Bloomberg Law
Nov. 21, 2022, 1:17 PM

Wake Up Call: Ex-FTX Regulatory Chief Linked to Poker Scandal

Rick Mitchell
Rick Mitchell
Freelance Correspondent

Welcome to Bloomberg Law’s Wake Up Call, a daily rundown of the top news for lawyers, law firms, and in-house counsel.

  • Daniel Friedberg, the now former chief regulatory officer at bankrupt crypto exchange, served as general counsel for online poker company UltimateBet and played a role in covering up that company’s cheating scandal over a decade ago, according to reports. The New York Post, citing online bios, said Friedberg claimed to have previously been a partner Fenwick & West and head of its payments systems practice. (New York Post)
  • Some law firms are tying bonuses and continued employment to in-office work requirements. (American Lawyer)
  • As Qatar looks to make billions from hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which started yesterday, DLA Piper, Dentons LLP, K&L Gates and Eversheds Sutherland are among law firms that have already landed work related to the soccer tournament. (National Law Journal)
  • Stanford and Columbia are the latest of five law schools so far to follow Yale Law in dropping out of the US News rankings. (New York Law Journal)

Lawyers, Law Firms

  • A partner at Phoenix-based firm Lewis Roca was found dead in her home, along with her husband and their three children. Police are investigating the deaths as an apparent murder-suicide, according to a report. (Las Vegas Review Journal) Lewis Roca Managing Partner Ken Van Winkle, Jr. called litigation partner Marla Hudgens a “passionate lawyer and advocate for her clients.” (
  • Thanks to Florida’s booming economy, law firms in the Sunshine State are beating national trends for revenue. (Daily Business Review) Meanwhile, firms in Washington, DC, continue to underperform. (National Law Journal)
  • Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said he “probably” would not have made the decision to appoint a special counsel to oversee the Justice Department’s two investigations involving former President Donald Trump, as Attorney General Merrick Garland did last week. (CBS News)
  • Former Attorney General William Barr said it is “increasingly likely” the Justice Department will file charges against Trump over classified documents the former president allegedly took home to Mar-a-Lago. (Axios)
  • A Michigan attorney was convicted of filing false personal tax returns and failing to report $2.6 million in income. (

Laterals, Moves, In-house

  • Hanson Bridgett said water-law focused environmental attorney David Cameron joined as a partner in Sacramento, California. (
  • Freeborn & Peters hired veteran Big Law and in-house corporate attorney Robyn Davis as a partner in New York. (
  • Management-side labor and employment law firm Littler Mendelson said it named litigator Jeremy Hawpe as office managing shareholder of its offices in Dallas, Texas, and Fayetteville, Arkansas. (
  • Alternative dispute resolution services provider JAMS said retired Washington County trial judge J. Wesley Saint Clair joined its Seattle panel as an arbitrator and mediator. (
  • Delta Airlines promoted its chief legal officer, Peter Carter, adding executive vice president of external affairs to his title. (Delta News Hub)

Legal Education

  • The University of Connecticut School of Law launched a clinic aimed at helping low-income tenants who are facing eviction. (

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