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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

  • Designation: New York
  • Head Count: 1,157
  • Gross Revenues: $1,137,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $985,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $2,065,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -6

Weil, Gotshal & Manges is an international law firm headquartered in New York with offices around the world. With gross revenue of $1,185,000,000 in 2010, it is the eleventh highest grossing law firm in the United States according to The American Lawyer's 2011 Am Law 100. Weil Gotshal has been in the top 20 of the annual Am Law 100 rankings since 1985. According to the 2011 Global 100 survey, it is the 15th highest grossing law firm in the world. With respect to size, Weil, Gotshal & Manges was ranked as the fifteenth largest law firm in the U.S. with 1,152 attorneys, by the National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250. Weil, Gotshal & Manges is known for its work in the area of bankruptcy and restructuring law.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 19 -6 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 19 -6 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 19 -3 Lawyer head count
The A-List 8 4 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 16 25 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 14 4 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 45 2 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 59 23 Summer programs

In the News

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 01, 2014

Five firms announce new additions, including Jason Halper joining Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe as co-head of its financial institution litigation practice.

August Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Will a New Chief Bring Change?

Scott Graham : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

The Federal Circuit's new leader has lawyers hoping for more consensus.

Why the Big Four First Failed to Crack the Legal Market

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

More than a decade ago, the Enron scandal and Sarbanes-Oxley curtailed accounting firms' ambitions in the legal services field.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

Medtronic/Covidien; Tyson/Hillshire; Time Inc. Spinoff; Level 3/TW Telecom; Apple/Beats

Mayor Appoints Members to Judicial Advisory Panel

: New York Law Journal : January 29, 2014

New York Mayor de Blasio on Friday announced the 16 appointees who will serve on the Mayor's Advisory Committee on the Judiciary.

Texas Lawyer Announces Its Winning Women of 2014

Heather D. Nevitt : Texas Lawyer : January 29, 2014

We read each of the nearly 150 nominations we received and then conducted our own research to arrive at this list of 20 Winning Women and a lifetime achiever.

In-House Counsel Profile: Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc.'s Brian Farley

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

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc. has come a long way from helping pharmacies and other medical professionals figure out doctors' messy handwriting. Brian Farley heads a department of 40, including 16 attorneys, located in Chicago, Atlanta, Raleigh and India.

Federal Circuit Won't Rehear DataTern Case

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 25, 2014

No votes to reconsider case at center of Rader/Reines imbroglio.

Weil, Goodwin Advise on Yahoo-Flurry Deal

Maria Zilberman : The Recorder : January 22, 2014

Yahoo tapped its regular deal counsel for the acquisition of the app analytics startup.

Russian Steelmaker Sells U.S. Plants for $2.3 Billion

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : January 21, 2014

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom is representing OAO Severstal in the sale of its North American subsidiaries to U.S. competitors Steel Dynamics Inc. and AK Steel Holding Corp. Weil Gotshal & Manges is advising AK Steel while Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Barrett & McNagny is counseling Steel Dynamics.

In-House Counsel Profile: Freeport LNG Development L.P.'s John Tobola

Richard Acello : The National Law Journal : January 21, 2014

Freeport LNG Development L.P. has responded to the shale gas boom by undertaking a multibillion-dollar expansion. General counsel John Tobola said its earnings are set by contract, not daily oil prices.

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

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

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

Underwriters Can't Dodge Puda Coal Securities Class Action

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 14, 2014

For the law firms driving consolidated litigation over Puda's demise, Monday's ruling is a welcome bit of good news. For the boutique investment banks Macquarie Capital and Brean Murray Carret & Co., not so much.

The Churn: Dickstein Group Defects, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

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

BAR-ometer

: The Recorder : January 11, 2014

Cartel busting in the Ninth Circuit … Herrera's headache … The return of Ed Reines

Software Firm Vies to Restore $147 Million BlackBerry Verdict

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 11, 2014

The appeal for client Mformation brought Weil Gotshal's Edward Reines to the Federal Circuit for his first argument since playing a role in Judge Randall Rader's resignation.

Software Firm Vies to Restore $147 Million Jury Verdict in Bay Area Patent Case

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 11, 2014

The appeal for client Mformation brought Weil Gotshal's Edward Reines to the Federal Circuit for his first argument since playing a role in Judge Randall Rader's resignation.

