• The recently announced tie-up between Deloitte and Epstein Becker Green’s employment law practice is the third such “strategic alliance” in the last year between an American law firm and a member of the accounting Big Four. But this one piqued particular interest as law firms decide how to contend with the Big Four’s legal market incursions, and it could spur more such partnerships, firm consultants said. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Wells Fargo & Co.'s acting CEO, Allen Parker, the scandal-battered bank’s former general counsel, created a new working group to manage its many regulatory and compliance challenges. (Financial Times) (Corporate Counsel)

  • A Mayer Brown litigator in Houston identified herself as the Big Law partner who is suing a restaurant for $20 million over an alleged rape by a bartender. The bartender was criminally charged but has since died. The partner, Jessica Crutcher, said she has seen her clients survive violence and stand up for themselves, and wants to do the same. “I want my life back,” she said. (Texas Lawyer)

  • Hogan Lovells donated $1 million to the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law to help fund its work against racial discrimination. (PR Newswire)

  • Attorneys general of 38 states and territories wrote to congressional leaders urging them to pass legislation that would let banks handle money generated by the country’s rapidly growing legal cannabis business. (NPR.org)

  • Reed Smith snatched Baker McKenzie’s veteran international arbitration partner James P. “J.P.” Duffy as a partner in New York. Duffy, according to his LinkedIn, has earlier been a partner at K&L Gates and DLA Piper. (ReedSmith.com)

  • McGuireWoods added veteran complex litigator Stephen Foresta, former leader of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe’s global business litigation unit, as a partner in New York. Foresta, who led Orrick’s litigation unit from 2011 to 2016 and chaired its life settlements working group, advises on business disputes, and insurance recovery, and product liability actions, among other matters. (McGuireWoods.com)

  • Management-side worklaw firm Littler Mendelson launched an online app, “Littler onDemand,” that gives clients real-time answers to employment-related questions. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Goodwin added real estate industry partner Sarah Fleury to its three-year-old Paris office. Fleury joins from Orrick, where she was a partner and head of its French real estate group. (Goodwinlaw.com)

Deals

  • Squire Patton Boggs client Compass Diversified Holdings agreed to sell its subsidiary Clean Earth Inc., a specialty waste processor, to Harsco Corporation for $625 million. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett advised Harsco. (APNews.com) (StreetInsider.com)

  • Blank Rome was lead legal counsel to private equity firm J.F. Lehman in its sale of API Technologies Corp., which makes high-performance components and subsystems for RF / microwave and electromagnetic spectrum management, in aerospace, defense, space, government, and other industrial applications. The buyer, for an undisclosed amount, was an affiliate of AEA Investors LP. BakerHostetler also advised J.F. Lehman in the deal. (JFLPartners.com) (PEHub.com) (PRNewswire)

  • DLA Piper represented affiliates of Greenland Atlantic Yards, developer of Pacific Park, a 22-acre mega apartment complex in Brooklyn, New York, in a related joint venture with New York real estate company the Brodsky Organization to develop a $640 million multi-use tower at 18 Sixth Avenue, adjacent to the Barclays Center. (DLA Piper) (New York Post) (The Real Deal)

  • Sidley Austin client Knowles Corporation, which designs, makes, and sells micro-acoustic, audio processing, and precision device components, announced an amicable resolution of its proxy contest against an investor group including Caligan Partners, Falcon Edge Capital, and Patriot Global Management and their affiliates, which were advised by Schulte, Roth & Zabel. (Businesswire.com)

Lawyers, Law Firms

  • For more than two centuries, the ampersand served Big Law well, appearing in the titles of virtually all the most prestigious firms. But more and more big American firms, Milbank, Sidley Austin, WilmerHale, to name a few, have renounced or are renouncing their ampersands, this writer laments. (ABA Journal)

  • Prosecutors must maintain ethical conduct when they are entering into plea bargaining for misdemeanor crimes, according to an American Bar Association opinion. (BLAW)

  • Haynes and Boone attorneys, working pro bono with the Texas Civil Rights Project and other lawyers, helped a Salvadoran father detained by the U.S. as he seeks asylum to get released and reunited with his 11-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son, according to a press release. (HaynesBoone.com)

  • Nonprofit immigrant legal services group RAICES filed a formal complaint accusing Trump administration immigration officials of blocking detained immigrants from meeting with their lawyers. (NBCNews.com)

Laterals, Moves, Promotions

  • Tarter Krinsky & Drogin added Spyros Arsenis as counsel in New York in the firm’s real estate and commercial leasing groups. He was previously at Meister Seelig & Fein. (TarterKrinsky.com)

  • Fish & Richardson hired a new pro bono manager for its 11 U.S. offices, adding Boston-based Mia Friedman. Friedman arrives from the Lawyers Clearinghouse, where she directed the legal clinic for the homeless and its Access to Justice Fellows program. (FR.com)

  • Cross-border financial services firm Travelex Group promoted its deputy general counsel and corporate secretary, Tania Ali, to general counsel for North America. (Corporate Counsel)

Legal Actions, Bankruptcies, Decisions

  • Art collectors duped into buying works purportedly painted by famous artists including Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko may proceed with their suit against the Knoedler Gallery LLC, a federal court said. Pryor Cashman represented the buyers. Norton Rose Fulbright and others represented the gallery.(BLAW)

  • Locke Lord is fighting a Florida company’s effort to get legal fees in a case that includes allegations of malicious patent prosecution. (Texas Lawyer)