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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

  • Designation: Chicago
  • Head Count: 1,517
  • Gross Revenues: $1,937,500,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,275,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $3,250,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 0

Kirkland & Ellis is a Chicago-based law firm, ranked at number six on The American Lawyer's 2011 Am Law 100 rankings of U.S. firms by revenue, with gross revenue of $1,625,000,000 in 2010. The firm ranked ninth on the 2011 Global 100 revenue rankings. Kirkland & Ellis has been in the top 50 of The American Lawyer's annual Am Law 100 rankings since 1986. The firm has 1,379 attorneys and ranks thirteenth according to the National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250 rankings of firms based on size. The firm ranks tenth on the 2011 Global 100 revenue rankings. Kirkland & Ellis's practice areas include corporate; intellectual property; litigation; real estate; restructuring; white collar criminal defense and securities enforcement; antitrust and competition; regulatory; and tax, benefits and estate planning. The firm's five U.S. offices are located in Chicago, Palo Alto, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.; the firm also has offices in London, Munich, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 5 0 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 5 0 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 13 0 Lawyer head count
The A-List 25 2 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 55 -15 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 40 -10 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 81 36 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 58 -8 Summer programs

In the News

Anadarko Inks $5.15 Billion Deal to End Tronox Cleanup Woes

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 03, 2014

The settlement follows a major courtroom victory last year by Kirkland's David Zott and his client, litigation trustee John Hueston of Irell & Manella.

Anadarko Agrees to Record $5B Environmental Settlement

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 03, 2014

In the U.S. Justice Department's largest environmental enforcement recovery ever, Kerr-McGee Corp. and its parent Anadarko Petroleum Corp. today agreed to pay $5.15 billion to settle charges that they fraudulently tried to duck responsibility to pay for environmental cleanup after decades of contamination.

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.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 31, 2014

Legal industry job changes in our nation's capital.

INADMISSIBLE: Kirkland Partner Eyes White House Post

: The National Law Journal : January 31, 2014

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

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.

Dealmakers of the Year: Standout Lawyers in Tough Times

Ross Todd : The American Lawyer : January 31, 2014

The lawyers behind the most innovative corporate work, plus the details of the transactions they negotiated.

Big Deals

David Marcus : The American Lawyer : January 31, 2014

Comcast/Time Warner Cable; Actavis / Forest Labs; Facebook / WhatsApp; Santander Consumer USA IPO; Carlyle / J&J Diagnostics Unit

Jury Returns Mixed Verdict in Reynolds Infringement Case

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 28, 2014

Reynolds Consumer Products and its lawyers at Jones Day have won a trade dress infringement verdict against competitor Handi-Foil Corp for willfully infringing its well-known aluminum foil packaging. But the company struck out on several parallel claims.

False Advertising Posing as Legal Scholarship

Steven J. Harper : The Am Law Daily : January 28, 2014

Is there a crisis in legal education? Who are you going to believe—another law professor who says it's all media hype, or your lying eyes?

D.C. Superior Court Nominees Sail Through Confirmation Hearing

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 27, 2014

Two nominees for the District of Columbia Superior Court, Sherry Trafford and Steven Wellner, faced no opposition during their Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday.

Big Firms Hitch Ride on River of U.S., Global IPOs

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

Wilson Sonsini, Latham & Watkins, Fenwick & West and Cooley are among the Am Law 100 firms reaping the benefits of a surge in activity on the initial public offering front so far this year. And with the IPO pipeline packed, more large firms are poised to help corporate clients tap the capital markets.

Skadden to Settle Fletcher Bankruptcy Case for $4.25 Million

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 24, 2014

While disputing a court-appointed trustee's claim that it had not "adequately" protected former client Alphonse "Buddy" Fletcher Jr.'s hedge funds and those who invested in them, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom has agreed to pay $4.25 million to avoid any potential legal claims stemming from the bankruptcy of one of those funds.

Kirkland Defeats Whistleblower Suit Against Pfizer

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 21, 2014

A federal judge on Friday dismissed claims by a sales representative that Pfizer paid kickbacks to doctors and promoted Felctor, a patch used to treat acute pain, for off-label uses.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Elite New York Firms Pull Away

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2014

A year after making only slight financial gains, a group of New York–based firms made up of some of The Am Law 100's most profitable members put even more distance between itself and the rest of the pack in 2013, according to The American Lawyer's reporting.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Kirkland Tops $2 Billion in Revenue for First Time

Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2014

Kirkland & Ellis passed the $2 billion revenue mark for the first time in 2014, while the firm's profits per partner rose just 1 percent, to $3.278 million, according to The American Lawyer's reporting.

Judge Rules FTC Has Authority Over Indian Tribe Lending

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 19, 2014

The Federal Trade Commission has scored a key win before a Nevada federal judge, who said the agency can sue deceptive payday lenders even if they are affiliated with American Indian tribes.

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.

Big Deals/Litigation: Baxter International Inc.

Andrew Ramonas : The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Baxter International Inc.'s in-house team capitalized on its story-telling talent to win approval of last year's $3.9 billion acquisition involving complicated medical technology to treat kidney disease.

