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‘Kraken’ Lawyer Replaces Winston & Strawn Partner After One Week

July 15, 2021, 8:33 PM

Emily Newman, a lawyer on Sidney Powell’s “Kraken” election fraud lawsuit in Michigan, has replaced Winston & Strawn partner Thomas M. Buchanan as her counsel a week after hiring him.

Timothy E. Galligan filed a notice in court Thursday that he was appearing on behalf of Newman, a former Trump administration official.

Galligan started his career as an associate with Winston & Strawn in 1992 and currently runs his own legal practice, according to his LinkedIn profile. He did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Many Big Law firms have been wary of engaging with former President Trump and allegations of voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election. Firms like Foley & Lardner and Barnes & Thornburg have both parted ways with lawyers that were involved with election lawsuits, and others like Seyfarth Shaw and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius are no longer working with Trump’s businesses.

Newman had hired Buchanan, co-head of Winston & Strawn’s Foreign Corrupt Practice Act Task Force, on July 8 ahead of a Monday sanctions hearing that ended without a ruling.

“Winston & Strawn will no longer have any role in the matter,” according to a statement from the firm.

At the sanctions hearing, U.S. District Judge Linda V. Parker said she believed the affidavits were submitted in “bad faith.” She allowed the plaintiffs to submit supplement briefs before July 26. Sanctions could ultimately result in fines or disbarment.

The case is King v. Whitmer, E.D. Mich. No. 20-cv-13134.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ruiqi Chen in Washington, D.C. at rchen@bloombergindustry.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Chris Opfer at copfer@bloomberglaw.com;
John Hughes in Washington at jhughes@bloombergindustry.com