• A record 206 corporations are backing a pro bono brief set to be filed on their behalf today in the U.S. Supreme Court in three consolidated cases that ask whether U.S. civil rights law protects workplace rights of LGBTQ workers. The corporations say ending discrimination against LGBTQ workers is “good for business, employees, and the U.S. economy,” in the brief, for which Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan partner is counsel of record. (National Law Journal)

  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg might not have become a member on the nation’s highest court, if she had been able get a law firm job after she finished law school way back when, she suggested in comments yesterday. (BLAW via BLB)

  • The former general counsel for failed New Orleans-based First NBC Bank, Gregory St. Angelo, pleaded guilty to bank fraud in federal court last week as part of a deal with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, according to reports. The April 2017 failure, costing some $1 billion, was the biggest U.S. bank collapse since the 2008 financial crisis. St. Angelo faces up to 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine. (American Banker) (Corporate Counsel)

  • Mayer Brown, Vinson & Elkins, and Simpson Thacher are among law firms advising on a $160 million investment deal to create a midstream energy company in Argentina’s Vaca Muerta (dead cow) shale fields, an area getting keen interest from big energy firms including Shell and Exxon Mobil, according to reports. (Financial Times) A century after it was discovered by a U.S. geologist, the Vaca Muerta field of Argentina is finally producing oil. (BN)

  • For years firearms companies have escaped liability for mass shooters who used their products. Now, thanks to a recent milestone Connecticut Supreme Court ruling, lawyers for victims and victims’ families of the Las Vegas shooting are targeting companies that made the weapons used by the shooter. (NYT)

  • Law firm merger activity is down 10% so far this year due to a slowdown in bigger firm combinations, according to new data. (BLAW via BLB)

  • A California bar task force last week advanced controversial proposals for new ethics rules that would allow non-lawyers to invest in law firms and tech companies to provide limited legal services. (BLAW via BLB)

  • The University of Southern California, through its Gibson Dunn & Crutcher lawyers, is fighting a challenge to its retirement plan in court after losing a high-profile battle to send the dispute to arbitration. (BLAW)

Lawyers, Law Firms

  • When Texas-based litigation firm Susman Godfrey started its “unlimited” paid parental leave policy for both women and men lawyers nine months ago, its success depended on getting men to take leave, so that women wouldn’t feel obligated to limit their own absences. (American Lawyer)

  • The Association of Corporate Counsel named the winners of its eighth annual Top 10 30-Somethings award, which goes to in-house lawyers aged 30 to 39, judged on how they approach challenges, their global perspective, contributions to the in-house community, pro bono or community service work, and innovation. (Corporate Counsel)

  • Worklaw firm Jackson Lewis held a two-day workshop to help its most experienced trial attorneys upgrade their courtroom skills. (JacksonLewis.com)

Deals

  • Willkie Farr & Gallagher advised private equity firm CapVest Partners and its portfolio company Karro Food Group, a U.K. pork processor, on the acquisition of U.K.-based Young’s Seafood. (BBC News)

  • Stroock & Stroock & Lavan advised Castleton Commodities International LLC, a global energy commodity merchant, on the closing of two credit facilities totaling $2.775 billion. The Stamford, Connecticut-based company said it will use the new loans for refinancing and for funding its activities. Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft advised lenders, which included BNP Paribas, Societe Generale, and Citibank, N.A., among others. (PR Newswire via Yahoo Finance)

  • DLA Piper advised Seattle-based Adaptive Biotechnologies on its $345 million IPO on the Nasdaq Global Select Market. (DLAPiper.com) (Seattle Times)

Laterals, Moves

  • Jackson Lewis added employee benefits lawyer Adam B. Cantor in White Plains, New York. Cantor arrives from Brown Rudnick. (JacksonLewis.com)

  • Eversheds Sutherland added Greenberg Traurig real estate lawyer Nicole Fenton as a partner in New York, the real estate group’s fourth new partner in recent weeks. (Eversheds Sutherland)

  • Cooley added trademark lawyer Jeffrey Greene in New York as a partner in its litigation department. He arrives from Fenwick & West. (Cooley)

  • Perkins Coie added construction lawyer Kevin Kolton as a partner in its Chicago office. Kolton arrives from Schiff Hardin, where he was a partner and was previously construction practice deputy leader. (PerkinsCoie.com)

  • DLA Piper added disputes attorney Marine Lallemand as a partner in Paris, in its litigation & regulatory practice. She arrives from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe’s Paris office. (DLAPiper.com)

Legal Actions, Bankruptcies, Decisions

  • Fidelity Investments’ lawyers from O’Melveny & Myers and Goodwin Procter asked a federal judge to dismiss a proposed class action accusing the firm of running an illegal 401(k) kickback scheme, which they said is based on a flawed premise. (BLAW)

  • Pfizer Inc. unit Wyeth, advised by Kaye Scholer and others, lost a bid to defeat a long-running certified class suit alleging Wyeth deceptively marketed Prempro and other hormone replacement therapy drugs while downplaying the risk of breast cancer. (BLAW)