Study Advocates Immediate Reform for Ethics Watchdog

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Albany's chief ethics watchdog commission has failed to fulfill its primary mission—to stem corruption by public officials and restore New Yorkers' trust in government, according to a study released Friday.

Dewey Demise Claims More Collateral Damage

Steven J. Harper : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2014

Three former Dewey leaders get indicted—and a former Dewey underling gets a trip through the looking glass.

New Deals

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2014

Two competing clothiers put an end to a months-long standoff on Tuesday with Jos. A. Bank agreeing to be bought by Men's Wearhouse in a cash deal worth $1.8 billion. Also, an investor group led by Cerberus Capital Management has struck a deal to acquire grocery store chain Safeway for roughly $9 billion in the largest leveraged buyout so far this year.

Ex-Sidley Partner's Slide Into Receipt Scam Detailed

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2014

Why would prominent art world attorney Ralph Lerner risk his reputation by improperly charging hundreds of personal car service rides to client accounts? In thousands of pages of documents contained in his public discipline file, the outlines of an explanation begin to emerge.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 10, 2014

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

Is the End of the Country's Lawyer Glut Really Here?

Steven J. Harper : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2014

With all the attention being paid to the decline in law school applications, could it be that the crisis in legal education is over? Not a chance.

Longtime Georgia Water Warriors Step Off Case

Kathleen Baydala Joyner : Daily Report : January 06, 2014

Georgia's longtime outside counsel for water disputes announced today that they are stepping down.

New Firm Steps in as Georgia's Water Warriors

Kathleen Baydala Joyner : Daily Report : January 06, 2014

In the wake of Wednesday's announcement by Georgia's longtime outside counsel for water disputes that they are stepping down, the state hired a new firm to represent it.

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.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Legal industry job changes in our nation's capital.

Actelion Settles With Generics Over Access to Drug Samples

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 03, 2014

When does a branded drug maker have to turn over product samples to generic competitors? An antitrust battle between Actelion Pharmaceuticals and three of its generic rivals offered some clues, but the case settled Friday without providing a definitive answer.

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.

Survey: Skadden Strongest U.S. Law Firm Brand Again

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 03, 2014

In its third annual look at which U.S. law firms have the strongest brand recognition among corporate clients, research company Acritas has again placed Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom at the top of the list, followed by Jones Day, Kirkland & Ellis, Baker & McKenzie and Hogan Lovells.

Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Arnold & Porter Hooks IP Partner From Kirkland

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 28, 2014

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.

Misguided Big Law Lessons From a Harvard Law Study

Steven J. Harper : The Am Law Daily : January 28, 2014

When smart people are determined to see things a certain way, facts get ignored and the truth becomes a casualty.

The Churn: Dinsmore Absorbs Bond Firm, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 28, 2014

Dinsmore & Shohl expands its public finance capabilities with the acquisition of a 35-lawyer Cincinnati-based firm; Dorsey & Whitney loses a pair to Polsinelli; and Orrick expands in London.

Chocolate Makers Unwrap Victory in Federal Court

Saranac Hale Spencer : The Legal Intelligencer : January 28, 2014

The makers of three-quarters of America's chocolate—Hershey, Mars and Nestle—got a federal judge in Harrisburg, Pa., to toss 91 cases claiming that the companies fixed prices between 2002 and 2007.

Milestones in the Deepwater Horizon Settlement

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : January 27, 2014

A timeline shows how BP's stance toward the settlement it signed in 2012 shifted towards outright opposition.

How BP Decided to Fight the Deepwater Settlement

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : January 27, 2014

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

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: At Kaye Scholer, Revenue Dips Again

Ross Todd : The Am Law Daily : January 26, 2014

Kaye Scholer saw its gross revenue decline for the third straight year in 2013, but the firm managed to eke out small gains in revenue per lawyer and profits per equity partner thanks to an accompanying contraction within its attorney ranks, according to The American Lawyer's reporting.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Geoffrey Willis joins the Brown Rudnick's environmental and real estate practices in the Irvine, Calif., office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Columbia Takes the Lead

Karen Sloan : The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

A Big Law Lesson From the Business World

Steven J. Harper : The Am Law Daily : January 21, 2014

Most large law firm leaders like to run their firms as businesses, except when businesses suggest ideas that they don't like.

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.

SEC Argues Whistleblowers Can Report Internally

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 20, 2014

The SEC filed an amicus brief Thursday stressing that whistleblowers are entitled to the Dodd-Frank Act's full protection against retaliation whether they report their employers' wrongdoing internally or go straight to the agency.

Asia Deal Digest: February 20, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 20, 2014

* Weil and MoFo on Chinese consortium's $2.5 billion logistics investment* Clifford Chance advising China's Dongfeng Motor Group on a proposed $1.1 billion investment in French automaker Peugeot* Herbert Smith Freehills and Baker & McKenzie on $1.37 billion Aussie utility deal

SEC Argues Whistleblowers Can Report Internally

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 20, 2014

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission today filed an amicus brief stressing that whistleblowers are entitled to the Dodd-Frank Act's full protection against retaliation whether they report their employers' wrongdoing internally or go straight to the agency.

