Wake Up Call: Kavanaugh Denies Contact With Trump Law Firm About Mueller

• Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh yesterday said he had no inappropriate contacts with anybody at Donald Trump’s personal law firm, Kasowitz Benson Torres, to discuss special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia meddling in the U.S. presidential election. (Bloomberg) Document squabbles and Bush-era testimony loomed large in the third day of Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings. (Bloomberg Law)

• Baker McKenzie got back former London derivatives partner Matthew Dening, who left the firm about 14 years ago and recently stepped down from as Sidley Austin’s managing partner in the city, The Lawyer reports. (The Lawyer)

• Allen & Overy yesterday stepped up as the first big U.K. law firm to publish 2018 gender pay gap figures that also include partners. (Financial Times)

• Willkie said it advised Insight Venture Partners in a $1.1 billion deal to buy Episerver, a California-based provider of services for marketers to manage content, from private equity firm Accel-KKR(TechCrunch)

• Blank Rome is the latest Big Law firm to hire a chief innovation officer as the legal industry shifts to new business models, hiring Linda Novosel, Steptoe & Johnson’s former chief client value officer. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

• Meanwhile, Baker McKenzie hired former Proskauer Rose eDiscovery counsel Dera Nevin as a senior associate on its IPTech practice group. Toronto-based Nevin has experience designing and implementing legal technology solutions, her new firm said. (BakerMcKenzie.com)

The American Bar Association published a report that sheds light on the day-to-day impact of biases faced by women and minorities in the legal workplace. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

• Do loquacious advocates in U.S. Supreme Court cases tend to lose more than advocates who talk less? That’s one of the questions two law professors in Chicago–one at Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law and one from Loyola University Chicago–hope to answer as they try to predict Supreme Court case outcomes based on transcripts of oral arguments. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

 

More Lawyers and Law Firms

 • Greenberg Traurig added four immigration attorneys in Atlanta, with plans to bring in two more, as the office becomes increasingly important to the firm’s immigration practice group. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

• Latham & Watkins is owed close to $500,000 by a L.A.-based movie studio that filed for bankruptcy in Delaware. (The Recorder)

• A team of Boston immigration, civil rights, and trial attorneys teamed up to file a federal class action lawsuit on behalf of children seeking damages from Trump Administration officials they accuse of separating them from their parents against their will. (Bloomberg Law)

• Kirkland & Ellis attorneys and their co-counsel working pro bono have all but won a civil rights case for jail detainees after a federal judge sanctioned the City of Houston for destroying documents in the case. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

• DLA Piper said it represented Maryland Proton Therapy Center, which obtained $277.4 million tax-exempt municipal bond financing that will allow the cancer treatment center to restructure its debt obligations. (DLAPiper.com)

• O’Melveny said it represented Solace Capital Partners in acquiring a majority interest in Fabcon Holding Corporation, a leading manufacturer of precast, pre-stressed concrete wall panels, from Platinum Equity. The deal’s financial terms were not disclosed. (PE Hub) (Omm.com)

 

 Laterals, Moves

• Kansas City-based Shook, Hardy & Bacon hired class action expert Andrew Trask as of counsel in San Francisco. Trask was previously at McGuireWoods in London, as co-chairman of that firm’s class action group. (The Recorder)

• Former Haynes and Boone corporate partner Christina Marshall, who left the Texas-based firm in 2015, is returning in Dallas as an M&A partner after jobs including executive VP and top lawyer at a group of investment companies focused in the hospitality and sports industries, among other posts. (HaynesBoone.com)

• Perkins Coie said it hired two inhouse healthcare attorneys from a FORTUNE 200 healthcare company client, to join the firm’s white collar & investigations practice in Denver. Richard (Rick) A. Hosley joins as partner and Chandra K. Westergaard as senior counsel. (PerkinsCoie.com)

• Carlton Fields said it added a former construction industry lawyer, Andrew O. Gay, to the firm’s Tampa office as a member of its construction practice. (CarltonFields.com)

• Panasonic Corporation of North America said it promoted deputy general counsel and interim GC Jessica Hodkinson to general counsel and secretary. (ROI-NJ) (Linkedin)

 

Technology

• Artificial intelligence robots can develop prejudices by learning from each other, just like humans do, according to a study by researchers at MIT and Cardiff University. (Engadget

 Compiled by Rick Mitchell and edited by Tom Taylor.