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Special Report: A Year of Public Service

The American Lawyer's latest survey of Big Law's pro efforts, from law firm rankings to project profiles and the state of the Justice Gap.


The 2016 Am Law 200: Our Exclusive Report

The Second Hundred, firms 101-200 on our list of the nation’s highest-grossing firms, underperformed their larger counterparts in 2015.

The Am Law Second Hundred: Taking a Dive

By Jennifer Henderson

Overall, the firms in the bottom half of the Am Law 200 had a rougher year than their richer counterparts.

Law Firms Make Slow Progress on Diversity

How do the country's largest law firms stack up when it comes to hiring minorities?

Illustration by Traci Daberko

Diversity Scorecard: Minorities Make Small Gains in Big Law

By MP McQueen

Our Diversity Scorecard finds that just over 15 percent of U.S. lawyers at big firms are members of a minority group.

Illustration by Carlos Zamora for The American Lawyer

When and Why Clients Want You to Collaborate

By Heidi K. Gardner

Firms that offer clients value-adding, multi-expert advice grow loyal customers and greater profits. Why do so many firms get that wrong?


The Diversity Ghetto

By Vivia Chen

Women and minorities who promote diversity get penalized, a study says.


With Internal Investigations, Firms Walk a Tightrope

By Michael D. Goldhaber

Sullivan & Cromwell and Dechert struggle to balance client and regulator.


Letter from London: White & Case Aims High

By Chris Johnson

The firm adopts a bold growth plan in London. What if it works?


Fly Smart: Which Airlines Have the Best Wi-Fi?

By Alan Cohen

Airlines like to hype their Wi-Fi options but often fall short. Which carriers give you the best experience?


Five Keys to a Company Compliance Plan

By Staff

A new report offers specifics for companies and their general counsel. Plus, other short articles about what your clients are talking about.

Bar Talk

The Champ and His Lawyers

Muhammad Ali's attorneys recall being impressed, entertained and moved by their client.

I'll Take 'Law Firms' For $500

By Jenna Greene

Sidley and Fish get a plug on 'Jeopardy!'


Lawyers Form Craft Beverage Guild

By Jennifer Henderson

A group of lawyers who represent beermakers agreed to form the Craft Beverage Lawyers Guild in May at the annual Craft Brewers Conference in Philadelphia.

Firms Sign Up for ROSS' AI Product

By Susan Beck and Jennifer Henderson

In the latest sign that artificial intelligence may become part of Big Law practice, at least three law firms have confirmed that they’ve licensed the AI product developed by ROSS Intelligence for bankruptcy matters.

U.S. Marine base near Beirut airport, Lebanon, following a suicide truck blast that destroyed the base and caused a huge death toll on Oct. 23, 1983. (AP Photo, File)

Beirut Bombing Victims' Families Close In On Recovery

By Julie Triedman

Winning a default judgment against Iran for the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine Corps barracks in Beirut was tough enough. Then the lawyers for the plaintiffs had to collect it.


Questions About Medical Marijuana? Ask Orrick

By Nell Gluckman

in a groundbreaking pro bono partnership, the law firm teams up with a medical cannabis advocacy group.


Associates, Want To Reduce Your Student Loans? Read This.

By Kim Kleman

Firms are helping young lawyers refinance student debt. Will other companies follow?

A Vote Against Electing Judges

By Jenna Greene

Here's why: Big spenders almost always win.

The Work

Canadian Big Deals

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney

Big Suits

By Scott Flaherty, Ben Hancock and Julie Triedman

Epic Systems v. Tata Consultancy Services; O'Connor v. Uber; SunEdison Chapter 11; In re VW 'Clean Diesel' Product Liability Litigation; Prosterman v. Airline Tariff Publishing.