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K&L Gates LLP

  • Designation: Pittsburgh
  • Head Count: 1,720
  • Gross Revenues: $1,060,500,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $615,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $900,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -1

K&L Gates represents a combination, effective January 1, 2007, of the Pittsburgh-based Kirkpatrick & Lockhart and Seattle-based Preston Gates & Ellis. Prior to the merger, Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham was a national firm itself formed from the merger between Kirkpatrick & Lockhart and British firm Nicholson Graham & Jones, effective January 1, 2005. Furthermore, in January, 2008, the firm also acquired Dallas, Texas-based Hughes & Luce. As of July 1, 2008, K&L Gates merged with former Charlotte, North Carolina-based firm Kennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman. Effective March 1, 2009, K&L Gates merged with Bell, Boyd & Lloyd. The firm now has attorneys practicing out of thirty-six offices. According to the National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250 rankings of firms based on size, the firm had 1,763 attorneys, making it the eighth largest law firm in the United States. In terms of revenue, the firm was ranked 16th on The American Lawyer's 2011 Am Law 100 rankings of U.S. law firms, with gross revenue of $1,055,500,000 in 2010. K&L Gates has ranked in the top 75 of the annual Am Law 100 rankings since 1986. In the 2011 Global 100 survey, the firm ranked as the 20th highest grossing law firm in the world. Pre-merger, Bell, Boyd & Lloyd ranked 173rd on The American Lawyer's 2009 Am Law 100 rankings with gross revenues of $129,000,000 in 2008. K&L Gates is a business and corporate law firm specializing in financial litigation. The firm is organized into six core areas of practice: corporate and transactional, financial services, intellectual property, litigation and dispute resolution, real estate, and policy and regulatory.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 18 -1 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 18 -1 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 8 0 Lawyer head count
The A-List NR N/A Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 134 -10 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 115 -6 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 105 20 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 51 6 Summer programs

In the News

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.

K&L Gates Adds Beijing Partner

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 31, 2014

Frank Voon was previously a counsel with Allen & Overy.

Saul Ewing Revenue Up 5.3 Percent, RPL Down 0.9 Percent

Zack Needles : The Legal Intelligencer : January 31, 2014

Saul Ewing saw its gross revenue grow by 5.3 percent but its revenue per lawyer (RPL) dip by 0.9 percent in 2013, a year in which the firm increased its overall headcount by 14 lawyers.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 31, 2014

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

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.

Avaya Stung With $20M Verdict for Attempt To Corner Service Market

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 28, 2014

A federal jury in Camden, N.J., finds telephone manufacturer Avaya Inc. attempted to set up a monopoly and tagged it with a $20 million verdict—an amount that will be trebled to $60 million as per antitrust statutes.

Preservation Costs: How Much Are Companies Spending?

Sherry Karabin : Law Technology News : January 27, 2014

New study takes a systematic look at preservation expenses across a wide sample of businesses

After Hours

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 27, 2014

Extracurricular activities.

K&L Gates Adds Tokyo Partner

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 18, 2014

Philip Hyde was formerly head of the finance practice in Hogan Lovells' Tokyo office.

Big Firms Wait on Sidelines as West Slaps Russia With Sanctions

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

The Obama administration and European Union announced sanctions Monday against several key individuals with ties to the Kremlin, just one day before President Vladimir Putin said he would accept Crimea's bid to join the Russian Federation. Caught in the middle are several top international and Am Law 100 firms, whose Moscow offices could be adversely affected. should the schism between East and West become more pronounced. Amid the uncertainty, two big Russian M&A deals yielded roles this week for four Magic Circle firms.

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.

Outside Counsel Management: Brunswick Corp.

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Brunswick Corp. general counsel Kristin Coleman has a customized playbook for each type of legal matter the $3.9 billion company hands off to outside counsel.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Legal industry job changes in our nation's capital.

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.

The Churn: Akin, Simpson Add Houston Partners, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 11, 2014

Akin picks up Baker & McKenzie's former North America oil and gas chair and Simpson hires an M&A partner from Baker Botts, both in Houston; Reed Smith welcomes two regulatory partners, in Chicago and Washington, D.C.; and K&L Gates lands new partners in Milan and Washington, D.C.

