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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

  • Designation: Washington
  • Head Count: 809
  • Gross Revenues: $828,500,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,025,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,835,000
  • 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 18 4 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 34 -1 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 41 9 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 13 84 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 8 18 Summer programs

In the News

On the Move: Esquire Deposition Captures Stadler As Its New GC

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 22, 2014

Avi Stadler has traded a position as a big-firm litigator to become the general counsel for Esquire Deposition Solutions, a national court-reporting company based in Atlanta.

New Court Program Seeks to Aid Sex Trafficking Victims

Tania Karas : New York Law Journal : January 22, 2014

Often, human trafficking victims have legal representation in their criminal cases, but no help with any potential immigration issues, leaving them with nowhere to turn but to their traffickers. A new project in Queens is recruiting volunteer attorneys to help.

Software Company Fights to Preserve $25M Texas Verdict

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 21, 2014

Despite admitting to using faked evidence to win a $25 million verdict last March, LBDS Holding Company urged a federal judge in East Texas not to scrap the jury's damages award.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 21, 2014

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

IP Litigator Hops To Kilpatrick From Alston

Maria Zilberman : The Recorder : January 17, 2014

Indictments for Two Former Attorneys General in Utah

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 15, 2014

Former Utah Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff were arrested on Tuesday and charged in a massive public corruption scandal.

The Churn: Baker and Quinn Expand, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 15, 2014

Baker & McKenzie heads to Brisbane, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan takes its litigation prowess to Houston and a trio of partners leave Kirkland & Ellis in our latest look at notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

The Careerist: Best Firms for the Summer (and After)

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 10, 2014

Vault's top law firms for summer programs and associate happiness.

Report: Two Muslim American Lawyers Target of NSA Surveillance

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 09, 2014

A report released Wednesday identifies two Muslim American lawyers whose communications were targeted in U.S. surveillance efforts.

Squire Patton Won't Want for Managing Partners

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

Little will change in post-merger Squire Patton Boggs' Washington lobbying operation, despite a flurry of organizational announcements in recent weeks.

The Price Is Right: Firms Look to Pricing and Practice Managers to Tailor Fee Agreements

Angela Morris : Texas Lawyer : January 07, 2014

Amid a legal market transformation, clients took charge of pricing and demanded alternatives to the billable hour. Making a buck became harder, as law firms faced the possibility of costs higher than their fees.

Skadden Deal Streak Continues for ADM, VGT

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

Only a few days after Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom topped the first half M&A league tables for legal advisers, the firm grabbed roles advising Video Gaming Technologies on its $1.3 billion sale to Aussie gambling-machine maker Aristocrat Leisure, as well as the Archer Daniels Midland Company on its $3.1 billion buy of natural ingredient flavoring firm Wild Flavors.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 07, 2014

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

Developments—Legal Fees and Farewell to 'Unfinished Business'

Anthony E. Davis : New York Law Journal : January 07, 2014

In his Professional Responsiblity column, Anthony E. Davis discusses two recent developments that highlight the critical need for lawyers and law firms to take care in the drafting of their engagement letters, and two just decided cases that deal an apparent death blow to the "unfinished business" doctrine in New York as well as in its birthplace, California.

State Is Golden for Tech Lobbying. Plus: Judicial Council in Rush to Close Doors

Cheryl Miller : The Recorder : January 03, 2014

The council held a private teleconference July 2 to discuss the retirement of administrative director Steven Jahr, calling it an "emergency requiring prompt action."

Akin Gump Chooses Prosperoware Legal Process Management

Sean Doherty : Law Technology News : January 02, 2014

Prosperoware's legal process management software comprises Umbria Core and Umbria Litigator products.

Bankrupt Firm Trustees Lose Bid for 'Unfinished Business'

Joel Stashenko : The Am Law Daily : January 02, 2014

A unanimous Court of Appeals said finding that lawyers owe a continuing obligation to their old partnerships for work they do for clients after moving to new firms "does not comport with our profession's traditions and the commercial realities of the practice of law today."

Bankrupt Firm Trustees Lose Bid for 'Unfinished Business'

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : January 02, 2014

A unanimous Court of Appeals said finding that lawyers owe a continuing obligation to their old partnerships for work they do for clients after moving to new firms "does not comport with our profession's traditions and the commercial realities of the practice of law today."

