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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

  • Designation: New York
  • Head Count: 1,154
  • Gross Revenues: $1,386,500,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,200,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $2,945,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -1

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 11 -1 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 11 -1 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 20 -1 Lawyer head count
The A-List 3 2 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 18 11 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 57 9 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 7 -3 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 1 2 Summer programs

In the News

Outside Firms Claim Share of D.C. Market

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

Law firms built outside Washington continue to muscle into a business landscape once locked down by the old regulatory practices of the Capital City.

Fourth Circuit Strikes Virginia's Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : January 28, 2014

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit today, divided, struck down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage.

Special Report: Inside Washington

: The National Law Journal : January 28, 2014

Despite Congressional gridlock on a number of critical national issues, legal work that grows from government relations and federal regulation continues to spell opportunity for lobbyists and lawyers.

Attorneys: Skip 3rd DCA And Let Florida Supreme Court Decide Gay Marriage Issue Once And For All

Noreen Marcus : Daily Business Review : January 28, 2014

With Florida Supreme Court review virtually assured, lawyers will ask to skip initial round of appeals on the constitutionality of Florida's ban on gay marriage.

EnergyBuzz: $3 Billion Energy Acquisition

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 28, 2014

Vinson & Elkins represents QR Energy in the Houston company's pending acquisition by Breitburn Energy Partners of Los Angeles, which turned to Latham & Watkins for the $3 billion deal.

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

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

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

Federal Circuit Feuds Over Finality

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 25, 2014

A split Federal Circuit panel ruled that a PTO decision invalidating a patent should wipe out penalties imposed years earlier for infringement.

Federal Circuit Feuds Over Finality

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 25, 2014

A split panel ruled that a PTO decision invalidating a patent should wipe out penalties imposed years earlier for infringement.

New Deals

Vinayak Balasubramanian and Alexandra Wilson : New York Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Italian lottery operator GTECH S.p. has announced that it would acquire Las Vegas-based slot machine maker International Game Technology for $6.4 billion. Albemarle Corporation announced that it plans to acquire competitor Rockwood Holdings for $6.2 billion in a cash and stock deal, a move that will combine two of the world's largest specialty chemical companies.

In 2014 Proxy Season, Shareholders Got More Political

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : January 24, 2014

According to a pair of proxy season studies, shareholder activism in 2014 moved in the direction of political and lobbying activities.

Am Law Firms Lead on Breitburn Energy Deal

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : January 24, 2014

Breitburn turned to Latham & Watkins on its acquisition of QR Energy, which would create one of the largest master limited partnerships focused on oil exploration and production. Vinson & Elkins counseled QR Energy, while Bracewell & Giuliani represented the company's board of directors conflicts committee. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher served as counsel to Breitburn's financial adviser UBS.

FCPA Enforcement Evolving at Home and Abroad

Rebekah Mintzer : Corporate Counsel : January 24, 2014

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act reports from Mayer Brown and Gibson Dunn show plenty of new case law and developments in FCPA enforcement in the first half of 2014.

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

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

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

New Court Program Seeks to Aid Sex Trafficking Victims

Tania Karas : New York Law Journal : January 22, 2014

Often, human trafficking victims have legal representation in their criminal cases, but no help with any potential immigration issues, leaving them with nowhere to turn but to their traffickers. A new project in Queens is recruiting volunteer attorneys to help.

Citing 'Smoking-Gun' Claims, Judge OKs ITT Investor Case

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 22, 2014

ITT Educational Services and its lawyers at Gibson Dunn suffered their latest setback on Tuesday, when a judge refused to dismiss most of a shareholder class action alleging that the for-profit education company duped investors about rising student loan default rates.

Wal-Mart Asks to Keep Alleged Bribery Records Confidential

Jeff Mordock : The Legal Intelligencer : January 18, 2014

A Delaware Court of Chancery order requiring Wal-Mart to release internal documents regarding its directors' knowledge of alleged wrongdoing by the company's Mexican affiliate was too broad, the retailer's attorney told the Delaware Supreme Court last week. But an attorney representing the company's shareholders said the number of documents it requested was essential for the purpose of pursuing derivative claims against the retailer.

Apple's E-book Settlement Hinges on Appeals Court Action

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 18, 2014

The plaintiffs lawyers and 33 state attorneys general who have accused Apple Inc. of e-book price-fixing have finally revealed the details of their proposed settlement with the tech giant.

Litigator of the Week: Gregory Garre of Latham & Watkins

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 17, 2014

Navigating his way through racial politics, education policy and U.S. Supreme Court precedent, Garre won a ruling this week that preserves student affirmative action at the University of Texas at Austin.

Bridgegate Committee Cooperating with Federal Investigators

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

The committee of the New Jersey Legislature investigating last fall's closure of local access lanes to the George Washington Bridge doesn't call any witness to give testimony before first checking with federal prosecutors.

Asia Deal Digest: July 17, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 17, 2014

*Linklaters advises on Hony Capital's $1.54 billion PizzaExpress acquisition*Skadden acts for Chinese e-commerce company Cogobuy on its $198 million Hong Kong IPO*WongPartnership represents Lend Lease on a new $729 million loan from DBS and OCBC

E-Book Combatants Hedge Their Bets in $450M Apple Deal

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 16, 2014

The settlement calls for Apple to pay between $450 million and nothing at all, depending on what an appeals court does with a July 2013 liability verdict from U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan.

