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Mayer Brown LLP

  • Designation: Chicago
  • Head Count: 1,470
  • Gross Revenues: $1,146,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $780,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,285,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -2

Mayer Brown LLP was formed from the 2002 merger of Mayer, Brown & Platt and Rowe and Maw; its most recent merger, with JSM (formerly Johnson Stokes & Master) of Hong Kong, occurred in January, 2008. In 2011 the firm ranked in the twelveth spot on The American Lawyer's Am Law 100 rankings of U.S. firms based on revenue, with $1,107,000,000 in gross revenue in 2010; the firm ranked 16th in the 2011 Global 100 revenue rankings. In terms of size, Mayer Brown has 1,645 attorneys (including the JSM attorneys) and is ranked tenth in the National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250 rankings of U.S. firms based on size. Practices include banking and financial, employment and benefits, environmental, intellectual property, litigation, real estate, and tax. Mayer Brown has offices in multiple cities, including London, Paris, Frankfurt, and New York. Mayer Brown has alliances of "cooperation, client development and referral arrangements" with Ramon & Cajal in Spain, and Tonucci & Partners in Italy.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 18 -2 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 18 -2 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 15 -2 Lawyer head count
The A-List NR N/A Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 68 -4 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 115 -12 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 84 -84 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 35 4 Summer programs

In the News

Goldman Mulls Deal as Banks Suffer New Blow in FHFA Cases

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 28, 2014

With trial approaching for Goldman, RBS, HSBC and Nomura, a judge rejected the argument that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac knew they were being misled about billions of dollars in residential mortgage-backed securities they purchased before the financial crisis.

Corporate Firms Not So Spooked by NSA Snoops

Andrew Ramonas : Corporate Counsel : January 28, 2014

A new report finds corporate lawyers less troubled by National Security Agency surveillance, especially compared with colleagues who focus on terrorism and criminal cases.

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

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

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

Mayer Brown Launches Trade Consultancy in Singapore

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 24, 2014

The firm has hired a five-person team from Bryan Cave in order to meet client demand in the areas of trade and customs work in Asia.

FCPA Enforcement Evolving at Home and Abroad

Rebekah Mintzer : Corporate Counsel : January 24, 2014

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act reports from Mayer Brown and Gibson Dunn show plenty of new case law and developments in FCPA enforcement in the first half of 2014.

Chancery Court Rules Credit Card Venture Validly Dissolved

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

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

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.

Miami Makes Mark By Hearing Panama Canal Dispute

Adolfo Pesquera : Daily Business Review : January 22, 2014

The Panama Canal Authority and the contractor expanding its locks are arbitrating a $1.6 billion dispute in Miami.

Newsmakers: Week of July 21

: Texas Lawyer : January 21, 2014

Tarron Gartner-Ilai has joined the insurance coverage boutique Amy Stewart Law in Dallas as a principal.

A Friend to Business? Maybe not

Tony Mauro : Supreme Court Brief : January 21, 2014

Business interests did not fare as well as usual before the U.S. Supreme Court in the term just ended, according to Mayer Brown's annual tally of the court's business docket.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 21, 2014

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

Three Asia-Based Partners Exit DLA Piper

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 18, 2014

The moves are the latest in a number of departures for the firm in the region.

Donato Touches Patent Hot Spot in Sex-Toy Case

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 18, 2014

U.S. District Judge James Donato stayed litigation between two manufacturers of personal massagers pending inter partes review.

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.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Seven firms announce new additions, while Davis Polk & Wardwell has elected two new partners.

Bridgegate Committee Cooperating with Federal Investigators

Michael Booth : New Jersey Law Journal : January 17, 2014

The committee of the New Jersey Legislature investigating last fall's closure of local access lanes to the George Washington Bridge doesn't call any witness to give testimony before first checking with federal prosecutors.

AIG Drops Appeal in $650M Deal with Bank of America

Suevon Lee : Commercial Litigation Insider : January 17, 2014

As part of a $650 million settlement with Bank of America in which American International Group agreed to dismiss all outstanding residential mortgage-backed securities claims, AIG Wednesday formally withdrew its objection to the bank's $8.5 billion settlement with institutional investors.

Greenhouse Gas Ruling Gives EPA Leeway To Regulate

Marcia Coyle : New Jersey Law Journal : January 16, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court handed the Obama administration its second major, if not complete, victory in its efforts to combat air pollution, this time those pollutants contributing to global warming.

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.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 14, 2014

Lateral moves in this week's column.

Pliva Must Face Claims Over Generic Reglan

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 13, 2014

Mayer Brown's Hank Bullock persuaded the Supreme Court of Iowa that Schwarz Pharma and Wyeth can't be sued over generic drugs they didn't distribute. Pliva, which allegedly hid the risks of its generic version of Reglan, wasn't so lucky.

Wiki-Bill Writer Ready to Hack Good Government. Plus, Senator Eyes High Court Appointment

Cheryl Miller : The Recorder : January 11, 2014

Assemblyman Mike Gatto is pushing a bill that would offer up to $25,000 plus "a lifetime of renown" for solutions to government problems.

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.

Report: Two Muslim American Lawyers Target of NSA Surveillance

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 09, 2014

A report released Wednesday identifies two Muslim American lawyers whose communications were targeted in U.S. surveillance efforts.

Mayer Brown Moves Corporate Pair to Palo Alto

David Ruiz : The Recorder : January 08, 2014

The Chicago-based firm has nearly 30 attorneys in Silicon Valley, specializing in intellectual property, litigation, real estate, tax, insurance and now financial transactions.

The Churn: Venable Expands in L.A., Plus More Lateral Moves

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

A day after Hogan Lovells and Squire Patton Boggs started the third quarter with mergers abroad, Venable has gotten into the tie-up game by picking up seven lawyers from Los Angeles litigation boutique Weingarten Brown. The Am Law Daily looks at those moves and more in our latest tally of Am Law 200 hires.

Understudies Take Stage at Supreme Court

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : January 07, 2014

First-time advocates were among the winners of landmark cases before the U.S. Supreme Court in the term just ended — a signal that new faces are beginning to join the ranks of veteran practitioners.

