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Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

  • Designation: New York
  • Head Count: 854
  • Gross Revenues: $934,500,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,095,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $3,620,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -3

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison is a New York-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2014 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison has 854 attorneys and is the 34th largest firm in the United States.  With $934,500,000 in gross revenue in 2013, the firm placed 28th on The American Lawyer's 2014 Am Law 200 ranking.  On the 2013 Global 100 survey, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison ranked as the 35th highest grossing law firm in the world.  The firm has offices in DC, DE, London, NY, Ontario and Paris.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 28 -3 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 28 -3 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 34 8 Lawyer head count
The A-List 19 -5 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 46 0 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 21 -7 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 46 -19 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 101 -10 Summer programs

In the News

Awards for Pro Bono Service

: New York Law Journal : October 23, 2014

The City Bar Justice Center presented its sixth annual Jeremy G. Epstein Awards for Outstanding Pro Bono Service on Monday.

Kirkland Loses One PE Partner, Pays Top Dollar for Another

Brian Baxter and Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : October 21, 2014

In yet another high-profile lateral addition, Kirkland & Ellis poached Weil, Gotshal & Manges private equity partner Douglas Ryder in New York. The hire is the latest in a series of notable moves by Kirkland, which also recently raided Ropes & Gray in Hong Kong, but will lose the founding partner of its San Francisco office to a longtime private equity client.

'Pendulum Swing' Pushes Insurance Defense Lawyer to Other Side

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : October 21, 2014

After 19 years practicing insurance defense law, Matthew Hilt has switched to the plaintiffs' side and joined Morgan & Morgan.

A Sidley Partner's Quick Turnaround, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Six weeks after joining Fried Frank, former Sidley Austin securities and derivatives enforcement head David Katz returns to the firm; Kirkland & Ellis makes two more high-profile additions; Schulte Roth snags Patterson Belknap's trusts and estates chair; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Kirkland Recruits Hong Kong Partner

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : October 20, 2014

Private equity lawyer Gary Li is joining the office from rival Ropes & Gray.

Cuomo Picks Third Dept. Justice for Top Court

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : October 20, 2014

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday he is nominating Appellate Division, Third Department, Justice Leslie Stein to replace Victoria Graffeo on the Court of Appeals.

Biotech Legal Vet Takes Catalent GC Job

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : October 17, 2014

Catalent Pharma Solutions has appointed Steven Fasman as senior vice president and general counsel.

Marnie Berk

Len Maniace : New York Law Journal : October 14, 2014

Marnie Berk oversees legal services to a dizzyingly large and varied assortment of clients—more than 500 organizations that include soup kitchens, domestic violence shelters, arts organizations and groups protecting local green spaces.

With a Series of Star Hires, Freshfields Shifts Strategy in New York

Chris Johnson : Global Lawyer News : October 13, 2014

Elite U.K. firms have struggled to establish themselves as serious contenders in the United States, especially in big-ticket transactional work. Now Freshfields has recruited high-profile talent from Skadden, Wachtell, Fried Frank, and Shearman in a bid to challenge Wall Street firms on their own turf.

With a Series of Star Hires, Freshfields Shifts Strategy in New York

Chris Johnson : Global Lawyer News : October 13, 2014

Elite U.K. firms have struggled to establish themselves as serious contenders in the U.S., especially in big-ticket transactional work. Now Freshfields has recruited high-profile talent from Skadden, Wachtell, Fried Frank and Shearman in a bid to challenge Wall Street firms on their own turf.

Former Class Action King Takes Control of NHL's Coyotes

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 11, 2014

A hat trick of firms—Blank Rome, Oslers and Shearman & Sterling—are advising on the $155 million sale of a 51 percent stake in the National Hockey League's Phoenix Coyotes to Andrew Barroway, a high-flying plaintiffs lawyer-turned-hedge fund executive.

Citigroup Unit to Return $16 Million in Advisory Fees

: The Associated Press : October 10, 2014

A Citigroup unit has reached an agreement with the state of New York to return almost $16 million to more than 31,000 customers across the country who were charged higher advisory fees than they negotiated.

New Deals

: The Am Law Daily : October 09, 2014

Becton, Dickinson and Company is buying CareFusion Corp. in the latest in a record-setting series of mergers and acquisitions in the pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing industries following the Affordable Care Act. Also, Encana Corp. is acquiring Athlon Energy Inc. for $5.3 billion in the largest-ever U.S.-Canada transaction in the exploration and production sector.

