Business & Practice

Wake Up Call: Gender Balance Off at Solicitors Office as Female Lawyers Exit

Jan. 8, 2020, 1:14 PM

In today’s Wake Up Call, Holland & Knight hired a former FBI special agent as a partner in Chicago, while Latham & Watkins is advising a group of immigration judges on their fight against a DOJ effort to scuttle their union.

  • With recent exits of several prominent female lawyers from the U.S. solicitor general’s office in Washington, the office’s gender balance has gone off-kilter, according to a report. (National Law Journal)

  • Holland & Knight hired former FBI special agent Brian Hayes, who most recently was criminal division chief in Chicago’s U.S. attorney’s office, where he spent 16 years. Hayes joins the firm as a partner and head of its Chicago white collar defense and Investigations practice. (BLAW)

  • Latham & Watkins lawyers are advising a union that represents about 440 immigration judges in their challenge to a Department of Justice move to decertify the union. (The Recorder)

  • With companies looking for advice on California’s new privacy law, Carlton Fields added internet, intellectual property, and technology lawyer Christina M. Gagnier as a shareholder in the firm’s growing Los Angeles office. Gagnier, previously managing partner at Gagnier Margossian, has been on the Federal Communications Commission’s consumer advisory committee and the California attorney general’s task force on cyber exploitation. (CarltonFields.com)

  • Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel announced partners James J. Moriarty and Ernest S. Wechsler as new co-chairs of the New York-headquartered firm’s corporate department, and Jamie Kocis and Todd E. Lenson as its new deputy chairs. Moriarty and Wechsler take over from Howard T. Spilko, who on Jan. 1 became the firm’s co-managing partner, with white collar defense and investigations co-chair Paul H. Schoeman. (KramerLevin.com)

  • Venture capital and private equity firm Insight Partners, advised by Willkie Farr & Gallagher, acquired Armis, a cybersecurity company founded in Israel, in a deal valuing it at $1.1 billion. (News.Crunchbase.com) (PRNewswire.com)

  • Hogan Lovells lost the head of its real estate practice in the Americas, Mark Eagan, who moved to real estate-focused Goulston & Storrs in New York, as a partner. (New York Law Journal)

  • Morrison & Foerster got back former U.S. Patent Trial and Appeals Board administrative judge Alex Yap, who returned to the firm’s IP litigation group as a partner in Los Angeles after nearly four years at the PTAB in San Jose. (MoFo.com)

Lawyers, Law Firms

  • Frost Brown Todd grabbed 40-year veteran trial lawyer T. Ray Guy, the former head of Weil, Gotshal & Manges’ litigation team in Dallas, Texas, as a member in the same city. (FrostBrownTodd.com)

  • Hundreds of lawyers signed a letter criticizing Senate Majority leader McConnell on his plan to start the Senate impeachment trial without a deal on witnesses. (National Law Journal)

  • Irell & Manella has been losing a lot of lawyers recently and the latest to leave is the former co-chair of its appellate practice, David Schwarz, who was hired by Sheppard Mullin as a partner for its Century City, California office. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Boies Schiller Flexner lawyer Elizabeth Wurtzel died from complications linked to breast cancer at age 52. She became famous in her 20s after writing Prozac Nation: Young and Depressed in America, then joined Boies after going to law school in her 30s. (American Lawyer)

  • Debevoise & Plimpton signed a 20-year lease for new headquarters in Manhattan’s Hudson Yards area, where several Big Law firms have already moved. (BLB via BLAW)


  • Haynes and Boone advised Blucora Inc., which provides solutions for tax-optimization in wealth management, on its planned acquisition, for about $160 million, of HK Financial Services, a CPA-focused, captive registered investment advisor. (Globenewsire.com)

  • Goodwin Procter advised Open Lending, which provides analytics tools to financial institutions, on its deal to be acquired by special purpose acquisition company Nebula, which was advised by Greenberg Traurig. (PRNewswire.com)

  • DLA Piper advised Circor International, Inc. on the sale of its Instrumentation and Sampling unit, which primarily serves the energy end markets, to Crane Co. for $172 million. (PRNewswire.com)

Laterals, Moves, In-house

  • Eversheds Sutherland got corporate lawyer Lance J. Phillips away from Skadden Arps, as a partner in Chicago. He’s the second M&A partner and fifth partner overall to join Eversheds Sutherland in Chicago since the firm opened an office there in 2019. (Eversheds-Sutherland.com)

  • BakerHostetler added transactional tax lawyer Morgan W. Holtman, a former director in KPMG’s national tax practice, as a partner in Washington. (Bakerlaw.com)

  • K&L Gates named Washington-based partner Karishma Shah Page as co-leader of its public policy and law practice, effective immediately. (KLGates.com)

  • Manatt, Phelps & Phillips added healthcare transactional and regulatory lawyer Paul Carr-Rollitt as a partner in Los Angeles. According to his LinkedIn, he previously spent 21 years at McDermott Will & Emory, most recently as a partner. (Manatt.com)

  • Hunton Andrews Kurth added corporate transactions lawyer David Pang as a partner in international oil and gas practice in Dubai. He arrives from Bracewell, where he was senior counsel. (HuntonAK.com)

Promotions effective Jan. 1, 2020

  • Morrison & Foerster promoted 18 lawyers (eight women) to the firm’s partnership, from multiple practice groups across six offices in the Asia, U.S., and Europe. (MoFo.com)

  • Detroit-based Dykema elected nine lawyers as new members across the firm’s practice areas and offices. (Dykema.com)

  • Clark Hill, also in Detroit, promoted 12 lawyers (four women) to membership across nine of its offices and 10 practice groups. It promoted 21 lawyers (six women) to senior attorney. (ClarkHill.com)

  • New York-based Otterbourg P.C. promoted banking and financing lawyer Ikhwan A. Rafeek to member. (Otterbourg.com)

  • Delaware-based Potter Anderson & Corroon elected two new partners (one woman), and two counsel (one woman). (PotterAnderson.com)

  • Shipman & Goodwin, based in Connecticut, promoted 10 attorneys to partner and one to counsel, across four offices and over half a dozen practice areas. The 11 promoted attorneys include seven women. (ShipmanGoodwin.com)


  • The Lawyer reported that alternative legal services provider Axiom has launched a “Linkedin-style” talent platform for legal professionals. (TheLawyer)

  • Legal tech “app store” Reynen Court got another $3 million in funding ahead of its official launch early this year. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Legility, a Tennessee-based provider of legal operations services, said it acquired Inventus for its eDiscovery technology and the two companies will combine operations early this year. (Legility.com)

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; Darren Bowman at dbowman@bloomberglaw.com

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