Understudies Take Stage at Supreme Court

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : January 07, 2014

First-time advocates were among the winners of landmark cases before the U.S. Supreme Court in the term just ended — a signal that new faces are beginning to join the ranks of veteran practitioners.

Dentons Hires Finance Partner in Hong Kong

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 03, 2014

Jeffrey Chen was formerly a partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft.

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.

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

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

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

Christie's Next Chief of Staff Gets Bridgegate Subpoena

Michael Booth : New Jersey Law Journal : January 01, 2014

The committee of the New Jersey Legislature investigating last fall's abrupt lane closures of local access lanes to the George Washington Bridge has subpoenaed Gov. Chris Christie's choice to be his next chief of staff, Regina Egea, to testify before the committee July 17.

Christie's Next Chief of Staff Gets Bridgegate Subpoena

Michael Booth : New Jersey Law Journal : January 01, 2014

The committee of the New Jersey Legislature investigating last fall's abrupt lane closures of local access lanes to the George Washington Bridge has subpoenaed Gov. Chris Christie's choice to be his next chief of staff, Regina Egea, to testify before the committee next Tuesday.

High Court Won't Intervene in Terror Financing Case

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 30, 2014

Paving the way for trial and complicating the efforts of Jordan's Arab Bank to persuade jurors that its hands are clean, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review a ruling that Arab Bank should be sanctioned for refusing to turn over documents.

Hong Kong Lawyers Protest China's Influence Over Judiciary

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 30, 2014

More than 850 attorneys took to the streets on June 27 to protest a Chinese government white paper that emphasized China's ability to influence Hong Kong court rulings and said that Hong Kong judges have an obligation to be patriotic toward China.

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.

Mauricio Celis, Northwestern University School of Law Dismiss Lawsuit Over LLM

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 30, 2014

"I feel confident that if Mr. Celis had been asked about the state court prosecution, he would have disclosed it," said Austin attorney David Botsford, who represented Mauricio Celis before the CCA but was not involved in the Illinois lawsuit.

Siding with Drugmakers, Sixth Circuit Tosses Painkiller Cases

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 27, 2014

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

High Court Limits Presidential Power, Triggers Turmoil at NLRB

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : January 26, 2014

A major separation-of-powers decision by the U.S. Supreme Court may prevent President Barack Obama from making recess appointments for the rest of his tenure, and will trigger uncertainty for months or years to come at the National Labor Relations Board.

Asia Deal Digest: June 26, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 26, 2014

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

Mauricio Celis, Northwestern University School of Law Dismiss Lawsuit Over LLM

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 25, 2014

"I feel confident that if Mr. Celis had been asked about the state court prosecution, he would have disclosed it," said Austin attorney David Botsford, who represented Mauricio Celis before the CCA but was not involved in the Illinois lawsuit.

How to Protect Client Data From Government Spies and Other Miscreants

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 24, 2014

Cybercriminals and the government may have access to your firm's confidential client data.

Greenhouse Gas Ruling Gives EPA Leeway to Regulate

Marcia Coyle : Supreme Court Brief : January 23, 2014

Five years ago, environmentalists endured their worst term in decades, suffering a stunning 0-5 outcome in the U.S. Supreme Court. This term, they are 2-1 and victorious on the most pressing of their issues: greenhouse gas pollutants.

Greenhouse Gas Ruling Gives EPA Leeway to Regulate

Marcia Coyle : Supreme Court Brief : January 23, 2014

Five years ago, environmentalists endured their worst term in decades, suffering a stunning 0-5 outcome in the U.S. Supreme Court. This term, they are 2-1 and victorious on the most pressing of their issues: greenhouse gas pollutants.

Transatlantic Trio Make Third Time a Charm for Kentz

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

Canadian engineering and construction giant SNC-Lavalin Group has agreed to pay nearly $2 billion to acquire British oil and gas company Kentz Corp., which had rebuffed two other takeover attempts in recent months. Norton Rose Fulbright and a handful of Canadian firms are advising on the deal and another $511 million Canadian tie-up announced Monday.

Banks Cite Superfund Ruling in New Bid to Beat FHFA Claims

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 23, 2014

Three hold-out banks that have refused to settle with the FHFA—Nomura, HSBC and Goldman Sachs—rehashed old arguments to defeat claims that they misled Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac about the riskiness of billions of dollars in securities backed by home loans.

Judge Takes Swipes at No-Poach Settlement Pact

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 19, 2014

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh pressed plaintiffs lawyers to explain why they'd settle a $3 billion case against Apple, Google and others for just $324 million.

Patent Ruling's Effect on 'Trolls' Debated

Tony Mauro : Supreme Court Brief : January 19, 2014

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

Asia Deal Digest: June 19, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 19, 2014

* Clifford Chance and Herbert Smith Freehills on Shell's $5.7 billion divestment from Woodside * Allen & Gledhill advising Alibaba on a proposed investment in Singapore's postal service* Jones Day guides a touchscreen chipmaker on a $598 million acquisition of a Japanese competitor

Koh Takes Swipes at No-Poach Settlement Pact

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 19, 2014

Judge presses plaintiffs lawyers to explain why they'd settle a $3 billion case against Apple, Google and others for just $324 million.

What Happens Overseas May Sidestep US Antitrust Law

Sherry Karabin : Corporate Counsel : January 17, 2014

When does U.S. antitrust law apply to foreign conduct?

Vedder Price Office Manager Charged With Embezzlement

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : January 17, 2014

Prosecutors say the Chicago firm fell victim to a decades-long false billing scheme run by Patricia Lapinski, who worked for Vedder Price for more than 30 years.

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

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

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

City of L.A. Moves Ahead Against Citi

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 09, 2014

Citgroup and its lawyers at Mayer Brown failed to knock out a lawsuit by the city of Los Angeles accusing the bank of discriminatory mortgage lending. The city is assisted by Hagens Berman, which is working for a contingency fee.

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.

Unitranche Credit Facilities: An Untested Trend Gains Traction

Barbara M. Goodstein : New York Law Journal : January 05, 2014

In her Secured Transactions column, Barbara M. Goodstein, a partner at Mayer Brown, explores the characteristics of unitranche credit facilities, the advantages of those structures, and the issues and uncertainty that surround them.

