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Issue October 2003

James P. McCarthy released his first novel "Fatal Flaws" in June. The book is a medical malpractice courtroom thriller that follows a young trial attorney up against powerfully connected law firms and physicians as he represents a 13-year-old girl dying of kidney disease.

McCarthy has been a medical malpractice attorney in Boston for more than 30 years. The book currently is available at Borders bookstore on Washington Street in Boston in the local authors' section.

Andrew Viles has joined Adams, Harkness & Hill as general counsel. He will provide a broad range of legal expertise and counsel for the investment-banking firm, which focuses on emerging growth companies in the technology, health care and consumer sectors.

Viles previously was a partner at Goodwin Procter LLP, where he counseled clients in numerous industries on a variety of corporate securities matters including IPOs, public offerings and private placements of debt and equity securities and public and private mergers and acquisitions.

Several Boston law firms have been ranked among the nation's top law firms by American Lawyer for diversity, pro bono work and business excellence, placing in the country's largest 200 firms.

The firms placing in the top 200 along with their ranks include the following:

Hale and Dorr (13th); Palmer & Dodge (29th); Ropes & Gray (58th); Choate, Hall & Stewart (65th); Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo (79th); Goodwin Procter (83rd); Brown Rudnick Berlack Israels (112th); Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault (116th); and Foley Hoag (148th).

American Lawyer publishes the rankings as an indicator of which firms lead the legal industry in business and professional standards. The magazine judged firms based on revenue per lawyer, number of lawyers who perform 20 or more hours of pro bono work annually, associate lawyers' satisfaction with the firm (based on a private survey) and percentage of minority lawyers on staff.

Goulston & Storrs has signed an exclusive co-branding agreement with the FleetCenter's Premium Club. Under the agreement, the FleetCenter will co-brand The Premium Club with Goulston & Storrs. The relationship is believed to be the first of its kind in the nation between a law firm and a major entertainment center.