Author Archives: Rick Mitchell

Paul Manafort, campaign worker for Donald Trump, president and chief executive of Trump Organization Inc. and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, not pictured, speaks with the press during an election night event in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, April 19, 2016. Trump's campaign is poised to have its first good week in a month as the Republican presidential front-runner awaits an expected win in the New York primary, a boost that could provide momentum ahead of five key Northeast contests next week. Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** Paul Manafort

Wake Up Call: Skadden Faces DOJ Questions Over Work for Manafort

Wake Up Call: Skadden Faces DOJ Questions Over Work for Manafort

• New York-based Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom faces Justice Department scrutiny for work it did for Paul Manafort five years ago, when Manafort was lobbying for a former pro-Russia leader of Ukraine. The DOJ’s interest in Skadden comes as special counsel Robert Mueller zooms in on Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, in the context of his investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election. (New York

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Wake Up Call: PwC to Open U.S. Law Firm

• PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is set to launch a U.S. law firm called “ILC legal” later this month, with an office in Washington, D.C., in the latest move into law firms’ turf by Big Four accounting firms. (Am Law Daily) • Kasowitz Benson Torres announced a management reset, naming Cindy Caranella Kelly and Wallace L. Schwartz as co-managing partners for day-to-day

Buildings stand near the confluence of the Yangtze River, left, and the Jialing River, right, in Chongqing, the fastest-growing city in China. Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Wake Up Call: Facing Bribery Probe, Uber Turns to O’Melveny

• Uber Technologies Inc. is said to have hired O’Melveny & Myers LLP to review its Asia operations as it faces a broad federal probe into whether it broke laws against overseas bribery. The company has notified U.S. officials about payments made by staff in Indonesia, while lawyers are looking at suspicious activity in at least five Asian countries

Why Women Leave Big Law to Start Their Own Firms

Wake Up Call: Why Women Leave Big Law to Start Their Own Firms

• In a story package published on Big Law Business, reporter Stephanie Russell-Kraft interviewed more than 20 women who departed their jobs at large law firms to start their own firms, more than half of whom became partner before departing Big Law. There were significant commonalities in their stories, chief among them frustration — with what

A monitor displays Equifax Inc. signage on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. The dollar fell to the weakest in more than two years, while stocks were mixed as natural disasters damped expectations for another U.S. rate increase this year. Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Wake Up Call: Equifax Lawyers Up, Hires King & Spalding

• Equifax Inc. hired King & Spalding’s Phyllis Sumner, a partner and chief privacy officer, to lead its defense against more than 70 class actions filed over its massive data breach. (Daily Report) The Federal Trade Commission and a powerful Congressional committee are investigating the data breach. (Bloomberg) The breach made clear that credit monitoring in the U.S. is

Morning Commuters In Beijing's Central Business District As China's Communist Leaders Grapple With Inequality

Wake Up Call: Squire Patton Boggs Loses Claim to Name in China

• If you browse to, you won’t get the web site of Washington, D.C.-based global law firm Squire Patton Boggs, rather you’ll get a Chinese site using the same name. The U.S. firm recently lost a legal fight with the Chinese company that legally registered that domain name, but it has vowed to fight on. The Chinese company similarly took on Norton

A logo sits on a window inside the offices of Uber Technologies Inc. at Factory Berlin tech hub in Berlin, Germany, on Monday, May 9th, 2016. Uber will start its low-cost UberX service in the German capital next month, according to reports. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Wake Up Call: Uber Top Lawyer Said to Be Leaving

• With Uber Technologies Inc. facing federal investigations and lawsuits, its new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi already needed to find a new general counsel to replace the recently promoted Salle Yoo. Now, Yoo is leaving her job as chief legal officer as soon as the company finds a new GC, sources tell Bloomberg News. (Bloomberg) (The Information)

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Wake Up Call: Trump Counsel McGahn Hires Quinn Emanuel Partner

• In an exclusive story on Big Law Business, Ballard Spahr has revealed plans to acquire the 25-lawyer New York First Amendment boutique Levine Sullivan Koch & Schultz, which represented the New York Times in Sarah Palin’s defamation lawsuit against the media company for allegedly publishing an editorial that linked the former Alaskan governor to

Highways are empty after many residents have evacuated ahead of Hurricane Irma in Miami Beach, Florida, U.S., on Friday, Setp. 8, 2017. Hurricane Irma bulked up ahead of an all but certain collision with southern Florida after devastating a chain of Caribbean islands and threatening to become the most expensive storm in U.S. history. Photographer: Jayme Gershen/Bloomberg

Wake Up Call: Irma Floods Miami District Home to Law Firms

Today marks the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Thousands are expected to gather at Ground Zero — survivors, rescuers, relatives and others — to remember the tragic day. Our thoughts are with all those affected.  • Brickell Avenue, South Florida’s version of Wall Street, turned into a fast-moving river Sunday as Hurricane Irma flooded the