Wake Up Call: Founder of Mayer Brown Supreme Court Practice Shot Dead

Aug. 15, 2018, 11:25 AM

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• Stephen Shapiro, the founder of Mayer Brown‘s U.S. Supreme Court and appellate practice, was shot dead at his home in a Chicago suburb Monday night, according to reports. Police said a suspect is in custody but have not yet released details. ( American Lawyer ) Shapiro left Mayer Brown in 1978 to work in the solicitor general’s office and returned in 1983. He had argued 30 cases at the high court. ( Chicago Tribune ) ( ABA Journal )

• Uber said it hired a new chief security officer: Matt Olsen, the former general counsel of the National Security Agency and director of the National Counterterrorism Center. ( New York Times )

• Reeling from last week’s $289 million Roundup verdict in California, Monsanto Co. finds itself in the market for a new GC to replace David Snively, who retired earlier this summer. ( Corporate Counsel ) The company may also face a wave of new litigation following the verdict, as one of the firms involved in the case said it has received more than 200 calls from potential plaintiffs. ( Bloomberg Environment )

• DLA Piper said a team of its lawyers advised Coca-Cola Co. on its deal to buy a stake in Kobe Bryant-endorsed sports-drink maker Bodyarmor, as the Atlanta-based soft drink giant moves to take on PepsiCo Inc.’s Gatorade. ( Bloomberg ) ( Coca-ColaCompany.com )

• Holland & Knight expanded its new Philadelphia office with five more attorneys grabbed from Reed Smith, including that firm’s business & corporate disputes team co-leader, Carolyn Short. Short arrives as a partner and will head the Philadelphia regional litigation team. Joining her are senior counsel Jonathan Korman, as member of the financial services practice group, and corporate associates Kristin Antario, Megan Cribbs, and Samantha Peruto. Twelve Reed Smith lawyers openedHolland & Knight’s Philadelphia office in July. ( Hklaw.com )

• Mozilla, which makes the Firefox browser, said it hired Twitter in-house counsel Amy Keating as its new general counsel. Starting at Twitter as litigation counsel in November 2012, she’s been VP of legal and deputy GC at the social media company since October 2017. ( Corporate Counsel )

• SoftBank Group Corp. is hiring Morrison & Foerster partner Robert Townsend for the newly created role of chief legal officer. ( Bloomberg via BLB )

Laterals, Moves

• Haynes and Boone added David Ammons, a commercial litigator board certified in oil, gas and mineral law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, as a litigation partner in its Houston office. Ammons, current chair of the Dallas Bar Association’s energy law section, was previously at Winstead PC. ( HaynesBoone.com )

• Perkins Coie hired debt financing attorney Bruce Steinert as a partner in its mergers & acquisitions and private equity practices in San Francisco. He has previously been a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig and a partner at Kirkland Ellis. ( PerkinsCoie )

• Carlton Fields said cannabis law attorney Jennifer A. Tschetter joined the firm in Tallahassee in its government law and consulting practice group. She will also serve as co-chair of its national medical marijuana task force, which has 18 lawyers nationwide. ( CarltonFields.com )

• Blank Rome grabbed Covington & Burling government contracts attorney Luke W. Meier, who joined the firm in Washington as a partner. ( BlankRome.com )

• Mintz Levin hired environmental lawyer Jon Welner in San Francisco as a member in the firm’s real estate section with a focus on environmental law, land use, and labor matters. ( Mintz.com )

Legal Actions

• Trump Tower in Chicago is getting sued by Illinois for allegedly pulling millions of gallons of water from the Chicago River daily to cool its heating system without a valid federal permit. ( Bloomberg Environment )

Regulators and Enforcement

• Google could find itself under fresh regulatory scrutiny after a report that it collects location data for certain apps even if users turn off location history on their devices. ( Bloomberg Law via BLB )


• California law firm Keesal, Young & Logan is teaming up with legal tech company Mitratech on a consulting business unit aimed at helping corporate clients use tech to improve their legal processes. ( Artificial Lawyer )

Legal Education

• Twelve Northwestern Law students were trapped in an elevator for hours after leaving a callback reception at Winston & Strawn’s Chicago office. ( Above The Law )

Compiled by Rick Mitchell and edited by Tom Taylor.

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