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PwC to Launch US Law Firm as Big Four Expand Legal Offerings

By Chris Johnson |

PricewaterhouseCoopers is set to launch a U.S. law firm in Washington, D.C., later this month, a sign that the Big Four accounting firms are continuing their push into legal services.

City by City: A Regional Breakdown of Summer Associate Satisfaction

Below are rankings of how firms scored in individual cities based on overall satisfaction scores associates from the respective offices gave the firm.

Summer Associate Satisfaction: A National View

Below is a ranking of law firms based on the overall satisfaction score given by their 2017 summer associates.

First-Year Associate Jobs Set For Slight Rise, Survey Finds

By Chris Johnson |

The number of first-year associate jobs at law firms across the U.S. and Canada is set to rise slightly over the next 12 months, a new survey has found.

Practice Area Monopoly: Straight to Jail or Pass Go Collect $200


Firm-wide metrics make great headlines. Latham & Watkins is number one by gross revenue, Fragomen tops the rankings for diversity, and so on. When considering the career satisfaction of individual attorneys, however, it matters less what firm you are at, and more at what practice area within the firm you reside.

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The Best Big Law Firms for Summer Associates

By Meghan Tribe |

In our annual Summer Associates Survey, Foley Hoag and Duane Morris tie for first place.

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Holland & Knight Agrees to Pay $5 Million to Settle Malpractice Suit

By Samantha Joseph |

A proposed settlement shows Holland & Knight would pay $5 million to settle a malpractice suit involving two of its attorneys.

Rescue workers search for people trapped inside a collapsed building in the Del Valle area of Mexico City after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Earthquake Shakes Up Law Firms in Mexico City But Most Escape Major Damage

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Mexico City law offices were mostly unscathed by the 7.1 magnitude earthquake.

In San Francisco, A New Chasm Erupts on Legal Pay

By Rebecca Cohen |

Few occupations in San Francisco have as large a gender pay gap as the legal industry, the civic data analytics company LiveStories reported this week. And the inequality is growing.


High-Powered Plaintiff's Lawyers Battle Over Fees in NCAA Concussion Case

By Roy Strom |

Jay Edelson and Steve Berman have been quarreling over strategy in a concussion class action case against the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Now the two litigators are also fighting to reduce each other’s attorney fees, worth a total of up to $21 million.

Cindy Caranella Kelly, who focuses on civil litigation, and Wallace Schwartz

Kasowitz Benson Adjusts Management Team Amid Tumultuous Year

By Christine Simmons |

Kasowitz Benson Torres has restructured its management with new positions, appointing Cindy Caranella Kelly, who focuses on civil litigation, and Wallace Schwartz, head of the firm's real estate transactional group, as the firm's co-managing partners of administration who will share duties with founding partner Marc Kasowitz.

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Ex-Olshan Employment Leader Launches Women-Owned Boutique

By Meghan Tribe |

Aliza Herzberg, head of the employment practice at Olshan Frome Wolosky, has launched her own women-led boutique in New York called the Herzberg Law Group. But don't look for her to start shouldering a heavy litigation load.

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RNC Payments Raise More Questions on Trump Lawyers’ Fees

By Katelyn Polantz |

What can we learn from the latest glimpse into how Trump is paying his lawyers?

Hogan Lovells' Washington, D.C., offices.

Hogan Lovells Boosts German Practice With Mayer Brown Management Hire

By Chris Johnson |

Hogan Lovells has boosted its German finance practice with the hire of a two-partner derivatives team from Mayer Brown, led by European capital markets head and global partnership board member Jochen Seitz.

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Opinion: The Myths of the Swiss Verein

By Brad Hildebrandt |

Of all the things for a firm to worry about, the financial and tax structure should not top the list, consultant Brad Hildebrandt argues in support of the verein model.

Steven Merkel

Barnes & Thornburg Looks to West Point for a New Leader

By Roy Strom |

Steven Merkel has been COO at Barnes & Thornburg for 42 days. It is the first Big Law job for the retired U.S. Army colonel, who most recently served as chief of operations for the U.S. Military Academy. Merkel hasn’t lost his military-like loyalty to mission; it has just shifted focus.

Richard Walker.

Ex-Deutsche Bank GC, SEC Enforcement Chief Joins King & Spalding

By Scott Flaherty |

Richard Walker, the longtime Deutsche Bank general counsel and former SEC enforcement chief, has joined King & Spalding in the firm's special matters and government investigations group in New York.

