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Latham & Watkins LLP

  • Designation: New York
  • Head Count: 2,060
  • Gross Revenues: -$2,009,967,296
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,110,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $2,490,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 0

Latham & Watkins is a national firm based in Los Angeles. With $1,929,000,000 in gross revenues in 2010, it ranked fourth on The American Lawyer's 2011 Am Law 100. Latham & Watkins has been in the top 20 of The American Lawyer's annual rankings of U.S. firms by revenue since 1985, and has ranked in the top four since 1996. In the 2011 Global 100, the firm was ranked as the forth highest grossing firm in the world. According to the National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250 rankings of firms based on size, Latham & Watkins is also the fifth largest law firm in the United States with 1931 attorneys. In addition to corporate representation, Latham & Watkins' practice areas include finance, litigation, environmental, and tax law. The firm has thirty offices worldwide, with nine of those in the U.S.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 3 0 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 3 0 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 7 -2 Lawyer head count
The A-List 6 1 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 22 1 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 62 -13 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 11 15 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 65 -3 Summer programs

In the News

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 01, 2014

Five firms announce new additions, including Jason Halper joining Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe as co-head of its financial institution litigation practice.

Am Law Trio Advise on Scientific Games' $5.1 Billion Bally Bet

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : January 01, 2014

Cravath, Swaine &Moore, Latham & Watkins and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom lead the way on casino and lottery game maker Scientific Games' purchase of Bally Technologies in a deal that continues a streak of consolidations in the gaming industry.

The Recorder Names 50 Women Leaders in Tech Law

Recorder Staff : The Recorder : January 01, 2014

This year's list honors women leading major matters, leading within their organizations, and leading the way for other women.

Latham, Wachtell File Takeover Defense Suit for Allergan

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 01, 2014

Allergan claims that hostile bidder Valeant colluded with activist investor Bill Ackman, enabling Ackman's hedge fund Pershing Square to trade on inside information.

Zuckerman Spaeder Partner Nominated to D.C. Federal Bench

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 31, 2014

Amit Mehta, a Washington-based partner at Zuckerman Spaeder, is President Barack Obama's latest nominee for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Latham Brings Avalanche IPO to Market

David Ruiz : The Recorder : January 31, 2014

New Deals

: New York Law Journal : January 31, 2014

Bargain retailer Dollar Tree Inc. is buying rival Family Dollar Stores Inc. for $8.5 billion in cash and stock in a bid to create one of the largest discount retailers in North America. Also, online property website Zillow will acquire rival Trulia for $3.5 billion.

Fee Tracker: Comic-Con, Cooperstown and El Pollo Loco

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

Pillsbury Winthrop reaps the benefits from San Diego's Comic-Con, Patterson Belknap brings in the bacon from the Baseball Hall of Fame, Skadden's crazy chicken windfall and the dollar values associated with other Am Law 200 clients in our latest look at legal billings.

The Future of Law

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

From IBM research facilities in New York to tiny startups in Silicon Valley, technology companies have set their sights on upending the legal services industry.

Big Suits

Jan Wolfe and Amanda Bronstad : The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

Meritor v. Eaton; Catholic Healthcare West v. U.S. Foods; Vergara v. State of California; Grocery Manufacturers Association v. Sorrell; Macy's v. J.C. Penney

At Bingham, Big Guarantees Raise More Questions

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 29, 2014

As Bingham McCutchen engages in merger talks in an effort to reshape its future, the firm is still coping with the fallout from one of its many past combinations. Five years ago this month, Bingham joined with McKee Nelson in a deal that saw every partner from the latter receive a guaranteed contract. Bingham has only now confirmed the guarantees after The Am Law Daily brought them to light.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 28, 2014

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

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 28, 2014

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

Four Am Law 100 Firms Help Zillow Snap Up Trulia

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

Shearman & Sterling, having already scored a big victory Monday in a major international arbitration case, has teamed up with Perkins Coie to advise online property website Zillow on its $3.5 billion buy of rival Trulia, which is receiving outside counsel from Goodwin Procter and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

Wilson Assists Pfenex With IPO

David Ruiz : The Recorder : January 28, 2014

Palo Alto-based partner Jeffrey Saper and San Diego-based partner Dan Koeppen led the Wilson Sonsini team, while Lathan & Watkins advised underwriters.

EnergyBuzz: $3 Billion Energy Acquisition

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 28, 2014

Vinson & Elkins represents QR Energy in the Houston company's pending acquisition by Breitburn Energy Partners of Los Angeles, which turned to Latham & Watkins for the $3 billion deal.

Am Law Firms Lead on Breitburn Energy Deal

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : January 24, 2014

Breitburn turned to Latham & Watkins on its acquisition of QR Energy, which would create one of the largest master limited partnerships focused on oil exploration and production. Vinson & Elkins counseled QR Energy, while Bracewell & Giuliani represented the company's board of directors conflicts committee. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher served as counsel to Breitburn's financial adviser UBS.

LinkedIn's Departing GC Tapped Wilson for Pair of Recent Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : January 23, 2014

Her replacement, Michael Callahan, favored Latham and Skadden for corporate work when he was at Yahoo.

Munger Tolles Snags Benjamin Horwich From S.G.'s Office

Tony Mauro : Supreme Court Brief : January 23, 2014

Benjamin Horwich has left the U.S. Solicitor General's Office for a new job at the San Francisco office of Munger, Tolles & Olson, which praised his "extraordinary track record as a litigation strategist" in announcing the hire on July 21.

The Churn: A Dechert Partner Decamps, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

A high-powered litigator leaves Dechert, more departures from Bingham McCutchen and a rare outside hire by Wachtell Lipton in our latest look at lateral moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Bingham Headlines Latest Round of Merger Rumblings

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

After a spate of lateral departures following a tough financial year in 2013, Bingham McCutchen has reportedly sounded out several Am Law 100 firms for potential tie-up talks, which come at a record-setting time for law firm mergers.

IN BRIEF: Death Penalty Struck Down

: The National Law Journal : January 21, 2014

A federal judge on July 16 struck down California's death penalty, ruling that, because of systemic delays, it is arbitrary and no ­longer serves the purposes of ­deterrence and retribution. Plus more from NLJ.com and other ALM publications.

Care.com Inc.

Andrew Ramonas : The National Law Journal : January 21, 2014

Associate Training Goes From Ad Hoc to All-in

Maria Zilberman : The Recorder : January 18, 2014

Paul Hastings puts associates through a 15-month curriculum to build practical skills and professionalism.

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.