First Monday

Rick Kopstein, Photographer : New York Law Journal : October 08, 2014

Dechert partner Andrew Levander and Michele Hirshman, a partner at Paul Weiss, received the Gould Award for Outstanding Oral Advocacy at the 21st annual "First Monday in October" event, a mock Supreme Court argument hosted by the Office of the Appellate Defender.

Head Count Moves in Opposite Extremes at Patton Boggs, Stinson Leonard

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

Legacy firm Patton Boggs, along with Kenyon & Kenyon, McKenna Long & Aldridge, Bingham McCutchen and Dickstein Shapiro, were the Am Law 200 firms that saw their attorney head counts drop the most over the past 12 months, according to data compiled by ALM's RivalEdge. A handful of Am Law 200 firms saw double-digit percentage increases, including Stinson Leonard Street, mostly as a result of mergers.

Davis Polk, Paul Weiss Get Bronzed on Chilean Copper Deal

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : October 08, 2014

In-House at Large Public Companies

: New Jersey Law Journal : October 08, 2014

Chart tracking In-House Counsel at Large Public Companies.

Prosecutor, Defender, Counselor

Brad S. Karp : New York Law Journal : October 07, 2014

Robert Fiske's "Prosecutor, Defender, Counselor" is a must-read for lawyers, critics of the legal profession, and anyone looking for an uplifting narrative of a life exceptionally well-lived by an individual of extraordinary talents and uncommon virtue.

Cuomo Delays Court Nomination by Two Weeks

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : October 06, 2014

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said his choice for the opening on the Court of Appeals created by the expiring term of Judge Victoria Graffeo, who is one of the candidates, still will be made before the Nov. 4 election. But by pushing back his announcement, he said he will take some pressure off the Senate, which will have 30 days to vote on confirmation.

2014 Pro Hac Vice Ineligible List

: New Jersey Law Journal : October 03, 2014

Notice to the bar.

Morgan Lewis, Paul Weiss Broker UBM's Advanstar Acquisition

Wenxiong Zhang : The Am Law Daily : October 02, 2014

The two Am Law 100 firms and Magic Circle shop Slaughter and May are working on a deal that will see British media and marketing company UBM become the largest events organizer in the U.S.

Madoff Son Was Under Investigation Until His Death

Tom Hays and Larry Neumeister : The Associated Press : September 30, 2014

Bernard Madoff's last surviving son was under investigation for possible involvement in his father's multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme until the day he died from cancer earlier this month, but scrutiny over his $16 million estate lives on.

Two Lawyers Are New Among Forbes 400 Richest Americans

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

Welcome, Vincent Viola and Mark Walter. Another lawyer slips off the exclusive list. But don't worry—Leon Charney is still a billionaire.

Pet-Food Advertising Claims May Be Consolidated

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : September 29, 2014

A federal panel of judges will hear oral arguments on Thursday about whether to coordinate at least nine class actions filed by consumers of Blue Buffalo pet products.

Shook Hardy Passes ISO 27001 Audit

Mark Gerlach : Law Technology News : September 29, 2014

After 18 months of working toward ISO 27001 certification, Shook Hardy passed the test.

Am Law Trio Tapped for Encana's $5.3 Billion Energy Deal

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : September 29, 2014

Canada's Encana Corp. has turned to Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, Vinson & Elkins and Canadian firm Blakes, Cassels & Graydon for legal advice on its acquisition of Fort Worth-based Athlon Energy Inc. Latham & Watkins is representing Athlon.

Exxon Loses Bid to Dismiss Human Rights Lawsuit

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : September 25, 2014

Indonesians suing Exxon Mobil over the deaths, injuries or disappearances of their family members—allegedly at the hands of soldiers hired by the oil company—can move forward with their case, a federal judge in Washington ruled Wednesday.

Am Law 100 Firms Toast Beer, Aluminum Deals in Russia

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 25, 2014

Despite worries over Western sanctions, a trio of Am Law 100 firms sidled up for the $700 million sale of Pabst Brewing Co. to Russia's Oasis Beverages, while Russian veteran Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton advised aluminum giant United Company Rusal on its recent $5.15 billion debt restructuring.

Norton Rose, Ex-Crowell & Moring Partner Enter NFL's Ray Rice Saga

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 25, 2014

Richard Smith, head of regulatory and government investigations at Norton Rose Fulbright, has been hired by the National Football League Players Association for its investigation of the league's indefinite suspension of former Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice, who himself has retained former Crowell & Moring litigation partner Peter Ginsberg.