The Asian Lawyer All-Star Awards

Anthony Lin : The Asian Lawyer : January 10, 2014

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

New Partners Yearbook 2014

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 06, 2014

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

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

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

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

Plaintiffs Bar Hits Back at Chamber Class Action Study

Andrew Ramonas : Corporate Counsel : January 04, 2014

Attorneys representing plaintiffs question the objectivity of the study's authors and sponsor.

K&L Gates Hires Sydney Partner

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 03, 2014

Former Henry Davis York partner Elizabeth Gray has joined the firm's investment management practice.

In-House Counsel Profile: Potbelly Corp.'s Matthew Revord

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

Matthew Revord joined Potbelly in 2007 and remained its sole attorney until senior counsel Bahi Okupa joined to assist with the company's initial public offering.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Cadwalader Revenues Tick Up While PPP Drops

Julie Triedman and Christine Simmons : The Am Law Daily : January 03, 2014

Attributing the dip to delayed payments and to market volatility, Cadwalader posted a slight decline in profitability last year. But revenues were up for a third straight year.

Newsmakers: Week of March 3

: Texas Lawyer : January 03, 2014

Claire Parsons, formerly of counsel at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker in Houston, has been named a partner in the firm. Plus more new positions, appointments, awards and honors.

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.

Objection to K&L Gates, Le-Nature's Accord Withdrawn

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 27, 2014

Less than 24 hours after the trustee for Le-Nature's said an accounting firm's objection to his $23.75 million settlement with K&L Gates was unfounded, the objection has been withdrawn.

Shea v. American Honda Motor Co.: $6.9M to Roofer

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 27, 2014

A Burlington County jury's $6.9 million award to a worker electrocuted on a warehouse roof was the largest workplace injury recovery of 2013.

Co-Defendant Opposes K&L Gates, Le-Nature's Accord

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 25, 2014

Pascarella & Wiker, the accounting firm that was sued along with K&L Gates by the trustee of bankrupt Le-Nature's, has opposed a $23.75 million settlement between the law firm and the trustee.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

K&L Gates Revenue Up 9.3 Percent, RPL Down 5 Percent

Zack Needles : The Legal Intelligencer : January 24, 2014

After remaining flat between 2011 and 2012, Pittsburgh-based K&L Gates saw its revenue grow by about 9.3 percent in 2013, a year that saw the firm's financials impacted significantly by its Jan. 1, 2013, merger with Australia-based Middletons.

Pa. Firms: Accounting Changes Could Cost Legal Industry Billions

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 19, 2014

While law firms are increasingly modeling their business practices after their clients', one they have not been interested in mimicking is the accrual method of accounting.

Pa. Firms: Accounting Changes Could Cost Legal Industry Billions

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 18, 2014

While law firms are increasingly modeling their business practices after their clients', one they have not been interested in mimicking is the accrual method of accounting. But it may be coming.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Goodwin Procter Enjoys Record Year

Ross Todd : The Am Law Daily : January 18, 2014

Gross revenues for Goodwin Procter were up 5 percent in 2013, according to The American Lawyer's reporting. Revenue per lawyer was up 6.5 percent while profits per equity partner grew 7 percent, topping the firm's past financial performance. Average compensation for all partners rose by nearly 8 percent, also a new high at Goodwin.

Newsmakers: Week of Feb. 17

: Texas Lawyer : January 17, 2014

Robert C. Wendland has been hired as general counsel of the Dallas County Community College District. Plus more new positions, appointments, awards and honors.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

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

The Churn: Milbank, Shearman Land Securities Litigators, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2014

A string of New York securities litigators are on the move; Bingham loses two Los Angeles–based lawyers to Winston and a partner in San Francisco to Manatt; and a former U.S. ambassador rejoins Jones Day.

Asia Deal Digest: February 13, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 13, 2014

* Singapore's Puma Energy turns to Cleary for a $750 million notes issue in Luxembourg* Skadden advises Chinese SOE on Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise acquisition* Maddocks and Stikeman Elliott on the $479 million acquisition of an Aussie dairy products company

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 10, 2014

Patricia Hennessy joins Conrad O'Brien as co-chairwoman of the education law group in the West Chester, Pa., office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

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.

