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Wake Up Call: Big Firms Host Campaign Events for Presidential Candidates

July 17, 2019, 11:45 AM
  • Milbank is among several Big Law firms that have hosted campaign events for presidential candidates this year. Partners at Paul Weiss and Kirkland & Ellis also have hosted fundraisers. (American Lawyer) Milbank is inviting presidential candidates from both major political parties to its New York office for non-partisan town hall discussions with the firm’s attorneys, which it has been promoting via social media with the hashtag #Milbank2020PresidentialTownHallSeries. (Twitter)

  • Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has died at the age of 99. He was appointed to the top court by a Republican president only to become a leading liberal voice on presidential powers, the death penalty and individual rights. (BN via BLB)

  • Reed Smith grabbed three labor & employment lawyers from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius for its new Dallas office. Litigators Paulo McKeeby and Michael Correll arrive as partners, joined by associate Amanda Brown. ( Reed Smith also got back litigator Joe Tuso as a partner in the firm’s financial industry group, based in New York and Philadelphia. Tuso earlier spent 10 years at the firm, leaving in 2011 when he was a partner. Most recently he was general counsel, chief operating officer, and chief compliance officer at Stabilis Capital Management LLP. (

  • Several Big Law firms advised on a recent Texas energy deal in which Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ company Comstock Resources Inc., a Locke Lord client, closed its acquisition of shale gas producer Covey Park Energy LLC, advised by Vinson & Elkins. The deal took the form of a merger valued at approximately $2.2 billion. Mayer Brown advised Bank of Montreal as administrative agent in connection with Comstock Resources’ new $2.5 billion credit facility for the merger. (Comstock Resources) (North American Shale) (BN)

  • Proskauer had a hand in the $3.99 billion deal announced yesterday in which Mayer Brown client Prologis, Inc., a real estate investment trust, acquired Industrial Property Trust Inc., which is a Hogan Lovells client owned by Black Creek Group LLC that buys and runs warehouses leased to big corporate customers. Proskauer advised Morgan Stanley as financial advisor to IPT. (BN) (

  • McDermott Will & Emery acquired Washington, D.C.-based Farragut Square Group, a health care research and advisory firm it plans to integrate into its five-year-old policy and lobbying subsidiary, McDermottPlus Consulting. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Top law firms are slowly increasing the ranks of female equity partners, but women are still far from reaching parity, Working Mother said in its latest annual list of the 60 best law firms for women. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Jeffrey Epstein, facing federal charges on sex trafficking of minors, had long managed to keep his accusers quiet with high-pressure litigation and million-dollar settlements. But that’s not working this time. (BN)

  • Latham & Watkins named a new Madrid managing partner, former DLA Piper corporate partner Ignacio Gómez-Sancha, to replace former office chief Juan Picón, who died last month. (Iberian Lawyer)

  • Big Four accounting firm EY expanded its legal arm in China, this time into the tech hub of Shenzhen, which is close to Hong Kong. (BLAW via BLAW)

Lawyers, Law Firms, Deals

  • Mortimer Caplin, who helped shape the IRS and co-founded a major Washington tax law firm, died July 15 at the age of 103. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Volunteer attorneys from 14 Boston law firms will participate in a July 18 event at Suffolk Law School providing free legal consultations and technical support to hundreds of small minority-owned and immigrant-owned small businesses. (

  • Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck launched a new corporate and intellectual property practice to led by partner Perry F. Sofferman, who arrives in the firm’s Ft. Lauderdale office from Fowler White Burnett, where he was a shareholder. KDV’s Fort Lauderdale office also added former Equal Employment Opportunity Commission trial attorney Maritza J. Gomez as a worklaw partner. (

  • Eisner, LLP, the L.A.-based business and entertainment firm, expanded its New York office by merging with boutique entertainment firm Tavel & Shulman, P.C. That firm’s founders, Andy Tavel and Dan Shulman, are joining Eisner as partners, and attorney Jordan Gutglass joins as an associate. Eisner said Evan Krauss, a founding partner of Gray Krauss Sandler Des Rochers, will also join Eisner as a partner. (Eisner)

Laterals, Moves

  • Michael Best said former Walgreen Co. commercial and regulatory counsel Rebecca Gerard joined the firm’s privacy & cybersecurity practice group as an associate in Chicago. (

  • Haynes and Boone added former JP Morgan Chase & Co. in-house energy leader Edmund “Eddy” Daniels as partner in Dallas and Houston. Daniels was most recently general counsel and chief compliance officer at Panda Power Funds, a private equity firm. (

  • Sidley Austin added former Illinois Republican U.S. Congressman Peter Roskam as a partner in its government strategies group. (

Legal Actions

  • Federal prosecutors dropped their criminal case against two prominent Louisiana coastal scientists they had accused of plotting to steal a computer model from their former employer, the Water Institute of the Gulf. Jones Walker said white collar defense and commercial litigation partner Mike Magner defended the two professors. (


  • Baker McKenzie promoted its global director of legal operations David Cambria to chief services officer just over a year after hiring him, suggesting the “Godfather” of legal operations has had some success at the big firm. (BLAW via BLB)

  • ComplianceHR, a joint venture of management-side worklaw firm Littler and legal tech company Neota Logic, launched PolicySmart, a platform that provides handbooks, guidance, and other tools to make it easier to keep track of policy. (HR Technologist)

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