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Wake Up Call: Trump Company CFO Has ‘Heavy Hitter’ Lawyers

July 2, 2021, 12:21 PM

In today’s column, a survey finds associates would want huge raises to willingly give up working remotely; a San Francisco law firm says it has filed dozens of sexual harassment and assault lawsuits against Uber; the Boy Scouts reached a settlement with survivors of alleged sex abuse at the organization.

  • Leading off, the Trump Organization’s chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, has “heavy-hitter” lawyers in his corner as he faces criminal tax charges filed by Manhattan prosecutors. They include former federal prosecutor Mary Mulligan, a New York-based partner at white collar & litigation boutique Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman, and tax specialist Bryan Skarlatos—a longtime partner at New York-based tax and white-collar boutique Kostelanetz & Fink. (New York Law Journal) Legal experts diverged in their assessments of the charges. (Politico)
  • New York litigation boutique Holwell Shuster & Goldberg said it’s matching all but the last year of the Davis Polk scale for associate pay hikes, which runs from $205,000 for 2021 to $365,000 for 2013 associates. Above the Law says this year’s Big Law market standard raises are worth about 7.5% but its recent survey found that associates want up to a 30% pay increase to give up working remotely; reader comments to another legal blog debated whether the five day office week is coming back. (Original Jurisdiction)
  • The Boy Scouts of America reached an $850 million settlement with tens of thousands of men who sued the organization over sexual abuse claims. (NPR) San Francisco law firm Levin Simes Abrams says it has filed 85 sexual harassment and assault lawsuits against Uber Technologies, Inc. and still has 320 cases it is investigating. (San Francisco Business Times)

Lawyers, Law Firms

  • About nine years ago, Debevoise & Plimpton, facing sluggish demand and revenue growth, decided it needed to adapt to the modern legal industry, but without altering its lockstep compensation system for partners. (American Lawyer) As London-based Big Law firms profit from a surge in dealmaking, it’s a great time to be a lawyer in the city’s financial district, especially at U.S. firms, a report says. (The Economist)
  • Arnold & Porter and the National Bar Association, the oldest U.S. association of Black lawyers, announced the inaugural class of their program aimed at supporting retention and accelerated advancement of Black attorneys at the biggest U.S. law firms. (
  • Day Pitney said it has close to 300 attorneys across 14 offices after getting eight lawyers, plus staff, from its merger with Rhode Island-based Howland Evangelista Kohlenberg, a trusts and estates boutique; “hybrid” firm Rimon PC said it opened an office in Seoul, Korea, giving it 42 offices worldwide; Arizona-based Snell & Wilmer said it moved its growing year-old San Diego office to new premises. (
  • Don’t be afraid to take risks, follow what interests you: in-house trademark counsel at major brands offered advice to the next generation of lawyers in their profession. (World Trademark Review)

Laterals, Moves, In-house

  • Morgan Lewis trial partner Sanjay Murthy moved to Banner Witcoff as of counsel in Chicago. He represents life sciences and technology companies; McGuireWoods added Houston, Texas-based restructuring partner Demetra Liggins from Thompson Knight. She’s also co-founder of Corporate Homie, an organization that says it aims to help women and minorities advance in corporate America; also in Texas, Locke Lord recruited Norton Rose Fulbright bond lawyer Arnold Cantu as a partner in Austin; Husch Blackwell hired a former practicing employment attorney, Amanda Garcia-Williams, as the firm’s first chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer. (
  • U.K. firm Ashurst added longtime Morrison & Foerster capital markets and securities partner Lloyd Harmetz as a partner in New York; Allen & Overy’s Munich, Germany, office recruited private equity partner Hendrik Rohricht, who arrives from Weil Gotshal & Manges; Frankfurt, Germany-based law firm CMS poached Swiss attorney Tina Balzli, who led PwC’s legal banking, fintech, and blockchain practice in Switzerland, as a partner and head of its finance and blockchain practice; DLA Piper named Lima, Peru-based infrastructure partner Carlos Nuñez as its regional Latin America head for its international arbitration practice. (
  • Belgium-based biotech company AgomAb Therapeutics NV hired former Simpson Thacher and Linklaters lawyer Ellen Lefever as general counsel. She arrives after seven years at biotech company Galapagos, where she was most recently deputy GC. (Businesswire)


Wake Up Call will not publish July 5 in observance of Independence Day. We will resume July 6.

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