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Carlton Fields Opens Los Angeles Office: Business of Law (1)

April 21, 2014

Carlton Fields Jorden Burt opened an office in Los Angeles that will be led by former Steptoe & Johnson LLP lawyer Mark A. Neubauer.

“Our class-action defense practice, in particular, has driven us into California, where many such cases are filed,” Gary L. Sasso, president and chief executive officer of Carlton Fields, said in a statement.

Neubauer opened Steptoe’s Century City office eight years ago and was national head of its commercial litigation practice group. He focuses his practice on commercial, securities, antitrust, real estate, employment and entertainment litigation.

Former Steptoe lawyer Meredith M. Moss will also join the office as a shareholder. She concentrates her practice on employment counseling and business litigation matters.

News

Patton Boggs Hires Elkan Abramowitz for Chevron Lawsuit

The Washington corporate-law firm Patton Boggs LLP hired white-collar defense lawyer Elkan Abramowitz to defend the firm against civil fraud allegations leveled by Chevron Corp. (CVX:US), Bloomberg Businessweek’s Paul M. Barrett reports.

Abramowitz signed on to the case after U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan ruled March 31 that Chevron’s lawyers at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP can move ahead with the fraud allegations against Patton Boggs for trying to enforce a $9.5 billion judgment in Ecuador.

New York plaintiffs’ lawyer Steven Donziger played the leading role representing farmers and tribe members against the U.S.-based multinational. Patton Boggs joined forces with Donziger in 2010.

Abramowitz is advising former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP Chairman Steven Davis, who is facing fraud charges by the Manhattan district attorney after the firm’s collapse.

Patton Boggs is also represented in the Chevron case by the Manhattan boutique Leader & Berkon, according to Litigation Daily, a trade publication.

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Texas Governor Perry Hires Defense Lawyer Amid Ethics Probe

Texas Governor Rick Perry hired a criminal-defense lawyer to represent him as a prosecutor investigates claims that he violated state law by vetoing funding for the state ethics office, his spokeswoman said.

Perry, 64, hired David Botsford, “to ensure the special prosecutor receives the facts in this matter,” Lucy Nashed, the spokeswoman, said April 16 in an e-mailed statement.

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Deaths

Leonard M. Rosen, Wachtell Lipton Co-Founder, Dies at 83

Leonard M. Rosen, a founder of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz who helped avert a New York City bankruptcy in 1975 and created a restructuring practice that would guide the U.S. through the 2008 mortgage crisis, has died. He was 83.

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Malaysian Lawyer, Politician Karpal Singh Dies in Car Crash

Karpal Singh, an opposition Malaysian politician for more than four decades and a lawyer who acted in some of the country’s highest-profile cases, was killed April 17 in a road accident. He was 73.

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Moves

Ex-White House Special Counsel Jonathan Su Rejoins Latham

Latham & Watkins LLP said that Jonathan Su will rejoin the firm’s Washington office as a partner in the litigation department and as a member of the white-collar defense and investigations practice group.

Su worked in the White House counsel’s office, where he was most recently special counsel to President Barack Obama. Previously he was an assistant U.S. attorney in the District of Maryland and, before that, a Latham associate.

Bingham Privacy, Security IP Lawyer Snell Joins Perkins Coie

James G. Snell joined Perkins Coie LLP Palo Alto, California, office as a partner in the privacy and security practice. He was most recently a partner at Bingham McCutchen LLP in Silicon Valley, where he was co-chairman of Bingham’s intellectual-property group and co-chairman of the firm’s privacy and security group.

To contact the reporter on this story: Elizabeth Amon in New York at eamon2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net Charles Carter, Stephen Farr


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