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Mayer Brown LLP

  • Designation: Chicago
  • Head Count: 1,457
  • Gross Revenues: $1,091,500,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $750,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,150,000
  • 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 16 -2 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 16 -2 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 11 -1 Lawyer head count
The A-List NR N/A Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 52 25 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 103 -7 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 84 -84 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 35 4 Summer programs

In the News

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.

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.

The Churn: Weil, Patton Boggs See More Defections, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Weil, Gotshal & Manges loses a securities litigation partner to Jenner & Block; Patton Boggs goes through another spate of departures; and Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr hires a former FBI director and his ex-chief of staff.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 31, 2014

Legal industry job changes in our nation's capital.

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

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Justices Deliver Major Rulings in Drug, Workplace Cases

Tony Mauro : supreme_court_brief : January 27, 2014

Before heading off for a long winter recess, the Supreme Court on Monday issued a major decision that could affect prosecutions when a crime victim dies of multiple causes.

Court Seeks Upset of Ruling on Its Arbitration Program

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 24, 2014

The Delaware Court of Chancery has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a federal appellate court decision declaring its confidential arbitration program unconstitutional.

Chancery Court Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Revive Arbitration Program

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

The Delaware Court of Chancery has filed a petition for a writ of certiorari asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a federal appellate court decision declaring its confidential arbitration program unconstitutional. The petition was filed Tuesday, two days before the final deadline for a Supreme Court appeal was set to pass.

Fee Tracker: Apple's Bromwich Battle and More

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

The Am Law Daily tallies how much Am Law 200 firms are earning on a variety of engagements, from a Goodwin Procter partner serving as Apple's court-appointed monitor to Robins Kaplan's representation in a card-swipe class action to a Winston & Strawn partner's move in-house with a longtime client.

Chancery Court Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Revive Arbitration Program

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 22, 2014

The Delaware Court of Chancery has filed a petition for a writ of certiorari asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a federal appellate court decision declaring its confidential arbitration program unconstitutional. The petition was filed Tuesday, two days before the final deadline for a Supreme Court appeal was set to pass.

web-editor@nylj.com : New York Law Journal : January 21, 2014

Court Declines Awarding Mayer Brown Legal Fees for Duplicative, Unnecessary Charges

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.

Changes Ahead For Social Media In the Workplace

Rebekah Mintzer : Corporate Counsel : January 17, 2014

As social media continues to evolve at a rapid clip, it's safe to say that related legal challenges in the workplace will, too.

U.S. Courts Can't Reach 'Dirty War' Claims, Ruling Says

Marcia Coyle : The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

In a case arising out of Argentina's "dirty war," the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday significantly limited the general jurisdiction of federal courts over injured victims' lawsuits against corporations doing business in the United States.

D.C. Circuit Revives Lobbyists' Fight Over Obama Ban

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 17, 2014

A federal appeals court opened the door for registered lobbyists to serve on agency boards and commissions, contravening President Barack Obama's 2010 order banning lobbyists from such positions.

Insurance Industry Deals a Boon to Big Firms

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

A dozen Am Law 100 firms have grabbed roles on a series of transactions announced since the start of 2014 involving the insurance industry, where consolidation in the sector this year could could produce a bevy of business for transactional lawyers.

Privacy and Ethics For Social Media In Investigations

William Michael Jr. and Laura Hammargren : Corporate Counsel : January 16, 2014

Despite the allure of such a fast gathering process of candid information, counsel conducting internal investigations should curb their impulse to freely access and use social media accounts.

Judge Blasts Firm for $126,000 Legal Fee Recovery Request

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 16, 2014

Mayer Brown's fee request in a landlord-tenant case received a blistering response from a Manhattan judge, who lambasted the firm's billing records as showing a "stunningly inordinate amount of time" on simple tasks.

Both Sides Challenged in Arguments Over Gun Loophole

Marcia Coyle : supreme_court_brief : January 15, 2014

The Obama administration on Wednesday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a lower court decision that, it warned, would open a legal loophole allowing guns in the hands of convicted domestic abusers throughout the country.

Justices Shield Multinational Companies in Dirty War Case

Marcia Coyle : supreme_court_brief : January 14, 2014

In a case arising out of Argentina's "Dirty War," the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday significantly limited the general jurisdiction of federal courts over injured victims' lawsuits against corporations doing business in the United States.

