Business & Practice

Wake Up Call: McGahn Told Trump, ‘Real Lawyers’ Take Notes, Mueller Report Says

April 19, 2019, 11:30 AM
  • President Donald Trump’s former top White House lawyer Don McGahn, who’s back at Jones Day as a partner, turns out to be a key witness in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether the president obstructed justice. Mueller’s report, released yesterday, details how efforts by Trump to halt the special counsel’s probe were thwarted by McGahn and other administration officials. (BN via BLAW) In the report, McGahn recounts Trump asking him why he took notes of their conversations, and insisting that his other lawyers didn’t do that. McGahn responded that he was a “real lawyer” and explained that notes create a record, the report says. (WaPo.com)

  • Law professors were among the legal pros reacting on Twitter to the release of a redacted version of Mueller’s report yesterday. (National Law Journal) BLAW published a searchable version of the report online. (BLAW)

  • Speaking of Jones Day, a California-based securities litigator at the firm, Eric Landau, has left in the wake of sexism allegations against him in the $200 million proposed gender bias class action against the firm. It’s not clear when Landau, accused by the suit’s two named plaintiffs of making “sexist comments” to female attorneys, left, according to a report. (American Lawyer) On its website, Jones Day denied the lawsuit’s allegations of systematic discrimination against women attorneys and mothers. (JonesDay.com)

  • Those allegations are just a sample of gender discrimination and sexual harassment endured by many experienced women attorneys, says another report. The report is based on new data that the American Bar Association and ALM Intelligence collected in surveys from over 900 female attorneys with over 15 years of experience in the legal industry. (American Lawyer)

  • The federal judge in the “mommy-track” gender discrimination case against Morrison & Foerster denied the firm’s motion to sanction a former associate who had signed a claims waiver before the lawsuit’s filing. (The Recorder)

  • Lyft, Uber, and other companies say the Trump administration’s plan to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census would be bad for business. The issue is at the heart of a U.S. Supreme Court case to be argued next Tuesday. (BLAW)

Lawyers, Law Firms

  • Eighteen elite New York firms, which advise on the country’s biggest M&A deals, high-profile investigations, and litigation, almost all had revenue and profit increases last year. At most, equity partnerships stayed the same or even shrank. (American Lawyer)

  • Washington-based Venable merged with 100-lawyer New York firm Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto near the end of 2018. For the year, it continued a decade-of increases in profits and revenue per lawyer. Its gross revenue gained 5.5 percent, to $570.2 million, and profits per equity partner rose 2.7 percent to $1.165 million. (National Lawyer)

  • Sidley Austin named new office chiefs in Chicago and Boston. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Hogan Lovells elected four partners to its 12-member board–Owen Chan, Asia Pacific Middle East seat; Karen Hughes, at large; Richard Lorenzo, U.S., excluding D.C.; and Phoebe Wilkinson, at large. (HoganLovells.com)

  • Blank Rome said Big Law marketing veteran James “Jim” Stapleton joined the firm as chief business development and marketing officer and will be based in Washington. (BlankRome.com)


  • Proskauer Rose said it advised NBCUniversal on its recent deal with the Olympic and Paralympic Games in LA (from 2021-2028) to combine media & sponsorship sales for the events. (NBCWashington.com)

  • Hogan Lovells advised life sciences company LabCorp on two transactions, which one estimate valued at $485 million, in which its Covance Drug Development unit will acquire Envigo’s nonclinical research services business, while Envigo’s Research Models Services business will buy the Covance Research Products business. The deals expand LabCorp’s global nonclinical drug development capabilities. (Genengnews.com) (HoganLovells.com)

  • Oregon-based railcar manufacturer Greenbrier Companies, Inc. agreed to acquire the manufacturing business of American Railcar Industries from ITE Management, a hedge fund, for about $400 million. Willkie Farr & Gallagher represented American Railcar Industries. (RailwayAge.com)

  • DLA Piper represented the New York County Lawyers Association on the sale of its current Manhattan headquarters, which it has been in for 89 years, and its lease of new premises a few blocks away, also in Manhattan. (New York Law Journal) (DLAPiper.com)

Laterals, Moves, Promotions

  • Carlton Fields said appellate attorney David A. Karp, a former journalist, joined the firm’s appellate practice and trial support practice group as of counsel and will work from its Miami and Tampa offices. According to his LinkedIn, Karp was most recently at Akerman and was earlier at White & Case. (CarltonFields.com)

  • Lawyer Michael Dashefsky, who’s been a Visa Inc. in-house leader, Department of Justice lawyer, and MoFo associate, joined Bass, Berry & Sims as partner and co-chairman of the firm’s antitrust and trade practices group in Washington. (Corporate Counsel)

  • Seattle-based on-demand warehouse startup FLEXE hired the former top lawyer of Zulily, Deirdre Runnette, as its first general counsel as well as its chief people officer. (Corporate Counsel)

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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