• Facing lawsuits and criticism over its response to two recent crashes of its aircraft, Chicago-based Boeing Co. announced a shift in its legal team, effective immediately. Current general counsel J. Michael Luttig is now counselor and senior adviser to company CEO Dennis Muilenburg, the company said. Luttig will continue to handle all legal matters related to the Oct. 29, 2018, Lion Air Flight 610 and March 10 Ethiopian Airlines 302 crashes. The president of Boeing Japan, Brett Gerry, is the company’s new GC and will relocate to Chicago, it said. (Boeing)

  • Meanwhile, Boeing is arguing that a lawsuit stemming from the Indonesia crash should take place in Indonesia, not in a courtroom a short walk from its corporate headquarters in Chicago. One of the lawyers representing Boeing in that suit is Perkins Coie partner and associate general counsel Bates McIntyre Larson. (BN via BLAW)

  • K&L Gates has sold its Warsaw, Poland, office, which has 11 partners, 45 lawyers and 31 support staff, to U.K. listed firm DWF, for a reported 3 million pounds ($3.916 million). In an e-mailed statement, Pittsburgh-based K&L Gates said that, “after a careful and thorough assessment of our clients’ needs against the backdrop of economic and related trends, current and future opportunities and factors in the market, and the great strength of the firm’s other offerings in Europe in particular and elsewhere, K&L Gates previously determined that it was in the best interest of the firm to separate from the practice based in Warsaw. The Warsaw-based lawyers are now in the process of joining with another firm and we are working with them on an amicable termination of our remaining relationship. We wish them the best in their new affiliation.” (ALM Media via Yahoo Finance)

  • Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook Inc.'s other top executives have been hit with a lawsuit accusing them of insider trading and blaming them for the privacy scandals that have rocked the social media giant and its stock value since 2016. (BLAW)

  • Legal tech incubators are taking off in the U.K. as law firms like Slaughter and May and even Big Four accountancy PwC launch proving grounds for growing legal tech outfits. (BLB)

  • Proskauer said former federal prosecutor Seetha Ramachandran, a white collar defense lawyer, joined its litigation department as a partner in New York. Ramachandran, who arrives from Schulte Roth & Zabel, was the first head of the DOJ unit whose work developing and charging criminal cases under the Bank Secrecy Act formed the model for anti-money laundering enforcement used by regulators and prosecutors, Proskauer said. (Proskauer.com)

  • Reed Smith said ex-Ricoh USA, Inc. top lawyer Jami Segota rejoined the firm in Philadelphia as counsel in its labor & employment practice. Segota was an associate and counsel at Reed Smith from 1997 until mid-2009, when she left for Ricoh, where she most recently served as senior vice-president, GC and secretary. (ReedSmith.com)

  • Federal prosecutors have sparked fear among Southern California elite families with news that they are going after a new group of parents in the college admissions fraud scandal. (NYT)

  • Energy company Phillips 66 Co., advised by Norton Rose Fulbright, scored a pre-trial win against a field worker’s overtime wage suit. (BLAW)

Lawyers, Law Firms, Deals

  • Cozen O’Connor said it advised Marquee Brands LLC on intellectual property aspects of the company’s recently announced $207 million acquisition of Martha Stewart’s and Emeril Lagasse’s brands from Sequential Brands Group. (AdWeek)

  • DLA Piper is representing Japanese electronics group Omron Corp in the $893 million sale of its automotive electronics division to Nidec, which makes precision engines. Nidec said the acquisition will help it develop components for electric and self-driving vehicles. (DLAPiper.com) (Nikkei Asian Review)

  • In a recent interview, Linda Coberly, Winston & Strawn’s Chicago office managing partner, talked, among other things, about fighting for equal rights for women, clerking for Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, and collecting money at the end of the year. (Crain’s Chicago Business)

Laterals, Moves, Promotions

  • Foley & Lardner said bankruptcy attorney Paul Labov joined as a partner in New York in the firm’s litigation department and bankruptcy & business reorganizations practice group. He arrives from Fox Rothschild. (Foley.com)

  • Stroock said employee benefits and executive compensation lawyer David Olstein, who advises on the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, joined the firm as a partner in New York. Olstein, most recently at Groom Law Group in Washington, has been at Skadden and spent 14 years at the now-defunct Dewey & LeBoeuf. (Stroock.com)

  • Hogan Lovells said its global head of transfer pricing, Fabrizio Lolliri, is relocating to New York from London to expand the firm’s capabilities in transfer pricing and supply chain restructuring for clients in the Americas. (HoganLovells.com)

  • Alternative dispute resolution services provider JAMS said retired Georgia county judge Gail S. Tusan joined its panel in Atlanta, after 35 years of judicial service, most recently finishing six terms as a superior court judge in Fulton County. (JAMSadr.com)

  • Locke Lord said white collar criminal defense and internal investigation attorney Brian Devine joined the firm as a partner in Boston, arriving after 12 years at Goodwin Procter. (LockeLord.com)

  • Management-side worklaw firm Littler said former state government lawyer Melissa Peters joined the firm’s workplace safety & health practice group. Peters was previously staff counsel with the California Department of Industrial Relations’ Division of Occupational Safety and Health in L.A. (Littler.com)

Legal Actions, Bankruptcies, Decisions

  • For issuing about $50 million in loans in states where they were not legal, a bankrupt payday lender will have to pay a $7—yes, seven dollar—civil penalty to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, according to filings. (BLAW)