Kilpatrick Townsend Adds Co-Leader for Asia: Business of Law

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP said Gentry Sayad joined the firm’s Shanghai office as a partner and co-chairman of the Asia practice. Sayad, who was previously the managing partner of the Shanghai office of Fredrikson & Byron LLP, will be a member of the mergers and acquisitions and securities team.

“Gentry’s knowledge and insights into legal and business challenges that U.S. companies face entering and operating in China and his experience assisting Chinese companies and individuals investing outside of China will provide our fast-growing client base an outstanding resource,” Kenneth Chang, the Shanghai office managing partner, said in a statement.

Venable Adds Ex-Consumer Product Safety Commission Staff Member

Jana Fong-Swamidoss, a senior staffer at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, joined the Washington office of Venable LLP as counsel.

Fong-Swamidoss was most recently deputy chief of staff to the acting chairman at the commission, where she was responsible for helping to implement the Consumer Protection Safety Improvement Act, the firm said. She drafted and negotiated regulatory language on behalf of the commissioner, according to the firm.

“Her experience gives her tremendous understanding of the regulatory, legislative and policy making processes driving oversight of our nation’s consumer safety laws,” Venable lawyer David Strickland, the former head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said in a statement.

Bingham Adds 3 Lawyers to Life Sciences Patent Prosecution Team

Bingham McCutchen LLP added Mark Hayman, formerly of Cooley LLP, as a partner in its Boston office, along with two other lawyers, to bolster the firm’s life sciences and patent-counseling platforms. In addition to patent counseling, Hayman’s team focuses on procurement and licensing, the firm said.

Baker Botts Adds 2 International Arbitration Lawyers in New York

Arbitration lawyers Edward Schorr and Andrew Behrman joined Baker Botts LLP’s New York office from Hogan Lovells LLP as partner and special counsel, respectively.

“The skills in this area of the law that Edward and Andrew bring to our firm establish our New York office as a new cornerstone of our arbitration practice,” Baker Botts Managing Partner Andrew Baker said in a statement.


Delaware’s Sole Woman on Supreme Court to Resign Early

Delaware Supreme Court Justice Carolyn Berger, who announced last week her plans to retire in September after 30 years on the bench, told the Delaware News Journal that she was leaving primarily because she didn’t believe the governor had seriously considered her for the chief justice job.

In January, Governor Jack Markell named Leo E. Strine Jr., a 15-year veteran of the Delaware Chancery Court who served as chief judge the past two years, to succeed Myron Steele as the leader of the state’s highest court.

In yesterday’s news story, Berger was quoted as saying media reports, which she believed were leaked by the governor’s office, indicated the governor hadn’t taken her seriously in her bid for the top post.

The governor’s office denied the claim and said it picked the best candidate for the position, according to the paper.

Berger, whose term was to extend to 2018, has been the only woman on both the Chancery Court and the Supreme Court until Wilmington attorney Karen Valihura was nominated by Markell this month for a vacant seat, the paper said.

Law Firm News

Former Dewey Leaders Say Insurance Settlement Waived Lawsuit

The Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP liquidating trustee is barred from suing two of the defunct firm’s top managers because the claims were given away as part of the Chapter 11 plan, according to papers seeking dismissal of a lawsuit filed in November in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York.

Stephen DiCarmine, Dewey’s former executive director, and Joel Sanders, the ex-finance chief, said claims in the trustee’s amended complaint should be dismissed because they were released in an insurance settlement.

They point to a settlement with an insurance company approved in May 2013. In it, the insurance company paid $19 million for a release of claims against the insurer itself and anyone who was an “insured” under the policy.

Because the “overwhelming majority” of the claims in the suit relate to their “purported wrongful conduct,” the two say the case must be dismissed because Dewey creditors got $19 million in return from dropping those types of claims.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Martin Glenn will consider the request to dismiss the amended complaint and strike all misconduct claims as well as halt the civil action at a hearing on July 23.

Sanders, DiCarmine and former firm Chairman Steven Davis were charged in March with a $200 million fraud that spurred the largest law firm bankruptcy in history. They have denied the charges.

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