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Baker & Hostetler LLP

  • Designation: Cleveland
  • Head Count: 798
  • Gross Revenues: $540,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $675,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $935,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 1

Baker & Hostetler is a Cleveland, Ohio-based law firm. According to the National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250, the firm has 645 attorneys and is the 57th largest law firm in the United States. In terms of revenue, Baker & Hostetler ranked 69th on The American Lawyer's 2011 Am Law 100, with $386,000,000 in gross revenue in 2010. In the 2011 Global 100 survey, the firm ranked as the 87th highest grossing law firm in the world. The firm's practice areas include business; employment and labor; litigation; tax planning; and employee benefits. In addition to its Cleveland headquarters, the firm has nine branch offices in locations including Washington, D.C., Columbus, Houston, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 60 1 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 60 1 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 43 -5 Lawyer head count
The A-List NR N/A Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 147 -12 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 93 -5 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 17 20 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 102 -30 Summer programs

In the News

Legal Tech Professionals On The Move

Mark Gerlach : Law Technology News : January 23, 2014

Appointments and new hires at e-discovery and technology organizations, law firms and companies this week.

The Churn: A Dechert Partner Decamps, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

A high-powered litigator leaves Dechert, more departures from Bingham McCutchen and a rare outside hire by Wachtell Lipton in our latest look at lateral moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Fidelity National Seeks Reversal Of Class Certification

Adolfo Pesquera : Daily Business Review : January 16, 2014

Fidelity National Title asked the Fourth District Court of Appeal to reverse the certification of a class action.

Mid-Summer Mixer

: New York Law Journal : January 14, 2014

The Federal Bar Council's First Decade Committee hosted its mid-summer happy hour at the 79th Street Boat Basin Café on Thursday.

Loss of Key Witness Dooms Pfizer Investor Class Action

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 09, 2014

In a victory for Beth Wilkinson of Paul Weiss and her cocounsel at Simpson Thacher and DLA Piper, a federal judge in Manhattan refused to give plaintiffs a new chance to explain how Pfizer caused their losses.

Judge Denies Madoff Trustee Recovery of Foreign Transfers

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : January 08, 2014

Dealing a win to foreign banks and investment service providers, Southern District Judge Jed Rakoff held that the recovery provision of the Bankruptcy Code is subject to the same limits on the extraterritorial reach of U.S. laws that apply to securities transactions under 'Morrison v. National Australia Bank Ltd.'

Madoff Trustee Barred from Seeking Foreign Bank Funds

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 07, 2014

While most people were enjoying the tail end of a long holiday weekend, U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff was busy Sunday delivering a key victory to foreign banks targeted by Irving Picard, the liquidation trustee for Bernie Madoff's defunct investment firm.

When Insurance Coverage Zips Away

Judy Selby and C. Zachary Rosenberg : Law Technology News : January 01, 2014

Court finds no insurance coverage for collecting ZIP code information in alleged violation of state privacy laws.

Madoff Trustee Hits Dead End in Suits Against Banks

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 30, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court has finally put an end to Irving Picard's quest to recover billions of dollars from HSBC, UniCredit and other banks he accused of facilitating Bernard Madoff's fraud.

High Court Limits Presidential Power, Triggers Turmoil at NLRB

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : January 26, 2014

A major separation-of-powers decision by the U.S. Supreme Court may prevent President Barack Obama from making recess appointments for the rest of his tenure, and will trigger uncertainty for months or years to come at the National Labor Relations Board.

LegalTech West Coast Preview: Day 2 Panels

Mark Gerlach : Law Technology News : January 24, 2014

The second day of LegalTech West Coast will include a dozen panels on topics such as information governance, cybersecurity and deflating the cost of e-discovery.

How to Protect Client Data From Government Spies and Other Miscreants

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 24, 2014

Cybercriminals and the government may have access to your firm's confidential client data.

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.

High Court Maintains That Software Patents Cannot Protect Abstract Ideas

Mark Gerlach : Law Technology News : January 19, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court held that software implementing an abstract idea onto a computer is not a patentable invention.

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.

LegalTech Tackles E-Discovery and Cybersecurity

Mark Gerlach : Law Technology News : January 16, 2014

Panels address risk management, information governance, regulatory hurdles, the cloud, e-discovery spending.

Defendants Should Step Up Fight in Data Breach Cases, Lawyers Say

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 13, 2014

Plaintiffs are increasingly winning in the earlier stages of data breach litigation and defendants may be helping set unrealistic settlement figures out of a fear of going through discovery, attorneys on both sides of the issue said Thursday.

