Author Archives: Gabe Friedman

The Groupon Inc. website is displayed on a computer monitor in an arranged photo taken in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. Groupon is scheduled to release earnings figures on February 11. Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Groupon is Creating Scorecards to Evaluate Outside Law Firms

Groupon is Creating Scorecards to Evaluate Outside Law Firms

The latest tool that corporate legal departments are using to curb outside counsel costs is something that TGI Friday’s and other restaurant chains have been using for years to maintain their level of service — evaluation cards. That’s our latest technology, said Matt Miller, vice president and deputy general counsel of Groupon, at a Big Law

Attorney Evan Greebel exits federal court in New York, U.S., on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. Greebel is accused of conspiring with Martin Shkreli, chief executive officer of Turing Pharmaceuticals LLC, who was arrested on alleged securities fraud related to Retrophin Inc., a biotech firm he founded in 2011. Photo by John Taggart/Bloomberg

Shkreli Blamed Lawyers, Now Lawyer Blames Shkreli

Martin Shkreli, the former hedge fund manager accused of defrauding shareholders while CEO of Retrophin Inc, has spent months blaming his lawyers, and now one of them is hitting back. Evan Greebel, the former Kaye Scholer partner who was outside counsel to Retrophin and was indicted in December 2015 alongside Shkreli for allegedly participating in three

A man exits Comcast Corp. headquarters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Monday, Oct. 24, 2016. Comcast Corp. is scheduled to release earnings figures on October 26. Photographer: Charles Mostoller/Bloomberg

Whoops! Client Conflict Check Creates $4B Merger

Did a Big Law partner’s conflict check accidentally tip off a buyer to a deal in the works and result in one of the biggest media mergers of 2016? That very well could be the case, according to a letter that Comcast general counsel Arthur Block wrote to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Comcast purchased Dreamworks Animation SKG in

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Law Firm Leaders Feeling Good About 2017

Some good news to start your Monday: For the first time since the financial crisis, a majority of law firm leaders are projecting that demand for their firm’s services will increase, according to a new survey. That data comes courtesy of Wells Fargo Private Bank’s legal specialty group, which polled 150 law firm leaders, including 65

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Microsoft’s Top Lawyer Toasts Legal Secretaries

Lawyers often fret about what will happen when intelligent machines are capable of performing their jobs. But automation has already affected some people at law firms — the support staff. This week in Davos, Microsoft’s Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith provided a reality check on how much automation technologies have already transformed law firms. On a

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No Retirement: 71-Year-Old Lawyer Leaving Weil, Wants More Trials

James Quinn, who spent more than 40 years at Weil Gotshal & Manges, trying some of its biggest cases, serving on its executive committee and acting as the head of its litigation department, announced on Tuesday he is leaving to join a small Houston-based plaintiff’s firm. Quinn, 71, will remain in New York but work as

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Dershowitz Joins Team Challenging Delaware Chancery Decision

Alan Dershowitz, the famed constitutional law attorney and Harvard Law professor, is joining the legal team for an appellant in a case that could test the authority of the Delaware Chancery Court, one of the most powerful business courts in the country. In the case, Delaware Chancery Court Judge Andre Bouchard last May ordered that TransPerfect, a


Trump Pushes Morgan Lewis Center Stage

It’s not often that a Big Law partner is thrust into the international spotlight in the way that Morgan Lewis & Bockius’ Sheri Dillon was on Wednesday morning. In his first press conference since July, President-elect Donald J. Trump introduced Dillon as the lawyer tasked with ironing out any conflicts created by his myriad business interests