Wal-Mart Asks Court to Keep Bribery Records Confidential

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 16, 2014

A Delaware Court of Chancery order requiring Wal-Mart to release internal documents regarding its directors' knowledge of alleged wrongdoing by the company's Mexican affiliate was too broad, the retailer's attorney told the state Supreme Court last week.

Sidley, Wachtell Handle GTECH Deal

Vinayak Balasubramanian : The Am Law Daily : January 16, 2014

The Italian lottery operator wants to acquire Las Vegas–based slot-machine maker International Game Technology.

Forum Selection Bylaws: One Year After

James L. Hallowell and Jefferson E. Bell : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 15, 2014

On June 25, 2013, then-Chancellor Leo E. Strine Jr. of the Delaware Court of Chancery issued a widely discussed ruling in Boilermakers Local 154 Retirement Fund v. Chevron, 73 A.3d 934 (Del. Ch. 2013), in which he upheld as statutorily valid and contractually enforceable so-called "forum selection" bylaws that were unilaterally adopted by the boards of Chevron Corp. and Federal Express. The bylaws require all stockholder litigation relating to each company's internal affairs to be brought in Delaware, the state of incorporation for both. Given the explosion of multijurisdictional stockholder litigation over the past few years, many commentators predicted that Boilermakers would lead the boards of large and midsized corporations everywhere to adopt similar forum-selection bylaws and drive stockholder litigation away from other jurisdictions and into Delaware's courts. So what has happened in the year since Strine's decision?

AECOM to Buy Engineering Rival for $6 Billion

Wenxiong Zhang : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2014

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Cooley are advising on the deal, in which AECOM Technology Corp. will pay $4 billion in cash and stock and assume $2 billion in debt to acquire URS.

The Careerist: Best Firms for the Summer (and After)

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 10, 2014

Vault's top law firms for summer programs and associate happiness.

DPAs and NPAs Put Big Price Tags on Corporate Crime

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : January 10, 2014

If you think the cost of white-collar crime is rising, you may be right.

Ecuador Blasts Judge in Chevron RICO Appeal

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 10, 2014

Steven Donziger isn't the only one who has a bone to pick with U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan, the Manhattan judge who sided with Chevron Corporation earlier this year in sprawling litigation over legacy oil pollution in the Ecuadorean Amazon.

The American Lawyer Chooses 2014 Global Legal Award Winners

Michael D. Goldhaber : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2014

The American Lawyer unveils the 36 winners of its second annual Global Legal Awards. Four grand prizewinners—in Global M&A, Global Finance, Global Disputes and Global Citizenship—will be announced at the awards dinner on Sept. 15 at Gotham Hall in New York City.

Big Law Finds its Inner Rock Star in Battle of the Bands

Alexandra Wilson : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2014

Morrison & Foerster emerged the winner in Tuesday's Battle of the Bands event in Los Angeles to raise money for domestic violence victims. Band Morrison edged out Proskauer Rose's Legally Blonde and Norton Rose Fulbright's Hostile Witness.

Utah Taking Same-Sex Marriage Appeal to Supreme Court

Marcia Coyle : The National Law Journal : January 09, 2014

The state of Utah has decided to go directly to the U.S. Supreme Court in an effort to resurrect its ban on same-sex marriages.

The Morning Wrap

Andrew Ramonas : Legal Times : January 07, 2014

A round-up of news from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country: The National Security Agency collects far more communications from normal Internet users than it does from legally targeted foreigners, the legal industry adds 1,200 positions in June, a court fight quickly escalates over the future of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Electronic Privacy Information Center has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission concerning the news-feed study Facebook Inc. conducted on emotions.

Understudies Take Stage at Supreme Court

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : January 07, 2014

First-time advocates were among the winners of landmark cases before the U.S. Supreme Court in the term just ended — a signal that new faces are beginning to join the ranks of veteran practitioners.

Understudies Take Stage at Supreme Court

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : January 07, 2014

First-time advocates were among the winners of landmark cases before the U.S. Supreme Court in the term just ended — a signal that new faces are beginning to join the ranks of veteran practitioners.

Morning Wrap

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 03, 2014

Thomas M. Cooley Law School's troubles, Hobby Lobby responses and the biggest law firm merger of the year: This is a round-up of legal news from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country. For more legal news, visit law.com.

Donziger Returns Fire as Chevron Appeal Heats Up

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : January 03, 2014

Lawyers for New York attorney Steven Donziger reloaded this week in their epic fight with Chevron, asking an appeals court to vacate a finding that Donziger procured a $9.5 billion judgment against the oil giant through wholesale fraud.

Ceglia, Prosecutors Spar Over Facebook Files

Jan Wolfe : New York Law Journal : January 03, 2014

With a potential fraud conviction in his future, Paul Ceglia is digging into the past to fight criminal charges that he fabricated a contract and other evidence in his failed suit claiming to own 50 percent of Facebook Inc.

Gibson Dunn Files Challenge to Corcoran Deal

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 03, 2014

A court fight is quickly escalating over the future of the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Two weeks after the gallery's trustees asked a judge to approve a plan that involved transferring control of the museum's building, art and school, a group of faculty, students and others—represented by Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher—filed papers opposing the deal.

