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McDermott Will & Emery

  • Designation: Chicago
  • Head Count: 1,024
  • Gross Revenues: $851,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $830,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,460,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -2

McDermott, Will & Emery, a national firm based in Chicago, is ranked 28th on The American Lawyer's 2011 Am Law 100 with gross revenues of $788,500,000 in 2010. The firm ranked #32 on the 2011 Global 100 survey of revenue worldwide. The firm has been in the top 50 of the Am Law 100 since 1986. With 970 attorneys, the firm had a rank of twenty-first on the National Law Journal's2011 NLJ 250 rankings of firms based on size. McDermott, Will & Emery's offers a full range of business and corporate legal services, including general corporate, tax, litigation, intellectual property, sports and entertainment, and health law. The firm's attorneys practice out of fifteen offices in the United States and Europe.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 29 -2 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 29 -2 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 23 -2 Lawyer head count
The A-List 48 2 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 58 7 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 64 0 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 86 14 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 62 -4 Summer programs

In the News

Litigator of the Week: Erin Murphy of Bancroft

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 03, 2014

Like her mentor Paul Clement, Erin Murphy of Bancroft PLLC now knows what it's like to deliver the winning argument in a polarizing U.S. Supreme Court case.

Divided Court Strikes Total Limits on Campaign Contributions

Marcia Coyle : The National Law Journal : January 02, 2014

In another major blow to the regulation of money in elections, a sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down federal limits on the total amounts that individuals may contribute to candidates and political committees.

Divided Court Strikes Total Limits on Campaign Contributions

Marcia Coyle : The National Law Journal : January 02, 2014

In another major blow to the regulation of money in elections, a sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down federal limits on the total amounts individuals may contribute to candidates and political committees.

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.

Supreme Court Moves to Pin Down Rules for Software Patents

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 28, 2014

For the third time in four years, the Supreme Court on Monday will set out to distinguish patent-eligible inventions from mere abstract ideas. This time the court will be doing it in the context of computerized business methods, and that has Silicon Valley lawyers paying extra attention.

Let's Call a Cease-fire in the GC vs. CCO Debate

Michael W. Peregrine : Corporate Counsel : January 28, 2014

It's time to call it quits in the ongoing debate over the general counsel/chief compliance officer relationship.

Frank v. Elgamal, DeFAX Case No. D66228 (Del. Ch. March 10, 2014) Noble, V.C. (95 pages).

: Delaware Business Court Insider : January 25, 2014

The Court of Chancery was unable to determine whether the allocation of consideration paid in the challenged merger was subject to the entire fairness standard of review because there were issues of material fact as to whether the group of majority stockholders constituted a control group and whether the special committee reviewing the merger was fully functioning and fully informed.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Legal industry job changes in our nation's capital.

House Republicans Press A.G. Holder About IRS Official

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 21, 2014

Republican lawmakers on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are pressing Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. for details about whether former IRS official Lois Lerner waived her right against self-incrimination when she spoke to investigators.

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.

The Churn: Crowell Adds and Loses, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Crowell & Moring gains one partner and loses two others, McDermott Will & Emery makes two IP partner hires and a pair of Wilson Elser lawyers jump to New Jersey's Wolff & Samson.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 21, 2014

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

McDermott Adds IP Litigation Partner in Silicon Valley

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 18, 2014

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.

BAR-ometer

: The Recorder : January 14, 2014

Bow down to the ranking god … Woe to McDermott … And SanDisk scores

Morning Wrap

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 13, 2014

A round-up of legal news from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country: Eric Holder asks to cut prison terms for drug violations, a law school dean disagrees with his school's ranking, and investigators have new clues and questions on the missing Malaysian plane.

Atlanta Firm Guides Client to $20M Award

R. Robin McDonald : Daily Report : January 12, 2014

A Florida medical center has agreed to pay $85 million to the federal government to settle a whistleblower case brought by a client of an Atlanta law firm.

Pro Se Patentees to Fight David Boies in San Jose Trial

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 12, 2014

Father-and-son inventors accused of stealing their idea from law firm files say their money ran out after three years of scorched earth litigation so they must represent themselves.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 10, 2014

Jennifer Weiss joins Goulston & Storrs' tax practice as partner in the Boston office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Clifford Chance, Simpson Advise on Carlyle's Tyco Deal

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Asian Lawyer : January 03, 2014

Tyco International is selling its South Korean fire protection and security unit to buyout firm Carlyle Group for $1.93 billion in cash.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 03, 2014

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

New Partners 2013-2014

: Daily Business Review : January 03, 2014

The listing is based on submissions from area law firms that responded to a DBR survey.