Justices Shield Multinational Companies in Dirty War Case

Marcia Coyle : The Litigation Daily : January 14, 2014

In a case arising out of Argentina's "Dirty War," the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday significantly limited the general jurisdiction of federal courts over injured victims' lawsuits against corporations doing business in the United States.

State AGs Win Right to Sue Corporations in State Court

Marcia Coyle : The Litigation Daily : January 14, 2014

State attorneys general who have been aggressively pursuing companies for alleged violations of their antitrust and consumer protection laws scored a major victory on Tuesday when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that their lawsuits belong in state, not federal, courts.

State AGs Win Right to Sue Corporations in State Court

Marcia Coyle : supreme_court_brief : January 14, 2014

State attorneys general who have been aggressively pursuing companies for alleged violations of their antitrust and consumer protection laws scored a major victory on Tuesday when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that their lawsuits belong in state, not federal, courts.

Appeals Court Clears Path for Silicon Valley 'No-Poach' Case

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 14, 2014

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.

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.

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 06, 2014

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

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

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 03, 2014

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

The Score: The Lawyers Who Help Make Bowl Season Happen

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

With college bowl season upon us, The Am Law Daily decided to review the tax filings made by the nonprofits that stage the big-ticket events to determine which law firms have a hand in the festivities.

Finalist, Antitrust Litigation Department of the Year: Wilson Sonsini

Jim Schroeder : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2014

Wilson Sonsini's antitrust team has gone from a tiny firm outpost to an industry heavyweight in 10 years.

Finalist, Intellectual Property Litigation Department of the Year: Fish & Richardson

Jan Wolfe : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2014

They aren't just ubiquitous—Fish handled 20 percent of all U.S. patent cases tried to verdict in 2012—they're successful too.

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.

Capital Accounts: Lawmaker Asks Crowd to Craft 'Wiki' Probate Bill

Cheryl Miller : The Recorder : January 23, 2013

A Calif. probate bill aims to be the first ever crowd-sourced piece of legislation in the United States.

Capital Accounts: Lawmaker Asks Crowd to Craft 'Wiki' Probate Bill

Cheryl Miller : The Recorder : January 20, 2013

The Churn: Fox Rothschild Bulks Up in Bay Area, Plus More Lateral Moves

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2013

Fox Rothschild absorbs a seven-lawyer firm in Northern California; Covington & Burling hires a partner and associate from Mayer Brown in Europe; and a Locke Lord senior counsel is tapped to be the next Texas Secretary of State.

Asia Deal Digest: December 19, 2013

Quiteria Leung : The Asian Lawyer : January 19, 2013

*Minter Ellison leads $1.7 billion Australian insurance deal *Sidley Austin acts on China State Shipbuilding Corp.'s $800 million bond issue*Milbank advises Genting Group on $730 million project financing in Indonesia

First District Upholds $400 Million Verdict Against Swiss Drugmaker

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 18, 2013

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.

Newsmakers - Dec. 16

: Texas Lawyer : January 16, 2013

Jeff M. Dobbs, Jonathan B. Judkowitz and Andrew Stanger have been promoted to partners in Mayer Brown in Houston, effective Jan. 1, 2014. Plus more new positions, appointments, awards and honors.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 16, 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.

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 16, 2013

Delphine Brown joins Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider's intellectual property group as partner in the New York office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

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.

Do Class Actions Benefit Class Members?

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : January 13, 2013

It is becoming the battle of dueling studies from the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on arbitration vs. class action lawsuits.

Groups Feud Over Benefits of Class Actions

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : January 12, 2013

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

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

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

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.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 05, 2013

Four firms announce new additions, while Mayer Brown, Weil Gotshal and Certilman Balin announce promotions.

Common Exclusions From Blanket Liens

By Alan M. Christenfeld and Barbara M. Goodstein : New York Law Journal : January 05, 2013

In their Secured Transactions column, Alan M. Christenfeld, senior counsel at Clifford Chance, and Barbara M. Goodstein, a partner at Mayer Brown, write: When structuring secured loans, lenders frequently say that their borrowers and any guarantors must grant a security interest in all of their assets to secure the debt. Term sheets for such financings often describe the collateral to be provided as being "all assets." Despite their all-inclusive appearance, however, "all asset" security interests—commonly called "blanket liens"—are subject to various exclusions.

