Morgan, Lewis & Bockius Law Firm Profile

More Profiles:
Choose A Law Firm

IN-DEPTH RESEARCH REPORT
on Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

  • - Financial Information
  • - Compensation
  • - Billing Rates
  • - Lateral Partner Moves
  • - Pro bono
  • - Key Contacts

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

  • Designation: Philadelphia
  • Head Count: 1,363
  • Gross Revenues: $1,291,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $945,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,565,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 0

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius is a national law firm based in Philadelphia. It is the 13th highest grossing law firm in the United States with $1,084,500,000 in gross revenue for 2010 according to The American Lawyer's 2011 Am Law 100. The firm has ranked in the top 20 of the annual Am Law 100 rankings since 1985. With 1,239 attorneys, Morgan, Lewis ranked fourteenth on the National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250 rankings of firms based on size. In the 2011 Global 100 survey, the firm ranked as the 17th highest grossing law firm in the world. In addition to the firm's flagship Philadelphia office, the firm has large offices in New York and Washington, D.C. Morgan, Lewis has offices in a number of European cities, including Brussels and London, as well as an office in Tokyo. The firm's practice areas include antitrust, business and finance, e-commerce, a German practice group, international dispute resolution, life sciences litigation, and tax law.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 12 0 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 12 0 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 16 -2 Lawyer head count
The A-List 28 0 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 52 -8 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 78 0 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 40 26 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 5 -5 Summer programs

In the News

Editor's Note

Ben Seal : The Legal Intelligencer : January 29, 2014

Two years ago we published for the first time our Litigation Departments of the Year supplement. Modeled after a contest conducted by our sibling publication The American Lawyer, it was an opportunity for us to devote a bit of extra attention to something we already knew well: Pennsylvania is home to a bevy of first-class litigators.

How To Govern Information in Law Firms

Sean Doherty : Law Technology News : January 29, 2014

Iron Mountain publishes how-to guides to govern information in law firms.

Editor's Note:

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 29, 2014

Law Firm's Withdrawal from Gun Liability Lawsuit Upheld

Amaris Elliott-Engel : The National Law Journal : January 29, 2014

Morgan Lewis & Bockius was entitled to withdraw from representing a Turkish arms manufacturer that still owes $25 million on a three-decades-old products liability and civil contempt judgment, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has ruled.

Litigation Departments of the Year

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 29, 2014

The Litigation Departments of the Year supplement includes articles spotlighting the work of Pennsylvania's top litigation departments in a variety of practice areas.

At Bingham, Big Guarantees Raise More Questions

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 29, 2014

As Bingham McCutchen engages in merger talks in an effort to reshape its future, the firm is still coping with the fallout from one of its many past combinations. Five years ago this month, Bingham joined with McKee Nelson in a deal that saw every partner from the latter receive a guaranteed contract. Bingham has only now confirmed the guarantees after The Am Law Daily brought them to light.

A Firm Focus: Morgan Lewis Keeps Its Eyes on Clients' Needs

Jeff Mordock : The Legal Intelligencer : January 29, 2014

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius' attorneys understand that class-action litigation is not merely a legal issue but a business problem that could have severe repercussions on a company's bottom line.

Watching The Waves: Morgan Lewis Stays Ahead of the Curve to Succeed

Saranac Hale Spencer : The Legal Intelligencer : January 29, 2014

Whether it be a nationwide class action over defective vehicles or a single-plaintiff lawsuit over the label on a bottle of water, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius has shown its products liability practice has the national bench strength coupled with niche capabilities to beat back claims that its clients' products were defective or harmful.

Taking the Team Approach: Morgan Lewis Succeeds Through Practice Coordination

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 29, 2014

In the last two years, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius has achieved a $101 million victory in a patent infringement case on behalf of a university, worked on a team representing Toyota in a multidistrict litigation related to sudden acceleration defects, got a shareholder derivative class action against a pharmaceutical client dismissed, resolved a seven-year litigation battle over environmental indemnity issues for a chemical company client and worked to get a whistleblower case against a medical device manufacturer client tossed, among other matters.

Firms Entrenched in Princeton Seeing Practice Areas Grow

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 28, 2014

Princeton, N.J.—a unique market that began attracting large Philadelphia firms nearly 30 years ago—remains a desirable place to maintain an office, and business opportunities there are growing post-recession, according to firm leaders.

Breyer Sticks Named Plaintiff With HP's Legal Bill in Employment Suit

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 28, 2014

After beating back claims the company failed to pay earned commissions and bonuses, HP went after a former sales associate for its attorney fees.

Fourth-Year Takes on HP Argument, Pro Bono Case and Motherhood

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 24, 2014

In the midst of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius' representation of longtime client Hewlett-Packard in a securities fraud suit against the company and its former chairman, Mark Hurd, the federal judge in California overseeing the case issued what can only be described as a very unusual order.

The Next Decade of Pennsylvania Shale Development

Ken Komoroski : The Legal Intelligencer : January 22, 2014

Marcellus Shale oil and gas development began in 2004 with little fanfare except for the occasional 911 calls from local residents who saw fire burning from a flare stack in a farmer's field but didn't know why.

A Marketing Consultant's Argument for the End of 'Dress Casual'

Stacy West Clark : The Legal Intelligencer : January 22, 2014

My job as a law firm marketing consultant is to always give lawyers the best advice to help them get more business. I am going to give you my very best advice today that could make all the difference in your practice. It will be very short and sweet and I am sorry, but you may not like it.

Litigation Increasing Along With Need for Price Certainty

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 22, 2014

Corporations are showing an increased willingness to enter into or fight litigation than they were a few years ago, but only if their law firms can be very specific when it comes to the cost, Pennsylvania litigators have said.

New Managing Partner for Morgan Lewis in Houston

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 21, 2014

Hugh Tanner led the Morgan Lewis team that won a federal court dismissal in 2013 for a subsidiary of Schlumberger Limited in environmental litigation stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion.

Bingham Headlines Latest Round of Merger Rumblings

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

After a spate of lateral departures following a tough financial year in 2013, Bingham McCutchen has reportedly sounded out several Am Law 100 firms for potential tie-up talks, which come at a record-setting time for law firm mergers.

People in the News - July 17, 2014 - Parker McCay Promotes Silverstein to Counsel

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 17, 2014

Kevin E. Raphael, a partner in Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, was named vice chairman of education for the American Health Lawyers Association fraud and abuse practice group for the 2014-15 term.

