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McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP

  • Designation: Atlanta
  • Head Count: 509
  • Gross Revenues: $345,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $680,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $930,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -87

McKenna Long & Aldridge is the result of the 2002 merger of Washington, D.C.-based McKenna & Cuneo and Atlanta-based Long, Aldridge & Norman. With 425 attorneys the firm is the 101st largest law firm in the United States according to the National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250 rankings. In terms of revenue, the firm placed 100th on The American Lawyer's 2011 Am Law 100 rankings with $276,500,000 in gross revenue in 2010. Practice areas include corporate, litigation, real estate, tax, employment and labor, and intellectual property. McKenna Long & Aldridge has several locations, including offices in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Brussels.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 87 -87 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 87 -87 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 101 0 Lawyer head count
The A-List NR N/A Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 130 -29 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 57 13 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey NR N/A Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 18 5 Summer programs

In the News

Eleven Years' War

Jan Wolfe : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

At more than a decade (and counting), few litigations can match the length—and the strangeness—of Datatreasury Corporation's twisted legal saga.

Bar's Governors Approve IOLTA Rule on Third Try

Kathleen Baydala Joyner : Daily Report : January 25, 2014

The third time was the charm for a recommended professional rules change that is expected to raise millions of dollars for civil legal services over the next several years.

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.

AFTER HOURS: Daily Report Book Signing

: Daily Report : January 20, 2014

The Daily Report honored authors of its new book titles Tuesday night at an event held at the offices of Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore.

Governor Fights Subpoena for Ethics Whistleblower Trial

Greg Land : Daily Report : January 20, 2014

Gov. Nathan Deal has asked a judge to toss a subpoena seeking his testimony for an upcoming trial concerning allegations by the former head of the state's ethics panel that she was fired in retaliation for looking into Deal's campaign finances.

Dentons Takes 2 from McKenna for Atlanta Office

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 19, 2014

Dentons has recruited a health care partner and associate from McKenna Long & Aldridge, a little more than three months after merger talks between the two firms fell through.

McKenna's Revenue, Profit Sag Amid Expansion Efforts

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 17, 2014

Last year was a busy one for McKen­na Long & Aldridge.

The Churn: Akin, Simpson Add Houston Partners, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Akin picks up Baker & McKenzie's former North America oil and gas chair and Simpson hires an M&A partner from Baker Botts, both in Houston; Reed Smith welcomes two regulatory partners, in Chicago and Washington, D.C.; and K&L Gates lands new partners in Milan and Washington, D.C.

Longtime Georgia Water Warriors Step Off Case

Kathleen Baydala Joyner : Daily Report : January 06, 2014

Georgia's longtime outside counsel for water disputes announced today that they are stepping down.

New Firm Steps in as Georgia's Water Warriors

Kathleen Baydala Joyner : Daily Report : January 06, 2014

In the wake of Wednesday's announcement by Georgia's longtime outside counsel for water disputes that they are stepping down, the state hired a new firm to represent it.

Judicial Nominating Commission Sued Under Open Records Law

R. Robin McDonald : Daily Report : January 04, 2014

An East Point attorney is accusing the state Judicial Nominating Commission of violating state public records laws in a suit filed Friday in Fulton County State Court.

Key Players in the DataTreasury Saga

Jan Wolfe : The American Lawyer : January 27, 2014

The Lawyers and principals embroiled in the long-running litigation.

ON THE MOVE: 2 K&S Bond Lawyers Go to Holland & Knight

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 26, 2014

Bond lawyers Woodrow W. "Woody" Vaughan III and Allison Dyer have left King & Spalding for Holland & Knight. Vaughan joined as partner and Dyer as senior counsel.

INADMISSIBLE: FCC Hits Restart On Net Neutrality Rules

: The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

"If at first you don't succeed, try, try again" could be the motto of the Federal Communications Commission when it comes to net neutrality. Plus more D.C. newsbriefs in this week's column.

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.

Robin Conrad, Former Top Chamber Official, Joins McKenna Long

Marcia Coyle : Legal Times : January 19, 2014

Robin Conrad, former executive vice president of the National Chamber Litigation Center, has joined the Washington office of McKenna Long & Aldridge as a litigation partner.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Gary McConnell joins Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott's products liability practice as partner in the Pittsburgh office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: For Dentons' U.S. Arm, Flat Revenue and Slight Rise in Profits

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

Two months after the collapse of its planned combination with McKenna Long & Aldridge and nearly a year after a three-way merger with Paris-based Salans and Toronto-based Fraser Milner Casgrain, Dentons reported Monday that gross revenue was essentially flat for its U.S. arm in 2013 and profits per equity partner were up 4.8 percent.

Foltz Martin Disbands as 4 find Own Ways

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 10, 2014

After a 30-year run, the Foltz Martin firm has disbanded. The commercial real estate and litigation boutique ultimately grew to 26 lawyers, becoming Foltz Martin Hudson & Knapp, after starting with two lawyers in 1983. But that proved too large for the four name partners, who have a penchant for small firms.

E-Discovery Metrics You Need to Know

Sherry Karabin : Law Technology News : January 05, 2014

LegalTech New York e-discovery panel explores changes to e-discovery collection, culling and review.

Tax Guru Ashraf Goes to Ballard

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 05, 2014

Tax attorney Saba Ashraf has joined Philadelphia-based Ballard Spahr as a partner from McKenna Long & Aldridge, where she led the tax practice.

The Churn: Yankees President Heads to Jackson Lewis, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2014

Randy Levine, team president of the New York Yankees, has left Akin to join the New York office of Jackson Lewis as of counsel. Meanwhile, Covington adds two financial M&A partners in Washington, D.C., and Gibson Dunn lands new partners in Los Angeles and New York.

Your Career: Merger Mania

Sandy Lechtick : The Recorder : January 31, 2014

In this post-recession economy, partners should really understand where their firm is headed and what that means for them, writes recruiter Sandy Lechtick.

The Churn: Katten Grabs Bingham Real Estate Group, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 31, 2014

Bingham McCutchen loses another practice group leader, as real estate cochair Kenneth Lore takes a nine-lawyer team to Katten Muchin Rosenman. Meanwhile, Skadden brings back a former partner to head its white-collar group and Blank Rome poaches two partners versed in sometimes tricky partnership issues from Greenberg Traurig.

The Big Grind: Judges, Lawyers Recall Epic Commute

R. Robin Mcdonald and Kathleen Baydala Joyner : Daily Report : January 31, 2014

U.S. District Senior Judge Charles Pannell Jr. was hearing a jury trial in Atlanta when the snowflakes began to fall on Tuesday morning.

Legal Aid Society's Capital Campaign is Halfway Home

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 31, 2014

The Atlanta Legal Aid Society has reached the halfway point in an ambitious capital campaign to pay for its future home at 54 Ellis St. N.E., thanks to significant contributions from several Atlanta firms.

As Courts Close Again Thursday, Judges Recount Their Gridlock Journeys

R. Robin Mcdonald : Daily Report : January 30, 2014

U.S. District Senior Judge Charles Pannell Jr. was hearing a jury trial in Atlanta when the snowflakes began to fall on Tuesday morning.

MendenFreiman, Siavage Law Merge for Corporate Work

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 27, 2014

Business law boutiques Menden­Freiman and Siavage Law Group have merged, forming a 12-lawyer firm.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 23, 2014

Eleven firms announce promotions and additions.

Valley Building Boom Keeps Land Use Lawyers Busy

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 17, 2014

Advised by Morrison & Foerster, Apple is embarking on the construction of a new Cupertino headquarters in the shape of a colossal spaceship.

Michael Lucas Succeeds Tamara Caldas at AVLF

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 15, 2014

Michael Lucas is the new deputy director of the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, succeeding Tamara Caldas, who left the legal nonprofit in October to become Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton's pro bono partner.

The Churn: Chadbourne Adds 'Deep Throat' Lawyer, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2014

A former Manatt Phelps partner in Washington, D.C., with ties to Watergate figures joins Chadbourne; Hinshaw & Culbertson makes a group hire from an IP boutique in Chicago; and Orrick lands two Bingham entertainment trial lawyers in Los Angeles.

New Chairman at Steptoe Eyes the Future

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 13, 2014

With just over 400 lawyers, Steptoe & Johnson LLP is neither large nor small, not wildly profitable or struggling to get by. For new executive committee chairman Philip West, who took the helm Jan. 1, the question now is whether being in the middle is enough.

Second City Shanghai

Anthony Lin : The Asian Lawyer : January 13, 2014

Despite its reputation as China's New York, Shanghai still doesn't compare as a financial—or legal—center. Not to New York, not to Hong Kong, not even to Beijing. A Shanghai office has become dispensable to some international law firms, and Beijing-based firms increasingly dominate the domestic profession. Could policy shifts, including the unveiling of a new Free Trade Zone, start to help Shanghai live up to its amazing skyline?