Latham Reaps Benefits From NCAA's Myriad Legal Issues

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

A tax filing released this week by the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the embattled governing body for college sports, shows the big money it paid to Latham & Watkins during its most recent fiscal year.

Litigator of the Week: Gregory Garre of Latham & Watkins

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 17, 2014

Navigating his way through racial politics, education policy and U.S. Supreme Court precedent, Garre won a ruling this week that preserves student affirmative action at the University of Texas at Austin.

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.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 14, 2014

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

William Voge Elected as Latham's Next Chair

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2014

A project finance partner at the firm, Voge will replace veteran Robert Dell, who stood at Latham's helm for 20 years. Voge edged out former global finance practice vice chair Jeffrey Greenberg in a runoff election. His term will begin on Jan. 1, 2015.

Latham Elects London Partner to Head Firm

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2014

Project finance partner William Voge will replace Robert Dell as global chair and managing partner.

The Churn: Dickstein Group Defects, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

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

Dual Rulings Puncture RMBS Fraud Claims, Address Scope of Damages

Suevon Lee : Commercial Litigation Insider : January 11, 2014

In a pair of decisions that may either frustrate or appease monoline insurers that covered residential mortgage-backed securitizations, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich dismissed claims for fraud in one case while limiting damages in another case to loans that didn't conform to a contract's terms.

The Careerist: Best Firms for the Summer (and After)

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 10, 2014

Vault's top law firms for summer programs and associate happiness.

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.

Big Law Finds its Inner Rock Star in Battle of the Bands

Alexandra Wilson : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2014

Morrison & Foerster emerged the winner in Tuesday's Battle of the Bands event in Los Angeles to raise money for domestic violence victims. Band Morrison edged out Proskauer Rose's Legally Blonde and Norton Rose Fulbright's Hostile Witness.

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?

Cooley, Latham Assist in Pharma Reverse Merger

Maria Zilberman : The Recorder : January 03, 2014

Privately held Paratek, advised by Cooley, took majority control of a publicly traded company with an insomnia drug.

Paterno, NCAA Dispute Protective Order

Max Mitchell : The Legal Intelligencer : January 03, 2014

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

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.

Asia Deal Digest: July 3, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 03, 2014

*HSF, Gilbert + Tobin on Healthscope Ltd.'s $2.4 billion IPO in Australia*Davis Polk leads Tencent Holdings Ltd.'s $736 million stake purchase in 58.com*Wong & Partners advises Malaysia's Icon Offshore Bhd. on public offering in Kuala Lumpur

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.

Biotech, Vitamin Deals a Boon to Wilson Sonsini

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

Swiss drug giant Roche Holdings has agreed to pay up to $1.7 billion to buy Seragon Pharmaceuticals, a San Diego-based maker of breast cancer treatments being advised by Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, which is also counseling online vitamin seller Vitacost.com on its $280 million sale to supermarket chain The Kroger Co.

July 2014 Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Secrets to A-List Success

Drew Combs : The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

How this year's A-List newcomers made the cut. Plus: The firm that moved up despite a flat score.

Fee Tracker

Brian Baxter : The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

The lawyers who suit up for the NFL Players Association—and what they bill.

Washington Litigation Departments of the Year

: The National Law Journal : January 30, 2014

Top lawyers in Washington litigation practices were busier than ever in 2013­ representing big-name clients­ in disputes over affirmative action, patents, insurance, false claims and prison—to name a few areas.

Latham & Watkins

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : January 30, 2014

INADMISSIBLE: Texas Fights Million-Dollar Fee Award In Voting Act Case

: The National Law Journal : January 30, 2014

A federal judge in Washington reached a "remarkable result" when she ordered Texas to pay $1 million in legal fees to groups that challenged the state's electoral redistricting plans — a result that Texas Solicitor General Jonathan Mitchell called "unprecedented" and wrong. Plus more in this week's column.

The A-List: A New Number One

Drew Combs : The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

Paul Hastings reaches the A-List's top spot for the first time, while a pair of Second Hundred firms move onto the list.

Energy Deals on Both Sides of Border Yield Roles for Vinson

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

Vinson & Elkins continued to ride the oil and gas energy M&A boom in North America this week, grabbing roles for Devon Energy on its $2.3 billion sale of noncore U.S. natural gas assets to Linn Energy, as well as private equity-backed Jupiter Resources on its $1.8 billion purchase of properties in Alberta from Canada's Encana.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

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

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 30, 2014

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

A New Yardstick for International Pro Bono

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

Big differences emerge among large U.S. firms as we measure their foreign pro bono efforts for the first time.

High Court Strikes Down City's Sugary Drink Limits

John Caher : New York Law Journal : January 27, 2014

New York City's restriction on the sale of large sugary drinks was thrown out this morning by the state Court of Appeals in a decision that found the Board of Health overstepped its authority and intruded on the lawmaking province of the City Council.

N.Y. High Court Strikes Down City's Sugary Drink Limits

John Caher : New York Law Journal : January 27, 2014

The state's highest court tossed New York City's restriction on the sale of large sugary drinks in a decision that found the Board of Health overstepped its authority and intruded on the lawmaking province of the City Council.

Clifford Chance Helps Sell Own Headquarters for $1.4 Billion

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

The Magic Circle firm is advising the Canary Wharf Group on the sale of a London office tower that houses the firm's main offices to a Chinese and Qatari consortium.

New Deals

Vinayak Balasubramanian : New York Law Journal : January 26, 2014

Private equity firm Apax Partners has agreed to sell its majority stake in Advantage Sales and Marketing to two other private equity firms, Leonard Green & Partners and CVC Capital Partners. Wisconsin Energy Corporation has announced it will buy energy holding company Integrys Energy Group for $9.1 billion, including debt, a deal that would expand the company's geographic base.

Fourth Circuit Nominee Pamela Harris Defends Statements on the Law

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 24, 2014

Federal circuit judge nominee Pamela Harris spent much of her confirmation hearing Tuesday on Capitol Hill explaining away past public statements, including legal analysis and political comments that raised opposition from Republican senators.

Companies Ink $500 Million Deal to End Truck Parts War

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 24, 2014

The deal between Meritor Inc. and Eaton Corp. caps nearly a decade of antitrust litigation that pulled in lawyers from at least eight law firms.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 23, 2014

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

In-House Counsel Profile: Guidance Software Inc.'s Mark Harrington

Richard Acello : The National Law Journal : January 23, 2014

Guidance Software Inc. specializes in digital investigations and electronic discovery for corporations, government agencies and law-enforcement organizations.

