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Movers

New arrivals, lateral moves, and promotions in this week's column.

Calm Yourself Amid the Interrogatory Chaos

By Robert L. Byman |

Demands from those Snidely Whiplash-types can stir panic. They don't have to.

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh, Northern District of California

INADMISSIBLE: Obama Eyes Lucy Koh For Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh of the Northern District of California is expected to be nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit later this month. Plus more in this week's column.

Ralph Martin of Northeastern University.

In-House Counsel Profile: Northeastern University's Ralph Martin

By Richard Acello |

"The best general counsels serve multiple purposes."

VOIR DIRE: Cheesed Off

A man claims McDonald's is starching up its cheese sticks. Plus: tattoos in video games, Marcia Clark apologizes for permanent damage, and the real reason to vote for John Kasich in this week's column.

VOIR DIRE: Scent Away

Parlux Fragrances claims Jay-Z gave them the hard-knock life when it came to promoting his fragrance line. Plus more in this week's column.

Jenna Greene, Litigation Daily

Star Power Shines Light on Injustice

By Jenna Greene |

After a highly visible lobbying campaign in Washington and around the world, Amal Clooney helped secure the release — at least for now — of the ex-president of the Maldives, who arrived in London last month.

IN BRIEF: Arista, Cisco Clash in IP War

The intellectual property war between networking rivals Arista Networks Inc. and Cisco Systems Inc. intensified Jan. 25 as Arista lobbed antitrust counterclaims at Cisco in the copyright lawsuit Cisco filed in 2014 as part of an IP offensive against its smaller rival. Plus more in this week's column.

Movers: A Weekly Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

Lateral moves and new arrivals in this week's column.

Mike Brizel.

In-House Counsel Profile: FreshDirect LLC's Mike Brizel

By June D. Bell |

"Few days ever go as planned."

One of the last photographs of Abraham Lincoln.  February 5, 1865 or April 10, 1865.

Lessons from Lincoln in the Art of Persuasion

By Douglas S. Lavine |

The president knew that understanding the other side's perspective in a conflict is a winning strategy.

Martin Shkreli, center, leaves the courthouse after his arraignment in New York, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015.

INADMISSIBLE: Ex-Pharma CEO Shkreli to Testify in D.C.

Martin Shkreli, the pharmaceutical head who was indicted for securities fraud last month, will be allowed to travel to Washington to testify before Congress about drug pricing. Plus more in this week's column.

Beth Wilkinson.

INADMISSIBLE: Beth Wilkinson to Open Trial Boutique

Beth Wilkinson, a star litigator at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, has left the firm to launch a new firm along with high-profile litigators from Kirkland & Ellis and Covington & Burling. Plus more in this week's column.

Movers: A Weekly Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

Lateral moves and new arrivals in this week's column.

Mark Hamill attending the Star Wars: The Force Awakens European Premiere held in Leicester Square, London.

VOIR DIRE: The Fandom Menace

A California assemblywoman is fighting the dark side of fake autographs — and she's got the actor who plays Luke Skywalker battling at her side.

Tesla Model X.

IN BRIEF: Tesla Sues Over Prototype

Tesla Motors Inc. filed suit against the auto parts supplier who made the hydraulic mechanism for a prototype of the "Falcon Wing" doors on its new Model X crossover SUV. Plus more in this week's column.

Odalys Perez Dines.

In-House Counsel Profile: Mitsui Foods Inc.'s Odalys Perez Dines

Dines is a one-woman legal department at Mitsui, where she is in charge of handling both legal and compliance matters.

Legal Battles over Frozen Embryos Heating Up

By Mary Kay Kisthardt and Barbara Handschu |

State laws generally apply, yet many haven't caught up to the evolving cyro-preserved technology.

Jenna Greene, Litigation Daily

Prime Examples of Wasteful Spending

By Jenna Greene |

The federal government makes thousands of payments every year to settle lawsuits. But to a taxpayer, few are more frustrating or costly than those involving the storage — or lack thereof — of spent nuclear fuel.

Amit Mehta.

