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Neil Gorsuch, Supreme Court nominee for U.S. President Donald Trump, right, smiles during a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. Photographer: Alex Wong/Pool via Bloomberg

Wake Up Call: Gorsuch Told Senator Trump’s Judge Comments ‘Disheartening’

Wake Up Call: Gorsuch Told Senator Trump’s Judge Comments ‘Disheartening’

• U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch told a Democratic senator he found Donald Trump’s comments criticizing the judiciary over a federal court order that blocked his immigration ban “disheartening” and “demoralizing.” (Bloomberg) Gorsuch’s comments could help “score points” for his Senate confirmation process by demonstrating he can stand up to Trump. (National Law Journal) However, Connecticut

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Wake Up Call: Drinker Biddle to Open in Dallas

• Trump Organization officials will hire a partner at Washington-based firm King & Spalding, Bobby R. Burchfield, and George A. Sorial, a veteran executive in President Donald Trump’s businesses, to try to ensure separation between the White House and the family business, a person familiar with the matter said. (Bloomberg via BLB) • Sedgwick has seen 15 partners

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Wake Up Call: Christie Wager for Sports Gambling Pays Law Firms

• Gibson Dunn & Crutcher and other law firms have raked in over $6 million from the New Jersey government since 2012 to make the case for legalizing sports-betting at its racetracks and casinos. That’s been a losing bet so far for taxpayers and for Governor Chris Christie. And those legal bills from Gibson Dunn and other firms don’t

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Big Law Docket Scanner: Orrick’s Battle with Hassan Abbas

Every week, we search on Bloomberg Law for AmLaw 100 firm names as either plaintiffs and defendants in federal, state and international courts. This week, only one case turned up, as the past seven days proved to be a fairly mild period for law firm litigation. We listed the case below, which came up in our

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Wake Up Call: FanDuel, DraftKings Agree to Cease Operations in New York

• Debevoise & Plimpton has launched an office in Tokyo with three lawyers who are relocating from New York, to be run as a local joint venture that will allow it to hire Japanese lawyers and offer Japanese law advice. (The Lawyer) • A California federal judge has issued a preliminary ruling disqualifying the year-old litigation boutique Hueston Hennigan from a

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Litigation Boutique May Be Disqualified for “Egregious” Conflict

Citing a conflict “so egregious that it is unwaivable,” a federal judge in Santa Ana has issued a preliminary ruling disqualifying the recently formed litigation boutique Hueston Hennigan from a multi-million dollar healthcare fraud case that’s been in the headlines for years. In a 19-page tentative ruling dated Monday, which was circulated among attorneys involved in the

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12 Big Trends Facing the Legal Media, PR and the Business of Law

Last Thursday I spoke on a panel in San Francisco with Jenna Greene, editor of the AmLaw Litigation Daily, and David Houston, editor of the Daily Journal — who is also my former boss. The event, titled “What’s Now & What’s Next for the Legal Press,” touched on trends in the legal media and, of course,

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Wake Up Call: Dropping Merger Talks, Greenberg Traurig Acquires Four Laterals

• Days after halting merger talks with a London-based firm, Greenberg Traurig acquired four litigation partners from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft for its New York office, including Louis Solomon, co-chair of Cadwalader’s litigation department and chair of its commercial and international litigation groups. (American Lawyer) • Female lawyers and other female legal professionals continue to face hurdles on

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LeClairRyan Adds Seven Litigators in Boston

LeClairRyan announced Thursday it added seven attorneys to its Boston office, who join from Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough. Partners James Carroll and Gillian Woolf are leading the group of general commercial litigators, which also includes junior partner, Benjamin Carroll, counsel Marc Finkel, three associates and six professional staff members. In an interview, James Carroll said his

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K&L Gates and ‘The Shark Tank of Law Firms’ (Podcast)

The American Lawyer’s Julie Triedman joins Casey and Josh to discuss K&L Gates. Thirty partners recently left the firm, but that was after an announcement that the firm would be receiving a $210 million contingency fee award. In light of the settlement, why are partners choosing to leave now, and what is the firm’s outspoken chairman, Peter