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Wake Up Call: Honigman Seeks US Lawyers for New Israel Branch

Aug. 31, 2022, 12:24 PM

In today’s column, the Republican National Committee won’t pay for Donald Trump’s legal costs related to the FBI’s Mar-a-Lago raid, a report says; Russian bank VTB hired new counsel for its defense in a federal lawsuit; and West Coast-founded Buchalter launched a franchise law group.

  • Leading off, Detroit-founded Honigman said it is launching an Israel subsidiary for which it has already recruited five attorneys from several Big Law firms. It said it’s seeking “US educated and licensed attorneys who desire to relocate to Israel while maintaining sophisticated US transactional and specialist practices at US scaled compensation.” (American Lawyer)
  • The Republican National Committee, which has paid close to $2 million to law firms representing Donald Trump, is reportedly refusing to pay the former president’s legal fees related to the FBI’s investigation and recovery of documents at Mar-a-Lago. (Politico) (Salon)
  • Davis Polk & Wardwell said it’s advising Roper Technologies Inc. on its deal to buy school administration software provider Frontline Education from private equity firm Thoma Bravo for about $3.725 billion. Kirkland & Ellis is advising Thoma Bravo and Frontline Education, while Cooley is also counseling Frontline on the deal that is expected to close in the fourth quarter, according to a statement; White & Case said it advised power management company Eaton Corporation on its recent $2 billion notes issuance. (

Lawyers, Law Firms

  • Sunoco asked the US Supreme Court for an emergency stay of a $155 million damages verdict in an oil and gas class action suit that accuses the fossil fuel company of violating Oklahoma law. (National Law Journal)
  • Russian bank VTB hired new lawyers to defend it in a federal lawsuit after its previous counsel, including attorneys from Latham & Watkins, sought to exit its case. (Reuters)
  • A Colorado judge accused of pointing an assault rifle at his stepson was censured and suspended without pay for 30 days. (ABA Journal)
  • Big Law attorneys discussed their struggles with depression and stress. (Business Insider)

Laterals, Moves, In-house

  • Buchalter announced a new franchise law group for which it recruited three attorneys, including San Diego-based litigator Thomas O’Connell as shareholder and chair of the group. Los Angeles-based Jennifer Misetich joined as shareholder and Natalie Bryans joined as associate. The team, all members of Buchalter’s labor & employment practice group, arrived from Best Best & Krieger; Florida-based Greenspoon Marder, which launched a franchise law group in March, on Tuesday announced that the firm added corporate & business practice attorney Howard Mulligan as a partner in New York. He arrives from Anderson Kill and works on capital market transactions, including in the cannabis, cryptocurrency and blockchain sectors. (
  • DLA Piper grabbed Perkins Coie private equity attorney Joydeep Dasmunshi as a partner in Chicago. He was earlier a partner at Kirkland & Ellis; Eversheds Sutherland added veteran insurance counsel Theresa Fitzgerald in San Francisco. She was recently at McDermott Will & Emery; McGuireWoods said its Washington-based government investigations and white collar litigation associate Carolyn Appel is joining the US Treasury Department’s general counsel office as an attorney-adviser on Oct. 11. (
  • Xactus, a consumer credit monitor for mortgage industry lenders, hired Ross Gloudeman as general counsel and chief compliance officer. He arrives from regtech company Azimuth GRC where he had similar roles; Dallas, Texas-based financial services company Comerica Incorporated named its interim chief legal officer, former K&L Gates partner Von Hays, to the permanent role of executive vice president and CLO-general counsel effective Aug. 26. (PR Newswire)


  • Georgia’s Court of Appeals launched a new website and asked for feedback from jurists. (Daily Report Online)

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