Wake Up Call: Deloitte Links with U.S. Immigration Law Firm

• In the latest legal services expansion by a Big Four accounting firm, Deloitte’s U.K. arm said it is allying with the U.S. part of San Francisco-founded immigration firm Berry Appleman & Leiden and will also acquire eight foreign offices from that firm. Deloitte entered similar arrangements with Canadian immigration law firms starting in 2014. (Bloomberg Law via BLB(American Lawyer)

• After Cravath hiked starting pay for junior lawyers to $180,000 in 2016, many firms quickly piled on with their own pay hikes. By contrast, dozens of wealthy firms, including Kirkland & Ellis, Latham & Watkins, and Baker McKenzie, among others, have yet to follow Milbank in raising starting associate pay to $190,000, according to this report. (Above the Law

• Donald Trump’s embattled pal Elliott Broidy got a break from a New York federal judge yesterday. The judge ordered Joey Allaham, a real estate consultant and former Manhattan steakhouse owner, to turn over emails that might prove Qatar’s government was behind leaks of embarrassing emails said to show Broidy peddling his Trump access to clients. Broidy, represented by Boies Schiller partner Lee Wolosky, is suing Qatar, which has in its corner Debevoise & Plimpton lawyer Michael Mukasey, the former U.S. attorney general, reportedly getting $1,600 an hour. (Bloomberg)

• Locke Lord said veteran securities arbitration and compliance lawyer Joseph Vallo joined the firm’s West Palm Beach office as a partner in its business litigation and dispute resolution practice group. Vallo’s nearly 30 years of experience includes serving as senior VP and litigation counsel for the company now known as Wells Fargo Advisors LLC. He was most recently a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig. (Lockelord.com)

• London-based litigation funder Vannin Capital announced expansions of its arbitration and dispute-resolution funding practices in the U.S. and Europe. Its new managing director in Washington, D.C., is José Antonio Rivas, a former Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer associate, previously an official in the Colombian Ministry of Trade. Alexandra Dosman, Vannin’s new managing director in New York City, is a former Shearman & Sterling lawyer and most recently executive director of the New York International Arbitration Center. The company separately said its new office in Bonn, Germany, will anchor its new dispute resolution funding business across Germany, Austria and Switzerland. (Vannin.com)

• Trump nominated former Williams & Connolly lawyer Geoffrey Starks to fill a Democratic seat on the Federal Communications Commission. Starks, a former DOJ senior counsel, is currently FCC assistant bureau chief in Washington. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

• Lionsgate Entertainment Corp. said Corii Berg, a 20-year veteran of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., will be its new general counsel starting June 11. At Sony, Berg has been an executive and deputy general counsel, most recently senior vice president for business affairs. He’s set for a similar role in business affairs at Lionsgate. (Corporate Counsel)

 

Lawyers and Law Firms

• Jessica Matelis, an SEC litigator who led investigations into potential securities laws violations, returns as a securities enforcement & litigation partner to the Washington office of Foley & Lardner, where she was previously an associate. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

• The Senate unanimously confirmed Fernando Rodriguez Jr., a former Baker Botts partner and Trump’s first Latino court nominee, to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

• Willkie Farr & Gallagher said it advised Genstar and Apex in their acquisition of Ipes, a leading provider of fund administration and other services to the private equity sector. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. (PR Newswire)

 

 Laterals, Moves

• King & Spalding said it hired three experienced real estate transaction lawyers as partners in the firm’s corporate, finance & investments group in its New York office. The three, Erik Anderson, Elizabeth Gable, and Jared Zaben, come over from Riemer & Bernstein, and more lawyers are expected to join the team soon. (Kslaw.com)

 JAMS, the alternative dispute resolution services provider, said veteran litigation and insurance partner Steven R. Gilford joined its Chicago panel. Gilford spent 20 years at Mayer Brown, after which he led the opening of Proskauer’s Chicago office and served as co-head of its insurance practice from 2008-2017. (JAMSadr)

• Philadelphia-based mining company FMC Lithium said it promoted attorney Sara Ponessa to the role of general counsel, effective June 1. Ponessa’s previous roles include inhouse jobs at AstraZeneca and Wilmington Trust Company, and associate at law firm Saul Ewing.  (PR Newswire)

 

 Regulators and Enforcement

• The SEC has adopted a rule that will give mutual funds the option to send electronic copies of annual reports to investors. (Bloomberg Law)

• National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Peter Robb is giving employers more leeway on workplace rules. (Bloomberg Law)

 

 Technology

 • Amateurs hack systems, professionals hack people, and lawyers are often to blame when law firms get hacked, said a Hinshaw & Culbertson privacy attorney on a recent ABA panel that urged law firms to have a plan for dealing with cyber-attacks.(Bloomberg Law via BLB)

 Compiled by Rick Mitchell and edited by Tom Taylor.