Lawyers In The News

Dealmakers of the Week: Eileen Nugent and Graham Robinson of Skadden

By Jennifer Henderson |

The pair guided NPS Pharmaceutical's $5.2 billion sale to Irish drugmaker Shire, which is recovering from a botched deal with AbbVie last year.

Ex-Sidley Partner May Face Year Suspension for Faking Expenses

By Nell Gluckman |

The Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission panel recommended that ex-Sidley Austin real estate partner Lee Smolen lose his law license for one year after he admitted to falsifying taxi expenses while at his former firm. Smolen, now a partner at DLA Piper, is one of three former Sidley partners who have been caught up in recent scandals.

Lewis Rose

Kelley Drye Starts New Year With Leadership Shakeup

By Jennifer Henderson |

Kelley Drye & Warren welcomed the New Year with new chair James Carr as well as managing partner Lewis Rose. The changes point to Kelley Drye's efforts to become more of a national firm.

O'Melveny Sees Two Partners Depart

By Nell Gluckman |

Two months after losing a high-profile media and entertainment group to Latham & Watkins, two more top partners at O'Melveny & Myers have left the firm. IP partner Kenneth Nissly in Silicon Valley has retired, while London-based M&A partner Daniel Oates has defected for Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson.

Mike Ceresi

Robins Kaplan Name Partner to Start Own Firm

By Nell Gluckman |

Michael Ciresi, name partner at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, announced he would be splitting off to establish his own firm—to be called Ciresi & Conlin—effective Feb. 1. Joining him are Robins Kaplan partners Jan Conlin and Katie Crosby Lehmann.

Former Dewey GC Heads to Hinshaw

By Julie Triedman |

Hinshaw & Culbertson, the go-to firm for law firms facing ethics and professional malpractice concerns, announced Monday that Janis Meyer, Dewey & LeBoeuf's longtime general counsel, joined the firm as a partner on Jan. 1.

Bob Dell

Four Lessons from Latham Chair’s Remarkable 20-Year Run

By Aric Press |

As Bob Dell steps down as the firm's leader, he leaves behind a record that others can seek to emulate.

Clifford M. Sloan

Obama Appointee Boomerangs Back to Skadden

By Nathalie Pierrepont |

Clifford Sloan, who has served as special envoy for the closure of the Guantánamo Bay detention center since 2013, is rejoining Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom’s Washington, D.C., office as a partner in the litigation group.

Paul Hastings Associate Journeys to South Pole on Skis

By Nell Gluckman |

Jeremie Gicquel, a Paul Hastings associate from the firm's Paris office, expects to spend Christmas Eve at the South Pole. The employment law specialist is in the middle of a 70-day cross- country ski trip into the middle of Antarctica with his wife and has used a blog to share updates about his progress with his coworkers.

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.