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Wake Up Call: Mukasey Exits Greenberg Traurig and is Advising Trumps, Reports Say

Feb. 12, 2019, 12:23 PM
  • Marc Mukasey, a longtime Rudy Giuliani ally, has exited Greenberg Traurig to start his own boutique trial law firm. The firm’s key clients off the bat are President Trump, the Trump Foundation, and several Trump family members, according to reports. Mukasey was global co-chair of Greenberg’s white-collar defense and special investigations practice. Like Giuliani, he’s a former federal prosecutor and was previously a partner at Texas-based Bracewell. (BuzzFeed) (Law & Crime)

  • Morgan, Lewis & Bockius is launching an office in Abu Dhabi on March 1 with eight lawyers, including four partners, and 13 support staff grabbed from Squire Patton Boggs. Morgan Lewis also poached a Washington team, of three Squire partners, four associates and three support staff, that has worked closely with the Squire Abu Dhabi team for years. (American Lawyer International)

  • Cooley client SoftBank Vision Fund announced a $940 million investment in robotics company Nuro, which specializes in driverless delivery and among other things has partnered with grocery chain Kroger in Arizona. (TechCrunch) (The Verge)

  • A Sprint lawsuit against AT&T says AT&T is misleading customers by calling its 4G LTE Advanced network “5G E.” (BN)

  • Facebook Inc. told a Washington judge that D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine’s consumer-protection lawsuit against the company is “the wrong case in the wrong place, at the wrong time and it should be dismissed.” (BN via BLB)

  • Caribbean Cruise Line Inc., represented by Greenspoon Marder and others, got a federal court to reject certification for a class of consumers challenging the company’s text ads. The court, among other things, raised questions about the named plaintiff’s close ties to class counsel. (BLAW)

  • Weil Gotshal & Manges is representing Pennsylvania-based mortgage lender Ditech Holding Corp. in its latest bankruptcy filing, while Kirkland & Ellis is advising lenders in the case. (BN via BLAW)

Lawyers, Law Firms, Deals

  • A former lawyer at a Chicago civil rights and plaintiffs firm allegedly lied about about having stomach cancer to get case deadlines delayed, and had used the same lie to explain his LSAT results when applying to law school, according to a complaint. Bar disciplinary authorities say former Loevy & Loevy attorney Vincenzo “Vince” Field also claimed to have a son or foster son ill with cancer. (American Lawyer)

  • The growing number of states embracing the creation of state “solicitors general” could give female attorneys a chance to get their feet in the door of the insular world of Supreme Court practice. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Cozen O’Connor said the firm represented Pennsylvania-based FNCB Bancorp, Inc., the holding company for FNCB Bank, in an underwritten public offering of 3,285,550 common stock shares, with net proceeds expected to be around $21.2 million. (GlobeNewswire)

  • Pennsylvania became the 33rd state to allow military spouse attorneys to get into the state’s bar without having to meet all of the typical admission requirements, when they accompany their service member into the state. (BLAW)

Laterals, Moves, Promotions

  • Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati said former Department of Justice trial attorney Jeffrey Lehtman joined the firm’s government investigations practice as partner in Washington. He arrives from Richards Kibbe & Orbe, where he was co-chair of the litigation department, and has previously been senior regional counsel at Citibank, overseeing matters involving Latin America, and a WilmerHale associate and Allen & Overy partner. (WSGR.com)

  • Worklaw firm Jackson Lewis said it appointed litigator Conrad (“Shawn”) S. Kee office managing principal of its Salt Lake City office. Kee, a former Army judge advocate, focuses his practice in several areas of employment litigation, including unfair competition and trade secrets, internal investigations, and international employment issues. (JacksonLewis.com)

  • Seyfarth Shaw said it added Kirkland & Ellis worklaw partner Bryan M. O’Keefe in the firm’s labor & employment department in Washington as a partner. (Seyfarth.com)

Legal Actions, Bankruptcies, Decisions

  • Charles Schwab Corp., represented by Proskauer Rose, among others, convinced a California federal judge to dismiss all but one claim in a proposed class action targeting investments in its 401(k) plan. Meanwhile, a federal appeals court is considering Schwab’s pending request to have the case sent to arbitration, which the lower court judge has rejected twice. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Littler Mendelson client T-Mobile USA Inc. and California workers got a court’s tentative approval for a $980,000 class settlement resolving alleged federal wage and hour violations. Capstone Law APC was appointed class counsel. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Hogan Lovells said it convinced a New York federal court to dismiss plaintiff Aaron Rubenstein’s insider trading action against three clients, defendants in the case, International Value Advisers, LLC, Charles de Vaulx, and Charles de Lardemelle. (HoganLovells.com)

  • The U.S. Supreme Court should reinstate claims that Honeywell International Inc. defrauded the U.S. Army under a $162 million project to supply electricity at Fort Richardson, Alaska, whistleblowers said in newly filed petition for review. (BLAW)

  • Florida cash advance company 1 Global Capital LLC, advised by Greenberg Traurig, has to face an SEC suit accusing it of ripping off 3,400 investors for tens of millions of dollars. (BLAW)

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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