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DLA Piper Ends Heenan Hiring Talks; BLG Adds Heenan Team

DLA Piper LLP called off hiring talks with a group of Heenan Blaikie LLP lawyers, DLA said yesterday. Meanwhile a group of 12 lawyers from Heenan found a new home in the Canadian firm Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s Montreal office.

Heenan, which counted former prime ministers Jean Chretien and Pierre Trudeau among its employees, is closing after more than 40 years as it faces competition from larger firms and a slump in mergers and acquisitions.

“This is a terrific opportunity for BLG to expand its practice with some of Quebec’s leading labor and employment lawyers,” Sean Weir, national managing partner and chief executive officer of BLG, said in a statement.

The lawyers joining BLG, which has six Canadian offices for its 750 lawyers and professionals, are Stuart Aronovitch, Robert Bonhomme, Alexandre W. Buswell, Shawn Connelly, Frederic Desmarais, Corrado De Stefano, Michael D. Grodinsky, Chantal Lamarche, Danny J. Kaufer, Frederic Masse, Myriane Le Francois and Maryse Tremblay.

DLA Piper ended discussions Sunday night with a group of Heenan lawyers because the firm was not able to come to economic terms and accommodate the attorneys’ needs, according to an e-mailed statement by DLA.

“We were extremely impressed with the lawyers we met during this process and wish them all the best,” according to the statement. “We continue to strongly believe that Canada is an important market for the firm and will explore future opportunities there that complement our global business strategy.”

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Lisa T. Scruggs joined Duane Morris LLP’s trial practice group as a partner in the Chicago office from Jenner & Block LLP. Scruggs was the founder and leader of her former firm’s education industry team.

Corporate attorney Lee Kolodny joins Barnes & Thornburg LLP as a partner in the Los Angeles office. He was formerly a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, where he focused his practice on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and other matters.

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Attorney Randy Mastro, who represents Christie’s office, sent letters Feb. 4 seeking documents and interviews with Zimmer and four city employees. On Feb. 6, Zimmer’s lawyer Gerald Krovatin declined the request, writing that the mayor and the city are already cooperating with a probe by U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman in Newark.

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