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Stephen Miller,.

Praising Stephen Miller? Seriously?

By Stephen J. Harper |

Dangerous rhetoric and a president who praises it. Where are Trump’s lawyers?

Attorney Donald McGahn leaves the Four Seasons hotel in New York, Thursday, June 9, 2016, after a GOP fundraiser.

Yo, Where's Don McGahn?

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

The White House counsel seems missing in action amid the ever-mounting conflicts of interest involving this presidency.

Rudy Giuliani.

Will Rudy Giuliani's Loose Lips Sink the Travel Ban for Good?

By Jenna Greene |

Here are two cardinal sins for an attorney: saying something publicly that hurts your client’s case. And bad lawyering. Rudy Giuliani appears to be guilty of both

Do Firms Care When Women Bolt?

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Forgive me for being a cynic (who me?), but I'm not at all convinced that law firm managers are losing sleep when women lawyers fly the coop.

Behind the $500M Curtain: How Skadden Handed Wilkinson Her First Trial Loss

By Jenna Greene |

After three days of deliberating, the federal jury in Dallas was back, ready to answer a $6 billion question: Did Facebook Inc. steal virtual reality technology for the Oculus Rift from Skadden's client, videogame maker ZeniMax Media Inc.?

Big-Name Lawyers Who Screwed Up, Big Time

By Leigh Jones |

While former Akin Gump lawyer Jeffrey Wertkin awaits his fate after his arrest for trying to sell a sealed whistleblower suit for $300,000, let's take a moment to revisit some prominent attorneys who made a mess of things.

It Turns Out You Can Be Too Rich

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

A study finds that female lawyers from a wealthy background have a harder time getting hired at law firms than men from the same economic class.

Donald Trump.

All the President's Conflicts

By Steven J. Harper |

Trump’s assault on the integrity of the presidency already makes Richard Nixon look like an amateur—and a saint.

Barbara Smith

The Yolk Worn by a Big-Law Trump Supporter

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

A Bryan Cave associate in St. Louis recently penned an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal.

President Donald J. Trump delivers his presidential inaugural address during the 58th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2017.

Trump’s Nonsensical Conflicts Plan

By Steven J. Harper |

The president should hope is that no court every reaches the merits of his lawyers’ defense of emoluments clause violations.

Tom Price, left, and Tiffany Trump, right.

Dentons' Oopsy, Tiffany's Trajectory and Skadden's UNaugural Ball

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Alternative facts. Alternative reality. Whatever. Any way you look at it, it's been surreal for the past two months.

Ampersands Go Missing From Big Law

By Leigh Jones |

Baker & McKenzie lost its ampersand last month, and Boies, Schiller & Flexner, not to be outdone, recently dropped its squiggly symbol and also ditched a comma.

Bracing for the New Sexism

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Donald Trump has tapped into our primal insecurities about our looks, and how our physical flaws can diminish our professional success.

Cecily Strong.

Live from New York, It's Saturday Night!

By Vivia Chen |

A spotlight shines on a Big Law partner in the shadow of President-elect Donald Trump.

President-elect Donald Trump speaks as attorney Sheri Dillon listens during a news conference, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, in New York. The news conference was his first as President-elect.

Shilling for Trump on Business Conflicts

By Steven J. Harper |

Trump’s first press conference was not a particularly good day for the legal profession.

Trump and Transparency

By Michael D. Goldhaber, The Global Lawyer |

Anti-corruption efforts made strides during the Obama years. Will the momentum cease?

15 Signs That You're Getting Fired

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Law firms take their time in bidding attorneys adieu, so it's wise to stay one step ahead of the game.

Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington during his confirmation hearing to be the next U.S. Attorney General, on Tuesday, January 10, 2017.

A Test for Jeff Sessions

By Steven J. Harper |

The new attorney general says he’ll be independent; here’s a chance for him to prove it.

Brexit shattered glass

Crowdfunded Irish Legal Action To Determine Whether Brexit Can Be Reversed

By Chris Johnson |

A crowdfunded legal action to determine whether Brexit can be reversed will begin in Ireland later this month. The suit seeks a referral to the European Court of Justice to rule on whether the U.K. can unilaterally revoke Article 50, which starts a two-year deadline for an EU member to complete its withdrawal from the political bloc.

Ron Liebman, author of

Big Law Partner's Writing Career Born in Nora Ephron's Kitchen

By Leigh Jones |

More than a few Big Law partners dream of leaving their practices behind and becoming successful novelists. Ron Liebman made it a reality.

UK Government Expects to Lose Brexit Legal Challenge

By Chris Johnson |

London expects to lose its legal battle over whether it can start the Brexit process without wider parliamentary approval. The British government appealed a High Court ruling that parliament must be allowed to vote on triggering Article 50, which starts a two-year deadline for an EU member to withdraw from the political bloc.

UK Campaign Group Crowdfunds Legal Challenge To Controversial 'State Spying' Law

By Chris Johnson |

Human rights campaign group Liberty has launched a crowdfunded legal challenge to new legislation that it claims grants the British government “indiscriminate state spying powers.”

Big-Name Lawyers Divulge New Year's Resolutions

By Leigh Jones |

It's time to make those New Year's resolutions, when waistbands are tight, wallets are empty and even a dry martini has lost its appeal.

Private Equity-Backed UK Firm Spent Million Dollars on Failed Acquisition

By Chris Johnson |

A U.K. law firm with private equity backing spent almost a million pounds attempting to buy a rival insurance practice in 2015, accounts have revealed.

Trump and Divestiture: The Lawyers Weigh In

By Steven J. Harper |

As Donald Trump shatters norms underpinning American democracy, how should the legal profession respond? Not with excuses for him, that’s for sure.

UK Firms Brace for Insolvency Boom as Data Puts Thousands of Companies at Risk

By Chris Johnson |

Law firms in the U.K. could soon face a glut of insolvency and restructuring work, with data suggesting that thousands of companies in the travel sector are at risk of going bust.

Philip Sechler of Robbins Russell.

Want to be a Full-Time Law Prof? Here's One Big Law Litigator's Experience

By Jenna Greene |

You're swamped with deadlines, you're constantly traveling, you're dealing with obnoxious opposing counsel or a cranky judge or difficult colleagues. Wouldn't it be great to be a law professor? Pondering the majesty of the law, enlightening eager students? Here's the story of one big-time litigator who made the move—and came back.

UK Law Society Chief Resigns Over Lack of Reform Progress

By Chris Johnson |

The chief executive of the Law Society, the professional body for solicitors in England and Wales, has resigned over a lack of progress in attempts to reform its governance.

Gaze Into My Crystal Ball

By Vivia Chen |

Ten predictions for 2017.

Funniest, Saddest, Most Bizarre Careerist Posts for 2016

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

What a year. We started thinking that we would make history with the first female president—and we ended it with one that makes the Mad Men era look progressive.


UK Firms Put Outside Money to Work

By Chris Johnson |

For some British firms that have converted to alternative business structures, external investment is fueling growth. But Big Law is unconvinced.

Women Now Dominate Law School Classes. So What?

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Female lawyers are still dramatically underrepresented in the equity partner ranks.

Climate Change in a Time of Denial

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

With the Clean Power Plan likely to be scrapped, Democrats may see the downside of executive action.

King & Wood Mallesons.

Another Big Law Firm Stumbles

By Steven J. Harper |

The central problem afflicting most troubled law firms remains the same.

Donald Trump

Trump and the Day of the Generals

By Steven J. Harper |

Combine fake news with loss of civilian control over the military and the result is a really great movie.]

It's True: Republican Partners Give Female Associates Smaller Bonuses

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

If you're worried about gender equality in Big Law, perhaps you should discreetly inquire about your boss's political sympathies.

Mining in Congo.

Will Corporate Responsibility Continue Under Trump?

By Michael D. Goldhaber, The Global Lawyer |

Tucked into the Dodd-Frank Act was a transparency revolution. What will Trump's rollback mean for American policy on "conflict minerals" and "Publish What You Pay"? This is the first in a series of three Global Lawyer columns on anticorruption under Trump.

In London, the houses of Parliament on the river Thames

18,000 Legal, Accounting Jobs At Risk As EU Targets Key London Finance Business

By Chris Johnson |

The European Union is to make a renewed attempt to wrench euro-denominated clearing business from London to the eurozone in a move that could cost tens of thousands of jobs in the U.K. capital.

US Firms Dominate 2016 Global Capital Markets Rankings

By Chris Johnson |

U.S. law firms have dominated global capital markets work in 2016, according to Bloomberg’s preliminary legal adviser report.

Susman's Santa: Bonuses Up to $140K and Designer Canapés!

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Houston-based Susman Godfrey doesn't do things in understated ways—not in the way it throws a party or the way it pays its associates.

Home Secretary Theresa May at the Ukraine Forum on Asset Recovery in London, 29 April 2014. Photo: Foreign and Commonwealth Office via Wikipedia.

