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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

  • Designation: Chicago
  • Head Count: 1,554
  • Gross Revenues: $2,016,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,295,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $3,280,000
  • 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 14 -3 Lawyer head count
The A-List 16 4 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 27 9 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 45 -5 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 81 36 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 58 -8 Summer programs

In the News

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 28, 2014

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

Courts Asked to Weigh In on Teacher Tenure, Discipline

Joel Stashenko and Karen Matthews : New York Law Journal : January 28, 2014

While a California judge recently found that state's teacher tenure system unconstitutional, similar suits against New York's tenure and discipline laws are less certain of achieving a similar outcome, education law experts say.

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

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

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

Dewey & LeBoeuf: Connecting More Dots

Steven J. Harper : The Am Law Daily : January 25, 2014

If you thought the story of Dewey & LeBoeuf ended when the firm declared bankruptcy, you're wrong. The best is yet to come.

Under Israel's Iron Dome, Another Law Firm Merger

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

Not even Israel is immune to market consolidation for legal services. This week Shibolet & Co., one of the country's largest law firms, picked up a seven-lawyer technology boutique in Tel Aviv as rockets rained down from Gaza on the nation's high-tech hub.

New Court Program Seeks to Aid Sex Trafficking Victims

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

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

Obama Names Record Number of Gay Federal Judges

Todd Ruger, John Council and John Pacenti : The National Law Journal : January 21, 2014

President Barack Obama's 11th nomination of an openly gay or lesbian lawyer to a federal district judgeship reflects both his declared mission to diversify the courts and the widespread cultural shift in acceptance of gays and lesbians in public life.

Wachtell Raids Simpson Thacher for Executive Compensation Expert

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

A month after Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz executive compensation partner Jeremy Goldstein left the venerable Am Law 100 firm to start his own practice, the country's most profitable shop on a profits-per-partner basis looked outside its ranks to find a replacement in Simpson Thacher & Bartlett partner Andrea Wahlquist. She becomes only the fourth lateral partner hire in Wachtell's storied history.

A Summer Surprise: Obama, Rubio And Cruz Agree On Gay Federal Judge Appointments

Todd Ruger, John Council and John Pacenti : Daily Business Review : January 20, 2014

Naming openly gay judges to district courts has given the judiciary wider perspective and a foundation from which circuit ­judges—and possibly a U.S. Supreme Court justice—could emerge.

Obama's Historic Role in Nominating Gay Judges

Todd Ruger, John Council and John Pacenti : Texas Lawyer : January 20, 2014

Robert Pitman's uncontroversial selection—Cornyn called Pitman's sexuality "irrelevant"—was Obama's 11th nomination of an openly gay or lesbian lawyer to a federal district judgeship.

Are You a Smokin' Bucketful of Awesome?

Steven J. Harper : The Am Law Daily : January 18, 2014

Some law school apologists resist the suggestion of a crisis in legal education; others, like University of North Carolina professor Bernard Burk, have the courage to speak up.

The Churn: As DLA Turns, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

A flurry of moves at DLA Piper; a longtime Quinn Emanuel partner departs; and Bingham loses two more amid merger talks in our latest look at notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Circuit Applies High Court Standard to Takings Claims

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : January 18, 2014

The Second Circuit on Wednesday clarified the law on takings and whether challenges to them are ripe for federal review in a putative class action challenging Verizon's use of New York's eminent domain powers to install multi-unit terminal boxes on private property.

Am Law Duo Leads on Onex's Insurance Business Boost

Wenxiong Zhang : The Am Law Daily : January 17, 2014

Kirkland & Ellis and Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson advised on the deal, in which a group of investors led by Onex will pay $1.33 billion to acquire York Risk Services from ABRY Partners.

GSK Can't Quash $106 Mil. Verdict in Generic Paxil Dispute

Charles Toutant : New Jersey Law Journal : January 17, 2014

A Trenton, N.J., federal judge has denied GlaxoSmithKline's bid to toss out a $106 million verdict against it for breaching a contract granting Mylan Pharmaceuticals exclusive rights to make a generic version of the antidepressant Paxil CR.

Asia Deal Digest: July 17, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 17, 2014

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

New Deals

MP McQueen : The American Lawyer : January 17, 2014

Reynolds American Inc., maker of Pall Mall and Camel cigarettes, has agreed to buy Lorillard Inc. for $27.4 billion, including debt. If completed, the merger would create a powerful rival to the largest tobacco company in the U.S.

Am Law 100 Trio Advising on Murdoch's Time Warner Bid

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

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Hogan Lovells are representing Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox on its $80 billion unsolicited takeover bid for Time Warner, which has rejected the offer. Cravath, Swaine & Moore is advising Time Warner on the matter. All three firms have long histories with the two media giants.

Reynolds Agrees to Buy Lorillard for $27.4 Billion

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : January 15, 2014

Jones Day, Cravath Swaine & Moore, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Allen & Overy and Kirkland & Ellis all advised on the megadeal that would create a $50 billion tobacco company to rival Altria Group, the holding company of Philip Morris.

For Unaccompanied Minors, a Lack of Lawyers

Drew Combs : The American Lawyer : January 15, 2014

Tens of thousands of children defy long odds to slip into the country by themselves every year. Many could stay—if only they could get a lawyer.

Osram Sylvania Settles Headlight Marketing Class Action

Lisa Hoffman : The National Law Journal : January 15, 2014

Osram Sylvania Inc. has agreed to pay $30 million to settle a class action accusing the company of con-sumer fraud for falsely marketing its SilverStar automobile headlights as a safety enhancement be-cause they are brighter, project a wider beam and allow better sight down the road.