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.

Judge Finds S&P Should be Taxed by City as a Publisher

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : January 28, 2014

Since the credit ratings that Standard & Poor's publishes for the general public are protected by the First Amendment, the firm should be taxed by New York City in the same way as it does other publishers, an administrative law judge for the city's Tax Appeals Tribunal has determined.

$60M At Stake in Tax Dispute with Hotel Booking Sites

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 24, 2014

Seven of the country's largest online hotel booking websites have agreed to pay the District of Columbia more than $60 million in disputed sales tax and interest-if the companies lose their appeal of a trial judge's decision finding them liable.

$60M At Stake in Tax Dispute with Hotel Booking Sites

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 24, 2014

Seven of the country's largest online hotel booking websites have agreed to pay the District of Columbia more than $60 million in disputed sales tax and interest-if the companies lose their appeal of a trial judge's decision finding them liable.

A Complicated Recipe for Food and Beverage Ad Copy Clearance

Robert W. Zelnick : The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Legal clearance for food and beverage labeling and advertising requires a holistic, multidisciplinary approach.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: McDermott Extends Recovery With Sturdy 2013

Chris Johnson : The Am Law Daily : January 21, 2014

McDermott, Will & Emery continued its postrecession recovery in 2013, registering a second consecutive year of solid financial results, according to The American Lawyer's reporting.

Tech Docket Watch: S.F. Postpones Mandatory E-Filing

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 21, 2014

Meanwhile, Siri is vindicated, Obama gives ammo to patents, Facebook spends billions, and California democrats are antsy to push data breach laws.

Patent Reformers Praise White House Call to Action

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 20, 2014

However, some observers say the executive actions aimed at increasing transparency and strengthening patent review add little to existing programs.

Special Report: Health Care Law

: Daily Business Review : January 19, 2014

With an Affordable Care Act mandate that large employers provide coverage for their employees or pay penalties due to take effect next year, health care providers and employers of all stripes are seeking legal advice on many fronts.

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

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

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

Special Report: Health Care Law

Mary Hladky : Daily Business Review : January 19, 2014

With an Affordable Care Act mandate that large employers provide coverage for their employees or pay penalties due to take effect next year, health care providers and employers of all stripes are seeking legal advice on many fronts.

Marketplace

Monica Paquette : New York Law Journal : January 19, 2014

The defense litigation law firm of Lester Schwab Katz & Dwyer will leave 120 Broadway to move the short distance to 100 Wall St. Also, AEW Capital Management has bought 240 W. 40th St. for $63 million.

EDI-Oracle Study: Humans Essential in E-Discovery

: Law Technology News : January 14, 2014

Study shows that older lawyers still have chops —and it's not a good idea to turn EDD over to robots.

The Score: Paul Weiss Drops Wells Report, Helps Client Buy Easton

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

Roughly a year after reaping $3.6 million to conduct an internal investigation of the NBA players' union, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison litigation partner Ted Wells released Friday the results of his inquiry into the Miami Dolphins bullying imbroglio. Wells' firm also took the lead this week counseling a client on its $330 million acquisition of struggling Easton-Bell Sports' baseball and softball business. Meanwhile, Davis Polk and Covington, respectively, helped Comcast and the NFL ink a pair of major TV rights deals.

The Churn: Milbank, Shearman Land Securities Litigators, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2014

A string of New York securities litigators are on the move; Bingham loses two Los Angeles–based lawyers to Winston and a partner in San Francisco to Manatt; and a former U.S. ambassador rejoins Jones Day.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 13, 2014

Orrick Herrington, Buchanan Ingersoll and Wilson Elser have announced promotions, while Baker Botts and McDermott Will have each added a partner.

Baker & Hostetler Create InfoGov Practice

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 13, 2014

Partner Judy Selby and counsel James Sherer will lead a new information governance cross-practice group at Baker & Hostetler.

FTC Cracks Down on False 'Safe Harbor' Privacy Claims

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : January 11, 2014

The Federal Trade Commission continued its recent crackdown on companies that misrepresent their privacy compliance credentials, settling charges today with children's online game company Fantage.com Inc.

Nine More Ex-Dewey Partners Hit With Clawback Suits

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

The former Dewey & LeBoeuf partners targeted in the latest round of suits filed by the defunct firm's liquidation trust include Steven Otillar, who waged a since-settled court fight with Citibank over his alleged failure to repay a capital loan, and onetime Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele.

iPad rEvolution

Alan Cohen : Law Technology News : January 07, 2014

Virtualization could be the key to lawyers abandoning their laptops for tablets.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 05, 2014

Five firms have added new partners, while others have announced promotions.