U.K. Chancellor, Lawmakers: Brexit Might Not Be Completed By Deadline

By Chris Johnson |

The U.K. chancellor and British lawmakers have joined calls for the government to seek a transitional deal to smooth the country's withdrawal from the European Union.

Sept. 11, 2001, the twin towers of the World Trade Center burn behind the Empire State Building in New York.

Big Law Lobbying Efforts Fail to Kill 9/11 Litigation Against Saudi Arabia

By Michael D. Goldhaber, The Global Lawyer |

Efforts to pare back the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act have fallen short despite a gusher of cash from Saudi Arabian coffers to lobbyists from DLA Piper and Hogan Lovells.

U.K.'s Largest Companies Expect Market To Deteriorate In 2017

By Chris Johnson |

A major report on boardroom confidence has revealed that the U.K.'s largest public companies are overwhelmingly downbeat on the country's economic outlook for 2017.

American Bar Association offices in Washington, D.C.

The ABA Raises the Wrong Bar

By Steven J. Harper |

Once again, the ABA has demonstrated its inability to deal with the biggest problem confronting legal education.

Brexit Vote Lawyer “Confident” Of Supreme Court Victory

By Chris Johnson |

One of the lead lawyers in the historic legal challenge over whether the U.K. prime minister has the power to start Brexit has told The American Lawyer that he is “confident” an earlier ruling demanding the process be subject to a parliamentary vote will be upheld.

Big Law's Naughty Dad? Tiffany at Harvard Law? This Is Not Fake News

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Folks, I can't make this stuff up.

Kasowitz Wins One for Marine Who Tried to Save His Comrades in Afghanistan

By Jenna Greene |

Jason Brezler tried to do the right thing. The U.S. Marine Corps major warned his comrades in Afghanistan of a possible attack, but in his haste to do so, he sent a classified document from his personal email account. That got Brezler booted from the Marines.

10 Most Underrated Law Schools in America

By Vivia Chen |

News flash: A number of not-so-highly ranked schools managed to get a high percentage (70 percent or more) of their graduates into full-time jobs that require JDs or are JD-advantaged.

IPO Funds Continue to Fuel Massive Growth at Publicly Listed UK Firm

By Chris Johnson |

The U.K.'s first publicly listed law firm continues to power ahead, with Gateley announcing that its revenue increased 19 percent and its pre-tax profit soared 44 percent in the first half of the current fiscal year.

Graduate Sues Oxford University For Preventing Him From Becoming A Lawyer

By Chris Johnson |

An Oxford graduate is suing the prestigious university for 1 million pounds ($1.27 million), claiming that its “appallingly bad” teaching prevented him from having a successful career as a lawyer.

DLA, Reed Smith Among Top 20 Firms Rated By Clients For Service

By Chris Johnson |

Allen & Overy, DLA Piper, Norton Rose Fulbright and Reed Smith are among a group of 20 law firms rated by clients as providing the best level of overall service.

Alan M. Dershowitz.

The Careerist: About Dershowitz, About Begley, About Anti-Semitism

By Vivia Chen |

Alan Dershowitz takes issue with former Debevoise & Plimpton partner Louis Begley's points about discrimination against Jews—or lack thereof.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton walks off the stage after speaking in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. Clinton conceded the presidency to Donald Trump in a phone call early Wednesday morning.

The Night the First Woman President Wasn’t

By Vivia Chen |

This is not the story I thought I would be telling.

Hillary Clinton speaks at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Oct. 24, 2016.

Why Hillary's Loss Feels So Painful to Women Lawyers

By Vivia Chen |

For all those women out there who've played by the rule book, Hillary's loss feels distinctly personal. For women lawyers, particularly, she was one of our own.

Louis Begley, retired Debevoise partner and author

The Careerist: Louis Begley on Law, Anti-Semitism and Sex

By Vivia Chen |

A retired partner at Debevoise & Plimpton, Begley writes about New York's moneyed class with stinging subtlety. Here are excerpts from our meeting and a subsequent phone conversation.

How to Hold Judges Accountable

By Jenna Greene |

A viral petition isn't the answer.

King & Wood Mallesons

KWM Europe Feels Like A Slow-Motion Car Crash

By Chris Johnson |

Watching events unfold at King & Wood Mallesons' European arm over the past few months has felt like watching a three-car pile up in slow motion.