The Morning Wrap

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 01, 2014

A round-up of news from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country: Defamation lawsuit against law school dismissed, the genesis of a Justice Department case against a big bank, and the fallout of a case based on deceit.

Can't Buy Them Love

Katelyn Polantz : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Washington firms were far behind the richest firms in profits per partner.

White House Touts Law Firm Pro Bono Work

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 30, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden expressed his support for law firm pro bono programs during a meeting this month with representatives from more than a dozen firms.

Value for Valero

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 30, 2014

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld advised the conflicts committee of Valero Energy Partners in its pending acquisition of energy assets from Valero Energy Corp. for $154 million in cash. San Antonio-based Valero Energy Corp. turned to Baker Botts.

Asserting Client Faked Evidence, Akin Gump Withdraws

Jan Wolfe : The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

When the firm accused a client of fabricating documents, did it breach attorney-client privilege?

'Bernie,' a Sequel: Bereaved Lawyer Fights Famous Killer's Habeas Efforts

John Council : Texas Lawyer : January 30, 2014

A woman who went to law school after her grandmother's murder seeks to keep the killer—the man whose story inspired the movie "Bernie"—behind bars.

The A-List: A New Number One

Drew Combs : The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

Paul Hastings reaches the A-List's top spot for the first time, while a pair of Second Hundred firms move onto the list.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 30, 2014

Eight firms have added partners, while six others have added counsel.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

AT&T/DirecTV; Alibaba IPO; Valeant / Allergan

Doctor Joins D.C. Judicial Review Commission

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 27, 2014

A Georgetown University School of Medicine professor and researcher is the newest member of the District of Columbia commission that investigates complaints against local judges and reviews judges for reappointment.

Morning Wrap: Squire Patton Boggs reshuffles, Aereo decided

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 25, 2014

Patton Boggs sees changes in its groups leaders, the Supreme Court decides the Aereo case, some U.S. oil may be shipped abroad and an American book chain splits in two for trading purposes. This is a round-up of legal news from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country. For more legal news, visit law.com.

The Churn: Bingham, Squire Make New Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 24, 2014

Two Am Law 100 firms that have dealt with a high degree of lateral volatility in recent months—Bingham McCutchen and the newly formed Squire Patton Boggs—made hires this week, but also saw some partners leave. The Am Law Daily looks at those moves and others from around The Am Law 200.

'Bernie,' a Sequel: Bereaved Lawyer Fights Famous Killer's Habeas Efforts

John Council : Texas Lawyer : January 23, 2014

A women who went to law school after her grandmother's murder seeks to keep the killer—the man whose story inspired the movie "Bernie"—behind bars.

INADMISSIBLE: Akin Lands Amazon Drone Lobbying

: The National Law Journal : January 23, 2014

Akin Gump is the first outside firm to lobby for Amazon Inc.'s drone delivery service, Prime Air, which chief executive officer Jeff Bezos unveiled in December.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 20, 2014

Day Pitney, White & Case, Paul Weiss and Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz have each added a partner, while the Fund for Modern Courts has added new members to its board of directors.

Lobbyists Take Flight for Amazon Drone Delivery Program

Andrew Ramonas : Corporate Counsel : January 18, 2014

Amazon.com Inc. has turned to lobbyists at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Washington, D.C., to help its drone delivery program take off.

The Churn: Greenberg Adds Two Practice Leaders, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 17, 2014

Greenberg Traurig raids Patton Boggs and Dentons for new practice chairs in Washington, D.C., and London in our latest roundup of lateral moves throughout The Am Law 200.

Patent Judgments Trend Up, But Still No Bonanza

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 17, 2014

The data shows that median damage awards are less than the cost of going to trial, Stanford's Mark Lemley said of a new Lex Machina study.

Akin Gump to Lobby For Amazon's Drone Delivery Program

Andrew Ramonas : Legal Times : January 17, 2014

Amazon.com Inc. has turned to lobbyists at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Washington to help its drone delivery program take flight.

Patent Judgments Up, But Still No Bonanza

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 17, 2014

Roughly $15 billion in patent damages have been awarded in U.S. courts over the last 14 years, with the median compensatory award around $400,000, according to data from analytics firm Lex Machina.

Patton Fugitives Finally Cleared to Join Jones Day

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 13, 2014

Another round of lateral moves away from Squire Patton Boggs became formal on Thursday, as health care partners who had signed with Jones Day received notice from Squire they'd be released this week and members of legacy firm Patton Boggs' Alaska office announced they had moved to Holland & Knight.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 10, 2014

Four firms have added partners, while others have added counsel and given awards.

