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Wake Up Call: Trump Campaign In-House Hire to ‘Punish’ Jones Day, Report Says

April 22, 2019, 11:39 AM
  • The Trump campaign is taking business away from Jones Day to “punish” the firm for unflattering press coverage that President Donald Trump and his family blame on former White House Counsel Don McGahn, who is now back at the firm as a partner, according to a report. The campaign is said to have hired Michael Best associate Nathan Groth, a former lawyer for the Republican National Committee and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, as in-house attorney for its 2020 reelection bid. Politico cites Trump campaign officials and advisers who say the hire is payback for McGahn’s behavior, including comments attributed to him in the recently released Mueller report. (Politico)

  • Jones Day has earned millions of dollars in legal fees on Trump’s campaigns since 2016, and McGahn brought 12 Jones Day attorneys into the administration when he joined the White House Counsel’s office in 2017. ( (National Law Journal)

  • Former White House lawyer Ty Cobb says Robert Mueller did a “thorough and professional job” in his investigation into Russian election interference and Trump’s conduct as president, though he disagrees with Mueller’s decision not to clear Trump of obstruction of justice. (BN via BLAW)

  • Former NFL players alleging they were given painkillers to get them back on the field at the expense of their long-term health have no case against the National Football League, a California federal court ruled. Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer Feld, and Valle Makoff represented the NFL. Covington & Burling represented NFL Clubs. Gibson Dunn & Crutcher represented the NFL Player’s Association. (BLAW)

  • Jailed comedian Bill Cosby is trying to block Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, which previously defended him against several sexual assault cases, from collecting millions of dollars in legal fees that he claims are “unconscionable,” according to a report. (The Blast)

  • Quinn Emanuel is representing the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, which is getting sued by film director Roman Polanski for expelling him last year in a belated fallout over charges that he raped a 13-year old girl in 1977. (

  • Filing of H-1B visas for highly skilled foreign workers is big business for immigration law firms, working for clients that range from tech giants like Cisco, Google, and Qualcomm, to outsourcing firms and financial companies such as JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs. Fragomen was the most prolific H-1B filer in 2018, followed by EY Law LLP, and Berry Appleman & Leiden. Morgan Lewis was No. 8 in this ranking. (The Mercury News)

  • Los Angeles-based cannabis retailer MedMen lost its general counsel Lisa “LD” Sergi Trager, who resigned, as did the company’s chief operating officer, Ben Cook, a report says. (Corporate Counsel)

Lawyers, Law Firms, Deals

  • Arent Fox partner David Meyer’s recent marriage to a “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star has revived scrutiny of his past work, as a Venable partner, for convicted fraudster Troy Stratos. (The Recorder) (Page Six)

  • Shearman & Sterling advised BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole CIB, and the London branch of Deutsche Bank, on their role as joint book-runners on a 500 million euro ($562.38 million) high-yield bond offering for Loxam, a France-based equipment rental company. (

Laterals, Moves, Promotions

  • Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld named intellectual property Ruben Munoz partner in charge of the firm’s Philadelphia office. And more personnel news from IP law firms and IP-related organizations. (BLAW)

  • U.K. firm Holman Fenwick & Willan, which moved into the U.S. in 2017 via a merger with a Houston-based firm, hired as a partner energy transactions lawyer Fernando Cano-Lasa, a former oil company executive and in-house lawyer who most recently was of counsel at Squire Patton Boggs. (Texas Lawyer)

  • Biopharmaceutical company Neurotrope, Inc. said that, as a hiring incentive for its new chief operating officer and general counsel, Michael Ciraolo, it offered him a non-qualified stock option to buy up to 100,000 shares of Neurotrope’s common stock. (PR Newswire)

Legal Actions

  • Wal-Mart Stores Inc., advised by Steptoe & Johnson and Greenberg Traurig, has to face claims that it failed to provide adequate notices of continued health-care coverage to current and former employees. (BLAW)

  • Fisher-Price Inc. and parent company Mattel Inc. are facing another would-be class suit over the Rock ‘n Play Sleeper, which has been blamed for up to 32 infant asphyxiation deaths. (BLAW)

  • Defense lawyers for Russian gun rights activist Maria Butina, including McGlinchey Stafford white collar co-chair Robert N. Driscoll, asked for leniency ahead of her sentencing for one count of conspiracy to act as an agent of a foreign official. (ABCNews)

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