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Cameron McKenna Merges With Morley Caskin

Cameron McKenna Merges With Morley Caskin

The small Washington energy law firm Morley Caskin has joined the international ranks, merging with the 700-lawyer British firm, Cameron McKenna. Morley Caskin attorneys Joel Zipp and George Williams Jr. are among the six lawyers being added to the larger firm's Washington office. The move was official Sept. 1, but will not be physically accomplished until offices are ready next month.

Zipp said it's the first time - to their knowledge - that a British law firm has merged with an American group. The Morley Caskin group will "round out the capabilities" of the British firm in the U.S., Zipp said. "A lot of what they do is at high government levels. We bring it down to the day-to-day. We'll be able to provide a full continuum of legal services."

Cameron McKenna has more than 65 lawyers in its energy group and has offices in a number of major cities around the world. The British firm's Washington office, established three years ago, has been representing the California ISO in the electric arena. Zipp, who has worked in both the natural gas and electric regulatory areas, most recently has been devoting most of his time to Portland Natural Gas and the PNGTS project connecting eastern Canadian gas. while Williams has been involved in the electric arena.

Zipp said his firm has been considering potential opportunities for several years. As a small firm Morley Caskin has had difficulty attracting talented newcomers because it could not offer young attorneys diversified experience, Zipp said. Cameron McKenna's practice is "on the cutting edge and opens up the international arena." The British firm, which is the seventh or eighth largest in England, has won awards as the best large British law firm in 1998 and for having the energy team of the year in 1997.

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