Exxon Loses Bid to Dismiss Human Rights Lawsuit

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : September 25, 2014

Indonesian citizens suing Exxon Mobil Corp. over the deaths, injuries or disappearances of their family members—allegedly at the hands of soldiers hired by the oil company—can move forward with their case, a federal judge in Washington ruled on Wednesday.

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Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison Llp

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  • Gross Revenues: N/A
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  • Year Over Year Change: 0

Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison L is an USA-based law firm.  

Firm Rankings

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

In the News

Awards for Pro Bono Service

: New York Law Journal : October 23, 2014

The City Bar Justice Center presented its sixth annual Jeremy G. Epstein Awards for Outstanding Pro Bono Service on Monday.

Kirkland Loses One PE Partner, Pays Top Dollar for Another

Brian Baxter and Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : October 21, 2014

In yet another high-profile lateral addition, Kirkland & Ellis poached Weil, Gotshal & Manges private equity partner Douglas Ryder in New York. The hire is the latest in a series of notable moves by Kirkland, which also recently raided Ropes & Gray in Hong Kong, but will lose the founding partner of its San Francisco office to a longtime private equity client.

'Pendulum Swing' Pushes Insurance Defense Lawyer to Other Side

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : October 21, 2014

After 19 years practicing insurance defense law, Matthew Hilt has switched to the plaintiffs' side and joined Morgan & Morgan.

A Sidley Partner's Quick Turnaround, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Six weeks after joining Fried Frank, former Sidley Austin securities and derivatives enforcement head David Katz returns to the firm; Kirkland & Ellis makes two more high-profile additions; Schulte Roth snags Patterson Belknap's trusts and estates chair; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Kirkland Recruits Hong Kong Partner

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : October 20, 2014

Private equity lawyer Gary Li is joining the office from rival Ropes & Gray.

Cuomo Picks Third Dept. Justice for Top Court

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : October 20, 2014

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday he is nominating Appellate Division, Third Department, Justice Leslie Stein to replace Victoria Graffeo on the Court of Appeals.

Biotech Legal Vet Takes Catalent GC Job

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : October 17, 2014

Catalent Pharma Solutions has appointed Steven Fasman as senior vice president and general counsel.

Marnie Berk

Len Maniace : New York Law Journal : October 14, 2014

Marnie Berk oversees legal services to a dizzyingly large and varied assortment of clients—more than 500 organizations that include soup kitchens, domestic violence shelters, arts organizations and groups protecting local green spaces.

With a Series of Star Hires, Freshfields Shifts Strategy in New York

Chris Johnson : Global Lawyer News : October 13, 2014

Elite U.K. firms have struggled to establish themselves as serious contenders in the United States, especially in big-ticket transactional work. Now Freshfields has recruited high-profile talent from Skadden, Wachtell, Fried Frank, and Shearman in a bid to challenge Wall Street firms on their own turf.

With a Series of Star Hires, Freshfields Shifts Strategy in New York

Chris Johnson : Global Lawyer News : October 13, 2014

Elite U.K. firms have struggled to establish themselves as serious contenders in the U.S., especially in big-ticket transactional work. Now Freshfields has recruited high-profile talent from Skadden, Wachtell, Fried Frank and Shearman in a bid to challenge Wall Street firms on their own turf.

Former Class Action King Takes Control of NHL's Coyotes

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 11, 2014

A hat trick of firms—Blank Rome, Oslers and Shearman & Sterling—are advising on the $155 million sale of a 51 percent stake in the National Hockey League's Phoenix Coyotes to Andrew Barroway, a high-flying plaintiffs lawyer-turned-hedge fund executive.

Citigroup Unit to Return $16 Million in Advisory Fees

: The Associated Press : October 10, 2014

A Citigroup unit has reached an agreement with the state of New York to return almost $16 million to more than 31,000 customers across the country who were charged higher advisory fees than they negotiated.

New Deals

: The Am Law Daily : October 09, 2014

Becton, Dickinson and Company is buying CareFusion Corp. in the latest in a record-setting series of mergers and acquisitions in the pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing industries following the Affordable Care Act. Also, Encana Corp. is acquiring Athlon Energy Inc. for $5.3 billion in the largest-ever U.S.-Canada transaction in the exploration and production sector.

First Monday

Rick Kopstein, Photographer : New York Law Journal : October 08, 2014

Dechert partner Andrew Levander and Michele Hirshman, a partner at Paul Weiss, received the Gould Award for Outstanding Oral Advocacy at the 21st annual "First Monday in October" event, a mock Supreme Court argument hosted by the Office of the Appellate Defender.

