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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

  • Designation: San Francisco
  • Head Count: 977
  • Gross Revenues: $866,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $885,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,630,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -1

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe is a San Francisco-based law firm. The firm ranked 26th on The American Lawyer's 2011 Am Law 100 rankings of U.S. law firms, with $848,500,000 in gross revenue in 2010. Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has appeared in annual Am Law 100 rankings since 1986. According to the National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250, the firm has 1,022 attorneys and is the 20th largest law firm in the United States. In the 2011 Global 100 survey, the firm was ranked as the 30th highest grossing law firm in the world. Orrick, Herrington's practice areas include antitrust and competition, employment law, public finance, real estate, intellectual property, and litigation. In addition to its San Francisco headquarters, Orrick, Herrington's U.S. offices include Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, D.C. Overseas offices include locations in London, Paris, and Tokyo. In January of 2006, Orrick, Herrington combined practices with the Paris law firm of Rambaud Martel. In September of 2008, Orrick, Herrington combined practices with the German law firm of Hoelters & Elsing.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 27 -1 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 27 -1 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 19 1 Lawyer head count
The A-List 24 2 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 15 4 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 31 -8 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 42 55 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 48 -15 Summer programs

In the News

April 2014 Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

D.C. Calendar

: The National Law Journal : January 31, 2014

Legal forums throughout the D.C. metropolitan area.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 31, 2014

Legal industry job changes in our nation's capital.

DC Lateral Moves

: Legal Times : January 31, 2014

A Native American affairs director from the White House moves to Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, Mayer Brown grabs a Kirkland & Ellis partner in white collar, and Northern Virginia's Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald lost lawyers to a start-up firm.Here's the roundup of Washington-area hires and promotions announced in the fourth week of March.

To Cut Costs, Gordon & Rees Sends Some Functions Across the Bay

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 24, 2014

A Q&A with Executive Director Mark Stephens on the firm's decision to relocate 130 employees to Oakland.

Hong Kong Looks Beyond Lost Alibaba IPO

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 24, 2014

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group's decision to hold what's expected to be the world's largest initial public offering since Facebook in New York instead of Hong Kong was long anticipated. But the company's recent final decision, which coincided with announcements of U.S. listings by other leading Chinese tech companies, has nevertheless swiftly renewed anxieties about Hong Kong's future as an IPO destination.

Verdicts & Settlements

: The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Paul Clement Enters Fray in Claims Construction Case

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 21, 2014

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

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

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

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 21, 2014

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

Lawyer Traces Ex-Dewey COO's Path to Possible Witness Role

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

When four former Dewey & LeBoeuf insiders were charged with engineering a massive fraud that helped kill the storied firm, Dennis D'Alessandro was neither one of the defendants nor among the seven unnamed people who have already pled guilty in the matter. According to his lawyer, though, he may yet offer his take on Dewey's demise in court.

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.

McDermott Adds IP Litigation Partner in Silicon Valley

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 18, 2014

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.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 10, 2014

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

The SEC Gets More Leeway to Recoup Illicit Gains

Sherry Karabin : Corporate Counsel : January 07, 2014

The Second Circuit says all illicit gains, not just what the defendant used personally, are fair game for recoupment.

Orrick's Mitchell Zuklie

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 07, 2014

Another Disrupter Targets Legal Industry

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 06, 2014

Palo Alto-based LawGives is the latest startup to challenge the traditional way that clients find lawyers—and the traditional fee structures.

Wilson Sonsini Battles DOJ Over Remedy in Bazaarvoice Antitrust Case

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 04, 2014

The software company is willing to sell off the rival it bought last year but shouldn't have to part with its technology or customers, argues lead lawyer Boris Feldman.

Federal Circuit Retains Power in Patent Disputes

John Council : Texas Lawyer : January 03, 2014

The majority's conclusion will come as a surprise to a "majority of intellectual property lawyers and academics around the country," according to a dissenting opinion in .

Big Deals

David Marcus : The American Lawyer : January 01, 2014

Suntory/Beam; Google/Nest Labs; Lenovo/IBM low-power server business/Motorola Mobility

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 28, 2014

Five firms have announced additions, while Holland & Knight and Bracewell & Giuliani have elevated new partners.

The Churn: Dinsmore Absorbs Bond Firm, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 28, 2014

Dinsmore & Shohl expands its public finance capabilities with the acquisition of a 35-lawyer Cincinnati-based firm; Dorsey & Whitney loses a pair to Polsinelli; and Orrick expands in London.