The Churn: Holland & Knight Hires Again, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 03, 2014

Only days after confirming the closure of its Abu Dhabi office to focus on the Americas, Holland & Knight has brought on an 11-strong team by raiding an energy boutique for half of its lawyers. The Am Law Daily looks at those hires and more new arrivals from throughout the Am Law 200.

Gibson Dunn Adds Partners in Hong Kong, Beijing

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 02, 2014

Patricia Tan Openshaw and Fang Xue are joining the Los Angeles-based firm from Paul Hastings and Shearman & Sterling, respectively.

Christie's Next Chief of Staff Gets Bridgegate Subpoena

Michael Booth : New Jersey Law Journal : January 01, 2014

The committee of the New Jersey Legislature investigating last fall's abrupt lane closures of local access lanes to the George Washington Bridge has subpoenaed Gov. Chris Christie's choice to be his next chief of staff, Regina Egea, to testify before the committee July 17.

Christie's Next Chief of Staff Gets Bridgegate Subpoena

Michael Booth : New Jersey Law Journal : January 01, 2014

The committee of the New Jersey Legislature investigating last fall's abrupt lane closures of local access lanes to the George Washington Bridge has subpoenaed Gov. Chris Christie's choice to be his next chief of staff, Regina Egea, to testify before the committee next Tuesday.

Ceglia, Prosecutors Spar Over Facebook Files

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 01, 2014

With a potential fraud conviction in his future, Paul Ceglia is digging into the past to fight criminal charges that he fabricated a contract and other evidence in his failed suit claiming to own a 50 percent of Facebook Inc.

Complete Coverage of the Bridgegate Scandal

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 01, 2014

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

Red Cross Says Sandy Aid Spending a Trade Secret

Sherry Karabin : Corporate Counsel : January 30, 2014

The group cites a "business advantage" in its fundraising methods and says they would be compromised by disclosure.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 30, 2014

Washington Litigation Departments of the Year

: The National Law Journal : January 30, 2014

Top lawyers in Washington litigation practices were busier than ever in 2013­ representing big-name clients­ in disputes over affirmative action, patents, insurance, false claims and prison—to name a few areas.

The A-List: A New Number One

Drew Combs : The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

Paul Hastings reaches the A-List's top spot for the first time, while a pair of Second Hundred firms move onto the list.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 30, 2014

Eight firms have added partners, while six others have added counsel.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

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

Madoff Trustee Hits Dead End in Suits Against Banks

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 30, 2014

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

Big Suits

David Bario, Ross Todd, and Jan Wolfe : The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

ATP Tour v. Deutscher Tennis Bund; Shell Oil v. U.S; U.S. v. Jiang; In re BofA AIG; In re Neurontin; In re Pradaxa

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 30, 2014

Lateral moves, new arrivals and promotions in this week's column.

The Careerist: A-Listers, Read This

Vivia Chen : The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

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

How Technology Can Fuel Small Law Firms

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 27, 2014

Julie Pearl and J. Craig Williams outline key ways to incorporate tech into transactional and litigation shops.

Gibson Dunn Extends Hot Streak With NLRB Ruling

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 27, 2014

Thursday's ruling in caps a month of litigation victories involving Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

Supreme Court Voids NLRB Recess Appointments

Zoe Tillman and Marcia Coyle : The National Law Journal : January 26, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a constitutional showdown between the president and the U.S. Senate, ruled President Barack Obama lacked authority to make certain recess appointments while the Senate conducted brief pro forma sessions.

Litigator of the Week: David Boies of Boies, Schiller & Flexner

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 26, 2014

Unlike Boies's most famous cases, most Americans will never hear of . But for corporations, or anyone whose bread is buttered litigating securities class actions, was the big news at the Supreme Court this week.

Supreme Court Voids NLRB Recess Appointments

Zoe Tillman and Marcia Coyle : The National Law Journal : January 26, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a constitutional showdown between the president and the U.S. Senate, ruled President Barack Obama lacked authority to make certain recess appointments while the Senate conducted brief pro forma sessions.

The Churn: Bingham, Squire Make New Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Two Am Law 100 firms that have dealt with a high degree of lateral volatility in recent months—Bingham McCutchen and the newly formed Squire Patton Boggs—made hires this week, but also saw some partners leave. The Am Law Daily looks at those moves and others from around The Am Law 200.

Companies Ink $500 Million Deal to End Truck Parts War

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 24, 2014

The deal between Meritor Inc. and Eaton Corp. caps nearly a decade of antitrust litigation that pulled in lawyers from at least eight law firms.

After Calif. Ruling, Kirkland Targets Teacher Tenure in N.Y.

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 24, 2014

When Gibson Dunn lawyers won a ruling this month that California's teacher tenure laws are unconstitutional, the firm predicted copycat suits would follow. Sure enough, now Jay Lefkowitz and his colleagues at Kirkland & Ellis are taking up the mantle in New York.

U.S. Supreme Court Won't Review Voiding of N.J. Sports Betting Law

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

The court denies a petition for certiorari that sought review of lower courts' invalidation of a sports wagering law that promised to be a boon to the state treasury.

