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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

  • Designation: Los Angeles
  • Head Count: 1,086
  • Gross Revenues: $1,290,500,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,190,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $2,810,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 2

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher is a Los Angeles-based firm. With $1,063,000,000 in gross revenue for 2010, the firm ranked 15th on The American Lawyer's 2011 Am Law 100. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has been near the top of The American Lawyer's annual Am Law rankings of U.S. firms by revenue since 1986. The firm ranked 19th on the 2011 Global 100 survey in terms of revenue. In terms of size, according to the National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250 rankings of U.S. law firms, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has 1029 attorneys and is the nineteenth largest law firm in the United States. Gibson, Dunn's clients range from multinational corporations, government entities, and commercial and investment banks, to start-up ventures, partnerships, and individuals. Practice areas include antitrust and trade regulation; class action; media, entertainment, and technology; insurance and reinsurance; and intellectual property. Gibson Dunn's office locations include Washington, D.C., New York, San Francisco, Paris, London, and Munich.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 10 2 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 10 2 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 21 -2 Lawyer head count
The A-List 4 0 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 10 1 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 66 1 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 7 -3 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 1 2 Summer programs

In the News

Malpractice Suit Against Morgan Lewis Dismissed

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 24, 2014

Accounting and consulting firm BDO Seidman LLP missed the deadline for bringing a legal malpractice lawsuit against Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.

Ferry Dispute Reaches Back to Reconstruction Era

Jamie Schuman : supreme_court_brief : January 23, 2014

As chairman of the appellate and constitutional law practice at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Thomas Hungar is accustomed to analyzing high court opinions. An amicus brief he wrote on behalf of six law professors in let him delve into Reconstruction-era history.

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

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 23, 2014

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

Chen Decision a Roadmap for Delaware Boards

Hilary Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 22, 2014

The Delaware Court of Chancery recently provided boards of directors with valuable lessons on how to effectively conduct and document a merger, according to a pair of Gibson Dunn M&A partners.

Amid IPO Wave, Firms Ride Rising Fee Tide

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

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

Sixth Circuit Nixes Ford Win in EEOC Telecommuting Case

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : January 22, 2014

Amid a crush of recent litigation failures, the EEOC scored a victory on Tuesday against appellate hotshot Eugene Scalia of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, reviving a case that a dissenting judge warned could backfire dramatically on employees.

Bridgegate Panel Subpoenas Four, Including Christie's Spokesperson

Michael Booth : New Jersey Law Journal : January 22, 2014

Four witnesses are subpoenaed by the New Jersey Legislature committee investigating last fall's closure of local access lanes to the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee.

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

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

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

Gibson Takes Corporate Partner From Ropes' S.F. Office

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 21, 2014

4th Circuit Overturns Sealed Case

Mike Scarcella : The National Law Journal : January 21, 2014

The identity of a manufacturer that fought under the pseudonym "Company Doe" to block the public from seeing a consumer product safety report could soon be revealed.

Justices Dubious of Argentina's Immunity Claim in Creditors' Suit

Tony Mauro : supreme_court_brief : January 21, 2014

Nobody cried for Argentina on Monday as the U.S. Supreme Court considered that nation's assertion that it should be shielded from the search for assets to pay off creditors in the wake of its 2001 default.

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 21, 2014

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

Valley Firms Flex Brands at the Beach

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 18, 2014

Cooley's Santa Monica office is up to 25 lawyers, while Fenwick and Wilson say the long-distance thing is working fine for now.

Akin, Shearman Help Broker Algerian Telecom Peace

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

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

Christie Names Dean Hobbs as Ombudsman for Executive Branch

Michael Booth : New Jersey Law Journal : January 17, 2014

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie appoints an ombudsman in his office to create a system of ethics compliance and training and to be a sounding board for executive branch employees with ethical concerns.

Marketplace

Monica Paquette : New York Law Journal : January 16, 2014

The Kaufman Organization, in a new joint venture with Principal Real Estate Investors, has signed a 99-year net lease with Extell Development Company to redevelop four vacant Manhattan commercial buildings in Midtown South.

Patton Boggs Taps White-Collar Pro Abramovitz in Chevron Fight

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 16, 2014

Famed criminal defense attorney Elkan Abramowitz will help the beleaguered firm battle claims that its lawyers engaged in fraud while trying to enforce a $9.5 billion environmental judgment against Chevron Corporation.

Entire Fairness, Standards When Control Group Is Involved

Aric H. Wu and Jefferson E. Bell : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 16, 2014

In a recent opinion granting in part and denying in part a motion for summary judgment, Vice Chancellor John W. Noble provided guidance in, 2014 Del. Ch. LEXIS 37 (Del. Ch. Mar. 10, 2014), on what constitutes a control group in the context of a merger transaction and how the entire fairness and standards apply when there is a control group.

Court Orders Identity of 'Company Doe' Revealed

Mike Scarcella : The National Law Journal : January 16, 2014

The sealing of the identity of a company that fought to block public access to a consumer safety report was improper, a federal appeals court said Wednesday in ordering the disclosure of its name and publication of case documents.

A Lawyer's Privacy Interest—Real or Illusory?

Edward M. Spiro and Judith L. Mogul : New York Law Journal : January 15, 2014

In their Southern District Civil Practice Roundup, Edward M. Spiro and Judith L. Mogul, principals of Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello, write that a recent decision by Judge Paul G. Gardephe rejects the notion that the "law office" protection from disclosure extends to an attorney's witness interview notes and serves as a reminder that the zone of protection for a lawyer's own records carved out by 'Sage Realty' is a narrow one.

Gibson Dunn Witness Interviews in Bridgegate Probe Are Made Public

Michael Booth : New Jersey Law Journal : January 14, 2014

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has publicly released summaries of its interviews of 75 witnesses as part of its investigation of Gov. Chris Christie's administration's potential involvement in the Bridgegate affair.

Next Step for Marriage Equality

Marcia Coyle : The National Law Journal : January 14, 2014

Two federal appellate courts are poised to decide the constitutionality of three state bans against same-sex marriage and move the fundamental question closer to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Sidley Dents SEC's 'Conflict Minerals' Rule in D.C. Circuit

Julie Triedman : The Litigation Daily : January 14, 2014

In the latest legal assault on government regulations promulgated under Dodd-Frank, the court ruled that the SEC can't force a company that uses minerals from the Democratic Republic of Congo "to confess blood on its hands."

IN BRIEF: Huge Actos Award

: The National Law Journal : January 14, 2014

A jury in Louisiana awarded more than $9 billion in the first federal bellwether trial over claims that taking diabetes drug Actos increases the risk of bladder cancer. Plus more from NLJ.com and other ALM publications.

SeaWorld Loses Appeal in Death of Killer Whale Trainer

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 11, 2014

A federal appeals court in Washington on Friday upheld an agency's findings that SeaWorld violated federal law by exposing killer whale trainers to hazardous working conditions.

SeaWorld Loses Appeal in Death of Killer Whale Trainer

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 11, 2014

A federal appeals court in Washington on Friday upheld an agency's findings that SeaWorld violated federal law by exposing killer whale trainers to hazardous working conditions.

AlixPartners Sues Consultants Poached by McKinsey & Co.

Susan Beck : The Litigation Daily : January 10, 2014

The lawsuit, filed in Delaware Chancery Court by Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and Richards Layton & Finger, accuses former AlixPartners managing directors Eric Thompson and Ivo Naumann of breaching their employment agreements and stealing trade secrets.

Saudi Arabia Ruled Proper Forum for Foreign Bank Dispute

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : January 10, 2014

The reality of the modern financial world is that most significant financial transactions must pass through New York in some way, and New York courts are not obligated to entertain every fraud case arising from them, the Court of Appeals said in dismissing a suit on forum non conveniens grounds.

Saudi Arabia Ruled Proper Forum for Foreign Bank Dispute

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : January 09, 2014

The reality of the modern financial world is that most significant financial transactions must pass through New York in some way, and New York courts are not obligated to entertain every fraud case arising from them, the Court of Appeals said in dismissing a suit on forum non conveniens grounds.

Gibson Dunn, Fenwick Advise HP on $108 Million FCPA Settlement

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 09, 2014

The company is putting to rest federal investigations into improper payments in Russia, Poland and Mexico.

Gibson Dunn, Fenwick Advise HP in $108 Million FCPA Settlement

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 09, 2014

The company is putting to rest federal investigations into improper payments in Russia, Poland and Mexico.

The Churn: Ten McKenna Partners Join Sheppard Mullin, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 08, 2014

Sheppard Mullin adds 10 McKenna Long partners in Southern California; three patent litigators land at O'Melveny; and Weil hires a Goldman Sachs restructuring specialist.

New Jersey A.G. Defends Hiring of Gibson Dunn at 'Discounted' Rates

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 08, 2014

Gov. Chris Christie's attorney general defends the hiring of outside counsel to conduct an internal investigation of the administration's potential involvement in the Bridgegate scandal.

Bridgegate Panel Vows To Continue Probing as Grand Jury Investigates

Michael Booth : New Jersey Law Journal : January 08, 2014

The New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation made clear Tuesday that it will push on with its task even as a federal grand jury looks into the Bridgegate scandal.

