How to eat your way into your client's heart, even when the meal is, um, unusual.
How to eat your way into your client's heart, even when the meal is, um, unusual.
For three years in a row, the same quartet of firms topped BTI Consulting Group's “Fearsome Foursome” list of most-feared opponents in court: Jones Day, Kirkland, Quinn Emanuel and Skadden. Until now. In BTI's latest litigation survey, Dentons pushed Quinn Emanuel two rungs to the not-nearly-so-special “honor roll” category.
A decade and a half on, all we've learned from 9/11 litigation is that America's legal system is even more hopeless than its real estate industry, which has finally finished a few grandiose structures at Ground Zero that are of some redeeming value.
Can a primate who shot selfies with a photographer's camera claim copyright protection?
Fifteen years later, Congress may let the courts adjudicate 9/11. What will they find?
He's the fellow we're sponsoring through Equal Justice Works. Sometimes, making a difference is as easy as supporting just one young lawyer.
OK, President Obama wasn't in my apartment, but he was in my apartment building. Last Sunday, he dined in the apartment directly above mine. My neighbor hosted the event and graciously invited me. Sadly, the meal ticket was $25,000 per person, and, as a poor journalist, I had to decline.
Artificial intelligence is becoming big news in Big Law. The move towards increased automation of legal services continues to gain steam, with another top firm turning to AI in an attempt to lower costs and improve efficiency. London-based Travers Smith, known for its strength in corporate and private equity, has inked a deal with RAVN.
Uh-oh, it looks like your firm just wasted a ton of money recruiting those bright young women from top law schools. You know the type I'm talking about: They're polished and poised. The female pipeline at your firm is fixed. And your stats on women will look fabulous 10 years down the line. Or so it would seem.
Troubling cultural dots connect the Stanford rape case to Donald Trump's tweet about men and women in the military.
Has there ever been a less successful law firm deal than Slater & Gordon's acquisition of Quindell? The Australian personal injury specialist paid almost $1 billion for last year for Quindell's professional services division, giving it one of the U.K.'s largest insurance claims practices overnight. But the deal soon became a disaster.
The gender discrimination case against Chadbourne & Parke isn't quieting down. After 14 female partners at the firm publicly chided David Sanford for bringing the class action case on behalf of partner Kerrie Campbell without contacting them first, he has responded with an "open letter" of his own addressing their concerns.
What is going on at Ashurst? The London-based firm announced this summer arguably the worst set of financial results among the top 50 U.K. firms. Ashurst has since been hit by a steady stream of exits—including a number of senior partners and its CFO—despite efforts to stem the flow by modifying its compensation system.
Paralegals, run for your lives: The machines are taking over. Artificial intelligence has become an increasingly hot topic in Big Law over the past few years and now London-based Slaughter and May has signed a deal with Luminance, a new technology company backed by investment fund Invoke Capital.
Sanford Heisler name partner David Sanford made his name lobbing bias suits at Fortune 500 companies. Last week he invited me to chat at his New York office. We were 10 minutes into our conversation about his latest client, Chadbourne & Parke partner Kerrie Campbell, when he laced into me: “What you wrote was a disservice!”
The gender discrimination suit against Chadbourne & Park is getting hotter. It now appears that other female partners at the New York firm are ganging up on Kerrie Campbell, the woman filed a high-profile gender discrimination suit last month. I hate to say it, but it’s beginning to look like a Big Law episode of “Mean Girls.”
There has been a fair amount of noise lately around the legal cost of the U.K.'s decision to leave the European Union, after the British government revealed that it has spent roughly $360,000 on Brexit lawyers over the past two months. But it actually sounds like a pretty good deal.
They claim to be on Cloud 9, our survey shows. Really?
Clyde & Co has had surprising success in the American legal market. What is the U.K. firm's secret?
Summer is almost over so I'll save my more serious and depressing rants for another day. For now, I’ll keep things light and fluffy with my latest compilation of quirky, weird and mind-boggling news. First and foremost: the nine best U.S. cities for female lawyers.
Quick, somebody organize a telethon: equity partners at the U.K.'s largest law firms saw their average profit fall to a meager 619,000 pounds ($831,000) in 2015-16. That's barely 23 times the national average salary. Joking aside, the results of Legal Week's survey of the financial performance of the U.K.'s Top 50 are significant.