The Churn: Husch Blackwell Hires Again in Denver, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2014

Husch Blackwell becomes the latest large Midwestern firm to bulk up in the Rockies; Dechert raids Wilmer to launch a life sciences practice in Frankfurt; Sidley Austin shutters its office in Germany's financial capital and other moves from around The Am Law 200.

Going Solo, Magazine Giant Time Inc. Taps Mintz Levin

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 09, 2014

With Cravath, Swaine & Moore advising longtime client Time Warner on its spinoff of Time Inc., the nation's leading publisher of consumer magazines turned to Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo to guide it through the historic transition.

Inadmissible: Judge Scales Mount Rainier

: Texas Lawyer : January 09, 2014

Just days before six climbers on Mount Rainier went missing, U.S. District Judge Rob Junell of the Western District of Texas in Midland was making a similar ascent.

What Texas Firms Worked on the Big Deals in 2013?

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 06, 2014

Spurred by strength in energy deals and financings, seven Texas firms made the charts in "Corporate Scorecard 2014," The American Lawyer's rankings of the nation's top dealmakers in 2013.

The Churn: Edwards Wildman, Polsinelli Bulk Up, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Edwards Wildman Palmer and Polsinelli poach toxic tort team on opposite coasts, the newly combined Squire Patton Boggs makes its first lateral hire, Foley & Lardner gets a new COO and more lateral moves from across The Am Law 200.

Beijing Partner First New Hire at Squire Patton Boggs

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 05, 2014

Li Hua is joining the newly-merged firm from the Beijing office of French law firm Gide Loyrette Nouel.

New Deals

: The Am Law Daily : January 05, 2014

Ventas said on Monday that it will acquire American Realty Capital Healthcare Trust in a stock-and-cash transaction valued at $2.6 billion. Also, four firms have landed roles in connection with the sale of 24 Hour Fitness by Forstmann Little & Co., the New York-based buyout shop that has been liquidating its portfolio following the November 2011 death of its cofounder.

Court Weighs Fees Owed to Former Firms in Bankruptcy

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : January 05, 2014

Court of Appeals judges appeared skeptical Wednesday about concluding that lawyers are responsible to their former bankrupt firms for fees earned on uncompleted matters they take to their new firms.

Court Weighs Fees Owed to Former Firms in Bankruptcy

Joel Stashenko : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2014

State Court of Appeals judges appeared skeptical Wednesday about concluding that lawyers are responsible to their former bankrupt firms for fees earned on uncompleted matters they take to their new firms.

The Churn: Akin Gump, Buchanan Ingersoll Expand, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Akin Gump adds more Patton Boggs refugees, Buchanan Ingersoll becomes the latest firm to head for the Rockies and more lateral hires from across the Am Law 200.

How did BigTex firms score on The American Lawyer's Diversity Scorecard 2014?

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 02, 2014

The American Lawyer calculated each firm's diversity score by adding the percentage of minority lawyers in U.S. offices and the percentage of U.S.-based minority partners.

O'Melveny & Myers

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : January 02, 2014

As Squire Sanders and Patton Boggs Tie Up, Partners Pack

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : January 02, 2014

Akin Gump takes a health care group, and Jones Day an election team.

Akin Ties Abound as Forstmann Sells Off Last Major Asset

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 02, 2014

Four firms are advising on the $1.85 billion sale of 24 Hour Fitness by Forstmann Little & Co., the private equity firm that has been liquidating its portfolio following the November 2011 death of cofounder Ted Forstmann.

The Churn: Squire Patton Boggs Fallout, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Departing Partners Say Goodbye as Squire Patton Boggs Era Dawns

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 30, 2014

Patton Boggs partners Norman Antin, Jeffrey Haas and Mary Beth Bosco prepared Friday morning for their last few hours at the Washington office where they worked for more than 10 years—saying goodbye to their colleagues with emails, telephone calls and in person. They, plus colleagues Kevin Houlihan in Washington and Mark Goldschmidt and Shawn Turner in Denver, join Holland & Knight as partners on Sunday.The financial services group and Bosco, a government contracts attorney, are another lateral coup for Holland & Knight, which now has picked up more than 30 lawyers from Patton Boggs among the 148 lawyers it has hired since January 2013.

