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Holland & Knight LLP

  • Designation: Washington
  • Head Count: 956
  • Gross Revenues: $627,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $655,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,030,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 1

Holland & Knight is a national law firm. According to the National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250 rankings of firms based on size, it has 910 attorneys and is the twenty-third largest law firm in the United States. With $551,500,000 in gross revenue in 2010, the firm placed 50th on The American Lawyer's 2011 Am Law 100 rankings of U.S. law firms based on revenue. Holland & Knight has been in the Am Law 100 since 1986. The firm ranked 57th on the 2011 Global 100 rankings of firms worldwide. Holland & Knight has more than two dozen offices in the United States. The firm added to its presence in Chicago through the August 2002 merger with the 85-lawyer, Chicago-based firm of McBride Baker & Coles. The firm's practice areas include corporate law, alcoholic beverage law, aviation, education, Native American law, intellectual property, and trusts and estates. Holland & Knight significantly expanded its Intellectual Property Practice Group through the acquisition of Milstein & Taylor, completed on March 12, 2007.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 51 1 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 51 1 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 27 0 Lawyer head count
The A-List NR N/A Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 39 -4 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 47 0 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 78 16 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 33 23 Summer programs

In the News

Ga. Justices Stand on Agnes Scott Ruling, Deny Motion to Vacate

Alyson M. Palmer : Daily Report : January 22, 2014

The Georgia Supreme Court has rejected a request that it vacate one of its rulings because it was issued too late.

Group Gives Some Atlanta Firms Gold Standard for Women in Big Law

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 22, 2014

Thirteen firms with Atlanta offices have qualified for Gold Standard Certification this year from the Women In Law Empowerment Forum for having a "meaningful percentage" of women in leadership roles.

Immunity Shields JetBlue, Ticketing Agent, Judge Says

Andrew Keshner : New York Law Journal : January 17, 2014

An airline and its former employee are immune from the claims of a passenger who sued after her arrest for allegedly making a bomb threat, a judge ruled.

$40M Verdict Settled on Eve of Appeal Deadline

Katheryn Hayes Tucker : Daily Report : January 17, 2014

A wrongful death case that led to a $40 million verdict in Cobb County settled for a confidential amount just before the Georgia Court of Appeals hit its deadline for a decision in the matter.

Newsmakers: Week of July 14

: Texas Lawyer : January 14, 2014

Robert A. Jacobson, a tax attorney, has joined Bracewell & Giuliani in Houston as a partner.

Inadmissible: Best Summer Associate Program

: Texas Lawyer : January 14, 2014

Vault.com released a list of the top 50 best summer associate programs. The Dallas office of Haynes and Boone ranked No. 44, the only Texas firm to make the list.

The Churn: Dickstein Group Defects, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Greenberg Traurig has raided Dickstein Shapiro for 13 lawyers and lobbyists in Washington, D.C., Paul Hastings plucks Kaye Scholer's white-collar and internal investigations chair and Troutman Sanders snags Hughes Hubbard's private equity chair in the latest round of lateral moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Cadillac Exec Put in GM Lobbying Driver's Seat

Andrew Ramonas : Corporate Counsel : January 11, 2014

General Motors Co. executive Robert Ferguson returned to his old job as the chief lobbyist for the embattled automaker.

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.

Tensegrity's Powers Faces Off With Ericsson Over 'Absurd' License

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 10, 2014

A pact meant to sidestep a McKool Smith conflict with client Wi-LAN has been interpreted to give the mobile giant a sweetheart deal, Powers told the Federal Circuit Thursday.

WI-LAN Powers Faces Off With Ericsson Over 'Absurd' License

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 10, 2014

A pact meant to sidestep a McKool Smith conflict with client Wi-LAN has been interpreted to give the mobile giant a sweetheart deal, Powers told the Federal Circuit Thursday.

Four Leave White & Case In Miami For Other Firms

Julie Kay : Daily Business Review : January 09, 2014

White & Case shareholder Emilio Alvarez-Farre joined Greenberg Traurig with associate Juan Delgado, while partner Richard Furey joined Holland & Knight and partner Jorge Freeland left to form his own firm.

Defense: Ga. Supreme Court Ruling Was Too Late

Alyson M. Palmer : Daily Report : January 08, 2014

Defendants on the losing end of a recent Georgia Supreme Court decision have asked the court to vacate its ruling on the ground that it was issued too late.

Hogan Lovells Links With Mexico City Firm

Julie Kay : Daily Business Review : January 08, 2014

Hogan Lovells is the latest global law firm to open an office in Mexico City in order to capitalize on the burgeoning Latin American market.

