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King & Spalding LLP

  • Designation: Atlanta
  • Head Count: 874
  • Gross Revenues: $861,500,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $985,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $2,140,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -1

King & Spalding is an Atlanta-based law firm. The firm placed 33rd on The American Lawyer's 2011 Am Law 100 rankings of U.S. law firms, with gross revenue of $718,000,000 in 2010. King & Spalding has ranked in the top 75 of the Am Law 100 rankings since 1986. According to the National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250 rankings of firms based on size, the firm has 793 attorneys and is the thirty-seventh largest law firm in the United States. In the 2011 Global 100 survey, King & Spalding ranked at #39 in highest revenue worldwide. The firm's practice areas include antitrust, business litigation and arbitration, corporate finance, energy, environmental, financial restructuring, healthcare, intellectual property, labor and employment, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, project finance, real estate, tax, and tort and environmental litigation (including products liability practice), as well as Latin American, German and Middle Eastern-Islamic Finance practice groups. The firm has 14 U.S. and international offices, including offices in Houston, New York, Washington, D.C., London and Dubai.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 31 -1 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 31 -1 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 32 3 Lawyer head count
The A-List NR N/A Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 120 3 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard NR N/A Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 96 20 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 29 5 Summer programs

In the News

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 28, 2014

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

Top Georgia Verdicts 2013

: Daily Report : January 28, 2014

Find out what a case is worth. Top Georgia Verdicts 2013 explores cases covered by the Daily Report and affiliate publication VerdictSearch.

Cobb Couple's Suit Against GM Takes 'Center Stage'

Katheryn Hayes Tucker : Daily Report : January 24, 2014

The Cobb County couple suing General Motors over an ignition switch defect they say caused their daughter's death have won an important victory.

Chancery Court Rules Credit Card Venture Validly Dissolved

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 23, 2014

Comerica Bank properly dissolved a Delaware limited liability company it formed with credit card processor Global Payments Direct Inc., the Delaware Court of Chancery has ruled.

Meet the GC: Robbie Kamerschen, Aaron's Inc. GC, Corporate Secretary

Mary Welch : Daily Report : January 22, 2014

Robert "Robbie" Kamerschen serves as executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary at Aaron's Inc. In this role, he manages all legal, regulatory and governance issues.

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.

Atlanta vs. Miami

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 21, 2014

In-House Counsel Profile: Freeport LNG Development L.P.'s John Tobola

Richard Acello : The National Law Journal : January 21, 2014

Freeport LNG Development L.P. has responded to the shale gas boom by undertaking a multibillion-dollar expansion. General counsel John Tobola said its earnings are set by contract, not daily oil prices.

Miami, Atlanta Hustling To Become International Arbitration Hubs

Meredith Hobbs and Julie Kay : Daily Business Review : January 18, 2014

The rivalry between Atlanta and Miami for recognition as an international arbitration seat has not reached the magnitude of Cleveland vying with Miami over LeBron James, but it's definitely game on.

On The Move: GSU Health Law Center Gets New Director After Decade of Growth

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 16, 2014

Charity Scott has stepped down as the director of Georgia State University law school's Center for Law, Health & Society, which she helped to start a decade ago. Law professor Leslie Wolf became the center's new director on July 1.

High Court Rules that Bank Execs Can Face Suits Over Failures

R. Robin McDonald : Daily Report : January 15, 2014

In a case closely watched by banking lawyers across the state, the Supreme Court of Georgia has opened the door for bank directors and executives in the state to be held personally liable for a failed bank's losses if they are found to have neglected their corporate duties.

The Churn: Baker and Quinn Expand, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Baker & McKenzie heads to Brisbane, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan takes its litigation prowess to Houston and a trio of partners leave Kirkland & Ellis in our latest look at notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

No Plaintiffs? No Problem

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

When the federal government sued Bass Pro Outdoor World for hiring discrimination, it offered statistics showing a dearth of minority employees, damaging comments from the retailer's managers, and asked for $300 million in potential damages. But the original complaint lacked one thing: named victims.

Judge Halts Litigation Blitz Over Diet Planning Patent

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 10, 2014

For three years, the patent holder DietGoal Innovations has sued dozens of food and media companies all over the country, alleging infringment of its patent for a system of computerized meal planning—a patent Southern District Judge Paul Engelmayer now says is invalid.