Hogan Lovells offices at 555 13th Street, NW in Washington, D.C.  October 25, 2016.

Hogan Lovells Offers Voluntary Retirement to 400 US Staffers

By Rose Walker |

The global legal giant has offered hundreds of its support staffers in the U.S. the option of early retirement in a bid to trim its ranks of senior business services workers. Hogan Lovells has confirmed that about 400 of those who have been with the firm for at least five years will be invited to take voluntary retirement.

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Pay for Associate Hours? More Companies Say 'No Thanks'

By Miriam Rozen |

DHL and other companies are experimenting more often with hiring their own freshly-minted law school graduates, rather than paying a premium for young lawyers at outside firms.

Four Big Law Firms Grab Roles on Toys 'R' Us Bankruptcy

By Meghan Tribe |

From bikes to trains to video games, a quartet of large law firms led by Kirkland & Ellis is advising on the Chapter 11 case of toy retail giant Toys “R” Us Inc., which became the latest in a string of struggling brick-and-mortar retailers to file for bankruptcy this year.

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France's Gide Becomes Second Big Law Firm to Launch in Iran

By Chris Johnson |

Leading French firm Gide Loyrette Nouel has re-established a presence in the Middle East, becoming the second Big Law firm to open an office in Iran.

Baker Donelson law firm in Washington, D.C. July 18, 2014. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Baker Donelson the Latest Firm to Adopt AI for Contract Analysis

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

The firm recently inked a deal with Kira Systems to parse contracts in complex acquisitions and capital raises.

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Female Equity Partner Rate Is At All-Time High. (But It's Not That Great.)

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Women now represent 19 percent of equity partners—a record high, though still a sad showing. For those of us who've been covering women in the legal profession for over a decade, "depressing" is the usual standard. And while 19 percent remains woefully low, women seem to be on a forward march.

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Major Lindsey Unveils Legal Cost-Saving Tool for Corporate Clients

By Meghan Tribe |

In the seemingly never-ending quest by in-house legal departments to trim their expenditures on outside lawyers, legal recruiting giant Major, Lindsey & Africa has released its Make-Buy Analysis tool to help GCs decide between hiring a new attorney for their in-house staff or rely on external counsel.

Prosecutors, Gibson Dunn Get Testy as Trial Nears for Shkreli's Lawyer

By Christine Simmons |

With a trial on felony charges just weeks away, federal prosecutors and lawyers for former law firm partner Evan Greebel are ratcheting up their rhetoric over some unusual issues, including the defense lawyers' own résumés.

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Despite Harvey, Latham & Watkins and Thompson & Knight Complete $1.4B Energy Deal On Time

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Texas lawyers at Latham & Watkins and Thompson & Knight met a Sept. 7 deadline for a $1.4 billion asset sale between two Houston companies.


In New York's Start-Up Sector, Lawyers' Opportunities Abound

By Ross Weil and Taylor Miller |

Wall Street and Fortune 500 clients drive corporate business for most New York law firms, a completely understandable position given the city's status as the world's leading financial center.

Irvine-based IP boutique Fish IP Law has sued Fish & Richardson seeking a ruling that its name and logo don't infringe on the larger firm's trademarks. Here is an examble from the exibit in the lawsuit.

Fish Fight: Fish IP Law Sues Fish & Richardson in Trademark Spat

By Ross Todd |

In the Fishiest IP dispute you're likely to see, Fish IP Law has sued Fish & Richardson seeking a ruling that its name and logo don't infringe the megafirm's registered and common law trademarks.

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Buchanan Ingersoll Resolves Suit Over Arena Football Investment Advice

By Scott Flaherty |

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney has closed the book on a lawsuit alleging the firm didn't do enough to scrutinize a $19 million investment that a Tampa, Florida-area surgeon agreed to put into a local Arena Football League team.

Hogan Lovells offices at 555 13th Street, NW in Washington, D.C. October 25, 2016.

Hogan Lovells Eyes 90 Job Redundancies in UK Restructuring

By Rose Walker |

The Am Law 100 firm is poised to shed or move up to 90 jobs in London to its back office operations centers in Birmingham, England, or Johannesburg, South Africa, as part of U.K. a restructuring plan.