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Reed Smith LLP

  • Designation: Pittsburgh
  • Head Count: 1,468
  • Gross Revenues: $1,013,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $690,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,080,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 0

Reed Smith is a national law firm based in Pittsburgh. According to the National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250 rankings, Reed Smith, with 1,449 attorneys, and is the twelfth largest law firm in the United States. In terms of revenue, Reed Smith placed 19th in The American Lawyer's 2011 Am Law 100 rankings of U.S. law firms by revenue, with gross revenues of $958,000,000 in 2010. The firm ranked at #23 on the 2011 Global 100 survey of worldwide revenue. Reed Smith's practice areas include appellate litigation, intellectual property, corporate and securities, finance, employment and labor, tax,and healthcare. The firm has over twenty offices, including locations in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., New York, London, Beijing, Shanghai, and several offices in California. Reed Smith completed its merger with London-based Richards Butler January 1, 2007. In addition, Reed Smith added its presence to Chicago by combining with Sachnoff & Weaver on March 1, 2007. On January 1, 2008, Reed Smith completed the integration of Richards Butler Hong Kong, giving the merged firm a presence in that market.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 19 0 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 19 0 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 12 0 Lawyer head count
The A-List NR N/A Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 106 -14 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 62 0 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 96 13 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 53 0 Summer programs

In the News

Litigation Departments of the Year

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 03, 2014

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

Leveraging Firm-Wide Resources in N.J. and Beyond

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 03, 2014

In the two decades since Reed Smith's New Jersey branch opened in Princeton, it has become a beachhead for a 27-lawyer litigation department that includes several key leaders of its national litigation practice.

Tax Credits Unlock Cash for Real Estate Investments

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 02, 2014

Investors in real estate projects low-income areas get a 39 percent credit in exchange for a lower rate of return.

New UK Tax Rules for LLPs Hit Nonequity Partners

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 31, 2014

To skirt the new regulations, law firms are asking salaried partners for capital contributions.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 28, 2014

Sidley Austin and Reed Smith are among the eight firms announcing new additions, while two others announce promotions.

Decision on LLC Agreement Could Impact Indemnification Provisions

Vincent R. Martorana : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 26, 2014

In Fillip v. Centerstone Linen Services LLC, C.A. No.8712-VCG (Del. Ch. Feb. 27, 2014), the Delaware Court of Chancery addressed whether a plaintiff was entitled under the limited liability company agreement of Centerstone Linen Services LLC to advancement of legal expenses in litigation between Karl Fillip and the company. In making its determination, the court also assessed whether the applicable provision of the LLC agreement was ambiguous. Moreover, the court's decision could have implications on the interpretation of language in indemnification provisions in contracts generally.

PLW - People in the News - March 25, 2014

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 25, 2014

The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network of Pittsburgh elected Meyer, Unkovic & Scott attorney Amanda Gerstnecker to its board of directors.

The Churn: Bingham Departures Continue, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

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

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Norberto Quintana joins Holland & Knight's financial-services practice as partner in the New York office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Law Firms' Prime Data Security Threat: Their Own Employees

Gina Passarella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 21, 2014

While those in IT say the threats from international hackers are real, the biggest threat to a law firm's information security comes from its own employees.

County Can't Forfeit Row Officers' Right to Hire, Fire

Zack Needles : The Legal Intelligencer : January 18, 2014

The Commonwealth Court has ruled that county commissioners may not bargain away row officers' statutory right to hire, fire and supervise their employees over those row officers' objections.

Will Robinson Township Lead to New York-Style Land Use Control Suits?

Michael P. Joy, James M. Doerfler and Stefanie L. Burt : The Legal Intelligencer : January 18, 2014

On Dec. 19, 2013, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Robinson Township v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, No. 63 MAP 2012 (Pa. 2013), striking down a number of provisions in Pennsylvania's Act 13, an overhaul of the Oil and Gas Act that had established statewide uniform zoning standards for oil and gas exploration and development purposes

E-Discovery

: New York Law Journal : January 17, 2014

In this Special Report from the New York Law Journal: "Protecting Data Privacy in Litigation and Investigations," "Transparency in Predictive Coding: How Much Is Too Much?," "'Wurtz' May Influence U.S. Cross-Border E-Discovery Law," and "Managing the Five Stages of E-Discovery Grief."

'Sweetheart Deal' for Figure in Campaign Corruption Case

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Jeffrey Thompson, a Washington businessman who pleaded guilty on March 10 to funneling millions of dollars in illegal campaign contributions, got a "sweetheart deal" from prosecutors, criminal defense lawyers said.

'Wultz' May Influence U.S. Cross-Border E-Discovery Law

Patrick Burke and Erica Strauss : New York Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Patrick Burke and Erica Strauss of Reed Smith write: U.S. courts increasingly are being tasked with choice-of-law and cross-border e-discovery issues that arise when documents are sought in discovery from countries with very different legal systems. 'Wultz v. Bank of China Limited' is one such case that may well chart the course of U.S. cross-border e-discovery law going forward.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Legal industry job changes in our nation's capital.

Special Report: Your Career

James Cronin : The Recorder : January 14, 2014

This week's career advice focuses on two areas—professional development for attorneys working abroad and a nontraditional career path for law school graduates.

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

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

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

Your Career: Five Lessons for Lawyers on Working and Living Abroad

Catharina Y. Min : The Recorder : January 14, 2014

From learning a new language to building bridges, Reed Smith's Catharina Min shares her recipe for succeeding on foreign turf.

People in the News - March 14, 2014

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 14, 2014

Fox Rothschild is set to present a panel discussion on the current state of Title IX enforcement actions from 8 to 10 a.m. March 21 at the Marriott in Conshohocken, Pa.

Luzerne Businessman Gets Third Trial in Defamation Case

Zack Needles : The Legal Intelligencer : January 13, 2014

More than four years after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court vacated a $3.5 million verdict issued in favor of Luzerne County businessman Thomas A. Joseph Sr. and his son, on the grounds of judicial impropriety, and two years after a Luzerne County judge found against them in a second trial, the state Superior Court has ruled that the Josephs are entitled to a third trial in their defamation case against a local newspaper.

GE Capital Counsel Rejoins Private Practice at Reed Smith

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 12, 2014

After nearly 20 years spent in-house at various General Electric Co. subsidiaries, corporate lawyer Joe Lincoln is returning to private practice in Philadelphia at Reed Smith.

Del. Supreme Court Revives Bank's Claim for Unpaid Interest

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Law Weekly : January 12, 2014

The Delaware Supreme Court has revived a lawsuit initiated by RBC Capital Markets against a trust that it claims failed to pay owed interest.

Violating Rule 1925 Conciseness Is Unwise, but Not a Waiver

James M. Beck : The Legal Intelligencer : January 11, 2014

Aside from the rare legal all-star, in position to pick and choose cases, the rest of us inevitably have to confront losing. After all, it has been said that only lawyers who are not trusted with hard cases never lose.

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

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

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

Law Firms' Prime Data Security Threat: Their Own Employees

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 11, 2014

From kill commands and encryption codes to government espionage and foreign hackers, law firm life is beginning to resemble the plot line of a spy thriller.

Keep Your Financial Data Safe, Says the CFTC

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 10, 2014

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission issues guidelines for best practices on keeping financial information private and secure.

The Asian Lawyer All-Star Awards

Anthony Lin : The Asian Lawyer : January 10, 2014

On March 5, at a gala dinner held at the Conrad Hotel in Hong Kong, The Asian Lawyer presented its inaugural All-Star Awards. We sought to do something different, recognizing excellence in advising key industries rather than simply honoring the biggest, highest-profile deals of the year (though we took those into account too). We also said we would be publishing the reasons for the decisions that we made. And so here we do exactly that, category by category.

The Churn: Kaye Scholer Adds Cybersecurity Expert, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 09, 2014

Kaye Scholer creates a new global cybersecurity and privacy group in connection with a recent hire; Dentons makes a series of additions in Washington, D.C., and several lawyers leave Edwards Wildman & Palmer.

On The Move

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 07, 2014

Announcements about lawyers, firms and judges.

Reed Smith Grows Revenue 6.1 Percent, PPP 5.5 Percent

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 07, 2014

In a year in which Reed Smith underwent a major leadership change, the firm finished out 2013 with a 6.1 percent rise in gross revenue and a 5.5 percent increase in partner profits.

New Partners Yearbook 2014

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 06, 2014

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

Developing a Discovery Plan in Multidistrict Litigation

Jennifer Eppensteiner and Regina Nelson : Corporate Counsel : January 04, 2014

Developing a discovery plan requires determining the information you need from plaintiffs in order to make informed decisions down the line, and deciding what information you are willing to divulge.

Recent Action

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 04, 2014

Following is a listing of executive, legislative and judiciary action for the week of Feb. 24. Members of the General Assembly are set to return to session March 10.

Life Sentence for Arson Overturned on Non-DNA Evidence

Max Mitchell : The Legal Intelligencer : January 04, 2014

During the trial that led to the conviction of 19-year-old Gregory Brown Jr. for allegedly starting a fatal fire, one witness's testimony put Brown at the scene as smoke started rising from the house and another witness said that Brown later bragged about setting the blaze.

Law Firms Face Pressure From Clients on Data Security

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 04, 2014

Forget client service or rate flexibility. If a law firm wants to get, or even keep, business, data security plans are often now the price of admission.

Howse Williams Bowers Start of Hong Kong Indie Wave?

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 03, 2014

The former Reed Smith Richards Butler partners who launched the firm two years ago see opportunity in independence, while so many others have staked their fortunes on tie-ups with large international players. And they say others may follow in their footsteps.

Survey: Skadden Strongest U.S. Law Firm Brand Again

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

In its third annual look at which U.S. law firms have the strongest brand recognition among corporate clients, research company Acritas has again placed Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom at the top of the list, followed by Jones Day, Kirkland & Ellis, Baker & McKenzie and Hogan Lovells.

Judge Finds Injury Occurs as Soon as Asbestos Is Inhaled

Zack Needles : New Jersey Law Journal : January 27, 2014

A Pennsylvania trial judge has ruled that, for insurance coverage purposes, an injury occurs on the date of a plaintiff's first exposure to asbestos.