Marketplace

Monica Paquette : New York Law Journal : January 04, 2013

Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman, after considering relocating its headquarters and largest office, has signed a new 20-year lease at 1633 Broadway, where it has been a tenant since 2000. Also, the U.S. Postal Service has signed a 10-year sublease for the street-level retail space of a residential co-op building at 333 E. 14th St.

Mayer Brown JSM Partner Moves to Vietnamese Firm

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 03, 2013

Kevin Hawkins is joining local firm Vilaf in Ho Chi Minh City.

Supreme Court Confronts 'Forum Fights' in Business Disputes

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : January 03, 2013

The Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that when it comes to picking the forum where a business dispute should be resolved, a contract is a contract.

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 02, 2013

Maya Melnikas joins King & Spalding's financial-institutions practice as partner in the Moscow office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Four Firms Help ThyssenKrupp Make Alabama Getaway

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

Shearman & Sterling and Sullivan & Cromwell are representing ArcelorMittal and Japan's Nippon Steel, respectively, in a joint venture to buy an Alabama steel plant for $1.6 billion from German conglomerate ThyssenKrupp's U.S. unit, which is being advised by Magic Circle firm Linklaters.

Quinn Emanuel's Successful Bet on Kathleen Sullivan

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2013

Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2013

Justices Turn To Nondecision Opinions to Express Views

Tony Mauro : New York Law Journal : January 26, 2013

U.S. Supreme Court justices have made it dramatically clear this month that they don't only speak through formal decisions, instead using a range of other vehicles to influence the court's agenda and telegraph their views to lower court judges, practitioners and to each other.

Mayer Brown JSM Adds Real Estate Partner

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 25, 2013

Real estate specialist Ricky Yiu was previously a partner in the Hong Kong office of Baker & McKenzie.

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

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

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

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 25, 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.

Typically Quiet, Justices Open Up About Denials

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : January 25, 2013

U.S. Supreme Court justices have made it dramatically clear this month that they don't only speak through formal decisions, instead using a range of other vehicles to influence the court's agenda and telegraph their views to lower court judges, practitioners and to each other.

BAR-ometer

: The Recorder : January 22, 2013

Lawyer nullification … Pharma-suit-ical … MoFo reads the tea leaves

First District Ready to Affirm $400 Million Verdict in Pharma Feud

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 21, 2013

Locke Lord's MP Clements Weighs in on Patton Boggs Talks

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 19, 2013

Last week, The Am Law Daily spoke with Patton Boggs managing partner Edward Newberry about the potential merger his firm is discussing with Locke Lord. Now Locke Lord managing partner Jerry Clements, who 50 years ago this week gave a yellow rose to President John F. Kennedy on a visit to Texas, shares her thoughts about Swiss vereins, her firm's expansion efforts and a possible tie-up with Patton Boggs.

Regulatory Climate is Unsettled

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

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

Circuit Upholds NYPD Sobriety Tests After Shootings

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : January 18, 2013

Upholding a policy that had its genesis in the Sean Bell shooting death by NYPD undercover officers outside of a Queens nightclub in 2006, the Second Circuit said the police department was acting properly within the "special needs" exception to the Fourth Amendment.

Q&A: Stanford's Joseph Grundfest on the Supreme Court and Class Actions

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : January 18, 2013

The Supreme Court's seeming campaign to curtail class actions reached a new level Nov. 15 with its decision to revisit a 25-year-old precedent that launched thousands of securities class actions and generated billions of dollars in settlements and legal fees.

7 Tips on Prepping for Your Annual Review

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 17, 2013

Capital Accounts: Harris Turns Off Ringer for Phone-Theft Measures

Cheryl Miller : The Recorder : January 15, 2013

Representing Corporate New Jersey

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 15, 2013

The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 15, 2013

The cochair of Jenner & Block's content, media and entertainment practice takes an in-house job with the Motion Picture Association of America; Crowell & Moring adds five attorneys in New York; and Greenberg Traurig woos a lawyer from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. .

