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  • MVP: Pillsbury's Mona Dajani

    Mona Dajani of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP was part of a team that clinched a major renewable natural gas business combination, earning her a spot among Law360's 2021 Project Finance MVPs.

  • MVP: Wilson Sonsini's Rezwan Pavri

    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC's Rezwan Pavri led food delivery giant Doordash's $3.36 billion initial public offering, helping the company sell 33 million shares at a higher-than-predicted value, earning him a spot as one of Law360's 2021 Capital Markets MVPs.

  • Amid Hiring Boom, McDermott Adds 6 Transactions Partners

    McDermott Will & Emery LLP continues to grow its transactions group across the United States, announcing Thursday a six-lawyer partner pickup in several major cities.

  • MVP: Steptoe & Johnson's Sarah Gordon

    Sarah Gordon of Steptoe & Johnson LLP is shepherding The Hartford through hundreds of COVID-19 business interruption suits filed by policyholders across the country, and has nailed down about 75 favorable decisions for the insurer so far, earning her a spot as one of Law360's 2021 Insurance MVPs.  

  • MVP: Sanford Heisler's Vincent McKnight

    As co-chair of Sanford Heisler Sharp LLP's whistleblower practice group, H. Vincent McKnight Jr. has helped federal authorities recoup billions of dollars, including a recent settlement that saw Wells Fargo agree to hand over $3 billion, earning him a spot as one of Law360's 2021 Government Contracts MVPs.

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    Wilson Sonsini To Reopen Offices In February 2022

    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC has become the latest BigLaw firm to delay its reopening multiple times amid the rise of the COVID-19 delta variant, pushing back a return to its U.S. offices to February 2022, the firm confirmed Thursday.

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    NDTX's Acting US Atty To Leave For Private Practice

    The acting U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Texas has said he will step down effective Oct. 1 to enter private practice after nearly nine months at the district's helm. 

  • MVP: Quinn Emanuel's Stephen Neuwirth

    Stephen Neuwirth, head of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP's antitrust practice, clinched a $100 million appellate victory for the Washington Nationals and represented minority owners of the Washington Football Team in a multifaceted legal battle, earning him a spot as one of Law360's 2021 Sports & Betting MVPs.

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    'Assembly-Line' Debt Cos. Dominating Civil Dockets

    State courts across the country are being flooded by "assembly line" corporate plaintiffs with low-value debt claims getting scant judicial scrutiny, according to new research conducted at the University of Chicago Law School.

  • MVP: Arnold & Porter's Patricio Grané Labat

    Patricio Grané Labat co-led an Arnold & Porter team that successfully defended the Republic of Costa Rica against a $400 million claim involving a dispute over a gold mine project, earning him a spot among Law360's 2021 International Arbitration MVPs.

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    Ex-MoFo Investment Management Chair Joins Stradley Ronon

    Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young added Morrison & Foerster LLP's former investment management chair as a Washington, D.C.-based partner and the new chair of its fintech practice, the firm announced.

  • Slaughter And May Picks Woman To Be 1st Managing Partner

    London-based Slaughter and May has chosen an experienced female litigator to be its first-ever managing partner, the firm said Wednesday, joining a bevy of law firms in the U.S. and U.K. that have recently named women for top leadership roles.

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    ENRC Judge Casts Doubt On Gerrard, SFO Conspiracy

    A judge openly questioned Thursday whether Dechert LLP's ex-head of white collar crime conspired with a former Serious Fraud Office director to sap a Kazakh miner for fines and legal fees, saying at trial their motivations appeared to be in conflict.

  • MVP: Dechert's Eduardo Silva Romero

    Eduardo Silva Romero of Dechert LLP achieved high-stakes victories for Colombia and Guatemala, among others, as each nation faced its own challenges amid the coronavirus pandemic, earning him a spot among Law360's 2021 International Arbitration MVPs.

  • MVP: Cohen Milstein's Michelle C. Yau

    Michelle Yau of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC served as the senior attorney representing participants and beneficiaries of the Triad Manufacturing Inc. Employee Stock Ownership Plan in an ERISA suit claiming the company overcharged workers for company stock. Her team won its bids to keep the case in federal court and recently at the Seventh Circuit, earning her a spot among Law360's 2021 Benefits MVPs.

  • Legal Tech Co. Expands With GRC Acquisition

    Legal technology company Mitratech Holdings LLC on Wednesday acquired Alyne GmbH, a Germany-based software provider in the governance, risk and compliance, or GRC, space.

  • MVP: Weil's Paul R. Genender

    Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP's Paul Genender has spent his pandemic shepherding large companies through their bankruptcy confirmation trials, a process he describes as being just like a normal trial except that it moves at breakneck speed, making him one of Law360's Trials MVPs for 2021.

  • MVP: Winston & Strawn's Michael E. Pikiel Jr.

    Michael E. Pikiel Jr. lead a Winston & Strawn LLP team that advised note purchasers in the sale of about $479 million of senior secured notes by Prince George's County Education & Community Partners LLC for a first-of-its-kind project to imagine, build, finance and maintain six new public schools, securing him a spot among Law360's 2021 Project Finance MVPs.

  • MVP: Fenwick's Ran Ben-Tzur

    Fenwick & West LLP partner Ran Ben-Tzur was part of a team that successfully guided cryptocurrency company Coinbase through the direct listing process earlier this year, earning him a spot as one of Law360's 2021 Capital Markets MVPs.

  • MVP: Dentons' Keith Moskowitz

    Keith Moskowitz of Dentons' insurance practice stayed busy this year as national counsel for AIG, successfully defending the insurer against many COVID-19 business interruption cases while also litigating numerous other important insurance disputes, earning him a spot among Law360's 2021 Insurance MVPs.

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    Judge Says He'd Entertain Recusal Motion In Sussmann Case

    The D.C. federal judge overseeing the case involving a former Perkins Coie LLP lawyer accused of lying to the FBI in the run-up to the 2016 election said Wednesday he and the attorney were "professional acquaintances" in the U.S. Department of Justice decades ago, and he'd entertain a motion to recuse if desired.

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    Litigation Finance Co. Closes 3rd Fund At $682M

    Illinois-based commercial litigation finance company Longford Capital Management LP said Wednesday that it closed its third fund in seven years at $682 million, signaling the continuing growth of the litigation finance industry.

  • UK Legal Firms Say New AML Law Costs Them Nearly $1.3M

    Legal firms in the United Kingdom are sounding the alarm about the price tag and effectiveness of a European Union regulation aimed at preventing financial crime, according to new survey data released on Wednesday.

  • MVP: Wiley's Paul F. Khoury

    Paul Khoury of Wiley Rein LLP helped safeguard a $33.5 billion equipment deal for Atlantic Diving Supply Inc. and nabbed Blue Tech Inc. a potential path to a $5.5 billion information technology contract, landing him a spot among Law360's 2021 Government Contracts MVPs.

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    Legal Diversity Group Sets New Standard For Joining

    The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, a group of chief legal officers and law firm managing partners, now requires members to publish a public pledge listing specific actions they will take to enhance the diversity and inclusion of their workplaces.

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