Searcy Denney Attorneys Recover $20 Million Smoker Award

Adolfo Pesquera : Daily Business Review : January 09, 2014

The daughter of a Boynton Beach woman who died of lung cancer was awarded $20 million against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco.

Judge Stomps Litigation Blitz Over Diet Planning Patent

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 08, 2014

For three years the patent holder DietGoal Innovations has hounded dozens of food and media companies in courts all over the country, alleging that everyone from NBCUniversal's Bravo Media unit to Dunkin' Donuts infringed its patent for a system of computerized meal planning.

GM Unveils Plan to Pay

Amanda Bronstad and Brendan Pierson : The National Law Journal : January 07, 2014

General Motors Co. unveiled its plan to compensate victims of its ignition-switch defect last week, as a federal bankruptcy judge put off arguments over whether the automaker committed a fraud on the court by concealing the problem during its 2009 reorganization.

GM Bankruptcy Judge Urges Focus on Due Process

: New York Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Southern District of New York Bankruptcy Judge Robert Gerber urged attorneys for General Motors and for its customers suing over defective ignition switches to attempt to agree on facts as much as possible before litigating further.

GM Bankruptcy Judge Urges Focus on Due Process Issues

Brendan Pierson : New York Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Southern District Bankruptcy Judge Robert Gerber urged attorneys for General Motors and for its customers suing over defective ignition switches to attempt to agree on facts as much as possible before litigating further.

Paterno, NCAA Dispute Protective Order

Max Mitchell : The Legal Intelligencer : January 03, 2014

A dispute has erupted in over which documents can be disclosed to the public.

High Frequency Trading: The Regulatory Debate

William F. Johnson : New York Law Journal : January 03, 2014

In his Corporate Crime column, William F. Johnson, a partner at King & Spalding, writes: As the SEC wades into the regulatory pool on high frequency trading, all eyes will be focused on whether subsequent regulations are appropriately and narrowly tailored to promote market stability without limiting the advances that technology has provided for market access and structure.

The GM Lawyers Were Here

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

A look at the reigns of General Motors' last three GCs sheds light on the company's current crisis.

The Rematch

David Bario : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

In another long-running smartphone war, a reversal.

Roller coasters, Dollywood and the Globetrotters all in a day's business for Herschend GC Steve Earnest

Mary Welch | Special to the Daily Report : Daily Report : January 01, 2014

Steve Earnest is the senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of Herschend Family Entertainment Corp. (HFE), the largest family-owned themed attractions corporation in the United States.

Size Matters, According to Associates Ranking Law Firms

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 27, 2014

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.

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.

Women, Minorities— And Lawyers—Scarce on Corporate Boards

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 18, 2014

Women and minorities are making very slow progress in gaining seats on public company boards--and lawyers are scarce on those boards, too.

Judge Dismisses Bellwether Suit in Fosamax Litigation Against Merck

Charles Toutant : New Jersey Law Journal : January 18, 2014

A federal judge has dismissed on summary judgment a bellwether case against Merck & Co. in the mass litigation over Fosamax, an osteoporosis treatment that can lead to femur fractures.

Judge Dismisses Bellwether Fosamax Suit Against Merck

Charles Toutant : New Jersey Law Journal : January 18, 2014

A New Jersey federal judge found that plaintiff Barbara Gaynor, who took the drug after Merck revised its labeling, failed to show that the drug company didn't give her doctor adequate notice of the drug's risks.

Evidence of GM Ignition Defect Lay Hidden in Plain Sight

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

A serious problem with the ignition switch in GM automobiles has been linked to 13 deaths, dozens of crashes and millions of recalled vehicles.

Boozy Weekends are Passé for Atlanta Summer Associates

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 16, 2014

King & Spalding has come up with a unique twist on dinner at a partner's house for its summer associates: a progressive dinner party on Lake Lanier.

Net Losses Outweigh Gains at Firms

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 16, 2014

The number of attorneys employed full time by the largest private law offices in New York continues to decline, a trend that began with the 2008 financial crisis, according to data gathered for the New York Law Journal's annual survey. Hiring is up, however, among regional and out-of-state firms.

