• Former Skadden partner Greg Craig, who counseled former Presidents Obama and Bill Clinton, was indicted by a U.S. grand jury in Washington yesterday, accused of lying to prosecutors about his firm’s work on behalf of Ukraine. (BN via BLAW) The charges, the first against a high-profile Democrat to come out of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, sends a clear message that lobbyists who don’t register their work for foreign interests should be afraid. (Politico) Craig is represented by William W. Taylor III and William J. Murphy of Zuckerman Spaeder, according to reports. (NPR.org)

  • After WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested in London, President Trump said he didn’t know anything about the organization or Assange. But Trump said he “loved” WikiLeaks back in 2016, when the possibly Russia-connected hacking group released Hillary Clinton emails and swayed the presidential election. (BN) (Axios) (NYT)

  • Papers filed yesterday by Uber Technologies Inc. for its IPO show Cooley leading the company’s legal representation in the operation, with Covington & Burling as special adviser, and Davis Polk & Wardwell representing underwriters. (BLAW via BLB) Uber’s filing, to the Securities and Exchange Commission, details legal risks faced by the company, among other things. (Financial Times) It shows that the company’s former chief legal officer, Salle Yoo, sold over $22 million in Uber shares back to the company. (Corporate Counsel)

  • Hertz Corp. is suing its former general counsel, Jeffrey Zimmerman, and two other top executives to claw back at least $70 million in incentive pay because of their alleged roles in an accounting scandal five years ago. The suit, a rare case of a company clawing back incentives from senior employees, accuses Zimmerman and the others of “gross negligence and misconduct.” (Global Legal Post) (BN)

  • Katten Muchin Rosenman’s gross revenue expanded more than 10 percent to a record of nearly $635 million in 2018, while its profits per equity partner rose about 7 percent to about $1.7 million, ALM’s preliminary data show. (American Lawyer)

  • Chicago-based media lawyers at firms including Dentons, Jenner & Block, and others are getting a lot of business these days thanks to news outlets’ challenges to government secrecy. (Crain’s Chicago Business)

  • Brett Shumate, a top Trump appointee in the Justice Department’s Civil Division, is stepping down after two years on the job. The former Wiley Rein partner hasn’t said where he’s going next. (National Law Journal)

  • By retiring as a federal appeals judge, Maryanne Trump Barry, President Trump’s older sister, dodged an investigation into her alleged role in an alleged tax fraud scheme. (BLAW)

Lawyers, Law Firms, Deals

  • Sanford Heisler, the little firm that helps female lawyers sue Big Law. (BLAW via BLB)

  • As Big Four accounting firms push into the legal market, some Big Law firms are pushing in the other direction. Recent example: New York-based White & Case hired Deloitte’s legal management consulting leader, Meghann Kelley, as its global director of strategic initiatives. (Consulting.us)

  • Troutman Sanders added corporate attorney Steven Khadavi, the former managing partner of Dorsey & Whitney’s New York office, as a partner in New York. (Troutman.com)

  • Washington lawyer Jacob A. Stein, considered a “dean” of the District of Columbia bar, died April 3 at age 94. Among other things, Stein, who as a kid dreamed of being a juggler, won the only major acquittal of a Watergate defendant, and gained immunity for former White House intern Monica S. Lewinsky to testify against President Bill Clinton. (WaPo)

  • A former Weil, Gotshal & Manges associate started a four-lawyer Dallas boutique that focuses on providing general counsel services to small and midsize businesses. (TexasLawyer.com)

  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg never imposed a 100-year restriction on access to her U.S. Supreme Court papers after she leaves the bench, as claimed by a book author, the Supreme Court’s head of public information said. (National Law Journal)

  • Morrison & Foerster represented Montreal-based MTY Food Group, a fast-food restaurant franchiser, in its acquisition of Washington-based Papa Murphy’s Holdings, Inc. for about $190 million. (RestaurantBusiness.com)

Laterals, Moves, Promotions

  • Cole Schotz added a four-lawyer litigation and IP team in Dallas. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Worklaw firm Jackson Lewis said former Macy’s litigation VP David E. Martin joined its St. Louis office as a principal. It said Venable employee benefits attorney Jean Y. Yu joined the firm as principal in L.A. (JacksonLewis.com)

  • Seyfarth Shaw grabbed international employment lawyers Martin Hopkins and Ana Cid Velasco from Eversheds Sutherland in London. Hopkins, who led Eversheds’ international employment team, joins as director of European practice development, while Cid Velasco joins as a partner. (Seyfath.com)

  • Atlanta-based Taylor English Duma added veteran corporate and securities attorney Penny Linsenmayer as a partner in Houston. (TaylorEnglish.com)

Legal Actions, Bankruptcies, Decisions

  • Lawyers from Juvenile Law Center, Education Law Center, and Dechert filed a Philadelphia class action lawsuit on behalf of hundreds of youth alleging abuse at Glen Mills Schools, a Pennsylvania reform school. (Philly.com)

  • R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., advised by King & Spalding, is liable for punitive damages and a jury’s near $3 million compensatory award stands in the 1996 death of a Florida man from laryngeal cancer, a state appeals court ruled. (BLAW)

  • Rapper and actor LL Cool J, advised by Sheppard Mullin, won a lawsuit against a concert promoter that allegedly infringed his “Rock the Bells” trademarks. (BLAW)

  • Google LLC, advised by Wilson Sonsini, asked a federal court to dismiss a proposed class action over data leaks caused by two software bugs in its now-defunct Google+ social network platform. (BLAW)

  • Google got advice from Durie Tangri for another case, in which it, with Huawei Device USA Inc., represented by Covington & Burling, agreed to pay $9.75 million to resolve multistate litigation over allegedly defective Nexus 6P smartphones. (BLAW)


  • New York’s former top financial regulator, Maria T. Vullo, will spend the next three months as “regulator in residence” at the New York Fintech Innovation Lab, where she will advise financial technology firms on how to design products that meet regulatory muster. (BLAW)

Legal Education

  • University of Missouri School of Law Dean Lyrissa Lidsky is using her Twitter feed to document her battle with breast cancer. (Law.com)