Bloomberg Law
June 28, 2019, 11:33 AM

Wake Up Call: Fox Corp. Sports Unit Attorney to Replace Departing GC

  • Fox Corp. promoted in-house attorney Claudia Teran to executive vice president and corporate general counsel, a day after announcing the departure of current GC Rita Tuzon. Teran, who keeps her role as Fox Sports general counsel, will also supervise business and legal affairs for Fox Corp.'s entertainment assets, as well as for acquisitions, content distribution, digital, privacy, advertising, and music rights. She reports to Viet D. Dinh, the company’s chief legal and policy officer. (PR Newswire)

  • Tuzon, Fox Corp.'s outgoing GC, has been at the company over two decades and is leaving months after Fox Corp. was spun off into a stand-alone company in the $71 billion merger in March of 21st Century Fox and The Walt Disney Co. Before the merger, Tuzon served as executive vice president and general counsel for Fox Networks Group. (Corporate Counsel)

  • With cybersecurity and data privacy practices ranking high on many Big Law firms’ list of growth priorities, Boston’s hot legal market has become a “perfect battle ground” in the competition for cyber talent. Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe and Manatt Phelps & Phillips’ recent opening of new cyber practices in the city illustrate the point. (BLAW via BLB)

  • HealthEquity, Inc., advised by Willkie Farr & Gallagher, bought WageWorks Inc. for about $2 billion in a deal that combines two of the biggest U.S. health savings account operators. Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati advised WageWorks. ( (BN via BLAW)

  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP rehired antitrust and competition lawyer Damon Kalt, who most recently was senior counsel at Cigna Corporation, where he played a key role in winning Department of Justice clearance for Cigna’s $67 billion acquisition of pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts. Kalt, a DOJ trial attorney earlier in his career, was of counsel when he left Steptoe after four years in 2017. He returns as a partner in Washington. (

  • Clark Hill added a former top attorney at the Securities and Exchange Commission and DOJ, Russell Duncan, as a member of the firm’s litigation business unit in Washington. Duncan’s been a partner at Orrick and Wiley Rein, and was most recently a shareholder at Shulman, Rogers, where he was chair of the white collar, SEC enforcement, and government investigations group and deputy chair of the litigation department. (

  • Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner is the third Big Law firm this month to enter the alternative legal services market, which is worth nearly $11 billion. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Harvey Weinstein hired two new criminal defense lawyers to defend him against sexual assault charges, after losing most of his legal team earlier this month. (CNN)

Lawyers, Law Firms, Deals

  • The situation for LGBTQ lawyers has gotten somewhat better in the last few decades, but they still face barriers, including on the job hunt. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and its huge patent portfolio has made it a prize client for Big Law firms, especially intellectual property specialists. But with the Chinese telecommunications giant now the target of unprecedented U.S. enforcement actions, firms including Jones Day, Morgan Lewis & Bockius, and Sidley Austin, among others, find themselves drawn into a trade war. (American Lawyer)

  • Proskauer Rose represented the Big East Conference in negotiations with the University of Connecticut that produced UConn’s recently announced return to the collegiate athletic conference, at a date to be determined. (

  • Willkie client Illuminate Education, which provides K-12 data and assessment software, acquired FastBridge Education, which is a computer-driven platform for teachers to measure and monitor student progress. Deal terms weren’t disclosed. (

  • Thirteen of the 20 presidential hopefuls participating in the first two Democratic debates are lawyers, with degrees from a wide range of schools. (

Laterals, Moves, Promotions

  • Wiley Rein added financial services attorney and former Maryland federal prosecutor Antonio J. Reynolds as a partner in Washington in the firm’s telecom, media & technology practice. According to his LinkedIn, he was previously a partner at Buckley Sandler and spent time as a Cleary associate. (

  • Haynes and Boone added IP litigators Ralph Gabric and Laura Beth Miller as partners in Chicago. Both were previously shareholders at Brinks Gilson and Lione, where Gabric spent 31 years and was most recently a board member and litigation practice chair. Miller spent 23 years at that firm and was most recently litigation practice co-chair. (

  • King & Spalding added Arnold Porter real estate lawyers Scott Levine and Christine O’Connell as partners in New York. (

  • Fox Rothschild added former Akerman intellectual property partner Patricia M. Flanagan to its West Palm Beach, Florida, office as a partner in the intellectual property department and fashion law practice group. (

  • Construction law boutique Zetlin & De Chiara said its former associate Tara Mulrooney has left Proskaeur, where she was a special counsel, coming back to the boutique as a partner in its New York office. (


  • Digital contract management startup Clause got $5.5 million in a Series A funding round led by Galaxy Digital, a digital assets merchant bank, with electronic signature leader Docusign and others also investing, according to reports. (Coindesk)

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