Parents Who Regret GM Deal Fight to Keep Case in Cobb

Katheryn Hayes Tucker : Daily Report : January 13, 2014

General Motors has fired its first shot in a new legal battle with the Cobb County parents whose daughter died from crashing in a car with an ignition switch defect.

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.

BASF: Making a Smorgasbord Of Public Interest Work

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 12, 2014

BASF lawyers are encouraged, from the top down, to devote time to pro bono, and the law department's innovative programs help facilitate effective application of resources where they're needed.

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.

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.

Valukas Report Critical of GM Legal Dept.

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : January 06, 2014

The reports cites a plea from King & Spalding attorney Philip Holladay: "This case needs to be settled . . . There is little doubt that a jury here will find that the ignition switch used on [a certain] 2005 Cobalt was defective and unreasonably dangerous."

Cobb's DA office seeks apprentices

Meredith hobbs : Daily Report : January 06, 2014

Cobb DA will take on 10 to 14 new law graduates for unpaid apprenticeships. Although program is being developed with Emory, Cobb will take graduates from any law school.

GM Report Shows King & Spalding Lawyer Urging Settlement

jonathan Ringel : Daily Report : January 06, 2014

A King & Spalding lawyer urged General Motors to settle a case over its faulty ignition switch last year, according to GM's internal report.

GM Report Critical of Legal Dept., Recommends Changes

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : January 06, 2014

The General Motors Co. report from an internal investigation into the ignition-switch scandal includes suggestions for GM's legal department.

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.

Plaintiffs Lawyers Suing GM Assail Internal Report

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 05, 2014

Plaintiffs lawyers who have sued General Motors Co. over its ignition switch recalls on Thursday criticized the automaker's internal investigative report as biased and incomplete.

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.

Where Were the Lawyers?

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

At congressional hearings, GM execs are questioned about the handling of complaints.

INADMISSIBLE: Squire Sanders, Patton Vote on Merger

: The National Law Journal : January 26, 2014

Squire Sanders partners on May 23 were voting on the firm's proposed merger with Patton Boggs — hours after the former abruptly halted the vote. Plus more in this week's column.

Class Action Filing Lays Blame on GM Law Department

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : January 23, 2014

It is "inconceivable" the General Motors Co. GC didn't know about fatal ignition-switch problems when the company entered bankruptcy in 2009, says a new court filing.

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.

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.

Despite Plea, Regulators Allow Bank to Operate in NY

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 21, 2014

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. on Monday defended his record on prosecuting large banks, announcing a $2.5 billion deal with Credit Suisse and foreshadowing additional prosecutions.

On The Move: Lawyers Total a Fourth of Leadership Atlanta's New Class for 2015

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 21, 2014

One-fourth of Leadership Atlanta's recently announced 2015 class are lawyers, including a judge, big firm partners, in-house, government and nonprofit lawyers.

Baker Hostetler Hires Team from Ballard Spahr

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 20, 2014

Baker Hostetler has made its first new hires since entering the Atlanta market in January through a merger with intellectual property firm Woodcock Washburn.

Report: GM Probe Focuses on Its Legal Department

Amanda Bronstad : Daily Report : January 20, 2014

General Motors Co. is looking into how its legal department handled a Cobb County wrongful death case that helped lead to disclosure of the ignition switch defect at the center of the company's recent recalls.

The Churn: Kirkland Adds Two, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Kirkland & Ellis poaches from Weil and Baker Botts, a White House rejoins Latham and more new hires across The Am Law 200.

Holder Says No Bank is 'Too Big To Jail'

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 19, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. on Monday defended his record on prosecuting large banks for corporate malfeasance, announcing a $2.5 billion deal with Credit Suisse and foreshadowing additional prosecutions.

Valuing Tendered Shares in Fraudulent Transfer Cases

Arthur Steinberg and Gary Ritacco : New York Law Journal : January 19, 2014

Arthur J. Steinberg and Gary A. Ritacco of King & Spalding write: Recently, courts have considered whether the §546(e) "safe harbor" applies to protect public shareholders in constructive fraudulent transfer litigation if the plaintiffs are creditors suing under state fraudulent transfer laws after the bankruptcy estate representative has declined to do so because of the §546(e) "safe harbor" provision. These cases, if upheld on appeal, will require the court to consider the proper result for the passive, tendering shareholder, who happened to be an investor in a company that did the LBO that ultimately failed.

