Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, the Los Angeles-based business litigation firm, is continuing its push in the District by hiring former Weil, Gotshal & Manges white collar partner Bill Burck.
Burck will co-manage the firm’s Washington office along with longtime Quinn Emanuel partner Jon Corey. Since opening its District outpost in September, the 525-attorney firm has hired 13 lawyers locally.
Burck was deputy counsel to President George W. Bush and a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s office in New York, where he investigated and prosecuted white collar and other criminal cases, including the government’s criminal prosecution of Martha Stewart. He is also one of eight attorneys appointed to the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, the international body that adjudicates large-scale trade and investment disputes between private parties and governments — which Quinn Emanuel sees as one of its biggest growth areas.
Mark Whitaker, partner and chair of Baker Botts’ International Trade Commission practice, has been elected to serve as general counsel for the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the trade group representing 16,000 attorneys who practice patent, trademark and copyright law.
Whitaker will continue his role at Baker Botts while managing the association’s legal affairs. AIPLA last year spent $110,000 to lobby on bills aimed at protecting intellectual property and penalizing copyright infringement, including the Protect IP Act and Stop Online Piracy Act, according to lobbying disclosure records filed with the Senate. The association has yet to take an official position on either of those bills, Whitaker said.
Legal aid groups that receive funding from the District-based Legal Services Corp. plan to lay off a collective 393 employees this year as a result of a 14 percent cut to the LSC’s federal funding, according to an LSC survey.
The cuts will include laying off 163 attorneys, according to the survey, which was conducted in late December and early January and includes responses from 132 of the 135 programs that receive LSC funding.
LSC is the single largest funder of civil legal aid. The group’s funding from Congress has slid from $420 million in 2010 to $404 million last year and $348 million for 2012.
Projected job cuts for 2012 follows a year during which LSC programs already reduced 833 positions through layoffs and attrition.
Steptoe & Johnson has added Edward Schwartz and Andrew Lee as partners in the firm’s antitrust and competition practice in Washington.
Schwartz, a 25-year antitrust litigator, was previously a partner at Shearman & Sterling and has represented companies in mergers, antitrust investigations and price discrimination class actions. Lee was an associate at White & Case’s competition and Korea practice groups, advising domestic and international clients in antitrust compliance and competition laws, and mergers and acquisitions involving antitrust violations. Hiring Lee, who is fluent in Korean, is part of the firm’s push to expand its Korea practice. Steptoe previously represented the Korean government in its free trade agreements with the United States and European Union.