Appeals Court Deals Blow to Cooley Client in Biofuel Patent Case

Drew Carroll : The Recorder : January 19, 2014

The Federal Circuit reversed a district judge who sided with Colorado-based Gevo in its epic patent fight with Butamax, a joint venture of BP and DuPont.

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.

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.

DOJ Criminal Division Nominee Outlines Enforcement Priorities

Todd Ruger : The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Veteran white-collar defender Leslie Caldwell told Congress last week she would apply criminal laws with equal force if confirmed as the next head of the U.S. Department of Justice's Criminal Division.

Indiana Court Finds IBM Botched $1.3 Billion State Contract

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 14, 2014

An appeals court ruled that IBM botched an assignment to privatize Indiana's welfare benefits system, putting the computing giant on the hook for as much as $177 million in damages. The decision is a major reversal of fortune for the state and its lawyers at Barnes & Thornburg, who were up against high-powered opponents at Kirkland & Ellis.

How Soon Before One Law School's Troubles Spread?

Steven J. Harper : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2014

Albany Law School has attracted some unwanted publicity recently, but the problems it faces could be a harbinger of grimmer things to come.

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.

Kirkland Seeks $20.7 Billion in Damages From Anadarko

Julie Triedman : The Litigation Daily : January 14, 2014

There's a $20 billion gulf between what Anadarko and its adversaries think the company should have to pay to resolve a battle over environmental liabilities in the Tronox Inc. bankruptcy.

Former FTC Head Says CFPB Poses 'Mortal Threat'

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 13, 2014

The Federal Trade Commission faces a "mortal threat" from the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, former FTC chairman Timothy Muris said during a panel discussion Thursday.

Former FTC Head Says CFPB Poses 'Mortal Threat'

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 13, 2014

The Federal Trade Commission faces a "mortal threat" from the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, former FTC chairman Timothy Muris said during a panel discussion today.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 13, 2014

Orrick Herrington, Buchanan Ingersoll and Wilson Elser have announced promotions, while Baker Botts and McDermott Will have each added a partner.

Former FTC Head Says CFPB Poses 'Mortal Threat'

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 13, 2014

The Federal Trade Commission faces a "mortal threat" from the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, former FTC chairman Timothy Muris said during a panel discussion today.

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.

White-Collar Defender Leslie Caldwell Up For Prosecutor Job

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 10, 2014

Leslie Caldwell spent the last decade defending Fortune 500 companies and CEOs in criminal matters. On Tuesday, the Senate takes up her nomination to lead the U.S. Department of Justice's Criminal Division, where she'd be on the other side of the courtroom.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 07, 2014

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

Taking the Measure of a Storied Lateral Hire

Steven J. Harper : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2014

Two years ago, DLA Piper recruited Tony Angel with great fanfare as a high-profile lateral partner brought in to run the firm. The current news about him is more subdued.

iPad rEvolution

Alan Cohen : Law Technology News : January 07, 2014

Virtualization could be the key to lawyers abandoning their laptops for tablets.

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.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 05, 2014

Five firms have added new partners, while others have announced promotions.

UJA-Federation Recognizes Lawyers

Rick Kopstein, Photographer : New York Law Journal : January 05, 2014

The UJA-Federation of New York honored Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz partner Theodore N. Mirvis and Kirkland & Ellis LLP partner Edward O. Sassower at the organization's Lawyers Division annual event on Jan. 30.

Skadden Bankruptcy Baron Joins Liquidation Shop

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

John "Jack" Wm. Butler Jr., a former cohead of the corporate reorganization practice at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, is poised to leave the Am Law 100 firm's Chicago office to join financial services shop Hilco Global, which specializes in distressed investments.

A Fanatical Approach To Preparation

George Erb : The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

In early 2013, the Lao Peoples Democratic Republic changed attorneys in a dispute in New York federal court over how the Southeast Asian nation would pay a $56 million arbitration judgment against it. It was a sobering assignment for the Laotian government's new counsel, MoloLamken.

New York Sees Growth in Partner Promotions

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

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

The Lateral All-Stars

Hillary Flynn, Tom Brennan, Chris Johnson and Jan Wolfe : The American Lawyer : January 03, 2014

The most high-profile lateral partner moves of 2013.

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

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

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

Leaders of Large Law Firms 'Get It'? Says Who?

Steven J. Harper : The Am Law Daily : January 31, 2014

Sometimes the effort to defend what passes for leadership is a fool's errand.

In re Emoral Inc.

Judith Nallin : New Jersey Law Journal : January 30, 2014

Personal-injury claims arising from a debtor corporation's alleged wrongful conduct, asserted against a third-party nondebtor corporation on a "mere continuation" theory of successor liability under state law, are "generalized claims" constituting property of the bankruptcy estate.

New Deals

: The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

Two years after the collapse of its attempted takeover of rival Vulcan Materials, Martin Marietta Materials said Tuesday it will pay $2.7 billion to acquire Dallas-based cement-maker Texas Industries. Also, China's Lenovo Group has agreed to acquire the IBM's low-end server division for $2.3 billion.

