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The United Services Automobile Association, the financial services conglomerate better known as USAA, has picked a new top lawyer—for now.
Interim Chief: A USAA spokeswoman said Neil Wilcox, who has served as a senior vice president and general counsel of Enterprise Shared Services at USAA since joining the company in 2018 from payment processor First Data Corp., has been named interim chief legal officer.
Search Continues: USAA, which is based in San Antonio, is conducting a search to find a permanent replacement for former legal chief Deneen Donnley, who left for the GC role at Consolidated Edison. It’s not clear if Wilcox is up for the permanent job.
Brian Baxter reports.
Fenwick & West Hires Its First Chief Talent Officer
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Pillsbury hired David Oliwenstein, former senior counsel at the Securities & Exchange Commission, to the Litigation practice in New York |￼ Spencer Fane added Sean McKenna as a partner the Health Care and Litigation practice groups in Dallas | Dentons’ Corporate practice announced that Linda R. Parkis joined as a partner in Phoenix, and Chris Heller rejoined the firm as a partner in Kansas City, MO | Husch Blackwell’s Wisconsin offices added partner Jessica M. Zeratsky (Milwaukee) and senior counsel Lauren C. Capitini (Madison) to the Financial Services & Capital Markets industry group and Banking & Finance practice | Morgan Lewis hired partner Dennis Gucciardo to the FDA practice in Washington | Barnes & Thornburg recently added Michelle N. Bradford as a partner in the Litigation Department in Washington, and Stephen C. Smith as a partner in the Intellectual Property Department in Chicago | Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck hired Eric Waeckerlin to its Energy & Natural Resources Department as a shareholder in its Denver, CO and Cheyenne, WY offices from Holland & Hart | Ice Miller brings on Jessa DeGroote to the Litigation Group in Indianapolis | Dechert announced that Tricia Lee has joined as a partner to the Global Private Funds practice in Austin, TX | Brown Rudnick added Michael Bowe and Lauren Tabaksblat as partners in the Commercial Litigation Practice Group in New York from Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP | Greenberg Traurig hired Alison T. Holdway as an associate in the Litigation Practice in Boston | Fenwick has appointed Neha Shah Nissen as the firm’s first chief talent officer.
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