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Wake Up Call: 21-Lawyer Orrick Team Starts Green Energy Boutique

Oct. 12, 2022, 12:17 PM

Welcome to Bloomberg Law’s Wake Up Call, a daily rundown of the top news for lawyers, law firms, and in-house counsel.

  • Orrick’s Italy-based partner Carlo Montella, who was the firm’s deputy global leader for energy and infrastructure, has left with a team of 20 lawyers plus business professionals to launch a boutique firm that focuses on energy transition and sustainable infrastructure. With Montella as managing partner, the new firm, Green Horse Legal Advisory, starts with longtime Orrick partner Andrea Gentili as co-founder and deputy managing partner. It has offices in Milan and Rome. The firm, whose name Green Horse is an acronym for “green horizon for a sustainable economy,” says it has “best friends agreement” with Orrick but the arrangement is not-exclusive. ( International via American Lawyer)
  • The average number of attorneys across New York’s 30 largest law firms is up 6% from 2021 in the biggest jump since 2017. Latham & Watkins, Fried Frank, and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher had the biggest increases, a report says. (Crain’s New York Business)
  • Law firms should be charging higher rates to offset a rise in their overhead due to inflation, according to a new legal trends survey report from practice management platform Clio. (Above The Law) The report also finds that, despite a push back to the office, many clients still prefer virtual meetings with their attorneys. (American Lawyer)

Lawyers, Law Firms

  • Struggling crypto lending platform Celsius Network has already shelled out millions of dollars in fees for legal and other advisers working on its bankruptcy. (Bloomberg News)
  • Former President Donald Trump’s legal fights and two nonprofits staffed by ex-members of his cabinet have consumed a large chunk of funds his political operation raised to help Republican candidates for Congress. (WaPo)
  • Atlanta federal judge Elizabeth Branch became the first federal judge to publicly say she will join Judge James Ho’s recent call for judges to stop hiring clerks from Yale Law School, citing the school’s “cancel culture.” (New York Post) Other federal judges have criticized the comments by Ho, who was a Trump appointee to the New Orleans-based Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. (National Law Journal)
  • Equal Representation for Expert Witnesses, an initiative launched this year, aims to increase the number of women who serve as expert witnesses in court cases and arbitrations. (Financial Times)

Laterals, Moves, In-house

  • Jones Day hired former Goldman Sachs & Co. vice president and senior counsel Rubina Ali as of counsel in New York in its financial markets practice. She was earlier in-house at Barclays Investment Bank. (Jones Day)
  • Wiggin and Dana added two partners in New York. Former federal prosecutor Jolie Apicella, who was civil healthcare fraud chief in the US Attorney’s Office in New York’s Eastern District, joined the firm’s litigation, healthcare and white collar departments. Financing partner Peter Lahny joined the firm’s finance and lending practice group from Emmet, Marvin & Martin. (
  • Hinshaw & Culbertson brought in consumer financial services litigator and arbitrator Mitchell Kurtz as a partner in New Jersey. He was a partner at Parker Ibrahim & Berg. (
  • Greenberg Traurig grabbed veteran trial lawyer Ethel Johnson from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in Houston. She joins Greenberg as a shareholder in the litigation practice, working in particular on employment and product liability litigation with emphasis on the medical device and pharmaceutical industries. (
  • FisherBroyles picked up Barnes & Thornburg corporate attorney Rich Kaye as a partner in Atlanta whose focuses include domestic and cross-border transactions. (FisherBroyles)
  • Management-side worklaw firm Littler named shareholder Michelle Gomez its new senior director of firmwide onboarding and integration programs for newly hired talent and individuals moving to positions within the firm. (Littler)

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