Appellate Elites Learn to Love Patents

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 28, 2014

With big money at stake, lawyers known for Supreme Court advocacy, such as Hogan's Neal Katyal, are appearing more often in the Federal Circuit.

The Morning Wrap

Andrew Ramonas : Legal Times : January 24, 2014

A round-up of legal news from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country: POGO break-in, questions about the law office of Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.), a Netflix and Comcast deal and a look at the newest member of the Orrick family in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

From Father to Son, a Generational Shift in Judicial Demeanor

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 21, 2014

Judge William Orrick III may have assumed his father's former seat on the Northern District bench, but he's breaking from family precedent.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Bingham's Worst Drop Yet, as Profits, Revenue Plunge

Chris Johnson : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2014

Despite seeing his firm register double-digit declines in both gross revenue and profits per partner last year, Bingham McCutchen chair Jay Zimmerman remains bullish on 2014.

Asia Deal Digest: February 20, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 20, 2014

* Weil and MoFo on Chinese consortium's $2.5 billion logistics investment* Clifford Chance advising China's Dongfeng Motor Group on a proposed $1.1 billion investment in French automaker Peugeot* Herbert Smith Freehills and Baker & McKenzie on $1.37 billion Aussie utility deal

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

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

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

Orrick Hatches Deal for Hampton Creek Foods

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 18, 2014

The egg-replacement startup, founded by a University of Michigan law grad, is receiving $23 million in financing from Horizons Ventures and others.

BAR-ometer

: The Recorder : January 14, 2014

Son of a gun … Kennard's retirement plan … Nosal pays for his crime?

After Last Year's Lag, Wilson's Partner Profits Rebound

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 14, 2014

New offices opened in SOMA and in Beijing in 2012 are now "firing on all cylinders," said comanaging partner John "Jack" Sheridan.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 13, 2014

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

IP Dealmaker Exits Orrick for MoFo

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 13, 2014

SEC's Canellos Returns to Milbank as Shearman Picks Up Orrick Heavyweights

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2014

Wednesday was a day of musical chairs for the New York securities bar. One top securities litigator and government enforcer opted to return to his longtime law firm, while another prominent practitioner landed at his fourth firm in eight years.

Baker & Hostetler Create InfoGov Practice

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 13, 2014

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

Edwards Wildman Palmer Adds Hong Kong Partner

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 10, 2014

Man Chiu Lee was previously a partner in Hong Kong with Hogan Lovells.

Revenue Flat at Orrick, But Partners Making More

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 10, 2014

New Chairman Mitchell Zuklie credits cost cutting and a thinning of the partner ranks as firm has focused on key practices.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 10, 2014

Patricia Hennessy joins Conrad O'Brien as co-chairwoman of the education law group in the West Chester, Pa., office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Sedgwick Latest Am Law Firm to Make Back-Office Move

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2014

The San Francisco-based firm plans to open an office housing various support operations in Kansas City sometime this summer. The location will be home to roughly 100 Sedgwick staffers who will either relocate or come out of the local labor force to manage work in the firm finance, human resources, information technology, knowledge management, marketing and new business operations.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 07, 2014

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

In a Challenging Economy, Some Firms Pulled Away From the Pack

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 07, 2014

Richard Dickson's Fenwick, along with Cooley, saw gains in all the major metrics, but other firms fell flat or faltered.

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.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 04, 2014

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

Pillsbury Sees 3 Percent Drop in Revenue

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 03, 2014

The firm's humdrum financial results follow big gains in 2012.

Heller Judge Brings Clarity to Clawback Debate

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 03, 2014

Four firms fighting the Heller Ehrman estate over revenue earned by former Heller partners on matters they took with them as the firm collapsed got some bad news last week in the form of a ruling laying out how such so-called unfinished business claims should be calculated.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

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

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.

Genomics Startup in FDA Feud Still Has No GC

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 31, 2014

The Churn: Dechert and MoFo's Revolving Door, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Morrison & Foerster hires the Justice Department's top Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcer Charles Duross, while Dechert's white-collar and securities litigation cochair Benjamin Rosenberg is poised to leave his firm to become the New York County District Attorney's Office's next general counsel. Meanwhile, a Paul Weiss litigation partner is headed for the nonprofit sector. .

