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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

  • Designation: Washington
  • Head Count: 806
  • Gross Revenues: $775,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $960,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,540,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 0

Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld is a national firm with its largest offices in Washington, D.C., New York, and Dallas. Its 784 attorneys place it thirty-nineth on The National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250 rankings of firms based on size. In The American Lawyer's 2011 Am Law 100 rankings of U.S. firms based on revenue, Akin, Gump placed 32nd with $736,500,000 in gross revenue in 2010. The firm has ranked in the top 50 of The American Lawyer's annual Am Law 100 rankings since 1986. In the 2011 Global 100 survey, the firm ranked as the 37th highest grossing law firm in the world. Akin, Gump's practice areas include intellectual property, antitrust, corporate governance, mergers and acquistions, the entertainment and health industries, nuclear energy, telecommunications and information technology, insurance, and white-collar criminal defense. The firm recently strengthened its policy area expertise with the March 2010 purchase of Parven Pomper Strategies, a Democratic lobbying firm. It has 14 offices worldwide.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 32 0 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 32 0 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 40 -1 Lawyer head count
The A-List 16 13 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 35 3 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 50 3 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 13 84 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 8 18 Summer programs

In the News

April 2014 Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Tobacco Lobby Targets Trans-Pacific, Trans-Atlantic Pacts

Andrew Ramonas : Corporate Counsel : January 31, 2014

As the United States negotiates the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, tobacco giant Philip Morris International Management SA has turned to Akin Gump lobbyists for help.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 31, 2014

News of firm additions and appointments.

A Counselor to Presidents But, First And Foremost, a Lawyer

Mark MacDougall : The National Law Journal : January 31, 2014

To Robert Strauss, the practice of law was all about solving problems.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 31, 2014

Randy Aoyama joins Hinshaw & Culbertson as partner in the Phoenix office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Dealmakers of the Year: Standout Lawyers in Tough Times

Ross Todd : The American Lawyer : January 31, 2014

The lawyers behind the most innovative corporate work, plus the details of the transactions they negotiated.

BigLaw 300: A Directory of News at the Largest Law Firms

Sherry Karabin : Law Technology News : January 28, 2014

TechnoLawyer supplies large law firm news with direct links that you might otherwise never see.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Squire Sanders Stays Course

Chris Johnson : The Am Law Daily : January 26, 2014

As Squire Sanders continues its tie-up talks with another member of The Am Law 100, The American Lawyer's reporting shows that it posted a largely flat set of financial results for 2013.

The Churn: Bingham Departures Continue, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 25, 2014

Bingham & McCutchen loses a real estate finance partner to Holland & Knight and litigator to Stubbs Alderton Markiles; Greenberg Traurig adds a former FINRA enforcement counsel; and Holland & Hart absorbs a Salt Lake City tax boutique.

INADMISSIBLE: Robert Strauss Dies at 95

: The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

"One of the legendary lawyers that really don't exist anymore." That's how Hogan Lovells partner Robert Bennett described Robert Strauss, who died March 19 at the age of 95. Plus more in this week's column.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Legal industry job changes in our nation's capital.

DC Lateral Moves Roundup

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 21, 2014

Proskauer Rose and Miles & Stockbridge grabbed lawyers from Crowell & Moring. A partner left Williams & Connolly for Zuckerman Spaeder. And a bankrupcty group went to Baker Donelson.

The Morning Wrap

Andrew Ramonas : Legal Times : January 20, 2014

A round-up of legal news from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld co-founder Robert Strauss dies at 95, U.S. stocks drop as Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen talks, Toyota Motor Corp. reaches a $1.1 billion deal with the U.S. Department of Justice and former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry endorses sitting Mayor Vincent Gray in his reelection bid.

'The House that Strauss Built'

Jenna Greene and Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 20, 2014

Recalling his wisdom, integrity and humor, lawyers offered tributes to Akin, Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld co-founder Robert Strauss, who died yesterday at age 95.

Robert Strauss, Akin Gump Co-Founder, Dies at 95

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 19, 2014

Robert Strauss, a co-founder of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, died Wednesday at age 95, a firm spokesman confirmed.

Big Firms Wait on Sidelines as West Slaps Russia With Sanctions

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 18, 2014

The Obama administration and European Union announced sanctions Monday against several key individuals with ties to the Kremlin, just one day before President Vladimir Putin said he would accept Crimea's bid to join the Russian Federation. Caught in the middle are several top international and Am Law 100 firms, whose Moscow offices could be adversely affected. should the schism between East and West become more pronounced. Amid the uncertainty, two big Russian M&A deals yielded roles this week for four Magic Circle firms.

The Churn: Foley Snags Weil's Boston Leader, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 18, 2014

Weil Gotshal's latest lateral defector is the managing partner of the firm's Boston office; Pillsbury lands two transportation finance partners from DLA Piper in London; and a former senior federal prosecutor heads to Sidley.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 17, 2014

New hires, promotions, appointments and awards in-house, at firms, and in government and academia.

The Churn: Holland & Knight Scatters Five Partner Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2014

Holland & Knight adds two partners in Tampa and individual partners in Miami, New York and San Francisco; Burr & Forman welcomes four health care attorneys in Birmingham; and two energy and natural resources partners move to Husch Blackwell's Denver office.

The Churn: Akin, Simpson Add Houston Partners, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 11, 2014

Akin picks up Baker & McKenzie's former North America oil and gas chair and Simpson hires an M&A partner from Baker Botts, both in Houston; Reed Smith welcomes two regulatory partners, in Chicago and Washington, D.C.; and K&L Gates lands new partners in Milan and Washington, D.C.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 10, 2014

Legal industry job changes in our nation's capital.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 10, 2014

Jennifer Weiss joins Goulston & Storrs' tax practice as partner in the Boston office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Patton Boggs Will Survive, Even With More Reductions, Managing Partner Says

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : January 07, 2014

Nearly two dozen Patton Boggs partners will leave the firm in the coming months, while those who intend to stay have pledged allegiance to management as they tackle a possible merger and continue to revamp the Washington-based law and lobbying brand. Edward Newberry, Patton Boggs managing partner, said Friday that his firm would survive—healthy and profitable.

White House Adviser Joins Akin Gump

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 06, 2014

Former White House advisor Ed Pagano has joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, where he said he will lobby Congress on issues such as immigration and patent reform.

The Churn: Dentons Continues Heenan Blaikie Hiring, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2014

Dentons hires a total of 46 attorneys from failed Canada firm Heenan Blaikie; Akerman adds three new litigators in its month-old Chicago office; and a former White House adviser joins Akin Gump.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Legal industry job changes in our nation's capital.

The Appeal of Marriage: A.G. Responds After Court Rules Ban on Same-Sex Marriage Unconstitutional

Miriam Rozen : Texas Lawyer : January 03, 2014

"Our clients are thrilled. It is huge," said the plaintiffs lawyer, Daniel "Neel" Lane Jr., after the ruling.

Akin Gump 'Firing on All Cylinders'

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 03, 2014

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld saw a bonanza in profits last year, according to our reporting. Profits per partner increased almost 20 percent, by about $300,000 per partner, to $1.835 million in 2013 compared with 2012.

NFL Tax Filings Show Big Fees for Three Firms

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 03, 2014

The latest tax filings by the National Football League and its collective bargaining arm show that it paid out nearly $25 million to Akin Gump, Covington & Burling and Paul Weiss, the latter a newcomer to the NFL's stable of top outside legal advisers.

D.C. Circuit Judge Patricia Millett Sworn In

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 28, 2014

Two members of the U.S. Supreme Court were on hand this afternoon to formally bid farewell to Patricia Millett, a longtime high court advocate who was recently confirmed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Unrest in Ukraine Ripples Through Global 100 Firms

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 28, 2014

Baker & McKenzie, Chadbourne & Parke, Clifford Chance, Dentons, DLA Piper and Squire Sanders have all seen business at their offices in Kiev grind to a halt this month amid clashes between opposition forces and security services loyal to former president Viktor Yanukovych.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 27, 2014

Six firms announce new hires, while Sheppard Mullin, Baker & McKenzie and Stroock announce new partners.

Big Suits

Susan Beck, Rebekah Mintzer, Ross Todd, Jan Wolfe and Sheri Qualters : The American Lawyer : January 27, 2014

U.S. v. JPMorgan Chase; In re Payment Card Interchange Fee Antitrust Litigation; Swatch v. Tiffany; In re: Southeastern Milk Antitrust Litigation

U.S. District Judge Rules Texas' Constitutional Ban on Same-Sex Marriage Violates U.S. Constitution

Miriam Rozen : Texas Lawyer : January 26, 2014

"Our clients are thrilled. It is huge," said the plaintiffs lawyer, Daniel "Neel" Lane Jr., after the ruling.

Risky Business: Lateral Moves Down for 2013, Firms Slow Hiring, Lawyers Move With Caution

Jeanne Graham : Texas Lawyer : January 24, 2014

Eighteen of the state's 25 largest firms participated in Texas Lawyer's Lateral Hiring Survey and reported hiring 14.1 percent fewer lateral attorneys—249 versus 290—than they had in 2012.

Is Threat of Surveillance New Reality for Law Firms?

Sara Randazzo and Andrew Ramonas : The Am Law Daily : January 18, 2014

For many lawyers who represent foreign governments, the recent revelation that the U.S. National Security Agency's Australian ally has been privy to communications between an American law firm and its international client comes as no surprise.

The Score: Paul Weiss Drops Wells Report, Helps Client Buy Easton

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2014

Roughly a year after reaping $3.6 million to conduct an internal investigation of the NBA players' union, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison litigation partner Ted Wells released Friday the results of his inquiry into the Miami Dolphins bullying imbroglio. Wells' firm also took the lead this week counseling a client on its $330 million acquisition of struggling Easton-Bell Sports' baseball and softball business. Meanwhile, Davis Polk and Covington, respectively, helped Comcast and the NFL ink a pair of major TV rights deals.

Nine More Ex-Dewey Partners Hit With Clawback Suits

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2014

The former Dewey & LeBoeuf partners targeted in the latest round of suits filed by the defunct firm's liquidation trust include Steven Otillar, who waged a since-settled court fight with Citibank over his alleged failure to repay a capital loan, and onetime Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 04, 2014

New hires, promotions, appointments and awards in-house, at firms, and in government and academia.

The Churn: Yankees President Heads to Jackson Lewis, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2014

Randy Levine, team president of the New York Yankees, has left Akin to join the New York office of Jackson Lewis as of counsel. Meanwhile, Covington adds two financial M&A partners in Washington, D.C., and Gibson Dunn lands new partners in Los Angeles and New York.

Speeding Up Settlement With a Predictive App

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : January 03, 2014

Picture It Settled aims to help in-house lawyers plan a negotiation strategy that is calculated to induce cooperative behavior and to reach more settlements at favorable numbers.

Debating a Mainstay of Fraud Enforcement

Andrew Ramonas : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

The False Claims Act has been lucrative, but has it been effective?

Your Career: Merger Mania

Sandy Lechtick : The Recorder : January 31, 2014

In this post-recession economy, partners should really understand where their firm is headed and what that means for them, writes recruiter Sandy Lechtick.

The Churn: Katten Grabs Bingham Real Estate Group, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 31, 2014

Bingham McCutchen loses another practice group leader, as real estate cochair Kenneth Lore takes a nine-lawyer team to Katten Muchin Rosenman. Meanwhile, Skadden brings back a former partner to head its white-collar group and Blank Rome poaches two partners versed in sometimes tricky partnership issues from Greenberg Traurig.

Fee Tracker: Super Bowl, Patent Battles and More

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 30, 2014

In our latest installment of the Fee Tracker, The Am Law Daily looks at the legal fees paid by several leading nonprofit organizations in the news, such as the NY/NJ Super Bowl XLVIII Bidding Committee, the Alfred E. Mann Foundation for Scientific Research and the UJA-Federation of New York, which recently hired a top Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison litigation partner as its new leader.

D.C. MOVES

: The National Law Journal : January 27, 2014

Am Law Trio Advises on KKR's $2.3 Billion Insurance Buy

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 27, 2014

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett's corporate lawyers grabbed a spot across the negotiating table from longtime client KKR on Monday, advising two private equity firms on the $2.3 billion sale of insurance claims processor Sedgwick Claims Management Services. Willkie Farr & Gallagher has also snagged a role for Sedgwick, while Latham & Watkins is representing KKR.

Juries Like Demonstrative Evidence? OK, How About a Mock Surgery?

Miriam Rozen : Texas Lawyer : January 27, 2014

A medical device, allegedly developed using misappropriated trade secrets, was at issue in a jury trial. To help jurors understand how the device worked, Steve Zager asked his client, neurosurgeon Sabitino Bianco, to perform a mock spinal surgery in front of the jury.

Akin Gump, Accounting Firm Sued for Alleged Bad Tax Advice

John Council : Texas Lawyer : January 27, 2014

A real estate development company and its related businesses have sued Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, accounting firm Grant Thornton and Grant Thornton tax partner Jamie Fowler in a Dallas state district court, alleging that following the defendants' advice cost them $12 million in actual damages.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 27, 2014

Orrin Harrison III joins Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank as partner in the Dallas office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Cravath, Cleary Advise as Lenovo Buys IBM Server Unit

Brian Baxter : The Asian Lawyer : January 23, 2014

Longtime Cravath, Swaine & Moore client IBM announced Thursday that it has agreed to sell its low-end server unit to Beijing-based Lenovo Group, the world's largest personal computer maker, for $2.3 billion.

Cravath, Cleary Advise as Lenovo Buys IBM Server Unit

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 23, 2014

Longtime Cravath, Swaine & Moore client IBM announced Thursday that it has agreed to sell its low-end server unit to Beijing-based Lenovo Group, the world's largest personal computer maker, for $2.3 billion.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 22, 2014

Nine firms announce new partners, while Paul Weiss, Bingham McCutchen and Tarter Krinsky & Drogin each announce a new addition.

Retired Magistrate Judge Tapped for Judicial Review Commission

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 21, 2014

Joan Goldfrank, a former magistrate judge in the District of Columbia Superior Court, is the newest member of a commission that investigates complaints against local judges and evaluates judges for reappointment.

Akin Gump, Accounting Firm Sued for Alleged Bad Tax Advice

John Council : Texas Lawyer : January 21, 2014

A real estate development company has sued Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, accounting firm Grant Thornton and Grant Thornton tax partner Jamie Fowle, alleging that following the defendants' tax strategy advice cost the plaintiffs $12 million in actual damages.

Plaintiffs Score East Texas Wins Against Google, Globus

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 21, 2014

After an unexpectedly rough 2013, is the tide finally turning for plaintiffs in the Eastern District of Texas?

Inadmissible: Social Media Smarts

: Texas Lawyer : January 20, 2014

Is it cool for counsel to "friend" judges? Which tweets could a lawyer post without bar approval? What disciplinary rules apply to status updates? The Texas Young Lawyers Association has published the TYLA Pocket Guide: Social Media 101.

INADMISSIBLE: Steptoe & Johnson Selects New Chairman

: The National Law Journal : January 20, 2014

As the new executive committee chairman of Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Philip West aims to sharpen the firm's image and build key practice areas — but he's on the fence about whether a merger makes sense. Plus more in this week's column.

Legal Battle Over Bottle Deposits May Be Heard By U.S. Supreme Court

CHRISTIAN NOLAN : The Connecticut Law Tribune : January 17, 2014

It's a dispute over a nickel.But for bottle distributors these nickels add up.And when that same thought dawned on state lawmakers, a legal battle unfolded that last year made its way to the state Supreme Court and this year might be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Churn: Hogan Lovells Launches in Sao Paulo, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 17, 2014

Hogan Lovells opens its second Brazilian office with a lateral hire from Clifford Chance; Holland & Knight and Littler both beef up in Portland, and Pryor Cashman adds a prominent sports attorney and agent.

Hire a Bingham Partner for $220 an Hour!

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 16, 2014

Even brand name firms have cheap partners in their stables.

Tex Parte: Motion for consolidation of same-sex cases denied

Miriam Rozen : Texas Lawyer : January 14, 2014

Am Law 100 Trio Take Lead on Time Warner Cable Bid

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2014

Time Warner Cable said Tuesday it had rejected rival Charter Communications' $61.3 billion takeover bid, with the former relying on longtime outside counsel Paul Weiss for representation and the latter turning to Wachtell and Kirkland & Ellis. Should the companies end up striking a deal, a fresh round of cable industry consolidation—and a bevy of transactional assignments for other Am Law 100 firms—could follow.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 13, 2014

New hires, promotions, appointments and awards in-house, at firms, and in government and academia.

Senate Confirms Wilkins to D.C. Circuit

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 13, 2014

The Senate today confirmed Robert Wilkins to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, marking the final step in an aggressive push from the White House and Senate Democrats to leave a mark on a key federal appeals court.

Robert Wilkins' D.C. Circuit Confirmation Vote Set

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 10, 2014

The Senate is expected to confirm U.S. District Judge Robert Wilkins to a key Washington federal appeals court Monday afternoon.

The Churn: Another Patton Boggs Loss, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2014

A banking partner leaves Patton Boggs in New York to join Greenberg Traurig; McGuireWoods hires a onetime counsel to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; and Latham poaches a Weil partner in London.

The REIT Stuff: Dallas GC Rides Out Recession on Real-Estate Roller Coaster

Jeanne Graham : Texas Lawyer : January 09, 2014

Telisa Webb Schelin drives the legal decisions for Dallas-based Tier Reit Inc., a $3 billion real estate investment trust of 44 commercial office properties. "2014 looks very bright, and we are happy to be on the other side of that period of time," she said about the recession.

The Churn: Sidley Picks Up Weil Partner, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2014

Weil, Gotshal & Manges loses another lawyer to Sidley Austin; a renewable energy team in Chicago, San Francisco and New York joins Morgan, Lewis & Bockius from Foley & Lardner; and Edwards Wildman Palmer makes a string of hires around the country.

Akin Acts on Landmark Israeli-Palestinian Natural Gas Deal

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2014

A pair of Dewey & LeBoeuf defectors now with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld are advising the Palestinian Power Generation Company on a 20-year, $1.2 billion deal to purchase natural gas from Israel's Leviathan offshore gas field. Meanwhile, several other energy-related transactions announced this week have yielded roles for Morgan, Lewis & Bockius and Vinson & Elkins.

Baker Botts Dialed In for Liberty on Sirius XM Bid

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2014

Liberty Media Corp., the holding company controlled by cable magnate John Malone, has turned again to its frequent outside counsel at Baker Botts for representation on its proposed bid to buy the 48 percent of Sirius XM Holdings it doesn't already own in a roughly $10 billion all-stock deal that values the satellite radio company at $27 billion.

SF Firms See Flurry of Lateral Moves

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 06, 2014

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 06, 2014

Adem Koyuncu joins Covington & Burling's life sciences practice as partner. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Antitrust Claims Against Milk Processors Reinstated

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

A federal appeals court has reinstated an antitrust complaint against a milk processor, ruling that the trial judge used the wrong standard for excluding an expert witness.

How We Picked The Litigation Department of the Year Winners

Robin Sparkman : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2014

The American Lawyer's Editor In Chief explains who won the Litigation Department of the Year competition and why.

Finalist, General Litigation Department of the Year: Akin Gump

David Bario : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2014

Recognized as a legal and lobbying powerhouse in Washington, D.C., Akin Gump has worked hard to enhance its litigation mojo nationwide. Has it succeeded? The answer is a resounding yes for a diverse group of clients.

Finalist, Antitrust Litigation Department of the Year: Wilson Sonsini

Jim Schroeder : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2014

Wilson Sonsini's antitrust team has gone from a tiny firm outpost to an industry heavyweight in 10 years.

Cover Story: Litigation Department of the Year

: The American Lawyer : January 01, 2014

While the U.S. economy struggled to return to health over the last two years, big-ticket litigation was clearly a countercyclical buffer. And these litigators at The Am Law 200 were front and center.

JPMorgan's Legal Tab Ticks Up as Feds Bust Big Banks

Jenna Greene and Mike Scarcella : The National Law Journal : January 30, 2013

Federal securities regulators ended 2013 on a losing streak in court, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — finally — has a leader.

The Year in Quotes: Dishing About the Supreme Court

: The National Law Journal : January 30, 2013

The nation's top appellate advocates assess the state of the 2013-14 term.

Recession Rebound: Managing Partner Survey Shows Positive Growth Trend

Jeanne Graham : Texas Lawyer : January 30, 2013

Texas Lawyer invited firm chairs, presidents, managing partners of Texas firms and the partners-in-charge of Texas offices of out-of-state firms to share their thoughts on management strategies during 2013 and expectations for the Texas legal market in 2014.

Firms See Notable Mergers And Changes in Leadership

Andrew Ramonas : The National Law Journal : January 30, 2013

2013 was marked by a record number of law firm combinations, but some deals were star-crossed; John Edwards returns to the practice.

In Congress, Learning To Love the Sequestration

Todd Ruger : The National Law Journal : January 30, 2013

GOP lawmakers thwarted progress on key issues, but Senate Democrats used high explosives to break a logjam on nominees.

Texas Trio Take Lead on Xmas Energy M&A Deals

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 23, 2013

Andrews Kurth, Bracewell & Giuliani and Vinson & Elkins are advising on two big energy industry deals announced Monday: Regency Energy Partners' nearly $1.3 billion buy of two Texas pipeline systems and Kinder Morgan Energy Partners' roughly $1 billion acquisition of two tanker companies that transport crude oil.

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 23, 2013

Barbara de Marigny joins the tax practice of McGuireWoods as partner in the Houston office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

FCA Reform Proposal Stresses Compliance Over Whistleblowing

Andrew Ramonas : New York Law Journal : January 19, 2013

Justice Department officials regularly tout the long reach of the FCA, a law that one top DOJ lawyer once described as "quite simply, the most powerful tool that we have to deter and redress fraud." Critics now are pushing reforms on Capitol Hill, arguing the law is ineffective in preventing fraud. In the push for change, one voice is standing out: David Ogden.

Four Am Law 100 Firms Take Star Turns on WME's IMG Buy

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 18, 2013

Hollywood talent agency William Morris Endeavor Entertainment and private equity backer Silver Lake Partners tapped Paul Weiss and Simpson Thacher, respectively, for counsel on their winning bid to acquire sports agency powerhouse IMG Worldwide from Forstmann Little & Co., which is being advised by Akin Gump and Kilpatrick Townsend as the private equity firm liquidates its portfolio.

VOIR DIRE: Charges Won't Stick

: The National Law Journal : January 16, 2013

A Kentucky woman hit with a $56 traffic ticket for driving a van cluttered with political stickers, snow globes and other paraphernalia has a clean slate. Plus more in this week's column.

Second Thoughts on False Claims

Andrew Ramonas : The National Law Journal : January 16, 2013

The False Claims Act has proven one of the most lucrative civil enforcement tools for the U.S. Department of Justice, but critics now are pushing reforms on Capitol Hill and arguing the law is ineffective in preventing fraud. In the push for change, one voice is standing out: David Ogden.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 16, 2013

A weekly report of lawyer moves and law firm changes. Keep abreast of where movers and shakers are going and what they're doing.

Speak Up: Memorable Quotes From the Year Gone By

: Texas Lawyer : January 16, 2013

Akin Gump Moves On After Millett

Todd Ruger : The National Law Journal : January 16, 2013

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld spent months preparing for the departure of one of the firm's star appellate lawyers, Patricia Millett, who last week was confirmed for a slot on a key federal appeals court in Washington.

The Churn: Dentons Adds Toronto Dealmaker, Plus More Lateral Moves

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2013

Dentons lands a top Canadian deal lawyer from Baker & McKenzie; Abercrombie & Fitch hires a general counsel from the ranks of Greenberg Traurig; and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett expands in Houston.

New Deals

: The Am Law Daily : January 12, 2013

Sysco Corporation said Monday it will buy rival food distributor US Foods in a deal worth $8.2 billion once assumed debt is factored in. Also, SAC Capital Advisors has agreed to sell its SAC Re reinsurance arm to an investor group led by former Marsh & McLennan CEO Brian Duperreault.

Amid Deal Doldrums, Energy M&A Still Flows to Some Firms

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 12, 2013

Though the volume of energy-related M&A transactions has dipped to a nine-year low, Herbert Smith Freehills, Norton Rose Fulbright, Vinson & Elkins and White & Case are closing out 2013 by grabbing leading roles on a spate of big deals tied to the industry.

Nina Pillard, Georgetown Law Professor, Confirmed to D.C. Circuit

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 12, 2013

The Senate confirmed Georgetown University Law Center professor Cornelia "Nina" Pillard to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit early this morning, amid escalating political bickering over a rules change that allowed for the vote.

Courts, Not Arbitrator, to Distribute Nortel's $7.5 Bil. in Assets

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 11, 2013

The distribution of the $7.5 billion in cash raised by insolvent Nortel Networks Inc. during an asset auction will be decided by joint proceedings in the Delaware and Canadian courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has ruled in a precedential opinion.

Senate Confirms Patricia Millett to D.C. Circuit

Todd Ruger : The National Law Journal : January 10, 2013

The move marks not only the start of a new streamlined approach to judicial nominations on Capitol Hill, but also the beginning of a period of change at the court—and at the appellate practice at the law firm she will leave behind.

Tech Circuit: Soundtrack Edition

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 10, 2013

After planes, trains, buses, bicycles, subways and roller skates, we catch up with recent moves.

The Churn: Nixon Lands Bulger Prosecutor, Plus More Lateral Moves

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2013

Nixon Peabody hires the assistant U.S. attorney who prosecuted mobster James "Whitey" Bulger; a top lawyer with the White House Council on Environmental Quality joins Covington & Burling; and the head of Cozen O'Connor's real estate practice becomes general counsel of a real estate investment trust.

Three Firms Advise as SAC Unloads Reinsurance Arm

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2013

A month after agreeing to a $1.8 billion settlement on insider trading charges, hedge fund billionaire Steven Cohen's SAC Capital Advisors has agreed to sell its SAC Re reinsurance arm to Hamilton Reinsurance Group for a reported $500 million to $1 billion.

Senate Confirms Akin Gump's Millett to D.C. Circuit

Todd Ruger : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2013

Patricia Millett's confirmation on Tuesday to a key federal appeals court in Washington marked the start of a new streamlined approach to judicial nominations on Capitol Hill. The move also marked the beginning of a period of change at the court—and at the appellate practice at the law firm she will leave behind.

Civil Actions

: The National Law Journal : January 09, 2013

Inadmissible: Texas Scores an 'F'

: Texas Lawyer : January 09, 2013

The Center for Public Integrity released a report on Dec. 3 that grades states' judicial-finance disclosures. Texas ranked 32nd, tied with Georgia, Mississippi and South Carolina. California topped the list, and Utah landed at the bottom.

Does the False Claims Act Need Updating?

Andrew Ramonas : Corporate Counsel : January 09, 2013

Former Deputy Attorney General David Ogden took his case for False Claims Act reform to Capitol Hill, telling congressional aides that the statute isn't effective at preventing fraud.

Senate Appears Ready to Confirm D.C. Circuit Nominee

Todd Ruger : The National Law Journal : January 09, 2013

The Senate is poised on Tuesday to confirm Patricia Millett to a key federal appeals court in Washington, making her the first nominee approved under a new streamlined procedure that could deliver a pre-holiday rush of judges to the bench.

Gay Marriage Advocates Race to Courts; A.G. Calls for Consolidation

Miriam Rozen : Texas Lawyer : January 09, 2013

When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down parts of the federal Defense of Marriage Act in June, the historic ruling started a quiet race to federal courthouses in Texas by same-sex couples seeking to overturn the state law forbidding them from marrying.

Firm Leaders Survey: Slow Growth on Tap for 2014

Richard Lloyd : The American Lawyer : January 04, 2013

Amid a languid recovery and threats to their business model, firm leaders now measure progress in small steps.

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 02, 2013

Maya Melnikas joins King & Spalding's financial-institutions practice as partner in the Moscow office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Firm Leaders Survey: Slow Growth on Tap for 2014

Richard Lloyd : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2013

Amid a languid recovery and threats to their business model, firm leaders now measure progress in small steps.

Secrets of Success: BigTex Firms' Minority Owners Give Advice on Making Partner

Jeanne Graham : Texas Lawyer : January 02, 2013

A partner or shareholder at each of six firms that increased the number of minority equity partners in their Texas offices, as well as the percentage representation of minority equity partners, talked about the role ethnicity has played in his or her legal career and shared advice for associates on the partnership track.

Woodcock Washburn Plans to Merge With Baker & Hostetler

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 25, 2013

Philadelphia-based intellectual property boutique Woodcock Washburn is set to merge with 800-lawyer Baker & Hostetler pending a partnership vote, the firms confirmed to

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 25, 2013

A weekly report of lawyer moves and law firm changes. Keep abreast of where movers and shakers are going and what they're doing.

Filibuster Vote Spells D.C. Circuit Changes

Todd Ruger : The National Law Journal : January 25, 2013

The Senate's historic vote to end minority party filibusters of most judicial nominees means three nominees to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will likely win approval.

Senate Changes Rules, Curbs Power to Filibuster

Todd Ruger : The National Law Journal : January 21, 2013

The Senate voted on Thursday to strip the minority party of its power to block presidential nominations, a major shift that streamlines the confirmation process for President Obama's judicial and agency picks.

Hidden Real Estate Traps in Corporate M&A

Bruce G. Rosen and Carla Calobrisi : Corporate Counsel : January 21, 2013

Considering the potential liability and delays in closing that can arise if the real estate component of an M&A transaction is not properly handled, companies would be wise to do everything in their power to avoid this omission.

Zynga Patent Win Extends Defense Streak in East Texas

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 19, 2013

Now Everybody Can Write Like the Solicitor General

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : January 18, 2013

The office of the U.S. solicitor general sometimes takes controversial positions, but most practitioners agree that the quality of its legal briefs is high. Some of the office's style secrets are now available for lawyers to emulate or, in some instances, avoid.

Obama to Fight for D.C. Circuit Nominees

Todd Ruger : The National Law Journal : January 18, 2013

President Obama does not intend to "just sit idly by" as Republicans continue to thwart his administration's three picks for a key federal appeals court in Washington, senior White House officials said Monday.

INADMISSIBLE: Tension Mounts as D.C. Circuit Picks Fail

: The National Law Journal : January 18, 2013

Georgetown law professor Cornelia Pillard is the third D.C. Circuit nominee to get caught up in the politics of the U.S. Senate. Plus more in this week's column.

Capital Accounts: Harris Turns Off Ringer for Phone-Theft Measures

Cheryl Miller : The Recorder : January 15, 2013

Second Circuit Punts on Unfinished Business Doctrine

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 15, 2013

In a unanimous decision related to the Thelen bankruptcy, a three-judge federal appellate panel ruled Friday that a New York appeals court should decide whether the remnants of law firms that dissolve in the state have an ownership right to fees earned from hourly matters taken by their former partners to new firms.

Amid Merger Talks, Patton Boggs MP Touts Strategic Plan

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2013

Patton Boggs managing partner Edward Newberry told The Am Law Daily on Thursday that his firm's merger talks with Locke Lord and its latest round of layoffs are part of a broader plan that also includes changes to its long-standing "eat what you kill" compensation system and a push to expand in California, New York, Texas and abroad.

Am Law 100, Canadian Firms Advise on Big Energy Deals

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 12, 2013

Foreign buyers and private-equity firms continued to spur activity in the energy M&A sector over the past week, yielding roles for Andrews Kurth; Davis Polk & Wardwell; Jones Day; Locke Lord; Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman; Vinson & Elkins; and leading Canadian firms Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt and Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer.

INADMISSIBLE: Wiley Rein Asks For $2M Fee in Voting Case

: The National Law Journal : January 11, 2013

Lawyers from Wiley Rein who successfully challenged the Voting Rights Act before the U.S. Supreme Court want the government to pay $2 million in legal fees. Plus more in this week's column.

Morgan Lewis, Magic Circle Help Ukraine Find Energy Freedom

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2013

In a deal that could have huge geopolitical implications, Chevron has signed a $10 billion shale gas exploration and production-sharing agreement with the Ukrainian government, which hopes to end its dependence on natural gas imported from Russia. Morgan Lewis and leading Ukrainian firm Asters have landed roles advising the country's government, while Clifford Chance is representing Chevron.

MOFCOM Names Additional Law Firm Panels

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 06, 2013

The new panels will advise the Chinese Ministry of Commerce on ITC and other trade disputes.

Compliance

: New York Law Journal : January 04, 2013

In this Special Report from the New York Law Journal, : "Anti-Corruption Enforcement in Korea: Is an Old Law Coming of Age?," "Regulatory Uncertainty Remains in Energy Markets," "Nonprofit Law Overhaul Changes the Landscape for N.Y. Charities" and "Staying in Bounds: College Athletics Pose Compliance Hurdles."

INADMISSIBLE: D.C. Circuit Nominee Blocked from Bench

: The National Law Journal : January 04, 2013

President Obama's three nominees to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit appear to be in trouble, and they may need Democrats to employ the "nuclear option" to ever make it to the bench. Plus more in this week's column.

Regulatory Uncertainty Remains in Energy Markets

Suedeen G. Kelly, Julia E. Sullivan and Steven F. Reich : New York Law Journal : January 04, 2013

Suedeen G. Kelly, Julia E. Sullivan and Steven F. Reich of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld write: Until the distinction between legitimate trading and market manipulation is better defined, and the limits on FERC jurisdiction are fully litigated, significant regulatory uncertainty—and the associated reputational and financial risks for trading companies—will remain.

Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2013

Two Lawyers Among Plaintiffs Challenging Texas' Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

Miriam Rozen : Texas Lawyer : January 31, 2013

Barry Chasnoff has received lots of calls since four plaintiffs he represents filed a federal complaint on Oct. 28, seeking a declaratory judgment that the article in the Texas Constitution and related statutes barring same-sex marriage violate the plaintiffs' constitutional due process and equal protection rights.

A Q&A with the General Counsel for Southwest Airlines

Mary Welch : Daily Report : January 30, 2013

Mark Shaw is the vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary for Southwest Airlines Co. He has been with Southwest for 13 years, and prior to becoming GC in February 2013, he was the associate general counsel-corporate and transactions.

Transactions and Aircraft Leasing Top Agenda for Southwest Airlines GC

Mary Welch | Special to the Daily Report : Daily Report : January 30, 2013

Mark R. Shaw is the vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for Southwest Airlines Co. He has been with Southwest for 13 years and prior to becoming GC in February 2013, he was the associate general counsel-corporate and transactions. In that role, one of his primary areas of responsibility was aircraft finance and lease transactions.

The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200

Hillary Flynn and Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 29, 2013

Patton Boggs creates a public finance practice with four hires from Edwards Wildman & Palmer; Arnold & Porter loses a partner to Bingham McCutchen; and Fisher & Phillips hires four attorneys from a shuttering firm in Denver. .

Key Appeals Court Returns to Capitol Hill Fight

Todd Ruger : The National Law Journal : January 28, 2013

A key federal appeals court returns to the spotlight this week on Capitol Hill, where Republicans will take aim at the administration's nominations and Democrats will elevate their call for the confirmation of a top lawyer to the bench.

Orrick, Pillsbury Confirm Merger Discussions

Sara Randazzo and Brian Baxter : The American Lawyer : January 28, 2013

The potential merger if successful would create one of the world's 20 largest firms in terms of attorney head count.

Building a Supreme Court Practice

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : January 28, 2013

Kannon Shanmugam sits down with to discuss building a practice at a firm that does not have practice groups, amid the competitive and economic pressures of representing clients before the nation's highest court.

Orrick, Pillsbury Confirm Merger Talks

Sara Randazzo and Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 25, 2013

Orrick, Pillsbury Confirm Merger Talks

Sara Randazzo and Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 25, 2013

Am Law 100 firms Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman are in merger talks that, if successful, would create one of the world's 20 largest firms in terms of attorney head count.

International Firms Named to New China Legal Panels

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 24, 2013

The Ministry of Commerce has selected close to 30 overseas firms to serve on two panels, which will focus on international investment disputes and trade matters.

The Case of the Poisoned Mailbox at the High Court

Marcia Coyle : The Legal Intelligencer : January 23, 2013

She was a woman wronged, doubly betrayed by a cheating husband who impregnated her best friend. They were aggressive feds, willing to wield the law like a sledgehammer. An act of revenge brought them together and thrust them on the road to the U.S. Supreme Court.