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Wake Up Call: Paul Clement Joins Fight Against NY Gun Law

July 7, 2022, 12:25 PM

In today’s column, a Polsinelli-anchored building in Denver sold for $233 million; two regional firms merged into a 180-plus lawyer firm; Reed Smith launched an ESG practice.

  • Leading off, former US Solicitor General Paul Clement, who recently left Kirkland & Ellis to start an appellate boutique with fellow ex-Kirkland partner Erin Murphy, joined a gun industry challenge to a New York law allowing lawsuits against the industry. (Reuters)
  • Chicago-based real estate firm Heitman sold the 22-story Polsinelli building in downtown Denver, Colorado for $233 million to PGIM Real Estate. Polsinelli is the building’s anchor tenant, with 87,000 square feet, and also has a sign on the building. (Kansas City Business Journal)
  • Two years of record-breaking financial results may have put law firms in better shape to face a recession than they have been for previous recessions. (American Lawyer)

Lawyers, Law Firms

  • Indiana law firm Katz Korin Cunningham and Louisville, Kentucky-headquartered Stoll Keenon Ogden PLC merged to create a firm with more than 180 lawyers and 130 staff with five regional offices. The new firm will do business as SKO, according to a statement. (
  • A New York judge fined real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield for taking too long to respond to Trump-probe subpoenas.(New York Law Journal) A New York appeals court suspended the law license of an 87-year-old attorney pending further possible disciplinary action over his handling of his escrow account. (New York Law Journal)
  • Reed Smith is the latest firm to formally launch an environmental, social and governance practice as climate change, sustainability, diversity, and inclusion, and other ESG matters become increasingly important for corporations and investors around the world. (Reed Smith)

Laterals, Moves, In-house

  • Katten Muchin grabbed Debevoise & Plimpton real estate counsel Eddy Park as a partner in New York. He’s been a Kirkland & Ellis partner and was associate general counsel at Fannie Mae; former Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher white-collar partner Avi Weitzman announced on LinkedIn that he joined Paul Hastings as a partner. Weitzman, a former federal prosecutor, is based in New York; Mayer Brown got back Kirkland & Ellis private equity fund finance attorney Alex Righi as a partner in Chicago. He was at the firm earlier in his career; Blank Rome picked up Barnes & Thornburg corporate attorney Rebekah Prince as a partner in Los Angeles; Orrick’s Munich, Germany, office snagged Skadden Arps M&A and private equity lawyer Damien Simonot as a partner. (Orrick)
  • Norton Rose Fulbright promoted talent management pro Lisa Featherson to chief people and development officer and law firm marketing pro Emily Rogers to chief marketing and business development officer, both based in New York; Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough announced three partner hires. It brought in corporate, securities, and financial regulation attorney Gavin Beske in Washington. He was a U.S. Treasury Department official, spent 13 years at investment bank and institutional brokerage FBR & Co., including as senior vice president and general counsel; in Baltimore, Nelson Mullins added tax lawyer Tim Wagner and also picked up former Howard Bank executive and GC Joe Howard, a financial regulatory and corporate attorney. (
  • King & Spalding said Honeywell, Inc. chief litigation counsel Antonio Lewis, who was previously a partner at the firm, rejoined in Charlotte, North Carolina, as a trial and global disputes partner; McKool Smith brought in patent litigator and university intellectual property specialist Alfonso Chan as a principal in Dallas. (PR Newswire)
  • Reuters reported that Cryptocurrency exchange hired former K&L Gates partner Stephen Humenik to lead its global derivatives unit. He’s a former special counsel at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission; customer communication platform Weave hired Utah-based tech industry in-house attorney Erin Goodsell as chief legal officer. She was director and associate GC at experience management company Qualtrics; UK law firm TLT recruited legal tech attorney Jonathan Townend, the former global head of legal services at Eversheds Sutherland’s Konexo business, to lead its managed legal services branch; the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario appointed former Ontario Securities Commission official Josée Turcotte as chief legal officer. (Gambling News)

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