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Wake Up Call: LeClairRyan Owned 1% of Venture With UnitedLex, Report Says

Nov. 5, 2019, 1:09 PM
  • Virginia firm LeClairRyan only owned 1% of its joint venture with alternative legal services company UnitedLex when it filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, a report says. The law firm had shifted hundreds of its employees to the venture, called ULX Partners, which was supposed to let participating law firms outsource non-legal operations. Citing LeClairRyan’s Oct. 31 bankruptcy filing, American Lawyer also said that 2017 and 2018 revenues that LeClairRyan reported in the filing are millions of dollars less than it what it told reporters. (American Lawyer)

  • O’Melveny & Myers got a big win in L.A. federal court in a long-running malpractice suit in which the trustee of a former client had sought millions of dollars in damages. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Ex-Linklaters co-managing partner for the U.S., Jeffrey Norton, has returned as a New York corporate finance partner to O’Melveny, the place he says “trained me to be a lawyer.” (BLAW via BLB)

  • Reed Smith grabbed the head of Arent Fox’s privacy, cybersecurity & data protection practice, Sarah L. Bruno, as a partner in its global IP, tech & data group, in San Francisco. Bruno, who was also a key partner in Arent Fox’s advertising & promotions and IP groups, arrives from that firm with experienced privacy lawyer, Casey T. Perrino, who joins as an associate. (

  • President Donald Trump can’t block a New York district attorney’s subpoena for his tax records, a federal appeals court ruled. (BLAW)

  • Hogan Lovells added Latham & Watkins entertainment and sports lawyer Michael Kuh as a partner in its corporate practice in New York. Kuh has represented some of the country’s largest sports organizations in high-stakes transactions, and also represents clients in M&A and corporate matters in the entertainment, technology, ecommerce, fintech, and private equity sectors. (BLAW via BLB)

  • McGuireWoods added energy debt finance partner Phyllis Young in Dallas-Houston from Akin Gump. She advises lenders and borrowers in debt financings and counsels clients on mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, and other corporate matters. (

Lawyers, Law Firms

  • Tech dealmakers’ expectations for M&A activity in the sector are increasingly mixed, with more of them citing economic clouds on the horizon, according to Morrison & Foerster’s latest annual survey of tech M&A leaders. (

  • Former Bloomberg Law president Scott Mozarsky, who spent a year as North American operations chief as the litigation funder formerly known as Vannin Capital, is taking a job leading M&A and tech investment at JEGI/Clarity, an investment bank. (PE Hub)

  • Foley & Lardner added former Food and Drug Administration associate chief counsel for enforcement Paul Joseph as of counsel in its government solutions practice group in Washington. (

  • Arnold & Porter said former Colorado federal prosecutor and criminal division chief Suneeta Hazra joined the firm’s white collar defense and complex litigation practices as a partner in Denver. (

  • Barnes & Thornburg entertainment partner Stephen Weizenecker was named chair of a key division of the American Bar Association’s forum on the entertainment and sports industries. (

  • Fox Rothschild added tax lawyer Maureen R. Monaghan in New York as a partner. She was previously at Wuersch & Gering. (


  • Cooley advised media and marketing company Meredith on its sale of its 60% equity stake in ad technology company Viant Technology Holding Inc. back to Viant’s founders. Terms were not disclosed. (Seeking

Laterals, Moves, In-house, Promotions

  • Frost Brown Todd added veteran litigator Thomas Allen as a member in its fast-growing Dallas office. He advises on complex civil and appellate litigation. According to his LinkedIn, Allen was previously at Jones Day. (

  • Dykema added litigator Ashley Shapiro Bunyard as an associate in Austin. The firm said litigator Mike Toth, which it earlier announced as joining its Dallas office as senior counsel, also joined the Austin office. (Dykema)

  • Alternative dispute resolution services provider JAMS added arbitrator and mediator Otis McGee, a former Sheppard Mullin partner, to its San Francisco panel. McGee also spent over four years as chief assistant city attorney in Oakland. (

  • Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf added former New York federal prosecutor Bradley Simon as a partner in New York. He arrives most recently from Phillips Nizer, where he was partner and co-chair of the white collar criminal defense practice. He has tried more than 30 federal jury trials. (

  • Manatt, Phelps & Phillips added Hogan Lovells digital health regulatory adviser Yarmela Pavlovic as a partner in San Francisco. (

  • King & Spalding hired Katten Muchin Rosenman environmental partner Karl Heisler, who was co-head of Katten Muchen’s internal environmental investigations and incident response practice, as a partner in Chicago in its government matters practice. (

  • Epstein Becker Green added worklaw attorney Garen E. Dodge in Washington as a member. He arrives from Sheppard Mullin and was previously chair of Wiley Rein’s employment and labor group. Earlier in his career he was a benefits review attorney-adviser in the U.S. Department of Labor. (

  • New Orleans-based Jones Walker recently added 14 associates across five offices. (

Legal Actions, Bankruptcies, Decisions

  • A former Hershey Co. intellectual property lawyer signed a severance agreement so he can’t proceed with his bias suit, a Pennsylvania federal court ruled. The white 52-year-old plaintiff alleged the company terminated him by saying it was eliminating his position, but then hired “a younger, African-American woman” for the same job. Morgan, Lewis & Bockius advised Hershey. (BLAW via BLB)

  • The Pennsylvania Supreme Court disbarred an attorney accused of continuing to practice law even after he was suspended—17 years ago. (

Legal Education

  • Washburn University School of Law, based in Topeka, Kansas, is holding a symposium tomorrow on “the future of cyber speech, media, and privacy.” (

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