Paul Hastings, Lowenstein, Nixon Peabody: Business of Law

Paul Hastings LLP said Douglas Flaum has joined the firm as a partner in New York. He was previously at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, where he was head of the securities and shareholder litigation practice.

“Doug’s arrival enhances our strong litigation practice, particularly with respect to large, complex commercial and financial litigation,” William Sullivan, global chair of the litigation practice at Paul Hastings, said in a statement. “His significant real estate litigation, antitrust and white collar expertise will also complement our strength in these practices areas.”

Flaum has litigated cases on behalf of corporations, directors and special board committees in complex financial and business arrangements matters. Among his clients are Wells Fargo & Co. and Wachovia Corp. in a series of subprime securities shareholder cases; Goldman Sachs Group Inc.; and Brookfield Office Properties Inc., the owner of the Zuccotti Park, where New York’s Occupy Wall Street protesters camped.

Paul Hastings has lawyers at 20 offices in Asia, Europe and the U.S.

Blumenfeld Moves to Lowenstein Sandler as Antitrust Head

Lowenstein Sandler LLP said Jeffrey Blumenfeld joined the firm as chair of its antitrust and trade regulation practice in New York. He was previously a partner in Crowell & Moring LLP’s Washington office.

Blumenfeld will be a member of Lowenstein’s tech group, where he will counsel Lowenstein’s clients and their investors on competition issues facing emerging technology companies, the firm said.

“Jeff’s peerless industry knowledge, entrepreneurial drive and commitment to his clients make him an exceptionally strong cultural fit for our firm,” Gary M. Wingens, Lowenstein Sandler’s chairman and managing partner, said in a statement. “At a time of increasing M&A activity across our transactional teams, we are excited to deepen our experience base in the competitive arena.”

Blumenfeld, who worked in the antitrust division of the U.S. Department of Justice, was one of the lead attorneys trying U.S. v. AT&T and in post-divestiture litigation, the firm said. He subsequently co-founded the law firm Blumenfeld & Cohen, which provided competition and policy advocacy to technology companies.

Blumenfeld also will spend time in Washington with the firm’s senior management team, which is looking at possibly opening an office in Washington.

Lowenstein Sandler has almost 300 lawyers in New York, New Jersey and California.

Bird & Bird Hires International Franchising Partner

Global franchising lawyer Mark Abell joined Bird & Bird LLP as a partner in the newly created position of head of franchising, licensing and multi-channel strategies. He was previously at Field Fisher Waterhouse.

Abell built a practice on matters relating to franchising and the internationalization and exploitation of intellectual property rights, the firm said.

“There are excellent synergies between Mark’s expertise, the clients he works for and Bird & Bird’s strong reputation for protecting and commercializing ideas and brands,” David Kerr, chief executive officer of Bird & Bird, said in a statement.

Bird & Bird has more than 1,000 lawyers in 25 offices across Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Squire Sanders Hires Private Equity Partner in Russia

Squire Sanders LLP added to its private equity practice in Russia with partner Anton Rogoza, who joins the corporate finance group in Moscow from Goltsblat BLP.

Rogoza specializes in private equity and has experience with mergers and acquisitions and corporate restructuring projects. He advises Russian and international companies on their cross-border transactions, joint ventures and portfolio investments in Russia.

His private equity deals have included clients such as Baring Vostok Capital Partners, Farallon Capital Management, Pinebridge Investments and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the firm said in a statement.

“With his commercial insight, negotiating skills and knowledge of the finer points of Russian and English law, Anton will fit in seamlessly with our team in Moscow,” David Wack, corporate partner in Moscow, said in the statement. “In the past few years we’ve built our M&A and private equity practice to become a market leader in Russia and we are continuing to invest and grow the team to support our Russian and international clients.”

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

Jackson Lewis San Francisco Class Action Head Joins Littler

Littler Mendelson PC added JoAnna Brooks as a shareholder in the San Francisco office. Brooks was previously a partner and head of the class action practice in Jackson Lewis LLP’s San Francisco office.

At her old firm, Brooks was involved in more than 50 class action litigation cases in California over the last 10 years. She advises clients on employment best practices, and also acts as defense counsel in cases involving harassment, discrimination, breach of contract, wage and hour, and unfair business practices, the firm said.

“High-profile lateral recruitment is one of the keys to our continued success and we are excited that a top tier labor and employment practitioner of JoAnna’s caliber joins several others Littler has recruited over the last year,” Thomas Bender and Jeremy Roth, co-presidents and co-managing directors of Littler, said in a joint statement.

Littler Mendelson has more than 980 attorneys at 57 offices throughout the Americas.

Jones Day Adds Dallas Health-Care Transactions partner

Todd P. Kelly joined the Dallas Office of Jones Day as a partner in the health care and life sciences practice. He was formerly a partner in the Dallas office of Norton Rose Fulbright LLP. 

His practice will focus on the representation of hospitals, health systems, medical groups and other health-care providers in connection with mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, affiliations and other transactional and regulatory matters, the firm said.

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

Firm News

Joseph Lynch to Lead Nixon Peabody’s New York Office

Joseph Lynch will take over as managing partner of Nixon Peabody LLP’s New York City office on Aug. 1, the firm said.

The office, which has almost 100 lawyers, was headed by Arthur Rosner for more than a decade. Rosner will continue with his real estate practice, which includes representation of real estate development companies and individuals as well as banks and other financial institutions in real estate finance matters.

Lynch is a partner in the firm’s affordable housing practice within the real estate and community development department. He has experience in representing for-profit and nonprofit developers, owners, and managers in complex transactions involving federal, state, and local regulations.

“Joe consistently approaches even the most challenging tasks with optimism and great insight” Andrew I. Glincher, Nixon Peabody chief executive officer and managing partner, said in a statement. “I’m confident Joe will do a terrific job as he leads our New York City attorneys in keeping pace with the constantly changing political, social and economic landscape to anticipate what’s coming next for our clients.”

Nixon Peabody has about 700 attorneys in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.


Yankees’ Lawyer on Manchester City MLS Partnership

Irwin Kishner, chairman of the executive committee and co-chairman of the corporate department at Herrick, Feinstein LLP, talks with Bloomberg Law’s Spencer Mazyck about the New York Yankees’ investment in a Major League Soccer expansion team in New York, which will be controlled by Manchester City Football Club. The league’s 20th team, New York City Football Club, begins competing in 2015.

Kishner, in this “Rainmakers” episode, also discusses the formation and organization of the Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network and Legends Hospitality Management LLC, a concessions, merchandising and management-services company formed by the New York Yankees, Dallas Cowboys and Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

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Government Lawyers

Capital One Appoints U.S. Immigration Chief to Head Compliance

Capital One Financial Corp., the lender that agreed to pay $210 million to settle U.S. charges of deceptive marketing of credit-card products, hired the nation’s top immigration official to head compliance operations.

John Morton, director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, will join the McLean, Virginia-based bank in August as a senior vice president, Tatiana Stead, a company spokeswoman, said yesterday in an e-mailed statement.

“Compliance is a high priority for our company and we couldn’t be more pleased that he will be joining our team,” Stead said.

“John has strengthened ICE’s investigative efforts, with a particular emphasis on border crimes, export controls, intellectual property enforcement and child exploitation,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said in a separate statement.

Before joining ICE, Morton spent 15 years at the Justice Department, serving in multiple positions including assistant U.S. attorney and acting deputy assistant attorney general of the criminal division, according to Napolitano’s statement.

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