The American Lawyer Chooses 2014 Global Legal Award Winners

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

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

Commercial Litigator Moves To Jones Day From Weil Gotshal

Julie Kay : Daily Business Review : January 08, 2014

After a decade at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, complex commercial litigation partner Chris Pace left to join Jones Day's fledgling Miami office.

More IP Work Going In-house, Less to Outside Firms

Lisa Shuchman : Corporate Counsel : January 08, 2014

In-house counsel have gotten a lot more savvy about intellectual property, and law firms should not expect IP to be a growing source of revenue.

New Deals

Vinayak Balasubramanian : The Am Law Daily : January 03, 2014

Alcoa Inc. has said it will acquire jet engine component producer Firth Rixson in a $2.85 billion deal expected to enhance the company's aerospace production.

Biotech, Vitamin Deals a Boon to Wilson Sonsini

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

Swiss drug giant Roche Holdings has agreed to pay up to $1.7 billion to buy Seragon Pharmaceuticals, a San Diego-based maker of breast cancer treatments being advised by Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, which is also counseling online vitamin seller Vitacost.com on its $280 million sale to supermarket chain The Kroger Co.

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

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

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

Canadian Deals

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

July 2014 Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

On the State Level, Suits Focus on Prison Conditions

Ross Todd : The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

Am Law 200 firms take the lead in cases in Arizona, California and South Carolina.

Emails Land a DLA Partner and a Judge in Hot Water

Vinayak Balasubramanian : The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

Two examples of lawyers who should never have pressed "Send."

Rader Leaves Federal Circuit With Unfinished Business

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 30, 2014

The court has yet to rule on a $360 million verdict against Apple. Rader was on the panel.

Rader Leaves Federal Circuit with Unfinished Business

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 30, 2014

The court has yet to rule on Apple's appeal of a $360 million verdict for VirnetX after former chief judge Randall Rader dominated arguments in the case in March.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

AT&T/DirecTV; Alibaba IPO; Valeant / Allergan

A New Yardstick for International Pro Bono

Michael D. Goldhaber : The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

Big differences emerge among large U.S. firms as we measure their foreign pro bono efforts for the first time.

Firth Rixson's Sale to Alcoa Draws Three Am Law Firms

Vinayak Balasubramanian : The Am Law Daily : January 26, 2014

Alcoa said it would buy the jet engine component producer for $2.85 billion. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Crowell & Moring advised Alcoa, while Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison counseled Firth Rixson.

Broderick Becomes Judge

: New York Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Vernon S. Broderick, a former litigation partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges and former Assistant U.S. Attorney, was inducted as a Southern District judge at the Thurgood Marshall Courthouse.

Federal Circuit Knocks Mediator's Ties to Fish & Richardson

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 24, 2014

The Federal Circuit ruled that a court-appointed mediator should have disclosed "an enduring social relationship" with a Fish partner but stopped short of ordering a new jury trial in the case.

Federal Circuit Says Mediator Should Have Disclosed Social Ties

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 24, 2014

But the panel stopped short of ordering a new trial in a patent suit over airline seat-selection software.

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

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

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

Oracle Turns to Weil Gotshal in $5 Billion Micros Deal

Maria Zilberman : The Recorder : January 23, 2014

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

Weil's Reines Objects to Rehearing in DataTern Case

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 20, 2014

Microsoft, SAP and Weil, Gotshal & Manges partner Edward Reines rejected a losing litigant's contention that Reines' friendship with Federal Circuit Judge Randall Rader tainted an appeal before the court.

Reines Objects to Rehearing in DataTern Case

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 20, 2014

The Weil Gotshal partner responded Friday on behalf of Microsoft and SAP, calling the petition for rehearing a "cynical" move at odds with Federal Circuit practice.

Franchise Agreements Don't Impede Eruv, Court Rules

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

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

SAP Racing Clock in Bid to Upend Versata Patent Win

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 18, 2014

The Federal Circuit affirmed the trial court's $391 million judgment against SAP on Wednesday without waiting to resolve the appeal stemming from related PTO proceedings.

SAP Racing Clock in Bid to Upend Versata Patent Win

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 18, 2014

The Federal Circuit affirmed the trial court's $391 million judgment against SAP on Wednesday without waiting to resolve the appeal stemming from related PTO proceedings.

The NLJ 350 Pop Quiz

: The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Take a minute and test your knowledge of law firms on this year's NLJ 350.

