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Arnold & Porter LLP

  • Designation: Washington
  • Head Count: 720
  • Gross Revenues: $686,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $955,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,335,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -6

Arnold & Porter is based in Washington, D.C. With $555,000,000 in gross revenue in 2010, the firm ranked 48th on The American Lawyer's 2011 Am Law 100 rankings. The firm ranked 55th on the 2011 Global 100 survey of firms worldwide. In terms of size, the firm placed 55th on the National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250 rankings of U.S. firms, with 650 attorneys. In addition to its D.C. headquarters, Arnold & Porter has U.S. offices in California, New York, Denver, Colorado and McLean, Va., and has overseas offices in London and Brussels. The firm's practice areas include corporate law, antitrust and trade regulation, environmental law, government contracts, intellectual property/technology, litigation, and tax.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 43 -6 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 43 -6 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 53 -5 Lawyer head count
The A-List 25 -4 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 2 4 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 24 0 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 109 -3 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 14 5 Summer programs

In the News

For Avon, $135M FCPA Settlement Is Just a Start

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : January 28, 2014

While Avon Products Inc. works to resolve its long-running Foreign Corrupt Practices Act case, its proposed settlement is part of a recent trend in overseas bribery cases.

Revenue for Top-Earning Law Firms Inches Up

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : January 28, 2014

Washington's legal market grew again in 2013, at least when counting revenues generated by the city's 25 top-earning law firms. The results show yet another year of gradual increases.

The Churn: Arnold & Porter Adds to Ranks, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 26, 2014

Arnold & Porter takes on a couple of attorneys from Alston & Bird; the embattled Bingham McCutchen brings on a partner and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Legal Services Corp. Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 25, 2014

The Legal Services Corp., the single largest funder of civil legal services in the country, celebrated its 40th anniversary on Friday.

Swipe Fee Case Moves Ahead Against Card Companies

Susan Beck : The Litigation Daily : January 20, 2014

A group of major merchants that opted out of a $5.7 billion antitrust settlement with Visa and MasterCard have cleared a hurdle in their case against the card companies over swipe fees.

Are You a Smokin' Bucketful of Awesome?

Steven J. Harper : The Am Law Daily : January 18, 2014

Some law school apologists resist the suggestion of a crisis in legal education; others, like University of North Carolina professor Bernard Burk, have the courage to speak up.

Boosters Line Up for Brown's Appeal Court Picks

Cheryl Miller : The Recorder : January 15, 2014

Howrey 'Jewel' Claims Sent Back to Montali

David Ruiz : The Recorder : January 15, 2014

Citing judicial economy, Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong turned back a slew of motions to have the cases heard in district court.

Howrey 'Jewel' Claims Sent Back to Bankruptcy Court

David Ruiz : The Recorder : January 15, 2014

A California federal judge denied bids by several firms embroiled in lingering Howrey clawback cases to bypass U.S. bankruptcy court.

INADMISSIBLE: Dickstein Government Law Team Decamps

: The National Law Journal : January 14, 2014

Shrinking Washington law firm Dickstein Shapiro has lost a significant part of its government law and policy practice group to Greenberg Traurig. Plus more in this week's column.

A Big Class Action Targets Supermax Conditions

Ross Todd : The American Lawyer : January 13, 2014

In its biggest pro bono project ever, Arnold & Porter takes on the cause of mentally ill prisoners at the nation's highest-security prison.

The Churn: Dickstein Group Defects, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Greenberg Traurig has raided Dickstein Shapiro for 13 lawyers and lobbyists in Washington, D.C., Paul Hastings plucks Kaye Scholer's white-collar and internal investigations chair and Troutman Sanders snags Hughes Hubbard's private equity chair in the latest round of lateral moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

D.C. Federal District Judge Casey Cooper Takes Oath

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 11, 2014

U.S. District Judge Christopher “Casey” Cooper was sworn in to the federal trial court in Washington on Friday, taking the oath before a courtroom filled with friends and family representing the upper echelons of government and private practice.

Supreme Court Deference to District Courts in Patent Cases

John Nilsson and Seth Heller : Corporate Counsel : January 11, 2014

Recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions suggest an increased deference to the district court, more closely aligning patent claim construction to the principles of contract interpretation.

