Lawyers In The News

Dealmaker of the Week: Olivia Tyrrell of Baker & McKenzie

By Wenxiong Zhang |

Olivia Tyrrell, a 38-year-old corporate partner with Baker & McKenzie in Chicago, led a deal team from the firm composed almost entirely of women in advising pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. on its $9.5 billion buy of Cubist Pharmaceuticals.

After Botched Suicide, Ex-Skadden Lawyer Charged in Ponzi Scheme

By Brian Baxter |

Charles Bennett, a former corporate lawyer in New York who once worked at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, has been charged by federal prosecutors and regulators with running a $5 million Ponzi scheme. Bennett unsuccessfully tried to kill himself in early November, leading police to recover a suicide note detailing his alleged fraud, in which he invoked the name of former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer.

Gibson Dunn Grabs Another Star London Lateral

By Chris Johnson |

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has continued to develop its London transactional practice with the addition of another senior partner, bringing in renowned leveraged finance expert Stephen Gillespie from Kirkland & Ellis.

Kirkland Poaches Winston & Strawn's Litigation Chair

By Nathalie Pierrepont |

In yet another high-profile lateral hire, Kirkland & Ellis has lured away trial lawyer James Hurst from Winston & Strawn, his professional home for 25 years.

Duane Morris Relaunches UK Employment Practice With Partner Hire

By Chris Johnson |

Duane Morris has relaunched its employment practice in London with the hire of partner Elena Cooper from the U.K. base of Canadian firm Fasken Martineau.

Thompson Coburn Nabs Ex Krispy Kreme Franchisee Owner

By Nathalie Pierrepont |

Business litigation partner Richard Reinis, who once served as co-owner, chief executive officer and general counsel of the exclusive franchisee and area developer of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, has moved from Steptoe & Johnson to Thompson Coburn in Los Angeles.

Dealmaker of the Week: Sasan Mehrara of Simpson Thacher

By Nathalie Pierrepont |

The real estate corporate partner led the deal team for Simpson Thacher & Bartlett's representation of The Blackstone Group in its sale of warehouse landlord IndCor Properties to GIC, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, for $8.1 billion.

Paul Tosetti and Cary Hyden

Dealmakers of the Week: Cary Hyden and Paul Tosetti of Latham & Watkins

By MP McQueen |

The two corporate partners led the deal for Latham & Watkins' representation of Allergan in a hotly contested takeover battle against Valeant Pharmaceuticals that ended with the company being bought by Actavis plc.

Dealmaker of the Week: Mary Ann Todd of Munger Tolles

By MP McQueen |

Todd, a corporate partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson, led the firm's deal team on Berkshire Hathaway's $4.7 billion all-stock buy of Procter & Gamble's Duracell battery unit.

Dealmaker of the Week: Sullivan & Cromwell's Krishna Veeraraghavan

By MP McQueen |

The firm's partner and cohead of technology finance and mergers and acquisitions led the legal team advising on diagnostic testing company Laboratory Corporation of America's buy of clinical trial research company Covance Inc. for $6.1 billion in cash and stock.

Seyfarth Partner Quits Law Firm Life to Become High School Teacher

By MP McQueen |

Michael Viccora, a labor and employment partner who worked at Seyfarth Shaw for 25 years, has enrolled in a teacher certification and master’s degree program at George Mason University with the goal of returning to his first love: teaching high school social studies.

Slideshow: 2014 Winners of The American Lawyer Awards

The American Lawyer held its 11th annual awards ceremony honoring Lifetime Achievers, the A-List and best legal department winners at New York's Gotham Hall on Oct. 29.

Dealmaker of the Week: Baker Botts' Joshua Davidson

By MP McQueen |

Davidson, partner and head of Baker Botts' master limited partnership practice, took the lead for the team advising the conflicts committee of Williams Partners L.P. as controlling owner Williams Companies merges it with Access Midstream Partners L.P. in a $50 billion transaction.

In Role Reversal, Foley Partner Decides to Own a Sports Team

By Brian Baxter |

Irwin Raij, cochair of Foley & Lardner's sports industry team, is part of a star-studded, 22-person investor group bringing a second professional soccer team to Los Angeles. McDermott Will & Emery and Proskauer Rose are also working on the deal, which reportedly marks the highest price ever paid for a franchise in Major League Soccer.

Alan Levin and Jerry Clements

Locke Lord, Edwards Wildman Leaders Discuss Proposed Union

By Brian Baxter |

Edwards Wildman Palmer and Locke Lord firm leaders speak with The Am Law Daily about the forces that drew their firms together and the timeline for a combination that would create Locke Lord Edwards sometime by January 2015.

Former Am Law Associate Parasails to Paradise

By Nathalie Pierrepont |

Melanie Moss slaved away as an associate in New York for nine years—first at Arent Fox, then at Dewey Ballantine. But rather than pursuing a partnership track, she headed for paradise.