Lawyers More and More in Demand As Corporate Compliance Directors

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 12, 2014

Recruiters, consultants and other insiders say there is an increased demand for compliance professionals—and a growing appetite for lawyers in those roles.

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.

Stand Up to Sue Companies for Data Breaches

Deborah Renner and Judy Selby : Law Technology News : January 03, 2014

Before a data breach class action can make it to class certification, named plaintiffs must show that they have standing.

ACE, MSA Safety and Reed Smith Named Value Champions by ACC

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 29, 2014

For Philadelphia-based ACE Group General Counsel Kevin Rampe, the process of revamping his legal department has focused on better leveraging in-house talent and creating the technology to help a geographically dispersed legal team know who knows what.

ACC Value Champs Tally Up In-house Savings, Efficiency

Rebekah Mintzer : Corporate Counsel : January 28, 2014

The Association for Corporate Counsel named a diverse slate of in-house legal departments and outside counsel partners as its 2014 ACC Value Champions.

So Long, Sanders: Squire's Founding Partner Tossed in Tie-Up

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

William Sanders is the latest legal luminary to see his name fall off the shingle of an Am Law 200 firm. Negotiations over new firm names have scuttled previous merger deals between large firms.

Judge Tosses Expert Testimony Against Pfizer

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 23, 2014

The ruling could upend a huge securities fraud case against Pfizer over its marketing of the painkillers Celebrex and Bextra. Pfizer is represented by Paul Weiss, Simpson Thacher and DLA Piper.

Children, New Venue Add to Phila. Bar's 35th Annual 5K Run

Manny D. Pokotilow : The Legal Intelligencer : January 23, 2014

On May 18, the 35th Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Charity Run took place at Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park.

Hospital Off Hook for Data Breach Penalties

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 22, 2014

A Fourth District panel said the theft of a computer with unencrypted patient names and record numbers shouldn't trigger statutory damages as high as $500 million.

Baker Hostetler Hires Team from Ballard Spahr

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 20, 2014

Baker Hostetler has made its first new hires since entering the Atlanta market in January through a merger with intellectual property firm Woodcock Washburn.

High Court Applies Loser Pays Rule in Business Dispute

John Council : Texas Lawyer : January 19, 2014

How do lawyers in a business dispute properly invoke the loser-pays provisions of tort reform?

Law Firms Bulking Up Intelligence Analysis Arms

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 13, 2014

In a profession that relies heavily on precedence, research of all forms has long driven even the business decisions of law firms. But in the past few years that function has morphed from one of printing out reams of information into one that involves targeted business analysis that often requires a leap of faith rather than following the doctrine of stare decisis.

High Court Applies Loser Pays Rule in Business Dispute

John Council : Texas Lawyer : January 13, 2014

How do lawyers in a business dispute properly invoke the loser-pays provisions of tort reform?

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.

Senate Judiciary Again Delays Move on Patent Reform Bill

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 08, 2014

The Senate Judiciary Committee continues to struggle to find a compromise on patent litigation reform, while a key House lawmaker on the issue warned he might wait until next year to take action if a Senate bill isn't strong enough.

Howrey Trustee Racks Up Deals With Ex-Partners, Firms

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2014

Allan Diamond raises more than $5 million by reaching settlements with four firms and 60 former partners.

Baker & Hostetler Beats Back Attack on Cape Wind Project

Susan Beck : The Litigation Daily : January 05, 2014

An "obdurate band of aggrieved residents of Cape Cod and the islands," backed by billionaire William Koch and represented by Jenner & Block, were rebuffed again in their latest attempt to block a massive offshore wind farm.

Sutherland Barely Falls Off Am Law 100 National Firm Rankings

Meredith hobbs : Daily Report : January 02, 2014

Twenty-five firms that appear in this year's Am Law 100 ranking of the nation's top-grossing law firms have an office in Atlanta. That is a net gain of one firm from last year.

Congressmen Fight Subpoenas in Defamation Case

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 02, 2014

Reps. Sanford Bishop Jr., D-Ga., and James Clyburn, D-S.C., want a federal judge in Washington to toss subpoenas for their deposition testimony in the Shirley Sherrod defamation case, arguing the lawyers who issued the subpoenas are on a “fishing expedition.”

Will Pair of U.S. Supreme Court Rulings Stem Patent Trolls?

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 02, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court's rulings Tuesday in two cases involving fee shifting in patent infringement actions have been hailed by some as a victory in a battle against patent assertion entities, often referred to as patent trolls. But there is a bit of a debate among patent lawyers as to whether that will be the case.

