Wake Up Call: Giuliani to Join Trump’s Legal Team, Take Leave From Greenberg Traurig

April 20, 2018, 11:25 AM

• Greenberg Traurig partner Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor and U.S. prosecutor, is taking leave from the firm to join President Trump’s personal legal team, which has struggled to recruit prominent attorneys since John Dowd left.Trump announced the hire of Giuliani six days after a reported meeting in which Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein assured the president he isn’t a target of any part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation or the probe into the president’s longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen. ( Bloomberg ) ( American Lawyer )

• Female equity partners got a mean average 27 percent less pay than their male cohorts in a recent Acritas global survey of 828 “standout” lawyers. Calling the gap size “astonishing,” Acritas CEO Lisa Hart Shepherd said she expected to find a more level playing field at equity partner level. ( Acritas )

• The bad news continues for Wells Fargo. The bank looks set to be hit by a $1 billion federal fine for its sham account scandal, the Trump administration’s biggest ever action against a major bank. ( New York Times ) And it got dropped by the American Federation of Teachers’ list of recommended mortgage lenders over its links to the gun industry and the NRA. ( Bloomberg )

• A personal injury firm’s role in faciliating litigation funding got it rejected as counsel in the nearly $1 billion NFL concussion settlement, which bars arrangements under which third-party lenders advance money to claimants expecting big payouts. The judge in the case said Locks Law firm’s role in such deals undermines its claim that it could faithfully administer the agreement. ( Bloomberg Law )

• Lance Armstrong said he reached a $5 million settlement with the U.S. government in the False Claims Act case initiated by his former U.S. Postal Service cycling teammate and fellow doper Floyd Landis. In an interview, Armstrong’s lawyer at Keker, Van Nest & Peters, name partner Elliot Peters, notes that the seven-time Tour de France winner and cancer survivor was potentially facing $100 million liability in the case. ( Bloomberg via Associated Press ) ( The Recorder )

• A new add-on to Yale Law Women’s annual top 10 list of family-friendly law firms cites 10 female-friendly firms: Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer, Bryan Cave, Hogan Lovells, Holland & Knight, Katten Muchin Rosenman, Littler, McDermott Will & Emery, Morgan Lewis, Morrison & Foerster, and Orrick. ( BLB )

• The Federal Trade Commission is expected to name Andrew Smith, a Covington & Burling partner who has represented consumer credit reporting firms and online lenders, to lead its Bureau of Consumer Protection in the coming weeks. ( Bloomberg Law via BLB )

• Although the “Jane Doe” gender discrimination suit against Proskauer Rose is headed to mediation, it has sparked several new unresolved conflicts. Among other things, the partner alleges she was threatened by a Proskauer attorney during a mediation session that took place before she filed her lawsuit. ( BLB )

• Average bar exam pass rates dropped to their lowest level in more than a decade in February. ( Law.com )

Lawyers and Law Firms

• The U.S. Supreme Court said yesterday that Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s broken shoulder is “more severe than initially believed,” tweeted Bloomberg’s Greg Stohr. ( Twitter )

• Trump attorney Michael Cohen dropped his defamation lawsuits against BuzzFeed and the investigative firm Fusion GPS over a dossier of information about contacts between Trump and Russia. ( Bloomberg via BLB )

Laterals, Moves, Law Firm Work

• Michigan-based Butzel Long appointed shareholder Linda J. Armstrong in Detroit to lead its immigration department. And more news about worklaw attorneys at Pillsbury, Gordon & Rees, and other firms. ( Bloomberg Law )

•Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, recently formed from the merger of Hunton & Williams and Andrews Kurth Kenyon, said its real estate practice is growing on both coasts, hiring former Akerman partner JaneHinton in Los Angeles and GrayRobinson shareholder Jonathan Z. Kurry in Miami. Kurry was also a former general counsel at Turnberry Associates. ( Hunton.com )

•Cole Schotz P.C. said it expanded its intellectual property department with veteran IP lawyer Marcella M. Bodner as special counsel in New Jersey.( ColeSchotz.com )

• Detroit-based Honigman said it added two partners and an associate to its IP department.John Chau, previously at Dinsmore & Shohl, joined its patent practice group as a partner in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, while ex-Jones Day partner Mary Hyde joined its IP litigation practice group as a partner, starting in Chicago and then moving to Ann Arbor in the summer. Cristina Almendarezjoined as an associate in the group in the firm’s Chicago office. ( Honigman )

Legal Actions

• Littler client Amazon.com faces a lawsuit for withdrawing a job offer after learning that the package-sorter candidate uses medical marijuana to treat various maladies. ( Bloomberg Law )


• New security features in Gmail and Outlook will be useful for lawyers. ( Above The Law )

• The head of one of the world’s biggest crypto-currency exchanges, Kraken CEO and co-founder Jesse Powell, says his company is ready for increased scrutiny and expecting regulation this year, but it also believes in self-regulation. Podcast. ( Bloomberg Law )

• Telemedicine services are facing enhanced scrutiny from government enforcement agencies as questions multiply over fraud, waste, and abuse vulnerabilities. ( Bloomberg Law )

Compiled by Rick Mitchell and edited by Jessie Kokrda Kamens.

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