Editor's Picks

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.

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.

Honorable Mentions

The 20 firms whose scores ranked them just behind this year's A-List.

The 2015 A-List

How each of the A-List firms rated for total score, revenue per lawyer, pro bono, associate satisfaction and diversity.

A-List 2015 Winners: Behind the Scores

By Jim Schroeder |

Who's Up, who's down, and how so many of the same A-List winners keep managing to come back for more.

Which Firm Is Right for You?

By Vivia Chen |

An opinionated guide for prospective first-years.

Hot Spot: Law Firms Consolidate in the Middle East

By Chris Johnson |

Is Dubai hotter than Abu Dhabi? Herbert Smith Freehills, Latham and Baker Botts think so.

Big Deals

By Jennifer Henderson |

Big Suits

By David Bario, Susan Beck, Scott Flaherty, Marissa Kendall and Rebekah Mintzer |

U.S. v. Rainey; Davies v. Broadcom; In the matter of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts; ACE Securities v. DB Structured Products; Cook v. Rockwell; Capitol Records v. Sirius XM; Gold v. Anthem

King & Spalding's Role in GM Ignition Cases Questioned

Plaintiffs assert that the firm conspired with its client to settle suits instead of reporting defects.

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.

Partner Pay Spreads

The firms where top-earning partners outearn their lowest-paid partners by the biggest ratio—and the smallest.

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.

In Supreme Court Advocacy, Big Law Still Rules

By David L. Brown |

Am Law 200 firms get the lion's share of oral argument, an analysis finds.

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Jenner and Williams & Connolly Fight to Maintain Their Privilege

By Zoe Tillman |

Both firms have recently faced subpoenas for documents related to high-profile clients.

MedBox and GrowLife's Highs and Lows

By Zoe Ferguson |

In a newly legal industry, some companies have had growing pains.