Florida Rejects Expansive Judgment Execution Regime

Yehudah L. Buchweitz : New York Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Yehudah L. Buchweitz writes: Several Court of Appeals decisions from the past five years have made New York an attractive forum for judgment creditors to execute on judgment debtors' assets held by others throughout the world. This past March, the Florida District Court of Appeal for the Fourth District squarely rejected the approach taken by New York in a holding that may have wide-ranging impacts.

Wachtell, Willkie Get Call For Telecom, Transport Tie-Ups

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

The Am Law 100 firms are handling the latest round of consolidation in the telecommunications sector, as Level 3 Communications seeks to buy TW Telecom for $5.68 billion, along with another transportation tie-up that will create the largest U.S.-listed dry bulk carrier.

Rader Resigns From Federal Circuit

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 15, 2014

Three weeks after stepping down as chief judge, Randall Rader announced plans to leave the court June 30.

Rader Resigns From Federal Circuit

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 15, 2014

Three weeks after stepping down as chief, Judge Randall Rader announced plans to leave the court June 30.

Tesla Says It Will Open Patent Portfolio

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 12, 2014

CEO Elon Musk pledges not to initiate suits against those who want to use electric car company's patented technology.

Asia Deal Digest: June 12, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 12, 2014

* Private equity giant CVC turns to Simpson Thacher on formation of new $3.5 billion Asia fund* Simpson and Skadden on Alibaba browser buyout deal* Baker & McKenzie advises Australia's Origin Energy on $800 million gas exploration permit buy

Shook Hardy Set to Sublease Hometown Space

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

Shook, Hardy & Bacon is downsizing in a Kansas City, Mo., office tower built to house the firm a decade ago. And in seeking to sublease three floors of space in the building where it serves as anchor tenant, Shook Hardy is just the latest Am Law 200 firm to reduce its real estate needs amid an evolving market for legal services.

Big Energy Deals of 2013

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 09, 2014

The Lone Star State is a driving force in the energy business, so it's not surprising that four of the 10 largest Texas deals in 2013 were energy transactions.

Davis Polk Helps Tyson Foods Prevail in Big Poultry Duel

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

Tyson Foods, one of the country's largest chicken processors, appears poised to best Pilgrim's Pride and its lawyers from Cravath, Swaine & Moore to acquire deli and packaged meat purveyor Hillshire Brands, an offshoot of defunct consumer goods giant Sara Lee Corp.

Texas' Top Deals of 2013

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 06, 2014

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

At the Federal Circuit, a New Chief Enters in Tough Times

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 06, 2014

Sharon Prost, seen as a centrist on patent issues, may help bring her colleagues in line with the Supreme Court.

At the Federal Circuit, a New Chief Enters in Tough Times

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 06, 2014

Sharon Prost, seen as a centrist on patent issues, may help bring her colleagues in line with the Supreme Court.

Weil, Kirkland Lead on American Securities' Emerald Buy

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : January 05, 2014

American Securities continued its mini-shopping spree Thursday by joining forces with the current management team at Emerald Performance Materials to buy the chemical maker from an affiliate of fellow private equity firm Sun Capital Partners.

PAE Seeks New Hearing Due to Rader-Reines Conflict

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 04, 2014

DataTern, which faced off on appeal against Weil partner Ed Reines, has asked the Federal Circuit to rehear the case en banc.

Am Law Firms Lead on American Securities' Grede Buy

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2014

Weil, Gotshal & Manges is representing American Securities in connection with the transaction, while Stroock & Stroock & Lavan is acting as outside counsel to cast metal maker Grede Holdings.

The Churn: Akin Gump, Buchanan Ingersoll Expand, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 03, 2014

Akin Gump adds more Patton Boggs refugees, Buchanan Ingersoll becomes the latest firm to head for the Rockies and more lateral hires from across the Am Law 200.

Texas' Top Deals of 2013

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 03, 2014

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

Drafting an Effective Code of Conduct

Jeffrey S. Klein and Nicholas J. Pappas : New York Law Journal : January 02, 2014

In their Employment Law column, Jeffrey S. Klein and Nicholas J. Pappas write: Given the recent increase in "whistleblower" actions, we reviewed a selection of codes of conduct from 20 public companies of different sizes and across various industries, in order to assess the varied approaches and strategic judgments made by companies in crafting their codes of conduct.

Exclusive Interview With New Fifth Circuit Judge Gregg Costa

John Council : Texas Lawyer : January 02, 2014

Judge Gregg Costa answered a range of questions, including to which judge he would be most similar: U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist or U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Judge John Minor Wisdom.