Asset Valuation

: New York Law Journal : January 19, 2014

In this Special Report from the New York Law Journal, : "Valuing Publicity Rights and Other Intangible Assets of Authors," "Trade Secret Valuation and Infringement Damages," "Private Equity and Valuation: Separating Hype From Reality," and "Valuing Tendered Shares in Fraudulent Transfer Cases."

Report: GM Legal Department Focus of Internal Investigation

Amanda Bronstad : The Am Law Daily : January 18, 2014

General Motors Co. is looking into how its legal department handled a wrongful death case that helped lead to disclosure of the ignition switch defect at the center of the company's recent recalls.

Report: GM Legal Department Focus of Internal Investigation

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 18, 2014

General Motors Co. is looking into how its legal department handled a wrongful death case that helped lead to disclosure of the ignition switch defect at the center of the company's recent recalls.

Summer Standouts

Jeanne Graham : Texas Lawyer : January 16, 2014

How does the summer of 2014 compare with last summer? Who beefed up their summer associate classes and why? What do summer associates need to know to succeed?

Proskauer Helps MLS Ink Key $720 Million Deal

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

Major League Soccer took a big step in its quest to reach the upper echelon of pro sports this week, tapping Proskauer Rose to advise on an eight-year, $720 million media rights deal with ESPN, FOX and Univision.

Four Am Law Firms Dine on Red Lobster Sale

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

Latham and Wachtell are advising Darden Restaurants on the $2.1 billion cash sale of seafood chain Red Lobster to longtime Kirkland & Ellis private equity client Golden Gate Capital. But some activist investors aren't happy.

State High Court to Hear More on Liability for Failed Banks on Monday

Alyson M. Palmer : Daily Report : January 15, 2014

The Georgia Supreme Court will hear three cases on Monday, including a reprise of arguments over liability for failed banks.

The Churn: Squire Sanders Exits, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Amid their firm's ongoing merger talks with Patton Boggs, several Squire Sanders practice leaders find new professional homes.

Federal Circuit Revives Oracle Copyrights in Google IP Brawl

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : January 09, 2014

Federal Circuit Revives Oracle Copyrights in Brawl with Google

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : January 09, 2014

Oracle's case against Google threatened to become the biggest litigation flop to emerge from the smartphone wars. But with an appellate turnaround led by Orrick's Josh Rosenkranz, Oracle has vindicated its intellectual property and put Google back on the defensive.

On The Move: Taylor English Changes its Lineup

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 07, 2014

Taylor English Duma has announced management changes and a new addition. Ilene Berman, who headed the employment, labor and immigration practice, has become the firm's chief operating officer.

Hospice Provider Settles Federal Whistleblower Suit

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 06, 2014

A major provider of home hospice and health care services has settled whistleblower claims for $150 million, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 05, 2014

Lateral moves in this week's column.

Teams Have Until Friday To Win Food Frenzy

Alyson M. Palmer : Daily Report : January 01, 2014

Less than three days remain for members of Georgia's legal community to gather food and cash to support this year's Georgia Legal Food Frenzy—and possibly win a big trophy in addition to helping feed hungry people.

Litigation Department of the Year

: Daily Report : January 30, 2014

These nine firms presented the best evidence that they won results for clients in 2013, whether it was in favorable verdicts, dismissals, settlements or other actions that protected clients' interests.

A Lawyer's Win Benefited his Opponent's Future Partner

Katheryn Hayes Tucker : Daily Report : January 29, 2014

The recent death of Atlanta attorney Beryl Weiner brought up memories from people whose lives he touched—including another attorney who said he might not have gone to law school without a legal victory of Weiner's more than 40 years ago.

King & Spalding: Breaking a Profits Barrier

Meredith Hobbs : The American Lawyer : January 28, 2014

For the first time, the firm exceeds $2 million in profits per partner.

Local Am Law Firms See Positive Signs

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 28, 2014

Despite the flat demand for legal services, Atlanta's largest firms fared pretty well last year.

Fried Frank: Roaring Back After a Blow

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : January 28, 2014

The New York firm posts The Am Law 100's biggest increase in profits per partner.

