Editor's Picks

The Churn

Fenwick & West Heads to NYC, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Silicon Valley stalwart Fenwick & West is poised to set up shop in the Big Apple; Boies Schiller brings on two more litigators; Ropes & Gray grabs another private equity pro in London; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Hillary Clinton with husband, former US President Bill Clinton (Mike Nelson/EPA/Newscom).

Big Firms Have Paid Big Bucks for Clinton Speeches

By Jennifer Henderson |

According to a new database based on financial disclosures by Bill and Hillary Clinton, a handful of large law firms have paid nearly $2 million to the political power couple to make speeches. One talk came at a global partners' meeting for an Am Law 100 firm.

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Too Sexy for the Boss

By Vivia Chen |

Report Sees Top Deal Lawyers Pull Ahead as Billing Rates Soar

By Julie Triedman |

The high and low ends of the M&A legal services market are becoming ever more stratified as billing rates for deal work dwarf other practices, according to a new survey by LexisNexis CounselLink.

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Firms Offer More Parental Leave, But Will Associates Take It?

By Nell Gluckman |

Law firms are in an arms race over who can offer the best paternal leave policies, but at some firms, fathers aren’t taking all the time offered.

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Five Firms Plant Themselves on Bayer’s Mega Monsanto Bid

By Jennifer Henderson |

Eight months after Monsanto Co. abandoned its $45 billion saga to acquire Switzerland's Syngenta AG, the agribusiness giant is the recipient of a $62 billion takeover bid by Germany’s Bayer AG.

Sean O'Shea

Boies Schiller Bolts On New York Litigation Boutique

By Scott Flaherty |

White-collar pro Sean O’Shea is joining Boies Schiller along with the rest of his small firm, O’Shea Partners.

The Churn

Sheppard Mullin’s Growth Surge Continues, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Steptoe & Johnson's Korea practice co-head finds a new home; a Bryan Cave practice leader joins the Kentucky Derby; a longtime Paul Weiss litigator becomes a regulator; Perkins Coie hires from Microsoft; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Is Your Firm Collaborative? What Your Client Sees

By Heidi K. Gardner |

Do your partners collaborate well? Here's what to look for—and behavior to avoid.

Roger Furey, an IP partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman in Washington, D.C. (HANDOUT)

Katten Starts Leadership Transition as New Chair Takes Helm

By MP McQueen |

Roger Furey, an IP litigation partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman in Washington, D.C., is poised to become the new chairman of the Chicago-based firm.

Illustration by Jon Reinfurt

Top Tips from the Trusts and Estates Bar

By Susan Beck |

Heed this advice from trusts and estates experts to reduce the chances of your family fighting after you're gone.

The 2016 Am Law 200: Our Exclusive Report

The Second Hundred, firms 101-200 on our list of the nation’s highest-grossing firms, underperformed their larger counterparts in 2015.

2016 Diversity Scorecard: How the Firms Rate

The percentage of minorities practicing at the country's largest firms increased only modestly last year.

2016 Diversity Scorecard: The Rankings

For the third time in row, White & Case leads the pack in The American Lawyer's annual Diversity Scorecard

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, remained flat for Second Hundred firms in 2015.

Firms Ranked by Profits Per Partner

Average profits per partner for Second Hundred firms inched up 0.1 percent in 2015, to $737,470.

Firms Ranked by Gross Revenue

Gross Revenue for the Second Hundred decreased in 2015 by an average of 3.2 percent, reversing a 2.1 percent increase in 2014. The Second Hundred’s fall in average gross revenue widens the gap between it and The Am Law 100, which showed a 2.7 percent increase in average gross revenue in 2015.

Marci Eisenstein of Schiff Hardin. HANDOUT.

A Big Settlement Pays Off for Schiff Hardin

By Jennifer Henderson |

A contingency fee from an asbestos suit boots profits.

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Letter from London: White & Case Aims High

By Chris Johnson |

The firm adopts a bold growth plan in London. What if it works?

Irwin Kishner

Herrick Feinstein Bounces Back After Two Tough Years

By Christine Simmons |

The firm's robust year reverses recent declines 
and quiets merger talk.

Big Suits

By Scott Flaherty, Ben Hancock and Julie Triedman |

Epic Systems v. Tata Consultancy Services; O'Connor v. Uber; SunEdison Chapter 11; In re VW 'Clean Diesel' Product Liability Litigation; Prosterman v. Airline Tariff Publishing.

Mark Sloan

Thompson & Knight Rides High Amid Energy Lows

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

The energy industry may be in decline, but the firm hasn't followed suit.

Illustration by Traci Daberko

Diversity Scorecard: Minorities Make Small Gains in Big Law

By MP McQueen |

Our Diversity Scorecard finds that just over 15 percent of U.S. lawyers at big firms are members of a minority group.

Andrei Iancu of Irell & Manella. HANDOUT.

With Smaller Footprint, Irell Shows Declines

By David Ruiz |

Buffeted by defections, the highly profitable firm sees its gross revenue drop.

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Fly Smart: Which Airlines Have the Best Wi-Fi?

By Alan Cohen |

Airlines like to hype their Wi-Fi options but often fall short. Which carriers give you the best experience?

Methodology: Diversity Scorecard

By MP McQueen |
Gerald Greenspoon of Greenspoon Marder. May 22, 2013. HANDOUT.

Greenspoon Marder Gambles on Growth

By Julie Kay |

The firm moves into Las Vegas and expands at home.

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With Internal Investigations, Firms Walk a Tightrope

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Sullivan & Cromwell and Dechert struggle to balance client and regulator.

Morris Manning & Martin Managing Partner, Louise Wells. Photo By John Disney 3-27-2012

A Real Estate Boom for Morris Manning

By Meredith Hobbs |

Real estate work, especially in the multifamily and hospitality sectors, helps fuel a solid year.

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Hitting the FCPA Jackpot

By Julie Triedman |

Corruption cases are throwing off plenty of lucrative work for law firms.