Fee Tracker: Big Legal Bills for Gibson Dunn

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

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

D.C. Calendar

: The National Law Journal : January 07, 2014

Legal forums throughout the D.C. metropolitan area.

Cigarette Makers Launch New Bid to End Engle Woes

Julie Triedman : The National Law Journal : January 07, 2014

After several previous efforts fell flat, cigarette companies facing thousands of smoker lawsuits in Florida filed their latest batch of U.S. Supreme Court petitions last week. In nine new petitions for certiorari, they argue that the Florida courts are violating their due process rights, and that "billions of dollars are at risk in what amounts to little more than legal poker."

Private Equity Firm to Acquire Financial Services Co. for About $1.3 Billion

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 07, 2014

Dallas-based Lone Star Funds, a private equity firm, turned to Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher for its pending acquisition of financial services company DFC Global Corp. in a transaction valued at about $1.3 billion.

Pressure Mounts to Disclose Fracking Chemicals

Michael K. Murphy and Claudia M. Barrett : The National Law Journal : January 07, 2014

Wyoming leads the way, although regulators are allowing some protections for trade secrets.

Big Defense Win Against Sierra Club

Miriam Rozen : Texas Lawyer : January 07, 2014

On behalf of his energy industry clients, William Dawson will seek attorney fees from the Sierra Club. That outcome would add to the victory Dawson, a partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Dallas, won after a three-day bench trial.

Cigarette Makers Launch New Bid to End Woes

Julie Triedman : The Litigation Daily : January 03, 2014

Tobacco companies facing thousands of smoker lawsuits in Florida filed their ninth batch of U.S. Supreme Court petitions last week, claiming the Florida courts are trampling on their constitutional rights in the so-called Engle progeny litigation.

DA's Former General Counsel Joins Gibson Dunn

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 02, 2014

Caitlin Halligan, who left the Manhattan District Attorney's Office in January after four years of helping oversee more than 500 lawyers, joined Gibson Dunn & Crutcher this week as partner focusing on appellate litigation.

After Class Action Shut-Out, Wal-Mart Plaintiff Clears a Hurdle

Susan Beck : The Litigation Daily : January 02, 2014

At least one more woman will be able to proceed with employment discrimination claims against Wal-Mart Stores Inc., thanks to a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. On Monday the Fifth Circuit reversed a lower court and held that Texas resident Stephanie Odle's individual claims aren't time-barred.

Patton Boggs, Gibson Dunn Continue Fight in Chevron

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : January 01, 2014

Chevron Corp. will be allowed to bring counterclaims against Patton Boggs in the long-running battle over the legitimacy of a multi-billion dollar environmental judgment against the oil company in Ecuador.

Judge Stays Virginia Same-Sex Marriage Class Action

Mike Scarcella : Legal Times : January 01, 2014

Judge Stays Virginia Same-Sex Marriage Class Action

Mike Scarcella : Legal Times : January 01, 2014

A class action in Virginia federal district court challenging the state ban on same-sex marriage will be on hold pending a federal appeal court's decision on the constitutionality of the prohibition.

HP Reaches $57 Million Deal to End Class Action Over WebOs

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : January 01, 2014

Hewlett-Packard shocked investors when it pulled the plug on the company's much-touted WebOs operating system and signaled a wholesale shift in business strategy. Now HP and its lawyers at Morgan Lewis and Gibson Dunn have agreed to a $57 million settlement to make investor claims over the episode go away.

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.

Supreme Court Struggles for Clarity on Software Patents

Tony Mauro : supreme_court_brief : January 31, 2014

Clarity and consensus seemed beyond the U.S. Supreme Court's reach on Monday as justices struggled to decide whether software and computer-dependent inventions are eligible for patents.

INADMISSIBLE: Kirkland Partner Eyes White House Post

: The National Law Journal : January 31, 2014

W. Neil Eggleston, a white-collar defender in Kirkland & Ellis' Washington office, is the leading contender to replace White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler when she steps down, according to five Washington attorneys following the selection process who spoke on background about an administration personnel decision. Plus more in this week's column.

Class Certified in Alleged Apple E-Book Price-Fixing

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 31, 2014

A federal judge has granted certification of a class of consumers in antitrust litigation asserting that Apple Inc. conspired with publishers to fix the price of electronic books.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 31, 2014

News of firm additions and appointments.

Chevron Judge Green-Lights Fraud Claims Against Patton Boggs

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 31, 2014

Patton Boggs received some unwelcome but hardly surprising news on Monday, when a judge allowed Chevron Corporation to pursue claims that lawyers at the firm made misrepresentations to judges and engaged in other misconduct while enforcing a $9.5 billion environmental judgment against the oil giant.

In-House Counsel Profile: DeVry Education Group Inc.'s Gregory Davis

Lisa Holton : The National Law Journal : January 31, 2014

Gregory Davis heads an 11-­lawyer team that also includes a director of contract management.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 31, 2014

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

Supreme Court Struggles for Clarity on Software Patents

Tony Mauro : supreme_court_brief : January 31, 2014

Clarity and consensus seemed beyond the U.S. Supreme Court's reach on Monday as the justices struggled to decide whether software and computer-dependent inventions are eligible for patents.

The Careerist: Randy Mastro Says He's No Sexist

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 30, 2014

Gibson Dunn partner responds to charges that his Bridgegate investigation was sexist.

The Morning Wrap

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 28, 2014

A round-up of legal news from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country: public corruption cases on the rise, insight into Dewey prosecution and the release of a man thought to be the world's longest-serving death row inmate.

Apple v. Samsung: The Sequel

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 28, 2014

Both sides have had a chance to retool and they're back with a vengeance.

Samson Steps Down as Head of Port Authority of N.Y. and N.J.

Michael Booth : New Jersey Law Journal : January 28, 2014

David Samson, the chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey who came under scrutiny amid the Bridgegate investigations, resigned on Friday afternoon.

Morning Wrap

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 27, 2014

A round-up of legal news from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country: Gibson Dunn lawyers release their findings on Gov. Chris Christie's political scandals, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania gains two federal judges, and law firm clients ask the firms they hire to keep electronic data secure.

Christie Blameless for Lane Closings, His Lawyers Say After Investigation

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 27, 2014

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, the firm N.J. Gov. Chris Christie tasked with investigating his administration's possible complicity in the Bridgegate scandal, issued a 360-page report Thursday that cleared the governor's office and laid blame squarely on a former aide and a Port Authority staffer.

Litigator of the Week: Orin Snyder of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 27, 2014

Paul Ceglia claimed in a 2010 lawsuit that Facebook's founder promised him a 50 percent stake in the company. Now Ceglia's fighting criminal fraud charges for bringing the case, and Snyder's relishing a slam-dunk victory.

Gibson Dunn Probe Shows It's Tough To Investigate a Client, Lawyers Say

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 26, 2014

New Jersey lawyers who make a specialty of internal investigations for corporations or public entities say allegations of conflicts of interest are par for the course.

Kirkland Partner in the Running for White House Counsel

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 26, 2014

W. Neil Eggleston, a white-collar defender in Washington, is the leading contender to replace White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler when she steps down, according to five Washington attorneys following the selection process who spoke on background about an administration personnel decision.

The Churn: Bingham Departures Continue, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 25, 2014

Bingham & McCutchen loses a real estate finance partner to Holland & Knight and litigator to Stubbs Alderton Markiles; Greenberg Traurig adds a former FINRA enforcement counsel; and Holland & Hart absorbs a Salt Lake City tax boutique.

U.S. to Join Supreme Court Showdown on Patent Eligibility

Lisa Shuchman : The Litigation Daily : January 24, 2014

The Supreme Court on Friday granted the U.S. solicitor general permission to participate in oral arguments next week in , giving the government a voice in one of the most closely watched patent cases of the year.

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.

Chevron Seeks $32.3 Million in Fees From Fraud Ruling

Jan Wolfe : The Am Law Daily : January 21, 2014

Two weeks after persuading Southern District Judge Lewis Kaplan that Steven Donziger won a $9.5 billion environmental judgment against the oil giant through fraud and racketeering, Chevron now wants the same judge to order Donziger to cover $32.3 million of its legal bills.

Big Law Defectors Score $85M Verdict in Google Patent Trial

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 20, 2014

When Greg Dovel and Jeff Eichmann left prestigious law firms to become contingency fee plaintiffs lawyers, some of their Harvard Law School classmates were left scratching their heads. But no one was second-guessing their career path this week, when the duo won a big verdict in a patent case against Google Inc.

Milestones Ahead for Members of Supreme Court Bar

Tony Mauro : supreme_court_brief : January 19, 2014

Tuesday will mark the third year in a row that Verrilli and Clement have argued on opposing sides in marquee cases in late March.

Gibson Dunn Lodges $32 Million Fee Request in Chevron Case

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 19, 2014

The request—made two weeks after Chevron scored its biggest win yet in the case—represents just a tiny fraction of Chevron's legal costs in its battle with Steven Donziger and his Amazon clients.