INADMISSIBLE: Court Warns Against 'Judge-Shopping'

A federal district judge in Washington won't recuse from a regulatory fight between tobacco companies and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Plus more in this week's column.

Movers

Lateral moves and new arrivals in this week's column.

Anti-Corruption Law's Third-Party Perils

By Dan Webb and Robb Adkins |

Clients can't rely on an "ostrich defense" to fight claims stemming from business associates' conduct.

Leslie Kirk, general counsel of Siebert Brandford Shank.

In-House Counsel Profile: Siebert Brandford Shank & Co. LLC's Leslie Carey Kirk

By Richard Acello |

Leslie Carey Kirk is general counsel at New York-based Siebert Brandford Shank & Co. LLC, the largest Latino, black and woman-owned municipal-bond firm on Wall Street.

Donald Pugh, original (left) and suggested improvement (right).

VOIR DIRE: Selfie Importance

Mugshots aren't meant to be flattering, but Donald Pugh's insistence on representing himself "better" may have proved to be his undoing. Plus more in this week's column.

Jenna Greene, Litigation Daily

Fans Swoon Over Lawyers on Netflix

By Jenna Greene |

The hot new Netflix documentary series "Making a Murderer" has inspired more than 200,000 people to sign a petition calling for the pardon of Steven Avery, who is serving a life sentence for the 2005 murder of photographer Teresa Halbach.

IN BRIEF: Libertarian Party Sues Conn.

The Libertarian Party has filed a lawsuit against the state of Connecticut challenging laws on petition signature gathering to place candidates on election ballots. Plus more in this week's column.

VOIR DIRE: A Fermentive Defense

A seemingly routine DWI stop resulted in what attorney Joseph Marusak called "one of the strangest cases I've ever been involved with." Plus more in this week's column.

<b>SPOTLIGHTING THE ISSUE:</b> Jennifer Lawrence spoke out about pay disparity after learning that she made less than her male co-stars in “American Hustle.”

Fundamental Changes in New Equal Pay Law

By Catherine L. Fisk |

California's labor code provides stronger guidance for companies and more ammunition for plaintiffs.

Movers: A Weekly Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

Lateral moves and new arrivals in this week's column.

Ryan Zimmerman.

INADMISSIBLE: Pro Ball Players Take Swing at Al-Jazeera

Lawyers for Major League Baseball players Ryan Zimmerman and Ryan Howard went for a double play last week in federal district court in Washington, filing libel lawsuits against Al-Jazeera America LLC. Zimmerman and Howard — starting first basemen for the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies, respectively — claim a recent Al-Jazeera program falsely accused them of using illegal performance-enhancing drugs. Plus more in this week's column.

Mariellen Dugan.

In-House Counsel Profile: New Jersey Resources Corp.'s Mariellen Dugan

By Richard Acello |

"I want litigation counsel that is lean and mean and looking to get to the end game as quickly as possible."

Movers: A Weekly Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

Lateral moves, new arrivals, and promotions in this week's columns.

Gilberto Valle, right, the former New York City police officer whose online exchanges about kidnapping and eating women landed him behind bars and earned him tabloid infamy as the

'Cannibal Cop' Decision Restrains Employers

By Nick Akerman |

Second Circuit ruling on data theft creates more inconsistency regarding federal law's reach.

Dana Wagner, general counsel of Square Inc.  .

In-House Counsel Profile: Square Inc.'s Dana Wagner

By Ginny LaRoe |

Dana Wagner, Square Inc.'s first general counsel, oversees legal, government relations, compliance and trust and safety, which numbers around 100 people, including lawyers.

Grumpy Cat.

VOIR DIRE: Grumpier Cat

An intellectual property dispute has turned Internet sensation Grumpy Cat into Litigious Cat. Plus more in this week's column.

National Public Radio in D.C.

INADMISSIBLE: Law Firms Drop Into Morning Mix on NPR

There must be something extra alluring about a public radio voice coasting over the five syllables of Zuck-Er-Man-Spae-Der. The litigation boutique and a handful of general service law firms with offices in Washington bought National Public Radio sponsorships in 2015, positioning their names on the hottest auditory advertising avenue of the year. Plus more in this week's column.

