Editor's Picks

After Near-Tragedy, Firm Takes Cardiac Safety to Heart

By Jennifer Henderson |

A barely-averted disaster for the wife of a Fisher & Phillips partner led to big changes in how the 330-lawyer labor firm prepares for office health emergencies.

Sanctioned Big Law Associate Sues NY Post, Daily News for Defamation

By Scott Flaherty |

Former Latham, Quinn Emanuel and Mintz Levin lawyer Anthony Zappin made headlines for his pro se antics in a New York divorce case. Now he wants the tabloids to pay.

Customers Reap Benefits From Hughes Hubbard's MF Global Role

By Julie Triedman |

Hughes Hubbard & Reed received $87 million for its work handling the liquidation of MF Global’s broker-deal unit, and customers and creditors of the defunct commodities trader also fared well after four years of bankruptcy proceedings finally came to an end this week.

Teamwork Sucks for Women

By Vivia Chen |

Study by Harvard economist finds that collaborating with men hurts women's careers.

Laura Ricciardi at Netflix 2016 Winter TCA on Sunday, January 17, 2016, in Pasadena, CA.

'Making a Murderer' Creator Had Past Life at Quinn Emanuel

By Nell Gluckman |

One of the producers of the popular Netflix series worked as a contract attorney at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan while making the documentary.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Polsinelli Posts Across-the-Board Gains

By Susan Beck |

The growing firm saw healthy increases last year in profits and revenue.

Here's Why Plaintiffs Lawyers Deserve Those Fat Fees

By Jenna Greene |

In a Duracell battery case, plaintiffs lawyers got $5.7 million. Their clients got just $345,000. Here's why that's fair.

The Churn

Bingham Refugees Find New Homes, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

A year after Morgan Lewis absorbed Bingham McCutchen, several lawyers from the latter find new homes; Fried Frank welcomes back an ex-partner; Jenner & Block brings on an M&A leader; and other additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Dickstein Shapiro, Greenspoon Marder See Head Counts Dip and Drive

By Brian Baxter |

The firms led the way in negative and positive head count growth for the Am Law 200 over the past 14 months.

By the Numbers: What's a Partnership Anyway?

By Nicholas Bruch, ALM Legal Intelligence |

Fifteen years of data shows that the partnership model for The Am Law 200 isn't what it used to be.

Litigation Finance Arms Race Continues with New Hires at Burford, Bentham

By Julie Triedman |

Two leading litigation funders announced that they are hiring Big Law veterans and expanding their operations in North America.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Revenue, Profits Down at Bryan Cave

By Jennifer Henderson |

Three years after one merger and with another combination scuttled at the end of the year, the firm's gross revenue slipped again in 2015.

American Bar Association office in Washington, D.C. June 23, 2014. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Divided ABA Adopts Resolution on Nonlawyer Legal Services

By Susan Beck |

Following a contentious debate, the American Bar Association's House of Delegates voted Monday to adopt a resolution that gives states a framework to consider the regulation of "nontraditional legal service providers."

Is Hillary Too Loud for You?

By Vivia Chen |

Hillary gets criticized for raising her voice. Are you talking too loudly too?

Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Gross Revenue Jumps at Akin Gump

By Nell Gluckman |

Akin Gump saw gross revenue rise 7.1 percent in a year that the firm worked to integrate a large new group of laterals in Europe and Hong Kong.

Referee Clete Blakeman (34) makes a call as he wears a ball cap with a pink accented attire in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness during an NFL football game between the New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, in Arlington, Texas.

Already a Litigator, Super Bowl’s Top Ref Now a Hottie Too

By Brian Baxter |

Cletus "Clete" Blakeman, a partner at Omaha’s Carlson & Burnett, went viral on social media Sunday night thanks to his role as the Super Bowl 50's lead referee.

Tony Williams.

Under Client Pressure, Law Firms Focus on Cost-Cutting

By Julie Triedman |

More law firms are adopting management techniques that their clients embraced long ago. But change has been slowed by partners' resistance, according to a new report.

Time to Rethink Partner Capital Contributions?

By Nell Gluckman |

Amid a boom in lateral hiring, consultants are seeing changes in how firms collect capital contributions from new partners—and how they return capital to those who leave.

Big Firms Net IP Boutiques as Merger Spate Continues

By Nell Gluckman |

With large firms hungry for more patent litigation work, smaller IP specialty shops are hot properties.

The Churn

Greenberg Traurig Keeps Growing, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Greenberg Traurig shuffles its litigation ranks amid plans for global growth; another Kenyon & Kenyon partner departs; Bass Berry and Lewis Brisbois absorb small firms; Holland & Knight hires an ex-governor; and other additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Profits Continue to Slide at Cadwalader

By Nell Gluckman |

Gross revenue and partner profits both took a hit in 2015.

Chasing Lateral Growth, Big Law Leaders Lose Their Way

By Steven J. Harper |

The evidence suggests that most managing partners are unable or unwilling to learn from their errors. Their firms pay the price.

Jobs Report: Legal Sector Has Rocky Start in 2016

By Nell Gluckman |

The legal industry lost 1,400 jobs in January, the U.S. Labor Department estimates.

An Early Look at the 2016 Am Law 100

Ahead of The American Lawyer's final Am Law 100 and 200 rankings, see the latest early reports on 2015 financial results from The Am Law Daily and its regional affiliates.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: McDermott Sees Modest Revenue Decline

By Susan Beck |

After four years of rising revenue, McDermott Will & Emery saw its gross revenue slip in 2015, while profits rose 3.3 percent for the firm’s somewhat diminished equity partnership.

Deborah Rhode.

At ABA Meeting, Bar Groups See Threat from Nonlawyers

By Susan Beck |

A modest proposal that hints at opening the door to nonlawyers providing simple legal services faces a tough fight at the American Bar Association’s midyear meetings.

Syngenta headquarters in Basel, Switzerland.

Deal Watch: ChemChina's Syngenta Merger Sets Record

By Brian Baxter |

Simpson Thacher, Davis Polk Clifford Chance and two leading Swiss firms take the lead on the largest outbound M&A deal ever by a Chinese company; and a look at the other big firms behind the latest slate of billion-dollar transactions.

Todd Rolapp, left, and Mark Manner, right.

Bass Berry Bags 10 Partners From Disbanding Tennessee Firm

By Brian Baxter |

Nashville-based regional firm Bass, Berry & Sims has taken on 10 partners from Harwell Howard Hyne Gabbert & Manner, a fellow Tennessee shop with the unique acronym h3gm that will now disband.

The Legal Profession's Drinking Problem Is Worse Than We Thought

By MP McQueen |

Law firm associates are especially prone to problem drinking, according to a major study released this week.

Mauricio Macri points as he rides in an open top car towards the presidential palace after he was sworn in as Argentina's new president in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015.

The Global Lawyer: The First Shoe Drops in Argentina

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

The beginning of the end of Argentina’s international bondholder battle means that important legal questions raised by the dispute will have to wait for answers.