Head Count Moves in Opposite Extremes at Patton Boggs, Stinson Leonard

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

Legacy firm Patton Boggs, along with Kenyon & Kenyon, McKenna Long & Aldridge, Bingham McCutchen and Dickstein Shapiro, were the Am Law 200 firms that saw their attorney head counts drop the most over the past 12 months, according to data compiled by ALM's RivalEdge. A handful of Am Law 200 firms saw double-digit percentage increases, including Stinson Leonard Street, mostly as a result of mergers.

Davis Polk, Paul Weiss Get Bronzed on Chilean Copper Deal

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : October 08, 2014

In-House at Large Public Companies

: New Jersey Law Journal : October 08, 2014

Chart tracking In-House Counsel at Large Public Companies.

Prosecutor, Defender, Counselor

Brad S. Karp : New York Law Journal : October 07, 2014

Robert Fiske's "Prosecutor, Defender, Counselor" is a must-read for lawyers, critics of the legal profession, and anyone looking for an uplifting narrative of a life exceptionally well-lived by an individual of extraordinary talents and uncommon virtue.

Cuomo Delays Court Nomination by Two Weeks

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : October 06, 2014

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said his choice for the opening on the Court of Appeals created by the expiring term of Judge Victoria Graffeo, who is one of the candidates, still will be made before the Nov. 4 election. But by pushing back his announcement, he said he will take some pressure off the Senate, which will have 30 days to vote on confirmation.

2014 Pro Hac Vice Ineligible List

: New Jersey Law Journal : October 03, 2014

Notice to the bar.

Morgan Lewis, Paul Weiss Broker UBM's Advanstar Acquisition

Wenxiong Zhang : The Am Law Daily : October 02, 2014

The two Am Law 100 firms and Magic Circle shop Slaughter and May are working on a deal that will see British media and marketing company UBM become the largest events organizer in the U.S.

Madoff Son Was Under Investigation Until His Death

Tom Hays and Larry Neumeister : The Associated Press : September 30, 2014

Bernard Madoff's last surviving son was under investigation for possible involvement in his father's multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme until the day he died from cancer earlier this month, but scrutiny over his $16 million estate lives on.

Two Lawyers Are New Among Forbes 400 Richest Americans

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

Welcome, Vincent Viola and Mark Walter. Another lawyer slips off the exclusive list. But don't worry—Leon Charney is still a billionaire.

Pet-Food Advertising Claims May Be Consolidated

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : September 29, 2014

A federal panel of judges will hear oral arguments on Thursday about whether to coordinate at least nine class actions filed by consumers of Blue Buffalo pet products.

Shook Hardy Passes ISO 27001 Audit

Mark Gerlach : Law Technology News : September 29, 2014

After 18 months of working toward ISO 27001 certification, Shook Hardy passed the test.

Am Law Trio Tapped for Encana's $5.3 Billion Energy Deal

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : September 29, 2014

Canada's Encana Corp. has turned to Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, Vinson & Elkins and Canadian firm Blakes, Cassels & Graydon for legal advice on its acquisition of Fort Worth-based Athlon Energy Inc. Latham & Watkins is representing Athlon.

Exxon Loses Bid to Dismiss Human Rights Lawsuit

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : September 25, 2014

Indonesians suing Exxon Mobil over the deaths, injuries or disappearances of their family members—allegedly at the hands of soldiers hired by the oil company—can move forward with their case, a federal judge in Washington ruled Wednesday.

Am Law 100 Firms Toast Beer, Aluminum Deals in Russia

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 25, 2014

Despite worries over Western sanctions, a trio of Am Law 100 firms sidled up for the $700 million sale of Pabst Brewing Co. to Russia's Oasis Beverages, while Russian veteran Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton advised aluminum giant United Company Rusal on its recent $5.15 billion debt restructuring.

Norton Rose, Ex-Crowell & Moring Partner Enter NFL's Ray Rice Saga

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 25, 2014

Richard Smith, head of regulatory and government investigations at Norton Rose Fulbright, has been hired by the National Football League Players Association for its investigation of the league's indefinite suspension of former Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice, who himself has retained former Crowell & Moring litigation partner Peter Ginsberg.

Exxon Loses Bid to Dismiss Human Rights Lawsuit

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : September 25, 2014

Indonesian citizens suing Exxon Mobil Corp. over the deaths, injuries or disappearances of their family members—allegedly at the hands of soldiers hired by the oil company—can move forward with their case, a federal judge in Washington ruled on Wednesday.

