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The 2016 Am Law 100: Growth Slows for Big Law

The American Lawyer's annual report on the nation's 100 top-grossing law firms. Full financial results, in-depth analysis, firm profiles, and more.


Illustration by Gary Neill

The Am Law 100: Signs of a Slowdown

By Chris Johnson

The Am Law 100 eked out gains across major financial metrics in 2015. But growth was the slowest in years.

Illustration by Gary Neill

Am Law 100 Market Reports: Location, Location, Location

How well firms did often depended on where they chose to compete. An on-the-ground look at conditions in New York, Pennsylvania, Chicago, California and London.


How GCs Decide Who Gets the Work

By Ben W. Heineman Jr.

Five things to know about legal spending. (Hint: Your goals aren't their goals.)

Twenty Feet From Stardom: Celebrity Ties of the Am Law 100

By Vivia Chen

A pictorial roundup of celebrity-Big Law family connections.

Navio Joao Candido, Petrobras Oil Tanker

Cleaning Up Brazil

By Michael D. Goldhaber

Brazil's leniency program needs work. Will proposed reforms do the job?

Alexandra Walsh, left, and Beth Wilkinson of Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz.

Too Few Women in Court

By Mary Ellen Egan

Female trial lawyers are still a minority in the nation's courtrooms. What will it take to change that disparity?

Brunsbüttel Nuclear Power Plant was among the German plants that were taken offline by Angela Merkel’s nuclear power phaseout in 2011.

Germany's Nuclear Meltdown

By Michael D. Goldhaber

The country's decision to phase out nuclear power has triggered a chain reaction of litigation and arbitration. What will be the fallout for cross-border dispute resolution in Europe?

Samsung Phone Illo Illustration by Greg Mably

Product Review: Samsung's Slightly Twisted Smartphone

By Alan Cohen

The Galaxy S7 Edge's innovative design makes it a potential iPhone killer.

Bar Talk

Big Firms Fuel Up on Energy Sector Bankruptcies

By Brian Baxter

The administrative office of the U.S. Courts said Thursday that bankruptcy filings fell 8.5 percent over the past year. But one sector where Chapter 11 work hasn't dried up is the energy industry, where Kirkland & Ellis and Jones Day are siphoning off new assignments.

Scott Barshay

A Dealmaker Exits, in a Rare Loss for Cravath

By Julie Triedman

M&A star Scott Barshay takes his practice to Paul Weiss. Does Cravath need to rethink lockstep?

A typical lawyer profile photo from the website of Carroll McNulty & Kull.

Making Lawyers Look Good Online

By MP McQueen

Targeting a new generation of clients, website designs aim to make attorneys seem more likable.

Kirkland & Ellis’ Christopher Landau convinced the Federal Circuit to revisit the issue of judges’ pay.

When Judges Wanted to Get Paid, They Went to Court

By Jenna Greene

The federal government has shelled out more than $350 million to settle judges' back pay claims.

Manhattan's Flatiron district.

Big Firms Chase Startup Clients in New York

By Nell Gluckman

As New York emerges as a hot spot for entrepreneurial activity, law firms are hiring partners with expertise in representing early-stage companies.

07/10/14-- Miami-- Richard A. Rosenbaum, shareholder, CEO, Greenberg Traurig.

Greenberg Traurig Says No to a Transatlantic Merger

By Chris Johnson

The firm decided that the U.K.'s BLP wasn't the right fit—but says it still needs to grow in London.

Antonin Scalia

Scalia Hated Acronyms Anyway

By Tony Mauro

Amid social media snickers, a law school tweaks its new name.

Crossword: Prequel Spinoff

By Victor Fleming

The "Breaking Bad" legal whiz is doing well in solo practice.


The Am Law 100: A Mixed Outlook

By Kim Kleman

From the editor: Key metrics are up at Am Law 100 firms, but growth has slowed.

Aric Press

Remembering Esther Lardent

By Aric Press

Her Pro Bono Challenge prompted some 60 million hours of free legal service.

The Work

Big Deals

By Jennifer Henderson

Big Suits

By Amanda Bronstad, Scott Flaherty and Jenna Greene

MetLife v. Financial Stability Oversight Council; Sanofi SA Securities Class Action; Suture Express v. Cardinal Health; In re DePuy Orthopaedics Hip Implant Product Liability Litigation