Lawyers In The News

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John Edwards Appears in Front of Jury Again—as Counsel

By Susan Beck |

Six years after the former U.S. senator from North Carolina destroyed his once-promising political career, Edwards is back in the courtroom as a trial lawyer, having reactivated his law license. He discusses his return to legal practice with staff writer Susan Beck.

Dealmaker of the Week: Davis Polk & Wardwell's William Chudd

By Vinayak Balasubramanian |

Chudd led the deal team advising Irish drugmaker Shire Plc on its sale to AbbVie for $54.8 billion in cash and stock—marking the largest ever corporate inversion, in which a U.S.-based company lowers its taxes by moving overseas.

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LeBron's Lawyer Welcomes Return of King James

By Brian Baxter |

Frederick Nance, a Cleveland-based regional managing partner at Squire Patton Boggs, has been the longtime personal and business lawyer to NBA star LeBron James, who on Friday announced that he would return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, a team he left four years ago this month. Nance admits that the advice he gave his star client about his the next stop in his playing career wasn't exactly unbiased.

William Voge Elected as Latham's Next Chair

By Julie Triedman |

A project finance partner at the firm, Voge will replace veteran Robert Dell, who stood at Latham's helm for 20 years. Voge edged out former global finance practice vice chair Jeffrey Greenberg in a runoff election. His term will begin on Jan. 1, 2015.

John Devaney

Perkins Coie's New Managing Partner to Head Firm from D.C.

By MP McQueen |

In its continuing effort to raise its national profile, Perkins Coie has named John Devaney as its first firm leader outside of its Seattle headquarters. Devaney will take the reins in January, replacing longtime veteran Robert Giles.

Goodwin Procter Names New Chairman

By Valori Corral-Nava |

David Hashmall will become only the sixth chairman in the firm's 102-year history, replacing Regina Pisa, the first woman ever to lead an Am Law 100 firm.

Smolen, Kluger Speak About Careers Gone Awry

By Brian Baxter |

Two Am Law 100 lawyers who fell on hard times—Lee Smolen and Matthew Kluger—have recently discussed their trials and tribulations in vastly different venues.

Jones Day Rankled by Kevyn Orr Website

By Brian Baxter |

Detroit might be dealing with pension battles, derelict buildings and ravenous goats, but the Motor City's bankruptcy lawyers from Jones Day are ticked off about the creation of KevynOrr.com, a satirical website named after former firm restructuring partner Kevyn Orr, currently serving as the city's emergency manager.

Wilmer Lawyer Named in Leaked Bitcoin Bidder List

By Brian Baxter |

It seems that Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr is seeking to buy some Bitcoin. An associate in the firm's financial services and regulatory and government affairs practice in Washington, D.C., is on a leaked list of potential bidders for nearly 30,000 Bitcoins seized from now-shuttered online drug marketplace Silk Road.

Matthew Salerno

Dealmaker of the Week: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton's Matthew Salerno

By Vinayak Balasubramanian |

Salerno led the Cleary team advising on medical device maker Medtronic Inc.'s $42.9 billion purchase of Dublin-based Covidien—a deal that will reincorporate the combined company in Ireland.

DLA Partner Facing Corruption Trial in Italy

By Brian Baxter |

Giorgia Romitelli, an administrative law partner with DLA Piper in Milan, is facing a corruption trial on charges that she and a trio of other Italian lawyers engaged in fraud in order to bring the Expo 2015 trade fair to Milan next year.

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Wachtell Partner Departs to Start Exec Comp Boutique

By Brian Baxter |

Jeremy Goldstein has bid adieu to the Black Rock, the New York headquarters of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, where he was a partner for the past six years. In launching his own boutique, the 40-year-old Goldstein leaves behind a firm that had the highest profits per partner in the country last year.