Off-Label Marketing Suit Against Cephalon Tossed

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 16, 2014

A group of workers' compensation insurers who alleged Cephalon took advantage of the laws providing for full prescription coverage to those injured on the job had their claims dismissed Monday.

Judge Awards $50 Mil. to Attorneys in Truck Stop Suit

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 16, 2014

A Pennsylvania federal judge has granted final approval of a $130 million settlement in an antitrust suit between independent truck-stop owners on one side and trucker fleet payment card company Comdata Inc. and three national truck-stop chains on the other.

New Managing Partner for Morgan Lewis in Houston

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 15, 2014

Hugh Tanner led the Morgan Lewis team that won a federal court dismissal in 2013 for a subsidiary of Schlumberger Limited in environmental litigation stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion.

Former Steptoe Chairman Returns to Firm

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 10, 2014

Leading energy lawyer J.A. "Lon" Bouknight Jr. has returned to Steptoe & Johnson LLP, a firm he once chaired, after serving as general counsel to energy giant Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. for nearly five years.

The American Lawyer Chooses 2014 Global Legal Award Winners

Michael D. Goldhaber : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2014

The American Lawyer unveils the 36 winners of its second annual Global Legal Awards. Four grand prizewinners—in Global M&A, Global Finance, Global Disputes and Global Citizenship—will be announced at the awards dinner on Sept. 15 at Gotham Hall in New York City.

In Mortgage Case, County Officials' Claims Set for Trial

Saranac Hale Spencer : The Legal Intelligencer : January 02, 2014

The recorders of deeds in Pennsylvania's 67 counties won declaratory judgment from a federal judge who ruled that Merscorp must create and record property transfers with the county offices.

Using Technology for Successful Information Governance

Tess Blair, Tara Lawler and Laura Kibbe : The Legal Intelligencer : January 02, 2014

Most organizations have exploding volumes of data scattered throughout the company in various data sources: email, hard drives, shared drives, SharePoint, structured databases, wikis and the cloud.

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

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

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

Riding a Wave

Maria Zilberman : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Law students are getting more opportunities to dip their toes in-house.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : January 30, 2014

Washington Litigation Departments of the Year

: The National Law Journal : January 30, 2014

Top lawyers in Washington litigation practices were busier than ever in 2013­ representing big-name clients­ in disputes over affirmative action, patents, insurance, false claims and prison—to name a few areas.

Energy Deals on Both Sides of Border Yield Roles for Vinson

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 30, 2014

Vinson & Elkins continued to ride the oil and gas energy M&A boom in North America this week, grabbing roles for Devon Energy on its $2.3 billion sale of noncore U.S. natural gas assets to Linn Energy, as well as private equity-backed Jupiter Resources on its $1.8 billion purchase of properties in Alberta from Canada's Encana.

Outsourcing? Make Sure There's a Cybersecurity Clause

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 27, 2014

Your business partners doing your work should be up to snuff when it comes to protecting your data.

High Court Limits Presidential Power, Triggers Turmoil at NLRB

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

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

HP Torpedoes Securities Suit Over Hurd Imbroglio

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 26, 2014

Plaintiffs failed to show the company made material misrepresentations to investors, U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar ruled.

HP Torpedoes Securities Suit Over Hurd Imbroglio

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 26, 2014

A federal judge tossed a securities class action on Thursday that slammed Hewlett-Packard Co. for touting its code of conduct even as its former CEO became embroiled in an ethics scandal.

Tick-Tock: Debating Antitrust Timing Agreements

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : January 25, 2014

During a discussion about antitrust enforcement trends, a corporate attorney and a government lawyer came out swinging over timing agreements.

HP Brings Trade Secrets Suit Over Ink Cartridges

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 24, 2014

The company seeks to recover losses of more than $30 million, according to court documents.

Waves of Fee Litigation: Are You Standing in the Surf?

Azeez Hayne : The Legal Intelligencer : January 24, 2014

The genre of 401(k) fee litigation—ERISA challenges to defined contribution plan fees and investments—burst onto the legal scene in late 2006 and early 2007 with a nationwide wave of filings by a St. Louis-based law firm.

Navigating the Pitfalls of Parallel Challenges to Shale Development

Ted Bosquez and Matthew Sepp : The Legal Intelligencer : January 24, 2014

The growth of the domestic shale industry has presented new challenges and opportunities. Despite the industry's consistent pursuit of environmental stewardship, it has faced lawsuits on multiple fronts—both in courts and before state administrative environmental appeal bodies.

Merck Names New GC to Start in…a Year

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 23, 2014

The Big Pharma company is taking its time with a year's transition from chief compliance officer to GC for Michael Holston.

Oracle Turns to Weil Gotshal in $5 Billion Micros Deal

Maria Zilberman : The Recorder : January 23, 2014

Silicon Valley M&A partner Keith Flaum led a bicoastal team. Micros was advised by Morgan Lewis.

The Churn: Defections Mount at Edwards Wildman, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2014

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has hired Shawn Atkinson, the former cochair of the venture capital and cross-border M&A practice at Edwards Wildman Palmer in London, where the latter firm is trying to stave off a partner exodus. Plus: Bingham McCutchen bulks up in Asia, a partner trio decamps for top in-house roles and other lateral moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Am Law 100 Trio Leads on Starwood's Hotel Buy

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2014

Latham, MoFo and Morgan Lewis are advising on the private equity firm's purchase of Fargo, N.D.-based TMI Hospitality, which operates 188 hotels in 26 states, including Marriott Residence Inn and Comfort Inn.

FedEx Settles Conn. Class Action For $2 Million

CHRISTIAN NOLAN : The Connecticut Law Tribune : January 20, 2014

Michael Bozak and William Lawson v. FedEx Ground Package System Inc.: A class action suit brought by employees of Fed­Ex, who claim the company did not pay them overtime wages they were entitled to, has settled for $2 million.

Franchise Agreements Don't Impede Eruv, Court Rules

Andrew Keshner : New York Law Journal : January 19, 2014

In a fight over whether an eruv can be established in the Hamptons, a judge has ruled that franchise agreements stretching back to 1910 do not restrain Verizon and the Long Island Power Authority from attaching strips of wood or plastic to utility poles, creating symbolic boundaries for certain members of the Jewish faith.