Fee Tracker: Super Bowl, Patent Battles and More

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

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

Asia Deal Digest: January 30, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 30, 2014

* Stephenson Harwood guides a Vietnamese budget airline in for a $9 billion jet order* Weil advises Lenovo and Cleary guides Google on their $2.9 billion smartphone deal* Cleary has its turn acting for Lenovo on its $2.3 billion acquisition of IBM's low-end server business

Latham Advising Hess as Company Sheds Utica Shale Assets

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

Hess has retained the firm for counsel on its $924 million sale of roughly 74,000 acres of dry natural gas assets to a buyer whose identity has not been disclosed. New York-based Hess has raised roughly $7.8 billion in total from a series of asset sales over the past year as the company looks to boost flagging profits and appease its shareholders.

Nasdaq, Underwriters Challenge Ruling in Facebook IPO

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 29, 2014

A federal judge is expected to hear motions next month filed by Nasdaq and the underwriters of Facebook Inc.'s botched initial public offering challenging his rulings allowing a raft of shareholder cases to proceed against them.

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. .

Am Law Trio Advises on KKR's $2.3 Billion Insurance Buy

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

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett's corporate lawyers grabbed a spot across the negotiating table from longtime client KKR on Monday, advising two private equity firms on the $2.3 billion sale of insurance claims processor Sedgwick Claims Management Services. Willkie Farr & Gallagher has also snagged a role for Sedgwick, while Latham & Watkins is representing KKR.

Q&A: David J. Spiegel

Suevon Lee : Commercial Litigation Insider : January 27, 2014

David Spiegel, a former senior litigation associate at Kirkland & Ellis who now works as an analyst with Gerchen Keller Capital, discusses his role in the Chicago-based litigation finance firm, which just announced the close of its second private investment fund.

Litigation Department of the Year: Honorable Mentions

By David Bario, Michael D. Goldhaber, Robin Sparkman, Julie Triedman and Jan Wolfe : The American Lawyer : January 27, 2014

Ten firms win Honorable Mention recognition in The American Lawyer's 2014 Litigation Department of the Year competition.

An Accused Insider Trader's Spectacular Lies

Steven J. Harper : The Am Law Daily : January 24, 2014

A phony law school transcript may be less important than the larger questions it raises.

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.

Merchants and City Settle Case Over Modest Dress Rule

Brendan Pierson : New York Law Journal : January 23, 2014

The complaint alleged in 2012 that signs that seven Hasidic Jewish merchants in Brooklyn posted requiring, among other things, no low-cut necklines or sleeveless shirts, were discriminatory against women and people who are not Orthodox Jews.

Weil Adds Hong Kong Partner

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 22, 2014

Investment funds specialist Albert Cho was previously a partner in Hong Kong with Kirkland & Ellis.

Aon Hires a New In-House Dealmaker

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 22, 2014

The new chief counsel's brief will be handling all of Aon plc's global corporate transactions.

Marketplace

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

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

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.

The Churn: Ted Kennedy Jr. Joins Epstein, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 21, 2014

Epstein Becker hires Ted Kennedy Jr. in Connecticut; Reed Smith launches a Kazakhstan office with two Dewey alumni; and a former political adviser in Florida joins Shutts & Bowen.

New Competition, and Recognition, for Litigation Funders

Julie Triedman : The Litigation Daily : January 20, 2014

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

Bailing Out of Deepwater MDL

Miriam Rozen : Texas Lawyer : January 20, 2014

The multidistrict litigation stemming from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster appears to have no end in sight. After a series of disappointing rulings, plaintiffs lawyer Brent Coon is organizing an effort to extract some cases from what he said is a slow-moving MDL.

BP Snipes Away at Oil Spill Settlement

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 20, 2014

Despite a resounding recent setback before an appeals court, BP PLC remains unbowed in its campaign to rewrite its $9.6 billion settlement in the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The company continues to chip away at the deal both in the courts of law and of public opinion.

Fried Frank, Paul Weiss Lead on Time Warner Center Sale

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

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

The Big Problem With the Ongoing Law School Bailout

Steven J. Harper : The Am Law Daily : January 17, 2014

When it comes to moral hazard, it's hard to top what's already happening at many of the nation's law schools.

Paper-N-Pizza: For Apollo's Lawyers, It's All M&A

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

Friday night just got more fun for five Am Law 100 firms. Paul Hastings, Paul Weiss, Ropes & Gray, Wachtell, and Weil are grabbing a slice of private equity giant Apollo Global Management's $1.3 billion buy of CEC Entertainment, the parent of family restaurant chain Chuck E. Cheese's. Meanwhile, Paul Weiss and four other firms are advising on an Apollo-backed company's $1.4 billion buy of specialty paper maker NewPage Holdings.

Beanie Babies Billionaire Avoids Prison for Tax Evasion

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 14, 2014

Ty Warner dodged a potential jail term for tax evasion on Tuesday, instead earning two years of probation for hiding millions from the IRS. The decision is a relief for Warner, whose tiny stuffed animals were a defining toy craze of the 1990s, and a win for his lawyers at Scandaglia & Ryan, Caplin & Drysdale and Kirkland & Ellis.

