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Wake Up Call: Phishing Group Targeting Big Law, Report Says

Nov. 4, 2022, 12:32 PM

Welcome to Bloomberg Law’s Wake Up Call, a daily rundown of the top news for lawyers, law firms, and in-house counsel.

  • Big Law firms including Kirkland & Ellis, Dentons, and Clifford Chance among others have been targeted by a business email phishing group that uses a sophisticated typosquatting approach to trick recipients. Scammers in the group, named “Crimson Kingsnake,” impersonate lawyers from prominent law firms in emails with invoices for overdue payment of services, a report says. Abnormal Security said it has identified 92 domains linked to the threat actor, all similar to genuine law firm sites. (Bleeping Computer)
  • Western Pennsylvania-based law firm Ekker, Kuster, McCall and Epstein and Ohio-based Brouse McDowell announced plans to merge. The new firm, Brouse McDowell LPA, will have nearly 90 attorneys in six offices across Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida, advising corporations, government entities, individuals and other clients on business, employment, health care, and other matters, they said. (Businesswire)
  • Greenberg Traurig asked a Manhattan federal judge for permission to stop representing rap star Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, in a move that could potentially leave him without an attorney to defend him in a copyright lawsuit over his “Donda 2" project. (Reuters)

Lawyers, Law Firms

  • Axios said it obtained dozens of previously undisclosed emails that shine new light on the battle by lawyers for former President Donald Trump to keep him in power despite his election defeat. (Axios)
  • While spending on outside counsel saw a 21% median increase in the overall big corporate market last year, financial companies’ median spending level stayed flat although still high, according to new data. (WoltersKluwer.com)
  • Michael Best & Friedrich moved its Denver office , which has about 30 lawyers and professionals, to a 15,000-plus square foot space in a downtown office tower. (The Denver Post)

Laterals, Moves, In-house

  • DLA Piper hired veteran employment litigator Jonathan Rose as a partner in Washington. Arriving from Alston & Bird, Rose focuses on matters related to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 and related litigation. (DLA Piper)
  • Goodwin Procter’s London office got back fund finance lawyer Ed Saunders as a partner on its private equity team. He was an associate at the firm for three years through 2019 and returns from Mayer Brown. (GoodwinLaw.com)
  • Cleveland-based Thompson Hine added two government contracts attorneys in Washington from Offit Kurman, including Edward Delisle, who was chair of Offit’s government contracts practice and co-chair of its litigation group, arriving as partner. Andrés Vera joins Thompson Hine as a managing associate in the practice. (ThompsonHine.com)
  • Columbia University promoted its deputy general counsel Felice Rosan to general counsel starting Jan. 1, 2023. Rosan is a former vice president and general counsel for MovieFone, Inc. and was at Cadwalader as a corporate associate. She’s taking over as Columbia’s GC from Jane Booth, who’s retiring. (Columbia.edu)
  • Airports Council International--North America, a trade association, hired an industry veteran, Leila Lahbabi, as its new deputy general counsel effective Jan. 1, 2023. Lahbabi, a former county prosecutor, comes after 18 years at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina, where’s she’s lead counsel. (AirportsCouncil.org)
  • Water and wastewater utility SJW Group hired former Pepsi Bottling Group corporate counsel Marisa Joss as deputy general counsel and assistant corporate secretary. She arrives from biotech company Eleusis, where she was deputy GC and assistant corporate secretary, and previously spent 11 years in-house at Consolidated Edison. (Businesswire)

Legal Education

  • Reed Smith launched a training program in the United Arab Emirates that it said will allow law firms and in-house teams in the Middle East to “sponsor” individuals through the process of qualifying as lawyers in England & Wales. (Reed Smith)

To contact the correspondent on this story: Rick Mitchell in Paris at rMitchell@correspondent.bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Chris Opfer in New York at copfer@bloomberglaw.com; Darren Bowman at dbowman@bloomberglaw.com