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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

  • Designation: New York
  • Head Count: 954
  • Gross Revenues: $867,500,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $910,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,695,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -3

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 30 -3 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 30 -3 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 28 -4 Lawyer head count
The A-List 12 6 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 9 3 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 23 8 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 42 55 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 48 -15 Summer programs

In the News

Ground Shifts Under Howrey's Unfinished Business Claims

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 28, 2014

Armed with two recent wins, Shay Dvoretzky of Jones Day is going up against the Howrey estate on Tuesday as its trustee tries to claw back profits owed from unfinished matters that former partners took with them when they joined other firms.

Pro Se Suits No Picnic for Defense Lawyers

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 25, 2014

It's no secret that certain plaintiffs lawyers make litigators sweat. But even more troubling can be seeing two anxiety-producing words: pro se.

Is It a 'Cyberattack' or a 'Data-Breach Incident'?

Mark Mermelstein, Antony Kim and Robert Uriarte : Corporate Counsel : January 25, 2014

When fighting a cybersecurity war, companies need to navigate the legal and public-relations minefield that ensues.

Judge Flushes Some Claims Against Tea Company

Lisa Hoffman : The National Law Journal : January 23, 2014

Plaintiffs scored a partial dunk in their proposed class action accusing R.C. Bigelow, Inc., of improperly hyping the benefits of antioxidants in the company's black teas.

Discovery: The Next Phase of RMBS Gridlock

Suevon Lee : Commercial Litigation Insider : January 23, 2014

In back to back discovery rulings last week, Manhattan Justice Shirley Kornreich put a lid on how much information plaintiffs could obtain from Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs about their roles structuring residential mortgage loan securities in the run-up to the financial crisis.

Judge OKs Wage-and-Hour Class Against Apple

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 23, 2014

Judge Ronald Prager said plaintiffs' theories that Apple's policies were illegal and made it too difficult for workers to take breaks are suitable for class treatment.

Judge OKs Wage-and-Hour Class Action Against Apple

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 23, 2014

Employees who claim Apple denied them timely breaks can proceed as a class in a wage-and-hour suit on behalf of about 21,000 workers, a San Diego judge ruled this week.

Associate Training Goes From Ad Hoc to All-in

Maria Zilberman : The Recorder : January 18, 2014

Paul Hastings puts associates through a 15-month curriculum to build practical skills and professionalism.

Asia Deal Digest: July 17, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 17, 2014

*Linklaters advises on Hony Capital's $1.54 billion PizzaExpress acquisition*Skadden acts for Chinese e-commerce company Cogobuy on its $198 million Hong Kong IPO*WongPartnership represents Lend Lease on a new $729 million loan from DBS and OCBC

Idaho Sugar Companies Look Close to Home for New GC

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 16, 2014

The new hire has worked for a number of Boise-based companies, and got his undergrad degree in the state.

Howrey 'Jewel' Claims Sent Back to Montali

David Ruiz : The Recorder : January 15, 2014

Citing judicial economy, Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong turned back a slew of motions to have the cases heard in district court.

Howrey 'Jewel' Claims Sent Back to Bankruptcy Court

David Ruiz : The Recorder : January 15, 2014

A California federal judge denied bids by several firms embroiled in lingering Howrey clawback cases to bypass U.S. bankruptcy court.

The Churn: Baker and Quinn Expand, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 15, 2014

Baker & McKenzie heads to Brisbane, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan takes its litigation prowess to Houston and a trio of partners leave Kirkland & Ellis in our latest look at notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

LegalForce Founder to Seek New Lawyers in Trade Secrets Fight

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 14, 2014

A federal judge is allowing Raj Abhyanker's lawyers to withdraw from the case, finding a "clear breakdown in the attorney-client relationship."

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 14, 2014

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

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 14, 2014

Lateral moves in this week's column.