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 13, 2014

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

New Chairman at Steptoe Eyes the Future

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : January 13, 2014

With just over 400 lawyers, Steptoe & Johnson LLP is neither large nor small, not wildly profitable or struggling to get by. For new executive committee chairman Philip West, who took the helm Jan. 1, the question now is whether being in the middle is enough.

Bar Targets IOLTA Accounts and Out-of-State Lawyers to Raise Legal Aid Money

Kathleen Baydala Joyner : Daily Report : January 10, 2014

The State Bar of Georgia's indigent legal services task force will take another stab Saturday at seeking approval from the Board of Governors for a professional rules change that would require lawyers to establish client trust accounts at banks that agree to offer competitive interest rates.

Pro Bono Partnership Introduces IPhone App

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 08, 2014

The Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta has launched a new iPhone app that allows prospective volunteers to check current volunteer opportunities at the touch of a button.

Big Merger Year Sets All Eyes on 2014

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

Data released by legal consultancy Altman Weil on Wednesday shows that U.S. law firm combinations rose 47 percent in 2013, when a record 88 firms joined forces. The report comes on the heels of research by London-based alliance partner Jomati Consultants, which notes that mergers among U.K. firms also hit record levels in 2013. And more tie-ups could be on the way this year.

Study: Law Firms Shouldn't Chase Growth Just to Grow

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2014

Georgetown Law's Center for the Study of the Legal Profession suggests in a recently released report that law firms don't do enough strategic thinking when considering whether to execute mergers.

CARE GC Joins Nunn Senate Campaign as Chief of Staff

R. Robin McDonald : Daily Report : January 06, 2014

Kent Alexander, who has traveled the world since 2011 as general counsel of international aid organization CARE Inc., has joined Michelle Nunn's U.S. Senate campaign as chief of staff and strategy.

UGA Names King & Spalding Partner to Direct Legal Affairs

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 31, 2013

After a national search, the University of Georgia has chosen King & Spalding partner Michael Raeber as its executive director of legal affairs, effective Feb. 1.

The American Lawyer's Newsmakers of 2013

Ross Todd, Hillary Flynn, and Emily Barker : The American Lawyer : January 31, 2013

A slew of lawyers found themselves in new, sometimes unexpected roles in 2013—and made news while doing so.

The American Lawyer's Newsmakers of 2013

Ross Todd, Hillary Flynn, and Emily Barker : The American Lawyer : January 30, 2013

Change is good—at least that's what wew're told. Last year was a good one to test this proposition, as a slew of lawyers found themselves in new, sometimes unexpected roles—and made news while doing so.

Firms See Notable Mergers And Changes in Leadership

Andrew Ramonas : The National Law Journal : January 30, 2013

2013 was marked by a record number of law firm combinations, but some deals were star-crossed; John Edwards returns to the practice.

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

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 24, 2013

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

Enter Our Litigation Department of the Year Awards Contest

: Daily Report : January 19, 2013

This spring, the Daily Report will recognize our state's best law firm litigation practices, and we invite you to nominate your firm or practice for this honor.

Locke Lord, Patton Boggs Call Off Merger Talks

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

Patton Boggs and Locke Lord have ended discussions about joining forces, with leaders of the two Am Law 100 firms scheduled to inform their respective partnerships Thursday afternoon that the negotiations are over.

D.C. Calendar

: The National Law Journal : January 16, 2013

Pros Offer Tips for Planning a Great Meeting

Mary Welch |Special to the Daily Report : Daily Report : January 16, 2013

When McKenna Long & Aldridge holds a firm meeting, there is always the metaphorical elephant in the room. The elephant's color is green.

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.

Law Firm Litigation Awards Deadline is Feb. 3

: Daily Report : January 11, 2013

Every day on the pages of the Daily Report our readers see examples of the work of some of Georgia's best litigators.

How Jones Day Won Role of Trying to Save Detroit

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 09, 2013

Fourteen firms pitched Motor City officials with proposals detailing how they intended to help the city get out from under its crippling financial problems. A close look at the bids each firm submitted, as well as conversations with those involved in the process, reveal how Jones Day emerged as the winner.

Littler Adds to Growing Global Network

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 09, 2013

Am Law 100 labor and employment firm Littler Mendelson is expanding its Littler Global network, which is structured as a Swiss verein, by absorbing 22-lawyer Puerto Rican firm Schuster Aguilo. The move follows Littler's recent moves into Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico and Venezuela, as well as several other combinations amid what has been a record-setting year for law firm tie-ups.

