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Latham & Watkins LLP

  • Designation: New York
  • Head Count: 2,033
  • Gross Revenues: -$2,068,967,296
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,095,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $2,440,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 1

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 1 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 3 1 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 5 0 Lawyer head count
The A-List 10 -4 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 21 -16 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 49 -17 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 11 15 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 65 -3 Summer programs

In the News

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.

Genomics Startup in FDA Feud Still Has No GC

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 31, 2014

State, Federal Courts Warn Of Virus-Carrying Messages

JAY STAPLETON : The Connecticut Law Tribune : January 30, 2014

State and federal courts in Connecticut are among those nationwide circulating warnings about virus-bearing emails that purport to be notices of court hearings. At the Connecticut Judicial Branch, court administrators are on the lookout for the virus attacks.

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

Wilson, Latham Tapped for $208 Million Biotech Deal

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 29, 2014

Latham Advising Hess as Company Sheds Utica Shale Assets

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

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

Three Firms on Shanda Games $1.9 Billion Take-Private

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 28, 2014

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Latham & Watkins and Davis Polk & Wardwell have the lead role on the deal involving the developer of China's popular World of Legend online game.

Drug Company Taps Big Gun to Fight $400 Million Verdict

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 28, 2014

After defeat in the First District, Swiss pharmaceutical firm Actelion has turned to Quinn Emanuel's Kathleen Sullivan to take its case to the California Supreme Court.

Prominent Defenders for Nominee to Head Civil Right Division

Tony Mauro : Legal Times : January 28, 2014

The president of the American Bar Association and other prominent lawyers are urging the Senate Judiciary Committee not to penalize a top Justice Department nominee for having once helped with the appeal of a convicted murderer.

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

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

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

The Asian Lawyer Announces Awards Finalists

Anthony Lin : The Asian Lawyer : January 27, 2014

We are pleased to announce the finalists in nine industry categories for The Asian Lawyer All-Star law firm awards.

Litigation Department of the Year: Honorable Mentions

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

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

Bogus Court-Appearance Notices Can Email Viruses, Lawyers Told

Mary Pat Gallagher : New Jersey Law Journal : January 27, 2014

Courts around the country are circulating warnings about virus-bearing emails that purport to be notices of court hearings.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 24, 2014

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

Cravath, Cleary Advise as Lenovo Buys IBM Server Unit

Brian Baxter : The Asian Lawyer : January 23, 2014

Longtime Cravath, Swaine & Moore client IBM announced Thursday that it has agreed to sell its low-end server unit to Beijing-based Lenovo Group, the world's largest personal computer maker, for $2.3 billion.

New Deals

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

Private equity firm The Carlyle Group has agreed to purchase a blood-testing unit from health care giant Johnson & Johnson in a deal worth $4.15 billion.

Cravath, Cleary Advise as Lenovo Buys IBM Server Unit

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

Longtime Cravath, Swaine & Moore client IBM announced Thursday that it has agreed to sell its low-end server unit to Beijing-based Lenovo Group, the world's largest personal computer maker, for $2.3 billion.

Asia Deal Digest: January 23, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 23, 2014

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

The Bankruptcy Files: Freedom Taps McGuireWoods for Chapter 11

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

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

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

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

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

Latham Adds Hong Kong Finance Partner

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 20, 2014

Howard Lam was previously a partner in Hong Kong with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 20, 2014

Latham, Cravath Lead on $4.15 Billion J&J Unit Sale

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 16, 2014

Private equity firm The Carlyle Group is purchasing a blood-testing unit of Johnson & Johnson in a deal worth $4.15 billion. Latham is advising Carlyle on the purchase, while Cravath is lead counsel to Johnson & Johnson. Baker & McKenzie and Freshfields also landed roles advising J&J.

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

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

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

Asia Deal Digest: January 16, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 16, 2014

* Cleary and Sidley lead on $16 billion Suntory-Beam deal* Paul Hastings advising Chinese meat processor Shuanghui on a planned $6 billion IPO* Stephenson Harwood helps budget airline VietJet buy $800 million in jet engines

Brits Bag Lead on Big Engineering Merger

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

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

Radware Fires DQ Motion at Irell in A10 Suit

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 13, 2014

The company's attorneys contend IP litigator Morgan Chu and other Irell lawyers should be kicked off the case because they previously represented Radware.