The Churn: Dickstein Group Defects, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2014

Greenberg Traurig has raided Dickstein Shapiro for 13 lawyers and lobbyists in Washington, D.C., Paul Hastings plucks Kaye Scholer's white-collar and internal investigations chair and Troutman Sanders snags Hughes Hubbard's private equity chair in the latest round of lateral moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Dual Rulings Puncture RMBS Fraud Claims, Address Scope of Damages

Suevon Lee : Commercial Litigation Insider : January 11, 2014

In a pair of decisions that may either frustrate or appease monoline insurers that covered residential mortgage-backed securitizations, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich dismissed claims for fraud in one case while limiting damages in another case to loans that didn't conform to a contract's terms.

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.

Alito's Slap at Federal Circuit Provokes Patent Bar

Marcia Coyle : Supreme Court Brief : January 09, 2014

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit gets little respect from the U.S. Supreme Court. Witness its 1-5 win-loss record in the term just ended.

Alito's Slap at Federal Circuit Provokes Patent Bar

Marcia Coyle : Supreme Court Brief : January 09, 2014

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit gets little respect from the U.S. Supreme Court. Witness its 1-5 win-loss ratio in the term just ended.

Orrick White-Collar Chair Departs as Firm Exits Seed Theft Case

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 08, 2014

Was Orrick spooked by a senior partner's involvement in a corporate espionage case related to China's hunger for GMO seed technology? The firm won't say, but the partner is gone and the firm has withdrawn from the high-profile case even as it continues to expand.

The Churn: Venable Expands in L.A., Plus More Lateral Moves

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

A day after Hogan Lovells and Squire Patton Boggs started the third quarter with mergers abroad, Venable has gotten into the tie-up game by picking up seven lawyers from Los Angeles litigation boutique Weingarten Brown. The Am Law Daily looks at those moves and more in our latest tally of Am Law 200 hires.

Small Steps, Major Consequences

Marcia Coyle : The National Law Journal : January 07, 2014

During the October 2013 Supreme Court term, the justices claimed to take mostly small steps, but key decisions left many wondering whether giant ones would follow.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 07, 2014

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

A-List Law Firms Have Feet of Clay

Vivia Chen : The National Law Journal : January 07, 2014

The American Lawyer just published its annual "A-List" issue, but once you look behind the scores, you get a sense that the winners aren't quite as stellar as they first appear.

N.J. Firms Improve Pro Bono Numbers But Still Lag

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 03, 2014

New Jersey firms showed improvement in their dedication to volunteer work, though there's plenty of room for further gains, a recent survey of national pro bono work at large firms shows.

In 2013 Term, Supreme Court Rethinks Precedents Without Toppling Them

Marcia Coyle : The Recorder : January 03, 2014

The justices grappled with campaign finance, affirmative action, unions and technology, but reached a surprising number of unanimous rulings.

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.

The Rematch

David Bario : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

In another long-running smartphone war, a reversal.

Riding a Wave

Maria Zilberman : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

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

ITC Prediction: Unpredictable

Lisa Shuchman : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

The agency continues to surprise observers.

IP at the ITC: A High-Profile and Unpredictable Forum

Lisa Shuchman : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

During the past year there have been several U.S. International Trade Commission-related rulings that have prompted IP lawyers to pause and reassess.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 30, 2014

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

The A-List: A New Number One

Drew Combs : The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

Paul Hastings reaches the A-List's top spot for the first time, while a pair of Second Hundred firms move onto the list.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 30, 2014

Eight firms have added partners, while six others have added counsel.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 30, 2014

Lateral moves, new arrivals and promotions in this week's column.

The Careerist: A-Listers, Read This

Vivia Chen : The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

You may be the toast of your profession, but the numbers show you can—and must—do better.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 26, 2014

Promotions, appointments and added counsel occurred for six firms.

Justices Asked to Bolster First Amendment Protection for Broadcasters

Tony Mauro : Supreme Court Brief : January 26, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court was set to consider on Thursday a major challenge aimed at ending the second-class status of broadcast television under the First Amendment.

23andMe ADR Clause Passes Muster With Koh

Vanessa Blum : The Recorder : January 26, 2014

The San Jose judge is sending a spate of false advertising cases against the DNA testing company to arbitration.