A Deeper Look at Atlanta-Based Firms

: Daily Report : January 28, 2014

Our staff is tasked with vetting the numbers of the 12 highest grossing firms based in Atlanta, plus Birmingham, Ala.-based Burr & Forman for consideration in the Am Law 100 and 200 rankings of the nation's richest law firms. The national rankings will be published in May, but we invite readers to read the deeper analyses behind local firms' numbers.

The 2014 Am Law 100: The Super Rich Get Richer

: The American Lawyer : January 28, 2014

The American Lawyer's annual report on the nation's top-grossing law firms.

King & Spalding, DLA Piper Aid Blank in Atlanta Soccer Bid

Lawrence Viele Davidson : Daily Report : January 22, 2014

Lawyers from King & Spalding and DLA Piper shepherded the $70 million acquisition of a Major League Soccer expansion team by Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 21, 2014

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

The Churn: Patton Boggs Trio Find New Homes, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Three more partners have left struggling Patton Boggs for new endeavors.

Life Sciences Lawyer Leaves DLA Piper for King & Spalding

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 15, 2014

Thomas Duley joined King & Spalding's Palo Alto office as a partner.

The Churn: Bingham Hedge Fund Duo Defects, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Two prominent hedge fund partners and a privacy practice cochair have left Bingham McCutchen.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 14, 2014

Scott Morehouse joins Sheppard Mullin's real estate, land use and environmental practice as partner in the Costa Mesa, Calif., office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

GM Docket Is Growing

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 14, 2014

General Motors Co.'s legal troubles have shifted into overdrive, with plaintiffs lawyers insisting that drivers of recalled cars are risking their lives by getting behind the wheel.

ON THE MOVE: Ga. Justice Project Ends Campaign with $5.2M

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 09, 2014

The Georgia Justice Project has raised $5.2 million in a three-year capital campaign to broaden its mission of defending the criminally accused and helping them reintegrate into society.

Marketplace

Monica Paquette : New York Law Journal : January 09, 2014

Securities litigation firm Murphy & McGonigle has moved and consolidated its two Manhattan offices at 1185 Avenue of the Americas. Also, Nordstrom Inc. has signed a seven-year lease for office and showroom space at 205 W. 39th St.

GM In-House Lawyers Pulled Into Ignition Switch Probe

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : January 07, 2014

The in-house lawyers at General Motors Co. are slowly being pulled into the public questions over its ignition switch recall.

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."

The Churn: Cooley Woos Mintz Levin IP Team, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Cooley poaches a six-lawyer intellectual property group from Mintz Levin, a former federal prosecutor who left the Justice Department amid controversy moves to Baker Botts, and O'Melveny brings back a former associate who has been a key legal adviser to President Obama since his run for the U.S Senate in 2004.

Litigator of the Week: Erin Murphy of Bancroft

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 03, 2014

Like her mentor Paul Clement, Erin Murphy of Bancroft PLLC now knows what it's like to deliver the winning argument in a polarizing U.S. Supreme Court case.

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.

Newsmakers: Week of March 31

: Texas Lawyer : January 31, 2014

Bret Madole has joined Carrington Coleman Sloman & Blumenthal in Dallas as a partner in and leader of the firm's corporate practice. Plus more new positions, appointments, awards and honors.

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.

Industry Watching as Supreme Court Moves to Pin Down Rules for Software Patents

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 28, 2014

Cooley's Heidi Keefe hopes the court will use to set clear standards that can be exploited early in litigation.

Supreme Court Moves to Pin Down Rules for Software Patents

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 28, 2014

For the third time in four years, the Supreme Court on Monday will set out to distinguish patent-eligible inventions from mere abstract ideas. This time the court will be doing it in the context of computerized business methods, and that has Silicon Valley lawyers paying extra attention.

Merck & Co. Wins Round of Suits Over Fosamax Osteoporosis Drug

Michael Booth : New Jersey Law Journal : January 27, 2014

A federal judge in New Jersey has dismissed more than 100 lawsuits alleging Merck & Co.'s osteoporosis drug Fosamax causes bone fractures.

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.