DLA's New Coleader Discusses Firm's Leadership Change

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2014

A little more than two years after DLA Piper hired former Linklaters managing partner Tony Angel, the esteemed law firm leader is poised to step down as global cochair of the world's largest firm by gross revenue and head count. During Angel's time at the top of DLA, the legal services giant restructured its U.K. operations and absorbed an Australian alliance partner. Roger Meltzer, the cohead of DLA's Americas arm who will take the leadership helm with Nigel Knowles in 2015, spoke with The Am Law Daily about the succession plan and DLA's future initiatives.

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.

Corrections

: The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Andrea Barach joins Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz's business department as partner in the Nashville office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Your Career: Merger Mania

Sandy Lechtick : The Recorder : January 31, 2014

In this post-recession economy, partners should really understand where their firm is headed and what that means for them, writes recruiter Sandy Lechtick.

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

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

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

Pa. Supreme Court Takes Up $80 Mil. Indemnification Case

Zack Needles : The Legal Intelligencer : January 30, 2014

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments over whether two insurers should be on the hook to indemnify a company for more than $80 million it paid to settle claims over radiation exposure.

DLA Piper Adds Partner In Wilmington Office

: Delaware Law Weekly : January 29, 2014

Christina Houston joined DLA Piper's corporate and finance practice as a partner in the firm's Wilmington office.

K&L Gates Aims to Settle Malpractice Case for $23.8 Mil.

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 29, 2014

K&L Gates has agreed to settle a $500 million legal malpractice case filed against it by the trustee of defunct beverage manufacturer Le-Nature's for $23.75 million, according to a proposed settlement agreement filed in the Le-Nature's bankruptcy

The Churn: Dechert and MoFo's Revolving Door, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 28, 2014

Morrison & Foerster hires the Justice Department's top Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcer Charles Duross, while Dechert's white-collar and securities litigation cochair Benjamin Rosenberg is poised to leave his firm to become the New York County District Attorney's Office's next general counsel. Meanwhile, a Paul Weiss litigation partner is headed for the nonprofit sector. .

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 27, 2014

Orrin Harrison III joins Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank as partner in the Dallas office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

K&L Gates Adds Hong Kong Partner

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 24, 2014

Greg Heaton was previously a partner in Hong Kong with Deacons.

Partners for Women and Justice Thank Volunteer Attorneys

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Notice to the bar.

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.

Asia Deal Digest: January 23, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 23, 2014

* S&C, Simpson on Anheuser-Busch InBev's $5.8 billion repurchase of Korea's Oriental Brewery from PE shops* Simpson, S&C again on a $2.5 billion Mitsubishi Motors share sale* Linklaters advises Hong Kong conglomerate Jardine Matheson on an investment in car dealerships in China

The Bankruptcy Files: Freedom Taps McGuireWoods for Chapter 11

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 21, 2014

McGuireWoods is advising Freedom Industries, the company responsible for a recent chemical spill that prompted drinking water bans that affected 300,000 West Virginians, on its Chapter 11 filing. Meanwhile, Skadden and Kirkland are dominating the market on bankruptcy work amid a dearth of large filings and the latter is among the Am Law 100 firms handling out-of-court restructurings for clients like Altegrity, Brookstone and M*Modal.

T-Mobile US Inc.

Lisa Holton : The National Law Journal : January 20, 2014

INADMISSIBLE: Steptoe & Johnson Selects New Chairman

: The National Law Journal : January 20, 2014

As the new executive committee chairman of Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Philip West aims to sharpen the firm's image and build key practice areas — but he's on the fence about whether a merger makes sense. Plus more in this week's column.

CIVIL ACTIONS

: The National Law Journal : January 20, 2014

Marvell Loses Bid To Slash $1.17 Bil. Patent Verdict

Ross Todd : The American Lawyer : January 17, 2014

Lawyers at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan keep hitting a brick wall in their efforts to undo—or at least reduce—a $1.17 billion damages verdict against their client Marvell Technology Group in a patent battle with Carnegie Mellon University.

