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Wake Up Call: Duane Morris Opening New Texas Office in Ft. Worth

Aug. 3, 2022, 12:39 PM

In today’s column, law school applications are down sharply; 225-lawyer Philadelphia firm White & Williams acquired a six-lawyer Maryland firm; Foley & Lardner said it’s moving to a new office in Salt Lake City.

  • Leading off, Philadelphia-headquartered Duane Morris is opening an office in Fort Worth, Texas as it looks to connect its local clients, such as Texas A&M, as well as real estate developers, construction clients and private equity clients, to its national practice. The office, led by corporate partner Mitchell J. Moses, who also works in the firm’s Dallas office, is looking to hire legal assistants and paralegals, this report says. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram);
  • Philadelphia headquartered White & Williams, which has about 225 attorneys, announced it acquired six-attorney surety and construction law firm Pike & Gilliss, in Towson, Maryland. It’s White & Williams’ 11th location; Foley & Lardner announced it’s moving to new office space in downtown Salt Lake City to accommodate rapid growth of its team, now up to around 40 lawyers and business professionals. (Foley.com)
  • Weil Gotshal & Manges, White & Case, and Mayer Brown are guiding private equity firm CVC Capital Partners’ 1.5 billion euro ($1.53 billion) investment into the governing body of professional football in France. (Law.com International)

Lawyers, Law Firms

  • Law school applications for the 2022 enrollment year are down 11.7% from their 2021 level, new data show. (ABA Journal) That could spell a long-term problem for the legal profession. (Above The Law)
  • Denver’s five biggest home-grown firms are hooking up to advance racial diversity of the attorneys they hire, including by making hires from other markets. (American Lawyer)
  • In Brooks Ent., Inc. v. Activision Blizzard, Inc., a federal judge sanctioned a plaintiffs counsel for failing to play enough Call of Duty to realize the complaint’s allegations were inaccurate. (Wilson Sonsini)

Laterals, Moves, In-house

  • Hogan Lovells recruited former The Hershey Company assistant general counsel Andrea Bruce as senior counsel in Washington, leading its food and beverage group. She earlier had senior in-house roles at PepsiCo and Kraft Foods; Morrison Foerster brought back corporate attorney Lauren Bellerjeau, a former Washington partner at the firm, as a partner in Austin, Texas. She arrives from semiconductor manufacturer Onsemi, where she was senior vice president, assistant general counsel, chief privacy officer and assistant secretary. (MoFo.com)
  • Eisner, LLP said commercial litigator Carolynn Beck joined the firm as partner in New York, arriving from Goldstein & McClintock; Locke Lord grabbed Squire Patton Boggs maritime and offshore attorney Emily Huggins Jones as an energy and infrastructure partner for its Cincinnati, Ohio, office. She advises on offshore wind, renewable energy, and will be based in Cleveland; Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner got real estate finance lawyer James Brescoll as a partner Chicago. He was an associate at the firm earlier in his career and returns from Riemer & Braunstein. (BCLP.com)
  • Haynes and Boone hired Shearman & Sterling energy deal lawyer Jeremy Kennedy as a partner in Houston; Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher snagged longtime Akin Gump finance partner Fred Lee in Dallas; Baker Botts picked up veteran Big Law energy regulatory and transactional attorney Michelle Boudreaux as a partner in Houston; Wilson Elser said insurance coverage lawyer Graham Pulvere joined the firm as a partner in Birmingham, Alabama. He’ll also be in the firm’s London practice. (WilsonElser.com)
  • Real estate advisory firm Savills Inc. promoted in-house attorney James Repking to general counsel in North America, based in New York. The former Latham & Watkins attorney joined Savills in December from commercial real estate services and investment firm CBRE, where he was senior counsel based in Los Angeles. He replaces Savills’ retiring GC and executive vice president L. Stanton Towne; automation equipment company Duravant hired Morton Salt top lawyer Chad E. Walker, previously assistant US general counsel at McDonald’s Corporation, to be its senior vice president and general counsel. (Food Engineering)

Technology

  • An experiment conducted by Maynooth University in Ireland, MIT, and Cornell University found that Wikipedia pages can influence some legal rulings. (Wired)

To contact the correspondent on this story: Rick Mitchell in Paris at rMitchell@correspondent.bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Chris Opfer in New York at copfer@bloomberglaw.com; Darren Bowman at dbowman@bloomberglaw.com