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Wake Up Call: White House Adds Big Law Firepower to Face Legal Fights

July 11, 2019, 11:31 AM
  • President Trump’s Department of Justice lawyers and his attorneys from law firm Consovoy McCarthy defeated the latest lawsuit accusing him of illegally profiting from his Washington hotel, but more legal fights are coming his way. (BN via BLAW)

  • As White House Counsel Pat Cipollone gears up for fights with House Democrats seeking Trump’s financial information and other battles, his office has added lawyers from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Kirkland & Ellis, Sidley Austin, Skadden, and Williams & Connolly, among other firms. (National Law Journal)

  • Fenwick & West represented Cisco Systems, Inc. in the network equipment giant’s pending $2.6 billion acquisition of WilmerHale client Acacia Communications, in a deal to acquire high-speed optical signal-processing technology. ( (BN via BLAW)

  • Sidley Austin and accounting giant Deloitte were among professional services firms that reached a proposed $234 million settlement yesterday in a class-action case alleging links to Aequitas Securities LLC’s “Ponzi-like” scheme. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Less than a year after journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, allegedly on orders from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, law firms Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman and King & Spalding, are among advisers making millions of dollars helping the kingdom develop nuclear power, and achieve its other objectives in the U.S., the Post reports. (WaPo)

  • The Trump administration said it will investigate France’s plan to impose taxes on technology companies, in a possible prelude to new U.S. tariffs. (BN via Bloomberg Tax) France’s Parliament today definitively adopted a controversial 3% digital services tax that specifically targets U.S. internet giants, Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon, among others. (Bloomberg Tax) The tax faces a lot of potential legal challengers, lawyers said. (Bloomberg Tax)

  • Former Skadden Arps partner Gregory Craig, the ex-White House counsel accused of misleading the U.S. about work he did for a pro-Russia government in Ukraine, asked a judge to throw out the two-count criminal indictment against him. (BN via BLAW)

  • Arent Fox added former Amgen senior counsel Deborah M. Shelton to the firm’s food, drug, medical device & cosmetic practice as a partner in Washington. Shelton arrives from McCarter & English, where she was a partner and led the food & drug practice. (

  • K&L Gates partner Nicholas Ranjan was one of three Trump nominees confirmed July 10 to district court seats. (BLAW via BLB)

Lawyers, Law Firms, Deals

  • Mayer Brown advised Chicago-based Prism Healthcare Partners which in May agreed to be bought by Berkeley Research Group in a now-closed deal that creates a healthcare performance improvement consulting firm with annual revenue over $225 million. ( (Beckers Hospital Review)

  • Goodwin Procter advised private equity firm Bregal Sagemount on the $70 million investment it led into privacy management technology firm TrustArc Inc., which was advised by Fenwick & West. (

  • Hughes Hubbard & Reed added corporate and energy lawyer Paul S. Marston to the firm’s Asia Pacific practice group as counsel and head of the firm’s Tokyo office. A former GC at Mitsui Oil Exploration Co., he worked previously at Bingham McCutchen, Orrick, and Chadbourne & Parke and arrives most recently from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman’s Tokyo office, where he was counsel. (

  • Holland & Knight hired former Latham & Watkins manager for diversity recruiting and engagement, Yusuf Z. Zakir, to be its first director of diversity and inclusion, based in L.A. (

  • Volvo Construction Equipment appointed Volvo Group in-house attorney Nina Aresund as senior vice president and general counsel, starting January 2020, based in Gothenberg, Sweden. She’ll replace the current SVP and general counsel Edvard Carleson, who is due to retire at the end of 2019. (Compliance Week)

  • Carlton Fields’ Tallahassee office managing shareholder, Christine R. Davis, was reappointed to Florida’s First District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission--a panel which nominates lawyers for judgeships--for a term ending July 1, 2023. (

Laterals, Moves, Promotions

  • Davis Polk & Wardwell partner Jean McLoughlin has jumped over to Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison as a partner in its New York executive compensation and employee benefits practice. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s white collar and government litigation practice added two lawyers from K&L Gates in Pittsburgh, getting partner Joseph A. Valenti and associate Allison Burdette. (

  • Morrison & Foerster added two corporate partners in San Francisco. Former Kirkland & Ellis partner Jessica Isokawa joined MoFo’s global private equity investments & buyouts group and will also work with its mergers & acquisitions group. Ex-Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati attorney Bradley Kondracki joins the firm’s emerging companies and venture capital group. (

  • Milbank added Allen & Overy financial transactions lawyer Sarbajeet Nag to its London office as a partner in the European leveraged finance & capital markets group. (Milbank)

  • Transatlantic firm Womble Bond Dickinson added privacy and data security lawyer Tara N. Cho as a partner in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Womble Bond Dickinson)


  • CPA Global released an updated version of its software for managing intellectual property. (CPA Global)

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