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Microsoft Drops K&L Gates From Preferred Firm List

Law360 (May 14, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- K&L Gates LLP, a firm tied to Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates’ father, has been dropped from a list of the company’s preferred law firms, falling in line with a trend in which personal relationships are sometimes taking a back seat to other business concerns in the selection of outside counsel, according to legal industry experts.

The firms that made the list after the company’s recent review include Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP, Covington & Burling LLP, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Fish & Richardson PC, Orrick...
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