Do BYOD Risks Outweigh Benefits?

Patricia Kutza : Law Technology News : January 03, 2014

The growing trend for employee-owned devices may unleash a tidal wave of security risks.

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.

Complex Litigation

: New York Law Journal : January 02, 2014

In this Special Report from the New York Law Journal, : "Telephone Consumer Protection Act Class Actions After 'Mims'," "Will 'Daimler' Take the Air Out of 'Koehler'?," "Maintaining Privilege in the Age of E-Discovery" and "Expanding Liability for Audit Committee Members."

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 02, 2014

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

Gibbs & Bruns Stands Tall

Mary Alice Robbins : Texas Lawyer : January 02, 2014

Scott Humphries, Gibbs & Bruns' managing partner, said attorneys with the Houston firm had to "stand toe-to-toe" with Bank of America (BofA) to negotiate the largest private legal settlement in Wall Street's history.

Will 'Daimler' Take the Air Out of 'Koehler'?

Matthew Ingber, Chris Houpt and David Lizmi : New York Law Journal : January 02, 2014

Matthew Ingber, Chris Houpt and David Lizmi of Mayer Brown in New York write: The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decisions on jurisdiction have introduced what should be a powerful constraint on any state's extraterritorial ambitions and may require rethinking 'Koehler v. Bank of Bermuda Limited'.

The Case for Mandatory Class and Collective Action Waivers

Andrea M. Kirshenbaum and Kate A. Kleba : The Legal Intelligencer : January 02, 2014

According to a report published by payroll services company ADP, class and collective action filings in federal court increased nearly 500 percent between 2001 and 2011. An analysis of court data reflects that, as of the date of the ADP report, 90 percent of all employment law class and collective actions filed across the country were wage-and-hour cases. An analysis conducted by Seyfarth Shaw of Federal Judicial Center data shows that, for the period ending March 31, federal wage-and-hour filings increased for the seventh straight year. Class and collective action claims are not just more numerous every year, they are more expensive too—according to a report published by NERA Economic Consulting, companies paid, on average, about $4.5 million to resolve a wage-and-hour case in 2013.

Akin Ties Abound as Forstmann Sells Off Last Major Asset

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

Four firms are advising on the $1.85 billion sale of 24 Hour Fitness by Forstmann Little & Co., the private equity firm that has been liquidating its portfolio following the November 2011 death of cofounder Ted Forstmann.

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

So Long, Sanders: Squire's Founding Partner Tossed in Tie-Up

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

William Sanders is the latest legal luminary to see his name fall off the shingle of an Am Law 200 firm. Negotiations over new firm names have scuttled previous merger deals between large firms.

INADMISSIBLE: Squire Sanders, Patton Vote on Merger

: The National Law Journal : January 26, 2014

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

Cravath, Slaughter Help Unilever Slim Down

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

Cravath is advising Unilever on the $2.15 billion sale of its pasta sauce business, while Slaughter and May helps the consumer goods giant use the proceeds from that deal to repurchase share rights held by family trusts of company cofounder William Hesketh Lever.

Editorial: Class Actions And the Plight Of The Consumer Plaintiff

: The Connecticut Law Tribune : January 21, 2014

There has existed for some time a tension between two provisions commonly found in consumer contracts of adhesion; i.e., the requirement that all claims be resolved by arbitration and the prohibition against any claims being pursued in a class action.

Arbitration Three Years After the Case

Andrew Pincus : New Jersey Law Journal : January 20, 2014

Opponents of arbitration are shifting their efforts from the courts to the policy arena.

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.

Judge Strikes D.C. Budget Autonomy Law

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 19, 2014

The District of Columbia Council ran afoul of federal law when it changed the city's charter to give officials more freedom to spend local funds, U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan ruled Monday.

Dozen Firms Tune In for AT&T's $48.5 Billion DirecTV Buy

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 19, 2014

In a deal likely to face major regulatory scrutiny, a telecommunications giant aims to absorb the nation's largest satellite television operator.

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

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

Squire Sanders and Patton Boggs add lawyers as their merger talks move toward a resolution, Troutman opens in Charlotte and bankruptcy boutiques get busy.

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.

Judge Hears Arguments in D.C. Budget Autonomy Fight

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 14, 2014

A Washington federal trial said Wednesday there were “compelling arguments” in favor of budget autonomy for the District of Columbia. But he hinted he may be bound to find that only Congress—and not the D.C. Council—can make autonomy a reality.

Hogan Faces Off Against Former Patent Client

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 14, 2014

Anticipating a professional negligence suit, Hogan Lovells has brought on Keker & Van Nest's Elliot Peters to file a preemptive strike in federal court.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 13, 2014

Levine Lee has added the former deputy chief of the Criminal Division at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District as a partner and Brown Rudnick has added the former deputy chief appellate attorney for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District, among other moves.

Guest Column: Arbitration Three Years After

Andrew Pincus : The Litigation Daily : January 13, 2014

Three years after he persuaded the U.S. Supreme Court to reject a major challenge to mandatory arbitration agreements, Mayer Brown's Andy Pincus says arbitration's foes have been forced to shift their attention to Capitol Hill.

Named Plaintiff Turns Objector in 'No Poach' Case

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 12, 2014

Lieff Cabraser's Kelly Dermody, co-lead class counsel, defended the $324 million deal reached last month with Apple, Google, Adobe and Intel as "one of the largest employment settlements ever."

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 12, 2014

Personnel changes at Washington-area law firms.

Named Plaintiff Turns Objector in 'No Poach' Case

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 12, 2014

Lieff Cabraser's Kelly Dermody, colead class counsel, defends the settlement reached last month with Apple, Google, Adobe and Intel as "one of the largest employment settlements ever."

Amici Briefs From Firms Fault 'Unfinished Business' Doctrine

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : January 12, 2014

A dozen prominent law firms are urging the Court of Appeals to declare as impractical the practice of allowing bankruptcy trustees to pursue profits from matters that partners carry from defunct firms to their new firms, and to find it contrary to nearly a thousand years of legal principle.

Fee Tracker: Bridgegate, Detroit and Apple

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

Gibson Dunn's Christie tab grows, Jones Day revs it up in Motown and filings by Goodwin Procter and Fried Frank hint at the Apple e-book fight's high cost.

