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Wake Up Call: Awaiting Confirmation as Judge, Ex Christie Lawyer Joins Lowenstein

Aug. 21, 2018, 11:27 AM

• Paul Matey, nominated by President Trump in April to be a federal appeals judge, isn’t putting other career plans on hold. Lowenstein Sandler said yesterday that Matey, a former federal prosecutor who served as deputy chief counsel to ex-New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, will join the firm in September as a partner in its white-collar criminal defense practice. Matey most recently served as top lawyer at Newark, New Jersey-based University Hospital. ( )

• Diversity Lab yesterday listed 41 law firms it said won “certification” for completing its one-year pilot program aimed at closing Big Law’s gender and diversity gap for leadership by requiring firms to consider applicant pools with at least 30 percent women and attorneys of color for top roles and promotions. Of the 41, several dozen firms also won “Certification Plus” status, because they actually reached 30 percent women and minority lawyer representation for a “notable” number of current leadership roles and committees. ( Bloomberg Law via BLB ) ( Diversity Lab )

• Littler, the employer-side worklaw firm, said former Equal Employment Opportunity Commission senior counsel James Paretti Jr. joined the firm as a shareholder in Washington and as a member of its lobbying branch. ( )

• A California federal judge slashed plaintiffs attorneys’ fees in a data breach case settlement between Anthem Inc. and its customers. Plaintiffs counsel including Altshuler Berzon LLP and Cohen Milstein Sellers & Told sought $37.95 million, or about a third of the $115 million settlement. The judge gave them $33.13 million. Hogan Lovells represented Anthem. ( Bloomberg Law via BLB )

• California employers, lenders, and landlords must obey the tougher of two privacy laws and inform applicants before investigating their background, the state Supreme Court ruled. Littler Mendelson advised school bus transportation company First Student Inc., part of FirstGroup plc, in the case. ( Bloomberg Law )

• Movie theater chain Cinemark faces a class of movie theater employees who say the company didn’t comply with a state law that requires pay stubs to spell out overtime pay rates. According to the court filing, the company is represented by lawyers from Hunton & Williams, the Virginia-based firm that in Aprilmergedwith Texas-based Andrews Kurth Kenyon to form Hunton Andrews Kurth. ( Bloomberg Law )

• McKool Smith said its principal Robert Allen served as lead counsel for ABS Entertainment in ABS Entertainment Inc. v. CBS Corporation, in which a federal appeals court revived song owners’ class action lawsuit against CBS Corp. over pre-1972 recordings. ( Hollywood Reporter )

• Microsoft Corp. warned that cyber-attackers linked to the Russian military are again trying to mess with U.S. elections, this time targeting midterms in November. ( Bloomberg )

Lawyers and Law Firms

• Michael Best said it expanded its Colorado presence by adding seven-lawyer firm Modus Law, which has offices in Broomfield and Boulder. Modus Law founder Shawn T. Stigler will serve as those offices’ managing partner for Michael Best. Also making the move are transactional attorneys David E. Cline, David M. DiGiacomo, and Elizabeth A. Prendergast; intellectual property attorney Jolly-Johanna Northrop; labor & employment attorney Kaitlyn E. Trizna; litigation attorney Patrick J. Bernal; and two supporting staff. ( )

• DLA Piper said its pro-bono affiliate New Perimeter recently held a five-day training session in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on negotiating international agreements, in partnership with the East African Development Bank. About 40 mid-level government lawyers from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda attended. ( DLAPiper )

Laterals, Moves

• Cozen O’Connor said it added four women attorneys to its national labor and employment department from Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney in a new growth spurt for its Pittsburgh office, now at over 27 attorneys. It said Mariah Passarelli and Bethany C. Salvatore join as members, while Abigail M. Green and Tiffany A. Jenca arrive as associates. ( )

• Littler said it added Jaime Laurent as a shareholder in the firm’s L.A. office, the ninth shareholder to join the firm since January. He arrives from boutique Marron Lawyers. ( )

• Cybersecurity company CrowdStrike Inc. hired Paul Shinn, a veteran inhouse counsel to tech companies, as chief legal officer as it mulls a possible IPO. Shinn was most recently top lawyer at networking software company Gigamon, which went public in 2013. He also served as associate general counsel at Hewlett-Packard, and spent 10 years at Wilson Sonsini. ( Corporate Counsel )

Regulators and Enforcement

• Labor Department investigators recently concluded that Cisco Systems Inc. discriminated against U.S. workers by favoring lower-paid immigrant visa holders for job openings. ( Bloomberg Law )

Legal Education

• Firestorms over Twitter and posts haunting social media users underscore advice being given to law students: watch what you say. ( Bloomberg Law via BLB )

Compiled by Rick Mitchell and edited by Tom Taylor.