Recent Disputes Focus on Software Licenses

Richard Raysman and Peter Brown : New York Law Journal : January 08, 2014

In their Technology Law column, Richard Raysman, a partner at Holland & Knight, and Peter Brown, the principal at Peter Brown & Associates, discuss some of those recent software license disputes, including: whether copying the licensor's software by a third party that provides "support services" infringes on the licensor's copyrights; if a criminal racketeering statute designed to prevent a pattern of continuing malfeasance can be used against a purportedly violating software licensee; and if a licensee affiliated with Alaska Indian tribes can assert sovereign immunity when it breaches the license.

Meet the GC: George A. Villasana of Asbury Automotive Group

Mary Welch : Daily Report : January 08, 2014

George A. Villasana serves as vice president, general counsel and secretary of Asbury Automotive Group, an automotive retailer with 2013 revenue of $5.3 billion and approximately 7,000 employees.

Hogan Lovells Links With Mexico City Firm

Julie Kay : Daily Business Review : January 07, 2014

Hogan Lovells is the latest U.S. law firm to open an office south of the border, merging with the 70-lawyer Mexican firm Barrera, Siqueiros y Torres Landa on Aug. 1.

Holland & Knight Boosts Energy Practice

Katelyn Polantz : Texas Lawyer : January 07, 2014

Holland & Knight has acquired a group of 11 energy lawyers in Washington and Austin, effectively splitting in two the Washington-based energy boutique Brickfield, Burchette, Ritts & Stone.

Hogan, Squire Make International Merger Moves

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

Growing global legal giants Hogan Lovells and Squire Patton Boggs both made major moves over the holiday weekend, with the latter expanding in Tokyo by absorbing a five-lawyer corporate boutique, while the former is poised to open two new offices in Latin America through its union with a 70-lawyer firm in Mexico.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 07, 2014

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

IN BRIEF: Leaving Abu Dhabi

: The National Law Journal : January 07, 2014

Six years after it opened, Holland & Knight is closing its Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, office and exiting the Middle East. Plus more from NLJ.com and other ALM publications.

INADMISSIBLE: BNP Assailed Over Unlawful Transactions

: The National Law Journal : January 07, 2014

The French bank BNP Paribas S.A. has agreed to plead guilty and pay nearly $9 billion over transactions with countries subject to U.S. sanctions such as Cuba, Iran and Sudan, DOJ lawyers said. Plus more in this week's column.

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.

Bankrupt Firm Trustees Lose Bid for 'Unfinished Business'

Joel Stashenko : The Am Law Daily : January 02, 2014

A unanimous Court of Appeals said finding that lawyers owe a continuing obligation to their old partnerships for work they do for clients after moving to new firms "does not comport with our profession's traditions and the commercial realities of the practice of law today."

Bankrupt Firm Trustees Lose Bid for 'Unfinished Business'

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : January 02, 2014

A unanimous Court of Appeals said finding that lawyers owe a continuing obligation to their old partnerships for work they do for clients after moving to new firms "does not comport with our profession's traditions and the commercial realities of the practice of law today."

The Churn: Fitzpatrick Cella Leader Leaves, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Mayer Brown has hired Colleen Tracy, former managing partner of New York-based Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto, where she took the IP firm's leadership reins in 2009. The Am Law Daily looks at Tracy's move and other new arrivals throughout The Am Law 200.

Can't Buy Them Love

Katelyn Polantz : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Washington firms were far behind the richest firms in profits per partner.

Holland & Knight Boosts Energy Practice

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 01, 2014

Holland & Knight has acquired a group of 11 energy lawyers in Washington and Austin, effectively splitting in two the Washington-based energy boutique Brickfield, Burchette, Ritts & Stone.

Real Estate Law & Practice

: New York Law Journal : January 30, 2014

In this Special Report from the New York Law Journal: "Limiting Liability in Design and Construction Contracts," "When Art Meets Building: A Primer on the Visual Artists Rights Act," "Condominium Formation in New York" and "Not Everything Is Guaranteed in Landlord-Tenant Guaranties."

Six Years And Out: Holland & Knight Shuts Down In Abu Dhabi

Julie Kay : Daily Business Review : January 30, 2014

Six years after its opening, Holland & Knight will close its only Middle East office in Abu Dhabi.

Condominium Formation in New York

Stuart M. Saft : New York Law Journal : January 30, 2014

Stuart M. Saft, a partner at Holland & Knight, addresses various facets of condominium formation in light of the explosion of condominiums being formed in New York.

Holland & Knight Sets Sights on Americas With Abu Dhabi Closure

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

After opening offices in Anchorage and Dallas in recent months thanks to a bevy of hires from Patton Boggs, Holland & Knight has chosen to shutter its sole outpost in the Middle East by closing its Abu Dhabi offices to focus on the Americas.

Lawyer Lessons 101: How To Stay Out Of Trouble

Julie Kay : Daily Business Review : January 27, 2014

More than 100 lawyers attended a "master's seminar on ethics" at the Florida Bar's annual conference.