Election Lawyers Leave Patton Boggs for Jones Day

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 30, 2014

Jones Day scooped up three prominent Republican election and political law lawyers from Patton Boggs' Washington office, the firm said Friday.

Patton Boggs to Lose Health Care Group to Akin

Katelyn Polantz and Julie Triedman : Legal Times : January 29, 2014

The yearlong exodus of partners from Patton Boggs will continue into the Washington firm's last days, as a group of health care policy partners shifts this week to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. At the same time, other Patton Boggs partners—including Patton Boggs' eight-lawyer Anchorage office, which will not join merged firm Squire Patton Boggs—are racing to discuss their prospects at other firms.

After 17 Years at Helm, a Law Firm Leader Steps Down

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

Alan Levin became Barnes & Thornburg's managing partner in 1997. Since then the Indianapolis-based Am Law 100 firm has grown to 522 lawyers. On Nov. 1, Levin will become chairman emeritus and make way for successor Robert Grand, a politically connected member of the firm's management committee.

Ex-Client Says Akin Gump Breached Duty by Airing Confession

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 27, 2014

Akin Gump said last week that LBDS Holding Company admitted to fabricating evidence at the heart of a $25 million jury verdict. In its haste to flee the case, did the firm reveal too much about its former client's conduct?

Energy Acquisition for $639 Million in Cash

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 26, 2014

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld represents Sanchez Energy Corp. of Houston in its pending acquisition of Eagle Ford Shale assets in South Texas from wholly owned subsidiaries of Royal Dutch Shell for about $639 million in cash.

Trading White House Address For a Latham Homecoming

Todd Ruger : The National Law Journal : January 26, 2014

Ruemmler discusses her future — and a strategic win while working for Obama.

D.C. Superior Court Nominee Gets Committee Approval

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 22, 2014

A Senate committee Wednesday approved the nomination of Steven Wellner to the District of Columbia Superior Court.

Ahold Reaches $297 Million Deal to Exit RICO Class Action

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : January 21, 2014

After fending off a last-ditch U.S. Supreme Court appeal in April, plaintiffs in a rare class action under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act inked a $297 million deal with U.S. Foods Inc. and its former parent, the Dutch retail conglomerate Royal Ahold.

Akin Gump Says Client Duped Firm, Court in $25M Contract Fight

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 21, 2014

A courtroom victory is turning into a nightmare for Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld after the firm discovered that a client's case was premised on deceit.

Kathryn Ruemmler Returns to Latham & Watkins

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 20, 2014

Former White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler is returning to Latham & Watkins, where she will help companies navigate Washington's regulatory and enforcement landscape.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 19, 2014

New arrivals and lateral moves in this week's column.

Moves by Law Firms Could Shift Profession's Center of Gravity

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : January 19, 2014

As leases draw to a close and the industry shrinks, fresh real estate frontiers open.

Advice From Big Firm Summer Associates Who Got Offers

Jeanne Graham : Texas Lawyer : January 19, 2014

"Treat your summer as if it were a six-week networking event," wrote Stephanie Tso, a former summer associate with Norton Rose Fulbright who's now a mergers and acquisitions associate in Dallas.

Dozen Firms Tune In for AT&T's $48.5 Billion DirecTV Buy

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 19, 2014

In a deal likely to face major regulatory scrutiny, a telecommunications giant aims to absorb the nation's largest satellite television operator.

Summer Associate Hires at the Largest Firms in Texas

Jeanne Graham : Texas Lawyer : January 19, 2014

This summer, the number of summer associate positions available at large firms is down 4 percent from last year. What prevented those numbers from being worse is that a handful of firms significantly boosted their summer associate ranks.

The Churn: Patton, Squire Make Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 16, 2014

Squire Sanders and Patton Boggs add lawyers as their merger talks move toward a resolution, Troutman opens in Charlotte and bankruptcy boutiques get busy.

Ruemmler Departs as White House Counsel

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 16, 2014

Kathryn Ruemmler leaves the White House on Friday after nearly three years as President Barack Obama's top lawyer.

Tom Donilon Returns to O'Melveny From the White House

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 15, 2014

The adviser President Barack Obama said "shaped every single national security policy of my presidency" will return to the law firm that shaped his career. Thomas Donilon—Obama's national security adviser from 2010 to 2013, a veteran of the Clinton and Carter administrations, and protege of Warren Christopher, former secretary of state and firm chairman—rejoins O'Melveny & Myers as vice chairman.

