Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump testified on Wednesday that she did not recall details of real-estate deals she worked on at her father’s company, in a New York civil fraud trialthat threatens the former president’s business empire. Read more about her testimony.
Like her brothers Donald Trump Jr and Eric Trump, who testified last week, Ivanka Trump sought to distance herself from the questionable valuation methods that have already been ruled fraudulent by the judge overseeing the trial. Donald Trump, by contrast, has acknowledged on the witness stand that some of the estimates of golf courses, office towers and other company assets were inaccurate. Unlike her siblings and father, Ivanka Trump is not a defendant in the case.
First-year associates at Milbank will see their base pay jump from $215,000 to $225,000 under the firm’s new seniority-based salary scale, according to an internal memo viewed by Reuters. The firm will also pay year-end bonuses to associates ranging from $15,000 pro-rated to $115,000 based on seniority.
Law firmsslowed downtheir first-year associate hiring this fall … The Oregon Supreme Court approvedan alternative program that will allow law graduates to become licensed in the state without taking the bar exam …Thirty-two of the 73 largest U.S. law firms with a presence in Chinashrank their numbers of attorneys therein the last decade … The DOJ’s bankruptcy watchdog soughtto force Jackson Walker to give back millions of dollars in fees it earned in cases presided over by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge David Jones … Gibson Dunn teamed up with a group of Jewish organizations to launcha legal helplinefor college students and teachers who experience antisemitism on campus … Winston & Strawn was sued by two oil companies for alleged negligence in their purchase of oil and gas wells …Former President Donald Trump’s lawyer John Eastman faces potential disbarmentas his disciplinary trial winds down.
In Washington, D.C. … Arnold & Porter hired Philip Desjardins, the former vice president of global regulatory affairs at Johnson & Johnson … Former U.S. Army Chief Trial Attorney Scott Flesch joinedMiller & Chevalier’s government contracts counseling and litigation practice … Former Acting DEA Administrator Uttam Dhillon joined Frost Brown Todd as a litigation partner from Michael Best.
In New York … Sidley brought on Greg Lavigne as a partner in the firm’s energy, transportation, and infrastructure group from Allen & Overy … MoloLamken picked upformer federal prosecutor Jennifer Schubert as a partner … Simpson Thacher addedenergy and infrastructure partner Gabriel Silva from Vinson & Elkins. In Los Angeles … McDermott expanded its legal work for Elon Musk after hiring partner Jonathan Hawk from White & Case, where he had been representing X in cases in California, New York and other states.
In San Francisco … Goodwin hired Katherine Wawrzyniak, the former deputy chief of the criminal division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California.
In San Diego … Randy Grossman, who was the top federal prosecutor in the Southern District of California, joinedManatt, Phelps & Phillips … Buchalter added two new partners: Jose Patiño will join the IP and litigation group from Eversheds Sutherland, while Craig Nickerson will join the firm’s labor and employment practice from Gordon Rees.
In Portland … Davis Wright Tremaine partner Cliff DeGroot moved to Holland & Knight’s corporate, M&A and securities practice.
In Miami … Cooley opened an office in the city with corporate M&A partner Derek Colla relocating from D.C. to lead the new office. In Pittsburgh … Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough addedlitigation partner Benjamin Sitter from Porter Wright Morris & Arthur.
In St. Louis … Armstrong Teasdale picked up partner Keith Grissom from Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale for its tax and estate planning practices … Quarles & Brady opened an office in the city which will be led by employment attorney Travis Kearbey.
In Milwaukee … Quarles & Brady hired Lindsey Canonie Grady, a former Milwaukee County Circuit Court judge, in the firm’s fiduciary litigation team as of counsel.
In London … Alston & Bird added arbitration partner Will Hooker from Pallas Partners.
In Milan … Ashursthireddisputes partner Loris Bovo from Linklaters.
And finally … Wachtell appointed two new co-chairs … McGuireWoods voted to elevate 15 new partners in 2024, including a former clerk of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg … Alan Mills is retiring from Barnes & Thornburg after 40 years. Mills was the first Black lawyer to join the firm and also the first lawyer to make partner at Barnes & Thornburg in the state of Indiana.
After notching a $7.1 million jury verdict last week for a woman who said she was seriously burned when a can of cooking spray exploded, plaintiffs’ lawyers say they’re readying to try 55 similar cases against Conagra Brands. In her latest column, Jenna Greene wonders why the cases haven’t settled. What makes Conagra willing to risk the reputation of its market-leading PAM cooking spray devolving into the Ford Pinto of food products?