The Churn: Paul Weiss, Squire Patton Make New Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

A big week for lateral moves saw Paul Weiss pluck a prominent prosecutor, the newly minted Squire Patton Boggs make another key addition and a rare departure from Wachtell Lipton. The Am Law Daily has the lowdown on the latest comings-and-goings from throughout The Am Law 200.

LSEG's Big Russell Buy a First for Kirkland

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

The London Stock Exchange Group, one of the oldest and largest stock exchanges in Europe, has tapped Kirkland & Ellis and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer to advise on its $2.7 billion acquisition of the Russell 2000 stock index from Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. Skadden and Debevoise & Plimpton are also advising on the purchase, the largest transaction in LSEG's history.

On the Move: 'Actors Studio' for Mercer Law Students Wins Award

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 25, 2014

An innovative way of teaching professionalism to first-year law students, modeled on "Inside the Actor's Studio," has won Mercer University School of Law a national award from the American Bar Association.

Panels On The Radar: LegalTech West Coast Day One

Mark Gerlach : Law Technology News : January 24, 2014

Five panels to be on the look out for during the first day of Legal Tech West Coast in Los Angeles next Tuesday.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 23, 2014

Seven firms announce new additions, and Albany Law School has appointed professors Deborah Kearns and Sarah Rogerson as co-directors of its Law Clinic & Justice Center.

Lawyer on Board of Civil and Human Rights Center Recalls Its Evolution

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 23, 2014

The vision for the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, which opened on Monday, evolved from chronicling the U.S. civil rights movement, for which Atlanta was a locus, to establishing a global center on human rights, said Ernest Greer, a lawyer on its board of directors.

Agnes Scott Campus Police Lose Appeal

Alyson M. Palmer : Daily Report : January 23, 2014

A decision by the Georgia Supreme Court was a win for a plaintiff who claims she was falsely arrested—and also for those who guard the state treasury.

The Churn: Defections Mount at Edwards Wildman, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2014

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has hired Shawn Atkinson, the former cochair of the venture capital and cross-border M&A practice at Edwards Wildman Palmer in London, where the latter firm is trying to stave off a partner exodus. Plus: Bingham McCutchen bulks up in Asia, a partner trio decamps for top in-house roles and other lateral moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

GM CEO to Congress: 'I'm Not Afraid of The Truth'

Andrew Ramonas : The National Law Journal : January 18, 2014

General Motors Co. will create "a new norm and a new industry standard" for safety and quality, the automaker's chief executive officer, Mary Barra, said in her first public appearance on Capitol Hill since publication of a report critical of the company's handling of an ignition-switch defect.

The Careerist: Top 45 Firms for Women

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 18, 2014

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GM CEO to Congress: 'I'm Not Afraid of The Truth'

Andrew Ramonas : The National Law Journal : January 18, 2014

General Motors Co. will create "a new norm and a new industry standard" for safety and quality, the automaker's chief executive officer, Mary Barra, said Wednesday in her first public appearance on Capitol Hill since the publication of a critical report of the company's handling of an ignition-switch defect.

Letter to the Editor: Judicial Diversity is Strong Under Georgia Republicans

: Daily Report : January 18, 2014

Our selection process for Georgia's judges is under heavy fire from some who claim that recent judicial appointments lack sufficient diversity.

The Churn: Greenberg Adds Two Practice Leaders, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Greenberg Traurig raids Patton Boggs and Dentons for new practice chairs in Washington, D.C., and London in our latest roundup of lateral moves throughout The Am Law 200.

Justices Say That Fee Shifting Can't Rest Solely on Contingency Fee

Alyson M. Palmer : Daily Report : January 17, 2014

How much is awarded in attorney fees to a plaintiff under Georgia's offer of judgment statute cannot be based solely on a contingency agreement the plaintiff has with a lawyer, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled Monday.

Slideshow: Afterhours: Three Groups Host Special Events for Atlanta Lawyers

: Daily Report : January 17, 2014

See photos from three recent events: Holland & Knight invites guests to the St. Regis Atlanta hotel to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its office in Atlanta; Warner, Bates, McGough, McGinnis & Portnoy hosts an Auburn University networking event; and Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough holds a family day event at the Center for Puppetry Arts.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 16, 2014

Personnel changes at Washington-area law firms.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 16, 2014

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

Lawyers Are Seriously Asking To Be Charged Higher Dues

Julie Kay : Daily Business Review : January 16, 2014

A petition signed by former Florida Supreme Court Justice Raoul Cantero and more than 500 attorneys asks the court to raise Florida Bar dues to fund indigent legal aid.

LegalTech in Los Angeles: E-Discovery, Big Data, For Starters

Mark Gerlach : Law Technology News : January 16, 2014

19 seminar panels cover the nuances of IT, e-discovery, small firm evolution, Big Data and more.

