Melvin Feliz on Tuesday pleaded guilty to charges that he conspired with his wife to defraud Hunton & Williams and Willkie Farr & Gallagher, at which his wife had been a partner, out of $7.8 million. Feliz’s wife, Keila Ravelo, played a key role in the recent rejection of an antitrust deal between American Express Co. and a retailer group. (New York Times/Reuters)

Two Israeli lawyers, former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer associate Jackie Donner and lawyer and marketer Zohar Fisher, have launched Israel’s first contract lawyer service,called “LawFlex.”  The launch is the latest in a wave of legal services-outsourcing initiatives by law firms worldwide.  (The Lawyer)

The Chinese boutique law firm Ke Jie said it has collaborated with some 20 firms in other countries to set up a flexible, full-service legal platform with offices in Bangkok, Beijing, Paris and Warsaw, among other locations. The network, named “Cathay Associates,” aims to provide a bridge between Chinese companies and the rest of the world, and looks to go beyond “traditional” ways of providing legal services, Cathay’s statement said. (Cathay Associates)

Despite China’s recent market plunge, top officials at Dentons, global chairman Joe Andrew and global CEO Elliott Portnoy, said Tuesday that they remain enthusiastic about the firm’s pending merger with China’s Dacheng. The deal is expected to create a 7,000-lawyer firm with 120 offices, including more than 40 locations across China. (The American Lawyer)

Legal Market

Willingness to be flexible in billing arrangements has contributed to Fox Rothschild’s success, says Mark Silow, firmwide managing partner of the firm. Silow commented in part two of  Big Law Business’s series with him, in which he addresses his firm’s move to alternative fee arrangements. (Big Law Business)

In today’s climate of fierce competition among law firms, the growth of legal services companies, and expanding in-house legal departments, rainmakers can no longer rely solely on existing relationships to land work, writes Mark A. Cohen, chief executive officer of Legalmosaic. (Big Law Business)

Laterals and Moves

UK firm Ashurst has hired away the global private equity co-head of Skadden. Shaun Lascelles was involved in several major cross-border mergers & acquisitions and private deals while at Skadden for 13 years, before which he was an associate at Ashurst for three years.  (Global Legal Post)

Technology

Complainants in U.S. law suits against the hacked Canadian-based adultery website AshleyMadison.com are trying to cling to anonymity behind the oft-used “Doe” pseudonym. Hackers leaked nearly 10 gigabytes of data on the Internet, including users’ e-mail addresses. (Bloomberg News)

Dozens of California state agencies do not fully comply with data security standardsfor protecting Social Security numbers, health records, income tax information and other sensitive data from hackers, according to a state auditor report that was released Tuesday and includes recommendations for correcting problems it identifies. (The Recorder)

Epstein Becker & Green unveiled a new iteration of its mobile app, which aims to provide information on the latest wage and hour law developments in the federal law, all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. (Big Law Business)

Long-time Hilary Clinton lawyer David Kendall, of Williams & Connolly, told the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Monday that his firm followed guidance from the State and Justice departments when handling thumb drives that contained Clinton’s emails from her private server during her tenure as secretary of State. (National Law Journal)

Legal Education

A so-called brain-training program launched recently for incoming students at the Texas Tech University School of Law can help improve students’ performance,  productivity, and reduce stress, says a clinician at the Center for Brain Health, linked to the University of Texas-Dallas. (National Law Journal)

Current federal student loan policies have made it possible for law schools to continue raising tuition although the schools churn out nearly twice as many graduates as the job market can absorb, writes Steven J. Harper, a former partner at Kirkland & Ellis. Harper urged the American Bar Association to address problems linked to a tuition “subsidy system” that he said has steep and rising long-term costs for graduates and taxpayers.  (New York Times)

Miscellaneous

The First Court of Appeals in Houston ruled Tuesday that Schlumberger Ltd.’s former chief intellectual property attorney must still face the one contract claim left by a lower court that vastly reduced the company’s lawsuit charging her with sharing trade secrets with Acacia Research Group. The appeals court did not rule on whether the bulk of the suit should be reinstated, saying it was too early. (Law360)

The 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago last week upheld a lower-court class-action ruling in which most of the suing Southwest Airlines passengers only got free drink vouchers while their lawyers got $1.65 million in fees. (Washington Post)

James Cleary, a San Diego-based intellectual property partner at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, says his weekly surf outings with clients in the action sports industry help give him much better understanding of their technology for surfboards and related gear. (The American Lawyer)

A federal court left intact a rule that makes it difficult for some political candidates to raise money from Wall Street. The Washington-based U.S. Court of Appeals dismissed an attempt to overturn the 2010 Securities and Exchange Commission regulation which bars banks, hedge funds and private equity firms from giving campaign contributions to governors and other state officials. (Big Law Business)

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