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Neil Eggleston, (C), White House attorney, leaves the US District Courthouse 08 April in Washington, DC. Eggleston is in charge of securing executive privilege for US President Bill Clinton in the alleged affair involving the president and former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.      AFP PHOTO   Tim SLOAN (Photo credit should read TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama’s Top Lawyer to Rejoin Kirkland & Ellis

Obama’s Top Lawyer to Rejoin Kirkland & Ellis

Neil Eggleston, the White House Counsel under former President Barack Obama, is returning to Kirkland & Ellis, the firm is expected to announce on Monday. Eggleston, 63, served as Obama’s top legal advisor between June 2014 and January 2017 and helped lead the vetting process that resulted in the ill-fated nomination of Merrick Garland to

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After Wachtell Hire, Litigation Financier Lays Out Business Plan

Litigation finance firm Lake Whillans is in expansion mode. Fresh off announcing the hire of Wachtell, Lipton Rosen & Katz associate Garrett Ordower, the firm’s founder Lee Drucker said he plans to add another lawyer from a “Wachtell esque” law firm in the next three months and has closed a $50 million investment from the University

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Dentons Chair on ‘The Big Picture Race’ to Move Upstream

In today’s legal market, a lawyer who considers him or herself a generalist and doesn’t adapt to change may find themselves out of the job. At least that’s the case at the 7,600-lawyer Dentons, which this week experienced a mild tremor as news surfaced in The American Lawyer that “as many as 20 or more partners

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Tony Valukas Steps Down as Chair of Jenner & Block

Anton R. “Tony” Valukas, who oversaw the investigation into General Motors’ handling of a defective ignition switch in 2014, has stepped down as chair of Jenner & Block, the firm announced on Tuesday. Valukas, the former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, is also known for his 2009 lead role in producing the

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PayPal’s Top Lawyer on How to ‘Earn a Seat at the Table’

Louise Pentland holds an expansive view on how a top in-house lawyer should contribute to the company. “As an in-house lawyer, the best you can get is when you’re integrated with the business team,” said PayPal’s Chief Business Affairs and Legal Officer. But that’s far from how Pentland said PayPal’s legal team operated before she joined

Winston Paes, right, speaks at the Big Law Business Summit in June 2016.  Other speakers, left to right: Keri Geiger, Bloomberg News,  Kathleen McGovern, senior deputy chief of the fraud section of the Criminal Division at the Justice Department, Robert Khuzami, partner at Kirkland & Ellis and Michael Bresnick, partner at Venable.

Debevoise Hires Brooklyn Prosecutor Paes

Debevoise & Plimpton announced this morning that the firm has hired Winston M. Paes, a former federal Brooklyn prosecutor focused on financial fraud. He will join the firm’s New York office on Monday, a spokesperson said, and will specialize in white collar and regulatory defense work. “I am excited to begin the next phase of my

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Boies Schiller Acquires Los Angeles Litigation Boutique Caldwell Leslie

Boies Schiller Flexner is acquiring the 26-lawyer Los Angeles litigation boutique Caldwell, Leslie & Proctor, the firms announced on Monday. The deal, effective April 17, will end Caldwell Leslie’s 29-year run as a stand alone firm in downtown Los Angeles, representing entertainment big wigs like Robert De Niro and media companies such as TMZ and Paramount

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Hogan Lovells Hires Four Weil Gotshal M&A and Tech Partners

Hogan Lovells announced today that it has hired four Silicon Valley partners from Weil Gotshal: M&A partners Richard Climan, Keith Flaum and Jane Ross and IP and technology transactions partner John Brockland. The partners “will join the global leadership teams within Hogan Lovells corporate practice,” the firm said in a statement. Sound familiar? That’s because we

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Deadline for Diversity Issued by Top MetLife Lawyer

Frustrated by the lack of diversity in the legal profession, MetLife’s General Counsel Ricardo Anzaldua is planning to use his $100 million annual legal budget to nudge law firms in the right direction. On April 20, Anzaldua will host lawyers from all over — including up to 75 outside law firms — at MetLife’s Midtown Manhattan