Am Law 100 Trio Take Lead on Time Warner Cable Bid

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

Time Warner Cable said Tuesday it had rejected rival Charter Communications' $61.3 billion takeover bid, with the former relying on longtime outside counsel Paul Weiss for representation and the latter turning to Wachtell and Kirkland & Ellis. Should the companies end up striking a deal, a fresh round of cable industry consolidation—and a bevy of transactional assignments for other Am Law 100 firms—could follow.

BP Loses Appeal to Undo Spill Settlement

Susan Beck : The Litigation Daily : January 13, 2014

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

Second City Shanghai

Anthony Lin : The Asian Lawyer : January 13, 2014

Despite its reputation as China's New York, Shanghai still doesn't compare as a financial—or legal—center. Not to New York, not to Hong Kong, not even to Beijing. A Shanghai office has become dispensable to some international law firms, and Beijing-based firms increasingly dominate the domestic profession. Could policy shifts, including the unveiling of a new Free Trade Zone, start to help Shanghai live up to its amazing skyline?

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 13, 2014

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

Leading M&A Transactions-Target or Acquirer Based in N.J.-2013

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 10, 2014

Leading M&A transactions with the target or acquirer based in N.J. in 2013.

New Jersey M&As Saw Drop In Number and Value in 2013

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 10, 2014

New Jersey's mergers-and-acquisitions market told a familiar tale in 2013: another year that began with optimism and ended with stagnation.

Asia Deal Digest: January 9, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 09, 2014

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

Tech Sector Dealmaking a Boon to Some Am Law 200 Firms

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

Data shows that the tech sector was responsible for much of the global dealmaking activity last year and recently racked up nearly $3 billion in value and yielded assignments for Am Law 200 stalwarts Fenwick & West, O'Melveny, Weil and Wilson Sonsini.

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 06, 2014

Adem Koyuncu joins Covington & Burling's life sciences practice as partner. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

For FHFA's Targets, It Paid to Pay Up Quickly

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 03, 2014

Newly released figures support the notion that General Electric Co. and Citigroup Inc. were smart to be the first to settle claims that they duped Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into buying toxic securities.

Future Chief Seen as Forceful Leader on Patent Court

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 03, 2014

Reed Smith Partner Jumps to Sheppard

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 02, 2014

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.

Late-Year M&A Surge a Boon to Some Am Law 200 Firms

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

Data shows that mergers and acquisitions in the U.S. accounted for 43 percent of last year's global deal volume and that the nation's technology industry was responsible for much of the activity. The sector continued its dealmaking run over the past week with a batch of transactions that totaled nearly $3 billion in value and yielded assignments for Am Law 200 stalwarts Fenwick & West, O'Melveny, Weil and Wilson Sonsini.

Finalist, General Litigation Department of the Year: Covington

Michael D. Goldhaber : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2014

In the six years since Covington last appeared as a finalist in this contest, its litigation group has grown a whopping 40 percent. Most importantly, it shed its image as a cerebral firm that won't climb into the trenches.

Calif. Law Firm Leaders Look Ahead to 2014

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 31, 2013

California-based managing partners close the book on 2013 with some cause for optimism. Fenwick's Kathryn Fritz says clients are asking law firms to "reinvent themselves from within."

The American Lawyer's Newsmakers of 2013

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

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

Midsize Private Equity Deals Keep Am Law Firms Busy

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 30, 2013

Kirkland and Ropes are advising on Bain's purchase of a majority stake in Bob's Discount Furniture; Simpson Thacher and Perkins Coie have landed roles on The Blackstone Group's $200 million investment in Crocs; and Dickstein Shapiro is representing Brynwood Partners on a pair of transactions announced within the past week.

The American Lawyer's Newsmakers of 2013

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

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

Law Firm Leaders Look Ahead to 2014

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 27, 2013

Managing partners close the book on 2013 with some cause for optimism. Fenwick's Kathryn Fritz says clients are asking law firms to "reinvent themselves from within."

Shearman, Kirkland Help Land $1.4 Billion Beechcraft Sale

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 27, 2013

Cessna Aircraft Company parent Textron Inc. has agreed to buy Beechcraft less than a year after the Wichita, Kan.–based plane maker's exit from bankruptcy. Shearman & Sterling is advising Textron on the all-cash deal, while Beechcraft has tapped Kirkland & Ellis.

Am Law 100 Trio Leads on $1.6 Billion Medical Supply Deal

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 26, 2013

Buyout firm Madison Dearborn Partners has agreed to acquire a majority stake in medical supply company Ikaria, the maker of a treatment for infantile respiratory failure. Kirkland is advising Madison Dearborn, while the target is being represented by Fried Frank and Wilmer.

Kirkland, Skadden Lead on Largest Bankruptcy Matters

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : January 25, 2013

In a down market, the biggest cases are going to only a few firms.

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.

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 23, 2013

Barbara de Marigny joins the tax practice of McGuireWoods as partner in the Houston office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Bus Takes Pro Bono Volunteers Where They're Needed Most

Lesley Guth : The Recorder : January 20, 2013

Six Firms Lead on $1.84 Billion Marketing Deal

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 18, 2013

Harland Clarke Holdings is buying marketing company Valassis in an all-cash deal, with Wachtell and Cleary advising Harland Clarke; Kirkland and McDermott representing Valassis; and Latham and Weil also landing roles on the transaction.