NFL Players Union Scores Reversal in Pay Cap Case

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 20, 2014

The Eighth Circuit gave the NFL Players Association an opening to revive its $3 billion lawsuit accusing league owners of colluding to secretly cap salaries for the 2010 season. But the union's lawyers at Winston & Strawn and Latham & Watkins still face a long road to recovering any damages.

Am Law 100 Trio Leads on Starwood's Hotel Buy

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2014

Latham, MoFo and Morgan Lewis are advising on the private equity firm's purchase of Fargo, N.D.-based TMI Hospitality, which operates 188 hotels in 26 states, including Marriott Residence Inn and Comfort Inn.

Antitrust Lawyers Gear Up for Trial in Transmission Fight

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 20, 2014

A squadron of top litigators has descended on Delaware, ready to duke it out over claims that truck components manufacturer Eaton Corp. owes billions of dollars in damages to rival Meritor Inc.

New Deals

: New York Law Journal : January 19, 2014

In the latest, and perhaps largest, example of a U.S. company ditching its borders, medical device maker Medtronic Inc. announced Sunday it would purchase Dublin-based Covidien in a $42.9 billion deal that would move the combined company to Ireland. Also, Priceline Group said Friday it has agreed to buy online restaurant-reservation service OpenTable.com for $2.6 billion in cash.

The Careerist: Top 45 Firms for Women

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 18, 2014

Did your firm make this year's list?

'Get Gritty' Is the New Career Advice for Women Lawyers

Maria Zilberman : The Recorder : January 17, 2014

The Grit Project, launched by the ABA's Commission on Women in the Profession, preaches the importance of grit and growth mindset.

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.

The Careerist: 10 Essential Tips for Summer Associates

Grover Cleveland and Katherine Larkin-Wong : The Careerist : January 17, 2014

What you should (and shouldn't) do if you want to snag an offer at the end of the summer.

Four Am Law 100 Firms Advise on Apax Sale of Advantage

Vinayak Balasubramanian : The Am Law Daily : January 17, 2014

Skadden, Willkie Farr, Latham and Simpson Thacher were all on hand for the private equity firm's majority stake sale of Advantage Sales and Marketing to Leonard Green & Partners and CVC Capital Partners for a reported $4 billion.

$2.5 Billion Deal for Permian Basin Energy Assets

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 16, 2014

Porter Hedges is one of three firms representing an affiliate of American Energy Partners LP in its pending $2.5 billion purchase of Permian Basin energy assets in Texas from affiliates of Enduring Resources.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 16, 2014

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

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 16, 2014

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

Gibson Dunn, Latham Land Roles on Another Big Shale Deal

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

With the shale gas revolution helping the U.S. become the world's largest oil and natural gas producer, more companies are turning to outside firms to advise on M&A deals that consolidate their market share. The Williams Companies, a major pipeline operator, has tapped Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher to advise on a $6 billion deal that would create one of the largest U.S. transporters of oil and gas.

S&C, Latham Advise as Priceline Gobbles Up OpenTable

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2014

Sullivan & Cromwell and Latham & Watkins advise as the online travel booking company agrees to acquire the online restaurant-reservation service.

S&C, Latham Advise as Priceline Gobbles Up OpenTable

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2014

Sullivan & Cromwell and Latham & Watkins advise as the online travel booking company agrees to acquire the online restaurant-reservation service.

$2.5 Billion Permian Basin Deal

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 12, 2014

Porter Hedges is one of three firms representing an affiliate of American Energy Partners LP in its pending $2.5 billion purchase of Permian Basin energy assets in Texas from affiliates of Enduring Resources.

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.

Fee Tracker: Latham's Lucrative Soccer Links

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 11, 2014

In its latest tally of money flowing to Am Law 200 firms, The Am Law Daily looks at Latham & Watkins' work for the U.S. Soccer Federation ahead of this year's World Cup tournament; Gibson Dunn's mounting Bridgegate tab; and the bills accrued by Davis Polk and Skadden on a big financial services IPO.

The Churn: Husch Blackwell Hires Again in Denver, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Husch Blackwell becomes the latest large Midwestern firm to bulk up in the Rockies; Dechert raids Wilmer to launch a life sciences practice in Frankfurt; Sidley Austin shutters its office in Germany's financial capital and other moves from around The Am Law 200.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 09, 2014

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

Shale Mania a Boon to Half-Dozen Firms

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

Two companies linked to billionaire Aubrey McClendon—one of the foremost backers of the so-called U.S. shale gas revolution—made big moves in the energy space Monday. A handful of big firms have landed roles on both matters.

Why Is the SEC Stumbling With Insider Trading Trials?

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 09, 2014

Back-to-back losses by the SEC in insider trading trials amplify concerns that it's done a poor job picking its battles, but they also suggest the agency is at a disadvantage compared to the more successful DOJ.

Future Horizons: Expect the Unexpected

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 09, 2014

The 141-page ILTA report is delivered in small, high-calorie bytes like a bag of gourmet popcorn.

Arista Networks Taps Wilson for IPO

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 09, 2014

The firm is also defending Arista in litigation with company cofounder David Cheriton.

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.

Associates Are Doin' It for Themselves

Maria Zilberman : The Recorder : January 06, 2014

For young lawyers, carving out practice niches can be a path to partnership or new careers outside the law.

Retired Judge Wins Appeal in Suit Against Country Club

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 06, 2014

An appeals court has revived Retired Bergen County Assignment Judge Robert Passero's suit against a country club over an unrefunded debenture bond.

The Churn: Edwards Wildman, Polsinelli Bulk Up, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Edwards Wildman Palmer and Polsinelli poach toxic tort team on opposite coasts, the newly combined Squire Patton Boggs makes its first lateral hire, Foley & Lardner gets a new COO and more lateral moves from across The Am Law 200.

Massad Takes the Helm at the CFTC

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 05, 2014

Former Cravath Swaine & Moore corporate partner Timothy Massad was sworn in Thursday as chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

Burford Capital GC's In-house View of Litigation Financing

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : January 05, 2014

Melissa Sobel, the general counsel of Burford Capital, says it's a way law departments can add value to the company.

Asia Deal Digest: June 5, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 05, 2014

* Japan's Dai-ichi Life turns to Baker & McKenzie and Willkie Farr for its first foray into the U.S. market* Minter Ellison is guiding Asia's richest man on his $2.2 billion bid for Australian natural gas distributor Envestra* Clifford Chance advises 7-Eleven Malaysia on a $225 million IPO

Paul Hastings Takes L.A. Media-Tech Partner From Cooley

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 04, 2014

Big Duty-Free Deal Pulls in Legal Squadron

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

Enough lawyers to fill an airport terminal are advising on the $1.7 billion sale of Nuance Group to Swiss travel retail rival Dufry AG, owner of U.S. newsstand chain Hudson News.

