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Cooley LLP

  • Designation: Palo Alto, Calif.
  • Head Count: 632
  • Gross Revenues: $617,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $975,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,495,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 7

Cooley LLP is a Palo Alto, California-based law firm that completed a merger with New York's Kronish Lieb Weiner & Hellman, to become Cooley LLP. In 2011, the firm ranked 57th on The American Lawyer's Am Law 100 rankings of U.S. law firms with gross revenue of $517,000,000 in 2010. On the 2011 Global 100 survey, the firm ranked as the 65th highest grossing law firm in the world. In terms of size, Cooley LLP ranked 63rd on the National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250 rankings, with 604 attorneys. Cooley LLP represents emerging growth and public companies and the financial institutions that serve their markets. Practice areas include antitrust, commercial litigation, life sciences transactions, venture capital, tax, and technology transactions. In addition to its four California offices, the firm has offices in New York, Boston, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 47 7 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 47 7 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 63 0 Lawyer head count
The A-List 39 0 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 63 -17 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 52 1 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 64 3 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 18 0 Summer programs

In the News

Cooley Scores Ninth Circuit Win for eBay

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 01, 2014

D.C. Calendar

: The National Law Journal : January 31, 2014

Legal forums throughout the D.C. metropolitan area.

Atlanta Attorney Tapped to be GC of Driver Services

Associated Press : Daily Report : January 31, 2014

An Atlanta attorney has been hired to serve as general counsel for the Georgia Department of Driver Services.

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.

Supreme Court Moves to Pin Down Rules for Software Patents

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 28, 2014

For the third time in four years, the Supreme Court on Monday will set out to distinguish patent-eligible inventions from mere abstract ideas. This time the court will be doing it in the context of computerized business methods, and that has Silicon Valley lawyers paying extra attention.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 28, 2014

Sidley Austin and Reed Smith are among the eight firms announcing new additions, while two others announce promotions.

Robinson v. Vivirito

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 27, 2014

Principal Owed No Duty to Person Attacked By Dog On School Grounds After Hours

Big Firms Hitch Ride on River of U.S., Global IPOs

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

Wilson Sonsini, Latham & Watkins, Fenwick & West and Cooley are among the Am Law 100 firms reaping the benefits of a surge in activity on the initial public offering front so far this year. And with the IPO pipeline packed, more large firms are poised to help corporate clients tap the capital markets.

Daily Decision Service Alert: Vol. 23, No. 59 - March 27, 2014

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 27, 2014

Daily decision alert.

School Not Liable for Dog Attack On Its Grounds During Weekend

Michael Booth : New Jersey Law Journal : January 26, 2014

A school district was not liable to a woman attacked by a stray dog on its property on a weekend, since there was no duty of care to protect her, the New Jersey Supreme Court says.

Weil and Cooley Get Call for Synopsys-Coverity Deal

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 25, 2014

Attorney Is Disbarred After Forgery Conviction

Andrew Keshner : New York Law Journal : January 24, 2014

A suspended attorney who admitted to felony-level forgery has been disbarred by a Brooklyn appellate court.

Sandberg: Facebook Rebuffed 'No Poach' Overtures From Google

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 24, 2014

In a court filing, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg says Google executives took her temperature on entering a nonsolicitation pact like those at the heart of a high-stakes, antitrust class action.

BAR-ometer

: The Recorder : January 21, 2014

No case, big problem ... Capital calls ... Boies wins!

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 21, 2014

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

Tableau Taps Cooley for $357 Million Follow-On Offering

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 20, 2014

It's the latest company to make a quick return trip to the capital markets after a hot IPO.

Litigator of the Week: Michael Rhodes of Cooley

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 20, 2014

Data-mining class actions against Silicon Valley's tech heavyweights will be raging for years. But plaintiffs lawyers looking for a big payday are facing a major new obstacle after Rhodes' victory this week for Google Inc.

Cooley Wins Ruling Nixing Class in Gmail Privacy Litigation

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 19, 2014

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh found questions about users' consent to Google's scanning too individualized to proceed in broad classes.

Koh Won't Certify Classes in Gmail Privacy Litigation

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 19, 2014

Judge finds questions about users' consent to Google's scanning too individualized to proceed in broad classes.

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.

Federal Circuit OKs $12 Million Fee Award in Qualcomm Patent Case

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 18, 2014

A damning e-mail helped Cooley's Steven Strauss establish that a Hughes Hubbard client went after Qualcomm despite having "no case."

