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The Lateral Report: Moves Hit a Post-Recession High

It's been a boom year for hiring, our Lateral Survey shows. But can these new recruits really deliver?

Features

The Big Law Lateral Hiring Frenzy Continues

By MP McQueen

Lateral activity at Am Law 200 firms continued to flourish in 2015, our Lateral Survey shows. Are firms and potential hires doing their due diligence?

Maura Grossman of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz applied a computer machine-learning method to e-discovery to create a proprietary system for finding documents faster, she says.

The Wachtell Way of E-Discovery

By Susan Beck

Maura Grossman, a Wachtell lawyer, developed a better way to do e-discovery. Why are so few other firms taking a lead with tech?

Crowell & Moring's Michael Songer flew to Korea with videographers in tow.

Case Study: How To Catch an IP Thief

By Michael D. Goldhaber

Lawyers for DuPont and the Justice Department teamed up to protect Kevlar, the iconic body armor—and redefined trade secrets law.

Roberta Kaplan with her client Edith Windsor, right, addressing the media outside the U.S. Supreme Court on the second day of arguments over the fate of same-sex marriage. March 27, 2013.

Roberta Kaplan Gets Personal

By Vivia Chen

A Q&A with the Paul Weiss partner about sexuality, stereotypes and her work in the case that legalized gay marriage.

Three Things Your Clients Are Saying

By Am Law Daily Staff

Health care GCs have merging on their minds; in-house counsel call the shots with law firms; and predictions for 2016.

No More Water Bottles! Law Firms Try to Shrink Their Carbon Footprints

By Chris Johnson

With the world’s nations pledging to slow global warming, firms look for ways to cut their greenhouse gas emissions.

Product Review: Apple's iPad Pro

By Alan Cohen

The huge, new model is the most office-friendly tablet yet, but it still won't replace your laptop.

Bar Talk

Big Firms Net IP Boutiques as Merger Spate Continues

By Nell Gluckman

With large firms hungry for more patent litigation work, smaller IP specialty shops are hot properties.

The Right to an Abortion Was Crucial for Them, Attorneys Say

By Tony Mauro

In a reproductive freedom case, more than 100 women lawyers tell the Supreme Court about why each decided to terminate a pregnancy.

Michael Punke, left, and Leonardo DiCaprio as Hugh Glass in The Revenant.

Ex-Mayer Brown Partner's Novel Inspired 'The Revenant'

By Jennifer Henderson

While working as an international trade lawyer at Mayer Brown, Michael Punke wrote a novel of revenge, set in the American West in the 1820s. Now Punke is U.S. deputy trade respresentative and U.S. ambassador to the WTO—and his book is the basis for a movie that has garnered 12 Oscar nominations.

Governor Chris Christie at the 2015 State of the State.

Gibson Dunn Hits the Wrong Note with Bridgegate Judge

By Charles Toutant

A federal district judge in New Jersey faults the law firm over the records of its interviews in the Bridgegate investigation.

Corey Laplante.

What to Do with Your Bonus, Part Two

By Susan Beck

Via a new group, the Associates Committee, young lawyers pool donations to support legal nonprofits.

Once Burned, Baker Botts Tries Out a New Way to Get Paid

By Scott Flaherty

Last year the Supreme Court nixed the law firm's bid to recoup $7 million spent defending its fee application in Asarco LLC's insolvency. Now, in a new case, Baker Botts has asked the court to approve a revised bankruptcy fee agreement.

Battling Over the Remains of Nortel

By Julie Triedman

Law firms and other advisers have billed $1.6 billion as creditors fight for the bankrupt company's assets.

February Crossword: Group Activities

By Victor Fleming

Things that seldom, if ever, involve mass torts.

For Many Chinese Law Firms, Revenue Doesn't Keep Pace With Size

By Chris Johnson

Our new China 25 survey reports gross revenue for the country's largest firms—and finds some surprises.

Daily Fantasy Sports Companies Lawyer Up

By Scott Flaherty

As they fight New York's attorney general, DraftKings and FanDuel are relying on an all-star lineup.

Pillsbury Helps a Conservation Fund Get into the Coal Business

By Jennifer Henderson

In an unusual deal, the law firm advised Virginia Conservation Legacy Fund buy land and two coal mines for both reclamation efforts and active mining.

Who Represents Bitcoin's Inventor?

By Brian Baxter

A new inquiry suggests that a Clayton Utz tax partner might be a legal adviser to the creator of bitcoin.

When Judges Moonlight

By Zoe Tillman

The financial disclosures for federal appeals judges reveal some unexpected sources of income.

Skadden's Record M&A Year

By Jennifer Henderson

The Wall Street powerhouse becomes the first law firm to chalk up more than $1 trillion in deals in one year.

Columns

What ALM's Acquisitions Mean For Our Readers

By Kim Kleman

You're expanding, and so are we, with a stronger presence in London and Hong Kong and with new strength in insurance and other areas.

Here's Why Plaintiffs Lawyers Deserve Those Fat Fees

By Jenna Greene

In a Duracell battery case, plaintiffs lawyers got $5.7 million. Their clients got just $345,000. Here's why that's fair.

The Work

Big Suits

By Scott Flaherty and Jenna Greene

MBI International Holdings v. Barclays Bank; Depomed v. Horizon Pharma; Federal Trade Commission v. Wyndham; Worldwide Consortium de Realisation v. Tapie.