Clinton’s Fundraising Rounds Include Law Firms: Business of Law

Hillary Clinton’s fundraising schedule for the next two weeks is nothing but hectic. And, as Bloomberg Politics reports, among the 26 events she’s set to attend between June 22 and July 3, at least two involve law firms.

She is scheduled to be at a Wednesday afternoon fundraiser hosted by Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and at another on June 30 hosted by Julissa Reynoso, a former U.S. ambassador to Uruguay who’s now a partner at Chadbourne & Parke LLP, according to invitations obtained by Bloomberg. George Pataki, one of the Republicans seeking his party’s nomination, is counsel at Chadbourne.

Campaign spokesman Josh Schwerin declined to comment on the number of fundraisers Clinton has scheduled. Many events come with a recommended contribution of the $2,700 legal maximum for her primary campaign or require attendees to raise at least $27,000.

After the quarter ends, the Clinton campaign, like all the others, must file disclosures with the Federal Election Commission.

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Forty-Four Firms Meet ‘Gold Standard’ of Women’s Prominence

The Women in Law Empowerment Forum has released its list of big firms that meet their “gold standard.” This year, 44 have met four of the group’s six requirements, the minimum needed for the accolade.

Those criteria are that women are: 20 percent of U.S. equity partners or, alternatively, one-third of non-lateral attorneys that became U.S. equity partners within the previous 12 months; 10 percent of firm chairs and managing partners; 20 percent of the primary governance committee; 20 percent of the compensation committee or its equivalent; 25 percent of the U.S. practice group leaders and department heads; and 10 percent of the top half of U.S. equity partners in terms of compensation.

Eight firms met all six benchmarks: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP; Hogan Lovells LLP; Holland & Hart LLP; Littler Mendelson PC; Reed Smith LLP; Schiff Hardin LLP; Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP; and Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP.

The other 36 firms are: Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC; Ballard Spahr LLP; Bryan Cave LLP; Cooley LLP; Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP; Davis Wright Tremaine LLP; Dentons US; DLA Piper LLP (US); Dorsey & Whitney LLP; Faegre Baker Daniels LLP; Haynes & Boone LLP; Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP; Jackson Lewis PC; K&L Gates LLP; Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP; Latham & Watkins LLP; Lathrop & Gage LLP; Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP; McCarter & English LLP; McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP; Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP; Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP; Paul Hastings LLP; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP; Perkins Coie LLP; Polsinelli PC; Quarles & Brady LLP; Shearman & Sterling LLP; Sidley Austin LLP; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; Steptoe & Johnson LLP; Stinson Leonard Street LLP; Stoel Rives LLP; and Thompson Coburn LLP.

The Above the Law blog noted that six of the firms -- Cooley; Fulbright & Jaworski, now Norton Rose Fulbright; Paul Hastings; Reed Smith; Shook Hardy; and Sutherland Asbill -- had the highest percentage of women on their management committees, based on 2013 data from the American Lawyer.

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LG Settles With Conservation Groups Over New Jersey Headquarters

LG Electronics Inc. reached a settlement with several conservation groups, allowing the company’s U.S. unit to build a $300 million headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, after amending the design.

Opponents had said the building would ruin views of the Palisades, a 200-million-year-old stretch of rocky wilderness above the western shore of the Hudson River.

The new design will retain the project’s scale while protecting the views, LG said in a statement Tuesday. Under the settlement, the conservation groups agreed to withdraw litigation challenging zoning approvals.

The groups include the Natural Resources Defense Council, the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs, the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference and Scenic Hudson, a Poughkeepsie, New York-based preservation group.

Laurance Rockefeller, an environmental lawyer whose family donated the land 80 years ago that became the basis for Palisades Interstate Park, took part in the settlement talks.

The new design for the building calls for a five-story north wing almost 70 feet (21 meters) high and a three-story south wing. LG will also use landscape, lighting and other design features to reduce visual impact on the park, a National Natural and Historic Landmark.

The project has been in the works since 2009, but was delayed by two lawsuits challenging zoning approvals. Both suits were dismissed by a New Jersey Superior Court judge in August 2013; that decision was on appeal.

On the Move

Loeb & Loeb LLP has hired Jason Lilien, previously a partner at Zuckerman Spaeder LLP, as a partner. Lilien, a former bureau chief of the New York State Attorney General’s Charities Bureau, has joined the firm’s charitable giving and tax-exempt organizations practice in New York.

Holland & Knight LLP has hired Kelly Franklin Bagnall as a partner in Dallas. Bagnall, previously a member of Dykema Gossett PLLC, specializes in the hospitality industry with a focus on operations, as well as commercial litigation and general business counseling.

Lowenstein Sandler LLP announced that David Elkind has joined the firm as a partner in its Washington office. Elkind, an insurance coverage litigator, was previously a partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

David Posner has joined Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP as a partner in the litigation department. Posner, previously a partner at Otterbourg PC, will lead the bankruptcy and financial restructuring team in New York.

McDermott Will & Emery has hired labor and employment litigator Kristin Michaels as a partner in its trial practice group in Chicago. Michaels was previously a partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP and has represented clients in a range of industries.

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