Law firm cannot recover fees as prevailing party when represented by Of Counsel

This isn't really on topic, but it was interesting enough to note.  In Sands & Associates v. Martin Juknavorian (October 10, 2012), the Court of Appeal (Second Appellate District, Divsion One) held that the Of Counsel relationship is sufficiently "close, personal, continuous, and regular" that a firm represented by Of Counsel to the firm cannot recover fees as a prevailing party, even when a prevailing party clause applies to the dispute.