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.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 14, 2014

Lateral moves in this week's column.

Software Firm Vies to Restore $147 Million BlackBerry Verdict

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 11, 2014

The appeal for client Mformation brought Weil Gotshal's Edward Reines to the Federal Circuit for his first argument since playing a role in Judge Randall Rader's resignation.

Software Firm Vies to Restore $147 Million Jury Verdict in Bay Area Patent Case

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 11, 2014

The appeal for client Mformation brought Weil Gotshal's Edward Reines to the Federal Circuit for his first argument since playing a role in Judge Randall Rader's resignation.

The Roberts Court: Playing the Long Game

Steven J. Harper : The Am Law Daily : January 11, 2014

What will be the legacy of the Roberts Court? It's way too soon to tell.

Circuit Revives WTC Claims of 211 Building Cleaners

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : January 11, 2014

More than 200 workers who say they suffered respiratory and other injuries after cleaning up buildings around the World Trade Center in the aftermath of 9/11 will get a second chance in their litigation against building owners and tenants.

The American Lawyer Chooses 2014 Global Legal Award Winners

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

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

Kirkland's $5 Million Man Leads on Texas Energy Deal

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

A little more than two months after Kirkland & Ellis made waves by heading to Houston with its hire of Andrew Calder from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, the firm has snagged a key role advising longtime Simpson Thacher private equity client KKR on its creation of an oil and gas joint venture with Riverstone Holdings that will be one of the largest operators in Texas' Barnett Shale formation.

Fed. Judge Dismisses Patent Claims Against Vonage

Charles Toutant : New Jersey Law Journal : January 08, 2014

A federal judge in Newark has dismissed part of a patent infringement suit against Vonage Holdings after finding the plaintiff's pleadings failed to support its claims.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 07, 2014

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

INADMISSIBLE: BNP Assailed Over Unlawful Transactions

: The National Law Journal : January 07, 2014

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

A-List Law Firms Have Feet of Clay

Vivia Chen : The National Law Journal : January 07, 2014

The American Lawyer just published its annual "A-List" issue, but once you look behind the scores, you get a sense that the winners aren't quite as stellar as they first appear.

Davis Polk's Big Bet in Hong Kong

Anthony Lin : The Asian Lawyer : January 07, 2014

The Wall Street firm has assembled a dream team, with an eye on China's rising corporate elite. Is the market ready?

Skadden Crowned Winner in M&A Rankings

Wenxiong Zhang : The Am Law Daily : January 03, 2014

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom sat atop three separate rankings of legal advisers for M&A deals based on total transaction value in the first half of the year.

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

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

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

Salaries at White House No Match for Big Firms

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 02, 2014

The White House list of staff salaries for 2014 reveals just how much income lawyers can sacrifice for the privilege of working with the president.

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

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

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

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.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 30, 2014

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

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

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

The Careerist: A-Listers, Read This

Vivia Chen : The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

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

Marking 50 Years of Civil Rights Laws

: New York Law Journal : January 27, 2014

The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law sponsored a panel discussion Wednesday on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Siding with Drugmakers, Sixth Circuit Tosses Painkiller Cases

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 27, 2014

The appeals court knocked out claims that dozens of drug companies ignored the risks of a painkiller pulled from the market in 2010.

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

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

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

LSEG's Big Russell Buy a First for Kirkland

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

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

Judge Names Interim Plaintiffs Counsel in GM Litigation

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 26, 2014

A judge in New York has appointed temporary lead counsel in the ignition switch lawsuits filed against General Motors Co. but is considering delaying those claims until key questions in the automaker's bankruptcy are resolved.

Asia Deal Digest: June 26, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 26, 2014

*Cordells on Citigroup's $700 million purchase of a new Hong Kong headquarters*Baker & McKenzie advises Japan's Pacifico Energy on financing for new solar project*Linklaters leads Yes Bank's $488 share placement in India

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

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

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

Wyndham Hotel Affiliates Can't Escape Suit Over Data Breaches, Judge Says

Charles Toutant : New Jersey Law Journal : January 24, 2014

A federal judge has refused to dismiss companies related to Wyndham Worldwide Corp. from a Federal Trade Commission suit alleging the hotel chain owner's failure to safeguard customers' personal data.

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

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 24, 2014

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

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

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

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

A Dewey 'Foot Soldier'?

Steven J. Harper : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2014

A simple question dogs the Manhattan district attorney's case against former Dewey & LeBoeuf client relations coordinator Zachary Warren: Why?

Patent Ruling's Effect on 'Trolls' Debated

Tony Mauro : Supreme Court Brief : January 19, 2014

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

Drugmakers See Bid to Defeat Class Action Fairness Act

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 19, 2014

Two pharmaceutical drug manufacturers told a federal en banc appeals panel on Thursday that plaintiffs were trying to circumvent the U.S. Class Action Fairness Act, which requires that “mass actions” be tried in federal court, by coordinating dozens of cases in California state court.

Trade Groups Challenge Vermont's Food Labeling Law

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 19, 2014

Food industry trade groups have tapped Hogan Lovells to challenge a first-of-its-kind state law requiring the labeling of genetically engineered food.

Pro Bono Partnership Hosts 'Smorgasbono'

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 19, 2014

Volunteer attorneys from law firms and corporations participated in the Pro Bono Partnership's third "Smorgasbono" program, advising nonprofit clients on a variety of legal subjects.

