• In the latest twist to a wacky Wall Street legal fight, Weil, Gotshal & Manges has hired Williams & Connolly to defend it against accusations of misconduct related to advice Weil gave investment bank Perella Weinberg Partners. Perella was earlier sued over its tax treatment of about $10 million in deferred compensation for two executives. (New York Law Journal)

  • According to reports, Weil recently asked to leave Perella’s case against bankers Michael Kramer and Derron Slonecker. Perella sued the bankers for alleged poaching after they left to start their own investment firm in 2011. The two bankers told a New York court that Perella and its lawyers at Weil engaged in “misconduct” by failing to disclose that they had botched their compensation back in 2011. (New York Post)

  • Litigation funder Burford Capital, already facing questions over its accounting practices and governance, has a new problem—a possible lawsuit by its 76-year-old founding executive and chairman Selvyn Seidel. Seidel claims the firm may owe him over $120 million from an agreement to pay him a 20% cut on cases he originated. (Financial Times)

  • Proskauer Rose partners elected a new firmwide chair to start at the end of January 2020. Steven Ellis, currently co-chair of the firm’s private credit group and executive committee member, takes over from dealmaker and sports practice leader Joe Leccese, the firm’s longest serving chair, at nine years. (Proskauer.com)

  • Simpson Thacher & Bartlett named three partners, all former U.S. officials, as global co-chairs of the firm’s antitrust and trade regulation practice. New York-based Peter Guryan is a former Justice Department antitrust trial attorney. Sara Razi, based in Washington, is a former Federal Trade Commission deputy assistant director. John Terzaken, also based in D.C., is a former DOJ criminal enforcement director. The firm named London-based partner David Yann, as its head of antitrust for Europe and Asia. (STBLaw)

  • San Francisco-based litigation fund start-up Legalist said via an emailed statement that it hired former Gibson Dunn & Crutcher litigator Zia Oatley as investment counsel to help deploy its second fund, of about $100 million. Oatley announced she took the job on her LinkedIn. (LinkedIn.com)

  • Law firm LeClairRyan PLLC will convert its bankruptcy case to Chapter 7, with an independent trustee to take over liquidation proceedings, a court ruled. (BLAW)

  • Former assistant secretary for tax policy at the U.S. Treasury Department Eric Solomon joined Steptoe & Johnson LLP as a partner in Washington. Solomon, who has over 40 years of tax experience, arrives most recently from Ernst & Young LLP, where he was co-director of the national tax department. (Steptoe.com)

Lawyers, Law Firms, Deals

  • Stroock said it hired legal industry technology veteran Neeraj Rajpal as the firm’s chief information officer, as part of its plan to enhance the firm’s tech capabilities. Neeraj’s previous roles include CIO at Morrison & Foerster and K&L Gates, and he has over 25 years of strategic IT experience. He’ll manage Stroock’s national tech team of 25 people firmwide. (Stroock.com)

  • Withers is advising pro bono client the High Seas Alliance in United Nations treaty negotiations aimed at protecting high seas biodiversity. (WithersWorldwide.com)

  • Littler, the management-side worklaw firm, said it expanded its pay equity assessment platform into Puerto Rico. The platform is aimed at helping employers comply with local guidelines governing equal pay in the workplace. (Littler.com)

  • White & Case hired University of Florida law professor D. Daniel Sokol as a senior adviser in its global antitrust practice, based in the firm’s Miami and Washington offices. (WhiteCase.com)

  • Drinker Biddle life sciences partner Mercedes Meyer helped the Intellectual Property Owners Association release a toolkit aimed at helping companies boost the number of patent-copyright-trademark applications with at least one woman listed as an inventor. The idea is to boost gender parity in innovation. (DrinkerBiddle.com)

Laterals, Moves, Promotions

  • Carlton Fields said insurance lawyer Matthew E. Lewis joined the firm’s Orlando office as an associate in its property & casualty insurance practice group. (CarltonFields.com)

  • Reichman Jorgensen, a trial boutique started last year by a group of former McKool Smith partners, said Hughes Hubbard & Reed intellectual property and tech litigator Khue Hoang joined the firm as managing partner of its New York office. (ReichmanJorgensen.com)

  • Nelson Mullins Broad and Cassel said corporate and business transactions attorney Richard CoaxumJr. joined its Orlando office as a partner. Coaxum, whose previous jobs include Baker Donelson, Greenspoon Marder, and Greenberg Traurig, and several in-house roles, arrives recently from Eastcor National Title Services, where he was chief business development officer and corporate counsel. (NelsonMullins.com)

  • Locke Lord added veteran complex patent litigator Steven Trybus as a partner in Chicago, in its IP pharmaceutical practice group. He arrives from Jenner & Block. (Lockelord.com)

  • Perkins Coie hired a veteran in-house leader, Mark Roellig, as its senior client advisor, based in Denver. According to his LinkedIn, Roellig retired in April from Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, where he was executive vice president, secretary and general counsel, as well as chief technology and administrative officer. (PerkinsCoie.com)

  • Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton rehired patent attorney James Cleary as a partner in the intellectual property group’s electronic engineering & software team in San Diego. Cleary, who started out at a precursor firm of Kilpatrick Townsend, arrives most recently from Mintz Levin. (KilpatrickTownsend.com)

  • Dykema added commercial litigator Cory L. Webster as a senior counsel in L.A., and a member in the firm’s appellate practice. Webster, most recently a federal appeals court judicial law clerk, has previously held other federal and state law clerk posts and was an attorney at Enterprise Counsel Group. (Dykema.com)

  • Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman re-hired longtime environmental litigator Tom Van Wyngarden, who represents major energy companies in regulatory investigations and related disputes. He earlier worked at the firm and returns as a partner by way of Katten Muchin Rosenman. (PillsburyLaw.com)

Legal Education

  • University of Florida Levin College of Law said it’s celebrating its 110th anniversary with a third annual challenge launched by 1974 alum Hugh Culverhouse, this one aimed at raising $1.1 million to fund student scholarships. (Law.UFL.edu)