Pillsbury to Close Century City Satellite Office

It looks like Lew Feldman is making out big in his recent breakup with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman: he’s leaving the firm, but keeping the office.

Several months after the leader of Pillsbury’s Century City office took off for Goodwin Procter, Pillsbury is moving its operations back downtown — and it’s rumored that Goodwin and Feldman are moving back in.

Goodwin Procter wouldn’t comment on the alleged move, but Pillsbury’s chairman-elect James Rishwain is sending an e-mail this week telling L.A. attorneys they’ll consolidate operations downtown by the end of the month.

“Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP will be closing its satellite office in Century City, CA at the end of July. Attorneys resident there — including me — will be relocating to the firm’s downtown Los Angeles office,” Rishwain wrote in the memo. “This is a decision we’ve been contemplating for some time, based in part on the considerable overlap between the two locations — in fact, eight of our attorneys maintained offices at both addresses.”

Pillsbury opened the Century City office in 2001, with Feldman as the co-founding partner. But when he departed earlier this year, he took a good chunk of the lawyers and staff with him.

Feldman couldn’t be reached to comment on his prize — he was vacationing in Kenya — but the pricey MGM office space should make it nice to come home.

Kellie Schmitt

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