Lawyers Expect IPO Boom to Roll On in 2014

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 13, 2014

More than 40 California companies launched IPOs last year and lawyers continue to see a robust pipeline.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 13, 2014

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

Lawyers Expect IPO Boom to Roll On In 2014

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 10, 2014

More than 40 California companies launched IPOs last year and lawyers continue to see a robust pipeline.

The Churn: Another Patton Boggs Loss, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2014

A banking partner leaves Patton Boggs in New York to join Greenberg Traurig; McGuireWoods hires a onetime counsel to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; and Latham poaches a Weil partner in London.

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

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 10, 2014

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

Cadwalader Names Woolery Chairman as of 2015

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

Woolery, a 44-year-old Kentucky native and former business development chair at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, left his role as co-head of North American M&A at JPMorgan Chase last year to become Cadwalader's first deputy chair.

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

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

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

Woolery to Take Leadership of Cadwalader in 2015

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

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft has named corporate cochair James Woolery to become head of the firm. Woolery, a Kentucky native and former business development chair at Cravath, Swaine & Moore who left his role as cohead of North American M&A at JPMorgan Chase last year to become Cadwalader's first deputy chair, will succeed W. Christopher White as chairman on Jan. 1, 2015.

Asia Deal Digest: January 9, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 09, 2014

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

Taking a Second Look at the Corporate Benefit Doctrine

Peter A. Wald and Michele D. Johnson : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 08, 2014

The Delaware Court of Chancery decision in Consol. CA No. 7357-VCG (Del Ch. Nov. 12, 2013), awarding shareholder plaintiffs $1 million in attorney fees, was largely unprecedented, not for the size of the award but for the circumstances of the court's decision.

Calendar of Events

: New York Law Journal : January 08, 2014

The Churn: Sidley Picks Up Weil Partner, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2014

Weil, Gotshal & Manges loses another lawyer to Sidley Austin; a renewable energy team in Chicago, San Francisco and New York joins Morgan, Lewis & Bockius from Foley & Lardner; and Edwards Wildman Palmer makes a string of hires around the country.

Allegations Against Latham Fully Pled, Company Argues

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 07, 2014

A Pennsylvania-based legal services management company said it doesn't have to give any more particulars just yet on its allegations against Latham & Watkins regarding misappropriation of trade secrets.

Tech Sector Dealmaking a Boon to Some Am Law 200 Firms

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

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

Baker Botts Dialed In for Liberty on Sirius XM Bid

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

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

SF Firms See Flurry of Lateral Moves

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 06, 2014

Future Chief Seen as Forceful Leader on Patent Court

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 03, 2014

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

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

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

Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

A Recovery for European M&A?

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 27, 2013

In 2013, European dealmaking showed its first signs of health in five years.

High Profile Trials

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 27, 2013

Law Technology News wishes you and your families a safe, happy holiday season. As we look forward to the new year, we are reprising some of the best stories of 2013. Ever since we launched Technology on Trial in 2002, it's been a favorite feature. In August, we looked back at some of the most interesting reports-everything from the contentious McCourt "Dodgers" divorce to the Casey Anthony murder trial-that explored the crucial role played by technology. It's fascinating reading!

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

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

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

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

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 24, 2013

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

Texas Trio Take Lead on Xmas Energy M&A Deals

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 23, 2013

Andrews Kurth, Bracewell & Giuliani and Vinson & Elkins are advising on two big energy industry deals announced Monday: Regency Energy Partners' nearly $1.3 billion buy of two Texas pipeline systems and Kinder Morgan Energy Partners' roughly $1 billion acquisition of two tanker companies that transport crude oil.

Am Law 100 Firms Snap Up Red Lobster Work

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 23, 2013

Kramer Levin, Latham & Watkins, and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz are advising on a battle between activist hedge funds and the management of Darden Restaurants, owner of the Red Lobster, Oliver Garden and Capital Grille brands. While Darden announced last week its plans to spin off the Red Lobster chain, some investors want a complete breakup of the company.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 23, 2013

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

Goodwin, Latham Lead on $4.34 Billion REIT Deal

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 19, 2013

Real estate investment trust Essex Property Trust said Thursday it has agreed to acquire fellow California-based REIT BRE Properties in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $4.34 billion. Goodwin Procter is advising Essex on the transaction, while BRE has turned to Latham & Watkins.