Partnership Expert: KWM Clawback 'Practically Impossible'

By Chris Johnson |

A leading expert in partnership law has dismissed the possibility of partners at King & Wood Mallesons’ European arm having to repay two years’ worth of profits if they refuse the offer of a financial bailout from the firm’s Chinese partnership.

Hillary Clinton speaks at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Oct. 24, 2016.

What if the Electoral College Votes for Hillary?

By Steven J. Harper |

My second open letter to President-elect Trump, who once decried this institution as "a disaster for democracy" but now calls it "genius."

Brexit fall

Another Twist In Historic Brexit Legal Battle

By Chris Johnson |

The U.K.’s Brexit future has become even less clear after the Supreme Court ruled that the Scottish and Welsh governments can join a historic legal battle over the country’s withdrawal from the European Union.

An Innovative Approach To Law Firm Innovation

By Chris Johnson |

The legal services industry isn’t exactly known for innovation. Lawyers are inherently conservative and change averse animals, and law firms have as a result tended to be years behind other professional services businesses when it comes to areas such as technology, working practices, business development and marketing.

Massive US Fine Halts UK Government Bank Selloff

By Chris Johnson |

The U.K. government’s plans to offload more of its majority holding in Royal Bank of Scotland have been put on hold due to a massive impending fine from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence joins Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a rally in Westfield, Ind., Tuesday, July 12, 2016.

Pence and His Big Law Counsel Wage Their Own Email Secrecy Fight

By Jenna Greene |

Sorry Mike Pence—turnabout is fair play. You can't spend weeks demanding that Hillary Clinton bare all of her emails and then think it's A-OK to claim your communications as governor of Indiana should be shielded from disclosure. Pence and his lawyers from Barnes & Thornburg, however, don't seem to have a problem making that argument.

business men in London

Why Having Good Lawyers Is No Longer Enough

By Chris Johnson |

It used to be that law firms seeking to win work from clients simply had to have the best lawyers or the lowest rates. Not anymore.

Donald Trump.

An Open Letter to President-Elect Trump

By Steven. J. Harper |

Lawyers and the press have a special obligation to hold elected officials accountable. In that respect, President-elect Trump could pose special challenges.

David Boies

David Boies Says He's Not Freaked Out By a Trump Presidency. Really.

By Vivia Chen |

Litigator extraordinaire and onetime "Good Wife" star David Boies knows his share of muckety-mucks, so it shouldn't be surprising that he's crossed paths with Donald Trump. (You'll recall that Boies argued for Al Gore in "Bush v. Gore" before the U.S. Supreme Court.)

UK Faces Five-Year, $65 Billion Brexit Divorce

By Chris Johnson |

The U.K. might have to pay the European Union as much as 60 billion euros ($65 billion) in order to leave the political bloc in a process that could take longer than five years to complete, the Financial Times reports.

Brexit shattered glass

EY Report: Brexit Could Cost London 18,000 Legal, Accounting Jobs

By Chris Johnson |

A report by Ernst & Young states that London could lose 18,000 legal and accounting services jobs if the U.K. no longer has access to the single market once the country leaves the European Union. The accounting giant estimates that a loss of passporting rights for euro-denominated clearing could cost London a total of 83,000 jobs.

Shutterstock/Jon Bilous

The Horror! Young Lawyers Balk at Upper East Side Living

By Vivia Chen |

They're flocking to other Manhattan neighborhoods and, yes, Brooklyn in search of broader culture and diversity.

Indiana Tech Law School

Indiana Tech: Another Law School Lesson Ignored

By Steven J. Harper |

A law school that never should have existed bites the dust; the systemic problems remain.

There's Something Different About the Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer Merger

By Chris Johnson |

Almost all of the large scale combinations involving U.S. law firms over the past few years have been cross-border. This one is dfferent.

Jenna Greene, Litigation Daily

In Trump Administration, Plaintiffs Lawyers to the Rescue?

By Jenna Greene |

With Republicans in control of the White House and Congress and poised to pick the tie-breaking ninth U.S. Supreme Court justice, the plaintiffs bar is now one of the few checks on government power.

Brexit fall

EU Slashes Regional Growth Forecast, Warns Post-Brexit Slump Could Become Permanent

By Chris Johnson |

The European Commission has predicted that U.K. economic growth will almost halve from 1.9 percent to just 1 percent in 2017 following the Brexit vote.

Donald Trump

US Election Shock is Like Brexit All Over Again

By Chris Johnson |

A shock result following a highly divisive campaign with worrying racial undertones, stock markets crashing, currency tumbling, social media in uproar . . . anyone else getting a strong sense of deja-vu? The Dawn of Trump: It's like Brexit all over again.

