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McDermott Will & Emery

  • Designation: Chicago
  • Head Count: 1,021
  • Gross Revenues: $881,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $865,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,545,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 0

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 0 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 29 0 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 21 -1 Lawyer head count
The A-List 29 4 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 24 13 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 55 9 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 86 14 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 62 -4 Summer programs

In the News

11th Circuit Backs $67M Verdict Against TD Bank In Rothstein Fallout

Mary Hladky : Daily Business Review : January 29, 2014

A federal appeals court has affirmed the award against TD Bank for serving as Scott Rothstein's lead bank in his $1.2 billionPonzi scheme.

Round 2 in the SEC's Case Against State Street Execs

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 25, 2014

In the wake of the financial crisis, government regulators have been widely criticized for failing to hold more individuals accountable, but a pending case by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission against two former executives at State Street Bank and Trust Co. shows how difficult in practice it can be to make charges stick.

Review To Honor Top 40 Lawyers Under 40

Vala Lopez : Daily Business Review : January 24, 2014

The Daily Business Review will recognize 40 South Florida lawyers under age 40 as Rising Stars for their achievements.

Twitter, Yahoo Lead MDL Fee Fight Against Patent Giant Acacia

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 23, 2014

Dozens of corporate defendants sued by an arm of Acacia Research Corp. say they are owed legal fees under the Supreme Court's new standard for fee-shifting in patent cases.

Twitter, Yahoo Lead MDL Fee Fight Against NPE

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 23, 2014

Dozens of corporate defendants sued by an arm of Acacia Research Corp. say they are owed legal fees under the Supreme Court's new standard.

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.

Allan Van Fleet Talks About Significance of 'Fisher v. UT' Decision

Miriam Rozen : Texas Lawyer : January 21, 2014

When , Austin was pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, Allan Van Fleet had drafted and filed an amicus brief on behalf of the family of Heman Marion Sweatt, which supported the school in the Fisher case.

McDermott Will's Yar Chaikovsky

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 21, 2014

The patent litigator talks about his recent win against Acacia and says the America Invents Act has brought about more change than expected.

Compliance Expertise: Not a Board Composition Priority

Michael W. Peregrine : Corporate Counsel : January 21, 2014

When it comes to adding new competencies to the board, compliance need not be at the top of the list.

Allan Van Fleet Talks About Significance of 'Fisher v. UT' Decision

Miriam Rozen : Texas Lawyer : January 16, 2014

When was pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, Allan Van Fleet had drafted and filed an amicus brief on behalf of the family of Heman Marion Sweatt, which supported the school in the Fisher case.

3 Tips for Preserving Privilege During an Investigation

Elizabeth Herrington and Thomas A. McCann : Corporate Counsel : January 14, 2014

Companies must be careful to preserve attorney-client privilege rights during internal probes.

Long-Running Disk Drive Patent Fight Winds Down

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 14, 2014

After 14 years of litigation, a billion-dollar patent and trade secrets case against Seagate Technology and Compaq (now Hewlett-Packard) may finally be over.

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.

A New Wrinkle in the Patent Troll Wars

Melissa Nott Davis : Corporate Counsel : January 03, 2014

One nonpracticing entity is suing software end users rather than producers, seeking to elude big guns like Microsoft.

Privilege Pitfalls

Elizabeth Herrington and Thomas A. McCann : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Companies must be careful to preserve rights during internal probes.

LegalTech Quest Into Heart of Darkness

Mark Michels : Law Technology News : January 01, 2014

How to balance dark data's liability risks and information profit.

White House Touts Law Firm Pro Bono Work

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 30, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden expressed his support for law firm pro bono programs during a meeting this month with representatives from more than a dozen firms.

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.

Will the Rise of the Machine Bring Lawyers New Clients?

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Law Technology News : January 24, 2014

Online legal documents and forms are not the end of lawyers, but a signal of change in the profession that requires a proper response.

Panels On The Radar: LegalTech West Coast Day One

Mark Gerlach : Law Technology News : January 24, 2014

Five panels to be on the look out for during the first day of Legal Tech West Coast in Los Angeles next Tuesday.

Attorneys, Technology, Ethics and Professional Liability

Josh J.T. Byrne : The Legal Intelligencer : January 23, 2014

Attorneys run the gamut in adopting technologies, from those who eagerly embrace and utilize new technologies, to those who tend to fear them. Changes in technology create opportunities for growth and efficiency, and create pitfalls for the unwary practitioner. As the pace of technological change increases, the risks and benefits of relevant technologies increase as well.

McDermott Leases Phoenix Monitor

Sean Doherty : Law Technology News : January 17, 2014

McDermott Will & Emery enhances HP Autonomy WorkSite to ensure uptime.

LegalTech in Los Angeles: E-Discovery, Big Data, For Starters

Mark Gerlach : Law Technology News : January 16, 2014

19 seminar panels cover the nuances of IT, e-discovery, small firm evolution, Big Data and more.

Cantor's Defeat Ripples Through Lobbying Industry

Todd Ruger and Andrew Ramonas : Legal Times : January 11, 2014

The surprising primary defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Tuesday will reverberate through Washington's lobbying industry, touching business advocates and lobbying shops with close ties to his office.

Circuit Upholds Limits on Legal Fees in WTC Settlement

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : January 10, 2014

Southern District Judge Alvin Hellerstein's decision denying plaintiffs' counsel from recovering a contingency attorney fee on a $55 million bonus payment triggered by settlements of some 10,000 lawsuits over exposure to toxic dust at Ground Zero was upheld by a federal appeals court Monday.

Circuit Upholds Limits on Legal Fees in WTC Settlement

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : January 10, 2014

Southern District Judge Alvin Hellerstein's decision denying plaintiffs' counsel from recovering a contingency attorney fee on a $55 million bonus payment triggered by settlements of some 10,000 lawsuits over exposure to toxic dust at Ground Zero was upheld by a federal appeals court Monday.

Six Steps to Building Credibility in Court

David Dolkas : The Recorder : January 10, 2014

A guide for litigators to ace that presentation in front of a judge or jury.

Sorry, But the CEO's Divorce Is the Board's Business

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

Governing boards, mindful of the need to protect the corporate reputation, are extending their review of executive conduct to a 24/7 cycle.

Circuit Limits Legal Fees in WTC Settlement

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : January 10, 2014

Southern District Judge Alvin Hellerstein's decision denying plaintiffs' counsel from recovering a contingency attorney fee on a $55 million bonus payment triggered by settlements of some 10,000 lawsuits over exposure to toxic dust at Ground Zero was upheld by a federal appeals court Monday.

Litigation in the Air: EPA Presses New Rule For Carbon Emissions

Jenna Greene and Todd Ruger : The National Law Journal : January 09, 2014

Provisions that were intended to sweeten the U.S. Environmental Protec­tion Agency's newly proposed carbon-emissions rule for industry are also what make it legally vulnerable, lawyers say.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 09, 2014

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

Tech Blamed for McDermott Pink Slips

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Law Technology News : January 05, 2014

Firm lays off 25 secretaries, saying tech lets lawyers work with less administrative support.

McDermott Will & Emery

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : January 02, 2014

The 2014 IP Hot List: Life on the Cutting Edge

: The National Law Journal : January 02, 2014

The NLJ received dozens of nominations for our annual list of the hottest IP firms, and many of our chosen 20 rank among the most venerable in the country.

June 2014 Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

McDermott Wins Round in Malpractice Case

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 30, 2014

San Mateo Judge Marie Weiner will give the firm a chance to challenge a federal ruling that triggered litigation with a former patent client.

On Haag's Watch, White-Collar Cases Take Dive

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 23, 2014

Prosecutions are down 37 percent since 2010, but U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag says she's going for complexity over quantity.

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

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 22, 2014

Viewpoint: What Law Schools and Lawyers Can Do for Veterans

Rachel Van Cleave : The Recorder : January 22, 2014

Meeting their legal needs requires collaboration and legislation, writes Golden Gate Law Dean Rachel Van Cleave.

Purchasers File Notice of Appeal in Chocolate Price-Fixing MDL

Zack Needles : The Legal Intelligencer : January 20, 2014

The chocolate price-fixing multidistrict litigation hasn't wrapped just yet. Nearly 20 supermarkets, pharmacies and wholesalers—including Safeway, CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens—have appealed a Middle District of Pennsylvania judge's ruling tossing 91 price-fixing cases filed against Hershey, Mars and Nestle, the makers of three-quarters of America's chocolate.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 19, 2014

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

Have License, Can Travel

Michael G. Dreznes : The Recorder : January 16, 2014

The hurdles to making a geographic career move aren't as high as often assumed, writes Michael G. Dreznes.

