Editor's Picks

Dealmaker of the Year: Linda Myers of Kirkland & Ellis

Myers guided Energy Future Holdings Corp. through its Chapter 11 filing with more than $45 billion in liabilities, the year's largest corporate bankruptcy and the eighth-largest ever.

Boies Schiller Bolsters Corporate Group With O'Melveny Hire

By Brian Baxter |

Boies, Schiller & Flexner is rebuilding its small corporate group by hiring O'Melveny & Myers corporate and project finance partner Dev Sen, who joined his now former firm nearly three years ago prior to the historic collapse of Dewey & LeBoeuf.

Networking Doesn't Help Women

By Vivia Chen |

Business school study puts a damper on female bonding.

McDermott Loses International Arbitration Head to Mayer Brown

By Nell Gluckman |

B. Ted Howes is the latest addition to Mayer Brown’s international arbitration group, the firm announced Monday. Howes joins the firm in New York from McDermott Will & Emery, where he worked for nearly two decades.

Map of Saudi Arabia.

DLA Piper Opens Second Saudi Arabia Office

By Jennifer Henderson |

The firm has put down stakes in Jeddah, creating its second outpost in Saudi Arabia, where it already has an office in Riyadh. DLA Piper plans to further expand by opening a third outpost in the Eastern Province by year’s end.

Sony's Hacked Emails a Treasure Trove for Attorney-Client Relations

By Brian Baxter and Nell Gluckman |

Internal emails hacked from Sony Pictures Entertainment late last year have been released in a searchable database form by WikiLeaks. The document dump reveals frank discussions between the company's in-house lawyers and outside counsel on everything from legal fees and conflict waivers to pitches for business.

The Churn

New Hires Beget New Horizons, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Goodwin Procter launches a London private equity practice; Dentons arrives in Budapest; Fox Rothschild opens in Chicago; Polsinelli puts down stakes in Nashville; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Dealmaker of the Year: Michael Ringler of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Ringler counseled online real estate service Trulia in its $3.5 billion merger with rival Zillow.

Dealmaker of the Week: Warren Gorrell of Hogan Lovells

By Jennifer Henderson |

Gorrell advised General Electric Co. in the $26.5 billion sale of GE Capital's real estate portfolio to funds managed by Blackstone LP, along with Wells Fargo & Co. and additional buyers.

Dentons Strikes Again

By Steven J. Harper |

As Dentons merges with yet another firm, its leaders are out to shatter "myths" about law firm growth. But what if they're not myths?

Dealmaker of the Year: Mehdi Khodadad of Cooley

Khodadad advised Boston-based Paratek Pharmaceuticals on its reverse IPO with Transcept Pharmaceuticals.

Cleary Gottlieb, Allen & Overy Get Google’s Antitrust Call

By Nell Gluckman |

The two firms are divvying up the task of advising Google on antitrust claims leveled at the technology giant this week by the European Union.

Deal Watch: Am Law Firms Get Electric With $26.5 Billion GE Capital Deal

By Jennifer Henderson |

As hundreds of Am Law 100 lawyers work on the dissolution of General Electric's financial unit, three more big firms grab roles on Nokia's $16.6 billion acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent.

From Big Law to Beaver Creek, One Partner's Journey From Sheppard Mullin to Ski Scholar

By Jennifer Henderson |

Prentice O'Leary, a longtime bankruptcy lawyer at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, is spending his retirement as a part-time ski instructor at a major ski resort in Colorado.

Dealmakers of the Year: Leiming Chen and William Hinman of Simpson Thacher

Chen 
and Hinman shepherded Alibaba's $25 billion IPO on the New York Stock Exchange, the largest initial public offering in history.

Djibouti businessman Abdourahman Boreh

Court Denies Gibson Dunn Partner's Initial Appeal in Djibouti Case

By Jennifer Henderson |

Peter Gray sought permission to appeal a British high court's finding last month that the Dubai-based partner deliberately misled the court in presenting inaccurately dated evidence that implicated Djibouti businessman Abdourahman Boreh in a 2009 grenade attack. Justice Julian Flaux on Tuesday rejected Gray's request, which will now go to the Court of Appeal.