Texas Court Nixes Globus Fee Request Despite Octane Ruling

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 13, 2014

Last month the Supreme Court made it easier for judges to put losing patent plaintiffs on the hook for attorney fees. But persuading a judge to award fees is still an uphill battle, as Duane Morris was reminded Monday in an East Texas IP fight.

Bingham Chair Zimmerman to Shed Daily Duties

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2014

Five months after posting its worst-ever single-year decline in profitability, Bingham McCutchen said Tuesday that longtime chairman Jay Zimmerman will formally hand over day-to-day management of the firm to managing partner Steven Browne as of June 1.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 12, 2014

Seven firms announce new hires, outsourcing firm EXL has appointed Nancy Saltzman as general counsel and company secretary, and Fordham Law School has appointed Nestor Davidson as associate dean for academic affairs.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 12, 2014

New arrivals, promotions, and lateral moves in this week's column.

Amici Briefs From Firms Fault 'Unfinished Business' Doctrine

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : January 12, 2014

A dozen prominent law firms are urging the Court of Appeals to declare as impractical the practice of allowing bankruptcy trustees to pursue profits from matters that partners carry from defunct firms to their new firms, and to find it contrary to nearly a thousand years of legal principle.

Asia Deal Digest: May 8, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 08, 2014

* Simpson Thacher taking China's Alibaba public in the U.S.* Morrison & Foerster helping Chinese train maker test Hong Kong IPO waters* King & Wood Mallesons and Minter Ellison on $1.6 billion Newcastle port lease

Blue-Ribbon Panel Proposes Reforms of Capital Punishment

Marcia Coyle : The National Law Journal : January 07, 2014

With Oklahoma's botched execution still a fresh memory, a bipartisan panel of criminal justice experts is recommending 39 steps to improve administration of the death penalty, including use of a deadly dose of a single anesthetic or barbiturate instead of the drug cocktail used in states that rely on lethal injection.

White House Out With Big Report on Big Data

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Law Technology News : January 05, 2014

Obama administration recommendations on big data include a national data notification breach law.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 05, 2014

Personnel changes at Washington-area law firms.

In-House Counsel Profile: Thor Motor Coach Inc.'s T. Michael Pangburn

June Bell : The National Law Journal : January 05, 2014

Thor Industries Inc. is the parent company of subsidiaries that manufacture recreational vehicles, trailers and pop-up campers. T. Michael Pangburn is one of five attorneys in Thor Industries' legal department.

Momentum For Trade Secrets Bill

Todd Ruger : The National Law Journal : January 05, 2014

Federal lawmakers last week unveiled their latest effort to give companies a new track to fight trade-secrets theft — the federal courts.

D.C. Law Firms Lag Behind the 'Super Rich' from New York

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : January 05, 2014

The top Washington law firms remained clustered far behind the nation's richest firms last year, according to The American Lawyer.

2014 Rising Stars

: New York Law Journal : January 01, 2014

The New York Law Journal congratulates the 42 young lawyers chosen as 2014 Rising Stars by a panel of 20 esteemed judges. Our panel reviewed more than 230 nominations of attorneys 40 and under who have established a record of accomplishments and demonstrated that they are top contributors to the practice of law and their communities.

Amid Sterling Row, Skadden Waits in Wings

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 01, 2014

The firm is preparing for a potential court battle with Los Angeles Clippers owner and attorney Donald Sterling.

Rajaratnam Can't Dodge Tamil Tigers Terror Funding Claims

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 30, 2014

A judge delivered more bad news to disgraced hedge fund titan Raj Rajaratnam this week, refusing to dismiss an Alien Tort Statute case alleging that he and his father provided financial support to a Sri Lankan terrorist group.

Kirkland Grabs Role on Big Bankruptcy From Bygone Era

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

Energy Future Holdings Corp., the Texas energy giant once known as TXU, filed for bankruptcy Tuesday in Delaware.

New Legislation Seeks to Bolster Trade Secrets Protection

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 29, 2014

A bill introduced Tuesday on Capitol Hill aims to give companies a new federal civil court venue to better protect against corporate trade secrets theft.

The Churn: SDNY Prosecutors Join Am Law Firms, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 29, 2014

Brown Rudnick and Ropes & Gray both announce additions of prosecutors from the U.S. attorney's office for New York's Southern District.