Chancery Rejects Attempt to Stop Running of Interest in Appraisal Action

Brian M. Lutz and Nancy E. Hart : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 19, 2014

On Feb. 12, Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III of the Delaware Court of Chancery issued a ruling preventing an appraisal defendant from "prepaying" a portion of the merger consideration to an appraisal petitioner in order to lessen the interest payment due on the ultimate award. The decision, , Civil Action No. 6844-VCG (Del. Ch. Feb. 12, 2014), protects a key leverage point for stockholders exercising their statutory appraisal rights, including those engaged in so-called appraisal "arbitrage"—the right to receive significant interest on top of an appraisal award.

CEO's Removal Valid Under Acquiescence, High Court Rules

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 19, 2014

The Delaware Supreme Court affirmed a Court of Chancery ruling that a software company CEO was validly removed from his position by the company's directors. Although the Chancery Court dismissed the case under the doctrine of laches, the Supreme Court said that the CEO's removal was also valid under the doctrine of acquiescence.

Complete Coverage of the Bridgegate Scandal

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 18, 2014

Tracking the latest in New Jersey's "Bridgegate" scandal.

Google, Viacom End Long-Running Copyright Feud

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 18, 2014

Rather than continue to duke it out in the latest appeal, Viacom and Google's YouTube inked an out-of-court settlement in their precedent-setting copyright fight over video uploads.

BP Takes Spill Settlement Appeal to Full Fifth Circuit

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

BP PLC has petitioned the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to review a three-judge panel's decision to uphold the Deepwater Horizon oil spill settlement.

BP Takes Spill Settlement Appeal to Full Fifth Circuit

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

BP on Monday petitioned the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to review a three-judge panel's decision to uphold the Deepwater Horizon oil spill settlement.

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.

INADMISSIBLE: Judiciary Hiring Public Defenders Again

: The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Federal defender offices, which lost approximately 400 employees because of last year's mandatory budget cuts known as sequestration, have enough money in this year's budget to begin backfilling most of those positions, court officials said on March 11. Plus more in this week's column.

Three Firms Assist on $1.05 Billion Nursing Home Deal

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

Fried Frank is advising NorthStar Realty Finance Corporation on its acquisition of a portfolio of 80 nursing home properties from investment firms Formation Capital and Safanad. Gibson Dunn is representing Safanad on the deal and Skadden is advising Formation Capital, which will continue to control a portion of the portfolio in a joint venture with NorthStar.

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

Hedge Fund Partner Reaps Profit From Shorting Fannie

: Bloomberg : January 10, 2014

Todd T. Westhus was the mastermind behind Perry Capital's 2010 purchase of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac preferred shares at 2 cents on the dollar.

Patton Boggs' 'Gray Cloud'

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : January 10, 2014

In a lengthy ruling for Chevron Corp. in a long and hard-fought battle over the blame for pollution in the Amazon, Washington law firm Patton Boggs came in for plenty of attention—17 mentions in the main text of the ruling, to be exact.

Supreme Court to Weigh Time Limits for Securities Class Actions

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 10, 2014

If one investor in a security files a timely class action, is the statute of repose tolled for all class members? The question may seem arcane, but the answer could be worth plenty to securities issuers and their underwriters, not to mention the securities plaintiffs bar.

After Chevron Win, Dole Victory Caps Big Week for Gibson Dunn

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : January 09, 2014

What do banana plantation workers in Nicaragua have in common with villagers beset by oil production fallout in the Ecuadorean Amazon? Plenty, it turns out. Both teamed up with lawyers intent on collecting big bucks from multinational corporations. Then Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher stepped in for the defense, and the plaintiffs' cases went to hell.

D.C. Bar Announces 2014 Presidency Candidates

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 07, 2014

The D.C. Bar announced yesterday that this year's candidates for president-elect are Stephen Glover, a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, and Timothy Webster, a partner at Sidley Austin.

Albertsons Taps Top-Shelf Antitrust Lawyers

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 07, 2014

Albertsons LLC has tapped a team of Dechert partners led by Paul Denis and James Fishkin—as well as Baker Botts partner Christopher MacAvoy and Schulte Roth & Zabel's Michael Swartz—to win antitrust approval of its $9 billion acquisition of rival grocer Safeway Inc.

Litigator of the Week: Randy Mastro of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 06, 2014

The ruling vindicating Chevron's fraud and racketeering case against Steven Donziger runs to nearly 500 pages. And on pretty much every page, the aggressive strategy of Mastro's team at Gibson Dunn shines through.

U.S. Supreme Court Expands Corporate Whistleblower Protection

Tony Mauro : supreme_court_brief : January 06, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday significantly expanded legal protection for corporate whistleblowers, making it clear for the first time that thousands of workers in the mutual-fund industry and other private companies are protected from retaliation for reporting fraud.

Va. Same-Sex Marriage Plaintiffs Fight Class Request to Intervene

Mike Scarcella : The National Law Journal : January 05, 2014

The lawyers challenging Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage are fighting a request by class representatives, in a separate but parallel case, to join pending litigation in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

How BP Decided to Fight the Deepwater Settlement

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : January 05, 2014

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

Kaplan Bars Judgment Against Chevron

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : January 05, 2014

New York City attorney Steven Donziger corrupted and defrauded the judiciary in Ecuador on his way to securing a multi-billion dollar environmental damages judgment against Chevron, Southern District Judge Lewis Kaplan ruled Wednesday.

Chevron Wins Ruling Calling Ecuador Judgment A Fraud

: Bloomberg : January 05, 2014

Chevron won a U.S. judge's ruling that a multibillion-dollar pollution judgment issued in Ecuador was procured by fraud, making it less likely that plaintiffs will collect the $9.5 billion award.

Justices Expand Corporate Whistleblower Protection

Tony Mauro : supreme_court_brief : January 04, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday significantly expanded legal protection for corporate whistleblowers, making it clear for the first time that thousands of workers in the mutual-fund industry and other private companies are protected from retaliation for reporting fraud.

In Chevron Ruling, a Cautionary Tale for Lawyers

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 04, 2014

Plenty of attorneys besides Steven Donziger were drawn into the morass of Chevron's Ecuadorean environmental battle over the years. Tuesday's ruling in Chevron's fraud case against the plaintiffs can be read as a tale of lawyers run amok and sometimes led astray.

Law.com Adds Practice Groups and a Contributor Network

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 04, 2014

ALM re-launches Law.com website to enhance content for legal professionals.

Reed Smith, Skadden Advise as Caesars Shuffles Casinos

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2014

Caesars Entertainment is selling four casino properties in Las Vegas and New Orleans to one of its affiliates in a restructuring transaction worth $2.2 billion, including assumed debt and committed expenditures. Reed Smith is representing a special committee of Caesars' board while Skadden is advising a special committee of Caesars Acquisition Company's board.

Justices Expand Corporate Whistleblower Protection

Tony Mauro : supreme_court_brief : January 04, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday significantly expanded legal protection for corporate whistleblowers, making it clear for the first time that thousands of workers in the mutual-fund industry and other private companies are protected from retaliation for reporting fraud.

Fifth Circuit to BP on Oil Spill Deal: Live With It

Susan Beck : The Litigation Daily : January 04, 2014

The court told BP and its lawyers at Kirkland & Ellis and Gibson Dunn that the company has no one to blame for the Deepwater Horizon claims process but itself.

Virginia Class Seeks to Intervene in Same-Sex Marriage Case

Lisa Hoffman : The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Lawyers representing a class of same-sex couples in Virginia have moved to intervene in a pending case in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit that challenges the constitutionality of the state's ban on gay marriage.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Harvey Kauget joins Burr & Forman's intellectual property practice as partner in the Tampa office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Patton Boggs Closes N.J. Office, Talks Merger Amid Restructuring

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Patton Boggs is pressing forward on a restructuring strategy, announcing within days last week the closure of the firm's Newark office and a possible merger with Squire Sanders.

Going Up

Karen Sloan : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

The industry is still hurting, the job market is still sputtering, but fees rise.

Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Tyrrell, Patton Boggs May Part Ways Amid Merger Push, Newark Closing

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

Patton Boggs, which is engaged in preliminary merger talks with Squire Sanders after announcing the closure of its Newark office this week, could see one of its top partners head for the door. James Tyrrell Jr., a member of the firm's executive committee and head of its toxic tort and product liability practice group, joined Patton Boggs in a high-profile lateral move in 2006. He also took on a controversial case representing indigenous Ecuadoreans suing energy giant Chevron, which has complicated Patton Boggs' efforts to find a merger partner. As it happens, Squire Sanders has its own ties to the South American nation.

Am Law Attorneys Take Wheel in 'Bridgegate'

Ross Todd : The American Lawyer : January 27, 2014

Gov. Chris Christie and others ensnared in New Jersey's latest political scandal lawyer up.

Q&A: Senior Writer Susan Beck on BP's Risky Strategy

David Brown : The American Lawyer : January 27, 2014

The American Lawyer senior writer explains that while the company has made gains with its aggressive opposition to the settlement—but faces the possibility of a backlash from the courts.

