Ex-Obama Adviser Returns to O’Melveny: Business of Law

Thomas E. Donilon, President Barack Obama’s former national security adviser, returned to O’Melveny & Myers LLP in Washington as partner, vice chairman and a member of the policy committee. 

Donilon is “one of the leading lawyers on complex issues of policy, global strategy and governance, and his most recent experience will enable him to provide our clients a rare level of judgment and insight on global issues,” firm Chairman Bradley J. Butwin said in a statement.

Donilon was responsible for coordinating and integrating the administration’s foreign policy, intelligence and military efforts as national security adviser, the firm said.

After leaving his government position last year, Donilon worked at the Council on Foreign Relations and was a senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School.

During the Clinton Administration, Donilon was an assistant secretary of state and chief of staff to Secretary of State Warren Christopher. He later joined Fannie Mae as executive vice president for law and policy, the firm said.

Property Investment Lawyer Joins Squire Sanders in London

Squire Sanders said Gary Paddison joined the firm as a partner in the real estate practice group in London from DLA Piper LLP, where he headed the City-based real estate team.

McDermott Will Adds Private-Equity Partner Sartor in Boston

McDermott Will & Emery LLP said transactional lawyer Michael J. Sartor joined its Boston office from Ropes & Gray LLP. Sartor primarily focuses on representing private-equity sponsors in mergers and acquisitions. He also has experience representing private-equity firms in their fund formation activities and in general corporate law matters, the firm said.

Reed Smith Adds Oil and Gas Transactional Partner in Houston

Reed Smith LLP announced that Gary C. Johnson joined the firm as a partner in the energy and natural resources industry group in Houston. He was formerly a partner and corporate practice group leader at Burleson LLP.

Law Fees

Energy Future Pays $23.5 Million to Retain Sidley, Kirkland

Energy Future Holdings Corp. is paying $23.5 million this month to retain two law firms to help guide the Texas power provider through the biggest energy-industry bankruptcy.

Sidley Austin LLP is getting $17.5 million and Kirkland & Ellis LLP $6 million, the Dallas-based company said in budgets filed May 14 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Delaware. Professional fees and related payments are projected to cost Energy Future’s competitive unit $218 million in May, putting cash flow at a negative $151 million before a $154 million loan.

Energy Future, after a record leveraged buyout in 2007 led by Henry Kravis and David Bonderman, filed for bankruptcy April 29, listing $49.7 billion in liabilities. It plans to seek a judge’s approval of about $10 billion in debtor-in-possession, or DIP, loans to finance a restructuring.

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Law Firm News

Robins, Kaplan Adds Restructuring, Business Bankruptcy Team

Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP joined with Peitzman Weg LLP, a corporate restructuring and bankruptcy boutique in Los Angeles.

“Both our firms are entrepreneurial in spirit, and that offers us many opportunities to be flexible to meet client needs on any level,” Martin Lueck, Robins Kaplan’s chairman, said in a statement.

Four Peitzman Weg partners -- Howard J. Weg, Scott F. Gautier, James P. Menton Jr. and David B. Shemano -- join the firm with experience in corporate restructuring, bankruptcy, and commercial litigation matters in California and nationwide. Several associates will also join, the firm said in a statement.

“These attorneys are an exceptionally talented group of legal minds with a deep capacity for the reality of modern business and how to help companies, creditors and equity holders navigate bankruptcies and restructurings,” Roman Silberfeld, managing partner of Robins Kaplan’s Los Angeles office, said in a statement.

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