Editor's Picks

Acquisition Spree Sees Slater and Gordon Revenues Soar

By Chris Johnson |

Fuelled by a series of acquisitions, publicly listed Australian law firm Slater and Gordon has announced a strong set of financials for the last fiscal year, posting significant increases in both revenue and earnings.

Will Dewey Defendants Take the Stand?

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.

Deal Watch: Am Law Trio Fuels Up on $14.8B Oil Services Buy

By Jennifer Henderson |

Dealmakers saw the upside of sunken oil prices yet again this week.

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Fee Tracker: Summer Fun for LSAC, I-Bank IPOs and Monsanto

By Brian Baxter |

Pro bono is nice, but it helps to get paid. This week we track fees from the Law School Admission Council’s litigation woes, an IPO for investment bank Houlihan Lokey and Monsanto lobbying.

From left, defendants Steven Davis, Stephen DiCarmine and Joel Sanders enter court on Thursday.

Ex-Dewey & LeBoeuf Leaders Move to Toss Charges as Prosecution Rests

By Nell Gluckman |

Lawyers for Dewey & LeBoeuf’s former leaders say the state failed to provide enough proof to convict their clients.

Taking Care of the Kids Will Help Your Sex Life

By Vivia Chen |

A new study says that couples who share equally in childcare have better sex.

Quinn Emanuel Co-Founder Joins Davis Wright

By Brian Baxter |

David Quinto, one of the first partners at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan until leaving the litigation powerhouse last year, is headed to Davis Wright Tremaine with Scott Commerson. The two Quinn Emanuel alums hope for referrals from their former colleagues.

Michael Garofola attends ABC's

A Lawyer's Search for Love on Reality TV

By Jennifer Henderson |

From Davis Polk to the Justice Department to … Bachelor in Paradise?

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Jury Hears Conflicting Views of Dewey & LeBoeuf Accounting

By Christine Simmons |

As they prepare to rest their case, prosecutors in the criminal trial of three former Dewey & LeBoeuf executives called to the stand a forensic accounting consultant who testified that accounting adjustments each year lifted net income by tens of millions of dollars.

The Churn

K&L Gates Grows Despite Losses, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

K&L Gates offsets a series of partner departures with hires in Dallas and Asia; Ashurst brings back a private equity pro from Skadden; Boies Schiller bags one from Cravath; a McKenna Long founder decamps; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Dacheng founder Peng Xuefeng and Dentons global chair Joseph Andrew at a signing ceremony in Beijing

Dentons Leaders Assess Market Ahead of Dacheng Deal

By Susan Beck |

Dentons global chairman Joe Andrew and global CEO Elliott Portnoy said market unrest can sometimes be good for business.

Ex-Davies Ward Partner Gets Hefty Fine for Inside Trades

By Scott Flaherty |

A Canadian securities regulator slapped ex-Davies Ward partner Mitchell Finkelstein with a nearly half-million-dollar fine for tipping off his former fraternity brother about upcoming deals.

To Win Clients, Mintz Levin Partner Hits the Waves

By Nell Gluckman |

Surfing IP lawyer (and pun-enthusiast) James Cleary says his morning “board meetings” amid the waves give him credibility with clients.

Lawyers Spar Over Cause of Dewey & LeBoeuf's Demise

By Nell Gluckman |

Jurors in a New York criminal court were presented Tuesday with conflicting stories about the timing and circumstances that led to the downfall of Dewey & LeBoeuf during the testimony of Janis Meyer, the firm's former general counsel.

The Global Lawyer: The Slave Next Door

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

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

A Transformation at Buchanan Ingersoll

By Madeline Farber |

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

One International Place

After Bingham Bolt-On, Morgan Lewis Subleases Unused Space

By Brian Baxter |

Less than a year after agreeing to absorb the bulk of Bingham McCutchen, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius has agreed to sublease space in Boston that it agreed to move into last year, before its combination with the former was finalized in January.

Steven Davis, Joel Sanders and Stephen DiCarmine during a break May 26, the first day of the Dewey & LeBoeuf trial.

Dewey Defense: GC Kept Mum as Firm Wooed Investors

By Julie Triedman |

Defense attorneys chipped away Monday at potentially damaging testimony by a former Dewey & LeBoeuf general counsel, casting her as an insider who failed to share material information with investors in a firm bond offering when she had the chance.

How To Answer Annoying Interview Questions

By Vivia Chen |

Here are the five most annoying questions law firms love to ask.

HANGZHOU, CHINA - AUGUST 24:  (CHINA OUT) An investor watches the electronic board at a stock exchange hall on August 24, 2015 in Hangzhou, China. Chinese shares plunged on Monday with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index down 297.84 points, or 8.49 percent, to close at 3,209.91. The Shenzhen Component Index fell 931.76 points, or 7.83 percent, to close at 10,970.29.

Law Firms Eye Global Market Turmoil, China Plunge

By Susan Beck |

China's stock tumble, with its nerve-rattling aftershocks in the U.S., may cause law firms to further scrutinize their strategy in Asia.

Satisfaction By City

Midlevel Associates: A Sunny Outlook in the West

By MP McQueen |

West Coast midlevels tended to be happier than their East Coast counterparts.

The Best Places to Work

The American Lawyer's 2015 ranking of law firms based on the results of our survey of third-, fourth- and fifth-year associates.

Alternative Fee Arrangements Aren't So 'Alternative'

By Chris Johnson |

Contingency fees and fixed fees predate hourly billing by decades.

Your Clients Want Alternative Fees: Is Your Firm Ready?

By 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?

The American Lawyer's 2015 Lifetime Achievement Awards

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

Generation Gap: Big Law's Aging Leaders

By MP McQueen |

Law firm leaders tend to be older than their firm's clients.

Robert Helman

Lifetime Achiever: Robert Helman, Mayer Brown

By Susan Beck |

In the eighties, he righted a flailing Mayer Brown.

You Charged For What?! Red-Flag Bills

By Chris Johnson |

A cottage industry of billing auditors has emerged as clients gain access to vast quantities of billing data. Still, firms continue to submit dubious bills—like these.

Lifetime Achiever: Vilma Martinez, Munger Tolles & Olson

By Susan Hansen |

She built the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund into a potent force.