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October 11, 2021 – The New York Times speaks with partner Michael Atkinson, former chief watchdog of the nation’s 17 intelligence agencies, regarding the case involving the couple accused of attempting to sell some of America’s most closely guarded submarine propulsion secrets. Atkinson says it was very unusual for a foreign country to allow its embassy or other facility to be used to send a signal to a suspect being pursued by the F.B.I., noting that the country’s willingness to do so suggests its cooperation with the U.S. throughout the investigation. (“A Babysitter and a Band-Aid Wrapper: Inside the Submarine Spy Case”)

October 6, 2021 – New York Law Journal* features a profile of partner Jennifer Grady, co-chair of the Corporate Group, as a 2021 Distinguished Leader. Grady, the former managing partner of storied Wall Street boutique Kibbe & Orbe, has been recognized for leading that firm through the uncertainty and tremendous challenges of 2020, and for spearheading her team’s completion of a successful combination with Crowell & Moring (“Distinguished Leader: Jennifer Grady”). 

October 5, quotes labor & employment senior counsel Glenn Grant regarding the patchwork of emerging state marijuana laws difficulties, which are making it significantly more difficult for employers to create and enforce uniform drug-testing policies consistent with the laws in all of the jurisdictions in which they operate (“What Is a 'Safety-Sensitive' Job Under State Marijuana Laws?”).

October 4, 2021 Corporate Crime Reporter features an interview with New York partner Rebecca Ricigliano, a former federal prosecutor, who discusses why now is the time for compliance and legal departments and C suites to see whether there are vulnerabilities in their compliance programs and invest wisely in those internal controls. According to Ricigliano, people should not anticipate the recent slack in corporate crime enforcement will continue—everyone expects an uptick in scrutiny (“Crowell & Moring Partner Rebecca Ricigliano on the Calm Before the Enforcement Storm”).

October 4, 2021 – Partner Laura Foggan, chair of the Insurance/Reinsurance Group, speaks with Law360 regarding important holdings that came out of two recent rulings from the Ninth Circuit. Foggan notes the decision in Chattanooga Professional Baseball LLC v. National Casualty Co. found the virus exclusion applicable under all possible standards of causation, and the significance of the panel’s findings in Mudpie Inc. v. Travelers Casualty Insurance—that loss of property is not synonymous with physical loss or damage and direct physical loss or damage requires actual damage to a property (“Policyholders Hopeful Despite 9th Circ. COVID-19 Losses”).

October 4, 2021 – The Recorder* speaks with litigation partner Gregory Call, former head of the San Francisco office and member of the firm’s Management Board, regarding how COVID-19 continues to shape who serves on juries and how those jurors are voting and that courts are not interested in forcing people into jury service, for a variety of reasons. He goes on to discuss how political party affiliations are not necessarily a factor in commercial dispute cases and that it’s not clear how this stage of the pandemic will play into jurors’ susceptibility to being persuaded something unfair is going on (“Trial Consultants, Litigators Reveal Who's Willing to Serve on Juries at This Stage of the Pandemic - And How They are Voting”). *subscription required

September 30, 2021Global Competition Review* quotes antitrust and competition senior counsel Lisa Kimmel regarding the proposal by the director of economics for the DOJ’s Antitrust Division to reevaluate the position adopted under the Trump administration on IP disputes that involve licensing standardized technology on fair terms. Kimmel observed that the director’s comments don’t appear to suggest that the DOJ is completely reversing course, but is rather learning about how these issues play out in the real world (“DOJ Official Says FRAND Licensing Disputes Could Raise Competition Concerns”). *subscription required

September 24, 2021 – Laura Foggan, chair of the Insurance/Reinsurance Group, was quoted by Law360, regarding coverage disputes related to so-called forever chemicals, which could follow the same path as those involving PCBs. Foggan says the timing of the harm will be a key question in assessing coverage for PFAs liability, and other coverage issues may or may not overlap with questions courts addressed when determining coverage for PCBs (“'Forever Chemicals' Coverage Suits Likely to Echo PCB Disputes”).

September 22, 2021 – The American Lawyer* quotes partner Ellen Dwyer, chair of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) and chair of the firm’s Executive Committee, regarding the need for LCLD’s membership of general counsel and managing partners to make personal commitments as leaders to make progress in improving diversity in their organizations (“LCLD to Require Law Firm and GC Members to Make Public, Measurable Diversity Pledges”). *subscription required

Law360* also features Dwyer discussing LCLD’s new requirement that its members publish a public pledge listing specific actions they will take to enhance diversity and inclusion in their workplaces (“Legal Diversity Group Sets New Standard for Joining”). *subscription required

September 21, 2021 – IFLR* speaks with London partner Laurence Winston, co-head of the firm’s International Dispute Resolution Group, regarding the UK’s plans to revamp its data protection (GDPR) rules. Winston notes there are numerous areas where the UK appears to be setting out on a collision course with the EU, with proposed changes that will directly impact the data flow between the two trading blocs (“Concerns with UK Plans to Diverge from EU GDPR”). *subscription required

September 16, 2021 – Technology & Brand Protection Group co-chair Christopher Cole tells Bloomberg why the Jay-Z suit should serve as a warning to buyers and sellers of NFTs to make sure both sides know exactly what’s being sold (“Jay-Z's NFT Feud Spotlights Legal Peril in Hot Investment Trend”).