How BP Decided to Fight the Deepwater Settlement

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : January 27, 2014

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

Shareholders Tout Discovery Win in Fannie/Freddie Takeover Challenge

Julie Triedman : The Litigation Daily : January 27, 2014

Lawyers for the plaintiffs say the ruling may bring them closer to brokering a deal for preferred shareholders who lost billions in expected profits when the terms of the government's Fannie and Freddie takeover suddenly changed in mid-2012.

Herbert Smith Freehills Drops Singapore QFLP License

Anthony Lin : The Asian Lawyer : January 27, 2014

Singapore's Ministry of Law announced Friday that four other foreign firms renewed their licenses, which allow them to practice Singapore law in exchange for meeting certain local hiring and revenue targets, while one firm was given a one-year conditional extension.

Federal Judge: Evidence Shows TD Bank Knew About Rothstein Ponzi

John Pacenti : Daily Business Review : January 27, 2014

A federal appeals panel heard arguments on TD Bank's attempt to reverse a $67 million verdict for aiding and abetting disbarred law firm chairman Scott Rothstein's $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme.

Apple Digs in for Appeal, Damages Fight in E-Books Case

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 26, 2014

Apple's lawyers at Gibson Dunn are trying to make the best of the cards they've been dealt by a New York federal judge in litigation over e-books price-fixing.

It's Game, Set, Match for Comcast in Tennis Channel Fight

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 24, 2014

With the Supreme Court declining to intervene, Gibson Dunn's Miguel Estrada cemented last year's victory for Comcast in a case that was widely viewed as a check on the Federal Communications Commission's power to regulate the cable industry.

Are Rainmakers a Breed Apart?

Aric Press : The American Lawyer : January 24, 2014

New research points at four traits found in client magnets.

Newsmakers: Week of Feb. 24

: Texas Lawyer : January 24, 2014

Jeffrey O. Anderson has been named general counsel for the not-for-profit Kids Matter International, headquartered in Southlake. Plus more new positions, appointments, awards and honors.

Are Rainmakers a Breed Apart?

Aric Press : The American Lawyer : January 24, 2014

New research points at four traits found in client magnets.

Tech Docket Watch: S.F. Postpones Mandatory E-Filing

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 21, 2014

Meanwhile, Siri is vindicated, Obama gives ammo to patents, Facebook spends billions, and California democrats are antsy to push data breach laws.

11th Circuit Invalidates Law on Prompt Insurance Pay

Alyson M. Palmer : Daily Report : January 20, 2014

A federal appeals court has said Georgia's expansion of requirements for quick processing of insurance claims is invalid.

NIST Debuts Cybersecurity Framework

Alexander Southwell & Stephenie Gosnell Handler : Law Technology News : January 20, 2014

The U.S. government publishes version 1.0 of its cybersecurity framework targeting critical infrastructure, asking for volunteers.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Chevron Work Gives Gibson Dunn a Boost

Drew Combs : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2014

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher reported gains across key financial metrics in 2013. The firm enjoyed its biggest bump in gross revenue, which rose 7.4 percent, to $1.386 billion, according to The American Lawyer's reporting.

Chancery Continues Fight to Remain Leader in Business Dispute Resolution

Jennifer H. Rearden and Sharon I. Grysman : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 19, 2014

In an international, interdependent economy where multinational corporations abound, countries and states vie to serve in the coveted income-generating role of "domicile," in part by passing laws that are attractive to businesses. Delaware has distinguished itself as the leading forum of choice for incorporation in the United States, with more than one million domiciliaries, including the majority of all publicly traded companies in the United States and roughly 64 percent of the Fortune 500.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 18, 2014

Six firms announce promotions and new hires.

N.J. Asks Supreme Court To Overturn Nullification of Its Sports-Betting Law

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 18, 2014

New Jersey is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review and reverse a Third Circuit ruling that struck down the state's sports-betting law as preempted by federal regulation.

Kelly, Stepien Will Continue To Defy Bridgegate Subpoenas, Counsel Say

Michael Booth : New Jersey Law Journal : January 18, 2014

Two subjects of the investigation into last September's abrupt closing of local access lanes to the George Washington Bridge are persisting in their refusal to comply with document subpoenas from a special committee of the New Jersey Legislature.

Correction

: The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Gary McConnell joins Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott's products liability practice as partner in the Pittsburgh office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Judge Tosses Suit Over Apple's Siri Ads

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 14, 2014

U.S. District Chief Judge Claudia Wilken said the plaintiffs hadn't provided enough specifics, and declined to give them yet another chance.

Judge Tosses Suit Over Apple's Siri Ads

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 14, 2014

U.S. District Chief Judge Claudia Wilken said the plaintiffs hadn't provided enough specifics, and declined to give them yet another chance.

Justices Could Confront Same-Sex Marriage Again in 2015

Marcia Coyle : The National Law Journal : January 14, 2014

Federal court decisions striking down same-sex marriage restrictions have moved, or are about to move, into four federal appellate courts, increasing the likelihood of U.S. Supreme Court review in 2015 or soon thereafter.

Ex-White House Lawyers Set Up New Practice at Boies Schiller

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 14, 2014

Karen Dunn, a former associate White House counsel, joins Boies, Schiller & Flexner as a partner in the firm's newly established crisis management and government response team.

Virginia Federal Judge Strikes Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Mike Scarcella : Legal Times : January 13, 2014

A federal district judge in Virginia on Thursday declared unconstitutional the state ban on same-sex marriage. The judge stayed her ruling, however, to allow review in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

REIT Work Keeps Half-Dozen Am Law 100 Firms Busy

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

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

Litigator of the Week: U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 13, 2014

Bharara has taken some flack for his choice of targets on Wall Street. But it's hard to argue with his record of insider trading convictions, which now stands at a stunning 79-0.

Corporate News & Analysis

: New York Law Journal : January 13, 2014

Recent articles from NYLJ's Corporate Update on arbitration, regulation and governance.

Virginia Federal Judge Strikes Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Mike Scarcella : Legal Times : January 13, 2014

A federal district judge in Virginia on Thursday declared unconstitutional the state ban on same-sex marriage. The judge stayed her ruling, however, to allow review in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Court Nixes Bid to Stay E-Books Monitor as Apple Presses Appeal

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 11, 2014

Apple lost its bid to stop court-appointed e-books monitor Michael Bromwich in his tracks, at least for now. But Apple's lawyers at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher nevertheless succeeded in curtailing Bromwich's authority as they continue fighting the government's antitrust case.

Latham Lands Roles on Two Deals Totaling $3.2 Billion

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

Latham & Watkins is advising longtime private equity client The Carlyle Group on its $1.9 billion sale of Veyance Technologies to German tire and auto parts maker Continental AG, and Cadence Pharmaceuticals on its $1.3 billion sale to Ireland's Mallinckrodt. A half-dozen other Am Law 100 and foreign firms are also working on the transactions.

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?

The Glamorous Side of Intellectual Property Law

Howard S. Hogan : The National Law Journal : January 10, 2014

Celebrities are supposed to look good, but the path to beauty can lead through legal minefields.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 07, 2014

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

In DuPont Trade Secrets Trial, Prosecutors Drop China Expert Who Cribbed From Wikipedia

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 07, 2014

The move could hand an advantage to Keker & Van Nest partner Stuart Gasner, who represents Oakland engineer Walter Liew.

Apple May Get Court-Appointed Monitor in Limited Role

Larry Neumeister : The Associated Press : January 06, 2014

The Second Circuit heard oral arguments Tuesday on Apple's request to shut down a monitor reviewing the company's antitrust procedures until the court decides whether his appointment is appropriate and suggested they may allow the monitor to proceed after limiting his duties.

Debo Adegbile Gets Committee Approval for Civil Rights Post

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 06, 2014

The Senate Judiciary Committee today approved the nomination of Debo Adegbile to run the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, despite objections from Republicans for his appellate work on behalf of a convicted killer.

Debo Adegbile Gets Committee Approval for Civil Rights Post

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 06, 2014

The Senate Judiciary Committee today approved the nomination of Debo Adegbile to run the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, despite objections from Republicans for his appellate work on behalf of a convicted killer.

Rubicon Project Taps Gibson Dunn for $100 Million IPO

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 05, 2014

Marketplace

Monica Paquette : New York Law Journal : January 05, 2014

The law firms of Goldberg Segalla and Moritt Hock & Hamroff have expanded their offices at The Treeline Companies' Garden City Plaza complex in Long Island. Also, Google Inc. has added 17,658 square feet to its New York City headquarters in Chelsea Market.

The Careerist: Work from Costa Rica? No Prob, Says Quinn Emanuel

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 04, 2014

What kind of perks do associates value? Let's see what Quinn Emanuel and Gibson Dunn offer.

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.

From Sanctions to Safe Harbors: Global E-Discovery Gets Complex

David Horrigan : Law Technology News : January 04, 2014

Laws and regulations differ greatly between the U.S. and Europe and Asia. In the post-Snowden era, cross-border e-discovery and compliance won't get easier.

