Editor's Picks

The Churn

Kirkland Taps New Tax Partner, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Kirkland & Ellis loses two and hires one from Skadden; Wilmer expands in Denver; Winston & Strawn hires two more from Pillsbury and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Big Law, Big Med, Big Mess

By Steven J. Harper |

Too many big law firms share an unfortunate attribute with big hospitals: a lost sense of mission.

Dealmaker of the Week: Scott Barshay of Cravath, Swaine & Moore

By Jennifer Henderson |

Barshay, a corporate partner at Cravath, led a team from the firm advising H.J. Heinz on its proposed megamerger with Kraft Foods Group.

Fred Leech (left) and his brother Tony Leech watch their children play Little League baseball in 2002.

Late Brother's Boutique Beckons Longtime Reed Smith Partner

By Brian Baxter |

Frederick Leech, a longtime Reed Smith partner in Pittsburgh and former head of the firm's investment management practice, recently left to become chair of the corporate group at Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl, a Steel City-based boutique founded in 1994 by his younger brother Tony Leech, who drowned 10 years later trying to save his two sons from a riptide in Costa Rica.

Deal Watch: Am Law 100 Foursome Feast on Heinz, Kraft Megamerger

By Jennifer Henderson |

Cravath, Swaine & Moore; Kirkland & Ellis; Munger, Tolles & Olson; and Sullivan & Cromwell have landed lead roles on the Warren Buffett-backed $40 billion union of H.J. Heinz and Kraft Foods.

Affirmative Action for White Conservatives?

By Vivia chen |

Legal academia is chock full of women and minorities.

Tech Review: The Best Scanner Apps for Your Cell Phone

By Alan Cohen |

Whether your priority is speed, sharpness or security, there's an app that's right for you.

The Bankruptcy Files: Oil Slide a Boon to Some Big Firms

By Brian Baxter |

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, Bracewell & Giuliani, Haynes and Boone, Kirkland & Ellis and Vinson & Elkins are some of the Am Law 200 firms that have snagged leading bankruptcy and restructuring roles in the struggling U.S. oil and gas sector.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Kirkland's Performance Accelerates in 2014

By Susan Beck |

Kirkland & Ellis picked up momentum in 2014, with revenue increasing 6.6 percent, to $2.15 billion, and profits per partner lifting 7 percent, to $3.51 million, according to The American Lawyer's reporting. Revenue per lawyer increased 5.4 percent, to $1.365 million, while net income rose 8 percent, to $1.182 billion.

London skyline

Jenner & Block to Launch in London

By Chris Johnson |

The Chicago-based firm has announced that it will open a disputes-focused office in London later this spring to meet the increasing international needs of its clients.

Why Don't Clients Pressure Firms to Diversify?

By Vivia Chen |

There are few consequences from clients when firms fall far short of diversity goals.

Djibouti

Gibson Dunn Partner Suspended for Mishandling Djibouti Case

By Jennifer Henderson |

A British high court judge has reversed an order freezing the assets of Djibouti businessman Abdourahman Boreh after finding that a Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher partner knowingly presented faulty evidence implicating Boreh in a 2009 grenade attack.

The Churn

Am Law 100 Pair Keep Poaching, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

King & Spalding and Winston & Strawn continue their recent hiring sprees; Latham & Watkins lands one partner and lose two others; a longtime Reed Smith partner departs; Stroock snags a Goldman Sachs alum from Kirkland & Ellis; Wilmer brings back another former federal regulator; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Latham Pro Bono Work Helps StoryCorps Launch App

By Nell Gluckman |

Thanks to a $1 million TED Prize grant, StoryCorps has launched an app that will allow users to record personal interviews directly into their phones, many of which will be archived at the Library of Congress. Latham & Watkins, which has served as pro bono counsel for StoryCorps since 2008, helped with a range of IP issues.

Four Tech Trends Every Firm Should Watch

By David L. Brown |

Should more firms be investing in tech to survive?

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Mintz Levin Holds Flat Amid Partner Moves

By Nell Gluckman |

For Mintz Levin, 2014 was a relatively flat year financially amid notable changes in the partnership ranks. Gross revenue inched up by 1.9 percent, to $316 million, while revenue per lawyer and profits per partner each increased by less than a percent to $760,000 and $955,000, respectively.

Five More Attorneys Defect to Winston & Strawn from Pillsbury

By Nell Gluckman |

Winston & Strawn has confirmed its hire of Mats Carlston as co-chairman of its global finance practice, in addition to five more hires from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. Carlston spoke with The Am Law Daily about his move, which follows a group of 11 corporate, finance and private equity partners jumping to Winston & Strawn from Pillsbury earlier this month.