I don’t like to speak ill of the newly departed, but I was never a fan of Phyllis Schlafly, who died on Sept. 5 at 92. She was simply poisonous to the cause of gender equality. Besides spearheading the killing of the Equal Rights Amendment, she turned feminism on its head in countless ways. Actually, let's count some of the ways.
Well, this is awkward: You've just sued your law firm for discrimination, yet you're still showing up for work. What’s worse, you're still sitting next door to the partner who's made your life hell for the past five years. What an uncomfortable situation—even worse than having to work with an ex-lover on a deal or case.
If you've been in the throes of on-campus interviews, you're probably sick of the game by now. Although sessions usually last no more than 25 minutes, they often feel like slow torture. Within minutes, you can probably tell whether the firm is interested in you, or if the interviewer would rather take a prolonged bathroom break.
Everyone thought that the U.S. indicted Chinese hackers merely for show. Everyone was wrong, writes The Global Lawyer.
When large firms get it right, give them their due.
Seeking to diversify beyond the Canadian economy, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce said that it will acquire Chicago-based PrivateBancorp Inc. for $3.8 billion in cash and shares.
He looks for those that embrace alternative fee arrangements.
I hate to say this, but I told you so. Remember all that fuss about how millennials are high-maintenance brats who don’t have the same work ethic as their elders? The American Lawyer devoted a whole issue to the topic in March, but I took another view.
From where I sit (New York), Donald Trump is not getting much Big Law support. I've only met one partner who's leaning toward Trump (not to worry, I won’t out you). But maybe Trump's luck will change with the appointment of Kellyanne Conway as his campaign manager. The Republican strategist is married to a top litigator.
Resist 'Trump fatigue' and consider the comments that over time reveal Trump's philosophy.
Were you truly that shocked about the allegation that CEO Roger Ailes hit up Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson and other female employees for sex? I think that might depend on how old you are. If you're 50 or over, Ailes' behavior might not be entirely surprising.
The ABA thought getting a renewal of its accreditation power would be a cakewalk—until its barefoot journey over hot coals began.
To this day, half the Internet portrays Steven Donziger as a hero for suing Chevron in Ecuador. As the accomplished filmmaker Joe Berlinger said in a radio interview two weeks ago, “It’s a very complicated story.” Well, it’s certainly a messy story. But also simple.
You are busy, busy. You're negotiating two super-important matters and your clients are constantly clamoring for your attention. Then you get hit with a jury summons. You've already deferred. Is there another option? There is. And it's simple: Lie.
Like everyone, I dreaded jury duty. But it proved to be a powerful experience.
A columnist sees shades of Richard Nixon in Donald Trump's candidacy that go beyond Trump's "rule of law" sloganeering.
You hear this so often that you probably take it as holy gospel: Women bail out of Big Law because of the impossibility of balancing the demands of work and home. Being a big firm lawyer, as every Manhattan third-grader knows, is an unforgiving, pressured job.
U.S. citizens get relatively few mentions in the Panama Papers. The explanation might be aggressive American tax enforcement—or inadequate U.S. measures to counter money laundering.
Most projects skew left. But some lawyers and firms have bucked the trend.
Brexit may be good news for such European cities as Frankfurt and Paris. But don't write off London.
It’s hot and stinky out there, and Donald Trump could be our next president, but let’s focus on the burning issue of the day: What to wear to the office?
If you thought the NFL was slow to acknowledge links between player concussions and brain damage, keep a close eye on professional hockey.
Branding with catch-phrases is easy; reconciling their contradictory messages is impossible.
Remember the advice I passed on to you ladies about how to be assertive, yet lovable? Well, it provoked a number of responses from readers (OK, female readers). In a nutshell, some women said they’re sick and tired about getting schooled on how they should behave.
I know you’re tired of hearing about how hard it is for a woman to be in charge. But despair not: This time we’ve got some tips on how to manage and avoid the pitfalls.
Is it truth or urban legend that lawyers are often too work-crazed to tear themselves away for vacation during the heat of the summer? Despite their neurotic, overworked stereotype, most lawyers I know do take a chunk of time off for summer vacation.
As associate salaries increase, reluctant clients are complaining about the wrong problem.
It's been far too long since I've written about Mommy Wars. Thankfully our sisters across The Pond have given me an excuse to wade into one of my favorite subjects. Britain, after its big Brexit vote, is about to get a new leader. And two powerful women wanted the job.
It took a federal judge less than three months to write a 500-page trial opinion on what is commonly construed as the litigation fraud of the century. But the people of Ecuador, Chevron and teams of lawyers around the world still await word from the Second Circuit.
There's no doubt that distressed debt funds push the bounds of anticorruption. In a colorful Las Vegas footnote to the Argentine bond affair, one of them is testing the viability of Panama Papers prosecution–and delivering the head of Mossack Fonseca to Main Justice.
It’s getter tougher to defend the status quo.
I was a young correspondent in London the year the euro launched in 2002. When I clinked a newly minted EU coin on the counter of a Fleet Street newsstand, the cultural dissonance was obvious even to me. A squib in the Daily Telegraph now seems prescient.
Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his friends once paid the Russian state roughly half a billion dollars for Yukos Oil Co., which was publicly valued at $6 billion in 1997. Russia then took back those assets. The controlling shareholders have fought Russia in arbitration ever since.
Donald Trump’s actions have a troubling precedent. But there’s method to his madness.
Women and minorities who promote diversity get penalized, a study says.
Are senior associates and counsel being ignored or getting the short end of the salary stick?
Economic status, not necessity, is what allows women to stick it out in jobs.
Donald Trump’s collateral damage includes his chief strategist: Georgetown University Law Center graduate Paul Manafort Jr.
Business school profs tell you how to enjoy networking.
The super litigator pays tribute to the broken-hearted.
Someone should remind the likely Republican nominee for President that the laws of the land apply to him, too.
Sullivan & Cromwell and Dechert struggle to balance client and regulator.
Donald Trump doesn’t want to release his tax returns. Why?
A pictorial roundup of celebrity-Big Law family connections.
This year's list of go-to schools—and ones that should be avoided.
I know being a yoga instructor is not the same as being a lawyer. But hear me out anyway.
The firm adopts a bold growth plan in London. What if it works?
Here's why: Big spenders almost always win.
Studies find that women's pay gap narrows when men take paternity leaves.
Will other big firms follow?
Good news for grumpy workers.
Moms with middle schoolers feel super stressed, but so what?
On the menu this week in The American Lawyer's Continental Breakfast series: Lawyers on Demand co-founder Simon Harper digests the spectacular growth of the alternative legal services pioneer.
With fewer people finishing law school each year, a greater proportion of them should be finding work. Instead, even nonlaw jobs are declining for recent grads.
Former Dewey & LeBoeuf executive director Stephen DiCarmine wants to represent himself in his upcoming retrial. He thinks it’s a good idea; no one else does.
In 2016, the corporate alien tort is more alive than dead.
A gutsy admission? Or career suicide?
Even the Careerist needs some fun and frivolity once in a while.
It will always be a great time to go to some law schools. It will never be a great time to go to others.
Brazil's leniency program needs work. Will proposed reforms do the job? Some big firms will find out.
Study finds that law school rankings encourage cheating, lying.
What should a law school’s mission be? Most deans would rather not ask that question.
Employees will leave anyway, so why bother being a good boss?
A quick and dirty take on the news.
The unheralded lesson of the recent presidential primaries may be as important as the outcome.
Alan Dershowitz's accusers admit "tactical" mistakes, so what does that really mean?
Grads of lower rank schools often beat top schools in the partnership race.
Russia won a crucial reprieve from a Dutch court, but the country and its lawyers at Cleary Gottlieb aren’t out of the woods yet.
Behind all the post-settlement posturing, neither side in the Alan Dershowitz sex case really wants their secrets out.
A proposal to limit foreign influence in U.S. politics is unlikely to survive a vote by the Federal Election Commission. But the idea may find a way forward in the courts.
Dershowitz's opponents say they're willing to waive confidentiality. Is he?
Self-styled experts concerned about the fate of the Cravath model have been wrong before; they’re wrong this time, too.
A new study finds a correlation between women's careers and their bosses' ideology.
Is having a female leader what it's cracked up to be? Maybe.
What does the 'Panama Papers' scandal mean for the republic of American lawyers?
Some law firm leaders would rather perfect an error than learn from it.