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Wake Up Call: Misconduct Cases Cost Chicago $213 Million in Legal Fees

Sept. 13, 2019, 11:26 AM
  • Chicago has shelled out about $213 million in fees to lawyers hired to handle police misconduct cases since 2004. That’s on top of $757 million for judgments or settlements paid in the cases by the city, which uses high-priced outside counsel for its legal work far more than other major cities do, according to reports. ( (Time via Associated Press)

  • Google agreed to pay 965 million euros ($1.1 billion) to settle two French tax cases after years of facing outrage in Europe over the amount of tax it pays. (Bloomberg Tax)

  • President Donald Trump announced he intends to nominate two Florida Supreme Court justices to the federal appeals court for Florida, Alabama, and Georgia. (BLAW)

  • Some smaller law firms unable to match the associate pay hikes that several Big Law firms gave last year are using bonuses and “viable partnership paths” to attract new talent, according to a report. (American Lawyer)

  • Ropes & Gray grabbed bankruptcy attorney Cristine Pirro Schwarzman away from Kirkland & Ellis to work as a partner in its New York restructuring practice group. (BLAW via BLB)

  • King & Spalding hired away a Kirkland & Ellis labor and employment partner in Washington, getting Ed Holzwanger, a former National Labor Relations Board senior counsel. He joins the Atlanta-based firm as a partner in Washington. (

  • A federal appeals court yesterday told Maryland federal prosecutors to get their noses out of thousands of files seized from a Baltimore law firm. (National Law Journal)

  • Willkie Farr & Gallagher represented Pickering Energy Partners, recently spun off from Perella Weinberg Partners Capital Management to manage $700 million of energy funds. (BN) (Houston Business Journal)

Lawyers, Law Firms, Deals

  • DLA Piper client Bowlero Corporation, the world’s biggest owner and operator of bowling entertainment centers, acquired the Professional Bowlers Association, which is the sport’s sanctioning body and has over 3,000 members. (Front Office Sports) (Fox Business)

  • The Philadelphia Bar Association is holding a Sept. 16 panel looking at the role that race, societal, and legal issues played in the criminal process that put the Central Park Five defendants in prison for a crime for which they were years later exonerated. (

Laterals, Moves, Promotions

  • DLA Piper said former Frankfurt, Germany-based White & Case partner Tim Arndt joined the firm’s corporate department in New York as a partner. He has been based in DLA Piper’s Frankfurt office since February, and will now divide his time between New York, Frankfurt, and other offices to advise the firm’s international clients on their crossborder M&A transactions. (

  • DLA Piper also added former U.S. Army cavalry officer and current Big Law M&A partner Peter Ekberg to the firm’s corporate practice in Minneapolis. A Columbia University Law grad, Ekberg started his legal career at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, spent a decade at Faegre & Benson, where he led the firm’s emerging companies practice, and then five years at Barnes & Thornburg, where he was Minneapolis office managing partner. Most recently, he was a founding partner of Jones Day’s Minneapolis office. (DLA Piper)

  • Reed Smith added labor & employment partners Jennifer Terry and Mark Phillips in L.A. They join from Arent Fox, where they were both partners. (

  • Schiff Hardin added three estate planning lawyers to its private clients, trusts, and estates group in New York and Chicago. Former Withers Bergman partner Stephen Liss joined as a partner in New York. Most recently he was a senior wealth strategist at UBS Financial Services Inc. and Barclays. Counsel Lisa Lukaszewski, from Neal Gerber & Eisenberg, and associate Anna Luna, from Ernst & Young, joined in Chicago. (

  • Haynes and Boone got back trial lawyer Lee Johnston as a partner in Denver. Johnston, who was at the firm earlier in this career, was a partner at Holland & Hart and arrives back from Dorsey & Whitney, where he was an IP litigation partner. (

  • Goodwin Procter added life sciences licensing and collaboration partner Lily Wound in New York. She arrives from WilmerHale, where she was counsel. (

  • Blank Rome added veteran in-house leader Anne M. Donohue as of counsel in Washington in its government contracts practice. According to her LinkedIn, Donohue spent 25 years at Arlington-based SRA International, Inc., where she was general counsel. (

  • Katten Muchin Rosenman added bankruptcy partner James Drew in New York in its insolvency and restructuring practice. He arrives from Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle. (

  • Snell & Wilmer hired litigator Andrea Hicks from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner and intellectual property lawyer Daniel Ackerman from Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck in Denver. They both join as counsel. (

  • Reynen Court, the legal tech platform backed by over a dozen Big Law firms, hired a former Goldman Sachs vice president, Kathy Willing, as its chief financial officer. (


  • A new Lowenstein Sandler survey report looks at how hedge funds are using alternative data sources such as biometric data and web scraping and how legal changes could affect that use. (

Legal Education

  • Harvard Law School’s first deaf and blind graduate, Haben Girma, is a now disability lawyer and advocate and recently released a memoir. (

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To contact the editors responsible for this story: Rebekah Mintzer at; Molly Ward in Washington at