Capitalizing on Experience at the Big Shops

Andrew Ramonas : The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Willenken Wilson Loh & Delgado is no place for attorneys to cut their teeth. The Los Angeles-based litigation boutique, which opened its doors in 2002, comprises a dozen veteran lawyers who contributed to a string of wins last year for major companies, name partner William Delgado said.

New York Sees Growth in Partner Promotions

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 03, 2014

A survey of New York's largest firms shows a slight uptick in the number of lawyers promoted to partner last year. The number of new partners firmwide at remained almost even from the number in 2012.

Apple Isn't Pleased to Have an Antitrust Monitor

Jan Wolfe : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

You get the feeling that Apple Inc. and U.S. District Judge Denise Cote did not exchange holiday greeting cards last year.

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.

Almost the Trifecta

Tony Mauro : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Everything was going right for Amazon, until the high court denied cert.

Under Wraps

Mike Scarcella : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

The DOJ was sued for refusing to make public a nonprosecution agreement.

The Churn: Katten Grabs Bingham Real Estate Group, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 31, 2014

Bingham McCutchen loses another practice group leader, as real estate cochair Kenneth Lore takes a nine-lawyer team to Katten Muchin Rosenman. Meanwhile, Skadden brings back a former partner to head its white-collar group and Blank Rome poaches two partners versed in sometimes tricky partnership issues from Greenberg Traurig.

'Wolf of Wall Street' Viewed Through a Litigator's Lens

Tania Karas : New York Law Journal : January 31, 2014

Despite outrageous displays of excess, the movie "played down the sex and drugs" at Stratton Oakmont and portrayed the brokers who ran the firm's pump-and-dump scheme as more innocent than they actually were, its former attorney said at a panel discussion that was a de facto reunion of lawyers who participated in the case.

Court Questions Plans to Create Minority Voting District

John Caher : New York Law Journal : January 30, 2014

A federal judge in Albany has ordered a trial on an issue that continues to perplex the federal appellate courts: Are black and Hispanic voters politically cohesive?

Fee Tracker: Super Bowl, Patent Battles and More

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

In our latest installment of the Fee Tracker, The Am Law Daily looks at the legal fees paid by several leading nonprofit organizations in the news, such as the NY/NJ Super Bowl XLVIII Bidding Committee, the Alfred E. Mann Foundation for Scientific Research and the UJA-Federation of New York, which recently hired a top Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison litigation partner as its new leader.

Gibson Dunn Lands One-Two Punch in SAIC Investor Cases

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 30, 2014

On the same day, Gibson Dunn's Andrew Tulumello helped SAIC win two major rulings in lingering investor litigation related to a New York City kickbacks scandal.

Securities Filings Rise as Halliburton Challenge Looms

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 28, 2014

You know something big is brewing in investor litigation when every study on last year's uptick in securities class action filings includes the caveat that the practice could come to a screeching halt in 2014.

Prominent Defenders for Nominee to Head Civil Right Division

Tony Mauro : Legal Times : January 28, 2014

The president of the American Bar Association and other prominent lawyers are urging the Senate Judiciary Committee not to penalize a top Justice Department nominee for having once helped with the appeal of a convicted murderer.

In-House Counsel Profile: Erin Lewin, senior vice presidentand general counsel for Avnet Inc.

Lisa Holton : The National Law Journal : January 27, 2014

Erin Lewin heads a legal department of 114 people, including 23 lawyers and 60 contract managers. Roughly half the attorneys are located outside the United States.

MoFo Nabs Top FCPA Prosecutor Charles Duross

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 27, 2014

After testing the waters at about a half-dozen law firms, the Justice Department's outgoing FCPA enforcer is joining Morrison & Foerster to lead the firm's global anticorruption practice.

OSHA's Proposed Database Draws Fire

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

A federal government proposal to make workplace illness and injury records public amounts to "regulation by shaming," say employers, who have tapped top lawyers to derail the controversial initiative by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The Churn: K&S Adds Two From Fried Frank, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 24, 2014

King & Spalding bolsters its white-collar group by recruiting a pair of partners of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. Meanwhile, three Am Law firms open new offices with lateral hires. The Churn is constant. Please send all announcements to thechurn@alm.com.

Patton Boggs Hired in Bridgegate by Christie Campaign, New Jersey GOP

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 23, 2014

The latest subpoenaed parties to lawyer up in the fast-moving investigation into George Washington Bridge lane closures last fall are Gov. Chris Christie's re-election campaign and the New Jersey Republican State Committee, who on Thursday retained Patton Boggs.

Ruling Sets Stage for Internet Regulation Showdown

Jenna Greene : New York Law Journal : January 23, 2014

The FCC once again has come up short in its attempt to regulate broadband Internet service providers, but the decision last week by a divided panel of federal appellate judges in some ways also strengthened the agency's hand—and sets the stage for a potentially epic showdown over new rules.

Top Court Grapples with 'Raging Bull' Copyright Issue

Marcia Coyle : The National Law Journal : January 23, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday struggled with whether a person's unreasonable delay in filing a copyright infringement action can be used to bar that lawsuit.

Donziger Taps Gupta Beck as Chevron Appeal Looms

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 23, 2014

Embattled New York lawyer Steven Donziger packed on new legal muscle in his epic fight with Chevron Corp., including an up-and-coming U.S. Supreme Court advocate and even a group of eager law students.

Virginia Abandons Defense of Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : January 23, 2014

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring filed court papers Thursday morning alerting a federal judge that he would no longer defend the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

A Dozen New Partners at Bradley Arant, All of Them Men

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 23, 2014

Birmingham–based Bradley Arant Boult Cummings welcomed 12 of its attorneys to the firm's partnership last week, none of them women. So far, seven Am Law 200 firm have announced new partner classes this year made up entirely of men.

Intel Channels Help From Three Firms for Sale of TV Unit

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 22, 2014

Marketplace

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

Almost a decade after opening on Columbus Circle across from the southwestern edge of New York City's Central Park, the Time Warner Center is set to be sold by its namesake inhabitant to an investor group that helped construct the 55-story edifice.

BP Takes Bid to Rewrite Settlement to Full Fifth Circuit

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 22, 2014

BP PLC has petitioned an en banc panel of a federal appeals court to rehear a three-judge panel's recent decision upholding the fairness of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill settlement.

Fee Tracker: Apple's Bromwich Battle and More

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

The Am Law Daily tallies how much Am Law 200 firms are earning on a variety of engagements, from a Goodwin Procter partner serving as Apple's court-appointed monitor to Robins Kaplan's representation in a card-swipe class action to a Winston & Strawn partner's move in-house with a longtime client.

What You Need to Know About E-Discovery in 2014

Sherry Karabin : Corporate Counsel : January 21, 2014

Social media, texting and privacy issues will take a prominent place in the e-discovery universe this year.

Top Five M&A Lessons From Delaware Courts in 2013

Robert B. Little and Caitlin Calloway : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 21, 2014

In the last 12 months, Delaware courts have tackled a wide range of important issues in the mergers and acquisitions arena. This article selects five of 2013's most important Delaware M&A developments and provides a brief overview of the takeaways practitioners of corporate law should carry with them into the new year.

How Reasonable Was Delay in 'Raging Bull' Claims?

Marcia Coyle : supreme_court_brief : January 21, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday struggled with whether a person's unreasonable delay in filing a copyright infringement action can be used to bar that lawsuit.

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.

Cuomo Fills 4 Appellate Division Vacancies

John Caher : New York Law Journal : January 21, 2014

New York state's mid-level appeals court, struggling with a judicial vacancy rate of 23 percent, finally got some help on Friday, when Gov. Andrew Cuomo filled four of the 15 openings statewide with appointments to the Appellate Division's downstate departments.

VOIR DIRE: Show of Force

: The National Law Journal : January 20, 2014

An appeals court decided not to suppress evidence of tax protester Charles Adams' tax evasion and conspiracy scheme just because IRS agents packed heat during the search. Plus more in this week's column.

Holidays Over for Justices

Tony Mauro and Marcia Coyle : The National Law Journal : January 20, 2014

Returning from its holiday recess, the U.S. Supreme Court jumped right into the limelight last week with a pair of high-profile arguments and a major decision — but with major cases still ahead to be heard and decided.

New Competition, and Recognition, for Litigation Funders

Julie Triedman : The Litigation Daily : January 20, 2014

Newcomer Gerchen Keller Capital vaulted to the big leagues of third-party litigation finance, and rival Burford Capital released a survey showing the practice making inroads in corporate America.

Challenges Ahead for FCC Over Internet Rules

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : January 20, 2014

The Federal Communications Com­mission once again has come up short in its attempt to regulate broadband Internet service providers, but the decision last week by a divided panel of federal appellate judges in some ways also strengthened the agency's hand — and sets the stage for a potentially epic showdown over new rules.

IN BRIEF: Oklahoma Follows Utah

: The National Law Journal : January 20, 2014

A federal judge in Oklahoma on Jan. 14 struck down a state constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman, ruling that the law violated the 14th Amendment. Plus more from NLJ.com and other ALM publications.

Christie Hires Legal Team to Probe Bridge Scandal

: The Associated Press : January 17, 2014

Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday he has hired a legal team from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher headed up by former federal prosecutor Randy Mastro to help his administration review an apparent political payback scandal that snarled traffic for days on the George Washington Bridge.