Wilmer Lawyer Named in Leaked Bitcoin Bidder List

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

It seems that Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr is seeking to buy some Bitcoin. An associate in the firm's financial services and regulatory and government affairs practice in Washington, D.C., is on a leaked list of potential bidders for nearly 30,000 Bitcoins seized from now-shuttered online drug marketplace Silk Road.

In-House Counsel Hiring for Summer Amid Dearth of Law Firm Programs

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 19, 2014

With traditional law firm summer programs withering, New Jersey law students are finding summer employment in corporate law departments—though the pay tends to be lower and there's little hope of parlaying it into a full-time position after graduation.

Weekend Reading: From Allen Stanford to Antarctica

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

An Am Law Daily compendium of compelling tales, with such topics as an epic malpractice case against Andrews Kurth, Amazon's patent machine, a mysterious Patterson Belknap client and what makes big firms wary about going up against the Chinese government.

Hughes Hubbard, S&C Advise on Merck's Idenix Buy

Vinayak Balasubramanian : The Am Law Daily : January 09, 2014

Moving to expand its product offerings aimed at treating hepatitis C, pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. announced Monday that it has agreed to buy Cambridge, Ma.-based Idenix Pharmaceuticals Inc. for $3.85 billion.

Businesses Should Brace for DOJ's Assault

George J. Terwilliger III : The National Law Journal : January 09, 2014

The U.S. attorney general's criminal prosecutions against corporations threaten a tepid economy.

INADMISSIBLE: GM Legal Dept. Faulted In Internal Report

: The National Law Journal : January 09, 2014

An exhaustive internal investigation of General Motors Co.'s ignition-switch recall shortcomings found fault with the company's legal team, but "confirmed" that its top lawyer did not learn about the safety issues until after the recall. Plus more in this week's column.

Texas' Top Deals of 2013

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 06, 2014

The following deals, involving at least one Texas-based company, were announced in 2013.

People in the News - June 6, 2014 - Stuart T. O'Neal III Elected Burns White Chief Privacy Officer

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 06, 2014

Burns White member Stuart T. O'Neal III was elected as chief privacy officer to lead a new policy development team in its efforts to take a more coordinated approach to regulatory compliance.

The Legal Names 2014 Litigation Departments of the Year

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 04, 2014

Earlier this year, we asked law firms across the state to tell us what makes their litigation departments the best. We first conducted the Litigation Departments of the Year contest two years ago, in an effort to highlight the outstanding litigation work being done by Pennsylvania attorneys. In our first time going through the process, we were impressed by the submissions and faced a difficult task in selecting the finalists and winners. This time around, it was only more challenging to narrow down the firms to honor.

Software Discovery Master Appointed in Trade-Secret Dispute

Max Mitchell : The Legal Intelligencer : January 03, 2014

A trial judge has appointed a forensic expert to help determine whether a defendant must produce information about software that a plaintiff alleges contains trade secrets.

Legal Fees Significantly Reduced in Iranian Dairy Dispute

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 03, 2014

Lawyers for a company awarded approximately $13.4 million in legal fees in a decades-long dispute over Iranian dairy interests got bad news Tuesday morning. A federal appeals court in Washington reversed the fee awards, finding their client was instead entitled to only $29,516 in fees.

Legal Fees Slashed in Iranian Dairy Dispute

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 03, 2014

Winston & Strawn and Morgan Lewis got bad news Tuesday. The D.C. Circuit chopped their legal fee in a decades-long dispute over Iranian dairy interests, reducing it from $13 million to $29,516.

Texas' Top Deals of 2013

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 03, 2014

The following deals, involving at least one Texas-based company, were announced in 2013.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

George Erb : 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.

Morgan Lewis Shuffles Office and Practice Leadership Roles

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 02, 2014

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius is preparing now for the elevation this October of litigation department head Jami Wintz McKeon to serve as chairwoman of the firm.

Morgan Lewis & Bockius' Deep Defense

Mary Alice Robbins : Texas Lawyer : January 02, 2014

Finding itself ensnared in an enormous environmental lawsuit, Schlumberger Ltd. subsidiary M-I Swaco turned to Morgan Lewis & Bockius for help. It turned out to be a wise move.

Circuit Vacates Sanctions Against Wachtel Masyr

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : January 02, 2014

A federal appeals court has vacated sanctions against a law firm that litigated on behalf of a dissolved company and then withdrew after admitting it didn't know who had authority over the company.

June 2014 Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Texas Lawyer's 2014 Litigation Departments of the Year

: Texas Lawyer : January 30, 2014

This year, our Litigation Departments of the Year award has two distinct categories: one for the top department in general litigation and one for the top specialty litigation practice groups. We also have included a lifetime achievement award for an individual who has made his or her mark on Texas litigation.

BAR-ometer

: The Recorder : January 30, 2014

Statistical significance … A flogging for Freedman … Making patent peace

Judge Demands More Tweaks to Uber's ADR Clause

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 29, 2014

Judge Edward Chen has twice ordered the rideshare company to amend the agreement it presents to new drivers and provide an easier opt-out procedure.

The Diversity Crisis: Big Firms' Continuing Failure

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : January 29, 2014

Large firms have long lagged in matters of diversity, and their record on hiring and promoting African-Americans is especially bleak. Why have firms fallen so short, and what can be done about it?

Where Should You Be Spending Your Legal Marketing Time?

Stacy West Clark : The Legal Intelligencer : January 27, 2014

Several years ago at an American Bar Association law practice management section marketing conference, a partner with a prominent intellectual property firm told the audience a wonderful story. He described how the firm had set out to do more IP work for an industry sector and had selected as its target the food industry. Tapping themselves as the "peanut butter and jelly IP lawyers," the lawyers headed out to be exhibitors and participants at food industry conferences and they wrote an industry-targeted book on intellectual property. Importantly, their work paid off. They saw the business grow.

The Churn: Houston Stays Hot, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Jones Day makes high-profile hires at the center of Texas' booming energy market in our latest roundup of moves across The Am Law 200.

Hogan Lovells Recognized For Pro Bono Work

Julie Kay : Daily Business Review : January 23, 2014

Hogan Lovells takes top honors for donating 4,000 hours of pro bono work to the Miami-Dade public defender's office in the past year.

Children, New Venue Add to Phila. Bar's 35th Annual 5K Run

Manny D. Pokotilow : The Legal Intelligencer : January 23, 2014

On May 18, the 35th Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Charity Run took place at Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park.

