Editor's Picks

Lawyers Keep Lawyering On After JPMorgan's $1.5 Billion Bungle

By Scott Flaherty |

Everybody makes mistakes. But what happens when a mistake costs a client $1.5 billion?

Dewey & LeBoeuf, before the fall.

Dewey & LeBoeuf Billing Chief Tells Jury Firm Fudged Invoices

By Nell Gluckman |

Together with her fiancée Francis Canellas, Lourdes Rodriguez is part of Manhattan prosecutors' power couple in the case against Dewey’s former leaders.

Jones Day Nabs Pair of Big Mining and Media Bankruptcies

By Brian Baxter |

Bankruptcy filings might be down 12 percent over the past year, according to a recent report released by Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, but Jones Day has landed key roles on two new notable filings on the business bankruptcy docket.

The Global Lawyer: Saudi Arabia, Iran and 9/11

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

It's decision time for a U.S. district judge as 9/11 victims seek to hold funders of the 2001 terror attacks accountable in court.

The Churn

Kirkland Makes Two Big Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Kirkland & Ellis makes a pair of key additions in New York and London from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Lewis Brisbois expands again; one partner joins his fourth firm within a year; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Former Davis Polk Partner Now Playing A Different Tune

By Nell Gluckman |

Harry Ballan resigned from the partnership at Davis Polk & Wardwell to pursue a lifelong interest in music theory and neuroscience. Now senior counsel at the firm, Ballan is also a director at the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function in the Bronx.

Dealmaker of the Week: Joseph Frumkin of Sullivan & Cromwell

By Jennifer Henderson |

The managing partner of Sullivan & Cromwell’s M&A group stepped in for Kirkland & Ellis on Teva Pharmaceutical Industries’ hostile bid for Mylan and subsequently picked up work on the Israeli drugmaker’s $40.5 billion buy of Allergan’s generics business.

At Buchanan Ingersoll, A Lawyer Finds Her Identity

By Madeline Farber |

Paul Madden, a commercial litigator at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, is a board member for the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund. This month, Madden changed her name to Maryellen Madden, her latest step in transitioning from a man to a woman.

WILLOW SPRINGS, IL - JULY 25: Mourners gather at the grave site of Sandra Bland at Mt. Glenwood Memorial Gardens West cemetery, on July 25, 2015 in Willow Springs, Illinois. Bland's death roused suspicion nationwide after the 28-year-old was found hanging from a plastic bag three days after she was pulled over by a Texas State Trooper for a traffic violation. (Photo by Jonathan Gibby/Getty Images)

About Sandra Bland’s Deadly Encounter

By Steven J. Harper |

To get the answers about Sandra Bland’s death, someone needs to start asking the right questions.

Deal Watch: Teva’s Generics Buy Headlines Banner M&A Week

By Jennifer Henderson |

A bevy of transactions in the pharmaceutical industry and industrial sector in Europe helped make the past week a big one for M&A, with more than a dozen billion-dollar deals being announced.

Three Witnesses Testify to Dewey & LeBoeuf's Financial Practices

By Nell Gluckman |

Among those called to the stand in the trial of three Dewey & LeBoeuf executives were an assistant to a former rainmaker, an ex-partner from predecessor Dewey Ballantine and a banker who oversaw HSBC’s $10 million loan to the now-defunct firm.

A Lateral Boom of Older Lawyers

By MP McQueen |

More than 40 percent of partners at Am Law 200 firms are in their 50s and 60s.

Curtis Partners Help Secure Release of Israeli Spy

By Nell Gluckman |

For 15 years Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle sought the release of Jonathan Pollard, a former Naval intelligence analyst who served 29 years in prison for slipping secrets to Israeli officials. This week, two Curtis litigators learned that Pollard will be freed on parole.

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.'s headquarters in Jerusalem.

Two Suits Entwine Teva-Allergan-Mylan Pharma M&A Nexus

By Scott Flaherty |

Israel's Teva Pharmaceutical announced its $40.5 billion buy of Allergan’s generics business this week, a move that saw the acquirer drop its hostile bid for Mylan NV, which it had pursued since April. While that cooled off a heated takeover battle, Mylan remains embroiled in a pair of suits, including a putative shareholder class action and another case against Teva’s ex-corporate lawyers at Kirkland & Ellis.

