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What's a Law Firm To Do About Anonymous Online Reviews? Sue, of Course

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

A small Houston construction firm seeks damages from John and Jane Doe, alleging in a lawsuit that they authored false and defamatory reviews on various online websites.

USA Hockey, Gymnastics Generating Plenty of Big Law Work

By Meghan Tribe |

Ballard Spahr, Faegre Baker Daniels, Krieg DeVault and several other firms are advising the U.S. governing bodies for hockey and gymnastics, both of which are dealing with major legal matters that could affect their future.

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Mintz Levin Continues Growth in 2016, Topping 2015's Record Year

By Scott Flaherty |

Mintz Levin credits strong lateral hires and a focus on collaboration across practice areas and offices.

Sequoya Nuclear Power Plant.

Weil, Skadden Snag Roles on Westinghouse Bankruptcy

By Brian Baxter |

Skadden is advising Japan's Toshiba Corp. on its decision to put its Pittsburgh-based Westinghouse unit—advised by Weil, Gotshal & Manges—into bankruptcy in New York. The Chapter 11 filing comes a month after Toshiba took a $6.3 billion write-down on cost overruns for Westinghouse, a major player in the U.S. nuclear power industry.

Squire Patton Boggs offices in Washington, D.C. March 2015. Photo by Mike Scarcella/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Still in Growth Mode, Squire Patton Boggs Boosts Partner Profits

By Katelyn Polantz |

Squire Patton Boggs edged total revenues closer to the $1 billion mark and boosted average partner profits to nearly $1 million in 2016, in what global managing partner Steve Mahon called the firm's "best year ever."

Industry Insights: A Healthy Demand for Lawyering in the Health Insurance Sector

By Kristen Rasmussen and Gina Passarella |

As the country wrestles with solutions for affordable health care, law firms are well poised to make money from work involving the health insurance industry.

DLA Piper Continues to Expand in Latin America—This Time in Peru

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The global legal giant has established another cooperation agreement in Latin America with Peru's Pizzaro, Botto & Escobar. The 40-lawyer firm will now be known as DLA Piper Pizarro Botto Escobar in Lima.

From left Richard Climan, John Brockland, Keith Flaum, and Jane Ross

Hogan Lovells Lures Weil Tech Transactions Team

By Rebecca Cohen |

Hogan Lovells is poised to hire a high-profile technology transactions team in Silicon Valley from Weil, Gotshal & Manges led by partners Richard 'Rick' Climan, Keith Flaum, Jane Ross and John Brockland. The quartet headed to Weil five years ago ahead of the collapse of Dewey & LeBoeuf, which they joined from Cooley in 2009.

Thomas Bolling, Abby Bried and Marc Warren

At Jenner & Block, A New Practice Takes Flight

By Meghan Tribe |

A new aviation and aerospace practice is ready for launch at Jenner & Block. The Chicago-based Am Law 100 firm has hired three new leaders of the practice from Crowell & Moring and United Airlines Inc.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission building

Ex-Big Law Partner Still Angry After SEC Fraud Claims Tossed

By Scott Flaherty |

William Uchimoto, a former partner at Buchanan Ingersoll, Saul Ewing and Stevens & Lee, says the only one guilty of misconduct in his case was the SEC.

Michal Rosenn.

Lawyers Using Social Media Lack Framework for What's Allowed

By David Ruiz |

Companies and firms are dealing with lawyers' social media use on a case-by-case basis, leading to uncertainty, in-house and outside counsel say.

Partners Question 'Unreasonable' Deutsche Demands on Junior Lawyer Pay

By Anna Ward |

Almost 60% of partners think Deutsche Bank’s plan to stop paying panel law firms for work carried out by junior lawyers is unreasonable, according to a new survey.

Wilmer Grows Partner Profits, Trims Head Count as California Beckons

By Katelyn Polantz |

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr pruned attorney head count but kept revenue stable last year, as high-profile clients from Washington, D.C., to California turned to the firm to keep regulators and courtroom adversaries at bay.

Using Gamification to Drive Business Development Performance

By David Freeman, Law Journal Newsletters |

How to use gamification for business development.

