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Wake Up Call: Wilson Sonsini Opens in Boston and Other News

Jan. 14, 2016, 12:29 PM

• Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati said Wednesday that it plans to open a new office in Boston in February, which will put it closer to its clients in the life sciences sector as well as in the emerging high-tech sector. (American Lawyer )

• A grant foundation recently founded by an associate at Skadden, Arps, Meagher, Slate & Flom is seeking associates at major firms to join its funding efforts to support legal aid and litigation-related nonprofits. (Big Law Business)

• Pinsent Masons has overhauled top management of its contract lawyer service Vario, which it said has been experiencing “exponential” growth. (The Lawyer)

• Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline LLC faces a trial over allegations that its antidepressant Paxil contributed to the suicide of a Reed Smith partner five years ago. (American Lawyer)

Legal Market

• A federal judge ordered the state of Kentucky to pay a team of attorneys $1.1 million in fees for their work in the landmark United States Supreme Court case that struck down bans on same-sex marriage. (New York Times)

• Fresh off a record-setting year in deal activity, mergers and acquisitions are expected to continue to play a major role in corporate leaders’ growth strategies for 2016, a new KPMG survey suggests. (Big Law Business)

• Plaintiff lawyers and the government are increasing pressure on employers, particularly going after alleged discrimination and other practices at franchise companies and operators in the so-called gig economy. (Forbes)

• McDonald’sCorp. may be in for new regulatory problems in the European Union as a result of an EU antitrust complaint that three Italian consumer filed against the fast-food restaurant group. (Wall Street Journal)

Five major law firms are involved in negotiations linked to the recent deal to return the NFL to Los Angeles after a 21-year absence, starting with the Rams next year. (American Lawyer)

• Tips for LGBT lawyers seeking to run a thriving legal practice, by a consultant. (Forbes)

• General Electric, which Wilson Sonsini has had for a client, announced that it is moving its headquarters from Fairfield, Connecticut, to Boston. (Big Law Business)

Laterals and Moves

• Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has hired Melinda Haag, the top federal prosecutor in San Francisco as head of its global litigation practice. (Big Law Business)

• Dechert plans to hire Vincent Cohen Jr., the acting U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, in a move aimed at boosting Dechert’s Washington white-collar practice. The move would make Cohen the latest Obama administration attorney to leave for a major law firm practice in Washington. (National Law Journal)

• A lateral move by a partner offers an opportunity of a fresh start, but leaving one firm for another is often an emotionally loaded transaction .(Big Law Business)

• Google has appointed former Obama Administration adviser Caroline Atkinson to head its global policy team ,a move that comes as European privacy and antitrust regulators increase pressure against the company. (Big Law Business)

Technology

• Catalyst Secure, the e-Discovery software as a service and data hosting company, has announced new hires in Korea and China , continuing its push into Asia. (Big Law Business)

• To protect their own data and IT infrastructures, law firms should focus on educating employees, implementing detection systems, and “sandboxing” the most sensitive information, writes a Holland & Knight partner. (Big Law Business)

• Managed services providers say they can help law firmsget the most of their investment in information technology,by cutting labor costs and improving risk management, among other things. (Legaltech news)

• A Kaspersky Lab researcher might have found a much faster way to uncover critical “zero-day exploits” vulnerabilities in computer systems. (Wired)

• Employers can read emails and instant messages sent by employees from work using a company-owned computer, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled. (Financial Times)

Legal Education • New York Law School’s valuable real estate holdings in Manhattan’s Tribeca area could help the school strengthen its wobbly finances. (Crain’s New York Business)

Miscellaneous

• A federal judge in California, has ordered an attorney to make a $250 donation, as punishment for making a sexist comment to a female attorney in court. (The Recorder)

• Chinese prosecutors have formally arrested the country’s best-known woman human rights lawyer , on charges that she subverted the state, her lawyer said. (New York Times)

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