Report Finds Security Concerns a Barrier to eHealth Services

Judy Selby and Kimberly Wong : Law Technology News : January 30, 2014

Consumers appear to value personal health information over other personal data.

Judge Rakoff Dings Picard in Madoff Avoidance Actions

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 29, 2014

Irving Picard's efforts to spread money among Bernie Madoff's Ponzi victims hit a snag this week, when a judge ruled that Picard must present more potent allegations in order to proceed with so-called avoidance actions against entities like Societe Generale and UniCredit that handled Madoff funds.

Patrick Oot, Tom Baldwin Land New Jobs

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 24, 2014

Lots of career moves in law firms and vendor shops.

Gartner Ratchets Up Legal IT Research

Mark Gerlach : Law Technology News : January 17, 2014

The research and advisory company plans to release a number of reports on legal technology later this year.

Pa. Seeing Influx of Out-of-State Firms, Despite Mature Market

Zack Needles : The Legal Intelligencer : January 16, 2014

Despite talk for years that the Philadelphia region's legal market is oversaturated with firms, several out-of-state firms have entered the market over the past few years.

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.

Court OKs Attack on DataTern Patents by SAP, Microsoft

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 04, 2014

After DataTern accused dozens of SAP and Microsoft customers of patent infringement, the two companies sprang into action and used declaratory judgment actions to knock out DataTern's patents in 2012. The Federal Circuit blessed that tactic on Friday, but with some reservations.

The Churn: Cooley Woos Mintz Levin IP Team, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2014

Cooley poaches a six-lawyer intellectual property group from Mintz Levin, a former federal prosecutor who left the Justice Department amid controversy moves to Baker Botts, and O'Melveny brings back a former associate who has been a key legal adviser to President Obama since his run for the U.S Senate in 2004.

Big Law Reveals the Budgets and Tech Needed to Safeguard Confidential Data

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 01, 2014

Big Law experts reveal budgets and technology needed to safeguard client confidentiality.

April 2014 Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

The Churn: Weil, Patton Boggs See More Defections, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Weil, Gotshal & Manges loses a securities litigation partner to Jenner & Block; Patton Boggs goes through another spate of departures; and Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr hires a former FBI director and his ex-chief of staff.

Feeling Insecure?

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 01, 2014

You should—threats to client confidentiality lurk inside and outside your firm.

SEC Charges Valley Husbands With Insider Trading

Cheryl Miller : The Recorder : January 31, 2014

In unrelated civil cases, the agency accuses two men of trading on information they overheard from their wives' work calls.

The Churn: White House Official Joins Kilpatrick, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

The White House's former associate director of intergovernmental affairs and public engagement is now part of Kilpatrick Townsend's Native American affairs team; Faegre adds two labor and employment attorneys in Chicago; and the former U.S. Steel general counsel joins Fox Rothschild.

What's Up With JuraLaw, Firm Manager, Liquid Lit Manager and More

Sean Doherty : Law Technology News : January 28, 2014

This week JuraLaw works with NetDocuments, Firm Manager ferrets out unbilled time, Office 365 takes on iPads and more legal technology product and industry news.

IP Litigator Leaves Kessler Topaz for Condo Roccia Firm

Zack Needles : The Legal Intelligencer : January 28, 2014

A little over three years after starting a patent litigation practice at Radnor, Pa.-based class action firm Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, partner Michael J. Bonella has left to join Philadelphia-based intellectual property boutique Condo Roccia Koptiw as a partner.

Labor Lawyers Predict NLRB Fumble on Football Decision

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : January 27, 2014

Labor lawyers are skeptical that a decision by a National Labor Relations Board official in Chicago giving football players at Northwestern University a green light to unionize would survive judicial scrutiny.

Labor Lawyers Predict NLRB Fumble on Football Decision

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : January 27, 2014

Labor lawyers are skeptical that a decision by a National Labor Relations Board official in Chicago giving football players at Northwestern University a green light to unionize would survive judicial scrutiny.

Circuit Halts U.S. Enforcement of Brazilian Judgment

Brendan Pierson : New York Law Journal : January 27, 2014

A federal appeals panel has found that it cannot enforce a $6.8 million criminal judgment in favor of the Brazilian government in a Brazilian court because the so-called penal law rule prevents it from enforcing other nations' criminal laws.

Gay-Friendly Policies Can Help Law Firms, Advocates Say

Tania Karas : New York Law Journal : January 24, 2014

A work environment that welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender lawyers is not only fundamentally fair, it can boost the bottom line. That was the message of Out in Law, a daylong event at New York University School of Law this month.