Telling the Story of Your Complex Case

Dave Dolkas : Corporate Counsel : January 16, 2014

Story is the most powerful form of persuasion. Trouble is, lawyers are not trained to think like storytellers.

Jury Sides With SEC in Wyly Brothers' Trial

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 12, 2014

The Wylys, accused of using offshore trusts to hide illegal trades, were represented by a father-and-son team at Susman Godfrey, Stephen and Harry Susman.

Wachtell, Simpson Handle $1.65 Billion Payments Deal

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 12, 2014

Vantiv has turned to Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz for counsel on its acquisition of Mercury Payment Systems from private equity firm Silver Lake Partners.

The Churn: Squire Sanders Exits, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Amid their firm's ongoing merger talks with Patton Boggs, several Squire Sanders practice leaders find new professional homes.

Dechert Hires IP Litigator From McDermott's Valley Office

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 08, 2014

S. Michael Song, who in an earlier career designed and built microchips, says he expects to expand Dechert's IP practice.

Proskauer Acts for PE Firm on $216 Million IPO

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

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

Justices Decline to Rule on Carrying Concealed Guns in Public

Tony Mauro : Supreme Court Brief : January 05, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision Monday to pass up a case testing the right to bear arms outside the home was yet another sign the justices are done interpreting the Second Amendment for awhile.

Imitators Stir Up Trouble for App Makers

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 02, 2014

IP lawyers say developers with hot apps must be prepared to confront counterfeits.

John Kerry Subpoena Can't Be Stopped, Lawyers Say

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 02, 2014

Administration lawyers can't turn to the federal courts to quash a highly unusual subpoena for Secretary of State John Kerry to testify about documents related to the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on a U.S. consular facility in Benghazi, Libya, legal experts on congressional investigations say.

Your Credentials, Please

Jenna Greene : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

A federal agency is cracking down on companies that misrepresent their privacy compliance.

Embracing a New Mix

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

A Big Pharma lawyer changes industries and expands his role; plus more Moves.

Litigation Department Of The Year: Day Pitney's Clients Include National Companies And Connecticut Icons

JAY STAPLETON : The Connecticut Law Tribune : January 29, 2014

Day Pitney's litigation department has represented some of the best-known companies in the state. Core clients have included national and global brands, such as Priceline.com and Wells Fargo bank, not to mention some of Connecticut's most venerable institutions, such as Yale University.

Supreme Court Eases Fee Shifting in Patent Cases

Marcia Coyle : The Recorder : January 29, 2014

Silicon Valley litigators applauded the rulings, while noting district judges would likely use their new discretion sparingly.

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

Consumer Groups Decry FCC's Net-Neutrality Proposal

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 24, 2014

Consumer advocates reacted with dismay to reports that the Federal Communications Commission plans to allow Internet service providers to charge companies a toll for faster access, while FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler defended the proposed rules as consistent with the underlying goals of net neutrality.

D.C. Federal Judges Honor Law Firm Pro Bono Service

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 23, 2014

Federal judges in Washington gathered Wednesday to honor 30 law firms where at least 40 percent of all lawyers performed at least 50 hours of pro bono service last year.

High Court Snubs Exxon in New York City MTBE Case

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : January 21, 2014

Bancroft's Paul Clement argued that leaving the city's $104.7 million verdict against Exxon in place could open up "whole new arenas for abusive and speculative litigation." The U.S. Supreme Court apparently didn't find the situation quite so dire.

Your Career: Tips for Finding Your Strengths and Managing Your Brand

Dave Dolkas : The Recorder : January 17, 2014

Focusing on your talents is a vital aspect of promoting your practice, according to McDermott's Dave Dolkas.

Am Law Trio on Motorola Unit Sale

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 15, 2014

Kirkland, Wachtell and Winston & Strawn land roles on Zebra Technologies' purchase of a Motorola Solutions unit.