K&L Gates Hires Partner in Singapore

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 16, 2014

Siew Kam Boon is joining K&L Gates from the Singapore office of O'Melveny & Myers, where she was a counsel.

Marvell Loses Bid to Slash Patent Mega-Verdict

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 15, 2014

Lawyers at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan keep hitting a brick wall in their efforts to undo—or at least reduce—a whopping $1.17 billion damages verdict against their client Marvell Technology Group in a patent battle with Carnegie Mellon University.

The Churn: Chadbourne Adds 'Deep Throat' Lawyer, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

A former Manatt Phelps partner in Washington, D.C., with ties to Watergate figures joins Chadbourne; Hinshaw & Culbertson makes a group hire from an IP boutique in Chicago; and Orrick lands two Bingham entertainment trial lawyers in Los Angeles.

Brits Bag Lead on Big Engineering Merger

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

Magic Circle firms Linklaters and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer are advising on a proposed $3.2 billion cash-and-stock takeover of Swiss oilfield services and power equipment maker Foster Wheeler by British engineering giant Amec.

New Chairman at Steptoe Eyes the Future

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 13, 2014

With just over 400 lawyers, Steptoe & Johnson LLP is neither large nor small, not wildly profitable or struggling to get by. For new executive committee chairman Philip West, who took the helm Jan. 1, the question now is whether being in the middle is enough.

Making Expansion Into Asia Profitable a Tricky Business

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 13, 2014

As many Am Law 200 firms look beyond mainland China to Asian markets less populated by U.S. law firms, Duane Morris is entering the country for the first time with its planned Shanghai location.

New Chairman at Steptoe Eyes the Future

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : January 13, 2014

With just over 400 lawyers, Steptoe & Johnson LLP is neither large nor small, not wildly profitable or struggling to get by. For new executive committee chairman Philip West, who took the helm Jan. 1, the question now is whether being in the middle is enough.

Judge Resolves Trademark Suit Over E-Filing System's Name

Angela Morris : Texas Lawyer : January 11, 2014

A federal judge has granted an agreed motion to dismiss a company's trademark-infringement suit against the operator of eFileTexas.gov, the state's new electronic-filing system for court documents.

K&L Gates Adds Pair of Tokyo Partners

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 09, 2014

Takahiro Hoshino and Takahiro Tsumagari are joining the firm's commercial disputes and real estate practices, respectively.

No Basis Found for Avaya's Claims Of Illicit Hacking of Phone Systems

Mary Pat Gallagher : New Jersey Law Journal : January 08, 2014

A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed claims by communications provider Avaya that its customers' systems were hacked into by its former contractors to gain access to proprietary software.

Study: Law Firms Shouldn't Chase Growth Just to Grow

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2014

Georgetown Law's Center for the Study of the Legal Profession suggests in a recently released report that law firms don't do enough strategic thinking when considering whether to execute mergers.

Baker Botts Dialed In for Liberty on Sirius XM Bid

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

Liberty Media Corp., the holding company controlled by cable magnate John Malone, has turned again to its frequent outside counsel at Baker Botts for representation on its proposed bid to buy the 48 percent of Sirius XM Holdings it doesn't already own in a roughly $10 billion all-stock deal that values the satellite radio company at $27 billion.

The Asia 50

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 06, 2014

The Asian Lawyer presents our second annual survey of the Asia Pacific region's largest law firms, both international and domestic.

New Deals

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

Pharmaceutical M&A got a late-year shot in the arm, with nearly $10 billion in deals being announced involving major industry players like AstraZeneca and Bayer as 2013 came to a close.

The Legal's Most-Read Stories of 2013

Ben Seal : The Legal Intelligencer : January 30, 2013

Here are the 10 most-read stories we published this year, with links and a brief passage from each, beginning with an impassioned essay from our Young Lawyer Editorial Board.

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

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

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

For Large Law Firms, 2013 Was a Year of Expansion, Pseudo-Mergers

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 24, 2013

For Pennsylvania's large law firms, 2013 was a year of office expansion and pseudo-mergers.

After Hours

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 20, 2013

Extracurricular Activities.

Largest Carriers Agree to Unlock Phones

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Law Technology News : January 20, 2013

The Federal Communications Commission and the Wireless Association recently announced five major U.S. carriers have agreed to allow the unlocking of certain phones and tablets.