Howrey Trustee Racks Up Deals With Ex-Partners, Firms

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2014

Allan Diamond raises more than $5 million by reaching settlements with four firms and 60 former partners.

Arcadis Builds Up North American Legal Department

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 06, 2014

The international engineering firm chooses a lawyer with wide construction-industry experience.

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.

Justices Balk at Mandating Defibrillators in Stores

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 06, 2014

At Tuesday's argument, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye suggested the state Legislature had "made a policy call" against such a rule.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 05, 2014

Personnel changes at Washington-area law firms.

INADMISSIBLE: Calculating Loss, Feinberg Turns to GM

: The National Law Journal : January 05, 2014

Overseeing compensation funds for victims of deadly mass tragedies has made Kenneth Feinberg a national Mediator in Chief — part therapist, judge and healer. Plus more in this week's column.

Wachtell, Willkie, Gibson Dunn Forge Sotheby's Peace

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

The Am Law 100 trio is part of a half-dozen firms advising on an agreement to end a nasty proxy fight between activist investor Daniel Loeb and the venerable auction house.

The Churn: Covington Adds EU Competition Head, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Covington hires Clifford Chance partner Johan Ysewyn in Brussels to head its European competition practice while another partner returns to the fold.

May 2014 Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

2014 Rising Stars

: New York Law Journal : January 01, 2014

The New York Law Journal congratulates the 42 young lawyers chosen as 2014 Rising Stars by a panel of 20 esteemed judges. Our panel reviewed more than 230 nominations of attorneys 40 and under who have established a record of accomplishments and demonstrated that they are top contributors to the practice of law and their communities.

Mayer Brown Hires China-Focused Partner in New York

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 30, 2014

Henry Liu was most recently a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, where he led the firm's financial institutions and infrastructure teams covering Asia.

A Commercial Division Veteran Adjusts to Appellate Life

Suevon Lee : Commercial Litigation Insider : January 30, 2014

Justice Barbara Kapnick said she's found the change of pace between her former role as a Commercial Division judge and her new position on the First Department bench a "big change," especially when it comes to the level of interaction with lawyers.

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.

Newest First Department Justice Reflects on Transition

Suevon Lee : Commercial Litigation Insider : January 29, 2014

Barbara Kapnick, the most recent appointee to the First Department, discussed her transition from the Commercial Division bench to the appellate bench in a recent interview with Commercial Litigation Insider.

Mayer Brown: Record Profits Follow Some Bad Press

Ross Todd : The American Lawyer : January 28, 2014

A year after its negative portrayal in The New Republic, the firm reports its highest profits ever.

Big Suits

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

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

Am Law 100 Analysis: The Super Rich Get Richer

Aric Press : The American Lawyer : January 28, 2014

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

Big Firms' Texas Ranks: Shrinking, Stagnant or Swelling?

Jeanne Graham : Texas Lawyer : January 28, 2014

One out-of-state firm boosted its Texas presence by 50 percent, nabbing lawyers from another established out-of-state shop.

The 2014 Am Law 100: The Super Rich Get Richer

: The American Lawyer : January 28, 2014

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

Mayer Brown Hires Immigration Team From Baker & McKenzie

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 25, 2014

Mayer Brown has acquired a group of Washington immigration lawyers from Baker & McKenzie, including former D.C. managing partner Elizabeth Espin Stern and partners Paul Virtue and Grace Shie.

Tech Companies Ink Deal to Exit 'No-Poach' Case

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 24, 2014

A month before trial, Google, Apple, Intel Corp. and Adobe Systems Inc. have reached a settlement with workers who accused the tech giants of conspiring to drive down wages by not hiring each other's employees.

Tech Companies Agree to Settle Silicon Valley 'No-Poach' Case

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 24, 2014

Lawyers informed U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh of the agreement in a letter Thursday that did not disclose terms of the deal.

Marketplace

Monica Paquette : New York Law Journal : January 23, 2014

White & Case, one of New York's oldest law firms, has signed a long-term lease for nine top tower floors at the McGraw-Hill Building, 1221 Avenue of the Americas. Also, privately held brokerage group Transwestern will be moving its Northeast regional headquarters to 600 Lexington Ave.

New UK Tax Rules for LLPs Hit Nonequity Partners

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 20, 2014

To skirt the new regulations, law firms are asking salaried partners for capital contributions.

Dealmakers of the Year: Stephen Rooney, Mayer Brown

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : January 20, 2014

When insurers shunned New York City's transit authority after Hurricane Sandy, Rooney turned to the bond markets for a solution.

Lawyers Clash Over Steve Jobs in Valley 'No Poach' Case

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 18, 2014

Accounts that Apple's late cofounder, chairman and CEO was volatile are hardly revelations, but they have become a battleground in the class action over Silicon Valley's no-cold-call pacts.

Asia Deal Digest: April 17, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 17, 2014

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

Boies Schiller, Mayer Brown Represent D.C. Council in Budget Fight

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 17, 2014

Lawyers from Boies, Schiller & Flexner and Mayer Brown are representing the District of Columbia Council in its lawsuit against the mayor over management of the city's budget.

House Lawyers Defend 'Speech or Debate' Protections

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 16, 2014

A bipartisan group of congressional leaders filed court papers Tuesday defending the constitutional shield that protects members of Congress and their staff from being forced to provide information about legislative activities.

A Busy Two Weeks for Court as Adjournment Draws Nigh

Marcia Coyle : Supreme Court Brief : January 16, 2014

Lying, streaming and phoning top the April argument docket of the U.S. Supreme Court as the justices enter the homestretch of the October 2013 term.

House Lawyers Defend 'Speech or Debate' Protections

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 16, 2014

A bipartisan group of congressional leaders filed court papers Tuesday defending the constitutional shield that protects members of Congress and their staff from being forced to provide information about legislative activities.

A Busy Two Weeks for SCOTUS as Adjournment Draws Nigh

Marcia Coyle : Supreme Court Brief : January 16, 2014

Lying, streaming and phoning top the April argument docket of the U.S. Supreme Court as the justices enter the homestretch of the October 2013 term.

