• Goodwin named new leadership to take over Oct. 1. It said longtime managing partner, real estate lawyer Robert S. Insolia, will take over as chairman on Oct. 1, replacing David Hashmall, who became chairman of the Boston-based firm in 2014 and will return to full-time practice as an IP litigator. The firm said tech and life sciences partner Mark T. Bettencourt will take over from Insolia as managing partner. Joanne M. Gray, currently co-chair of the firm’s food and healthy living practice, will take over as litigation department chair from Jeffrey Simes, who also returns to full-time practice. (GoodwinLaw.com) (American Lawyer)

  • Perkins Coie announced that its Washington office chief, environmental and infrastructure project development partner William Malley, will become managing partner of the Seattle-based firm, effective July 1, succeeding John Devaney, who was appointed managing partner of the firm in 2014. Devaney will remain a partner in the firm’s litigation practice. (PerkinsCoie.com)

  • U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren has turned to Perkins Coie for legal advice on her presidential campaign, while South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg has consulted Jenner & Block. Plus more on which candidates are using which firms. (National Law Journal)

  • Ohio headquartered BakerHostetler added three partners in Northern California, among other things for its representation of tort claimants in the huge PG&E Corp bankruptcy. The utility filed for Chapter 11 protection in January as it faces potential billions of dollars in liability to victims of the state’s fires last year. Complex commercial litigator Robert A. Julian, a 35-year veteran, joins from Winston & Strawn, as does litigator Kimberly Morris. Bankruptcy attorney Cecily A. Dumas, a 30-plus year veteran, joins from Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw & Pittman. (BakerLaw.com)

  • Federal authorities arrested a Tennessee man who was allegedly ripping off people and businesses for thousands of dollars by posing as a high-powered New York lawyer and whose website copied bios of real Cravath, Swaine & Moore lawyers. (New York Lawyer)

  • Hogan Lovells grabbed a top M&A and capital markets lawyer from Drinker Biddle, getting Robert C. Juelke for its Philadelphia office as a partner. In over 25 years at Drinker Biddle, Juelke had roles including chair of the corporate & securities practice group, chair of the partner compensation committee and executive partner. (HoganLovells.com)

  • Attorney General William Barr will hold a news conference at 9:30 a.m. Washington time Thursday on the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, the Justice Department said. (BN via BLAW)

  • Class action settlements involving Petrobras and Wells Fargo & Co. helped investors secure a near-record $4.5 billion for cases related to bad accounting or weak internal controls in 2018, a report says. (BLAW via BLB)

  • After 20 years in-house at Dell Technologies Inc., ex-Big Law attorney Janet Bawcom left the computer maker to become top lawyer at food ingredient company Ingredion Inc. Bawcom, who gets the titles of general counsel and corporate secretary, replaces Christine Castellano, who resigned “under pressure,” effective Feb. 1, this report says. (Corporate Counsel)

Lawyers, Law Firms, Laterals

  • Continuing a decade-long trend, last year the number of equity partners shrank across the 50 biggest U.S. law firms, while profits per equity partner grew strongly. On the other hand, the number of nonequity partners rose sharply while their compensation held flat. (American Lawyer)

  • McDermott Will & Emery said former federal prosecutor Ben Curtis joined the firm as a partner in Miami, expanding its white collar and healthcare litigation practices. He arrives from Nelson Mullins. (MWE.com)

  • Barnes & Thornburg said ex-Squire Patton Boggs corporate lawyer Pat Cornelius joined its corporate and healthcare departments as a partner in Columbus, Ohio. Cornelius’ other previous roles included assistant general counsel for America Online, Inc. and primary counsel for CompuServe and MapQuest. (BTLAW.com)

  • Cozen O’Connor said real estate and finance attorney Alex DuFour joined the firm as a member and will mainly work out of its Washington office. He arrives from Linowes and Blocher. (Cozen.com)

  • DLA Piper said healthcare, technology, and privacy attorney K. Randolph Peak joined the firm as a partner in its Dallas office in the corporate practice and healthcare sector. He was previously at Perkins Coie. (DLAPiper.com)

  • Morris, Manning & Martin said intellectual property and technology litigation lawyer Daniel Huynh joined the firm as a partner in Atlanta, arriving from Alston & Bird. (MMMLaw.com)

  • BakerHostetler said employee benefits attorney Ann M. Caresani joined the firm as a partner in Cleveland, arriving from Tucker Ellis, where she was chair of the firm’s employee benefits and executive compensation practice. (BakerLaw.com)

  • Hunton Andrews Kurth added a two-attorney worklaw team in Boston, as Chris Pardo joined as a partner and Anna L. Rothschild as an associate, on its labor and employment team. They arrive from Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Profete. (HuntonAK.com)

Legal Actions, Bankruptcies, Decisions

  • Eighty-one women are suing a California hospital, accusing it of filming them partially robed on operating tables, both conscious and unconscious, during medical procedures, without their permission. But it was all there in writing in their pre-treatment admission agreements. (BLAW)

  • A group of black workers suing Lockheed Martin Corp. for alleged racial discrimination in the company’s performance appraisal system told a federal court they need “ample discovery” on their potential class claims. Morgan Lewis & Bockius represents Lockheed. (BLAW)

  • WB Music Corp., and Warner/Chappell Music Inc., advised by Proskauer Rose, must repay the co-writer of Madonna’s 1990 hit song “Vogue” more than $500,000 in royalties, the Second Circuit ruled. (BLAW)

Technology

  • An approximately $575 million lawsuit filed in Berlin against Google by a German price-comparison site could open the door for European companies to argue that the search-engine giant’s dominance hurts their businesses, attorneys said. (BLAW)