Quinn Emanuel, Jones Day, Jackson Lewis: Business of Law

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP will open an office in Sydney next month with Michael Mills and Michelle Fox of Herbert Smith Freehills.

Quinn Emanuel partner James Webster, an Australian native, will also open the office and be co-managing partner with Mills, the firm said.

“With the shift of economic power from the Atlantic to the Pacific, Australia has not only become a significant international player but also a critical connection point in Asia-Pacific,” John Quinn, the firm’s managing partner, said in a statement. “We will fill a niche -- a highly sophisticated litigation firm that is not saddled with all the institutional conflicts that large, full-service law firms have.”

Mills, a litigator, was co-head of Herbert Smith Freehills’s insurance solutions and products liability practices. He and Fox frequently work as a team, specializing in complex litigation. Among their prominent cases was the representation of the directors’ and officers’ insurers of the HIH Group, the firm said.

Webster has been with Quinn Emanuel for 20 years. He specializes in complex litigation in securities, class action and entertainment, among other areas.

The office will be Quinn Emmanuel’s 13th. The firm has 600 lawyers at offices in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

Jones Day Opens in Miami to Boost Latin America practice

Jones Day will open an office in Miami, the firm’s first Florida branch, to expand its Latin American practice and manage a growing litigation practice in the state.

Pedro A. Jimenez, a partner in the business restructuring and reorganization practice, will be the partner-in-charge of the office, the firm’s 40th worldwide. Enrique Martin, who recently joined from Greenberg Traurig LLP as a mergers-and-acquisitions partner, will be the administrative partner in the new office.

“In years past, the Latin American practices of many major law firms, including Jones Day, were centered in New York City, primarily to access the debt and equity markets,” Stephen Brogan, Jones Day’s managing partner, said in a statement. “Today, corporate and business leaders in Latin America have increasingly made Miami their point of contact in the U.S.”

The new office will focus on capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, lending, project finance and restructuring in Latin America. It will also have a significant focus on dispute resolution, the firm said.

“An equally important reason for opening in Miami is to handle the growing litigation docket coming out of that state,” Brogan said. “Over the last half decade, Jones Day lawyers have tried more significant civil cases to verdict in Florida than any other leading law firm in the country.”

Jimenez joined Jones Day in 2006. He worked on the Chrysler Group LLC restructuring and also led the cross-border restructurings of Spansion Japan Ltd., Grupo Costamex SA and PT Arpeni Pratama, the firm said.

“A presence in Miami is a natural extension of our commitment to the needs of our clients that began with our offices in Madrid, Brazil and Mexico,” Jimenez said in a statement. “In addition to expanding our Latin America capabilities, our Miami Office will give us the opportunity to meet the domestic and international legal needs of the numerous public company clients we serve in Florida, including Adecco, CSX, Ryder, NextEra, Harris and Darden.”

Martin has practiced in Miami for more than 20 years, providing corporate, securities, and cross-border advice to his clients. He represented the BearingPoint Liquidating Trust in connection with the wind-down and disposition of BearingPoint’s assets and operations in Latin America, and also the purchaser of the Colombian assets and operations of Xerox Corp., the firm said.

Jones Day has more than 2,400 lawyers, including more than 400 in Europe and 200 in Asia.

Jackson Lewis’s New Dayton Office Is Third in Ohio

Jackson Lewis LLP is opening a Dayton, Ohio, office, its 53rd nationwide, with the hire of partner Karen T. Dunlevey from Bieser, Greer & Landis.

Scott Carroll, managing partner of the firm’s Cincinnati office, will also hold that job in Dayton.

“Together with our Cincinnati and Cleveland locations, our Dayton office enhances the firm’s ability to provide quality advice and counseling to our clients within Ohio and the central U.S.,” Vincent A. Cino, the firm’s chairman, said in a statement.

Dunlevey counsels employers on how to reduce the risk of litigation, including the development and implementation of employment policies, procedures and contracts, the firm said. Her litigation experience includes cases covering claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful discharge, and contract disputes.

Jackson Lewis has 750 attorneys.


Jones Day Hires Chicago Litigator From Greenberg Traurig

Jose A. Isasi II, a litigator with experience in the drug and medical-device industries, joined the Chicago office of Jones Day as a partner, the firm said.