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IN-DEPTH RESEARCH REPORT
on Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP

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

Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP

  • Designation: N/A
  • Head Count: N/A
  • Gross Revenues: N/A
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: N/A
  • Profits Per Partner: N/A
  • Year Over Year Change: 0

Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison is an USA-based law firm.  

Firm Rankings

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

In the News

Awards for Pro Bono Service

: New York Law Journal : October 23, 2014

The City Bar Justice Center presented its sixth annual Jeremy G. Epstein Awards for Outstanding Pro Bono Service on Monday.

Kirkland Loses One PE Partner, Pays Top Dollar for Another

Brian Baxter and Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : October 21, 2014

In yet another high-profile lateral addition, Kirkland & Ellis poached Weil, Gotshal & Manges private equity partner Douglas Ryder in New York. The hire is the latest in a series of notable moves by Kirkland, which also recently raided Ropes & Gray in Hong Kong, but will lose the founding partner of its San Francisco office to a longtime private equity client.

'Pendulum Swing' Pushes Insurance Defense Lawyer to Other Side

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : October 21, 2014

After 19 years practicing insurance defense law, Matthew Hilt has switched to the plaintiffs' side and joined Morgan & Morgan.

A Sidley Partner's Quick Turnaround, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Six weeks after joining Fried Frank, former Sidley Austin securities and derivatives enforcement head David Katz returns to the firm; Kirkland & Ellis makes two more high-profile additions; Schulte Roth snags Patterson Belknap's trusts and estates chair; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Kirkland Recruits Hong Kong Partner

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : October 20, 2014

Private equity lawyer Gary Li is joining the office from rival Ropes & Gray.

Cuomo Picks Third Dept. Justice for Top Court

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : October 20, 2014

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday he is nominating Appellate Division, Third Department, Justice Leslie Stein to replace Victoria Graffeo on the Court of Appeals.

Biotech Legal Vet Takes Catalent GC Job

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : October 17, 2014

Catalent Pharma Solutions has appointed Steven Fasman as senior vice president and general counsel.

Marnie Berk

Len Maniace : New York Law Journal : October 14, 2014

Marnie Berk oversees legal services to a dizzyingly large and varied assortment of clients—more than 500 organizations that include soup kitchens, domestic violence shelters, arts organizations and groups protecting local green spaces.

With a Series of Star Hires, Freshfields Shifts Strategy in New York

Chris Johnson : Global Lawyer News : October 13, 2014

Elite U.K. firms have struggled to establish themselves as serious contenders in the United States, especially in big-ticket transactional work. Now Freshfields has recruited high-profile talent from Skadden, Wachtell, Fried Frank, and Shearman in a bid to challenge Wall Street firms on their own turf.

With a Series of Star Hires, Freshfields Shifts Strategy in New York

Chris Johnson : Global Lawyer News : October 13, 2014

Elite U.K. firms have struggled to establish themselves as serious contenders in the U.S., especially in big-ticket transactional work. Now Freshfields has recruited high-profile talent from Skadden, Wachtell, Fried Frank and Shearman in a bid to challenge Wall Street firms on their own turf.

Former Class Action King Takes Control of NHL's Coyotes

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 11, 2014

A hat trick of firms—Blank Rome, Oslers and Shearman & Sterling—are advising on the $155 million sale of a 51 percent stake in the National Hockey League's Phoenix Coyotes to Andrew Barroway, a high-flying plaintiffs lawyer-turned-hedge fund executive.

Citigroup Unit to Return $16 Million in Advisory Fees

: The Associated Press : October 10, 2014

A Citigroup unit has reached an agreement with the state of New York to return almost $16 million to more than 31,000 customers across the country who were charged higher advisory fees than they negotiated.

New Deals

: The Am Law Daily : October 09, 2014

Becton, Dickinson and Company is buying CareFusion Corp. in the latest in a record-setting series of mergers and acquisitions in the pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing industries following the Affordable Care Act. Also, Encana Corp. is acquiring Athlon Energy Inc. for $5.3 billion in the largest-ever U.S.-Canada transaction in the exploration and production sector.

First Monday

Rick Kopstein, Photographer : New York Law Journal : October 08, 2014

Dechert partner Andrew Levander and Michele Hirshman, a partner at Paul Weiss, received the Gould Award for Outstanding Oral Advocacy at the 21st annual "First Monday in October" event, a mock Supreme Court argument hosted by the Office of the Appellate Defender.

