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The 2015 Am Law 200: Our Exclusive Report

While they didn't match the growth of The Am Law 100, Second Hundred firms—those ranked 101 to 200 on The American Lawyer's list of the nation's top grossing firms—chalked up gains in a tough environment in 2014. Overall, gross revenue was up 2.1 percent, revenue per lawyer climbed by 3.25 percent, and profits per equity partner improved 5 percent.

Features

Special Report: Big Law Is Failing Women

Is Big Law the realm of guys alone? Some statistics would suggest so. Our investigation includes firm-by-firm data of women equity partners plus a look at innovative firms that are diversifying their ranks in novel ways.

2015 Diversity Scorecard: Minorities Gain Little Ground

The percentage of minorities at large law firms has hardly budged, our Diversity Scorecard shows.

Bye-Bye, Boys' Club

By Michael D. Goldhaber

What Big Law can learn from corporate boards abroad.

Bar Talk

Dewey's Day in Court

By Chris Johnson

Facing trial, the failed firm's leaders blame Dewey's demise on the Manhattan DA's office.

Merger Mania in Chicago

By Susan Beck

So far this year, three Am Law 200 law firms have picked up smaller firms in the Windy City.

An Appellate Win in the Fight for a Rare Gold Coin

By Julie Triedman and Scott Flaherty

The Third Circuit holds that the U.S. government illegally confiscated 10 1933 'Double Eagle' coins from the clients of Kramer Levin partner Barry Berke.

Hacked Emails Offer a Peek Inside Sony's Legal Department

By Brian Baxter and 
Nell Gluckman

In messages now posted online, Sony in-house lawyers discuss their outside counsel—not always favorably.

Orrick's Peace Initiative

By Scott Flaherty

An Orrick pro bono team convinces an appeals court to void three activists' sabotage convictions.

McKenna Long Government Contracts Partners Vote with Their Feet

By Katelyn Polantz

Ahead of McKenna Long's merger with Dentons, members of a key D.C. practice jump to Covington.

Columns

Top 10 Numbers From Our Special Report on Women

By Kim Kleman, editor-in-chief

We've uncovered some sobering statistics in our special report on women in Big Law.

What Your Clients Are Saying

By David L. Brown

Turn their concerns into opportunities to become truly customer-focused.

Beyond the Mea Culpa

By Patrick J. McKenna and Edwin B. Reeser

Why you made that strategic error, and how to recover from it. (Hint: Ignoring the problem or rationalizing it aren't options.)

Product Review: Apple's New Macbook

By Alan Cohen

This light new laptop could be your perfect traveling companion, or it could drive you crazy. Here's how to tell.

The Work

Canadian Big Deals

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney

TPG / Cirque du Soleil; CPPIB Dormitory Acquisition; Billy Bishop Terminal Sale

Big Suits

By Scott Flaherty and Rebekah Mintzer

U.S. v. United Technologies; Pao v. Kleiner Perkins; Spinelli v. NFL; Pesante v. Pfizer