Thursday, March 27, 2008

Bell, Boyd & Lloyd LLP opens Carmel Valley office

Bell, Boyd & Lloyd LLP, a Chicago venture capital and intellectual property law firm, has opened an office in Carmel Valley.Life science clients will be served from the office, at 3580 Carmel Mountain Road, the company said. It will be staffed initially with five attorneys and seven science specialists.

Stephanie L. Seidman, a life science attorney with a doctorate in molecular biology and biochemistry, heads the group office along with attorney David A. Fisher. Associate attorneys in the office are Frank J. Miskiel, Cheryl A. Allaire, Gregory F. Brucia and Alidad Vakili. The office can be contacted at 858-509-7400.

Miller Canfield law firm relocates

Miller Canfield's Kalamazoo law office has relocated into a 32,000-square-foot suite on the top two floors of the new building that bears its name in downtown Kalamazoo.

The 151,000-square-foot Miller Canfield Building at 277 S. Rose St. is being called the first Class A office building to be built in downtown in more than 20 years.

Catalyst Development Co., part of building owner The Greenleaf Cos., has placed the building cost at $32 million. Construction redeveloped a space that had held an older office building and parking lot.

"We're pleased to be a part of Kalamazoo's renaissance," Miller Canfield Resident Director John R. Cook said in a press release. "This new building represents our commitment to the community, while the state-of-the-art facility will allow us to expand and provide services to clients around the block and around the world."

The office's 40 lawyers and staff of 36 relocated from 444 W. Michigan Ave. They are part of an 800-attorney law firm established in Detroit in 1852 that has offices in Michigan, Illinois, Massachusetts, Florida, New York, Canada and Poland.

According to information provided by the firm, it has grown from 18 lawyers in 1984, when Brown, Colman & DeMent merged with Miller Canfield.

Its legal practices include business law, securities, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, banking, intellectual property law, bankruptcy, litigation, labor, tax, health law and corporate-discovery-management services.

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Slate publisher leaves for law firm

Cliff Sloan, the publisher of Slate and vice president of business affairs at The Washington Post Co.'s online media subsidiary, will join the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in June as a partner in its intellectual property group.

Sloan will reside in Skadden's D.C. office at 1440 New York Ave. NW. He will advise clients on intellectual property, new media and litigation matters, including appellate issues, according to a statement from the law firm. He will also focus on First Amendment matters.
Since 2000, Sloan has served as general counsel at Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive, the online media unit of the D.C.-based Washington Post Co. (NYSE: WPO). He is also publisher of Slate, a daily online magazine.

Prior to coming on board at Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive, Sloan was a partner in the Internet practice at Wiley, Rein & Fielding LLP, known today as Wiley Rein LLP.
He has also held a handful of government posts, including Associate Counsel to the President from 1993 to 1995 and Assistant to the U.S. Solicitor General at the Department of Justice from 1989 to 1991. In addition, Sloan served as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.

Sloan also has been an adjunct professor at three local law schools: American University, Georgetown University and George Washington University.

Skadden is one of the world's largest law firms, with more than 2,000 attorneys in 23 offices around the globe. Its Washington office, established in 1976, has more than 300 attorneys and is the firm's second-largest location.