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Wake Up Call: Weil Wants Masks Indoors Even for Vaccinated

July 29, 2021, 12:42 PM

In today’s column, with Delta-variant Covid-19 cases climbing nationwide, Fenwick & West joined the short list of firms requiring lawyers and staff to be vaccinated to enter offices; New York’s state court system said it will require judges and workers to be either vaccinated or tested for the disease; New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is losing a top lawyer who has played a central part in the sexual harassment probe against him.

  • Leading off, as Delta variant cases soar across the country, New York-based Weil, Gotshal, & Manges reportedly told lawyers and staff Wednesday they will be required to wear masks inside the firm’s offices, whether they are vaccinated or not. Weil was among law firms and other companies that either adjusted or reconsidered their return-to-office plans after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidance on mask wearing. (American Lawyer)
  • California-based Fenwick & West joined the handful of firms requiring their attorneys and staff working in office to be vaccinated. Paul, Weiss, Cooley, Sanford Heisler, and Davis Wright Tremaine have also issued vaccine mandates, according to reports. (The Recorder).
  • The New York Bar Association said it is convening an emergency task force to assess whether vaccine mandates should be considered to protect public health. New York state court officials said its system will require judges and workers to be either vaccinated or tested for covid. (New York Law Journal)

Lawyers, Law Firms

  • A special counsel to New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Judith L. Mogul, is stepping down, the Times reported. Mogul, a former principal at Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello PC, was reported to be a central figure in an inquiry into an executive assistant’s sexual harassment allegations against Cuomo. That investigation appears to be winding down, the report said. (NYT)
  • Hybrid firm Ramon is looking to expand in Asia by adding offices in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Tokyo, to the ones it already has in Shenzhen, China, and Seoul, South Korea. (Law.com International)
  • Philadelphia got bargain rates for top-level U.S. Supreme Court advocacy when it hired Hogan Lovells partner Neal Katyal, a former acting U.S. solicitor general, and Gupta Wessler partner Deepak Gupta, for a high profile case, a report says. (National Law Journal) Sidley Austin said partner Howard Trienens, who joined the firm in 1949 and was chair of its executive committee from 1977 to 1993, died this week at age 97. (Sidley.com)

Laterals, Moves, In-House

  • Winston & Strawn recruited former Iowa and Illinois federal prosecutor Marc Krickbaum as a commercial litigation and white collar defense partner in Chicago; Goodwin Procter hired two real estate partners. Jarrid King joined in New York from DLA Piper and was earlier at Morgan Stanley as lead transaction manager for the commercial real estate lending large loan group. David Phelps joined in Santa Monica, Calif., arriving from Akin Gump; Nixon Peabody added entertainment lawyer Farrah Usmani as counsel in Los Angeles. She’ll also work from Nashville and arrives from Loeb & Loeb; Buchalter brought in two health-care attorneys in San Diego. David Balfour joined from Nossaman as shareholder. Carol Salmacia joined from another firm as of counsel. (Buchalter)
  • Stroock said veteran chief operating officer Ralph Allen will be its first-ever COO starting Oct. 1. Allen’s previously been at Squire Patton Boggs, Howrey, and other firms, and was a senior financial analyst at WilmerHale earlier in his career; Tarter Krinsky & Drogin hired law firm marketing pro Cecilia Peña-Colon as director of business development and marketing; Venable hired its first chief diversity and inclusion officer, getting former litigator Jennifer Reddien from Haynes and Boone. She’ll be located in Washington. (Venable)
  • Media company Religion of Sports, co-owned by star NFL quarterback Tom Brady, hired its first general counsel. He’s Ben Mauceri, a former in-house lawyer at Red Bull North America Inc., Comedy Central, and NBC Universal Inc.; a former top lawyer and executive at SunTrust, CapStar Bank, and other financial services firms started his own Nashville, Tenn.-based firm to provide outside general counsel services to companies; Allvue Systems, which provides automation technology for managing alternative investment data, hired NielsenIQ North America GC Deborah Mason, a former Ropes & Gray private equity lawyer, as its chief legal officer. (AllvueSystems.com)

Technology

  • Most legal professionals believe cloud cloud-based e-discovery will be the industry standard in the next two years, but Big Law firms are more optimistic about quick deployment than in-house departments are, according to new survey report. (PR Newswire)

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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