BAR-ometer

: The Recorder : January 17, 2014

Big Mac is back … Gibson friends Facebook … Flag on the play

U.S. Courts Can't Reach 'Dirty War' Claims, Ruling Says

Marcia Coyle : The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

In a case arising out of Argentina's "dirty war," the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday significantly limited the general jurisdiction of federal courts over injured victims' lawsuits against corporations doing business in the United States.

Subpoenas Fly, Special Panels Form As Bridgegate Investigations Widen

Mary Pat Gallagher : New Jersey Law Journal : January 17, 2014

The investigation into the who and why of last fall's George Washington Bridge gridlock is in high gear with the issuance of new subpoenas, the hiring of counsel and the formation of special legislative committees.

Fried Frank, Paul Weiss Lead on Time Warner Center Sale

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

The Am Law 100 firms—well versed on the subject of Manhattan's pricey commercial real estate—are advising media giant Time Warner Inc. on the $1.3 billion sale of its Columbus Circle headquarters to an investor group. The deal has also yielded roles for Gibson Dunn, Kirkland, Schulte Roth, Sidley Austin and Skadden.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher Added as Christie's Counsel in Bridgegate

Sara Randazzo : New Jersey Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Randy Mastro, a Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher partner and former New York City deputy mayor, has been hired to advise New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in connection with the ongoing fallout from last fall's closing of toll lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge.

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.

Litigators of the Week: Thomas Dupree Jr. and Helgi Walker of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 16, 2014

On the same day that Dupree scored a Supreme Court victory for companies accused of overseas human rights abuses, Walker won a ruling by the D.C. Circuit that stymied the FCC's latest attempt to impose so-called net neutrality on Internet providers.

Hire a Bingham Partner for $220 an Hour!

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 16, 2014

Even brand name firms have cheap partners in their stables.

Judge Refuses to Curb Monitor in Apple Antitrust Case

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 16, 2014

Southern District Judge Denise Cote on Monday denied Apple's requests that she disqualify Goodwin Procter's Michael Bromwich, whom she appointed as antitrust monitor, or suspend his duties pending Apple's appeal of her final judgment that the company fixed prices for e-books.

Christie Hires Firm for Review of Traffic Scandal

Angela Delli Santi and Geoff Mulvihill : The Associated Press : January 16, 2014

Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday he has hired a legal team headed up by a former federal prosecutor to help the administration conduct its own review of an apparent political payback scandal and to help his office deal with multiple investigations, including by the U.S. attorney.

MoFo Sidelines Gibson for Lead Role in Apple II Trial

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 16, 2014

Harold McElhinny, who led Apple to victory against Samsung in 2012, has taken the reins for the companies' upcoming showdown over newer products.

Christie Adds Gibson Dunn as Counsel in Bridge Mess

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 16, 2014

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has retained a Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher team led by litigation cochair Randy Mastro to represent him in a series of inquiries focused on what role he and his aides may have played in a four-day traffic snarl that tied up traffic near the George Washington Bridge.

Bank Groups, CFTC Spar over Swaps Rules

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 15, 2014

Setting the stage for what's likely to be a knock-down fight, financial industry lawyers led by Gibson Dunn & Crutcher partner Eugene Scalia faced off in court Tuesday against counsel for the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission over rules governing the $600 trillion market for cross-border swaps.

Apple to Refund $32M to Settle FTC Charges

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 15, 2014

Apple Inc. will pay at least $32.5 million in consumer refunds to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations that it wrongly billed parents millions of dollars for unauthorized charges incurred by their children in kids' mobile apps.

The 2014 Litigation Power Rankings

: The American Lawyer : January 15, 2014

The 25 firms whose litigators have fared the best in The American Lawyer's biennial Litigation Department of the Year competition since it launched in 2002.

D.C. Circuit Voids FCC Net Neutrality Order

Jenna Greene : Law Technology News : January 15, 2014

The Federal Communications Commission once again came up short in its attempt to regulate broadband Internet service providers, with a divided panel of federal appellate judges striking down the agency's net neutrality rules for the second time.

Justices Shield Multinational Companies in Dirty War Case

Marcia Coyle : supreme_court_brief : January 14, 2014

In a case arising out of Argentina's "Dirty War," the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday significantly limited the general jurisdiction of federal courts over injured victims' lawsuits against corporations doing business in the United States.

Justices Shield Multinational Companies in Dirty War Case

Marcia Coyle : The Litigation Daily : January 14, 2014

In a case arising out of Argentina's "Dirty War," the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday significantly limited the general jurisdiction of federal courts over injured victims' lawsuits against corporations doing business in the United States.

Judge Nixes Apple Bid to Block E-Books Monitor

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 14, 2014

Apple's lawyers at Gibson Dunn failed for the time being to disqualify Goodwin Procter's Michael Bromwich from serving as a court-appointed monitor in the DOJ's successful e-books price-fixing case.

Justices Show Reluctance to Allow Recess Appointments

Marcia Coyle : New York Law Journal : January 14, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, in a classic clash between the Constitution's text and presidential tradition, struggled with which of the two should prevail in a challenge to President Obama's recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board.

D.C. Circuit Voids FCC 'Net Neutrality' Order

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : January 14, 2014

The Federal Communications Commission once again came up short in its attempt to regulate broadband Internet service providers, with a divided panel of federal appellate judges striking down the agency's net neutrality rules for the second time.

High Court Struggles With Clash Over Recess Appointments

Marcia Coyle : Legal Times : January 13, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court today heard argument over the scope of the authority of the president to use the Constitution's recess-appointment power.

Republican Senators Confident Following Oral Arguments

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 13, 2014

Republican senators left the Supreme Court arguments today confident that they would prevail in the constitutional showdown over the president's power to make recess appointments.

NPAs and DPAs Continue to Be Tools of Choice

Rebekah Mintzer : Corporate Counsel : January 13, 2014

Corporations caught in the unfortunate position of facing criminal charges continue to rely on nonprosecution agreements and deferred prosecution agreements as part of a solution, according to a recent update from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

BP Loses Appeal to Undo Spill Settlement

Susan Beck : The Litigation Daily : January 13, 2014

Even Gibson Dunn's Theodore Olson couldn't convince the Fifth Circuit to rescue BP from its own settlement of Deepwater Horizon claims.

NLJ Billing Survey: $1,000 Per Hour Isn't Rare Anymore

Karen Sloan : The National Law Journal : January 13, 2014

As recently as five years ago, law partners charging $1,000 an hour were outliers. Today, four-figure hourly rates for in-demand partners at the most prestigious firms don't raise eyebrows — and a few top earners are closing in on $2,000 an hour.

Justices Skeptical About Obama's Recess-Appointments Argument

Marcia Coyle : supreme_court_brief : January 13, 2014

The Obama administration appeared to face an uphill battle on Monday in persuading the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a broad ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit limiting the president's power to make recess appointments.

Senate Confirms Wilkins to D.C. Circuit

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 13, 2014

The Senate today confirmed Robert Wilkins to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, marking the final step in an aggressive push from the White House and Senate Democrats to leave a mark on a key federal appeals court.

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.

No New Women Partners at Five Am Law Firms This Year

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

With the 2014 partner promotion season in full swing across The Am Law 200, a handful of firms—Cleary, Edwards Wildman, Gibson Dunn, Locke Lord and Stroock—stuck out by failing to elevate a single female attorney to their respective partnership ranks.

Overseas Bribery Prosecutions to Stay Strong, Firms Say

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : January 09, 2014

Three new Foreign Corrupt Practices Act reports from Gibson Dunn, Hughes Hubbard and Shearman & Sterling say that prosecution of corporations for overseas bribery will continue at a healthy clip in 2014, with increasing criminal penalties and more cooperation from other countries.

Wilson Sonsini, Skadden Advise as Singer Makes Moves

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

Elliott Management, the hedge fund founded by billionaire Harvard Law School graduate Paul Singer, has mounted a $3.1 billion takeover bid for Riverbed Technology. Elliott, an activist investor advised by Paul Weiss and New York's Kleinberg Kaplan, has also agreed to drop its opposition to the $8.3 billion sale of Celesio and reached an agreement with Compuware on the removal of a Dickinson Wright chairman emeritus and Honigman Miller partner from its board of directors.

Asia Deal Digest: January 9, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 09, 2014

* Gibson Dunn advising Hong Kong teleco on proposed $2.4 billion acquisition of local rival* Allen & Gledhill, Simpson on GIC's $2.8 billion buyout of Blackstone's stake in a London development* King & Wood Mallesons and Johnson Winter on a proposed Aussie natural gas merger

Firm Reports Predict Big FCPA Prosecutions in 2014

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : January 08, 2014

Prosecution of corporations for overseas bribery will continue at a healthy clip in 2014, with increasing criminal penalties and more cooperation from other countries, according to new Foreign Corrupt Practices Act reports from three law firms.