Survey of 2013 Cases Under State Quality Review Act

Michael B. Gerrard : New York Law Journal : January 10, 2014

In his Environmental Law column, Michael B. Gerrard writes that 2013 was a miserable year for those bringing SEQRA cases. The courts issued 38 decisions, the third-lowest number since 1990, and in only one case that reached a final decision did plaintiffs prevail. Notably, ten of the decisions were dismissed because the plaintiffs were found to lack standing to sue.

Ski Makers Settle Collusion Charges

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 09, 2014

Two ski makers accused of illegally agreeing not to compete for one another's ski endorsers or employees reached a final settlement with the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday.

Judge in Benghazi Case Discloses Ties to Justice Dept.

Zoe Tillman and Jimmy Hoover : Legal Times : January 08, 2014

The presiding judge in the criminal case against a suspected ringleader of the attack on an American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, disclosed his wife's former ties to the U.S. Department of Justice during a hearing on Tuesday.

FCC Names Merger Review Lawyers in Comcast and AT&T Deals

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 07, 2014

With two megamergers pending, the Federal Communications Commission on Monday announced the legal teams that will review the $45 billion combination of Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable and the $48 billion merger of AT&T Inc. and DirecTV Inc.

FCC Names Merger Review Lawyers in Comcast and AT&T Deals

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 07, 2014

With two megamergers pending, the Federal Communications Commission on Monday announced the legal teams that will review the $45 billion combination of Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable and the $48 billion merger of AT&T Inc. and DirecTV Inc.

N.J. Firms Improve Pro Bono Numbers But Still Lag

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 03, 2014

New Jersey firms showed improvement in their dedication to volunteer work, though there's plenty of room for further gains, a recent survey of national pro bono work at large firms shows.

With Workload Up, SEC Expands Administrative Law Unit

Jamille Sutton : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2014

The agency brings on two new judges and three additional lawyers.

Order Limits Time Frame to Seek Judicial Assignment

Suevon Lee : Commercial Litigation Insider : January 02, 2014

Parties who want a judge in the Commercial Division to step in and preside over their business disputes will have 90 days from the service of complaint to make that request, according to an order signed Tuesday by Chief Administrative Judge Gail Prudenti.

Corporate Benefit Doctrine Cannot Confer Attorney Fees Outside Litigation

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 02, 2014

A "volunteer" shareholder, or one acting on his or her own interest and not the corporation's behalf, who hires an attorney to inform a board about a way to improve business, but does not file a lawsuit, is not entitled to attorney fees under the corporate benefit doctrine, the Delaware Court of Chancery has ruled.

Can't Buy Them Love

Katelyn Polantz : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

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

Hogan Lovells, White & Case Brush Up on Mexican Paint Merger

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

Six weeks after Consorcio Comex launched an arbitration proceeding against Sherwin-Williams over the latter's failed $2.34 billion purchase of the company, the Mexican paints maker announced a $2.3 billion deal to sell itself to PPG Industries.

Pro Bono: How Does Your Firm Rate?

: The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

In this special report, we look at the pro bono work of the nation's biggest law firms. U.S.-based lawyers at those firms do well, but pro bono is not as strong among lawyers based abroad who work for U.S. firms.

Ex-Dewey Partners Challenge Barclays Over Loans

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

Sued by the bank, three former Dewey partners claim the bank and the firm duped them into borrowing money.

On the State Level, Suits Focus on Prison Conditions

Ross Todd : The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

Am Law 200 firms take the lead in cases in Arizona, California and South Carolina.

INADMISSIBLE: Texas Fights Million-Dollar Fee Award In Voting Act Case

: The National Law Journal : January 30, 2014

A federal judge in Washington reached a "remarkable result" when she ordered Texas to pay $1 million in legal fees to groups that challenged the state's electoral redistricting plans — a result that Texas Solicitor General Jonathan Mitchell called "unprecedented" and wrong. Plus more in this week's column.

From the Editor: Doing Good

Kim Kleman : The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

On pro se litigants, pro bono work and a world of need the legal profession can help tackle.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

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

Inside the Supermax

Ross Todd : The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

For its class action, Arnold & Porter had to find plaintiffs who, while mentally ill, could withstand the rigors of litigation.