The Churn: Holland & Knight Heads to Alaska, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Holland & Knight, a firm with Florida roots, is heading to Anchorage after recruiting a team of lawyers from Patton Boggs, plus more moves from across The Am Law 200.

FAQ on Legal Times 150 and DC 25 surveys

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 13, 2014

The Legal Times 150 ranks firms' metro DC offices by head count. The DC 25 measures the top firms annually, based on their revenue in the Washington area. We're here to help you with the submission process and in understanding why we do these surveys.

Patton Fugitives Finally Cleared to Join Jones Day

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 13, 2014

Another round of lateral moves away from Squire Patton Boggs became formal on Thursday, as health care partners who had signed with Jones Day received notice from Squire they'd be released this week and members of legacy firm Patton Boggs' Alaska office announced they had moved to Holland & Knight.

Holland & Knight Opens Anchorage Office

Julie Kay : Daily Business Review : January 12, 2014

Holland & Knight has opened its 19th U.S. office, the latest being in Anchorage, Alaska, with eight defectors from Patton Boggs.

Shook Hardy Set to Sublease Hometown Space

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 12, 2014

Shook, Hardy & Bacon is downsizing in a Kansas City, Mo., office tower built to house the firm a decade ago. And in seeking to sublease three floors of space in the building where it serves as anchor tenant, Shook Hardy is just the latest Am Law 200 firm to reduce its real estate needs amid an evolving market for legal services.

On the Move: Former Nurse Leaves K&S to Launch Litigation Consultancy

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 11, 2014

Dawn Jones has left King & Spalding to launch a consultancy that uses her background in nursing and litigation to assist other lawyers, from assessing cases through taking them to trial.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 10, 2014

Four firms have added partners, while others have added counsel and given awards.

China Partner Joins Foley & Lardner in D.C.

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 10, 2014

Richard "Tad" Ferris, formerly a Washington partner with Holland & Knight, focuses on product-safety and environmental issues arising in foreign investments in China.

Implications of Mandatory 'Black Boxes' in Vehicles

Richard Raysman and Peter Brown : New York Law Journal : January 10, 2014

In their Privacy Matters column, Richard Raysman, a partner at Holland & Knight, and Peter Brown, the principal at Peter Brown & Associates, explore the relevant developments in the intersection between privacy laws and utilization of event data recorders in vehicles.

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.

African-American Lawyers Blast JNC for Lack of Diversity

Katheryn Hayes Tucker : Daily Report : January 09, 2014

The Judicial Nominating Commissions of Gov. Nathan Deal and his predecessor became a target of outrage during a three-hour discussion Friday about ways to improve diversity in federal and state courts.

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.

Beijing Partner First New Hire at Squire Patton Boggs

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 05, 2014

Li Hua is joining the newly-merged firm from the Beijing office of French law firm Gide Loyrette Nouel.

GM Report by Longtime Counsel a Mixed Bag for Auto Giant

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

In a 315-page investigative report submitted Thursday, Jenner & Block and King & Spalding—Am Law 100 firms closely tied to General Motors—detail a "pattern of incompetence and neglect" at the company, while absolving top executives at the auto giant of trying to cover up a mechanical flaw that has been linked to 13 deaths and sparked the recall of 2.6 million vehicles.

Legal Aid Groups Recognize Holland & Knight's Pro Bono Work

Julie Kay : Daily Business Review : January 04, 2014

Holland & Knight is being recognized by Broward Lawyers Care for its pro bono work.

Holland Partner Completes Complicated Construction Loan

Samantha Joseph : Daily Business Review : January 03, 2014

Joe Dewey of Holland & Knight, represented Ocean Bank on a $20.6 million short-term construction loan to Codina Partners for townhouses in Doral.

GM Revs Up Postrecall Lobbying Push

Andrew Ramonas : Corporate Counsel : January 03, 2014

General Motors Co. is accelerating its charm offensive in Washington, D.C., amid congressional scrutiny of the carmaker's handling of an ignition-switch defect.

GM Turns to Holland & Knight for Post-Recall Lobbying Push

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

General Motors Co. is revving up its charm offensive in Washington amid congressional scrutiny of the automaker's handling of an ignition-switch defect, turning to a leading law firm lobbying shop for help.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 02, 2014

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

As Squire Sanders and Patton Boggs Tie Up, Partners Pack

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : January 02, 2014

Akin Gump takes a health care group, and Jones Day an election team.

International Firms Flock to Mexico

Susan Beck : Global Lawyer News : January 31, 2014

Sweeping pro-business reforms in the energy and telecom sectors, and in tax, labor and competition laws have created vast opportunities, firms say.