Head Count Moves in Opposite Extremes at Patton Boggs, Stinson Leonard

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

Legacy firm Patton Boggs, along with Kenyon & Kenyon, McKenna Long & Aldridge, Bingham McCutchen and Dickstein Shapiro, were the Am Law 200 firms that saw their attorney head counts drop the most over the past 12 months, according to data compiled by ALM's RivalEdge. A handful of Am Law 200 firms saw double-digit percentage increases, including Stinson Leonard Street, mostly as a result of mergers.

Davis Polk, Paul Weiss Get Bronzed on Chilean Copper Deal

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : October 08, 2014

In-House at Large Public Companies

: New Jersey Law Journal : October 08, 2014

Chart tracking In-House Counsel at Large Public Companies.

Prosecutor, Defender, Counselor

Brad S. Karp : New York Law Journal : October 07, 2014

Robert Fiske's "Prosecutor, Defender, Counselor" is a must-read for lawyers, critics of the legal profession, and anyone looking for an uplifting narrative of a life exceptionally well-lived by an individual of extraordinary talents and uncommon virtue.

Cuomo Delays Court Nomination by Two Weeks

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : October 06, 2014

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said his choice for the opening on the Court of Appeals created by the expiring term of Judge Victoria Graffeo, who is one of the candidates, still will be made before the Nov. 4 election. But by pushing back his announcement, he said he will take some pressure off the Senate, which will have 30 days to vote on confirmation.

2014 Pro Hac Vice Ineligible List

: New Jersey Law Journal : October 03, 2014

Notice to the bar.

Morgan Lewis, Paul Weiss Broker UBM's Advanstar Acquisition

Wenxiong Zhang : The Am Law Daily : October 02, 2014

The two Am Law 100 firms and Magic Circle shop Slaughter and May are working on a deal that will see British media and marketing company UBM become the largest events organizer in the U.S.

Madoff Son Was Under Investigation Until His Death

Tom Hays and Larry Neumeister : The Associated Press : September 30, 2014

Bernard Madoff's last surviving son was under investigation for possible involvement in his father's multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme until the day he died from cancer earlier this month, but scrutiny over his $16 million estate lives on.

Two Lawyers Are New Among Forbes 400 Richest Americans

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

Welcome, Vincent Viola and Mark Walter. Another lawyer slips off the exclusive list. But don't worry—Leon Charney is still a billionaire.

Pet-Food Advertising Claims May Be Consolidated

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : September 29, 2014

A federal panel of judges will hear oral arguments on Thursday about whether to coordinate at least nine class actions filed by consumers of Blue Buffalo pet products.

Shook Hardy Passes ISO 27001 Audit

Mark Gerlach : Law Technology News : September 29, 2014

After 18 months of working toward ISO 27001 certification, Shook Hardy passed the test.

Am Law Trio Tapped for Encana's $5.3 Billion Energy Deal

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : September 29, 2014

Canada's Encana Corp. has turned to Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, Vinson & Elkins and Canadian firm Blakes, Cassels & Graydon for legal advice on its acquisition of Fort Worth-based Athlon Energy Inc. Latham & Watkins is representing Athlon.

Exxon Loses Bid to Dismiss Human Rights Lawsuit

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : September 25, 2014

Indonesians suing Exxon Mobil over the deaths, injuries or disappearances of their family members—allegedly at the hands of soldiers hired by the oil company—can move forward with their case, a federal judge in Washington ruled Wednesday.

Am Law 100 Firms Toast Beer, Aluminum Deals in Russia

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 25, 2014

Despite worries over Western sanctions, a trio of Am Law 100 firms sidled up for the $700 million sale of Pabst Brewing Co. to Russia's Oasis Beverages, while Russian veteran Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton advised aluminum giant United Company Rusal on its recent $5.15 billion debt restructuring.

Norton Rose, Ex-Crowell & Moring Partner Enter NFL's Ray Rice Saga

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 25, 2014

Richard Smith, head of regulatory and government investigations at Norton Rose Fulbright, has been hired by the National Football League Players Association for its investigation of the league's indefinite suspension of former Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice, who himself has retained former Crowell & Moring litigation partner Peter Ginsberg.

Exxon Loses Bid to Dismiss Human Rights Lawsuit

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : September 25, 2014

Indonesian citizens suing Exxon Mobil Corp. over the deaths, injuries or disappearances of their family members—allegedly at the hands of soldiers hired by the oil company—can move forward with their case, a federal judge in Washington ruled on Wednesday.