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Wake Up Call: Lowenstein Starts Trade Practice With Team Poached From Baker Donelson

Oct. 26, 2018, 11:30 AM

• Lowenstein Sandler launched a global trade & policypractice, led by trade attorney Doreen Edelman. Edelman arrives as a partner in Washington from Baker Donelson, where she was co-leader of the global business team. She made the move with associates Andrew Bisbas and Abbey E. Baker, and legal secretary Megan C. Bodie. Lowenstein said the new practice, which also includes partner Zarema A. Jaramillo, will advise U.S.-based clients, foreign clients, and foreign-owned U.S. companies on compliance and policy developments.( )

• Meanwhile, up in New York, Crowell & Moring had a couple of recent merger attempts that fell flat, but it may have finally turned the corner thanks to some big hires. The government contracts and regulatory powerhouse said its Manhattan office is up to 58 attorneys, and will continue to grow. ( Bloomberg Law via BLB )

• Facebook was hit by a maximum, but largely symbolic, fine of more than 500,000 British pounds (about $640,000) by the U.K.'s privacy regulator, for failing to protect user data in the scandal over political consulting and data firm Cambridge Analytica Scandal. ( Bloomberg News via Bloomberg Law ) In the U.S., Facebook agreed in a Delaware court to pay $67.5 million in legal fees so co-founder Mark Zuckerberg won’t have to explain in court why he dropped a plan to create non-voting shares to further his charitable efforts. ( Bloomberg )

• David Drummond, the chief legal officer of Google parent Alphabet Inc. and a one-time Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati partner, had an extramarital affair and fathered a child with a subordinate who later got pushed out, according to a report. ( Bloomberg Law via BLB ) Google in the last decade has made a habit of protecting powerful men from misconduct claims, the Times reports. ( New York Times )

• Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan said she’s a fan of life tenure for Supreme Court justices, although long, but limited, terms could “take some of the high stakes out of the confirmation process.” Kagan was commenting at Georgetown Law as honorary chair of this week’s 2018 National Celebration of Pro Bono sponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono & Public Service. She also urged lawyers to give something back through pro bono. ( )

• Law firms this week are marking the 10th anniversary of Pro Bono Week with events on topics ranging from voting rights to immigration that encourage attorneys to volunteer their time professionally. ( Bloomberg Law via BLB )

Lawyers, Law Firms, Deals

• McDermott Will & Emery grabbed trial lawyer Theodore (Ted) M. Becker, the former chair of Drinker Biddle’s national employee benefits and Employee Retirement Income Security Act litigation team, as a partner in its employee benefits & executive compensation practice group in Chicago. Drinker Biddle counsel Richard Pearl also moved to McDermott as a partner. ( )

• NBC anchor Megyn Kelly hired Los Angeles talent litigator Bryan Freedman Freedman & Taitelman to negotiate her possible exit from the network, according to reports. ( Hollywood Reporter )

• A former partner at law firm Balch & Bingham, Joel Gilbert, wassentenced in federal court to five years in prison, for his role in the bribery of a former Alabama state legislator. Alabama coal executive David Roberson got a 30-month sentence in the case. ( Bloomberg Law via BLB )

• Willkie advised Franklin Templeton Investments in its agreement to acquire Skadden client Benefit Street Partners L.L.C., an alternative credit manager with approximately $26 billion in assets under management. ( SEC.Gov )

Laterals, Moves

• Miller & Chevalier said Loren Ponds, former tax counsel to the House Committee on Ways and Means and an instrumental figure in the development of international tax reforms in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, will join the firm as a member in its tax department. She was previously at Ernst & Young’s national tax department. ( )

• Holland & Knight added “rising star” public policy attorney Jake Evans as an associate in its Georgia government advocacy team in Atlanta. He was formerly an associate with Thompson Hine. ( )

• JAMS, the alternative dispute resolution services provider, said it created a Sino-American panel in conjunction with the Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration. The panel, which includes neutrals from the U.S., China, Europe, and Hong Kong, focuses mainly on Sino-American technology, media, entertainment, and sports disputes. ( )

• McGlinchey Stafford added real estate attorney Michael Odom as of counsel on the firm’s business and corporate matters section in Birmingham. Odom’s LinkedInsays he was previously a partner at Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell. ( )

• Morgan Lewis said project finance and infrastructure attorney Amy Maloney joined the firm as a partner in Boston. HerLinkedInsays she was most recently a New York-based associate at Latham & Watkins. ( )

Legal Actions

• The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission plans to continue prosecuting transgender discrimination cases, at least for now, despite opposition from the Justice Department. ( Bloomberg Law )

• Nevada’s gaming industry could face new #MeToo-inspired rules targeting workplace sexual harassment. ( Bloomberg Law )

Compiled by Rick Mitchell and edited by Tom Taylor.