Plaintiffs and Defense Lawyers Differ on Use of Trial Technology

P.J. D'Annunzio : New Jersey Law Journal : January 27, 2014

Many plaintiffs attorneys consider trial technology to be essential in keeping the attention of modern jurors, while defense lawyers tend to be more hesitant.

Appeals Court Won't Tackle D.C. Attorney General Spat, For Now

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 26, 2014

In a dispute over when the District of Columbia should hold its first election for an attorney general, the city's highest court is staying out of the fray, at least for now.

Appeals Court Won't Tackle D.C. Attorney General Spat, For Now

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 26, 2014

In a dispute over when the District of Columbia should hold its first election for an attorney general, the city's highest court is staying out of the fray, at least for now.

Top Laterals 2013 - Gregory B. Jordan

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 25, 2014

There are many reasons that Greg Jordan's departure from the top spot at Reed Smith to serve as general counsel of PNC Financial Services Group topped our list of laterals for 2013.

Plaintiffs and Defense Lawyers Differ on Use of Trial Technology

P.J. D'Annunzio : The Legal Intelligencer : January 25, 2014

As the use of trial technology continues to advance, several plaintiffs attorneys say they consider tools such as interactive displays, computer animations and multimedia presentations to be essential in keeping the attention of modern jurors and effectively illustrating facts.

K&L Gates Revenue Up 9.3 Percent, RPL Down 5 Percent

Zack Needles : The Legal Intelligencer : January 24, 2014

After remaining flat between 2011 and 2012, Pittsburgh-based K&L Gates saw its revenue grow by about 9.3 percent in 2013, a year that saw the firm's financials impacted significantly by its Jan. 1, 2013, merger with Australia-based Middletons.

Verdicts & Settlements

: The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

DOJ Criminal Division Nominee Outlines Enforcement Priorities

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

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

Big Law Tax Partner Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion

Cheryl Miller : The Recorder : January 15, 2014

S.F.'s James Kleier faces a year in prison after admitting he didn't file returns while earning $1.3 million at Reed Smith.

Kennard Leaves Imprint on the Law—and a Seat to Fill

Scott Graham and Cheryl Miller : The Recorder : January 14, 2014

With a chance to appoint his second Supreme Court justice this term, Gov. Jerry Brown will be under pressure to nominate a Latino or African-American.

The Demise of the 'Each and Every Breath' Causation

James M. Beck : The Legal Intelligencer : January 11, 2014

In 2013, Pennsylvania law saw the final demise of any-exposure causation in asbestos litigation. Not so long ago—prior to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's decision in , 943 A.2d 216 (Pa. 2007)—asbestos plaintiffs routinely offered expert testimony that any exposure, no matter how minor, was sufficient to impose liability because "each and every breath" of asbestos-contaminated air was a "substantial factor" in causing illnesses such as mesothelioma. No longer.

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

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

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

Reed Smith Dubai Chief Joins Singapore's Drew & Napier

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 07, 2014

Lee Chau Ee, Reed Smith's Dubai managing partner since 2011, will lead a construction and engineering practice for Drew & Napier.

Judge Denies Injunction to Lawyer in D.C. Attorney General Spat

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 07, 2014

Paul Zukerberg, a lawyer challenging the D.C. Council's decision to delay the city's first election of an attorney general, lost his bid to require city election officials to include him on the ballot.

Nod Given To $100M Settlement of NuvaRing Litigation Against Merck

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 07, 2014

A New Jersey state judge signs off conditionally on a settlement that requires Merck to pay $100 million to settle mass litigation over its allegedly unsafe NuvaRing birth control device.

Inadmissible

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 07, 2014

Short takes on lawyes, firms and judges.

Judge Skeptical of Injunction Blocking Delay of D.C. Attorney General Election

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 06, 2014

A District of Columbia Superior Court judge expressed skepticism today about an attempt to block the D.C. Council's decision last fall to delay the city's first election for an attorney general.

Federal Judge Blocks Suit Faulting BofA Subsidiary's Lending Practice

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 05, 2014

Borrowers claiming predatory lending by a Bank of America subsidiary have been stymied in litigation in federal court in New Jersey.

U.S. Rep. Andrews Set to Join Phila.-Based Dilworth Paxson

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 05, 2014

U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews, D-N.J., is leaving Congress later this month to join Philadelphia-based Dilworth Paxson in March, he announced Tuesday.

PLW - People in the News - February 4, 2014

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 04, 2014

Lee DeJulius, a partner in the Pittsburgh office of Jones Day and a member of the firm's business and tort litigation practice, was appointed to a three-year term on the Lawyers Advisory Committee of the Judicial Council of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit by Chief Judge Theodore A. McKee.

'Parachuting in' to Lead Firms May Be Next Lateral Trend

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 04, 2014

One of the last bastions of law firms operating as a profession—the near certainty that a lifelong partner of the firm would be the one at its helm—appears to be changing as a number of Pennsylvania firms in recent years have looked to outsiders to fill leadership voids.

The European Commission releases new memo about "Fortress Europe"

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Law Technology News : January 03, 2014

The European Commission releases new memo about "Fortress Europe"

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.

Minimizing the Potential Risks of Multiparty Arbitration

Kim M. Watterson and Richard L. Heppner Jr. : The Legal Intelligencer : January 30, 2014

For a variety of businesses, both large and small, arbitration is considered an attractive way to resolve disputes. Arbitration often is cheaper and faster than full-blown litigation, which can entail significant expense and lengthy appeals.

LegalTech New York Primer: Advice From Veterans

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 29, 2014

Download apps, plan ahead, and drink lots and lots of coffee.

Minimizing the Potential Risks of Multiparty Arbitration

Kim M. Watterson and Richard L. Heppner Jr. : The Legal Intelligencer : January 29, 2014

For a variety of businesses, both large and small, arbitration is considered an attractive way to resolve disputes. Arbitration often is cheaper and faster than full-blown litigation, which can entail significant expense and lengthy appeals.

New Standards Set for Credit Card Payments

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Law Technology News : January 28, 2014

The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council releases updated requirements.

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. .

People in the News - January 28, 2014

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 28, 2014

On Wednesday, Flaster Greenberg shareholders Kevin Greenberg and Bill Skinner are set to discuss recent changes to the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct.

The Asian Lawyer Announces Awards Finalists

Anthony Lin : The Asian Lawyer : January 27, 2014

We are pleased to announce the finalists in nine industry categories for The Asian Lawyer All-Star law firm awards.

Dilworth Snags Reed Smith Rainmaker as New CEO

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 27, 2014

In a rare move of bringing in an outsider to run a law firm, Philadelphia-based Dilworth Paxson, with about 100 lawyers worldwide, has found its new leader from the ranks of 1,700-lawyer Reed Smith's rainmakers.

People in the News - January 24, 2014

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 24, 2014

Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads attorney Albert Piccerilli was elected to the board of directors of the SeniorLAW Center.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 24, 2014

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

Truck Stop Chains Set to Settle With Class for $130 Mil.

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 23, 2014

Lawyers representing a proposed class of about 4,000 independent truck stops announced Tuesday that they've reached a $130 million settlement in their antitrust lawsuit against leading trucker fleet payment card company Comdata Inc., as well as three national truck-stop chains.

Democratizing Legal Access With Firm-Created Reasoning Apps

Johan T. Widjaja : The Legal Intelligencer : January 23, 2014

When new technologies seem to be replacing human efforts, people are hesitant to adopt the tools. In recent years, we have seen this in the legal world, and legal technologists at firms have alleviated some of those fears by showing how the technology serves particular business needs and adds value.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 23, 2014

Eleven firms announce promotions and additions.

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

People in the News - January 22, 2014

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 22, 2014

Justin H. Brown, an attorney at Flaster Greenberg, was appointed chair of the education committee of the probate and trust law section of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 22, 2014

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

Editorials: What Lawyers And Law Firms Can Do

: The Connecticut Law Tribune : January 22, 2014

When an earthquake devastated Haiti in 2010, gender-based violence became more frequent as women living in tent camps had little physical barriers to protect them. Jayne Fleming, pro bono counsel at the international law firm Reed Smith, had the unique idea that she would try to help these women secure humanitarian parole in the United States. The alternative, to do nothing, was not really an option.

Comdata Settles Antitrust Suit with Independent Truck Stops

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 22, 2014

Lawyers from Berger & Montague, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, and Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein have reached a $130 million settlement on behalf of a proposed class of about 4,000 independent truck stops that filed an antitrust suit against Comdata Inc. and three national truck stop chains.

The Churn: Ted Kennedy Jr. Joins Epstein, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 21, 2014

Epstein Becker hires Ted Kennedy Jr. in Connecticut; Reed Smith launches a Kazakhstan office with two Dewey alumni; and a former political adviser in Florida joins Shutts & Bowen.

Reed Smith and Wilentz Goldman Sued For Allegedly Bungling Business Sale

Mary Pat Gallagher : New Jersey Law Journal : January 15, 2014

Two prominent law firms—Reed-Smith and Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer—are embroiled in New Jersey court litigation with a former client who accuses them of "a frenzy of self-dealing, fee-churning and malpractice" in a business deal.

Kauffman Leaves Blank Rome to Serve as GC of Insurer FOJP

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 15, 2014

About six months after leaving the in-house world to join Blank Rome, Robert Kauffman has left the firm to take another general counsel position.

Progress in Settling Injury, Death Claims Against Toyota

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

An attorney for Toyota Motor Corp. said Tuesday that the automaker is in negotiations with attorneys for nearly one-third of the 450 remaining wrongful-death and personal injury cases filed over sudden-acceleration defects.

People in the News - Jan. 14, 2014

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 14, 2014

Burkey Belser, president and creative director of Greenfield/Belser, is scheduled to speak at the Philadelphia chapter of the Legal Marketing Association's January educational program.

More Women Partners at Pa. Firms, but Overall Ranks Stagnant

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 14, 2014

Even as the percentage of women partners has increased over the last decade, female lawyers continue to make up less than one-third of the attorney population at Pennsylvania's 100 largest law firms, according to data tracked by Legal sibling publication PaLaw magazine.

Firms Begin to Eye Pricing Analysis

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 13, 2014

After a few years of collecting financial data and applying project management techniques to the legal process, law firms are beginning to dedicate resources to pricing analysis.