Federal Circuit OKs $12 Million Fee Award in 'Exceptional' Patent Case

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 18, 2014

Damning email helped Cooley's Steven Strauss establish that a Hughes Hubbard client went after Qualcomm despite having "no case."

The Careerist: Third-Rate Law Schools Try Harder

Vivia Chen : The Am Law Daily : January 17, 2014

They lack cache, but they are the innovators of the legal academic marketplace.

The Score: March Madness Edition

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

With the field set for the National Collegiate Athletic Association men's basketball tournament, others can agonize over their brackets. The Am Law Daily's focus is on the lawyers and law firms with ties to the NCAA and the nation's top college sports conferences.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 17, 2014

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

Ex-Sidley Partner's Slide Into Receipt Scam Detailed

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2014

Why would prominent art world attorney Ralph Lerner risk his reputation by improperly charging hundreds of personal car service rides to client accounts? In thousands of pages of documents contained in his public discipline file, the outlines of an explanation begin to emerge.

Ninth Circuit Brushes Off Contract Breach Claims Against EBay

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 12, 2014

Cooley Hires Partner Away From Venture Fund

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 11, 2014

Thiel's Founders Fund Taps Cooley for Latest Fund

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 11, 2014

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.

DLA, Cooley Help Coupons.com Cash In

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 10, 2014

The Asian Lawyer All-Star Awards

Anthony Lin : The Asian Lawyer : January 10, 2014

On March 5, at a gala dinner held at the Conrad Hotel in Hong Kong, The Asian Lawyer presented its inaugural All-Star Awards. We sought to do something different, recognizing excellence in advising key industries rather than simply honoring the biggest, highest-profile deals of the year (though we took those into account too). We also said we would be publishing the reasons for the decisions that we made. And so here we do exactly that, category by category.

Panel Censures Attorney for Not Disclosing Offense

Andrew Keshner : New York Law Journal : January 07, 2014

A Staten Island attorney who did not divulge his plea to misdemeanor drunken driving in his 2010 bar application has been suspended for six months.

Is the End of the Country's Lawyer Glut Really Here?

Steven J. Harper : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2014

With all the attention being paid to the decline in law school applications, could it be that the crisis in legal education is over? Not a chance.

The Careerist: Rationality in the Law School Marketplace?

Vivia Chen : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2014

Law school enrollment is down. But some schools are defying that trend.

Another Disrupter Targets Legal Industry

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 06, 2014

Palo Alto-based LawGives is the latest startup to challenge the traditional way that clients find lawyers—and the traditional fee structures.

New Partners Yearbook 2014

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 06, 2014

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

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.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Proskauer's Revenue Up as Head Count Drops

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 03, 2014

Proskauer Rose recorded gains in every major financial metric in 2013, including a gross revenue increase of 4.3 percent to $768.5 million, according to The American Lawyer's reporting.

Banks Is Leaving Legal Aid for a City Position

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Steven Banks, who has been attorney-in-chief of the New York City Legal Aid Society since 2004, was named commissioner of the city's Human Resources Administration by Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday.

Weil Gotshal's Keith Flaum

Recorder Staff : The Recorder : January 03, 2014

IPO Lawyers Ready to Work Like It's 1999

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 28, 2014

All signs point to a bumper crop of offerings.

Lawyers in Gmail Case Gird for Class War

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 27, 2014

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh sounded skeptical about whether and how to proceed with class treatment of privacy claims against Google's email service, and accused the plaintiffs lawyers of changing theories.

Lawyers in Gmail Case Gird for Class War

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 27, 2014

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh sounded skeptical about whether and how to proceed with class treatment of privacy claims against Google's email service, and accused the plaintiffs lawyers of changing theories.

Senate Confirms Two for Northern District Judgeships

Cheryl Miller : The Recorder : January 25, 2014

Beth Labson Freeman and James Donato will fill seats vacated by judges Jeremy Fogel and James Ware.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Geoffrey Willis joins the Brown Rudnick's environmental and real estate practices in the Irvine, Calif., office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Appeals Court Deals Blow to Cooley Client in Biofuel Patent Case

Drew Carroll : The Recorder : January 19, 2014

The Federal Circuit reversed a district judge who sided with Colorado-based Gevo in its epic patent fight with Butamax, a joint venture of BP and DuPont.

The Careerist: Law Schools Where Enrollment Dipped Over 30%

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 19, 2014

Law School News: Schools that are hungry for students; Ohio's bargain basement; and survey of prospective students.