Retired K&S Partner Goes Nuts (Well, Pecans)

Paul Shea | Special to the Daily Report : Daily Report : January 21, 2014

Dwight Davis trades in lawyering for farming what the Chinese call "American health nut."

Unmanned Aircraft Fly Into the Future of Privacy Law

Phyllis B. Sumner, John A. Drennan and Alexander K. Haas : Corporate Counsel : January 20, 2014

The future for domestic drones is tantalizingly close and unquestionably promising, but drones also pose unique privacy issues.

Outgoing Official Touts SEC's Approach to Economic Analysis

Hilary Johnson : The Am Law Daily : January 19, 2014

Craig Lewis, the chief economist of the SEC's Dvision of Economic and Risk Analysis who rarely speaks publicly, this week gave what may be the last speech he delivers before returning to his previous post as a professor at Vanderbilt University.

ON THE MOVE: New Faces at Nelson Mullins, Bloom Sugarman

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 19, 2014

Charles Huddleston has joined Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough as of counsel. He was a shareholder at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz until going solo in August.

GC of Novelis Inc. Manages a Worldwide Team

Mary Welch | Special to the Daily Report : Daily Report : January 19, 2014

Les Parrette is senior vice president, general counsel and compliance officer for Novelis Inc., a world leader in rolled aluminum products and aluminum recycling.

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.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Pamela Fulmer joins Arent Fox's intellectual property and complex litigation practices as partner in the San Francisco office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Inadmissible: Cameras in the Court #TLtbt

: Texas Lawyer : January 17, 2014

This week, a coalition of media and public interest groups sent a letter urging U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. to allow cameras to record and broadcast high court proceedings.

Federal Circuit Revives Patent Case Over Google's Street View

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 14, 2014

Two former Caltech students claim Google steps on technology they invented more than a decade ago.

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.

Federal Circuit Revives Infringement Case Over Google's Street View

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 14, 2014

Two former Caltech students claim Google steps on technology they invented more than a decade ago.

King & Spalding turns newsletter into online resource

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 12, 2014

"What the Energy Law Exchange does is to catalogue those articles into practice areas, geographic regions and the like to provide access to those interested, as well as an ability to provide news alerts," said Charles "Tim" Engel.

Fried Frank Announces Partner, Counsel Moves

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

Five lawyers at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson have been promoted to partner effective March 1.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: At Fried Frank, a Strong Year Ahead of Leadership Change

Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : January 12, 2014

Fried, Frank, Harris & Jacobson's Valerie Ford Jacob said Wednesday she is stepping down from her position as cochair on the heels of a year that saw the firm rebound from a shaky 2012 by recording increased revenue and its highest-ever profits per equity partner, according to The American Lawyer's reporting.

Randolph Thrower Dies at 100: 'He Believed in Service'

Kathleen Baydala Joyner : Daily Report : January 11, 2014

When John Marshall Law School professor Michael Mears was a young trial lawyer 30 years ago, he found himself paired in a land acquisition case with one of Georgia's preeminent tax attorneys.

GM GC Begins Investigation Into Fatal Engine Shutdowns

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : January 11, 2014

General Motors Co. general counsel Michael Millikin will cohead an internal investigation into the company's handling of complaints related to sudden vehicle shutdowns that led to at least 13 deaths.

Morris Manning Posts a Second Strong Year

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 10, 2014

Morris Manning & Martin chalked up another strong year in 2013, following the 2012 rebound of the real estate practice, a key area for the firm.

The Churn: Kaye Scholer Adds Cybersecurity Expert, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Kaye Scholer creates a new global cybersecurity and privacy group in connection with a recent hire; Dentons makes a series of additions in Washington, D.C., and several lawyers leave Edwards Wildman & Palmer.

New 'Get Tough' Stance Will Put SEC to Its Proof

William F. Johnson : New York Law Journal : January 06, 2014

In his Corporate Crime column, William F. Johnson, a partner at King & Spalding, writes: As the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rolls out new policies to enforce violations of securities laws, no matter how small, and to seek admissions from defendants in more settled cases, the SEC's ability to prove what it believes will be tested. Recent trial results have suggested more belief than proof.

Customer Recordings Entered in Evidence in Nicor Suit

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 05, 2014

A state trial judge has allowed Nicor Gas Co. to submit a sample of recorded customer calls in an Illinois consumer class action after concluding that doing so would not violate an Illinois privacy statute.

