Editor's Picks

Nola Heller

Cahill Hires Unit Chief From SDNY

By Christine Simmons |

Nola Heller, chief of the violent and organized crime unit at the U.S. attorney's office for the Southern District of New York, is leaving in June to become a partner at Cahill Gordon & Reindel.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Judge Tosses Racial Discrimination Suit Against Cleary

By Cogan Schneier |

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington, D.C., dismissed the suit, brought by former Cleary Gottlieb project attorney Lyle Silva.

Six Carlton Fields Real Estate Lawyers Jump to Duane Morris in Miami

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Six real estate lawyers have jumped to Duane Morris' rapidly growing Miami office following a down year at Carlton Fields, where real estate was one of the financial bright spots.

Virtual Law Firm Takes on the Careerist 

By Vivia Chen |

A few weeks ago I wrote that I doubted cloud-based operations are competing against Big Law for major rainmakers and clients. One virtual firm took issue with my views.

Matthew Parrott

Fried Frank Hires Katten's NY Real Estate Litigation Head

By Brian Baxter |

Matthew Parrott, head of the New York real estate and distressed debt litigation group at Katten Muchin Rosenman, has joined Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson as a partner in Manhattan. Fried Frank, riding high from a successful financial year in 2016, has been busy on the lateral recruitment front in 2017.

Federal Prosecutor, Ex-Foley & Mansfield Partner Found Dead on Beach

By Brian Baxter |

No cause of death has been determined for Beranton Whisenant Jr., a major crimes prosecutor with the U.S. attorney's office in Miami. The body of Whisenant, who left Foley & Mansfield for public service in January, was found this week on a beach in Hollywood, Florida.

Kobre & Kim: Growth Despite Its Best Efforts

By Gina Passarella and Emily Barker |

From its founding out of a partner's home 14 years ago, Kobre & Kim has crafted a unique business model that propelled it into the Am Law 200—even if that wasn't the intention.

The Am Law 200's 'Hollow Middle'

By Miriam Rozen |

Midrange firms face a growing dilemma: If your firm isn't either top-tier or super cheap, how will you attract clients?

Marc E. Kasowitz of Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman.

A Hard-Hitting Litigator, Kasowitz Goes to Bat for Trump

By Scott Flaherty |

It looks like Marc Kasowitz will go down in history as President Donald Trump's lawyer. But while America is just getting to know him, the same can't be said for his fellow elite litigators, especially in New York.

Mark Adkins

One of Canada's Largest Firms Heads to New York

By Meghan Tribe |

McCarthy Tétrault has opened an office in New York after recruiting corporate partner Mark Adkins from Canadian rival Blake, Cassels & Graydon. Adkins will serve as his new firm's New York managing partner.

Winston & Strawn's Washington, D.C., offices on K Street, NW.

Winston & Strawn Shutters Beijing, Taipei Offices

By Anna Zhang |

Winston & Strawn has become the latest U.S. firm to reassess its role in Asia, as it has seen several attorneys in Hong Kong and Shanghai leave and has shuttered its offices in Beijing and Taipei.

Behind the Numbers: A Podcast on What the Am Law 200 Results Really Mean

ALM Intelligence senior analyst Nicholas Bruch breaks down the Am Law 200 results.

Profits Per Partner

Jenny Kim, vice president, law and policy group and associate general counsel, corporate legal group, at Intel Corp

Wanna Raise? Top Silicon Valley Counsel Give 8 Tips for Women Lawyers

By David Ruiz |

Top in-house lawyers at a Silicon Valley event focused on women and compensation in the legal industry shared this advice on how to get paid more.

By the Numbers

Our analysis of the Am Law 200 results, broken out into some fascinating data points.


How we report law firm financials.

Gina Passarella.

Editor's Note: Proactively Evolve Before Outside Forces Dictate Your Path

By Gina Passarella |

Success in the Am Law 200 this year was largely reserved for those who were actively differentiating themselves.

Dentons to Launch in Peru, Cuts Some UK Lawyers

By Rose Walker |

Dentons is set to launch in Peru through a proposed combination with 20-lawyer local firm Gallo Barrios Pickmann. The move comes as the global legal giant slashed five lawyers from its office in Watford, England, one that Dentons picked up last year after absorbing the bulk of Matthew Arnold & Baldwin.

 Credit: ALM

Exclusive Report: The 2017 Am Law 200

The Am Law 200 reversed course in 2016, posting gains in gross revenue after experiencing a decline in 2015. But that average gain of 1.2 percent, coupled with similar increases in revenue per lawyer and profits per equity partner, masked some weakness in many firms’ results. As our overview story shows, a “hollow middle” is emerging.

Josh Zive, Bracewell

In New Podcast, a Bracewell Lobbyist Reports from the Swamp

By Miriam Rozen |

"It's been a hell of a week," Josh Zive, a lobbyist and senior principal in the Washington, D.C., office of Bracewell, told his podcast audience last week.

Marc E. Kasowitz.

Trump Turns to Kasowitz, Rejecting DC Legal Vets

By David Bario |

In a characteristically unorthodox move, the president is reportedly poised to tap commercial litigator Marc Kasowitz to lead his personal legal team amid probes into his campaign's alleged contacts with Russia.

Major Financial Institutions Make Landmark Blockchain Investment

By Stephanie Forshee |

Bank of America, Wells Fargo and HSBC are among the more than 40 banks and financial firms that announced Tuesday they would invest in R3's distributed ledger, or blockchain, technology.

Front Row (l-r): partners Jennifer Schmidt and Stefani Shanberg; Back Row (l-r): of counsel Robin Brewer and associates Madeleine E. Greene, Michael Guo and Eugene Marder

MoFo Welcomes Six-Lawyer Wilson Sonsini IP Team

By Rebecca Cohen |

Morrison & Foerster has hired a six-lawyer IP litigation team in Silicon Valley from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati led by partners Stefani Schanberg and Jennifer Schmidt, of counsel Robin Brewer and three associates.

Jones Day Washington, D.C. offices.

Obama Cybersecurity Official Joins Jones Day

By Katelyn Polantz |

Samir Jain led a group within the White House National Security Council that responded to cyber threats and pursued anti-hacking initiatives.

Rudy Giuliani

Giuliani to Court: I Had No Role in Trump Travel Ban

By Andrew Denney |

Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said in court papers filed Monday that he had no hand in crafting controversial executive orders from the Trump administration banning travel from Muslim-majority countries and that he has not served on a commission related to such orders.

Chase Simmons

Polsinelli Picks Real Estate Partner to Succeed Longtime Leader

By Meghan Tribe |

W. Russell Welsh, chairman and CEO of Polsinelli since 1998, is poised to cede the Kansas City, Missouri-based Am Law 100 firm's top leadership role to real estate head F. Chase Simmons.

(l-r) Steve Durham, Bob Wilson and Tim Warren, of Labaton Sucharow.

Labaton Sucharow Expands SEC Whistleblower Practice With Hire of Three Ex-SEC and DOJ Officials

By Scott Flaherty |

The firm will also open offices in Chicago and Washington, D.C.

White House counsel Donald McGahn, during the first day of the confirmation hearing of Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch. March 20, 2017.

Dear Don McGahn, Please Go.

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

I know you are a busy, hot-shot lawyer, but may I offer you some friendly advice?