March 17 (Bloomberg) -- Bryan Cave LLP is opening an office in Miami that will be led by former DLA Piper LLP partners Pedro J. Martinez-Fraga and C. Ryan Reetz.
Martinez-Fraga will be co-leader of the firm’s international arbitration practice. Reetz will be the managing and hiring partner for the office.
“Miami is a global center for international law and the principal U.S. nexus to the Latin-American business community,” Don G. Lents, chairman of Bryan Cave, said in a statement. “Pedro and Ryan have a strong practice handling international arbitration cases and a wide range of matters for clients with interests in Latin America.”
Martinez-Fraga has represented seven sovereignties in Latin America, in addition to the kingdom of Spain, among other clients, the firm said. He was lead U.S. counsel for the Republic of Chile in the case against former Chilean President Augusto Pinochet, the firm said.
Reetz represents clients in international and domestic commercial and regulatory disputes.
Bryan Cave has about 1,000 lawyers at offices in the U.S, Europe and Asia.
Greenwald Takes Over as Sole Chairman of Fried Frank Early
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP’s David J. Greenwald, who rejoined the law firm from Goldman Sachs Group Inc. last year as co-chairman, will take over as its sole leader a year earlier than was announced.
Greenwald, who was deputy general counsel and international general counsel at Goldman Sachs, was scheduled to become chairman in March 2015.
Instead, Valerie Ford Jacob, who spent 11 years at the head of Fried Frank, will return to her practice full time a year early and become senior partner, focusing on business development and expanding the firm’s client base.
“David has not skipped a beat in reintegrating into the firm since he joined us and, with the handover going very well, I decided there was no need for me to wait until next year to focus on those efforts,” Jacob wrote in a memo to the firm last week.
Greenwald joined Goldman Sachs’s legal department in 1994 and was named managing director in 1998 and partner in 2000. Before joining Goldman, Greenwald focused on mergers and acquisitions and private-equity transactions at Fried Frank. He represented clients such as Goldman Sachs and Forstmann Little & Co., the firm said.
Fried Frank has about 500 attorneys at offices in the U.S., Europe and Asia.
Burr & Forman Adds Team of Health-Care Lawyers in Birmingham
Burr & Forman LLP announced additions to its health-care practice with four Birmingham, Alabama-based attorneys including David Proctor and Angela C. Cameron, who join as partners. The group joins from Johnston Barton Proctor & Rose LLP.
Proctor is a former managing partner of Johnston Barton, where his practice focused on medical-malpractice defense. Cameron has focused on defending physicians, nursing facilities and other health-care providers in medical-malpractice actions among other matters, the firm said in a statement.
Ex-U.S. Prosecutor Swaney Joins Carroll Burdick in San Francisco
Carroll, Burdick & McDonough LLP hired Steven E. Swaney, who was most recently an assistant U.S. attorney in Maryland, as a partner in the class-action practice in San Francisco.
Google E-Mail Scanning Transcript Is Subject of Court Dispute
Google Inc., the world’s largest Internet-search provider, is seeking to black out portions of a court hearing transcript that includes information on how it mines data from personal e-mails.
Google, fighting a lawsuit over claims that its interception of e-mails amounts to illegal wiretapping, filed papers asking U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh in San Jose, California, to redact “confidential” information from the transcript, without being more specific.
The key revelation at the Feb. 27 hearing was the existence of “Content Onebox,” used by Google to intercept e-mails for targeted advertising and to build user profiles, Sean Rommel, a lawyer for plaintiffs, told the judge.
Google’s attempt to black out parts of the transcript that haven’t been publicly reported in press accounts is at odds with statements from Michael Rhodes, the Mountain View, California-based company’s lawyer, a partner at Cooley Godward Kronish LLP. Google separately asked Koh to reject requests from media organizations to unseal other key documents in the case.
“We came here today and we unburdened the court of any sealing effort,” Rhodes told Koh at the Feb. 27 hearing. “We agreed that all of the material that had been previously designated confidential could be aired in the public courtroom so that those folks back there in the media could see that Google has nothing to hide here.”
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