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Wake Up Call: Beyond Meat Hires Ex-Latham Associate As Top Lawyer

May 21, 2019, 11:32 AM
  • Coming off one of the year’s best-performing IPOs to date, California-based Beyond Meat, Inc., which makes plant-based meat-substitute products, hired former Latham & Watkins corporate lawyer Teri L. Witteman as general counsel and secretary, and a member of its executive team. Most recently, Witteman was an L.A.-based partner at Musick, Peeler & Garrett specializing in SEC compliance, corporate governance, and mergers and acquisitions. (Yahoo Finance) (Bloomberg) Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliff advised on Beyond Meat’s IPO, according to a filing. (

  • Jones Day, representing itself, argued in a filing that four women suing the firm for systemic gender bias should not be allowed to proceed anonymously, because, among other things, it’s not fair to the firm and would make it difficult for other women to decide whether to join the suit. Two of the six women in the suit have identified themselves. (American Lawyer)

  • The White House is pushing to keep another Jones Day partner, former counsel Don McGahn, from testifying before Congress about President Donald Trump’s efforts to curb Robert Mueller’s special counsel probe into Russia’s meddling in the U.S. presidential election. (BN via BLAW)

  • White & Case chairman Hugh Verrier is set to keep the job until 2023, after his election to a fourth consecutive term. (American Lawyer)

  • Oklahoma City-based Gulfport Energy Corporation said former government enforcement attorney Patrick K. Craine joined the company as general counsel and corporate secretary, arriving from Chesapeake Energy Corporation, where he was deputy GC, chief risk and compliance officer. He was previously a corporate and securities partner at Bracewell, after spending two years each as enforcement attorney at the Financial Industry Regulation Authority and the Securities and Exchange Commission. ( (Linkedin)

  • Buckley LLP is suing Johnny Depp for $350,000 for what it claims are unpaid fees for its work on the actor’s $30 million lawsuit against his former entertainment law firm. (Variety)

  • Alternative dispute resolution services provider JAMS officially opened new international arbitration centers in Los Angeles and New York. (

  • Morrison & Foerster hired three partners in China: Capital markets lawyer Ke Huang, previously counsel at O’Melveny & Myers, arrived in Hong Kong; Corporate lawyer Ruomu Li, previously counsel at Fenwick & West in San Francisco, arrived in Shanghai; Corporate lawyer Lucy Lu, previously at Dechert, arrived in Beijing. (

Lawyers, Law Firms

  • Texas-based Locke Lord said two New York City area law school 1L students are beginning a summer program in which they will split their time working in Locke Lord’s New York City office and in-house at The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America. Locke Lord called the arrangement the first joint law firm-client participation in the New York City Bar Association’s Annual Diversity Fellowship Program. (

  • The 24,000-member New York City Bar announced a new diversity push, working with schools, government agencies, and nonprofits, aimed at reaching potential future lawyers as early as elementary and middle school. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Troutman Sanders promoted business litigator Wynter Deagle to San Diego office managing partner. The current manager, transactional lawyer and litigator Michael Whitton, is stepping down after over 15 years in the role, starting before the firm’s 2009 merger with Ross, Dixon & Bell. Whitton continues on the firm’s executive committee. (

Laterals, Moves, Promotions

  • Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck said complex civil litigator Peter A. Stroili joined the firm’s insurance coverage and litigation practice as a partner in New York City. Stroili joins from D’Amato & Lynch, following three insurance partners who joined KDV’s New York office from that firm last year. (

  • McGuireWoods hired Perkins Coie litigation partner Andrew McBride, a former federal prosecutor, for its government investigations and white collar practice in Washington. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Latham & Watkins got Shearman & Sterling M&A partner Robert Katz as a partner in its corporate department in New York City. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Hunton Andrews Kurth added former Wells Fargo senior capital markets counsel Serena M. Mentor to its structured finance and securitization practice, as counsel in New York. (

  • Goodwin hired Brown Rudnick financial restructuring lawyer Howard Steel as a partner in New York. (

  • Management-side worklaw firm Littler said compliance attorney Liseanne Kelly re-joined the firm as a shareholder in San Diego. Kelly spent about six years at Littler before leaving in April 2018 to join Alliance Data, provider of marketing and loyalty solutions, where she was director of employment law compliance. (

  • Loeb & Loeb added veteran corporate lawyer Marc A. Jones as a partner in L.A. According to his LinkedIn, Jones was recently partner and corporate department chair at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp. He also spent almost four years at Goodwin and 12 years at McDermott Will & Emery. (

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