Editor's Picks

Crossword: Prequel Spinoff

By Victor Fleming |

The "Breaking Bad" legal whiz is doing well in solo practice.

Author and Morrison & Foerster partner James Huston died this month after a battle with multiple myeloma.

MoFo Partner, Novelist James Huston Dead After Battle with Cancer

By MP McQueen |

A leader of Morrison & Foerster’s national trial practice, Huston was also fighter pilot, a former Navy officer and a bestselling author.

Abbott Laboratories Global headquarters in Abbott Park, Illinois (HANDOUT)

Deal Watch: A Pharmaceutical Frenzy for a Half-Dozen Firms

By Jennifer Henderson |

Abbott Labs seeks to buy St. Jude Medical for $25 billion; Sanofi makes a $9.3 billion bid for Medivation; AbbVie offers $5.8 billion for Stemcentrx; and a look at the big firms behind those proposed megadeals.

Rene Kathawala of Orrick and Steph Sherer, executive director of Americans for Safe Access (HANDOUT)

Orrick Partners With Pro-Pot Nonprofit Group

By Nell Gluckman |

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has launched a project with the Americans for Safe Access Foundation—a national cannabis advocacy group—to provide pro bono support to medical marijuana patients.


Nice Bosses Do No Better (or Worse) Than Nasty Ones

By Vivia Chen |

Employees will leave anyway, so why bother being a good boss?

Curtis Mallet Expands to Switzerland with New Geneva Office

By Chris Johnson |

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle will become one of the small number of international firms with offices in Switzerland when it opens in Geneva next month.

Big Firms Fuel Up on Energy Sector Bankruptcies

By Brian Baxter |

The administrative office of the U.S. Courts said Thursday that bankruptcy filings fell 8.5 percent over the past year. But one sector where Chapter 11 work hasn't dried up is the energy industry, where Kirkland & Ellis and Jones Day are siphoning off new assignments.

Kirsten Jarvis Johnson with her son.

How a 'Burned-Out' International Lawyer Ditched Squire Patton Boggs

By Julie Triedman |

When Kristen Jarvis Johnson left her senior associate position to focus on her startup toy company, she invited the Internet along for the ride.

In Presidential Legal Fee Race, Trump Beats Hillary

By Brian Baxter |

The five remaining U.S. presidential candidates all have a need for outside counsel on the campaign trail, and not surprisingly it’s the two frontrunners that have accrued the most in legal expenses.

Douglas Knott, Sean Gaynor and Samuel Leib of Leib Knott Gaynor in Milwaukee (HANDOUT)

Half of Wilson Elser's Milwaukee Bolt-On Breaks Away

By Jennifer Henderson |

Three years after Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker expanded into Milwaukee after a merger, three litigation partners have left the Am Law 100 firm's office in the city to start their own shop.

In this Sunday, Oct. 23, 1983, file photo, service members search through rubble after a suicide truck bomb attack on the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon. The blast _ the single deadliest attack on U.S. forces abroad since World War II _ claimed the lives of 241 American service members. - AP Photo/Jim Bourdier

Lawyers for Beirut Bombing Victims Finally Close In on Recovery

By Julie Triedman |

Many of the original plaintiffs didn’t live to see their attorneys prevail at the U.S. Supreme Court, but hundreds of terror victims and their family members are finally close to collecting from Iran.

The Churn

Fox Rothschild Bets on Big Wealth, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

The Philadelphia-based firm bolts on smaller wealth management shops in California and Florida; Jenner & Block rebuilds its government contracts group; Sidley Austin hires MoFo's ERISA head; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Peter Kalis of K&L Gates (Johann Sebastian Hänel)

Hit With Defections, K&L Gates Stays the Course

By Julie Triedman |

K&L Gates has expanded well beyond its Pittsburgh roots. The firm says it's on the verge of greatness. Others disagree.


News & Gossip: Slaughter & May, DLA, S&C + More

By Vivia Chen |

A quick and dirty take on the news.

More Law Firms Take Aim at Associate Student Loan Debt

By Nell Gluckman |

At least three law firms are now working with First Republic Bank to help their associates pay down hundreds of thousands in law school debt at reduced rates. Dozens of others are working with nontraditional lenders such as SoFi to implement similar programs.

