Wake Up Call: Davis Polk to Void Access IDs of Non-Vaccinated

Aug. 3, 2021, 12:36 PM

In today’s column, the recent SolarWinds cyber attack breached Microsoft accounts at dozens of U.S. attorneys offices, the DOJ said; political action groups for former President Trump paid out millions in legal fees in the year’s first half; Greenberg Traurig said it’s slimming its office in Manhattan and expanding in the suburbs.

  • Leading off, a little over a dozen Big Law firms have so far announced they will require returning lawyers and staff to have proof of vaccination against Covid-19 when they return to offices this fall. Davis Polk added teeth to its mandate by vowing to void building access IDs for lawyers and staff who fail to complete vaccination attestation by 11:59 pm, Sept. 12. (American Lawyer)
  • As U.S. delta-variant covid cases soar and vaccination rates stagnate, New York’s court system reported an increase in new cases among court workers. (New York Law Journal) A U.S. District Court Chief Judge for the District of Connecticut said Monday that visitors to all three of the state’s federal courts have to wear masks effective immediately, the latest court system to bring back mask mandates after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidelines last week. (Connecticut Law Tribune)
  • Greenberg Traurig says it’s shrinking its New York headquarters, as some of its clients and potential laterals head for the suburbs. The Florida-founded firm said it plans to expand in Westchester County and Long Island, to reduce the number of attorneys commuting into Manhattan. (New York Law Journal)

Lawyers, Law Firms

  • Twenty-seven U.S. attorneys’ offices had at least one employee with a compromised Microsoft 365 account in the recent SolarWinds attack, the Justice Department said. (Windows Central) (TheCyberwire.com)
  • Cooley, Arnold & Porter, and Sullivan & Cromwell are partnering pro bono with civil rights organizations to fight states’ anti-transgender laws. (National Law Journal)
  • Law firms and attorneys took in a total of $7.9 million in legal fees paid by political action committees for former President Donald Trump in 2021’s first half for work to defend Trump in his second impeachment trial and efforts to overturn the 2020 election. (CNBC)

Laterals, Moves, In-House

  • Bracewell grabbed a seven-lawyer health-care regulatory and litigation group for its Dallas and Houston offices from Thompson & Knight, which completed its merger with Holland & Knight. Partner Wilson Jones, who chaired Thompson & Knight’s health-care practice group, will chair Bracewell’s health-care regulatory and litigation practice. Also joining are partners Patrick Bredehoft and Andrew Cookingham; Philadelphia-based Stradley Ronon added a nine-lawyer multi-disciplinary group in New York City, including four partners, three counsel, two associates, plus three administrative assistants; Perkins Coie added Wilson Sonsini commercial litigator Christopher Williams as an antitrust partner in Washington; Husch Blackwell hired Fox Rothschild commercial litigation partner Mhare Mouradian as a partner in Los Angeles. (HuschBlackwell.com)
  • Skadden, Arps’ intellectual property litigation practice chief Anthony Sammi jumped to Latham & Watkins in New York, as a partner and global vice chair of Latham’s IP litigation practice; Wilson Sonsini brought in veteran Quinn Emanuel trial lawyer Amy Candido as a partner in its IP litigation practice in San Francisco; BakerHostetler got Gibson Dunn litigator Victoria Weatherford as a partner in San Francisco. She represents technology and consumer products companies in class action and government investigation matters; U.K.-headquartered Withers got privacy and data protection attorney Doron Goldstein as a partner in its New York office. He arrives after about a decade at Katten Muchin Rosenman; Haynes and Boone snagged DLA Piper health care, technology and business lawyer Randy Peak as a partner in Dallas. (HaynesBoone.com)
  • Cox Media Group hired Perkins Coie M&A and tech transactions partner Eric Greenberg as its new general counsel, corporate secretary, and executive vice president, effective Aug. 16; Virginia-based transportation products and services company VSE Corp. recruited Farinaz Tehrani, currently chief legal officer at health care services and technology provider Advantia Health, to be its new CLO starting Aug. 16. (Corporate Counsel); France-based pharmaceutical company Sanofi poached a top lawyer from pharmaceutical giant Novartis, getting Roy Papatheodorou as executive vice-president, general counsel, and head of legal, ethics & business integrity. (Sanofi.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: Rebekah Mintzer at rmintzer@bloomberglaw.com; Darren Bowman at dbowman@bloomberglaw.com

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