Antitrust Lawyers Gear Up for Trial in Transmission Fight

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 20, 2014

A squadron of top litigators has descended on Delaware, ready to duke it out over claims that truck components manufacturer Eaton Corp. owes billions of dollars in damages to rival Meritor Inc.

Judge Upholds City Law Barring Tobacco Discounts

John Caher : New York Law Journal : January 19, 2014

Southern District Judge Thomas Griesa said the New York City ordinance neither violates the free speech provision of the Constitution nor is preempted by federal or state law.

Justices Restrict Software Patents in Unanimous Ruling

Tony Mauro : Legal Times : January 19, 2014

In a closely watched intellectual property case, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that some computer-related innovations are too abstract to be eligible for patents. But the unanimous decision stopped short of denying patents to all computer software.

Justices Restrict Software Patents in Unanimous Ruling

Tony Mauro : Legal Times : January 19, 2014

In a closely watched intellectual property case, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that some computer-related innovations are too abstract to be eligible for patents. But the unanimous decision stopped short of denying patents to all computer software.

Patent Ruling's Effect on 'Trolls' Debated

Tony Mauro : Supreme Court Brief : January 19, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court's much anticipated ruling Thursday in may prove to be a turning point in the corporate world's battle against patent trolls.

Weekend Reading: Hogan Lovells on North Korea's 'Genocide'

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 19, 2014

An Am Law Daily compendium of compelling tales, such as the case for African-American reparations, Drinker Biddle's Native American pro bono work that cost it pro football business and Hogan Lovells' report on the tragedy taking place in North Korea that the world has forgotten.

Apple Strikes Tentative E-Books Deal as Appeal Looms

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 18, 2014

Apple Strikes Tentative E-Books Deal as Appeal Looms

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 17, 2014

Apple is hedging its bets in the sprawling e-books antitrust litigation, agreeing to a settlement on damages that allows the company to continue fighting a year-old decision that it's liable for fixing e-book prices.

Argentina Dealt Double Blow by Supreme Court

Marcia Coyle : Supreme Court Brief : January 16, 2014

Argentina's long-running battle with hedge funds holding billions of dollars in Argentine defaulted bonds reached a crucial point Monday, with the high court ruling against the country in two appeals.

Justices: Foreign Nation's Assets Subject to Discovery

Marcia Coyle : Supreme Court Brief : January 16, 2014

Federal courts can order foreign sovereigns, such as Argentina, to produce information about their worldwide assets so that creditors can collect on court-ordered judgments, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday.

Gibson Dunn, Latham Land Roles on Another Big Shale Deal

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 16, 2014

With the shale gas revolution helping the U.S. become the world's largest oil and natural gas producer, more companies are turning to outside firms to advise on M&A deals that consolidate their market share. The Williams Companies, a major pipeline operator, has tapped Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher to advise on a $6 billion deal that would create one of the largest U.S. transporters of oil and gas.

After Shake Ups, Securities Bar Is a Different Landscape

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 15, 2014

The fall of Milberg Weiss and two decades of case law interpreting the PSLRA have changed the way securities suits are fought.

After Shake-ups, Securities Bar Is a Different Landscape

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 15, 2014

The fall of Milberg Weiss and two decades of case law interpreting the PSLRA have changed the way securities suits are fought.

Winners and Losers: June 16, 2014

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 13, 2014

McDonald's and Dunkin' Donuts make it a losing week for fast food restaurants.

Assisted-Living Workers Denied Certification on Most Claims

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 13, 2014

A federal judge has denied certification of a class of workers at assisted-living facilities in California who claim they were denied meal and rest periods. However, he certified workers who are suing for other unpaid wage claims.

Asia Deal Digest: June 12, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 12, 2014

* Private equity giant CVC turns to Simpson Thacher on formation of new $3.5 billion Asia fund* Simpson and Skadden on Alibaba browser buyout deal* Baker & McKenzie advises Australia's Origin Energy on $800 million gas exploration permit buy

Fee Tracker: Latham's Lucrative Soccer Links

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

In its latest tally of money flowing to Am Law 200 firms, The Am Law Daily looks at Latham & Watkins' work for the U.S. Soccer Federation ahead of this year's World Cup tournament; Gibson Dunn's mounting Bridgegate tab; and the bills accrued by Davis Polk and Skadden on a big financial services IPO.

Del. v. N.Y. Law in Determining Liability Under Acquisition Agreements

Brian M. Gingold and Chris Babcock : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 11, 2014

Although often overlooked as mere legal boilerplate, the governing law provisions in an acquisition agreement can have subtle but significant effects on interpreting the agreement's key provisions. Given such potential impact, this article addresses how the selection between two fairly customary choice-of-law jurisdictions, Delaware or New York, can affect certain key liability provisions contained in acquisition agreements.

D.C. Court of Appeals to Stream Video For First Time

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 10, 2014

The District of Columbia's highest local court will live-stream video of oral arguments for the first time on June 17, the court announced Tuesday. A full sitting of the court is scheduled to hear an adoption case that day.

Judge Strikes Down Laws Protecting Teachers

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 10, 2014

A state trial judge in Los Angeles has tentatively struck down five California statutes governing how the state's public school teachers are fired, laid off or granted tenure.