The Churn: Bingham, Squire Make New Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 24, 2014

Two Am Law 100 firms that have dealt with a high degree of lateral volatility in recent months—Bingham McCutchen and the newly formed Squire Patton Boggs—made hires this week, but also saw some partners leave. The Am Law Daily looks at those moves and others from around The Am Law 200.

A Young Obama Ponders Problem of Minority Retention at Big Firms

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 24, 2014

In 1990, onetime Tulane Law School associate dean Robert Clayton found himself quoted in The Chicago Reporter alongside a 28-year-old summer associate about the problems with retention of black lawyers at large firms. That associate was Barack Obama. Since then, little has changed.

Orrick, Cleary Clinch Roles as Alstom's Board Approves GE Bid

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 24, 2014

After a two-month takeover quest, veteran French M&A lawyer Jean-Pierre Martel, a partner in the Paris office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, advised the board of engineering giant Alstom as it recommended the acceptance of General Electric's $17 billion bid for its energy business. The deal, which has yielded roles for nearly a dozen firms on both sides of the Atlantic, is the largest in GE's history.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 23, 2014

Seven firms announce new additions, and Albany Law School has appointed professors Deborah Kearns and Sarah Rogerson as co-directors of its Law Clinic & Justice Center.

Orrick Snags Corporate Partner From Goodwin

Maria Zilberman : The Recorder : January 23, 2014

Christopher Austin will split his time between Orrick's New York and Silicon Valley offices.

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.

Asia Deal Digest: June 19, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 19, 2014

* Clifford Chance and Herbert Smith Freehills on Shell's $5.7 billion divestment from Woodside * Allen & Gledhill advising Alibaba on a proposed investment in Singapore's postal service* Jones Day guides a touchscreen chipmaker on a $598 million acquisition of a Japanese competitor

Lexington Ins. Co. v. MGA Entertainment, Inc

: New York Law Journal : January 18, 2014

Court Explains Finding Defendant Was Owed No More Than $2.4 Million It Actually Paid

The Careerist: Top 45 Firms for Women

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 18, 2014

Did your firm make this year's list?

Plaintiffs Drop Securities Suit Against Biofuel Maker

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 17, 2014

Lawyers at Milberg decided not to press on after U.S. District Judge William Orrick III dismissed their complaint against Amyris Inc.

Plaintiffs Drop Securities Suit Against Biofuel Maker

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 17, 2014

Lawyers at Milberg decided not to press on after U.S. District Judge William Orrick III dismissed their complaint against Amyris Inc.

The Churn: Greenberg Adds Two Practice Leaders, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 17, 2014

Greenberg Traurig raids Patton Boggs and Dentons for new practice chairs in Washington, D.C., and London in our latest roundup of lateral moves throughout The Am Law 200.

Fish & Richardson Shifts Back-Office Functions to Minneapolis

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 17, 2014

The Twin Cities will soon be home to the latest Am Law 100 firm to consolidate its administrative operations, with national IP firm Fish & Richardson expecting to save $3 million per year by moving its accounting, finance, human resources and information technology functions to its Minneapolis office.

Judge Denies Heller Ehrman Claim on Lawyer's Profits

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 16, 2014

A federal judge in San Francisco has ruled the Heller Ehrman bankruptcy estate has no claim to profits earned from client business former partners brought with them to new law firms.

Verdicts & Settlements

: The National Law Journal : January 16, 2014

A summary of this week's notable court decisions.

The Churn: Holland & Knight Heads to Alaska, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2014

Holland & Knight, a firm with Florida roots, is heading to Anchorage after recruiting a team of lawyers from Patton Boggs, plus more moves from across The Am Law 200.

Obama Appointees Top Off Bay Area Bench

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 13, 2014

Vince Chhabria, who was publicly sworn in last week, brings the Northern District to its full complement of judges. In San Jose, every active judge is an Obama pick.