September 14, 2021Commercial Dispute Resolution* features the arrival of white collar and regulatory enforcement senior counsel Michael Gunnison in Doha. Most recently, Gunnison was resident legal adviser to the U.S. Department of Justice within the U.S. embassy in Doha and brings more than 30 years of experience in high-level public service roles. Doha office managing partner Charbel Maakaron notes Gunnison’s experience navigating the landscape and ensuring compliance with the new regulatory framework will be invaluable (“Crowell Adds White-Collar Abilities in Doha”) *subscription required 

September 14, 2021Government Executive quotes labor & employment partner Tom Gies regarding the lack of clarity in the vaccine mandate on several scope and other definitional issues important to the federal contracting community. Gies cites the issues that need clarification in the upcoming guidance (“Questions Linger on Vaccine Mandate for Federal Contractors”).

September 13, 2021Law360 features the arrival of tax partner Irina Pisareva in New York. Expanding the firm’s corporate practice, Irina was formerly a partner at Sullivan & Worcester LLP and EY. Glen McGorty, managing partner of the New York office, notes Pisareva will enhance the corporate group’s ability to strategically advise on a range of tax issues faced by clients conducting global business and corporate transactions subject to both U.S. and foreign regulations (“Crowell Snags Former Sullivan Tax Partner”).

September 10, 2021 – NPR interviews senior counsel Chuck Rosenberg, who served as counsel to former FBI Director Robert Mueller, regarding the changes Mueller implemented after the 9/11 attacks that amounted to a paradigm shift for the FBI, and their realization that terrorism was going to be harder to corral going forward (“The World Has Changed Since 9/11, and So Has America's Fight Against Terrorism”).

September 10, 2021 – Partner Alexis Gilman, former Assistant Director of the Mergers IV Division at the FTC, speaks to Morning Consult about the length of time the FTC appears to be taking to review details on proposed mergers and why a stronger approach to antitrust enforcement is in store (“Hospitals, Other Health Care Players Are Seeing 'the Bar of Scrutiny' Raised by Biden Regulators”).

September 9, 2021 Law360 speaks with New York partner Paul Haskel about his experience on 9/11, when he entered his former firm’s downtown office—in Chase Manhattan Plaza—directly from the subway, not realizing the towers had been hit (“20 Years Later, Terror of 9/11 Stays with Wall Street Attys"). 

September 9, 2021 – Bloomberg Law notes the arrival of tax and transactions partner Irina Pisareva in New York in its Wake Up Call column.

September 9, 2021 Law360 features white collar and regulatory enforcement senior counsel Michael Gunnison joining the Doha office (“Crowell Adds Former Senior DOJ Official to Doha Office”). Doha office managing partner Charbel Maakaron highlights Gunnison’s “invaluable” experience in both navigating the landscape in Qatar and ensuring compliance with new regulatory frameworks.
Bloomberg Law’s Wake Up column also notes Gunnison’s arrival.

September 3, 2021 – Labor & Employment partner Thomas Gies speaks to SHRM about the need for employers to review their wage and hour practices to ensure continued compliance as roles evolve in response to COVID-19. Businesses should continue to pay close attention to roles that are “on the bubble” (“Employers Should Be Prepared for a DOL Wage and Hour Audit”).

September 3, 2021 – International* features the arrival of partner Sari Depreeuw in the Brussels office. Kristof Roox, co-managing partner of the firm’s Brussels office, notes that the Depreeuw’s blend of experience will be an asset for clients as the EU’s recent law proposals to regulate certain technologies introduce new liabilities for international companies (“Crowell & Moring Hires Brussels IP Partner”). *subscription required features Depreeuw’s arrival in Brussels. Christopher Cole, co-chair of the firm’s Technology & Brand Protection Group, cites Depreeuw’s experience in copyright protection in the digital era as a key strength (“Daldewolf IP Head Joins Crowell in Brussels”). 

Depreeuw’s arrival is also noted in Bloomberg Law’s Wake Up Call column, and in World Trademark Review.

August 31, 2021Gulf Times features an interview with Doha partner Robert Hager, founding and current chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Qatar, in which Hager expresses confidence in the continued collaboration between the U.S. and Qatari private sectors and discusses the positive impact of the diversification of investments by both sides (“Qatar-US Ties Seen Driving More Private Sector Partnerships”).

