Author Archives: Rick Mitchell

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Wake Up Call: Trump Picks Kasowitz to Face Russia Probes

Wake Up Call: Trump Picks Kasowitz to Face Russia Probes

• President Donald Trump is said to have picked his longtime lawyer, Marc E. Kasowitz, to lead the legal team that will help him steer through investigations into his campaign and alleged Russian interference in last year’s election. (Washington Post) Kasowitz is a partner at New York firm Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman, where Senator Joe Lieberman is of

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Wake Up Call: Will Mueller Probe Create New ‘Star’ Lawyers?

• President Donald Trump is said to be nearly ready to hire an outside legal team to help him steer through investigations into his campaign and Russian interference in last year’s election. He and his advisers have approached several private attorneys about the job. (Washington Post) Robert Mueller’s special investigation for the Justice Department into Trump associates’ links

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Wake Up Call: Uber Seeks General Counsel

• Beset by legal problems, Uber Technologies Inc. has promoted its general counsel Salle Yoo, adding the titles of chief legal officer and corporate secretary to her name plate. An internal email from Uber CEO Travis Kalanick says Woo will work on “critical company initiatives” like equal pay, diversity, and building Uber’s cultural foundation. Meanwhile, the company is in

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Wake Up Call: Will Trump Hire a ‘Tough Washington Lawyer’?

• Better get a “tough Washington lawyer” to help with growing legal complications, a longtime private attorney for Trump said he advised the White House. (Washington Post) • Mayer Brown partners picked litigation partner Sally Davies to be the firm’s first female London senior partner. (The Lawyer) Appointed for a five-year term starting July 1, Davies replaces Sean Connolly, who is stepping down

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Wake Up Call: Mueller Exits WilmerHale, Has Wide Latitude for Probe

• The Justice Department named former FBI Director Robert Mueller special counsel to lead the FBI’s investigation of Russia’s efforts to influence the 2016 election. The appointment comes as the White House is reeling from President Donald Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey on May 9. (Bloomberg via BLB) • In order to take the

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Wake Up Call: Seyfarth Shaw Lays off 40 Lawyers and Staff

• Labor and employment law firm Seyfarth Shaw made a big round of layoffs, cutting about 40 lawyers, including associates, as well as a number of staff members. The cuts affect the firm’s New York City office and possibly other offices, according to a source. (BLB) • A federal appeals court rejected the argument that “Google” has become

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Wake Up Call: Microsoft and Cisco Test AI in Law Departments

• Microsoft and Cisco are using pilot projects to test artificial intelligence technology that could help their inhouse legal teams with contract management, before committing significant resources. (Legaltech News) • Climate scientists have hooked up with lawyers on legal and other actions to fight back at what they say is a campaign by Trump administration and Republican

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Wake Up Call: Proskauer Latest Firm Hit by Gender Bias Suit

• On Friday, Sanford Heisler Sharp filed a $50 million gender discrimination suit on behalf of an unnamed partner in Proskauer’s Washington, D.C., office, which among other things accuses Proskauer chairman Joseph Leccese of harassment. Sanford is the same firm representing former female partners suing Chadbourne & Parke for gender bias. (Am Law Daily) • The dozen-plus candidates

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Wake Up Call: Uber Said to Fire Lawyers for Seeking Outside Advice

• A report emerged in California that Uber Technologies, Inc. fired two of its internal lawyers late last year for seeking advice, without authorization, from outside law firms regarding its general counsel’s proposal for a policy change on how long documents are stored. (San Francisco Business Times) (The Information) • Uber, beset by sexual harassment allegations and

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Wake Up Call: Allen & Overy Tests New Performance Review Model

• A pilot program at Allen & Overy that eschews performance reviews and instead relies on “feedback and dialogue” to boost lawyers’ performance is getting rave reviews, especially from women lawyers. (Legal Business) This approach gets around gender bias inherent in performance reviews. Will other Big Law firms try it? (Above The Law) • Antitrust enforcement will