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

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

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

Jewish Daily Forward's FOIL Request for Name of Mohel Is Rejected

John Caher : New York Law Journal : January 16, 2013

The identity of a mohel who infected an infant with herpes during a ritualistic circumcision will apparently remain secret as a state judge has held that principles of open government "must yield to matters of public safety."

Art, Life, and A Big Law Lesson From The Good Wife

Steven J. Harper : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2013

A hit television series about fictional attorneys strikes a resonant chord in the real world.

Amid Deal Doldrums, Energy M&A Still Flows to Some Firms

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 12, 2013

Though the volume of energy-related M&A transactions has dipped to a nine-year low, Herbert Smith Freehills, Norton Rose Fulbright, Vinson & Elkins and White & Case are closing out 2013 by grabbing leading roles on a spate of big deals tied to the industry.

Willkie Recruits Specialist in Private Equity Deals

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 09, 2013

Willkie Farr & Gallagher has bolstered its private equity practice by adding Kirkland & Ellis partner Kirk Radke as a partner in its New York office.

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.

The Churn: In and Out at Kaye Scholer, Plus More Lateral Moves

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2013

Kaye Scholer loses a partner on each coast while hiring senior attorneys in its Chicago and Frankfurt offices; the former director of the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition returns to Boies, Schiller & Flexner; and Gardere Wynne Sewell expands by three in Dallas..

A Great Statesman, Mandela Also Inspired Fellow Lawyers

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2013

Nelson Mandela's death Thursday prompted an outpouring of tributes around the world. But before he became one of the 20th century's most influential world leaders, Mandela founded South Africa's first black law firm in one of his first steps on the path to social justice. Many of South Africa's largest firms—and most prominent lawyers—are remembering his important legacy.

The Am Law 200's Failure of Leadership

Steven J. Harper : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2013

The American Lawyer's latest survey of law firm leaders reveals more about managing partners than they might like.

Willkie Nets Kirkland's Radke

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 05, 2013

Kirk Radke, a leading private equity partner in Kirkland's New York office, is heading to Willkie as a partner, the firm said Thursday.

Petronas Loses Cybersquatting Case Against GoDaddy

Julie Triedman : The Litigation Daily : January 05, 2013

Survival Clauses Trump Statute of Limitations, Chancery Rules

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 04, 2013

Delaware entities have the contractual freedom to shorten the statute of limitations through the adoption of a survival clause in a stock purchase agreement, the Court of Chancery has ruled. The court issued the opinion when it granted ENI Holdings LLC's motion to dismiss certain counterclaims alleged against the company by KBR Group Holdings LLC over the $280 million sale of engineering firm Roberts & Schaefer Co.

Quartet of Private Equity Deals Yield Roles for Big Firms

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 02, 2013

Baker & McKenzie, Drinker Biddle, Freshfields, Kirkland & Ellis, Latham & Watkins, Norton Rose Fulbright, Skadden and Womble Carlyle led the way as several large firms landed lead roles advising buyout shops BC Partners, Odyssey Investment Partners, Permira and Thoma Bravo on nearly $3.9 billion in transactional work around the Thanksgiving holiday.

IN BRIEF: Rehearing Delayed

: The National Law Journal : January 02, 2013

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

12 on 12: Holiday Gift Wish List

Victor Li : Law Technology News : January 01, 2013

If money were no object, what would you love to receive this December?

Objectors to BP Deal Bail on Appeal—and Their Lawyers

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

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

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 25, 2013

Sandra Busell joins Davidoff Hutcher & Citron's trusts and estates group. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

In-House Counsel Profile: Razor USA LLC's John W. Cochrane

June D. Bell : The National Law Journal : January 25, 2013

Razor USA LLC is the exclusive distributor of Razor scooters, electric scooters, bicycles and accessories in the United States and most of the world. General counsel John Cochrane said Razor is "an amazingly lean ­corporation. People are surprised by how small we are for the visibility we have."

The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 22, 2013

Michael Best & Friedrich gains nine attorneys in Salt Lake City; a deputy general counsel at Philip Morris returns to Shook, Hardy & Bacon; and Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr brings in a special counsel from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. .

Thompson Taps Broad Expertise for Transition Team

Andrew Keshner : New York Law Journal : January 22, 2013

Brooklyn District Attorney-elect Kenneth Thompson has announced a 32-member transition team of prominent private attorneys, community leaders and criminal justice experts who are tasked with recruiting high-caliber legal talent to the office.

Asia Deal Digest: November 21, 2013

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 21, 2013

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

Regulatory Climate is Unsettled

Todd Ruger : The National Law Journal : January 18, 2013

Leading regulatory law attorneys and current and former members of Congress say congressional deadlock could shift authority to other actors on regulations.

Former Dewey Leader Hires Criminal Defense Lawyer

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 15, 2013

In a sign that at least one member of the management troika that ran Dewey & LeBoeuf may harbor concerns about being targeted in any criminal prosecution related to the firm's collapse, former Dewey executive director Stephen DiCarmine has retained Bryan Cave white-collar partner Austin Campriello to represent him in several Dewey-related matters.