S.F. Litigator Leaves Orrick for Ropes

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 24, 2014

Intellectual Ventures' Melissa Finocchio

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 24, 2014

Asia Deal Digest: January 23, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 23, 2014

* S&C, Simpson on Anheuser-Busch InBev's $5.8 billion repurchase of Korea's Oriental Brewery from PE shops* Simpson, S&C again on a $2.5 billion Mitsubishi Motors share sale* Linklaters advises Hong Kong conglomerate Jardine Matheson on an investment in car dealerships in China

Steptoe Said to Be Taking Valley Patent Litigator From King & Spalding

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 22, 2014

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 22, 2014

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

VERDICTS & SETTLEMENTS

: The National Law Journal : January 20, 2014

The Churn: Hogan Lovells Launches in Sao Paulo, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 17, 2014

Hogan Lovells opens its second Brazilian office with a lateral hire from Clifford Chance; Holland & Knight and Littler both beef up in Portland, and Pryor Cashman adds a prominent sports attorney and agent.

Orrick IP Partner Jumps to Winston

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 16, 2014

Hire a Bingham Partner for $220 an Hour!

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 16, 2014

Even brand name firms have cheap partners in their stables.

In Practice: Customize License Terms to Protect Patent Valuation

Siddhartha Venkatesan : The Recorder : January 16, 2014

Two lines of cases are reshaping patent damages law, writes Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe partner Siddhartha Venkatesan.

Nvidia Elevates GC, Taps Synopsys GC to Fill Role

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 15, 2014

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.

Firms Flock for Nest's $3.2 Billion Sale to Google

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 13, 2014

Nest Labs GC Richard "Chip" Lutton Jr. turned to Orrick, while Google tapped Wilson Sonsini and Goodwin Procter advised a consortium of investors.

In Win for DOJ, Judge Takes Aim at Bazaarvoice Merger

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 10, 2014

U.S. District Judge William Orrick III has sided with the government that a 2012 deal between two little known software companies would stifle competition in the market for online ratings and reviews.

Report: DLA Piper Expanding African Network to Algiers

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

Racing to capitalize on deal work tied to Africa's abundance of natural resources, Am Law 100 firms are opening offices and forging alliances across the booming continent. Now DLA Piper, the world's largest firm by gross revenue and attorney head count, is headed Algiers, the capital of energy-rich Algeria.

Leading M&A Transactions-Target or Acquirer Based in N.J.-2013

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 10, 2014

Leading M&A transactions with the target or acquirer based in N.J. in 2013.

Woolery to Take Leadership of Cadwalader in 2015

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

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft has named corporate cochair James Woolery to become head of the firm. Woolery, a Kentucky native and former business development chair at Cravath, Swaine & Moore who left his role as cohead of North American M&A at JPMorgan Chase last year to become Cadwalader's first deputy chair, will succeed W. Christopher White as chairman on Jan. 1, 2015.

Asia Deal Digest: January 9, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 09, 2014

* Gibson Dunn advising Hong Kong teleco on proposed $2.4 billion acquisition of local rival* Allen & Gledhill, Simpson on GIC's $2.8 billion buyout of Blackstone's stake in a London development* King & Wood Mallesons and Johnson Winter on a proposed Aussie natural gas merger

Judges Dismiss RMBS Suits as Untimely in Wake of Ace Ruling

Suevon Lee : Commercial Litigation Insider : January 08, 2014

At least two lawsuits involving defective residential mortgage loans that were later securitized and sold to investors have been tossed out in the wake of a recent appellate decision narrowing the time frame in which suits can be brought against financial sponsors.

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.

How We Picked The Litigation Department of the Year Winners

Robin Sparkman : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2014

The American Lawyer's Editor In Chief explains who won the Litigation Department of the Year competition and why.

Finalist, Intellectual Property Litigation Department of the Year: Orrick

Jan Wolfe : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2014

Orrick lawyers don't just want to beat trolls in court—they want to vanquish them.

Finalist, Antitrust Litigation Department of the Year: Wilson Sonsini

Jim Schroeder : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2014

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

Cover Story: Litigation Department of the Year

: The American Lawyer : January 01, 2014

While the U.S. economy struggled to return to health over the last two years, big-ticket litigation was clearly a countercyclical buffer. And these litigators at The Am Law 200 were front and center.

