Why more and more litigators and negotiators are teaming up: the morning minute

COSTUMES AND OFFERS – In the old days (like in around 2007), when companies didn’t have to worry so much about attracting new customers and losing existing ones, it was not uncommon for CEOs to talk about their litigation and practices. as if they were separate subsidiaries that happened to be under the same parent company. Of course, every now and then a transaction can lead to legal action and cross-selling can occur, but usually negotiators would make deals and lawyers would litigate cases and each stayed in their own way. But as Patrick Smith reports from Law.com, elite firms have since realized that litigation and transactions are actually two good tastes that taste good together. Not only does transactional work often lead to litigation work within the same firm, the reverse can also be true, the law firm‘s consultants said. In addition, litigators and corporate lawyers increasingly work side by side from the start. “Right from the start of transactions, we have a litigator as part of the transaction team,” Lisa Haddad, co-chair of public group M&A and corporate governance at Goodwin, told Smith. “Clients aren’t used to seeing a lawyer litigating until there is a problem, and we show the importance of having one early on to alleviate problems early on. It’s like having someone from Tax on the team.

LET GEORGE DO IT – A year after distancing himself from former President Donald Trump’s election fraud allegations, McGuireWoods partner George Terwilliger is representing Mark Meadows in his dealings with the January 6 House select committee. So what gives? Has he changed his mind? Not necessarily, Law.com’s Andrew Goudsward Reports. The prominent Washington lawyers Goudsward spoke to made a distinction between an attorney actively assisting in Trump’s post-election efforts and representing an implicated client. And after all, defense attorneys represent clients involved in malpractice as part of their job description, and leading lawyers in Washington are committed to major political scandals. “Great lawyers are great players,” said a seasoned Washington lawyer, adding that it was “an interesting enough assignment that most of the top defense attorneys in town would be on the job. comfortable “to assume the representation.