Accepting the award on behalf of the firm was ZKS shareholder J. Timothy Schulte. Legal Aid Executive Director Mary Anne DePetrillo expressed gratitude to all the attorneys and staff at ZKS that work on pro bono cases, representing those in need in our community. Over the years, ZKS attorneys have represented hundreds of children through the Legal Aid Society's guardian ad litem program.

The Legal Aid Society was founded over 35 years ago to assist the less fortunate in obtaining legal services. ZKS's services to the Legal Aid Society include assistance in the areas of family law, guardian ad litem, landlord/tenant, home ownership, employment, consumer, and tax matters. ZKS attorneys also volunteer in the Teen Court program, the Homeless Advocacy Project, and the Citizens Dispute Settlement program.


Small Law Firm Scores with Big Clients
At the midtown law offices of Zeichner Ellman & Krause, partners proudly point out that the furniture is secondhand and the carpet is far from luxurious—or even new.

“We don’t go for gold doorknobs,” says co-founder Mark Zeichner. “We have offices that are adequate.”

At Zeichner Ellman, a 35-lawyer boutique with clients ranging from Citigroup Private Bank to Bear Stearns & Co., frugality is key. By skimping on overhead and by paying its attorneys a bit less, the firm is able to beat many of its competition on price.

In an era in which consolidation has created mega-firms, Zeichner is a small outfit that has found a way to fight back. It directly exploits the weakness of the legal behemoths—their bloated costs.

Its 16 partners’ hourly fees average $370, while its associates bill around $235. That compares with $800 for partners and $450 for associates at the big firms.

“Given the emphasis on cost-cutting and saving in corporate legal departments, firms like Zeichner Ellman play a valuable role,” says Richard Zakin, executive managing director at Strategic Legal Solutions, a recruiting firm. He notes that corporations can typically slice 10% from their legal bills by farming out to smaller shops all but the “bet-the-company” cases.


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