• Lawyers for victims of California’s deadly wildfires expressed outrage after California utility giant PG&E Corp. issued a bankruptcy plan that calls for capping its liabilities from the fires at $18 billion. Cecily Dumas, a BakerHostetler lawyer representing fire victims in the bankruptcy, called the plan “unacceptable.” (BN) PG&E’s legal team has included Cravath, Swaine & Moore; Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Jenner & Block, among other firms. (BLAW) (BLB)

  • Morrison & Foerster poached Kirkland & Ellis London-based international arbitration lawyer Chiraag Shah as a partner. Shah focuses on cross-border commercial and investor-state arbitrations and will work with colleagues in Asia. (Mofo.com)

  • Munger, Tolles & Olson said former Securities and Exchange Commission senior official John W. Berry will join the firm Sept. 16 as a partner in L.A. in its securities and white collar and investigations litigation groups. Berry, who was associate regional director for enforcement matters in the agency’s L.A. office, will represent Fortune 500 companies and other clients across a wide range of industries. Before joining the SEC, he was a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in New York. (MTO.com)

  • Akerman’s Chicago office is adding a retiring chief judge for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Ruben Castillo, as an equity partner in the firm’s litigation practice group. (Chicago Daily Law Bulletin)

  • Blank Rome said former Pennsylvania executive deputy attorney general Jonathan Scott Goldman is returning to the firm as a partner in Philadelphia in its commercial litigation group and will lead the creation of a state attorney general team. (BlankRome.com)

  • Amazon.com Inc.'s Fenwick & West lawyers yesterday convinced a California judge that a class action alleging its Alexa voice-activated system in Echo and other devices violates state child privacy laws belongs in federal court. Plaintiffs in the case are represented by Keller Lenkner and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart and Sullivan. (BLAW)

  • Allen & Overy employment partner Mark Mansell is scheduled to go before a U.K. disciplinary tribunal in December to answer questions stemming from a #MeToo-related investigation into his role drafting a non-disclosure agreement for fallen movie producer Harvey Weinstein. The Solicitor Disciplinary Tribunal is also slated to hear #MeToo cases targeting Baker McKenzie and its former London head Gary Senior. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner Ryan Beckwith faces a hearing on Sept 30. (Legal Business)

Lawyers, Law Firms

  • Dykema hired business litigator Joanne L. Zimolzak, a former Washington office managing partner for Dentons, as a Washington-based member in its insurance industry group and business litigation practice. Zimolzak, the chair of the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, arrives most recently from LeClairRyan. (Dykema.com)

  • The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s top lawyer, Thomas Monheim, will discuss factors reshaping the world of geospatial intelligence, security, and surveillance at a Sept. 17 American Bar Association breakfast event in Washington. (AmericanBar.org)


  • Willkie Farr & Gallagher represented Colony Capital, which with Equity Group Investments formed a venture partnership, Alpine Energy Capital, LLC, to invest in the upstream oil and gas industry. No deal terms were disclosed. (Yahoo!Finance)

  • DLA Piper said it represented Morgan Stanley Capital Partners on its investment in L.A.-based Ovation Fertility, which provides fertility laboratory services. No terms were disclosed for the deal, which was announced in June. (DLAPiper.com)

Laterals, Moves, Promotions

  • Locke Lord’s London office expanded its offshore litigation capability, adding dispute resolution lawyer David Herbert as a partner in the firm’s business litigation and dispute resolution practice group. He arrives from Gunnercooke, where he was a partner. (LockeLord.com)

  • King & Spalding hired corporate lawyer Jonathan Arkins as a partner in its corporate, finance and investments practice group in New York. He arrives from Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer. (KSLAW.com)

  • BakerHostetler grabbed Winston & Strawn white collar and litigation partner Shawn Cleveland as a partner in Houston. (BakerLaw.com)

  • Hunton Andrews Kurth added environmental lawyer David C. McSweeney as counsel in Boston. He was most recently lead environmental attorney at ONEOK, Inc., a Fortune 500 midstream energy company in the natural gas and natural gas liquids industry. (HuntonAK.com)

  • Seyfarth Shaw hired employment benefits partner and certified public accountant Jeffrey Bauer for its employee benefits & executive compensation department in Chicago. Bauer joins from Dorsey & Whitney, where he was a partner based in Minneapolis. (Seyfarth.com)

  • Cozen O’Connor added veteran tax attorney Christopher W. Compton, who specializes in advising on major tax-exempt bond transactions. Compton, who joins Cozen as a Manhattan-based member in its corporate practice group, is moving up from Dallas, where he was counsel in Winstead PC’s public finance group. (Cozen.com)

  • Cozen O’Connor said former University of North Carolina interim chancellor Christi Hurt joined the firm’s institutional response group, and the firm’s campus safety affiliate Margolis Healy, as vice president for strategic initiatives. (Cozen.com)

  • Michael Best’s government relations, lobbying, and consulting unit added healthcare policy adviser Jennifer Goodrum as a principal in Colorado. (MichaelBestStrategies.com)

Legal Actions, Bankruptcies, Decisions

  • O’Melveny & Myers client Spirit Airlines Inc. has to face reinstated class action claims that it concealed additional fees for carry-on baggage, a federal appeals court ruled. (BLAW)

  • And in another legal setback for an airline, Allegiant Air LLC, represented by Greenberg Taurig, failed to get a Nevada federal court to dismiss shareholder claims that the company engaged in securities fraud by concealing safety and maintenance issues. (BLAW)

  • A soccer tournament promoter represented by Winston & Strawn is suing U.S. Soccer Federation Inc. in New York federal court accusing it of conspiring with FIFA, the sport’s world-governing body, to prevent foreign teams from playing official matches in the U.S. (BLAW)

Regulators and Enforcement

  • Facebook Inc.’s planned Libra cryptocurrency will have to comply with U.S. standards, even if it’s based in Switzerland, a senior U.S. official said. (BN via BLAW)

Legal Education

  • Fordham Law School launched an online version of its Masters program on corporate compliance, which is aimed especially at non-lawyers. (Fordham.edu)