Diversity Programs in Need of An Overhaul

Peggy A. Davis : The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Focused on filling the pipeline, firms have failed to update ways to help practitioners thrive.

Special Report: Under Contract

Andrew Ramonas : The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

The U.S. government has slashed spending on outside legal work for a third consecutive year, leaving law firms and other legal services contractors with the smallest pot of money since President Barack Obama took office.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Andrea Barach joins Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz's business department as partner in the Nashville office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Debating a Mainstay of Fraud Enforcement

Andrew Ramonas : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

The False Claims Act has been lucrative, but has it been effective?

Diversity Scorecard 2014: Women Closing The Gender Gap

Julie Kay : Daily Business Review : January 31, 2014

South Florida women lawyers are starting networking groups as a way to help other women get business and raise their collective profiles.

Wine, Beer and Spirits Effervesces As a New Law Firm Practice Area

Mary Pat Gallagher : New Jersey Law Journal : January 31, 2014

Bar activity has a different meaning for rising numbers of law firm practice groups geared toward the expanding business of brewing and distilling craft beer, wine and liquors.

Bill Limiting Online Data Grabs Clears Senate

Cheryl Miller : The Recorder : January 30, 2014

Deloitte Dabbles in Chinese Legal Practice

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 27, 2014

If the Chinese arms of the Big Four accounting firms get suspended from auditing, at least one of them may have something to fall back on. Deloitte quietly opened a Shanghai law firm last year with seven professionals, the most senior of whom are also Deloitte partners.

OSHA's Proposed Database Draws Fire

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : January 27, 2014

A federal government proposal to make workplace illness and injury records public amounts to "regulation by shaming," say employers, who have tapped top lawyers to derail the controversial initiative by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

LinkedIn Sues Bots for Fake Accounts

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Law Technology News : January 23, 2014

LinkedIn recently had some professional connections it wasn't so fond of—bots.

A Dozen New Partners at Bradley Arant, All of Them Men

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 23, 2014

Birmingham–based Bradley Arant Boult Cummings welcomed 12 of its attorneys to the firm's partnership last week, none of them women. So far, seven Am Law 200 firm have announced new partner classes this year made up entirely of men.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 22, 2014

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

The Big IP Wins of 2013

Lisa Shuchman : Corporate Counsel : January 22, 2014

An admittedly subjective guide to the patent and copyright hits of the year.

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

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

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

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 20, 2014

Radware Fires DQ Motion at Irell in A10 Suit

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 13, 2014

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

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

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

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

Board Compliance Oversight Is a Team Sport

Michael W. Peregrine : Corporate Counsel : January 10, 2014

Resolutions regarding compliance matters for the board of directors miss the mark if they don't touch all of the bases and put the ball squarely in the board's hands.

GrayRobinson Moving To Miami's Wells Fargo Center

Julie Kay : Daily Business Review : January 06, 2014

GrayRobinson is leasing 35,358 square feet on the 31st and 32nd floors of Miami's Wells Fargo Center and plans to move out of its space at 1221 Brickell Ave. in a year.

The Churn: Paul Weiss Adds From Weil, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 02, 2014

The cohead of Weil, Gotshal & Manges' tax practice moves to Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; another partner leaves Kaye Scholer in Los Angeles; and Jenner & Block welcomes back a former partner in New York.

Waiting for a New Director: Questions & Answers, Bernard Knight Jr.

Lisa Shuchman : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

There's a lot of action in the patent world these days, but the PTO is still without a leader.

The Year in Quotes: Action Shifts To the Agencies

: The National Law Journal : January 30, 2013

A Recovery for European M&A?

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 27, 2013

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

McDermott Reach 'Amicable' Settlement With Landlord

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 23, 2013

McDermott Will & Emery has settled a dispute with its New York landlord over real estate taxes. The law firm went to court in August to compel arbitration with landlord 340 Madison Fee LLC, claiming the amount in dispute might be $16 million or more over the life of its lease.

Supreme Court Cuts Down Tax Book

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : January 23, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court has added another type of document to its dustheap of once-respected resources for forming its opinions, along with law review articles and legislative reports.

Acqui-hires Take Hold in Valley

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 20, 2013

With Kauai on the Docket, a Longtime Litigator Steps Aside

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 19, 2013

Nuclear Plants Must Have Coastal Plans, Judge Rules

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : January 19, 2013

Re-licensing applications for the two nuclear power plants at Indian Point in Westchester County must include state-approved coastal management plans, a state judge ruled.

