Lawyers In The News

Dealmaker of the Week: Scott Barshay of Cravath, Swaine & Moore

By Jennifer Henderson |

Barshay, a corporate partner at Cravath, led a team from the firm advising H.J. Heinz on its proposed megamerger with Kraft Foods Group.

Fred Leech (left) and his brother Tony Leech watch their children play Little League baseball in 2002.

Late Brother's Boutique Beckons Longtime Reed Smith Partner

By Brian Baxter |

Frederick Leech, a longtime Reed Smith partner in Pittsburgh and former head of the firm's investment management practice, recently left to become chair of the corporate group at Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl, a Steel City-based boutique founded in 1994 by his younger brother Tony Leech, who drowned 10 years later trying to save his two sons from a riptide in Costa Rica.

Djibouti

Gibson Dunn Partner Suspended for Mishandling Djibouti Case

By Jennifer Henderson |

A British high court judge has reversed an order freezing the assets of Djibouti businessman Abdourahman Boreh after finding that a Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher partner knowingly presented faulty evidence implicating Boreh in a 2009 grenade attack.

Five More Attorneys Defect to Winston & Strawn from Pillsbury

By Nell Gluckman |

Winston & Strawn has confirmed its hire of Mats Carlston as co-chairman of its global finance practice, in addition to five more hires from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. Carlston spoke with The Am Law Daily about his move, which follows a group of 11 corporate, finance and private equity partners jumping to Winston & Strawn from Pillsbury earlier this month.

Top Israeli Lawyer Comes Up Short in Bid to Beat Bibi

By Brian Baxter |

Yitzhak “Isaac” Herzog comes from one of Israel’s most powerful political families—one likened to the Kennedys—but the former senior partner at leading local law firm Herzog Fox & Ne'eman was unable to unseat Benjamin Netanyahu as the country’s prime minister after elections Tuesday. Nonetheless, Herzog’s Zionist Union performed strongly at the polls, and he could still be a key kingmaker.

Victor Kovner

Filmmakers Turn to Davis Wright Partner on Controversial HBO Documentaries

By Nell Gluckman |

Victor Kovner of Davis Wright Tremaine is the lawyer behind "The Jinx," an HBO documentary series about real estate heir Robert Durst, who was arrested on murder charges one day before the final episode aired. He also vetted "Citizenfour," a documentary about whistleblower Edward Snowden that recently won an Oscar.

Robinson & Cole Picks Up Data Protection Group Head

By Nell Gluckman |

Robinson & Cole has poached privacy and data protection group head Linn Freedman from Nixon Peabody. Freedman will lead Robinson & Cole’s newly formed privacy and security data team, following in the footsteps of a number of Am Law 200 firms that have made hires in a practice area that barely existed several years ago.

Rajesh De

Mayer Brown Brings Back NSA's Top Lawyer

By Brian Baxter |

After nearly three years as general counsel for the National Security Agency, Rajesh "Raj" De is returning to Mayer Brown, a firm where he first made partner in October 2007.

Norton Rose Fulbright Brings on Ex-Bingham COO in Houston

By Nell Gluckman |

Norton Rose Fulbright hired Tracee Whitley as its U.S. chief of operations, a role she occupied at Bingham McCutchen before most of that firm's attorneys were absorbed by Morgan, Lewis & Bockius late last year.

Dealmaker of the Week: David Lam of Wachtell

By Jennifer Henderson |

Lam, a corporate partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, led the team advising AbbVie Inc. in its $21 billion acquisition of Pharmacyclics Inc.

Dealmaker of the Week: Alison Ressler of Sullivan & Cromwell

By Jennifer Henderson |

A corporate partner at Sullivan & Cromwell, Ressler advised Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. in its $10.1 billion acquisition of Raleigh, North Carolina-based Salix Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

David Cornwell

Leading Sports Lawyer Joins Barnes & Thornburg

By Brian Baxter |

Wm. David Cornwell Sr., a prominent litigator in the sports world with a stable of all-star clients, is leaving Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani for Barnes & Thornburg. Gordon Rees, which acquired Cornwell’s Atlanta-based firm three years ago, sued former Cornwell client Alex Rodriguez last week for $380,000 in legal fees stemming from his representation of the New York Yankees star last year.

David Boies

David Boies Dabbles in Hollywood Through Film Company

By Nell Gluckman |

About three years ago, the chairman and founder of Boies, Schiller & Flexner teamed up with Zack Schiller, son of the firm's other founder, Jonathan Schiller, to create the Boies/Schiller Film Group, which is set to release "Jane Got a Gun," starring Natalie Portman and Ewan McGregor, on Sept. 4.

Charles Mulaney and Michael Hatchard

Dealmakers of the Week: Charles Mulaney Jr. and Michael Hatchard of Skadden

By Jennifer Henderson |

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom's Mulaney and Hatchard led the way for Broomfield, Colorado-based Ball Corp. in its $6.8 billion acquisition of fellow can maker Rexam PLC.

Three Energy Partners Depart Cadwalader for Sidley Austin

By Nell Gluckman |

A trio of high-profile energy partners based in Washington, D.C., is joining Sidley Austin from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, a firm that saw partner profits decline in 2014. The three will be reunited with partner Robert Stephens, who left his post as head of Cadwalader's Houston office for Sidley Austin in January.

Schiff Hardin Makes Way for First Female Managing Partner

By Jennifer Henderson |

The firm has elected Marci Eisenstein to succeed Ronald Safer, who had served as managing partner for a decade. Eisenstein is the first female to assume the role in Schiff Hardin's 150-year history.

Leigh Sprague (Left) and Douglas Sprague (Right)

A Tale of Two Spragues: One Lands at Covington, the Other in Prison

By Nell Gluckman |

Former federal prosecutor Douglas Sprague joined Covington & Burling as a white-collar defense and investigations partner in San Francisco. In one of his more memorable cases, Sprague prosecuted Leigh Sprague, a former Coudert Brothers and LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae associate who embezzled $10 million from a prominent Russian oligarch he worked for in Moscow.

Dealmaker of the Week: Marko Zatylny of Ropes & Gray

By Jennifer Henderson |

Zatylny advised New York-based pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. in its $15.2 billion acquisition of Hospira, giving it a foothold in the international sterile injectables market.

Lead Energy Finance Attorney Heads to Willkie's Houston Office

By Nell Gluckman |

After a six-month stint at Bracewell & Giuliani, Michael Niebruegge has joined Willkie Farr & Gallagher's office in Houston, which opened in November. Niebruegge had been one of a couple of Houston-based defectors from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, which recently posted a 15 percent decline in profits per partner for 2014.

Dealmakers of the Week: Ryan Maierson and Debbie Yee of Latham & Watkins

By Jennifer Henderson |

Maierson and Yee advised Energy Transfer Partners in its $18 billion merger with Regency Energy Partners.