Current Issue

Your Clients Want Alternative Fees: Is Your Firm Ready?

Chris Johnson

The billable hour may rule for now, but alternative fee arrangements are being used in almost every type of legal work, even in the largest transactions and disputes. Clients say they like the predictability; some firms are openly resistant. Who will win?

Features

The 2015 Associates Survey: Happier Than Ever

For midlevel associates at Am Law 200 firms, life just keeps getting better. One likely reason for the high level of satisfaction: supply and demand.

Legal Fiction: Is It Time for a New Direction?

By Douglas Mccollam

"To Kill a Mockingbird" popularized the iconic lawyer as hero. But after more than 50 years, maybe readers are ready for a more nuanced approach.

The American Lawyer's 2015 Lifetime Achievement Awards

Our 12th annual awards honor lawyers whose remarkable careers have shaped the legal profession.

The Slave Next Door

By Michael D. Goldhaber

A dozen law firms team up to stop human trafficking, and send Congress a signal.

Midlevel Malaise

By Vivia Chen

You're say you're happy. That won't last.

Bar Talk

Defensive Moves

By Julie Triedman

With prosecutors in the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal trial having rested their case, lawyers for the firm's former leaders will have to decide whether their clients should testify.

Time for a Change

By Madeline Farber

A Buchanan Ingersoll litigator embraces her new identity. So does her firm.

Clearing a Runner's Path

By Jennifer Henderson

Barred from international competition because of her testosterone levels, a sprinter turned to pro bono counsel at Davies Ward.

Study: Big Law Leaders Are Much Older Than Clients

By MP McQueen

Firms are largely led by older Baby Boomers; companies, meanwhile, promote younger Boomers and Generation Xers. This generation gap can affect a firm's future business, lateral hiring and more.

Willkie Partner's Email Trail Sinks AmEx Settlement

By Christine Simmons

A judge found that communications between a plaintiffs attorney and a Willkie partner "tainted" the deal.

How They Spent Their Summer Vacation

By Anita Abedian

Judging by an American Lawyer online poll, vacations barely registered in readers' plans this year. We checked in with some busy lawyers to see if they were taking time off this summer.

Crossword: It's a Stretch

By Victor Fleming

A legal puzzle to savor in the last days of summer.

Columns

Advice to Firm Leaders: Mind Your Tech

By Kim Kleman, editor-in-chief

Your associates, clients and even legal pioneers are telling you: Employing the best technologies needs to be top of mind.

Stranger Danger for Florida Firms

By David L. Brown

Fear of a Big Law invasion has Florida lawyers fighting a reciprocity plan.

Talk to The Wrist

By Alan Cohen

Tethered to your phone, the watch handles notifications superbly, but some other uses fall short.

The Work

Big Canadian Deals

Hudson's Bay / Galeria; Sun Life / Bentall Kennedy; Match.com / PlentyofFish

Big Suits

Franklin California v. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; Smartflash v. Apple; Jang v. Boston Scientific; Amphastar v. Sanofi