The Churn: Greenberg Raids Weil, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 31, 2013

Weil, Gotshal & Manges loses a corporate partner in Washington, D.C., and three intellectual property lawyers in Texas; Winston & Strawn hires an energy lawyer in Hong Kong from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe; and a Dorsey & Whitney partner becomes New York City's new corporation counsel.

Calif. Law Firm Leaders Look Ahead to 2014

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 31, 2013

California-based managing partners close the book on 2013 with some cause for optimism. Fenwick's Kathryn Fritz says clients are asking law firms to "reinvent themselves from within."

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.

Law Firm Leaders Look Ahead to 2014

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 27, 2013

Managing partners close the book on 2013 with some cause for optimism. Fenwick's Kathryn Fritz says clients are asking law firms to "reinvent themselves from within."

Orrick Loses Bid to Recoup Fees From Publisher Wiley

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 26, 2013

After the textbook publisher John Wiley & Sons Inc. sued Supap Kirtsaeng for copyright infringement, Kirtsaeng won a seminal U.S. Supreme Court decision that cleared his name.

Pregnancy Bias Suit Against EMC on Zigzag Course Through Courts

Max Taves : The Recorder : January 26, 2013

Winston & Strawn Adds Partner in Hong Kong

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 23, 2013

Former Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe partner Marco Pocci has joined the Chicago-based firm's energy team.

Jury Finds No Age Bias in Lab Layoffs

Max Taves : The Recorder : January 23, 2013

Viewpoint: Year in BAR-ometer

: The Recorder : January 20, 2013

New law firm leaders, new judges and new GCs made their mark in 2013—for better or worse.

First Department Reverses Kornreich in Ace RMBS Case

Suevon Lee : Commercial Litigation Insider : January 20, 2013

A plaintiff trustee is time-barred from pursuing a repurchase claim against the sponsoring bank of a residential mortgage loan securitization due to the six-year statute of limitations for breach of contract actions, a unanimous Appellate Division, First Department panel ruled Thursday.

Trustee Claim Against Bank in RMBS Suit Ruled Time-Barred

Suevon Lee : New York Law Journal : January 20, 2013

A plaintiff trustee is time-barred from pursuing a repurchase claim against the sponsoring bank of a residential mortgage loan securitization due to the six-year statute of limitations for breach of contract actions, a unanimous Appellate Division, First Department panel ruled Thursday.

With Kauai on the Docket, a Longtime Litigator Steps Aside

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 19, 2013

In San Carlos Dispute, CPUC Fines PG&E, But Not Orrick

Max Taves : The Recorder : January 19, 2013

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.

Ex-A&O, Bingham Partner Gets 17 Years for Child Porn Plea

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

Former Allen & Overy and Bingham McCutchen partner Edward De Sear was sentenced to more than 17 years in prison Thursday after pleading guilty to federal child pornography and sex trafficking charges. De Sear, who admitted to sexually molesting a young boy in a Brussels hotel in June 2011 after arranging for the youth to travel there from Paris, was also ordered to pay $1.2 million in restitution to the victims of his various crimes.

Mattel Must Pay $137M for Foe's Legal Fees and Costs

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 19, 2013

In the battle of the fashion dolls, Barbie manufacturer Mattel Inc. must pay $137 million in attorney fees and costs to MGA Entertainment Inc., maker of Bratz, under a federal judge's ruling.

E-Cards, 'Xmas Jammies' and the Personal Touch

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Law Technology News : January 17, 2013

A family's pajamas give firms an example of how to get their e-greetings right.

STEM Cells: Leigh Isaacs

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 10, 2013

Sometimes you just have to dive headfirst into new water to grow your career.

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.

Litigation Dept. of the Year: IP Finalist Orrick

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 06, 2013

Litigation Departments of the Year

: The Recorder : January 06, 2013

See what put these firms at the head of the field in The Recorder's inaugural contest.

The Churn: In and Out at Kaye Scholer, Plus More Lateral Moves

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2013

Kaye Scholer loses a partner on each coast while hiring senior attorneys in its Chicago and Frankfurt offices; the former director of the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition returns to Boies, Schiller & Flexner; and Gardere Wynne Sewell expands by three in Dallas..

