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Former DOJ Criminal Division Head to Join Latham

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The former head of the Justice Department’s criminal division is joining the law firm Latham & Watkins, the firm announced on Wednesday, making the firm now home to two former assistant attorney generals for the criminal division, and three senior members of the Enron task force. Leslie Caldwell will join the firm in September in […]

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Hogan Lovells Launches in Boston with Acquisition of Investigations Firm

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Hogan Lovells has offices in 25 countries, but in the U.S., it’s never had a presence in one key market: Boston.

Now, the firm is moving into the New England city by merging with Collora LLP, a 30-year-old boutique specializing in investigations and litigation.

Lawyers at the two firms have worked together since the 1990s, which is why Collora co-founder Kathy Weinman actually took the call, she said, from Hogan Chief Executive Stephen Immelt when he reached out about a merger.

“We had been approached before,” Ms. Weinman said. “This combination just made so much more sense than anything we had been presented with previously.”

The move to Boston brings Hogan Lovells into what Asher Rubin, the firm’s global head of life sciences, calls “an absolute boomtown” for biotechnology, medical devices and the pharmaceutical industry. As biotech start ups mature, Mr. Rubin said, “the market will be absolutely ripe for investigations, litigation and the kind of white-collar criminal work the Collora team has done.” Hogan Lovells’ more than 2,000 existing clients in the life sciences space will also benefit from their presence in Boston, he said.

“Boston continues to be focal point of investigative work, not just around life sciences, but generally,” Mr. Immelt said. “We always felt not having a Boston offering meant we didn’t even get considered for matters that would be in our sweet spot.” Hogan Lovells studied the market deliberately, Mr. Immelt said, because he knew “you can’t just show up and say, ‘we’re here.’”

Collora is bringing its roughly 25 lawyers and 25 staff over to Hogan Lovells as of Sept. 1. In addition to the life sciences and healthcare industry, the firm has clients in financial services and education. The lawyers represent both companies and individuals, often around government investigations.

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LexisNexis Snaps Up Legal Tech Startup Ravel Law

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When it comes to the future of lawyering, LexisNexis is doubling down on big data. The company took its latest step Thursday toward turning lawyers into data analysts with the acquisition of Ravel Law, a five-year-old San Francisco company that uses its technology to glean insights by mining millions of pages of legal documents. LexisNexis parent company RELX […]

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A Rooney Rule for Law Firms? Project Aims to Promote More Women

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When the National Football League realized it had a diversity problem, it implemented the Rooney rule, which requires teams to consider a minority candidate when hiring top coaching positions.

Now, 30 law firms are trying to bring that concept to the legal profession, another industry largely lacking in diversity.

A pilot project sponsored by Diversity Lab is challenging the law firms to implement the “Mansfield Rule,” named for Arabella Mansfield, the first woman admitted to practice law in the United States.

The firms, including DLA Piper, Paul Hastings and White & Case, have committed to considering women or attorneys of color when hiring for leadership and governance roles, making equity partner promotions and filling lateral positions. Firms that can prove at least 30% of the candidate pools for each open role were women and minorities will get “Mansfield Certified” and be able to attend a client forum with in-house lawyers from the likes of HP, Gap and CBS

Alan Hoffman, the managing partner and chairman of Blank Rome, said the firm is thrilled to participate in the pilot because “we’re not retaining women in the practice at the same rate as men.” Blank Rome began in 2012 trying to get more women in line to take over practice group leadership, and now half of the firm’s 16 practices are led by women.

Orrick Chairman and Chief Executive Mitch Zuklie said the rule looks to be a promising way for law firms and their clients to come together to hold the industry accountable and is emblematic of the fact that “systemic problems require systemic solutions.”

The Mansfield Rule idea came out of the Women in Law Hackathon, an event held last year at Stanford Law School. Four other ideas pitched at the event are also being developed into pilot programs, said Caren Ulrich Stacy, the chief executive of Diversity Lab, including ones aimed at making sure women have meaningful sponsors and another that tackles compensation equality.

“I think this will heighten management’s awareness of the pipeline and who is coming up through the ranks,” Ms. Ulrich Stacy said of the Mansfield pilot. “It’s not just about who is qualified right here, right now.”

The law firm project comes full circle back to the NFL rule that inspired it: Art Rooney II, the president of the Pittsburgh Steelers and son of the late Dan Rooney, who created the football rule, is also a name partner at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, one of the firms participating in the pilot.