Wiley Rein Sees Year of Steady Revenue, Income

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 14, 2014

Wiley Rein's revenues and profits per partner held nearly steady in a year when the firm saw big wins in court and some expansion internally. Revenue stayed around $232 million from 2012 to 2013. Profits per partner rose by about $7,000 per partner, to just under $1.2 million per partner

The Churn: Kaye Scholer Adds Cybersecurity Expert, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 09, 2014

Kaye Scholer creates a new global cybersecurity and privacy group in connection with a recent hire; Dentons makes a series of additions in Washington, D.C., and several lawyers leave Edwards Wildman & Palmer.

Insider Trading Case Marks Latest Mixed Verdict for SEC

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 07, 2014

The latest came on Thursday in an insider trading case against Andrew Jacobs, a former executive at The Hershey Co., and his brother Leslie Jacobs.

Chasing Compliance

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

JPMorgan has paid out billions in penalties. Did it fix the problems?

Ready for Prime Time

Rebekah Mintzer : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

The MPAA hires a veteran GC who knows his way around a courtroom; and other Moves.

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

Top Laterals 2013 - Wolfsohn and Goranin

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 25, 2014

David J. Wolfsohn, a member of intellectual property boutique Woodcock Washburn's policy committee, left the firm in October 
with Aleksander J. Goranin, the chair of the firm's litigation practice, to join Duane Morris.

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.

The Privacy/Security Clash's Unexpected Consequence

Judy Selby : Law Technology News : January 21, 2014

Leaks, breaches and public uproar may create opportunities for privacy professionals.

'Phantom Income' Haunting Ex-Howrey Partners

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 21, 2014

A $41 million settlement reached by the Howrey estate and Baker & Hostetler last year may have been a windfall for the defunct firm's creditors, but it will result in substantial tax bills for former Howrey partners—three of whom insist they shouldn't have to pay.

People in the News - February 20, 2014

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 20, 2014

Archer & Greiner, in partnership with the Garden State Bar Association, is set to host a CLE seminar addressing diversity in the legal system.

Chase's Compliance Chase

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : January 18, 2014

JPMorgan Chase & Co. has paid out billions in penalties. But did it fix the problems?

Newsmakers: Week of Feb. 17

: Texas Lawyer : January 17, 2014

Robert C. Wendland has been hired as general counsel of the Dallas County Community College District. Plus more new positions, appointments, awards and honors.

Get Your Data House in Order—Or Else

Sherry Karabin : Corporate Counsel : January 14, 2014

Data security concerns, privacy, compliance and e-discovery costs are some of the reasons that sound data policies must be in place.

Baker & Hostetler Create InfoGov Practice

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 13, 2014

Partner Judy Selby and counsel James Sherer will lead a new information governance cross-practice group at Baker & Hostetler.

12 on 12: Favorite Moments at LegalTech New York

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 12, 2014

Judicial insight, Edward Snowden, high fashion, fear and magic were among the highlights of LegalTech extravaganzas.

The Churn: Bingham Loses Trio of Litigators, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo and Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 11, 2014

A three-partner litigation team moves from Bingham McCutchen to Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton; Greenberg Traurig sees its lawyers jump to Dechert, Husch Blackwell and Squire Sanders; and the chair of Dorsey's labor and employment practice joins Littler Mendelson.

Court Officers in Stanford, Madoff Cases Ask Supremes for Standing to Sue on Behalf of Creditors

John Council : Texas Lawyer : January 10, 2014

Bernie Madoff and R. Allen Stanford are behind bars and out of the headlines. But lawyers tasked with cleaning up their messes hope the U.S. Supreme Court will take up a critical issue: Do federally appointed court officers have standing to sue on behalf of creditors to recover their money?

Baker & Hostetler Announces Information Governance Practice Group

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Law Technology News : January 07, 2014

The cross-practice team will focus on privacy and data protection and e-discovery advocacy and management.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Baker & Hostetler's Madoff-Fueled Run Slows

Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2014

After three years of extraordinary growth tied to its work on Bernard Madoff-related litigation, Baker & Hostetler saw its financial performance level off last year, according to The American Lawyer's reporting. While the firm's gross revenue rose a still-healthy 6 percent, to $540 million, its profits per partner were essentially flat at $935,000.

Western Union Anti-Money Laundering Settlement Extended

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : January 07, 2014

After apparently failing to put in place adequate anti-money laundering controls, the Western Union Co. agreed to extend a February 2010 settlement.

Amid Client Conflict, Three Lawyers Decamp for Wiley

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 07, 2014

Three intellectual property lawyers left Baker & Hostetler to join Wiley Rein after a merger created a client conflict.