PwC, Citco Escape Madoff Feeder Fund Class Action

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 19, 2014

Lawyers at Kirkland and Paul Weiss tentatively freed their clients from a class action targeting them over services they provided to Fairfield Greenwich Group, a manager of so-called feeder funds that funneled billions of dollars into Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme.

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

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

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

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 16, 2014

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

Wachtell, Willkie Get Call For Telecom, Transport Tie-Ups

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

The Am Law 100 firms are handling the latest round of consolidation in the telecommunications sector, as Level 3 Communications seeks to buy TW Telecom for $5.68 billion, along with another transportation tie-up that will create the largest U.S.-listed dry bulk carrier.

Hogan Lovells Challenges Vermont GMO Law

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 13, 2014

Food industry trade groups are fighting back against Vermont's first-of-its-kind state law requiring the labeling of genetically engineered food, arguing that it violates the First Amendment as well as the Commerce Clause.

Kirkland, O'Melveny on Chinese Chipmaker Deal

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 12, 2014

State-owned Shanghai Pudong Science and Technology Investment Co. is offering to acquire Montage Technology Group, a maker of semiconductors used in cloud computing, for $693 million.

Asia Deal Digest: June 12, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 12, 2014

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

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.

Goldman, Bain Settle Antitrust Suit for $121 Million

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 12, 2014

Ropes & Gray, Sullivan & Cromwell, Jones Day and Kirkland & Ellis reached the agreement Wednesday on behalf of the two companies, which were accused of conspiring with other private equity players to deflate the price of corporate takeovers.

Shareholder Lawsuits Against GM Aren't Slowing Down

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 11, 2014

As General Motors Co. seeks to fend off wrongful-death lawsuits and claims for economic losses arising from its ignition-switch defects, two shareholder actions are moving forward against its top executives, including chief executive officer Mary Barra, and board of directors.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 10, 2014

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

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 09, 2014

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

Transfers of Tangible Property: Look Out for Sales Tax

David A. Handler and Andrew S. Katzenberg : New York Law Journal : January 09, 2014

David A. Handler and Andrew S. Katzenberg write that assets such as art and jewelry, which a client may have been more willing to part with than cash or securities, may now have lost much of their shine when used in estate planning transfer techniques due to a recent Department of Taxation and Finance advisory opinion.

Disability Rights Group Suing Tour Operator to Get Feds' Docs

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 06, 2014

A disability rights group alleging that a Hollywood tour operator denies access to individuals in wheelchairs and electric scooters will get documents that are part of a related U.S. Justice Department investigation.

Texas' Top Deals of 2013

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 06, 2014

The following deals, involving at least one Texas-based company, were announced in 2013.

The Fight Over the Future of Charleston School of Law

Steven J. Harper : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2014

The debate over who should reap profits from law schools is less important than the real problem plaguing them: where their revenue comes from.

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.

BP Loses Another Fifth Circuit Case, With $18B at Stake

Susan Beck : The Litigation Daily : January 05, 2014

The bad news for BP just keeps coming from the Fifth Circuit. On Wednesday, the court held that BP and codefendant Anadarko can be liable for enormous statutory damages under the Clean Water Act as owners of the Macondo well that polluted the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

Weil, Kirkland Lead on American Securities' Emerald Buy

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : January 05, 2014

American Securities continued its mini-shopping spree Thursday by joining forces with the current management team at Emerald Performance Materials to buy the chemical maker from an affiliate of fellow private equity firm Sun Capital Partners.

Wilmer's IP Group Wins One, Loses One

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 04, 2014

Firm adds a partner from Hogan, but loses a lawyer to Dentons.

The Churn: Akin Gump, Buchanan Ingersoll Expand, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Akin Gump adds more Patton Boggs refugees, Buchanan Ingersoll becomes the latest firm to head for the Rockies and more lateral hires from across the Am Law 200.

Texas' Top Deals of 2013

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 03, 2014

The following deals, involving at least one Texas-based company, were announced in 2013.

Four Firms Lead as Element Financial Adds PHH Arval

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : January 03, 2014

Blakes, Cravath, DLA and Kirkland land advisory roles as Toronto-based Element Financial agrees to buy PHH Corp.'s commercial fleet management unit.

The 2014 IP Hot List: Life on the Cutting Edge

: The National Law Journal : January 02, 2014

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

Kirkland & Ellis

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

In-House Counsel Profile: Zebra Technologies Corp.'s Jim Kaput

Lisa Holton : The National Law Journal : January 02, 2014

In April, Zebra Technologies Corp. agreed to buy Motorola Solutions Inc. for $3.5 billion. General counsel Jim Kaput's legal team will go from seven attorneys to 27 when the Motorola deal is done.

Law Firm Ties That Bind

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

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

June 2014 Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

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

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

Judges' Law Firm Ties, By the Numbers

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : January 30, 2014

In 2012, four federal appeals judges enjoyed free legal services from law firms—including Judge Jay Bybee of the Ninth Circuit, for the sixth year in a row, according to a National Law Journal review of 257 financial disclosures judges filed last year. Another 14 judges had financial agreements with firms they worked for before taking the bench.

Wilmer Partner Joins White House Counsel's Office

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 30, 2014

Jennifer O'Connor has joined the White House Counsel's Office as a lawyer who often plays a key role in crisis control and prevention, the administration is expected to announce Friday afternoon.

A Tale of Two Law Schools

Steven J. Harper : The Am Law Daily : January 30, 2014

The problems buffeting two law schools underscore the inherent flaws in a wrongheaded system for financing legal education.

