Wake Up Call: Big Law Partners Among 1,500 Attorneys Urging New Vote on Brexit

Nov. 6, 2018, 12:27 PM
  • London-based competition partners from Quinn Emanuel, Dechert, Cooley, and Norton Rose Fulbright were among more than 1,500 lawyers to sign an open letter to U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May expressing concerns about Brexit negotiations with the European Union and urging a “people’s vote.” “Our clients and the law are profoundly affected by the terms of the U.K.’s relationship with Europe,” the letter reads, adding “voters are entitled to know what they are voting for.” (The Guardian) (American Lawyer International)

  • In the run-up to today’s congressional midterm elections, lawyers and law firms have shelled out an estimated record of $160 million in donations to campaigns and parties and 80 percent of that has gone to Democrats, according to an analysis. Partners and employees at Paul Weiss, Kirkland & Ellis, Akin Gump, and Sullivan & Cromwell, are among the biggest political spenders overall in Big Law. (Bloomberg Law via BLB) More than 4,000 lawyers from nearly 100 law firms are participating in an effort to make sure voters know their rights. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

  • Low-ranked law schools are not the only institutions feeling the pinch of falling enrollment. The dean of the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, Kimberly Yuracko, said the school is cutting staff and teaching positions because it is in a “challenging financial position.” (Law.com)

  • Fenwick & West became the latest major firm to offer gender neutral parental leave. The firm said attorneys and professional staff are eligible for up to 16 weeks of paid leave, whatever their gender or caregiver status. Dechert and Susman Godfrey recently announced similar policies. (American Lawyer)

  • Former Winston & Strawn patent lawyer Constance Ramos can pursue her sex bias, equal pay, and job retaliation claims in court, a California appeals court ruled, finding the agreement Ramos signed when she joined the firm as an “income partner” contains several unfair provisions. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

  • Baker Hostetler partner John Moscow is leaving the firm to join litigation boutique Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss, where he will be reunited with former colleagues from his 30 years as a prosecutor in the Manhattan district attorney’s office. (Bloomberg via BLB)

  • Harvey Weinstein’s attorney Ben Brafman yesterday filed a motion in a New York court seeking to get rape and other charges against his client dismissed, calling the grand jury process “irreparably tainted” by “police misconduct.” (Screen Daily)

  • Holland & Knight hired the former chairman of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, Paul M. Aguggia, as a corporate transactions partner in the firm’s New York office. Aguggia, who left Kilpatrick in 2013, was most recently chairman and CEO of Clifton Bancorp Inc. from January 2014 until its merger with Kearny Financial Corp., on whose board of directors he served until October 2018. (HKlaw.com)

  • Perkins Coie added Nathan Kelley, former deputy general counsel at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, as a partner in its intellectual property practice in Washington. (PerkinsCoie.com)

Lawyers, Law Firms, Deals

  • As tensions grow on the U.S.-Mexico border, big firms including Morgan Lewis and Milbank are spending thousands of hours pro bono on immigration cases, and helping children who are on their own in the U.S. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

  • Stroock & Stroock & Lavan advised Community Preservation Corporation, a nonprofit affordable housing and community revitalization finance company, which signed a 30-year lease with owner SL Green for the 16th floor, 29,400 square feet, of the midtown Manhattan building that used to be the New York Daily News’ headquarters. (GlobeST.com)

Laterals, Moves

  • Haynes and Boone added corporate partner Anna Nerush in London, where she has significant experience advising clients in the oil and gas and renewables sectors on “highly sophisticated M&A deals in energy markets worldwide.” She arrives from Addleshaw Godddard’s London office, where she was co-head of its Central Asia business group. (HaynesBoone.com)

  • Cozen O’Connor added a seventh patent attorney in four months to its intellectual property practice. Vadim Braginsky, a former electrical engineer, joins the firm’s Minneapolis office as counsel, arriving from Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner P.A. (Cozen.com)

  • Carlton Fields said trial lawyer Samantha M. Culp joined the firm’s real property litigation section as an associate in its Tampa office. (CarltonFields.com)

  • Goodwin said capital markets attorney Heidi Mayon joined the firm’s Silicon Valley office as a partner in its technology companies, life sciences and capital markets practices. According to her LinkedIn, she arrives most recently from Gunderson Dettmer and was previously a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. (GoodwinLaw.com)

  • McGlinchey Stafford said consumer financial services attorney Paul Kellogg joined the firm in Houston as of counsel in its consumer financial services compliance section. He was previously a partner at Hughes Watters Askanase. (McGlinchey.com) (Linkedin)

Compiled by Rick Mitchell and edited by Molly Ward.

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