Tyrrell Lands Partnership at Edwards Wildman

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

James Tyrrell Jr., the prominent Patton Boggs litigator who was not expected to be part of the firm's merger with Squire Sanders, has landed at Edwards Wildman & Palmer.

Ex-Patton Boggs Partner, Chevron Foe Lands at New Firm

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

James Tyrrell Jr., the prominent Patton Boggs litigator who was not expected to be part of the firm's merger with Squire Sanders, has landed at Edwards Wildman & Palmer.

Latham Relocates Litigation Partner to Hong Kong

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 03, 2014

The firm's relocation of former federal prosecutor Catherine Palmer from New York comes at a time of intensified regulatory scrutiny of multinationals operating in China.

Simpson, Munger, Latham Help Lawyers.com Find New Home

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

The three firms are advising on the $1.1 billion sale of Internet Brands—owner of websites like Lawyers.com and CarsDirect.com—from Hellman & Friedman and JMI Equity to private equity rival KKR.

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.

Fracking to Lead High-Profile Week at the Court of Appeals

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : January 03, 2014

On Tuesday, the state Court of Appeals will hear arguments for the first time on whether New York municipalities may use local ordinances to ban fracking, part of a three-day June session that is packed with an unusual number of high-profile cases.

GLIDE's Charlie Crompton

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 02, 2014

The former head of Latham's global pro bono program discusses leaving Big Law to focus on public service.

Fish & Richardson Shoots, Scores

Mary Alice Robbins : Texas Lawyer : January 02, 2014

On Oct. 16, 2013, a Dallas federal jury found that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission had failed to prove that Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban engaged in insider trading. That finding was due largely to the efforts of a Fish & Richardson team.

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.

Am Law Firms Reap Rewards of NFL Union Work

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

The annual report filed by the National Football League Players Association with the U.S. Labor Department shows Winston & Strawn, Latham & Watkins, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Norton Rose Fulbright and Patton Boggs racking up substantial fees for their work on behalf of players last year.

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

Munger, Skadden Help Drop Beats in Apple's Lap

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 29, 2014

Beats Electronics, the Santa Monica-based headphone maker started by hip hop mogul Dr. Dre and recording industry titan Jimmy Iovine in 2006, has turned to teams of lawyers from Munger Tolles, Skadden and British firm Osborne Clarke on its proposed $3 billion sale to Apple, which is being advised by Weil, Gotshal & Manges.

Big Deals

David Marcus : The American Lawyer : January 29, 2014

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

Am Law Second Hundred Firms of Note: Kasowitz Benson

Jan Wolfe : The American Lawyer : January 29, 2014

As suits stemming from the financial crisis end, the New York firm's profits fall.

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.

Am Law Trio Help Koch Slake Petro Thirst

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

Jones Day is advising an affiliate of Koch Industries on its $2.1 billion purchase of PetroLogistics, which is being represented by Vinson & Elkins and Weil.

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.

Latham, Shearman Assist in Amgen's $4.5 Billion Financing

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 22, 2014

Milbank, Latham on Indonesia Plant Financing

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 22, 2014

A consortium led by two Japanese companies has borrowed $1.17 billion to develop a geothermal plant in northern Indonesia.

Asia Deal Digest: May 22, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 22, 2014

* Allen & Overy guides India's Bharti Airtel on a $2 billion bond issue* Skadden and Davis Polk lead on $1.3 billion Tencent investment in JD.com* Milbank and Latham on a $1.17 billion Indonesian geothermal plant financing

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.

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.

Clifford Chance and Cleary Lead on Abbott Labs Pharma Deal

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2014

Abbott turned to Clifford Chance on its buy of a controlling stake in Chilean drugmaker CFR Pharmaceuticals, with Cleary advising CFR.

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.

In D.C., A Changing Law Firm Map

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 19, 2014

Triple Play of Energy Deals for Latham & Watkins

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 19, 2014

Latham & Watkins partner Jeffrey Munoz said the two deals for Freeport-McMoRan were interrelated, with proceeds from the $3.1 billion sale of Eagle Ford Shale assets paying for the $1.4 billion purchase of Deepwater Gulf of Mexico assets.

Moves by Law Firms Could Shift Profession's Center of Gravity

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : January 19, 2014

As leases draw to a close and the industry shrinks, fresh real estate frontiers open.

The Shifting D.C. Law Firm Scene

: The National Law Journal : January 19, 2014

Planned office moves by Washington firms will change the local lawyer landscape.

GCs, Board Members Rank Their Favorite Firms

Sherry Karabin : Corporate Counsel : January 16, 2014

A trade magazine and consultancy have come out with their rankings, which don't deviate from the usual crop of top law firms.

Goodwin Procter Adds Two Partners in Hong Kong

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 16, 2014

Christopher Yu and Andrew Yang were previously associates at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, respectively.

Proskauer Helps MLS Ink Key $720 Million Deal

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

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

Four Am Law Firms Dine on Red Lobster Sale

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

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

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.

Counsel to Counsel

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

Seven general counsel describe the pivotal contributions made by the outside counsel they recruited for their blockbuster litigation wins and deals.

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.

Asia Deal Digest: May 15, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 15, 2014

* Freshfields guides China's Citic Group on massive restructuring* Herbert Smith Freehills leads on three big China bond offerings* King & Wood Mallesons advises Sydney airport on $1.4 billion loan

Tom Donilon Returns to O'Melveny From the White House

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 15, 2014

The adviser President Barack Obama said "shaped every single national security policy of my presidency" will return to the law firm that shaped his career. Thomas Donilon—Obama's national security adviser from 2010 to 2013, a veteran of the Clinton and Carter administrations, and protege of Warren Christopher, former secretary of state and firm chairman—rejoins O'Melveny & Myers as vice chairman.

Federal Circuit Agrees to Rehear Dispute over ITC Powers

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 14, 2014

Lawyers at Latham & Watkins and the ITC won a chance to reverse a controversial ruling that restricts the ITC's authority to issue import bans in some cases.

BigLaw Defectors, In-House Counsel Fuel Growth at N.J.'s Parker Ibrahim

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 14, 2014

In the aftermath of the last decade's recession, while firms were retrenching, three in-house counsel from JPMorgan Chase started their own shop in New Jersey and went rapidly into expansion mode.

The Churn: Ballard Spahr Bulks Up in Delaware, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Ballard Spahr snags a leading litigator from the First State, Reed Smith hires Fried Frank's energy head and other lateral moves from around The Am Law 200.