Representing Corporate New Jersey

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 15, 2013

The Newest Big Law Partners Speak

Steven J. Harper : The Am Law Daily : January 15, 2013

Along with their big paychecks, this year's freshly minted partners at large law firms are finding some unpleasant surprises.

Kind Words for 'No Admit' Securities Settlements

Mike Scarcella : Legal Times : January 14, 2013

The former head of enforcement for the Securities and Exchange Commission defended settlements that allow financial institutions to forego admissions of wrongdoing, saying they permit quicker resolution of cases and put money back in investors pockets.

The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 12, 2013

Pepper Hamilton poaches three Goodwin Procter partners to open in Silicon Valley; Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr takes a partner from Weil, Gotshal & Manges; and Brown Rudnick hires the former cochair of Bingham McCutchen's life sciences practice. .

12 on 12: Giving Thanks

Victor Li : Law Technology News : January 12, 2013

Legal professionals give thanks for their favorite technology, app, device or product from the past year.

Nov. 13: The 2013 NLJ Regulatory Summit

: The National Law Journal : January 11, 2013

Top attorneys in Washington who focus on regulatory law and policy will share their insights on Nov. 13 about what to expect from federal agencies in 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court and Congress.

Despite Lateral Loss, Simpson Snags Another Deal for KKR

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 11, 2013

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has lost corporate and M&A partner Sean Rodgers to Kirkland & Ellis, marking the latter firm's latest high-profile lateral hire in recent months. Rodgers, who has been a partner at Simpson for nearly a decade, has handled several major deals for private equity giant KKR. Nonetheless, Rodgers' former firm is once again advising KKR this week on its $1.6 billion buy of landscaping company the Brickman Group.

Business Law Pro Bono Honor

Rick Kopstein, Photographer : New York Law Journal : January 08, 2013

The Lawyers Alliance for New York presented its 2013 Cornerstone Awards to two firms - Kirkland & Ellis and Stroock & Stroock & Lavan - and 10 individuals at a ceremony Wednesday night.

Does Case Western Dean Really See Himself as a Dictator?

Steven J. Harper : The Am Law Daily : January 08, 2013

Lawrence Mitchell is in the news again. That's unfortunate.

Asia Deal Digest: November 7, 2013

Quiteria Leung : The Asian Lawyer : January 07, 2013

* Skadden, Russell McVeagh advise on New Zealand's largest-ever IPO for Meridian Energy* Baker & McKenzie guides a Chinese conglomerate buying a Hong Kong bank for $1.5 billion* A Dubai commodities firm turns to Stamford for a Singapore reverse merger

How the Magic Circle Lost the Battle for New York

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 05, 2013

Despite decades of effort and millions of dollars spent, the U.K.'s Magic Circle firms still haven't made a dent in the New York market.

The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 05, 2013

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips hires a new president for its international consulting subsidiary; a Mayer Brown lawyer has defected to Freeborn & Peters in Chicago; and the chair of Kaye Scholer's investment funds group has gone to Sidley Austin. .

Candidates for Brooklyn D.A. Reprise Themes From Primary

Andrew Keshner : New York Law Journal : January 04, 2013

As a bruising race approaches its end, Kenneth Thompson predicts he will win by an even larger margin than his convincing primary victory over six-term incumbent Charles Hynes. But Hynes is hopeful he can muster enough additional support to prevail in an admittedly uphill contest.

As Clients Speak, Are Law Firm Leaders Listening?

Steven J. Harper : The Am Law Daily : January 01, 2013

Many of the largest law firms are not responding to the demands of the clients they serve as outside counsel. Now those clients are voting with their feet.

Beyond High Tech

Lisa Shuchman : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2013

The 2013 Patent Litigation Survey

How Are U.S. Firms Faring in London?

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 31, 2013

New Deals

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 31, 2013

Consol Energy said Monday it has reached an agreement to sell five of its coal mining operations in West Virginia to Murray Energy in a deal worth roughly $3.5 billion. Also, American Realty Capital Properties had to wait more than seven months, but it finally reached a deal to create the country's largest real estate investment trust in the net lease sector.

How the Magic Circle Lost the Battle for New York

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 31, 2013

Despite decades of effort and millions of dollars spent, the U.K.'s Magic Circle firms still haven't made a dent in the New York market.

N.Y. Senate GOP Committee Fights Moreland Subpoena

John Caher : New York Law Journal : January 31, 2013

The motion to quash a Moreland Commission subpoena seeking information on the committee's donors and housekeeping account alleges that the subpoena is overbroad, unconstitutional and "tainted by impermissible partisan bias." It is the first direct legal challenge to the panel's authority, but it is unlikely to be the last.

Fee Tracker: Penn State's Sex Abuse Tab, Herbalife and Twitter

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 30, 2013

Tallying up what Am Law 200 firms are making for their work on notable matters in the news, including the Penn State sex abuse scandal, Bill Ackman's bet against Herbalife, the coming Wikipedia reboot and Twitter's planned IPO.

Georgia Lines Up Counsel For Water Wars

: The Associated Press : January 29, 2013

Georgia has appointed lawyers to handle a legal dispute with Florida over regional water rights that is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, authorities said.