Four Firms Score With Record-Setting Clippers Sale

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

Covington & Burling, Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger, Kirkland & Ellis and Proskauer Rose are advising on what could prove to be the most lucrative sale of a professional sports team in U.S. history in former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's proposed $2 billion bid to acquire the National Basketball League's Los Angeles Clippers. But a mammoth antitrust suit looms.

Asia Deal Digest: May 29, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 29, 2014

* Simpson guides KKR on its $1 billion acquisition of Singapore's Goodpack* Chinese state-owned Bright Foods turns to Freshfields for a big Israel acquisition* DLA Piper and King & Wood Mallesons on major restructuring for Australia's Transfield

Panel Seems to Lean Toward Litigating GM Claims in New York

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

A federal panel of seven judges appeared skeptical about arguments against coordinating litigation over General Motors Co.’s ignition switch recalls in New York, where the automaker has moved in bankruptcy court to bar most of the cases under its 2009 Chapter 11 reorganization.

Big Deals

David Marcus : The American Lawyer : January 29, 2014

Novartis / Glaxo / Eli Lilly; TIAA-CREF / Nuveen; Mallinckrodt / Questcor; Blackstone / Gates

Would You Be a First-Round Draft Pick?

Frank Michael D'Amore : New Jersey Law Journal : January 29, 2014

Comparing the NFL draft with the recruitment of first-year associates.

University of Chicago Bringing in a New GC

Vinayak Balasubramanian : Corporate Counsel : January 28, 2014

Kimberly Taylor will be heading to the University of Chicago in the fall to head up the institution's legal department.

Valeant Makes Skin Care Licensing Deal Amid Allergan Offer

Vinayak Balasubramanian : The Am Law Daily : January 28, 2014

Six Am Law 100 firms are advising as Valeant sells the licensing rights to several skin care products to Nestle for $1.4 billion as it ups its unsolicited bid for Botox maker Allergan.

Trading White House Address For a Latham Homecoming

Todd Ruger : The National Law Journal : January 26, 2014

Ruemmler discusses her future — and a strategic win while working for Obama.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 26, 2014

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

Kirkland, Jones Day Help Hess Offload Retail Unit

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 23, 2014

Hess will part with its famous green-and-white gas station and convenience store business after agreeing to sell the division to Marathon Petroleum for $2.6 billion.

Dangerous Advice for the Leaders of Large Law Firms

Steven J. Harper : The Am Law Daily : January 23, 2014

Are law firms responding appropriately to the challenges they face? You decide.

D.C. Superior Court Nominee Gets Committee Approval

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 22, 2014

A Senate committee Wednesday approved the nomination of Steven Wellner to the District of Columbia Superior Court.

New Deals

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

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

Am Law Trio Toasts Sale of TGI Fridays

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : January 21, 2014

Locke Lord, Kirkland and Schulte Roth advise as Sentinel Capital Partners and TriArtisan Capital Partners buy the restaurant chain from Carlson Companies.

Fannie Mae GC Relocates to Medtronic Legal Department

Vinayak Balasubramanian : Corporate Counsel : January 20, 2014

Bradley Lerman is packing his bags and taking up residence at Medtronic Inc.

Debevoise Fends Off RICO Suit Against Accused Patent Troll

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : January 20, 2014

FindTheBest CEO Kevin O'Connor declared "war" on accused patent troll Lumen View Technology, calling patent trolls the "scum of the earth." The war may not be over, but this week a judge stripped FindTheBest of its chosen courtroom weapon.

Kathryn Ruemmler Returns to Latham & Watkins

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 20, 2014

Former White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler is returning to Latham & Watkins, where she will help companies navigate Washington's regulatory and enforcement landscape.

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.

Would You Be an Organization's First-Round Draft Pick?

Frank Michael D'Amore : The Legal Intelligencer : January 19, 2014

The National Football League's lengthy draft of entry players recently concluded. Watching a portion of it led me to wonder just how things might play out if law firms or other organizations that hire aspiring lawyers operated under a similar system. Just imagine, for a second, the president of the American Bar Association striding to a podium and declaring: "With the 14th selection in the third round, DLA Piper selects Courtney Johnson of Harvard Law School. Kirkland & Ellis is on the clock."

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.

Economy Keeps Adding Jobs, But Not for Lawyers

Steven J. Harper : The Am Law Daily : January 16, 2014

The economy is continuing to recover. The job market for lawyers? Not so much. But facts don't deter the law school deniers.

Ruemmler Departs as White House Counsel

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 16, 2014

Kathryn Ruemmler leaves the White House on Friday after nearly three years as President Barack Obama's top lawyer.

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

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 15, 2014

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

Kirkland Suffers Swift Defeat in Teva FDA Fight

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 15, 2014

Less than a week after Teva Pharmaceutical Industries sued the FDA to block competitors from marketing generic versions of its blockbuster multiple sclerosis drug Copaxone, the company's lawyers are back where they started.

Kirkland, Paul Hastings Handle Peak 10 Sale

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

The two Am Law 100 firms are advising a pair of private equity firms on the sale of Peak 10, a Charlotte-based IT infrastructure and cloud services provider valued at roughly $900 million.

Judge Decries 'Wild Goose Chase' in Breitbart-Sherrod Case

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 12, 2014

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon on Monday accused lawyers in Shirley Sherrod's defamation case against the late Andrew Breitbart of going on a “wild goose chase” for evidence. The judge's solution: putting Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack in a deposition chair as soon as possible.