Aborted Talks Do Not Curb Appetite for N.Y. Mergers

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 03, 2013

The end of merger talks between Orrick and Pillsbury Winthrop over client conflicts and McKenna Long partners' rejection of a tie-up with Dentons illustrate how complicated and volatile the merger process can be, but merging into New York remains a priority for many out-of-state firms.

Smith Gambrell Hires Ex-AirTran GC to Launch Consultancy

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 27, 2013

Former AirTran general counsel Steven Rossum has joined Smith, Gambrell & Russell to launch an aviation consulting practice for the firm.

McKenna Calls Off Merger Deal With Dentons

Meredith Hobbs and Brian Baxter : Daily Report : January 27, 2013

The proposed combination between McKenna Long & Aldridge and global megafirm Dentons is off, the firms have confirmed.

McKenna, Dentons Call Off Merger

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 26, 2013

The proposed merger between McKenna Long & Aldridge and global megafirm Dentons is off, the firms confirmed Tuesday.

Dentons, McKenna Deal Officially Dead

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

While 2013 is already a record-setter for law firm mergers, Tuesday marked the second straight day that a major tie-up getting serious consideration collapsed instead. McKenna Long & Aldridge and Dentons are parting ways a little more than a month after announcing they were discussing a potential combination.

November Flurry Propels 2013 to Law Firm Merger Record

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

With five weeks left, 2013 is already a record-setting year for tie-ups involving U.S. law firms. The Am Law Daily caught up with legal consultants Ward Bower and Tony Williams to discuss the continuing trend toward consolidation here and abroad.

Dentons, McKenna Deal Officially Dead

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

Firms Kick the Tires on Merger Plan

Brian Baxter : The National Law Journal : January 25, 2013

A close look at the proposed combination of Patton Boggs and Locke Lord suggests there are reasons beyond mere size for both firms to consider joining forces.

McKenna Partner Says Merger Vote Scheduled for Tuesday

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 22, 2013

McKenna Long & Aldridge's partnership will vote Tuesday on a potential combination with global megafirm Dentons. The vote will be by confidential ballot, according to a McKenna partner in Washington, who said the goal seems to be to obtain a decision before the Thanksgiving holiday.

November Flurry Propels 2013 to Law Firm Merger Record

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 22, 2013

With five weeks left, 2013 is already a record-setting year for tie-ups involving U.S. law firms. And as the latest spate of deals pushed the total number of mergers announced so far to 78—past the previous high of 70 set in 2008—The Am Law Daily caught up with legal consultants Ward Bower and Tony Williams to discuss the continuing trend toward consolidation here and abroad.

ON THE MOVE: Diversity Expert Joins BarkerGilmore

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 20, 2013

Diversity executive Lori Garrett has left the Minority Corporate Counsel Association for executive recruitment boutique BarkerGilmore. Garrett will head the Atlanta office and co-chair the women and diversity initiative for the New York-based recruiter, which handles in-house counsel, compliance officer and board of director placements. She joined as a managing director.

McKenna, Dentons Deal Still Being Mulled

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 19, 2013

The clock is still ticking on a possible tie-up between global megafirm Dentons and Atlanta's McKenna Long & Aldridge. Both firms said Monday that they are not ready to announce the results of their respective partnerships' votes on the deal.

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.

McKenna and Dentons Mum on Mega-Merger

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 18, 2013

The deadline for the partnerships of Atlanta's McKenna Long & Aldridge and global megafirm Dentons to vote on a combination has come and gone, but the firms have not yet announced whether there will be a deal.

Former Dentons Leader Joins MoFo in London

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 18, 2013

Four months after saying he planned to leave the firm now known as Dentons, bankruptcy and restructuring lawyer and former SNR Denton co-CEO Howard Morris has moved to Morrison & Foerster as senior of counsel.

Patton Boggs Issues Flurry of Fee Suits

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : January 18, 2013

Patton Boggs is not only putting a tighter squeeze on clients to pay their bills on time, but is also suing to collect unpaid bills as the firm continues cost-­cutting measures and entertains a potential merger.

McKenna-Dentons Vote Deadline was Thursday

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 15, 2013

Thursday was the last day for the partnerships of Dentons and McKenna Long & Aldridge to vote on a potential combination between the two firms. The boards of both firms had approved the combination and then put it to their respective partnerships for a vote, the firms jointly announced Oct. 29.

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. .

McKenna Merger Sparks Internal Doubts

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 11, 2013

The potential combination between global megafirm Dentons and Atlanta's McKenna Long & Aldridge has hit a snag, according to a McKenna partner.

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.