Bingham Chair Zimmerman to Shed Daily Duties

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2014

Five months after posting its worst-ever single-year decline in profitability, Bingham McCutchen said Tuesday that longtime chairman Jay Zimmerman will formally hand over day-to-day management of the firm to managing partner Steven Browne as of June 1.

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.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 12, 2014

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

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.

Optimistic Expectations Are Playing Out, But Struggles Linger

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

Christine Simmons, a New York Law Journal reporter, writes: A quarter of the way into 2014, several leading New York attorneys said their firms are on target for promising returns this year. But a recent string of firm layoffs coupled with constant rate pressure are reminders of the continuing struggles in the legal industry.

The Score: Ex-Patterson Belknap Partner Parsons to Head Clippers

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

As NBA Commissioner Adam Silver pushes Donald Sterling to sell the Los Angeles Clippers, the drama swirling around the team adds new players with ties to Patterson Belknap and Kaye Scholer.

Latham Leads on Big Shale Sale

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

The firm is advising Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold's oil and gas unit on the $3.1 billion sale of its Eagle Ford shale assets in Texas, the latest in a string of U.S. energy deals announced over the past week.

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.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 05, 2014

Lateral moves in this week's column.

Proskauer Acts for PE Firm on $216 Million IPO

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

Ares Management has become the latest private equity firm to tap the public markets, although its legal fees pale in comparison to IPOs of years past.

Lawyers Group Sides with D.C. Council in Budget Fight

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 05, 2014

A group of Washington lawyers, including attorneys at some of the city's biggest firms, are supporting the D.C. Council in its court fight against the mayor over management of the budget.

Owner Can't Recover 9/11 Cleanup Costs, Circuit Finds

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : January 05, 2014

The owner of a building contaminated with toxic "WTC Dust" cannot recover money spent on the cleanup because the attacks were an act of war.

Recorder Names Corporate Practices of the Year

Recorder Editors : The Recorder : January 02, 2014

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 02, 2014

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

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.

May 2014 Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

The Churn: SDNY Prosecutors Join Am Law Firms, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Brown Rudnick and Ropes & Gray both announce additions of prosecutors from the U.S. attorney's office for New York's Southern District.

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.

IndyMac Shareholders Lose Appeal Against E&Y

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

A federal appeals court has affirmed dismissal of a shareholder class action against accounting firm Ernst & Young LLP over the collapse of IndyMac BanCorp Inc.

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

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.

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.

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.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 21, 2014

Midsized Real Estate Firm to Offer Big Law Salaries

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 21, 2014

Duval & Stachenfeld, a 66-attorney real estate firm, is more than doubling its salary for starting associates to $175,000—above the large law firm standard—to compete with its rivals in attracting and retaining top talent.

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.

DC Lateral Moves

: Legal Times : January 21, 2014

Arnold & Porter lands high-ranking Justice Department attorney Amy Jeffress, lawyers return to practice from the White House and a New Jersey senator's office, and Wiley Rein adds an aviation expert to work on drones.Here's the recent roundup of Washington-area hires and promotions announced in the third week of April.

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

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

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

Valley Firms Flex Brands at the Beach

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 18, 2014

Cooley's Santa Monica office is up to 25 lawyers, while Fenwick and Wilson say the long-distance thing is working fine for now.

Litigators of the Week: Matthew Moore of Latham & Watkins and Robert Angle of Troutman Sanders

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 17, 2014

Moore and Angle won a ruling this week that promises to stem an assault by patent powerhouse Intellectual Ventures against a group of major banks.

White House Lawyer to Join Latham's White-Collar Team

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 16, 2014

Former White House special counsel Jonathan Su will join Latham & Watkins as a white-collar defense litigator after a two-year stint in the Obama administration.

German Deal Activity Yields Roles for Large Firms

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

After a big first quarter for U.S. M&A, increased transactional work out of Europe could be a boon for some top firms on the continent.

Life Sciences Lawyer Leaves DLA Piper for King & Spalding

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 15, 2014

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

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

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

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

Clifford Chance, Weil Help Flip French Food Firm

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

The firms grab roles on private equity shop Ardian's $1.8 billion sale of the Diana Group to Germany's Symrise.

Next Step for Marriage Equality

Marcia Coyle : The National Law Journal : January 14, 2014

Two federal appellate courts are poised to decide the constitutionality of three state bans against same-sex marriage and move the fundamental question closer to the U.S. Supreme Court.

UC Regents Sue Former Research Partner

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 14, 2014

Medivation, which had accused UC researchers of hiding promising discoveries, is now the target of a suit seeking millions from sales of the prostate cancer treatment Xtandi.

Davis Polk, Cahill, S&C Handle Year's Biggest IPO to Date

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

Three years after first filing to go public in a bid to repay a $17.2 billion federal government bailout, Ally Financial, the former finance arm of auto giant General Motors, raised nearly $2.4 billion in an IPO Thursday that sees principal investor the U.S. Treasury Department slash its stake in the company. Davis Polk & Wardwell, Cahill Gordon & Reindel and Sullivan & Cromwell are advising on the offering, the latest to hit surging U.S. capital markets in recent weeks.

New Deals

: The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2014

Buyout firm The Blackstone Group has agreed to buy Denver-based industrial manufacturer Gates Global from its current owners in a $5.4 billion deal announced Friday. Also, India's Sun Pharmaceutical Industries will become the world's fifth-largest generic drug maker with its $3.2 billion buy of struggling rival Ranbaxy Laboratories.

Class Certified in Download Insurance Lawsuit

Lisa Hoffman : The National Law Journal : January 09, 2014

Computer security firm Symantec Corp. and one of its contractors face a certified class action brought by consumers who say the companies duped them into buying “download insurance” when the same service was available for free.

Notice of Claim Not Sufficient in Health Care Escrow Litigation

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 09, 2014

A health care network provider must release $1.8 million held in escrow after the Delaware Court of Chancery ruled that it did not have a pending claim against a company it acquired subsidiaries from in 2011. The court held that the defendant had not raised a claim until after the deadline for alleging claims passed under the stock purchase agreement.

Latham Scores for Amazon in Rovi Patent Fight

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 08, 2014

Despite the efforts of Durie Tangri's Mark Lemley, Rovi Corporation hit another dead end Tuesday in its litigation campaign against the digital TV industry. But rather than raising the white flag, in the wake of its defeat Rovi was threatening a follow-up case involving new patents.