Another UK Firm to Offer Free Legal Advice to Fintech Startups

By Chris Johnson |

U.K. law firms continue to position themselves in an attempt to tap into the fast-growing financial technology market, with Addleshaw Goddard the latest to announce that it will offer free legal advice to startup companies.

Jenna Greene, Litigation Daily

Behind Clinton and Trump, an Army of Lawyers on High Alert

By Jenna Greene |

As Americans head to the polls, a small army of election lawyers is waiting in the wings. The odds of a contested election like Bush v. Gore—where the outcome is so close that it turns on one state, and one state is so close that victory hangs on a recount—are slim. But if it happens, there are lawyers on both sides ready to go.

GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, and New Jersey governor Chris Christie

After Bridgegate, a Christie Justice Department?

By Steven J. Harper |

The scandal enveloping Governor Chris Christie will not go away, but that doesn’t seem to bother Donald Trump.

Another Ex-Partner Sued as Firms Take More Aggressive Approach With Leavers

By Chris Johnson |

What is it with law firms suing former partners at the moment? Less than a fortnight after it emerged that King & Wood Mallesons filed suit against Goodwin Procter and former corporate co-head Richard Lever, British firm Addleshaw Goddard has brought arbitration proceedings against its former real estate head Mark Haywood.

Best Cities for Partners to (Happily) Make Big Bucks

By Vivia Chen |

The cliché is that money can't buy you love. That might be true, but in the world of Big Law, it can buy you at least a modicum of satisfaction. One reason that Big Law partners seem pretty happy, according to a new survey by Major, Lindsey & Africa on partner compensation, is that 2016 was a jolly good year for making dough.

Law's Culture of Wimpiness

How ironic that lawyers have a reputation as pitbulls who can't resist a tough fight. From my perch—as a former lawyer and current journalist—I'd say the opposite is often true. Although lawyers can be royal pains in advocating for their clients, there's also a side that's oddly passive-aggressive and, sometimes, just cowardly.

Hong Kong skyline

Asia Lets Loose the Hounds of Third-Party Funding

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Hong Kong's law reform commission called for legalizing arbitration finance on Oct. 12. If the past is any guide, Singapore's law ministry, which reviewed guidelines for third-party funding this summer, will swiftly make a matching move.

Will a US Law Firm Join the CMS Mega-Merger?

By Chris Johnson |

The ink has barely dried on the three-way merger agreement between British firms CMS Cameron McKenna, Nabarro and Olswang, but rumors are already circulating that an American firm may be joining the party.

Lawyers Orbiting in Trump's Universe

By Vivia Chen |

Can anyone be shocked that Donald Trump's campaign universe is populated by lawyers? Some are his hired guns (and we're not even talking about those he deploys for his business) and many represent his adversaries. And some are unwittingly sucked into his orbit through romantic ties.


By Kim Kleman, Editor-in-Chief |

Plush partner offices are out; cappuccino bars and on-site gyms are in.

How Can UK Firms Compete With US Rivals for Lateral Partners?

By Chris Johnson |

When was the last time that a British law firm hired a genuinely market leading partner in London? That's not rhetorical: I honestly cannot remember. U.S. firms have been systematically poaching partners from U.K. rivals for decades. But their dominance of the London recruitment market now appears almost absolute.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, accompanied by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, left, takes questions from members of the media during a news conference on Super Tuesday primary election night in the White and Gold Ballroom at The Mar-A-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla., Tuesday, March 1, 2016.

Who Might Serve as Attorney General in a Trump Presidency?

By Steven J. Harper |

Donald Trump has made remarkable claims about what his administration would do to former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other political adversaries. But who would execute his orders?

The ARAB BANK in Amman, capital of Jordan is one of the largest and most important financial institutions in the Middle East. - February 2016 | usage worldwide Photo by: Mika Schmidt/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images

Supreme Court Gets Another Bite at Corporate Human Rights

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

A new chance to consider corporate human rights liability has been served up to the U.S. Supreme Court in the Jesner v. Arab Bank cert petition filed Oct. 6. For the sake of international law, the justices should grab it.

Raymond McCord, right, faces the media outside the High Court in Belfast, Northern Ireland, following a judge's dismissal of the U.K.'s first legal challenges to its split from Europe known as Brexit.