Making Expansion Into Asia Profitable a Tricky Business

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 13, 2014

As many Am Law 200 firms look beyond mainland China to Asian markets less populated by U.S. law firms, Duane Morris is entering the country for the first time with its planned Shanghai location.

Application of Truth Defense Not Always Straightforward

Steven T. Voigt : The Legal Intelligencer : January 13, 2014

Even truthful statements can sometimes create a misleading impression. Take these two sentences as an example: "Company A's decisions were made in New York. Banker B, who represents Company A, is located in New York." Do these two sentences imply a different meaning together than they do apart? How about this statement: "The apple that he sold was not completely rotten." Is this a truthful statement if the apple was pristine?

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 13, 2014

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

Caperton Saga Leaves 15-Year Imprint on Reed Smith Duo

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 13, 2014

It's the kind of case that has an attorney up at 3 a.m. pondering the next play or just the seeming injustice of it all. And for two Reed Smith attorneys, the case has been going on for upward of 15 years.

Lawyers: Grudges Fueling Rock 'n' Roll Trademark Cases

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : January 13, 2014

The desire to prevent former bandmates from trading on past glory is driving two federal trademark cases, with current members of the bands Boston and the J. Geils Band trading bitter accusations with former members about who can claim the names.

2013 E-Discovery Case Highlights

David R. Cohen & Patricia Antezana : Law Technology News : January 08, 2014

First, be careful not to rely on the federal taxation-of-costs statute to recoup all EDD expenditures.

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.

Of Bandmates and Bad Blood

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : January 06, 2014

The desire to prevent former bandmates from trading on past rock and roll glory is driving two similar federal trademark cases, with current members of the bands Boston, and, separately, the J. Geils Band, trading bitter accusations with former members about who can claim the names.

Reed Smith Partner Jumps to Sheppard

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 02, 2014

The Churn: Paul Weiss Adds From Weil, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 02, 2014

The cohead of Weil, Gotshal & Manges' tax practice moves to Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; another partner leaves Kaye Scholer in Los Angeles; and Jenner & Block welcomes back a former partner in New York.

Watch List

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 02, 2014

Key e-discovery leaders are jumping ship and taking new jobs with broader agendas.

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."

The American Lawyer's Newsmakers of 2013

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

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

The American Lawyer's Newsmakers of 2013

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

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

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."

Industry Lawyers Expect Act 13 Ruling To Keep Them Busy

Zack Needles : The Legal Intelligencer : January 24, 2013

Last week's state Supreme Court ruling striking down as unconstitutional several key amendments to the state's Oil and Gas Act scuttled any hopes the industry had of a uniform zoning ordinance scheme for every municipality in the state.

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

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 24, 2013

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

Real (Estate) Friendship: Lawyer, Real Estate Exec Credit Comfort and Consistency for Long-Term Partnership

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 23, 2013

Carol Burke, a Houston lawyer, and E. R. "Bo" Sanford II, a real estate finance executive, were friends before Sanford hired Burke for legal work, which may be the key reason they've done deals together for 29 years.

Settlement Talks Follow Jury Verdict

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 23, 2013

In the wake of the $3 million verdict returned by an Oklahoma City jury in a lawsuit involving the crash of a 2005 Camry that injured the driver and killed a passenger, lawyers on both side of the litigation hashed out a process to possibly settle the remaining 450 cases alleging sudden-acceleration defects.

Corporate Counsel Collection

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 20, 2013

Each week focuses on issues pertinent to Corporate Counsel and the lawyers who serve them. You can view all of these articles here.

California Drafts Tough Fracking Regulations

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 19, 2013

The California Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources released draft regulations for hydraulic fracturing, and officials are calling them "the toughest in the nation."

Lawsuits Are Anticipated Against Volcker Rule

Jenna Greene : New York Law Journal : January 19, 2013

When federal financial regulators last week adopted the massive Volcker Rule, it didn't mean their work was finished. If anything, lawyers say the work is just beginning.

Clear Violation of Incentive Plan Excuses Presuit Demand

Vincent R. Martorana : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 18, 2013

The Delaware Court of Chancery recently set forth, in , C.A. No. 7831-VCP (Del. Ch. Nov. 8, 2013), a clear explanation of when, in connection with a derivative claim made on behalf of a Delaware corporation, presuit demand upon that corporation's board of directors will be excused.

When Regulation Ends an American Industry

Steven T. Voigt : The Legal Intelligencer : January 17, 2013

Reuters reported in 2012 that the United States' last remaining primary lead smelter will close its doors at the end of 2013. The smelter is located in Missouri, and the company cited as the cause of the plant closure Environmental Protection Agency regulations that would impose financially "unacceptable" risks.

Newsmakers - Dec. 16

: Texas Lawyer : January 16, 2013

Jeff M. Dobbs, Jonathan B. Judkowitz and Andrew Stanger have been promoted to partners in Mayer Brown in Houston, effective Jan. 1, 2014. Plus more new positions, appointments, awards and honors.

Banks Draw Out Their Knives

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : January 16, 2013

When federal financial regulators last week adopted the massive Volcker Rule, it didn't mean their work was finished. If anything, lawyers say the work is just beginning.

Embracing Change: Looking Back at Lateral Moves in the Lone Star State in 2013

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 16, 2013

The year 2013 was a tumultuous one in the Lone Star State's legal market, with a number of significant lateral groups moving to new firms and several out-of-state firms, lured by the energy industry's strength, establishing offices here.

In-House Counsel Profile: WellPoint Inc.'s John Cannon

Lisa Holton : The National Law Journal : January 16, 2013

Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. is one of the largest health insurers in the country and the single biggest carrier in the Blue Cross and Blue Shield system. The legal department, led by John Cannon, has staff in 19 states with a total employee number of 224.

The Churn: Dentons Adds Toronto Dealmaker, Plus More Lateral Moves

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2013

Dentons lands a top Canadian deal lawyer from Baker & McKenzie; Abercrombie & Fitch hires a general counsel from the ranks of Greenberg Traurig; and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett expands in Houston.

Settlement Talks Opening in Toyota Death, Injury Claims

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 13, 2013

Lawyers for Toyota Motor Corp. have taken a step toward settling hundreds of lawsuits filed on behalf of drivers injured or killed in accidents blamed on sudden, unintended acceleration, according to court documents.

Lawyers Predict Volcker Rule Likely to Face Challenges

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : January 12, 2013

Regulators released the massive rule barring banks from making short-term proprietary trades, while exempting certain activities including market-making, on Tuesday. Given the rule's scope and magnitude, lawyers warn that legal challenges are practically inevitable.

Smoothing the Path to Staying a Money Judgment

Paige H. Forster : The Legal Intelligencer : January 11, 2013

One of the most difficult times for in-house counsel is when they are on the receiving end of an adverse money judgment. The biggest concern usually is how to get the judgment turned around on the merits.

Tech Circuit: Soundtrack Edition

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 10, 2013

After planes, trains, buses, bicycles, subways and roller skates, we catch up with recent moves.

Challenges to New Volcker Rule a 'Virtual Certainty'

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : January 10, 2013

Jump in IPOs Means a Boost For Corporate Lawyers in 2013

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 10, 2013

Corporate practices may not be in the midst of a booming fourth-quarter M&A market like the one that marked the end of 2012, but they have had a bright spot in 2013 thanks to the spate of IPO filings throughout the year.

Challenges to New Volcker Rule a 'Virtual Certainty'

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : January 10, 2013

Reed Smith Takes Tech Transactions Lawyer From Wilson

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 10, 2013

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 09, 2013

Abbie Maliniak joins Davis Wright Tremaine's health care practice as of counsel to the Los Angeles office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Create Mentoring Relationships With 'Non-Diverse' Colleagues

Nipun J. Patel : The Legal Intelligencer : January 09, 2013

Navigating a career path at any law firm requires an associate to have mentors. Development of meaningful relationships with your senior colleagues is not optional if you desire success at the firm.

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.

Litigation Dept. of the Year: Product Liability Finalist Reed Smith

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 06, 2013

Is the Natural Gas Industry in Pa. Creating More Legal Work?

Zack Needles : The Legal Intelligencer : January 06, 2013

While there is currently debate over whether the rise of the natural gas industry in Pennsylvania has created as many jobs as some had originally projected, there is little disagreement among attorneys and legal recruiters that there is, at the moment, plenty of legal work flowing from the drilling industry and, as a consequence, steady demand for oil and gas lawyers.

Have the State's Largest Firms Grown Under New Leaders?

Zack Needles : The Legal Intelligencer : January 06, 2013

In less than six years, 10 of the 14 Pennsylvania firms listed in the Am Law 200 have announced or completed changes to the uppermost tier of their leadership structures following long, successful tenures.

Asia Deal Digest: December 5, 2013

Quiteria Leung : The Asian Lawyer : January 05, 2013

* Davis Polk advising Chinese bad loan buyer Cinda on its upcoming $2.5 billion IPO* PetroChina turns to Herbert Smith Freehills for an Iraqi oil investment* Simpson Thacher and Amarchand on a $200 million Indian pharmaceutical investment by KKR

Law Firms Taking Baby Steps Toward Outsourcing of Nonlegal Services

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 03, 2013

Amid the motions deadlines, depositions and client meetings, law firms still have to get the documents processed, food served, bills collected and technology running—or do they?

Saving Space: Law Firms Look to Minimize, Restructure Real Estate

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 03, 2013

The recession combined with the growing use of technology has left large law firms with fewer associates, and even fewer legal secretaries.

Lawyers Brace for Mortgage Industry Regulation Overhaul

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 03, 2013

Consumer finance lawyers have spent the last year helping their clients adjust to sweeping regulatory changes to the residential mortgage industry that are set to go into effect in January, and last month brought with it another round of regulations that will keep the attorneys busy well into 2015.

The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 03, 2013

Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi hires The Beatles' longtime U.S. lawyer; a former U.S. ambassador to Australia rejoins Munger, Tolles & Olson; and Sidley Austin hires two new partners. .

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.

2014 Forecast: Pa. Firms Will Likely Grind It Out Again

Hank Grezlak : The Legal Intelligencer : January 02, 2013

The best that most Pennsylvania law firms can expect in terms of revenue growth in 2014 is between 3 and 7 percent, according to a review of both local and national surveys, as well as several years' worth of reported financials and discussions with longtime legal industry observers.