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

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

Departing Partners Say Goodbye as Squire Patton Boggs Era Dawns

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 30, 2014

Patton Boggs partners Norman Antin, Jeffrey Haas and Mary Beth Bosco prepared Friday morning for their last few hours at the Washington office where they worked for more than 10 years—saying goodbye to their colleagues with emails, telephone calls and in person. They, plus colleagues Kevin Houlihan in Washington and Mark Goldschmidt and Shawn Turner in Denver, join Holland & Knight as partners on Sunday.The financial services group and Bosco, a government contracts attorney, are another lateral coup for Holland & Knight, which now has picked up more than 30 lawyers from Patton Boggs among the 148 lawyers it has hired since January 2013.

Patton Boggs to Lose Health Care Group to Akin

Katelyn Polantz and Julie Triedman : Legal Times : January 29, 2014

The yearlong exodus of partners from Patton Boggs will continue into the Washington firm's last days, as a group of health care policy partners shifts this week to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. At the same time, other Patton Boggs partners—including Patton Boggs' eight-lawyer Anchorage office, which will not join merged firm Squire Patton Boggs—are racing to discuss their prospects at other firms.

Squire Patton Boggs Leaders Predict Merger With Few Conflicts

Katelyn Polantz and Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 27, 2014

Leaders of Patton Boggs and Squire Sanders on Tuesday called their firms' merger, announced four days ago, a "game changer" built on the ability to represent clients in multiple countries.

Squire Patton Boggs Leaders Predict Merger With Few Conflicts

Katelyn Polantz and Julie Triedman : The National Law Journal : January 27, 2014

Leaders of Patton Boggs and Squire Sanders on Tuesday called their firms' merger, announced four days ago, a "game changer" built on the ability to represent clients in multiple countries.

Hogan Lovells Recognized For Pro Bono Work

Julie Kay : Daily Business Review : January 23, 2014

Hogan Lovells takes top honors for donating 4,000 hours of pro bono work to the Miami-Dade public defender's office in the past year.

Donziger Filing Puts Squire Sanders, Patton Boggs Merger in Limbo

Katelyn Polantz and Julie Triedman : The Litigation Daily : January 23, 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.

Children's Advocacy Bill Awaits Governor's Signature

Adolfo Pesquera : Daily Business Review : January 22, 2014

Special-needs kids in dependency court would get the right to an attorney on a bill before the governor, but state funding is scarce.

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.

$430 million storage deal for 44 properties a family affair

Review staff : Daily Business Review : January 16, 2014

The Churn: Patton, Squire Make Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Squire Sanders and Patton Boggs add lawyers as their merger talks move toward a resolution, Troutman opens in Charlotte and bankruptcy boutiques get busy.

Are Search Engine Results Protected Speech?

Richard Raysman and Peter Brown : New York Law Journal : January 13, 2014

In their Technology Law column, Richard Raysman and Peter Brown discuss a recent Southern District holding that a search engine had the right to exclude certain types of content from its results, two other decisions holding that search-engine results are protected speech, and the thought-provoking debate among legal academics on the topic.

Proceedings of Kana Aoki

: New York Law Journal : January 12, 2014

Decedent's Surviving Spouse's Motion To Disqualify Co-Trustee's Law Firm Is Denied

Holland & Knight Team Advises Interval On $190M Hyatt Timeshare Acquisition

Samantha Joseph : Daily Business Review : January 12, 2014

Tammy Knight worked with Bill Sherman and another Holland & Knight colleague in Washington to advise Miami-based Interval Leisure Group on the $190 million acquisition of Hyatt's timeshare business.

Robin Rosenbaum Unanimously Confirmed For Federal Appellate Court

John Pacenti : Daily Business Review : January 12, 2014

Robin Rosenbaum was confirmed by the U.S. Senate 91-0, capping a stellar rise from federal magistrate to district court judge to judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Amici Briefs From Firms Fault 'Unfinished Business' Doctrine

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : January 12, 2014

A dozen prominent law firms are urging the Court of Appeals to declare as impractical the practice of allowing bankruptcy trustees to pursue profits from matters that partners carry from defunct firms to their new firms, and to find it contrary to nearly a thousand years of legal principle.

Holland & Knight Expands Bogota Office

Julie Kay : Daily Business Review : January 05, 2014

Holland & Knight is adding 13 attorneys in its Bogota office, significantly expanding its Latin American presence.

D.C. Law Firms Lag Behind the 'Super Rich' from New York

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : January 05, 2014

The top Washington law firms remained clustered far behind the nation's richest firms last year, according to The American Lawyer.

Review 100

Review staff : Daily Business Review : January 02, 2014

Passing down the reins. Our annual survey of law firms with a major Florida presence looks at succession planning and how law firms are transitioning clients to younger partners.

The Churn: Covington Adds EU Competition Head, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 02, 2014

Covington hires Clifford Chance partner Johan Ysewyn in Brussels to head its European competition practice while another partner returns to the fold.