A New Yardstick for International Pro Bono

Michael D. Goldhaber : The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

Big differences emerge among large U.S. firms as we measure their foreign pro bono efforts for the first time.

The Careerist: A-Listers, Read This

Vivia Chen : The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

You may be the toast of your profession, but the numbers show you can—and must—do better.

Book Industry Deals Yield Roles for Am Law 100 Trio

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 25, 2014

Barnes & Noble, the nation's largest bookstore chain, has turned to longtime outside counsel Cravath, Swaine & Moore to handle the spinoff of its struggling e-book unit Nook Media, while Arnold & Porter is advising Perseus Books Group on its proposed sale to the Hachette Book Group, which has retained Jones Day as the publishing giant ratchets up its fight with Amazon.

Fourth Circuit Nominee Pamela Harris Defends Statements on the Law

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 24, 2014

Federal circuit judge nominee Pamela Harris spent much of her confirmation hearing Tuesday on Capitol Hill explaining away past public statements, including legal analysis and political comments that raised opposition from Republican senators.

Dissenting Judges Lash Circuit's Ruling on Gay Jurors

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 24, 2014

Conservative trio says panel went too far in extending 'Batson' to sexual orientation, but the opinion stands.

Orrick, Cleary Clinch Roles as Alstom's Board Approves GE Bid

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

After a two-month takeover quest, veteran French M&A lawyer Jean-Pierre Martel, a partner in the Paris office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, advised the board of engineering giant Alstom as it recommended the acceptance of General Electric's $17 billion bid for its energy business. The deal, which has yielded roles for nearly a dozen firms on both sides of the Atlantic, is the largest in GE's history.

The Churn: Defections Mount at Edwards Wildman, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2014

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has hired Shawn Atkinson, the former cochair of the venture capital and cross-border M&A practice at Edwards Wildman Palmer in London, where the latter firm is trying to stave off a partner exodus. Plus: Bingham McCutchen bulks up in Asia, a partner trio decamps for top in-house roles and other lateral moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

In Dewey Shadows, U.K. Capital Loan Court Fight Rolls On

Chris Johnson : The Am Law Daily : January 18, 2014

While the spotlight's glare remains fixed elsewhere, a series of suits that raises fresh questions about just how far Dewey & LeBoeuf's leaders went to hide the dire state of the firm's finances is quietly taking shape in London's courts.

Yes, You Can Go Home Again to GE Healthcare

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 17, 2014

GE's Healthcare division brings back a lawyer who previously served there in various jobs.

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.

Judge Denies Heller Ehrman Claim on Lawyer's Profits

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 16, 2014

A federal judge in San Francisco has ruled the Heller Ehrman bankruptcy estate has no claim to profits earned from client business former partners brought with them to new law firms.

Parties Ask Judge to Resolve Stop/Frisk Motions

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : January 16, 2014

The parties in the stop-and-frisk litigation have asked Southern District Judge Analisa Torres to resolve motions to intervene by police unions who oppose a settlement between the plaintiffs and.

Goldman, Bain Settle Antitrust Suit for $121 Million

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 12, 2014

Ropes & Gray, Sullivan & Cromwell, Jones Day and Kirkland & Ellis reached the agreement Wednesday on behalf of the two companies, which were accused of conspiring with other private equity players to deflate the price of corporate takeovers.

Judge Rejects 'Jewel' Doctrine in Heller Case

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 11, 2014

U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer ruled that defunct law firms have no claim to profits earned on client matters taken to other firms.

Studios Seek DQ of Greenberg Glusker in Tolkien Dispute

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 11, 2014

Warner Bros. and The Saul Zaentz Company claim that Greenberg Glusker accessed confidential attorney-client information by soliciting two former in-house lawyers who negotiated the original 1969 film rights agreements to the "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit."

Interfaith Center Honors

: New York Law Journal : January 09, 2014

The Interfaith Center of New York presented its 12th Annual James Parks Morton Awards Thursday. Among the honorees were Peter Zimroth, senior counsel at Arnold & Porter and director of the New York University School of Law Center on Civil Justice, and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore.