In Health Care Arena, Law Firms Explore New Lobbying Ventures

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : January 14, 2014

Washington law firms are reassessing how they structure their health care lobbying practices this year, as the industry expands to implement the Affordable Care Act and the government continues to tinker with Medicare.

Litigation

: New York Law Journal : January 14, 2014

In this Special Report from the New York Law Journal, : "Disclosing 'Trends' in Securities Offerings: Lessons From 'Facebook,'" "'Daubert' Challenges at the Class Certification Stage: Another Hurdle," "The Not So 'Common' Interest Privilege Applied to M&A Deals" and "Avoiding Attorney Fee Claim Litigation."

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 14, 2014

Scott Morehouse joins Sheppard Mullin's real estate, land use and environmental practice as partner in the Costa Mesa, Calif., office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

The Not So 'Common' Interest Privilege Applied to M&A Deals

John J. Calandra and Sandra B. Saunders : New York Law Journal : January 14, 2014

John J. Calandra and Sandra Saunders of McDermott Will & Emery explore cases that demonstrate the stringent limitations that New York courts place on the common interest privilege when asserted in the context of an M&A deal; review and compare Delaware's broader approach to the common interest privilege; and examine which state's common interest privilege rules apply, and how parties may better shield the privilege through carefully drafted merger and sale agreements.

Dealmaker of the Week: Jones Day's Robert Profusek

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

Profusek and fellow M&A partner Peter Izanec led the Jones Day team advising Procter & Gamble on the $2.9 billion sale of its pet food business to Mars Incorporated.

The Churn: Another Weil Defector, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

A Delaware-based litigation partner leaves Weil for DLA Piper; Mintz Levin lands three IP attorneys in Boston; and, a Utah U.S. attorney returns to Sidley Austin.

Jones Day, Skadden Land on Mars' Pet Food Deal

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 09, 2014

M&M's manufacturer Mars is paying $2.9 billion in cash to acquire Procter & Gamble's pet food business, which includes the brands Iams, Eukanuba and Natura. Skadden is advising Mars while Jones Day takes the lead for longtime client P&G.

House Republicans Want Feds to Prosecute IRS Official

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 09, 2014

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is expected on Thursday to hold former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt. If the full House approves the contempt resolution, the U.S. attorney's office in Washington must decide whether to bring criminal charges—which hasn't happened since 1983.

McDermott Gains Ground in Malpractice Case

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 09, 2014

House Republicans Want Feds to Prosecute IRS Official

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 09, 2014

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is expected on Thursday to hold former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt. If the full House approves the contempt resolution, the U.S. attorney's office in Washington must decide whether to bring criminal charges—which hasn't happened since 1983.

Latham Scores for Amazon in Rovi Patent Fight

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 08, 2014

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

In-House Counsel Profile: Ingredion Inc.'s Christine Castellano

Lisa Holton : The National Law Journal : January 07, 2014

Christine Castellano supervises 19 attorneys in the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Singapore and the United Kingdom. Roughly half of the work involves transactions, 30 percent employment law and 20 percent litigation.

The Next Big Fight Over Natural Gas Extraction

James A. Pardo and Brandon H. Barnes : The National Law Journal : January 07, 2014

Regulator's thinking about a Louisiana facility suggests strategies for hydrofracking critics and supporters.

Malpractice Suit Keeps McDermott in Tense Tango With Former Client

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 04, 2014

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

Complex IP Litigation Gets an Instruction Manual

Lisa Shuchman : Corporate Counsel : January 04, 2014

McDermott Will & Emery partner David Dolkas has written a book intended to serve as a practical, accessible guide for dealing with complicated intellectual property cases.

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.

Campaign Reform Advocates, Opponents Clash After McCutcheon Ruling

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Campaign reform advocates reacted angrily Wednesday to the U.S. Supreme Court's McCutcheon decision, attacking the justices for coming close to dismantling the long-standing legal structure for limiting the influence of money in political campaigns.

Campaign Reform Advocates, Opponents Clash After McCutcheon Ruling

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : January 02, 2014

Campaign reform advocates reacted angrily Wednesday to the U.S. Supreme Court's McCutcheon decision, attacking the justices for coming close to dismantling the long-standing legal structure for limiting the influence of money in political campaigns.

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.

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.