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.

People in the News - January 31, 2014

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 31, 2014

Jacqueline Barrett and Philip Kontul of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart were elected to the position of shareholder.

D.C. MOVES

: The National Law Journal : January 27, 2014

Big Data and Analytics: Opportunities and Challenges

Judy Selby : Law Technology News : January 27, 2014

A quick primer on how organizations are starting to adopt analytics to serve customers and increases sales, with some important caveats.

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Firm Rankings

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In the News

Legal Tech Professionals On The Move

Mark Gerlach : Law Technology News : January 23, 2014

Appointments and new hires at e-discovery and technology organizations, law firms and companies this week.

The Churn: A Dechert Partner Decamps, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

A high-powered litigator leaves Dechert, more departures from Bingham McCutchen and a rare outside hire by Wachtell Lipton in our latest look at lateral moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Fidelity National Seeks Reversal Of Class Certification

Adolfo Pesquera : Daily Business Review : January 16, 2014

Fidelity National Title asked the Fourth District Court of Appeal to reverse the certification of a class action.

Mid-Summer Mixer

: New York Law Journal : January 14, 2014

The Federal Bar Council's First Decade Committee hosted its mid-summer happy hour at the 79th Street Boat Basin Café on Thursday.

Loss of Key Witness Dooms Pfizer Investor Class Action

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 09, 2014

In a victory for Beth Wilkinson of Paul Weiss and her cocounsel at Simpson Thacher and DLA Piper, a federal judge in Manhattan refused to give plaintiffs a new chance to explain how Pfizer caused their losses.

Judge Denies Madoff Trustee Recovery of Foreign Transfers

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : January 08, 2014

Dealing a win to foreign banks and investment service providers, Southern District Judge Jed Rakoff held that the recovery provision of the Bankruptcy Code is subject to the same limits on the extraterritorial reach of U.S. laws that apply to securities transactions under 'Morrison v. National Australia Bank Ltd.'

Madoff Trustee Barred from Seeking Foreign Bank Funds

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 07, 2014

While most people were enjoying the tail end of a long holiday weekend, U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff was busy Sunday delivering a key victory to foreign banks targeted by Irving Picard, the liquidation trustee for Bernie Madoff's defunct investment firm.

When Insurance Coverage Zips Away

Judy Selby and C. Zachary Rosenberg : Law Technology News : January 01, 2014

Court finds no insurance coverage for collecting ZIP code information in alleged violation of state privacy laws.

Madoff Trustee Hits Dead End in Suits Against Banks

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 30, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court has finally put an end to Irving Picard's quest to recover billions of dollars from HSBC, UniCredit and other banks he accused of facilitating Bernard Madoff's fraud.

High Court Limits Presidential Power, Triggers Turmoil at NLRB

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : January 26, 2014

A major separation-of-powers decision by the U.S. Supreme Court may prevent President Barack Obama from making recess appointments for the rest of his tenure, and will trigger uncertainty for months or years to come at the National Labor Relations Board.

LegalTech West Coast Preview: Day 2 Panels

Mark Gerlach : Law Technology News : January 24, 2014

The second day of LegalTech West Coast will include a dozen panels on topics such as information governance, cybersecurity and deflating the cost of e-discovery.

How to Protect Client Data From Government Spies and Other Miscreants

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 24, 2014

Cybercriminals and the government may have access to your firm's confidential client data.

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.

High Court Maintains That Software Patents Cannot Protect Abstract Ideas

Mark Gerlach : Law Technology News : January 19, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court held that software implementing an abstract idea onto a computer is not a patentable invention.

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.

LegalTech Tackles E-Discovery and Cybersecurity

Mark Gerlach : Law Technology News : January 16, 2014

Panels address risk management, information governance, regulatory hurdles, the cloud, e-discovery spending.

Defendants Should Step Up Fight in Data Breach Cases, Lawyers Say

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 13, 2014

Plaintiffs are increasingly winning in the earlier stages of data breach litigation and defendants may be helping set unrealistic settlement figures out of a fear of going through discovery, attorneys on both sides of the issue said Thursday.

Lawyers More and More in Demand As Corporate Compliance Directors

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 12, 2014

Recruiters, consultants and other insiders say there is an increased demand for compliance professionals—and a growing appetite for lawyers in those roles.

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.

Stand Up to Sue Companies for Data Breaches

Deborah Renner and Judy Selby : Law Technology News : January 03, 2014

Before a data breach class action can make it to class certification, named plaintiffs must show that they have standing.