The Churn: Husch Blackwell Hires Again in Denver, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2014

Husch Blackwell becomes the latest large Midwestern firm to bulk up in the Rockies; Dechert raids Wilmer to launch a life sciences practice in Frankfurt; Sidley Austin shutters its office in Germany's financial capital and other moves from around The Am Law 200.

Judge Strikes Down Laws Protecting California's Teachers

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 10, 2014

A state trial judge in Los Angeles has tentatively struck down five California statutes governing how the state's public school teachers are fired, laid off or granted tenure.

International Law Firm Mergers Bring Rebound

Leigh Jones : The National Law Journal : January 09, 2014

The biggest upswing since the recession comes from marriages of U.S. and foreign operations.

Christie Chief of Staff Believed That Kelly Had Clean Hands in Bridgegate

Michael Booth : New Jersey Law Journal : January 09, 2014

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's chief of staff avowed Monday that he had no knowledge of Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Kelly's involvement in last fall's suspect George Washington Bridge access lane closures until it became public.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 09, 2014

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

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 09, 2014

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

The Churn: Edwards Wildman, Polsinelli Bulk Up, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Edwards Wildman Palmer and Polsinelli poach toxic tort team on opposite coasts, the newly combined Squire Patton Boggs makes its first lateral hire, Foley & Lardner gets a new COO and more lateral moves from across The Am Law 200.

Litigators of the Week: Joel Cohen of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; Mark Cohen of Cohen & Gresser; and Roland Riopelle of Sercarz & Riopelle

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 05, 2014

The three defense lawyers won trial victories for clients accused by the SEC of an insider trading scheme at hedge fund Wynnefield Capital.

Paul Hastings Takes L.A. Media-Tech Partner From Cooley

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 04, 2014

Christie Chief of Staff O'Dowd Called By Bridgegate Committee To Testify

Michael Booth : New Jersey Law Journal : January 04, 2014

Kevin O'Dowd, Gov. Chris Christie's chief of staff, has been subpoenaed by the N.J. legislative committee investigating last fall's closure of local access lanes to the George Washington Bridge.

A Second Look at the Decision in

Paul J. Collins : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 04, 2014

Much has been written about the Court of Chancery's recent opinion in , 87 A.3d 648 (Del. Ch. 2014), in which Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster suggested, among other things, that the appropriate inquiry in determining whether directors are entitled in the context of a change of control transaction to claim the protection of an exculpatory clause in a corporation's certificate of incorporation is broader than the "conscious disregard" standard applied by the Delaware Supreme Court in 970 A.2d 235 (Del. 2009).

N.J., Amici Seek High Court Review of Statute Banning Sports Betting

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 04, 2014

New Jersey is making its final push for the U.S. Supreme Court to review a federal law that's blocked the state's implementation of legalized sports betting.

CardioMEMS Turns to Cooley—Again—on St. Jude Deal

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 03, 2014

The company's founder, a cardiologist as well as a former summer associate at Cooley, has relied on the firm in a series of deals.

The 2014 IP Hot List: Life on the Cutting Edge

: The National Law Journal : January 02, 2014

The NLJ received dozens of nominations for our annual list of the hottest IP firms, and many of our chosen 20 rank among the most venerable in the country.

Fish & Richardson

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : January 02, 2014

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : January 02, 2014

Judge Approves Plan for Antismoking Ad Campaign

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 02, 2014

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

Law Firm Ties That Bind

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : January 02, 2014

In 2012, four federal appeals ­judges enjoyed free legal services from law firms — including Judge Jay Bybee of the Ninth Circuit, for the sixth year in a row — and another 14 had financial agreements with firms they worked for before taking the bench.

June 2014 Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Panel Upholds Enforcement of English Judgment in New York

Brendan Pierson : New York Law Journal : January 30, 2014

A $40 million judgment arising from a suit against a Saudi Arabian company in an English court can be enforced in New York, the First Department has held.

Legal Aid Society Honors Banks

: New York Law Journal : January 30, 2014

Steven Banks, who stepped down as the Legal Aid Society's attorney-in-chief earlier this year to become the commissioner of the New York City Human Resources Administration, was honored by about 150 friends and colleagues at a reception Tuesday.

The Churn: Squire Patton Boggs Fallout, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Sidley Austin Partner New D.C. Bar President-Elect

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 30, 2014

Sidley Austin partner Timothy Webster is the D.C. Bar's new president-elect, the bar announced Friday.

Am Law Firms Reap Rewards of NFL Union Work

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

The annual report filed by the National Football League Players Association with the U.S. Labor Department shows Winston & Strawn, Latham & Watkins, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Norton Rose Fulbright and Patton Boggs racking up substantial fees for their work on behalf of players last year.

Panel Upholds Enforcement of English Judgment in New York

Brendan Pierson : New York Law Journal : January 29, 2014

A $40 million judgment arising from a suit against a Saudi Arabian company in an English court can be enforced in New York, the First Department has held.

Litigator of the Week: Andrea Neuman of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 29, 2014

Neuman made a name for herself exposing fraud on the part of plaintiffs lawyers suing Dole over its pesticide use in Latin America. This week, she finished off nearly all the remaining cases in a more old-fashioned way, winning a ruling that Dole's opponents waited too long to sue.

