Business & Practice

Wake Up Call: Paul Hastings Partner Advising Sondland in House Testimony

Nov. 21, 2019, 1:23 PM
  • U.S. ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, yesterday testified during a House impeachment hearing that President Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Vice President Mike Pence were all in the loop about Trump’s alleged efforts to pressure Ukraine’s president for Trump’s personal benefit. (BN)

  • As Sondland gave his testimony, which included some substantial revisions from what he had told House investigators earlier, he had by his side Paul Hastings partner Robert D. Luskin. Luskin is credited with probably helping Republican strategist Karl Rove, an adviser to former President George W. Bush, avoid a perjury charge after he revised key parts of his testimony to a federal grand jury in 2004. (NYT)

  • Meanwhile, Pompeo hired Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan litigator William Burck to represent him in matters related to the probe. Burck, who is a co-managing partner of Quinn Emanuel’s Washington office, already is advising senior National Security Council attorney John Eisenberg on the probe. (National Law Journal)

  • Retired Baker McKenzie banking and finance partner Creighton Meland Jr. is the named plaintiff in a federal lawsuit attacking a new California law that says corporations must have women on their boards of directors. (The Recorder)

  • Hiroshi Mori, who in June became chief legal officer at Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc., Japan’s biggest bank, was a corporate restructuring and finance partner at one of Japan’s largest law firms. He now says he wants to hire more experienced lawyers as the bank strives to meet tougher regulatory scrutiny and a changing industry landscape. (BN via BLAW)

  • And in more Japan news, Morrison & Foerster hired Latham & Watkins corporate lawyer and former Japanese financial services regulatory official Nozomi Oda as a partner in Tokyo. She has advised on big M&A deals and other cross-border transactions. (Mofo.com)

  • Simpson Thacher & Bartlett announced it is promoting 15 lawyers to partner across its offices in New York, Washington, Houston, Palo Alto, London, and Hong Kong. The promotions, which include three women, are effective Jan. 1. (STBLaw.com)

Lawyers, Law Firms

  • Brown Rudnick hired two restructuring and finance partners away from DLA Piper in the U.K. Corporate restructuring partner Richard Obank and insolvency partner Colin Ashford are joining Brown Rudnick’s European global restructuring and finance group, which got two Reed Smith partners earlier this month. (The Lawyer)

  • Seyfarth Shaw is the latest big firm to rebrand by shortening its name. It’s now going by just “Seyfarth.” (American Lawyer)

  • Longtime Debevoise & Plimpton partner My Chi To was hired as insurance division head of the New York Department of Financial Services. (New York Law Journal)

  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is getting sued by a legal recruiting firm that wants credit, and money, for a lateral move by ex-Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton partner Ethan Klingsberg to Freshfields in October. (American Lawyer)

  • A vote to reappoint a South Carolina circuit judge was delayed to consider accusations that he is discriminatory to female attorneys and berates people in court. (PostandCourier.com)


  • DLA Piper advised data analytics company AiCure, which uses AI to track behavior in clinical trials and medical treatment, on a $24.5 million financing round. (DLA Piper)

  • Hogan Lovells is representing life sciences company LabCorp in its recent offering of $1.05 billion in senior notes. (360dx.com)


  • Proskauer Rose released its annual review of recent changes, SEC enforcement, and other developments affecting hedge funds, private equity funds, and other private funds. (Amazonaws.com)

  • Fenwick & West released a report looking at stockholder voting at annual meetings in the 2019 proxy season among key national and Silicon Valley-based technology and life sciences companies. (Fenwick.com)

Laterals, Moves, In-house, Promotions

  • Management-side worklaw firm Littler added employment attorney Tami Penner as special counsel in its San Diego office. She joins from Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton. (Littler.com)

  • Seyfarth said employee benefits lawyer Candace L. Quinn rejoined the firm in New York as senior counsel. Quinn, who’s also spent time at Mazars USA and Squire Patton Boggs, returns from The Wagner Law Group, where she was a partner. (Seyfarth.com)

  • Fox Rothschild hired bankruptcy and commercial litigator Robert Elgidely in Miami as a partner in its financial restructuring and bankruptcy department. He was previously a partner at Genovese Joblove & Battista. (FoxRothschild.com)

  • Alternative dispute resolution services provider JAMS added retired California county superior court judge Wynne S. Carvill to its San Francisco panel. (JAMSadr.com)

  • Retired Morgan Lewis environmental partner Ken Komoroski took a job at a virtual law firm that focuses on environmental work, and he will practice in Pittsburgh. (Legal Intelligencer)

Legal Actions, Bankruptcies, Decisions

  • Johnson & Johnson and unit Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. must face suits by two men who link the antipsychotic drug Risperdal to their development of female-like breasts because their suits may have been timely, a Pennsylvania Supreme Court majority said yesterday. Drinker Biddle & Reath, and Dechert represented the defendants. (BLAW)

  • A California federal court granted a group of asylum seekers’ motions for class certification and preliminary injunction against certain Trump administration policies that have kept them stuck in Mexico. Mayer Brown said it filed the motions working pro bono with the Southern Poverty Law Center, Center for Constitutional Rights, and American Immigration Council. (CourtHouseNews.com)


  • BlackBoiler, a contract review start-up fueled by artificial intelligence, recently acquired four U.S. patents. Meanwhile, some observers are questioning whether patents are useful for legal tech companies. (Artificial Lawyer) (Legaltech News)

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; Jessica Coomes at jcoomes@bloomberglaw.com

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