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Wake Up Call: 2 Ex-McKool Partners Launch Litigation Boutique Targeting “New Standard”

Oct. 16, 2018, 11:32 AM

• Former McKool Smith partners Courtland Reichman and Sarah Jorgensen launched a seven-partner litigation boutique, Reichman-Jorgensen, specializing in intellectual property. The boutique has offices in Silicon Valley, New York, and Atlanta. Reichman, who managed California offices of McKool Smith and King & Spalding, said Reichman-Jorgensen aims to set a “new standard” for law firms, abandoning the billable hour and the partner track, and that it already beats Cravath on the associate pay.After the exits, McKool shuttered its Silicon Valley office. ( Bloomberg Law via BLB ) ( ReichmanJorgensen ) ( The Recorder )

• Jones Day billed the Trump campaign about $1.3 million for the three months ending Sept. 30, more than double what it billed in the previous six months and the most of any law firm for the third quarter. ( National Law Journal )

• Speaking of Jones Day, lawyers for McDonald’s, including Jones Day of counsel Willis Goldsmith,recently fired off a letter disparaging former Bush White House ethics chief Richard Painter. Painter has argued that two GOP members of the National Labor Relations Board should sit out the board’s “joint employer” case against the fast food giant. Painter, and others, have argued that NLRB Chairman John Ring and Member William Emanuel should recuse because Ring was previously at Morgan Lewis and Emanuel at Littler, which have represented the fast food giant in the case. ( Bloomberg Law )

• A former Kirkland & Ellis partner, Pat Cipollone, is said to be under consideration to replace Don McGahn as White House counsel. McGahn was formerly a partner at Jones Day. ( National Law Journal )

• Houston-based Vinson & Elkins said former federal prosecutor Ron Tenpas joined the firm as a partner in Washington in its national environmental and white collar practices. Tenpas, who managed 400 attorneys as assistant U.S. attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division when he left the Department of Justice in 2009, was most recently at Morgan Lewis. ( )

• Brett Kavanaugh’s messy confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court has rekindled calls for justice term limits. ( Bloomberg Law via BLB )

Lawyers, Law Firms, Deals

• BakerHostetler said it bolstered its advertising, marketing, and digital media team in Washington with a pair of Venable attorneys: Randal Shaheen and Amy Ralph Mudge. Mudge, who co-led Venable’s advertising, marketing and new media practice group, will co-lead BakerHostetler’s advertising, marketing and digital media team – with the team’s current leader, New York-based Linda Goldstein. ( )

• Cozen O’Connor named labor and employment lawyer Jeremy Glenn managing partner of its 50-plus attorney office in Chicago. He takes over from Anne Blume, who is leaving the role after about eight months to become CEO of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, the largest professional association in the insurance industry. ( )

• Willkie said it advised the Ad Hoc Group of First Lien Creditors that contributed to a plan that allowed Claire’s Stores, Inc., a specialty fashion and beauty retailer for young women, teens, tweens, and girls, to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. ( PR Newswire )

• DLA Piper Mexico said it represented Mexico-city based investment fund Invia Capital in its acquisition of financial information services company Contenidos Financieros, S.A. de C.V. ( )

Laterals, Moves

• Haynes and Boone added Reed Smith transactional lawyer Mark Johnson, a former officer and ship captain in the U.K. Royal Navy, as a London-based partner in its shipping practice. ( )

• Mayer Brown said tax partner JoonBeom Pae joined the firm in New York, arriving from Weil. ( MayerBrown )

• Seward & Kissel said Sidley Austin partner Michele (Miki) Navazio joined the firm’s corporate finance practice in New York as a partner. ( )

• Eversheds Sutherland US said Ginger Faulk joined its energy & infrastructure practice group as a partner in Washington. She arrives from Baker Botts. ( )

• Morrison & Foerster said former federal prosecutor Christine Wong joined its investigations + white collar defense practice in San Francisco, arriving Fujitsu, where she was vice president and head of international compliance. ( )

• Greenspoon Marder added partners on both coasts. Former Cadwalader attorney James Mann joined its tax practice group in New York, arriving most recently from PwC. Former Eisner, P.C. lawyer Loretta C. Thompson joined the firm’s real estate practice group in Los Angeles. ( )

Legal Actions/Settlements

• Health insurer Anthem Inc. agreed to pay $16 million to settle a federal investigation into potential violations of a health data privacy law linked to a huge data breach at the company. ( Bloomberg Law )

• A Tesla Inc. subsidiary and accounting firm Novogradac agreed to pay the Oregon attorney general $13 million to settle allegations that they submitted false applications to a state tax credit program. ( Bloomberg Law )

Compiled by Rick Mitchell and edited by Tom Taylor.