By the Numbers: Clever Apps From GAO, Mayer Brown, Next-Numbers

Jesse Londin : Law Technology News : January 08, 2014

App Bar this week reviews apps from the U.S. Government Accountability Office, Mayer Brown and Vito Technology.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 07, 2014

Erin Murphy joins Arnstein & Lehr's litigation practice group as special counsel to the Chicago office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Companies Losing Ammunition in High-Tech 'No Poach' Case

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 07, 2014

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh will allow testimony alleging the antirecruitment conspiracy cost class members more than $3 billion in lost wages.

Verdicts & Settlements

: The National Law Journal : January 07, 2014

Lawyers Line Up for European M&A Deals

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

A host of lawyers land roles on three major European transactions, led by the $23 billion sale of Vivendi's French mobile phone unit to Luxembourg-based cable operator Altice. Meanwhile, the world's two largest cement-makers, Paris-based Lafarge and Switzerland's Holcim, will merge to create a company with more than $44 billion in combined annual sales, and Sweden's Alfa Laval will pay $2.2 billion in cash to acquire Norwegian pump-maker Frank Mohn.

Companies Losing Ammunition in High Tech 'No Poach' Case

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 07, 2014

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh will allow testimony that the alleged anti-recruitment conspiracy cost class members more than $3 billion in lost wages.

Ex-Dewey Partners Settle Trustee's Clawback Claims

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

Ex-partners targeted in clawback litigation declined to join a $71 million settlement struck in 2012 between 400 of their former colleagues and the Dewey bankruptcy estate. Although several have now settled, about 20 clawback suits are pending.

The N.Y. Uniform Commercial Code Comes of Age

Barbara M. Goodstein : New York Law Journal : January 03, 2014

In her Secured Transactions column, Barbara M. Goodstein, a partner at Mayer Brown, writes: The growing divergence between New York UCC law and the remainder of the states should be of enormous concern. As New York statutes lag further behind other states, the incidence and risk of erroneous UCC section cross-references in legal documents and memoranda rises.

Hobbles Plaintiffs in California Arbitration Fight

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 03, 2014

California's highest court suggested Thursday that it's in no mood to buck the U.S. Supreme Court, and that it will instead overrule a 2007 decision that blocked employers from enforcing class action waivers in arbitration agreements.

Bending to , State Justices Likely to Hand Win to Employers

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 03, 2014

At arguments Thursday in , even Justice Goodwin Liu seemed persuaded that a decision blocking enforcement of class action waivers in employee arbitration agreements has been preempted.

Q&A: Brian Farkas on Chancery Court's Arbitration Program

Suevon Lee : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 01, 2014

On March 24, the U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari in Strine v. Delaware Coalition for Open Government, involving a challenge over the constitutionality of the novel, short-lived program in Delaware that allowed the state's Court of Chancery judges to serve as arbitrators.

Back in the Game

Rebekah Mintzer : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

The NLRB began the year with a high-profile complaint against Wal-Mart.

Regulatory Roulette

Jenna Greene : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

As five agencies get ready to implement the Volcker Rule, banks wonder who's in charge.

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.

Feeling Insecure?

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 01, 2014

You should—threats to client confidentiality lurk inside and outside your firm.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 31, 2014

Legal industry job changes in our nation's capital.

Big Suits

Jan Wolfe, Ross Todd, and Rebekah Mintzer : The American Lawyer : January 31, 2014

Motorola v. AU Optronics; In re Bank of American RMBS litigation; Vichi v. Konicklijke Philips; and more

Cover Story: Dealmakers of the Year 2014

: The American Lawyer : January 31, 2014

A dozen attorneys who distinguished themselves with their work on the year's most notable transactions.

DC Lateral Moves

: Legal Times : January 31, 2014

A Native American affairs director from the White House moves to Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, Mayer Brown grabs a Kirkland & Ellis partner in white collar, and Northern Virginia's Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald lost lawyers to a start-up firm.Here's the roundup of Washington-area hires and promotions announced in the fourth week of March.

In-House Counsel Profile: DeVry Education Group Inc.'s Gregory Davis

Lisa Holton : The National Law Journal : January 31, 2014

Gregory Davis heads an 11-­lawyer team that also includes a director of contract management.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 31, 2014

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

Judge OKs Conspiracy Claim in Silicon Valley 'No Poach' Suit

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 28, 2014

A jury should decide whether Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe conspired to drive down employee wages through nonsolicitation pacts, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh ruled Friday.

Judge OKs Conspiracy Claim in Silicon Valley 'No Poach' Suit

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 28, 2014

A jury should decide whether Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe conspired to drive down employee wages through non-solicitation pacts, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose ruled Friday.

FCC Snags Leading CFPB Lawyer

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 27, 2014

A senior lawyer at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau quit the agency to join the Federal Communications Commission as acting deputy general counsel for litigation.

High Court Refuses to Hear Delaware Arbitration Case

Jeff Murdock : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 27, 2014

With the U.S. Supreme Court's decision, an October 2013 ruling by the Third Circuit declaring that the Delaware Court of Chancery's confidential arbitration program violated the public's right to access civil trials under the First Amendment will stand.

Retired Judges, Openness Among Possibilities for Chancery Arbitration

Jeff Mordock : The Legal Intelligencer : January 27, 2014

The Delaware Court of Chancery is said to be mulling options to revive its confidential arbitration program after the U.S. Supreme Court denied the Chancery Court's certiorari petition, effectively ending the program. Corporate law experts said the program is worth saving and that only a few minor tweaks could make Chancery Court arbitration compliant with federal law.

Retired Judges, Openness Among Possibilities for Chancery Arbitration

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 26, 2014

The Delaware Court of Chancery is said to be mulling options to revive its confidential arbitration program after the U.S. Supreme Court denied the Chancery Court's certiorari petition, effectively ending the program. Corporate law experts said the program is worth saving and that only a few minor tweaks could make Chancery Court arbitration compliant with federal law.

U.S. Supreme Court Denies Certiorari in Chancery Arb Case

Jeff Mordock : The Legal Intelligencer : January 25, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear the Delaware Court of Chancery's appeal of a federal appellate court ruling declaring its confidential arbitration program unconstitutional. The Supreme Court's refusal to grant certiorari ends the Chancery Court's arbitration program after three years of litigation and two federal court decisions.

