Editor's Picks

Deal Watch: Skadden Celebrates Holiday Weekend Atop M&A League Tables

By Jennifer Henderson |

M&A league tables for the first half of 2015 compiled by Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters show Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom leading the pack among legal advisers, while several other Am Law 100 firms prepare to fete the Fourth of July with some insurance-related transactional work.

Partner Pay Spreads: Minding the Gap

Wondering how many multiples of your pay your fellow partners may be earning? Indulge your insecurities with this handy interactive chart.

Pillsbury chair Jim Rishwain

Pillsbury Chair Takes Stock After Departures

By Julie Triedman |

Pillsbury chair Jim Rishwain answered our questions about a spate of recent partner defections, the firm’s merger outlook, and the search for his eventual replacement.

Lawyers in Dewey Trial Spar Over What Constitutes Proper Accounting

By Brian Baxter |

Defense counsel in the trial of three ex-Dewey & LeBoeuf executives pressed their argument Thursday that many of the accounting adjustments made by former firm employees were appropriate. The prosecution has sought to portray those adjustments as acts of fraud.

Jobs Report: Legal Services Industry Takes a Hit

By MP McQueen |

The Labor Department’s June jobs report showed that the legal services industry lost 800 jobs, more than erasing the meager gains that the industry enjoyed in May.

Goodwin Procter Leader Says Firm Committed to Diversity, Growth

By Julie Triedman |

Three months after Goodwin Procter said it would slash 2 percent of its workforce, the Boston-based Am Law 100 announced three private equity hires Wednesday in its hometown and London. The Am Law Daily caught up with chairman David Hashmall to discuss his plans for Goodwin Procter as he approaches the end of his first year as leader.

Dewey Defense Argues Accounting Adjustments Were Proper

By Nell Gluckman |

A former Dewey & LeBoeuf budget director cooperating with the New York County District Attorney’s Office in its prosecution of three former firm leaders conceded during cross-examination Wednesday that some accounting adjustments are legitimate.

Words That Scare Women

By Vivia Chen |

Are words like "ambitious" and "competitive salary" turning women off?

Syngenta AG Golden Harvest brand hybrid seed corn seedlings grow in a field in Princeton, Illinois, U.S., on Friday, May 8, 2015. Syngenta AG, the world's largest maker of agricultural chemicals, rejected a 41.7 billion Swiss-franc ($45 billion) takeover offer from U.S. rival Monsanto Co., saying it undervalued the company and a merger would have significant execution risks.

Wilmer’s Lobbyists Seek to Keep Monsanto Out of Regulatory Weeds

By Jennifer Henderson |

After building out its lobbying group with a pair of seasoned hires over the past two years, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr has dug into advising agribusiness behemoth Monsanto on its effort to acquire Swiss seed technology rival Syngenta.

Dentons' Eye Still Wandering as McKenna Long Ties the Knot

By Julie Triedman |

With Dentons' merger with McKenna Long & Aldridge becoming official on Wednesday, we asked the firm's leaders about the impending combination with China's Dacheng—and what other global tie-ups may be in store.

Herbert Smith Freehills Grows Profits, Shrinks Debt Amid Flat Revenues

By Chris Johnson |

Herbert Smith Freehills achieved strong profit growth in the last financial year despite largely flat revenues, the firm announced Wednesday.

The Churn

Paul Hastings Poaches Foursome, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

A leading structured finance team leaves Ashurst for Paul Hastings; a Quinn Emanuel associate development director moves on; Dentons closes on a combination; DLA Piper bolts on a boutique Down Under; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Cadwalader Partner, Federal Judge Broaden Scope of Re-Enactments

By Nell Gluckman |

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft partner Kathy Chin and her husband, Judge Denny Chin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, have been presenting re-enactments of cases important to Asian-American legal history for nearly a decade. Now, they will broaden the scope of their work to commemorate cases involving other minority groups.

(From left) Stephen DiCarmine, Zachary Warren, Joel Sanders, and Steven Davis are led into court on Thursday March 6, 2014.

Former Dewey Financial Controller Testifies to Falsifying Records

By Nell Gluckman |

Ilya Alter, a former director of budgeting and planning at Dewey & LeBoeuf, admitted in testimony Tuesday in the criminal trial of three former firm executives that he helped falsify accounting records at the now-defunct firm. Alter is one of seven former Dewey & LeBoeuf employees who have agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in exchange for a lighter sentence.

John M. Dowd

‘Mad Dog’ of Sports Radio Meets Match in Ex-Akin Gump Partner

By Brian Baxter |

John Dowd, a former Marine and veteran Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld litigator who retired from the firm earlier this year, appeared on SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio with Christopher Russo to discuss his investigation 26 years ago that led to a lifetime ban of Major League Baseball icon Pete Rose. It did not go well.

Former Law School Roommates Take Charge in Chicago

By Madeline Farber |

Rebecca Eisner and Lydia Kelley used to share mac and cheese dinners and cram for exams together. Now they oversee nearly 600 lawyers as managing partners of the Chicago offices of Mayer Brown and McDermott Will & Emery, respectively.

Dewey & LeBoeuf NYC

Ex-Dewey Senior Partner Says Probe News Scuttled Merger Deal

By Julie Triedman |

Defense lawyers for three former Dewey & LeBoeuf executives had some tough questions during their cross-examination of a former executive committee member from the now-defunct firm.

Pro Bono Report 2015: The Charts

Our interactive charts rank Am Law 200 firms according to their pro bono efforts in the U.S. and internationally, as well as by their breadth of commitment and average pro bono hours.

A group of lawyers have lunch at Morrison & Foerster in Los Angeles, which has scaled back its library to create a communal hang-out space called the

A New Look for Law Libraries: Fewer Books, More Tech

By MP McQueen |

Recent redesigns speak volumes about the changing role of firm libraries and the librarians who oversee them.

The Justice Gap: How Big Law Is Failing Legal Aid

By Susan Beck |

At best, the nation's biggest and wealthiest firms donate 0.1 percent of revenue to legal aid, an institution in crisis. Isn't it time for more of them to pledge serious money?

Fellowships Are Another Way to Support Legal Aid

By Susan Beck |

Some firms famously underwrite public service stints for young lawyers, but many don't.

Special Report: The Justice Gap

Legal aid is woefully underfunded in the U.S. Should Big Law do more to close the breach?

What They Gave: Most Profitable Firms

We asked the nation's most profitable law firm's about their financial support for legal aid.

Big Law and Legal Aid

By Kim Kleman, editor-in-chief |

The nation's largest and wealthiest firms must give more to help close the justice gap.

What They Gave: The Biggest Firms

We asked the law firms with the largest U.S. presence about their financial support for legal aid.

The NLJ 350: Hitting the Brakes

After an expansion kick, large firms showed only fractional head count growth in 2014.

Slideshow: Where They Put Their Time

By Anita Abedian and Zoe Ferguson |

We asked law firms to identify the single project that accounted for the most pro bono hours they worked in 2014. Here are just some of their answers.

One Company's Battle Against an Internet Smear Campaign

By David Hechler |

One angry man hired a small-time blogger and hamstrung Old Hill Partners. Here’s what the investment advisory company faced and how its lawyers fought back.

The Lawyers Take the Field in the FIFA Scandal

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

Who's playing offense and defense in the U.S. government's massive anticorruption suit against officials of the international soccer organization.

Pro Bono Report 2015: Treading Water

Firms continue to talk the pro bono talk, but hours devoted to pro bono legal work dipped slightly last year among Am Law 200 firms.