Lawyers In The News

Pressure Drop at Paul Hastings: E-Discovery Expert Has Reggae Past

By Nell Gluckman |

Thomas Barnett, an electronic discovery expert who joined Paul Hastings as special counsel last year, once led a very different life as a professional saxophone player. At the peak of his musical career, Barnett toured with reggae band Toots and the Maytals, before heading on to law school.

Jim Rishwain, Pillsbury Winthrop firm chair

Pillsbury's Newly Re-Elected Chair to Relinquish Post in 2016

By Nell Gluckman |

James Rishwain, who has served as chair of the firm since 2006, will step down in December 2016 after completing the term he was recently re-elected to. The announcement comes after much turnover at the firm, including the defection of a group of corporate lawyers to Winston & Strawn earlier this year.

Djibouti

Suspended Gibson Dunn Partner Confirms His Departure

By Jennifer Henderson |

Dubai-based partner Peter Gray, who was suspended from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher after being accused of knowingly submitting false evidence against a Djibouti businessman, has confirmed to The Am Law Daily that he has left the firm.

Michael Aiello.

Dealmaker of the Week: Michael Aiello of Weil, Gotshal & Manges

By Jennifer Henderson |

Aiello, chairman of the corporate department at Weil, advised information management company Iron Mountain Inc. in its $2.1 billion acquisition of Australia's Recall Holdings Ltd.

From Saigon to Big Law and Back Again

By Brian Baxter |

On the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, The Am Law Daily catches up with several Vietnamese- American lawyers to discuss the journey from refugee to Big Law.

Norton Rose Fulbright Names New Global Chair

By Nell Gluckman |

Corporate partner Ken Stewart assumes the one-year position of global chairman, succeeding Johannesburg-based Sbu Gule.

David Rosewater of Schulte Roth:

Top Activist Lawyer Lands on a New Team

By Brian Baxter |

Morgan Stanley has hired Schulte Roth & Zabel's David Rosewater, co-head of the firm's global shareholder activism practice, to lead its activist defense group. But Rosewater, who previously worked at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, won't be fighting Marty Lipton's war.

JPMorgan Chase Accuses Ex-Dewey Partner of Lying About Assets

By Nell Gluckman |

The bank has filed a complaint against former Dewey & LeBoeuf partner John Altorelli, claiming he misrepresented his assets when he sought to delay repayment of a $500,000 loan he'd taken out in 2012.

Perkins Coie Managing Partner Juggles Past With Future

By Julie Triedman |

Few Am Law 100 firm leaders have had starring roles in high-impact political litigation while managing their firms. John Devaney, who became Perkins Coie's new managing partner on Jan. 1, falls into that category.

Adams and Reese Names New Managing Partner

By Jennifer Henderson |

Adams and Reese tapped Guilford Thornton Jr., a partner specializing in governmental and legislative relations, to lead the firm from its Nashville office.

Boies Schiller Bolsters Corporate Group With O'Melveny Hire

By Brian Baxter |

Boies, Schiller & Flexner is rebuilding its small corporate group by hiring O'Melveny & Myers corporate and project finance partner Dev Sen, who joined his now former firm nearly three years ago, prior to the historic collapse of Dewey & LeBoeuf.

From Big Law to Beaver Creek, One Partner's Journey From Sheppard Mullin to Ski Scholar

By Jennifer Henderson |

Prentice O'Leary, a longtime bankruptcy lawyer at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, is spending his retirement as a part-time ski instructor at a major ski resort in Colorado.

Dealmaker of the Week: Warren Gorrell of Hogan Lovells

By Jennifer Henderson |

Gorrell advised General Electric Co. in the $26.5 billion sale of GE Capital's real estate portfolio to funds managed by Blackstone LP, along with Wells Fargo & Co. and additional buyers.

Ralph Baxter, Chairman and Chief Executive officer of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

Former Orrick Chair Sticks to His Roots

By Julie Triedman |

Ralph Baxter became almost synonymous with his firm during his 22 years at the helm of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. On Monday, he announced his first official plans for his post-firm life: taking on board roles at two data analytics-oriented legal services innovators and chairing a new industry think tank.

Big Law Partner and Ex-Basketball Star Dies at 52

By Brian Baxter |

Marc Marotta, a corporate and public affairs partner at Foley & Lardner in Milwaukee and one of Wisconsin’s most respected attorneys, died Wednesday of a brain aneurysm. A former high school and college basketball star, Marotta was drafted by the National Basketball Association’s New York Knicks in 1984, but chose Harvard Law School instead. Nonetheless, he remained close to the game he loved.

Dealmaker of the Week: Roland Turnill of Slaughter and May

By Jennifer Henderson |

Turnill, a corporate and commercial partner in Slaughter and May's London office, advised Royal Dutch Shell in its $70 billion acquisition of BG Group.

Irell Partner Reflects on Sale of Klimt’s Gold Painting

By Nell Gluckman |

Irell & Manella partner Steven Thomas negotiated the sale of Gustav Klimt’s famous gold painting "Adele Bloch-Bauer I," which drew headlines for fetching the highest price for any artwork in 2006. The painting, along with four others, was stolen by the Nazis and recovered by the Bloch-Bauer heirs after an eight-year legal battle with the Austrian government, and is now the subject of "Woman in Gold," a film starring Helen Mirren that will be released Wednesday.

Alston & Bird Partner Hits Links as Masters Caddy

By Jennifer Henderson |

Richard Grice, an Atlanta-based partner in Alston & Bird’s finance group, traded paperwork for working on par this week after landing the side-job of a lifetime—caddying at the 2015 Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia. As for Grice's golfer and interim boss, that would be Gunn Yang, a 21-year-old South Korean and 2014 U.S. Amateur Champion.

Undeterred by Felony Charges, Ex-Troutman Sanders Partner Starts Own Practice

By Nell Gluckman |

Mark Shurtleff, who served three terms as Utah’s attorney general before a six-month stint at Troutman Sanders in 2013, faces nine felony charges, including bribery, tampering with evidence and obstruction of justice. But that hasn’t stopped him from launching his own firm, which he unveiled last week in a YouTube video.

Ontario Regulators: Ex-Davies Ward Partner Tipped Frat Brother on Deals

By Nell Gluckman |

The Ontario Securities Commission has found that a former Davies Ward partner tipped off a friend, starting in 2004, about three separate deals that the lawyer had knowledge of. The tips prompted the friend—an investment adviser—to buy shares in the companies in question.

Djibouti

Judge Fines Gibson Dunn Following Partner's Misconduct

By Jennifer Henderson |

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, along with the Republic of Djibouti, has been ordered by a British high court judge to pay Abdourahman Boreh the equivalent of $1.3 million in fees after the firm's Dubai partner, Peter Gray, was found to have knowingly provided false information regarding the Djibouti businessman's alleged involvement in a 2009 grenade attack.

Dealmakers of the Week: Keith Pagnani and Melissa Sawyer of Sullivan & Cromwell

By Jennifer Henderson |

M&A partners Pagnani and Sawyer took the lead for UnitedHealth Group in its purchase of Schaumburg, Illinois-based pharmacy benefits manager Catamaran Corp. for $12.8 billion.

Greg Evans

McGuireWoods to Merge with L.A. Boutique

By Jennifer Henderson |

McGuireWoods is set to merge with Integer Law Corp., a Los Angeles boutique firm founded in 2010 by former Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy litigation partner Gregory Evans.

Cadwalader Special Counsel Helps Author FBI Report

By Nell Gluckman |

Joseph Moreno, special counsel at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft in Washington, D.C., spent the better part of 2014 working on an external review of the FBI. The white-collar and criminal investigations lawyer was a staffer for the 9/11 Review Commission, which was directed by Congress to evaluate the changes made at the FBI since Sept. 11, 2001.