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Legal Services Company Launches Arizona Law Firm

Welcome to Bloomberg Law’s Wake Up Call, a daily rundown of the top news for lawyers, law firms, and in-house counsel.

  • Flexible lawyer services company Axiom launched an Arizona law firm, Axiom Advice & Counsel, after the state supreme court granted the subsidiary a license to practice under 2020 rules allowing nonlawyer owners of law firms. Axiom is the latest of several alternative legal services companies to set up in the state, including Law on Call and LegalZoom, among others. (counsel-aac-301727312.html”PRNewswire.com)
  • K&L Gates grabbed a seven-partner private equity team from Dentons LLP’s Pittsburgh office. They include partners Chris Thel, Ron Aulbach, Curt Anderson, John Wingerter, Lauren Crossett, Andrea Steiner, and Jeff Berkey. (KLGates.com)
  • Donald Trump hired criminal defense trial lawyer Joe Tacopina to take on former Manhattan prosecutor Mark Pomerantz for allegedly defaming the former president. Tacopina, a senior partner of a New York boutique firm, has defended clients including embattled Washington Commanders co-owner Dan Snyder, rapper Meek Mill, and Fox News host Sean Hannity. (TMZ)

Lawyers, Law Firms

  • Recent changes to Florida’s trust laws have made the state increasingly attractive to the private trusts of ultra-wealthy families and the Big Law firms that advise them. (Daily Business Reviews)
  • A New York state bill would prohibit Madison Square Gardens Entertainment Corp. and other sports venues from refusing entry to opposing lawyers in litigation and other perceived enemies. (Associated Press)
  • Dechert’s new Paris offices in the city’s Eighth arrondissement occupy three floors of an “iconic” eight-story building that formerly housed the headquarters of the broadcasting company RTL. (Law.com International)

Laterals, Moves, In-house

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Katten Financial Services Counsel Named to Industry Hall of Fame

NEW YORK, Feb. 2, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — The Futures Industry Association (FIA) announced today that Katten senior counsel Gary DeWaal will be inducted into its Hall of Fame during the annual FIA International Futures Industry Conference on March 15 in Boca Ratton, Florida.

Katten senior counsel Gary DeWaal will be inducted into the Futures Industry Association (FIA) Hall of Fame during its annual International Futures Industry Conference on March 15 in Boca Raton, Florida.

Katten senior counsel Gary DeWaal will be inducted into the Futures Industry Association (FIA) Hall of Fame during its annual International Futures Industry Conference on March 15 in Boca Raton, Florida.

Formerly chair of Katten’s Financial Markets and Regulatory practice, DeWaal joined the firm in 2014 after working almost 27 years for Fimat (later named Newedge), a subsidiary of Societe Generale, and before that at Brody White & Company, Inc., a futures brokerage firm whose assets Fimat acquired. At Fimat, for many years the largest international futures brokerage organization, DeWaal served as managing director and group general counsel and as a member of the group’s global executive committee. DeWaal is served in many capacities with Brody White, including as its president.

“Gary’s remarkable professional impact has contributed to Katten’s presence at the heights of legal distinction,” said Roger P. Furey, chairman of the firm, a long-established leader in the financial services industry. “We congratulate him on this well-deserved honor that further places him, and by extension Katten, in the rarefied company of financial industry greats.”

Lance A. ZinmanGlobal Chair of Katten’s Financial Markets and Funds (FMF) practice, said, “Gary’s wide-ranging, in-depth knowledge is indisputable. He is an insightful thought leader, always on top of the latest legal and regulatory developments in the fast- paced, constantly changing crypto market. He has an impressive knack for quickly capturing the core points of even the most complicated topics.”

At Katten, DeWaal first provided advisory and regulatory defense services to clients in the derivatives space, but quickly

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