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Happy New Year?

Our annual Law Firm Leaders Survey finds managing partners hopeful, if uncertain, about their firms' prospects for next year.


How To Be A Better Partner

By Chris Johnson

In the age of the mega-firm, it's more crucial than ever for partners to take an active role in overseeing the business they own.

Law Firm Accounting: Opening the Books

By Susan Beck

Law firm accounting has gray areas that don't exist for other big businesses. After Dewey, is it time for more clarity?

Upping the Ante

By Julie Triedman

Dentons has sent a clear message: Bigger is better. But the latest deals across Asia also raise questions about its aggressive growth strategy.

My Top 10 Predictions for Big Law in 2016

By Vivia Chen

The Careerist offers her forecast for law schools, associates, equity partners, nonequity partners, women in Big Law, Boomers—and Alan Dershowitz.

Young plaintiffs suing the Obama administration celebrate outside a Eugene, Oregon courthouse after filing their case on Aug. 12, 2015.

The Global Lawyer: Using the Courts to Fight Climate Change

By Michael D. Goldhaber

The Paris climate talks won't be enough. Can courts grab control of the thermostat?

Headquarters of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington D.C.

The Client's View: News and Trends Affecting Inside Counsel

By ALM Staff

Short reports: The SEC and general counsel; AIG to help companies slash outside legal spending; how to deal with regulators.

Playing It (Too) Safe

By Alan Cohen

The latest mobile operating system improves multitasking, but not enough to make the iPad a true laptop replacement for lawyers.

How to Size Up Sectors and Practices for Future Growth

By William Henderson and Evan Parker

Most of The Am Law 200 will only be able to grow by taking market share. Here are ways to think about industries and practice areas that will bear fruit for your firm.

Litigation Report 2015

The American Lawyer's annual review of news and trends from the nation's courtrooms.

Bar Talk

The Price of Influence: Law Firms Go Beyond Lobbying

By Katelyn Polantz

What Big Law earns from lobbying—and from less traditional public policy work.

For Latham Lawyers, a Hot Ticket

By Jennifer Henderson

A perk of doing work for Lucsasfilm? An early screening of the new Star Wars film.

Collections Push Could Be More Intense Than Usual

By Nell Gluckman

Realization rates are lower this year, a new report shows. That's partly because of discounts that firms sometimes offer under pressure from clients or to incentivize clients to pay faster.

A Few More Women Join the New Partner Ranks

By Julie Triedman

One-third of lawyers promoted to partner this year were women, a study finds.

No Truce Between Icahn and Wachtell

By Susan Beck

After a hotly contested takeover, the billionaire investor settles with two banks, but not with Wachtell.

Judge Turns to Cooley to Fight Recusal Order

By Julie Triedman

Directed to stop hearing matters involving Iranians, an Iranian-American immigration judge turned to Cooley. The result: the DOJ will settle with Judge A. Ashley Tabaddor for $200,000.

Shown (from left) are some of the 2014-2015 Supreme Court law clerks Jones Day has hired: Benjamin Flowers, Vivek Suri, Andrew Bentz, Lauren Pardee, Brinton Lucas, Ryan Snyder and Robert Stander. Not shown are Ilana Gelfman, Amanda Rice and Eli Savit.

Jones Day Sets Record for Supreme Court Hiring Spree

By Tony Mauro

The firm nabs a record 10 high court clerks. Hiring bonuses for these prized associates are said to be $300,000 apiece.

December Crossword Puzzle: Entitled

By Victor Fleming

"Entitled" is this month's legal theme. Or, best-sellers penned one per year.


The Year in Review

By Kim Kleman

Four broad themes defined 2015: mergers, financial pressures, the nature of partnership and leadership challenges.

Jenna Greene, Litigation Daily

The DOJ Wants You!

By Jenna Greene

But pot, hookers and debts can kill a security clearance for a would-be government lawyer.

The Work

Big Suits

United States v. Credit Agricole; Quadrant Structured Products v. Vertin; Chickasaw Nation v. U.S. Department of the Interior; Bard v. Gore

Canadian Big Deals

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney