Business & Practice

Wake Up Call: King & Spalding Seeks New Chicago Lease to Accommodate Growth

Aug. 15, 2019, 11:57 AM
  • King & Spalding looks to be expanding its footprint in Chicago, where it already has 23 lawyers since former federal prosecutor Zachary Fardon launched the firm’s first office in the city in 2017. The Atlanta-based firm, reported to need to bigger premises, is negotiating a deal to lease a full floor in a 55-story tower under construction in the Windy City. That building already has Perkins Coie and Morgan Lewis signed up, with Jones Day expected to follow. (Crain’s Chicago Business)

  • Jones Day is getting sued by husband and wife lawyers Mark Savignac and Julia Sheketoff who allege that the firm’s parental leave policy for attorneys and other employees discriminates based on sex. The couple, who met while clerking for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer, worked in Jones Day’s Supreme Court and appellate practice group. Sheketoff left the firm shortly before their son was born and Savignac was fired, after they complained about leave policy, their suit says. (BLAW via BLB)

  • At Dechert, the firm is using theater to teach lessons about unconscious bias, for example, about who should get parental leave and how much they should get. It’s part of the firm’s push to bring in new female partners, and reduce its gender gap, a report says. (American Lawyer)

  • Uber Technologies Inc.'s Irell & Manella lawyers got final approval for a $32.5 million settlement that resolves class allegations that the ride sharing company charged riders misleading fees. But class counsel will have to submit more information on their fee request, the California federal judge in the case wrote. (BLAW)

  • Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith is adding a group of 11 products liability attorneys, including five partners, from LeClairRyan. The group includes LeClairRyan’s former head of litigation. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Symantec Corp., advised by Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, beat an antitrust lawsuit claiming it conspired with a standards-setting organization to ensure that stress tests of its cybersecurity products revealed their protocols in advance. Co-defendant, ESET LLC, an antivirus company, was advised by Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton. (BLAW)

  • Bankruptcy filings by U.S. energy producers to date this year have almost reached their total for all of 2018, according to Haynes and Boone data. (Nasdaq)

  • Michael Avenatti said federal prosecutors in New York falsely accused him of trying to extort millions of dollars from Nike Inc. as payback for his outspoken criticism of President Donald Trump. Describing himself as “the foil for President Trump,“ Avenatti on Aug. 14 asked a U.S. judge in New York to dismiss the case on grounds that it’s a “vindictive prosecution” by Trump’s allies in the Justice Department. (Bloomberg via BLB)

Lawyers, Law Firms, Deals

  • DLA Piper said it represented Big Bolt Corp., a manufacturer and supplier of industrial fasteners, in its sale to private equity firm Tenex Capital Management L.P. No terms were disclosed. (DLAPiper.com)

  • Winston & Strawn is a partner in the second annual “21 Days to Be Kind” community well-being challenge promoted by the Born This Way Foundation, which was founded by Lada Gaga and her mother. (Winston.com)

  • Saturday Night Live performer Kate McKinnon, who impersonates Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the show, got to meet the real RBG at a recent New York event. (People)

  • California-based business and real estate firm Newmeyer & Dillion LLP changed its brand to Newmeyer Dillion. (NewmeyerDillion.com)

Laterals, Moves, Promotions

  • Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan hired away Shearman & Sterling’s London-based international arbitration partner Mark McNeill, who’s moving to Quinn Emanuel’s New York office as a partner. (American Lawyer)

  • McGuireWoods added to its energy expertise in Houston, getting Winston & Strawn patent litigator Eric Schlichter as a partner. Schlichter handles patent infringement and trade secret cases in the oil and gas and technology sectors. (McGuireWoods.com)

  • Blank Rome added litigator Jacob W.E. Kearney as an associate in New York. He arrives from Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP. (BlankRome.com)

  • Alternative dispute resolution services provider JAMS added retired Nevada federal judge Carl W. (Bill) Hoffman to its panel in Las Vegas. (JAMSadr.com)

  • San Francisco founded Rimon added five attorneys to its cannabis and hemp practice, getting them from L.A.-based cannabis boutique, Frontera Law Group. (The Recorder)

Legal Actions, Bankruptcies, Decisions

  • Rock group Guns N’ Roses, advised by Sheppard Mullin, settled claims that Oskar Blues Brewery’s “Guns ‘N’ Rosé" rosé ale infringes the band’s trademarks, according to a filing in the Central District of California. (BLAW)

  • Employers can’t fire or otherwise punish workers for filing class or collective actions to improve workplace conditions, the National Labor Relations Board ruled. (BLAW)

  • Immigrants along the Texas-Mexico border cited “horrific conditions” and indefinite detention in an Aug. 12 petition asking a federal judge for better conditions and access to lawyers, among other things. Haynes and Boone is part of a coalition of six law firms and NGOs representing the group. (Bloomberg) ProPublica has a story about a related case that Haynes and Boone also worked pro bono on. (ProPublica)


  • A New York City civil court judge helped develop an iOS app, My BarTunes, that uses nursery rhymes to help law students studying for the bar exam remember core law school subjects. (LegaltechNews.com) (Apps.apple.com)

Legal Education

  • Law school graduates in 2016 had an average debt load of $145,500, down from $149,700 in 2012, while in the same four years law school applicants dropped by 7,200, according to new data from the American Bar Association. (Law.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; Tom P. Taylor at ttaylor@bloomberglaw.com

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