Weil, Gotshal & Manges partner Edward Reines will not be disciplined by the State Bar of California over his friendship with former Federal Circuit Chief Judge Randall Rader.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit referred Reines to the state bar last fall, but according to recently filed documents in other cases, the state bar wrapped up its investigation in July and concluded that no action was warranted.
A representative of the state bar said the bar could not comment on the case. Reines also declined to comment on his discipline case.
The Federal Circuit publicly reprimanded Reines in November for sharing an effusive email from then-Chief Judge Rader with friends, family and at least 35 current or prospective clients. Rader conveyed that another Federal Circuit judge had been impressed with Reines' oral advocacy skills, and signed the email "your friend for life." Rader resigned a few months later after acknowledging "conduct that crossed the lines." The Federal Circuit later chastised Reines, saying he'd implied he held a special relationship with the chief judge.
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