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Dewey & LeBoeuf is a New York-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2012 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Dewey & LeBoeuf has 1040 attorneys and is the 20th largest firm in the United States.  With $782,000,000 in gross revenue in 2011, the firm placed 28th on The American Lawyer's 2012 Am Law 200 ranking.  On the 2010 Global 100 survey, Dewey & LeBoeuf ranked as the 26th highest grossing law firm in the world.  The firm has offices in CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, IL, MA, NC, NJ, NY, OR, PA, TX and UT.
Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP filed for Chapter 11 on Monday, May 28, in federal bankruptcy court in Manhattan. The firm’s problems precipitated a rash of defections, with more than 160 of the firm's 300 partners resigning in three months according to the filing.

Firm Rankings

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Midlevel Associates Survey 14 19 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 60 -50 Summer programs

In the News

An Rx for Lateral Heartache

William Henderson and Christopher Zorn : The American Lawyer : January 29, 2015

Lateral partner hiring among large law firms is a lot like an ailing patient. We say this having explored more than 30,000 lateral partner moves over a 12-year period. And we're ready to offer prescriptive advice—a real cure for the dysfunctional lateral market.

Lateral Hiring Stays Strong, but Firms Curb Pay Pledges

MP McQueen : The American Lawyer : January 29, 2015

Lateral hiring remains at a near record, but more firms seek to manage risk by pulling back on compensation guarantees.

Chadbourne Opens New Office in Johannesburg

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 28, 2015

Chadbourne & Parke will open the South African outpost on Feb. 2, to be headed by Lido Fontana, a former project finance partner from one of the country's top corporate firms.

King & Spalding Keeps Hiring, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 27, 2015

Five lawyers join King & Spalding, as two others depart; Haynes and Boone heads to Denver; Pillsbury Winthrop adds 10 in Texas; Latham & Watkins lures a well-pedigreed litigator and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Former Dewey Chairman Awarded Bail Refund

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 21, 2015

In search of money to fund his upcoming trial, former Dewey & LeBoeuf chairman Steven Davis has been allowed a refund of his $200,000 bail.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 19, 2015

New arrivals, laterals, and a new office in this week's column.

Kirkland, Jones Day in Caesars Bankruptcy Showdown

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : January 15, 2015

Two of the country's top bankruptcy lawyers—Kirkland & Ellis' James Sprayregen and Jones Day's Bruce Bennett—are facing off in the Chapter 11 case of a subsidiary of casino and gaming giant Caesars Entertainment Corp.

Severed Dewey Trial Planned for 2016

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 14, 2015

Now that the fraud trial against three Dewey & LeBoeuf executives has been pushed back to April 27, a separate trial against indicted junior manager Zachary Warren likely won't start until 2016.

Big Law and Me: Aric Press Reflects

Aric Press : The American Lawyer : January 14, 2015

After 16 years, a departing editor offers 12 lessons for firms and lawyers.

How Bingham Failed: The Inside Story

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : January 14, 2015

Three years ago, Bingham McCutchen was literally a case study in successful management. 
Now it's dead. A look at last days of a high flyer and the stumbles that sealed its fate.

Judge Resets Dewey Trial Date to Late April

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 13, 2015

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Robert Stolz has bumped back the fraud trial against Dewey & LeBoeuf's top leaders to April 27, after former Chief Financial Officer Joel Sanders replaced his defense counsel.

Comparing Recent Clawback Rulings in 'Dewey' and 'Thelen'

Evan Hollander, Jonathan W. Hughes and Dana Yankowitz Elliott : New York Law Journal : January 12, 2015

Evan Hollander, Jonathan W. Hughes and Dana Yankowitz Elliott of Arnold & Porter write: While both decisions are tough for law firm partners, the decision in 'Dewey' and its reliance on uniquely harsh New York state law exposes partners to much greater risks than the decision in 'Thelen'.

Dewey Left Out of Latest Fees in Six-Year-Old Case

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 09, 2015

Judge Denny Chin has awarded most of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer's recent fee request but denied any further fee awards to the estate of Dewey & LeBoeuf. Both firms represented a receiver appointed to take control of properties and assets of an investment firm tied to a Ponzi scheme.

Attorneys in Hot Water: When Prosecutors Turn Up the Heat

Michael C. Miller and Jill C. Maguire : New York Law Journal : January 09, 2015

Michael C. Miller and Jill C. Maguire discuss the results of their informal survey into the criminal convictions that have been obtained over the past few years against lawyers in New York's federal and state courts, and against New York lawyers who have run afoul of the law outside of New York State.

Dewey GC Joins Hinshaw as Partner

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 07, 2015

Janis Meyer, the longtime general counsel at Dewey & LeBoeuf who helped the firm wind down its affairs in bankruptcy, is joining Hinshaw & Culbertson as a partner advising firms and lawyers on professional responsibility, ethics and risk management.

