Carlton Fields Opens Los Angeles Office: Business of Law

Carlton Fields Jorden Burt opened an office in Los Angeles that will be led by former Steptoe & Johnson LLP lawyer Mark A. Neubauer.

“Our class-action defense practice, in particular, has driven us into California, where many such cases are filed,” Gary L. Sasso, president and chief executive officer of Carlton Fields, said in a statement.

Neubauer opened Steptoe’s Century City office eight years ago and was national head of its commercial litigation practice group. He focuses his practice on commercial, securities, antitrust, real estate, employment and entertainment litigation.

Former Steptoe lawyer Meredith M. Moss will also join the office as a shareholder. She concentrates her practice on employment counseling and business litigation matters.

News

Patton Boggs Hires Elkan Abramowitz for Chevron Lawsuit

The Washington corporate-law firm Patton Boggs LLP hired white-collar defense lawyer Elkan Abramowitz to defend the firm against civil fraud allegations leveled by Chevron Corp. (CVX), Bloomberg Businessweek’s Paul M. Barrett reports.

Abramowitz signed on to the case after U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan ruled March 31 that Chevron’s lawyers at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP can move ahead with the fraud allegations against Patton Boggs for trying to enforce a $9.5 billion judgment in Ecuador.

New York plaintiffs’ lawyer Steven Donziger played the leading role representing farmers and tribe members against the U.S.-based multinational. Patton Boggs joined forces with Donziger in 2010.

Abramowitz is advising former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP Chairman Steven Davis, who is facing fraud charges by the Manhattan district attorney after the firm’s collapse.

Patton Boggs is also represented in the Chevron case by the Manhattan boutique Leader & Berkon, according to Litigation Daily, a trade publication.

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Christie Follows Bridge Report Tip to Appoint Impartial Reviewer

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie appointed an independent reviewer to investigate any suspected misconduct in his office, among the recommendations in an internal analysis of the George Washington Bridge traffic jams.

Patrick Hobbs, dean of Seton Hall University Law School in Newark, will serve in the new position of ombudsman, according to a news release from Christie’s office. Hobbs, 54, a resident of Basking Ridge, is chairman of the State Commission on Investigation, created in 1968 to combat organized crime and political corruption.

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Texas Governor Perry Hires Defense Lawyer Amid Ethics Probe

Texas Governor Rick Perry hired a criminal-defense lawyer to represent him as a prosecutor investigates claims that he violated state law by vetoing funding for the state ethics office, his spokeswoman said.

Perry, 64, hired David Botsford, “to ensure the special prosecutor receives the facts in this matter,” Lucy Nashed, the spokeswoman, said April 16 in an e-mailed statement.

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Deaths

Leonard M. Rosen, Wachtell Lipton Co-Founder, Dies at 83

Leonard M. Rosen, a founder of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz who helped avert a New York City bankruptcy in 1975 and created a restructuring practice that would guide the U.S. through the 2008 mortgage crisis, has died. He was 83.

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Malaysian Lawyer, Politician Karpal Singh Dies in Car Crash

Karpal Singh, an opposition Malaysian politician for more than four decades and a lawyer who acted in some of the country’s highest-profile cases, was killed April 17 in a road accident. He was 73.

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Moves

Ex-White House Special Counsel Jonathan Su Rejoins Latham

Latham & Watkins LLP said that Jonathan Su will rejoin the firm’s Washington office as a partner in the litigation department and as a member of the white-collar defense and investigations practice group.

Su worked in the White House counsel’s office, where he was most recently special counsel to President Barack Obama. Previously he was an assistant U.S. attorney in the District of Maryland and, before that, a Latham associate.

Bingham Privacy, Security IP Lawyer Snell Joins Perkins Coie

James G. Snell joined Perkins Coie LLP Palo Alto, California, office as a partner in the privacy and security practice. He was most recently a partner at Bingham McCutchen LLP in Silicon Valley, where he was co-chairman of Bingham’s intellectual-property group and co-chairman of the firm’s privacy and security group.

Dentons, Bird & Bird, Perkins Coie: Lateral Moves Roundup

Paul Kaufman, former chief of civil health-care fraud for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, joined Dentons’s health-care practice as a partner.  

Alston & Bird LLP said that Alice Yurke joined the firm’s corporate and finance practice as a partner in New York from Jones Day.

Bird & Bird LLP announced the appointment of Kelly Tymburski as a partner in its Middle East practice, based in offices in the United Arab Emirates. She was previously at Pinsent Masons LLP.

Perkins Coie LLP said that Julie L. Hussey joined the San Diego office as a partner in the product liability practice. Hussey previously was a partner with DLA Piper LLP.

Also leaving DLA Piper are Roger W. Rosendahl and George D. Pavlenishvili, who joined Stoel Rives LLP’s energy development practice group in Washington.

Squire Sanders added mergers and acquisitions partner Kenneth Regensburg in New York. He was previously at Reed Smith LLP.

The Asia-based corporate practice of Morrison & Foerster LLP hired Shirin Tang as a partner in Singapore. Tang, a deal adviser with experience in M&A, private equity and joint venture transactions, previously was a partner with Shearman & Sterling LLP.

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