Breyer Takes Dim View of 'Jewel' Doctrine

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 05, 2014

U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer seems ready to side with law firms fighting the Heller estate over profits earned by former partners.

Interfaith Center of New York Honors Peter Zimroth

Tania Karas : New York Law Journal : January 03, 2014

The Interfaith Center of New York, a secular, nonprofit group that connects religious and civic leaders, will honor Arnold & Porter senior counsel Peter Zimroth with its James Parks Morton Interfaith Award on Thursday.

Judge Approves Plan for Antismoking Ad Campaign

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 02, 2014

Eight years after a federal judge in Washington ordered tobacco companies to pay for an antismoking ad campaign, the judge on Monday approved a plan for executing that order.

Playing Hot Potato

Jenna Greene : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Regulators may be interested in overseeing bitcoin, but it's not clear which can or will.

Tesser Takes the Reins at NYCLA

Tania Karas : New York Law Journal : January 30, 2014

The new president of the New York County Lawyers' Association, Lewis Tesser, said his top priorities are helping the public better understand the role of lawyers and helping young and unemployed attorneys find jobs.

Rifle Seller Faces Lawsuit in Ambush of Firefighters

: The Associated Press : January 22, 2014

A company acted negligently in selling the weapon used in a Christmas Eve shooting that left two New York volunteer firefighters dead, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday.

New Deals

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 22, 2014

At least a dozen firms are advising on telecommunications giant AT&T's proposed $48.5 billion acquisition of DirecTV. Also, Darden Restaurants has agreed to sell Red Lobster to private equity firm Golden Gate Capital for $2.1 billion in cash.

Deloitte's Former Top Auditor Accepts SEC License Suspension

Hilary Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 21, 2014

Deloitte LLP's former chief risk officer has settled charges brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission by agreeing to relinquish his license to practice at any SEC-regulated entity for at least two years.

In D.C., A Changing Law Firm Map

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 19, 2014

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.

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.

The Shifting D.C. Law Firm Scene

: The National Law Journal : January 19, 2014

Planned office moves by Washington firms will change the local lawyer landscape.

New Deals

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

Two global legal giants are raising their mugs to the formation of a $5 billion coffee joint venture between Mondelez International and rival D.E Master Blenders 1753, and Skadden Arps has snagged the lead role representing Hillshire Brands on a $6.6 billion acquisition of Pinnacle Foods.

Veteran Supreme Court Advocate Takes Pride in Public Service

Tony Mauro : Supreme Court Brief : January 14, 2014

At age 68, with 125 Supreme Court arguments under his belt, Deputy U.S. Solicitor General Edwin Kneedler would be entitled to kick back and spend his time reading novels, not briefs. Instead, Kneedler this week is spending some days off reviewing a satchel full of draft briefs that the Supreme Court requested and must be filed by the government by May 27.

D.C. Calendar

: The National Law Journal : January 12, 2014

Legal forums throughout the D.C. metropolitan area.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 12, 2014

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

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 12, 2014

Personnel changes at Washington-area law firms.

The Churn: Squire Sanders Exits, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Amid their firm's ongoing merger talks with Patton Boggs, several Squire Sanders practice leaders find new professional homes.

Clifford Chance, Skadden Ride Caffeine High

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

The global legal giants are advising on the formation of a $5 billion coffee joint venture designed to challenge market leader Nestle.

Federalism Obstacles to Advancing Renewable Energy

Michael B. Gerrard : New York Law Journal : January 08, 2014

In his Environmental Law column, Michael B. Gerrard writes: Many states have been taking steps to increase the use of renewable energy sources. However, because electricity is a commodity in interstate commerce and electrons once on the grid do not respect state borders, these efforts have begun to collide with the dormant Commerce Clause and related constitutional doctrines.

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.

A Scramble for Antismoking Ads

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : January 05, 2014

Some cable networks protest being left off list,say they would reach high-impact audiences.

Brothers on Both Sides of GE's Big Alstom Bid

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

Hogan Lovells, which will promote Stephen Immelt to CEO on July 1, is one of a half-dozen firms advising on a $17 billion offer for French conglomerate Alstom's energy unit by General Electric, itself led by Jeffrey Immelt.