Georgia Picks Waxman, Kirkland for Water War Reps

Kathleen Baydala Joyner : Daily Report : January 28, 2013

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens and Gov. Nathan Deal said Monday that a former U.S. solicitor general and a team of Washington attorneys will defend the state from a water rights lawsuit brought by Florida in the U.S. Supreme Court.

D. C. Calendar of Events

: The National Law Journal : January 28, 2013

Five Firms Advise on $3.5 Billion Consol Coal Mine Deal

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 28, 2013

Consol Energy has agreed to sell five of its coal mining operations in West Virginia to Murray Energy in a deal worth $3.5 billion—including cash, assumed debt and future considerations. Kirkland & Ellis is advising Murray, while Consol has turned to attorneys at Buchanan Ingersoll, Greenberg Traurig, Wachtell and West Virginia's Steptoe & Johnson.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 28, 2013

A weekly report of lawyer moves and law firm changes. Keep abreast of where movers and shakers are going and what they're doing.

Attorneys Accused in BP Payout Probe Are Fighting Back

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

Four attorneys targeted for potential fraud in the dispersal of BP PLC's $9.6 billion Deepwater Horizon oil spill settlement are fighting back, filing lawsuits, challenging court orders and alleging a conflict of interest.

Whistleblowing Protection Confined to U.S., Judge Rules

Jan Wolfe : New York Law Journal : January 24, 2013

Southern District Judge William Pauley III threw out an action brought under the anti-retaliation provision of Dodd-Frank by Meng-Lin Liu, a former compliance officer at Siemens China who says he lost his job after he exposed routine bribery.

Private Equity Ties Yield Roles for Top Firms

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

Clifford Chance, Kirkland & Ellis, Schulte Roth, Simpson Thacher, and Weil, Gotshal & Manges are queuing up to the private equity pipeline to advise on a handful of deals by top buyout shops. The transactions, which come as many private investment firms embark on a major fundraising drive, reveal the close ties between such law firms and their PE clients.

New Deals

: New York Law Journal : January 24, 2013

AT&T has agreed to lease 9,100 of its cellphone towers and sell 600 of the units outright to Crown Castle International Corporation for a combined total of $4.85 billion in cash, and Advance Auto Parts will acquire privately held rival General Parts International in a takeover bid that will create North America's largest auto parts retailer.

Greenberg Attorneys Worked Purchase Of Apparel Maker Gerber

Julie Kay : Daily Business Review : January 23, 2013

Greenberg Traurig attorneys advised Rhode Island-based Providence Apparel Inc. on its purchase of apparel maker Gerber Childrenswear LLC from Boca Raton-based private investment firm Sun Capital Partners Inc.

Lawmakers Balk at Subpoenas to 'Quite a Few' Firms

John Caher : New York Law Journal : January 22, 2013

Senator John DeFrancisco, a veteran state lawmaker and practicing attorney whose firm has been subpoenaed by the Moreland Commission, said it is vital for the Legislature to challenge the panel's authority to force lawyers to divulge the names of their clients.

Covington, Kirkland, Shearman Settle With Howrey Estate

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 22, 2013

Pending court approval, Howrey trustee Allan Diamond can count on adding another $2.02 million to the defunct law firm's coffers after reaching settlements this week with Covington & Burling, Kirkland & Ellis, Shearman & Sterling and 11 former Howrey partners.

Covington, Kirkland, Shearman Settle With Howrey Estate

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 22, 2013

When an M&A Deal Brings Change to the Legal Department

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : January 21, 2013

A merger or acquisition can be an especially stressful time for a company's legal department, because the in-house lawyers often are overseeing details of the deal while at the same time they are adapting internally to the changes it brings.

Fish, Finnegan Top 2013 Patent Litigation Survey

Lisa Shuchman : Corporate Counsel : January 21, 2013

Litigation-Funding Exec Jailed for Conspiring With Broker for Fees

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 21, 2013

An attorney and former partner at a litigation-funding firm has drawn a prison term for conspiring with a New Jersey broker to defraud business associates of nearly $870,000.

INADMISSIBLE: For Lawyers in EPA Cases, 'Exciting Dilemma'

: The National Law Journal : January 21, 2013

Lawyers are scrambling following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on October 15 to grant review in six separate challenges to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's greenhouse gas regulations. But there's a catch. Plus more in this week's column.

The 2013 Patent Litigation Survey

Lisa Shuchman : Corporate Counsel : January 21, 2013

The high stakes that companies faced, and the constant barrage of suits, kept law firms' patent practices busy, according to results from our "2013 Patent Litigation Survey," which ranks law firms according to how many federal district court patent suits they handled in 2012.

DLA, Proskauer Handle JPMorgan's $725 Million Skyscraper Sale

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 21, 2013

JPMorgan Chase, which is on the verge of reaching a $13 billion mortgage settlement with the Justice Department, has agreed to sell its 60-story office tower at One Chase Manhattan Plaza in downtown New York to China's Fosun International for $725 million. Proskauer Rose is advising JPMorgan on the deal, while DLA Piper is taking the lead for Fosun—the firm's second major real estate deal for a Chinese buyer in recent weeks.