Business & Practice

Wake Up Call: Winston & Strawn Client Accenture Gets Age-Bias Suit Tossed

May 7, 2019, 11:54 AM
  • Accenture, advised by Winston & Strawn, got a Maryland federal judge to throw out a former in-house lawyer’s age discrimination suit. The judge ruled that the 63-year attorney lost his job at the tech consulting giant because of poor communication skills, aggressive emails to his female boss, and unwillingness to get with the company’s reorganization plan. (Corporate Counsel)

  • On the downside for Accenture, it is getting sued by Hertz Corporation for $32 million, on allegations that the consultant company botched its web site redesign project. Brown Rudnick is advising Hertz Corporation. (CourtListener.com) (Adweek) (Ad Exchanger)

  • Baker Donelson’s long-term care practice group, one of just a few such groups at U.S. Big Law firms, closed over $3 billion in transactions last year and handled many complex litigation and regulatory matters. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Stroock & Stroock & Lavan named 30-year veteran insurance litigator Laura Besvinick the managing partner of its Miami office. (Stroock.com)

  • A federal appeals court ruled that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s requirement that its director be fired only for cause is constitutional, dealing a blow to bureau opponents seeking to get the question before the U.S. Supreme Court. (BLAW)

  • Blank Rome expanded its tax, benefits, and private client group, adding partners Richard J. Miller, Jr. and Sean R. Weissbart in its New York office, along with an unspecified number of professional staff. The team arrives from one of New York’s oldest firms, Morris & McVeigh, where Miller was managing partner. That firm, founded in 1862, will now wind down, according to Blank Rome. (BlankRome.com)

  • The veteran top lawyer at SAP SE, Brad Brubaker, joined robotic process automation software company UiPath as its general counsel and chief legal officer. Brubaker, who early in his career was a systems engineer at GE, was in-house at SAP for the last 25 years in various roles. (Corporate Counsel) (LinkedIn)

  • White & Case added Gibson Dunn securities and corporate governance lawyer Maia Gez as a partner in its Silicon Valley office and a member of its U.S. public company advisory group. (WhiteCase.com)

  • Men can go topless, women can’t, a Missouri federal appeals court affirmed, in the latest defeat for activist group Free the Nipple’s effort against a Missouri “indecent exposure” ordinance. The group was represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, while the city of Springfield, Missouri, was advised by Husch & Blackwell and the city attorney’s office. (BLAW)

Lawyers, Law Firms, Deals

  • King & Spalding got Mayer Brown’s Washington intellectual property practice leader, Stephen Baskin, and complex patent litigator Dara Kurlancheek, also from Mayer Brown, as partners in the firm’s trial and global disputes practice group in Washington. (BLAW via BLB)

  • An Iowa city attorney and part-time criminal-defense practitioner who dealt in marijuana on the side will have his license revoked, Iowa’s top court said. (BLAW)

  • A South Carolina lawyer is suing his own son for trademark infringement and other complaints because his junior launched a firm with his given name. (Daily Beast)

  • The biggest risk of incoming asteroids could be the lawsuits afterwards, this report says. (Cosmos Magazine)

Laterals, Moves, Promotions

  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP’s food and life sciences team added food regulatory lawyer Joan Baughan as a partner based in Washington. She will lead the firm’s global food contact materials practice, advising on U.S. Food and Drug Administration and comparable international regulation of food contact materials, drugs, drug packaging, cosmetics, and medical devices. According to her LinkedIn, Baughan previously spent 28 years at Keller and Heckman, most recently as a partner. (Steptoe.com)

  • Reed Smith added trusts and estates attorney Cheryl Hader as a New York-based partner in its trusts & estates practice. She arrives from Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel. (ReedSmith.com)

  • Management-side worklaw firm Littler added healthcare industry in-house veteran William Vail as special counsel in Atlanta. Vail, who earlier in his career spent three years as an associate at Fisher & Phillips, arrives from home health and hospice provider Kindred at Home, where he was division vice president and deputy chief litigation officer. (Littler.com)

  • Holland & Knight added government contracts attorney Christian B. Nagel as a partner in Tysons, Virginia. A former U.S. Marine Corps judge advocate, Nagel arrives from McGuireWoods, where he led the government contracts litigation team. (HKLaw.com)

  • Manatt, Phelps & Phillips added former U.S. Steel general manager for governance strategy Robert Garretson as a managing director in the firm’s government and regulatory group in Washington. (Manatt.com)

  • Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough said automotive business litigators Philip R. Cosgrove and Ryan E. Cosgrove, a father and son team, joined the firm as partners in L.A., arriving from Hawkins Parnell & Young. (NelsonMullins.com)

Legal Actions, Bankruptcies, Decisions

  • The Texas Supreme Court found that the Commission on Environmental Quality lacked the “discretion” to deny a property tax exemption for heat recovery steam generators. Locke Lord said it represented three energy affiliates of Calpine Corporation in the case, through a series of up and down decisions in the case since 2012, culminating with the latest win. (BLAW) (TXcourts.gov)

  • Anheuser-Busch Cos. was sued over outdated pension tables, the latest of six lawsuits filed by Izard Kindall & Raabe and Bailey & Glasser, targeting the large companies calculate pension benefits. Similar cases are pending against American Airlines, PepsiCo Inc., MetLife, U.S. Bancorp, and Rockwell Automation. (BLAW)

  • Southwest Airlines, advised by Shook, Hardy & Bacon, asked an Illinois federal court to throw out an employee lawsuit challenging its requirement that workers clock in and out of work using finger-scanning technology. Vedder Price is representing the maker of the finger-scan clock, Kronos Inc., a co-defendant. (BLAW)


  • A Houston law firm is suing HP Inc. for $100,000 for allegedly failing to honor a warranty on a printer in the law firm’s office. HP is represented by Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. (Legaltech News)

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; Molly Ward at mward@bloomberglaw.com

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