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  • The campaign of Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg gave back thousands of dollars in campaign donations made by two high-profile litigators, because of their work for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the Guardian reported today. Lawyers Alexandra Walsh and Beth Wilkinson, name partners of Washington-based trial and litigation firm Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz, represented Kavanaugh during his Senate confirmation hearings, when California psychologist Christine Blasey Ford accused him of sexually assaulting her when both were high school students in Maryland. Walsh and Wilkinson, both previously at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, frequently donate to Democratic causes, the newspaper said. (The Guardian)

  • Hogan Lovells picked Hong Kong-based partner Miguel Zaldivar, who currently serves as the firm’s chief executive for the Asia Pacific Middle East region, as its next CEO. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Baker McKenzie’s Milton Cheng, who considers himself a “regular guy,” is taking over as the firm’s global head as it faces an increasingly complex legal market. Big Law Business profiled Cheng, who was elected in September as the firm’s chairman. (BLB via BLAW)

  • Baker McKenzie, Cadwalader, Fried Frank and a few other firms are, with conditions, offering year-end associate bonuses that go beyond the range set Nov. 7 by Milbank. But most firms recently announcing bonuses hewed to the $15,000-to-$100,000 Milbank scale, which Cravath also matched. (Above The Law)

  • U.K.-based Holman Fenwick Willan poached all nine lawyers and paralegals of Locke Lord’s Hong Kong office, which now has no full-time lawyers. (Asian Lawyer via Law.com)

  • Squire Patton Boggs grabbed two Reed Smith partners in Singapore for a new global commodities and shipping group. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Food delivery service DoorDash, represented by Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, got hit by millions of dollars in arbitration filing fees as thousands of its drivers filed individual claims against the company at the same time. A San Francisco judge called the company’s predicament “poetic justice.” (The Recorder)

Lawyers, Law Firms, Legal Market, Pro Bono

  • At least a dozen in-house lawyers lost their jobs at the parent of co-working giant WeWork. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Brown Rudnick faces a malpractice lawsuit by a litigation trust that blames one of the firm’s attorneys for an error that allegedly cost the trust $300 million. (American Lawyer)

  • The former chair of Ropes & Gray’s intellectual property practice, Richard McCaulley, left that firm in 2018 to launch what turned out to be a short-lived IP boutique in Chicago. McCaulley is now at Haley Guiliano, the patent prosecution firm spun off from Ropes & Gray in 2017. (American Lawyer)

  • Stroock senior counsel Joel Cohen, a white collar lawyer and former federal prosecutor, has a new book, “I Swear: The Meaning of an Oath.” (Stroock.com)

  • The American Bar Association said ACLU staff attorney Chase Strangio will receive a 2020 Stonewall Award for his work litigating on behalf of LGBTQ people and people living with HIV. (ABA)


  • Japanese drugmaker Asahi Kasei Corp. is buying Denmark’s Veloxis Pharmaceuticals A/S for approximately $1.3 billion, the companies said. K&L Gates is representing Veloxis. (BN)

  • Cole Schotz advised Cove Property Group on a $724.2 million refinancing deal for Hudson Commons, the company’s “trophy” office redevelopment in Hudson Yards, Manhattan. Blackstone Mortgage Trust is providing the funding. (Commercial Observer)

  • Goodwin Procter’s life sciences team advised Blackstone Life Sciences on a joint investment with Swiss drugmaker Ferring Pharmaceuticals of over $570 million in a new company seeking to use gene therapy to treat bladder cancer. (FierceBiotech.com)

Laterals, Moves, In-house, Promotions

  • Sidley Austin hired the co-head of Shearman & Sterling’s private capital industry group, Brien Wassner, in New York as a partner in its M&A and private equity practice. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP hired former EU ambassador to the United States, David O’Sullivan, as a senior counselor in the firm’s international practice. (Steptoe.com)

  • Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. hired automotive industry in-house veteran Katherine Knight as its executive vice president and general counsel. Knight was previously in-house at Nissan North America Inc. and USA Truck Inc. (Corporate Counsel)

Legal Actions, Decisions

  • Covington & Burling client Ameris Bank won an arbitration fight with the ousted founder and CEO of a company that Ameris purchased in 2018. (DailyReportOnline.com)

  • U.S. House Democrats got help from Debevoise & Plimpton in their motion asking a federal judge to order the Trump administration to hand over documents linked to its failed effort to put a citizenship question on the 2020 census. (National Law Journal)

  • A Sanford Heisler Sharp lawyer told a judge the GirlsDoPorn.com website should pay up to $2 million each plus punitive damages to 22 models who accuse the site of tricking them into thinking their videos would only be released anonymously on DVD. (The Recorder)


  • Cornell Tech’s New York City campus is hosting a second-annual competition for apps developed by Cornell Law students in a course on delivering legal services through technology. The Dec. 6 event is co-hosted with management-side worklaw firm Littler and AI automation platform Neota Logic. (Littler.com)

Legal Education

  • Yale law students got the school’s administrators to add the school’s first multi-stall gender-neutral restrooms earlier this year. Students at two more law schools are pushing for the same thing. (LAW.com)