Pa. Supreme Court Takes Up $27.6 Mil. Knee-Injury Case

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 23, 2014

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has taken the appeal of a woman who twice saw a $27.6 million verdict in her favor reversed over defense claims that her treating physician, who she agreed to delay suing, was not disclosed prior to trial as serving as an expert witness.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Pa. Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Saranac Hale Spencer : The Legal Intelligencer : January 21, 2014

Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III of the Middle District of Pennsylvania joined a dozen other federal courts over the last year in tossing the restriction of marriage to only opposite-sex couples.

After Taking On Apple, Patent Holder Gets Stuck With Ruling It Regrets

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 20, 2014

U.S. District Judge William Orrick III said he won't vacate a claim construction order that sided with Apple on eight of nine disputed terms.

Open Slot on D.C. Superior Court Draws 19 Candidates

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 20, 2014

Nineteen lawyers, magistrates and administrative law judges are applying for an open seat on the District of Columbia Superior Court, including the wife of the chief judge.

Accolades

: New York Law Journal : January 19, 2014

Patterson Belknap associate Sarah Levin has been awarded the 2014 President's Pro Bono Service Award by the New York State Bar Association, Mary Pennisi of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius became the deputy chair of the advisory board at GlamourGals Foundation Inc., and more.

In D.C., A Changing Law Firm Map

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 19, 2014

Moves by Law Firms Could Shift Profession's Center of Gravity

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : January 19, 2014

As leases draw to a close and the industry shrinks, fresh real estate frontiers open.

3 Ways to Improve Your Writing

Allyson N. Ho : Texas Lawyer : January 19, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has commented that, when he wrote briefs as a lawyer, he always thought about the fact that his writing was not the most important thing the judge had to read that day.

In-House Counsel Profile: Mark Hershey, general counsel for Armstrong World Industries Inc.

Richard Acello : The National Law Journal : January 19, 2014

Armstrong World Industries Inc. designs and manufactures floors and ceilings. Based in Lancaster, Pa., Armstrong operates 35 plants in the United States, Canada, Australia, China, France, Germany, India and the United Kingdom, with about 8,700 employees. In 2013, the company reported revenue of about $2.7 billion. The employment trend has been up as Armstrong buys plants overseas, general counsel Mark Hershey said.

The Shifting D.C. Law Firm Scene

: The National Law Journal : January 19, 2014

Planned office moves by Washington firms will change the local lawyer landscape.

Gay Marriage Challenge Steered to More Common Route?

Saranac Hale Spencer : The Legal Intelligencer : January 16, 2014

The novel approach taken in one of the challenges to Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage has drawn some skepticism from the bench.

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

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

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

Leslie Caldwell Confirmed to Lead DOJ Criminal Division

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 15, 2014

White-collar defender Leslie Caldwell was confirmed Thursday to lead the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Animal Rights Groups Pay $15.75M to Settle Circus Litigation

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : January 15, 2014

Animal rights groups that unsuccessfully sued the producer of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will pay $15.75 million to settle the case and a separate racketeering lawsuit brought by the producer.

Animal Rights Groups Pay $15.75M to Settle Circus Litigation

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : January 15, 2014

That's enough to fully reimburse Ringling Bros. producer Feld Entertainment for its legal fees in a 14-year-old case over the treatment of elephants, according to lead attorney John Simpson of Norton Rose Fulbright.

Correction

: Texas Lawyer : January 14, 2014

Due to an error by associate editor Mark Bauer, an article by Allyson Ho, co-chair of the appellate practice at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, included an incorrect headline and abstract. The headline is "3 Ways to Improve Your Writing," and the abstract is, "U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has commented that, when he wrote briefs as a lawyer, he always thought about the fact that his writing was not the most important thing the judge had to read that day."

Fox Rothschild Joins Bevy Of Firms At Southeast Financial

Julie Kay : Daily Business Review : January 14, 2014

Fox Rothschild is the latest law firm to lease space at the Southeast Financial Center, becoming the 26th to call the 55-story office tower home.

With Connolly Out of the Race, GOP Scrambling for Candidate to Face Denn

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Law Weekly : January 14, 2014

Former U.S. Attorney Colm F. Connolly has chosen not to run in this fall's attorney general election on the Republican ticket against Lt. Gov. Matt Denn, he confirmed last week.

Team Funds $427 Million Wind Power Project

Julie Kay : Daily Business Review : January 13, 2014

Pedro Alvarez, Lauren Hunt and Colleen Grady worked with Aracely Alicea and Brian Canida to close the largest deal in the short history of Alvarez Arrieta & Diaz-Silveira.

N.J. Bill Would Punish Employers for Discriminating Against the Jobless

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 13, 2014

The New Jersey Senate passes a bill that would prohibit employers from declining to bring aboard a job candidate just because he or she is unemployed.

Texas Lawyer Announces Its 2014 Litigation Departments of the Year

Heather D. Nevitt : Texas Lawyer : January 12, 2014

This year, our Litigation Departments of the Year award has two distinct categories: one for the top department in general litigation and one for the top specialty litigation practice groups. We also have included a lifetime achievement award for an individual who has made his or her mark on Texas litigation.

This Summer, the Hot Jobs Are In-House

Maria Zilberman : The Recorder : January 09, 2014

HP is launching a summer associate program, and Morgan Lewis is farming its summers out to clients.

Bayer Pays $14B for Merck Brands

Jennifer Genova (compiled from ThomsonReuters Financial and other sources) : New Jersey Law Journal : January 09, 2014

Mergers and acquisitions from around the state, including Merck's $14 billion sale of its consumer care line, including the Dr. Scholl's and Claritin brands, to Bayer AG.

Clifford Chance, Skadden Ride Caffeine High

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

The global legal giants are advising on the formation of a $5 billion coffee joint venture designed to challenge market leader Nestle.

New Deals

Brian Baxter and The Associated Press : The Am Law Daily : January 08, 2014

In the latest large M&A deal in the pharmaceutical sector, at least eight firms are advising on the $14.2 billion sale of Merck & Co.'s consumer care business to German drug giant Bayer AG.

U.S. Plans To Use Tax Law On Russian Banks

: The Associated Press : January 06, 2014

Beginning in July, federal law requires U.S. banks to start withholding a 30 percent tax on certain payments to financial institutions in other countries without an information-sharing agreement, such as Russia.

