ABA Announces New Ethics Rule; K&S and Jones Day Get Big Client Wins

Memo from the Executive Committee

The American Bar Association announced last week that it is professional misconduct to discriminate against or harass opposing counsel, or anyone else for that matter, in the course of practicing law. The ethics rule now forbids comments or actions that single out someone on the basis of race, religion, sex, disability and other factors. Any penalties will be determined by state bar associations and might include fines or suspension from practice, depending on the severity of the offense.

Big Deals, Big Wins, Big Clients

By King & Spalding, which advised Post Properties on its acquisition by Mid-America Apartments Communities in a deal valued at $3.88 billion. The King & Spalding deal team was led by Keith Townsend, Bill Baxley, Carrie Ratliff, Pete Genz and Mark Kelly.

By Jones Day, where two Atlanta partners led the global legal team for staffing company Randstad’s $429 million all-cash acquisition of online job site Monster Worldwide. Mergers and acquisitions partner Ken Boehner and intellectual property partner Ryan Walsh orchestrated efforts by Jones Day lawyers worldwide on the deal for Randstad Holding, based in Diemen, Netherlands, and its subsidiary Randstad North America Inc., headquartered in Atlanta. Fifty-five Jones Day lawyers worked on the deal — about  half of them in Atlanta.

Big Law Gets

For FisherBroyles, which added a team of five lawyers from Lewis Brisbois – Ted Lavender, Alison Currie, Kris Alderman, Carrie Stephens and Andrew King. All joined as partners, except King, who is counsel.

BigLaw Honors

For Baker Donelson senior managing shareholder Linda Klein, named president of the American Bar Association. Klein was chosen as ABA president-elect in 2015 and her one-year term began at the end of the ABA’s annual meeting in San Francisco.

For Nelson Mullins partner Suhail Seth, selected by Peach Bowl Inc. to serve on the Board of Advisors for the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. 

For Finnegan, which was honored at last week’s Disabled American Veterans’ Annual Convention. The firm was recognized for its pro bono and monetary contributions to disabled vets. Locally, it has donated $100,000 annually to the Shepherd Center, which treats people with spinal cord and brain injuries.