•Kirkland & Ellis, the world’s top law firm by revenue, is opening its first Paris office, staffed by a pair of corporate partners taken from elite U.K. firm Linklaters. The Paris outpost is only the second European office for Kirkland & Ellis, which has had a Munich branch for about 13 years. ( Legal Business )

• Another Chicago-founded giant, Baker McKenzie, said it is adding a new legal services hub in Tampa, on top of its existing back-office operations in Northern Ireland and the Philippines. When it gets rolling in 2020, the new Florida center is expected to have more than 300 employees. ( BakerMcKenzie.com )

• In the U.K., Baker McKenzie said in a recent joint report that there were “shortcomings” in its handling of a sexual misconduct case at the firm’s London office six years ago. ( Above the Law ) The case only became public earlier this year. ( Crain’s Chicago Business )

• San Francisco-founded immigration firm Berry Appleman & Leiden, which recently partnered with Big Four accounting giant Deloitte’s U.K. arm, said it launched a New York office to better serve Deloitte’s financial services clients. The office starts with a 60-person team poached from Epstein Becker & Green, led by that firm’s former immigration chair, Robert Groban Jr., and includes 10 attorneys, mostly associates, and about 50 non-attorney paralegals and other staff. ( New York Law Journal )

• Philadelphia-based Duane Morris is hooking up with legal pot promoter the American Trade Association of Cannabis and Hemp, in an apparent first partnership between a major law firm and a national cannabis group. ( Legal Intelligencer )

• A half-dozen law firms are owed nearly $2.1 million in legal fees stemming from three recent coal company bankruptcies. ( American Lawyer )

• A New York appeals court handed Sidley Austin client Fujifilm Holdings Corp a legal win over Xerox Corp., throwing out preliminary injunctions obtained by activist investor Carl Icahn and others that sought to block the companies’ planned merger. ( Nikkei Asian Review ) ( Reuters

• Williams & Connolly partner Allison Jones Rushing, a Trump appeals court nominee, faced a Senate Judiciary committee hearing with only two Republican senators present yesterday, answering questions about whether she has adequate experience for the job. Meanwhile, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Hum­­­­an Rights, which opposes the nomination, contends Rushing worked for a “hate” group, the Alliance Defending Freedom. ( National Law Journal )  ( Above The Law ) ( Civilrights.org )

• GoPro Inc.'s ex-general counsel Sharon Zezima has jumped to pot vaporizer maker PAX Labs Inc as general counsel and corporate secretary. Zezima is the second big legal hire hire by a vaping company, after JUUL Labs Inc. this summer hired Gerald “Jerry” Masoudi, previously of biopharmaceutical company Celgene Corp., as its chief legal officer. ( Corporate Counsel )


 Lawyers, Law Firms, Deals

• The Florida Association for Women Lawyers expressed “disappointment” that the judge hearing the Parkland mass shooting case in Florida is getting substantial online attention for her looks, rather than her work in the important case. ( Daily Business Review )

• Morrison & Foerster-client Walmart is acquiring Bare Necessities, an online retailer of lingerie, swimwear, and sleepwear. ( Fortune ) ( MoFo.com )

• Squire Patton Boggs, Reed Smith, Clifford Chance, and DLA Piper, are among 19 major law firms that have signed onto a U.K. initiative aimed at getting employers to commit to practices that support social mobility. ( Socialmobilitypledge.org )

• A look at three women lawyers who, as specialists in cryptocurrency-related matters, have become “key players” inwork aimed at defining legal uncertainties facing the evolving crypto ecosystem. ( Forbes )


Laterals, Moves

• Hogan Lovells said it hired crisis and litigation communications veterans Ian McCaleb and Robert Gemmill as managing directors of its strategic communications group.  Both lawyers come to Lovells’ Washington office from Levick Strategic Communications. ( HoganLovells.com )

• DLA Piper said management-side worklaw attorney Janine Guzman will join the firm’s employment practice as a partner in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She arrives from San Juan-based Pietrantoni Mendez & Alvarez LLC. ( DLAPiper )

• Family and matrimonial law boutique Rower LLC said former Willkie attorney Karin Lundell joined the New York-based firm as a partner, arriving most recently from Pryor Cashman. Rower, whose lawyers and staff are all women, said associate Shivani Grillo joined from Miller Zeiderman Wiederkehr. ( Rower )


 Legal Actions

• Uber Technologies Inc. agreed to pay $1.3 million to settle a nationwide lawsuit accusing it of misclassifying its drivers as independent contractors instead of employees. ( Bloomberg Law


Legal Education

• Fighting to keep its American Bar Association accreditation, the for-profit Thomas Jefferson School of Law, based in San Diego, said it will not accept any new students for the spring 2019 semester. ( The Recorder )

Compiled by Rick Mitchell and edited by Tom Taylor.