How the Toyota MDL Settlement Happened

David Hechler : Texas Lawyer : January 02, 2013

On the day after Christmas 2012, Toyota Motor North America announced that it had agreed to settle a giant class action over the sudden, unintended acceleration of some of its vehicles. It was the kind of announcement that was guaranteed to draw attention.

Ready for Something Else

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2013

A law firm leader, secure in his post, decides to take a job in-house; and other Moves.

The Settlement Scorecard

David Hechler : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2013

Toyota paid more than $1 billion to settle the economic damages MDL on sudden acceleration. So why do some observers say the company won?

Vegas, Baby!

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 01, 2013

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

Tech Circuit: Judge-o-Rama Edition

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 27, 2013

Georgetown Law Advanced E-Discovery Institute wraps up another stellar conference.

Editor's Note

Ben Seal : The Legal Intelligencer : January 26, 2013

Welcome to the 20th edition of PaLaw: Annual Report on the Legal Profession. In these pages, our goal is to provide a detailed view of various aspects of the legal profession in Pennsylvania, covering both the public and private sectors, looking ahead at the shape of things to come and back at the past year.

Strong Fourth Quarter Buoyed Firm Finances in 2012

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 26, 2013

When it came through 2012's financial performance, Pennsylvania's largest law firms saw everything from small to double-digit rises in most of the key metrics.

Beyond Beijing

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 25, 2013

For international firms, China has generally been a tale of two cities: Beijing and Shanghai. But a number of firms are starting to eye second-tier markets like Chongqing, Dalian, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Qingdao.

Start-Ups Look for Piece of the Legal Research Market

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 22, 2013

The founders of Judicata hope to refresh the search experience, while others go after actionable data.

Who Won in the Toyota MDL Settlement?

David Hechler : Corporate Counsel : January 22, 2013

Toyota paid more than $1 billion to settle the economic damages MDL on sudden acceleration. So why do some observers say the company won?

Retired Judge Moss Moves on to ADR, Academia

P.J. D'Annunzio : The Legal Intelligencer : January 21, 2013

In the weeks after her retirement from the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, many in the legal community say that Judge Sandra Mazer Moss' legacy is one of an innovator in managing complex litigation and an approachable mediator of disputes.

Moss Moves on to ADR, Academia

P.J. D'Annunzio : The Legal Intelligencer : January 21, 2013

In the weeks after her retirement from the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, some in the legal community say that Judge Sandra Mazer Moss' legacy is one of an innovator in managing complex litigation and an approachable moderator of disputes.

Join the Disruption: A Law Firm Innovation Framework

Johan T. Widjaja : The Legal Intelligencer : January 21, 2013

Technology innovation can be completely disruptive, creating a new market and displacing the old business model. If a company does not adapt quickly, more nimble outside entrants could gain a large amount of market share.

Pennsylvania Firms Rank High on Client Service List

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 20, 2013

Three of Pennsylvania's largest law firms also appear to be some of the most highly thought of among the largest purchasers of legal services—Fortune 1000 corporate counsel.

Pa. Firms Rank High on Client Service List

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 20, 2013

Three of Pennsylvania's largest law firms also appear to be some of the most highly thought of among the largest purchasers of legal services—Fortune 1000 corporate counsel.

Howse Williams Bowers Adds New Partner

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 18, 2013

Jill Wong is joining the firm's disputes resolution group from King & Wood Mallesons.

With Knives Out, Lawyers Circle Da Vinci Robot Maker

Max Taves : The Recorder : January 15, 2013

Sunnyvale's Intuitive Surgical is under siege from product liability claims, securities litigation and now a rescission demand.

Representing Corporate New Jersey

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 15, 2013

The Score: DLA Piper Takes Lead on New Braves Stadium

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 15, 2013

Major League Baseball's Atlanta Braves stunned many this week by announcing that the team will leave its downtown home in 2017 for a new $672 million stadium in suburban Cobb County. Elsewhere in our latest look at sports and the law: Gordon & Rees, Norton Rose Fulbright, Paul Weiss, and Womble Carlyle wade into an NFL bullying case; Alex Rodriguez adds to his robust legal team; and an ex-Milbank associate seeks to make running with the bulls a U.S. sport.

The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 15, 2013

The cochair of Jenner & Block's content, media and entertainment practice takes an in-house job with the Motion Picture Association of America; Crowell & Moring adds five attorneys in New York; and Greenberg Traurig woos a lawyer from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. .

Pepper Hamilton Announces Opening of Silicon Valley Office

Zack Needles : The Legal Intelligencer : January 13, 2013

Pepper Hamilton has opened a Silicon Valley office with the addition of three intellectual property partners from Goodwin Procter, the firm announced Tuesday.

Reed Smith Makes Leadership Changes

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 12, 2013

About a month after the top leadership position at Reed Smith changed hands, the firm has announced new managing partners for three of its offices.

Hey Doc, All You Had to Do Was Say You're Sorry

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 11, 2013

A new Pennsylvania law lets health care providers apologize to patients and their families—without those statements being used against them in lawsuits.

Suser v. Wachovia Mortgage FSB

Judith Nallin : New Jersey Law Journal : January 07, 2013

The holder of a subsequent mortgage can pursue a quiet-title action regarding whether the holder of a prior valid mortgage has the right to foreclose on it since there is a legitimate question regarding the validity of its assignment.

Deutsche Bank's Standing Held Open To Challenge in Foreclosure Case

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 07, 2013

A mortgagor can use a quiet title action to call into question prior loans on the property by banks who allegedly used the practice of "robo-signing" to quickly process foreclosures, a New Jersey appeals court says.

Survival Act Award of $10 Mil. Against UPMC Upheld by Court

Zack Needles : The Legal Intelligencer : January 06, 2013

The Pennsylvania Superior Court has upheld a $10 million jury award against UPMC Shadyside Hospital.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 06, 2013

Herzfeld & Rubin has opened a five-attorney office in Yangon, Myanmar, among other announcements.

'Lull' Seen by Attorneys in Phila.-Based Mass Tort Litigation

P.J. D'Annunzio : The Legal Intelligencer : January 05, 2013

Philadelphia has traditionally been a hotbed of mass tort litigation, but some attorneys say the city's courts are currently experiencing a break in the number of new mass tort cases filed.

How the Magic Circle Lost the Battle for New York

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 05, 2013

Despite decades of effort and millions of dollars spent, the U.K.'s Magic Circle firms still haven't made a dent in the New York market.

Special Report: Employment Law

Vitaly Gashpar : The Recorder : January 04, 2013

D.C. MOVES

: The National Law Journal : January 04, 2013

Pro Bono Academy Offers Advice to Small Businesses

Tania Karas : New York Law Journal : January 04, 2013

An event at the Apollo Theater in Harlem on Tuesday brought together volunteer lawyers from 31 firms and entrepreneurs and heads of small nonprofits, many of whom had never gotten counsel on their businesses from an attorney before, let alone one from a big corporate law firm.

Background Checks, Necessity or Liability?

Julius M. Turman : The Recorder : January 04, 2013

EEOC has been aggressively pursuing employers who use applicants' criminal history as a basis for its employment decisions, says Julius Turman of Reed Smith.

How the Magic Circle Lost the Battle for New York

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 31, 2013

Despite decades of effort and millions of dollars spent, the U.K.'s Magic Circle firms still haven't made a dent in the New York market.

Fee Tracker: Penn State's Sex Abuse Tab, Herbalife and Twitter

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 30, 2013

Tallying up what Am Law 200 firms are making for their work on notable matters in the news, including the Penn State sex abuse scandal, Bill Ackman's bet against Herbalife, the coming Wikipedia reboot and Twitter's planned IPO.

Upper Devonian Shales Could Lead to More Energy Work

Zack Needles : The Legal Intelligencer : January 29, 2013

By now, most Pennsylvanians have heard of the overlapping Marcellus and Utica shales. But there's a third layer of shales sitting atop both of them in Southwestern Pennsylvania that has the oil and gas industry, and by extension the legal industry, buzzing.

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.

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.

Crosby Heafey Alums Celebrate Merger That Opened Doors

Maria Zilberman : The Recorder : January 28, 2013

Five Firms Advise on $3.5 Billion Consol Coal Mine Deal

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 28, 2013

Consol Energy has agreed to sell five of its coal mining operations in West Virginia to Murray Energy in a deal worth $3.5 billion—including cash, assumed debt and future considerations. Kirkland & Ellis is advising Murray, while Consol has turned to attorneys at Buchanan Ingersoll, Greenberg Traurig, Wachtell and West Virginia's Steptoe & Johnson.

After Wavering, Ninth Circuit Snuffs Out 'Broughton-Cruz' Doctrine

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 28, 2013

Do You Want to Be Facebook Friends or Do You Want to Serve Me?

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Law Technology News : January 25, 2013

A new U.S. court ruling allows service of process via Facebook.

Upper Devonian Shales Could Lead to More Energy Work

Zack Needles : The Legal Intelligencer : January 24, 2013

By now, most Pennsylvanians have heard of the overlapping Marcellus and Utica shale formations. But there's a third layer of shales sitting atop both of them in Southwestern Pennsylvania that has the oil and gas industry, and by extension the legal industry, buzzing.

In Practice: The Slow Death of 'Gentry'

Steven B. Katz : The Recorder : January 24, 2013

Culmination of federal jurisprudence leaves little choice to the state Supreme Court but to overturn itself, says Steven Katz of Reed Smith.

Reed Smith Responds to Partner's Crude SCOTUS Tweet

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 23, 2013

The Am Law 100 firm, which once had its lawyers attend "Tweet School" to learn how to use Twitter appropriately, is doing damage control after one of its Pittsburgh-based partners used the social medium to hurl an obscenity-laced barb.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 22, 2013

Several firms announce new additions, including Davis Polk, Sills Cummis, FoxRothschild, Reed Smith, and more.

The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200

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

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

After Partner's Crude SCOTUS Tweet, Law Firm Does Damage Control

Brian Baxter : The American Lawyer : January 22, 2013

We've all had bad days at the office. Reed Smith commercial real estate partner Steven Regan, it seems, had one out of the office last week. And now the Am Law 100 firm is trying to make amends.