Joseph Sigelman, indicted former chief executive of PetroTiger Ltd.

Ex-Quinn Emanuel Client Can’t Dodge Arbitration Clause

By Nell Gluckman |

A case filed by a former Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan client who sued the firm over what he claimed were “excessive" legal fees was sent to arbitration by a Florida state court judge in Miami.

Billionaire activist-investor Carl Icahn gives an interview on FOX Business Network's Neil Cavuto show in New York (Brenden McDermid/Reuters/Newscom)

Icahn's CVR Energy Seeks to Reboot Wachtell Malpractice Case

By Susan Beck |

Carl Icahn isn’t ready to walk away from his malpractice battle with Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.

American Bar Association offices in Washington, D.C.

ABA Says Money, Not Politics, Doomed Book By Chinese Rights Lawyer

By Susan Beck |

The American Bar Association defended its decision to walk away from a book deal with Chinese lawyer Teng Biao, telling skeptical U.S. lawmakers that the move was strictly business.

Mariah Klinefelter, 35, a former associate at McGuireWoods who most recent working at Steptoe & Johnson PLLC in Pittsburgh, was killed Friday after being struck by an SUV while on vacation in Florida. (GoFundMe)

Steptoe Associate Killed in Freak Florida Traffic Accident

By Brian Baxter |

Mariah Klinefelter, 35, a former associate at McGuireWoods most recently employed at Steptoe & Johnson PLLC in suburban Pittsburgh, was killed Friday after being struck by an SUV while on vacation in Florida. Her infant son is in stable condition.

The American Lawyer May 2016 cover

Law Firm Leaders React to a Year of Slow Growth

By Susan Beck and MP McQueen |

Firm leaders and industry consultants said that The American Lawyer’s Am Law 100 survey mostly confirmed their expectations, and most said that they expected more of the same in 2016.

Newspapers (perspective/Flickr)

Read All About It: Skadden, Kirkland Advise on Tribune Bid

By Jennifer Henderson |

Kirkland & Ellis goes back a long way with the beleaguered Tribune Publishing Co., which is now eyeing an $815 million offer from Gannett Co.

Jones Day's Jorge Hladjk and K&L Gates' Steven Caponi (HANDOUTS)

Jones Day, K&L Gates Bulk Up Cybersecurity Practices

By Nell Gluckman |

The two Am Law 100 firms brought on new partners in the cybersecurity and data privacy space by making hires from Blank Rome and Hunton & Williams.

Mauricio Macri

Cleary Takes Lead on Argentina’s $16.5B Market Re-Entry

By Scott Flaherty |

Cravath may have stepped in to help Argentina end its legal battle with bondholders, but the country turned to its longtime counsel at Cleary Gottlieb to guide its re-entry into global capital markets.

The Churn

Davis Polk Hires Ex-Cravath Partner, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Ronald Cami heads to Davis Polk & Wardwell in Silicon Valley; Davis Wright Tremaine adds a former top federal prosecutor; another Bracewell partner departs; a new IP boutique forms inside the Beltway; and other key additions from throughout The Am Law 200.


How we report law firm financials.

Twenty Feet From Stardom: Celebrity Ties of the Am Law 100

By Vivia Chen |

A pictorial roundup of celebrity-Big Law family connections.

Tech Work Shields Baker Botts From Energy's Slowdown

By Miriam Rozen |

The firm says that eight of its top 15 clients, as measured by revenue generated for the firm, are in the tech sector.

Firms Ranked by Gross Revenue

For the second year in a row, Latham & Watkins holds the top position on our gross revenue rankings, while three new firms moved onto the Am Law 100. Twenty-seven firms posted gross revenue of $1 billion or more.

Firms Ranked by Profits Per Partner

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz becomes the first firm to crack the $6 million profits-per-partner mark, with average PPP of $6.6 million. For The Am Law 100 as a whole, average profits per partner rose by 4.0 percent in 2015, falling short of 2014’s increase of 5.3 percent.

Firms Ranked by Revenue Per Lawyer

Revenue Per Lawyer, the metric that we’ve long regarded as the most reliable measure of a firm’s financial health, increased by 2.6 percent at Am Law 100 firms in 2015.