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SEC Appoints New Chief of Market Intelligence

SEC Appoints New Chief of Market Intelligence

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced Thursday that it has named Jennifer Diamantis as its new chief of the Office of Market Intelligence, a unit within the enforcement division that handles tips and complaints from the public. Diamantis has been serving as acting chief since Vincente L. Martinez, now at K&L Gates, departed this past

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Wake Up Call: D.C. Firms to Close for Inauguration

• Most law firm offices in downtown Washington, D.C., will close for inauguration of President-elect Trump Friday, in anticipation of road closures and other access restrictions. Greenberg Traurig, Dentons and Crowell & Moring are among the exceptions and are planning parties. (National Law Journal) • Wall Street’s expectations that Trump will quickly free banks from the grip


Wake Up Call: Dentons Lawyer to Join White House Counsel’s Office

• The head of Dentons’ political law practice, Stefan Passantino, is said to be leaving his Republican Party posts in Georgia to take a job in the Office of White House Counsel in the Trump administration. (Daily Report via America Lawyer) • James Quinn is leaving Weil Gotshal & Manges after more than 40 years that saw

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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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Wake Up Call: Cadwalader Shutters Houston Office

• As Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft closes its six-year-old Houston office, lawyers from its energy and commodities group are leaving for Allen & Overy and Haynes and Boone. (Am Law Daily) • It looks like the end of the road for King & Wood Mallesons LLP, which will reportedly shut down as bankruptcy administrators take over. Many of

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Wake Up Call: Lawyer Inks Fourth Novel, ‘Big Law’

• Plenty of lawyers dream of becoming writers and leaving the legal business. Former Patton Boggs litigator Ron Liebman actually did it, and he has a fourth novel coming out, called “Big Law.” ( • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency accused Fiat Chrysler Automobiles of using software that allowed excess diesel emissions in about 104,000 vehicles.

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Wake Up Call: Sessions Stresses He’s Fit to Be AG

• Alabama Republican Senator Jeff Sessions tried to reassure U.S. Senators that he’s fit to be U.S. attorney general, during his confirmation hearing Tuesday. (Bloomberg) Former Solicitor General Theodore B. Olson, a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP who has described himself as an LGBT rights advocate, endorsed Sessions for the job, in a letter

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MoFo Hires Top DOJ National Security Advisor

By now, the word has more than dribbled out that Morrison & Foerster made a big hire this week – picking up former Assistant Attorney General John Carlin as a partner in New York. Carlin was the top national security advisor in the U.S. Department of Justice for the past three years, and regularly briefed