INADMISSIBLE: For Lawyers in EPA Cases, 'Exciting Dilemma'

: The National Law Journal : January 21, 2013

Lawyers are scrambling following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on October 15 to grant review in six separate challenges to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's greenhouse gas regulations. But there's a catch. Plus more in this week's column.

Reed Smith Responds to Partner's Crude SCOTUS Tweet

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 21, 2013

The Am Law 100 firm—which once had its lawyers attend "Tweet School" to learn how to use Twitter appropriately—is doing damage control after one of its Pittsburgh-based partners used the social medium to hurl an obscenity-laced barb.

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In the News

Litigation Departments of the Year

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 03, 2014

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

Leveraging Firm-Wide Resources in N.J. and Beyond

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 03, 2014

In the two decades since Reed Smith's New Jersey branch opened in Princeton, it has become a beachhead for a 27-lawyer litigation department that includes several key leaders of its national litigation practice.

Tax Credits Unlock Cash for Real Estate Investments

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 02, 2014

Investors in real estate projects low-income areas get a 39 percent credit in exchange for a lower rate of return.

New UK Tax Rules for LLPs Hit Nonequity Partners

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 31, 2014

To skirt the new regulations, law firms are asking salaried partners for capital contributions.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 28, 2014

Sidley Austin and Reed Smith are among the eight firms announcing new additions, while two others announce promotions.

Decision on LLC Agreement Could Impact Indemnification Provisions

Vincent R. Martorana : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 26, 2014

In Fillip v. Centerstone Linen Services LLC, C.A. No.8712-VCG (Del. Ch. Feb. 27, 2014), the Delaware Court of Chancery addressed whether a plaintiff was entitled under the limited liability company agreement of Centerstone Linen Services LLC to advancement of legal expenses in litigation between Karl Fillip and the company. In making its determination, the court also assessed whether the applicable provision of the LLC agreement was ambiguous. Moreover, the court's decision could have implications on the interpretation of language in indemnification provisions in contracts generally.

PLW - People in the News - March 25, 2014

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 25, 2014

The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network of Pittsburgh elected Meyer, Unkovic & Scott attorney Amanda Gerstnecker to its board of directors.

The Churn: Bingham Departures Continue, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

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

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Norberto Quintana joins Holland & Knight's financial-services practice as partner in the New York office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Law Firms' Prime Data Security Threat: Their Own Employees

Gina Passarella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 21, 2014

While those in IT say the threats from international hackers are real, the biggest threat to a law firm's information security comes from its own employees.

County Can't Forfeit Row Officers' Right to Hire, Fire

Zack Needles : The Legal Intelligencer : January 18, 2014

The Commonwealth Court has ruled that county commissioners may not bargain away row officers' statutory right to hire, fire and supervise their employees over those row officers' objections.

Will Robinson Township Lead to New York-Style Land Use Control Suits?

Michael P. Joy, James M. Doerfler and Stefanie L. Burt : The Legal Intelligencer : January 18, 2014

On Dec. 19, 2013, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Robinson Township v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, No. 63 MAP 2012 (Pa. 2013), striking down a number of provisions in Pennsylvania's Act 13, an overhaul of the Oil and Gas Act that had established statewide uniform zoning standards for oil and gas exploration and development purposes

E-Discovery

: New York Law Journal : January 17, 2014

In this Special Report from the New York Law Journal: "Protecting Data Privacy in Litigation and Investigations," "Transparency in Predictive Coding: How Much Is Too Much?," "'Wurtz' May Influence U.S. Cross-Border E-Discovery Law," and "Managing the Five Stages of E-Discovery Grief."

'Sweetheart Deal' for Figure in Campaign Corruption Case

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Jeffrey Thompson, a Washington businessman who pleaded guilty on March 10 to funneling millions of dollars in illegal campaign contributions, got a "sweetheart deal" from prosecutors, criminal defense lawyers said.

'Wultz' May Influence U.S. Cross-Border E-Discovery Law

Patrick Burke and Erica Strauss : New York Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Patrick Burke and Erica Strauss of Reed Smith write: U.S. courts increasingly are being tasked with choice-of-law and cross-border e-discovery issues that arise when documents are sought in discovery from countries with very different legal systems. 'Wultz v. Bank of China Limited' is one such case that may well chart the course of U.S. cross-border e-discovery law going forward.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Legal industry job changes in our nation's capital.

Special Report: Your Career

James Cronin : The Recorder : January 14, 2014

This week's career advice focuses on two areas—professional development for attorneys working abroad and a nontraditional career path for law school graduates.

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

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

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

Your Career: Five Lessons for Lawyers on Working and Living Abroad

Catharina Y. Min : The Recorder : January 14, 2014

From learning a new language to building bridges, Reed Smith's Catharina Min shares her recipe for succeeding on foreign turf.

People in the News - March 14, 2014

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 14, 2014

Fox Rothschild is set to present a panel discussion on the current state of Title IX enforcement actions from 8 to 10 a.m. March 21 at the Marriott in Conshohocken, Pa.

Luzerne Businessman Gets Third Trial in Defamation Case

Zack Needles : The Legal Intelligencer : January 13, 2014

More than four years after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court vacated a $3.5 million verdict issued in favor of Luzerne County businessman Thomas A. Joseph Sr. and his son, on the grounds of judicial impropriety, and two years after a Luzerne County judge found against them in a second trial, the state Superior Court has ruled that the Josephs are entitled to a third trial in their defamation case against a local newspaper.

GE Capital Counsel Rejoins Private Practice at Reed Smith

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 12, 2014

After nearly 20 years spent in-house at various General Electric Co. subsidiaries, corporate lawyer Joe Lincoln is returning to private practice in Philadelphia at Reed Smith.

Del. Supreme Court Revives Bank's Claim for Unpaid Interest

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Law Weekly : January 12, 2014

The Delaware Supreme Court has revived a lawsuit initiated by RBC Capital Markets against a trust that it claims failed to pay owed interest.

Violating Rule 1925 Conciseness Is Unwise, but Not a Waiver

James M. Beck : The Legal Intelligencer : January 11, 2014

Aside from the rare legal all-star, in position to pick and choose cases, the rest of us inevitably have to confront losing. After all, it has been said that only lawyers who are not trusted with hard cases never lose.

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

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

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

Law Firms' Prime Data Security Threat: Their Own Employees

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 11, 2014

From kill commands and encryption codes to government espionage and foreign hackers, law firm life is beginning to resemble the plot line of a spy thriller.

Keep Your Financial Data Safe, Says the CFTC

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 10, 2014

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission issues guidelines for best practices on keeping financial information private and secure.

The Asian Lawyer All-Star Awards

Anthony Lin : The Asian Lawyer : January 10, 2014

On March 5, at a gala dinner held at the Conrad Hotel in Hong Kong, The Asian Lawyer presented its inaugural All-Star Awards. We sought to do something different, recognizing excellence in advising key industries rather than simply honoring the biggest, highest-profile deals of the year (though we took those into account too). We also said we would be publishing the reasons for the decisions that we made. And so here we do exactly that, category by category.

The Churn: Kaye Scholer Adds Cybersecurity Expert, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 09, 2014

Kaye Scholer creates a new global cybersecurity and privacy group in connection with a recent hire; Dentons makes a series of additions in Washington, D.C., and several lawyers leave Edwards Wildman & Palmer.

On The Move

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 07, 2014

Announcements about lawyers, firms and judges.

Reed Smith Grows Revenue 6.1 Percent, PPP 5.5 Percent

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 07, 2014

In a year in which Reed Smith underwent a major leadership change, the firm finished out 2013 with a 6.1 percent rise in gross revenue and a 5.5 percent increase in partner profits.

New Partners Yearbook 2014

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 06, 2014

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

Developing a Discovery Plan in Multidistrict Litigation

Jennifer Eppensteiner and Regina Nelson : Corporate Counsel : January 04, 2014

Developing a discovery plan requires determining the information you need from plaintiffs in order to make informed decisions down the line, and deciding what information you are willing to divulge.

Recent Action

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 04, 2014

Following is a listing of executive, legislative and judiciary action for the week of Feb. 24. Members of the General Assembly are set to return to session March 10.

Life Sentence for Arson Overturned on Non-DNA Evidence

Max Mitchell : The Legal Intelligencer : January 04, 2014

During the trial that led to the conviction of 19-year-old Gregory Brown Jr. for allegedly starting a fatal fire, one witness's testimony put Brown at the scene as smoke started rising from the house and another witness said that Brown later bragged about setting the blaze.

Law Firms Face Pressure From Clients on Data Security

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 04, 2014

Forget client service or rate flexibility. If a law firm wants to get, or even keep, business, data security plans are often now the price of admission.

Howse Williams Bowers Start of Hong Kong Indie Wave?

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 03, 2014

The former Reed Smith Richards Butler partners who launched the firm two years ago see opportunity in independence, while so many others have staked their fortunes on tie-ups with large international players. And they say others may follow in their footsteps.

Survey: Skadden Strongest U.S. Law Firm Brand Again

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

In its third annual look at which U.S. law firms have the strongest brand recognition among corporate clients, research company Acritas has again placed Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom at the top of the list, followed by Jones Day, Kirkland & Ellis, Baker & McKenzie and Hogan Lovells.

Judge Finds Injury Occurs as Soon as Asbestos Is Inhaled

Zack Needles : New Jersey Law Journal : January 27, 2014

A Pennsylvania trial judge has ruled that, for insurance coverage purposes, an injury occurs on the date of a plaintiff's first exposure to asbestos.

Plaintiffs and Defense Lawyers Differ on Use of Trial Technology

P.J. D'Annunzio : New Jersey Law Journal : January 27, 2014

Many plaintiffs attorneys consider trial technology to be essential in keeping the attention of modern jurors, while defense lawyers tend to be more hesitant.

Appeals Court Won't Tackle D.C. Attorney General Spat, For Now

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 26, 2014

In a dispute over when the District of Columbia should hold its first election for an attorney general, the city's highest court is staying out of the fray, at least for now.

Appeals Court Won't Tackle D.C. Attorney General Spat, For Now

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 26, 2014

In a dispute over when the District of Columbia should hold its first election for an attorney general, the city's highest court is staying out of the fray, at least for now.