The Churn: Bingham Departures Continue, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Bingham & McCutchen loses a real estate finance partner to Holland & Knight and litigator to Stubbs Alderton Markiles; Greenberg Traurig adds a former FINRA enforcement counsel; and Holland & Hart absorbs a Salt Lake City tax boutique.

Q&A: Brian Farkas on Delaware Chancery's Arbitration Program

Suevon Lee : Commercial Litigation Insider : January 24, 2014

On Monday morning, the U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari in the challenge over the constitutionality of Delaware's short-lived arbitration program. CLI spoke with Manhattan litigator Brian Farkas on the back story and why the Third Circuit may have left the door open.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Legal industry job changes in our nation's capital.

DC Lateral Moves Roundup

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 21, 2014

Proskauer Rose and Miles & Stockbridge grabbed lawyers from Crowell & Moring. A partner left Williams & Connolly for Zuckerman Spaeder. And a bankrupcty group went to Baker Donelson.

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

Suits Test Reach of Antitrust Laws Over Caps on College Athletes' Pay

Mary Pat Gallagher : New Jersey Law Journal : January 19, 2014

Putative class actions in California and New Jersey are testing whether college sports organizations are big businesses whose limits on payments to amateur athletes violate antitrust laws.

The Churn: Foley Snags Weil's Boston Leader, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Weil Gotshal's latest lateral defector is the managing partner of the firm's Boston office; Pillsbury lands two transportation finance partners from DLA Piper in London; and a former senior federal prosecutor heads to Sidley.

Tangled Up in Cross-Jurisdictional Restrictive Covenants

Rebekah Mintzer : Corporate Counsel : January 17, 2014

A new e-book from Mayer Brown examines the variability in how noncompetes, nonsolicitations and other types of restrictive covenants can be used from state to state and country to country.

E-Discovery

: New York Law Journal : January 17, 2014

In this Special Report from the New York Law Journal: "Protecting Data Privacy in Litigation and Investigations," "Transparency in Predictive Coding: How Much Is Too Much?," "'Wurtz' May Influence U.S. Cross-Border E-Discovery Law," and "Managing the Five Stages of E-Discovery Grief."

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.

What Does Email Surveillance Mean for Attorneys' Ethical Duties?

Steven Thomas : Texas Lawyer : January 17, 2014

If lawyers know that the governments of five countries are capturing, scanning and sharing our emails, does using an unencrypted email service for transmitting client information constitute "revealing" that information to third parties?

Protecting Data Privacy in Litigation and Investigations

Anthony S. Diana and Gabriela P. Baron : New York Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Anthony J. Diana, partner at Mayer Brown, and Gabriela P. Baron, senior vice president at Xerox Litigation Services, write: To meet the challenges of data privacy in e-discovery, organizations should recognize the applicable privacy laws, implement business practices to govern their information, and apply technological solutions to safeguard their private data.

Litigator of the Week: Rollin Chippey II of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 13, 2014

Chippey not only helped secure a $520 million verdict for firm client Asahi Kasei Pharma, but also successfully blocked an appeal by high-priced counsel from Quinn Emanuel that drew formidable amicus support from the business community.

Mayer Brown App a Guide to Restrictive Covenants

Jesse Londin : Law Technology News : January 12, 2014

Apps Bar: A review of Mayer Brown's guide to restrictive covenants and an app that claims to fix traffic tickets.

Justices Won't Disturb $400 Million Verdict in Pharma Dispute

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 12, 2014

Technology companies represented by Durie Tangri's Michael Page had asked the state Supreme Court to revisit a First District ruling they see as threatening.

Writing Better, Attention-Grabbing Appellate Briefs

Howard J. Bashman : The Legal Intelligencer : January 11, 2014

When I entered the private practice of law in 1991 following a two-year clerkship for a judge serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, I remember being told by someone far more experienced that someday it will seem like second nature to dictate the contents of a brief into a Dictaphone or mini tape recorder. At that time, I was part of a new generation of lawyers who grew up with computers and learned to write by typing the contents of a document right onto an empty page in a computer's word processing program.

BNY Mellon

Tania Karas : New York Law Journal : January 10, 2014

When BNY Mellon's top in-house lawyer Jane Sherburne joined Bank of New York Mellon Corporation four years ago, she immediately recognized the need for a formal pro bono program for her department.

Banco Popular

Brendan Pierson : New York Law Journal : January 10, 2014

Banco Popular North America's in-house legal department knows how to do more with less. With only three attorneys, two paralegals and one administrative assistant, the department maintains close relationships with about a dozen outside law firms while keeping legal matters in-house as much as possible to control costs.

This Client Looks A Bit Questionable

Vivia Chen : The National Law Journal : January 10, 2014

I know clients are sacred commodities these days, but for the life of me I cannot figure out why a firm like Mayer Brown needs clients fighting this kind of cause.

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.

Chancery Court Responds to DelCOG's Brief in Arbitration Battle

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 05, 2014

The Delaware Court of Chancery last week continued its fight to revive its confidential arbitration program through legal briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court, submitting a reply brief to the Delaware Coalition for Open Government's opposition to the Chancery Court's petition for certiorari.

Securities Class Actions Take Spotlight in High Court

Tony Mauro : Supreme Court Brief : January 04, 2014

On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in , a much anticipated case that could shape the future of securities fraud class actions.

Corrections

: The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Howse Williams Bowers Start of Hong Kong Indie Wave?

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 03, 2014

The former Reed Smith Richards Butler partners who launched the firm two years ago see opportunity in independence, while so many others have staked their fortunes on tie-ups with large international players. And they say others may follow in their footsteps.

In-House Counsel Profile: Potbelly Corp.'s Matthew Revord

Lisa Holton : The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Matthew Revord joined Potbelly in 2007 and remained its sole attorney until senior counsel Bahi Okupa joined to assist with the company's initial public offering.

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.

The Careerist: An Uncomfortable Client

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 03, 2014

Why is a respected Big Law firm taking on this kind of client with this kind of cause?

