• Boeing Co. and its Perkins Coie lawyers may be changing their strategy for dealing with lawsuits linked to the two deadly crashes of its now grounded 737 Max 8 aircraft. After lawyers for Boeing and family members of victims suing the company over the Oct. 29 crash of Lion Air Flight 610 in Indonesia said they had agreed to mediate, a Chicago federal judge ordered talks to begin July 17, according to a report. (Law.com)

  • Meanwhile, Boeing also faces lawsuits over the March 10 Ethiopian Air Crash that killed 157 people. (BN via BLAW)

  • FBI director Christopher Wray, a former King & Spalding partner and chair of its special matters and government investigations practice, hired a former colleague from that firm, Paul B. Murphy, to serve as his chief of staff. Murphy replaces Zack Harmon, another former King & Spalding partner. (National Law Journal)

  • The widow of a Reed Smith partner who committed suicide while taking a generic version of GlaxoSmithKline’s Paxil won’t get a U.S. Supreme Court review of a federal appeals court decision that threw out a $3 million verdict she’d won. Williams & Connolly and others represented GSK. (BLAW)

  • DLA Piper client Domino’s Pizza Inc. and its franchising affiliates have to face an antitrust challenge to the chain’s “no poach” agreement, a federal judge ruled. (BLAW)

  • Goodwin hired life sciences M&A partner Wenseng “Wendy” Pan as a partner in Hong Kong. According to her LinkedIn profile, Pan, who has a law degree and chemistry doctorate from Columbia University, was previously a partner at Sidley Austin in New York. (GoodwinLaw.com)

  • Eversheds Sutherland hired away partners from White & Case and Kirkland & Ellis to launch a Chicago office, its first new office since the transatlantic firm was created out of a 2017 merger. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Kirkland & Ellis is starting a firmwide wellness program, the latest effort by Big Law to tackle mental health issues that plague the legal profession. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Alternative dispute resolution services provider JAMS added Stephen Townley, an arbitrator and mediator for the Court of Arbitration for Sport and the World Intellectual Property Organization, to its panels in London and New York. Townley, among other things, in 1983 founded an international sports law and media boutique that, through a series of mergers, eventually became part of the firm known as Squire Patton Boggs. (JAMSadr.com)

Lawyers, Law Firms

  • Cravath, Swaine & Moore is reported to be in discussions to lease office space in a future Manhattan tower expected to be completed at 31st Street and 9th Avenue in 2023, about a year before its current lease expires at 825 Eighth Ave. (New York Law Journal)

  • Boston-based Ropes & Gray and the Lawyers for Civil Rights announced a proposed settlement of a Federal Voting Rights Act lawsuit that alleged that the municipal voting system of the city of Lowell, Massachusetts, illegally dilutes the vote of communities of color. (Ropesgray.com)

  • The New York City Bar Association said it supports proposed state legislation, co-drafted by the National Employment Lawyers Association of New York, to expand harassment and discrimination protections for employees in New York State. (Medium.com)


  • Shearman & Sterling advised Guinea Alumina Corporation and its parent company, Emirates Global Aluminium, on financing for an approximately $1.6 billion bauxite mining project in the Republic of Guinea. (Shearman.com) (TradeArabia.com)

  • Milbank represented BNP Paribas Securities Limited as the sole sponsor for the approximately $468.5 million Hong Kong initial public offering of Xinyi Energy Holdings Limited, a Chinese solar farm operator. (Milbank.com) (BN)

Laterals, Moves, Promotions

  • McDermott Will & Emery added financial services litigator David Momborquette as a partner in New York. According to his LinkedIn profile, he was previously at Schulte Roth & Zabel. (MWE.com)

  • Manatt Phelps & Phillips added healthcare regulation lawyer Meghan McNamara as a partner with Manatt Health in Albany, New York. She was previously at Hinman Straub P.C. (Manatt.com)

  • Morgan Lewis & Bockius got back corporate partner David Schwartz from DLA Piper, after losing him to that firm in 2010. Schwartz, who advises on capital markets and corporate finance transactions with a life sciences and tech focus, returned to the firm as a Princeton-based partner. (MorganLewis.com)

  • Crowell & Moring hired management-side labor and employment litigator Eric Su as a partner in New York. Su joins the firm from FordHarrison, where he was managing partner of its New York office and co-chair of its construction practice group. (Crowell.com)

  • Reed Smith added worklaw litigator Lori Armstrong Halber as a partner in Philadelphia. She arrives from Fisher Phillips, where she was a member of the women’s initiative & leadership council steering committee. (ReedSmith.com)

  • New York City firm Warshaw Burstein added two litigation partners from Robinson Brog. Alan M. Pollack focuses on commercial and civil litigation. Felicia S. Ennis, a commercial and employment litigator, was chair of Robinson Brogg’s employment practices department. (WBNY.com)

Legal Actions, Bankruptcies, Decisions

  • Legal research company LexisNexis, a nonprofit organization, and the state of Georgia, are all urging the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on a copyright dispute over official annotations to state laws. The outcome may force lawyers to pay more for those notes. (BLAW)

  • CVS Pharmacy Inc. and consumers won tentative approval of an uncapped settlement that will give full refunds to some who bought the company’s “Algal-900 DHA” memory aid. Reese LLP, Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer LLP, Mehri & Skalet PLLC, and the Center for Science in the Public Interest represented the plaintiffs. Polsinelli PC represented CVS. (BLAW)


  • Flipboard, a news aggregator app, said hackers breached its system and possibly copied users’ account information. (CNET.com)

Legal Education

  • Carlton Fields announced its 2019 summer associate class, including four law students from three law schools. (CarltonFields.com)