Six Firms Lead on $1.84 Billion Marketing Deal

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

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

Majority Rebuffs Smokers' Medical Monitoring Claim

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : January 18, 2013

A divided Court of Appeals refused Tuesday to recognize a New York cause of action that would force Philip Morris to pay for perpetual medical tests for current and former smokers to detect the first signs of cancer.

Latham, Skadden Lead on $6.6 Billion Microchip Merger

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 17, 2013

The microchip maker Avago Technologies is seeking to buy storage chip specialist LSI to bolster its cloud storage and mobile software businesses. Longtime M&A rivals Latham & Watkins and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom are on opposite sides of the proposed $6.6 billion merger.

The Long Fight For Baby Veronica

Mark Obbie : The American Lawyer : January 17, 2013

When the Supreme Court ruled in the high-profile adoption battle over a little girl with Cherokee ancestry, the case seemed to be over. It wasn't.

Latham, Skadden Lead on $6.6 Billion Microchip Merger

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 16, 2013

Longtime M&A rivals Latham & Watkins and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom are on opposite sides of the proposed $6.6 billion merger announced Monday between microchip makers Avago Technologies Ltd. and LSI Corp.

Latham, Skadden Lead on $6.6 Billion Microchip Merger

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 16, 2013

Quinn Emanuel's Successful Bet On Kathleen Sullivan

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : January 15, 2013

When law professor Kathleen Sullivan joined the upstart Quinn Emanuel in 2005, it wasn't clear that this unusual pairing would work. It has.

Latham Helps Client Ink Drug Development Deal With Roche

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 12, 2013

Greenberg Laterals Help Firm Snag Big M&A Roles

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2013

Thanks in part to three high-profile lateral partners hired in recent years—Paul Maher and Stephen Horvath III in London and Lejb Fogelman in Warsaw—Greenberg Traurig has grabbed lead roles on French financial services giant BNP Paribas' $1.4 billion sale of its Polish banking business and Swedish trucking giant Volvo AB's $1.1 billion sale of its machine rental unit.

Will Singapore Immigration Politics Impact Law Firms?

Anthony Lin : The Asian Lawyer : January 09, 2013

Foreign lawyers say they are concerned that a populist outcry against further immigration into the island nation may eventually affect the global profession, starting with those firms now applying to renew their Qualifying Foreign Law Practice licenses.

INADMISSIBLE: D.C. Superior Court Judge Gets Rebuked

: The National Law Journal : January 09, 2013

District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Natalia Combs Greene received a rare public rebuke last month from a judicial review commission about her temperament. Plus more in this week's column.

Litigation Departments of the Year

: The Recorder : January 06, 2013

See what put these firms at the head of the field in The Recorder's inaugural contest.

Litigation Dept. of the Year: Antitrust Winner Latham & Watkins

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 06, 2013

New Deals

Brian Baxter and Sara Randazzo : New York Law Journal : January 05, 2013

Consumer marketing and branding company Authentic Brands Group has acquired the licensing rights to Elvis Presley and Muhammad Ali from Core Media Group, and CVS Caremark has entered into an agreement to buy Apria Healthcare Group's Coram infusion therapy business for approximately $2.1 billion in cash.

Young Conaway Partner Moderates ABI Panel

: Delaware Law Weekly : January 04, 2013

Michael R. Nestor, a bankruptcy and corporate restructuring partner at Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, moderated a panel as part of the American Bankruptcy Institute's "Delaware Views From the Bench" event.

Latham, Dechert Close $177 Million OncoMed Deal

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 03, 2013

Judge OKs Antitrust Suit Against RPX

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 03, 2013

NPE attorney Raymond Niro has overcome a key hurdle in his case against the self-described "anti-troll."

The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200

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

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

Judge Tosses Antitrust Claims Over Apple's Cut on App Sales

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 02, 2013

Yvonne Gonzales Rogers said would-be consumer class can't proceed as direct customers.