After Last Year's Lag, Wilson's Partner Profits Rebound

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 14, 2014

New offices opened in SOMA and in Beijing in 2012 are now "firing on all cylinders," said comanaging partner John "Jack" Sheridan.

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.

Objectors Attack Facebook Privacy Settlement

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 10, 2014

Objectors Attack Facebook Privacy Settlement

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 10, 2014

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 07, 2014

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

Zynga's Devang Shah

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 07, 2014

In a Challenging Economy, Some Firms Pulled Away From the Pack

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 07, 2014

Richard Dickson's Fenwick, along with Cooley, saw gains in all the major metrics, but other firms fell flat or faltered.

Commissioner Bruno Barreiro May Be Involved In Conflict Of Interest

Eleazar David Melendez : Daily Business Review : January 06, 2014

The Miami-Dade County commissioner failed to disclose a personal financial interest in the company that owns his district office building.

Move Fast and Call a Lawyer

Rebekah Mintzer : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Ten years since Facebook's birth, its legal department still faces novel issues every day. And users don't always hit the "like" button.

BAR-ometer

: The Recorder : January 31, 2014

Quinn's in deep … Stephen hits the glass ceiling … Cooley: steady as she grows!

Tech Boom at Its Back, Cooley Grew Revenue 9 Percent

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 30, 2014

For the second year in a row, Cooley saw revenues surge. The IPO markets were hot in 2013 and "we took full advantage," said CEO Joe Conroy.

OnRamp Program Aims to Bring Women Back to Big Law

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 28, 2014

The Asian Lawyer Announces Awards Finalists

Anthony Lin : The Asian Lawyer : January 27, 2014

We are pleased to announce the finalists in nine industry categories for The Asian Lawyer All-Star law firm awards.

Intellectual Ventures' Melissa Finocchio

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 24, 2014

Google Tops Best Employer List; Firms Trail Behind

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 22, 2014

Fortune has released its list of the top 100 companies to work for in 2014, which includes an office with an official VP of Fun.

Networking With Facebook's In-House Legal Team

Rebekah Mintzer : Corporate Counsel : January 21, 2014

Ten years since Facebook's birth, its legal department still faces novel issues every day. And users don't always hit the "like" button.

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

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

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

Facebook Taps Gibson to Fend Off Privacy Suit

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 16, 2014

Ashlie Beringer, Facebook's new deputy GC for litigation, has turned to lawyers at her former firm to fight allegations the company illegally intercepted messages users believed to be private.

Atlanta Energy Boutique Picks Up D.C. Team from Cooley

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 16, 2014

Atlanta energy law boutique Mercer Thompson has recruited a five-lawyer renewable energy team from Cooley that establishes a Washington office for the firm.

Kilpatrick Picks 2 from Dow Lohnes

: Daily Report : January 15, 2014

Media lawyer Tom Clyde has joined Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton as a partner, along with Lesli Gaither as counsel from Dow Lohnes, which closed its doors at the end of the year.

Lawyers Expect IPO Boom to Roll On in 2014

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 13, 2014

More than 40 California companies launched IPOs last year and lawyers continue to see a robust pipeline.

Second City Shanghai

Anthony Lin : The Asian Lawyer : January 13, 2014

Despite its reputation as China's New York, Shanghai still doesn't compare as a financial—or legal—center. Not to New York, not to Hong Kong, not even to Beijing. A Shanghai office has become dispensable to some international law firms, and Beijing-based firms increasingly dominate the domestic profession. Could policy shifts, including the unveiling of a new Free Trade Zone, start to help Shanghai live up to its amazing skyline?

The Careerist: Why Cooley is Cooler

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 13, 2014

Stephen Neal, the chairman of Cooley, dishes with The Careerist about his competitors, the type of hire who succeeds at his firm, and why his shop is one of the "nice" firms in Silicon Valley.

In Win for DOJ, Judge Takes Aim at Bazaarvoice Merger

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 10, 2014

U.S. District Judge William Orrick III has sided with the government that a 2012 deal between two little known software companies would stifle competition in the market for online ratings and reviews.

Lawyers Expect IPO Boom to Roll On In 2014

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 10, 2014

More than 40 California companies launched IPOs last year and lawyers continue to see a robust pipeline.

Leading M&A Transactions-Target or Acquirer Based in N.J.-2013

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 10, 2014

Leading M&A transactions with the target or acquirer based in N.J. in 2013.

New Fellowship Aims to Restart Dormant Legal Careers

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

Four Am Law 100 firms—Baker Botts, Cooley, Hogan Lovells, and Sidley—have signed on to a new pilot program designed to put women lawyers who have stepped away from the profession for one reason or another back into a law firm setting.

