Wake Up Call: Will A Jury Hear About Uber’s Lawyers?

• Will Uber Technologies Inc. pay the price for withholding key evidence from Waymo when their trade secrets dispute goes to trial? U.S. District Judge William Alsup proposed on Wednesday at a hearing in San Francisco that he let the jury know the company’s lawyers at Morrison & Foerster didn’t “come clean.” Said Alsup to one of Uber’s lead lawyers: “I’m inclined to let the jury know what happened here. You misled the judge time and time again.” (Bloomberg News)

• President Trump’s personal lawyer John Dowd forwarded an email to conservative journalists, government officials and friends that echoed secessionist Civil War propaganda and declared that the group Black Lives Matter “has been totally infiltrated by terrorist groups.” According to a report in the New York Times, the email painted Confederate general Robert E. Lee in glowing terms and equated the South’s rebellion to that of the American Revolution against England. Its subject line was “The Information that Validates President Trump on Charlottesville.” (New York Times)

• Ask a woman in litigation if she’s ever been mistaken for a court reporter, and there’s a good chance she’ll say yes. Terri Drew, who specializes in the defense of commercial liability claims, said it happened to her just a few months ago. “I went to a plaintiffs’ firm for a deposition, and the receptionist said, ‘OK you’re going to be in the conference room. You can go in because I know you need to set up,’” Drew recalled. Big Law Business spoke with Drew and a handful of other lawyers about what it’s like to litigate as a woman. (BLB)

• Marty Lipton, one of the founders of Wachtell, Lipton Rosen & Katz and a prominent corporate lawyer, denounced President Donald Trump’s Tuesday statements that laid blame to “both sides” for deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. In an email, Lipton said: “I am appalled by President Trump’s statements about the events in Charlottesville. Hate and bigotry are offensive to the American Constitution, the American dream and the overwhelming majority of the American people. I join with and I applaud those business leaders, public officials and others who have disassociated themselves from President Trump’s statements.” Lipton joined a growing chorus of other law firm leaders who expressed similar thoughts. (BLB)

• FedEx announced on Wednesday that Mark R. Allen will become executive vice president, general counsel and secretary, effective Oct. 1, 2017. Allen worked with the company ever since he was a young lawyer, just two years after earning his law degree from Memphis State University in 1980. (BLB)

• Zachary Fardon, former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, is rejoining his old law firm King & Spalding to open a Chicago office, its 10th in the United States. Fardon, who resigned as U.S. Attorney in March after nearly three and a half years on the job, started his career at the Atlanta-founded firm as an associate in the 1990s in its Washington, D.C. office. (BLB)

• A former employee of a large multinational bank passed nonpublic information on dozens of planned mergers and acquisitions to his girlfriend’s father and several friends who made millions of dollars trading on the tips, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said in a lawsuit. Daniel Rivas, a technology project consultant in the bank’s capital markets technology group in New York, supplied information on about 30 deals using tipping chains that ultimately benefited 10 people, the SEC said in suit Wednesday in federal court in Manhattan. (Bloomberg News via BLB)

• The giant specialty insurer Assurant Inc. has announced the results of an internal reorganization of its legal department that puts Carey Roberts as its new chief legal officer, executive vice president and secretary. Roberts, 46, will join the company at the end of October from Marsh & McLennan where she served as deputy general counsel, corporate secretary and chief compliance officer. She also spent 17 years as a corporate partner at Covington & Burling. (BLB)

• Since taking over as chair of McDermott Will & Emery in January, Ira Coleman has been working on how to make the firm more profitable, while holding onto all of its clients and rainmakers — basically the triple crown that any law firm leader dreams about. Coleman and several other leaders from McDermott spoke with Big Law Business about how they intend to do just that. (BLB)

• London-based Woodsford Litigation Funding Ltd. on Wednesday announced a $20 million investment deal with litigation boutique Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss—a move that comes less than a month after Woodsford opened its first U.S. outpost in Philadelphia. (Am Law Daily)

Compiled by Casey Sullivan and edited by Gabe Friedman.

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