Quartet of Private Equity Deals Yield Roles for Big Firms

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

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

Big Deals

David Marcus : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2013

Applied Materials / Tokyo Electron; Koch Industries / Molex; Ares/CPPIB / Neiman Marcus; Regency Energy / PVR

Quinn Emanuel's Successful Bet on Kathleen Sullivan

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2013

Big Suits

: The American Lawyer : January 01, 2013

Lawrence E. Jaffe Pension Plan v. Household International In re Tobacco Cases II SEC v. Cuban Activision v. Hayes

Big Securities Class Action? Opt-Outs May Follow

Rebekah Mintzer : Corporate Counsel : January 27, 2013

A new report from Cornerstone Research and Latham & Watkins indicates that the larger the securities class action settlement, the more likely it is that at least some class members will jump ship and go it alone.

Latham & Watkins Settles Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit

: The National Law Journal : January 26, 2013

Deal of the Week: Energy + Equity = Excellent Acquisition

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 25, 2013

Texas lawyers at Baker & McKenzie represented Rimrock Midstream of Dallas in its recent acquisition of the El Dorado Storage Terminal from a subsidiary of Houston's Enbridge Energy Partners.

Higginbotham Leads Discussion at 'Fisher v. UT' Oral Arguments

Miriam Rozen : Texas Lawyer : January 25, 2013

Now pending for almost five years, has been tossed from court to court with no end in sight, and the patience of litigants and judges understandably could be waning. At the same time, public higher-education institutions nationwide are awaiting 's input on the use of race as a factor in admissions.

Three Firms Lead on $2 Billion German Advertising Deal

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

Private equity firm Hellman & Friedman will acquire 70 percent of German advertising company Scout24 from telecommunications giant Deutsche Telekom. Latham & Watkins is advising Hellman & Friedman on the transaction, German firm Hengeler Mueller is representing longtime client Deutsche Telekom, and Willkie Farr & Gallagher is acting as counsel to Scout24.

Latham, Paul Weiss Help Keep Elvis, Ali Together

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

Consumer marking and branding company Authentic Brands Group announced Wednesday its acquisition of the licensing rights to Elvis Presley and Muhammad Ali.

Latham, Paul Weiss Help Keep Elvis, Ali Together

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2013

The King and The Greatest are staying together, as consumer marking and branding company Authentic Brands Group announced Wednesday its acquisition of the licensing rights to two of the 20th century's most famous names: Elvis Presley and Muhammad Ali.

Thirteen Firms Advise on $2.6 Billion Pharmaceutical JV

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2013

Dutch life and materials sciences company Royal DSM is spinning off its pharmaceutical manufacturing unit into a joint venture with private equity firm JLL Partners that will then buy pharmaceutical company Patheon. The deal, worth roughly $2.65 billion in total, generated legal advisory roles for a host of large law firms.

Skadden, Simpson Hang Hats on Another Shale Deal

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2013

In the latest big energy deal out of shale-rich Texas, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom is advising Devon Energy on its $6 billion acquisition of assets from private equity-backed GeoSouthern Energy. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, which opened a Houston office two years ago, has taken the lead for GeoSouthern.

The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 19, 2013

Weil, Gotshal & Manges loses three partners to Greenberg Traurig and gains one in Dallas; Jackson Lewis hires a new managing partner for its San Francisco office; and a longtime Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr partner joins Wiley Rein in Washington, D.C. .

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 18, 2013

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

Trial Over Billion-Dollar Molecules Yields $400,000 Verdict

Max Taves : The Recorder : January 15, 2013

Judge Slaps Injunction on Translation Firm

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 15, 2013

Representing Corporate New Jersey

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 15, 2013

The Score: DLA Piper Takes Lead on New Braves Stadium

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 15, 2013

Major League Baseball's Atlanta Braves stunned many this week by announcing that the team will leave its downtown home in 2017 for a new $672 million stadium in suburban Cobb County. Elsewhere in our latest look at sports and the law: Gordon & Rees, Norton Rose Fulbright, Paul Weiss, and Womble Carlyle wade into an NFL bullying case; Alex Rodriguez adds to his robust legal team; and an ex-Milbank associate seeks to make running with the bulls a U.S. sport.

Latham Seeks Removal of Trade Secrets Case to Federal Court

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 14, 2013

Latham & Watkins is looking to remove to federal court a breach of contract and trade secrets case brought against it by a Pennsylvania legal services management company.