Faegre Baker Grows Chicago Office With Nine Lateral Hires

By Jennifer Henderson |

The Minneapolis-based firm has hired nine partners from four firms, including Locke Lord Edwards, Morgan Lewis & Bockius, Seyfarth Shaw and Ulmer & Berne. With the new additions, Faegre Baker's Chicago office will grow to almost 60 lawyers.

Up in Smoke: Polsinelli Partners Tout Medical Marijuana Startup

By Nell Gluckman |

A year ago, Teddy Scott Jr. and John Leja had corner offices and leadership positions in Polisinelli’s IP practice in Chicago. Now they’ve quit their jobs to found and run a medical marijuana company, taking partner Jeremy Unruh with them to serve as general counsel. The company has raised $20 million from investors and received licenses from the state of Illinois to operate two cultivation sites and four dispensaries.

The Churn

Lewis Brisbois Lands in Wichita, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Kutak Rock loses eight of its nine lawyers in Wichita to growing Am Law 200 firm Lewis Brisbois; Cahill makes a rare partner hire; Kasowitz and Polsinelli partners take entrepreneurial turns; musical chairs at McDermott; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

King & Spalding Snags Pair of McDermott Litigators

By Brian Baxter |

Bobby Burchfield, a management committee member and head of the complex litigation group at McDermott Will & Emery, has left the firm with partner Matthew Leland for King & Spalding. Burchfield joins the firm nearly four years after the departure of former top litigator Paul Clement. His departure from McDermott comes on the heels of a pair of IP partners defecting for Paul Hastings and as McDermott seeks to ramp up its private client practice.

Cahill Taps Cadwalader for Securities Enforcement Head

By Brian Baxter |

Bradley Bondi, head of the securities enforcement and investigation group at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, has joined Cahill Gordon & Reindel in a rare lateral hire by the Wall Street firm. Bondi, who will work out of New York and Washington, D.C., will lead Cahill’s securities enforcement and regulatory group.

L. Okey Onyejekwe Jr.

From Kasowitz to Kickstarter: Iraq Vet Eyes Medical Records Revolution

L. Okey Onyejekwe Jr., an Iraq War veteran and IP litigation partner with Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman in Silicon Valley, left the firm last month to focus on Zobreus Medical Corp., a startup mobile and health technology company that launched a Kickstarter campaign this week to revolutionize medical records.

Amid Defections, McDermott Adds Practice Head, Eyeing Future Growth

By Nell Gluckman |

Nearly four years to the day after McDermott Will & Emery took on the entire private client practice of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, the former has hired Holland & Knight's international private client practice leader Leigh-Alexandra Basha in Washington, D.C. The move comes as many Am Law 200 firms have reevaluated their private client and trusts and estates practices, and as McDermott braces for some other partner departures.

Deal Watch: One Skadden Client Ousts Another in Duel for Salix

By Jennifer Henderson |

Our latest roundup of transactions sees Skadden client Valeant Pharmaceuticals International prevail over fellow firm client Endo International in its bid for Salix Pharmaceuticals, while Latham & Watkins, Ropes & Gray and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett advise several private equity clients on their proposed acquisitions of Chicago’s Willis Tower and Life Time Fitness.

Robinson & Cole Picks Up Data Protection Group Head

By Nell Gluckman |

Robinson & Cole has poached privacy and data protection group head Linn Freedman from Nixon Peabody. Freedman will lead Robinson & Cole’s newly formed privacy and security data team, following in the footsteps of a number of Am Law 200 firms that have made hires in a practice area that barely existed several years ago.

Top Israeli Lawyer Comes Up Short in Bid to Beat Bibi

By Brian Baxter |

Yitzhak “Isaac” Herzog comes from one of Israel’s most powerful political families—one likened to the Kennedys—but the former senior partner at leading local law firm Herzog Fox & Ne'eman was unable to unseat Benjamin Netanyahu as the country’s prime minister after elections Tuesday. Nonetheless, Herzog’s Zionist Union performed strongly at the polls, and he could still be a key kingmaker.

Goodwin Procter Slashes 2 Percent of Workforce

By Nell Gluckman and Brian Baxter |

The Am Law 100 firm announced Wednesday that it would let go off 21 lawyers and 17 professional staffers from its litigation department.

Latham & Watkins Plans Middle East Consolidation

By Jennifer Henderson |

Latham & Watkins will shrink its number of offices in the Middle East from four to two, leaving the firm with locations in Saudi Arabia’s capital city of Riyadh as well as in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

INTERACTIVE CHART: How Top New York Firms Fared in 2014

The Am Law Daily drills down the financials for 17 of the biggest New York-based firms, which collectively outperformed their rivals in 2014. Revenue grew an average of 4.5 percent at these firms while profits per partner rose 5.6 percent, according to our reporting.