In-House Counsel Profile: Stephen Patton, corporation counsel for the City of Chicago

Lisa Holton : The National Law Journal : January 12, 2014

Mayor Rahm Emanuel hired Stephen Patton as the city's ­general counsel in 2011. Within a short time, he brought major change to a department defined for decades by two mayors named Daley and their long tradition of rewarding many local law firms with city work.

Skadden, Simpson Snack on Hillshire's Big Food Buy

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

The two Am Law 100 firms are advising on the $6.6 billion sale of Pinnacle Foods to Hillshire Brands, the former food business of consumer goods giant Sara Lee Corp.

Weil's Awkward Transition

Vivia Chen : The American Lawyer : January 12, 2014

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

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 12, 2014

Personnel changes at Washington-area law firms.

Crash Victim's Parents Seek to Quash Settlement With GM

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

The parents of a woman whose 2011 death prompted General Motors Co.’s recall of 2.6 million vehicles have refiled their lawsuit, alleging that the automaker knew about an ignition system defect for a decade—even secretly redesigned the switch—but didn’t tell the public.

Is ABA Task Force on Law School Costs Credible?

Steven J. Harper : The Am Law Daily : January 09, 2014

An American Bar Association task force created to address the cost and financing of legal education has a big issue of its own to address.

Federal Circuit Revives Oracle Copyrights in Google IP Brawl

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : January 09, 2014

Appeals Court Rules DuPont Didn't Engage in Fraud

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 09, 2014

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

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.

In Re: Fosamax (Alendronate Sodium) Products Liability Litigation (No. II)

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 07, 2014

Plaintiffs' Strict-Liability Design-Defect Claims Are Preempted

The Churn: Winston Bulks Up in IP and Asia, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Despite a recent round of layoffs, Winston & Strawn has hired a four-strong corporate team in Hong Kong and a three-partner IP team in San Francisco.

Four Firms Lead on Bayer's Big Merck Carve-Out

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

In the latest large pharmaceutical industry deal, Covington, Fried Frank, Morgan Lewis and Sullivan & Cromwell are advising on a $14.2 billion transaction between Merck and German drug giant Bayer.

The Am Law 100: Firms Ranked by Gross Revenue

: The American Lawyer : January 05, 2014

Twenty-three firms posted gross revenue of $1 billion or more in 2013, up from 20 in 2012.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 05, 2014

Lateral moves in this week's column.

Davis Polk Knocks Out Suit Over Facebook IPO Profits

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 05, 2014

Legal battles over Facebook's May 2012 IPO continue to dog the company and its bankers. But Davis Polk chipped away at the litigation on Friday, defeating an investor lawsuit alleging that Facebook's underwriters improperly earned $100 million in so-called short-swing profits.

Asus, Round Rock Ink Deal to End Patent Fight

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 04, 2014

Round Rock Research, the patent licensing company founded by former Kirkland partner John Desmarais, netted a confidential settlement last week with longtime target ASUSTeK Computer Inc.

The Illusion of Leisuretime

Steven J. Harper : The Am Law Daily : January 02, 2014

The toughest assignment of all: taking time away from work.

Passing Down The Law Firm's Reins

Julie Kay : Daily Business Review : January 02, 2014

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

New York Firms Increase Profits, Reducing Size

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 02, 2014

Many large New York law firms grew their revenue and profits last year, continuing to pull ahead of the national pack when it comes to financial indicators.

Congressmen Fight Subpoenas in Defamation Case

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 02, 2014

Reps. Sanford Bishop Jr., D-Ga., and James Clyburn, D-S.C., want a federal judge in Washington to toss subpoenas for their deposition testimony in the Shirley Sherrod defamation case, arguing the lawyers who issued the subpoenas are on a “fishing expedition.”

May 2014 Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

New Deals

: New York Law Journal : January 01, 2014

The healthcare industry continues to dominate the M&A market with the announcement last week that Zimmer Holdings has agreed to acquire rival medical device specialist Biomet Inc. The cash-and-stock deal is worth $13.35 billion. Also, six major firms have tuned in for the latest episode in Comcast's dramatic $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable.

Kirkland, Skadden Tapped for Exelon/Pepco Deal

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 30, 2014

Exelon Corp. turned to Kirkland & Ellis for its $6.8 billion purchase of and Pepco Holdings Inc., and the two companies have tapped Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom to secure potentially tricky regulatory approval. Sullivan & Cromwell and Covington & Burling served as legal counsel to Pepco.

Circuit Says Claims Against Makers Of Generic Fosamax Are Preempted

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 30, 2014

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirms dismissal of claims against generic manufacturers of the bone-loss prevention drug Fosamax as preempted by federal law.

The Trouble With Nonequity Partners

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

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

Am Law 100 Firms Lead on Pepco Sale

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 30, 2014

Kirkland is advising utility operator Exelon on its $6.8 billion purchase of Pepco, which has turned to S&C and Covington.

Kirkland Grabs Role on Big Bankruptcy From Bygone Era

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

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

TeleSign Taps Gibson for B Round Funding

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 29, 2014

Kirkland Advises Bristol-Myers Squibb on iPierian Buy

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

Bristol-Myers Squibb is paying up to $725 million for biotech firm iPierian.

An Inside Look at The 2014 Am Law 100

Kim Kleman : The American Lawyer : January 28, 2014

Our latest Am Law 100 survey finds surprises beneath the surface among the nation's top-grossing firms.