Chicago’s Freeborn & Peters Snags Fast-Moving Lateral

By Jennifer Henderson |

Darren VanPuymbrouck spent nearly 26 years at Schiff Hardin before joining Barnes & Thornburg a year ago this week. Since then, the Chicago litigator has been on the move two more times, most recently joining Freeborn & Peters this month to head its fire and explosion response and litigation task force.

ABA Task Force Report Dodges Student Debt Reform

By Matt Leichter |

The ABA's task force on law school financing was convened to push much-needed student loan reforms. Instead it concluded that everything is fine.

Avvo, Advised by Perkins Coie, Gets Big Valuation

By Brian Baxter |

Avvo Inc., a Seattle-based startup and online marketplace for finding and rating lawyers, is valued at $650 million after raising $71.5 million from Technology Crossover Ventures, Coatue and Vulcan Capital.

The Churn

K&L Gates Adds Two Amid Departure Wave, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

K&L Gates, which has watched more than 90 partners depart this year, saw another handful leave within the past week; Morrison & Foerster picks up an Asian litigation leader; O'Melveny & Myers adds one in London; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Slater & Gordon Sees Share Price Tumble on News of Probes

By Tom Brennan |

The Australian firm gets a taste of the dark side of being a public company, including regulatory scrutiny, a stock drop and nasty comments from short sellers.

Davies Ward Wins Big for Female Sprinter Banned for High Testosterone

By Jennifer Henderson |

Canada’s Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg scored a victory this week for pro bono client Dutee Chand, a female sprinter from India and Olympic hopeful previously banned from competition because of high levels of naturally occurring testosterone.

Litigation Funder Burford Capital Eyes Lending to Firms

By Julie Triedman |

Burford Capital, the world’s largest litigation funder, is getting into the business of lending to law firms, the firm’s CEO announced during an earnings call Tuesday. Burford announced record income and record amounts of new investments during the first half of 2015.

‘Best Firms’ Report Shows Top 50 Shops for Women

By MP McQueen |

A select group of Am Law 200 firms are among those touted by Working Mother magazine and consulting firm Flex-Time Lawyers for their annual look at the 50 best firms for women, based on metrics like family-friendly policies and percentage of female partners.

Katten Partner Takes Stand at Dewey & LeBoeuf Criminal Trial

By Christine Simmons |

Howard Schickler, a former structured finance partner at Dewey & LeBoeuf, said he left the firm in late 2010 for Katten Muchin Rosenman with 12 other lawyers because he did not receive the compensation he was promised.

Michael Hausfeld

Hausfeld Spars With Former Partners in Forex Litigation

By Scott Flaherty |

Michael Hausfeld and his former partners from big plaintiffs firm Cohen Milstein vie for lead roles in antitrust litigation filed against a bevy of big banks for manipulating foreign exchange rates.

Dewey & LeBoeuf NYC

Ex-Manager Details Dewey & LeBoeuf’s False Accounting Entries

By Julie Triedman |

Jyhjing Harrington testified Monday that she and others in the now-defunct firm's finance department falsified financial statements by making illegitimate entries at the end of each fiscal year between 2008 and 2011.

Dealmakers of the Week: Wm. Randolph Smith of Crowell & Moring and Richard Rosen of Arnold & Porter

By Jennifer Henderson |

Following the completion Friday of AT&T’s $48.5 billion acquisition of DirecTV, The Am Law Daily caught up with AT&T’s go-to antitrust lawyers.

Morgan Lewis Partner Leaves Litigation for Life of the Oenophile

By Zoe Ferguson |

After almost 16 years at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, former litigation partner Victoria Miller has taken her talents elsewhere, having left the firm earlier this year to focus on operating her own wine tasting company.

The Churn

Baker Bags Two Amid Belfast Opening, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Baker & McKenzie opens a back-office outpost in Northern Ireland while making a high-profile addition in London; a bevy of moves at Buchanan Ingersoll; Stroock raids Squire Patton Boggs; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

The 2015 A-List: The New Elite

Find out which firms made the grade in our annual survey of the best of the well-rounded best in Big Law.

Local Bars Confront Issue of Older Lawyers

By MP McQueen |

Concerns include how to recognize signs of cognitive impairment, how to close a solo practice, and more.