John Kerry Subpoena Can't Be Stopped, Lawyers Say

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 02, 2014

Administration lawyers can't turn to the federal courts to quash a highly unusual subpoena for Secretary of State John Kerry to testify about documents related to the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on a U.S. consular facility in Benghazi, Libya, legal experts on congressional investigations say.

The Trouble With Nonequity Partners

Michael D. Goldhaber : The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

Reliance on nonequity partners has boosted the bottom line at Am Law 100 firms—but is it a sustainable business model?

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.

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.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 28, 2014

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

INADMISSIBLE: Justices Have Their Heads In The Cloud

: The National Law Journal : January 28, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court is worried about the cloud — cloud computing, that is. Plus more in this week's column.

Stark Gender Disparities in Income Shown in Law Firm Survey

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : January 28, 2014

Female lawyers make less than male lawyers. You might have already known this, but the numbers in a comprehensive, 12-year survey published last week expose the differences in stark detail.

Law Professor to Chair Rent Guidelines Board

Associated Press : New York Law Journal : January 25, 2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio has appointed a law professor and former federal prosecutor to head the New York City Rent Guidelines Board.

New Rule on Interrogatories is Nod to SDNY Practice

Suevon Lee : Commercial Litigation Insider : January 25, 2014

Practitioners in New York's Commercial Division will soon be required to narrow the number and scope of their interrogatories under a new rule adopted Thursday by the state's chief administrative judge.

LA Lakers Shuffle Their Legal Bench

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 23, 2014

The longtime GC is kicked upstairs, and the NBA organization hires a new lawyer to replace him.

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.

Amid IPO Wave, Firms Ride Rising Fee Tide

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 22, 2014

The Am Law Daily looks at Am Law 100 firms reaping fees for new listings, which have soared in recent years.

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.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 21, 2014

The Careerist: Wachtell Lipton Is Family Friendly?

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 21, 2014

The ultimate high-intensity firm is also sensitive to personal needs?

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.

Former Top DOJ Lawyer Amy Jeffress Joins Arnold & Porter

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 17, 2014

Amy Jeffress has joined Arnold & Porter as a partner in the white-collar and national security practices after a lengthy career in the federal government.

Experts Seek the Right Regulatory Box for Bitcoin

Jenna Greene : New York Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Following a series of multimillion-dollar thefts and losses, federal regulators want to step up their oversight of virtual currency bitcoin. But bitcoin—a nationless digital money that uses cryptography to control its creation and transaction—doesn't fit neatly in any regulatory box.

The First Step is Understanding Risk Environment

Keith Korenchuk, Samuel Witten and Christopher Yukins : The National Law Journal : January 14, 2014

International corruption investigations show importance of drafting and enforcing compliance regimes.

$156 Million in Treble Damages Sought in Antitrust Case After Win

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 14, 2014

The verdict has broad implications for businesses in the Gulf Coast area, said Paul Yetter, a partner in Yetter Coleman in Houston who represents MM Steel in the lawsuit.

4 Proven Strategies for Law Department Transformation

Paul Mandell : Corporate Counsel : January 10, 2014

General counsel often focus on day-to-day legal work at the expense of major initiatives that yield higher efficiency or productivity.

Regulation of Bitcoin Is Up for Grabs

Jenna Greene : New Jersey Law Journal : January 09, 2014

Federal regulators want to step up their oversight of virtual currency bitcoin. But bitcoin doesn't fit neatly in any regulatory box.

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.

Earlier Case Assignment Considered in Commercial Division

Suevon Lee : Commercial Litigation Insider : January 08, 2014

The framework around New York state court rules gives parties the flexibility to determine the ideal point for judicial intervention. That in-the-driver's-seat option could soon change in the Commercial Division per a new proposal that narrows the case assignment window to 90 days following service of a complaint.

Civil Actions

: The National Law Journal : January 07, 2014

Cases recently filed in the Washington-area district courts.

Regulation of Bitcoin Is Up for Grabs

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : January 07, 2014

Following a series of multimillion-dollar thefts and losses, federal regulators want to step up their oversight of virtual currency bitcoin. But bitcoin — a nationless digital money that uses cryptography to control its creation and transactions — doesn't fit neatly in any regulatory box.

