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Wake Up Call: Women Lawyers File Amicus Brief in Abortion Case

Sept. 21, 2021, 12:45 PM

In today’s column, Squire Patton Boggs appointed a new global managing partner and started a new diversity and inclusion practice; average revenue was up close to 6% for the world’s 200 biggest law firms last year despite the pandemic; Wilson Sonsini and a legal tech company launched a tool to automate arduous IPO disclosure filings.

  • Leading off, Willkie Farr & Gallagher, on behalf of dozens of organizations of current and aspiring women lawyers, submitted an amicus brief supporting respondents in a U.S. Supreme Court case that seeks to overturn Roe v. Wade. The court scheduled Dec. 1 arguments for the Mississippi appeal, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, its biggest abortion case in a generation; a disbarred attorney filed the first case suing an abortion lawyer under controversial Texas law. (Texas Lawyer)
  • The world’s 200 biggest law firms expanded gross revenues 5.9% on average last year, according to new data. ( International) Juries across the U.S. are hearing bellwether trials despite the pandemic. (
  • Ropes & Gray and Holland & Knight are the latest Big Law firms to put off plans to reopen their U.S. offices in October, citing the surge in delta-variant Covid-19. (Reuters)

Lawyers, Law Firms

  • Squire Patton Boggs said it appointed Cleveland-based corporate partner Michele Connell to be the new global managing partner of its U.S. LLP, which includes 34 of the firm’s 45 international offices. Connell is taking over from Fred Nance, a sports and entertainment and commercial litigation attorney, who will lead the firm’s new office of diversity and inclusion. (
  • London-based Big Law firm Mishcon de Reya, whose partners recently approved a plan to go public, said it is combining with boutique Taylor Vinters to create a legal and consultancy firm aimed at innovators and entrepreneurs. (Artificial Lawyer) Simpson Thacher & Bartlett said it officially opened the antitrust-focused Brussels office it first announced in February. (

Laterals, Moves, In-house

  • Cravath, Swaine & Moore poached Sullivan & Cromwell’s tax group head, Ronald Creamer Jr., who left Sullivan after 29 years; Winston & Strawn hired corporate lawyer Jeffrey R. Shuman as a partner on its capital markets practice in Chicago. According to his LinkedIn profile, he arrives after 18 years at Jenner & Block; Latham & Watkins brought in energy-focused Vinson & Elkins corporate, M&A and private equity lawyer Trina Chandler in Houston; Withers brought in real estate partner Loretta Thompson and a certified real estate paralegal from Greenspoon Marder in Los Angeles. Thompson advised on the $100 million sale of the Playboy Mansion. (
  • Covington & Burling hired Carol Browner, former Environmental Protection Agency administrator in the Clinton administration, who was later director of the Obama White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy. She joins Covington’s environmental, social, and governance practice as of counsel in Washington. ( Eversheds Sutherland promoted its U.S. chief pricing & value officer, former litigator Dwight Floyd, to the newly created role of chief operating officer. (Daily Report)
  • Loeb & Loeb recruited a new co-chair for its privacy, security, and data innovations practice, Tanya Forsheit, who joins as a partner in Los Angeles. She was at Proskauer Rose as partner, co-head for privacy and data security, and arrives most recently from Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC; K&L Gates added privacy partner Whitney McCollum in Seattle in its technology transactions, privacy, and sourcing practice. A Big Law veteran, she arrives from engineering firm AECOM, where she served as vice president, assistant general counsel, and chief intellectual property and data protection counsel. (
  • Ballard Spahr hired former Atlanta federal prosecutor Jill Steinberg, who was deputy criminal division chief in the Justice Department’s U.S. Attorney’s office for the Northern District of Georgia, as a partner in Philadelphia on its white collar team; a longtime senior telecom attorney for Democrats on the Senate Commerce Committee Shawn Bone is taking a job at Verizon as its director of federal regulatory public policy. Another top lawyer on the committee, John Branscome, is joiningFacebook’s federal policy team next month. (Politico)


  • Wilson Sonsini said it partnered with legal tech company Workiva Inc. to automate the initial public offering disclosure filing known as “SEC Form S-1.” (

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