3 Whites, 2 Blacks are on Short List After Push for Diversity

Kathleen Baydala Joyner : Daily Report : January 06, 2013

The governor's Judicial Nominating Commission has recommended two African-American prosecutors among a short list of five nominees for two openings on the Superior Court bench in Columbus.

Ex-COO's Disloyalty Sinks Options Bid

Brendan Pierson : New York Law Journal : January 05, 2013

"While the agreement giving Mr. Trimarco his 1,500,000 stock options was not made dependent on his continuing employment, it contains within its ambit...an implied promise not to act in a disloyal manner to [Data Treasury] nor to attempt to transfer its business opportunities to himself or to a new entity he creates," Justice Emily Pines wrote.

Change in IOLTA Rules Rejected by Bar Governors

Kathleen Baydala Joyner : Daily Report : January 05, 2013

An already agitated State Bar of Georgia Board of Governors halted a proposal Saturday requiring lawyers to establish client trust accounts at banks that agree to offer competitive interest rates.

Bar Task Force Finds Ways to Boost Legal Aid

Kathleen Baydala Joyner : Daily Report : January 01, 2013

Facing an ultimatum by the state Supreme Court to raise money for legal aid or see a $50 hike in annual bar dues, a task force of lawyers and trial court judges is proposing a change in lawyer trust account rules and an increase in fees paid by out-of-state lawyers.

McKenna and Dentons Say They Will Vote Within Two Weeks

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 30, 2013

Dentons and McKenna Long & Aldridge's partnerships will vote within the next two weeks on combining, according to a joint statement the firms provided to The AmLaw Daily late Tuesday.

Jurors Might Google Law Firm's Website, but Judge Can't Censor It During Trial

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 30, 2013

Georgia Lines Up Counsel For Water Wars

: The Associated Press : January 29, 2013

Georgia has appointed lawyers to handle a legal dispute with Florida over regional water rights that is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, authorities said.

Dentons, McKenna Execs Okay Tie-Up, Partner Votes Set

Sara Randazzo and Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 29, 2013

The boards of Dentons and McKenna Long & Aldridge have given their respective blessings to a proposed union that would join the two, and partners on both sides will vote on the matter within the next two weeks, firm representatives confirmed late Tuesday.

Georgia Picks Waxman, Kirkland for Water War Reps

Kathleen Baydala Joyner : Daily Report : January 28, 2013

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens and Gov. Nathan Deal said Monday that a former U.S. solicitor general and a team of Washington attorneys will defend the state from a water rights lawsuit brought by Florida in the U.S. Supreme Court.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 28, 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.

Special Report: Your Career

Vitaly Gashpar : The Recorder : January 25, 2013

Your Career: Finding Your Niche

Suzanne Y. Badawi : The Recorder : January 25, 2013

Becoming specialized and credentialed in a specific area can bolster your career and attract clients, says Suzanne Badawi of McKenna Long & Aldridge.

Orrick, Pillsbury Confirm Merger Talks

Sara Randazzo and Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 25, 2013

Former White House staffer Lawton Jordan III to Join Ga. Ethics Commission

Christina A. Cassidy : The Associated Press : January 25, 2013

Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed attorney and former White House staffer Lawton Jordan III to the state ethics commission, filling the lone Democratic seat on a board confronting lawsuits and claims of misconduct.

Orrick, Pillsbury Confirm Merger Talks

Sara Randazzo and Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 25, 2013

Am Law 100 firms Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman are in merger talks that, if successful, would create one of the world's 20 largest firms in terms of attorney head count.

McKenna Partner: Dentons Vote Postponed

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 24, 2013

McKenna Long & Aldridge's partnership was scheduled to vote Oct. 28 on a combination with global megafirm Dentons, but the vote has been postponed, according to a McKenna partner speaking on condition of anonymity.

ON THE MOVE: Atlanta Boutique Lures A Litigator From London

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 23, 2013

Joseph Gebara has joined Fields, Howell, Athans & McLaughlin as a partner from Markel International in London, the overseas subsidiary of an insurance company, Markel Corp., based in Richmond, Va.

Med-Mal Board Would Be Constitutional, Says Former AG Thurbert Baker

Kathleen Baydala Joyner : Daily Report : January 23, 2013

A former state attorney general told state senators Tuesday a bill that would replace Georgia's medical malpractice tort system with a workers' compensation-like board is constitutional, contrary to the opinion of the preceeding AG.

The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200

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

Dentons and McKenna Long & Aldridge both lose partners ahead of a merger vote that would unite the two firms; Hogan Lovells hires three corporate partners from Kaye Scholer; and Troutman Sanders adds three lawyers to three different offices. .