ACE, MSA Safety and Reed Smith Named Value Champions by ACC

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 29, 2014

For Philadelphia-based ACE Group General Counsel Kevin Rampe, the process of revamping his legal department has focused on better leveraging in-house talent and creating the technology to help a geographically dispersed legal team know who knows what.

ACC Value Champs Tally Up In-house Savings, Efficiency

Rebekah Mintzer : Corporate Counsel : January 28, 2014

The Association for Corporate Counsel named a diverse slate of in-house legal departments and outside counsel partners as its 2014 ACC Value Champions.

So Long, Sanders: Squire's Founding Partner Tossed in Tie-Up

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

William Sanders is the latest legal luminary to see his name fall off the shingle of an Am Law 200 firm. Negotiations over new firm names have scuttled previous merger deals between large firms.

Judge Tosses Expert Testimony Against Pfizer

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 23, 2014

The ruling could upend a huge securities fraud case against Pfizer over its marketing of the painkillers Celebrex and Bextra. Pfizer is represented by Paul Weiss, Simpson Thacher and DLA Piper.

Children, New Venue Add to Phila. Bar's 35th Annual 5K Run

Manny D. Pokotilow : The Legal Intelligencer : January 23, 2014

On May 18, the 35th Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Charity Run took place at Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park.

Hospital Off Hook for Data Breach Penalties

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 22, 2014

A Fourth District panel said the theft of a computer with unencrypted patient names and record numbers shouldn't trigger statutory damages as high as $500 million.

Baker Hostetler Hires Team from Ballard Spahr

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 20, 2014

Baker Hostetler has made its first new hires since entering the Atlanta market in January through a merger with intellectual property firm Woodcock Washburn.

High Court Applies Loser Pays Rule in Business Dispute

John Council : Texas Lawyer : January 19, 2014

How do lawyers in a business dispute properly invoke the loser-pays provisions of tort reform?

Law Firms Bulking Up Intelligence Analysis Arms

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 13, 2014

In a profession that relies heavily on precedence, research of all forms has long driven even the business decisions of law firms. But in the past few years that function has morphed from one of printing out reams of information into one that involves targeted business analysis that often requires a leap of faith rather than following the doctrine of stare decisis.

High Court Applies Loser Pays Rule in Business Dispute

John Council : Texas Lawyer : January 13, 2014

How do lawyers in a business dispute properly invoke the loser-pays provisions of tort reform?

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.

Senate Judiciary Again Delays Move on Patent Reform Bill

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 08, 2014

The Senate Judiciary Committee continues to struggle to find a compromise on patent litigation reform, while a key House lawmaker on the issue warned he might wait until next year to take action if a Senate bill isn't strong enough.

Howrey Trustee Racks Up Deals With Ex-Partners, Firms

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2014

Allan Diamond raises more than $5 million by reaching settlements with four firms and 60 former partners.

Baker & Hostetler Beats Back Attack on Cape Wind Project

Susan Beck : The Litigation Daily : January 05, 2014

An "obdurate band of aggrieved residents of Cape Cod and the islands," backed by billionaire William Koch and represented by Jenner & Block, were rebuffed again in their latest attempt to block a massive offshore wind farm.

Sutherland Barely Falls Off Am Law 100 National Firm Rankings

Meredith hobbs : Daily Report : January 02, 2014

Twenty-five firms that appear in this year's Am Law 100 ranking of the nation's top-grossing law firms have an office in Atlanta. That is a net gain of one firm from last year.

Congressmen Fight Subpoenas in Defamation Case

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 02, 2014

Reps. Sanford Bishop Jr., D-Ga., and James Clyburn, D-S.C., want a federal judge in Washington to toss subpoenas for their deposition testimony in the Shirley Sherrod defamation case, arguing the lawyers who issued the subpoenas are on a “fishing expedition.”

Will Pair of U.S. Supreme Court Rulings Stem Patent Trolls?

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 02, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court's rulings Tuesday in two cases involving fee shifting in patent infringement actions have been hailed by some as a victory in a battle against patent assertion entities, often referred to as patent trolls. But there is a bit of a debate among patent lawyers as to whether that will be the case.

Report Finds Security Concerns a Barrier to eHealth Services

Judy Selby and Kimberly Wong : Law Technology News : January 30, 2014

Consumers appear to value personal health information over other personal data.

Judge Rakoff Dings Picard in Madoff Avoidance Actions

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 29, 2014

Irving Picard's efforts to spread money among Bernie Madoff's Ponzi victims hit a snag this week, when a judge ruled that Picard must present more potent allegations in order to proceed with so-called avoidance actions against entities like Societe Generale and UniCredit that handled Madoff funds.