Fee Tracker: Big Legal Bills for Gibson Dunn

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 08, 2014

The Am Law Daily's periodic tabulation of notable fees earned—or owed—to Am Law 200 firms on a variety of engagements starts off with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, which is reaping the benefits from its work in New Jersey's Bridgegate scandal. The firm is also representing the Garden State in a sports gambling case and counseling the American Foundation for Equal Rights in a high-profile gay marriage fight in California. And that's not even including what the firm is seeking for advising energy giant Chevron.

JOBS Act Means Less Info on GC Pay Packages

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 07, 2014

Two Major Pharma M&A Deals Yield Big-Firm Bonanza

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

Weil, Wachtell, Shearman, Simpson, Latham and Davis Polk all got the year's second quarter off to a strong start by grabbing roles on one of two big pharmaceutical deals announced Monday: Irish specialty drugmaker Mallinckrodt's $5.6 billion cash-and-stock purchase of California's Questcor Pharmaceuticals and India's Sun Pharmaceutical Industries' $3.2 billion buy of struggling rival Ranbaxy Laboratories.

Drinker Biddle CMO Departure Latest Marketing Move

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 07, 2014

The once-ephemeral tenure of chief marketing officers among Am Law 200 firms has, for many, morphed into a much longer-term position as the legal marketing industry has matured. But nothing lasts forever.

Malpractice Suit Keeps McDermott in Tense Tango With Former Client

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 04, 2014

Duane Morris partner Allison Lane Cooper is defending McDermott Will & Emery against claims that stem from the firm's work for the owners of a privately held company—and that company's litigation rival.

Simpson, Latham Lead on $5.4 Billion Gates Sale

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2014

The Blackstone Group has agreed to buy industrial manufacturer Gates Global from current owners Onex and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB). Simpson Thacher & Bartlett is advising Blackstone on the deal, while Gates, Onex and CPPIB are being represented by Latham.

Asia Deal Digest: April 3, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 03, 2014

* HWL Ebsworth advises restructuring Aussie mall developer Westfield on $20 billion in loan facilities* Slaughter and May and Freshfields on Singapore bank's proposed $5 billion Hong Kong acquisition* Skadden guides Chinese antivirus software maker on $300 million U.S. IPO

Magic Circle Firms Lead French Manufacturing Deal

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

Linklaters is advising private equity group Triton Partners on its $1 billion purchase of the thermal power division of French manufacturer Alstom, which has hired Freshfields to advise on the sale.

V&E Partner Moves to Latham Hong Kong

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 01, 2014

David Blumental previously headed Vinson & Elkins' Shanghai office, which was closed last year.

MoFo CMO Is Moving On

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 01, 2014

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.

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.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 31, 2014

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

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

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 28, 2014

Sidley Austin and Reed Smith are among the eight firms announcing new additions, while two others announce promotions.

Shareholder Activism in the M&A Context

David A. Katz and Laura A. McIntosh : New York Law Journal : January 27, 2014

In their Corporate Governance column, David A. Katz, a partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, and Laura A. McIntosh, a consulting attorney for the firm, write: Shareholder activism is poised to have an even greater impact in the M&A context this year and companies should be aware of and prepared for this possibility if they pursue an M&A transaction.

Asia Deal Digest: March 27, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 27, 2014

* Latham advising Georgina Rinehart's Roy Hill iron mine on largest project financing ever* Clifford Chance and Freshfields on Temasek's proposed $5.7 billion investment in Hong Kong retail group A.S. Watson* Malaysian telecom giant Axiata turns to Sidley for a major Indonesian acquisition

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.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Kasowitz Feels Sting as Big Cases End

Jan Wolfe : The Am Law Daily : January 26, 2014

Litigation-focused Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman saw its gross revenue fall 8 percent, to $229.5 million, and its profits per equity partner plunge 15 percent, to $1.45 million, according to The American Lawyer's reporting.

Kirkland Partner in the Running for White House Counsel

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 26, 2014

W. Neil Eggleston, a white-collar defender in Washington, 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.

Gay-Friendly Policies Can Help Law Firms, Advocates Say

Tania Karas : New York Law Journal : January 24, 2014

A work environment that welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender lawyers is not only fundamentally fair, it can boost the bottom line. That was the message of Out in Law, a daylong event at New York University School of Law this month.

Latham, A&O on $7.9 Billion Roy Hill Financing

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 21, 2014

The loans to develop an iron ore mine in Western Australia amount to the largest project financing ever in the mining sector.

Feds Allege Ga. Hospitals Paid Kickbacks

R. Robin McDonald : Daily Report : January 20, 2014

The U.S. Justice Department has intervened in a whistleblower case against one of the country's largest hospital chains, alleging that three of its Georgia hospitals paid kickbacks for more than a decade to a chain of metro Atlanta prenatal clinics in return for patient referrals.

Asia Deal Digest: March 20, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 20, 2014

* Alibaba confirms New York IPO with Simpson Thacher at the helm* Allen & Gledhill and WongPartnership on Temasek-led bid to acquire commodities trader Olam* Latham leads on Indian travel site's $126.5 million Nasdaq share offering

Gibson Dunn Lodges $32 Million Fee Request in Chevron Case

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 19, 2014

The request—made two weeks after Chevron scored its biggest win yet in the case—represents just a tiny fraction of Chevron's legal costs in its battle with Steven Donziger and his Amazon clients.

Big Firms Wait on Sidelines as West Slaps Russia With Sanctions

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

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

Deal of the Week: Baker Botts Heads $520 Million Deal

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 17, 2014

Baker Botts is representing Chesapeake Energy Corp. in its pending sale of midstream compression assets to Access Midstream Partners and Exterran Partners for about $520 million.

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.

The Score: March Madness Edition

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

With the field set for the National Collegiate Athletic Association men's basketball tournament, others can agonize over their brackets. The Am Law Daily's focus is on the lawyers and law firms with ties to the NCAA and the nation's top college sports conferences.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Legal industry job changes in our nation's capital.

Biotech Company Achoagen Taps Latham for $72 Million IPO

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 13, 2014

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 13, 2014

Seven firms have announced promotions and new hires, and the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution has added to its board of directors.

Asia Deal Digest: March 13, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 13, 2014

* MoFo advises Singapore's GLP on its $1.4 billion purchase of Brazilian warehouse space* Chinese auction house Poly Group turns to Clifford Chance for $331 million IPO* Davis Polk and Skadden on Tencent's strategic alliance with online retailer JD.com.

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.

