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Dewey's Day in Court

By Chris Johnson and Julie Triedman |

Fourteen months after their indictment and three years after their firm failed, three former Dewey & LeBoeuf leaders will face a state court jury in Manhattan Tuesday morning.

The Dewey Docket

By Nell Gluckman |

Disputants are still slugging it out in a slew of Dewey-related cases.

Criminal Indictment Against Dewey's Top Leaders

The Manhattan District Attorney's office accuses former Dewey & LeBoeuf chair Steven Davis, executive director Stephen DiCarmine and chief financial officer Joel Sanders of conspiring over four years to jigger the firm's books to keep it afloat, and of lying about the firm's true finances to insurance company investors who underwrote a $150 million debt offering and to its bank lenders.

Dewey Trial Begins Today

Dewey & LeBoeuf's former chair Steven Davis, former executive director Stephen DiCarmine and former chief financial officer Joel Sanders together face more than 100 criminal charges, including grand larceny, scheming to defraud, falsifying business records and conspiracy in the lead-up to the 1,300-lawyer firm's downfall in May 2012. All have pleaded not guilty.

Dewey Trial: A Timeline of Key Events

A look at the major developments leading up to Tuesday's opening arguments.

The Tobacco Litigation That Wouldn't Die

By Carlyn Kolker |

The original "Engle" tobacco class action is long gone, but its progeny live on. Now the verdicts and settlements are mounting.

The Churn

Reed Smith Adds Seven as Sports Pro Departs, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

A seven-partner team will open a new Frankfurt office for Reed Smith, which saw a top sports lawyer head for greener fields; Foley Hoag brings on Massachusetts’ former attorney general; Cravath hires from Crowell & Moring; and more notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Dealmakers of the Week: Eileen Nugent and C. Michael Chitwood of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

By Jennifer Henderson |

The two Skadden transactional lawyers advised Endo Pharmaceuticals on its $8.05 billion buy of generic drug maker Par Pharmaceuticals from private equity firm TPG Capital.

Fertility Rate Is Up for Female Professionals

By Vivia Chen |

Women with advance degrees are having more kids.

The Main Players

By Nell Gluckman |

A rundown of the key figures in the Dewey trial.

Timeline of Key Events

A look at the major developments leading up to Tuesday's opening arguments.

Deadlines for Global Legal Awards, Litigation Departments of the Year Submissions

The American Lawyer is seeking nominations for its annual Global Legal Awards and Litigation Departments of the Year.

Am Law 100 Firms Looking Out for Military Employees

By Nell Gluckman |

With Memorial Day approaching, The Am Law Daily highlights the work of several firms doing good deeds for their military veteran and reserve workers.

Deal Watch: Four Am Law 100 Firms Prescribed Work on CVS-Omnicare Merger

By Jennifer Henderson |

Firms Prescribed Work on $12.7 Billion CVS, Omnicare Deal

A Long Road Back to Cravath

By Brian Baxter |

Cravath, Swaine & Moore, which experienced a rare lateral partner departure earlier this month, has brought back a former associate in Joseph Adams. Most recently the managing partner of Crowell & Moring’s New York office, Adams returns to Cravath as a senior attorney in its corporate group.

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Sheppard Mullin Finds New Orleans Police Making Progress—Slowly

By Nell Gluckman |

Sheppard Mullin is almost two years into its job as monitor of the New Orleans Police Department. Partner Jonathan Aronie has submitted five quarterly reports to the city documenting the department's progress, the latest of which was presented at a public meeting Wednesday night. But some in the community are frustrated with the lack of change they're seeing on the ground.

Mining Bankruptcies Yield Roles for Davis Polk, Kirkland

By Brian Baxter |

Less than two years after Davis Polk & Wardwell helped Patriot Coal emerge from bankruptcy, a global commodities slump has forced the U.S. mining giant back into Chapter 11 in Virginia. With struggling energy and natural resource companies being potentially lucrative clients in a down market for corporate bankruptcy work, two other firms swooped in to pick up Patriot Coal’s “Chapter 22” case, but Davis Polk still took the lead on another major mining bankruptcy.