Franklin County Courthouse in Indiana.

VOIR DIRE: Room at the Inn

In Brookville, Indiana, the Nativity display at a courthouse will have to share space with a separate one showing the Bill of Rights on a manger. Plus more in this week's column.

Jenna Greene, Litigation Daily

The Best Judicial Opinion of 2015

By Jenna Greene |

If you read one opinion just for pleasure this year, make it this one: U.S. District Judge William Young's 104-page decision in a $60 billion reverse -payment antitrust case.

Movers

Laterals, new arrivals, and promotions in this week's column.

Could Flexible Practices Change Workplaces?

By Ellen James |

New employment programs and matching corporate cultures could transform companies.

Killer Mike performs with Run The Jewels at the Spotify House on Monday, March 16, 2015, in Austin, TX.

INADMISSIBLE: Justices Schooled on Rap (Not by R.B.G.)

Hip-Hop star Killer Mike is making himself known at the U.S. Supreme Court just weeks after throwing his support behind Bernie Sanders for president. Plus more in this week's column.

AdvoCare International Inc. general counsel Allison Levy.

In-House Counsel Profile: AdvoCare International L.P.'s Allison Levy

By Richard Acello |

"To me, the most important attribute is the ability to get along with others, a customer service-oriented attitude and a good work ethic."

Beer, Dolls, and Gollum: The Year in Voir Dire

By Richard Binder |

Was Beck's beer really brewed in Germany? How talented are the members of Led Zeppelin? Which TV lawyer do most real-life attorneys identify with? Find your answers here in our look back at 2015.

MetTel general counsel Joseph Farano.

In-House Counsel Profile: Manhattan Telecommun­ications Corp.'s Joseph Farano

By Richard Acello |

"It's fun being a part of the enterprise and helping the business grow, as opposed to just dispensing legal advice."

Will the High Court Further Limit Class Actions?

By Arthur H. Bryant |

Recent oral arguments suggest that any far-reaching restrictions imposed by the justices are unlikely.

Thomas Hale Boggs Jr.

INADMISSIBLE: Suit Over Thomas Boggs Jr. Estate Settles

The family of Thomas Boggs Jr. has settled a court fight over his estate with a Washington-area realtor who said she had a romantic and business relationship with the late superlobbyist. Plus more in this week's column.

Tom Girardi and his wife Erika Jayne during the episode “Horsing Around

VOIR DIRE: Bravo, Girardi

Plaintiffs attorney Thomas Girardi made his first appearance on Bravo TV's "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," when his pop-singer wife, Erika Jayne, was introduced as the newest cast member. Plus more in this week's column.

Movers: A Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

By Tasha Norman |

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

Douglas Solomon.

In-House Counsel Profile: NetSuite Inc.'s Doug Solomon

By June D. Bell |

"You need to figure out what a law means in a new context."

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy

INADMISSIBLE: EPA Official Protected From Deposition

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy won't be forced to testify in a Clean Air Act lawsuit, a federal appeals court ruled last week. Plus more in this week's column.

Movers: A Weekly Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

Lateral moves and new arrivals in this week's column.

Alex Kozinski.

Debate Intensifies Over Prosecutor Misconduct

By George Terwilliger III |

A concern over gamesmanship undermines the obligation to confront unethical behavior when it occurs.

<B>NOT THE PLAINTIFF:</b> Marty Feldman in <i>Young Frankenstein.</i>

VOIR DIRE: Brain Matters

An Indianapolis man has received a four-year ­sentence for stealing jars of human brain tissue from the Indiana Medical History Museum and selling them on eBay. Plus more in this week's column.

VOIR DIRE: Talkin' Tolkien in Turkey

The Turkish government doesn't think a meme involving its president and a "Lord of the Rings" character is so precious. Plus more in this week's column.