Supreme Court Upends Two More Patent Rulings

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 02, 2014

A rough year for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit got rougher on Monday, when two more of its rulings were unanimously reversed by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Churn: Squire Patton Boggs Fallout, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Asia Deal Digest: May 29, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 29, 2014

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

Munger, Skadden Help Drop Beats in Apple's Lap

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

Beats Electronics, the Santa Monica-based headphone maker started by hip hop mogul Dr. Dre and recording industry titan Jimmy Iovine in 2006, has turned to teams of lawyers from Munger Tolles, Skadden and British firm Osborne Clarke on its proposed $3 billion sale to Apple, which is being advised by Weil, Gotshal & Manges.

Exclusive Interview With New Fifth Circuit Judge Gregg Costa

John Council : Texas Lawyer : January 29, 2014

Judge Gregg Costa answered a range of questions, including to which judge he would be most similar: U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist or U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Judge John Minor Wisdom.

Big Deals

David Marcus : The American Lawyer : January 29, 2014

Novartis / Glaxo / Eli Lilly; TIAA-CREF / Nuveen; Mallinckrodt / Questcor; Blackstone / Gates

Recent SEC Trial Losses Highlight Evidence Problems

Christopher L. Garcia and Amanda Burns Shulak : New York Law Journal : January 29, 2014

In their White-Collar Crime column, Christopher L. Garcia and Amanda Burns Shulak of Weil, Gotshal & Manges write: Recently, the SEC has had some missteps, most notably at trial. The losses in those cases were likely the result of the SEC having brought enforcement actions for conduct that was not provable based on the available evidence. Each of the cases suffered from proof issues that made them difficult cases to win.

Big Canadian Deals

Brian Baxter, Marlisse Silver Sweeney, Tom Huddleston Jr. : The American Lawyer : January 29, 2014

Yamana–Agnico-Eagle / Osisko; CPPIB / Wilton Re; Encana / TPG Capital

Supreme Court Affirms Chancery Dismissal in Noteholder Dispute

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 28, 2014

An open-ended investment company holding notes to two investment vehicles cannot pursue claims against another noteholder because the indenture does not permit such litigation, the Delaware Supreme Court has ruled. The high court issued the opinion last week when it affirmed the Court of Chancery's dismissal of the lawsuit on the same grounds.

Am Law Trio Help Koch Slake Petro Thirst

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

Jones Day is advising an affiliate of Koch Industries on its $2.1 billion purchase of PetroLogistics, which is being represented by Vinson & Elkins and Weil.

Cravath Helps Brazilian Client Cook Up Meat Merger

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

Moving to derail Hillshire Brands' pending $4.3 billion purchase of Pinnacle Foods, Pilgrim's Pride has turned to Cravath, Swaine & Moore to advise on its $6.4 billion bid for the Sara Lee spinoff.

Week of May 26

: Texas Lawyer : January 26, 2014

Mandy Price, a corporate associate with Weil, Gotshal & Manges in Dallas, has been named the 2014 Outstanding Young Lawyer of Texas by the Texas Young Lawyers Association. Plus more new positions, appointments, awards and honors.

Hogan Lovells Recognized For Pro Bono Work

Julie Kay : Daily Business Review : January 23, 2014

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

Rader Steps Down as Chief, Apologizes for Reines Email

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 23, 2014

In a gushing email, Randall Rader praised Weil Gotshal partner Edward Reines for an "IMPRESSIVE" argument in a pending case.

Randall Rader Resigns As Chief Judge of Federal Circuit

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 23, 2014

Chief Judge Randall Rader of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will step down as chief judge at the end of the month, the court announced Friday.

Rader Steps Down as Chief, Apologizes for Reines Email

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 23, 2014

The Federal Circuit chief judge apologized for "conduct that crossed the lines" when he sent an email to Weil, Gotshal & Manges partner Edward Reines that praised Reines' skills and encouraged him to share the email with others.

Asia Deal Digest: May 22, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 22, 2014

* Allen & Overy guides India's Bharti Airtel on a $2 billion bond issue* Skadden and Davis Polk lead on $1.3 billion Tencent investment in JD.com* Milbank and Latham on a $1.17 billion Indonesian geothermal plant financing

New Deals

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 22, 2014

At least a dozen firms are advising on telecommunications giant AT&T's proposed $48.5 billion acquisition of DirecTV. Also, Darden Restaurants has agreed to sell Red Lobster to private equity firm Golden Gate Capital for $2.1 billion in cash.