No Washington Firms Rank Among the 'Super Rich'

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 29, 2014

The top Washington law firms found themselves clustered far behind the nation's richest firms last year, according to a financial survey released by NLJ affiliate The American Lawyer released on Monday. None of the 12 Washington-based firms qualified as one of the “Super Rich firms” that pulled in average profits per partner of more than $2 million, the magazine reported. Most of those were based in New York and posted profits per partner closer to $3 million.

Akin Gump: Gains Follow a Soft 2012

Katelyn Polantz : The American Lawyer : January 28, 2014

As the firm focuses on lateral integration, key metrics rise.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 28, 2014

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

Race Question on Hold

Marcia Coyle : The National Law Journal : January 28, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision upholding Michigan's ban on race preferences in college admissions was predictable, according to court experts. Less predictable is what will follow.

Texas Lawyer's Annual Firm Finance Report: Which Firms Were in the Money?

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 28, 2014

Only three firms posted double-digit increases in gross revenue in 2013. Only two firms posted double-digit decreases.

The 2014 Am Law 100: The Super Rich Get Richer

: The American Lawyer : January 28, 2014

The American Lawyer's annual report on the nation's top-grossing law firms.

Firm Finance Report: Firm-by-Firm Analysis

: Texas Lawyer : January 25, 2014

D.C. Court of Appeals Judge Reappointed for Second Term

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 24, 2014

Judge Stephen Glickman of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals was recently approved for a second, 15-year term on the bench.

Half-Dozen Firms Dig Into Big Canadian Mining Deal

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

Amid talk about a pharma M&A boom, the global mining industry is on the verge of its own round of consolidation.

D.C. Federal Judges Honor Law Firm Pro Bono Service

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 23, 2014

Federal judges in Washington gathered Wednesday to honor 30 law firms where at least 40 percent of all lawyers performed at least 50 hours of pro bono service last year.

Kirkland Woos Simpson Dealmaker to Open Houston Outpost

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 23, 2014

K&E enters Space City by landing a young dealmaker with private equity ties.

The Churn: Gibson Lands Ropes SF Head, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 22, 2014

Among those switching firms in our latest roundup: a new cochair for Gibson Dunn's life sciences practice.

Dealmakers of the Year: Patrick Dooley, Akin Gump

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The American Lawyer : January 22, 2014

What Dooley did in becoming the first lawyer to test a new Delaware statute that allows contested takeovers to close more quickly.

Remembering Akin Gump Cofounder Robert S. Strauss

Miriam Rozen : Texas Lawyer : January 22, 2014

Rabbi David Stern from Temple Emanu-El in Dallas will join former Secretary of State James A. Baker III in speaking at the memorial service at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

DC Lateral Moves

: Legal Times : January 21, 2014

Arnold & Porter lands high-ranking Justice Department attorney Amy Jeffress, lawyers return to practice from the White House and a New Jersey senator's office, and Wiley Rein adds an aviation expert to work on drones.Here's the recent roundup of Washington-area hires and promotions announced in the third week of April.

The Churn: Patton Boggs Trio Find New Homes, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Three more partners have left struggling Patton Boggs for new endeavors.

Akin, Shearman Help Broker Algerian Telecom Peace

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

Russian oligarch-backed VimpelCom is selling a 51 percent stake in Algeria's largest telecom operator.

White House Lawyer to Join Latham's White-Collar Team

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 16, 2014

Former White House special counsel Jonathan Su will join Latham & Watkins as a white-collar defense litigator after a two-year stint in the Obama administration.

Dealmakers of the Year: Christopher Cox, Cadwalader

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 15, 2014

Royalty Pharma's yearlong pursuit of drugmaker Élan may have been Ireland's nastiest corporate takeover battle ever.

Private Equity Giants Tap Kirkland for Two Big Deals

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

The firm is advising Blackstone on its Ipreo Holdings buy and Madison Dearborn on its sale of Nuveen Investments.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 14, 2014

Scott Morehouse joins Sheppard Mullin's real estate, land use and environmental practice as partner in the Costa Mesa, Calif., office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Akin, Milbank Help Broker Big Matzo Swap

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 11, 2014

With Passover approaching, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy grabbed seats at the table as The Manischewitz Company—one of the few remaining matzo makers in the U.S.—saw its ownership transfer from one privately held entity to another.

Two D.C. Judges Approved for Second 15-Year Terms

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 11, 2014

Chief Judge Eric Washington of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and D.C. Superior Court Judge Hiram Puig-Lugo, presiding judge of Family Court, were reappointed to their second 15-year terms on the bench.