Former Dewey GC Heads to Hinshaw

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2015

Hinshaw & Culbertson, the go-to firm for law firms facing ethics and professional malpractice concerns, announced Monday that Janis Meyer, Dewey & LeBoeuf's longtime general counsel, joined the firm as a partner on Jan. 1.

Star Litigators Depart, Plus (Many) More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2015

An array of high-profile litigators from Irell & Manella and Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi are starting their own firms as January's annual “running of the laterals” begins. Also, Hinshaw & Culbertson hires Dewey & LeBoeuf's former general counsel; a Bingham McCutchen partner and ex-Cadwalader leader find new homes; Blank Rome opens in Pittsburgh; Greenberg Traurig goes to Tokyo; Quinn Emanuel heads to Seattle; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

The Careerist: My Predictions for Big Law in 2015

Vivia Chen : The American Lawyer : January 06, 2015

Oh, Crystal Ball! Here are nine things I see happening to a firm near you in the coming year. Please prove me wrong.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : January 05, 2015

Allergan / Actavis; Halliburton / Baker Hughes; Publicis / Sapient; LabCorp / Covance; BB&T / Susquehanna; Cott / DSS Group; Chiquita / Cutrale

Firms Find Creative Outlet Through Art Collections

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : December 31, 2014

Dozens of firms have curated museum-quality collections to grace their walls, including Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, whose art work includes pieces by famed photographers Annie Leibovitz, Nicholas Nixon, Lee Friedlander and Irving Penn, screen prints by Andy Warhol, a tapestry by Alexander Calder and a one-of-kind painting by Jim Dine.

Legal Business: Climate Unsettled

Katelyn Polantz and Andrew Ramonas : The National Law Journal : December 29, 2014

2014 was tumultuous for law firms — several didn't live to see 2015, or held on via mergers.

Law Firm Leaders See Jumps, Bumps in 2015

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : December 24, 2014

Data privacy and dealmaking will be hot, the lateral market hopping; midlevel associates could see pay climb—and firms might put the squeeze on office space.

Bear Market Continues for Big Firms in Russia

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : December 19, 2014

Global 100 firms with a major presence in Russia have quietly pulled back from Moscow and St. Petersburg as the country's economy reels from a perfect storm of Western economic sanctions, the ruble's recent collapse and tumbling oil prices.

Bingham Pro Bono Cases Find New Home in Morgan Lewis

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : December 16, 2014

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius will assume nearly 500 pro bono cases from Bingham McCutchen as part of its absorption of the firm, bringing the combined total of pro bono cases from both firms to as many as 1,500.

PetSmart, Riverbed LBOs a Boon to Half-Dozen Big Firms

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

Wachtell, Simpson Thacher, Schulte Roth, Skadden and Paul Hastings grabbed roles on the largest leveraged buyout for a U.S. company in 2014 as PetSmart, the nation's largest pet-store chain, on Sunday acquiesced to the demands of an activist investor and agreed to sell itself for $8.7 billion to a group led by private equity firm BC Partners. One day later, another activist fund headed by a Harvard Law School graduate prevailed in its bid to force an LBO at Riverbed Technology.

Final Ex-Dewey Partners in U.S. Settle Clawback Suits

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : December 12, 2014

Ex-Dewey & LeBoeuf partners in the United States have reached settlement agreements in clawback suits with the firm's liquidating trustee, a lawyer for the trustee said Thursday. Only clawback suits against former partners abroad remain active.

Bermuda Insurer Could Crimp Dewey Defense Costs

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : December 09, 2014

The ex-leaders of Dewey & LeBoeuf facing criminal trial have momentarily turned their attention away from prosecutors in New York and are attacking an insurance carrier who threatened to pull the plug on their legal fees.

Former Dewey Leader Files for Bankruptcy

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : November 28, 2014

John Altorelli, a former Dewey & LeBoeuf partner and executive committee member, has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. His decision to file followed weeks of unsuccessful negotiations to produce a settlement with Dewey's bankruptcy trustee, according to his attorney.

Another Ex-Dewey Partner Files for Bankruptcy

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

John Altorelli, cochair of the U.S. finance practice at DLA Piper in New York, has become at least the third former Dewey & LeBoeuf partner to file for personal bankruptcy protection. The Chapter 7 filing by Altorelli in Connecticut comes after a recent ruling in Dewey's own bankruptcy case precluding ex-partners from invoking a key defense against clawback claims by the defunct firm's liquidating trustee.

750 Attorneys From Bingham McCutchen to Join Morgan Lewis

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

In addition to the 226 Bingham McCutchen partners it was announced were headed to Morgan Lewis a little more than a week ago, Morgan Lewis will take on 525 other lawyers, legal professionals and staffers. About 100 attorneys are joining Morgan Lewis' 175-lawyer practice in New York City.