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Q: History of a Law Firm ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: History of a Law Firm
Category: Business and Money
Asked by: dolphhaas-ga
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Posted: 21 Feb 2005 10:28 PST
Expires: 23 Mar 2005 10:28 PST
Question ID: 478179
The long time Washington DC law firm of Clifford & Warnke (Clark
Clifford and Paul Warnke) disappeared after Clifford's envolvement in
the 90s BCCI scandal.  What happened to the firm?  With whom did it merge or get
bought out by?
Subject: Re: History of a Law Firm
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 21 Feb 2005 11:26 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars

The firm of Clifford and Warnke was not acquired.  It dissolved
towards the end of 1991 in the wake of the BCCI scandal.

The largest contingent of C&W lawyers and staff were acquired by
another DC law firm, Howrey & Simon.

The distribution of ex-C&W personnel -- as far as is publicly known --
is as follows:

Howrey & Simon:  Paul Warnke; managing partner Harold D. Murry Jr;
John F. Kovin; John G. Calender; Philip H. Hecht; James C. Duff; along
with Associates Katherine D. McManus, Peder A. Garske and Dennis A.

DC office of Hughes Hubbard & Reed:  Robert Reznick

Mayer, Brown & Platt:  Associate Kathryn A. Kusske 

Spriggs & Hollingsworth: Charles J. Fromm

Former partner Bryan J. Yolles joined an unspecified advertising agency.

In January 1992, Altman formally established the law offices of Robert
A. Altman, with Clark Clifford as counsel.

The dissolution of C&W was important due to the ethical rules under
which lawyers practice.  As noted by the Washington Post (12/3/91):

"Warnke and Murry spent their first day with Howrey & Simon traveling
to Australia to notify a longtime Clifford & Warnke client, the
Australian Meat & Livestock Corp., of their change....Lawyers operate
under ethical rules that say clients belong to the firm, rather than
the lawyer, and should not be solicited when a lawyer leaves. But when
firms break up, lawyers are permitted to tell clients they are

The key newpaper articles I found containing information on the fate
of Clifford and Warnke are:

The Washington Post
September 10, 1992
page D10

L.A. Law Firm Is Acquired By Howrey

The Washington Post
December 3, 1991
page C1

Warnke, Others Leave Clark Clifford Law Firm

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Request for Answer Clarification by dolphhaas-ga on 21 Feb 2005 14:44 PST
Was Howrey & Simon acquire later by maybe Jones Day?

Clarification of Answer by pafalafa-ga on 21 Feb 2005 14:48 PST
Howrey and Simon is still actively in business, as you can see at their website:

If I have misunderstood your follow-up question, just let me know what
sort of additional information you need, and I'm happy to assist you.

dolphhaas-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Quick and point on.

Subject: Re: History of a Law Firm
From: ipfan-ga on 21 Feb 2005 15:30 PST
In 2000, Howrey Simon merged with Arnold White & Durkee to form Howrey
Simon Arnold & White, as the firm is now called.

See (3rd paragraph)

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