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Ex-Foley & Lardner Partner Charged With Insider Trading

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A former Foley & Lardner LLP partner used information gleaned from internal client documents to make illegal stock trades, according to charges filed Thursday by the Southern District of New York and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Prosecutors allege Florida real estate lawyer Walter “Chet” Little, who left Foley for Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP in Tampa last year, made trades based on pending corporate announcements from seven Foley clients, and passed on details to a neighbor to make trades of his own.

Collectively, the two made more than $1 million in illegal profits from February 2015 to February 2016, court documents claim. The neighbor, Andrew Berke, made $640,651, prosecutors say, with Mr. Little profiting by $363,797.

Attorneys for the two men didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment Thursday.

A Foley & Lardner spokesman said the firm learned about the trading activity last June and, after an internal investigation, Mr. Little left the firm. “We take this matter very seriously, and we have zero tolerance for actions that violate our core values and the trust our clients place in us,” the spokesman, Daniel Farrell said, adding that they reported their findings to authorities and have cooperated with the investigation.

Bradley Arant chairman and managing partner Beau Grenier said Mr. Little is no longer with the firm as of Thursday, when it learned about their partner’s arrest and the allegations against him. The firm had no prior knowledge of the investigation, he said, and is “deeply committed to upholding and exceeding the highest ethical standards and professional conduct.”

The case is the latest example in recent years of prosecutors accusing law firm employees of using internal documents for insider trading. Cases involving employees at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati PC and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP got widespread attention and served as a wake-up call for law firms that their internal systems may not be secure enough.

In the Foley case, 43-year-old Mr. Little allegedly used 11 announcements related to mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, earnings releases, and a trading suspension that he had permission to access on the firm’s internal systems.

The lawyer didn’t do any work for the clients in questionincluding Whiting Petroleum, Magnetek Inc., Oshkosh, and Harley Davidsonwhile he made the trades, according to the complaint.

The two face criminal charges of securities fraud, conspiracy to commit securities fraud, along with related civil charges from the SEC.

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Crowell & Moring Hires Homeland Security Lawyer in Los Angeles

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Paul Rosen, a former federal prosecutor and Obama-era chief of staff for the Department of Homeland Security, is joining the Los Angeles office of Crowell & Moring as a partner. It’s his first private sector law job after 12 years in government, including stints working for the courts, Congress and the Obama administration. He plans […]

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Obama Administration Lawyer Returns to Jenner & Block

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Jenner & Block may have missed out on wooing back former Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. when he left the government last year.

But it didn’t miss out when Mr. Verrilli’s top deputy, Ian Gershengorn, came back on the job market in January after eight years in the Obama administration.

Mr. Gershengorn, who, like his former boss, worked at Jenner earlier in his career, is returning to the firm, Jenner said Monday.

The 50-year-old lawyer will chair Jenner’s appellate and Supreme Court practice and also be part of the firm’s broader complex commercial litigation practice.

Mr. Gershengorn argued 13 cases before the Supreme Court during his time in the Obama administration, including several arguments as acting solicitor general in his last six months. Two of those cases are still awaiting rulings from the high court: one seeking to hold the former head of the Justice Department and other officials personally liable for the treatment of Arabs and Muslims following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks , and the other a challenge to the Obama administration’s immigrant deportation policies.

In his previous roles as principal deputy solicitor general and deputy assistant attorney general of the Justice Department’s federal programs branch, he served as a defender in court of the Affordable Care Act, oversaw national security litigation and played a role in several voting-rights cases, among other things.

“The last eight years have been pretty fun and exciting but a little draining,” Mr. Gershengorn said, which is why he’s taking a few months off and plans to start at the firm in September.

His vision for Jenner’s appellate group is to get the firm hired on more Supreme Court casesthey already argued 10 in the past two yearsbroadening its national appellate practice in the lower courts, and expanding on regulatory litigation.

Mr. Gershengorn said he’s watching the court challenges spilling out of the Trump administration with interest.

“When I see litigation involving nationwide challenges, nationwide injunctions to ongoing priorities…it stirs my juices again,” he said.

Mr. Gershengorn previously worked at Jenner from 1997 to 2009, the last eight of those as a partner. A 1993 Harvard Law School graduate, he clerked for the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and then for Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. As a young lawyer, he spent a few years as the assistant to then-Attorney General Janet Reno and counsel to then-Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick.

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