Isasi was formerly the Chicago-based vice-chairman of Greenberg Traurig LLP’s pharmaceutical, medical device and health-care litigation group. He has been lead trial counsel in federal and state jury and bench trials in products liability and commercial disputes, according to Jones Day. He has also been lead counsel in complex commercial arbitrations.

Jones Day has more than 2,400 lawyers at 39 offices worldwide.

Linklaters Boosts U.S. Tax Practice With Two Partner Hires

Linklaters LLP said David Brockway and Jasper Howard have joined its U.S. tax practice as partners in Washington after leaving Bingham McCutchen LLP.

Brockway previously was chief of staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation of the U.S. Congress. He advises clients on international tax planning, with a focus on corporate acquisitions and dispositions, cross-border structured finance and asset-based finance transactions, the firm said.

Howard was special counsel to the Internal Revenue Service chief counsel. His experience includes advising on corporate tax issues such as mergers and acquisitions, spinoffs and other divestitures, joint ventures and cross-border transactions, according to the firm.

Linklaters has more than 120 lawyers in New York and Washington. It has about 75 U.S. lawyers in nine other jurisdictions and lawyers at 28 offices worldwide.

Morgan Lewis Hires Litigator John Dellaportas in New York

John Dellaportas, a litigator, joined Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP as a partner in the firm’s litigation practice in New York, leaving Duane Morris LLP.

In addition to commercial and securities representations, Dellaportas has experience in mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy, antitrust and real estate matters. He successfully represented Bruce Bent Sr., Bruce Bent II and their investment advisory firm Reserve Management Co. in a securities fraud lawsuit brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Morgan Lewis has more than 1,600 legal professionals at 24 offices in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

Mayer Brown Hires Vinson & Elkins Tax Partner in Houston

Energy tax lawyer Ed Osterberg, formerly of Vinson & Elkins LLP, joined Mayer Brown LLP’s Houston office.

His practice focuses on business income taxation, with an emphasis on corporate and partnership taxation and international transactions, the firm said.

Mayer Brown has lawyers at offices in the Americas, Asia and Europe.

Perkins Coie Adds Bankruptcy Partner in Los Angeles

Perkins Coie LLP hired Sara L. Chenetz, recently a partner at Blank Rome LLP, as a partner in the financial transactions and restructuring group in the firm’s Los Angeles office.

Chenetz represents clients in restructuring, bankruptcy, workouts, litigation and related matters, the firm said.

Perkins Coie has more than 900 lawyers in 19 offices across the U.S. and Asia.

Davis Wright Hires Former Charter Communications Counsel

Christin McMeley, who was in-house counsel at cable-television company Charter Communications Inc. for almost a decade, joined Davis Wright Tremaine LLP as a partner in the firm’s privacy and security practice group in Washington.

At Charter, McMeley led the company’s cable regulatory group and government-affairs team, the firm said. She also was the company’s chief privacy officer and implemented its first privacy and data security program.

McMeley will advise companies on privacy compliance, information governance, data security, public policy and regulatory matters.

Davis Wright has about 500 lawyers at nine offices in the U.S. and Shanghai.


Could This Law School Ranking Unseat US News?

Elie Mystal, editor at Above the Law, told Bloomberg Law’s Lee Pacchia in a Bloomberg podcast that his blog’s new law school rankings sought to list the top 50 American law schools by relying on an “outcome based” methodology.

Mystal said that focusing on the costs and rewards of a legal education allows this ranking to determine which law schools yield “the most bang for this extreme buck.”

The goal is to displace US News & World Report as the leading arbiter of law school rankings. Mystal said his site’s focus on legal employment, along with an often snarky attitude that appeals to younger readers, give it a leg up on the competition.

To download, watch or listen to this report, click here.


Brooklyn Law School Creates First N.Y. Two-Year J.D. Program

Brooklyn Law School is the first New York-area school to approve an accelerated two-year J.D. program.

Students interested in the two-year program, which is scheduled to start in the summer of 2014, will probably be midlife or mid-career professionals or those with plans for a nonlegal career, such as a CPA or MBA, Brooklyn Law School said in a statement.

The two-year J.D. will require the same amount of work as the current part-time or full-time program over a shorter period. Students also have the option of completing a J.D. in three or four years.

“Our institution has always been an agent of change,” Stuart Subotnick, chairman of the Brooklyn Law School Board of Trustees, said in the statement. “We were among the first in the nation to welcome women and minorities, our clinical education program began long before other law schools saw the value in experiential learning.”

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