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Wake Up Call: President Trump’s Lawyer Needs a Lawyer

Wake Up Call: President Trump’s Lawyer Needs a Lawyer

• Donald McGahn, the White House counsel, is seeking legal advice in connection with the investigation into Russian interference with last year’s election and ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, sources told NPR. (NPR) • Former president Barack Obama rejected a Supreme Court clerkship in 1990, telling his future wife Michelle, according to her account, “If

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Layoffs Hit Seyfarth Shaw

Labor and employment law firm Seyfarth Shaw has conducted a round of layoffs that affect both attorneys and staff, Big Law Business has learned. One source who was briefed on the layoffs said the downsizing affects 40 lawyers, including associates and counsel, as well as 27 staff members. A Seyfarth spokesman said all U.S. offices and departments

NEW YORK - MAY 7:  A job applicant (L) speaks with recruiter Renee Chandler (R) during an interview May 7, 2003 at the offices of Metro Support Group in New York City.  The nation's jobless rate climbed to six percent in April, rising for the third straight month, adding up to half a million lost jobs.  New York's job market has especially been hit hard, with many applicants being unable to find work. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Ex-Big Law Associate Claims His Ethical Concerns About Partners Got Him Fired

A former associate of King & Spalding has sued the law firm for wrongful termination, saying he was fired in December 2016 because he reported ethical misconduct to the firm’s management. David A. Joffe worked as a New York commercial litigation associate at the firm from January 2012 to December 7, 2016. In a 15-page


Hogan Lovell’s Katyal on Gorsuch, Diversity and the President’s ‘Corrosive’ Influence

What’s the trick to building an effective Supreme Court practice? Interview at 30 different law firms, ask how they do it, and then steal all of their ideas, Hogan Lovell’s Neal Katyal joked last week in an interview with Big Law Business. As the saying goes, imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. “I ruthlessly

WASHINGTON, :  Neil Eggleston (L), lawyer for Enron's Board of Directors talks with Dr. Herbert Winokur, Jr. (C) and John Duncan (R) both former members or current members of Enron's Board of Directors prior to testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee 7 May 2002 on Capitol Hill. The committee questioned the  panel on their role in Enron's collapse.  AFP Photo/Stephen JAFFE (Photo credit should read STEPHEN JAFFE/AFP/Getty Images)

Neil Eggleston on Working for Obama and Returning to Kirkland

Neil Eggleston doesn’t like talking critically about the Trump Administration after serving as former President Barack Obama’s top lawyer in the White House for three years. “I have decided early on that I was not going to be critical of my successor or the administration,” Eggleston told Big Law Business. Such bad-mouthing is frowned upon and


Spotify’s GC on Moving from Microsoft to the Music Streaming Service

When Horacio Gutierrez left Microsoft Corporation last year to lead the law department at Spotify, he placed a bet on the music streaming company’s future. The 52-year-old lawyer had spent 18 years working up the ranks of the technology giant, earning himself a promotion to General Counsel and Corporate Vice President just six months before

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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