Big Suits

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

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

Am Law 100 Analysis: The Super Rich Get Richer

Aric Press : The American Lawyer : January 28, 2014

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

Am Law 100 Firms Tune In for Comcast Deal With Charter

Chris Johnson : The Am Law Daily : January 28, 2014

Kirkland, Wachtell, Davis Polk, Willkie Farr, Fried Frank and Simpson Thacher advise on Comcast's deal to transfer 1.4 million cable subscribers to Charter.

Big Deals

David Marcus : The American Lawyer : January 28, 2014

Albertsons / Safeway; Men's Wearhouse / Jos. A. Bank; Media General / LIN; Energy XXI / EPL Oil & Gas

How the SEC Chose Targets in Its Goldman Investigation

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : January 28, 2014

A veteran SEC lawyer urged the agency to be more aggressive in its Abacus probe. By Susan Beck

IN BRIEF: New Dean at Columbia

: The National Law Journal : January 28, 2014

The next dean of Columbia Law School will be Gillian Lester, now acting dean of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where she has taught since 2006. Plus more from NLJ.com and other ALM publications.

Five Am Law Firms Advise on Forest Labs M&A Deals

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 28, 2014

Forest Laboratories is paying $1.46 billion for Furiex Pharmaceuticals while also selling Furiex's royalties on two products to Royalty Pharma for $415 million.

Eggleston Picked For WH Counsel

Todd Ruger : The National Law Journal : January 28, 2014

For the first time since taking office, President Obama has looked outside his close circle of advisers to fill the top legal post at the White House.

Fight for Venue Opens in GM Recall Litigation

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 28, 2014

The legal fight has begun over the proper venue for dozens of lawsuits filed over General Motors Co.'s recalls for ignition-switch defects.

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.

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

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

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

Weary and Wealthy, GCs See IPO as Time to Retire

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 25, 2014

LinkedIn's Erika Rottenberg's departure follows those at Twitter, Zynga and Facebook.

Who Really Pays for Law Student Debt?

Steven J. Harper : The Am Law Daily : January 25, 2014

More public interest lawyers for our nation's underserved citizens would be a good thing. More public debt to subsidize law schools that shouldn't exist at all would be a bad thing.

Asia Deal Digest: April 24, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 24, 2014

* Herbert Smith Freehills and Freshfields lead on state-owned company's acquisition of Hess Oil assets in Thailand* Cleary, O'Melveny and Kirkland on a Chinese IT company's $332 million take-private* Willkie Farr guides a U.S. VC fund on a $250 million investment Down Under

Kirkland, Ropes on Hand for TPG's Chobani Infusion

Ross Todd : The Am Law Daily : January 24, 2014

The private equity firm pumps $750 million into the increasingly popular yogurt maker.

D.C. Federal Judges Honor Law Firm Pro Bono Service

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 23, 2014

Federal judges in Washington gathered Wednesday to honor 30 law firms where at least 40 percent of all lawyers performed at least 50 hours of pro bono service last year.

Kirkland Woos Simpson Dealmaker to Open Houston Outpost

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 23, 2014

K&E enters Space City by landing a young dealmaker with private equity ties.

Amid IPO Wave, Firms Ride Rising Fee Tide

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

The Am Law Daily looks at Am Law 100 firms reaping fees for new listings, which have soared in recent years.

M&A Lawyers Line Up for Major Pharma Deals

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 22, 2014

Valeant launched a $45.7 billion hostile takeover bid for Botox-maker Allergan, while Novartis announced a series of transactions with GlaxoSmithKline and Eli Lilly.

Debevoise, Greenberg Handle $1 Billion Chemicals Deal

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

Chemtura Corporation has agreed to sell its agrochemicals unit to Platform Specialty Products Corporation.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 21, 2014

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

Neil Eggleston Picked for White House Counsel

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 21, 2014

W. Neil Eggleston, a white-collar defender in Kirkland & Ellis' Washington office, was named Monday the next White House counsel. Eggleston was picked to replace Kathryn Ruemmler, a former Latham & Watkins partner who plans to stay at the post until mid-May, the White House said. Ruemmler intends to return to private practice in New York.

The Careerist: Wachtell Lipton Is Family Friendly?

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 21, 2014

The ultimate high-intensity firm is also sensitive to personal needs?

One Reason the Legal Industry's Crisis Persists

Steven J. Harper : The Am Law Daily : January 18, 2014

When debating the future of the legal profession, facts matter. At least, they should matter.

Asia Deal Digest: April 17, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 17, 2014

* White & Case and Linklaters lead on $5.85 billion Chinese mine acquisition in Peru* Chinese retail group turns to Simpson Thacher for its takeover of a British department store chain* Milbank advises the government of Sri Lanka on a third sovereign bond offering

Dealmakers of the Year: Gary Lee, Morrison & Foerster

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : January 17, 2014

To get bankrupt mortgage servicer Residential Capital back on its feet, Lee looked beyond the Second Circuit for a precedent.

Franco v. Connecticut General Life Insurance Co.

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Subscriber Plaintiffs Denied Class Certification For Allegedly Underpaid Claims

Am Law Trio on Motorola Unit Sale

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 15, 2014

Kirkland, Wachtell and Winston & Strawn land roles on Zebra Technologies' purchase of a Motorola Solutions unit.

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.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 14, 2014

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

Private Equity Giants Tap Kirkland for Two Big Deals

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

The firm is advising Blackstone on its Ipreo Holdings buy and Madison Dearborn on its sale of Nuveen Investments.