Newsmakers - Dec. 16

: Texas Lawyer : January 16, 2013

Jeff M. Dobbs, Jonathan B. Judkowitz and Andrew Stanger have been promoted to partners in Mayer Brown in Houston, effective Jan. 1, 2014. Plus more new positions, appointments, awards and honors.

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 16, 2013

Delphine Brown joins Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider's intellectual property group as partner in the New York office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Saiber Merging With Marcus Brody, Bulking Up Its Transactional Practice

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 13, 2013

Saiber, a midsized New Jersey litigation firm, announces that it will merge with transactional boutique Marcus, Brody, Ford & Kessler effective Jan. 1.

Asia Deal Digest: December 12, 2013

Quiteria Leung : The Asian Lawyer : January 12, 2013

* Total goes in-house for a $3.6 billion New Guinea oil and gas deal* Freshfields takes the lead on planned $2.8 billion China Everbright Bank IPO* Allens and Clifford Chance on $1 billion U.S.-China lithium joint venture

Parties Can Contract Out of Right to LLC's Judicial Dissolution

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 11, 2013

In one of the first challenges to the recent amendments to Delaware's LLC Act, the state's Court of Chancery has ruled that parties forming a limited liability company can contract out of the right to judicial dissolution. The court issued the opinion when it rejected a plaintiff's motion to seek judicial dissolution, a default right under the LLC Act, because the entity's formation agreement specifically eschewed that right.

Amphastar Hit for Discovery Violations in Patent Dispute

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : January 10, 2013

A Boston federal magistrate judge has ruled that Amphastar Pharmaceuticals must pay opponent Momenta Pharmaceuticals legal fees in a dispute over Amphastar's failure to produce court-ordered documents.

Jump in IPOs Means a Boost For Corporate Lawyers in 2013

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 10, 2013

Corporate practices may not be in the midst of a booming fourth-quarter M&A market like the one that marked the end of 2012, but they have had a bright spot in 2013 thanks to the spate of IPO filings throughout the year.

Amphastar Hit for Discovery Violations in Patent Dispute

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : January 09, 2013

A Boston federal magistrate judge has ruled that Amphastar Pharmaceuticals Inc. must pay opponent Momenta Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s legal fees in a dispute over Amphastar's failure to produce court-ordered documents.

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 09, 2013

Abbie Maliniak joins Davis Wright Tremaine's health care practice as of counsel to the Los Angeles office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Is the Natural Gas Industry in Pa. Creating More Legal Work?

Zack Needles : The Legal Intelligencer : January 06, 2013

While there is currently debate over whether the rise of the natural gas industry in Pennsylvania has created as many jobs as some had originally projected, there is little disagreement among attorneys and legal recruiters that there is, at the moment, plenty of legal work flowing from the drilling industry and, as a consequence, steady demand for oil and gas lawyers.

Culture Shift, Technology Lead to Staff Cuts

Zack Needles : The Legal Intelligencer : January 06, 2013

In the wake of recent support-staff reductions at Duane Morris, K&L Gates and other large firms, consultants and recruiters said more of these types of cuts are expected as firms seek to increase profits and shifts in technology gradually phase out the need for traditional clerical functions.

Angry Birds Topple Golf Club Maker in Trademark Battle

John Pacenti : Daily Business Review : January 04, 2013

A Miami federal judge ruled in favor of Rovio Entertainment Ltd., the developer of the Angry Birds game, in ordering golf club manufacturer to stop using a similar logo.

Federal Judge Marcia Cooke Grants Permanent Injunction Against Key Biscayne Golf Club Maker

John Pacenti : Daily Business Review : January 03, 2013

The Miami federal judge has ruled in favor of developer of the Angry Birds game in ordering golf club manufacturer to stop using a similar logo.

Few Law Grads Finding Jobs Through Online Match Service

Sara Randazzo : The American Lawyer : January 03, 2013

Widely praised when it launched two years ago, JD Match has so far had little impact on recruiting.

The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 03, 2013

Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi hires The Beatles' longtime U.S. lawyer; a former U.S. ambassador to Australia rejoins Munger, Tolles & Olson; and Sidley Austin hires two new partners. .

