Morrison & Foerster, Vinson & Elkins, Cravath: Business of Law

Finance lawyer Mark Wojciechowski joined Morrison & Foerster LLP’s financial transactions group in New York as a partner. He was previously with Allen & Overy LLP in New York, where he served as head of the firm’s North American leveraged finance group.

Wojciechowski has spent most of his career handling finance matters in the New York markets such as leveraged finance and M&A transactions, as well as advising investment funds and other non-traditional investors on hybrid mezzanine transactions involving debt and equity investments.

“His practice complements our financial institutions practice and expands our capacity to represent parties to financing transactions in a variety of contexts, particularly with respect to acquisition financings,” Jill Feldman, chairwoman of MoFo’s financial transactions group, said in a statement.

Morrison & Foerster has more than 1,000 lawyers at 16 offices in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

Former Coventry Healthcare General Counsel Joins Morgan Lewis

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP said Thomas Zielinski, former executive vice president and general counsel at Coventry Health Care, Inc., joined the firm as a partner in its litigation practice, in Philadelphia.

Zielinski, who was Coventry’s general counsel from 2001, focused on healthcare transactional, regulatory, provider reimbursement and litigation matters for at one of the country’s largest health insurers before its acquisition by Aetna, Inc. He also was named executive vice president, expanding his operational and financial duties and responsibilities within the company.

“Tom’s extensive litigation experience, coupled with the healthcare regulatory expertise he developed during his time at Coventry, will prove invaluable to our clients in and beyond the healthcare industry,” chairman Francis M. Milone said in a statement.

Zielinski joins a team of nearly 700 litigators working from 20 offices around the world. Morgan Lewis has more than 1,600 lawyers and professionals in 24 offices across the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

Securities, Corporate Governance Lawyer Joins Vinson & Elkins

Securities litigation and enforcement lawyer, Michael Charlson has joined Vinson & Elkins LLP in San Francisco and will help lead that office alongside Matt Jacobs, the office’s managing partner. He joins from Hogan Lovells LLP, where he spent three years as managing partner of Hogan Lovell’s Bay Area offices.

“His national practice and extensive experience with both private securities litigation and the SEC offers key experience to our clients,” V&E Managing Partner Scott Wulfe said in a statement.

Charlson has defended shareholder litigation of all types, handled internal investigations and represented clients in SEC investigations and enforcement proceedings involving a myriad of allegations. He also spent 22 years at Heller Ehrman LLP, where he was the managing partner of that firm’s Silicon Valley office and co-chair of the firm’s securities and corporate governance litigation practice.

Vinson & Elkins has more than 675 lawyers at 16 offices the U.S., London, the Middle East and Asia.

Cooley Adds Patent Partner Teja in Boston Office

Cooley LLP announced that it has strengthened its patent counseling and prosecution practice with the addition of Joseph Teja, Jr. as a partner in Boston. Teja joins the firm from Foley & Lardner LLP, where he was a partner in the electronics and green energy technologies practices and a member of its emerging technologies industry team.

“Joe’s IP expertise in the areas of electrical engineering and computing will position him as a key resource to many of our technology clients, both those in the greater New England region, as well as across the firm,” Al Browne, partner-in-charge of Cooley’s Boston office, said in a statement.

Teja has experience counseling in regard to their overall IP protection strategies. His patent practice is focused primarily in the areas of electrical engineering, computer science, physics and clean energy.

Cooley has 700 attorneys are in 11 major business and technology centers in the U.S. and Shanghai.

Capital Markets Partner Rejoins Dentons in Washington

Dentons LLP announced that John P. Holahan, a financial services regulatory practitioner, has rejoined the firm as a partner in its capital markets practice in Washington. He joined DLA Piper LLP in 2011, the firm said.

Holahan represents clients before all federal and state regulators, including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He also has experience in various litigation and transactional matters across the financial services industry.

“We are delighted to welcome John back to the firm,” Stephen Kudenholdt, co-chair of Dentons U.S. capital markets practice group said in a statement. “John’s experience greatly enhances our platform and will benefit all of our clients involved in the residential mortgage markets.”

Dentons was formed in March 2013 by the combination of international law firm Salans LLP, Canadian law firm Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP and international law firm SNR Denton. The firm has more than 2,500 lawyers and professionals in 79 locations in 52 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe the Middle East and the Americas.

Justice Department Lawyer Marilyn May Joined Arnold & Porter

Marilyn May, a False Claims Act litigator at the U.S. Justice Department, joined Arnold & Porter LLP’s Washington office as litigation counsel with a focus on healthcare, pharmaceutical and medical device industry defense work.

May was the head of healthcare fraud enforcement in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She coordinated healthcare fraud cases and investigations as well as handled False Claims Act cases involving pharmaceutical and medical device companies, hospitals, nursing homes and other healthcare providers, the firm said.

“Marilyn is one of the top False Claims Act litigators in the country, with a stellar reputation as a fair and tough trial lawyer,” Arnold & Porter Chairman Thomas Milch said in a statement. “Her deep knowledge of the law and relationships within federal and state agencies will be of great benefit to our clients, particularly as civil and criminal enforcement activity in the healthcare sector continues to intensify,”

Arnold & Porter has more than 800 lawyers with eight offices in the U.S. and Europe.

Deals

Cleary, Cravath Advise on Bezos Purchase of Washington Post

Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos agreed to buy the Washington Post (WPO) for $250 million, betting that he can apply his success in e-commerce to the struggling newspaper industry. Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is representing Bezos while Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP is advising The Washington Post.

Bezos is making the deal as an individual and not as part of Amazon, the world’s biggest online retailer, according to a statement. Current owner Washington Post Co., which isn’t selling its Kaplan education division and other businesses as part of the transaction, now plans to change its name.

The Cleary corporate team is led by partner Paul Shim. Additional partners include Arthur Kohn on employment matters; Len Jacoby on IP matters; Steven Horowitz on real estate matters; and Jason Factor on tax aspects.

The Cravath team representing The Washington Post Co. include partner Eric L. Schiele on corporate matters and partner Jennifer S. Conway on executive compensation and benefits matters.

In acquiring the publication, famed for its coverage of the Watergate scandal in the 1970s, Bezos becomes the latest billionaire to try his hand at reviving the newspaper business. Boston Red Sox owner John Henry agreed to buy the Boston Globe last week, and Warren Buffett has assembled an empire of community papers in recent years.

The deal marks the end of the paper’s stewardship by the Graham family and its relatives, who acquired the Post in 1933. Seven years of declining sales, triggered by an industrywide advertising slump, ultimately pushed the family to sell. Investment bank Allen & Co. handled the process.

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NYC Gifted Programs Should Rely on ‘Math,’ Lawyer Says

Stewart Karlin, a New York labor and employment lawyer, talks with Bloomberg Law’s Spencer Mazyck about his representation of a group of parents challenging the admissions process for New York City’s highly competitive gifted-and-talented programs.

Karlin, in this “Rainmakers” episode, also explains why his clients are appealing a recent Manhattan Supreme Court decision permitting the city to send out admissions offers for the elite programs.

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