Alston & Bird Posts Flat Year in Revenue, Income

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 12, 2014

Alston & Bird had a flat 2013 after posting significant gains in revenue and net income in 2012.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 10, 2014

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

The Asian Lawyer All-Star Awards

Anthony Lin : The Asian Lawyer : January 10, 2014

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

Schulte, Latham Lead on $9 Billion Safeway Sale

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

An investor group led by Cerberus Capital Management has struck a deal to acquire grocery store chain Safeway in the largest leveraged buyout so far this year. Schulte Roth & Zabel is advising the buyers, with Dechert and Baker Botts also providing antitrust advice. Latham & Watkins is representing Safeway.

Dewey Demise Sends Another Ex-Partner Into Bankruptcy

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

A week before three former Dewey & LeBoeuf leaders were charged with engineering a massive fraud that helped destroy the firm, litigator Geoffrey Coll underscored the human toll of the collapse caused by their alleged actions by filing for Chapter 7 protection.

Asia Deal Digest: March 6, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 06, 2014

* Sullivan & Cromwell and Mori Hamada team for Japan Display's $3.8 billion Tokyo IPO* Clifford Chance advises Chinese state food giant COFCO on its acquisition of a Dutch grain trader* Skadden on planned $500 million IPO for Chinese microblogging service Sina Weibo

New Partners Yearbook 2014

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 06, 2014

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

Judge DQs Irell in Networking Patent Case Filed by Former Client

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 05, 2014

The Irell & Manella team led by Morgan Chu can't defend A10 Networks in a suit filed by rival Radware, ruled Judge Ronald Whyte.

Judge DQs Irell in Networking Patent Case Filed by Former Client

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 05, 2014

The Irell & Manella team led by Morgan Chu can't defend A10 Networks in a suit filed by rival Radware, ruled Judge Ronald Whyte.

Music Rights Holder SESAC Must Face Antitrust Claims

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 05, 2014

A judge in New York refused to throw out part of an antitrust class action brought by TV station owners against SESAC, a music licensing organization that represents thousands of composers. The ruling comes just months after a Pennsylvania judge ruled that radio broadcasters are likely to prevail on similar claims.

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.

Retired NFL Players Ask Court to Revive Licensing Suits

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

A class of retired NFL players who claim they were wrongfully denied licensing revenues should be allowed to pursue common claims based on their membership in the players union, their lawyer argued on Tuesday before a federal appeals panel.

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.

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

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

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

Inadmissible: HRF Partners With Law School

: Texas Lawyer : January 03, 2014

In its first partnership with a law school, Human Rights First, a nonprofit that provides pro bono legal representation to asylum seekers, will open an office in April at South Texas College of Law in Houston.

Patton Boggs Closes N.J. Office, Talks Merger Amid Restructuring

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Patton Boggs is pressing forward on a restructuring strategy, announcing within days last week the closure of the firm's Newark office and a possible merger with Squire Sanders.

Patently Hopeful

Lisa Shuchman : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Tech companies are delighted to see a new PTO open up in the neighborhood.

Tex Parte: South Texas College of Law partners with Human Rights First nonprofit

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 27, 2014

In its first partnership with a law school, Human Rights First, a nonprofit that provides pro bono legal representation to asylum seekers, will open an office in April at South Texas College of Law in Houston.

Tyrrell, Patton Boggs May Part Ways Amid Merger Push, Newark Closing

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

Patton Boggs, which is engaged in preliminary merger talks with Squire Sanders after announcing the closure of its Newark office this week, could see one of its top partners head for the door. James Tyrrell Jr., a member of the firm's executive committee and head of its toxic tort and product liability practice group, joined Patton Boggs in a high-profile lateral move in 2006. He also took on a controversial case representing indigenous Ecuadoreans suing energy giant Chevron, which has complicated Patton Boggs' efforts to find a merger partner. As it happens, Squire Sanders has its own ties to the South American nation.

Herbert Smith Freehills Drops Singapore QFLP License

Anthony Lin : The Asian Lawyer : January 27, 2014

Singapore's Ministry of Law announced Friday that four other foreign firms renewed their licenses, which allow them to practice Singapore law in exchange for meeting certain local hiring and revenue targets, while one firm was given a one-year conditional extension.

Magic Circle Firms on Harbin Bank IPO

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 26, 2014

The lender is the latest Chinese commercial bank to seek a Hong Kong listing to increase capital adequacy ratios in response to tighter regulatory requirements.

Busman's Holiday


: The American Lawyer : January 26, 2014

Getting "Lathamed " made Kevin Silberman realize that the big law life wasn't for him.

PTO Makes a Home Where the Patents Are

Lisa Shuchman : Corporate Counsel : January 25, 2014

Silicon valley tech companies are delighted to see a branch of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office open up in the neighborhood.

How Latham Cracked the Houston Market

Ross Todd : The American Lawyer : January 25, 2014

When the firm decided to beef up its oil and gas practice, it recruited heavily from the city's Big Three.

The Churn: Latham Adds from Ropes in Boston, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 25, 2014

A Boston-based white-collar litigator jumps to Latham & Watkins from Ropes & Gray; Brownstein Hyatt Farber & Schreck gains five intellectual property lawyers; and Morrison & Foerster welcomes back a former partner from the Obama administration.

Latham's Judith Hasko

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 21, 2014

Latham, Chadbourne Win Dismissal of YPF Shareholder Suit

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 21, 2014

A federal judge dismissed a class action claiming that oil companies Repsol SA and YPF SA misled shareholders about the possibility of YPF being nationalized by the Argentine government.

Dealmaker of the Week: Latham's Charles Ruck

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

Ruck, along with fellow Orange County M&A partner R. Scott Shean, led the Latham team advising Actavis on its $25 billion acquisition of specialty pharmaceuticals company Forest Laboratories.

Facebook's New Friend Faces Patent Suits

Drew Carroll : The Recorder : January 20, 2014

In pending suits, two patent holders accuse WhatsApp of stepping on proprietary mobile messaging technology.

Tex Parte: Networking, social media on tap for 2014 Conference on Women in Law in Austin

Miriam Rozen : Texas Lawyer : January 20, 2014

Alternative career paths and effective lawyering skills are on the agenda Friday and Saturday, respectively, at the Conference on Women in Law in Austin.

New Deals

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2014

One month after Time Warner Cable rejected a takeover bid as "grossly inadequate," the nation's second-largest cable company has attracted a better offer. Also, generic drug maker Actavis has said it will buy Forest Laboratories.

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

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

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

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Latham Maintains Peak in Dell's Parting Year

Michael D. Goldhaber : The Am Law Daily : January 19, 2014

Starting the year at an all-time high financially in 2013, Latham & Watkins made modest gains across in the key fiscal categories, growing gross revenue 2.7 percent, profits per partner 2 percent, and revenue per lawyer 1.4 percent, according to The American Lawyer reporting.

