Lawyers In The News

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.

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.

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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.