Eyewitnesses Recant Murder Case Testimony

Tania Karas : New York Law Journal : January 07, 2014

Attorneys for a Harlem man convicted of a fatal 1994 shooting in Far Rockaway, Queens are seeking to vacate his conviction and obtain a new trial, claiming they have new evidence showing police and prosecutors coerced eyewitnesses into implicating their client.

Winner, General Litigation Department of the Year: Debevoise & Plimpton

Michael D. Goldhaber : The American Lawyer : January 07, 2014

The 43 litigation partners at Debevoise produced two $25 billion results, a pair of trial defense wins worth $3.5 billion apiece, and the biggest investor-state award in arbitration history. No other firm can match their record for our contest.

Firm Reports Predict Big FCPA Prosecutions in 2014

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : January 07, 2014

How to Obtain Post-Verdict Jury Feedback: Dos and Don'ts for Lawyers

: Texas Lawyer : January 06, 2014

The trial is over, the verdict is in. After devoting so much time and energy to the process, lawyers want to know how jurors perceived their performances. But there is an art to seeking feedback from a jury after trial.

Out of the Mouths of Jurors: Comments That Prompt a Smile

: Texas Lawyer : January 06, 2014

Get Inside the Minds of Jurors

Angela Morris : Texas Lawyer : January 06, 2014

Jury feedback can be priceless to a lawyer, allowing for better evaluation of future witnesses, budgeting for expert-witnesses spending and deciding how to spend time preparing for trial. Texas Lawyer interviewed two litigators and a longtime trial consultant about the best way to approach jurors, which questions to ask and what things to avoid when speaking to a jury.

Litigator of the Year: Miguel Estrada

: The American Lawyer : January 02, 2014

Got a tough, potentially unwinnable case? Call Gibson Dunn's Estrada. The appellate lawyer's brains and tenacity were on display in recent wins before the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

How We Picked The Litigation Department of the Year Winners

Robin Sparkman : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2014

The American Lawyer's Editor In Chief explains who won the Litigation Department of the Year competition and why.

Certain Shareholder Claims in Primedia Case to Proceed

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

Primedia Inc. shareholders can pursue direct claims alleging that the company's board and its largest shareholder, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., acted on inside information in purchasing $30.5 million in stock in July 2002, the Delaware Court of Chancery has ruled.

Finalist, Antitrust Litigation Department of the Year: Gibson Dunn

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2014

A steady stream of wins in multijurisdictional price-fixing cases burnishes Gibson Dunn's reputation.

Finalist, General Litigation Department of the Year: Gibson Dunn

Jan Wolfe : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2014

Love them or hate them (or, more likely, fear them) you can't ignore Gibson Dunn's cascade of litigation triumphs.

Reputation Versus Right to Know

Mike Scarcella : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

A company fights to keep its name and (allegedly unsafe) product secret.

Cover Story: Litigation Department of the Year

: The American Lawyer : January 01, 2014

While the U.S. economy struggled to return to health over the last two years, big-ticket litigation was clearly a countercyclical buffer. And these litigators at The Am Law 200 were front and center.

Enthusiasm as Legal Advocate, Defender of City Never Dimmed

: New York Law Journal : January 31, 2013

"I knew when I took the job that I would be here for only four years," Michael Cardozo said. Twelve years and three terms as corporation counsel later, Cardozo returns to Proskauer, having held the position longer than any of his predecessors. "I had no idea the satisfaction I would get from this job," he said.

The American Lawyer's Newsmakers of 2013

Ross Todd, Hillary Flynn, and Emily Barker : The American Lawyer : January 31, 2013

A slew of lawyers found themselves in new, sometimes unexpected roles in 2013—and made news while doing so.

Landmark Rulings in Civil Rights Cases Define Court

Marcia Coyle and Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : January 30, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court in 2013 confronted the Voting Rights Act, state and federal same-sex marriage issues and affirmative action.

The American Lawyer's Newsmakers of 2013

Ross Todd, Hillary Flynn, and Emily Barker : The American Lawyer : January 30, 2013

Change is good—at least that's what wew're told. Last year was a good one to test this proposition, as a slew of lawyers found themselves in new, sometimes unexpected roles—and made news while doing so.

HP in 'Advanced' Talks to Resolve FCPA Probes

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 30, 2013

Federal Circuit Sides With Allergan in Eyelash Enhancer Feud

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 30, 2013

Judge Kimberly Moore rejected a rival's defense that its RevitaLash product is a cosmetic—not a drug.

Seventh Circuit Frowns on Sealed Settlement Agreements

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : January 27, 2013

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has refused to allow the sealing of settlement agreements in two civil actions, citing the "presumption of public access to judicial records."

Comparing Strategies in and

Thad A. Davis and Leslie A. Wulff : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 25, 2013

Today it is not a matter of whether a large corporate transaction will result in a lawsuit, but a matter of when and where. The Delaware Court of Chancery presides over an evolving and sophisticated body of law in which the apparent fairness of outcomes and reasonableness of negotiation and litigation decisions are intertwined and matter a great deal.

Inadmissible: Construction Time Again

: Texas Lawyer : January 23, 2013

Starting in 2014, there's a new resource for Texas lawyers who practice construction law. The Construction Law Foundation of Texas will host educational events, update attorneys about legislation and engage in charitable giving, according to an announcement by the State Bar of Texas Construction Law Section.

INADMISSIBLE: Judge Questions 'Secret Law' in FOIA Case

: The National Law Journal : January 23, 2013

The U.S. Department of Justice's effort to keep confidential a presidential directive addressing global development failed last week when U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle assailed the government for its position in the Freedom of Information Act litigation. Plus more in this week's column.

Gibson Dunn on PCCW Unit's $2.4 Billion Acquisition

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 20, 2013

Billionaire Richard Li's company is buying back CSL New World Mobility Ltd., the Hong Kong mobile phone operator it had sold a decade ago.

Viewpoint: Year in BAR-ometer

: The Recorder : January 20, 2013

New law firm leaders, new judges and new GCs made their mark in 2013—for better or worse.

Perils of E-Discovery Reflected in Sanctions Opinion

Gareth Evans : Law Technology News : January 20, 2013

51-page opinion imposing nearly $1 million in punitive sanctions on the defendants in 'In re Pradaxa Products Liability Litigation.'

Incoming Bryan Cave Chairwoman Shifts Firm's Leadership to D.C.

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 20, 2013

Bryan Cave has chosen Therese Pritchard as the first chairwoman and the first leader from outside its St. Louis base in its 140-year history, as the firm, which has a sizeable Atlanta office, adapts to the 21st century.

Supreme Court Dials Back Protection for Compelled Commercial Speech

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 19, 2013

Bryan Cave Elects New Chair

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 18, 2013

When Washington, D.C.-based white-collar and securities enforcement lawyer Therese Pritchard takes over Bryan Cave's top leadership role in October from Don Lents, she'll be the first woman and first partner outside of St. Louis to lead the firm in its 140-year history.

Four Am Law 100 Firms Take Star Turns on WME's IMG Buy

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 18, 2013

Hollywood talent agency William Morris Endeavor Entertainment and private equity backer Silver Lake Partners tapped Paul Weiss and Simpson Thacher, respectively, for counsel on their winning bid to acquire sports agency powerhouse IMG Worldwide from Forstmann Little & Co., which is being advised by Akin Gump and Kilpatrick Townsend as the private equity firm liquidates its portfolio.

Recipient of Subsidy Proceeds with Bias Case Against Landlord

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : January 17, 2013

A Federal judge has refused to dismiss a case brought by an indigent woman living with HIV/AIDS who claims the LeFrak Organization discriminated against her in renting an apartment because she was receiving a housing subsidy from New York City's HIV/AIDS Services Administration.

INADMISSIBLE: Budget Agreement Might Help Judiciary

: The National Law Journal : January 16, 2013

Last week, lawmakers on Capitol Hill announced a breakthrough in budget negotiations that could eventually soften the pain of steep cuts to federal judiciary funding. But the word from the budget staff at the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts: It's too early to tell. Plus more in this week's column.

Liquidators of Investment Funds Sue DLA Piper

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 13, 2013

Liquidators of two investment funds are suing DLA Piper, claiming the firm helped the funds' investment manager misappropriate millions of dollars. The funds, called SCIF Funds, are in liquidation in the Cayman Islands.

Gibson Dunn Throws California Teacher Tenure in Doubt

Julie Triedman : The Litigation Daily : January 13, 2013

Liquidators of Investment Funds Sue DLA Piper

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 11, 2013

The funds, called SCIF Funds, are in liquidation in the Cayman Islands. ICP Asset Management, founded by Thomas Priore, was investment manager to the funds and a client of DLA.

Reed Smith Takes Tech Transactions Lawyer From Wilson

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 10, 2013

Three Firms Advise as SAC Unloads Reinsurance Arm

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2013

A month after agreeing to a $1.8 billion settlement on insider trading charges, hedge fund billionaire Steven Cohen's SAC Capital Advisors has agreed to sell its SAC Re reinsurance arm to Hamilton Reinsurance Group for a reported $500 million to $1 billion.

