Business & Practice

Wake Up Call: Over 100 Law Firms Reported Cyber Breaches Since 2014

Oct. 16, 2019, 11:41 AM
  • A February 2017 cyber breach at Jenner & Block potentially exposed private addresses, social security numbers, and salary information of 859 current and former employees at the firm. That’s an example from a new list of data breach reports by over 100 law firms, made to authorities across 14 states since 2014. The list, which ranges from major firms to smaller ones, may just be the “tip of the iceberg.” (Law.com)

  • Former Pierce Bainbridge partner Michael Winograd landed at Brown Rudnick as a partner on its commercial litigation team in New York. Winograd is a veteran litigator, former professional soccer player, and college coach. According to his LinkedIn, he spent seven years at Ropes & Gray, two years at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati, and was an associate at Wachtell and Sullivan & Cromwell. Earlier this year, Winograd left Pierce Bainbrdge after only about six months at that embattled firm, during which he co-founded its New York office. (BrownRudnick.com) (Law Fuel)

  • Former Trump administration intelligence chief Dan Coats is rejoining King & Spalding as a senior policy adviser in its national security team in Washington. Coats, an Indiana Republican, has been a U.S. senator and congressman and ambassador to Germany. He was a senior policy adviser at King & Spalding from 2005 to 2010. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Skadden Arps national security partner Donald Vieira has moved in-house to venture fund Sequoia Capital as chief legal officer, in another sign of the hot market for lawyers who can advise clients on national security reviews of their investments in the U.S. (American Lawyer)

  • TikTok, the fast-growing short-form video app, has hired K&L Gates for advice as the Chinese-owned company seeks to address questions over censorship and other policy issues. (TechCrunch)

  • Irell & Manella is an elite California firm with a clouded future. Since Irell’s merger talks with a rival firm recently fell flat, it has lost several prominent partners to bigger platforms, according to a report. (Business Insider)

  • Shearman & Sterling hired the co-heads of Allen & Overy’s U.S. leveraged finance group, Alan Rockwell and Michael Chernick as partners in New York. Rockwell will become co-head of U.S. bank finance alongside partner Maura O’Sullivan. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Netflix Inc. is getting sued for libel and trademark infringement by the partners of Mossack Fonseca & Co., the law firm made famous by the Panama Papers tax evasion scandal. (BLAW via BLB)

Lawyers, Law Firms

  • Rudy Giuliani’s lawyer, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough white collar chair Jon Sale, said he’s completed his contract with the former New York mayor and is no longer representing him. Sale, a former Watergate prosecutor, informed Congress his client will not cooperate with the its impeachment inquiry. (National Law Journal) Meanwhile, U.S. counterintelligence agents have been investigating Giuliani since at least early 2019, according to a report. (USA Today)

  • A former New York human rights lawyer was shot and killed on a tiny Pacific island where she was serving as acting attorney general. (New York Post)


  • Private equity firm FFL Partners said it reached an agreement to sell Crisis Prevention Institute, a Willkie Farr & Gallagher client that provides behavior-management and crisis-prevention training programs. Wendel, a European investment firm, is the buyer, for undisclosed terms. (PR Newswire)

  • Appleby Bermuda advised shareholders of Sandell Holdings Ltd. in its sale, including its re-insurance subsidiary, to Randall & Quilter II Holdings Limited for an “initial consideration” of $25 million. (ApplebyGlobal.com) (Reinsurance News)

Laterals, Moves, In-house, Promotions

  • U.K.-based Deloitte Legal hired legal tech trainer and consultant Catherine Bamford to lead its legal engineering efforts. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Holland & Knight added maritime and international trade regulation lawyer Gerald A. Morrissey as a partner in Washington. He arrives most recently from Winston & Strawn. (HKLaw.com)

  • Weil, Gotshal & Manges said Kirkland & Ellis banking and finance partner Daniel Abercromby joined the firm as a partner in Hong Kong. (Weil.com)

  • Frost Brown Todd added former Dallas county assistant district attorney Derek Staub in Dallas as a member. He arrives from a local firm and advises on health care litigation and internal investigations related to white-collar crime, among other matters.(FrostBrownTodd.com)

  • Haynes and Boone hired in-house worklaw attorney Jennifer Beth Ingram as counsel in San Antonio, Texas, in its labor and employment practice group. (HaynesBoone.com)

  • Tax lawyer Kendra H. Merchant joined Blank Rome’s Washington office as an associate. She arrives from Miles & Stockbridge, P.C. (BlankRome.com)

Legal Actions, Bankruptcies, Decisions

  • Juul Labs Inc. got hit with what may be the first wrongful-death vaping suit linked to its electronic cigarettes. (BLAW)

  • A New York plaintiff blames the defendant’s cannabidiol (CBD) products for allegedly getting him fired from his commercial driving job for failing his employer’s drug test after he used the products. (LaborandEmploymentLawCounsel.com)


  • LawGeex said the new version of its automated platform for contract review and approval includes improvements that respond to accelerating adoption of the platform by corporations and law firms. (BusinessWire.com)

  • Legal tech company ThoughtRiver said Big Four accountancy PwC is using its artificial intelligence-powered contract-review platform for its “NewLaw” client services. (Artificial Lawyer)

Legal Education

  • After the Law School Admission Council held its first digital LSAT exam on July 15, nearly half of the takers canceled their scores, compared with the typical 2% to 3% cancellation rate. (Above The Law)

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 in Washington at mward@bloomberglaw.com

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