Jenna Greene, Litigation Daily

Feds Flop in Case Against Doctor

By Jenna Greene |

When the U.S. Department of Justice with much fanfare announced health care fraud charges against Virginia dermatologist Amir Bajoghli in 2014, the feds made him sound like just about the worst guy to hold a scalpel since Josef Mengele.

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

IN BRIEF: Warranties Enforced

A New York appeals court on Dec. 1 rejected a JPMorgan Chase & Co. affiliate's claim that it had not breached warranties it made when selling mortgage-backed securities in 2006. Plus more in this week's column.

Movers: A Weekly Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

When Small Rulings Have Outsized Consequences

By William Savitt |

Two recent decisions in Delaware and California reveal important lessons for M&A practitioners.

Roberta Kaplan, partner at Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison

INADMISSIBLE: A Conversation with Roberta Kaplan

Roberta Kaplan made her debut at the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013 when she argued — successfully — that the federal Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional. In a new book, Kaplan, a litigation partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, presents the story behind the case. Plus more in this week's column.

Alon Rotem, general counsel of Rocket Lawyer.

In-House Counsel Profile: Rocket Lawyer Inc.'s Alon Rotem

By Richard Acello |

Alon Rotem is the general counsel to San Francisco-based Rocket Lawyer Inc., a cloud-based legal services platform that provides products in a variety of legal areas.

The Science of Choosing Outside Counsel

General counsel are using data-driven analytics to determine which firms are the best fit.

Movers: A Weekly Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

New arrivals and lateral moves in this week's column.

Debbie Hoffman of Digital Risk LLC.

In-House Counsel Profile: Digital Risk LLC's Debbie Hoffman

By Richard Acello |

Debbie Hoffman is the ­general counsel at Digital Risk LLC, an Maitland, Florida-based provider of outsourced residential mortgage and financial services for large banks and government-sponsored entities such as Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.

G. Robert Blakey.  November 23, 2013.

INADMISSIBLE: Law Prof Sanctioned in D.C. Ethics Case

Law professor G. Robert Blakey — famous for writing federal anti-racketeering laws and investigating the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy Jr. and Martin Luther King Jr. — was recently sanctioned in Washington for advising a former student to disclose confidential client documents. Plus more in this week's column.

Uber headquarters in San Francisco

IN BRIEF: Uber Settles Class Claims

Uber Technologies Inc. has agreed to pay $1.8 million to settle class claims over fees the ­company charged for rides to and from California airports. Plus more in this week's column.

Armed guards wheel some of the 26 buckets of coins Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez tried to pay his ethics fine with to a cashier for the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust.

VOIR DIRE: Small Change

A Florida mayor attempts to nickel and dime the Commission on Ethics and Public Trust. Plus more in this week's column.

Don't Let the Grapes Sour When Lawyers Depart

By Michael Downey |

Rules of ethics — and decorum — call for a measured response from the firm left behind.

Michael Parini, director of litigation for Pfizer.

In-House Counsel Profile: Pfizer Inc.'s Michael Parini

By Ginny LaRoe |

Michael Parini oversees Pfizer's litigation around the world along with the company's corporate insurance group.

James Smith, Chief Administrative Patent Judge of the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (BPAI) at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

INADMISSIBLE: Former Patent Board Judge Goes In-House

The former chief judge of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board is coming clean. James Smith has joined Ecolab Inc., a Fortune 500 chemical company that promotes sanitation in everything from hospitals to drinking water to farm animals. Plus more in this week's column.

Movers: A Weekly Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

Lateral moves and new arrivals in this week's column.

Dentons, Washington, D.C. offices.

IN BRIEF: Dentons Inks 3-Way Deal

Partners at Dentons, Australia's Gadens and Singapore's Rodyk & Davidson have approved a combination, the second three-way deal by Dentons in three years, the growing global legal giant announced last week. Plus more in this week's column.

Motorized picnic tables that have been seen traveling in the Scarborough Beach area in Australia.

VOIR DIRE: Movable Feast

Just over a year after an Australian man was arrested for driving a motorized beverage cooler, ABC News in Australia thinks it may have found "the most Australian crime of all time." Plus more in this week's column.

