Former Senator Levin Joins Honigman Miller: Business of Law

Carl Levin, who recently retired from the U.S. Senate, will join Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn LLP in April as senior counsel.

Levin, a Democratic senator from Michigan from 1979 until January, was chairman of the Armed Services Committee, chairman of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations and a member of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee. Prior to his Senate service, Levin was president of the Detroit City Council, Honigman said in a statement.

Levin will focus on helping companies with internal investigations and crisis management, assisting with social responsibility and compliance issues, and facilitating alternative dispute resolutions and mediations, the firm said. In addition, Levin will advise the government-relations and regulatory practice group.

“We are proud that Senator Levin will be joining our firm,” David Foltyn, Honigman’s chairman, said in a statement.

“He brings to Honigman a profound knowledge of corporate governance, vast experience in complex corporate financial matters, the ability to resolve disputes among parties with divergent interests, a sincere appreciation for entrepreneurship, and deep understanding of all levels of business,” Foltyn said.

Levin said of Honigman: “We have many shared values, from our long-standing support of Detroit to our dedication to assisting Michigan businesses. It will be a part of my role to help business clients navigate the path to understanding and complying with complex state and federal laws and regulations.”

Covington & Burling Looks West and Opens Los Angeles Office

Covington & Burling LLP has opened an office in Los Angeles with current lawyers as well as three new attorneys. It will focus initially on insurance coverage, media and content distribution, patent litigation, public policy and government affairs, and white-collar defense.

“There is a strong base of clients who can benefit from both our presence in Los Angeles and the expansion of some of our core practice offerings,” Timothy Hester, chairman of the firm’s management committee, said in a statement.

The new office in Century City will include current partners Robyn Polashuk, Alan Blankenheimer and former California Congressman Howard Berman. The office will also have two new partners and one new special counsel.

New to the firm is Dan Shallman, who will lead the white-collar defense practice in Los Angeles. Shallman previously served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Central District of California and most recently was a partner at O’Melveny & Myers LLP. Rene Siemens, who specializes in insurance coverage issues, will be joining as a partner from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

Lateral Hires at Mayer Brown, K&L Gates and Fried Frank

Mayer Brown LLP announced that Francisco Mendez has joined the firm as a partner in its global energy practice in Houston. He was previously in-house counsel for Latin America at ExxonMobil Corp., where he most recently advised on the opening of the oil and gas industry in Mexico to the private sector.

The Seattle office of K&L Gates LLP added Rachel Tausend as a partner in the e-discovery analysis and technology practice. Tausend joins from the Washington office of Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP, where she was a co-founder and chair of the firm’s e-discovery team.

Tausend advises businesses and individuals on electronic discovery issues arising from regulatory examinations, investigations, enforcement actions and litigation.

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP has hired Jeffrey Lewis as a partner in its intellectual-property litigation practice in New York. Lewis concentrates on patent litigation and handles trademark matters, as well as other IP and general litigation. He was previously a partner at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP.

Deals

Wachtell and Jones Day Advise on $1.26 Billion Alcoa-RTI Deal

Alcoa Inc. agreed to buy RTI International Metals Inc. for about $1.26 billion to expand its titanium and specialty-metals products business for the aerospace industry.

Jones Day is advising RTI. Its team is led by M&A partners Lyle Ganske, Patrick Leddy and Dave Grubman, and included partners James Dougherty, M&A; Carsten Gromotke and Bruce McDonald, antitrust; Eric Mosier, benefits; Mike Solecki, capital markets; Tom Hamilton and Grant Willis, government regulation; Scott Levine, tax; and Michael Haas, real estate.

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is advising Alcoa. The team is led by corporate partners Martin Lipton and Ronald C. Chen, along with partners Andrea K. Wahlquist and David E. Kahan, executive compensation and benefits; Gregory E. Pessin, finance; and Deborah L. Paul, tax.

The all-stock transaction, which values Pittsburgh-based RTI at 50 percent more than it was trading on March 6, is the third aerospace-related deal announced by Alcoa in less than nine months.

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