Litigation Dept. of the Year: Winner Orrick

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 06, 2013

Litigation Dept. of the Year: Labor & Employment Winner Orrick

Max Taves : The Recorder : January 06, 2013

Federal Circuit Appears Agreeable to Java's Copyright

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 05, 2013

A Federal Circuit panel appeared to disagree with a U.S. District Court ruling last year that basic elements of the Java programming language cannot be copyrighted.

Orrick Snuffs Out Wage-and-Hour Suit Against CVS

Max Taves : The Recorder : January 04, 2013

In Oracle-Google Fight, Federal Circuit Ready to Reverse Alsup

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 04, 2013

Google lawyer Robert Van Nest tried to defend the judge's decision on copyrightability before a clearly skeptical panel.

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.

Pennsylvania Firms Not Looking To Move Back-Office Locations

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 03, 2013

From Wheeling to Lexington and Dayton to Tallahassee, U.S. law firms have increasingly looked to move back-office operations to less expensive geographic markets in an effort to save on rent and employee compensation.

Appellate Panel Hears Arguments in RMBS Case

Suevon Lee : Commercial Litigation Insider : January 02, 2013

Attorneys litigating a threshold issue on appeal in breach of contract repurchase actions over residential mortgage-backed securities faced a tough line of questioning Wednesday during oral arguments before the Appellate Division, First Department.

Canadian Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : January 02, 2013

Loblaw / Shoppers Drug Mart; Hudson's Bay / Saks Incorporated; Davis + Henderson / Harland Financial Solutions; Louisiana-Pacific / Ainsworth Lumber

Vegas, Baby!

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 01, 2013

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

Haag's Office Won't Participate in Settlement Conferences

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 27, 2013

Google's File Cabinet Squares Off Against Oracle's Ann Droid

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 27, 2013

Oracle lawyer E. Joshua Rosenkranz wields a new metaphor as computer code copyright fight goes before the Federal Circuit.

The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 27, 2013

The general counsel of American Express is slated to join Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in April; Morrison & Foerster expands in Washington, D.C., with a hire from O'Melveny & Myers; and Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn adds an intellectual property partner. .

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.

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.

Orrick and Pillsbury End Merger Talks

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 25, 2013

Orrick Chairman Mitchell Zuklie said the firms spent two months trying to resolve conflicts but couldn't find a way.

Hedge Funds Face Scrutiny in RMBS Repurchase Suits

Suevon Lee : Commercial Litigation Insider : January 25, 2013

It was a point raised early and often during a recent motion to dismiss hearing on a residential mortgage-backed securities repurchase case, but its significance in the greater context of such litigation is debatable: The role hedge funds play behind the scenes.

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.

Schweitzer Lets Discovery Proceed in DLJ Mortgage Capital Suits

Suevon Lee : Commercial Litigation Insider : January 20, 2013

Discovery will move forward in a pair of lawsuits involving securitization trusts that held troubled residential mortgage loans issued by a Credit Suisse Holdings subsidiary, a Manhattan Supreme Court judge has ruled.

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.

Representing Corporate New Jersey

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 15, 2013

Sole Remedy, Standing Argued in Nomura RMBS Motions

Suevon Lee : Commercial Litigation Insider : January 14, 2013

Counsel to a defendant depositor argued to a Manhattan judge Wednesday that the bank trust that purchased a bundle of securitized residential mortgage loans to later sell to investors is not entitled to damages for the alleged breach of those mortgage loan representations.

Amid Merger Talks, Patton Boggs MP Touts Strategic Plan

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2013

Patton Boggs managing partner Edward Newberry told The Am Law Daily on Thursday that his firm's merger talks with Locke Lord and its latest round of layoffs are part of a broader plan that also includes changes to its long-standing "eat what you kill" compensation system and a push to expand in California, New York, Texas and abroad.

Nomura RMBS Arguments Dwell on Statute of Limitations

Suevon Lee : Commercial Litigation Insider : January 13, 2013

Lawyers representing a subsidiary of a Japanese financial firm which packaged and sold defective mortgage loans to a trustee for securitization urged a Manhattan judge Tuesday to dismiss the “creative” arguments posed by the plaintiff trustee and certificate holders.

12 on 12: Giving Thanks

Victor Li : Law Technology News : January 12, 2013

Legal professionals give thanks for their favorite technology, app, device or product from the past year.

