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Are Cyber Lawyers Poised to Play Bigger Role in M&A?

Are Cyber Lawyers Poised to Play Bigger Role in M&A?

While speaking at a conference in Texas last month, Vinson & Elkins partner Devika Kornbacher asked two in-house lawyers who specialize in privacy law whether they sit at the table when their companies participate in M&A deals. They said no. Kornbacher thinks privacy lawyers are poised to take on a bigger role in M&A deals,

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Wake Up Call: Uber Hires Holder to Review Sexual Harassment Claims

• Uber Technologies Inc. hired former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to head an independent review into a former software engineer’s sexual harassment claims. Holder’s firm Covington & Burling LLP earlier led a probe of Airbnb Inc.’s handling of discrimination on its home-sharing platform. (Bloomberg) • Fueled by star lateral hires, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison had a

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: HP to Dock Fees on Firms Lagging on Diversity

• HP Inc.’s chief legal officer and general counsel, Kim Rivera, warned law firm partners in a recent letter that U.S. firms could see 10 percent of their fees withheld if they fall short of the company’s diversity requirements. In an interview, Rivera said law firms have “embraced” the policy. (Corporate Counsel) • The recently reported layoffs at K&L

Demonstrators hold Mexican flags during a protest to demand the Mexican government defend the country in the face of U.S. President Donald Trump's threats to economic policy in Mexico City, Mexico, on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. Photographer: Cesar Rodriguez/Bloomberg

Wake Up Call: Mexico Wants Army of Lawyers to Fight Trump Deportations

• A group of Mexican officials, legislators, and other political figures wants to create an “army” of lawyers to help Mexicans fight deportation under Trump by clogging up the system. (Christian Science Monitor) • Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel signed a 15-year agreement renewing its lease on premises in midtown Manhattan, but for about 50,000

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Wake Up Call: Law Firm Sues Departing Partners

• London-based Herbert Smith Freehills is suing eight Australian partners who left the firm en masse for White & Case last year. A possible point of contention in the Australian court case is said to concern non-solicitation and non-compete clauses in the partners’ contracts. (Financial Review) • A San Francisco federal appeals court unanimously refused to reinstate President Donald

Neil Gorsuch, Supreme Court nominee for U.S. President Donald Trump, right, smiles during a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. Photographer: Alex Wong/Pool via Bloomberg

Wake Up Call: Gorsuch Told Senator Trump’s Judge Comments ‘Disheartening’

• U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch told a Democratic senator he found Donald Trump’s comments criticizing the judiciary over a federal court order that blocked his immigration ban “disheartening” and “demoralizing.” (Bloomberg) Gorsuch’s comments could help “score points” for his Senate confirmation process by demonstrating he can stand up to Trump. (National Law Journal) However, Connecticut

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Microsoft Adds Patent Suit Protections For Cloud Customers

By Dina Bass, Bloomberg News Microsoft Corp. will help cloud customers fend off patent lawsuits and expand coverage of related litigation costs, seeking to distinguish its services from rivals in the fast-growing market for internet-based computing. As more companies host their applications and services on Microsoft’s Azure and other cloud providers, they are increasingly becoming

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Wake Up Call: Dewey Round Two Kicks Off in New York

• Two former executives of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP went on trial for a second time yesterday on charges they lied to investors before the law firm went bust almost five years ago. Dewey’s onetime Executive Director Stephen DiCarmine and Joel Sanders, the firm’s former chief financial officer, face slimmed-down charges and penalties compared to their first trial, which ended

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Is Big Law Falling Behind on Legal Tech?

As thousands flooded the Hilton New York Midtown hotel for ALM’s Legalweek: The Experience conference this week, they were greeted by over 200 vendors promising the latest in e-discovery, security and contract management software. As Big Law Business hit the exhibit floors, the word from many vendors was that Big Law is falling behind. Driven by internal