Asia Deal Digest: November 14, 2013

Quiteria Leung : The Asian Lawyer : January 14, 2013

* Vinson & Elkins on CNPC's $2.6 billion Peruvian oilfield buy* MoFo and Wilson Sonsini take the lead on a $917 million Chinese semiconductor deal* Clifford Chance helps MSG giant Ajinomoto buy into the Turkish sauce market

Amid Merger Talks, Patton Boggs MP Touts Strategic Plan

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

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

Cooley, Latham Line Up Celladon IPO

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 13, 2013

Latham's Dell to Retire at End of 2014

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

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

Latham's Dell to Retire at End of 2014

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

Tourre Defender Sean Coffey to Join Kramer Levin

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2013

John "Sean" Coffey, the former securities class action heavyweight, litigation funder and New York attorney general hopeful, is joining Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel as a partner in December. Most recently, Coffey worked on the defense team of ex–Goldman Sachs bond trader Fabrice Torre, who was found liable in August of civil securities fraud.

Am Law 100, Canadian Firms Advise on Big Energy Deals

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

Foreign buyers and private-equity firms continued to spur activity in the energy M&A sector over the past week, yielding roles for Andrews Kurth; Davis Polk & Wardwell; Jones Day; Locke Lord; Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman; Vinson & Elkins; and leading Canadian firms Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt and Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer.

Dodd-Frank Derivatives Momentum Threatened by Vacancies on CFTC

: Bloomberg : January 11, 2013

The top U.S. derivatives regulator may dwindle to just two voting commissioners and struggle to approve new rules unless the White House and Senate can overcome political hurdles to fill the vacancies by the end of the year.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 11, 2013

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

Despite Lateral Loss, Simpson Snags Another Deal for KKR

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

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

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 08, 2013

Five firms announce new additions, while four have announced promotions.

Latham Leads on $1.2 Billion Huishang Bank IPO

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 07, 2013

The Chinese bank, which operates in Anhui and Jiangsu provinces, will used the funds raised from its Hong Kong listing to strengthen its capital base.

Asia Deal Digest: November 7, 2013

Quiteria Leung : The Asian Lawyer : January 07, 2013

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

Lawyers Trade Last Jabs in Cancer Research Trial

Max Taves : The Recorder : January 07, 2013

Covington, Latham Advise on $2.6 Billion Pharma Merger

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2013

The Am Law 100 firms are advising on the proposed $2.6 billion sale of specialty pharmaceutical company Santarus and its portfolio of gastrointestinal drugs to Salix Pharmaceuticals.

How the Magic Circle Lost the Battle for New York

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 05, 2013

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

With Chill in the Air, a Fresh Law Firm Lawsuit-Palooza

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 05, 2013

Our latest roundup of litigation in which Am Law 200 firms are either defendants or plaintiffs includes Dorsey & Whitney getting sued over a burst pipe; the ex-wife of a deceased Kaye Scholer partner seeking retirement benefits from the firm; and Thompson Hine facing accusations of discrimination and wrongful termination brought by a legal secretary once employed by the firm.

In-House Counsel Profile: FleishmanHillard Inc.'s Ruth Kim

: The National Law Journal : January 04, 2013

Ruth Kim is general counsel at St. Louis-based FleishmanHillard Inc., a communications firm specializing in public relations, public affairs, reputation management and social content.

Translation Foes Spar Over Injunction

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 31, 2013

How the Magic Circle Lost the Battle for New York

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 31, 2013

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

In Boom Year, Biotech Deal Lawyers Have More Options

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 30, 2013

Court Blocks Discrimination Claims Against Bankrupt Company

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Law Weekly : January 30, 2013

An individual who did not file a timely notice with the bankruptcy court cannot be considered a creditor of a company even if the debtor lists his or her potential claim on its schedule of liabilities and statements of financial affairs, a federal judge has ruled. The decision prevents a plaintiff who pursued discrimination claims against a formerly bankrupt company from collecting damages.

Lawyer Suspended For Disregarding Ethics Authorities' Correspondence

Charles Toutant : New Jersey Law Journal : January 29, 2013

A Newark lawyer who dodged inquiries from ethics authorities about client-neglect and recording-keeping infraction increased his discipline to a three-month suspension.

Pro Bono Work Recognized

Rick Kopstein, Photographer : New York Law Journal : January 28, 2013

The 2013 Jeremy G. Epstein Awards for Outstanding Pro Bono Service, honoring City Bar Justice Center Volunteers, were presented on Oct. 22 at the New York City Bar.

D. C. Calendar of Events

: The National Law Journal : January 28, 2013