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Wake Up Call: Big Law Partners Declined to Represent Giuliani, Times Says

Nov. 7, 2019, 12:53 PM
  • President Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani said on Twitter that he has a new legal team to defend him against allegations that he violated lobbying laws by helping Trump manipulate U.S. foreign policy in Ukraine for political goals. (Twitter)

  • The team includes two partners at Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht and Robert Costello, a partner at Davidoff Hutcher & Citron who briefly represented Trump fixer Michael Cohen. Giuliani’s announcement came weeks after he dropped Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough white collar chair Jon Sale, a former Watergate prosecutor, who had been representing him. (National Law Journal)

  • As a former Manhattan federal prosecutor and ex-Mayor of New York, Giuliani’s contacts naturally include Big Law partners, including former judges and prosecutors, whom he could call for legal help. But it turns out at least four of those contacts--including prominent partners at Debevoise & Plimpton, Mayer Brown, Paul Weiss, and Bracewell, refused to take him as a client, for various reasons, the Times reports. (NYT)

  • Meanwhile, the Post reports that Trump asked Attorney General William P. Barr to hold a news conference to assert that the president didn’t break any laws by pushing his Ukrainian counterpart, during a telephone call, to investigate a political rival. Barr ultimately declined to do that, the Post said. (WaPo)

  • U.S. prosecutors charged two former Twitter Inc. employees and a Saudi national with spying to help the Saudi government spy on dissidents who used the social network. (BN)

  • Washington, D.C. is a lawyer’s town and recent real estate data back that up, according to this report. It says law firms contribute $12 billion annually to the Washington economy, but they’ve been downsizing their office space in the capital as rents rise. (National Law Journal)

Lawyers, Law Firms

  • It’s long been a given that Big Law firms tend to outperform smaller ones. But in the third quarter, demand for M&A transactions services shrank 1% at the 50 biggest U.S. law firms, while expanding 5.5% for smaller firms. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Covington & Burling picked Washington-based sports attorney Doug Gibson, who has spent most of his legal career at the firm, to be its newest chair starting Jan. 1, 2020. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Stroock & Stroock & Lavan named two New York-based female partners to head litigation practices. It said first-chair trial lawyer Jennifer S. Recine will head its firm-wide real estate litigation practice. New York-based partner Michele Jacobson, co-chair of the firm’s insurance and reinsurance group, will lead its New York general litigation practice. (

  • A California state judge was ordered removed from the bench over a disciplinary panel finding of misconduct that included denying a defendant due process and conduct toward women that was “unwelcome, undignified, discourteous, and offensive.” The judge’s lawyer said he will seek California Supreme Court review of the decision. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Trump yesterday nominated Pittsburgh-based Ogletree Deakins litigation partner William Scott Hardy to serve on a Pennsylvania federal court. Hardy is among Trump’s latest round of appointees as he seeks to pack the federal courts with young conservatives. (Legal Intelligencer)

  • O’Melveny & Myers is planning to rebuild its London office, which lost several partners in the run-up to its failed merger talks with Allen & Overy, according to a report. (The Lawyer)

  • The Northeast Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel has started a pilot program that matches up in-house mentors and “mentees” across companies, using software developed by in-house counsel in the U.K. (Corporate Counsel)

Laterals, Moves, In-house, Promotions

  • Kirkland & Ellis is adding three Dallas-based anti-trust lawyers from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher to help build its capabilities in the areas of antitrust, data privacy, and consumer protection. (BLAW via BLB)

  • K&L Gates added two in-house veterans to its healthcare practice. Former Tenet Healthcare senior counsel Jacqueline B. Hoffman joined the firm as a partner in Dallas. In North Carolina, former Ropes & Gray associate Lindsey Rogers-Seitz, who most recently was associate general counsel at University of Colorado Health, joined K&L Gates as of counsel in the firm’s Research Triangle Park office. (

  • Barnes & Thornburg’s Minneapolis office added employer-side worklaw attorney Alec Beck as a partner. He’s a 30-year veteran and arrives from Ford & Harrison, where he was a partner. (

  • McDermott Will & Emery said Carolyn Metnick joined the firm’s health practice as a partner in Chicago. Metnick, whose practice focuses on the security and privacy of health information, and regulatory compliance, arrives from Akerman, where she was co-chair of privacy, cybersecurity and emerging technologies. (


  • French legal tech company Predictrice, which focuses on litigation prediction and analysis, has partnered with Luxembourg law firm Arendt to develop applications for searching and analyzing legal information. (Artificial Lawyer)

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