Are Housewives with J.D.s or M.B.A.s Getting Bonuses?

By Vivia Chen |

Successful men are paying their wives bonuses.

The Global Lawyer: Iran's Bill Comes Due

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

With or without a grand bargain, victims of Iranian terror expect to get paid.

The Churn

Gordon Silver’s Last Name Partner Departs, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter and Nell Gluckman |

Dickinson Wright hires a name partner from struggling Las Vegas legal mainstay Gordon Silver; Jones Day hires a Kelley Drye & Warren practice leader; Sidley Austin snags two partners in Houston and Singapore; and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Cadwalader Partner Arrested for Disorderly Conduct

By Nell Gluckman |

Mecklenburg County police in North Carolina arrested Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft capital markets partner Robert Ughetta on Sunday, charging him with disorderly conduct and resisting a public officer. Ughetta is based in New York and Charlotte.

Richards Kibbe Managing Partner Jumps to Patterson Belknap

By Jennifer Henderson |

Craig Newman, former co-managing partner of Richards Kibbe & Orbe, has made the move to fellow New York-based firm Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler. Newman will serve as a partner in Patterson Belknap's litigation department and will lead its privacy and data security practice.

Greenberg Traurig Grabs Cadwalader Energy Leader

By Brian Baxter |

Gregory Lawrence, the former co-head of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft’s renewables practice and head of its energy regulatory group, has joined Greenberg Traurig as a partner in Boston and Washington, D.C. Lawrence came to Cadwalader more than four years ago when the firm announced plans for a Houston office.

Are Big Firm Lawyers Incapable of Happiness?

By Vivia Chen |

Study finds that lawyers in lucrative, prestigious positions are miserable.

Dentons to Develop New Technologies Through NextLaw Labs

By Jennifer Henderson |

The firm on Monday unveiled NextLaw Labs, a wholly owned subsidiary through which Dentons will invest in and develop technologies so that attorneys can deliver services to their clients "better, cheaper, faster," according to Dentons global chairman Joseph Andrew.

Paul Hastings’ São Paulo Hire Sticks With Allen & Overy

By Nell Gluckman |

About two months after Paul Hastings announced that it would open a São Paulo office with three laterals from Allen & Overy, one of those partners has decided to stay put. Bruno Soares, the only one of the three who is actually based in Brazil, will remain with Allen & Overy.

Locke Lord Partner and Baseball Team Owner Dies Suddenly

By Brian Baxter |

James Skeffington, an Edwards Wildman Palmer-turned-Locke Lord partner in Providence who earlier this year led an ownership group that bought the top minor league team of Major League Baseball’s Boston Red Sox, died from a heart attack while jogging over the weekend.

The Churn

Musical Chairs at Squire Patton Boggs, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

As the one-year anniversary of the firm’s creation draws near, several more Squire Patton Boggs partners seek new homes; Baker & Hostetler brings on roughly 30 lawyers from McKenna Long & Aldridge ahead of the latter’s June 1 merger with Dentons; Boies, Schiller & Flexner bags another federal prosecutor; Greenberg Traurig grows in Poland; and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Pressure Drop at Paul Hastings: E-Discovery Expert Has Reggae Past

By Nell Gluckman |

Thomas Barnett, an electronic discovery expert who joined Paul Hastings as special counsel last year, once led a very different life as a professional saxophone player. At the peak of his musical career, Barnett toured with reggae band Toots and the Maytals, before heading on to law school.

Dealmaker of the Week: Frederick Green of Weil, Gotshal & Manges

By Jennifer Henderson |

Frederick Green, co-chair of Weil, Gotshal & Manges’ transactions practice, took the lead for Verizon Communications on its $4.4 billion acquisition of AOL.