2014 Forecast: Pa. Firms Will Likely Grind It Out Again

Hank Grezlak : The Legal Intelligencer : January 02, 2013

The best that most Pennsylvania law firms can expect in terms of revenue growth in 2014 is between 3 and 7 percent, according to a review of both local and national surveys, as well as several years' worth of reported financials and discussions with longtime legal industry observers.

O'Melveny Adjusts to Changing Asia Market

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 02, 2013

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

Few Law Grads Finding Jobs Through Online Match Service

Sara Randazzo : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2013

Widely praised when it launched two years ago, JD Match has so far had little impact on recruiting.

TexFile Becoming eFileTexas After Trademark Suit Filed

Angela Morris : Texas Lawyer : January 02, 2013

If the state's new electronic-filing system for court documents were a person, it might be asking, "Who am I?" Partly because of a trademark-infringement suit, TexFile.com will become eFileTexas.gov on Dec. 6.

Bankruptcies In Decline, Law Firms Recast their Nets

Julie Kay : Daily Business Review : January 29, 2013

Some South Florida law firms are feeling the pinch from a steep decline in bankruptcy filings, while others are keeping busy with litigation and international opportunities.

Texas E-Filing System: What's in a Name?

Angela Morris : Texas Lawyer : January 26, 2013

If the state's new electronic-filing system for court documents were a person, it might be asking, "Who am I?" Partly because of a trademark-infringement suit, TexFile.com will become eFileTexas.gov on Dec. 6.

PLW - People in the News - November 26, 2013

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 26, 2013

Joel L. Frank, managing partner and executive committee chairman of Lamb McErlane, was elected to serve as chair of the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry.

Strong Fourth Quarter Buoyed Firm Finances in 2012

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 26, 2013

When it came through 2012's financial performance, Pennsylvania's largest law firms saw everything from small to double-digit rises in most of the key metrics.

Texas' New E-Filing System Changes Name Due to Lawsuit

Angela Morris : Texas Lawyer : January 22, 2013

If the state's new electronic-filing system for court documents were a person, it might be asking, "Who am I?" Partly because of a trademark-infringement suit, TexFile.com will become eFileTexas.gov on Dec. 6.

Lobbying Group Officially Drops 'Lobbyists' From Name

Andrew Ramonas : Corporate Counsel : January 21, 2013

The Association of Government Relations Professionals had its coming-out party after the lobbying trade group announced it had officially dropped its original name, the American League of Lobbyists.

Pennsylvania Firms Rank High on Client Service List

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 20, 2013

Three of Pennsylvania's largest law firms also appear to be some of the most highly thought of among the largest purchasers of legal services—Fortune 1000 corporate counsel.

Pa. Firms Rank High on Client Service List

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 20, 2013

Three of Pennsylvania's largest law firms also appear to be some of the most highly thought of among the largest purchasers of legal services—Fortune 1000 corporate counsel.

Asbestos Case Against Alcoa Headed to Brazilian Court

Max Mitchell : The Legal Intelligencer : January 19, 2013

A complaint alleging that Alcoa products caused the mesothelioma of a Brazilian factory worker has been removed from the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas for further proceedings in a Brazilian court.

Locke Lord's MP Clements Weighs in on Patton Boggs Talks

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 19, 2013

Last week, The Am Law Daily spoke with Patton Boggs managing partner Edward Newberry about the potential merger his firm is discussing with Locke Lord. Now Locke Lord managing partner Jerry Clements, who 50 years ago this week gave a yellow rose to President John F. Kennedy on a visit to Texas, shares her thoughts about Swiss vereins, her firm's expansion efforts and a possible tie-up with Patton Boggs.

New Legislation for Netflix?

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Law Technology News : January 18, 2013

A Senate bill was recently proposed to protect the movie streaming business.

License to Drill

Carlos Harrison : Daily Business Review : January 18, 2013

From Mexico to Brazil, firms eagerly await energy reforms that will spawn big deals, big returns for clients in Latin America.