Top Laterals 2013 - Gregory B. Jordan

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 25, 2014

There are many reasons that Greg Jordan's departure from the top spot at Reed Smith to serve as general counsel of PNC Financial Services Group topped our list of laterals for 2013.

Plaintiffs and Defense Lawyers Differ on Use of Trial Technology

P.J. D'Annunzio : The Legal Intelligencer : January 25, 2014

As the use of trial technology continues to advance, several plaintiffs attorneys say they consider tools such as interactive displays, computer animations and multimedia presentations to be essential in keeping the attention of modern jurors and effectively illustrating facts.

K&L Gates Revenue Up 9.3 Percent, RPL Down 5 Percent

Zack Needles : The Legal Intelligencer : January 24, 2014

After remaining flat between 2011 and 2012, Pittsburgh-based K&L Gates saw its revenue grow by about 9.3 percent in 2013, a year that saw the firm's financials impacted significantly by its Jan. 1, 2013, merger with Australia-based Middletons.

Verdicts & Settlements

: The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

DOJ Criminal Division Nominee Outlines Enforcement Priorities

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

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

Big Law Tax Partner Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion

Cheryl Miller : The Recorder : January 15, 2014

S.F.'s James Kleier faces a year in prison after admitting he didn't file returns while earning $1.3 million at Reed Smith.

Kennard Leaves Imprint on the Law—and a Seat to Fill

Scott Graham and Cheryl Miller : The Recorder : January 14, 2014

With a chance to appoint his second Supreme Court justice this term, Gov. Jerry Brown will be under pressure to nominate a Latino or African-American.

The Demise of the 'Each and Every Breath' Causation

James M. Beck : The Legal Intelligencer : January 11, 2014

In 2013, Pennsylvania law saw the final demise of any-exposure causation in asbestos litigation. Not so long ago—prior to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's decision in , 943 A.2d 216 (Pa. 2007)—asbestos plaintiffs routinely offered expert testimony that any exposure, no matter how minor, was sufficient to impose liability because "each and every breath" of asbestos-contaminated air was a "substantial factor" in causing illnesses such as mesothelioma. No longer.

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

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

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

Reed Smith Dubai Chief Joins Singapore's Drew & Napier

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 07, 2014

Lee Chau Ee, Reed Smith's Dubai managing partner since 2011, will lead a construction and engineering practice for Drew & Napier.

Judge Denies Injunction to Lawyer in D.C. Attorney General Spat

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 07, 2014

Paul Zukerberg, a lawyer challenging the D.C. Council's decision to delay the city's first election of an attorney general, lost his bid to require city election officials to include him on the ballot.

Nod Given To $100M Settlement of NuvaRing Litigation Against Merck

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 07, 2014

A New Jersey state judge signs off conditionally on a settlement that requires Merck to pay $100 million to settle mass litigation over its allegedly unsafe NuvaRing birth control device.

Inadmissible

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 07, 2014

Short takes on lawyes, firms and judges.

Judge Skeptical of Injunction Blocking Delay of D.C. Attorney General Election

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 06, 2014

A District of Columbia Superior Court judge expressed skepticism today about an attempt to block the D.C. Council's decision last fall to delay the city's first election for an attorney general.

Federal Judge Blocks Suit Faulting BofA Subsidiary's Lending Practice

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 05, 2014

Borrowers claiming predatory lending by a Bank of America subsidiary have been stymied in litigation in federal court in New Jersey.

U.S. Rep. Andrews Set to Join Phila.-Based Dilworth Paxson

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 05, 2014

U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews, D-N.J., is leaving Congress later this month to join Philadelphia-based Dilworth Paxson in March, he announced Tuesday.

PLW - People in the News - February 4, 2014

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 04, 2014

Lee DeJulius, a partner in the Pittsburgh office of Jones Day and a member of the firm's business and tort litigation practice, was appointed to a three-year term on the Lawyers Advisory Committee of the Judicial Council of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit by Chief Judge Theodore A. McKee.

'Parachuting in' to Lead Firms May Be Next Lateral Trend

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 04, 2014

One of the last bastions of law firms operating as a profession—the near certainty that a lifelong partner of the firm would be the one at its helm—appears to be changing as a number of Pennsylvania firms in recent years have looked to outsiders to fill leadership voids.

The European Commission releases new memo about "Fortress Europe"

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Law Technology News : January 03, 2014

The European Commission releases new memo about "Fortress Europe"

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.

Minimizing the Potential Risks of Multiparty Arbitration

Kim M. Watterson and Richard L. Heppner Jr. : The Legal Intelligencer : January 30, 2014

For a variety of businesses, both large and small, arbitration is considered an attractive way to resolve disputes. Arbitration often is cheaper and faster than full-blown litigation, which can entail significant expense and lengthy appeals.

LegalTech New York Primer: Advice From Veterans

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 29, 2014

Download apps, plan ahead, and drink lots and lots of coffee.

Minimizing the Potential Risks of Multiparty Arbitration

Kim M. Watterson and Richard L. Heppner Jr. : The Legal Intelligencer : January 29, 2014

For a variety of businesses, both large and small, arbitration is considered an attractive way to resolve disputes. Arbitration often is cheaper and faster than full-blown litigation, which can entail significant expense and lengthy appeals.

New Standards Set for Credit Card Payments

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Law Technology News : January 28, 2014

The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council releases updated requirements.

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. .

People in the News - January 28, 2014

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 28, 2014

On Wednesday, Flaster Greenberg shareholders Kevin Greenberg and Bill Skinner are set to discuss recent changes to the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct.

The Asian Lawyer Announces Awards Finalists

Anthony Lin : The Asian Lawyer : January 27, 2014

We are pleased to announce the finalists in nine industry categories for The Asian Lawyer All-Star law firm awards.

Dilworth Snags Reed Smith Rainmaker as New CEO

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 27, 2014

In a rare move of bringing in an outsider to run a law firm, Philadelphia-based Dilworth Paxson, with about 100 lawyers worldwide, has found its new leader from the ranks of 1,700-lawyer Reed Smith's rainmakers.

People in the News - January 24, 2014

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 24, 2014

Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads attorney Albert Piccerilli was elected to the board of directors of the SeniorLAW Center.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 24, 2014

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

Truck Stop Chains Set to Settle With Class for $130 Mil.

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 23, 2014

Lawyers representing a proposed class of about 4,000 independent truck stops announced Tuesday that they've reached a $130 million settlement in their antitrust lawsuit against leading trucker fleet payment card company Comdata Inc., as well as three national truck-stop chains.

Democratizing Legal Access With Firm-Created Reasoning Apps

Johan T. Widjaja : The Legal Intelligencer : January 23, 2014

When new technologies seem to be replacing human efforts, people are hesitant to adopt the tools. In recent years, we have seen this in the legal world, and legal technologists at firms have alleviated some of those fears by showing how the technology serves particular business needs and adds value.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 23, 2014

Eleven firms announce promotions and additions.

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

People in the News - January 22, 2014

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 22, 2014

Justin H. Brown, an attorney at Flaster Greenberg, was appointed chair of the education committee of the probate and trust law section of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 22, 2014

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

Editorials: What Lawyers And Law Firms Can Do

: The Connecticut Law Tribune : January 22, 2014

When an earthquake devastated Haiti in 2010, gender-based violence became more frequent as women living in tent camps had little physical barriers to protect them. Jayne Fleming, pro bono counsel at the international law firm Reed Smith, had the unique idea that she would try to help these women secure humanitarian parole in the United States. The alternative, to do nothing, was not really an option.

Comdata Settles Antitrust Suit with Independent Truck Stops

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 22, 2014

Lawyers from Berger & Montague, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, and Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein have reached a $130 million settlement on behalf of a proposed class of about 4,000 independent truck stops that filed an antitrust suit against Comdata Inc. and three national truck stop chains.

The Churn: Ted Kennedy Jr. Joins Epstein, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 21, 2014

Epstein Becker hires Ted Kennedy Jr. in Connecticut; Reed Smith launches a Kazakhstan office with two Dewey alumni; and a former political adviser in Florida joins Shutts & Bowen.

Reed Smith and Wilentz Goldman Sued For Allegedly Bungling Business Sale

Mary Pat Gallagher : New Jersey Law Journal : January 15, 2014

Two prominent law firms—Reed-Smith and Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer—are embroiled in New Jersey court litigation with a former client who accuses them of "a frenzy of self-dealing, fee-churning and malpractice" in a business deal.

Kauffman Leaves Blank Rome to Serve as GC of Insurer FOJP

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 15, 2014

About six months after leaving the in-house world to join Blank Rome, Robert Kauffman has left the firm to take another general counsel position.

Progress in Settling Injury, Death Claims Against Toyota

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

An attorney for Toyota Motor Corp. said Tuesday that the automaker is in negotiations with attorneys for nearly one-third of the 450 remaining wrongful-death and personal injury cases filed over sudden-acceleration defects.

People in the News - Jan. 14, 2014

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 14, 2014

Burkey Belser, president and creative director of Greenfield/Belser, is scheduled to speak at the Philadelphia chapter of the Legal Marketing Association's January educational program.

More Women Partners at Pa. Firms, but Overall Ranks Stagnant

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 14, 2014

Even as the percentage of women partners has increased over the last decade, female lawyers continue to make up less than one-third of the attorney population at Pennsylvania's 100 largest law firms, according to data tracked by Legal sibling publication PaLaw magazine.

Firms Begin to Eye Pricing Analysis

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 13, 2014

After a few years of collecting financial data and applying project management techniques to the legal process, law firms are beginning to dedicate resources to pricing analysis.

Making Expansion Into Asia Profitable a Tricky Business

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 13, 2014

As many Am Law 200 firms look beyond mainland China to Asian markets less populated by U.S. law firms, Duane Morris is entering the country for the first time with its planned Shanghai location.

Application of Truth Defense Not Always Straightforward

Steven T. Voigt : The Legal Intelligencer : January 13, 2014

Even truthful statements can sometimes create a misleading impression. Take these two sentences as an example: "Company A's decisions were made in New York. Banker B, who represents Company A, is located in New York." Do these two sentences imply a different meaning together than they do apart? How about this statement: "The apple that he sold was not completely rotten." Is this a truthful statement if the apple was pristine?

