Law Firm Insider: 4/26/11

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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.

Richard Mintz, name partner at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo died last Wednesday of a heart attack. He was 89. Mintz spent more than 60 years with the firm.

Fiat plans to take a majority stake in struggling American automaker Chrysler—lawyers from Sullivan & Cromwell will represent Fiat, and lawyers from Schulte, Roth & Zabel will represent Chrysler.

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.

Proskauer announced it would be giving all of its lawyers an iPad, which will come preinstalled with business applications. Lawyers will have to install Angry Birds separately.

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.

Jones Day has tapped Corinne Ball to head its European restructuring and distress mergers and acquisitions work.

SNR Denton promoted eight lawyers to partner in London and Doha. Stateside, the firm hired Mark Thomas as a partner in its tax practice in Dallas. Thomas joins from Alcon Laboratories.

Fisher & Phillips has absorbed Ohio-based Millisor & Nobil. The firm acquired all 19 of Millisor's attorneys in its first foray into Ohio.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher hashired former Vinson & Elkins partners Veronica Lewis and Brian Robison to work in its Dallas office.

Kirkland & Ellis has hired private funds lawyer Allan Ryan from Mayer Brown to work in its Chicago office.

Michael Shor has joined Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough's Charlotte office.

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.

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