DataTern Lawyer Asks Rader to Explain Mystery Recusal

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 21, 2014

The Federal Circuit's chief judge should detail the conflict that led him to bow out of a case against Microsoft and SAP after it was already decided, McCarter & English argued in Wednesday's letter.

DataTern Lawyer Asks Rader to Explain Mystery Recusal

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 21, 2014

The Federal Circuit's chief judge should detail the conflict that led him to bow out of a case after it was already decided, a McCarter & English partner argues.

Medtronic Inks $1 Billion Deal to End Heart Valve Litigation

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 20, 2014

The deal with Edwards Lifesciences nullifies two large jury awards and the threat of an injunction against potentially life-saving technology.

Medtronic to Pay More Than $1 Billion to End Heart Valve Litigation

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 20, 2014

The deal with Edwards Lifesciences nullifies two large jury awards and the threat of an injunction against potentially lifesaving technology.

The Churn: Kirkland Adds Two, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Kirkland & Ellis poaches from Weil and Baker Botts, a White House rejoins Latham and more new hires across The Am Law 200.

Week of May 19

: Texas Lawyer : January 19, 2014

Akash Sethi has become the first managing partner of McGuireWoods' newest office in Dallas. He is a private equity attorney. Plus more new positions, appointments, awards and honors.

Weil, Paul Weiss Help Nail Down CCMP's Hillman Buy

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : January 19, 2014

Private equity firm CCMP is acquiring a controlling stake in The Hillman Companies from Oak Hill Capital Partners.

Dozen Firms Tune In for AT&T's $48.5 Billion DirecTV Buy

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

In a deal likely to face major regulatory scrutiny, a telecommunications giant aims to absorb the nation's largest satellite television operator.

Three Firms on Macau Power Deal

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 16, 2014

A Chinese state-owned company is acquiring a 38 percent stake in Macau's sole power company for $312 million.

Intervention is Denied Where Interest 'Remote'

Brendan Pierson : New York Law Journal : January 14, 2014

Michael Trimarco, a former officer of patent holding company Data Treasury Corp., cannot intervene in a lawsuit against Data Treasury and Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice over an alleged "pay to prosecute" scheme.

BigLaw Defectors, In-House Counsel Fuel Growth at N.J.'s Parker Ibrahim

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 14, 2014

In the aftermath of the last decade's recession, while firms were retrenching, three in-house counsel from JPMorgan Chase started their own shop in New Jersey and went rapidly into expansion mode.

Kirkland, Paul Hastings Handle Peak 10 Sale

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

The two Am Law 100 firms are advising a pair of private equity firms on the sale of Peak 10, a Charlotte-based IT infrastructure and cloud services provider valued at roughly $900 million.

Weil's Awkward Transition

Vivia Chen : The American Lawyer : January 12, 2014

When Weil, Gotshal & Manges embarked on a strategic overhaul, some partners headed for the exits.

Wachtell, Simpson Handle $1.65 Billion Payments Deal

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

Vantiv has turned to Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz for counsel on its acquisition of Mercury Payment Systems from private equity firm Silver Lake Partners.

Amici Briefs From Firms Fault 'Unfinished Business' Doctrine

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : January 12, 2014

A dozen prominent law firms are urging the Court of Appeals to declare as impractical the practice of allowing bankruptcy trustees to pursue profits from matters that partners carry from defunct firms to their new firms, and to find it contrary to nearly a thousand years of legal principle.

Asia Deal Digest: May 8, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 08, 2014

* Simpson Thacher taking China's Alibaba public in the U.S.* Morrison & Foerster helping Chinese train maker test Hong Kong IPO waters* King & Wood Mallesons and Minter Ellison on $1.6 billion Newcastle port lease

Gonzalez v. Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP

: New York Law Journal : January 07, 2014

Complaint Alleging Law Firm's Violation of Americans With Disabilities Act Time-Barred

Government Lawyers Take Positions on PTAB Review

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 07, 2014

The lines and limits of the new appeal process are taking shape in a pair of Federal Circuit cases.

Rader Pulls Out of Another Big Case He'd Already Decided

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 07, 2014

This time, the Federal Circuit chief judge is recusing himself from the controversial dispute over Medtronic's heart valves. Both cases involve Weil Gotshal's Ed Reines.

Gentiva GC Reveals What He Looks For in a Firm

Mary Welch : Daily Report : January 07, 2014

John Camperlengo was named in May 2010 as general counsel and secretary of Gentiva Health Services, which provides home health and hospice services to more than 350,000 patients across the country.