Omar Jabbour of Astound Commerce.

In-House Counsel Profile: Astound Commerce Corp.'s Omar Jabbour

By June D. Bell |

"I reward effort and success equally."

Google Pushes the Bounds of Fair Use — and Wins

By Lewis R. Clayton |

Second Circuit is persuaded by new forms of research created through the company's book database.

Movers

New arrivals and lateral moves in this week's column.

VOIR DIRE: Got Protein?

The Cheerios Protein box reads "11 grams of protein with milk," and there, says a consumer advocacy group, is the rub. Plus more in this week's column.

INADMISSIBLE: When Justices Throw Lifelines to Lawyers

U.S. Supreme Court justices sometimes toss lifelines to advocates during oral argument, helping them handle a hostile question or advance a winning argument. Plus more in this week's column.

Movers: A Weekly Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

Jenna Greene, Litigation Daily

'Keeping It Simple' Wasn't Working

By Jenna Greene |
Lyft car drives North on Taylor in San Francisco, CA looking for a fare.

Worker Misclassification Problem Grows

By Catherine L. Fisk |

Presumption of employee status, not independent-contractor status, can provide clarity.

Plaintiff Jim Obergefell addressing the media outside the U.S. Supreme Court moments after the court announced its opinion in the same-sex marriage case <i>Obergefell v Hodges.</i> June 26, 2015.

INADMISSIBLE: Obergefell's Lawyers Get $1.3M in Fees

Ohio will pay $1.3 million in legal fees to the lawyers who represented James Obergefell — the lead plaintiff in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court's same-sex marriage case this summer — and other individuals who successfully challenged the state's gay-marriage ban. Plus more in this week's column.

Steven Scheinthal, executive vice president and general counsel of Landry’s Inc.

In-House Counsel Profile: Landry's Inc.'s Steven Scheinthal

By Richard Acello |

"I like being associated with a company that has assets that are so recognizable by the consuming public. There's not anybody I meet who doesn't know who we are."

Taylor Swift.

VOIR DIRE: Taylor-Made?

Haters gonna hate — and sometimes they litigate. Plus more in this week's column.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her daughter, Professor Jane Ginsburg of Columbia Law School (to her immediate right), were recognized Tuesday night as ChIPs Hall of Fame honorees. ChIPs works to recognize women in intellectual property law. October 27, 2015. Photo by Katelyn Polantz/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

INADMISSIBLE: 'R.B.G.' Embraces Her Cultural Brand

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has an admission to make: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is sharper at intellectual property law than he is. Plus more in this week's column.

Internet radio host Josh Hadley's

VOIR DIRE: Big Brother Is Watching

A visit from the Orwellian Ministry of Copyright Infringement; Harris Faulkner vs. Hasbro; and Sidious is in, in this week's column.

Movers

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

Suzannah Childers, Legal Counsel at Attunity Ltd.

In-House Counsel Profile: Attunity Ltd.'s Suzannah Childers

By Richard Acello |

"Anyone who is thinking that they might want to go in house, should try to intern with a legal department of a company, that's the best thing I could have done."

New Antitrust Class-Action Regime in the U.K.

By Nicholas Heaton and Janet McDavid |

Imported from the United States, the "opt-out" procedure nevertheless has some distinct differences.

Facebook's campus at 1601 Willow Road in Menlo Park, CA. Photo: Jason Doiy/iStockphoto.com.

IN BRIEF: Facebook Fends Off Suit

Facebook Inc. may have put to rest a privacy suit seeking billions of dollars in damages for the company's alleged snooping on users' browsing habits. Plus more in this week's column.

VOIR DIRE: Driving While Sipping

A woman in St. Paul, Minnesota, thinks the police are taking the drinking-and-driving edict a little too literally. Plus more in this week's column.

Movers

Lateral moves in this week's column.

Let Company Witnesses Work from a Script

By Robert L. Byman |

The person designated to give a deposition for an organization can't possibly know all the answers.

Andrew Tavi, vice president of legal and government affairs, and secretary and general counsel, at Nissan North America.

In-House Counsel Profile: Nissan North America Inc.'s Andrew Tavi

By Richard Acello |

"We are the definition of a ­global company, so we're on a 24-hour cycle."

Professor Lisa Fairfax of The George Washington University School of Law.

INADMISSIBLE: Obama Turns to Academia for SEC Picks

President Barack Obama turned to academia last week to fill a pair of seats on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, nominating George Washington University Law School professor Lisa Fairfax and Hester Peirce, a senior research fellow at George Mason University's Mercatus Center. Plus more in this week's column.

Achieving Gender Parity In the Boardroom

A new report provides an international perspective.

Lawyer Suing Start Ups Wears Out Her Welcome

Judge finds prominent plaintiffs attorney from Boston is not entitled to temporary admission in California.

A Neglected Detail in Handling a Case: Thinking

By Douglas S. Lavine |

In the haste to meet client demands and run a business, lawyers can forget initial, critical steps.

Jenna Greene, Litigation Daily

Offbeat Cases Met With Humor, Grace

By Jenna Greene |

Every court has its crazy filings — it comes with the territory. But the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington, which hears monetary claims against the federal government, seems to get more than its share.

NYPD surveillance camera

IN BRIEF: Surveillance Suit Revived

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Oct. 13 reversed the dismissal of a civil rights suit over widespread surveillance of Muslims in New Jersey by the New York Police Department following the 9/11 attacks. Plus more in this week's column.

VOIR DIRE: Love Hurts

When 8-year-old Sean Tarala saw his aunt arrive at his birthday party in 2011, he was so excited that he jumped into her arms and knocked her to the ground. The fall broke her wrist. Four years later, the aunt sued her nephew. Plus more in this week's column.

Amy Wan, general counsel of Patch of Land.

In-House Counsel Profile: Patch of Land Inc.'s Amy Wan

By Richard Acello |

"I love working with the people here. They're ambitious and some of the smartest people I've ever met — and I love the fact that I get to help build the company from scratch."

Movers: A Weekly Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

Lateral moves and new arrivals in this week's column.

Proposed design for Steptoe & Johnson's future two-story lobby, part of a full office renovation that will take place at their current Connecticut Avenue address in Washington, D.C.

INADMISSIBLE: Steptoe Joins D.C. Law Firms Staying Put

Another law firm has chosen to forgo packing up and starting anew. After a three-year-long real estate search, Steptoe & Johnson LLP said it has signed a new lease for another 15 years. It has been in the building on Connecticut Avenue near Dupont Circle for 30 years. Plus more in this week's column.

Edith Ramirez, Chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission.

INADMISSIBLE: FTC Sees Antitrust Legislation As A Threat

Federal Trade Commission chairwoman Edith Ramirez last week pushed back against a Senate bill that would harmonize the U.S. Justice Department's and FTC's overlapping antitrust authority. Plus more in this week's column.

VOIR DIRE: Laws of Attraction

An engineering magnet proved to be the undoing of a would-be thief in Cambridge, England. Plus more in this week's column.

How to Preserve Unmarried Fathers' Rights

By Mary Kay Kisthardt and Barbara Handschu |

Timing is critical to making sure he has a say when his child is up for adoption.

Movers: A Weekly Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

Larry Thompson.

In-House Counsel Profile: The Depository Trust & Clearing Corp.'s Larry Thompson

By Richard Acello |

"You learn many skill sets, and it's constantly challenging."

Sally Yates

What Will Really Change After the Yates Memo?

By Dan Webb and Robb Adkins |

It's not uncommon for incoming deputy AG s to announce policy reforms out of the gate.

Florida International University general counsel Kristina Raattama

In-House Counsel Profile: Florida International University's Kristina Raattama

By Richard Acello |

"Be a life-long learner. Take every opportunity that you get to understand the operations of the place and the industry you're in."

Movers: A Weekly Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

By Tasha Norman |

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman's Washington, D.C. offices at 1200 17th St. NW.

