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Wake Up Call: Covington & Burling’s Jon Kyl to Take McCain’s Senate Seat

Sept. 5, 2018, 12:23 PM

• Covington & Burling seniorof counsel, and former Senator Jon Kyl was picked by Arizona’s governor to temporarily fill John McCain’s seat in the Senate, at least until year’s end. Kyl, a Republican who retired from the Senate in 2013, is a lobbyist who has been acting in recent weeks as the top liaison to the Senate on behalf of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Kyl’s return to the Senate boosts the chances Kavanaugh will be confirmed. ( Bloomberg )

• Closing a raucous first day of his confirmation hearings, Kavanaugh told the Senate Judicary Committee the Supreme Court “must never, never be viewed as a partisan institution.” Republicans rejected Democratic calls for a delay and for access to hundreds of thousands of pages of records from his work in a Republican White House. ( Bloomberg via BLB ) ( Bloomberg Law )

• Introducing Kavanaugh yesterday, Arnold & Porter partner Lisa Blatt called Kavanaugh’s decisions “thoughtful and fair” and said he is “the best choice liberals could reasonably hope for.” ( National Law Journal )

• Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross picked Michael Walsh Jr., deputy general counsel at the Commerce Department and a former O’Melveny & Myers partner, as his new chief of staff. ( Bloomberg )

• The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission reached financial settlements with the leaders of defunct firm Dewey & LeBoeuf, in deals that would see them pay about $216,815 in civil penalties and interest in total, if approved, according to a report. ( New York Law Journal )

• Former federal prosecutor and current lieutenant governor of Virginia Justin Fairfax, is joining Morrison & Foerster as a partner in its Northern Virginia office. He’ll keep the part-time state job, and previously practiced at Venable and WilmerHale. The hire adds to MoFo’s commercial litigation, trials, and investigations + white collar defense groups, the firm said. ( Bloomberg Law via BLB ) ( )

• Private equity firm Thoma Bravo, advised by Kirkland & Ellis, agreed to acquire a majority stake in Cooley-client Apttus, a Silicon Valley-based provider of a Salesforce software platform for automating companies’ revenue and commercial relationship management processes. ( TechCrunch ) ( PE Hub Network )

• JPMorgan Chase & Co. agreed to pay $24 million in a settlement with financial advisers who say they were treated poorly because they’re black. ( Bloomberg via BLB )

Laterals, Moves

• Holland & Knight has grabbed five more Reed Smith partners, on both coasts. It said Mark Melodia, who was co-chair of Reed Smith’s IP, tech & data group, co-chair of its financial industry group and office managing partner in Princeton, N.J., joined in New York. Paul Bond, who was co-chair of Reed Smith’s information technology, privacy & data security group, which Melodia founded, joined in Philadelphia.Threelabor and employment attorneys joined, Sara Begley in Philadelphia; Thomas Hill and Christina Tellado in Los Angeles. ( )

• London-based Withers added international arbitration attorney Emma Lindsay as a partner in its New York office. She joins from Bryan Cave, and leads the international arbitration team in the U.S. ( )

• Paul Hastings said bankruptcy and restructuring partner Pedro Jimenez joined the firm in New York. He arrives from Jones Day, where he most recently served as partner-in-charge of the Miami office. ( )

•McKool Smith said trial lawyer and former federal prosecutor Anthony J. (“Tony”) Phillips joined the firm as a principal in its Houston office, where he will add to the firm’s white collar defense practice. Among other roles, he’spreviouslybeen a judge advocate general officer in the U.S. Air Force, senior legal officer for corporate ethics and compliance at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, and a litigator at Vinson & Elkins. ( )

• McGuireWoods said it expanded its private equity team, adding deal lawyer Stuart Rasley as a partner in Dallas. Rasley arrives after 11 years at Squire Patton Boggs where he was most recently of counsel. ( )

• Buchalter added two attorneys to its Seattle office.FormerNixon Peabody counsel Tonie L. Bitseff joined as a member of the firm-wide labor and employment practice, as special counsel. James E. Brown joined the firm’s intellectual property and energy & natural resources practices, as of counsel. ( Buchalter )

• Locke Lord said Norton Rose Fulbright attorney Paul Neufeld joined its Houston and London offices as a partner in the firm’s international arbitration practice group. ( )

• DLA Piper said former Reliance Communications general counsel Vanina Guerrero joined its corporate practice as a partner in Silicon Valley and New York. ( DLAPiper )


• A lawyer can’t hire or share confidential information with an expert just to keep her from working for an opponent, a Texas bar’s ethics committee said in an August opinion. ( Bloomberg Law )

Compiled by Rick Mitchell and edited by Tom Taylor.