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Chair and Vice Chair of Howard Rice’s Business Practice Jump to Other Firms

The chair and vice chair of the business department of Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin left last week to join to other law firms.

Deborah Marshall, who chairs the department, went to Sidley Austin, where she will be joined by Howard Rice partners Hank Barry and Stephen Fronk, the Recorder reports. Business vice chairman Michael Sullivan went to Pillsbury Winthrop.

The departures came as Howard Rice filed an antitrust suit against Microsoft on behalf of a video game maker, the story says.

Marshall didn’t comment to the Recorder. Sullivan had practiced at Pillsbury from 1984 to 1997, and told the publication it was easy to return to his old firm.

Howard Rice managing partner Douglas Winthrop told the Recorder that the lawyers’ departures “will not have a material financial impact on the firm.”

“The primary focus of the folks who are leaving is in the emerging-companies area, and I’m sure you know that’s been one of the hardest-hit areas in the downturn,” Winthrop said.

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