• Fox Corporation’s deal to buy a $236 million stake in Toronto-based gaming giant Stars Group Inc. is the biggest ever media investment in the growing sports-betting market. The two companies said they will jointly launch a sports wagering platform, Fox Bet, later this year. (BN via BLAW) Paul Hastings and Jenner & Block advised Fox Sports, while Proskauer Rose and Jones Day advised The Stars Group. (PR Newswire)

  • Speaking of media, Pryor Cashman added two entertainment partners to its new Miami office, getting them from Stroock & Stroock & Lavan. They include Stroock’s Miami managing partner James Sammataro, who also led Stroock’s media + entertainment practice and whose cases include representing director Lee Daniels when he was sued for defamation by actor Sean Penn. Sammataro will co-head his new firm’s media + entertainment practice, working from Miami and L.A. Veteran litigator Hans Hertell also makes the move to Pryor Cashman and will be based in Miami. (PryorCashman.com)

  • Portland, Oregon-based Stoel Rives elected Sacramento-based litigator Melissa Jones as its next managing partner, replacing its current managing partner Jim Torgerson, effective Jan. 1, 2020. (The Recorder)

  • Philadelphia is suing Uber Technologies Inc. to find out if the the company owes the city taxes. (LegalIntelligencer.com)

  • Morgan, Lewis & Bockius said a group of four lawyers is joining the firm from Bracewell in Dallas, including two partners: worklaw litigator Robert E. Sheeder, who chaired Bracewell’s firmwide labor and employment practice, and corporate transactions lawyer Janice Davis, who co-led Bracewell’s firmwide technology transactions practice. They’ll be joined by five team members, including an of counsel and associate, Morgan Lewis said. (MorganLewis.com)

  • Houston-based energy exploration and production company Ensign Natural Resources LLC, advised by Kirkland & Ellis, said it acquired approximately 59,000 net acres of shale assets from Pioneer Natural Resources USA Inc. for up to $475 million. Ensign also received an unspecified equity commitment from Kayne Private Energy Income Funds. Willkie Farr & Gallagher represented Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors on that commitment. (Houston Business Journal)

Lawyers, Law Firms, Deals

  • Atlanta-based Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton named its Seattle managing partner, Roger Wylie, to be the firm’s new managing partner. He takes over from Susan Spaeth, who has had the role since 2013, and will become Kilpatrick Townsend’s chief legal officer. Spaeth also remains on the firm’s management committee. The firm’s chair and CEO, Henry Walker, continues in that role. (KilpatrickTownsend.com)

  • Pittsburgh-based Reed Smith moved into Texas in 2013 with an office in Houston, followed by one in Austin in 2018, and now it’s opening one in Dallas with lateral hires from Bracewell and Perkins Coie. (Texas Lawyer)

  • Employers’ compliance concerns have grown in the last year, as Trump administration reforms to federal labor and employment rules and enforcement have been slow coming, and the web of state and local employment laws gets increasingly complex, according to Littler’s new survey report based on responses by 1,331 in-house counsel, human resources professionals, and executives. (Littler.com)

  • A Philadelphia Bar Association commission’s ratings for judicial candidates in the city’s May 21 primary election includes four “highly recommended” ratings, 16 “recommended,” and seven “not recommended.” (Judges.PhiladelphiaBar.org) The four “highly recommended” are all white collar litigators. (LegalIntelligencer.com)

  • DLA Piper-client The International Center of Photography sold its 250 Bowery location in Manhattan, to finance a $29 million purchase of a new Essex Crossing multiuse space in the Lower East Side. (The Real Deal)

Laterals, Moves, Promotions

  • Willkie Farr & Gallagher poached two prominent London-based Kirkland & Ellis private equity partners, Gavin Gordon and David Arnold, in a move to bolster its cross-border PE practice. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Manatt, Phelps & Phillips grabbed ex-Ballard Spahr partner Scott M. Pearson for the firm’s financial services group in L.A. (BLAW via BLB)

  • K&L Gates added former California Republican U.S. Congressman Jeffrey J. Denham as a government affairs counselor in its public policy and law practice, based in Washington. Denham, among other things, was a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, chairing two key subcommittees. (KLGates.com)

  • McGlinchey Stafford said it hired a specialist in law firm digital and social media marketing, Heather Morse, who joins the New Orleans-based firm as chief business development officer, arriving from Greenberg Gluske in L.A. (McGlinchey.com)

  • Barnes & Thornburg added technology transactions lawyer Robert M. Weiss as a partner in the firm’s corporate department in Chicago. He arrives most recently from Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg, where he was a partner and chair of the technology transactions practice, and, earlier, spent four years at Sullivan & Cromwell. (BTLaw.com)


  • London elite firm Allen & Overy signed an agreement with U.K. artificial intelligence developer Eigen Technologies to use its natural language processing technology for contract review and analysis. (Artificial Lawyer)

Legal Education

  • About 93.5% of Columbia University School Law’s graduates last year found jobs that required a law degree or for which a law degree is advantageous within 10 months of leaving campus. That’s tops for U.S. law schools, according to new data from the American Bar Association. The University of Virginia School of Law, Duke University School of Law, University of Chicago Law School, and Cornell Law School, rounded out the top five. (Law.com)