Editor's Picks

Dealmaker of the Week: Steven Browne of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

By Jennifer Henderson |

Steven Browne of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius is named Dealmaker of the Week for his role advising Raytheon Co. in its $1.9 billion acquisition of cybersecurity company Websense. Browne was managing partner at Bingham McCutchen until the firm was absorbed into Morgan Lewis earlier this year.

Thinking Beyond the Am Law 100 Rankings

By Steven J. Harper |

The annual Am Law 100 rankings are only a slice of Big Law's story.

Dealmakers of the Year: Gregory Bopp of Bracewell and Michael Aiello of Weil Gotshal

Bopp and Aiello advised Kinder Morgan Inc. as the company merged two energy pipeline master limited partnerships and a limited liability corporation back into the conventional parent corporation.

Boies Takes on Dershowitz in Sex Case

By Vivia Chen |

Another twist in the case involving allegations of underage sex and the Harvard professor.

Family Ties: S&C Partner Helps Private Equity Exec Buy NBA Team

By Brian Baxter |

Sullivan & Cromwell's Alison Ressler is advising her brother-in-law Antony Ressler, founder of buyout giant Ares Management, on his $850 million acquisition of the National Basketball Association's Atlanta Hawks. Ressler's familial relations also came up this week in leaked Sony emails.

Deal Watch: Big Firm Pharma Deal Flow Continues With Teva’s Mylan Bid

By Jennifer Henderson |

Big Pharma leads the list of billion-dollar deals this week with a $40 billion, unsolicited bid made by Israel’s Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. for fellow generic-drug maker Mylan N.V.

Kevyn Orr to Return to Jones Day

By Nell Gluckman |

The former emergency manager for Detroit will be back at Jones Day by early May, his former spokesman says. Before taking the Motor City post and shepherding the historic bankruptcy proceeding, Orr was a partner at Jones Day for more than a decade.

Paul Weiss, Slaughter and May Counsel Deutsche Bank on $2.5 Billion Settlement

By Nell Gluckman |

A Deutsche Bank subsidiary in London settled with U.S. and U.K. authorities for more than $2.5 billion over manipulation of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) as well as wire fraud and antitrust charges. Paul Weiss partners Theodore Wells, Andrew Finch and Roberto Finzi represented the bank, along with Slaughter and May partners Deborah Finkler and Ewan Brown.

Dealmakers of the Year: Bruce Bennett, David Heiman, Heather Lennox of Jones Day

The trio was front and center on the city of Detroit's bankruptcy, the largest municipal bankruptcy ever. Heiman was the overall strategist and troubleshooter while Bennett and Lennox worked on the bankruptcy plan and litigation on Detroit's behalf.

JPMorgan Chase Accuses Ex-Dewey Partner of Lying About Assets

By Nell Gluckman |

The bank has filed a complaint against former Dewey & LeBoeuf partner John Altorelli, claiming he misrepresented his assets when he sought to delay repayment of a $500,000 loan he'd taken out in 2012.

Should Cadwalader Be on Yale Law Women's Top 10 List?

By Vivia Chen |

Despite low female partner rates, the firm gets Yale Law Women's top honors.

Adams and Reese Names New Managing Partner

By Jennifer Henderson |

Adams and Reese tapped Guilford Thornton Jr., a partner specializing in governmental and legislative relations, to lead the firm from its Nashville office.

Dealmaker of the Year: Marc Levinson of Orrick

Levinson managed the Stockton, California bankruptcy and the restructuring of hundreds of millions of dollars in long-term obligations for Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. Levinson had reached new agreements in 2013 with the city's nine labor unions, as well as with monoline insurers who backed about $275 million in debt. The city has since exited Chapter 9.

The Churn

Half-Dozen K&L Gates Partners Decamp, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

K&L Gates sees six partners leave for four firms; some of Fried Frank’s Asia lawyers find new homes; Jackson Lewis opens two new offices; Mayer Brown adds a practice leader; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Perkins Coie Managing Partner Juggles Past With Future

By Julie Triedman |

Few Am Law 100 firm leaders have had starring roles in high-impact political litigation while managing their firms. John Devaney, who became Perkins Coie's new managing partner on Jan. 1, falls into that category.

Jackson Lewis Launches New Firm in Hawaii

By Jennifer Henderson |

Jackson Lewis has decided to lei down the law by unveiling a new firm in Honolulu.

Coming Monday: The 2015 Am Law 100

The American Lawyer releases its 2015 Am Law 100 package on Monday, April 27 at 7 a.m.

Dealmaker of the Year: Linda Myers of Kirkland & Ellis

Myers guided Energy Future Holdings Corp. through its Chapter 11 filing with more than $45 billion in liabilities, the year's largest corporate bankruptcy and the eighth-largest ever.

Boies Schiller Bolsters Corporate Group With O'Melveny Hire

By Brian Baxter |

Boies, Schiller & Flexner is rebuilding its small corporate group by hiring O'Melveny & Myers corporate and project finance partner Dev Sen, who joined his now former firm nearly three years ago, prior to the historic collapse of Dewey & LeBoeuf.

Networking Doesn't Help Women

By Vivia Chen |

Business school study puts a damper on female bonding.

McDermott Loses International Arbitration Head to Mayer Brown

By Nell Gluckman |

B. Ted Howes is the latest addition to Mayer Brown’s international arbitration group, the firm announced Monday. Howes joins the firm in New York from McDermott Will & Emery, where he worked for nearly two decades.

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DLA Piper Opens Second Saudi Arabia Office

By Jennifer Henderson |

The firm has put down stakes in Jeddah, creating its second outpost in Saudi Arabia, where it already has an office in Riyadh. DLA Piper plans to further expand by opening a third outpost in the Eastern Province by year’s end.

Sony's Hacked Emails a Treasure Trove for Attorney-Client Relations

By Brian Baxter and Nell Gluckman |

Internal emails hacked from Sony Pictures Entertainment late last year have been released in a searchable database form by WikiLeaks. The document dump reveals frank discussions between the company's in-house lawyers and outside counsel on everything from legal fees and conflict waivers to pitches for business.

The Churn

New Hires Beget New Horizons, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Goodwin Procter launches a London private equity practice; Dentons arrives in Budapest; Fox Rothschild opens in Chicago; Polsinelli puts down stakes in Nashville; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Dealmaker of the Year: Michael Ringler of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Ringler counseled online real estate service Trulia in its $3.5 billion merger with rival Zillow.

Dealmaker of the Week: Warren Gorrell of Hogan Lovells

By Jennifer Henderson |

Gorrell advised General Electric Co. in the $26.5 billion sale of GE Capital's real estate portfolio to funds managed by Blackstone LP, along with Wells Fargo & Co. and additional buyers.

Dentons Strikes Again

By Steven J. Harper |

As Dentons merges with yet another firm, its leaders are out to shatter "myths" about law firm growth. But what if they're not myths?

Dealmaker of the Year: Mehdi Khodadad of Cooley

Khodadad advised Boston-based Paratek Pharmaceuticals on its reverse IPO with Transcept Pharmaceuticals.

Cleary Gottlieb, Allen & Overy Get Google’s Antitrust Call

By Nell Gluckman |

The two firms are divvying up the task of advising Google on antitrust claims leveled at the technology giant this week by the European Union.

Deal Watch: Am Law Firms Get Electric With $26.5 Billion GE Capital Deal

By Jennifer Henderson |

As hundreds of Am Law 100 lawyers work on the dissolution of General Electric's financial unit, three more big firms grab roles on Nokia's $16.6 billion acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent.