Comings and Goings
King & Spalding: The firm is adding a partner to its Austin office, in the trial and global disputes practice group. The new hire, Melvin Bailey (Mass Tort Litigation/Class
Seyfarth Shaw: Daniel E. Larkin is joining the firm’s Chicago office in its corporate department. Previously of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, Larkin will focus his practice on transactions, mergers and acquisitions, public-private partnerships, and development projects. “Dan’s transactional expertise is quite rare, allowing him to handle complex corporate matters both locally and on the international stage,” Cory Hirsch, co-managing partner, says in a statement. “He is a highly valuable resource to clients and colleagues alike, and we’re lucky to have him.”
Awards and Honors
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings: J. William Manuel (Commercial Litigation;
Maron Marvel Bradley Anderson & Tardy: Colleen S. Welch (Mass Tort Litigation/Class
In the Headlines
Katz, Marshall & Banks: Debra Katz (Civil Rights Law; Employment
Friday morning, the Senate decided by a margin of just two votes to advance Kavanaugh’s nomination to a final vote. The vote followed a four-day FBI investigation into Ford’s testimony: an investigation Katz felt was insufficient. In a letter to Christopher A. Wray, the bureau’s director, Katz and attorneys Lisa Banks and Michael Bromwich wrote, “The ‘investigation’ conducted over the past five days is a stain on the process, on the FBI and on our American ideal of justice.”
Katz has represented women against powerful men throughout her career, including Harvey Weinstein and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
“In many ways, Katz is the consummate lawyer for the #MeToo movement,” Isaac Stanley-Becker of The Washington Post says in a recent profile. Active in politics and particularly in the organizing against President Trump, Katz has clearly aligned herself with the #MeToo movement, penning an article against so-called “locker room talk” in 2016 for Ms. Magazine. In part because of her outspoken politics, and in part because of the high-stakes consequences of Ford’s testimony, Katz has herself become a person of interest to pundits and the media—both liberal and conservative.
Even with the challenges of a public-facing and deeply consequential role, Katz speaks of the rewards that her civil rights law practice brings. In an interview with the National Women’s Law Center, Katz says, “I have found that this work is not only critically needed but is also professionally and personally very gratifying.”
The final vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation is expected to be held Saturday, October 6.