August 31, 2021 The National Law Journal* features the arrival of tax partner Anthony Provenzano. David Blair, chair of the firm’s Tax Group, remarks that bringing on Provenzano is yet another step in the firm’s ongoing efforts to continue growing its transaction and tax business (“Crowell Deepens Compensation and Benefits Capabilities with New Tax Partner”). Bloomberg Law also noted Provenzano’s arrival in its Wake Up Call column. *subscription required

August 30, 2021 – Automotive News* quotes senior counsel Byron Brown, former deputy chief of staff for policy at the EPA, who expects the House to pass the infrastructure bill without modification and explains why the reconciliation bill faces “considerable uncertainty.” Both bills will accelerate the automotive industry’s aims to boost sales of electric vehicles (“Big Bills Under Deadline Pressure”). *subscription required

August 30, 2021Law360 quotes Technology & Brand Protection Group co-chair Christopher Cole, who discusses the rationale for keeping the Section 230 law in effect (“Inside the 'Battleground for the Internet's Soul': Section 230”).

August 26, 2021 – The Guardian quotes senior partner Stuart Newberger, who represented all the Americans killed in the Nairobi US embassy bombing in 1998, two years after Bin Laden was expelled from Sudan. Newberger discusses why the case was slow in developing and the Sudan-al-Qaida connection. (“'Is This Justice?': Why Sudan is Facing a Multibillion-Dollar Bill for 9/11”).

August 25, 2021 – A feature interview with Charbel Maakaron, managing partner of the Doha office, appears in Gulf Times on page one of the business section. Maakaron explains how two considerations are driving foreign investments coming into Qatar: the World Cup, which has a set deadline to meet, and market movement that offers investors potential growth and new projects (“World Cup Projects Continue to Drive FDI Despite COVID-19 Impact”).

August 24, 2021USA Today quotes Nicholas Diamond, leader of C&M International’s Global Health Group, regarding the potential impact of the FDA’s full approval of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine on vaccinations and mandates ("With FDA Approval of First COVID-19 Vaccine, Let the Mandates Begin: US Military, Disney World, CVS Health and More”). The article also appeared on MSN.

August 23, 2021 – Reuters Legal quotes partner Alexis Gilman, former Assistant Director of the FTC’s Mergers IV Division, who notes that Illumina’s $7.1 billion acquisition of Grail is being closely watched as the first vertical merger case that the FTC has litigated in decades (“Illumina-Grail Deal Heads to FTC Trial, as EU Weights Penalty”).

August 20, 2021 – Partner Tom Lorenzen, vice-chair of the Environment & Natural Resources Group, discusses the need for companies to be careful about statements they make to the public to avoid accusations of exaggerating the environmental benefits of their practice or product, known as “greenwashing.” (“5 Best Practices for Attys Helping to Craft ESG Policies”)

August 18, 2021Reuters Legal features the arrival of senior counsel Alexander Urbelis, continuing the growth of the firm’s Privacy & Cybersecurity practice in New York. Urbelis co-founded the information security, compliance, and investigative services law firm Blackstone Law Group (“Crowell Adds Boutique, In-house Alum Who Built Cyber Intel Platform”). Urbelis’ arrival was also noted by Cybersecurity Law Report*(“Cybersecurity Veteran Joins Crowell & Moring”) and Financial Times *subscription required

August 17, 2021 – Partner Robert Burton is one of the former Office of Federal Procurement Policy administrators interviewed by Federal News Network to provide advice and insights for Biniam Gebre, who has been nominated to lead the OFPP.

August 16, 2021 Law360 quotes partner Kelly Currie, who served as acting U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York and is a former EDNY colleague of Peace, regarding Peace’s nomination to be EDNY’s next U.S. attorney. Currie also discusses the role of EDNY’s U.S. Attorney’s Office in the development of policy at DOJ (“Breon Peace Brings Defense Prowess to Top Role at EDNY”).

August 15, 2021Gulf Times features a two-part interview with Doha Office Managing Partner Charbel Maakaron and partner Robert Hager, chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Qatar, regarding Qatar’s investment landscape being ripe, particularly for U.S. businesses. In “Qatar 'Well-Positioned' to Attract FDI, Stimulate Business Sector,” Maakaron and Hager share their views on how Qatar has been diversifying its economic portfolio and implementing legal reforms to accelerate the inflow of foreign direct investments. In “Robust US-Qatar Economic Ties to Open More Investment Opportunities,” they discuss Qatar’s longstanding relationship with the US and how their diverse partnerships across a wide range of sectors play a vital role in developing the public and private sectors of both countries.

August 13, 2021Law360 spoke with partner Michael Atkinson, former inspector general of the intelligence community, regarding the challenges facing the judge in the case involving Thomas Barrack, former Trump advisor and billionaire investor. Atkinson notes social media in high-profile cases can complicate both jury selection and keeping an empaneled jury unaware of such posts, and that evidence for the defense may exist in classified U.S. intelligence documents (“Meet the Judge on the Trump Adviser Lobbying Case”).

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