Litigation

: New York Law Journal : January 14, 2014

In this Special Report from the New York Law Journal, : "Disclosing 'Trends' in Securities Offerings: Lessons From 'Facebook,'" "'Daubert' Challenges at the Class Certification Stage: Another Hurdle," "The Not So 'Common' Interest Privilege Applied to M&A Deals" and "Avoiding Attorney Fee Claim Litigation."

MOLSON COORS BREWING CO.

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : January 14, 2014

As deputy general counsel at Molson Coors Brewing Co., Lee Reichert relies on a diverse team to handle global compliance demands.

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.

'Daubert' Challenges at the Class Certification Stage: Another Hurdle

Douglas Smith and Joel Blanchet : New York Law Journal : January 14, 2014

Douglas Smith and Joel Blanchet, litigation partners at Kirkland & Ellis, write about the strong trend toward a rigorous analysis of expert opinion testimony of the class certification stage, which is likely to continue in the future.

How Dewey Probe Became a Case of Prosecuting Victims

Steven J. Harper : The Am Law Daily : January 11, 2014

As the Manhattan district attorney continues to pursue the collapse of Dewey & LeBoeuf as a criminal matter, it seem that the quest for convictions is in some ways more important than the search for justice.

Chinese Solar Firms Can't Escape Solyndra's Attack

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 10, 2014

A federal judge in Oakland cleared the way for an antitrust suit accusing three Chinese companies of flooding the U.S. market with cheap solar panels.

In the Matter of the Grant of a Charter to the Merit Preparatory Charter School of Newark

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 10, 2014

Approval of Newark Charter Schools Using Online Instruction Upheld

Chinese Solar Firms Can't Escape Solyndra's Attack

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 10, 2014

U.S. District Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong has cleared the way for an antitrust suit accusing three Chinese companies of flooding the U.S. market with cheap solar panels.

Jones Day, Skadden Land on Mars' Pet Food Deal

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 09, 2014

M&M's manufacturer Mars is paying $2.9 billion in cash to acquire Procter & Gamble's pet food business, which includes the brands Iams, Eukanuba and Natura. Skadden is advising Mars while Jones Day takes the lead for longtime client P&G.

The Churn: Ten McKenna Partners Join Sheppard Mullin, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 08, 2014

Sheppard Mullin adds 10 McKenna Long partners in Southern California; three patent litigators land at O'Melveny; and Weil hires a Goldman Sachs restructuring specialist.

Teva Asks High Court to Block Generics Ahead of Copaxone Ruling

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 07, 2014

could usher in a new era of deference to trial judges in patent cases. But Teva's lawyers reminded the Supreme Court on Monday that there's real money at stake in the case as well.

The SEC's Internal Battles over Goldman Sachs Probe

Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2014

In the Abacus case, the Securities and Exchange Commission secured a $550 million settlement from Goldman and a civil fraud verdict against former Goldman VP Fabrice Tourre. But one senior SEC lawyer thought the agency wasn't aggressive enough, newly released transcripts show.

Jenner Managing Partner Levy Leaves for Northern Trust

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

Susan Levy, who has spent her entire legal career at Jenner & Block and became its managing partner in 2008, will leave the Am Law 100 firm as of May 1 to become general counsel of Northern Trust Corp. The Chicago-based financial services giant is a Jenner client.

SEC Records Reveal Divisions over Goldman Sachs Probe

Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2014

In the Abacus case, the Securities and Exchange Commission secured a $550 million settlement from Goldman and a civil fraud verdict against former Goldman VP Fabrice Tourre. But one senior SEC lawyer thought the agency wasn't aggressive enough, newly released transcripts show.

A Dewey Plea That May Yield More Than Anyone Expected

Steven J. Harper : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2014

Former Dewey & LeBoeuf finance director Frank Canellas copped a guilty plea that could lead to some surprising places.

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.

Skadden, Simpson Top First-Quarter M&A Rankings

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 03, 2014

The two firms outpaced their Am Law rivals in terms of the total value of their corporate clients' global transactions in the year's first three months, according to rankings released this week by Bloomberg, Mergermarket and Thomson Reuters. Both firms bolstered their totals by grabbing roles on two of the quarter's biggest deals.

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.

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.

Generic Paxil Maker Plans Follow Up To $107 Million Verdict Against Glaxo

Charles Toutant : New Jersey Law Journal : January 28, 2014

Mylan Pharmaceuticals hopes its $107 million verdict against GlaxoSmithKline is just the first of a two-part victory in preserving its rights to market generic Paxil.

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.

Kirkland Leads on $3.1 Billion Payment Processor Deal

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

Kirkland & Ellis is advising a group of private equity firms—led by Advent International and Bain Capital along with Danish pension fund ATP—on the acquisition of Danish secure payments provider Nets in a cash deal worth $3.1 billion.

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.

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.

Simpson Snags More Blackstone Work, as Cybersecurity Stays Hot

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

The latest noteworthy deal in the expanding cybersecurity sector finds Simpson Thacher & Bartlett advising longtime private equity client The Blackstone Group on its purchase of a majority stake in Denver-based Accuvant from Sverica International, which are being advised, respectively, by lawyers from Holland & Hart and Cooley.

Suitor Standoff Ends with Men's Wearhouse-Jos. A. Bank Deal

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

The 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. Willkie reprises its lead role for Men's Wearhouse, while Skadden and St. Louis-based business law boutique Guilfoil Petzall & Shoemake continue to represent Jos. A. Bank.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 10, 2014

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

Chiquita's Fyffes Buy Bears Fruit for Deal Lawyers

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2014

Chiquita Brands International has agreed to acquire Irish rival Fyffes in a $526 million stock-for-stock deal that would create the world's largest supplier of bananas. Chiquita is being advised by Skadden, as well as Taft Stettinius & Hollister and Irish firm McCann FitzGerald. Simpson Thacher and Arthur Cox are representing Fyffes, which is receiving antitrust advice from King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin. Freshfields and Kirkland are serving as antitrust counsel to Chiquita.