Four Firms Lead on Bayer's Big Merck Carve-Out

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2014

In the latest large pharmaceutical industry deal, Covington, Fried Frank, Morgan Lewis and Sullivan & Cromwell are advising on a $14.2 billion transaction between Merck and German drug giant Bayer.

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.

Global Insurance Company Tied to Employee's Old Contract

Saranac Hale Spencer : The Legal Intelligencer : January 05, 2014

A global insurance company is bound by a contract between its new hire and a Philadelphia-based direct competitor for which she used to work, a federal judge has ruled.

Pillsbury Snags Corporate Partner From DLA Piper

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 05, 2014

Armando Castro is joining the firm's Palo Alto office, where he'll focus on emerging companies in the networking and communications space.

Judge Orders Uber to Change ADR Clause

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 01, 2014

Judge Edward Chen has directed Uber to change the wording of its arbitration agreement with drivers. And this time he really means it.

WellPoint Decides on GC Successor to John Cannon

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 30, 2014

The company cites his replacement's health-care experience, including 12 years as general counsel.

Former Morgan Lewis Partner Donald A. Scott Dies at 84

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 30, 2014

Donald A. Scott, a Philadelphia corporate lawyer, died April 14 at the age of 84.

Four Firms Advise on Two Big Breakups

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 30, 2014

Wachtell, Cravath, Bryan Cave and Hogan Lovells handle corporate splits at Energizer and Alliant Techsystems.

Does Lack of Crowdfunding Exemption Make Pa. Unfriendly to Startups?

Tom Sharbaugh : The Legal Intelligencer : January 29, 2014

It was hard to miss the widespread news coverage of the new crowdfunding provisions in the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012, which is more commonly referred to as the JOBS Act. Title III of the act exempted certain crowdfundings from the registration requirements of the federal securities laws, and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission issued proposed regulations in October 2013 to implement the exemption.

Women of the Year — 2014

The Legal Staff : The Legal Intelligencer : January 29, 2014

editorial staff recently set out on our biannual mission to identify the Women of the Year, a group of attorneys who stand out for their notable achievements. We name a new group of women every two years in an attempt to highlight the important work being done by women throughout Pennsylvania in all corners of the legal profession. Our staff reviewed our archives, asked for insight from respected legal professionals and debated the merits of dozens of candidates to be considered as Women of the Year. Our search looked to all regions of the state and all areas of the profession—law firms, public interest organizations, government and anywhere else that women are impacting the law.

Pennsylvania Firms Fail to Make Big Gains in Am Law 100

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 29, 2014

The Pennsylvania-based Am Law 100 firms are playing in the same sandbox as last year, with those in the top 50 growing on average at a faster pace than those in the bottom 50. But none of the firms in Pennsylvania made it to Legal affiliate The American Lawyer's list of the 20 "super rich" firms.

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

Former Head of DOJ Criminal Division Joins Covington

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 28, 2014

Covington & Burling has nabbed another high-level U.S. Department of Justice lawyer from Attorney General Eric Holder's ranks. Mythili Raman, who left her post as acting head of Criminal Division in March, is now an equity partner at the Washington firm and will focus on litigation and white-collar defense.

Civil Actions

: The National Law Journal : January 28, 2014

Cases recently filed in the Washington-area district courts.

The Churn: FTC Lawyer Joins Weil, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Weil adds Jeffrey Perry, assistant director of the FTC's competition bureau, in Washington, D.C.

Malpractice Suit Against Morgan Lewis Dismissed

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 24, 2014

Accounting and consulting firm BDO Seidman LLP missed the deadline for bringing a legal malpractice lawsuit against Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.

Brooklyn AUSA Tapped for Deputy Post in D.C.

Andrew Keshner : New York Law Journal : January 23, 2014

Marshall Miller, the criminal division chief of the Eastern District U.S. Attorney's Office, has been tapped as the top deputy for the U.S. Department of Justice's criminal division.

Denn Puts in for AG's Race as Biden Announces Bid for Governor

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Law Weekly : January 23, 2014

Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden announced last week that he will run for governor in 2016 and not seek reelection in November. Lt. Gov. Matt Denn declared his intent to succeed Biden as attorney general only a few days later.

Low Turnout for 'Low T' Drug Lawsuit Filings, Attorneys Say

P.J. D'Annunzio : The Legal Intelligencer : January 23, 2014

Several attorneys in the products liability arena say there are significantly fewer testosterone therapy drug cases being filed nationwide than initially expected.

Executive Actions Target 'Patent Trolls,' Abusive Practices

Eric Kraeutler and Andrew Whitney : The Legal Intelligencer : January 22, 2014

The last few years have been eventful for patent law in the United States. Since the modern Patent Act was enacted in 1952, there were only modest amendments for nearly 60 years. The most significant changes to the Patent Act came in 2011, when President Obama signed into law the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act.

BAR-ometer

: The Recorder : January 18, 2014

Saveri's fee fight … A heart-stopping injunction … Hibb-Hibb-Hooray

Judge to Weigh Uber's ADR Mandate for Drivers—Again

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 17, 2014

U.S. District Judge Edward Chen has already deemed the arbitration agreement to be potentially misleading and coercive. But the company's lawyers aren't giving up.

Morgan Lewis Scores Three Straight Wins For Danish Company

Mary Hladky : Daily Business Review : January 16, 2014

Mark Zelek led a Miami team for Morgan Lewis & Bockius that defeated age-discrimination lawsuits file by two women and a man.

And The Litigation Department Of The Year Is...

Review staff : Daily Business Review : January 15, 2014

Once again, the Daily Business Review is recognizing the achievements of law firms litigation departments in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties as well as two lifetime achievement awards.

Life Sciences Lawyer Leaves DLA Piper for King & Spalding

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 15, 2014

Thomas Duley joined King & Spalding's Palo Alto office as a partner.

Lawyers Say Court Didn't Tip Its Hand on Act 13 Ruling

Zack Needles : The Legal Intelligencer : January 15, 2014

The Commonwealth Court has yet to decide whether the remaining Act 13 amendments of 2009 to the Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Act can stand following the state Supreme Court's ruling invalidating several provisions as unconstitutional, but that hasn't stopped it from issuing a separate ruling interpreting its original jurisdiction under Act 13 in the meantime.