Supreme Court Hearing on Del. Arbitration Seen as Unlikely

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 13, 2013

Legal analysts say that if Delaware judicial officials pursue a U.S. Supreme Court appeal of a federal court decision striking down as unconstitutional a confidential arbitration program of the Chancery and Superior courts, they could have a tough time convincing the high court to grant a writ of certiorari.

Nov. 13: The 2013 NLJ Regulatory Summit

: The National Law Journal : January 11, 2013

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

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 11, 2013

Zachary Smith joins Moore & Van Allen's bankruptcy and financial restructuring team as partner in the Charlotte office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

With Appeal Pending, Gloves Come Off in Pharmaceutical Feud

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 08, 2013

Morgan Lewis partner Christopher Banks is fighting to hold on to a $400 million award for Japan's Asahi Kasei Pharma.

Discovery Rules Changes Greeted With Skepticism in Senate

Todd Ruger : The National Law Journal : January 06, 2013

A controversy over the federal civil discovery process reached Capitol Hill on Tuesday, when senators and litigation experts warned that rules changes intended to reduce legal costs would instead harm plaintiffs in discrimination cases.

MOFCOM Names Additional Law Firm Panels

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 06, 2013

The new panels will advise the Chinese Ministry of Commerce on ITC and other trade disputes.

The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200

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

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

Discovery Rules Changes Greeted With Skepticism in Senate

Todd Ruger : The National Law Journal : January 05, 2013

A controversy over the federal civil discovery process reached Capitol Hill on Tuesday, when senators and litigation experts warned that rules changes intended to reduce legal costs would instead harm plaintiffs in discrimination cases.

Ropes & Gray Relocates M&A Co-Head to Hong Kong

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 04, 2013

The firm is moving James Lidbury from Chicago to boost its Asia M&A capability.

Shield for Congress Tested

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : January 04, 2013

A case before the D.C. Circuit is one of the last vestiges of the Jack Abramoff scandal, a wide-ranging U.S. Department of Justice corruption probe that ensnared nearly two dozen people, including lobbyists and public officials.

Three Firms Advise as PwC Swallows Booz

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

PricewaterhouseCoopers continues to expand its advisory arm with the acquisition of New York–based consulting firm Booz & Company for an undisclosed amount. Davis Polk and Linklaters are advising PwC, while Booz has turned to Cleary for legal advice.

The Experts

: New York Law Journal : January 30, 2013

The New York Law Journal thanks our legal columnists who have been contributing to the Law Journal from the 1960s to the present day.

Can the Chancery Court Save Its Arbitration Program?

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 30, 2013

The Delaware Court of Chancery is mulling its options to revive the confidential arbitration program after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit declared the program unconstitutional last week.

Nixon's Choices — 40 Years After the 'Saturday Night Massacre'

Richard Ben-Veniste : The National Law Journal : January 28, 2013

Could the president have saved his job? Probably, but at a huge cost to the nation.

Four Am Law Firms Lead on $1.4 Billion Fertilizer Deal

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 28, 2013

Fertilizer manufacturer and distributor CF Industries said Monday it has agreed to sell its phosphate mining and manufacturing business to Mosaic Company for $1.4 billion. Skadden, Arps, Meagher & Flom is serving as counsel to CF Industries, while Dorsey & Whitney, Mayer Brown and Arnold & Porter are representing Mosaic.

The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 25, 2013

Loeb & Loeb gains an advertising specialist; Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton hires a new pro bono partner; and a longtime Treasury Department lawyer joins Stroock & Stroock & Lavan.

International Firms Named to New China Legal Panels

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 24, 2013

The Ministry of Commerce has selected close to 30 overseas firms to serve on two panels, which will focus on international investment disputes and trade matters.

Asia Deal Digest: October 24, 2013

Quiteria Leung : The Asian Lawyer : January 24, 2013

*Morrison & Foerster advises Japan's Softbank on another U.S. telecom investment, worth $1.3 billion*Ropes & Gray acts for Blackstone-led consortium on $625 million purchase of Chinese IT company*Simpson Thacher guides KKR on its first investment into Malaysia

Third Circuit Strikes Down Chancery Arbitration Program

Jeff Mordock : The Legal Intelligencer : January 24, 2013

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has ruled that the Delaware Court of Chancery's confidential arbitration program is unconstitutional because it violates the public's right to access civil trials under the First Amendment.