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On Heels of ARM Acquisition, Three More Firms Go Big on Chip Work

By Jennifer Henderson |

Wachtell, Wilmer and Jones Day are advising on Analog Devices Inc.'s $14.8 billion cash-and-stock acquisition of fellow chipmaker Linear Technology Inc.

Christopher Bogart.

Burford Capital Again Announces Big Litigation Earnings

By Julie Triedman |

Four months after reporting record annual earnings, litigation funder Burford Capital LLC once again announced that it has topped last year's first-half earnings and new investments by wide margins in early 2016. Simpson Thacher is one firm benefiting from Burford's largesse.

Protesters carry a photo of Tamir Rice as they march during a rally at Public Square in Cleveland, Ohio (David Maxwell/EPA/Newscom).

In Police Department Monitorships, Firms Seek Contentious Work

By Nell Gluckman |

Squire Patton Boggs won a contract to monitor police reforms in Ferguson, Missouri, a job that promises to be both controversial and not exactly lucrative.

The Churn

Weil Loses Another PE Partner, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Nell Gluckman |

Weil, Gotshal & Manges saw another private equity partner depart; McDermott snagged a labor and employment group from Kaye Scholer; Paul Hastings brought on another IP partner; and other moves throughout The Am Law 200.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., speaks during a Florida delegation breakfast, Monday, July 25, 2016, in Philadelphia, during the first day of the DNC. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Perkins Coie Lawyer's Advice Helped Spark Democratic Divisions

By Susan Beck |

Perkins Coie's Marc Elias, who has juggled legal roles for both the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, saw the intersecting interests of both clients unexpectedly become public on Friday.

Protesters march through Ferguson streets on August 20, 2014.

Squire Patton Team Hired to Monitor Ferguson Police Reforms

By Nell Gluckman |

Nearly two years after Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson, Missouri, by a white officer, a team led by Squire Patton Boggs' Clark Ervin was named to ensure that the city's police department follows through with federally mandated reforms.

Police pray after the burial services for Sergeant Michael J. Smith at Restland Public Safety Memorial Gardens in Dallas, Texas, USA, 14 July 2016 (Larry W. Smith/EPA/Newscom).

Donald Trump, Guns and Leadership

By Steven J. Harper |

Branding with catch-phrases is easy; reconciling their contradictory messages is impossible.

Jeffery Malonson with King & Spalding

Lateral Misfire Leads to King & Spalding for Vinson Partner

By MP McQueen |

Houston capital markets and M&A lawyer Jeff Malonson was left in limbo early this year, when a planned move from Vinson & Elkins to Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett fizzled after another partner backed out.

Carlos Brito, Chief Executive Officer of Anheuser-Busch InBev, testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee during a hearing titled

Deal Watch: Big Beer Merger Cleared as Health Insurers Face Off with DOJ

By Jennifer Henderson |

It was a good news/bad news week for companies on the antitrust front.

Arthur Culvahouse, Jr.

O'Melveny's Culvahouse Plans to Stay With Trump Campaign After VP Vetting

By Susan Beck |

Arthur Culvahouse Jr., a longtime Washington Republican insider who initially backed Jeb Bush, said that he plans to stick with the Donald Trump campaign after helping to vet the candidate's picks for vice president.

Greg Duff of Garvey Schubert Barer.

Practice Mix at Seattle Firm Straddles Bernie Sanders, 50 Cent and Pot Law

By Nell Gluckman |

Seattle's Garvey Schubert Barer announced a new chair this week. The firm's unusual mix of clients, which include marijuana companies, celebrities and Bernie Sanders, has boosted its exposure recently.

Susan Estrich, of Quinn Emanuel, and Fox News chief Roger Ailes (Wikimedia).

Lawyer for Roger Ailes Was Leading Voice for Rape Law Reform

By Nell Gluckman |

Long before she was defending Roger Ailes against sexual harassment claims, Quinn Emanuel's Susan Estrich offered a feminist legal critique of the country's rape laws.

Steven Speiss, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck.

Former Cravath Exec Goes West, Joining Denver Firm as COO

By Jennifer Henderson |

After nearly 25 years at the elite New York firm, former executive director Steven Spiess will serve as chief operating officer of Denver's Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck.

Dan Katz, associate professor of law at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, speaks at the Janders Dean & Chicago-Kent College of Law Legal Horizons conference on Thursday, July 14, 2016.

Law Schools' Tech-Training Conundrum: If We Teach Them, Will They Get Jobs?

By Roy Strom |

The number of law schools offering tech-related training is growing, but are their enough employers looking for the skill set?