Fee Tracker: Big Legal Bills for Gibson Dunn

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 08, 2014

The Am Law Daily's periodic tabulation of notable fees earned—or owed—to Am Law 200 firms on a variety of engagements starts off with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, which is reaping the benefits from its work in New Jersey's Bridgegate scandal. The firm is also representing the Garden State in a sports gambling case and counseling the American Foundation for Equal Rights in a high-profile gay marriage fight in California. And that's not even including what the firm is seeking for advising energy giant Chevron.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 07, 2014

Erin Murphy joins Arnstein & Lehr's litigation practice group as special counsel to the Chicago office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Construction Company Hc Beck Ltd.'s GC Guides Business Through Recession, Recovery

Jeanne Graham : Texas Lawyer : January 07, 2014

A few of the company's recent projects include serving as general contractor for additions at Dell Children's Medical Center in Austin, the University of Texas Naveen Jindal School of Management in Richardson and the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth.

Akin Gump, Bradley Arant Advise on Alabama Gas Sale

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

The Am Law 200 firms are advising on a $1.6 billion deal that finds utility holding company The Laclede Group acquiring Alabama Gas Corp., the state's largest natural gas utility, from Energen Corp.

New trend in IP? Lawyer carves out role as consultant, case manager

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 02, 2014

Building that firm over time—as well as making a lot more money—is the reason that Houston lawyer Sandeep "Sandy" Seth left Susman Godfrey.

April 2014 Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Tobacco Lobby Targets Trans-Pacific, Trans-Atlantic Pacts

Andrew Ramonas : Legal Times : January 31, 2014

As the United States continues negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), tobacco giant Philip Morris International Management SA has turned to former Rep. Bill Paxon, R-N.Y., and other Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld lobbyists for help.

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.

Cover Story: Dealmakers of the Year 2014

: The American Lawyer : January 31, 2014

A dozen attorneys who distinguished themselves with their work on the year's most notable transactions.

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.

Wilmer's Waxman Strikes Out in Rajat Gupta Appeal

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 25, 2014

It's starting to look like all the appellate hired guns in the world can't dent the Manhattan U.S. attorney's undefeated record in insider trading trials.

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.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Norberto Quintana joins Holland & Knight's financial-services practice as partner in the New York office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

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.

Former Eastern District of Texas Judge Nails Win for Akin Gump

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 13, 2014

Charles "Chad" Everingham's knowledge of the litigation hot spot helped Akin Gump client LBDS Holdings Company secure a $24.4 million jury award on its contract claim and $760,000 on a trade secrets misappropriation claim against ISOL Technology Inc.

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.

How Latham Cracked the Houston Market

Ross Todd : The American Lawyer : January 25, 2014

When the firm decided to beef up its oil and gas practice, it recruited heavily from the city's Big Three.

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.

REIT Work Keeps Half-Dozen Am Law 100 Firms Busy

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2014

Kite Realty Group Trust has tapped Hogan Lovells for counsel on its $1.2 billion buy of the Inland Diversified Real Estate Trust, which has retained Alston & Bird to advise on the proposed union of the two shopping center owners. Meanwhile, two other top REITS—including one led by a former Sullivan & Worcester partner—battle with activist investors.

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.

Obama Criticized For Nominating Mostly Corporate Lawyers

Todd Ruger : The National Law Journal : January 06, 2014

President Barack Obama has made history when it comes to bringing racial and gender diversity to the federal bench, but a senator and liberal interest groups want him to nominate fewer corporate lawyers from large, well-known firms.

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.

Am Law 200 Firms Stake Claims in Houston

Ross Todd : The American Lawyer : January 03, 2014

Drawn by the oil and gas boom, plenty of other firms have followed Latham's lead into Houston.

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.

Cravath, Wachtell Lead on Martin Marietta's Big Cement Buy

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 28, 2014

Construction materials company Martin Marietta Materials has agreed to acquire Dallas-based cement-maker Texas Industries in an all-stock deal worth $2.7 billion. Cravath is advising Martin Marietta, while a Wachtell team is representing Texas Industries.

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.

Tech Companies Press Patent Wish List at Supreme Court

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 24, 2014

The Supreme Court has taken up a whopping six patent cases this term and UC-Hastings' Robin Feldman says the patent troll business model could be on the line.

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.