INADMISSIBLE: Pillsbury Elects Firm's Next Chairman

David Dekker will serve as the next chairman of Pills­bury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, the firm said last week. Plus more in this week's column.

Woody Allen in the film

VOIR DIRE: He Can't Be Siri-ous

Danger, Will Robinson! An information-technology help desk worker for the New York City Health Department refuses to stop answering customer service calls in a robot voice. Plus more in this week's column.

Paul Mamalian, General Counsel for HMSHost Corp. HANDOUT.

In-House Counsel Profile: HMSHost Corp.'s Paul Mamalian

By Ginny LaRoe |

"Having lived through a war gave me a pretty good perspective on what is truly a bad day versus what is a normal bad day here. I tend to handle stress pretty well."

Movers: A Weekly Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

The

VOIR DIRE: Bat Suit

"Holy copyright law, Batman!" The Ninth Circuit found that the Batmobile was protected under the copyright for the original Batman comic strip held by DC Comics. Plus more in this week's column.

Time Is Precious with Computer-Hacking Claims

By Nick Akerman |

A recent ruling shows that plaintiffs must act fast when using a federal criminal statute for a civil suit.

Perry Pappous, ‎executive VP & general counsel of Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc.

In-House Counsel Profile: Mitsubishi Electric U.S. Inc.'s Perry Pappous

By Richard Acello |

Pappous arrives at the office most days about 8 in the morning and leaves around 6:30 in the evening. "I always take my PC with me," he said, "for 10-12 hours a day wherever I am."

Movers: A Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

Lateral moves in this week's column.

Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel, left, and Janai Nelson, Assistant Director-Counsel, right, at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund 75th Anniversary event in NYC.

INADMISSIBLE: Marshall's Legacy: THE LDF Ties That Bind

While GOP presidential hopefuls invoked the legacy of Ronald Reagan on a California debate stage on Sept. 16, a group of high-powered lawyers and judges met in New York to honor another storied American: Thurgood Marshall. Plus more in this week's column.

Hillary Clinton

Clinton's Email: Unwise, But Likely Not Criminal

By Laurie L. Levenson |

An analysis of classified information laws shows it takes intentional disclosure to get an indictment.

VOIR DIRE: Wrong Number!

With an unintentional call to the cops, a New Jersey robber was betrayed by his own technology. Plus more in this week's column.

<b>JUDGE RICHARD POSNER:</b> Online information about acid reflux informed his ruling in a civil rights case.

When Judges Rely on Their Own Online Research

By Aaron S. Bayer |

A recent Seventh Circuit ruling tests the use of information gathered from the Internet.

Chris Knopik, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel for the Laser Spine Institute.

In-House Counsel Profile: Laser Spine Institute LLC's Chris Knopik

By Richard Acello |

"I am a working kind of guy."

Movers: A National Roundup of Laterals and New Arrivals

Lateral moves and new arrivals in this week's column.

Richard Alexander.

INADMISSIBLE: Arnold & Porter MP To Become Firm's Next Chairman

Arnold & Porter will have a new chairman on Jan. 1. Richard Alexander, the managing partner and a financial services lawyer in Washington, will take over for Thomas Milch, the firm announced last week. Plus more in this week's column.

Bert Rein

INADMISSIBLE: Wiley Rein Denied $2M in Fees in VRA Case

Wiley Rein lawyers who successfully challenged a section of the Voting Rights Act in the U.S. Supreme Court are not entitled to collect $2 million in legal fees from the government, a federal appeals court in Washington ruled on Sept. 1. Plus more in this week's column.

U.S. Supreme Court justice Elena Kagan.

Will Class Actions Get the Hammer Next Term?

By Arthur H. Bryant |

The high court will take up cases further defining the rights of consumers suing corporations.

Movers

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

Keven Lippert, general counsel of ViaSat Inc.

In-House Counsel Profile: ViaSat Inc.'s Keven Lippert

By Richard Acello |

"The key thing is to understand the business and the industry you're in — that's how you show your value."

