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Wake Up Call: DLA Piper Changes Remuneration System Outside U.S.

Feb. 3, 2016, 1:08 PM

• DLA Piper has made major changes to its remuneration system for non-U.S. partners, introducing a performance-based points system aimed at fueling profitability, and also introducing a lockstep system for recently promoted partners. (Legal Week)

•Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom tops a new in-house council ranking of the best 20 law firms to work with, but Above the Law points out embarrassing recent stories about Skadden and the other top five, just to keep the praise from going to their heads. (Above The Law)

• White & Case has severed its link with Saudia Arabian lawyer Waleed Al-Nuwaiser, making the firm’s status unclear in the kingdom , which requires foreign law firms to either partner with a domestic firm or to set up a joint venture to be able to operate in Saudi Arabia. Clifford Chance faces a similar problem in the kingdom. (The Lawyer)

• Lawyers should stop worrying about whether technology will replace them and instead focus on how technology can help them better serve their clients ,writes a litigator who manages technology projects for Harvard Law School. (Big Law Business)

Legal Market

• Goodwin Procter’s 2015 gross revenues rose 10.2 percent , compared with the year earlier, to $865.5 million, and revenue per lawyer rose 5.3 percent, according to new data. (American Lawyer)

• Plaintiffs lawyers heading multidistrict litigation over General Motors Co.’s ignition switch defect on Monday attempted to counter attacks sparked by the abrupt failure last month of their first bellwether trial amid allegations that had a key plaintiff had lied. (National Law Journal)

• David Foltyn, chairman of midwestern firm Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, talks about proportionality and value in the business of providing legal services. (Forbes)

Laterals and Moves

• Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe announced the names of 13 of the 20 partners joining to open its Houston office, its 25th worldwide, as well as two non-partner lawyers. (Big Law Business)

• With Robin Cohen, head of Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman’s insurance recovery practice, expected to join McKool Smith with a group of lawyers, Marc Kasowitz, name partner at Kasowitz Benson, said in a statement that he expects the move to free up Kasowitz Benson lawyers from potential conflicts.. (Big Law Business)

• Gregg Galardi, global co-chair of DLA Piper’s restructuring practice, has joined Ropes & Gray as a partner in its New York office. (Big Law Business)

• K&L Gates has recruited John Pierce, a San Francisco area Latham & Watkins partner to help in leading the firm’s global litigation and dispute resolution practice, in both its Palo Alto and Pittsburgh offices. (The Recorder)

• Privacy and data protection attorney Julia Jacobson joined Seyfarth Shaw LLP as a Boston-based partner, coming from McDermott Will & Emery’s Boston office, Seyfarth recently announced. (Bloomberg BNA Privacy Law Watch, Subscr. Req.)

• Former drug executive Martin Shkreli, under investigation for securities fraud and the subject of a congressional inquiry, has replaced his legal team with Benjamin Brafman, the lawyer who helped get rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs acquitted of gun and bribery charges in 2001, and has also represented Michael Jackson and a former mob boss, among others. (Big Law Business/Bloomberg News)

Privacy Shield

• The U.S. and European Union reached a last-minute deal to allow trans-Atlantic data transfers, in an agreement designed to protect privacy and save technology giants and multinationals from the legal limbo they were plunged into by European top court decision that nullified the so-called Safe Harbor Framework. (Bloomberg News)

• Thousands of U.S. company leaders sighed in relief when European Union and U.S. negotiators announced they had agreed in principle on a deal to replace the invalidated U.S.-EU Safe Harbor framework with a new EU-U.S. Privacy Shield that takes the form of a decision of the European Commission. (Bloomberg BNA Privacy Law Watch, Subscr. Req.)

But U.S. attorneys cautioned that text has yet to be released for the initial agreement, which aims to protect rights of EU citizens when their data is transferred to the United States. (LegalTech news)

• A columnist said U.S. tech companies should hold the champagne , because EU member state national privacy regulators and European judges can still cause them problems. (Financial Times)

• Meanwhile, critics charged that the EU had “capitulated” in the negotiations, failing to build on its recent data privacy protection successes. (Big Law Business/Bloomberg View)


• This year’s LegalTech conference in New York, which is gathering lawyers, e-Discovery specialists and other professionals for the industry’s biggest annual conference, also features a miniature music festival including performances by an array of distinguished musicians who also happen to be legal tech experts. (Big Law Business)

• At the conference, a panel of five federal judges said several new technologies have made their way into courtrooms, but many lawyers remain reluctant to use them. (LegalTech news)

• Winston & Strawn is operating a profitable electronic-discovery service center out of its Washington office. (National Law Journal)

• In a case addressing the possibility to copyright tattoos, a video game maker faces a lawsuit in Manhattan federal court alleging that its NBA games violate copyrights of tattoos worn by Lebron James, Kobe Bryant and other National Basketball Association stars. (Bloomberg Business)

Legal Education

• Law schools at Columbia University and New York University are working with Human Rights Watch to develop new methods for investigatinghuman rights issues.(National Law Journal)

Miscellaneous • A New Jersey lawyer was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, a day after the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office announced his arrest on charges of criminal sexual contact. (Law 360)

• The House of Representatives failed to override President Obama’s veto of an Obamacare repeal bill. (Politico)

• The Obama Administration plans to name U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh of the Northern District of California to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit later this month, sources said. (The Recorder)