Passing Down The Law Firm's Reins

Julie Kay : Daily Business Review : January 02, 2014

Succession planning for law firms and their clients is vital to ensure continued operations when a founding partner dies. However, some small firms refuse to talk about a change in control.

Review 100: Akerman Still Tops Among Florida's Biggest Firms

Julie Kay : Daily Business Review : January 02, 2014

Akerman, Greenberg Traurig and Holland & Knight remained the top three law firms in numbers of attorneys in 2014 based on the Review 100 annual survey of Florida's top law firms.

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.

Online Hotel Tax Hits Florida Supreme Court

Adolfo Pesquera : Daily Business Review : January 01, 2014

The Florida Supreme Court hears arguments on taxing hotel room rentals by online travel companies.

Four Firms Advise on Two Big Breakups

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

Wachtell, Cravath, Bryan Cave and Hogan Lovells handle corporate splits at Energizer and Alliant Techsystems.

Rule Restricts Access to Data in Surrogate Court Filings

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : January 29, 2014

Despite objections that it is too broad, state court administrators have adopted a new rule intended to to combat identify theft by limiting access to information contained Surrogate's Court filings.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 28, 2014

Legal industry job changes in our nation's capital.

AMERICAN RED CROSS

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

Making sure employees behave ethically and follow the law is hard enough for any company, but the American Red Cross also manages hundreds of thousands of volunteers.

Race Question on Hold

Marcia Coyle : The National Law Journal : January 28, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision upholding Michigan's ban on race preferences in college admissions was predictable, according to court experts. Less predictable is what will follow.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 28, 2014

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

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.

Blogger Enjoys Protections Of News Media

Noreen Marcus : Daily Business Review : January 28, 2014

The Fifth District Court of Appeal granted protection to an online blogger in a defamation case.

The Churn: FTC Lawyer Joins Weil, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Weil adds Jeffrey Perry, assistant director of the FTC's competition bureau, in Washington, D.C.

DC Lateral Moves

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 25, 2014

This week's lateral moves in the D.C. legal market include a new solo practice from a Justice Department lawyer, a contruction and government-contract group joining Peckar & Abramson and a partner added to Manatt, Phelps & Phillips' health care practice.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 21, 2014

Three firms announce new additions, while Eckert Seamans and the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Eastern District announce promotions.

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.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 14, 2014

Legal industry job changes in our nation's capital.

Attorney Fees Denial May Head To Florida Supreme Court

Adolfo Pesquera : Daily Business Review : January 11, 2014

The Florida Times-Union has asked the state Supreme Court to review a First District decision denying its legal fees in a case it won.

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.

Do Claims Resulting From a Data Breach Have Any Success in Court?

Richard Raysman and Peter Brown : New York Law Journal : January 08, 2014

In their Privacy Matters column, Richard Raysman, a partner at Holland & Knight, and Peter Brown, the principal at Peter Brown & Associates, discuss several pressing issues in the rapidly evolving area of law responsive to data breaches, including: litigating class action claims following a breach of consumer personal data; instances of settlement of data breach claims; and particularized data breach claims that arise after an involuntary divulgence of medical records.

Newsmakers: Week of April 7

: Texas Lawyer : January 07, 2014

Michael Beckelman has been named deputy regional managing partner of the Houston office of Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker. Plus more new positions, appointments, awards and honors.

A Slimmer Patton Boggs Draws Looks

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : January 07, 2014

The end of March brought another flurry of change at Patton Boggs, as several partners in Dallas decamped to McGuireWoods and a New York judge ruled that Chevron Corp. can sue the firm for alleged misconduct.

Terrence Russell Named Partner at Holland & Knight

Julie Kay : Daily Business Review : January 31, 2014

Former Florida Bar president Terrence Russell has joined Holland & Knight as a partner in the firm's Fort Lauderdale and Jacksonville offices.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 31, 2014

Legal industry job changes in our nation's capital.

DC Lateral Moves

: Legal Times : January 31, 2014

A Native American affairs director from the White House moves to Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, Mayer Brown grabs a Kirkland & Ellis partner in white collar, and Northern Virginia's Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald lost lawyers to a start-up firm.Here's the roundup of Washington-area hires and promotions announced in the fourth week of March.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 31, 2014

Randy Aoyama joins Hinshaw & Culbertson as partner in the Phoenix office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Miami Seaquarium Sold To California Attractions Operator

Samantha Joseph : Daily Business Review : January 28, 2014

Wometco Enterprises has agreed to sell Miami Seaquarium to a California attractions operator for an undisclosed sum.

Patton Boggs Says Latest Partner Departures 'Not Material to the Firm'

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 28, 2014

A handful of partners left Patton Boggs this month, including a Washington-based head of a litigation group and at least four lawyers in Dallas, as the firm continues to implement downsizing and explores a potential merger with Squire Sanders.