Businessman texting

VOIR DIRE: Texters of the Bar

Attorneys in Florida can now text prospective clients, and IP may not let you finish at the Video Music Awards in this week's column.

Washington Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss

IN BRIEF: Trial Opens in Bank Suit

A number of current and former NFL players, including free agent Santana Moss, attended the first week of a federal negligence trial against BB&T Bank in Miami. Plus more from NLJ.com and other ALM publications.

VOIR DIRE: Something Fishy

Have you ever felt that your can of StarKist chunk light tuna was lighter than it should be? There might be some money in it for you. Plus more in this week's column.

Want to Be a Thought Leader? Follow These Steps

By Meg Charendoff |

Developing a relationship as a reliable source with the media makes marketing sense.

Movers: A National Roundup of Laterals and New Arrivals

Lateral moves and new arrivals in this week's column.

Ken Carson, chief people officer and general counsel of Cengage Learning.

In-House Counsel Profile: Cengage Learning's Ken Carson

By Richard Acello |

Cengage Learning is an educational publisher transitioning from a traditional publisher of textbooks to digital content. General Counsel Ken Carson said that this year will be the first time digital revenue will surpass print revenue.

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis performs her job at the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky., Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015.

INADMISSIBLE: Couples Prevail In Marriage-License Case

A federal appeals court last week said a Kentucky county clerk who has resisted the U.S. Supreme Court's gay-marriage ruling on religious grounds cannot continue to withhold marriage licenses altogether from same-sex and opposite-sex couples. Plus more in this week's column.

Shirley Werner Kornreich

Courts Are Rejecting Disclosure-Only Settlements

By William D. Savitt |

Rulings show disfavor for lawsuits filed after a company's announcement of a proposed merger.

Ilya Braz, general counsel of GFI Capital.

In-House Counsel Profile: GFI Capital Resources Group Inc.'s Ilya Braz

By Richard Acello |

"I like deal closings."

VOIR DIRE: Sue, Chef!

The next time you're traveling in Germany, you might want to think twice before Instagramming your meal. Plus more in this week's column.

Manny Pacquiao

IN BRIEF: CA Court Snags Boxing Suit

Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao and Home Box Office Inc. won the first round in the litigation over his highly publicized match against Floyd Mayweather after a federal panel sent more than 40 consumer class actions to a judge in Los Angeles. Plus more from NLJ.com and other ALM publications.

Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor

INADMISSIBLE: Interning for Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Nick Aquart is starting work this month in the chambers of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor — but not as a law clerk or full-time staffer. Plus more in this week's column.

Movers

Lateral moves, new arrivals and distinctions in this week's column.

VOIR DIRE: Staten Island Lannister

Winter is coming: An attorney petitions for "trial by combat" in a fraud suit. Plus more in this week's column.

Socially Awkward Clients Can Lead to Trouble

By Aaron P. Rubin and Scott M. Sawyer |

Companies need clear policies about employee social -media use and ownership of accounts.

James J. Merkins, Jr., general counsel of Ray Angelini, Inc.

In-House Counsel Profile: Ray Angelini Inc.'s James Merkins

By Richard Acello |

"I had a lunch meeting with Ray Angelini, pitching him for litigation work, and it turned into a job offer."

Movers

Lateral moves and new arrivals in this week's column.

Professor Kermit Roosevelt of the University of Pennsylvania Law School. HANDOUT.

INADMISSIBLE: A Novel of Conflicting Loyalties at Court

Kermit Roosevelt, the great-great-grandson of Theodore Roosevelt, has written a provocative new novel, "Allegiance." It recalls the World War II Supreme Court, when justices and clerks grappled with the cases that resulted in support for the U.S. exclusion policy toward Japanese-Americans. Plus more in this week's column.

Patrick Henderson

IN BRIEF: Firm Partner Found Dead

Polsinelli transactional partner Patrick Henderson was found dead late on Aug. 10 not far from his home in Overland Park, Kansas. Plus more from NLJ.com and other ALM publications.