• President Donald Trump’s plan to add former South Carolina Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy to his legal team defending him in the House impeachment investigation appears to have fallen flat. As an ex-congressman, Gowdy is barred from lobbying activity until January 2020, and the law firm where Gowdy is a partner, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, had concerns that his work for Trump would involve such activity. Consequently, Gowdy, who lost his paid contributorship at Fox News after last week’s announcement that he was joining Trump’s team, may never take the job, the Times reports. (NYT)

  • Sydney, Australia-based litigation funder IMF Bentham Limited said it is acquiring Netherlands-based litigation finance company Omni Bridgeway Holdings BV for a “minimum transaction value” of about 55 million euros ($60.6 million). IMF Bentham said the deal will create a global diversified funder with over A$2.2 billion ($1.49 billion) in capital, with 18 offices across 10 countries. (Litigation Finance Journal) (Finance News Network)

  • A Texas federal judge Friday ruled that Trump violated federal law by declaring a national emergency in order to use Pentagon funds on his border wall because the order sought to get around Congress’ decision to not fund further border wall construction. Lawyers from Willkie Farr & Gallagher and O’Melveny & Myers worked pro bono on the case, with lawyers from nonprofits Protect Democracy and Checks and Balances, and think tank Niskanen Center. (Texas Law Journal)

  • Vinson & Elkins said it added former top EPA enforcement official Patrick D. Traylor as a partner in Washington. Traylor was deputy assistant administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. (VELaw.com)

  • DLA Piper said it decided to show the exit to partner Louis Lehot, who was accused of sexual assault by colleague Vanina Guerrero. (BLAW via BLB) A former professional responsibility counsel at DLA Piper said Guerrero “told the truth” about the firm’s “culture of intimidation and oppression,” and about Lehot. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Buckley Sandler co-founder Andrew Sandler didn’t leave the firm voluntarily, but was forced out by misconduct allegations, an insurance company’s lawsuit claims. (American Lawyer)

Lawyers, Law Firms

  • U.K.-based insurance law firm DAC Beachcroft registered its Paris office as an independent organization as part of a contingency plan for Brexit, a report says. (Law.com)

  • Lowenstein Sandler said antitrust & trade partner Zarema A. Jaramillo will take over as managing partner for Washington on Jan. 1, 2020, the fifth anniversary of that office. Jaramillo is set to take over from current office managing partner Jeff Blumenfeld, who founded the D.C. office in 2014. He’ll continue as co-chair of the firm’s antitrust & trade regulation group. (Lowenstein.com)

  • Some 2,200 pro bono lawyers from big New York City law firms and other volunteers donated more than 100,000 hours last year to help the New York Legal Assistance Group provide free legal services and financial counseling to New Yorkers in need, the group’s chief says in an interview. (Crain’s New York Business)

Deals

  • Milbank advised Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC Special Investment on its joint acquisition with Abertis Infraestructuras, a Spanish tollroad operator, of an approximate 70% stake in Mexican tollroad operator Red de Carreteras de Occidente. The sellers were Goldman Sachs Infrastructure Partners and its affiliates. (Milbank.com)

  • Locke Lord client Woodland Midstream II, LLC, agreed to acquire the James Lake System, a sour gas gathering and processing system operator, from a privately owned seller for an undisclosed amount. (Compressortech2.com)

Laterals, Moves, In-house, Promotions

  • Mayer Brown added real estate finance partner Jeffrey O’Neale in Charlotte. He joins from Alston & Bird. (MayerBrown.com)

  • Woodsford Litigation Funding announced three hires for its London headquarters, as well as a search for managers in Singapore and Canada. Litigator Adam Erusalimsky, who started his career at Herbert Smith Freehills in London and arrives recently from law firm Stewarts, joins Woodsford as a senior investment officer. Alex Hickson, who’s worked as an attorney in Australia and the U.K., most recently for Slater & Gordon in London, joins as investment officer. Daniel Littman, who joins as commercial manager, was previously a commercial risk analyst at Ford. (WoodsfordLitigationFunding.com)

  • Troutman Sanders added transactional partner Mike McCann to its corporate practice in Richmond, Virginia. He was previously at Hunton Andrews Kurth. (Troutman.com)

  • Fox Rothschild added biotech patent lawyer Howard Suh in New York as a partner in the firm’s intellectual property department. He was previously a partner at Holland & Knight. (FoxRothschild.com)

  • Michael Best added investment management attorneys Marianne S. Dwight and Sharmila “Shar” Kassam as of counsel in Austin, in the firm’s transactions practice group. Dwight was most recently general counsel at the Texas Treasury Safekeeping Trust Company and previously served as top lawyer in several Texas state government offices. Kassam worked over a decade as deputy chief investment officer for the Employee Retirement System of Texas. (MichaelBest.com)

  • Blank Rome added consumer finance litigator Alina Levi as an associate in New York. She arrives from Houser & Allison, APC, and was previously an assistant district attorney for the Bronx District Attorney’s Office. (BlankRome.com)

Legal Education

  • The University of Kentucky College of Law is getting a $1 million gift from Louisville law firm Stites & Harbison PLLC, according to a report. (Louisville Business First)