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

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

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

Chocolate Makers Unwrap Victory in Federal Court

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

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

Apple's E-Books Case and Most Favored Nation Clauses

Richard M. Steuer and John Roberti : Corporate Counsel : January 25, 2014

The U.S. Department of Justice's suit against Apple Inc. and five publishers of e-books focused attention on so-called Most Favored Nation clauses. It also fostered confusion.

Explore the Data Behind the Go-To Law Schools

: The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

The National Law Journal is releasing the data from our Go-To Law Schools report on large firm associate hiring in a searchable format—with access free to all readers.

Ranking the Go-To Law Schools

: The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Ranking the Go-To Law Schools

: The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Lawyers in Asia Shocked by U.S. Role in Spying, Not Spying Itself

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 24, 2014

Law firms have long taken elaborate precautions, often including leaving the country, to protect against expected surveillance in China. But news that the U.S. National Security Agency, through allies in Australian intelligence, listened in on communications between an American law firm and its client has been met with a mix of surprise and shrugged shoulders.

Supreme Court Takes a Pass on Whirlpool Class Actions

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 24, 2014

Defying expectations and the hopes of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the high court declined Monday to hear arguments that it should dismantle two class actions over allegedly defective Whirlpool Corp. washing machines.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

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

News Report Cited in Challenge to Government Surveillance Program

Andrew Ramonas : The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

The revelation that a U.S. ally monitored an Ameri­can law firm's communications with a foreign government client stoked privacy concerns within the legal community and could give lawyers a new opening to challenge U.S. surveillance programs.

Law Firms Back Narrow Right of Court Access in Delaware Appeal

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 24, 2014

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

Judge Denies AIG Request to Stay $8.5B MBS Settlement

Suevon Lee : New York Law Journal : January 21, 2014

The judge who inherited the American International Group-led challenge to an $8.5 billion deal struck between Bank of America and investors of mortgage-backed securities refused to suspend her predecessor's ruling approving the settlement, saying she saw no need to do so.

Kasowitz Layoffs Tied to End of Credit Crisis Cases

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

Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman has laid off about 30 people, including associates, counsel, partners and non-attorney staff, according to a firm attorney close to the situation who said the layoffs were the result of a number of large cases nearing their resolution last year.

Judge Denies Staying Approval of BNY Mellon, BoA Settlement

Suevon Lee : Commercial Litigation Insider : January 20, 2014

The Manhattan Supreme Court judge who inherited the American International Group-led challenge to an $8.5 billion deal struck between Bank of America and investors of mortgage-backed securities refused to suspend her predecessor's ruling approving the settlement, stating Wednesday she saw no need to do so.

Ninth Circuit Grants Bail Request for Ex-Congressman

Mike Scarcella : The National Law Journal : January 19, 2014

A federal appeals court on Tuesday said former U.S. Rep. Rick Renzi (R-Ariz.) can remain free as he challenges his conviction in a public corruption case.

Judge Won't Delay Final Approval of $8.5 Billion BofA Deal

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 19, 2014

A judge in Manhattan told AIG and other objectors to Bank of America's mortgage-backed securities mega-settlement to bring their beef with the deal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Disclosure and Demurral: The Mayer Brown Spying Revelations

: The National Law Journal : January 18, 2014

The National Law Journal and The American Lawyer report on the Australian security agency eavesdropping on the privileged communications of an American law firm.

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.

Is Threat of Surveillance New Reality for Law Firms?

Sara Randazzo and Andrew Ramonas : The Am Law Daily : January 18, 2014

For many lawyers who represent foreign governments, the recent revelation that the U.S. National Security Agency's Australian ally has been privy to communications between an American law firm and its international client comes as no surprise.

Law Firm Surveillance Report Cited in Legal Challenge

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : January 18, 2014

The weekend's disclosure that an allied foreign government monitored a U.S. law firm's communications with a client has already been cited in a legal challenge to the National Security Agency's surveillance practices.

Tech Circuit: Spies & Trolls Edition

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 18, 2014

Will SCOTUS Revisit NSA? Are Universities Patent Trolls?

Report About Spying on Law Firm to Get Spotlight in Congress

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 18, 2014

The revelation that an ally of the National Security Agency spied on an American law firm's communication with a foreign government will further expand the debate on Capitol Hill about the propriety of government surveillance.

Report About Spying on Law Firm to Get Spotlight in Congress

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 18, 2014

The revelation that an ally of the National Security Agency spied on an American law firm's communication with a foreign government will further expand the debate on Capitol Hill about the propriety of government surveillance.

Mexican Energy Reforms=Big Business for Texas Energy Firms

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 17, 2014

Energy lawyers in Texas are vying to inform clients and potential clients about the progress of energy reforms in Mexico that soon will give foreign energy companies opportunities to invest in energy projects in Mexico.

Mayer Brown Balks at Idea It Was Spied on by U.S. Ally It Once Advised

Ed Shanahan : The Am Law Daily : January 17, 2014

Stopping short of a full-fledged denial, the Am Law 100 firm pushed back early Monday against the suggestion, laid out by The New York Times, that its lawyers' communications with a foreign client were intercepted by an Australian spy agency with the National Security Agency's blessing. Meanwhile, in an ironic twist, Justice Department records show that Australia once employed Mayer Brown as its U.S. lobbyist on free trade issues.

American Law Firm's Communications Spied On

Marcia Coyle : The Asian Lawyer : January 16, 2014

A February 15 New York Times story suggested that Mayer Brown's communications with a client, the Indonesian government, had been monitored while the firm was assisting the foreign country in trade disputes with the United States. Those revelations may provide new impetus for the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit a 2013 decision involving the nation's electronic surveillance law.

Report: American Law Firm's Communications Spied On

Marcia Coyle : Legal Times : January 15, 2014

Revelations on Saturday that an American law firm's communications with a foreign government client were monitored a National Security Agency ally may provide new impetus for the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit a 2013 decision involving the nation's electronic surveillance law.

Report: American Law Firm's Communications Spied On

Marcia Coyle : Legal Times : January 15, 2014

Revelations on Saturday that an American law firm's communications with a foreign government client were monitored a National Security Agency ally may provide new impetus for the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit a 2013 decision involving the nation's electronic surveillance law.