Justices Follow State Bar in Splitting Over Majette Action

Kathleen Baydala Joyner : Daily Report : January 28, 2014

The state Supreme Court's split decision to disbar a former judge and member of Congress mirrored a division among bar discipline authorities.

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.

Gunster Duo Joins Holland & Knight

Julie Kay : Daily Business Review : January 24, 2014

Holland & Knight will beef up its financial services practice group in Miami with the addition of Andres Fernandez and Gabriel Caballero from Gunster.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Norberto Quintana joins Holland & Knight's financial-services practice as partner in the New York office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

INADMISSIBLE: Robert Strauss Dies at 95

: The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

"One of the legendary lawyers that really don't exist anymore." That's how Hogan Lovells partner Robert Bennett described Robert Strauss, who died March 19 at the age of 95. Plus more in this week's column.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Legal industry job changes in our nation's capital.

DC Lateral Moves Roundup

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 21, 2014

Proskauer Rose and Miles & Stockbridge grabbed lawyers from Crowell & Moring. A partner left Williams & Connolly for Zuckerman Spaeder. And a bankrupcty group went to Baker Donelson.

Comcast Adds Two Antitrust Lobbyists Ahead of Merger Hearing

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 20, 2014

Comcast Corp. has added two top former Capitol Hill antitrust counsels to its lobbying group ahead of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing next month on the company's plan to merge with Time Warner Cable.

Suits Test Reach of Antitrust Laws Over Caps on College Athletes' Pay

Mary Pat Gallagher : New Jersey Law Journal : January 19, 2014

Putative class actions in California and New Jersey are testing whether college sports organizations are big businesses whose limits on payments to amateur athletes violate antitrust laws.

The Churn: Foley Snags Weil's Boston Leader, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 18, 2014

Weil Gotshal's latest lateral defector is the managing partner of the firm's Boston office; Pillsbury lands two transportation finance partners from DLA Piper in London; and a former senior federal prosecutor heads to Sidley.

The Churn: Holland & Knight Scatters Five Partner Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2014

Holland & Knight adds two partners in Tampa and individual partners in Miami, New York and San Francisco; Burr & Forman welcomes four health care attorneys in Birmingham; and two energy and natural resources partners move to Husch Blackwell's Denver office.

Regulatory Guidance on Outsourcing

Richard Raysman and Peter Brown : New York Law Journal : January 11, 2014

In their Technology Law column, Richard Raysman, a partner at Holland & Knight, and Peter Brown, the principal at Peter Brown & Associates, write about the recent OCC and Federal Reserve advice for banks and other financial institutions; the intent of the CFPB to monitor service provider relationships; and, a case illustrating the need for compliance with OCC administrative guidance.

Banco Popular

Brendan Pierson : New York Law Journal : January 10, 2014

Banco Popular North America's in-house legal department knows how to do more with less. With only three attorneys, two paralegals and one administrative assistant, the department maintains close relationships with about a dozen outside law firms while keeping legal matters in-house as much as possible to control costs.

NEW PARTNERS: Everything You Wanted to Know About Making Partner, But Didn't Ask

Mary Welch | Special to the Daily Report : Daily Report : January 10, 2014

As senior associates, they may work on multimillion-dollar deals or complex litigation issues without breaking a sweat.

NYS Thruway Authority

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

Despite having only nine attorneys in the Thruway Authority in-house department, chief counsel William Estes said a small department can offer and support flexible schedules that benefit both employer and employee.

Patton Boggs Will Survive, Even With More Reductions, Managing Partner Says

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : January 07, 2014

Nearly two dozen Patton Boggs partners will leave the firm in the coming months, while those who intend to stay have pledged allegiance to management as they tackle a possible merger and continue to revamp the Washington-based law and lobbying brand. Edward Newberry, Patton Boggs managing partner, said Friday that his firm would survive—healthy and profitable.

Unanimous Florida Supreme Court: Become Legal First, Then Get Law License

Adolfo Pesquera : Daily Business Review : January 06, 2014

The Florida Supreme Court won't allow undocumented immigrants to obtain Florida Bar licenses.

New Partners Yearbook 2014

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 06, 2014

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

ON THE MOVE: Peck Shaffer's Atlanta Office Relocates to Butler Snow

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 05, 2014

The Atlanta office of public finance boutique Peck Shaffer & Williams has joined Butler Snow, based in Jackson, Miss. Jerry Peterson, David Williams and Blake Sharpton, who is in Macon, joined Butler Snow as partners on Feb. 1. Ashton Bligh joined as an associate.

The Churn: Dentons Continues Heenan Blaikie Hiring, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2014

Dentons hires a total of 46 attorneys from failed Canada firm Heenan Blaikie; Akerman adds three new litigators in its month-old Chicago office; and a former White House adviser joins Akin Gump.

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.