Pa. Firms Can't Take 'Field of Dreams' Approach to Growth

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 15, 2014

Pennsylvania law firms have largely focused their growth initiatives outside of the state with an eye toward capturing market share by opening offices in new cities. But recruiters from some of the most sought-after locales for Pennsylvania firms said the firms are going to have to tailor their approach if they want to be successful.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 14, 2014

Legal industry job changes in our nation's capital.

Settlements Pending for Los Angeles Schools, Homeless

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 14, 2014

Pro bono organization Public Counsel has inked two class action settlements that would reinstitute funds to struggling schools and homeless residents in the Los Angeles area affected by California’s budget crisis.

Union Can Intervene in Phila. Newspaper Litigation

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 09, 2014

A union representing employees of Philadelphia-area newspapers can intervene in a lawsuit over the dissolution of The Philadelphia Inquirer's parent company, the Delaware Court of Chancery has ruled. The union seeks to intervene in the case so it can request that the company's assets be sold in a public auction and to participate as a bidder if an auction is ordered.

The Churn: Ten McKenna Partners Join Sheppard Mullin, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 08, 2014

Sheppard Mullin adds 10 McKenna Long partners in Southern California; three patent litigators land at O'Melveny; and Weil hires a Goldman Sachs restructuring specialist.

D.C. Superior Court Judge Robert Richter to Retire

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 07, 2014

District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Robert Richter will retire in October after serving three decades on the bench.

Drinker Biddle CMO Departure Latest Marketing Move

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 07, 2014

The once-ephemeral tenure of chief marketing officers among Am Law 200 firms has, for many, morphed into a much longer-term position as the legal marketing industry has matured. But nothing lasts forever.

A Strong Year in Workplace Dispute Defense

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 03, 2014

By any measure, Morgan Lewis & Bockius' 15-lawyer labor and employment practice in New Jersey had a busy and productive year in 2013.

Litigation Departments of the Year

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 03, 2014

The results of the 's second annual venture into rating law firm litigation departments for excellence. Awards are given in general, commercial, employment, insurance, intellectual property, labor and employment, product liability and real estate litigation.

IPO With Paul Weiss Link Delayed Amid 'Flash Boys' Furor

: The Am Law Daily : January 03, 2014

With the storm kicked up by Michael Lewis' new book about high-frequency trading continuing to swirl, Virtu Financial—a high-speed trading outfit headed by former Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison corporate partner Douglas Cifu—has pushed back its planned initial public offering. Paul Weiss is just one of several Am Law 100 firms with ties to the controversial industry.

How To Market a Commercial Litigation Practice: Experts Opine

Stacy West Clark : New Jersey Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Practical tips from marketing experts on how litigators can grow their book of business on a regular basis.

People in the News - April 2, 2014

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 02, 2014

Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young partner Danielle Banks presented, "Church Members in Conflict: Limitations on Civil Court Jurisdiction," at the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges' mid-annual meeting in Philadelphia.

People in the News - April 1, 2014

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 01, 2014

Melanie A. Leney of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads' Cherry Hill, N.J., office was elected to the board of trustees of the Alice Paul Institute, a nonprofit whose mission is to promote gender equality.

Shearman Assists on SunGard Spinoff

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 01, 2014

The firm is advising SunGard Data Systems on the spinoff of its availability services unit into an independent company with roughly $1.4 billion in annual revenue. Meanwhile, Davis Polk is also advising on a spinoff, with Credit Suisse Asset Management transferring ownership of its DLJ Merchant Banking Partners private equity unit to the fund's managers.

HP Reaches $57 Million Deal to End Class Action Over WebOs

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : January 01, 2014

Hewlett-Packard shocked investors when it pulled the plug on the company's much-touted WebOs operating system and signaled a wholesale shift in business strategy. Now HP and its lawyers at Morgan Lewis and Gibson Dunn have agreed to a $57 million settlement to make investor claims over the episode go away.

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.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

: New York Law Journal : January 31, 2014

In this Special Report from the New York Law Journal: "International Arbitration in New York and Miami," "Mediating With a Litigation Committee or Trust," "'Arbitrating Against Non-Signatories: The Current State of Play," and "Boundaries of the FAA and Reverse Preemption Under the McCarran-Ferguson Act."

The Legal's Women of the Year

Ben Seal : The Legal Intelligencer : January 31, 2014

The Legal's editorial staff recently set out to select our Women of the Year, in which we highlight the achievements of top women lawyers across the state. Our staff examined our archives and asked for insight from respected legal professionals in coming up with our list of honorees. The scope of our search was broad, looking at women working at law firms, public interest organizations, government agencies and anywhere else that lawyers are able to make an impact.

Pierce O'Donnell Finds New Home at L.A. Boutique

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

Former Kaye Scholer litigation partner Pierce O'Donnell, a legendary Los Angeles trial lawyer who held on to his California law license despite serving almost 60 days in prison two years ago after pleading guilty to campaign finance violations, has agreed to join Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger as of counsel.

Arbitrating Against Non-Signatories: The Current State of Play

John Dellaportas : New York Law Journal : January 31, 2014

John Dellaportas, a partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, writes: It is generally thought that those who have not signed an arbitration agreement cannot be compelled to arbitrate. While that is often the case, like most legal rules, it has its exceptions. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has recognized five such exceptions, and courts have cited each as supporting arbitral jurisdiction over a non-signatory to an arbitration clause in a contract signed by other parties.

Fisher & Phillips Continues Steady Growth

Greg Land : Daily Report : January 28, 2014

Despite what managing partner Roger Quillen described as continuing downward pressure on billing rates, Fisher & Phillips saw its revenue climb by 4.5 percent in 2013, to $139.5 million

SEC Appoints Associate Regional Director in Philadelphia

Isobel Markham : The American Lawyer : January 27, 2014

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced Tuesday that it has named G. Jeffrey Boujoukos as the new associate regional director for enforcement in its Philadelphia office.

Labor Lawyers Predict NLRB Fumble on Football Decision

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

Labor lawyers are skeptical that a decision by a National Labor Relations Board official in Chicago giving football players at Northwestern University a green light to unionize would survive judicial scrutiny.

Labor Lawyers Predict NLRB Fumble on Football Decision

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

Labor lawyers are skeptical that a decision by a National Labor Relations Board official in Chicago giving football players at Northwestern University a green light to unionize would survive judicial scrutiny.

