Last week, the FBI seized the domains for several popular online poker sites, including Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars—worrying thousands of U.S. players who had money invested in the sites, which operate overseas. The sites have reached a deal with prosecutors allowing them to return money to U.S. players. Full Tilt has retained lawyers from Cozen O'Connor, while PokerStars has retained lawyers from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.
Hank Adorno, co-founder of recently-shuttered Yoss, received a three-year suspension from the Florida Supreme Court. Adorno charged huge fees in a class-action suit against the city of Miami while excluding almost all Miami property owners in a settlement reached over the charging of excessive fire-fighting fees.
Law School graduates who participated in externships, skill courses, and pro bono work during law school found that these programs helped prepare them for real-world work at law firms, according to a poll by the National Association for Law Placement.
Six lawyers from Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo have left to form a boutique firm focusing on intellectual property in Massachusetts. The new firm will be called Hayes, Bostock and Cronin.
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen and Loewy has hired R. Blake Chisam to lead its professional practices and government relations group. Chisam previously worked for the immigration subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee.
McGuireWoods has launched a crisis and litigation communications practice in Washington, D.C. The group will be led by Jerry Kilgore, former Virginia attorney general, and Mark Hubbard, a former anchor for the Richmond NBC affiliate.
DLA Piper, whichrecently announced a large round of promotions, received a pro bono award from the American Bar Association. The firm spent more than 136,000 hours doing pro bono work with educational nonprofits, veterans groups and community rehabilitation groups.