Apple Revives Push to Shed Goodwin Partner as Watchdog

Jan Wolfe : The American Lawyer : January 29, 2014

The company tries (again) to get rid of its court-appointed antitrust monitor.

Simpson, Bass Berry Lead as Amsurg Snags Sheridan

Vinayak Balasubramanian : The Am Law Daily : January 29, 2014

An operator of ambulatory surgery centers moves to bolster its offerings by acquiring a company that provides hospitals with outsourced physicians' services.

Gibson Dunn Heeds Call of Duty for Vivendi's Activision Deal

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : January 28, 2014

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher advises the French communications giant in its sale of half its remaining stake in the videogame maker for more than $850 million.

Christie Hires Gibbons Lawyer To Defend Against Whistleblower Suit

Mary Pat Gallagher : New Jersey Law Journal : January 28, 2014

The Christie administration has brought in a private attorney from one of New Jersey's most prominent law firms to take over the defense of a two-year-old whistleblower suit that accuses it of taking over a county prosecution and having the charges dropped in order to protect political cronies.

The Churn: Houston Stays Hot, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Jones Day makes high-profile hires at the center of Texas' booming energy market in our latest roundup of moves across The Am Law 200.

Am Law Trio Leads on Warburg's Plane Parts Buy

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : January 23, 2014

Cleary, Sutherland Asbill and Gibson Dunn advise as Odyssey Investment Partners sells Wencor Group to Warburg Pincus.

Vote on Patton Boggs Merger With Squire Sanders Stalls

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 23, 2014

The decision to suspend voting at Squire Sanders is apparently connected to a court filing intended to scuttle a settlement reached this month between Chevron and Patton Boggs, former counsel to the plaintiffs in the Lago Agrio environmental damages case.

New Deals

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

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

Donziger Filing Puts Squire Sanders, Patton Boggs Merger in Limbo

Katelyn Polantz and Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 22, 2014

A surprise filing by Steven Donziger aims to block Patton Boggs' settlement with Chevron and threatens the firm's plans to combine with Squire Sanders.

Supreme Court Sends 'Raging Bull' Back in the Ring

Marcia Coyle : Supreme Court Brief : January 19, 2014

Authors and other creators of copyrighted works scored a major victory Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court eliminated a significant barrier to recovering damages for copyright infringement.

Supreme Court Sends 'Raging Bull' Back in the Ring

Marcia Coyle : The Recorder : January 19, 2014

Authors and other creators of copyrighted works scored a major victory Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court eliminated a significant barrier to recovering damages for copyright infringement.

Give Us F-E-E-S! Ninth Court Rules in Kountze Cheerleaders' Run-Through Banner Fight

Miriam Rozen : Texas Lawyer : January 19, 2014

Both sides claimed that they scored a win.

Dozen Firms Tune In for AT&T's $48.5 Billion DirecTV Buy

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 19, 2014

In a deal likely to face major regulatory scrutiny, a telecommunications giant aims to absorb the nation's largest satellite television operator.

Supreme Court Sends 'Raging Bull' Back in the Ring

Marcia Coyle : Supreme Court Brief : January 19, 2014

Authors and other creators of copyrighted works scored a major victory Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court eliminated a significant barrier to recovering damages for copyright infringement.

IN BRIEF: Clock's Still Running

: The National Law Journal : January 19, 2014

The $1.1 million in fees that Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher billed to New Jersey for the firm's George Washington Bridge closure investigation may be just the first installment. Plus more from NLJ.com and other ALM publications.

GCs, Board Members Rank Their Favorite Firms

Sherry Karabin : Corporate Counsel : January 16, 2014

A trade magazine and consultancy have come out with their rankings, which don't deviate from the usual crop of top law firms.

Which German Cities Are Best—or Worst—for Law Firms?

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 15, 2014

The answer depends on your firm's strategy, strongest practice areas and client base.

Haag's Office Is Staffing Up

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 15, 2014

After a long hiring freeze, the U.S. attorney's office is ready to hire about a dozen new lawyers.

Third-Party Licensing=Complicated Supply Chain Liability

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 14, 2014

The already fraught issue of who is responsible for subpar working conditions is even more complex when third parties enter the picture.

Former Christie Aide Cites Errors In Gibson Dunn's Bridgegate Report

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

The attorney for Bill Stepien, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's former campaign manager, claims there are inaccuracies about his client in the report issued by Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher following its Bridgegate investigation, and he wants them fixed.

Defense Scores in Privacy Suit Against Apple, 14 App Makers

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 14, 2014

Judge Jon Tigar dismissed the bulk of a suit over address book data, but gave plaintiffs a chance to amend.

Veteran Supreme Court Advocate Takes Pride in Public Service

Tony Mauro : Supreme Court Brief : January 14, 2014

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

No Limit on Gibson Dunn's Bills for Bridgegate Work, State A.G. Says

Michael Booth : New Jersey Law Journal : January 13, 2014

The $1.1 million in fees billed New Jersey by Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher for its Bridgegate investigation may be just the first installment, acting state Attorney General John Hoffman tells legislators.

Judge Sides With DOJ, Monitor in Apple E-Books Hearing

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 13, 2014

Apple's lawyers lost a skirmish in their battle to rein in the company's court-appointed antitrust monitor, Michael Bromwich of Goodwin Procter.