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 13, 2014

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

Caperton Saga Leaves 15-Year Imprint on Reed Smith Duo

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 13, 2014

It's the kind of case that has an attorney up at 3 a.m. pondering the next play or just the seeming injustice of it all. And for two Reed Smith attorneys, the case has been going on for upward of 15 years.

Lawyers: Grudges Fueling Rock 'n' Roll Trademark Cases

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : January 13, 2014

The desire to prevent former bandmates from trading on past glory is driving two federal trademark cases, with current members of the bands Boston and the J. Geils Band trading bitter accusations with former members about who can claim the names.

2013 E-Discovery Case Highlights

David R. Cohen & Patricia Antezana : Law Technology News : January 08, 2014

First, be careful not to rely on the federal taxation-of-costs statute to recoup all EDD expenditures.

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.

Of Bandmates and Bad Blood

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : January 06, 2014

The desire to prevent former bandmates from trading on past rock and roll glory is driving two similar federal trademark cases, with current members of the bands Boston, and, separately, the J. Geils Band, trading bitter accusations with former members about who can claim the names.

Reed Smith Partner Jumps to Sheppard

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 02, 2014

The Churn: Paul Weiss Adds From Weil, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 02, 2014

The cohead of Weil, Gotshal & Manges' tax practice moves to Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; another partner leaves Kaye Scholer in Los Angeles; and Jenner & Block welcomes back a former partner in New York.

Watch List

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 02, 2014

Key e-discovery leaders are jumping ship and taking new jobs with broader agendas.

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."

The American Lawyer's Newsmakers of 2013

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

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

The American Lawyer's Newsmakers of 2013

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

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

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."

Industry Lawyers Expect Act 13 Ruling To Keep Them Busy

Zack Needles : The Legal Intelligencer : January 24, 2013

Last week's state Supreme Court ruling striking down as unconstitutional several key amendments to the state's Oil and Gas Act scuttled any hopes the industry had of a uniform zoning ordinance scheme for every municipality in the state.

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

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 24, 2013

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

Real (Estate) Friendship: Lawyer, Real Estate Exec Credit Comfort and Consistency for Long-Term Partnership

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 23, 2013

Carol Burke, a Houston lawyer, and E. R. "Bo" Sanford II, a real estate finance executive, were friends before Sanford hired Burke for legal work, which may be the key reason they've done deals together for 29 years.

Settlement Talks Follow Jury Verdict

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 23, 2013

In the wake of the $3 million verdict returned by an Oklahoma City jury in a lawsuit involving the crash of a 2005 Camry that injured the driver and killed a passenger, lawyers on both side of the litigation hashed out a process to possibly settle the remaining 450 cases alleging sudden-acceleration defects.

Corporate Counsel Collection

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 20, 2013

Each week focuses on issues pertinent to Corporate Counsel and the lawyers who serve them. You can view all of these articles here.

California Drafts Tough Fracking Regulations

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 19, 2013

The California Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources released draft regulations for hydraulic fracturing, and officials are calling them "the toughest in the nation."

Lawsuits Are Anticipated Against Volcker Rule

Jenna Greene : New York Law Journal : January 19, 2013

When federal financial regulators last week adopted the massive Volcker Rule, it didn't mean their work was finished. If anything, lawyers say the work is just beginning.

Clear Violation of Incentive Plan Excuses Presuit Demand

Vincent R. Martorana : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 18, 2013

The Delaware Court of Chancery recently set forth, in , C.A. No. 7831-VCP (Del. Ch. Nov. 8, 2013), a clear explanation of when, in connection with a derivative claim made on behalf of a Delaware corporation, presuit demand upon that corporation's board of directors will be excused.

When Regulation Ends an American Industry

Steven T. Voigt : The Legal Intelligencer : January 17, 2013

Reuters reported in 2012 that the United States' last remaining primary lead smelter will close its doors at the end of 2013. The smelter is located in Missouri, and the company cited as the cause of the plant closure Environmental Protection Agency regulations that would impose financially "unacceptable" risks.

Newsmakers - Dec. 16

: Texas Lawyer : January 16, 2013

Jeff M. Dobbs, Jonathan B. Judkowitz and Andrew Stanger have been promoted to partners in Mayer Brown in Houston, effective Jan. 1, 2014. Plus more new positions, appointments, awards and honors.

Banks Draw Out Their Knives

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : January 16, 2013

When federal financial regulators last week adopted the massive Volcker Rule, it didn't mean their work was finished. If anything, lawyers say the work is just beginning.

Embracing Change: Looking Back at Lateral Moves in the Lone Star State in 2013

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 16, 2013

The year 2013 was a tumultuous one in the Lone Star State's legal market, with a number of significant lateral groups moving to new firms and several out-of-state firms, lured by the energy industry's strength, establishing offices here.

In-House Counsel Profile: WellPoint Inc.'s John Cannon

Lisa Holton : The National Law Journal : January 16, 2013

Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. is one of the largest health insurers in the country and the single biggest carrier in the Blue Cross and Blue Shield system. The legal department, led by John Cannon, has staff in 19 states with a total employee number of 224.

The Churn: Dentons Adds Toronto Dealmaker, Plus More Lateral Moves

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2013

Dentons lands a top Canadian deal lawyer from Baker & McKenzie; Abercrombie & Fitch hires a general counsel from the ranks of Greenberg Traurig; and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett expands in Houston.

Settlement Talks Opening in Toyota Death, Injury Claims

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 13, 2013

Lawyers for Toyota Motor Corp. have taken a step toward settling hundreds of lawsuits filed on behalf of drivers injured or killed in accidents blamed on sudden, unintended acceleration, according to court documents.

Lawyers Predict Volcker Rule Likely to Face Challenges

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : January 12, 2013

Regulators released the massive rule barring banks from making short-term proprietary trades, while exempting certain activities including market-making, on Tuesday. Given the rule's scope and magnitude, lawyers warn that legal challenges are practically inevitable.

Smoothing the Path to Staying a Money Judgment

Paige H. Forster : The Legal Intelligencer : January 11, 2013

One of the most difficult times for in-house counsel is when they are on the receiving end of an adverse money judgment. The biggest concern usually is how to get the judgment turned around on the merits.

Tech Circuit: Soundtrack Edition

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 10, 2013

After planes, trains, buses, bicycles, subways and roller skates, we catch up with recent moves.

Challenges to New Volcker Rule a 'Virtual Certainty'

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : January 10, 2013

Jump in IPOs Means a Boost For Corporate Lawyers in 2013

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 10, 2013

Corporate practices may not be in the midst of a booming fourth-quarter M&A market like the one that marked the end of 2012, but they have had a bright spot in 2013 thanks to the spate of IPO filings throughout the year.

Challenges to New Volcker Rule a 'Virtual Certainty'

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : January 10, 2013

Reed Smith Takes Tech Transactions Lawyer From Wilson

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 10, 2013

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 09, 2013

Abbie Maliniak joins Davis Wright Tremaine's health care practice as of counsel to the Los Angeles office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Create Mentoring Relationships With 'Non-Diverse' Colleagues

Nipun J. Patel : The Legal Intelligencer : January 09, 2013

Navigating a career path at any law firm requires an associate to have mentors. Development of meaningful relationships with your senior colleagues is not optional if you desire success at the firm.

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.

Litigation Dept. of the Year: Product Liability Finalist Reed Smith

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 06, 2013

Is the Natural Gas Industry in Pa. Creating More Legal Work?

Zack Needles : The Legal Intelligencer : January 06, 2013

While there is currently debate over whether the rise of the natural gas industry in Pennsylvania has created as many jobs as some had originally projected, there is little disagreement among attorneys and legal recruiters that there is, at the moment, plenty of legal work flowing from the drilling industry and, as a consequence, steady demand for oil and gas lawyers.

Have the State's Largest Firms Grown Under New Leaders?

Zack Needles : The Legal Intelligencer : January 06, 2013

In less than six years, 10 of the 14 Pennsylvania firms listed in the Am Law 200 have announced or completed changes to the uppermost tier of their leadership structures following long, successful tenures.

Asia Deal Digest: December 5, 2013

Quiteria Leung : The Asian Lawyer : January 05, 2013

* Davis Polk advising Chinese bad loan buyer Cinda on its upcoming $2.5 billion IPO* PetroChina turns to Herbert Smith Freehills for an Iraqi oil investment* Simpson Thacher and Amarchand on a $200 million Indian pharmaceutical investment by KKR

Law Firms Taking Baby Steps Toward Outsourcing of Nonlegal Services

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 03, 2013

Amid the motions deadlines, depositions and client meetings, law firms still have to get the documents processed, food served, bills collected and technology running—or do they?

Saving Space: Law Firms Look to Minimize, Restructure Real Estate

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 03, 2013

The recession combined with the growing use of technology has left large law firms with fewer associates, and even fewer legal secretaries.

Lawyers Brace for Mortgage Industry Regulation Overhaul

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 03, 2013

Consumer finance lawyers have spent the last year helping their clients adjust to sweeping regulatory changes to the residential mortgage industry that are set to go into effect in January, and last month brought with it another round of regulations that will keep the attorneys busy well into 2015.

The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 03, 2013

Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi hires The Beatles' longtime U.S. lawyer; a former U.S. ambassador to Australia rejoins Munger, Tolles & Olson; and Sidley Austin hires two new partners. .

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.

2014 Forecast: Pa. Firms Will Likely Grind It Out Again

Hank Grezlak : The Legal Intelligencer : January 02, 2013

The best that most Pennsylvania law firms can expect in terms of revenue growth in 2014 is between 3 and 7 percent, according to a review of both local and national surveys, as well as several years' worth of reported financials and discussions with longtime legal industry observers.

How the Toyota MDL Settlement Happened

David Hechler : Texas Lawyer : January 02, 2013

On the day after Christmas 2012, Toyota Motor North America announced that it had agreed to settle a giant class action over the sudden, unintended acceleration of some of its vehicles. It was the kind of announcement that was guaranteed to draw attention.

Ready for Something Else

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2013

A law firm leader, secure in his post, decides to take a job in-house; and other Moves.

The Settlement Scorecard

David Hechler : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2013

Toyota paid more than $1 billion to settle the economic damages MDL on sudden acceleration. So why do some observers say the company won?