Dentons Makes a Grand Budapest Bolt-On

By Brian Baxter |

Having recently announced mergers in the U.S. and China, the ever-expanding global legal giant is now adding a 30-strong team from White & Case in the Hungarian capital. The move is essentially another merger, as Dentons will absorb the entire local affiliate of White & Case, a firm that opened in Budapest in 1990.

Polsinelli Expands Health Care Practice Into Nashville

By Nell Gluckman |

The firm is extending its reach by creating a new office in Nashville that will focus on the health care industry, a staple for the fast-growing Polsinelli. Manning the outpost will be former Frost Brown Todd attorneys Bobby Guy and Robert Dempsey.

Ralph Baxter, Chairman and Chief Executive officer of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

Former Orrick Chair Sticks to His Roots

By Julie Triedman |

Ralph Baxter became almost synonymous with his firm during his 22 years at the helm of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. On Monday, he announced his first official plans for his post-firm life: taking on board roles at two data analytics-oriented legal services innovators and chairing a new industry think tank.

The Churn

Wine Lovers Relocate, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Duane Morris and McKool Smith saw a pair of oenophiles pull up stakes for new endeavors; Kirkland & Ellis adds one litigator and loses two more; Paul Hastings bolsters its banking group in London; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Survey Sees Slight Dip in Confidence Among Firm Leaders

By MP McQueen |

Law firm managing partners' confidence in the first quarter dropped to the levels of last year's third quarter thanks to lower expectations for economic and legal industry growth, according to Citi Private Bank Law Group.

Call for Nominations

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

Dealmaker of the Year: Ethan Klingsberg of Cleary Gottlieb

Klingsberg helped Family Dollar Stores Inc. fend off a hostile takeover by Dollar General Stores in order to pursue a tie-up with Dollar Tree Stores instead.

Dealmaker of the Year: Eduardo Gallardo of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Gallardo helped Corvex Management LP and Related Fund Management LLC win a long struggle to replace the management and board trustees of real estate investment trust CommonWealth REIT, a big office landlord.

Under ABS Structure, Cahill Makes London Litigation Debut

By Brian Baxter |

Cahill Gordon & Reindel officially launched an English law litigation practice in London after hiring Shearman & Sterling partner Richard Kelly. The announcement comes with a twist: U.K. regulators approved Cahill's application to become the first major U.S. firm in London to be licensed under an alternative business structure.

Insurer Aims at New Target in Dewey Bond Offering Suit

By Nell Gluckman |

After a federal court judge in Iowa granted a stay in Aviva Life and Annuity Co.'s case against three former Dewey & LeBoeuf leaders, the insurance company has filed a separate suit against two others: COO Dennis D'Alessandro and executive committee member Richard Shutran.

Harvard Law School Now Wants Older Applicants

By Vivia Chen |

Want to get in? Don't apply straight from college.

Dealmakers of the Year: Steven Seidman of Willkie, Paul Schnell and Jeremy London of Skadden

By MP McQueen |

Seidman used a Pac-Man defense to help Men's Wearhouse Inc. defeat a hostile bid by Jos. A. Bank Inc. and then turn around and gobble up the bidder itself. Bank, meanwhile, will get a 56 percent premium for its shares, thanks to Schnell and London, who negotiated on the company's behalf.

Georgetown Pairs Up With DLA Piper, Arent Fox to Open Low Bono Firm

By Susan Beck |

Georgetown University Law Center is working with DLA Piper and Arent Fox to create a small nonprofit law firm in Washington, D.C., aimed at providing legal services at affordable rates to people with modest incomes who don't qualify for free legal aid because they're not poor enough.

The Churn

Wilson Sonsini Partner Sets Sail for New Horizons, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

J. Christopher Groobey spent 25 years in Big Law before heading for the high seas; Fried Frank makes more litigation hires; Latham & Watkins lures three from Sidley Austin; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.