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Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Uber Investigator Eric Holder Asserts His Independence

Uber Investigator Eric Holder Asserts His Independence

By Eric Newcomer and Brad Stone, Bloomberg News Eric Holder, the former U.S. attorney general hired by Uber Technologies Inc. to investigate sexual harassment claims, pledged to act with complete independence in his review of how the company handled the situation. Speaking for the first time since he was appointed as a lead on an


Baker Botts Hires 9 Norton Rose Partners on Merger Day

On the same day Norton Rose Fulbright announced a combination with Chadbourne & Parke, which brings the firm a large presence in the Northeast, its Texas competitor Baker Botts announced that it had hired nine Norton Rose partners in its hometown of Houston. The group includes David Peterman, former head of Norton Rose Fulbright’s U.S.

Anthony Foxx, mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina and U.S. President Barack ObamaÕs nominee as secretary of transportation, left, shakes hands with Senator William Cowan, a Democrat from Massachusetts, during a Senate Transportation Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, May 22, 2013. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

GE Hires Former U.S. Senator Cowan

GE announced this week that it hired Senator William “Mo” Cowan as vice president of litigation and legal policy. Cowan will start the role on April 1, and joins from the law firm Mintz Levin, where he is president and chief executive officer of ML Strategies, the law firm’s government relations and business advisory affiliate.

Signage is displayed outside of a Microsoft Corp. store in Bellevue, Washington, U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. Photographer: David Ryder/Bloomberg

Microsoft is Overhauling How it Hires Outside Law Firms

Microsoft Corp. is planning to overhaul its so-called “preferred provider program,” its internal system that determines which outside law firms the corporation routinely uses, one of its lawyers said. “We’re about to launch a significantly redesigned version of it over the next 12 to 18 months,” said Lucy Endel Bassli, assistant general counsel of legal operations and

Wake Up Call: Davis Polk Partners Earn $3.75M on Average

•  After a somewhat flat 2015, Davis Polk & Wardwell has rebounded, according to its managing partner, Thomas Reid. Pushing through headwinds in capital markets and jittery European and Asian markets, the firm posted about 10.3 percent growth in revenue, to $1.18 billion in, 2016, with profits per partner surging about 12.5 percent to $3.75 million. (Am Law Daily)

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Wake Up Call: Former Akin Gump Partner Lawyers Up

• The former Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld partner charged with trying to sell a sealed whistleblower complaint to the company under investigation has hired a prominent California white-collar attorney for his defense. (The Recorder) • Revenue surged 20 percent for Crowell & Moring in 2016, and profits per equity partner jumped 40 percent, as the firm came up with several ways to

Demonstrators hold signs and march towards Federal Plaza protesting U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order blocking visitors from seven predominantly Muslim nations in New York, U.S., on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. Photographer: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg

Wake Up Call: Group Seeks Pro Bono Volunteers to Fight Travel Ban

• Trump’s effort to bar travelers from seven mostly Muslim nations is on track for the U.S. Supreme Court. After a Seattle judge issued a nationwide restraining order against the ban, a San Francisco appeals court rejected the administration’s petition for emergency reinstatement, but the court could make its full ruling as early as Monday. The losing side may

Lady Gaga sings the National Anthem at Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Matt Cowan/Getty Images)

The Lawyering of Super Bowl 51

Houston litigator Tom Ajamie is going to Super Bowl 51, but he’s prepared to spend the entire game working. “If I don’t see the game because I’m busy with legal issues, that’s okay,” he said. “I’ll be doing my job. I prefer doing my job.” Blasphemy? Maybe if you’re a fan of the New England


A Chat with Venable’s New Chair

While the country remained fixated on President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nomination, another transition took place in Washington, D.C. at the top of one of the city’s large law firms. Stuart P. Ingis, who co-leads the privacy practice at Venable LLP, quietly became chair of his firm, which has nearly 700 lawyers in nine offices

U.S. President Donald Trump, center, hosts Democratic and Republican Congressional leaders in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. Trump abruptly ended the decades-old U.S. tilt toward free trade by acting to withdraw from an Asia-Pacific accord that had been promoted by companies including Nike Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. as well as family farmers and ranchers. Photographer: Ron Sachs/Pool via Bloomberg

Trump’s Trade Pick May Face Hurdle Over Past Lobbying for Brazil

By Bill Allison, Bloomberg News President Donald Trump’s nominee to become the top U.S. trade representative is facing a possible roadblock to his confirmation related to work he did for the Brazilian government more than 30 years ago. Robert Lighthizer negotiated with the U.S. on behalf of Brazil in a trade dispute over ethanol in