Brexit Legal Challenge Fails as UK Court Declares Suit 'Not Viable'

By Chris Johnson |

A historic legal challenge designed to block the U.K.'s exit from the European Union has failed after a court rejected it as "not viable." Raymond McCord, a campaigner for victims of nationalist troubles in Northern Ireland, had initiated proceedings arguing that the country's devolved government could stop the Brexit process.

Partners at Publicly Listed UK Firm Pocket $8M From Share Sale

By Chris Johnson |

Despite decades of debate, the U.S. legal market appears no closer to settling the thorny issue of whether law firms should be permitted to have nonlawyer owners. U.S. lawyers frustrated by this lack of progress might cringe at new accounts by Gateley showing that partners in the U.K. firm earned nearly $8 million from share sales last year.

Christina Hioureas  of Foley Hoag

Foley Hoag Launches UN Practice Group

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Already a regional power in public international law, Foley Hoag on Monday launched a United Nations practice group, thought to be the first of its kind at an Am Law 200 firm. Christina Hioureas, whose parents fled the Greek military junta in the 1970s, heads the new five-lawyer group.

When Bad Things Happen to Good Companies

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

After gold mines laced the San Salvador River with cyanide in 2009, North American miners challenged El Salvador's right to halt mining. Pac Rim v. El Salvador became a focal point of the movement against investor arbitration, and deservedly so. But do critics rejoice when bad things happen to bad companies? No.

Challenging Market Conditions Sees Profit Margins Fall at UK's Largest Law Firms

By Chris Johnson |

A combination of growing pressure from clients on fees, increasing associate salary costs and declining productivity is causing profit margins to fall at the U.K.'s largest law firms, according to a new survey by big four accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr.

Tweeting Ted Boutrous and Followers Vow to Fend Off Trump for Free

By Vivia Chen |

The Twitter accounts of lawyers are usually lonely, desolate places ignored by many and visited by a nerdy few, but Ted Boutrous just broke away from that pack. On Saturday, Boutrous, the co-head of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s global litigation department, lit up Twitter with an offer to represent pro bono anyone sued by Donald Trump.

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Trump and His Lawyers: Threats vs. Reality

By Steven J. Harper |

Is Donald Trump holding his attorneys back, or is it the other way around?

Job Losses At Merging UK Firms Unfortunate, But Predictable

By Chris Johnson |

For all of the potential benefits of mergers, they are incredibly expensive to carry out. Systems and processes need to be integrated, staff moved to new premises and expensive brand consultants hired to work out what font to use in your new logo. But that isn't all. Unfortunately, there is almost always a human cost to pay.

On Happiness Scale, Partners Rank High (No, Really)

By Vivia Chen |

For those who think Big Law partners are miserable, lost souls, I've got news for you: They are quite happy, thank you. Plus, they're making bundles of money. And guess what? Many wouldn't dream of scaling down their practice (and the money) for more free time. In sum, they like what they’re doing and how they're doing it.

Julian Assange

Is Amal Clooney Out as Lawyer to WikiLeaks' Julian Assange?

By Jenna Greene |

Of all her clients, Amal Clooney has represented one nearly as famous as she is: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. But apparently no more.

Biography at Nuremberg

By Michael Goldhaber |

Raphael Lemkin was a rumpled hero in the Pulitzer Prize-winning book about the law of genocide. But in Philippe Sands' "East West Street: On the Origins of 'Genocide' and 'Crimes Against Humanity,'" Lemkin is a rumpled antihero. The heroic role goes to Hersch Lauterpacht, who helped criminalize "crimes against humanity."

Brexit Lawyer Dismisses Government Vote Promise as 'Sop to Judges'

By Chris Johnson |

David Greene, one of the lead attorneys in a suit challenging the U.K. prime minister's right to start the country's withdrawal from the European Union has dismissed the government’s suggestion that the process will now be subject to a parliamentary vote as "a sop to the judges."

Too Much Mommy Time?

Maybe Donald Trump has sensitized me to the plight of men who feel they're not getting a fair shake. Or maybe I'm just skeptical of what seems to be too good to be true. In any case, I'm getting nervous about some of those wonderfully generous policies aimed at women, particularly new moms.

Brexit fall

UK Plans Special Brexit Deal To Prevent Banking Exodus

The British government is considering plans to continue paying billions of pounds into the European Union budget even after the country leaves the political bloc in order to maintain access to the single market.

Donald Trump.

Trump's Tax Returns—From Russia With Love?

By Steven J. Harper |

Everyone assumed that Trump refused to release his tax returns because he paid little or no federal income tax. That could be the best-case scenario, writes columnist Steven Harper.

