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Wake Up Call: Baker McKenzie Confirms Death of Global Chair Paul Rawlinson

April 15, 2019, 11:30 AM
  • Baker McKenzie said its global chairman Paul Rawlinson died Friday. Rawlinson took temporarily leave from the firm in October 2018, citing “medical issues caused by exhaustion.” The firm gave no more details about his death, but said Jaime Trujillo, who was appointed the firm’s acting global chair last October, will continue in that role until a new global chair is named. ( (

  • Mayer Brown’s Nicole Saharsky will argue at the Supreme Court on April 24, taking a step closer to Williams & Connolly’s Lisa Blatt as the court’s most experienced female advocate. Saharsky is one of six female advocates who argued during the last oral argument sitting of the court’s 2018 term. Male advocates outnumbered their female counterparts 153 to 32 during the term’s seven months of arguments. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Major League Baseball’s Baltimore Orioles, represented by Boies Schiller Flexner managing partner Jonathan Schiller, got a Manhattan judge to reject the Washington Nationals’ effort to block the Orioles from taking the two teams’ fight over millions of dollars in television broadcast fees and profits to outside arbitration. The Nationals are represented by Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan’s Stephen Neuwirth. In an earlier, related case between the two teams, a different Manhattan judge ruled that the Nationals erred by hiring one of MLB’s go-to firms, Proskauer Rose, even though the league was overseeing a 2012 arbitration. (BN) (

  • A U.S. judge ordered Bayer AG to pursue mediation with plaintiffs claiming that its Roundup weedkiller causes cancer, asking the company to try to settle lawsuits that have wreaked havoc on its share price. (BN via BLAW) In the third and latest trial over Roundup, plaintiffs’ lawyers accused Monsanto Co. of using a marketing tool called “geo-fencing” to send pro-roundup advertisements to jurors, asking a judge to issue an injunction blocking a practice they equated to jury tampering. But the judge in the case denied plaintiffs’ motion. (The Recorder)

  • Three Big Law firms advised in a merger of two registered, non-traded real estate investment trusts (REITs) focused on investing in income producing commercial real estate, creating an entity valued at approximately $3.2 billion, according to a press release. DLA Piper advised the special committee for the board of Carter Validus Mission Critical REIT, Inc., while Venable advised the special committee for the board of Carter Validus Mission Critical REIT II, Inc. (CVMC REIT II) and Morrison & Foerster advised CVMC REIT II. (

  • General Electric Co. completed an agreement to pay $1.5 billion to settle a U.S. investigation into the manufacturer’s former subprime-mortgage business, WMC Mortgage. (BN via BLAW) WMC was represented by Jenner & Block. GE and GE Capital, were represented by Weil, Gotshal & Manges and Susman Godfrey. (Corporate Counsel)

  • O’Melveny & Myers saw its federal court win for Chinese e-commerce company Dangdang reversed by an appeals court, which faulted the district court’s reasoning in its dismissal of the securities class action on forum non conveniens grounds. (New York Law Journal)

Lawyers, Law Firms, Deals

  • Former Skadden partner Gregory Craig pleaded not guilty to federal charges he lied to the government about work he did for a pro-Russian Ukrainian regime. (BN via BLAW)

  • Texas saw a big increase in new offices opened by out-of-state Big Law firms last year, but the number of lawyers working at big corporate firms in the Lone Star State declined last year, according to a study. (

  • Is it possible to be a mother and an equity partner at a law firm? (Financial Times)

  • Maine’s largest law firm Bernstein Shur, whose biggest client is Walmart, elected attorney Jean Fortin its first female CEO, effective January 2020. Fortin said of her election, “For lawyers who are entering the profession, it will be a sign of hope, to be totally honest.” (

  • DLA Piper said its representation of most of the equity owners of Tulsa, Oklahoma-based aerospace manufacturing and repair company The Nordam Group allowed them to retain control of the company after its exit from bankruptcy, announced last week. The announcement followed a federal bankruptcy court’s approval of the group’s chapter 11 plan, which brought in capital from a Carlyle Group affiliate, allowing full payment to all creditors, DLA Piper said. ( (

  • Gibson Dunn’s Ted Boutrous tweeted that he is representing the Fresno Bee and newspaper The McClatchy Company against a $150 million defamation suit filed by Devin Nunes. ( Media law experts said the suit appears unlikely to succeed but will still do damage. (

  • The extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States could take months or even years in the U.K. courts, but Assange is likely to spend that time waiting behind bars. (BN)

Legal Actions, Bankruptcies, Decisions

  • Bowling Green State University put its general counsel and vice president, Sean P. Fitzgerald, on paid leave after an Ohio county court sentenced him to 30 days in jail and fined him $250 for contempt of court in his divorce case. ( (Toledo Blade)


  • Artificial intelligence tools can help law firms and their clients address pricing uncertainty for legal services, which amounts to a $60 billion problem in the industry, a legal tech company CEO said during a recent panel. (Legaltech News)

Legal Education

  • What has caused the plunge in bar pass rates by U.S. law school grads? kicked off a series of articles about the decline, assessing its size, causes, and impacts on schools and the legal profession. (

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