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 18, 2013

Alejandro Fiuza joins Brown Rudnick's corporate practice group as partner and chairman of the firm's new Latin American practice group. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

A Ten-Year Look at Who Gets the Most Work

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 15, 2013

Representing Corporate New Jersey

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 15, 2013

The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 15, 2013

The cochair of Jenner & Block's content, media and entertainment practice takes an in-house job with the Motion Picture Association of America; Crowell & Moring adds five attorneys in New York; and Greenberg Traurig woos a lawyer from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. .

Amid Merger Talks, Patton Boggs MP Touts Strategic Plan

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2013

Patton Boggs managing partner Edward Newberry told The Am Law Daily on Thursday that his firm's merger talks with Locke Lord and its latest round of layoffs are part of a broader plan that also includes changes to its long-standing "eat what you kill" compensation system and a push to expand in California, New York, Texas and abroad.

Pepper Hamilton Announces Opening of Silicon Valley Office

Zack Needles : The Legal Intelligencer : January 13, 2013

Pepper Hamilton has opened a Silicon Valley office with the addition of three intellectual property partners from Goodwin Procter, the firm announced Tuesday.

Latham's Dell to Retire at End of 2014

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2013

Latham & Watkins global chair and managing partner Robert Dell is retiring at the end of 2014, ending a two decade-run atop of one of the world's largest law firms.

Latham's Dell to Retire at End of 2014

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2013

PLW - People in the News - November 12, 2013

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 12, 2013

The Pennsylvania School Boards Solicitors Association honored Peacock Keller partner Barbara A. Graham with its President's Award for Distinguished Career Achievement at the association's School Law Workshop in Hershey, Pa.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 06, 2013

Herzfeld & Rubin has opened a five-attorney office in Yangon, Myanmar, among other announcements.

Travel Sites Sue City Over Hotel Taxes

Max Taves : The Recorder : January 06, 2013

Legal Malpractice Claims are Costing Firms Big Bucks

J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens : Daily Report : January 05, 2013

Recent headlines from around the country reveal multimillion-dollar legal malpractice payouts, with firms facing big exposures arising out of predictable and avoidable problems.

How Pa.'s Investment Management Practice Shrank

Zack Needles : The Legal Intelligencer : January 04, 2013

Six years after bringing an investment management practice to Philadelphia-based Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads, partner Laura Anne Corsell and of counsel Don E. Felice have left to join Newark-based McCarter & English's Philadelphia office.

The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 01, 2013

GrayRobinson merges with trial firm Hirschhorn & Bieber; the former managing partner of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy's Asia practice joins investment bank Moelis & Co.; and Cozen O'Connor launches an international arbitration practice..

'Angry Birds' Maker Sues Key Biscayne Company, Claiming Copyright Infringement

John Pacenti : Daily Business Review : January 29, 2013

The maker of the popular Angry Birds game is suing a Key Biscayne golf equipment maker, claiming its Angry Club name and logo are too similar to the famous furrowed brow characters.

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 28, 2013

Seth Levy has been named managing partner of Nixon Peabody's Los Angeles office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Asia Deal Digest: October 24, 2013

Quiteria Leung : The Asian Lawyer : January 24, 2013

*Morrison & Foerster advises Japan's Softbank on another U.S. telecom investment, worth $1.3 billion*Ropes & Gray acts for Blackstone-led consortium on $625 million purchase of Chinese IT company*Simpson Thacher guides KKR on its first investment into Malaysia

Morgan Lewis Hires Norton Rose's Head Of Pittsburgh Office

Max Mitchell : The Legal Intelligencer : January 22, 2013

Just over two years after joining Norton Rose Fulbright to help open its Pittsburgh-area office, energy and environmental compliance attorney Kenneth Komoroski has left the firm to join Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in Pittsburgh along with a team of associates.

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 21, 2013

Leisa Lundy joins the Holland & Knight's intellectual property practice group as partner in the New York office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Am Law Firms Line Up for Latest SoftBank Deal

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Asian Lawyer : January 20, 2013

Just a few days after acquiring a majority stake in Finnish online gaming company Supercell, the Japanese Internet and telecommunications giant has agreed to pay $1.26 billion for a 57 percent stake in Miami-based mobile-phone company Brightstar Corp.