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Wake Up Call: “Prominent” New York Lawyer Among Schneiderman’s Accusers, Magazine Says

May 8, 2018, 11:10 AM

• New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said he’s resigning, hours after a New Yorker article appeared in which four women accused him of physical violence. He denied the accusations. The New Yorker reports that two of his accusers talked to the magazine on the record, while one of the anonymous accusers is a prominent New York attorney. ( Bloomberg ) ( New Yorker ) Before his abrupt fall, Schneiderman was known for defending women and countering Donald Trump. ( New York Times ) His temporary replacement will be New York Solicitor General Barbara Underwood, a former Yale Law School professor who has argued 20 cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and once worked as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. ( Albany Times Union )

• The Ohio federal judge overseeing more than 600 lawsuits targeting opioid makers is demanding local governments’ lawyers turn over information about any litigation-funding agreements and provide assurance that lenders won’t gain control over legal strategy or settlements. ( Bloomberg )

• U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan expressed support for a new federal pilot plan that aims to reduce chaos in the law clerk-hiring process, in particular by requiring the process to begin after a law student’s second year. ( National Law Journal )

•Cozen O’Connor said former Indiana Senator and Governor Evan Bayh joined the firm as of counsel in its Washington, D.C., office and as senior adviser to Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies, its lobbying arm. Bayh,a senior adviser to New York private equity firm Apollo Global Management, was recently a partner at McGuireWoods. ( )

• Jay-Z’s Quinn Emanuel lawyer Alex Spiro accused the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission of engaging in a “celebrity hunt” by trying to force the hip-hop mogul to testify in its probe of a firm he did business with more than a decade ago. ( Bloomberg ) ( USA Today )

Lawyers and Law Firms

• A lawyer who sold his client’s Lamborghini for legal fees got suspended for three years by Florida’s top court. ( Bloomberg Law via BLB )

• California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye proposed a #MeToo-inspired update to the state’s ethics rules. ( Bloomberg Law via BLB )

• An IP law firm is suing legal matchmaker UpCounsel Inc. in California federal court, alleging it violatesrules that prohibit lawyers from sharing legal fees with nonlawyers. ( Bloomberg Law via BLB )

• Older attorneys clock more pro bono hours than their younger counterparts and larger law firms ease the way to do that, an American Bar Association survey of over 47,000 lawyers found. ( Bloomberg Law via BLB )

Laterals, Moves

• Holland & Knight said healthcare and technology litigator Matthew Grosack joined the firm’s Miami office as a partner. Grosack started his career at McDermott Will & Emery and most recently spent six years at DLA Piper. ( Hklaw )

• In New York, Holland & Knight hired former New York federal prosecutor Jonathan N. Halpern as a white collar partner. Most recently a partner at Foley & Lardner in New York, Halpern also did partnerstintsat Bracewell & Giuliani and Winston & Strawn. ( )

•Barnes & Thornburg added G. Peter Nichols in Chicago as a partner in its intellectual property department, the latest of six IP lawyers to join the firm this year. Nichols joins from Brinks Gilson & Lione. ( )

• Morris, Manning & Martin said attorney Elizabeth “Bess” Hinson joined the firm as a senior associate and will lead its cyber-security and privacy practice. Hinson’sLinkedinpage says she was previously atNelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough and also spent two years at King & Spalding.( )

• Stroock said real estate capital markets lawyer Evan Hudson joined its corporate practice as a partner in New York. He was previously co-chair of the real estate capital markets group at Duval & Stachenfeld LLP. ( )

• Honigman snagged Katten Muchin partner Harris R. Eisenberg as a Chicago-based partner in the firm’s corporate department and private equity practice group. Eisenberg arrives not long after private equity partner Norbert Knapke joined the same office last month, coming from Kirkland & Ellis. ( Honigman )

• Workplace law firm Jackson Lewis said it added two principals to its San Francisco office, getting Shannon Bettis Nakabayashi from Morgan Lewis and Yana S. Johnson from Morrison & Foerster. ( )

• Carlton Fields said veteran health-care attorney Marguerita Brunson Sims joined its Tampa office as of counsel. Her 20 years’ experience includes her most recent post as senior corporate counsel for Tampa-based WellCare Health Plans, Inc., two years as counsel at K&L Gates, and two years as an FDA lawyer. ( CarltonFields )

Legal Actions

• Wynn Resorts Ltd. is requiring management and its board to notify a company attorney within 48 hours if they have any communication with former CEO Steve Wynn. ( Bloomberg )

• A U.S. judge denied a Cambodian opposition leader’s bid for a court order requiring Facebook Inc. to turn over information for his legal fight against the ruling government, while offering him a road map to renew his request. ( Bloomberg )

Compiled by Rick Mitchell and edited by Tom Taylor.

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