Illinois Privacy Law Debated in Suit Against Natural Gas Co.

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 04, 2014

Lawyers in a class action that involves Illinois consumers of natural gas company Nicor Gas Company are assessing whether the submission of thousands of recorded customer calls would violate an Illinois privacy statute.

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.

Georgia-Pacific Fights Certification of Class Action

Alyson M. Palmer : Daily Report : January 28, 2014

Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products is trying to kill a class action alleging property damage from pollution around its Savannah River Mill, with the Georgia Supreme Court hearing the company's appeal last week.

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.

Lawyers Get $20M in Cobb EMC Deal

Katheryn Hayes Tucker : Daily Report : January 26, 2014

A Cobb County Superior Court judge said Tuesday that an attorney fee request for nearly $20 million made him gasp initially, but he approved it as part of a $100 million settlement over a profit-sharing lawsuit brought by members of the Cobb Electric Membership Corp.

King & Spalding Breaks $2M PPEP Barrier

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 25, 2014

King & Spalding made a lot of money in 2013, posting significant gains in both revenue and profit for the fifth consecutive year.

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.

Hotels, Travel Sites Beat Price-Fixing Class Action

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 18, 2014

A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a class action lawsuit alleging that hotel chains and online travel companies conspired to fix the price of rooms booked online, handing a big win to a brigade of defense firms.

Solo with A Safety Net: Letzring Leaves Big Firm for Hall Arbery

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 18, 2014

Many big firm lawyers dream of having their own shop but are leery of taking the leap.

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.

Mercer U. Taps Schneider as Chairman of Its Board of Trustees

R. Robin McDonald : Daily Report : January 14, 2014

King & Spalding senior partner Richard "Doc" Schneider is the new chairman of Mercer University's Board of Trustees and will make his first official appearance in that role at the board's spring meeting in April.

The Score: Paul Weiss Drops Wells Report, Helps Client Buy Easton

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2014

Roughly a year after reaping $3.6 million to conduct an internal investigation of the NBA players' union, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison litigation partner Ted Wells released Friday the results of his inquiry into the Miami Dolphins bullying imbroglio. Wells' firm also took the lead this week counseling a client on its $330 million acquisition of struggling Easton-Bell Sports' baseball and softball business. Meanwhile, Davis Polk and Covington, respectively, helped Comcast and the NFL ink a pair of major TV rights deals.

In-house Lawyer Details How Sony Mobile Tackles U.S., Global Issues

Mary Welch | Special to the Daily Report : Daily Report : January 12, 2014

Evan Glover is legal director of the Americas for Sony Mobile Communications.

Oil and Gas Equipment Division to Change Hands for $550 Million

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 10, 2014

William Lemmer, senior vice president and general counsel of Cameron International Corp., turned to lawyers from Winston & Strawn and Baker Botts for the Houston company's pending sale of its reciprocating compression division to GE Oil & Gas for about $550 million in cash.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 10, 2014

Legal industry job changes in our nation's capital.

ON THE MOVE: IP Litigator Jumps to Nelson Mullins; Ogletree Lures N.Y. Labor Lawyer

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 05, 2014

Mark VanderBroek has become a partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough after 28 years at Troutman Sanders, where he was a partner. VanderBroek is a business litigator with a focus on intellectual property and franchise disputes. He also handles alternative dispute resolution.

Technology-Assisted Review Still Triggering Angina

Sherry Karabin : Law Technology News : January 04, 2014

Wachtell, Lipton's Maura Grossman will try to calm lawyers who are intimidated by predictive coding at two LTNY sessions.

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.

Broward Jury Awards $5M In Smoker's Death From Cancer

Adolfo Pesquera : Daily Business Review : January 03, 2014

A Fort Lauderdale brother and sister were awarded compensatory and punitive damages from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. in the lung cancer death of their mother, a two-pack-a-day smoker.

Legal Aid Society's Capital Campaign is Halfway Home

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 31, 2014

The Atlanta Legal Aid Society has reached the halfway point in an ambitious capital campaign to pay for its future home at 54 Ellis St. N.E., thanks to significant contributions from several Atlanta firms.