Differences Between Information Governance and Records Management

Stephanie "Tess" Blair and Tara Lawler : The Legal Intelligencer : January 26, 2014

Given the exploding volume of data that organizations in the United States create and store, and the steady diet of compliance, data security, privacy and discovery obligations they face, information governance is garnering a lot of attention these days.

The Churn: Bingham Departures Continue, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

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

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.

Civil Actions

: The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Cases recently filed in the Washington-area district courts.

How to Market a Commercial Litigation Practice: Experts Opine

Stacy West Clark : The Legal Intelligencer : January 21, 2014

Commercial litigators have long bemoaned the episodic nature of their practice—and used it, dare I say, as a crutch or rationale for not engaging in active business development. While they may not know when or where their next case is coming from, there are definite steps they can take to ensure the case does come their way.

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.

Onetime Informant Accuses Ex-Business Partner of Extortion

John Caher : New York Law Journal : January 19, 2014

A onetime informant against the mob claims his former Ivy League-educated business partner has attempted to shake him down along with several prominent law firms, businessman Donald Trump and even a federal prosecutor.

Big Firms Wait on Sidelines as West Slaps Russia With Sanctions

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 18, 2014

The Obama administration and European Union announced sanctions Monday against several key individuals with ties to the Kremlin, just one day before President Vladimir Putin said he would accept Crimea's bid to join the Russian Federation. Caught in the middle are several top international and Am Law 100 firms, whose Moscow offices could be adversely affected. should the schism between East and West become more pronounced. Amid the uncertainty, two big Russian M&A deals yielded roles this week for four Magic Circle firms.

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.

Stroock's Miami Managing Partner Caught Up In New York Suit

Julie Kay : Daily Business Review : January 18, 2014

Ron Kriss, managing partner of the Miami office of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, has been implicated in a New York lawsuit against his son, Jody Kriss, involving New York real estate investment company Bayrock Group.

Legal Department of the Year: Exelon Corp.

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

When Exelon Corp. absorbed Constellation Energy Group Inc. in 2012, the legal department spread word of its values with Constellation colleagues whose department had lacked internal diversity or pro bono programs.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Legal industry job changes in our nation's capital.

The Churn: Holland & Knight Scatters Five Partner Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Holland & Knight adds two partners in Tampa and individual partners in Miami, New York and San Francisco; Burr & Forman welcomes four health care attorneys in Birmingham; and two energy and natural resources partners move to Husch Blackwell's Denver office.

Treehouse Sets Off Flurry of Suits Against Keurig

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 14, 2014

Following in Treehouse Food's footsteps, Grant & Eisenhofer has sued Keurig Green Mountain, accusing the single-serve coffee brewer of scheming to monopolize the market. Several others, including McKool Smith and Motley Rice, have filed similar suits in recent days.

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

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 13, 2014

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

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

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 12, 2014

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

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Rebecca Baker : New York Law Journal : January 10, 2014

When Matthew Biben was tapped to lead the legal diversity committee for JPMorgan Chase & Co. in late 2012, his upbringing had already prepared him for the task. "I had a strong grandmother and mother," he said. "I always had strong women around me, and that fostered a sense of equality."

U.S. Cuts Legal Tab in Half

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

The federal government spent about half as much to resolve lawsuits as it did during 2012, doling out $1.7 billion from the Judgment Fund — an open-ended account that the Treasury Department uses to pay legal judgments and settlements.

Morgan Lewis Poaches From Bingham in Three Cities

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

Bingham McCutchen energy partner Mark Williams, tax partner Daniel Nelson, investment management partner Gerald Kehoe and corporate of counsel Ann Chamberlain are leaving the firm's offices in Boston, New York and Washington, D.C., to join Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. For Bingham, the latest lateral losses come on the heels of the firm's worst financial performance in six years.

Leslie Caldwell Wins Committee Approval to Lead Criminal Division

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 06, 2014

The Senate Judiciary Committee today advanced the nomination of veteran white-collar defender Leslie Caldwell to lead the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Leslie Caldwell Wins Committee Approval to Lead Criminal Division

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 06, 2014

The Senate Judiciary Committee today advanced the nomination of veteran white-collar defender Leslie Caldwell to lead the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice.

New Partners Yearbook 2014

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 06, 2014

The 's 15th annual profile of new partners at New Jersey firms.

Morgan Lewis Hires Chief Operating Officer From Dechert

Zack Needles : The Legal Intelligencer : January 05, 2014

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius has announced Anthony Licata has joined the firm as its first chief operating officer, effective Tuesday. Licata comes to the firm from Dechert, where he also served as COO.

Rethinking Pa. Class Actions Challenging Public M&A

Steven A. Reed and Jason H. Wilson : The Legal Intelligencer : January 04, 2014

In what has been a familiar trend in courts around the country, shareholders of public companies have increasingly brought putative class actions challenging publicly announced mergers and acquisitions. These class actions, in which the named plaintiffs purport to represent the interests of all shareholders of the acquired company, typically allege that the agreed upon deal price is too low, that the process used to reach the deal was unfair, and that the disclosures in the proxy or tender offer materials are inadequate.

People in the News - March 4, 2014

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 04, 2014

Former Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge James Lineberger is set to receive the Philadelphia District Attorney Alumni Association's annual Raymond J. Harley Award.

INADMISSIBLE: Tanya Chutkan Breezes Through Hearing

: The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Boies, Schiller & Flexner partner Tanya Chutkan sailed through her Feb. 25 confirmation hearing, setting her up for a spot on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Plus more in this week's column.

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.

What Are Derivatives? ESMA Seeks Consistency Among EU Members

Isobel Markham : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2014

The European Securities and Markets Authority has written to the European Commission seeking clarification of the term "derivatives" as it is understood under the European Market Infrastructure Regulation.

Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Patently Hopeful

Lisa Shuchman : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Tech companies are delighted to see a new PTO open up in the neighborhood.

Unrest in Ukraine Ripples Through Global 100 Firms

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 28, 2014

Baker & McKenzie, Chadbourne & Parke, Clifford Chance, Dentons, DLA Piper and Squire Sanders have all seen business at their offices in Kiev grind to a halt this month amid clashes between opposition forces and security services loyal to former president Viktor Yanukovych.

