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Wake Up Call: Ascendance of King Charles Brings Legal Changes

Sept. 9, 2022, 1:44 PM

In today’s column, at least seven legal team members were among the 1,200-plus job cuts announced by social media company Snap; Big Law firms are still working out how to get people back in the office this fall; and IBM Corp.’s top lawyer got paid $6.65 million last year.

  • Leading off, as the UK legal profession joined the rest of the nation in mourning the death of Queen Elizabeth, it noted some legal changes that the crowning of King Charles will bring. For example, the prestigious title of Queen’s Counsel, conferred by the Crown, will now be known as “King’s Counsel.” Crown prosecutions will become “Rex v.,” rather than “Regina v.” (The Lawyer) (Law.com International via American Lawyer)
  • At least seven legal team members were among the 1,200-plus job cuts announced this week by social media company Snap. Tech lawyer Pinar Ozer, who in August left a job as in-house counsel at Amazon.com to start days ago as associate general counsel at Snap, announced on Twitter she’d been axed. (Corporate Counsel)
  • Now that summer is ending, Big Law firms want to finally get their people back in the office. But their plans to do that are murky. (American Lawyer)

Lawyers, Law Firms

  • Compensation for IBM Corp. top lawyer Michelle Browdy rose 6% in 2021 to total $6.65 million, according to a report. (New York Law Journal)
  • Chicago’s biggest law firms are boosting their hiring of local attorneys this year after cuts during the pandemic, this report says. (Crain’s Chicago Business)
  • Radix Law is a Scottsdale-based business law boutique that has non-lawyer and lawyer owners. It says it became the first such firm in the US, after getting authorized under the revised legal practice regulations that Arizona implemented last year. (Law.com)

Laterals, Moves, In-house

  • DLA Piper added two partners in its regulatory and government affairs practice. Former Food and Drug Administration senior adviser for policy Sharon Lindan Mayl joined in Washington. James Williams joined in Los Angeles, arriving from Arent Fox, where he was blockchain, digital asset & metaverse practice leader; Axinn recruited former U.S. Department of Justice antitrust division acting chief of staff James Attridge as partner in Washington; Cozen O’Connor hired trade litigation attorney Micah Myers, former senior associate general counsel at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, as a member in Washington; Akin Gump hired private equity lawyer Andrew Sagor as a partner in New York. He was chair of Baker McKenzie’s North America banking & finance and leveraged finance practices; in Paris, France, Skadden Arps snagged Winston & Strawn private equity attorney Nicola Di Giovanni as a partner; Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner added real estate partner Anne Richier in Paris; she arrives from De Pardieu Brocas Maffei; Hughes Hubbard & Reed hired international arbitration attorney Sébastien Bonnard in Paris as a partner. He arrives with two other lawyers from Brown Rudnick, where he was Paris office managing partner. (HughesHubbard.com)
  • Baker Botts brought in veteran intellectual property litigator Jose C. Villarreal as a partner in Austin, Texas. He arrives from Perkins Coie, for which he was an Austin office founding partner and office managing partner; Fox Rothschild added sports and entertainment law attorney Christian Dennie as a partner in Dallas; Davis Wright Tremaine said a former tax exempt organizations associate at the firm, Thomas C. Schroeder, is returning as a partner in Seattle. Schroeder, recently a University of California principal counsel, advises on charitable organizations and nonprofit health care law; Boston-based Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated hired biotech industry in-house veteran Jonathan Biller as chief legal officer effective Sept. 19. He joins from Agios Pharmaceuticals, where he held a variety of executive, legal, and financial role. (VRTX.com)

Legal Education

  • Intellectual property firm Knobbe Martens said it is expanding its five-year-old diversity scholarship program. Its 2023 summer program will add a $25,000 scholarship for diverse second-year law students and double the scholarship for first-year students to $30,000. (Knobbe.com)

To contact the correspondent on this story: Rick Mitchell in Paris at rMitchell@correspondent.bloomberglaw.com

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