Wake Up Call: Kasowitz Apologizes After Angry Email Rant Leaks

Marc Kasowitz. Photographer: Zach Gibson/Bloomberg

• President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Marc Kasowitz apologized for an email in which he wrote to a critic, “watch your back bitch,” and “I already know where you live.” (Washington Post) The email followed calls for him to withdraw from Trump’s legal team in the Russia probes, following reports alleging that he has a drinking problem, reports that Kasowitz called false and “defamatory.” (Am Law Daily) The lawyers who have represented Donald Trump through the years, from Michael Cohen, to John Dowd to Marc Kasowitz. (MSNBC)

• A year after the Brits voted to leave the European Union, London’s biggest law firms find it tough to raise rates but a 15 percent drop in the pound’s value has helped them find growth overseas. Allen & Overy said almost three-quarters of its revenue came from issues involving two or more countries, while Clifford Chance’s fastest-growing area was Asia. Linklaters and Freshfields also reported revenue gains, despite Brexit-related uncertainty that has created a slowdown in certain practice areas. (Bloomberg)

• Cooley hired four longtime Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati partners in New York and Washington, D.C., in its corporate tech group and from rival  and plans to hire as many as 20 more lawyers to support their business. (New York Law Journal)

• Democrats on a House committee asked the Justice Department to explain a decision to settle a money-laundering case in May that involved Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who held a controversial meeting last year with Donald Trump Jr. They also asked if the firing of former Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara had anything to do with the settlement, noting that Bharara initially filed the criminal complaint. (Bloomberg)

• California’s Supreme Court has moved to make the state’s bar exam, considered one the country’s toughest, easier to pass. (New York Times DealBook)

 

 

Law Firm Business

• Overall M&A activity hit a three-year low in the Asia-Pacific region in the year’s first half. (Asian Lawyer via The American Lawyer)

• Winston & Strawn identified the 10 employee benefits and executive compensation partners it is getting from McDermott Will & Emery, and the list includes several leaders in addition to David E. Rogers, which BLB previously reported.(Bloomberg BNA via BLB)

• Chicago-based Winston has picked a high-profile building for the new Dallas office for the nearly two dozen corporate law partners it poached from eight rival firms earlier this year. (Dallas Business Journal)

• The ranks of full-time associates are likely to grow at Big Law firms in the second half of the year, according to about two-thirds of the 157 law firm managing partners surveyed for the Citi Private Bank report released earlier this week. Leaders surveyed for the report were optimistic for the rest of the year, despite continued anemic demand for legal services. (ABA Journal)

• Suburban Atlanta firm Taylor English Duma, which has about 150 lawyers, plans to hire partners across the country to work from home with support from the home base. (Daily Report)

• Washington, D.C., firm Schwartz, Woods & Miller, known for helping hundreds of public broadcasters get their first FCC licenses, has dissolved after the retirement of partner Malcolm Stevenson. Two of its attorneys have moved to rival shop Garvey Schubert Barer, which has a 10-lawyer communications, telecom and media practice. (Current)

• Irish firm Matheson has launched an office in San Francisco, its third in the United States after offices in New York and the Silicon Valley. (The Lawyer)

 

 

Regulators and Enforcement

• Federal prosecutors said they will seek a new trial for Sheldon Silver, the former powerful speaker of the New York State Assembly, after a New York federal appeals court yesterday reversed his 2015 conviction for corruption. (Politico)

• The U.S. Department of Justice Thursday charged 400 defendants nationwide with defrauding taxpayers of $1.3 billion, in what the agency called the biggest health care fraud enforcement action in its history. (National Law Journal)

• Just days after approving a controversial rule that will make it much easier for Americans to sue their banks, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — the U.S.’s top consumer watchdog — is already fighting back against attempts to prevent the regulation from taking effect. (Bloomberg via BLB)

• California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing said an ex-host on Airbnb in California, who cited a UCLA law student’s Asian ethnicity when canceling her booking, agreed to pay $5,000 in damages and take a college-level course on Asian-American Studies. (Time)

• The German government summoned Daimler AG executives to Berlin to explain the carmaker’s role in possible diesel-emissions cheating after two engines used in Mercedes-Benz vehicles drew increased scrutiny from prosecutors. (Bloomberg)

 

 

Legal Market

• The U.K.’s Financial Conduct Authority may ease market listing requirements for companies controlled by a sovereign country, as Saudi Arabia’s state oil company, Aramco, plans what could be the world’s largest initial public offering. (Bloomberg)

• Daily fantasy sports rivals DraftKings and FanDuel are said to have called off their proposed merger after regulators opposed it in court. (Mashable)

 

 

The Trump Administration

• A federal judge in Hawaii ruled that the Trump administration didn’t conform with the Supreme Court’s instructions in rolling out its temporary travel ban. The judge said grandparents and other relatives should be exempt from enforcement of the ban. (BloombergWashington Post)

• Trump’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, which he created to search for evidence to back up his claims that three to five million people voted illegally in the presidential election, faces legal hurdles. A Q&A. (Bloomberg)

• Democratic U.S. senators asked Trump’s picks for the National Labor Relations Board, William Emanuel of Littler Mendelson and Marvin Kaplan, a federal agency lawyer, if they could be fair in disputes at the agency between companies and workers’ rights. (National Law Journal)

• The Senate confirmation hearing for Trump’s pick for general counsel at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings partner Jerome Paul Compton, starts July 18. (Daily Report)

 

 

Laterals, Moves, Law Firm Work

• Akin Gump said Howard Sklamberg, former FDA deputy commissioner for Global Regulatory Operations and Policy, has joined the firm’s health care and life sciences practice as a partner in Washington, D.C. (Akin Gump)

 

 

Technology

• After immigration services firm Fragomen said it’s opening a center in Pittsburgh to work on software and cybersecurity in-house, several other Pennsylvania firms said they are also taking a DIY approach to legal tech. (Legal Intelligencer)

• U.K. food-delivery startup Deliveroo is trying to stay a bike-length ahead of competitors that include Just Eat, UberEats and Amazon. But the competition is heating up as regulators begin taking action in the sector. (Financial Times)

• Nevada authorities said biometrics made possible the arrest of a violent criminal who escaped from prison 25 years ago. (Ars Technica)

• WeWork Cos., the world’s largest co-working space startup, is embarking on an ambitious expansion in Latin America, setting its sights on the region after recent forays in China and India. (Bloomberg)

 

 

Miscellaneous

• The U.S. House of Represenatives narrowly defeated a measure that would have barred the Defense Department from expending funds on care related to gender transition, as an amendment to the fiscal year 2018 defense authorization bill. (Washington Blade)

Compiled by Rick Mitchell and edited by Gabe Friedman.