• President Donald Trump plans to nominate former Morrison Foerster partner Jessie Liu, now U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, to be the Justice Department’s No. 3 attorney, according to reports. (BN) A Yale Law grad, Liu had previous legal roles at the Treasury and Justice Departments and was also a partner at Jenner & Block. If confirmed, she would become associate attorney general, a post that’s been vacant over a year, and her main job would be supervising the Justice Department’s civil litigation. (WaPo)

  • DLA Piper’s revenues and profits rose a second-straight year in 2018 as the firm’s investments worldwide paid off, early data show. The firm saw revenues increase 7.7 percent to $2.84 billion, while profits per equity partner grew 6.7 percent to $1.87 million. (American Lawyer)

  • The Senate confirmed Williams & Connolly litigation partner Allison Jones Rushing to the federal bench, making her, at 37, one of the youngest Trump-nominated judges to get confirmed. (National Law Journal) After a slow start in 2019, Senate Republicans are speeding up confirmations of Trump’s judge picks. (BLAW)

  • Offshore M&A deals surged 47 percent in total value in 2018, to $344 billion, fueled in part by nine “megadeals” worth $5 billion or more, according to a report from offshore law firm Appleby. (Applebyglobal.com)

  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. general counsel Charles Yi is leaving and it’s not yet clear where’s he’s going or who’ll replace him. (Corporate Counsel)

  • A coalition of 22 state attorneys general is suing the Trump administration in Oregon federal court over its new prohibition on health care providers receiving Title X funds from referring a patient for an abortion. The suit alleges the rule is unconstitutional. (New York Law Journal) San Francisco-based Keker Van Nest & Peters filed a related suit on behalf of Essential Access Health and a family medicine doctor practicing at a Title X-funded health center in California. (Keker.com)

  • Chicago-based Mayer Brown poached a Dentons team of insurance lawyers, its second expansion this week of its corporate & securities practice. San Francisco-based partner Kara Baysinger, who was co-leader of Dentons’ global insurance sector, will co-lead Mayer Brown’s U.S. insurance regulatory and enforcement group, while partner Stephanie Duchene joins in Los Angeles and partner Matthew Gaul in New York. (MayerBrown.com)

  • After 108 days in jail in Japan on financial misconduct charges, former Nissan and Renault leader Carlos Ghosn posted about $9 million bail and has been released. (BN)

Lawyers, Law Firms, Deals

  • The Justice Department has moved the Jeffrey Epstein victims’ rights case to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta, according to a report. (Miami Herald)

  • The National LGBT Bar Association appointed Wesley Bizzell, senior assistant GC for Altria Client Services, as the new president of its board of directors. It named Jesse Loffler, a complex commercial litigator at Cozen O’Connor in Pittsburgh, president-elect of its foundation board of directors. (Corporate Counsel)

  • Cooley advised corporate expense management company Chrome River Technologies on its merger with Certify, in a deal valued at more than $1 billion. (CPAPracticeAdvisor.com)

  • New York-based Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler said its new blog “Misbranded” covers false advertising litigation from the industry perspective, with an emphasis on FDA-regulated products. (Pbwt.com)

Laterals, Moves, Promotions

  • McGuireWoods said Latham & Watkins dealmaker Colin Bumby joined its M&A practice as a partner in New York. (McGuireWoods.com)
  • Holland & Knight named white collar defense partner Wifredo A. “Willy” Ferrer executive partner of its Miami office, which is one of its largest, with 260 attorneys and staff. (HKlaw.com)
  • Holland & Knight also hired Troutman Sanders M&A and PE lawyer Kevin Christmas, who joins the firm as a partner in its Charlotte office. (HKlaw.com)
  • Legal recruiting company Mlegal Group added a new Washington, D.C., regional office, hiring legal recruiter Jane Sullivan Roberts, a former partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, as office managing partner. Roberts most recently worked at recruiting firm Major, Lindsey & Africa. Mlegal also added recruiter and attorney Rob Delicate as a managing director in New York. (Mlegal)
  • Quarles & Brady said healthcare and tech attorney Katea Ravega returned to the firm as a partner and Indianapolis office chair of its health and life sciences practice. Ravega was a long-time attorney at the firm before going in-house at Silicon Valley-based pharmaceutical app company CareZone. (Quarles.com)
  • Reed Smith said it added corporate and marijuana lawyer Marc Hauser to the firm’s San Francisco office as counsel in the global corporate group. Hauser, who worked for a Chicago firm that merged with Reed Smith in 2007, will co-lead Reed Smith’s cannabis law team. He joins from GVM Law in Napa Valley, where he headed the cannabis law department. (ReedSmith.com)
  • Dentons added U.K. real estate investment partner Bonnie Calnan in London. She arrives from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner. (Propertyfundsworldwide.com)


  • Giant City Media is holding a CLE-approved conference March 14 on using artificial intelligence for document review, at the University of Chicago. Listed “facilitators” include eBrevia CEO and co-founder Ned Gannon; Kira Systems AI practice consultant Sondra Rebenchuk; among others. (Giant City Media)