Bar on Confidential Arbitration a Settled Issue, DelCOG Says

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 14, 2014

The constitutionality of the Delaware Court of Chancery's confidential arbitration program is not an issue the U.S. Supreme Court should review because there is uniformity on the matter among the nation's federal courts. An open government advocacy group made the argument in its response to the Chancery Court's efforts to overturn the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit decision invalidating the program.

Corporate News & Analysis

: New York Law Journal : January 13, 2014

Recent articles from NYLJ's Corporate Update on arbitration, regulation and governance.

Bar on Confidential Arbitration a Settled Issue, DelCOG Says

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 12, 2014

The constitutionality of the Delaware Court of Chancery's confidential arbitration program is not an issue the U.S. Supreme Court should review because there is uniformity on the matter among the nation's federal courts. An open government advocacy group made the argument in its response to the Chancery Court's efforts to overturn the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit decision invalidating the program.

Bar on Confidential Arbitration a Settled Issue, DelCOG Says

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 12, 2014

The constitutionality of the Delaware Court of Chancery's confidential arbitration program is not an issue the U.S. Supreme Court should review because there is uniformity on the matter among the nation's federal courts. An open government advocacy group made the argument in its response to the Chancery Court's efforts to overturn the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit decision invalidating the program.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Mayer Brown Logs Its Highest Profits Ever

Ross Todd : The Am Law Daily : January 12, 2014

Mayer Brown saw profits per equity partner jump more than 11 percent in 2013, to $1.285 million—the highest profits ever for the firm. This comes on the back of 5 percent revenue growth, according to The American Lawyer's reporting.

Clifford Chance Gets Call on T-Mobile, Offshore Firm Sales

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

Magic Circle firm Clifford Chance is counseling Deutsche Telekom on its $1.1 billion purchase of a nearly 40 percent stake in its T-Mobile affiliate in the Czech Republic from a private equity consortium, while also representing another private equity buyer that has agreed to pay nearly $300 million for Ogier Fiduciary Services, the administrative services arm of leading offshore firm Ogier.

Orrick Advising L'Oréal in Major Share Buyback

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

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe is representing the French cosmetics giant, which is buying back an 8 percent stake in itself from Nestlé in a cash and stock deal divided into two parts.

Five Cooks in Volcker Kitchen

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : January 10, 2014

As five federal agencies begin implementing the massive — and massively complex — Volcker Rule, financial institutions have one overriding question: Who will they answer to?

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 07, 2014

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

The Churn: L&E Defections at Paul Hastings, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Three New York–based Paul Hastings labor and employment partners jump to Proskauer Rose, and a fourth joins Ogletree in Atlanta; Foley & Lardner adds two partners and an of counsel in Miami; and a Kirkland partner becomes chair of Winston & Strawn's West Coast private equity practice.

Litigators of the Week: Kathy Patrick of Gibbs & Bruns, Matthew Ingber of Mayer Brown and Hector Gonzalez of Dechert

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 06, 2014

Through two-and-a-half years of litigation and a fiercely contested bench trial, the trio of lawyers helped keep Bank of America's $8.5 billion settlement with mortgage-backed securities investors on track.

Judge Puts Brakes on BoA $8.5B Settlement Approval

Suevon Lee : Commercial Litigation Insider : January 06, 2014

Manhattan Commercial Division Justice Saliann Scarpulla has entered an interim stay of an $8.5 billion settlement deal between Bank of America and institutional investors in mortgage-backed securities before deciding whether to postpone finalizing the judgment.

Subscription Credit Facilities: The Market Evolves

Barbara M. Goodstein and Ann Richardson Knox : New York Law Journal : January 06, 2014

In their Secured Transactions column, Mayer Brown partners Barbara M. Goodstein and Ann Richardson Knox examine recent developments in the subscription credit facilities market, including that some facilities are now forgoing investor consent letters and the expansion of the collateral for these facilities beyond capital call commitments to the actual investments acquired by the funds.

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

AIG Wins Temporary Delay of $8.5 Billion BofA Deal

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 05, 2014

With so many zeroes at stake in Bank of America's megasettlement with mortgage-backed securities investors, some high-profile challengers aren't ready to declare an end to the case just yet.

Technology-Assisted Review Still Triggering Angina

Sherry Karabin : Law Technology News : January 04, 2014

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

Circuit Says Data Aggregator Can Be Sued Without Showing of Harm

Cheryl Miller : The Recorder : January 04, 2014

The ruling marks a victory for plaintiffs in latest test of standing for suits seeking statutory damages.

Best Practices for Integrating Diverse and Women Laterals

Jeremiah A. DeBerry : New York Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Jeremiah A. DeBerry, U.S. Director of Diversity & Inclusion at Mayer Brown in New York, writes: A critical component of any diversity and inclusion program must include a sustained focus on integrating, engaging and mentoring more diverse and women attorneys. Firm leaders, including partners from the most senior ranks to the newly minted, must all contribute to this effort if meaningful cultural change is to be achieved.

INADMISSIBLE: Tech Companies Reach Deal in Data Fight

: The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Google Inc., Facebook Inc. and other technology giants scored a victory last week in their quest to reveal more information about the government's demands for customer information. Plus more in this week's column.

Bulk of $8.5B Settlement Between BOA, RMBS Investors Approved

Suevon Lee : Commercial Litigation Insider : January 03, 2014

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Barbara Kapnick Friday approved most of a $8.5 billion settlement struck between Bank of America and investors exposed to major losses from troubled mortgage-backed securitizations prior to the financial crisis.

Partnership

: New York Law Journal : January 03, 2014

In this Special Report, , a survey of new partners at New York's largest firms, a behind-the-scenes look at partner recruiting and best practices for integrating diverse and women laterals, along with building a boutique firm, succession planning, and the dangers of the partnership structure.

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.

Court Approves Majority of BofA Pact With MBS Investors

Suevon Lee : Commercial Litigation Insider : January 03, 2014

Justice Barbara Kapnick said the $8.5 billion settlement, which was brokered in 2011 after a year's worth of discussions only to be challenged by a contingent of investors led by AIG for falling far short of projected losses, was made in good faith and within the bounds of reasonableness.

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