McDermott Starts Health Consultantcy: Business of Law

McDermott Will & Emery LLP is starting a new health-consulting subsidiary, called McDermott+Consulting, to offer an interdisciplinary approach to health-care clients.

Led by partners Paul Radensky and Eric Zimmerman, the unit will provide lobbying and strategy services, data analytics and policy advice.

The firm has created “a one-stop shop for services that clients have typically had to go to multiple service providers for,” Zimmerman said in an interview.

Five more nonlawyer professionals from McDermott will be in the unit, including lobbyist Andrea Bergman, who will be vice president of the wholly owned subsidiary.

McDermott, with almost 100 health-care lawyers, represents hospitals, health systems and medical manufacturers. “Client need and client requests” were behind the creation of the new unit, Radensky said in an interview.

News

GM Hires Kenneth Feinberg to Assess Victim Compensation

General Motors Co. Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra told a U.S. House committee that the automaker hired claims lawyer Kenneth Feinberg, who supervised mass settlements following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, to begin assessing how to compensate victims of the defective switch.

Last month, the company hired Jenner & Block LLC Chairman Anton Valukas to perform an internal investigation on how an ignition-switch defect was allowed to persist.

The crisis is GM (GM)’s biggest since emerging from bankruptcy in 2009. The automaker on March 31 doubled its recall-related charges to $750 million after saying faulty power steering in 1.5 million other vehicles needs to be fixed. So far this year, GM has recalled almost 7 million vehicles worldwide, denting a reputation for quality that the automaker had only recently repaired after emerging from a government-sponsored bankruptcy.

Consumer groups and representatives, including Consumers Union, Consumer Federation of America and Ralph Nader, have requested that GM establish a fund for victims of its defective products.

In addition to his work on compensating 9/11 families, Feinberg ran compensation funds for victims of mass shootings in Aurora, Colorado, and at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, the school known as Virginia Tech. He also oversaw compensation limits for executives at GM and six companies bailed out by the U.S. Treasury, including insurer American International Group Inc.

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Deals

Slaughter & May Advises OCBC $5 Billion Wing Hang Bank Bid

Slaughter & May is advising Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp., which offered HK$38.4 billion ($5 billion) to buy Wing Hang Bank Ltd. (302) in the biggest takeover of a Hong Kong lender since 2001. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP is advising Wing Hang.

Slaughter & May’s team is led by corporate and commercial partners Neil Hyman and Clara Choi.

The Freshfields team is led by Asia managing partner Robert Ashworth and corporate partner Edward Freeman.

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Bankruptcy

Dewey & LeBoeuf Trust Sues Ex-COO D’Alessandro for $9.3 Million

The Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP creditors’ trust sued former Chief Operating Officer Dennis D’Alessandro for $9.3 million, the amount of his salary and bonuses since he joined the firm in 2007.

In a March 28 complaint filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York, the trust seeks to take back D’Alessandro’s $3.6 million in salary and $4.3 million in discretionary bonuses. In addition, it is seeking $800,000 in guaranteed bonuses and $600,000 paid into a retirement trust.

Dewey filed for Chapter 11 protection in May 2012 and implemented a liquidation plan in 2013.

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Moves

Jones Day Adds Employment Lawyer Marielle Daudt With Her Team

Jones Day said Marielle Daudt will join the Amsterdam office as a partner in the labor and employment practice. Daudt was a partner at Baker & McKenzie LLP. 

Joining Daudt in the move are four other labor and employment lawyers.

“Marielle and her team are among the most experienced Dutch lawyers in the field of Dutch and international employment law, and their arrival brings added depth to our capabilities in serving clients in these matters,” Luc Houben, partner-in-charge of Jones Day’s Amsterdam office, said in a statement.

Litigation

Malaysian Air Crash Document Petitions Thrown Out by Judge

A Chicago law firm’s twin bids for court orders forcing Boeing Co. and Malaysian Airline Systems Bhd. (MAS) to turn over data and documents about still-missing Flight 370 for a possible lawsuit was thrown out by a judge who threatened to punish the lawyers if they tried such a tactic again.

Judge Kathy M. Flanagan of Cook County Circuit Court dismissed the first of two petitions filed by Ribbeck Law Chartered on March 28 and the second one March 31.

“Commencing today the court will impose sanctions on the law firm if there are any other unfounded filings,” Flanagan said in the ruling.

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Deaths

Ray Hutchison, Dallas Bond-Lawyer Spouse of Senator, Dies at 81

Ray Hutchison, a Dallas bond lawyer who shaped the city through borrowing for infrastructure projects and the husband of former U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, has died. He was 81.

A partner in the Dallas office of what today is the law firm Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, Hutchison was a practicing attorney for more than five decades.

As bond counsel, he was instrumental in developing Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, Dallas Area Rapid Transit and stadiums for the National Football League’s Dallas Cowboys and Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers, the firm said in a statement on its website.

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To contact the reporter on this story: Elizabeth Amon in New York at eamon2@bloomberg.net

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