Editor's Picks

The Churn

Polsinelli's Super Bowl Shuffle, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Polsinelli, one of the Am Law 100's fastest-growing firms, churns through its partnership; Alston & Bird adds eight in Dallas; Freshfields hires again in New York; a Skadden practice leader goes in-house; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Dealmakers of the Week: Ryan Maierson and Debbie Yee of Latham & Watkins

By Jennifer Henderson |

Maierson and Yee advised Energy Transfer Partners in its $18 billion merger with Regency Energy Partners.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Dorsey & Whitney Records Most Profitable Year

By Nell Gluckman |

Despite a management change and the defection of three practice group leaders and other top partners, Dorsey & Whitney reported a 3.8 percent increase in gross revenue in 2014, to $338.5 million, while profits per partner and revenue also improved.

Applying to Top Law Schools Disserved Many in 2014

By Matt Leichter |

Law school applicants gunning for top schools wasted a lot of effort last year.

Kilpatrick Townsend Bets on 'Beast Mode' This Sunday

By Brian Baxter |

R. Gwen Peterson, a partner with Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, helped star Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch trademark his nickname "Beast Mode." Now that nickname, which appeared on a hat Lynch wore at Super Bowl Media Day, could lead to a $100,000 fine by the National Football League.

The Numbers Behind the 2015 Lateral Report

The law firms with the most lateral gains and losses, as well as the hottest markets and practice areas, in The American Lawyer's annual report on lateral moves.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Goodwin Procter Builds on 2013 Growth

By Nell Gluckman |

With new leadership in place after the firm’s chair of 16 years stepped aside over the summer, Goodwin Procter had a strong year, with gross revenue increasing by 4.4 percent, profits per partner rising 7.4 percent and revenue per lawyer increasing 6.1 percent in 2014.

Deal Watch: Three Am Law Firms Advise on $18 Billion Energy Buy

By Jennifer Henderson |

The $18 billion merger between Energy Transfer Partners and Regency Energy Partners tops a roundup of nine deals breaking the billion-dollar mark this week.

Best and Brightest?

By Vivia Chen |

Declining law school enrollment and LSAT scores are a wake-up call for the profession.

The Dating Game

By Kim Kleman, editor in chief |

It's been a near-record year for lateral partners looking for love.

Firms Will Thrive as Agencies Enact U.S. Regulations

By David L. Brown |

Congress may stall, but as agencies speed to enact Obama's regulatory agenda, firms will have plenty of business.

Warning Signs About That Would-Be Lateral

By William Henderson and Christopher Zorn |

A lateral hiring scorecard is the best way to accurately size up candidates and find red flags.

An Rx for Lateral Heartache

By William Henderson and Christopher Zorn |

Lateral partner hiring among large law firms is a lot like an ailing patient. We say this having explored more than 30,000 lateral partner moves over a 12-year period. And we're ready to offer prescriptive advice—a real cure for the dysfunctional lateral market.

Lateral Hiring Stays Strong, but Firms Curb Pay Pledges

By MP McQueen |

Lateral hiring remains at a near record, but more firms seek to manage risk by pulling back on compensation guarantees.

Special Report: A Near-Record Year for Lateral Hires

Lateral hiring was a key strategy for 2014, our new Lateral Survey shows, though firms protected themselves by reducing the amount and duration of guarantees. Another shield against a bad lateral hire, consultants say, is a detailed scorecard to grade lateral candidates. We profile 20 standout hires of the year.

Big Suits

By David Bario, Scott Flaherty and Rebekah Mintzer |

U.S. v. Newman and Chiasson; In Re Forex Benchmark Rates and Antitrust Litigation; Harris Country v. International Paper; In re Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities; SimpleAir v. Google

The Lateral Report: 2014's All-Star Hires

Twenty of the most notable and intriguing lateral moves of the year.

After 70 Years, Holocaust Reparations from French Railway SNCF

By Nell Gluckman |

Survivors of railway deportations to concentration camps and their families will receive funds under an agreement that Akin Gump lobbied for.

Polar Express

By Nell Gluckman |

A Paul Hastings associate and his wife ski across Antarctica.

A Peek Inside Wachtell's Black Box

By Susan Beck |

Evidence in a malpractice suit sheds light on the elite firm's billing practices.

Product Review: Yoga 3 Pro Laptop

By Alan Cohen |

In its third generation, Lenovo's shape-shifting Yoga laptop is much improved. But is it right for you?

Oil Shock for Law Firms

By Chris Johnson |

Energy lawyers are about to find out how well their practices run on cheap oil.

Billions in U.S. Claims Against Cuba Still Outstanding

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Don't light up the cigars just yet. Before Cuba and the U.S. can open full economic relations, U.S. antiterror judgments and claims for nationalized property must be resolved.

Competing in a New Cuba

By Carlyn Kolker |

As the door to Cuba cracks a little wider, some American firms are looking hard for opportunity. But foreign rivals already have a head start.

Fee Tracker: Detroit Bankruptcy

By Nell Gluckman |

What lead debtor's counsel Jones Day and other law firms earned during Detroit's Chapter 9 insolvency.

Big Deals

PetSmart, Riverbed LBOs; Merck / Cubist; Visteon Stake Sale; GIC / IndCor Properties; NextEra / Hawaiian Electric; Paramount Group IPO

Why Pay the Rack Rate?

By Katelyn Polantz |

A survey by the National Law Journal finds that law firm billing rates continue to rise—but firms are offering clients more alternative to the traditional hourly rate.

Chadbourne Opens New Office in Johannesburg

By Julie Triedman |

Chadbourne & Parke will open the South African outpost on Feb. 2, to be headed by Lido Fontana, a former project finance partner from one of the country's top corporate firms.

Debevoise Associate Moonlights as Chess Champion

By Nell Gluckman |

Alisa Melekhina learned to play chess at 5, competed for the first time at 7 and represented the U.S. in a tournament at 9. Now, at 23, she is among the top 10 women chess players in the country. Meanwhile, as a new associate at Debevoise & Plimpton, she is working on a white-collar criminal investigation—a challenge she says her chess mind has trained her for.

Meet the Lawyer Who's Giving Dershowitz Hell

By Vivia Chen |

Who's Paul Cassell? And why is he alleging all those awful things about the Harvard law legend?