'Schwab' and Class Action Waivers of Employment Claims

Trish Higgins and Lisa Lupion : Corporate Counsel : January 12, 2014

The potential application of FINRA's decision to class and collective action waivers in the employment context.

Judge Rejects 'Jewel' Doctrine in Heller Case

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 11, 2014

U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer ruled that defunct law firms have no claim to profits earned on client matters taken to other firms.

The Churn: Husch Blackwell Hires Again in Denver, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Husch Blackwell becomes the latest large Midwestern firm to bulk up in the Rockies; Dechert raids Wilmer to launch a life sciences practice in Frankfurt; Sidley Austin shutters its office in Germany's financial capital and other moves from around The Am Law 200.

Referring Trade Secrets Theft for Criminal Prosecution

Guy Singer, Mark Mermelstein and Mary Kelly Persyn : New York Law Journal : January 10, 2014

Guy Singer, Mark Mermelstein and Mary Kelly Persyn write: Upon discovery of suspected intellectual property theft, the temptation to seek criminal prosecution under the federal Economic Espionage Act as retribution and deterrence can be overwhelming. But corporate counsel do well to pause, consider carefully, and consult outside counsel with broad criminal law experience before turning to the United States with a criminal referral.

In-House Counsel Profile: TheStreet Inc.'s Vanessa Soman

Teresa Wall-Cyb : The National Law Journal : January 09, 2014

General counsel Vanessa Soman manages nearly all of the company's legal matters with the help of one part-time employee.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 09, 2014

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

Breyer Takes Dim View of 'Jewel' Doctrine

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 05, 2014

U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer seems ready to side with law firms fighting the Heller estate over profits earned by former partners.

Tesser Takes the Reins at NYCLA

Tania Karas : New York Law Journal : January 30, 2014

The new president of the New York County Lawyers' Association, Lewis Tesser, said his top priorities are helping the public better understand the role of lawyers and helping young and unemployed attorneys find jobs.

Am Law Firms Reap Rewards of NFL Union Work

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

The annual report filed by the National Football League Players Association with the U.S. Labor Department shows Winston & Strawn, Latham & Watkins, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Norton Rose Fulbright and Patton Boggs racking up substantial fees for their work on behalf of players last year.

Calif. Judge Certifies Gender Discrimination Class

Laura Castro : The National Law Journal : January 30, 2014

A California federal judge has conditionally certified a gender discrimination class action against Daiichi Sankyo Inc., ruling the women accusing the pharmaceutical company of paying them less than their male coworkers had met their low evidentiary burden to move forward collectively.

Asia Deal Digest: May 29, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 29, 2014

* Simpson guides KKR on its $1 billion acquisition of Singapore's Goodpack* Chinese state-owned Bright Foods turns to Freshfields for a big Israel acquisition* DLA Piper and King & Wood Mallesons on major restructuring for Australia's Transfield

The Case of the Traveling Trademark

Gabe Ramsey and Scott Lonardo : The National Law Journal : January 26, 2014

The reputation of Bayer's brand didn't stop at the border, especially when a competitor tried to cash in.

BAR-ometer

: The Recorder : January 23, 2014

Apple, unburdened ... Patent bromance ends badly

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

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 23, 2014

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

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.

Orrick Pitches In for Pinterest Raise

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 16, 2014

Amid Patent Backlash, Software Copyrights Get Boost

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 16, 2014

UC-Berkeley law professor Pamela Samuelson has opined that the Federal Circuit's May 9 decision in may have been influenced by the uncertainty surrounding software patents.

Law Students Get Schooled in Mass Surveillance

Maria Zilberman : The Recorder : January 16, 2014

IP lawyer turned civil liberties advocate Ahmed Ghappour is bringing his work in national security and technology law to UC-Hastings.

The Case of the Traveling Trademark

Gabe Ramsey and Scott Lonardo : The Recorder : January 16, 2014

Gabe Ramsey and Scott Lonardo explain why a recent decision found that a mark used elsewhere couldn't be appropriated for use in the United States.

