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Latham Adds Bankruptcy Partner as Big Law Preps for Virus Impact

April 28, 2020, 12:14 PM

Latham & Watkins hired O’Melveny & Myers’ U.S. restructuring leader, Suzzanne Uhland, as Big Law firms continue to compete for top talent in the bankruptcy world.

Expectations: Big Law firms are anticipating a flood of bankruptcy and restructuring work, and firms including Sheppard Mullin, Akin Gump, Holland & Knight, and Greenberg Traurig have added bankruptcy practitioners since the spread of coronavirus idled much of the global economy.

Latest Move: Uhland’s move to Latham marks at least the fourth O’Melveny restructuring lawyer Latham has hired since 2018. That group includes George Davis, who is now Latham’s global chair for restructuring and special situations.

Roy Strom has the story.

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DAILY BRIEF


Law Firms

Sidley Picks Up Pair of Investment Funds Partners From Shearman
Sidley Austin has picked up a pair of partners from Shearman & Sterling, Nathan Greene and Jay Baris, as the Chicago-founded firm continues its growth in New York.

Dechert Hires Kirkland Trio Who Won Johnson & Johnson Trial
Dechert has hired a trio of former Kirkland & Ellis product liability and mass torts litigators led by Kimberly Branscome, who in December won a major California jury trial for Johnson & Johnson.

Weil Gotshal Hires FTC Health Care, Technology Merger Enforcer
Michael Moiseyev, a former assistant director at the Federal Trade Commission who oversaw hundreds of merger reviews, has joined Weil, Gotshal & Manges.

Morrison & Foerster Grabs Private Funds Lawyer from Schulte Roth
Morrison & Foerster added private funds lawyer Leonora M. Shalet to its New York office, continuing the firm’s drive to bolster its corporate practice.

Business of Law

California Aims for September Online Bar Exam Due to Virus
The California Supreme Court on Monday said the state’s bar exam will be delayed until the fall and likely administered online, capping weeks of debate over how best to proceed with licensing of new attorneys given what the court called “enormous challenges” posed by the coronavirus crisis.

Distancing at Reopened Offices Will Mean Long Elevator Lines
The line for the elevator will probably look a lot different for many office dwellers when businesses gradually start reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Baker Botts Reduces Lawyer and Staff Salaries Amid Pandemic
Baker Botts has announced salary reductions for its lawyers and staff and a delayed start date for new associates as the legal industry reels from the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

In-House

Ex-Apple Lawyer Calls Insider-Trading Charges Unconstitutional
A former Apple Inc. in-house attorney says his insider-trading prosecution is unconstitutional because no specific criminal law bars such conduct.

Stericycle General Counsel Returns After Month-Long XPO Stint
Kurt Rogers has returned to the general counsel role at medical waste management company Stericycle Inc. after a little more than a month leading the law department at XPO Logistics Inc.

Legal Tech

Georgia Loses Legal Code Copyright Clash at Supreme Court
Georgia lost a close U.S. Supreme Court case over the state’s ability to copyright its annotated legal code, settling a dispute that both sides have argued has broad consequences for access to and cost of legal materials.

Ethics

Wisconsin Attorney Suspended for Taking Client Fees
A Wisconsin lawyer who converted client fees in five matters for his personal use and had no explanation for his conduct was suspended for six months by the state’s high court.

WAKE-UP CALL

Drop in Trademark Litigation Hints at Impact of Covid-19
In today’s column, an analyst says Big Law firms that don’t cut staff and lawyer salaries now may risk devastating partner exits later after Covid-19 takes their profits; BakerHostetler poached the U.S. head of Norton Rose Fulbright’s data protection, privacy and cybersecurity practice in San Francisco; Snell & Wilmer hired the head of McDermott Will and Emery’s trademark litigation group as a partner; Kickstarter hired an Uber in-house attorney to be its top lawyer.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES

  • The District of Maine published a table of decisions that have referenced the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • The Potter Stewart Courthouse, which houses the Sixth Circuit and the Southern District of Ohio, will reopen today after a security officer tested positive for the virus. The court says the building has been thoroughly cleaned.

  • In the New York State Court System, 168 judges and court staff have tested positive for Covid-19, Chief Judge Janet DiFiore said yesterday. Of that number, 17 judges have tested positive and there have been three deaths, a spokesman told Bloomberg Law. The majority of positives were “uniformed forces,” DiFiore said.

  • Everyone entering the buildings of the U.S District Court for the District of Columbia must wear a mask or face covering, the court said yesterday. If visitors don’t wear a mask, the court will provide them with one, the court said.


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PRACTITIONER INSIGHTS

INSIGHT: Reopening the Workplace—A Preliminary Guide for Employers
Employers need to start planning for re-opening as jurisdictions begin to start easing pandemic-related work restrictions. Morgan Lewis attorneys outline key considerations for workplace spaces, testing, and the comprehensive reviews of employee benefits.

INSIGHT: The CARES Act Could Put People Out on the Street. Here’s a Solution
Law professors from Indiana, California, and Oklahoma join in asking Congress to do more to ensure people can stay in their homes during the coronavirus pandemic. They say the CARES Act did not go far enough, and propose a plan to ensure Americans don’t lose their mortgages or get evicted.

INSIGHT: Idle Goods Drag Down Shipping, Trade During Pandemic
The coronavirus pandemic is drastically reducing the demand for goods, and containers are sitting idle at ports, having a snowball effect on the shipping industry. GKG Law attorneys take a look at what the Federal Maritime Commission is doing to mitigate the pandemic’s enormously disruptive effects on trade.

INSIGHT: Effectively Managing Supply Chain Communications Under TSCA
The EPA’s amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act reporting requirements have increased the need for chemical stakeholders to manage actively supply chain communications. Lynn L. Bergeson, owner and managing partner of Bergeson & Campbell P.C., explores the upsides to be realized through these communications and the perils of failing to seize them.

WORKFLOWS

Blank Rome added insurance recovery lawyer Kelly A. Jauregui Wueste in New York as an associate; she arrives from Lowenstein Sandler | Morrison & Foerster announced that Leonora M. Shalet has joined the Private Funds Group as a partner in New York | Weil, Gotshal & Manges said that Michael Moiseyev, former Assistant Director of FTC Bureau of Competition, has joined as a partner in the Antitrust & Competition practice in Washington | Dechert added partners Kimberly Branscome and Jay Bhimani, and counsel Benjamin Sadun to the Product Liability and Mass Torts practice in Los Angeles; Branscome will also serve as Managing Partner of the Los Angeles office | Lowenstein Sandler hired Mary Storella as senior counsel in Madison, N.J.; she will also serve as vice chair of the life sciences group and head of life sciences transactions | DLA Piper said Daniel Garen joined the Litigation and Regulatory practice as a partner in Washington | Latham & Watkins hired Suzzanne Uhland as a partner in the Restructuring & Special Situations Practice within the Finance Department in New York from O’Melveny & Myers | Sidley Austin added Nathan Greene and Jay Baris as partners in its Investment Funds group in New York from Shearman & Sterling.

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To contact the reporter on this story: Bruce Kaufman in Washington at bkaufman@bloomberglaw.com

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