Tyrrell, Patton Boggs May Part Ways Amid Merger Push, Newark Closing

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

Patton Boggs, which is engaged in preliminary merger talks with Squire Sanders after announcing the closure of its Newark office this week, could see one of its top partners head for the door. James Tyrrell Jr., a member of the firm's executive committee and head of its toxic tort and product liability practice group, joined Patton Boggs in a high-profile lateral move in 2006. He also took on a controversial case representing indigenous Ecuadoreans suing energy giant Chevron, which has complicated Patton Boggs' efforts to find a merger partner. As it happens, Squire Sanders has its own ties to the South American nation.

Acting Head of DOJ Criminal Division to Step Down

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 26, 2014

Mythili Raman, the acting head of the U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Division, will step down in March, the department announced today.

Top Laterals 2013 - Kenneth S. Komoroski

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 25, 2014

Just over two years after 
joining Norton Rose Fulbright to help open 
its Pittsburgh-area office, 
energy and environmental compliance attorney Kenneth Komoroski left the firm in October to join Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in Pittsburgh along with a team of associates.

PTO Makes a Home Where the Patents Are

Lisa Shuchman : Corporate Counsel : January 25, 2014

Silicon valley tech companies are delighted to see a branch of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office open up in the neighborhood.

How Latham Cracked the Houston Market

Ross Todd : The American Lawyer : January 25, 2014

When the firm decided to beef up its oil and gas practice, it recruited heavily from the city's Big Three.

People in the News - February 21, 2014

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 21, 2014

Anastasia Joseck joined Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young as manager of recruitment in the firm's human resources department.

The Churn: 14-Lawyer Team Joins Lewis Brisbois, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 21, 2014

Lewis Brisbois launches a new office near Philadelphia with a team of 14 laterals, including eight partners, from Nelson Levine; Pfizer's assistant general counsel heads to Paul Hastings; and O'Melveny's London office adds a Kirkland M&A partner.

Phila. Court Lacks Jurisdiction Over Del. LLC Dissolutions

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 20, 2014

The Delaware Court of Chancery has exclusive jurisdiction to oversee the dissolution of a Delaware LLC, a Philadelphia judge ruled in dismissing a petition by a faction of the feuding owners of The Philadelphia Inquirer to have the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas handle the matter.

When Is Using Predictive Coding the Ideal Choice?

Stephanie "Tess" Blair and Tara S. Lawler : The Legal Intelligencer : January 18, 2014

It is safe to assume that at this point most litigators are familiar with the term predictive coding. It is touted as a cure for most of what ails the discovery process and excoriated as a symptom of legal commoditization. The truth is probably somewhere in the middle. When used under the right circumstances, it can genuinely improve the quality of document review and significantly reduce costs. To realize those benefits, however, it is important to understand what predictive coding can and cannot achieve, and to understand when and how to use it in any particular case.

Shearman Adds Nuclear Power Partner in Tokyo

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 17, 2014

George Borovas was previously head of international nuclear projects for Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman.

Risk Management — Beware of the Enforcers

George J. Terwilliger III : The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

The government will fix its focus on the health care, energy and manufacturing sectors in 2014.

DOJ Criminal Division Nominee Outlines Enforcement Priorities

Todd Ruger : The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Veteran white-collar defender Leslie Caldwell told Congress last week she would apply criminal laws with equal force if confirmed as the next head of the U.S. Department of Justice's Criminal Division.

Top Litigation Department Awards Recognize Six Firms

Staff report : Daily Business Review : January 14, 2014

For general litigation, Akerman is being recognized for its work as a large firm, White & Case as a midsized firm and Podhurst Orseck as a small firm.

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.

People in the News - February 13, 2014

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 13, 2014

Julie Uebler of Uebler Law is set to be a featured speaker during the "Wonder Women's Week" events produced by the New Leaf Club in Lower Merion, Pa.

White-Collar Defender Leslie Caldwell Sails Through Confirmation Hearing

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 11, 2014

Leslie Caldwell cleared her confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill today with no outward opposition to her nomination to lead the U.S. Department of Justice's Criminal Division.

White-Collar Defender Leslie Caldwell Sails Through Confirmation Hearing

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 11, 2014

Leslie Caldwell cleared her confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill today with no outward opposition to her nomination to lead the U.S. Department of Justice's Criminal Division.

Perfumer Dodges Flavor Behemoth's $80M Trade Secrets Suit

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 10, 2014

After a long and hard-fought jury trial, a team from McCarter & English persuaded a jury to reject an $80 million trade secrets case that the fragrance and flavor giant Givaudan SA brought against a prominent perfumer and his new company.

White-Collar Defender Leslie Caldwell Up For Prosecutor Job

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 10, 2014

Leslie Caldwell spent the last decade defending Fortune 500 companies and CEOs in criminal matters. On Tuesday, the Senate takes up her nomination to lead the U.S. Department of Justice's Criminal Division, where she'd be on the other side of the courtroom.

White-Collar Defender Leslie Caldwell Up For Prosecutor Job

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 10, 2014

Leslie Caldwell spent the last decade defending Fortune 500 companies and CEOs in criminal matters. On Tuesday, the Senate takes up her nomination to lead the U.S. Department of Justice's Criminal Division, where she'd be on the other side of the courtroom.

Bressler Amery Opens Alabama Shop With Securities, Employment Lawyers

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 04, 2014

Bressler, Amery & Ross of Florham Park, N.J., has established a Birmingham, Ala., office with 11 lawyers from Maynard, Cooper & Gale, a 200-plus- lawyer firm in that city.

Pa. Trust Income-Tax Planning in the Wake of

John Boxer and Christina Fournaris : The Legal Intelligencer : January 04, 2014

The American chemist and one-time Pennsylvania resident Robert L. McNeil Jr. amassed his personal fortune primarily through the development and mass commercialization of the pain reliever Tylenol.

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.

Judge OKs Settlement In Price-Fixing Suit

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 04, 2014

Three major manufacturers of zippers, snaps, buttons and hooks have settled for $17.6 million with a class of thousands of plaintiffs in a multidistrict litigation case alleging price-fixing.

Taking It All the Way to Trial, or Acting 'As If'

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

When the U.S. Marshals Service seized the booth of a Chinese tire maker at a Las Vegas trade show and confiscated its contents, it was an unambiguous message from Weisbrod Matteis & Copley: Pay up.

Growing Into a Longer Title; and Other Moves

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Glatfelter's new GC now has four distinct roles at the specialty paper company; and other new occupants of the general counsel's office.