Vegas, Baby!

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 01, 2013

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

Tech Circuit: Judge-o-Rama Edition

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 27, 2013

Georgetown Law Advanced E-Discovery Institute wraps up another stellar conference.

Editor's Note

Ben Seal : The Legal Intelligencer : January 26, 2013

Welcome to the 20th edition of PaLaw: Annual Report on the Legal Profession. In these pages, our goal is to provide a detailed view of various aspects of the legal profession in Pennsylvania, covering both the public and private sectors, looking ahead at the shape of things to come and back at the past year.

Strong Fourth Quarter Buoyed Firm Finances in 2012

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 26, 2013

When it came through 2012's financial performance, Pennsylvania's largest law firms saw everything from small to double-digit rises in most of the key metrics.

Beyond Beijing

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 25, 2013

For international firms, China has generally been a tale of two cities: Beijing and Shanghai. But a number of firms are starting to eye second-tier markets like Chongqing, Dalian, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Qingdao.

Start-Ups Look for Piece of the Legal Research Market

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 22, 2013

The founders of Judicata hope to refresh the search experience, while others go after actionable data.

Who Won in the Toyota MDL Settlement?

David Hechler : Corporate Counsel : January 22, 2013

Toyota paid more than $1 billion to settle the economic damages MDL on sudden acceleration. So why do some observers say the company won?

Retired Judge Moss Moves on to ADR, Academia

P.J. D'Annunzio : The Legal Intelligencer : January 21, 2013

In the weeks after her retirement from the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, many in the legal community say that Judge Sandra Mazer Moss' legacy is one of an innovator in managing complex litigation and an approachable mediator of disputes.

Moss Moves on to ADR, Academia

P.J. D'Annunzio : The Legal Intelligencer : January 21, 2013

In the weeks after her retirement from the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, some in the legal community say that Judge Sandra Mazer Moss' legacy is one of an innovator in managing complex litigation and an approachable moderator of disputes.

Join the Disruption: A Law Firm Innovation Framework

Johan T. Widjaja : The Legal Intelligencer : January 21, 2013

Technology innovation can be completely disruptive, creating a new market and displacing the old business model. If a company does not adapt quickly, more nimble outside entrants could gain a large amount of market share.

Pennsylvania Firms Rank High on Client Service List

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 20, 2013

Three of Pennsylvania's largest law firms also appear to be some of the most highly thought of among the largest purchasers of legal services—Fortune 1000 corporate counsel.

Pa. Firms Rank High on Client Service List

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 20, 2013

Three of Pennsylvania's largest law firms also appear to be some of the most highly thought of among the largest purchasers of legal services—Fortune 1000 corporate counsel.

Howse Williams Bowers Adds New Partner

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 18, 2013

Jill Wong is joining the firm's disputes resolution group from King & Wood Mallesons.

With Knives Out, Lawyers Circle Da Vinci Robot Maker

Max Taves : The Recorder : January 15, 2013

Sunnyvale's Intuitive Surgical is under siege from product liability claims, securities litigation and now a rescission demand.

Representing Corporate New Jersey

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 15, 2013

The Score: DLA Piper Takes Lead on New Braves Stadium

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 15, 2013

Major League Baseball's Atlanta Braves stunned many this week by announcing that the team will leave its downtown home in 2017 for a new $672 million stadium in suburban Cobb County. Elsewhere in our latest look at sports and the law: Gordon & Rees, Norton Rose Fulbright, Paul Weiss, and Womble Carlyle wade into an NFL bullying case; Alex Rodriguez adds to his robust legal team; and an ex-Milbank associate seeks to make running with the bulls a U.S. sport.

The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 15, 2013

The cochair of Jenner & Block's content, media and entertainment practice takes an in-house job with the Motion Picture Association of America; Crowell & Moring adds five attorneys in New York; and Greenberg Traurig woos a lawyer from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. .

Pepper Hamilton Announces Opening of Silicon Valley Office

Zack Needles : The Legal Intelligencer : January 13, 2013

Pepper Hamilton has opened a Silicon Valley office with the addition of three intellectual property partners from Goodwin Procter, the firm announced Tuesday.

Reed Smith Makes Leadership Changes

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 12, 2013

About a month after the top leadership position at Reed Smith changed hands, the firm has announced new managing partners for three of its offices.

Hey Doc, All You Had to Do Was Say You're Sorry

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 11, 2013

A new Pennsylvania law lets health care providers apologize to patients and their families—without those statements being used against them in lawsuits.

Suser v. Wachovia Mortgage FSB

Judith Nallin : New Jersey Law Journal : January 07, 2013

The holder of a subsequent mortgage can pursue a quiet-title action regarding whether the holder of a prior valid mortgage has the right to foreclose on it since there is a legitimate question regarding the validity of its assignment.

Deutsche Bank's Standing Held Open To Challenge in Foreclosure Case

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 07, 2013

A mortgagor can use a quiet title action to call into question prior loans on the property by banks who allegedly used the practice of "robo-signing" to quickly process foreclosures, a New Jersey appeals court says.

Survival Act Award of $10 Mil. Against UPMC Upheld by Court

Zack Needles : The Legal Intelligencer : January 06, 2013

The Pennsylvania Superior Court has upheld a $10 million jury award against UPMC Shadyside Hospital.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 06, 2013

Herzfeld & Rubin has opened a five-attorney office in Yangon, Myanmar, among other announcements.

'Lull' Seen by Attorneys in Phila.-Based Mass Tort Litigation

P.J. D'Annunzio : The Legal Intelligencer : January 05, 2013

Philadelphia has traditionally been a hotbed of mass tort litigation, but some attorneys say the city's courts are currently experiencing a break in the number of new mass tort cases filed.

How the Magic Circle Lost the Battle for New York

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 05, 2013

Despite decades of effort and millions of dollars spent, the U.K.'s Magic Circle firms still haven't made a dent in the New York market.

Special Report: Employment Law

Vitaly Gashpar : The Recorder : January 04, 2013

D.C. MOVES

: The National Law Journal : January 04, 2013

Pro Bono Academy Offers Advice to Small Businesses

Tania Karas : New York Law Journal : January 04, 2013

An event at the Apollo Theater in Harlem on Tuesday brought together volunteer lawyers from 31 firms and entrepreneurs and heads of small nonprofits, many of whom had never gotten counsel on their businesses from an attorney before, let alone one from a big corporate law firm.

Background Checks, Necessity or Liability?

Julius M. Turman : The Recorder : January 04, 2013

EEOC has been aggressively pursuing employers who use applicants' criminal history as a basis for its employment decisions, says Julius Turman of Reed Smith.

How the Magic Circle Lost the Battle for New York

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 31, 2013

Despite decades of effort and millions of dollars spent, the U.K.'s Magic Circle firms still haven't made a dent in the New York market.

Fee Tracker: Penn State's Sex Abuse Tab, Herbalife and Twitter

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 30, 2013

Tallying up what Am Law 200 firms are making for their work on notable matters in the news, including the Penn State sex abuse scandal, Bill Ackman's bet against Herbalife, the coming Wikipedia reboot and Twitter's planned IPO.

Upper Devonian Shales Could Lead to More Energy Work

Zack Needles : The Legal Intelligencer : January 29, 2013

By now, most Pennsylvanians have heard of the overlapping Marcellus and Utica shales. But there's a third layer of shales sitting atop both of them in Southwestern Pennsylvania that has the oil and gas industry, and by extension the legal industry, buzzing.

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.

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.

Crosby Heafey Alums Celebrate Merger That Opened Doors

Maria Zilberman : The Recorder : January 28, 2013

Five Firms Advise on $3.5 Billion Consol Coal Mine Deal

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 28, 2013

Consol Energy has agreed to sell five of its coal mining operations in West Virginia to Murray Energy in a deal worth $3.5 billion—including cash, assumed debt and future considerations. Kirkland & Ellis is advising Murray, while Consol has turned to attorneys at Buchanan Ingersoll, Greenberg Traurig, Wachtell and West Virginia's Steptoe & Johnson.

After Wavering, Ninth Circuit Snuffs Out 'Broughton-Cruz' Doctrine

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 28, 2013

Do You Want to Be Facebook Friends or Do You Want to Serve Me?

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Law Technology News : January 25, 2013

A new U.S. court ruling allows service of process via Facebook.

Upper Devonian Shales Could Lead to More Energy Work

Zack Needles : The Legal Intelligencer : January 24, 2013

By now, most Pennsylvanians have heard of the overlapping Marcellus and Utica shale formations. But there's a third layer of shales sitting atop both of them in Southwestern Pennsylvania that has the oil and gas industry, and by extension the legal industry, buzzing.

In Practice: The Slow Death of 'Gentry'

Steven B. Katz : The Recorder : January 24, 2013

Culmination of federal jurisprudence leaves little choice to the state Supreme Court but to overturn itself, says Steven Katz of Reed Smith.

Reed Smith Responds to Partner's Crude SCOTUS Tweet

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 23, 2013

The Am Law 100 firm, which once had its lawyers attend "Tweet School" to learn how to use Twitter appropriately, is doing damage control after one of its Pittsburgh-based partners used the social medium to hurl an obscenity-laced barb.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 22, 2013

Several firms announce new additions, including Davis Polk, Sills Cummis, FoxRothschild, Reed Smith, and more.

The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200

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

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

After Partner's Crude SCOTUS Tweet, Law Firm Does Damage Control

Brian Baxter : The American Lawyer : January 22, 2013

We've all had bad days at the office. Reed Smith commercial real estate partner Steven Regan, it seems, had one out of the office last week. And now the Am Law 100 firm is trying to make amends.

INADMISSIBLE: For Lawyers in EPA Cases, 'Exciting Dilemma'

: The National Law Journal : January 21, 2013

Lawyers are scrambling following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on October 15 to grant review in six separate challenges to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's greenhouse gas regulations. But there's a catch. Plus more in this week's column.

Reed Smith Responds to Partner's Crude SCOTUS Tweet

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 21, 2013

The Am Law 100 firm—which once had its lawyers attend "Tweet School" to learn how to use Twitter appropriately—is doing damage control after one of its Pittsburgh-based partners used the social medium to hurl an obscenity-laced barb.