Lawyers In The News

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.

David Boies

David Boies Dabbles in Hollywood Through Film Company

By Nell Gluckman |

About three years ago, the chairman and founder of Boies, Schiller & Flexner teamed up with Zack Schiller, son of the firm's other founder, Jonathan Schiller, to create the Boies/Schiller Film Group, which is set to release "Jane Got a Gun," starring Natalie Portman and Ewan McGregor, on Sept. 4.

Charles Mulaney and Michael Hatchard

Dealmakers of the Week: Charles Mulaney Jr. and Michael Hatchard of Skadden

By Jennifer Henderson |

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom's Mulaney and Hatchard led the way for Broomfield, Colorado-based Ball Corp. in its $6.8 billion acquisition of fellow can maker Rexam PLC.

Three Energy Partners Depart Cadwalader for Sidley Austin

By Nell Gluckman |

A trio of high-profile energy partners based in Washington, D.C., is joining Sidley Austin from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, a firm that saw partner profits decline in 2014. The three will be reunited with partner Robert Stephens, who left his post as head of Cadwalader's Houston office for Sidley Austin in January.

Schiff Hardin Makes Way for First Female Managing Partner

By Jennifer Henderson |

The firm has elected Marci Eisenstein to succeed Ronald Safer, who had served as managing partner for a decade. Eisenstein is the first female to assume the role in Schiff Hardin's 150-year history.

Leigh Sprague (Left) and Douglas Sprague (Right)

A Tale of Two Spragues: One Lands at Covington, the Other in Prison

By Nell Gluckman |

Former federal prosecutor Douglas Sprague joined Covington & Burling as a white-collar defense and investigations partner in San Francisco. In one of his more memorable cases, Sprague prosecuted Leigh Sprague, a former Coudert Brothers and LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae associate who embezzled $10 million from a prominent Russian oligarch he worked for in Moscow.

Dealmaker of the Week: Marko Zatylny of Ropes & Gray

By Jennifer Henderson |

Zatylny advised New York-based pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. in its $15.2 billion acquisition of Hospira, giving it a foothold in the international sterile injectables market.

Lead Energy Finance Attorney Heads to Willkie's Houston Office

By Nell Gluckman |

After a six-month stint at Bracewell & Giuliani, Michael Niebruegge has joined Willkie Farr & Gallagher's office in Houston, which opened in November. Niebruegge had been one of a couple of Houston-based defectors from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, which recently posted a 15 percent decline in profits per partner for 2014.

Dealmakers of the Week: Ryan Maierson and Debbie Yee of Latham & Watkins

By Jennifer Henderson |

Maierson and Yee advised Energy Transfer Partners in its $18 billion merger with Regency Energy Partners.

Top Rainmaker Leaves Kirkland for Paul Weiss

By Julie Triedman and Brian Baxter |

Taurie Zeitzer, a leading M&A lawyer who joined Kirkland & Ellis two years ago from Latham & Watkins, is taking her private equity expertise to Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.

Dealmaker of the Week: Trevor Norwitz of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

By Jennifer Henderson |

Norwitz advised Dollar Tree Inc. in its $8.5 billion bid for Family Dollar Stores Inc., which ultimately beat out a $9.1 billion bid from rival Dollar General Corp.

Serial Lateral Finds a New Home

By Nell Gluckman |

IP litigator Paul Gupta has moved from DLA Piper to Reed Smith, making the firm his 10th professional home. His career trajectory has paralleled that of his practice area in general, he says. Now at Reed Smith, he'll be able to help grow and shape the IP practice group.

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.