Cooley Advises LegalZoom in Private Equity Infusion

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 10, 2014

Legal Zoom, a Web-based provider of legal services, withdrew its initial public offering plans Tuesday to pave the way for a European private to take a controlling stake.

Judge Stops Much of NYU's Campus Expansion Plan

Brendan Pierson : New York Law Journal : January 09, 2014

A Manhattan judge has halted most of New York University's sweeping expansion plan, finding that NYU needs approval from the state Legislature to build on public park land.

Unapproved Opinions

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 09, 2014

Opinions not approved for publication.

Peter Canfield Joins Jones Day

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 08, 2014

Veteran First Amendment lawyer Peter Canfield has joined Jones Day, following the year-end closure of Dow Lohnes' Atlanta office, where he had been the local managing partner. Dow Lohnes' Washington office merged with Cooley, effective Jan. 1.

Cooley Advises LegalZoom in Private Equity Infusion

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 08, 2014

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

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

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

Tech Sector Dealmaking a Boon to Some Am Law 200 Firms

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

Data shows that the tech sector was responsible for much of the global dealmaking activity last year and recently racked up nearly $3 billion in value and yielded assignments for Am Law 200 stalwarts Fenwick & West, O'Melveny, Weil and Wilson Sonsini.

Weil Advises Providence on Cox Buy of AutoTrader Stake

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 03, 2014

Atlanta-based media conglomerate Cox Enterprises has reached a deal to buy back a 25 percent stake in AutoTrader Group from Providence Equity Partners for a reported $1.8 billion. Providence, which bought the stake from Cox in 2010 for an undisclosed amount, is being represented in the matter by Weil, Gotshal & Manges.

Cooley, Davis Polk Tapped for Biotech IPO

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 02, 2014

Daily Decision Service Alert: Vol. 23, No. 1 - January 2, 2014

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 02, 2014

Daily decision alert.

Riding a Late-Year M&A Surge, 2013 Goes Out Like a Lion

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 02, 2014

Late-Year M&A Surge a Boon to Some Am Law 200 Firms

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

Data shows that mergers and acquisitions in the U.S. accounted for 43 percent of last year's global deal volume and that the nation's technology industry was responsible for much of the activity. The sector continued its dealmaking run over the past week with a batch of transactions that totaled nearly $3 billion in value and yielded assignments for Am Law 200 stalwarts Fenwick & West, O'Melveny, Weil and Wilson Sonsini.

Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Lieff Cabraser Sues Facebook Over Scanning of 'Private' Messages

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 31, 2013

Partner Michael Sobol accuses the social networking site of trampling users' privacy to sell targeted ads.

Commercial Division Advisory Council Makes Headway

Suevon Lee. : New York Law Journal : January 27, 2013

Once just proposals on paper, the recommendations set forth by a task force on commercial litigation convened by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman a year and a half ago are gradually nearing actualization.

Cold Remedy: Am Law 100 Firms Load Up on Pharma M&A

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 24, 2013

Pharmaceutical M&A got a late-year shot in the arm, with nearly $10 billion in deals involving major industry players like AstraZeneca and Bayer as 2013 came to a close. A bevy of Am Law 100 firms led by Covington, Kirkland, Sullivan & Cromwell, Skadden, and Weil have grabbed lead roles on the transactions.

Commercial Division Advisory Council Makes Headway

Suevon Lee : Commercial Litigation Insider : January 23, 2013

Once just proposals on paper, the recommendations set forth by a task force on commercial litigation convened by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman a year and a half ago are gradually nearing actualization.

Acqui-hires Take Hold in Valley

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 20, 2013

Personal Notes on Lawyers

web-editor@nylj.com : New York Law Journal : January 11, 2013

Sidley Austin, Akerman and Kaufman & Company have each added a partner, while others announce promotions.

Circuit Orders Bail for LCD Executives After Oral Argument

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 09, 2013

Privacy a Sticking Point for Dealmakers

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 09, 2013

Privacy compliance is increasingly a sticking point between targets and acquirers. Lawyers say they're seeing closes delayed, offering prices reduced and some transactions scuttled altogether over privacy risks.

Privacy a Sticking Point for Dealmakers

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 09, 2013

Lawyers such as Ropes & Gray's James DeGraw say user data policies present a host of challenges.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 09, 2013

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

Four Firms Feast on $8.2 Billion US Foods Sale

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 09, 2013

Sysco Corporation has agreed to buy rival food distributor US Foods in a deal that includes $4.7 billion in assumed debt. Wachtell and Arnall, Golden & Gregory are advising Sysco, while US Foods has turned to attorneys at Simpson Thacher and Debevoise.