FCA Reform Proposal Stresses Compliance Over Whistleblowing

Andrew Ramonas : New York Law Journal : January 19, 2013

Justice Department officials regularly tout the long reach of the FCA, a law that one top DOJ lawyer once described as "quite simply, the most powerful tool that we have to deter and redress fraud." Critics now are pushing reforms on Capitol Hill, arguing the law is ineffective in preventing fraud. In the push for change, one voice is standing out: David Ogden.

Fighting the Fashion Knockoff War

Shirin Tefagh and Lynne M.J. Boisineau : Corporate Counsel : January 18, 2013

With knockoffs gaining more ground and popularity, design patents are becoming a vital component of a prudent global brand protection strategy. For the first time in a long time, apparel companies seem to have a fighting chance.

Six Firms Lead on $1.84 Billion Marketing Deal

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

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

Second Thoughts on False Claims

Andrew Ramonas : The National Law Journal : January 16, 2013

The False Claims Act has proven one of the most lucrative civil enforcement tools for the U.S. Department of Justice, but critics now are pushing reforms on Capitol Hill and arguing the law is ineffective in preventing fraud. In the push for change, one voice is standing out: David Ogden.

Former Judge Goes to Prison, Attorney Gets 20 Years

Angela Morris : Texas Lawyer : January 16, 2013

With the end in sight for one of the largest public-corruption probes of the South Texas legal community, the lead federal prosecutor is warning about the dangers of too-cozy relationships between lawyers and judges.

Valley Inventor Accuses Government of Hijacking his Patent

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 13, 2013

Bruce Horton brought his invention to the Army. Now he's fighting for something in return.

Amphastar Hit for Discovery Violations in Patent Dispute

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : January 10, 2013

A Boston federal magistrate judge has ruled that Amphastar Pharmaceuticals must pay opponent Momenta Pharmaceuticals legal fees in a dispute over Amphastar's failure to produce court-ordered documents.

The Churn: Nixon Lands Bulger Prosecutor, Plus More Lateral Moves

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2013

Nixon Peabody hires the assistant U.S. attorney who prosecuted mobster James "Whitey" Bulger; a top lawyer with the White House Council on Environmental Quality joins Covington & Burling; and the head of Cozen O'Connor's real estate practice becomes general counsel of a real estate investment trust.

Amphastar Hit for Discovery Violations in Patent Dispute

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : January 09, 2013

A Boston federal magistrate judge has ruled that Amphastar Pharmaceuticals Inc. must pay opponent Momenta Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s legal fees in a dispute over Amphastar's failure to produce court-ordered documents.

Healthcare.gov, the Board and the 'Hot Potato' Report

Michael W. Peregrine : Corporate Counsel : January 06, 2013

The website may be fixed, but the corporate governance lessons arising from the rollout of Healthcare.gov keep on coming. And they provide timely, attention-grabbing and valuable teaching moments for corporate counsel with the board of directors.

Vegas, Baby!

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 01, 2013

Information governance and records management are flirting with electronic data discovery. Expect fireworks.

Jones Day, Vinson Help Secure North Dakota Pipeline Deal

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 26, 2013

Marathon Petroleum has turned to Jones Day to negotiate its agreement to serve as the primary distributor of oil that will flow through Enbridge's $2.6 billion Sandpiper pipeline. The Canadian company's battle to build a pipeline from Alberta's oil sands to the Pacific Ocean is the subject of a feature story in this month's issue of The American Lawyer.

EDI-Oracle Study: Humans Are Still Essential in E-Discovery

Monica Bay : New Jersey Law Journal : January 26, 2013

Phase I of this study shows that older lawyers still have e-discovery chops and you don't want to turn EDD over to robots.

Civil Actions

: The National Law Journal : January 25, 2013

EDI-Oracle Study: Humans Are Still Essential in E-Discovery

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 20, 2013

Phase I of the EDI-Oracle study shows that humans are still essential in e-discovery, older lawyers still have e-discovery chops, and don't turn EDD over to robots.

The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200

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

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

Valley Patent Office Finds Home in San Jose

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 19, 2013

Perils of the 'Bring Your Own Device' Workplace

Fabio E. Marino and Teri H.P. Nguyen : The National Law Journal : January 18, 2013

Relying on employees to furnish their own smartphones and tablets makes it tricky to control data.