Same-Sex Marriage Case Appears to Divide Fourth Circuit

Marcia Coyle : The National Law Journal : January 13, 2014

Virginia is not the only state with a stake in the same-sex marriage arguments heard on Tuesday before a federal appellate panel. If Virginia's ban goes, so too may bans in North Carolina, South Carolina and West Virginia.

Class Decertified in Michaels Stores' Action

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 12, 2014

A federal judge has decertified a class of nearly 200 store managers of Michaels Stores Inc. in California who alleged unpaid wages and overtime.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 12, 2014

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

Weil's Awkward Transition

Vivia Chen : The American Lawyer : January 12, 2014

When Weil, Gotshal & Manges embarked on a strategic overhaul, some partners headed for the exits.

Chevron Takes Aim at Consultants in New Ecuador Discovery Fight

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 12, 2014

Chevron's lawyers at Gibson Dunn want to force litigation consulting and e-discovery company H5 to help them build their case against Russell DeLeon, the Gibraltar-based billionaire who helped fund a massive environmental case against Chevron in Ecuador.

Winners and Losers: May 12, 2014

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 09, 2014

N.J. taxpayers are a winner a loser in this week's Winners and Losers column.

Appeals Court Rules DuPont Didn't Engage in Fraud

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 09, 2014

The Federal Circuit agreed that DuPont acted in bad faith in a patent suit brought by Monsanto, but fell short of committing "fraud on the court." Gibson Dunn argued on behalf of DuPont while Wilmer represented Monsanto.

Give Us F-E-E-S! Ninth Court Rules in Kountze Cheerleaders' Run-Through Banner Fight

Miriam Rozen : Texas Lawyer : January 09, 2014

Both sides claimed that they scored a win.

Ergobaby Was 'Company Doe' in Product Safety Fight

Andrew Ramonas : Legal Times : January 08, 2014

The revelation comes after the Fourth Circuit sharply rejected efforts by Ergobaby and its lawyers at Gibson Dunn to keep the company's identity under wraps.

Ergobaby Identified as 'Company Doe' in Product Safety Fight

Andrew Ramonas : Legal Times : January 08, 2014

A company that fought vigorously in court to maintain its anonymity amid a push to keep a consumer product safety report secret has revealed itself.

Patton Boggs Admits Regret for Role in Chevron Case

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 08, 2014

Patton Boggs has ended its role in long-running, multibillion environmental litigation against Chevron involving Ecuador with the announcement that it agreed to pay the oil giant $15 million and admitted regret for its role in the case.

Litigator of the Week: Jeffrey Shinder of Constantine Cannon

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 08, 2014

The battle over Chevron's environmental legacy in Ecuador has claimed its share of victims. This week the wisdom of Shinder's decision to walk away from the case was hammered home by Patton Boggs, the law firm that took his place.

Fee Tracker: Bridgegate, Detroit and Apple

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

Gibson Dunn's Christie tab grows, Jones Day revs it up in Motown and filings by Goodwin Procter and Fried Frank hint at the Apple e-book fight's high cost.

Patton Boggs to Pay Chevron $15M in Retreat From Ecuador Fight

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 07, 2014

Capitulating to claims that it backed a fraudulent lawsuit against Chevron Corporation, Patton Boggs agreed Wednesday to pay the oil giant $15 million and to give up its stake in a $9.5 billion Ecuadorean environmental judgment.

U.S. Seeking Guilty Plea From Credit Suisse Parent

: Bloomberg : January 07, 2014

The U.S. is pressing for guilty pleas from the parent companies of banks under investigation, including Credit Suisse Group AG, in a marked departure from the past, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.

Patton Boggs to Pay Chevron $15M in Retreat from Ecuador Fight

Jan Wolfe : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2014

Capitulating to claims that it backed a fraudulent lawsuit against Chevron Corporation, Patton Boggs agreed Wednesday to pay the oil giant $15 million and to give up its stake in a $9.5 billion Ecuadorean environmental judgment.

Latham Leads on Big Shale Sale

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

The firm is advising Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold's oil and gas unit on the $3.1 billion sale of its Eagle Ford shale assets in Texas, the latest in a string of U.S. energy deals announced over the past week.

Divided Supreme Court Blesses Town's Opening Prayer

Marcia Coyle : The National Law Journal : January 06, 2014

Local governments struggling with whether their common practice of opening meetings with prayer crosses a constitutional line should breathe much easier following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on Monday.

Legal Pad: Who's Speaking at This Year's Commencements

Maria Zilberman : The Recorder : January 06, 2014

Former Aide Says Bridget Kelly Was 'Nervous and Erratic' on Bridgegate

Michael Booth : New Jersey Law Journal : January 06, 2014

A former member of Gov. Chris Christie's administration gave testimony Tuesday that painted an unflattering portrait of his fired deputy chief of staff, Bridget Kelly, who allegedly initiated last fall's closure of George Washington Bridge local access lanes.

Credit Suisse Said Near U.S. Tax Deal for Over $1 Billion

: Bloomberg : January 06, 2014

Credit Suisse Group is close to resolving a U.S. tax-evasion probe with an agreement that might include a penalty of more than $1 billion, after creating a separate entity last year to house the businesses involved.