Mineral Company Taps Cravath for Big M&A Buy

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

Cravath, Swaine & Moore is advising Minerals Technologies on its $1.74 billion acquisition of Amcol International, which is being advised by Kirkland & Ellis. The offer by Minerals Technologies topped a rival bid made last month by French specialty materials maker Imerys and its lawyers from Skadden and Fried Frank.

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.

How BP Decided to Fight the Deepwater Settlement

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : January 05, 2014

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

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.

Fifth Circuit to BP on Oil Spill Deal: Live With It

Susan Beck : The Litigation Daily : January 04, 2014

The court told BP and its lawyers at Kirkland & Ellis and Gibson Dunn that the company has no one to blame for the Deepwater Horizon claims process but itself.

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.

Jones Day Beats Dismissal Bid in Reynolds Wrap Row

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 27, 2014

Partner John Froemming cleared a hurdle for Reynolds on Thursday in a trademark and false advertising case against Handi-Foil, a competitor that wants to eat away at Reynolds' profits from its ubiquitous Reynolds Wrap aluminum foil.

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

Law Firms Back Narrow Right of Court Access in Delaware Appeal

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 24, 2014

Two dozen major law firms came together on Monday to send an unlikely message to the U.S. Supreme Court: It's time to clamp down on open access to government.

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 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.

The Growing Impact of Global Economic Crime

Rebekah Mintzer : Corporate Counsel : January 20, 2014

A new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers shows that global economic crime poses a growing legal and financial threat to businesses.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Simpson on $1.58 Billion Alibaba Mapping Acquisition

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 14, 2014

The Chinese e-commerce giant has offered to buy Beijing-based digital mapping company AutoNavi Holdings Ltd.

Skadden Snags Lead Again for Jos. A. Bank, This Time on Bauer Buy

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

Jos. A. Bank has further complicated its ongoing battle with rival clothier Men's Wearhouse, which launched a hostile takeover for the company last month after rebuffing an unsolicited Jos. A Bank bid. Now, Jos. A. Bank has agreed to buy casual sportswear company Eddie Bauer from private equity owner Golden Gate Capital in a cash-and-stock deal worth $825 million.

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.

REIT Work Keeps Half-Dozen Am Law 100 Firms Busy

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

Kite Realty Group Trust has tapped Hogan Lovells for counsel on its $1.2 billion buy of the Inland Diversified Real Estate Trust, which has retained Alston & Bird to advise on the proposed union of the two shopping center owners. Meanwhile, two other top REITS—including one led by a former Sullivan & Worcester partner—battle with activist investors.

Am Law Firms Feast on Comcast's Big Time Warner Buy

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

Davis Polk and Willkie are advising Comcast, which announced Thursday that it has reached an agreement to buy Time Warner Cable in an all-stock transaction valued at roughly $67 billion, including some $21.8 billion in assumed debt. Paul Weiss and Skadden are representing Time Warner in the matter, and Simpson Thacher has also landed a role.

Kirkland, Skadden Carve Out $1.6 Billion Minerals Deal

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 12, 2014

Paris-based specialty materials company Imerys is buying U.S. company Amcol International, which specializes in specialty minerals and chemicals. Kirkland is advising Amcol on its sale, while Skadden is representing Imerys.

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.

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.

Cisco Settles Wi-Fi Dispute for Pennies on the Router

: The Recorder : January 08, 2014

Cisco has agreed to pay Innovatio IP Ventures $2.7 million to end a legal battle over Wi-Fi patents that targeted thousands of individual chain hotels and coffee shops.

Five Am Law 100 Firms Handle Three Big PE Deals

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

Private equity giants KKR and The Carlyle Group kept a handful of Am Law 100 firms busy this week with acquisitions totaling nearly $5 billion, and veteran Simpson Thacher & Bartlett partner Mari Lerner took the lead on two of the deals. Changing hands in the transactions were an industrial packaging unit owned by Illinois Tool Works, medical device maker Lake Region Medical and optical retailer National Vision.

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.

Fourth Circuit Finds Federal Law Preempts Drug Plaintiff's Claims

Amaris Elliott-Engel : ALM Media : January 04, 2014

A plaintiff who alleged harm from the use of a generic drug has had her claim preempted as a result of recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings.

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.

Whistleblower Suit Against Abbott Laboratories Gets Green Light

Saranac Hale Spencer : The Legal Intelligencer : January 03, 2014

The whistleblower claims brought by a former sales representative for Abbott Laboratories alleging that the company illegally marketed its drug TriCor for off-label uses have survived a motion to dismiss in federal court.

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.

PwC Must Face Trial Over SemGroup Collapse

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 03, 2014

Siding with lawyers at Quinn Emanuel, a judge in Tulsa ruled that PricewaterhouseCoopers can't escape billion-dollar claims that it paved the way for the collapse of energy transport giant SemGroup.

'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.

Gibson Dunn Lands One-Two Punch in SAIC Investor Cases

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 30, 2014

On the same day, Gibson Dunn's Andrew Tulumello helped SAIC win two major rulings in lingering investor litigation related to a New York City kickbacks scandal.

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