• Former Ogletree Deakins nonequity shareholder Dawn Knepper, who filed a $300 million proposed gender bias class action against the firm about a year ago, is bound by its arbitration agreement, a San Francisco federal judge ruled, rejecting her explanation for why she failed to opt out of the firm’s arbitration agreement by deadline. Ogletree is advised by Paul Hastings in the case, which now goes back to the Central District of California. (The Recorder)

  • Apple general counsel Kate Adams got $26.7 million in total compensation in 2018, including a base $1 million salary, about $4 million in nonequity incentives, and about $21.5 million in stock awards, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. (Corporate Counsel)

  • The 20-day government shutdown means several legal questions on Trump administration policy are in limbo. (Bloomberg Law via BLB) And with the Securities and Exchange Commission hobbled by lack of funding, some big 2018 IPOs look especially vulnerable, with offerings by Dropbox Inc, Uber Technologies Inc., Lyft Inc., Eli Lilly & Co., among others, facing delays. (Bloomberg News via BLB)

  • Uber, advised by Morgan Lewis, got a federal court to disqualify former U.S. Chamber of Commerce attorney Warren Postman from a case against Uber, because he previously collaborated with the ride-hailing company to fight driver classification. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

  • Morrison & Foerster said Kathleen “Kitty” Ryan, former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau deputy assistant director, joined the firm’s L.A. office in the financial services group. (MoFo.com)

  • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V., advised by Sullivan Cromwell, agreed to pay $800 million to settle class actions and government probes over its “EcoDiesel” vehicles. (New York Law Journal)

  • The number of women associates working at law firms bounced back in 2018 to a pre-Great Recession level, says a new report. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

  • Meanwhile, recent data show the number of minority women, and women in general, picked to lead law schools is rising. For example, in the last 10 days Rutgers Law School and University of the District of Columbia David A. Clark School of Law named African-American women as deans. (Law.com)

Lawyers, Law Firms, Deals

  • Greenberg Traurig appointed West Palm Beach attorney Bradford Kaufman as co-president, to work with current co-president Ernest L. Greer. (Daily Business Review)

  • Jones Walker said it merged with New Orleans firm Fowler Rodriguez, getting 11 “key attorneys” with a focus on international maritime, energy, and insurance matters. The group includes eight partners and one counsel, including name partner George J. Fowler. (JonesWalker.com)

  • MoFo is representing SoftBank Group Corp. in connection with a reported $6 billion in investments by the Japanese group in shared-workspace firm WeWork Companies Inc. (BusinessWire.com) (Mofo.com)

  • Winston & Strawn client Gladson, an e-commerce product management company, acquired product content management company ItemMaster, advised by Cooley. Both companies are based in Chicago. (PR Newswire) (AmericanInno.com)

  • How companies can address the changing needs of their top lawyers in today’s evolving legal market is among subjects slated for discussion during ALM Media’s Business of Law Forum, in the context o f its Jan. 28-31 Legalweek gathering in NYC. (ALM)

Laterals, Moves, Promotions

  • Hogan Lovells said corporate partner John Duke was named office managing partner for the firm’s Philadelphia office. (HoganLovells.com)

  • JAMS, the alternative dispute resolution provider, said it added two retired California judges joined its panels. Glen Reiser, who spent 20 years on the Ventura County Superior Court, will be based in Century City. LeRoy A. Simmons, a judge on San Bernardino County courts for nearly three decades, will work at the Inland Empire, California, location. (JAMSadr.com)

  • Holland & Knight hired former Fox Rothschild tax controversy partner James Dawson as a partner in West Palm Beach. He joins most recently from NextEra Energy, Inc. (HKLaw.com)

  • The lobbying arm of Michael Best said Wes Skiles, ex-director of government relations at Colorado-based managed healthcare company Kaiser Permanente, joined the firm as a senior adviser in Colorado. (MichaelBestStrategies.com)

Legal Actions, Bankruptcies, Decisions

  • Mayer Brown and Faegre Baker Daniels got client Associated Bank N.A. off the hook in a recovery suit over a $193 million Ponzi scheme, as a split federal appeals court panel in Minnesota found in its favor. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

  • Survivors of the USA Gymnastics sexual abuse scandal are objecting to the bankrupt organization’s motion for permission to pay bonuses totaling $88,000 to 39 employees. USAG is represented by Jenner & Block. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

  • Lockheed Martin Corp.‘s Morgan Lewis lawyers asked a federal judge to toss allegations by a black worker that Lockheed Martin Corp.‘s performance appraisal system discriminates based on race. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

  • Jones Day client Walgreens has to face a class action filed by cashiers claiming the store chain didn’t provide suitable seating, despite its 2014 settlement on the issue, a federal court found. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)


  • Singapore’s main prosecuting body, the Attorney General’s Chambers, is launching an automated litigation work platform to improve efficiency in the country’s courts. (Artificial Lawyer)