Amid Patent Backlash, Software Copyrights Get a Boost

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 16, 2014

UC-Berkeley law professor Pamela Samuelson has opined that the Federal Circuit's May 9 decision in may have been influenced by the uncertainty surrounding software patents.

Koh Appoints Lead Counsel in Scrum Over 23andMe Suits

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 15, 2014

She gave the nod to lawyers who'd fought against the class claims proceeding to arbitration.

Bingham Chair Zimmerman to Shed Daily Duties

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

Five months after posting its worst-ever single-year decline in profitability, Bingham McCutchen said Tuesday that longtime chairman Jay Zimmerman will formally hand over day-to-day management of the firm to managing partner Steven Browne as of June 1.

Federal Circuit Revives Oracle Copyrights in Google IP Brawl

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : January 09, 2014

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.

Getting In With the Emerging Crowd

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 09, 2014

Lawyers such as Wilmer's Glenn Luinenburg, seen here with SRI's Richard Mahoney, look to incubators, trade groups and plain old networking in hopes of representing the next tech sensation.

Federal Circuit Revives Oracle Copyrights in Brawl with Google

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : January 09, 2014

Oracle's case against Google threatened to become the biggest litigation flop to emerge from the smartphone wars. But with an appellate turnaround led by Orrick's Josh Rosenkranz, Oracle has vindicated its intellectual property and put Google back on the defensive.

Orrick Puts Would-Be Partners Through Business Boot Camp

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 06, 2014

It's "critically important for legal advisers to understand the business of clients," said firm Chairman Mitchell Zuklie.

Litigation

: New York Law Journal : January 05, 2014

In this Special Report from the New York Law Journal, "Water Wars: Disputes Run Deep in Recent and Pending Litigation" "Dealing With Subsequent Remedial Measures" "Will 'Nautilus' Significantly Change the Strength of Patents?" and "Admissibility of Email Under FRE's Business Records Exception."

Will 'Nautilus' Significantly Change the Strength of Patents?

Richard F. Martinelli and Nicholas H. Lam : New York Law Journal : January 05, 2014

Richard F. Martinelli and Nicholas H. Lam of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe write: There is one case on the U.S. Supreme Court's patent-heavy docket this term that has the potential to impact every issued patent. 'Nautilus v. Biosig Instruments' has the potential for such broad impact because it addresses how precise patentees must be in defining their invention; in patent parlance, the issue is called indefiniteness.

Momentum For Trade Secrets Bill

Todd Ruger : The National Law Journal : January 05, 2014

Federal lawmakers last week unveiled their latest effort to give companies a new track to fight trade-secrets theft — the federal courts.

Brothers on Both Sides of GE's Big Alstom Bid

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 02, 2014

Hogan Lovells, which will promote Stephen Immelt to CEO on July 1, is one of a half-dozen firms advising on a $17 billion offer for French conglomerate Alstom's energy unit by General Electric, itself led by Jeffrey Immelt.

A Tough Year at Bingham

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : January 01, 2014

Lower billings and higher costs in 2013 meant that Bingham McCutchen partners took a hit. But not everybody suffered.

Koh Tells 23andMe Lawyers to Shape Up

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 30, 2014

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh is moving forward to impose order on a quagmire of litigation over 23andMe's DNA testing kits.

New Legislation Seeks to Bolster Trade Secrets Protection

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 29, 2014

A bill introduced Tuesday on Capitol Hill aims to give companies a new federal civil court venue to better protect against corporate trade secrets theft.

Guidance From Federal Circuit on Inter Partes Review

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : January 29, 2014

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently issued three precedent-setting orders bolstering a popular method of challenging patents. Monte Cooper of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe speaks to NLJ about those orders.

In-House Counsel Profile: Crate & Barrel Holdings Inc.'s Victoria Donati

Lisa Holton : The National Law Journal : January 28, 2014

General counsel Victoria Donati joined Crate & Barrel in 2008 after serving as outside counsel while at Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg. She's one of two attorneys in the four-person department.

