Hogan Lovells Opens Office in Sao Paulo: Business of Law

Hogan Lovells LLP opened an office in Sao Paulo, its second in Brazil.

Isabel Costa Carvalho, a capital markets lawyer formerly with Clifford Chance LLP, joined the firm as a partner in Sao Paulo. Costa Carvalho recently handled the largest initial public offering in Latin America in the past five years, an IPO for BB Seguridade SA with an estimated value of $6 billion, the firm said in a statement.

The Sao Paulo office will operate as a foreign legal consultancy, the firm said.

Moves Round-up

New Hires at K&L Gates, WilmerHale, White & Case, Jones Day

The Washington office of K&L Gates LLP hired Jonathan N. Eisenberg as a partner in the government enforcement practice and Randolph M. Goodman, J. Barclay Collins and Michelle A. Wakino as partners in the tax-exempt organizations practice.

Eisenberg returns to K&L Gates from UBS Wealth Management where he was general counsel. Collins, Goodman and Wakino join the firm from Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP.

Heather Tewksbury joined WilmerHale as a partner in the Palo Alto, California, office in the antitrust and competition practice. She was a trial attorney with the Justice Department’s antitrust division in San Francisco, where she worked on cases included allegations of price-fixing against AU Optronics Corp. The liquid-crystal-display maker in 2012 was ordered to pay a $500 million fine for colluding with rivals.

White & Case LLP also hired a former Justice Department lawyer. Kathleen Hamann joins the global white collar practice as a partner in Washington. She was an anticorruption policy counsel and trial lawyer assigned to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Team in the Criminal Division’s fraud section.

Also in Washington, Jones Day added former Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP partner Mark Mansour as a partner in the health-care and life sciences practices, focusing on food and drug law.

Litigation

Hill Peterson Sues Over West Virginia Chemical Spill

Hill, Peterson, Carper, Bee & Deitzler, working with two fellow West Virginia firms, sued Freedom Industries Inc. on behalf of businesses temporarily shut down by a chemical leak that fouled the Elk River.

Their lawsuit also names the West Virginia unit of American Water Works Co. (AWK), the largest publicly traded U.S. water utility. The sole intake for the Charleston-area water system is a mile-and-a-half from Freedom’s chemical-storage facility.

The leak of 7,500 gallons of a coal-processing chemical from a Freedom storage tank cut off tap water to 300,000 West Virginians. Plaintiffs allege that Freedom and the utility didn’t do enough to prepare for the risk of a spill.

Lawsuits filed in local courts eventually will be consolidated before a special judicial panel, predicted Anthony Majestro of Powell & Majestro, one of the lawyers on the case. Lost revenue, wages and other economic harm in Charleston and surrounding counties will total a half billion dollars, the plaintiffs’ lawyers estimated.

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Judges

Burton R. Lifland, Judge in Madoff Bankruptcy Case, Dies at 84

Burton R. Lifland, a U.S. bankruptcy judge in New York whose 34 years on the bench included unwinding Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme and changing how asbestos liability is treated, has died. He was 84.

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