High Court Leaves New York's Online Sales Tax Law in Place

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : January 09, 2013

Dec. 2 was an extraordinary day for Amazon.com: Cyber Monday sales reached new heights, its fanciful plan to use drones to make deliveries was creating buzz — and then the U.S. Supreme Court spoiled it all by turning down Amazon's challenge to online sales taxes.

Magic Circle Partner Rates Up

Vivia Chen : The National Law Journal : January 09, 2013

Magic Circle partners' rates are up to 850 pounds per hour, which is about $1,376. That represents an increase of 62 percent since 2005, but the Brits don't make as much as the Yanks.

Justices Expand Argument Time in Recess Appointments Case

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : January 09, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday allowed Senate Republicans argument time to join in the historic debate before the justices Jan. 13 over presidential power to make recess appointments.

Supreme Court Takes Up Patent Eligibility Case

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : January 06, 2013

Litigation Departments of the Year

: The Recorder : January 06, 2013

See what put these firms at the head of the field in The Recorder's inaugural contest.

Litigation Dept. of the Year: Securities Finalist Gibson Dunn

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 06, 2013

Litigation Dept. of the Year: Product Liability Finalist Gibson Dunn

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 06, 2013

Litigation Dept. of the Year: Antitrust Finalist Gibson Dunn

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 06, 2013

Litigation Dept. of the Year: Finalist Gibson Dunn

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 06, 2013

Apple Fights Broad Reach of Court Appointed Monitor

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 05, 2013

Apple Inc. and its defense lawyers at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher are once again butting heads with Southern District Judge Denise Cote, who ruled that the company fixed e-book prices.

Magic Circle Partners' Rate Hits $1,375 an Hour + More News

Viva Chen : The Careerist : January 03, 2013

Justices Sit Out Internet Retailers' Sales Tax Dispute

Tony Mauro : ALM : January 03, 2013

Without comment, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied review in a pair of cases that challenged New York state's 2008 law imposing a sales tax on Internet retailers, even those without a brick-and-mortar physical presence in that state.

Justices Sit Out Internet Retailers' Sales Tax Dispute

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : January 03, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court chose Cyber Monday to announce it would not slow the imposition of state sales tax on Internet retail sales.

DOJ Sued Over Access to Non-Prosecution Agreement

Mike Scarcella : Legal Times : January 03, 2013

The U.S. Department of Justice is being sued over its refusal to publicly disclose a $2 million non-prosecution agreement prosecutors reached with a Houston-based tree services company that employed undocumented workers.

Justices Sit Out Internet Retailers' Sales Tax Dispute

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : January 02, 2013

Intentionally or not, the U.S. Supreme Court chose Cyber Monday to announce it would not slow down the march of states seeking to impose sales taxes on Internet retail purchases.

O'Melveny Adjusts to Changing Asia Market

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 02, 2013

The shifting market, a series of departures and leadership changes—in the U.S. as well as Asia—have raised questions about the firm's Asia strategy. But chairman Bradley Butwin insists that O'Melveny's commitment to Asia is as strong as it ever was.

IN BRIEF: Rehearing Delayed

: The National Law Journal : January 02, 2013

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit is holding in abeyance requests for rehearing en banc the court's decisions staying Southern District Judge Shira Scheindlin's liability and remedial opinions in the stop-and-frisk policing cases. Plus more from NLJ.com and other ALM publications.

INADMISSIBLE: Ten Months Later—No PTO Chief In Sight

: The National Law Journal : January 02, 2013

It's hard to find a hotter topic than patent reform right now on Capitol Hill. It's even harder to find what the director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has to say about it. Plus more in this week's column.

Am Law Tech Survey: A Secure Location

Alan Cohen : Law Technology News : January 01, 2013

Data security has become a top concern for CIOs.

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.

Judge Hears Closing Arguments in Chevron Fraud Case

Michael D. Goldhaber : The American Lawyer : January 29, 2013

"Steven Donziger has shamed our profession," Randy Mastro said twice on Tuesday in federal court in Manhattan, capping six weeks of trial in Chevron Corp.'s fraud case against Donziger and his Ecuadorian clients.

New Leader for DOJ Antitrust Criminal Enforcement

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 26, 2013

Brent Snyder will be a top prosecutor in the U.S. Department of Justice's antitrust division, where he will oversee criminal enforcement efforts.

Koh Drops Ax on Privacy Claims Against Apple

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 26, 2013

Objectors to BP Deal Bail on Appeal—and Their Lawyers

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 25, 2013

Three objectors to the $9.6 billion Deepwater Horizon oil spill settlement have voluntarily withdrawn their appeal—weeks after plaintiffs lawyers moved to dismiss the challenge on the ground that the objectors weren’t actually class members.

Grilling Begins in Ecuador Case

Michael D. Goldhaber : The National Law Journal : January 25, 2013

John Keker of Keker & Van Nest once predicted that Steven Donziger would be "tethered to a stick like a goat" when he finally took the stand to face claims that he orchestrated a multibillion-dollar fraud against Chevron Corporation in Ecuador. In a New York federal courtroom last week, Chevron began its grilling.

Donziger Offers No Apology for Conduct in Chevron Case

Michael D. Goldfeder : The American Lawyer : January 22, 2013

Having positioned himself in the role of martyr for the human rights plaintiffs bar, attorney Steven Donziger spent all day Tuesday finishing his testimony in what he has called Chevron Corp.'s "retaliation suit" against the multibillion dollar environmental case he brought against Chevron in Ecuador.

Asia Deal Digest: November 21, 2013

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 21, 2013

*Morrison & Foerster guides Global Logistics Properties on creation of $3 billion fund*Simpson Thacher leads Chinese gaming company Boyaa Interactive's $127 million IPO*Gadens advises PanAust on majority-stake purchase in Papua New Guinea gold and copper mine

Chancery Provides Framework for ESI Discovery, Preservation

Gareth Evans : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 20, 2013

As one of the principal courts handling complex business litigation, the Delaware Court of Chancery sees more than its fair share of matters involving large volumes of electronically stored information (ESI) and the inherent challenges in dealing with it.

Morgan Lewis, Gibson Dunn, King & Spalding Lead as Roark Dines on CKE

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2013

Apollo Global Management has agreed to sell its majority stake in CKE Restaurants—the parent of fast food chains Hardee's, Carl's Jr., and Green Burrito—to Atlanta-based private equity firm Roark Capital Group for an undisclosed sum. Morgan, Lewis & Bockius is acting as lead counsel to CKE on the deal, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher is advising the company's senior management and King & Spalding is representing Roark.

Thirteen Firms Advise on $2.6 Billion Pharmaceutical JV

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2013

Dutch life and materials sciences company Royal DSM is spinning off its pharmaceutical manufacturing unit into a joint venture with private equity firm JLL Partners that will then buy pharmaceutical company Patheon. The deal, worth roughly $2.65 billion in total, generated legal advisory roles for a host of large law firms.

Panel Throws Out Dole Pesticide Lawsuit on 'First-Filed' Doctrine

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Law Weekly : January 20, 2013

The Delaware Superior Court has dismissed a toxic-exposure lawsuit filed by a group of Central American banana plantation workers against Dole Food Co., Shell Oil Co. and Dow Chemical Co. that included claims that had been rejected last year by a Louisiana federal court.

Donziger Takes Stand in Chevron Bench Trial

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : January 19, 2013

Facing allegations of racketeering and fraud in what Chevron claims to have been a long-running scheme to corrupt the judiciary in Ecuador and shakedown the oil company, plaintiffs' attorney Steven Donziger took the witness stand Monday

California's New 'Digital Eraser' Evaporates Embarrassment

Alexander Southwell : Law Technology News : January 19, 2013

Codifying a digital eraser for youthful indiscretions: California's legislature attempts to make life less embarrassing for teens

California Tightens Privacy Protection

Alexander Southwell : Law Technology News : January 18, 2013

New California data privacy laws impose restrictions on third-party tracking and data breach notification to protect personal privacy.

Bipartisan Agreement on What Immigration Law Means

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : January 13, 2013

Bipartisanship is in short supply these days, but a brief before the Supreme Court in a pending immigration case shows that key members of Congress from both major parties can agree on something.

Justices Struggle Over Scope of Whistleblower Protection

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : January 12, 2013

Supreme Court justices struggled Tuesday to interpret whistleblower provisions of a federal law in a way that would protect some private company employees who do work for public companies, but not all—not, for example, the gardener who mows the company's lawn.

D.C. MOVES

: The National Law Journal : January 11, 2013

Consumer Groups Press Court to Open Sealed Case Records

Mike Scarcella : The National Law Journal : January 11, 2013

The case in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit tests the scope of the authority of judges to close courtrooms and to conceal documents from the public.

INADMISSIBLE: Wiley Rein Asks For $2M Fee in Voting Case

: The National Law Journal : January 11, 2013

Lawyers from Wiley Rein who successfully challenged the Voting Rights Act before the U.S. Supreme Court want the government to pay $2 million in legal fees. Plus more in this week's column.

2013 Am Law Tech Survey: Firms' Data Security Fears Rise

Alan Cohen : The American Lawyer : January 10, 2013

A new challenge is keeping law firm technology directors up at night: protecting against cyberattacks—and convincing clients that the firm is doing this job well. As