Scope of Disclosure When Investigative Reports Are Released

Elkan Abramowitz and Jonathan Sack : New York Law Journal : January 06, 2014

In their White-Collar Crime column, Elkan Abramowitz and Jonathan Sack write that when public companies and prominent individuals find themselves under investigation, they often face widespread condemnation. Some try to change the story by having an investigative report prepared and released, but such publication carries with it legal risks.

Divided Court Blesses Prayer At Public Meetings

Marcia Coyle : Supreme Court Brief : January 05, 2014

Local governments struggling with whether their common practice of opening meetings with prayer crosses a constitutional line should breathe much easier following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on Monday.

$1.8 Billion Energy Deal

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 05, 2014

Wachtell, Willkie, Gibson Dunn Forge Sotheby's Peace

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 05, 2014

The Am Law 100 trio is part of a half-dozen firms advising on an agreement to end a nasty proxy fight between activist investor Daniel Loeb and the venerable auction house.

Holder Hints At Criminal Charges For Big Banks

: Bloomberg : January 05, 2014

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a video message that no bank is too big to prosecute.

A Scramble for Antismoking Ads

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

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

Apple Asks Second Circuit to Boot Antitrust Monitor

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 04, 2014

Apple's court-appointed antitrust monitor, Michael Bromwich, recently reported that his relationship with the company has improved. But Apple still wants him gone, as the tech giant made abundantly clear in its opening appellate brief seeking Bromwich's removal.

Recorder Names Corporate Practices of the Year

Recorder Editors : The Recorder : January 02, 2014

Dentons, Norton Rose Helps Buffett Branch Out in Canada

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

Refugees from Canada's Heenan Blaikie helped the energy unit of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway expand up north.

Imitators Stir Up Trouble for App Makers

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 02, 2014

IP lawyers say developers with hot apps must be prepared to confront counterfeits.

Brothers on Both Sides of GE's Big Alstom Bid

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

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

Banks Beat Long-Running Missouri Mortgage Class Actions

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : January 01, 2014

When Missouri passed a new law governing second mortgages back in 1979, the goal was to limit the burden of high-interest loans on borrowers. But after plaintiffs lawyers discovered the law more than a decade ago, it produced a predictable byproduct: class action litigation.

2014 Rising Stars

: New York Law Journal : January 01, 2014

The New York Law Journal congratulates the 42 young lawyers chosen as 2014 Rising Stars by a panel of 20 esteemed judges. Our panel reviewed more than 230 nominations of attorneys 40 and under who have established a record of accomplishments and demonstrated that they are top contributors to the practice of law and their communities.

The Trouble With Nonequity Partners

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

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

Kirkland Grabs Role on Big Bankruptcy From Bygone Era

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

Energy Future Holdings Corp., the Texas energy giant once known as TXU, filed for bankruptcy Tuesday in Delaware.

TeleSign Taps Gibson for B Round Funding

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 29, 2014

$1.8 Billion Energy Deal

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 29, 2014

Energy Transfer Partners turned to Vinson & Elkins for the Dallas energy company's pending acquisition of Susser Holdings Corp. in a unit and cash transaction valued at $1.8 billion. Susser is using a team from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

The Churn: SDNY Prosecutors Join Am Law Firms, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 29, 2014

Brown Rudnick and Ropes & Gray both announce additions of prosecutors from the U.S. attorney's office for New York's Southern District.

Gibson Dunn Stymies DOJ in Trial of Reverse Merger Exec

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 29, 2014

Claims of rampant fraud among Chinese companies that won backdoor listings on U.S. stock exchanges have sparked regulatory scrutiny and a raft of class actions. But this week the Department of Justice suffered a mistrial in one of its first criminal cases targeting a reverse merger company executive.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 28, 2014

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

Big Suits

Mark Hamblett, Rebekah Mintzer, Saranac Hale Spencer, and Jan Wolfe : The American Lawyer : January 28, 2014

Chevron v. Donziger; Kahn v. M&F Worldwide; Chocolate Antitrust Litigation; Asahi Kasei Pharma v. Actelion

Am Law 100 Analysis: The Super Rich Get Richer

Aric Press : The American Lawyer : January 28, 2014

It was a middling year for most big firms, but the top 20 pulled away from the pack.

Gibson Dunn, Kilpatrick Beat Back Patent Assault on Game Makers

Lisa Shuchman : The Litigation Daily : January 28, 2014

A judge tossed an Acacia Research subsidiary's infringement claims against Zynga, Electronic Arts, and two other defendants, ruling that the concept of charging players for mid-game purchases is an abstract idea that can't be patented.

MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL INC.

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : January 28, 2014

Maintaining strong relationships with the 72 attorneys on Marriott's legal team means that in-person contact often takes priority over email correspondence. An old-fashioned device helps, too — the telephone.

Apple Looks to Appeals Court as E-Books Trial Looms

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 27, 2014

Apple and its lawyers at Gibson Dunn got some rare good news in the ebooks price-fixing litigation on Friday, when the Second Circuit signaled that it may weigh in on the merits of the case before a scheduled trial on damages.

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.

Fed Up With Apple, Judge Paves Way for July E-Books Trial

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 24, 2014

Judging from U.S. District Judge Denise Cote's latest decision, tempers haven't cooled since she ruled last summer that Apple is liable for violations of antitrust laws.

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.

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.