Wake Up Call: Hertz poaches new general counsel from Conagra

In today’s column, McDermott advises Elon Musk on his hostile Twitter offer; The New York bar exam in February, which reverted to in-person administration, fell sharply from a year ago; Legal technology company Filevine has raised $108 million in new funding.

  • For starters, Hertz Global Holdings said veteran insider food industry executive Colleen Batcheler will become its executive vice president, general counsel and secretary, effective May 20. LinkedIn Profile Batcheler was a partner at Jones Day, in-house counsel at Albertsons Inc., and since 2006 has worked for the food company Conagra Brands. (Hertz)
  • Batcheler replaces Mr. David Galainena, a former longtime Winston & Strawn partner who is retiring after three busy years as the Florida-based car rental giant’s top attorney. In May 2020, slammed by the pandemic, Hertz filed for bankruptcy. The company has emerged from bankruptcy in July 2021 and went public on Nasdaq in November 2021, with advice from White & Case, and with Simpson Thacher and Bartlett advise subscribers. (Bloomberg News via BLAW)
  • McDermott Will & Emery represents Elon Musk on his hostile $43 billion offer to buy Twitter, according to an SEC filing. (SEC.gov)

Lawyers, Law Firms

  • An ever-expanding list of sanctions against Russia following its invasion of Ukraine keeps national security lawyers busy advising their clients. (National Law Review)
  • With huge profits pocketed from Big Law’s huge year in 2021, some partners, as their companies begin to return to the office, are looking to retire early or cut back on their time. (American lawyer) A new survey finds that more than a quarter of legal workers who responded said they wanted raises and would quit if they didn’t get them. (American lawyer)
  • Dechert named partners Catherine Botticellibased in McLean, Virginia, and Jonathan Rueter, based in New York, as co-chairs of the firm’s Global Litigation Practice Group. They succeed the former president of litigation Hector Gonzálezwho was recently confirmed as a federal judge in the Eastern District of New York. (Dechert.com)

Laterals, moves, internals

  • Buchalter said he was adding four attorneys in Salt Lake City, Utah, which would give him more than 20 attorneys in the six-month office. Newcomers include a patent attorney Jason Croft, who was in San Francisco with Maschoff Brennan. Croft joins as a shareholder and global chairman of Buchalter’s patent sourcing and strategy practice group. Litigant Chad Pugh joins Stoel Rives as a shareholder; Faegre Drinker added finance and restructuring lawyers Jim Park, as a partner, and Allison Seeley, as counsel, of Greenberg Traurig in Minneapolis. According to his LinkedIn profile, Park was co-leader of Faegre’s corporate trust group and served as senior counsel at Wells Fargo. (FaegreDrinker.com)
  • Dorsey and Whitney hiring seasoned energy company lawyer and former Cravath partner Margaret Bae as a partner in its mergers and acquisitions practice in New York. She was most recently a partner at Olshan Frome Wolosky; Womble Bond Dickinson seized mergers and acquisitions lawyer Norton Rose Fulbright Damien Georgino as a partner in Charlotte, North Carolina; Greenberg Traurig has hired a cross-border tax lawyer Scott Bakal as a shareholder in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He comes from Neal Gerber Eisenberg in Chicago, where he was a partner and co-chair of the tax practice group. (GTLaw.com)
  • NXP Semiconductors based in the Netherlands added “director of sustainable development” to the list of roles occupied by its vice-president, general counsel and general secretary, Jennifer Wuamett; Oliver Companies, a Duluth-Minnesota-based hotel real estate company, has hired former New York attorney Big Law Tom Lynn, who was the National Hockey League team’s legal and executive director, as well as its general counsel, according to a report. (Duluth News-Tribune)


  • Salt Lake City-based legal workflow tools platform Filevine said it raised $108 million in a fundraiser led by StepStone Group. (Filevine.com)

Legal training

  • The pass rate for the February 2022 bar exam in New York, which reverted to in-person administration, has fallen sharply from the February 2021 test, which was taken remotely. (New York Law Review)