Industry Watching as Supreme Court Moves to Pin Down Rules for Software Patents

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 28, 2014

Cooley's Heidi Keefe hopes the court will use to set clear standards that can be exploited early in litigation.

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.

Court Opens Lanham Claims to Non-Direct Competitors

Tony Mauro : Supreme Court Brief : January 25, 2014

Businesses can invoke the Lanham Act in suing other companies for false advertising, even if they are not direct competitors, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Tuesday.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Norberto Quintana joins Holland & Knight's financial-services practice as partner in the New York office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

U.S. to Join Supreme Court Showdown on Patent Eligibility

Lisa Shuchman : The Litigation Daily : January 24, 2014

The Supreme Court on Friday granted the U.S. solicitor general permission to participate in oral arguments next week in , giving the government a voice in one of the most closely watched patent cases of the year.

Gay-Friendly Policies Can Help Law Firms, Advocates Say

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

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

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Legal industry job changes in our nation's capital.

Prosecutors Assailed for Broad Asks

Mike Scarcella : The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Prosecutors in Washington have repeatedly filed overly broad search warrant requests for electronic data that fail to balance government interests against the public's privacy expectations, a federal magistrate judge ruled this month in a rare rebuke.

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.

Cheers to Antitrust Work in Contested Glass Company Merger

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 18, 2014

With less than a month before trial, two glass makers and the Federal Trade Commission are on the verge of settling the agency's suit challenging the companies' pending $1.7 billion merger—a transaction that's involved dozens of antitrust lawyers from more than 20 firms.

Family Gives Up Disputed Patent, Ending Trial With Boies' Client

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 17, 2014

But former McDermott partner muddied by allegations says he will bring his own suit.

Family Gives Up Disputed Patent, Ending Trial With Boies' Client

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 17, 2014

A pair of pro se litigants surrendered a patent that they allegedly snatched from law firm files, ending their splashy trial with famed litigator David Boies.

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.

Boies Points to McDermott File Room in Patent Theft Suit

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 13, 2014

Palo Alto-based Theranos, represented by David Boies, accuses a father and son of patenting an idea swiped from the firm's files.

Boies Points to McDermott File Room in Patent Theft Suit

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 13, 2014

Palo Alto-based Theranos, represented by David Boies, accuses a father and son of patenting an idea swiped from the firm's files.

Another Patent-Infringement Setback for Myriad Genetics

Lisa Shuchman : Corporate Counsel : January 12, 2014

Myriad Genetics Inc. failed to convince a federal court to block a competitor from selling its own genetic tests while another patent-infringement case is pending.

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.

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.

Another Patent Setback for Myriad Genetics

Lisa Shuchman : Corporate Counsel : January 11, 2014

Myriad Genetics Inc. failed to convince a federal court to block a competitor from selling its own genetic tests while another patent-infringement case is pending.

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.

PTO Names AOL IP Counsel to GC Role

Lisa Shuchman : Corporate Counsel : January 06, 2014

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has appointed a new general counsel: Sarah Harris, AOL Inc.'s deputy general counsel for intellectual property.

Judge DQs Irell in Networking Patent Case Filed by Former Client

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 05, 2014

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

Judge DQs Irell in Networking Patent Case Filed by Former Client

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 05, 2014

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

Clifford Chance, Simpson Advise on Carlyle's Tyco Deal

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

Tyco International is selling its South Korean fire protection and security unit to buyout firm the Carlyle Group for $1.93 billion in cash. Clifford Chance and South Korean firm Lee & Ko are advising Carlyle on the deal, while Tyco is represented by Simpson Thacher and Kim & Chang.

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.

Patent Bar Underwhelmed by Obama's Reform Initiative

Todd Ruger : The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

The Obama administration last week expanded its effort to improve the patent system and curb abusive legislation, but intellectual property lawyers said the initiative's limited scope suggested that any major reforms must come from Congress.

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.

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.

HTC Agrees to Pay License for Nokia Patents

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 07, 2014

On the eve of an expected ruling from the U.S. International Trade Commission, HTC Corp. and its lawyers at McDermott Will & Emery decided to play it safe and settle a patent infringement case brought by Nokia Oyj, which was being advised by Alston & Bird and Desmarais.

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.

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.

The Big Wins of 2013

Lisa Shuchman : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Here's our admittedly subjective guide to IP's hits of the year.

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.