VERDICTS & SETTLEMENTS

: The National Law Journal : January 11, 2013

Citing Pending Appeal, Orrick Asks for Stay in RMBS Repurchase Cases

Suevon Lee : Commercial Litigation Insider : January 08, 2013

The parties directly involved in a case headed to the Appellate Division, First Department, on the issue of when the statute of limitations begins to accrue on breach of contract claims for the repurchasing of residential mortgage-backed securities are not the only ones who feel they have a stake in the outcome.

Judge Sanctions LifeScan for Breach of Protective Order

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 06, 2013

MOFCOM Names Additional Law Firm Panels

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 06, 2013

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

Patent Litigation Gets a Boost from Legal Analytics

Lisa Shuchman : Corporate Counsel : January 05, 2013

Patent lawyers are turning to legal analytics, hoping the data will give them an advantage over opposing counsel in lawsuits that could be worth millions of dollars.

Special Report: Employment Law

Vitaly Gashpar : The Recorder : January 04, 2013

Lynne Hermle Q & A: The Rise of Employment Law

Vitaly Gashpar : The Recorder : January 04, 2013

Sizing Up an Orrick-Pillsbury Combo

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 01, 2013

Orrick may have finally met its match in James Rishwain Jr.'s energy-rich Pillsbury Winthrop.

New Deals

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 31, 2013

Consol Energy said Monday it has reached an agreement to sell five of its coal mining operations in West Virginia to Murray Energy in a deal worth roughly $3.5 billion. Also, American Realty Capital Properties had to wait more than seven months, but it finally reached a deal to create the country's largest real estate investment trust in the net lease sector.

Asia Deal Digest: October 31, 2013

Quiteria Leung : The Asian Lawyer : January 31, 2013

* Rajah & Tann on a $1.1 billion bid for a Chinese food company* Morgan Lewis helps a Texas oil company make a Malaysian exit* Squire Sanders and White & Case line up for U.S. cloud computing acquisitions by Japan's NTT

1 Year Later, Attorneys Still Counsel Victims

Tania Karas : New York Law Journal : January 29, 2013

In the initial days and weeks after Sandy, hundreds of lawyers from private firms and nonprofit legal services agencies confronted immediate issues such as securing temporary housing, unemployment benefits and emergency food stamps. Now, lawyers say they're gearing up for legal battles that could take years to resolve.

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.

Tech Circuit: Vegas, Baby! Edition

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 29, 2013

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

Orrick, Pillsbury Confirm Merger Discussions

Sara Randazzo and Brian Baxter : The American Lawyer : January 28, 2013

The potential merger if successful would create one of the world's 20 largest firms in terms of attorney head count.

ILTA's Panels at the ARMA Conference Focus on Privacy, Security, Information Governance and the Future

Victor Li : Law Technology News : January 25, 2013

ILTA's panels at ARMA conference focus on privacy, security, information governance and the future. Beginning on Monday, IT professionals, lawyers, product vendors and journalists will gather in Las Vegas.

Orrick, Pillsbury Confirm Merger Talks

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

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.

Asia Deal Digest: October 24, 2013

Quiteria Leung : The Asian Lawyer : January 24, 2013

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

A GC and a Litigation Counsel's Fireside Chat

Ken Siegel and Eulonda Skyles : Corporate Counsel : January 23, 2013

A general counsel and a litigator sit down to discuss what things GCs would like to see more of from their outside counsel, and what litigators would like GCs to appreciate about the vagaries of litigation.

Seven Firms Converge on $11.2 Billion REIT Deal

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 23, 2013

After being rebuffed earlier this year on its previous takeover offer, American Realty Capital Properties has finally reached an agreement to buy Cole Real Estate Investments in a transaction that creates the country's largest real estate investment trust (REIT) in the net lease sector. Proskauer Rose is advising American Realty while Fried Frank, Morris, Manning & Martin, Sullivan & Cromwell, Venable, Wachtell, and Weil also landed roles on the deal.

After Deal Talks Falter, Companies Clash on Trade Secrets

Max Taves : The Recorder : January 21, 2013

Two recent trade secrets disputes pitting small ventures against tech titans highlight the risks of sharing trade secrets -- even under the protection of nondisclosure and confidentiality agreements.

Calling All Unemployed Law Grads: Greenberg Is Hiring

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 21, 2013

Through what it is calling a new residency program, Greenberg Traurig plans to employ a batch of recent law school graduates who will be required to spend at least a third of their time training rather than billing. The catch? The positions pay less than a typical associate earns and may only last a year.