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Wake Up Call: Top #MeToo Lawyer Helped Cuomo, Report Says

Aug. 5, 2021, 12:22 PM

In today’s column, law schools are sharing tuition with companies that help them set up remote course programs; a California judge agreed to bar unvaccinated people from sitting on a jury in a legal malpractice case against a Big Law firm; Venable matched the Davis Polk scale for associate pay hikes.

  • Leading off, Kaplan Hecker & Fink partner Roberta Kaplan, known among other things for representing a woman who accused former President Trump of rape, advised New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration on a draft op-ed that sought to question the first woman to accuse the governor of sexual harassment, a report says. The Times Up Legal Defense Fund, which Kaplan co-founded, issued a statement disputing the report. Kaplan last year got flak for agreeing to represent Goldman Sachs in a sexual harassment cover-up scandal. (New York Law Journal) Several New York district attorneys opened inquiries into Cuomo following a report by the state’s attorney general that concluded the governor sexually harassed multiple women. (Politico)
  • Georgia’s Court of Appeals chief judge said all employees and visitors must wear masks to enter the downtown building housing the state’s top courts. (Daily Report) A California county judge agreed to bar unvaccinated people from the jury in a Katten Muchin legal malpractice trial. (The Recorder) Most lawyers in a recent survey said they welcome Davis Polk’s strict requirement for lawyers and employees to be vaccinated to enter its offices. But there were some vocal exceptions. (American Lawyer)
  • Speaking of Davis Polk, Venable matched the associate pay hike standard that firm set earlier this year. (Above The Law)

Lawyers, Law Firms

  • A Nevada federal judge revived parts of a proposed securities fraud class action against Wynn Resorts Ltd. The case alleges that executives, including the casino company’s former general counsel, disregarded reports of sexual harassment and misconduct against company founder Steve Wynn. (Associated Press via ABC News)
  • DLA Piper is expanding in Ireland in a move to a larger office space in Dublin this autumn. (Global Legal Post)
  • Chicago-based Kirkland & Ellis partner Stacy Lynn Pepper was killed by the driver of a stolen car in a Denver hit-and-run crash, according to reports. (The Villager) (LinkedIn) (Feldman Mortuary)

Laterals, Moves, In-house

  • Mayer Brown this week brought in Skadden corporate and securities partner Martha McGarry in New York to co-lead its U.S. mergers & acquisitions practice. Mayer Brown’s corporate and securities practice also added partner Thomas Horenkamp in Chicago. He arrives from White & Case with counsel Adam Arnett; Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner grabbed Mayer Brown’s U.S. Asia real estate practice co-head Kwon Lee as a partner in New York. He becomes global head of BCLP’s global Korea practice; Baker Botts got energy M&A and private equity lawyer Brad Honeycutt in Houston as a partner. He arrives from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. (
  • Buchalter hired a former in-house leader at the agency that runs California’s public employment retirement system, Jenni Krengel, as a shareholder and chair of its employee benefits and executive compensation group. Arriving from Reed Smith, where she was a partner, Krengel will work out of Buchalter’s San Francisco and Sacramento offices; Goodwin Procter hired Manatt litigation partner Matt Kanny as partner in its complex litigation and dispute resolution practice, in Santa Monica. He’ll also co-lead Goodwin’s litigation practice in Southern California with partner Laura Stoll; Florida-founded Akerman added veteran construction law litigator Brenda Radmacher in Los Angeles. She arrives from Gordon Rees. (Akerman)
  • The National Bar Association, one of the oldest U.S. associations for Black lawyers, named Tallahassee-area attorney Sean Pittman its new general counsel; Mintz Group, an investigative and due diligence services provider, recruited former New Jersey federal prosecutor Patricia Astorga as its new general counsel. She was earlier a litigator at Milbank and Weil, Gotshal & Manges. (PR Newswire)


  • Law schools looking to grow their remote education class offerings are proposing to share tuition revenue with online program management companies for help setting up the programs. That’s raising questions about transparency and fairness of those arrangements. (Legaltech News) Legal tech “app store” Reynen Court Inc. is hooking up with artificial intelligence-powered software platform EmotionTrac to expand its e-discovery tool offering, according to a press release. (PRWeb)

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