Wake Up Call: Quinn Goes Remote in NY After Partner’s Positive Virus Test

March 9, 2020, 12:15 PM

In today’s column, Dechert is suing a Pennsylvania agency that is opposing the firm’s plan to move its Philadelphia HQ to a tax-incentive opportunity zone; Baker & Hostetler started a San Francisco office led by a former white collar co-chair lifted from Winston & Strawn; McDermott Will & Emery posted revenue growth for the second-straight year; and a look at million-dollar pay packages earned last year by top lawyers at big publicly traded companies.

  • Leading off, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan said lawyers and staff at its 200-plus attorney New York office will work from home this week after a partner in that office tested positive with the coronavirus, officially known as Covid-19. The firm, without identifying the attorney, said he has minor symptoms. It said he has been quarantined at home since March 2 following reported infections in his religious community in Westchester County, a New York suburb. (American Lawyer)

  • Last week, a 50-year-old lawyer who works in Manhattan and lives in Westchester was hospitalized and tested positive for the virus. (BLAW)

  • And in more Covid-19 news, two federal courts based in Washington state have postponed proceedings. (BLAW)

  • Organizers of the DC blockchain summit planned for March 11-12 in Washington said they are postponing the event due to the Covid-19 outbreak. (DCblockchainsummit2020.com)

  • And there were other virus-related cancellations and changes for legal events. (Legaltech News)

  • But for law firms trying to avoid spreading the virus, ending in-person contact with colleagues and clients is not always a viable option. So firms are seeking new modes of travel and communication including private jets. (BLAW)

  • The virus is the latest threat to mergers & acquisitions activity. (American Lawyer)

  • Morrison & Foerster is holding a March 10 webinar on legal, strategic, and practical considerations for general counsel in light of the virus. (Mofo.com)

Lawyers, Law Firms

  • Broadcom Inc.'s top lawyer got $13.56 million; the CLO at Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. got over $7.2 million; plus more 2019 compensation data for top lawyers at listed companies. (BLAW)

  • Dechert, a top Philadelphia-based firm, is suing a Pennsylvania state agency over its opposition to the firm’s plan to move its headquarters from one virtually tax-free opportunity zone in the city to another. Dechert is represented by another Philadelphia firm in the case, Cozen O’Connor. (Inquirer.com)

  • McDermott Will & Emery said private equity work, especially in health care, employment law, and transactions, helped power its second-straight year of revenue growth. The Chicago-based firm’s gross revenues reached about $1.17 billion in 2019, an 11.7% gain, early data show. Average profits per equity partner increased 6.5% to slightly more than $2 million, even as the equity partnership added 33, up 19% to 206. (American Lawyer)

  • Baker & Hostetler launched an office in San Francisco, led by Winston & Strawn’s former white-collar co-chair, Robb Adkins. (The Recorder)

  • The new office managing partner of Latham & Watkins’ London office is finance partner Stephen Kensell, who joined the firm from Allen & Overy four years ago. He takes over from finance partner Jay Sadanandan, who steps down after five years. (Legal Business)

  • Women lawyers have “jumped” on a new chance to shine at Big Law firms thanks to blockchain tech. Women lead blockchain practice groups at a half-dozen firms, including Goodwin, Morrison Foerster, and McDermott Will & Emery, and the number could rise. (BLAW)

  • Attorneys from Big Law firms Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Akin Gump, Haynes and Boone, and Jones Day are helping aysylum seekers at the Texas border. (Miami Herald)

  • Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, has hired Britain’s top extradition lawyer to fight the FBI’s probe into his relationship with convicted child sex abuser Jeffrey Epstein, according to reports. (The Telegraph) (New York Post)

  • The National Credit Union Administration’s former general counsel, Michael McKenna, visited strip clubs, drank heavily and allegedly used marijuana while on the job, the financial regulator’s inspector general said in a report released Friday. McKenna’s deputy, Lara Daly-Sims, who accompanied him on the binges, has filed a sexual harassment complaint against him, her lawyer said. (Bloomberg News)

  • Above The Law reported that prolific anti-Trump tweeter George Conway, the Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz of counsel married to White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway, has disappeared from Wachtell’s web site. (Above The Law)

Laterals, Moves

  • Dinsmore & Shohl hired Cooley health care attorney Sarah K. diFrancesca as a partner in Cincinnati. She often defends life sciences and health care companies involved in False Claims Act investigations, the firm said. (Dinsmore.com)

  • Dentons Bingham Greenebaum’s Indianapolis office added former Indiana federal prosecutor Winfield Ong, a nearly 30-year veteran in the Southern District of Indiana U.S. Attorney’s office, as of counsel in its white collar and government investigations practice. (Dentons.com)

Legal Education

  • After a University of Washington School of Law student was diagnosed with a suspected case of Covid-19, the school said it will hold all classes online for the rest of the academic quarter. Finals will also be given in an online format, it said. (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; Darren Bowman at dbowman@bloomberglaw.com

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