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Wake Up Call: Holland & Knight Gets 12-Lawyer Insurance and Fraud Team From Akerman

Feb. 20, 2019, 12:35 PM
  • Holland & Knight poached an insurance and fraud investigations team from Akerman, including seven partners, a senior counsel, and four associates. The group is led by David Spector, who served as Akerman’s chairman for seven months last year; commercial litigation partner Adam Hodges; and Sandra Heller, who was co-chair, with Spector, of Akerman’s fraud and recovery practice. (Daily Business Review)

  • President Donald Trump is set to name Kirkland & Ellis partner Jeffrey Rosen as his new deputy attorney general to replace Rod Rosenstein, who has managed the Mueller probe and is expected to step down in March. (BN via BLB)

  • Rosen would rejoin Trump’s new Attorney General William P. Barr, another former Kirkland lawyer. Barr got an awkward welcome from the president in the White House Rose Garden last week. (WaPo)

  • Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft had its first firmwide revenue increase since 2013, up 3 percent to $420.7 million. That’s despite a 13 percent drop in London. (New York Law Journal)

  • The Washington Post faces a $250 million defamation suit filed by the family of the Kentucky teen whose encounter with a Native American advocate at the Lincoln Memorial last month became went viral. (WaPo)

  • The U.S. Supreme Court will consider today whether to clarify what happens to a trademark license when the owner files for bankruptcy. Lawyers from WilmerHale and Ropes & Gray are arguing in the case. (BLAW)

  • L.A.-based Fox Rothschild partner Lincoln Bandlow is in hot water (again) over his work for a porn producer that has filed about 2,500 copyright infringement lawsuits, more than a third of all such suits filed nationally. (The Recorder)

  • Law and lobbying firm Squire Patton Boggs said two former U.S. Congressmen--New York Democrat Joseph Crowley, and Pennsylvania Republican Bill Shuster--are joining the firm’s global public policy practice. (BGOV)

Lawyers, Law Firms, Deals

  • An investor group led by private equity firm Atlas Merchant Capital LLC, advised by Debevoise & Plimpton, is buying about 25 percent of Ascensus, a Pennsylvania-based provider of retirement plan services that was advised by Willkie Farr & Gallagher. Financial terms weren’t disclosed. Sidley Austin advised GIC, which is Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund and part of the buying group. Genstar Capital LLC and Aquiline Capital Partners LLC were the sellers. (PE Hub) (Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute)

  • Baker McKenzie grabbed a pair of veteran New York-based Morgan Lewis partners to expand the firm’s transactional capabilities in the life sciences sector. Randall “Randy” Sunberg was co-chair of Morgan Lewis’ life science practice. Denis Segota advises on M&A and private financing transactions. The pair will be New York office members but operate out of Princeton, New Jersey. (BakerMcKenzie.com)

  • Eversheds Sutherland launched a global innovation team led by two global co-heads: U.K.-based Andrew McManus, who has been the firm’s IT director for close to five years, and Anusia Gillespie, who is based in the United States and joined the firm in June 2018 from Harvard Law School Executive Education, where she developed programs. (Eversheds Sutherland)

  • The Association of Corporate Counsel opened a new office in Brussels, as it tries to get more European in-house lawyers to join the organization. (Corporate Counsel)

Laterals, Moves, Promotions

  • DLA Piper hired former federal cybercrime prosecutor Edward McAndrew as a partner in the firm’s intellectual property and technology practice in its Wilmington, Delaware, and Washington offices. He joins most recently from Ballard Spahr, where he was co-chair of the privacy and data security group and leader of its national cyber incident response team. (DLAPiper.com)

  • Morrison & Foerster said Latham & Watkins’ lawyer Christopher Kandel, who was that firm’s global banking practice co-chair, is joining MoFo’s London office as a partner. (MoFo.com)

  • Carlton Fields added three Connecticut-based lawyers and a staff member to its mass tort and product liability practice group. Robert R. Simpson, who joins as a shareholder, serves as lead trial counsel for global pharmaceutical and medical device companies. Barbara T. Burke, who spent 17 years as a registered nurse and 11 years as a product liability and health care litigation lawyer, joins as “nurse consultant.” Simpson, Burke, and legal administrative assistant Ruby Hyde, arrive from Shipman & Goodwin. Arriving from Day Pitney as senior counsel, Lauren Greenspoon advises on private practice product liability cases. (CarltonFields.com)

  • Carlton Fields also added antitrust litigator Lauren Giudice as an associate in Orlando, where she’s a member of the firm’s trial practice. She was previously in New York at Holwell Shuster & Goldberg and, earlier, at White & Case. (CarltonFields.com)

  • Michael Best said former Norton Rose IP attorney Lucas Osborn joined the firm’s litigation practice group as of counsel in its Raleigh, North Carolina, office. Osborn will also continue as an associate professor of law in Campbell University’s Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law. (MichaelBest.com)

  • The firm also said its lobbying and government relations arm, Michael Best Strategies, added former Humana executive Lisa Wills as a principal in Wisconsin. (MichaelBest.com)

  • McGuireWoods said veteran Jones Day finance lawyer Margaret Seurynck joined the firm as senior counsel in Chicago, in its debt finance practice. (McGuireWoods.com)

  • Dechert hired former Davis Polk counsel Maria Sit, who was counsel in Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission, as a Hong Kong-based partner in its global litigation group. (Dechert.com)

  • L.A.-based Buchalter said health care attorneys James Andrew (“Drew”) Caprile and Gene Berk joined the firm as members of its health care practice group in Sacramento. Buchalter.com)

  • Worklaw firm Jackson Lewis said litigator Peter Wendzel joined the firm in Orlando as a principal, arriving from timeshare company Wyndham Destinations, where he served as in-house counsel for almost 15 years. (JacksonLewis.com)

  • Chicago-based Levenfeld Pearlstein hired Saul Ewing lawyer Joseph Scharnak as a partner in its community association practice group. (LPLegal.com)

Legal Actions, Bankruptcies, Decisions

  • Justice Clarence Thomas thinks the Supreme Court should re-visit the landmark First Amendment decision New York Times Co. v. Sullivan. (BLAW)

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;
Molly Ward at mward@bloomberglaw.com

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