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Wake Up Call: Boies Appoints New Leaders for Five Offices Nationwide

June 17, 2019, 11:47 AM
  • Boies Schiller Flexner took another step in its plans for long-term leadership transition, appointing new leaders for five of its biggest offices, in Manhattan; Washington; Los Angeles; Oakland, California; and Albany, New York. (American Lawyer)

  • As conservative states pass increasingly restrictive laws targeting abortion, lawyers from a half dozen Big Law firms, among others, are working pro bono to help fight the measures. While reproductive rights organizations typically lead on litigation, lawyers from Paul Weiss, O’Melveny & Myers, Morrison & Foerster, Debevoise & Plimpton, Covington & Burling, and Stinson play key roles, providing resources, expertise, and behind-the-scenes help. On the flip side, states defending their anti-abortion laws typically use their own litigators. Last year, Iowa enlisted public interest law firm Thomas More Society to defend its heartbeat law. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Worklaw firm Jackson Lewis said Caesars Entertainment Corporation in-house leader Kelly R. Kichline re-joined the firm in Las Vegas as a principal. According to her LinkedIn, Kichline spent close to six years at Caesars, recently as vice president and chief counsel, employment law. Before that she was an attorney at Jackson Lewis. The firm says her expertise includes employee issues in the hospitality industry, and in the heavily regulated gaming industry. (JacksonLewis.com)

  • O’Melveny & Myers, reported to be in merger talks with Allen & Overy, has lost several funds partners in the last few months. The latest are London private equity funds partners John Daghlian and Mary Lavelle, who moved to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, re-joining two partners who left for Akin Gump in April. Another O’Melveny funds partner, Eve Ellis, left to join Ropes & Gray’s London office, in April. (Akin Gump)

  • Women who won around $8 billion in settlements over a decade of legal battles with makers of pelvic mesh are now suing their own lawyers in a New Jersey class action. The New Jersey Law Journal reported on the case last week, and the Times also looked at it. (NYT)

  • Atlanta gained offices of six major law firms in 2018, as national firms set up their outposts for the Southeastern legal market. (Daily Report)

  • Two challenges by Southwest Airlines Co. and United Airlines Inc. employees to use of their fingerprints to clock in shouldn’t be heard in federal court, a court ruled. Shook Hardy & Bacon represented Southwest, while Seyfarth Shaw is representing United, according to court papers. (BLAW)

  • The University of San Francisco’s interim law dean for the last year, Susan Freiwald, is getting the job on a permanent basis starting July 1, the first woman to have that role. (The Recorder)

Lawyers, Law Firms, Deals

  • A Florida judge in the misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution case against New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft rejected prosecutors’ request to find his Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan lawyers in contempt of court. Quinn lawyers Alex Spiro and William Burck are representing Kraft. (Associated Press via CBS)

  • Perkins Coie named worklaw attorney Danielle M. Ryman managing partner of the firm’s 42-year-old Anchorage office, which has about 20 attorneys and staff. She succeeds Eric Fjelstad, an environment and energy partner who has led the office since 2007. (PerkinsCoie.com)

  • Montreal, Canada-based mining development company Champion Iron said it hired its first general counsel, industry in-house veteran Steve Boucratie, who also takes the titles of vice president and corporate secretary. Boucratie, who has been a law firm partner, was most recently worked as the director of legal affairs and assistant corporate secretary at Osisko Gold Royalties. (Corporate Counsel)

  • A 57-year-old New York Putnam County Court judge suffered a heart attack Friday while hearing a case and died later the same day. (New York Law Journal)

Laterals, Moves, Promotions

  • Barnes & Thornburg added two Seyfarth Shaw worklaw attorneys to the firm’s labor and employment department in Chicago: Peter Wozniak, as partner, and Mark Wallin, as counsel. (BTLaw.com)

  • Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr said intellectual property attorney Brian R. Michalek joined the firm as a partner in Chicago. According to his LinkedIn, Michalek was previously a partner at Olson & Cepuritis. (Saul.com)

Legal Actions, Bankruptcies, Decisions

  • Domino’s Pizza Inc., advised by Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on how far businesses must go to make their websites and mobile apps accessible to blind people. (BLAW)

  • General Mills Inc. and Small Planet Foods Inc., advised by Perkins Coie, won’t get an early exit from a suit alleging they mislead consumers into believing dozens of Cascadian Farms food products come from a small farm in Washington state. (BLAW)

  • Converse and Nike, advised by Seyarth Shaw, will argue separate cases before a federal appeals court over whether workers should be paid for time spent in post-shift security checks of their bags, even if it means just seconds or minutes. (BLAW)

Technology

  • Industries including retailers, airline, and hotel, have been moving away from mobile contact forms for interactions with customers, toward so-called chatbots, computer programs that work like virtual assistants. Chatbots, which go through tools including Facebook Messenger or ApexChat, offer advantages for law firms, according to this report. (Bigger Law Firm)

  • Ephemeral messaging apps, which automatically erase messages after a set time, are increasingly used by companies even though they can create discovery and compliance headaches. (Legaltech News)

To contact the correspondent on this story: Rick Mitchell in Paris at rMitchell@correspondent.bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Rebekah Mintzer at rmintzer@bloomberglaw.com; Molly Ward at mward@bloomberglaw.com