McKenna, Manatt, Jones Day, Cadwalader: Business of Law

McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP acquired aviation boutique law firm Dombroff Gilmore Jaques & French, giving the firm 15 new lawyers and two new offices in northern Virginia and Miami.

The Dombroff Gilmore lawyers, who join MLA’s litigation practice, include five partners: Thomas Almy, Morgan Campbell, Mark Dombroff, Dane Jaques and Mark McKinnon. Two of counsel and eight associate counsel also join the firm.

“We are excited to add this group of aviation litigators to MLA,” firm chairman Jeff Haidet said in a statement. “Adding their experience and our presence in Northern Virginia and South Florida positions MLA to provide a broader base of services and reach to our clients -- a goal toward which we continually strive.”

The group joining MLA has experience in contract disputes, warranty claims, employment litigation, FAA enforcement actions, NTSB investigations and major airline disaster litigation practices, the firm said.

The attorneys have represented domestic and international airlines, airports, a defense industry contractor, manufacturers, fixed-base operators, airport service providers and insurance providers, among others connected to the aviation industry, according to the firm.

McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP has more than 575 attorneys and public policy advisers in 15 offices in 12 U.S. cities.


Three K&L Gates Litigation Partners Join Manatt Phelps

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP hired three litigation partners from K&L Gates LLP. Michael R. Gordon, Eli R. Mattioli and Andrew L. Morrison joined the firm’s New York office as partners in the litigation division.

“With decades of experience in commercial litigation, both domestic and international, and arbitration disputes encompassing a broad range of industries, Michael, Eli and Andrew are an exceptional team who strengthen and expand our strategic counseling capabilities,” said Matt Kanny, chairman of Manatt’s litigation division. “We are fortunate to have them with us.”

Gordon represents clients in litigation and arbitration proceedings. Mattioli has experience representing companies in domestic and foreign investments, sales transactions, corporate and partnership matters, mergers and acquisitions, investment banking and other matters. Morrison focuses his litigation practice on securities fraud claims, fiduciary duty claims, complex commercial disputes and financial services, among other matters, the firm said.

A K&L Gates spokesman didn’t return an e-mail seeking comment on the moves.

Manatt, Phelps has 400 lawyers and professionals at nine offices in the U.S. and Mexico.

Chief IRS Health-Care Counsel Joins Jones Day in Washington

Catherine Livingston, health-care counsel in the Internal Revenue Service’s Office of Chief Counsel since 2010, joins Jones Day’s Washington office as a partner in the health-care practice.

“She is perhaps the single most knowledgeable lawyer in this city and indeed this country on the Affordable Care Act, which is important to so many of our clients,” Greg Shumaker, partner-in-charge of Jones Day’s Washington office said in a statement. “We’re delighted to have someone with her depth on tax issues related not only to that, but a variety of other important health care matters as well.”

Livingston has been the principal legal adviser to senior IRS leadership on the Affordable Care Act, the firm said. She supervised the work of IRS attorneys developing regulations, including the proposed guidance on the ACA employer mandate provisions.

Jones Day has more than 2,400 lawyers in 36 offices worldwide.

Former Justice Department Senior Appellate Lawyer Joins Orrick

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP hired Robert M. Loeb, the former acting deputy director of the Appellate Staff of the Civil Division at the U.S. Justice Department, as a partner in its Supreme Court and appellate litigation practice in Washington.

Loeb spent 25 years at the Justice Department, where he argued more than 100 appeals. He has represented the U.S., government agencies and government officials, including two former Secretaries of Defense, in their individual capacities in appellate matters, during both Democratic and Republican administrations, the firm said.

“Few lawyers in private practice can match Bob’s experience leading major appellate matters in the most complex and high-stakes appeals,” Joshua Rosenkranz, head of the firm’s Supreme Court and appellate practice, said in a statement.

Among Orrick’s clients in the practice, the firm has represented Oracle Corp. in a copyright appeal over the use of Java in the Android platform, a negligence dispute for L-3 Communications, a class-action appeal for UBS AG, and a patent case involving the Wii gaming system for Nintendo Co, the firm said.

Orrick has lawyers across 25 offices in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

Corporate and Technology Partner Joins Squire Sanders From DLA

Squire Sanders LLP announced that international corporate and technology partner Richard Horton, previously of DLA Piper LLP, has joined the firm in both the Sydney and Silicon Valley offices.

Horton, who is a dual-qualified U.S. and Australian attorney, has spent the last 13 years in Silicon Valley, where he focused on venture and strategic financings, mergers and acquisitions, and cross-border intellectual property and technology transactions for emerging growth and later-stage technology and clean energy technology companies, the firm said.

Horton has experience helping Australian technology companies move to Silicon Valley and assists U.S. and offshore multinationals doing U.S. and Australian law deals in Australia.

His clients have included Yahoo! Inc., Boeing Energy, Scatec Solar, Moser Baer India Ltd., Hewlett-Packard Co., Cisco Systems Inc., Kmart Corp. and Telstra Corp., the firm said.

Squire Sanders has more than 1,300 lawyers at 39 offices in 19 countries.


Securitization Lobby’s Board, Including Cadwalader, Quits

The main trade association for the securitization industry is in turmoil after most of the board resigned, including law firm Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, in a dispute with the group’s executive director over governance and bonuses, according to six people with knowledge of the matter.

The exodus at the American Securitization Forum puts the future of the group in question, said the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the dispute isn’t public. Members that quit include Bank of America Corp., JPMorgan Chase & Co., Deutsche Bank AG, Citigroup Inc. and law firm Cadwalader, the people said.

The resignations came after the board attempted to remove the forum’s executive director and former Cadwalader lawyer, Tom Deutsch, but was unable to fire him because of the way the association’s governing documents are written, said the people. Part of the dispute concerns bonuses that Deutsch was paid, the people added.

Deutsch, who joined the group’s staff in 2004 after working as a lawyer at Cadwalader, issued a statement saying, “We remain focused on the advocacy and educational needs of all of the interests in the structured finance industry.”

While the statement didn’t directly address the mass resignations, Deutsch said negotiations over the association’s separation several years ago from the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association have been “messier and more difficult than expected.”

Other firms that have left the group or pulled their employees off the board included Amherst Securities Group LP, Fitch Ratings Ltd., Moody’s Investors Service and Natixis SA, the people said. Ralph Daloisio of Natixis was the chairman of the ASF board; he didn’t return calls seeking comment.

Zia Ahmed, a spokesman for Bank of America, confirmed that the bank quit the forum, declining to comment further. Sean Dobson, head of Amherst Securities, left the board “due to concerns around transparency and governance,” said Tom Johnson, a spokesman for the bond broker. Spokesmen for other board members either declined to comment, didn’t respond to messages, or couldn’t be reached.

The ASF, based in New York, lobbies and holds conferences for the industry, which packages loans and leases into securities. Last year, securitization produced more than $500 billion of new bonds globally.

In testimony to Congress last year, Deutsch said the forum had 330 members. According to the group’s website, members include issuers, investors, financial intermediaries, rating companies, legal and accounting firms, trustees and servicers.

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