Morrison & Foerster LLP represents Softbank Corp., which agreed to buy a stake of about 70 percent in Sprint Nextel Corp. for $20.1 billion as Japan’s third- biggest mobile-phone operator seeks growth overseas amid a declining local market. Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP served as lead counsel to Sprint.
Kim Koopersmith is as surprised as anyone by the path her career has taken. On April 1, Koopersmith, 53, assumed the chairmanship of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, an 850-lawyer global law firm with strong roots in Washington, D.C., and Dallas, Texas. Koopersmith, a litigator, is the fourth chair in the firm’s 68-year history and the first woman to hold that position. It's not exactly what she had in mind back in law school: “I assumed I would be working in some public interest capacity,” she says. “It was a surprise to me that I was at a law firm at all.”
Recipients of the American Bar Association’s pro bono publico awards, which will be presented today in Chicago, include the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Neal Minahan, a partner with McDermott Will & Emery LLP and Amy Lorenz-Moser, a partner with Armstrong Teasdale LLP.
Jones Day hired Locke McMurray from Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., where he held the title of managing director, head of derivatives, legal. He will be a partner in the financial institutions litigation and regulation practice in the New York office.
Patricia A. Millett, the head of the Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s Supreme Court practice and co-head of its national appellate practice, broke the record on Tuesday for the most oral arguments before the court by a woman.