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XFL Creators Call on Lawyers to Launch New League

Feb. 7, 2020, 1:13 PM

The XFL, an alternative pro football league promising “less stall, more ball,” will launch this weekend. The latest effort from wrestling executive Vince McMahon has provided plenty of work for lawyers.

Kickoff: Three of the presidents of the eight XFL teams are lawyers. One is Brian Michael Cooper, a former partner in the entertainment, media, and sports practice at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, who left the firm to become president of the Houston Roughnecks.

Drafted: The XFL’s in-house legal lineup features Mali Friedman, formerly assistant general counsel of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, and Olivier Manigat, who worked in-house at Heineken USA Inc. The XFL is led by CEO Oliver Luck, a former NFL quarterback turned lawyer.

Brian Baxter has the story.


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A law firm chief of staff is pivotal in executing identified priorities and day-to-day efficiencies, and allows top leadership to be more strategically focused, writes Valerie Nelan, chief of staff at Baker Donelson. She outlines the many hats someone in the role wears and the litany of interpersonal, tactical, and organizational skills necessary to contribute to the success of the firm.

INSIGHT: Top 10 Business and Human Rights Developments in 2019
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INSIGHT: SEC 2020 Compliance, Examination Priorities Aim at IT Security, FinTech Industry
Top 2020 priorities for SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations focus on “major risk themes,” including information security and resiliency, geopolitical events, and the LIBOR transition. Alston & Bird attorneys say SEC registrants should keep in mind it expanded its staff in 2019 and this year’s report is a considerable expansion of last year’s report.


Alston & Bird hired senior trial attorney Jason Levine as a partner in Washington from Vinson & Elkins LLP | Steptoe & Johnson added Joe Corrigan and Mike Williams to Washington as a managing director and senior government affairs adviser - both join from Kelley Drye; the firm also hired Christophe Bondy as a partner in the International Trade Group in London from Cooley | Jones Day has appointed Sheila Shadmand Partner-in-Charge of its Middle East Region, succeeding Javade Chaudhri | Polsinelli hired corporate law veteran Sean Power as shareholder in the Kansas City, Mo., office, and named Brian Bullard as the new managing partner of the Dallas office | Dorsey & Whitney said that Sativa Rasmussen has joined the Cannabis Practice Group in Seattle, and named Public Finance Partner Cristina (Cris) Kuhn as head of the Des Moines office | San Francisco-based law firm Hanson Bridgett has elected Kristina Lawson as its next (and the first female) Managing Partner.

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