Malpractice Suit Keeps McDermott in Tense Tango With Former Client

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 04, 2014

Duane Morris partner Allison Lane Cooper is defending McDermott Will & Emery against claims that stem from the firm's work for the owners of a privately held company—and that company's litigation rival.

Not Invincible

Ross Todd : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Television's establishment continues its assault on upstart Aereo.

April 2014 Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Judge Tosses Suit That Gripped Swath of Valley Players

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 25, 2014

U.S. District Judge Edward Davila dismissed a suit accusing Airbnb, Facebook and other e-commerce companies of disregarding state regulations for money transmitters.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 18, 2014

Three firms have promoted partners and two have added counsel.

Legal Aid Forms Committee to Find New Chief Attorney

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : January 18, 2014

Two union officials and three attorneys-in-charge of the New York City Legal Aid Society are among those named to a search committee to find a successor to outgoing Attorney-in-Chief Steven Banks.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Pamela Fulmer joins Arent Fox's intellectual property and complex litigation practices as partner in the San Francisco office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Clinton-Era Documents Detail White House Legal Discussions

Todd Ruger and Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 14, 2014

The latest release of previously secret documents from the Clinton White House offered a behind-the-scenes look into how the administration handled a U.S. Supreme Court decision and a billion-dollar fraud lawsuit against major tobacco companies. Here are those and some other high points from about 4,000 pages of documents—released Friday by The National Archives—that includes correspondence between Bill and Hillary Clinton and their aides.

Deluge of New York City Laws Guards Against Flooding

Michael B. Gerrard : New York Law Journal : January 13, 2014

In his Environmental Law column, Michael B. Gerrard of Columbia Law School and Arnold & Porter, reviews the more than 50 environmental bills signed into law in the last year of Mayor Bloomberg's 12-year term, 31 of which related to the post-Sandy recovery process.

SanDisk GC Explains $28 Million Patent Win

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 12, 2014

A Santa Clara County jury awarded the company $28.5 million in damages for a licensing agreement breach by PNY Technologies.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 10, 2014

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

Portrait Unveiling

Rick Kopstein, Photographer : New York Law Journal : January 07, 2014

A portrait of Stewart Aaron, the immediate past president of the New York County Lawyers' Association, was unveiled Wednesday at a ceremony at NYCLA's.

Dewey Demise Sends Another Ex-Partner Into Bankruptcy

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

A week before three former Dewey & LeBoeuf leaders were charged with engineering a massive fraud that helped destroy the firm, litigator Geoffrey Coll underscored the human toll of the collapse caused by their alleged actions by filing for Chapter 7 protection.

New Partners Yearbook 2014

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 06, 2014

The 's 15th annual profile of new partners at New Jersey firms.

How BP Decided to Fight the Deepwater Settlement

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : January 05, 2014

The oil giant embraced a settlement that resolved billions of dollars worth of oil spill claims—and then turned against it. Why?

Chancery Denies Lehman's Claims Under Acquiescence Doctrine

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 05, 2014

The Delaware Court of Chancery applied the rarely-used acquiescence doctrine to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. and T. Rowe Price High Yield Fund Inc. against a company that owns and operates Spanish-language television stations throughout the country.

Arnold & Porter Posts First Gross Revenue Decline in Two Decades

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 04, 2014

For the first time since 1994, Arnold & Porter saw a decline in gross revenue last year, according to our reporting.

Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd

Sherry Karbin : The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

In the 10 years that Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd has been in operation, it's scored a string of impressive knockouts in complex securities litigation cases.

Susman Godfrey

Pearl Wu : The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

As if helping to secure a historic billion-dollar settlement against Toyota Motor Corp. didn't keep Susman Godfrey busy enough last year, the firm's performance was key in other landmark cases as well.

Motley Rice

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

Motley Rice has made it to the top by helping underdogs. The firm played a key role in a monumental California state court ruling in January that three companies must pay $1.15 billion in lead-paint abatement.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 03, 2014

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

Arnold & Porter Hooks IP Partner From Kirkland

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 28, 2014

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 28, 2014

Five firms have announced additions, while Holland & Knight and Bracewell & Giuliani have elevated new partners.

