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Wake Up Call: Brown Rudnick Said To Pay $2 Million Cyber Ransom

Nov. 10, 2022, 1:38 PM

Welcome to Bloomberg Law’s Wake Up Call, a daily rundown of the top news for lawyers, law firms, and in-house counsel.

  • Brown Rudnick’s file transfer system was hacked in 2020 and its cyber insurance policy paid out a $2 million ransom, according to a report. The report cites court filings by Brown Rudnick’s cyber insurance company, which is suing information tech firm Accellion Inc. for not doing enough to protect its clients. The lawsuit by a subsidiary of reinsurance giant Chubb against Accellion initially cited only an unnamed Boston law firm as the victim of the attack, which also hit other Big Law firms. But in two new filings, the insurer’s law firm, Cozen O’Connor, “failed to redact Brown Rudnick’s name,” this report says. (Business Insider)
  • Cryptocurrency exchange FTX, facing cash-flow problems and possible regulatory scrutiny, saw most of its legal and compliance team walk out this week, according to a report citing people familiar with the matter. (Semafor)
  • After falling during the pandemic, US law firms’ leasing activity has regained momentum as firms bring lawyers back into the office and expand into new markets, says a new report. (Reuters)

Lawyers, Law Firms

  • In the election for North Carolina’s open 13th District US House seat, Democratic state Senator Wiley Nickel, a criminal defense attorney and former White House official, defeated Republican Bo Hines, a former college football player who was endorsed by Trump. (WSJ)
  • UK Serious Fraud Office Director Lisa Osofsky, a former US federal prosecutor and FBI deputy general counsel, is stepping down next summer when her five-year contract ends, according to a report. (Financial Times)
  • In Missouri Bayer won its sixth-straight defense verdict in litigation alleging its Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide causes non-Hodgkin lymphoma. (Law.com)
  • Holland & Knight poached a five-lawyer energy transition team from Eversheds Sutherland in Washington and Houston, according to a report. (American Lawyer)

Laterals, Moves, In-house

  • Customer relationship management platform HubSpot Inc. hired former NetFlix in-house leader Alyssa Harvey Dawson as chief legal officer. A former Big Law attorney, Dawson was a senior attorney at eBay Inc. and arrives recently from payroll and benefits management platform Gusto, where she was CLO. HubSpot’s previous top lawyer, John Kelleher, took a job as general counsel at cannabis industry payment services provider Dutchie LLC in September. (Businesswire)
  • Silicon Valley firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati hired the former executive director of operations for Hong Kong’s competition commission, Jindrich Kloub, as a partner in Brussels in its antitrust and competition department. He was earlier a Brussels-based attorney in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition. (WSGR.com)
  • Nixon Peabody hired corporate transactional attorney Jason Reis as of counsel in Rochester, New York. (NixonPeabody.com)
  • Plaintiffs litigation firm Dicello Levitt said it hired three Black women attorneys to “expand the depth” of its civil rights, mass torts, and class action practices. The attorneys are based in Washington. (DiCelloLevitt.com)
  • Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney promoted employment lawyer and commercial litigator Amory McAndrew to partner. (Hnrklaw.com)
  • Phoenix-headquartered Snell & Wilmer hired veteran legal industry marketing pro Jenna Grange as chief marketing officer. (SWLaw.com)

Legal Education

  • The former dean of Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Joan Bullock, was not entitled to certain job protections because she lacked tenure, lawyers for Texas said in a motion to dismiss Bullock’s gender bias and retaliation lawsuit. (UniversityBusiness.com) (Houston Chronicle)

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

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Chris Opfer in New York at copfer@bloomberglaw.com; Darren Bowman at dbowman@bloomberglaw.com

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

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Chris Opfer in New York at copfer@bloomberglaw.com; John Hughes at jhughes@bloombergindustry.com