Ten Am Law 100 Firms Help Raiders Roll Into Sin City

By Brian Baxter |

Enough outside law firms to represent nearly every position on a football field grabbed roles Monday on a deal to relocate to Las Vegas the National Football League's Oakland Raiders. In a 31-1 vote, NFL owners approved the team's move that will involve a record-setting sum of public money.

Fox Rothschild Raids Dentons for New York Startup Group

By Brian Baxter |

Randolph Adler Jr. and Michael Chung, once a pair of laid off Skadden associates, merged their own boutique with Dentons in 2015. Now the duo are leading a six-strong team decamping Dentons for Fox Rothschild, where Adler will co-chair the firm’s emerging companies and startup group. In the end, a global platform just didn’t matter.

Call for Nominations: Global Legal Awards

It's time to submit your entry for The American Lawyer's Global Legal Awards, which recognizes the best cross-border work of the year.

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California IP Firm Sets Sights on New York

By Rebecca Cohen |

While some large law firms are cutting back on their intellectual property practices, California-based Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear is in expansion mode. The IP-focused firm, which saw its gross revenue rise to $220 million in 2016, is preparing to move five lawyers to a new office in New York.

Slater and Gordon Cleared of Accounting Violations in Australia

By Anna Zhang |

Slater and Gordon, the world's first publicly listed law firm, said the Australian government has concluded its investigation into whether the firm falsified or manipulated its records, clearing it of wrongdoing.

The Gender Divide Among Dealmaking Laterals

By Hugh A. Simons |

With Hourly Rates Rising, Report Shows Spotty Record for GC's Cost-Constraint Tactics

By Roy Strom |

Hourly rates are rebounding strongly from the post-recession doldrums and Big Law is leading the way in capturing more money for their time. Nonetheless, overall demand for lawyers’ time continues to fall, according to an analysis released Monday of actual legal invoices from nearly 100 companies.

Dale Noll, with Akerman, Miami

National LGBT Bar Association President Says Group Has 'a Lot of Work to Do'

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Akerman associate Dale Noll assumed the helm as president of the National LGBT Bar Association this month.

Andrés de la Cruz, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

The American Lawyer's Dealmakers of the Year

By Scott Flaherty, Meghan Tribe and Gina Passarella |

From overcoming press leaks to making sure ink on a paint deal dried, these dealmakers of the year showed creativity, client commitment and a business savvy that delivered on their clients' objectives.

M&A's Missing Women

By Lizzy McLellan |

More women are achieving leadership roles in law firm 
M&A practices. But it will take another big push to achieve widespread gender equity on deal teams.

Deal Watch: Three Firms Headline PR Giant's Going Public Sale

By Meghan Tribe |

This is not a press release. Kirkland & Ellis, Latham & Watkins and Graubard Miller are advising on the $2.4 billion sale of public relations software and technology firm Cision Inc., owner of products like PR Newswire, Gorkana and Help a Reporter Out. The deal will see Cision go public after combining with a blank check company.

David Caputo, left, and Andrew Youman, right, of Youman & Caputo.

Law Firm Spinoffs an Option as Lawyers Look to Go Lean

By David Gialanella and Zack Needles |

Radical change is not easy to pull off at large or even midsize firms, which often are weighed down by bulky staffs, layers of bureaucracy and decades of tradition.

Second Circuit Upholds Ban on Private Investment in Law Firms

By Andrew Denney and Ben Hancock |

A federal appeals court on Friday rejected an attempt to loosen restrictions on private investment in the legal industry, dismissing arguments that ethics rules impinge on lawyers’ First Amendment rights.

Chadbourne & Parke offices in Washington, D.C.

Chadbourne, Plaintiffs Trade Blows in Batch of New Filings

By Brian Baxter |

Three current and former female partners seeking certification of a gender bias class action against Chadbourne & Parke saw the firm file its response opposing that motion late Thursday. Chadbourne’s managing partner Andrew Giaccia and retired partner Mary Yelenick, who is among those suing the firm, also both filed court papers in the case.

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Manafort, Willing to Talk, Hires Top Wilmer Partner

By Brian Baxter |

Reginald Brown, chairman of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr's financial institutions group and head of the firm's congressional investigations practice, has been retained by President Donald Trump's former top campaign adviser Paul Manafort Jr. as he prepares to answer questions about his alleged ties to Russia.