June 29, 2013 |
I t's a monumental battle of wills, money and egos. The oil giant Chevron, the third-biggest U.S. company by revenue, has sued Patton Boggs, the nation's premier legal and lobbying firm, for concealing and promoting fraudulent information in a case that was born in the jungles of the Amazon. Chevron has also convinced a New York federal judge to allow it — despite protests from Patton Boggs about attorney-client privilege — to take the extraordinary step of examining thousands of...
April 17, 2013
Joseph P. Blocher, 89, who co-founded the law firm of Linowes and Blocher in Bethesda, died April 5 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda. He was a Rockville resident. The cause was septicemia, said a daughter, Catherine E. Saunders. Early in his career, he was an assistant and deputy county attorney for Montgomery County. In 1962, he joined R. Robert Linowes to form the law firm of Linowes and Blocher, which was located in Silver Spring for many years. He was involved with the firm until his death.
January 13, 2013 |
Bruder, Gentile & Marcoux, a small Washington law firm that represents Pepco, Dominion and other regional gas and electric utilities in energy regulatory matters, has been absorbed by mid-size Chicago firm Schiff Hardin, the firms announced last week. The combination doubles the size of Schiff Hardin's energy practice to 20 lawyers from 10 in Washington, and is the latest reshuffling in the legal industry as law firms look to bulk up their energy practices to capture work from electricity, gas and oil companies bracing for more...
January 9, 2012
Robert A. Woods, 80, a founding partner of the Washington law firm Schwartz, Woods and Miller, died Dec. 22 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda. The North Bethesda resident had a heart attack and complications from Alzheimer's disease, said his wife, Betty Woods. Mr. Woods, a specialist in communications law, retired in 2001. Clients of his law firm, founded in 1970, include radio and television station licensees. Earlier in his career, Mr. Woods worked for Krieger and Jorgensen, another communications practice in the...
October 11, 2009 |
James M. Verner, 94, founder of the powerful Washington law firm Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand, died of heart disease Oct. 6 at his Arlington County home. Mr. Verner started the firm in 1960 with Berl Bernhard. The enterprise, originally specializing in transportation law, gradually added partners and established offices in Houston, Miami and Honolulu, employing 191 lawyers and lobbyists in 2001. Known for hiring "rock stars" -- lawyers and public officials after their turn in the national political spotlight...
March 10, 2011 |
The Howrey law firm in Washington announced late Wednesday that it will dissolve on Tuesday, making it the latest victim of a recession that has exposed cracks in the law firm business model and revealed the risks of rapid expansion. The vote by partners, which lasted much of Wednesday, comes after months of speculation that the firm would close its doors following an exodus of high-performing lawyers, who left for competitors after Howrey posted lackluster financial results.