Patrick Oot, Tom Baldwin Land New Jobs

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 24, 2014

Lots of career moves in law firms and vendor shops.

Gartner Ratchets Up Legal IT Research

Mark Gerlach : Law Technology News : January 17, 2014

The research and advisory company plans to release a number of reports on legal technology later this year.

Pa. Seeing Influx of Out-of-State Firms, Despite Mature Market

Zack Needles : The Legal Intelligencer : January 16, 2014

Despite talk for years that the Philadelphia region's legal market is oversaturated with firms, several out-of-state firms have entered the market over the past few years.

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.

Court OKs Attack on DataTern Patents by SAP, Microsoft

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 04, 2014

After DataTern accused dozens of SAP and Microsoft customers of patent infringement, the two companies sprang into action and used declaratory judgment actions to knock out DataTern's patents in 2012. The Federal Circuit blessed that tactic on Friday, but with some reservations.

The Churn: Cooley Woos Mintz Levin IP Team, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2014

Cooley poaches a six-lawyer intellectual property group from Mintz Levin, a former federal prosecutor who left the Justice Department amid controversy moves to Baker Botts, and O'Melveny brings back a former associate who has been a key legal adviser to President Obama since his run for the U.S Senate in 2004.

Big Law Reveals the Budgets and Tech Needed to Safeguard Confidential Data

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 01, 2014

Big Law experts reveal budgets and technology needed to safeguard client confidentiality.

April 2014 Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

The Churn: Weil, Patton Boggs See More Defections, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Weil, Gotshal & Manges loses a securities litigation partner to Jenner & Block; Patton Boggs goes through another spate of departures; and Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr hires a former FBI director and his ex-chief of staff.

Feeling Insecure?

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 01, 2014

You should—threats to client confidentiality lurk inside and outside your firm.

SEC Charges Valley Husbands With Insider Trading

Cheryl Miller : The Recorder : January 31, 2014

In unrelated civil cases, the agency accuses two men of trading on information they overheard from their wives' work calls.

The Churn: White House Official Joins Kilpatrick, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

The White House's former associate director of intergovernmental affairs and public engagement is now part of Kilpatrick Townsend's Native American affairs team; Faegre adds two labor and employment attorneys in Chicago; and the former U.S. Steel general counsel joins Fox Rothschild.

What's Up With JuraLaw, Firm Manager, Liquid Lit Manager and More

Sean Doherty : Law Technology News : January 28, 2014

This week JuraLaw works with NetDocuments, Firm Manager ferrets out unbilled time, Office 365 takes on iPads and more legal technology product and industry news.

IP Litigator Leaves Kessler Topaz for Condo Roccia Firm

Zack Needles : The Legal Intelligencer : January 28, 2014

A little over three years after starting a patent litigation practice at Radnor, Pa.-based class action firm Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, partner Michael J. Bonella has left to join Philadelphia-based intellectual property boutique Condo Roccia Koptiw as a partner.

Labor Lawyers Predict NLRB Fumble on Football Decision

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : January 27, 2014

Labor lawyers are skeptical that a decision by a National Labor Relations Board official in Chicago giving football players at Northwestern University a green light to unionize would survive judicial scrutiny.

Labor Lawyers Predict NLRB Fumble on Football Decision

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : January 27, 2014

Labor lawyers are skeptical that a decision by a National Labor Relations Board official in Chicago giving football players at Northwestern University a green light to unionize would survive judicial scrutiny.

Circuit Halts U.S. Enforcement of Brazilian Judgment

Brendan Pierson : New York Law Journal : January 27, 2014

A federal appeals panel has found that it cannot enforce a $6.8 million criminal judgment in favor of the Brazilian government in a Brazilian court because the so-called penal law rule prevents it from enforcing other nations' criminal laws.

Gay-Friendly Policies Can Help Law Firms, Advocates Say

Tania Karas : New York Law Journal : January 24, 2014

A work environment that welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender lawyers is not only fundamentally fair, it can boost the bottom line. That was the message of Out in Law, a daylong event at New York University School of Law this month.

Wiley Rein Sees Year of Steady Revenue, Income

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 14, 2014

Wiley Rein's revenues and profits per partner held nearly steady in a year when the firm saw big wins in court and some expansion internally. Revenue stayed around $232 million from 2012 to 2013. Profits per partner rose by about $7,000 per partner, to just under $1.2 million per partner

The Churn: Kaye Scholer Adds Cybersecurity Expert, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 09, 2014

Kaye Scholer creates a new global cybersecurity and privacy group in connection with a recent hire; Dentons makes a series of additions in Washington, D.C., and several lawyers leave Edwards Wildman & Palmer.