Robert Reich, author of

Are Big Law Firms Wrecking Capitalism?

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

A book by Robert Reich puts lawyers and their corporate clients in the crosshairs.

Cupcakes at a Dentons reception at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. July 19, 2016.

At RNC, Dentons Fetes Clients and Gingrich Talks Up Trump

By Susan Beck |

A party hosted by Dentons at the Republican National Convention offered a glimpse of how law firms blend marketing and networking amid the politicking in Cleveland.

Lawyer Bar Exam Prep Tips: "I've Got the Nuns Praying for Me."

By Roy Strom |

From prayer to marathon training, the Am Law Daily heard from prominent Chicago lawyers about how they survived preparing for the bar exam.

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Amid Puerto Rican Debt Crisis, DLA Piper Sees Opportunity in San Juan

By Jennifer Henderson |

DLA Piper may be the first full-service Am Law 100 firm to open an office in Puerto Rico.

Turkish soldiers secure the area as supporters of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan protest in Istanbul's Taksim square, early Saturday, July 16, 2016.

Global Law Firms in Turkey Cope with Coup Aftermath

By Jennifer Henderson |

Five years ago Turkey's economy was booming, enticing a handful of international law firms to open offices in the country. But after a failed military coup and with growth at a relative crawl, their future is unclear.

cybersecurity, digital

Covington Bulks Up Cybersecurity Practice With Ex-Mandiant Consultant

By Nell Gluckman |

Stephen Surdu, a cybersecurity consultant, is a nontraditional hire for the firm, which has been building out its cybersecurity practice in recent months.

Cognitive Dissonance and Law Firm Associate Pay

By Steven J. Harper |

As associate salaries increase, reluctant clients are complaining about the wrong problem.

People gather at a makeshift memorial of flowers and candles on the 'Promenade des Anglais' in Nice, France.

Terror Fears Made Real for Risk Management GC in Nice Attack

By Nell Gluckman |

Eric Dratell, general counsel and head of legal and corporate affairs of Risk Management Solutions, was having dinner with his wife at the end of a vacation in Nice, France when the attacker struck.

The Churn

A Rare Cravath Hire Departs, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter and Nell Gluckman |

A former partner at a pair of Am Law 100 firms leaves Cravath, Swaine & Moore a year after coming aboard; Jackson Lewis lands a high-powered lobbying group; Greenspoon Marder keeps growing; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Deal Watch: Indian M&A Leaders Revealed

By Brian Baxter |

With India's legal market inching closer to liberalization, the subcontinent could provide a shot of cross-border transactional work to global firms reeling from Brexit and an economic slowdown in China.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence joins Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a rally in Westfield, Ind., Tuesday, July 12, 2016.

With Pence Pick, Trump Expands His Circle of Lawyers

By Susan Beck |

In addition to choosing one-time corporate lawyer Mike Pence as his running mate, Trump invited Rudy Giuliani and Michael Mukasey to address the RNC.

Denver, Colorado downtown at dusk.

Firms Elbow Each Other for Growth as Denver Market Stays Hot

By Julie Triedman |

As national and regional law firms continue to expand in the Mile-High City, the growth is creating winners and losers.

Workers prepare for a Big Apple Circus show in Sterling, Virginia.  October 9, 2008.

Big Firms Provide Crucial Revenue for Struggling Circus

By Nell Gluckman |

Cravath, Swaine & Moore and Paul Weiss are helping bolster the dwindling revenues of the ailing Big Apple Circus. This month, the nonprofit is in a desperate attempt to raise $2 million, should some other prominent Wall Street firms also be willing to pony up.

Lewis Kaden, Davis Polk

Former Citi Vice Chair Returns to Davis Polk

By Nell Gluckman |

After a long career as a partner at Davis Polk & Wardwell, followed by several years as a top banker at Citigroup Inc., Lewis Kaden has returned to the Wall Street firm as senior counsel.

Maura Grossman of Wachtell Lipton (Annie Tritt).

Lawyer Who Brought Artificial Intelligence to Wachtell Leaves Big Law

By Susan Beck |

Maura Grossman, who helped pioneer the use of artificial intelligence techniques for legal work at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, has left the storied Am Law 100 firm.

L-R Wm. David Cornwell Sr. and Lee Hutton III

Barnes & Thornburg Bags One Sports Lawyer, Loses Another

By Brian Baxter |

The firm has hired Lee Hutton III, a former college football player and chair of the entertainment, media and sports practice at Zelle LLP in Minneapolis. Hutton’s hire comes a few weeks after Barnes & Thornburg saw another high-profile sports lawyer depart.