Creepy Clowns No Laughing Matter for This Lawyer

By Leigh Jones |

Mitch Jackson is a little freaked out by creepy clowns. It's not because he's encountered one of the snarling bozos scaring the bejeezus out of people around the globe. Or because he's read Stephen King's novel "It," which some say is the origin of the phenomenon. It's the fad's legal implications that intrigue this California lawyer.

Pay Disparity: Cronyism or Just Plain Sex Discrimination?

Maybe I've been around the block too many times, but I can't get that worked up over the news this week that male partners make 44 percent more than their female counterparts. (That’s the finding of a recently released survey of big firm partners by Major, Lindsey & Africa.) It's a crying shame. But, really, is that news?

Mixed European Fortunes for Shearman, Quinn Emanuel

By Chris Johnson |

Quinn Emanuel continues its continental hiring spree, boosting its Paris disputes practice with two senior recruits in the space of two days. Shearman & Sterling, on the other hand, has suffered a number of departures in Europe so far this month. A top antitrust partner left the firm's partnership in Brussels this week.

Kathy Shelton listens as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Paula Jones, Juanita Broaddrick, and Kathleen Willey, before the second presidential debate with democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at Washington University, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, in St. Louis.

Why It's Wrong to Criticize Clinton for Representing a Child Rapist

It's true. As a young lawyer, Hillary Clinton once defended a man accused of brutally raping a child. But that's no reason to castigate her. If anything, she should be praised for doing her job to the best of her ability. Because that’s how our justice system works.

Brexit shattered glass

Russia's VTB Becomes First Major Bank to Relocate Euro HQ Over Brexit

VTB Bank has become the first major financial institution to announce the relocation of its European headquarters from London due to the U.K.'s decision to leave the European Union. The Russian state-owned lender currently employs several hundred people in London and runs some global functions from the British capital.

Donald Trump

New Firepower in Shocking Suit Against Trump

If you thought the presidential election couldn't get any uglier, guess again. A suit against Donald Trump alleging that he raped a 13-year-old girl now has new life. On Monday, Florida criminal defense lawyer J. Cheney Mason filed court papers to represent "Jane Doe" in a suit against Trump and disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.

7 Firms (Not on Wall Street) Make ‘Best Place to Work’ List

Crain's New York Business recently listed its 100 best places to work in the Big Apple—and, once again, Wall Street law firms are no where to be found. Only seven law firms made it. And the winners are . . .

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'Yukos v. Russia' Update: US Court Stays $50 Billion Enforcement

When we last asked what's new in Yukos v. Russia, our answer was "the truth." But if U.S. courts ever probe the truth of Yukos' origins, it won't be any time soon.

Germany Considering Changes to Lure Post-Brexit Biz From London

Germany is considering changing its labor laws in order to help the country win business from the U.K. following June's Brexit vote, as leading banks like JPMorgan Chase and Morgan Stanley confirm reviews of their staffing arrangements in the region, although New York could become a more attractive locale for the financial services giants.

An aerial view of downtown Tel Aviv, Israel.

Two US Law Firms Look to a Big New Year in Israel

By Michael Goldhaber |

Greenberg Traurig and Boston-based Sullivan & Worcester are hoping to capitalize on regulatory changes in Israel.

Global Legal Giant Ends Leadership Search With Controversial Choice

King & Wood Mallesons has finally ended its six-month search for a new European managing partner by electing global corporate, M&A and securities co-head Tim Bednall to the role. The firm had been on the hunt for a new regional head since February, when William Boss stepped down just one year into a three-year term.

Asher Waite-Jones

Why Law Firms Should Support Legal Fellowships

By Kim Kleman |

Far more young lawyers want to help the poor than there are firms that sponsor fellowships. Meet a few of these remarkable young people.

Former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Not Even Rudy Giuliani's Partners at Greenberg Traurig Support Trump

By Jenna Greene |

If there is one law firm that stands to gain by a Donald Trump victory in November, it would seem to be Greenberg Traurig, where top campaign surrogate Rudy Giuliani is a partner. But apparently that's not enough to persuade many of Giuliani's law partners to back the Republican nominee.

Pathetic Parallels: Big Law and Corporate America

Female lawyers of America, take heart: You are not the only ones stuck in your careers. Your sisters in Corporate America are just as screwed.

What's New in Yukos v. Russia? The Truth.

There comes a point in every “lifetime of litigation” case when the docket sails beyond solipsism into self-parody. We may have just reached that point with the Kremlin in the Yukos case.

Trump's Tax Returns: Inferences and Evidence

By Steven J. Harper |

Why Donald Trump will never release his tax returns.

Are Women's Awards Insulting or Empowering?

I hate to burst your balloon, but I find "best female lawyers" lists annoying. To me, these shoutouts suggest that women are unable to compete with the big boys. Its become a booming industry to dole out awards to "top" women in law and business. Recently, titles owned by my own company, ALM Media LLC, have entered the fray.

My Evening (Almost) With Barack Obama

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.

Paul Hastings Stunned Over Shock Partner U-Turn, But Firm's Not Alone

By Chris Johnson |

Well, that's embarrassing. Two weeks ago, Paul Hastings issued a release touting its hire of “pre-eminent” finance partner Nigel Ward from Ashurst in London. The firm was rightly pleased with its capture: Ward is one of the U.K.'s leading leveraged finance experts and previously led Ashurst's banking and capital markets practice.

The Hungry Lawyer Abroad

By Vivia Chen |

How to eat your way into your client's heart, even when the meal is, um, unusual.

Wait, How Is Dentons a More ‘Fearsome’ Litigation Opponent Than Quinn Emanuel?

By Jenna Greene |

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.

Sept. 11, 2001, the twin towers of the World Trade Center burn behind the Empire State Building in New York.

Obama Vetoes ‘Sponsors of Terrorism’ Bill With 9/11 Roots, But Congressional Override Looms

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.

Black Macaque monkey selfie.

Monkey See, Monkey Sue

By Jenna Greene |

Can a primate who shot selfies with a photographer's camera claim copyright protection?

Sept. 11, 2001, the twin towers of the World Trade Center burn behind the Empire State Building in New York.

In re Sept. 12

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Fifteen years later, Congress may let the courts adjudicate 9/11. What will they find?

Automated Lawyering Gains Momentum as Another Big UK Firm Signs AI Deal

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.

Why Do Women Leave Firms? Because They Can

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.

Stanford, Trump and a Culture That Marginalizes Rape

By Steven J. Harper |

Troubling cultural dots connect the Stanford rape case to Donald Trump's tweet about men and women in the military.

World's First Publicly Traded Law Firm to Sue Over Deal Gone Awry

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.

David Sanford.

Lawyer in Chadbourne Gender Bias Case Fires Back

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.

Group of business partners looking astonishingly at laptop display at meeting

Big British Firm Sees Five Partners Quit in 24 Hours

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.

Rise of the Machines Continues as Another Top Firm Inks AI Deal

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.

David Sanford, Chairman Sanford Heisler, LLP

Should Chadbourne—and Big Law—Be Afraid of David Sanford?

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!”

business woman with red boxing gloves on,ready to battle, against an industrial background

Female Partners at Chadbourne: We're Not Victims

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.”

In London, the houses of Parliament on the river Thames

British Government Spends Quarter Million on Brexit Legal Fees. So What?

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.

Midlevel Associates are High as a Kite

By Vivia Chen |

They claim to be on Cloud 9, our survey shows. Really?

Chris Johnson. May 10, 2016. Photo by David Woolfall. (FREELANCE - OK TO USE BY ALL ALM PUBLICATIONS)

Defying the Odds, a British Firm Thrives in the US

By Chris Johnson |

Clyde & Co has had surprising success in the American legal market. What is the U.K. firm's secret?

Frances McDormand, Melania Trump, Donald Trump sculpture

Ladies, Are You Better Off in Fargo?

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.

UK Firm Profits Fall—And Next Year Unlikely to Be Better

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.

Phylis Schlaflly, the Equal Rights Amendment foe who died, was actually a feminist, though she was loathe to admit it.

Phyllis Schlafly Was a Feminist

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.

Businesswoman Being Gossiped About By Colleagues In Office

So You Want to Sue Your Firm

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.


Herrick, Feinstein Takes Its Cue From Speed Dating

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.

In Praise of Cyber Lawfare

Everyone thought that the U.S. indicted Chinese hackers merely for show. Everyone was wrong, writes The Global Lawyer.

Big Law Resists the Assault on Democracy

By Steven J. Harper |

When large firms get it right, give them their due.

CIBC / PrivateBancorp Thomson Reuters Asset Sale Lions Gate / Starz

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

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.

Law Firms 'Terrible' at Billing, Says GE's Counsel

He looks for those that embrace alternative fee arrangements.

Are Millennials Driving Up Billables?

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.