Judge Knocks Out Damages Expert in Suit Against Facebook

Jan Wolfe : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2013

One week before trial, a judge in Virginia has disqualified a damages expert proffered by Rembrandt Social Media, a nonpracticing entity that accuses Facebook of infringing two of its patents.

Suits and Deals

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 06, 2013

Large settlements and verdicts in New Jersey.

The Churn: In and Out at Kaye Scholer, Plus More Lateral Moves

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2013

Kaye Scholer loses a partner on each coast while hiring senior attorneys in its Chicago and Frankfurt offices; the former director of the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition returns to Boies, Schiller & Flexner; and Gardere Wynne Sewell expands by three in Dallas..

Privacy a Sticking Point for Dealmakers

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 06, 2013

Lawyers like Ropes & Gray's James DeGraw say user data policies present a host of challenges.

New Deals

Brian Baxter and Sara Randazzo : New York Law Journal : January 05, 2013

Consumer marketing and branding company Authentic Brands Group has acquired the licensing rights to Elvis Presley and Muhammad Ali from Core Media Group, and CVS Caremark has entered into an agreement to buy Apria Healthcare Group's Coram infusion therapy business for approximately $2.1 billion in cash.

Judge Knocks Out Damages Expert in Suit Against Facebook

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 04, 2013

Firm Leaders Survey: Slow Growth on Tap for 2014

Richard Lloyd : The American Lawyer : January 04, 2013

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

In Privacy Opinions, Koh and Grewal Air Differences

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 04, 2013

Coach Scandal Still Fresh, Rutgers Appoints Risk Management Chief

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 04, 2013

Rutgers University has appointed Theodore Brown, an in-house attorney with background as a prosecutor, to head a new unit charged with reducing the school's exposure to risk.

Thompson Hine Continues Hiring Spree with 2 Laterals

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 04, 2013

Thompson Hine continues its growth push in Atlanta with the recruitment of two longtime Atlanta lawyers. Peter Coffman joined from Dow Lohnes as a partner and Aaron Watson joined from Barnes & Thornburg as senior counsel.

Big Deals

David Marcus : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2013

Applied Materials / Tokyo Electron; Koch Industries / Molex; Ares/CPPIB / Neiman Marcus; Regency Energy / PVR

Firm Leaders Survey: Slow Growth on Tap for 2014

Richard Lloyd : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2013

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

Gibson Dunn Told to Turn Over Notes for In Camera Review

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 29, 2013

Gibson Dunn, which is not a party to the defamation suit against its former client, argued that its witness interview notes conducted during an internal investigation for the client were the firm's internal work product and thus protected from discovery.

November Flurry Propels 2013 to Law Firm Merger Record

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 26, 2013

With five weeks left, 2013 is already a record-setting year for tie-ups involving U.S. law firms. The Am Law Daily caught up with legal consultants Ward Bower and Tony Williams to discuss the continuing trend toward consolidation here and abroad.

Beyond Beijing

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 25, 2013

For international firms, China has generally been a tale of two cities: Beijing and Shanghai. But a number of firms are starting to eye second-tier markets like Chongqing, Dalian, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Qingdao.

Companies Put Project Management Principles to Work in Legal

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 22, 2013

November Flurry Propels 2013 to Law Firm Merger Record

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 22, 2013

With five weeks left, 2013 is already a record-setting year for tie-ups involving U.S. law firms. And as the latest spate of deals pushed the total number of mergers announced so far to 78—past the previous high of 70 set in 2008—The Am Law Daily caught up with legal consultants Ward Bower and Tony Williams to discuss the continuing trend toward consolidation here and abroad.

Suits and Deals

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 22, 2013

Large settlements and verdicts in New Jersey.

Start-Ups Look for Piece of the Legal Research Market

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 22, 2013

The founders of Judicata hope to refresh the search experience, while others go after actionable data.

Judge May Let Autonomy Suit Proceed Against HP, Whitman

Max Taves : The Recorder : January 22, 2013

Judge May Let Autonomy Suit Proceed Against HP, Whitman

Max Taves : The Recorder : January 21, 2013

Class Action Settlement Restores Food Stamps

Andrew Keshner : New York Law Journal : January 20, 2013

About 140,000 households will receive food stamps as the result of an approximately $76 million class action settlement approved earlier this year.