New Partners 2013-2014

: Daily Business Review : January 03, 2014

The listing is based on submissions from area law firms that responded to a DBR survey.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 28, 2014

Five firms have announced additions, while Holland & Knight and Bracewell & Giuliani have elevated new partners.

News Partners 2014: BigLaw's Brass Ring Gets Harder To Grasp

Julie Kay : Daily Business Review : January 28, 2014

Industry experts and some BigLaw managers say it's becoming increasingly difficult to make partner, causing many associates to look for jobs at smaller firms or go in-house.

See What Circuit Judge Obama Nominated To Federal Bench

John Pacenti : Daily Business Review : January 27, 2014

President Obama has nominated Palm Beach Circuit Judge Robin Rosenberg to the federal bench.

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.

ON THE MOVE: 2 K&S Bond Lawyers Go to Holland & Knight

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 26, 2014

Bond lawyers Woodrow W. "Woody" Vaughan III and Allison Dyer have left King & Spalding for Holland & Knight. Vaughan joined as partner and Dyer as senior counsel.

The Churn: 14-Lawyer Team Joins Lewis Brisbois, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 21, 2014

Lewis Brisbois launches a new office near Philadelphia with a team of 14 laterals, including eight partners, from Nelson Levine; Pfizer's assistant general counsel heads to Paul Hastings; and O'Melveny's London office adds a Kirkland M&A partner.

The Churn: MoFo Lands Judge Peck, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 19, 2014

MoFo hires the federal bankruptcy judge who oversaw Lehman Brothers' Chapter 11 case; nine securitization and structured finance attorneys leave Jones Day to join Chapman and Cutler; and Latham adds its third private equity partner from Clifford Chance in the past year.

The Legality of Searches of Cell Phones Seized During Arrests

Richard Raysman and Peter Brown : New York Law Journal : January 11, 2014

In their Privacy Matters column, Richard Raysman, a partner at Holland & Knight, and Peter Brown, the principal at Peter Brown & Associates, describe the historical background and recent relevant Fourth Amendment jurisprudence on "searches incident to arrest"; describe the two cases that are to be argued forthcoming at the Supreme Court; and posit analysis and predictions on the outcomes of the case based on precedents, the ideological makeup of the court, and the policy implications.

Inadmissible: Don't (P)isrespect the Alamo

: Texas Lawyer : January 10, 2014

Why is urinating on the Alamo such a big deal from a legal perspective? Chapter 28 of the Texas Penal Code makes it a state jail felony to deface a public monument or place of human burial.

The Churn: L&E Defections at Paul Hastings, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2014

Three New York–based Paul Hastings labor and employment partners jump to Proskauer Rose, and a fourth joins Ogletree in Atlanta; Foley & Lardner adds two partners and an of counsel in Miami; and a Kirkland partner becomes chair of Winston & Strawn's West Coast private equity practice.

Holland & Knight Beefs Up Revenue, Profits

Julie Kay : Daily Business Review : January 04, 2014

Holland & Knight saw solid growth in 2013 with gross revenue up 5 percent and an 8 percent boost in profit per partner.

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.

Judge Robin Rosenberg Reviewed For Federal Bench

John Pacenti : Daily Business Review : January 30, 2014

Robin Rosenberg is in line for a Fort Pierce seat after U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio blocked the nomination of Miami-Dade Circuit Judge William Thomas, who was in line to become the first openly gay, African-American federal judge.

Tex Parte: Daniel Stewart leaves V&E to build bankruptcy practice at Patton Boggs

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 30, 2014

Delay Continues on U.S. Judges

R. Robin McDonald : Daily Report : January 29, 2014

More than a month after President Obama nominated six candidates to federal judicial posts in Georgia, the state's two Republican senators have yet to return "blue slips" signaling their approval to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, a committee aide said.

ON THE MOVE: Weinstock Immigration Firm Opens

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 29, 2014

Karen Weinstock has opened her own immigration law firm, Weinstock Immigration Lawyers. The new firm is made up of the former Atlanta office of Memphis-based immigration firm Siskind Susser, where Weinstock had worked since 2001 and was the local managing partner.

Week of Jan. 27

: Texas Lawyer : January 27, 2014

Scott M. McElhaney, a partner in Jackson Walker, has been elected president of the Dallas Bar Association for 2014. Plus more new positions, appointments, awards and honors.

Florida Bar To Recognize Pro Bono Service

Julie Kay : Daily Business Review : January 27, 2014

At a ceremony Jan. 30, The Florida Bar will honor lawyers, judges and legal organizations for their pro bono service, including Akerman partner Karen Meyer Buesing, who will receive the Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award.

McDonnell Turns to Big Name Defenders

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : January 27, 2014

Former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, accused of illegally accepting payments in exchange for promoting a dietary supplement company, are fighting back with big-name Washington-area white-collar lawyers on their defense.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 24, 2014

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

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.