Business & Practice

Wake Up Call: Ex-NSA Top Lawyer is Mayer Brown’s New DC Managing Partner (Corrected)

June 11, 2019, 11:53 AMUpdated: June 11, 2019, 1:49 PM
  • Mayer Brown appointed former National Security Agency general counsel Raj De as managing partner for its Washington office, which has over 200 lawyers. De joined Mayer Brown in 2015 after stints in the Obama White House and the Departments of Justice and Defense. He leads the firm’s cybersecurity & data privacy practice and co-leads its national security practice. He takes over as office managing partner from tech transactions partner Daniel Masur, who has led the office since 2013. (MayerBrown.com)

  • London-based Ashurt dismissed Munich-based board member and finance partner Bernd Egbers over unspecified misconduct allegations, according to reports. Egbers, a structured finance transactions lawyer, joined the firm from Norton Rose in 2006. (LegalWeek.com) (TheLawyer.com)

  • Pepper Hamilton could face sanctions over a discovery “fiasco” stemming from an investigation the firm did for Baylor University, in a case regarding sex assault allegations made by students. (Texas Lawyer.com)

  • Stroock & Stroock & Lavan added Big Law recruiting specialist Regina Robbins for its new role of assistant director of talent acquisition, as part of a revamp of its talent management, with a focus on firmwide lateral partner recruiting. According to her LinkedIn, Robbins previously had recruiting roles at Goodwin, Kirkland & Ellis, and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. (Stroock.com) (Linkedin.com)

  • BakerHostetler hired former Viacom Inc. international tax leader J. Brian Davis as a partner and head of the firm’s international tax team. BakerHosteler said Davis, a former partner at Ivins, Phillips & Barker Chtd., was tax law counsel and principal at a Big Four accounting firm, which it didn’t identify. He takes over the role vacated by Paul M. Schmidt, who became firm chairman at the beginning of the year. (BakerLaw.com)

  • Former Apple Inc. general counsel Bruce Sewell said in a recent YouTube interview that the company’s huge legal budget let him take high-risk legal strategies to get competitive advantages, but “every so often you get it wrong.” (VentureBeat.com) Sewell, who’s also been top lawyer at Intel Inc. and spent 16 years as litigation partner at Brown & Bain, which merged with Perkins Coie in 2004, gave tips on starting an in-house career. (Corporate Counsel)

Lawyers, Law Firms

  • A Facebook in-house lawyer who used to be a Jones Day associate joined the gender bias lawsuit against her former firm as a named plaintiff. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon, the Kansas City, Missouri-founded litigation firm, launched an Atlanta office with three product liability defense partners poached from Alston & Bird. (Daily Report)

  • Groupon in-house lawyer Alissa “Ali” Jubelirer moved to cannabis company Revolution Enterprises to become general counsel. A Seyfarth Shaw employment litigator earlier in her career, Jubelirer spent over seven years at Groupon, an e-commerce site, most recently as vice president, deputy GC and global employment and chief compliance officer. (Corporate Counsel)


  • Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz advised United Technologies Corp. on its acquisition of U.S. defense contractor Raytheon Co., which was represented by Shearman & Sterling in a deal to create an aerospace company worth well over $100 billion. Crowell & Moring served as lead U.S. antitrust counsel to United Technologies. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Wachtell and Morrison & Foerster represented customer relationship management company Salesforce in its estimated $15.7 billion deal to acquire business intelligence company Tableau, which was advised by Cooley. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Goodwin advised Arvinas, Inc. on an agreement with Bayer to jointly launch a new company to leverage Arvinas’ PROTAC technology for agricultural applications. (GoodwinLaw.com) (BioSpace.com)

  • Goodwin also advised CRISPR Therapeutics in an expanded collaboration with Vertex Pharmaceuticals to enhance its gene editing capabilities to develop novel therapies for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and Myotonic Dystrophy Type 1. (Genengnews.com)

  • Proskauer Rose advised biotech venture capital firm Third Rock Ventures, LLC on the closing of a $770 million in an oversubscribed fund. (Proskauer.com)

Laterals, Moves, Promotions

  • King & Spalding is welcoming back Matt Baughman, a former Justice Department associate deputy attorney general, as a partner in its Atlanta office on the special matters and government investigations team. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Perkins Coie hired veteran telecom partner Eric D. Greenberg, who was previously a partner at Paul Hastings, where he practiced media and technology deals. He joins as a partner in the firm’s technology transactions & privacy and mergers & acquisitions practices in Washington. Greenberg also spent time at Covington & Burling as a partner and is a former DOJ attorney. (PerkinsCoie.com)

  • Mayer Brown said Greenberg Traurig private equity lawyer Marc Harrison joined the firm’s corporate & security practice in Chicago as a partner. (MayerBrown.com)

  • McGlinchey Stafford’s Cleveland, Ohio, office added commercial litigation associates Jessica Wilson and Jeffrey Vaisa from local firms, while former bank in-house lawyer and executive Emily Honsa Hicks joined the firm’s consumer financial services compliance team. (McGlinchey.com)


  • A group of Houston, Texas, lawyers created a Facebook page to complain about a clerk’s office. (Texas Lawyer)

Legal Education

  • The American Bar Association announced that it plans to strip San Diego-based Thomas Jefferson School of Law of its accreditation. (Voice of San Diego)
(Correction: Corrects Eric D. Greenberg's association with Paul Hastings in second bullet under Laterals, Moves, Promotions.)

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; Molly Ward at mward@bloomberglaw.com

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