Perils of the 'Bring Your Own Device' Workplace

Fabio E. Marino and Teri H.P. Nguyen : The National Law Journal : January 18, 2013

Relying on employees to furnish their own smartphones and tablets makes it tricky to control data.

Legal Outsourcing: Onshore or Offshore?

Archiit Sethuraman : Corporate Counsel : January 12, 2013

Attorneys at several Fortune 500 companies and Am Law 200 firms in the U.S. have started to question the data security for high-level legal work when it is outsourced to a foreign third party. Some general counsel have responded with a different outsourcing strategy.

Caution Urged on Patent Reform

Lisa Shuchman : The National Law Journal : January 11, 2013

While the America Invents Act has transformed patent law in major ways, Congress is already writing legislation that could further reform the system.

Thinking Ahead on Climate Change Regulation

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 08, 2013

Companies in the private sector may want to monitor what federal agencies are doing in response to President Obama's recent executive order on climate change.

Lawyers for Apple, Samsung Ready for Second 'Trial of the Century'

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 08, 2013

Ex-PTO GC Bernard Knight on the Future of Patent Law

Lisa Shuchman : Corporate Counsel : January 06, 2013

Against the background of a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in flux, we talked to former PTO general counsel Bernard Knight Jr. about what's ahead in U.S. patent law.

Travel Sites Sue City Over Hotel Taxes

Max Taves : The Recorder : January 06, 2013

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

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

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

Newsmakers

: Texas Lawyer : January 04, 2013

Peter M. Kelly, a partner in the Houston office of Kelly, Durham & Pittard, has been installed as president of the Houston Trial Lawyers Association. Plus more new positions, appointments, awards and honors.

Patent Reform Push in Congress Draws Praise, Concern

Todd Ruger : The National Law Journal : January 04, 2013

As a new patent reform bill moves quickly on Capitol Hill, some legislators, patent lawyers and judges have warned it contains sweeping and sometimes unintended changes to the nation's intellectual property landscape.

Clyde & Co Launches Chongqing Joint Venture

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 01, 2013

The British firm's arrangement with Chongqing's West Link Partnership will make it the first international firm to have a presence in the southwest Chinese metropolis.

Missing the Mark

Chelsea Allison : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2013

How Tesla learned that in China, snoozing is losing.

Caught in the Middle

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2013

The FTC decided to regulate the "Internet of Things," and trouble followed.

A Corporate Governance Lesson From HealthCare.gov

Michael W. Peregrine : Corporate Counsel : January 31, 2013

The calamitous rollout of the Affordable Care Act's website presents a clear governance lesson for any company's board of directors.

Big Deals

David Marcus : The American Lawyer : January 31, 2013

Verizon/Vodafone; Amgen/Onyx; Microsoft/Nokia

FDA Rule for Drink-Makers That Also Sell Animal Feed

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 30, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration's "Preventive Control Rule for Feed" proposes to regulate and cover breweries and distilleries if they sell used grain to farmers for animal feed.

Tech Circuit: Vegas, Baby! Edition

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 29, 2013

ARMA International's Conference and Expo 2013 makes it clear that e-discovery is child's play compared to information governance and management.

Holland & Knight Expands Maternity, Adoption Leave

Julie Kay : Daily Business Review : January 28, 2013

Holland & Knight is expanding its maternity and adoption leave to help attract and retain more female lawyers.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 28, 2013

Ten firms announce new additions, among other news.

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.

Eric Gilbert, Effie Silva Named Partners At McDermott

Julie Kay : Daily Business Review : January 23, 2013

McDermott Will & Emery has named two new partners in Miami—corporate lawyer Eric Gilbert and litigator Effie Silva.

Goodlatte's Patent Bill Gets Mostly Cheers from Industry

Cheryl Miller : The Recorder : January 23, 2013

Litigation reforms including a lower standard for fee-shifting would discourage plaintiffs out for a quick settlement, says Keker partner Matthias Kamber.

Three Pitfalls of Contractual Choice-of-Law Provisions

John Calandra, Michael Dillon, and Lisa Gerson : Corporate Counsel : January 23, 2013

Contractual choice-of-law provisions are one of the most frequently used yet repeatedly misunderstood provisions in modern contracts. The intricacies of these provisions can trip up drafters and litigators alike.

3 Pitfalls of Contractual Choice-of-Law Provisions

John Calandra, Michael Dillon, and Lisa Gerson : Corporate Counsel : January 22, 2013

Contractual choice-of-law provisions are one of the most frequently used yet repeatedly misunderstood provisions in modern contracts. The intricacies of these provisions can trip up drafters and litigators alike.