Pom Takes Mattel Path

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : January 28, 2014

Pom Wonderful LLC has made litigation an integral part of its business strategy, filing more than 20 federal suits since 2005 to protect its trademarks and attack its rivals' marketing.

Apple Wins, Posner Loses in Smartphone Patent Appeal

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 25, 2014

Federal Circuit Judge Jimmie Reyna wrote that Posner's 2012 decision dismissing the case between Apple and Motorola "states a rule that neither exists nor is correct."

11th Circuit Bends to High Court's Nudge

Alyson M. Palmer : Daily Report : January 25, 2014

Federal appeals court judges who in 2011 said an Augusta magistrate judge unfairly pushed a criminal defendant to plead guilty have ruled this time for the prosecutors, following direction from the U.S. Supreme Court that undid the defendant's victory.

Apple Wins, Posner Loses in Smartphone Patent Appeal

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 25, 2014

The Federal Circuit tore up big chunks of Judge Richard Posner's explosive pretrial ruling in the Apple-Motorola smartphone litigation, particularly his decision that almost all of the damages evidence from both sides was inadmissible.

Plaintiffs Firms Feud Over 23andMe Suits

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 25, 2014

Some firms, including Burlingame's Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, have acquiesced to arbitration, which others see as betrayal.

Bazaarvoice Strikes Deal to End DOJ Antitrust Suit

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 24, 2014

The online ratings company will divest all assets from its 2012 acquisition of rival PowerReviews and sell them to a competitor.

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

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 23, 2014

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

People on the Move at Advanced Discovery, Iris Data, Fish

Mark Gerlach : Law Technology News : January 22, 2014

A series of people moves and promotions were announced recently at Advanced Discovery, Iris Data and Fish & Tsang.

The Careerist: Only Women and Wimps Work Part-Time

Vivia Chen : The Am Law Daily : January 22, 2014

What the latest Yale Law Women's report on law firms really tells us.

Sidley Clears Way for Tellabs Trade Secrets Case

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 21, 2014

Did Fujitsu Ltd. steal trade secrets by stealthily purchasing and inspecting a rival's product? Thanks to a ruling for Tellabs in Chicago federal court, we're one step closer to finding out.

The Careerist: Wachtell Lipton Is Family Friendly?

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 21, 2014

The ultimate high-intensity firm is also sensitive to personal needs?

The Lawyer and 'The Lady'

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 21, 2014

Since the fall of 2012, Robert Pé, a litigation and arbitration partner in the Hong Kong office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, has served as senior legal adviser to Nobel Peace Prize winner and democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi, now a member of parliament and leader of the political opposition in Myanmar. The assignment has been the fulfillment of a longtime dream for Pé, whose father left the country formerly known as Burma 50 years ago.

Pillsbury's $20 Million Man

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 11, 2014

Jorge del Calvo powers the firm's Valley corporate practice.

Lawyers Face Tough Audience in Apple-Motorola Patent Brawl

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 09, 2014

Exasperated with endless smartphone litigation, a Federal Circuit panel didn't mince words with Quinn Emanuel's Kathleen Sullivan and E. Joshua Rosenkranz of Orrick.

Lawyers Face Tough Audience in Apple-Motorola Patent Brawl

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 09, 2014

One Federal Circuit judge bluntly told Orrick's E. Joshua Rosenkranz, arguing Tuesday for Apple, to sit himself down.

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.

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.

Heavy Hitters to Argue Lighting Ballast Case at U.S. Supreme Court

John Council : Texas Lawyer : January 31, 2014

David Skeels, a partner in Fort Worth's Friedman Suder & Cooke who represents Lighting Ballast, said the attorneys' decision to present Lighting Ballast's petition for writ of certiorari to the high court is confirmation that the case is a big deal.

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.

Suit Challenges Nature Valley's 'Natural' Claims

Laura Castro : The National Law Journal : January 28, 2014

A federal district judge in California has denied General Mill's motion to dismiss a proposed class action that alleges the term "100% Natural" on its Nature Valley products is deceptive and misleading because they contain genetically modified organisms and other synthetic ingredients.

