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Wake Up Call: Goodwin Nabs Kirkland Antitrust Partner in London

Jan. 11, 2022, 1:39 PM

In today’s column, the building that houses Georgia’s top appeals courts tightened mask rules for employees and visitors; Husch Blackwell had harsh words for one of seven capital markets lawyers that left to join Dykema’s new office in Milwaukee; another lawyer pleaded guilty in the L.A. water department’s million-dollar kickback scandal.

  • Leading off, Goodwin Procter Tuesday said it poached London-based Kirkland & Ellis antitrust partner Sarah Jordan to launch Goodwin’s new European antitrust and foreign investment platform. Jordan will join Goodwin upon completion of her notice period to Kirkland, “hopefully” in the first quarter, the firm said. (GoodwinLaw.com)
  • With the omicron variant breaking U.S. Covid-19 infection records, the judicial center housing Georgia’s Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and state-wide business court updated its policy mandates to require all employees and visitors to wear N95, KN95, or a disposable surgical mask combined with a cloth mask. (Daily Report Online)
  • A record 538 lawyers quit the legal profession in the U.K. in 2021, up 30% from 2020. (Today) Facing intense competition for talent in London, Katten Muchin gave its associates in the city a big pay hike. (City London)

Lawyers, Law Firms

  • Detroit-based Dykema opened an office in Milwaukee with a seven-lawyer capital markets team grabbed from Husch Blackwell, including health care M&A partner Kate Bechen, who will serve as the new office’s managing member. Husch told Law.com that last summer it fired one of the lawyers, then corporate partner Eric Lenzen, for “interference.” Lenzen joined Dykema as senior counsel. (American Lawyer)
  • A former senior official in the Los Angeles city attorney’s office agreed to plead guilty to an extortion charge linked to a $2.2 million kickback scheme at the city’s water department. (Justice.gov)
  • Former Motion Picture Association general counsel Steven Fabrizio was sentenced to 12 months in prison after pleading guilty to blackmail and sexual abuse. (Deadline)

Laterals, Moves, In-house

  • Morgan, Lewis & Bockius grabbed a four-lawyer investment funds team from Faegre Drinker in Chicago, lead by partners Zeke Johnson and Brian Jacobson; Hogan Lovells grabbed Baker McKenzie life sciences and M&A partner Denis Segota as a corporate and finance partner in Philadelphia. (HoganLovells.com)
  • McGuireWoods recruited trial lawyer Jack White as a partner in its government investigations and white collar group. White, based in McGuireWoods’ Tysons, Virginia, and Washington offices, clerked for Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito; Akerman brought in former federal public defender Sowmya Bharathi as a litigation partner in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Earlier Bharathi worked at Quarles & Brady in Chicago as an associate. (Akerman.com)
  • Baker Botts hired Juliana Morehead Sersen, who was an in-house leader at power grid operator Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc., as an energy regulatory partner in Austin; Baker Botts also added Norton Rose Fulbright technology transactions lawyer David Marshall as a corporate partner in London; King & Spalding recruited health-care lawyer Tamra Moore in Washington. She’s a former senior counsel at the Justice Department and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and was recently corporate counsel for litigation at aerospace and defense tech group Northrop Grumman; Proskauer Rose said M&A partner Chris Ahn returned to the firm in Los Angeles after over three years as top lawyer at James Perse Ent., Inc. (Proskauer.com)
  • Tesla Inc. is losing a top Black leader, head of human resources and former associate GC Valerie Capers Workman, who’s leaving to become chief legal officer at career network firm Handshake. (Bloomberg News via Bloomberg Law) Fast-casual restaurant chain BurgerFi International Inc. hired Morrison & Foerster capital markets of counsel Stefan K. Schnopp as chief legal officer and corporate secretary. Previously in-house at Sprint, he worked on the company’s merger with T-Mobile. (QSR) Canadian headquartered biopharmaceutical company Avicanna said veteran industry in-house leader Stephen Kim, a former Big Law attorney, is joining the company Jan. 17 as chief legal officer and and general counsel; cybersecurity company Imperva, Inc. hired a software industry in-house veteran, former Ropes & Gray litigator Brad Steiner, as general counsel and chief compliance officer. (Businesswire)

To contact the correspondent on this story: Rick Mitchell in Paris at rMitchell@correspondent.bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Chris Opfer in New York at copfer@bloomberglaw.com; Darren Bowman at dbowman@bloomberglaw.com