Three Sidley Lawyers to Argue in Three Days in High Court

Tony Mauro : Supreme Court Brief : January 19, 2014

It will be Sidley Austin week at the U.S. Supreme Court starting Feb. 24, with three of the firm's top partners slated to argue—one on each of the three days the court will be sitting.

Three Sidley Lawyers to Argue in Three Days in High Court

Tony Mauro : Supreme Court Brief : January 19, 2014

It will be Sidley Austin week at the U.S. Supreme Court starting Feb. 24, with three of the firm's top partners slated to argue—one on each of the three days the court will be sitting.

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.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 18, 2014

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

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

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

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

Latham, Wachtell Lead on $25 Billion Actavis-Forest Labs Deal

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

Dublin-based generic drug maker Actavis is buying Forest Laboratories in a $25 billion cash-and-stock deal that increases Actavis' access to specialty drugs. Latham is advising longtime client Actavis on the deal, while Forest has turned to Wachtell. Other firms working on the deal include Skadden, which is counseling Actavis on antitrust issues, as well as Fried Frank and Simpson Thacher, which are representing financial advisers Greenhill & Co. and J.P. Morgan, respectively.

Deal of the Week: Phillips 66 Partners $700 Million Pending Purchase

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 17, 2014

Vinson & Elkins and Latham & Watkins are working on a deal for Phillips 66 Partners of Houston to make its first acquisition: the purchase of a pipeline system and storage spheres from Phillips 66 for $700 million.

Correction

: The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

In-House Counsel Profile: Hearsay Social Inc.'s Yasmin Zarabi

June Bell : The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Yasmin Zarabi is Heasay Social's first in-house lawyer and to date its only one — but not for long.

SEC's Canellos Returns to Milbank as Shearman Picks Up Orrick Heavyweights

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2014

Wednesday was a day of musical chairs for the New York securities bar. One top securities litigator and government enforcer opted to return to his longtime law firm, while another prominent practitioner landed at his fourth firm in eight years.

Asia Deal Digest: February 13, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 13, 2014

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

Justice Kagan on Opinion Writing, Legacy

Michelle Olsen : Supreme Court Brief : January 12, 2014

Speaking to an audience in Washington, Justice Elena Kagan recently reflected on her future legacy as a justice—and on what a possible Kagan bobblehead would look like.

SEC's Canellos Returns to Milbank as Shearman Picks Up Orrick Heavyweights

Julie Triedman : The Litigation Daily : January 12, 2014

Wednesday was a day of musical chairs for the New York securities bar. One top securities litigator and government enforcer opted to return to his longtime law firm, while another prominent practitioner landed at his fourth firm in eight years.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: White & Case Sees Profits, Revenue Rise Again

Michael D. Goldhaber : The Am Law Daily : January 11, 2014

Last year was another solid one for White & Case in all key financial categories, with the firm's profits per equity partner climbing 10 percent, to $1.87 million, and its gross revenue increasing roughly 4 percent, to $1.44 billion, according to The American Lawyer's reporting.

Latham Lands Roles on Two Deals Totaling $3.2 Billion

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 11, 2014

Latham & Watkins is advising longtime private equity client The Carlyle Group on its $1.9 billion sale of Veyance Technologies to German tire and auto parts maker Continental AG, and Cadence Pharmaceuticals on its $1.3 billion sale to Ireland's Mallinckrodt. A half-dozen other Am Law 100 and foreign firms are also working on the transactions.

The Churn: Bingham Loses Trio of Litigators, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo and Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 11, 2014

A three-partner litigation team moves from Bingham McCutchen to Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton; Greenberg Traurig sees its lawyers jump to Dechert, Husch Blackwell and Squire Sanders; and the chair of Dorsey's labor and employment practice joins Littler Mendelson.

INADMISSIBLE: Liberals Question Big Law Judicial Picks

: The National Law Journal : January 10, 2014

President Barack Obama has pushed to bring racial and gender diversity to the federal bench. But when it comes to employment diversity — the professional backgrounds of the president's picks — Democrats and liberal interest groups have a gripe.

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.

A&O Advising on $1 Billion Lao Hydropower JV

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 06, 2014

Korean, Thai and Lao enterprises are building a 410-megawatt power plant in Laos' Attapue and Champasak provinces.

Former Federal Prosecutor Jumps to Coblentz

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 06, 2014

Debo Adegbile Gets Committee Approval for Civil Rights Post

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 06, 2014

The Senate Judiciary Committee today approved the nomination of Debo Adegbile to run the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, despite objections from Republicans for his appellate work on behalf of a convicted killer.

Debo Adegbile Gets Committee Approval for Civil Rights Post

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 06, 2014

The Senate Judiciary Committee today approved the nomination of Debo Adegbile to run the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, despite objections from Republicans for his appellate work on behalf of a convicted killer.

New Deals

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2014

British medical technology company Smith & Nephew has agreed to pay $1.7 billion in cash to acquire ArthroCare, which makes devices used for soft tissue repairs and joint procedures. Also, Entegris has agreed to buy ATMI, a rival supplier of materials to the semiconductor industry, in a deal worth $1.15 billion.

Asia Deal Digest: February 6, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 06, 2014

* Skadden on planned $1.5 billion U.S. IPO for Chinese e-tailer JD.com* Allen & Overy advising a Korean, Thai and Lao JV on a $1 billion hydropower project in southern Laos* Clayton Utz and Herbert Smith Freehills lead on a $300 million Aussie pet supply merger

Violin Memory Hires Orrick for Securities Suits

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 04, 2014

Cover Story: The 2014 Lateral Report

: The American Lawyer : January 03, 2014

The latest edition of our annual look at which firms gained the most partners, which firms lost the most, and what all the movement means for the high-end legal industry.

Davis Polk, Latham Lead on $1.7 Billion Medical Devices Deal

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

The Am Law 100 firms are advising on British medical technology company Smith & Nephew's purchase of ArthroCare, which makes devices used for soft tissue repairs. Davis Polk is representing Smith & Nephew, while Latham is acting as counsel to the target.

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.

Am Law 200 Firms Stake Claims in Houston

Ross Todd : The American Lawyer : January 03, 2014

Drawn by the oil and gas boom, plenty of other firms have followed Latham's lead into Houston.

Cover Story: The 2014 Lateral Report

: The American Lawyer : January 03, 2014

The latest edition of our annual look at which firms gained the most partners, which firms lost the most, and what all the movement means for the high-end legal industry.