• Carlton Fields acquired the attorneys of government contracts and construction law firm McManus & Felsen, which will allow the Tampa-based firm to expand its own construction law group in Washington, the firms said. Attorneys Joseph A. McManus, Jr., Daniel K. Felsen, and James P. Carney join Carlton Fields Washington office as shareholders and David J. Butzer and Dale R. Ellickson join the office as senior counsels. It wasn’t immediately clear if other McManus & Felsen lawyers and staff will be joining them. (CarltonFields.com)

  • Philadelphia-based Cozen O’Connor has picked up California’s Miller Law Group, one of the larger woman-owned employment law firms, to add 13 lawyers to its San Francisco and Los Angeles offices. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk, represented by Fenwick & West and others, was cleared by a federal court of liability for alleged short-swing profits from buying SolarCity, a solar energy firm founded by his cousins. (BLAW)

  • A Canadian judge approved more than $1.6 million in fees for accounting firm Ernst & Young, Kirkland & Ellis, and other firms seeking to get back funds from the now-defunct Canadian crypto exchange QuadrigaCX. (CoinDesk.com)

  • President Trump’s pick for ambassador to Thailand, Sullivan & Cromwell partner Michael DeSombre, reported earning just over $4 million from his partnership share, according to his financial disclosure form. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Seyfarth Shaw, represented by Morrison & Foerster, failed to persuade a judge to throw out a $157 million legal malpractice suit brought against Seyfarth by a bankrupt restaurant company. (New York Law Journal)

  • Cisco Systems Inc. agreed to pay $8.6 million to settle a whistleblower’s claims that the company violated the False Claims Act by providing the U.S. and various states with video surveillance systems with security flaws. (BLAW)

  • Locke Lord expanded its aviation industry group by grabbing two litigators from Nixon Peabody. Eric Strain, who was Nixon Peabody’s aviation team deputy leader, joined Locke Lord’s New York office as a partner. Paul Stinson joins as senior counsel in San Francisco. (LockeLord.com)

  • Atlanta-based Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton is tangled up in a lawsuit in which the Northern Arapaho Tribe accuses the tribe’s former firm, Baldwin, Crocker & Rudd, of overbilling and refusing to return about a $1 million in tribal money, and legal documents. (Star Tribune)

Lawyers, Law Firms

  • Pennsylvania-based firm, K&L Gates, announced a new flex-time program aimed at easing attorneys’ return to the firm after an extended leave. It’s the latest move by a firm to upgrade its leave policy to make it more appealing to new legal talent. (Legal Intelligencer)

  • Chambers and Partners’ second annual ranking of litigation funders is the latest sign that the industry has become mainstream, says the founder of a litigation finance firm that made the latest list. (Above The Law)

  • Days after Capitol One got hit by massive hack of its consumers’ data, consumer credit reporting company TransUnion said it is hiring a former bank in-house lawyer, Eli Peterson, for the new role of deputy general counsel for public policy and privacy. The hire also comes on the heels of rival credit reporting agency Equifax Inc.'s agreement to pay $700 million to settle U.S. federal and state investigations into the 2017 hack that compromised data of some 140 million people. (Corporate Counsel)

  • In a recent essay for Ms. Magazine, former Ogletree Deakins employment law partner Dawn Knepper says that for years she handled claims of workplace discrimination and harassment for clients, only to face the same treatment from her firm. (Msmagazine.com)

  • The U.S. Supreme Court case by former Winston & Strawn partner Constance Ramos will have a big impact on Big Law, in particular firms’ efforts to kill gender discrimination suits by invoking mandatory arbitration clauses in partnership contracts, one writer says. (Abovethelaw.com)

  • Epstein Becker & Green’s recently announced tie-up with Deloitte Legal for employment law and workplace services helped it recruit Proskauer Rose international labor and employment co-chair Erika Collins as a partner in New York. (American Lawyer).

Deals

  • Cooley client Lux Capital, a venture capital firm, closed two innovation focused investment funds of a combined total of over $1 billion. (Medium.com)

  • GI Partners, a middle-market alternative asset manager, said it completed its acquisition of Goodwin Procter client Insurity, Inc., a software platform for the property & casualty insurance industry. (PE Hub Network)

Laterals, Moves, Promotions

  • Michael Best & Friedrich said child welfare advocate Becky Miller Updike joined its lobbying and public affairs affiliate Michael Best Strategies in Denver as a principal. (MichaelBest.com)

  • Blank Rome added consumer financial services lawyer Scott D. Samlin as a partner in New York. He joins from Pepper Hamilton, where he was a partner and leader of the consumer financial services and bank regulatory practice. (BlankRome)

  • Blank Rome also added insurance recovery lawyer Natasha Romagnoli as a partner in New York. She joins from McKool Smith where she was a principal. (BlankRome.com)

  • Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton added Dallas real estate partner Jarrett Reed from Norton Rose Fulbright. (SheppardMullin.com)

  • Sheppard Mullin named data privacy and security lawyer Kari Rollins co-managing partner of its New York office, to join current office managing partner, Paul Garrity. It named telecommunications, cyber and data security lawyer Dave Thomas Washington co-managing partner, to join current office managing partner David Douglass. (SheppardMullin.com)