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Wake Up Call: Crowell & Moring Grabs Cadwalader’s 9-Lawyer Health Care Group

Oct. 17, 2018, 11:22 AM

• Crowell & Moring grabbed Cadwalader’s health care group, all nine lawyers, to start its own New York-based healthcare practice. Partners Paul Mourning and Stephanie Marcantonio led the group of transactional lawyers and litigators out the door. Mourning, who leaves his former firm after 35 years, said the health care practice was “an interesting sidebar” at Cadwalader, which was “very much focused on the financial services industry.” ( New York Law Journal )

• Australian firm King & Wood Mallesons is under investigation for allegedly overworking its associates. The Australia managing partner for Clyde & Co. said the entire legal industry needs to address the problem. ( American Lawyer International ) ( Above the Law )

• Two Trump nominees for federal judgeships disclosed their law firm earnings. Allison Jones Rushing, Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit,disclosedshe earned over $650,000 as a Williams & Connolly partner in 2017. Covington & Burling Capitol Hill of counsel Richard Hertling, nominated to the Washington-based Federal Claims bench, reported earning about $286,000 in 2017 and $276,000 the previous year. ( National Law Journal )

• Goodwin Procter advised Twilio, a San Francisco-based cloud-computing company whose clients include Uber Technologies Inc., in a deal to buy SendGrid Inc. for $2 billion in an all-stock transaction to boost its suite of communication tools. Cooley and Skadden advised SendGrid, which is based in Denver and provides automated email services. ( MarTechSeries ) ( Bloomberg )

• Antitrust and IP litigation boutique Axinn said it launched a San Francisco office to be able to serve Northern California’s science and technology sectors while getting closer to key clients, including Google, pharmaceuticals and healthcare info company McKesson, and private equity firm Silver Lake Partners. Axinn already has offices in New York, Washington, and Hartford. ( Axinn )

• Morrison & Foerster partner John Carlin says Russia’s meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections was just the latest cyberattack against the country by a global adversary. Corporate Counsel talked to Carlin, a former DOJ lawyer and chief of staff to then-FBI Director Robert Mueller, about Carlin’s new book, “Dawn of the Code War: America’s Battle Against Russia, China, and the Rising Global Cyber Threat.” ( Corporate Counsel )

• Prosecutors charged the former head of the Washington State Bar Association with stealing from two Spokane-area law firms where she previously worked. ( The Spokesman-Review )

• Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner attorneys for Nestle Purina Petcare Co. were sanctioned by a federal judge for withholding documents in a cat litter patent infringement lawsuit. ( Bloomberg Law via BLB )

Lawyers, Law Firms, Deals

• Alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group agreed to acquire Aberdeen, Scotland-based EnerMech Group Limited, an energy and infrastructure services company, for undisclosed terms. Morrison Foerster is advising thesellers in the deal, which include Lime Rock Partners, a private equity investment firm focused on the upstream oil and gas sectorand the EnerMech management team. (Rigzone.com )

• How to correctly classify workers as employees or independent contractors is a murky subject that continues to confound businesses and lawyers alike. That’s one reason the the Labor Department will likely address it soon. ( Bloomberg Law )

Laterals, Moves

• Morgan Lewis & Bockius hired top Labor Department attorney Susan Harthill as a partner in its labor and employment practice.( Bloomberg Law via BLB )

• King & Spalding said cybersecurity lawyers Robert Hudock and Adam Solander joined the firm as partners on its data, privacy and security team, in Washington. They were previously at Epstein Becker & Green. ( KSlaw.com )

• Cozen O’Connor said IP litigator Thomas J. Fisher, a former engineer who focuses on complex technical patent disputes, joined its international IP practice as a member in Washington. Fisher arrives from Oblon, where he was a partner and chair of that firm’s ITC litigation practice group. ( Cozen.com )

• Mayer Brown added Melissa Richards, a former Buchalter lawyer, to the firm’s financial services regulatory & enforcement practice and consumer financial services group in Northern California. She was most recently chief legal & risk officer at national mortgage banking firm CMG Financial. ( MayerBrown.com )

• Reed Smith added Omar Al-Ali, a structured trade and commodities finance attorney, as a partner in its energy and natural resources group in London. He joins from Simmons & Simmons. ( ReedSmith.com )

Legal Actions

• Lawyers for Ripley Entertainment Inc. are arguing they owe a few thousand dollars, tops, as the owner of a duck boat that sank and drowned 17 passengers in July. The new complaint could be used as leverage to negotiate much lower settlements than the $100 million in damages victims’ families seek in wrongful death suits. ( Bloomberg Law )

• Walmart Inc. got sanctioned by another federal court for destroying video and other evidence in a personal injury suit. ( Bloomberg Law )

Compiled by Rick Mitchell and edited by Tom Taylor.

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