Insider Trading Case Marks Latest Mixed Verdict for SEC

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 07, 2014

The latest came on Thursday in an insider trading case against Andrew Jacobs, a former executive at The Hershey Co., and his brother Leslie Jacobs.

Chasing Compliance

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

JPMorgan has paid out billions in penalties. Did it fix the problems?

Ready for Prime Time

Rebekah Mintzer : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

The MPAA hires a veteran GC who knows his way around a courtroom; and other Moves.

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

Top Laterals 2013 - Wolfsohn and Goranin

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 25, 2014

David J. Wolfsohn, a member of intellectual property boutique Woodcock Washburn's policy committee, left the firm in October 
with Aleksander J. Goranin, the chair of the firm's litigation practice, to join Duane Morris.

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.

The Privacy/Security Clash's Unexpected Consequence

Judy Selby : Law Technology News : January 21, 2014

Leaks, breaches and public uproar may create opportunities for privacy professionals.

'Phantom Income' Haunting Ex-Howrey Partners

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 21, 2014

A $41 million settlement reached by the Howrey estate and Baker & Hostetler last year may have been a windfall for the defunct firm's creditors, but it will result in substantial tax bills for former Howrey partners—three of whom insist they shouldn't have to pay.

People in the News - February 20, 2014

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 20, 2014

Archer & Greiner, in partnership with the Garden State Bar Association, is set to host a CLE seminar addressing diversity in the legal system.

Chase's Compliance Chase

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : January 18, 2014

JPMorgan Chase & Co. has paid out billions in penalties. But did it fix the problems?

Newsmakers: Week of Feb. 17

: Texas Lawyer : January 17, 2014

Robert C. Wendland has been hired as general counsel of the Dallas County Community College District. Plus more new positions, appointments, awards and honors.

Get Your Data House in Order—Or Else

Sherry Karabin : Corporate Counsel : January 14, 2014

Data security concerns, privacy, compliance and e-discovery costs are some of the reasons that sound data policies must be in place.

Baker & Hostetler Create InfoGov Practice

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 13, 2014

Partner Judy Selby and counsel James Sherer will lead a new information governance cross-practice group at Baker & Hostetler.

12 on 12: Favorite Moments at LegalTech New York

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 12, 2014

Judicial insight, Edward Snowden, high fashion, fear and magic were among the highlights of LegalTech extravaganzas.

The Churn: Bingham Loses Trio of Litigators, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo and Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 11, 2014

A three-partner litigation team moves from Bingham McCutchen to Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton; Greenberg Traurig sees its lawyers jump to Dechert, Husch Blackwell and Squire Sanders; and the chair of Dorsey's labor and employment practice joins Littler Mendelson.

Court Officers in Stanford, Madoff Cases Ask Supremes for Standing to Sue on Behalf of Creditors

John Council : Texas Lawyer : January 10, 2014

Bernie Madoff and R. Allen Stanford are behind bars and out of the headlines. But lawyers tasked with cleaning up their messes hope the U.S. Supreme Court will take up a critical issue: Do federally appointed court officers have standing to sue on behalf of creditors to recover their money?

Baker & Hostetler Announces Information Governance Practice Group

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Law Technology News : January 07, 2014

The cross-practice team will focus on privacy and data protection and e-discovery advocacy and management.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Baker & Hostetler's Madoff-Fueled Run Slows

Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2014

After three years of extraordinary growth tied to its work on Bernard Madoff-related litigation, Baker & Hostetler saw its financial performance level off last year, according to The American Lawyer's reporting. While the firm's gross revenue rose a still-healthy 6 percent, to $540 million, its profits per partner were essentially flat at $935,000.

Western Union Anti-Money Laundering Settlement Extended

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : January 07, 2014

After apparently failing to put in place adequate anti-money laundering controls, the Western Union Co. agreed to extend a February 2010 settlement.

Amid Client Conflict, Three Lawyers Decamp for Wiley

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 07, 2014

Three intellectual property lawyers left Baker & Hostetler to join Wiley Rein after a merger created a client conflict.

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.

People in the News - January 31, 2014

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 31, 2014

Jacqueline Barrett and Philip Kontul of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart were elected to the position of shareholder.

D.C. MOVES

: The National Law Journal : January 27, 2014

Big Data and Analytics: Opportunities and Challenges

Judy Selby : Law Technology News : January 27, 2014

A quick primer on how organizations are starting to adopt analytics to serve customers and increases sales, with some important caveats.