The Churn: Dinsmore Absorbs Bond Firm, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 28, 2014

Dinsmore & Shohl expands its public finance capabilities with the acquisition of a 35-lawyer Cincinnati-based firm; Dorsey & Whitney loses a pair to Polsinelli; and Orrick expands in London.

Quinn Emanuel Wins on Jurisdiction in Indonesia Arbitration

Michael D. Goldhaber : The Litigation Daily : January 28, 2014

World Bank arbitrators asserted jurisdiction over more than $1 billion in claims brought by Churchill Mining plc and its Australian affiliate alleging that the Republic of Indonesia expropriated Churchill's coal mining concession in East Kutai, Indonesia.

4 Tips for General Counsel That Could Save Your Job

Paul Mandell : Corporate Counsel : January 27, 2014

Today's general counsel need to be proactive to keep themselves off the chopping block as they navigate an increasingly fraught global marketplace.

How BP Decided to Fight the Deepwater Settlement

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : January 27, 2014

: The oil giant embraced a settlement that resolved billions of dollars worth of oil spill claims—and then turned against it. Why?

A Banner Year for Venable

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 27, 2014

Venable, bolstered by the strength of the firm's litigation and regulatory groups, in 2013 set new firm records for revenue and profits per partner.

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

Arnold & Porter Litigator Decamps for Venable

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 26, 2014

The Churn: Latham Adds from Ropes in Boston, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 25, 2014

A Boston-based white-collar litigator jumps to Latham & Watkins from Ropes & Gray; Brownstein Hyatt Farber & Schreck gains five intellectual property lawyers; and Morrison & Foerster welcomes back a former partner from the Obama administration.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Aereo Scrambles After First Copyright Loss to Broadcasters

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 20, 2014

Television's old guard finally opened a chink in Aereo Inc.'s armor this week, winning a ruling that left the Internet TV upstart and its lawyers fighting to limit the damage ahead of arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court in April.

The Churn: MoFo Lands Judge Peck, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 19, 2014

MoFo hires the federal bankruptcy judge who oversaw Lehman Brothers' Chapter 11 case; nine securitization and structured finance attorneys leave Jones Day to join Chapman and Cutler; and Latham adds its third private equity partner from Clifford Chance in the past year.

Citing Ninth Circuit Ruling, Nevada Drops Fight Over Gay Marriage Ban

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 11, 2014

We named Lisa Blatt of Arnold & Porter and Brian Hennigan of Irell & Manella Litigators of the Week for last month's Ninth Circuit win, in which the court found that lawyers for Abbott Labs improperly struck a self-identified gay juror because of his sexual orientation.

Citing Ninth Circuit Ruling, Nevada Drops Fight Over Gay Marriage Ban

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 11, 2014

We named Lisa Blatt of Arnold & Porter and Brian Hennigan of Irell & Manella Litigators of the Week for last month's Ninth Circuit win, in which the court found that lawyers for Abbott Labs improperly struck a self-identified gay juror because of his sexual orientation.

Week of Feb. 10

: Texas Lawyer : January 10, 2014

Catherine H. Goodman and Cynthia L. Hill have become equity partners in Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller in Fort Worth. Plus more new positions, appointments, awards and honors.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 10, 2014

Legal industry job changes in our nation's capital.

The Churn: L&E Defections at Paul Hastings, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2014

Three New York–based Paul Hastings labor and employment partners jump to Proskauer Rose, and a fourth joins Ogletree in Atlanta; Foley & Lardner adds two partners and an of counsel in Miami; and a Kirkland partner becomes chair of Winston & Strawn's West Coast private equity practice.

Litigation Over Anti-Clot Drug Plavix Continues To Mount in New Jersey

Mary Pat Gallagher : New Jersey Law Journal : January 06, 2014

Lawsuits alleging health and financial injury from the anti-blood-clot drug Plavix are piling up in New Jersey following the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation's decision to centralize them here.

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.

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.

City, Plaintiffs Reach Accord in Stop-and-Frisk

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : January 31, 2014

In a complete turn-around from the dogged opposition by the former administration, Mayor Bill de Blasio said we "accept the facts and road map laid out" in Judge Shira Scheindlin's "landmark ruling" and vowed to follow through on reforming NYPD policies and to keep a court-appointed monitor on the job.