Paul Clement, George W. Hicks Jr., to Argue Patent Infringement Case at U.S. Supreme Court

John Council : Texas Lawyer : January 25, 2014

David Skeels, a partner in Fort Worth's Friedman Suder & Cooke who represents Lighting Ballast, said the attorneys' decision to present Lighting Ballast's petition for writ of certiorari to the high court is confirmation that the case is a big deal.

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

'Straight to the Supreme Court' Not Always Wise

E. Joshua Rosenkranz and Brian D. Ginsberg : The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Interim appeals steps can be the best strategy in federal cases that fail to present a circuit split.

Paul Clement Enters Fray in Claims Construction Case

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 21, 2014

Pair of Patent Stars Sidelined by DQ Motions as 'Playbook Theory' Gains Ground

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 21, 2014

Matthew Powers and Morgan Chu were taken out of high-stakes suits where former clients complained they'd be compromised.

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.

False Label Claims Trimmed Against Bimbo Bakeries

Lisa Hoffman : The National Law Journal : January 19, 2014

A federal court has sliced off two pieces of a putative class action that disputes claims made on the labels of well-known breads by the country's largest bakery and distributor.

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.

Beastie Boys Settle Copyright Fight Over GoldieBlox Video

Susan Beck : The Litigation Daily : January 18, 2014

After attracting top IP lawyers at Orrick and Durie Tangi in its tussle with the Beastie Boys over a viral video, toymaker GoldieBlox is apologizing and paying up to make the case go away.

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.

SEC Weighs In on Dodd-Frank's Anti-Retaliation Provision

Isobel Markham : The American Lawyer : January 07, 2014

The Securities and Exchange Commission has offered its opinion in a whistleblower case pending in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals regarding the interpretation of the Dodd-Frank Act's anti-retaliation provision.

Orrick's Mitchell Zuklie

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 07, 2014

A New Perch for Deal Lawyers

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 07, 2014

In big private M&A deals like the Nest sale, investors are bringing their own counsel to the deal table.

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.

Appellate Panel Broadens Remedies for MBS Insurer

Brendan Pierson : New York Law Journal : January 05, 2014

Assured Guaranty Corp., a monoline insurer suing Credit Suisse affiliate DLJ Mortgage Capital for allegedly misrepresenting the safety of mortgage-backed securities it sold in 2006 and 2007 can seek damages beyond those available to the purchasers of the securities, a state appeals panel ruled last week.

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

Patently Hopeful

Lisa Shuchman : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

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

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.

Panel Broadens Remedies for MBS Insurer

Brendan Pierson : New York Law Journal : January 28, 2014

Assured Guaranty Corp., a monoline insurer suing Credit Suisse affiliate DLJ Mortgage Capital for allegedly misrepresenting the safety of mortgage-backed securities it sold in 2006 and 2007 can seek damages beyond those available to the purchasers of the securities, a state appeals panel ruled Thursday.

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.

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.

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.

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.

SEC Names First Investor Advocate

Isobel Markham : The Am Law Daily : January 24, 2014

Almost four years after the Dodd-Frank Act was signed into law, the Securities and Exchange Commissioner has named Rick Fleming to head the recently created Office of the Investor Advocate.

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.

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

Julie Triedman : The Litigation Daily : January 12, 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.

Should Chefs Sign NDAs to Protect Restaurant Recipes?

Isobel Markham : Corporate Counsel : January 11, 2014

Whose truffle foam is it, anyway? Does it belong to the chef, or is it the eatery's trade secret?

Orrick Advising L'Oréal in Major Share Buyback

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

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe is representing the French cosmetics giant, which is buying back an 8 percent stake in itself from Nestlé in a cash and stock deal divided into two parts.

Is Apple Patent Troll Target No. 1?

Lisa Holton : The Recorder : January 10, 2014

In recent public statements, the Cupertino company reveals it has paid to settle 51 suits in the past three years that were initiated by patent assertion entities.

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.

Violin Memory Hires Orrick for Securities Suits

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 04, 2014

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