Alsup Rejects Class Action Over Text Message 'Cramming'

Max Taves : The Recorder : January 20, 2013

A federal judge has rejected class action treatment for consumers who claim they were charged for text messaging subscriptions they never requested.

Tigar OKs Revised eBay Settlement Over Enhanced Listings

Max Taves : The Recorder : January 20, 2013

Latham, Paul Weiss Help Keep Elvis, Ali Together

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2013

The King and The Greatest are staying together, as consumer marking and branding company Authentic Brands Group announced Wednesday its acquisition of the licensing rights to two of the 20th century's most famous names: Elvis Presley and Muhammad Ali.

Alsup Rejects Class Action Over Text Message 'Cramming'

Max Taves : The Recorder : January 19, 2013

Attorneys Cleared From IOLTA Ineligible List

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 15, 2013

Notice to the bar.

The Score: DLA Piper Takes Lead on New Braves Stadium

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 15, 2013

Major League Baseball's Atlanta Braves stunned many this week by announcing that the team will leave its downtown home in 2017 for a new $672 million stadium in suburban Cobb County. Elsewhere in our latest look at sports and the law: Gordon & Rees, Norton Rose Fulbright, Paul Weiss, and Womble Carlyle wade into an NFL bullying case; Alex Rodriguez adds to his robust legal team; and an ex-Milbank associate seeks to make running with the bulls a U.S. sport.

Verdict Search

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 14, 2013

Verdicts and settlements in New Jersey state and federal courts.

Cooley, Latham Line Up Celladon IPO

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 13, 2013

Tableau Turns to Cooley for Secondary Offering

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 08, 2013

Zynga GC Is Leaving the Company

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 08, 2013

Outgoing general counsel Reggie Davis, who saw the company through its IPO, will be replaced by deputy GC Devang Shah.

Zynga GC Is Leaving Company

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 07, 2013

Reggie Davis, who saw the company through its IPO, will be replaced by deputy GC Devang Shah.

ON THE MOVE: Patent Lawyer Finds Chemistry at Ballard

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 06, 2013

Patent lawyer Wendy Choi has left Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton to join Ballard Spahr as a partner.

Ex-Dow Lohnes Partners Find New Homes, But Not at Cooley

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 05, 2013

Left behind after Cooley announced last month it would pick up 54 lawyers from Dow Lohnes, some partners from the soon-to-be-defunct firm are headed to new Am Law 100 firms in Atlanta and Washington, D.C. Among them are Christopher Meazell, who has joined Covington & Burling as special counsel, and Peter Coffman, now a partner at Thompson Hine. The moves come as Dow Lohnes' lobbying unit has put itself up for auction and the remaining lawyers in the firm's Atlanta office evaluate opportunities elsewhere.

Phoenix School of Law Adopts New Brand

Karen Sloan : The National Law Journal : January 04, 2013

Arizona's only private law school has changed its name, effective immediately. The change is accompanied by a new website, logo and advertising campaign.

Missing the Mark

Chelsea Allison : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2013

How Tesla learned that in China, snoozing is losing.

Sizing Up an Orrick-Pillsbury Combo

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 01, 2013

Orrick may have finally met its match in James Rishwain Jr.'s energy-rich Pillsbury Winthrop.

Yelp Taps Cooley for Secondary Stock Offering

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 31, 2013

Big Deals

David Marcus : The American Lawyer : January 31, 2013

Verizon/Vodafone; Amgen/Onyx; Microsoft/Nokia

In Boom Year, Biotech Deal Lawyers Have More Options

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 30, 2013

IOLTA Ineligible List

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 30, 2013

Notice to the bar.

In Privacy Fights, Facebook 'Friends' Munger

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 29, 2013

Dentons, McKenna Execs Okay Tie-Up, Partner Votes Set

Sara Randazzo and Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 29, 2013

The boards of Dentons and McKenna Long & Aldridge have given their respective blessings to a proposed union that would join the two, and partners on both sides will vote on the matter within the next two weeks, firm representatives confirmed late Tuesday.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 28, 2013

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

Orrick, Pillsbury Confirm Merger Talks

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

Orrick, Pillsbury Confirm Merger Talks

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

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

Boutique Targets Video Game Industry

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 21, 2013

INADMISSIBLE: For Lawyers in EPA Cases, 'Exciting Dilemma'

: The National Law Journal : January 21, 2013

Lawyers are scrambling following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on October 15 to grant review in six separate challenges to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's greenhouse gas regulations. But there's a catch. Plus more in this week's column.