Rader Pulls Out of Another Big Case He'd Already Decided

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 07, 2014

This time, the Federal Circuit chief judge is recusing himself from the controversial dispute over Medtronic's heart valves. Both cases involve Weil Gotshal's Ed Reines.

Government Lawyers Take Positions on PTAB Review

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 07, 2014

The lines and limits of the new appeal process are taking shape in a pair of Federal Circuit cases.

Federal Circuit Yanks Rader's DataTern Dissent

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 05, 2014

The chief judge is now recused in case over whether companies can go after patent assertion entities that sue their customers.

Wachtell, Willkie, Gibson Dunn Forge Sotheby's Peace

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 05, 2014

The Am Law 100 trio is part of a half-dozen firms advising on an agreement to end a nasty proxy fight between activist investor Daniel Loeb and the venerable auction house.

Recorder Names Corporate Practices of the Year

Recorder Editors : The Recorder : January 02, 2014

The Churn: Covington Adds EU Competition Head, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 02, 2014

Covington hires Clifford Chance partner Johan Ysewyn in Brussels to head its European competition practice while another partner returns to the fold.

Brothers on Both Sides of GE's Big Alstom Bid

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

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

New York Firms Increase Profits, Reducing Size

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 02, 2014

Many large New York law firms grew their revenue and profits last year, continuing to pull ahead of the national pack when it comes to financial indicators.

Ashurst Hires Partner in Singapore

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 01, 2014

Banking and finance lawyer Kate Allchurch has moved over from White & Case.

May 2014 Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

New Deals

: New York Law Journal : January 01, 2014

The healthcare industry continues to dominate the M&A market with the announcement last week that Zimmer Holdings has agreed to acquire rival medical device specialist Biomet Inc. The cash-and-stock deal is worth $13.35 billion. Also, six major firms have tuned in for the latest episode in Comcast's dramatic $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable.

Shooting Bricks

Jan Wolfe : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

The EEOC's legal team continues to misfire as it extends its losing streak.

2014 Rising Stars

: New York Law Journal : January 01, 2014

The New York Law Journal congratulates the 42 young lawyers chosen as 2014 Rising Stars by a panel of 20 esteemed judges. Our panel reviewed more than 230 nominations of attorneys 40 and under who have established a record of accomplishments and demonstrated that they are top contributors to the practice of law and their communities.

The Trouble With Nonequity Partners

Michael D. Goldhaber : The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

Reliance on nonequity partners has boosted the bottom line at Am Law 100 firms—but is it a sustainable business model?

Am Law 100 Firms Lead on Pepco Sale

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 30, 2014

Kirkland is advising utility operator Exelon on its $6.8 billion purchase of Pepco, which has turned to S&C and Covington.

Supreme Court Eases Fee Shifting in Patent Cases

Marcia Coyle : The Recorder : January 29, 2014

Silicon Valley litigators applauded the rulings, while noting district judges would likely use their new discretion sparingly.

The Party's Over

: The American Lawyer : January 28, 2014

Bingham and Weil did well when times were bad. Now the bankruptcy bonanza has come to an end. What's next?

Big Deals

David Marcus : The American Lawyer : January 28, 2014

Albertsons / Safeway; Men's Wearhouse / Jos. A. Bank; Media General / LIN; Energy XXI / EPL Oil & Gas

Big Firms' Texas Ranks: Shrinking, Stagnant or Swelling?

Jeanne Graham : Texas Lawyer : January 28, 2014

One out-of-state firm boosted its Texas presence by 50 percent, nabbing lawyers from another established out-of-state shop.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 28, 2014

New hires and lateral moves in this week's column.

Five Am Law Firms Advise on Forest Labs M&A Deals

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 28, 2014

Forest Laboratories is paying $1.46 billion for Furiex Pharmaceuticals while also selling Furiex's royalties on two products to Royalty Pharma for $415 million.

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

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

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

Firms Feast on Yet Another Health Care Deal

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 24, 2014

Medical device maker Zimmer Holdings has agreed to pay $13.35 billion to acquire rival Biomet Inc.

New Deals

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The American Lawyer : January 24, 2014

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Hogan Lovells are helping Novartis undergo a massive restructuring involving a series of transactions worth more than $20 billion. Also, Post Holdings, maker of cereal and other dry goods, confirmed last week that it has agreed to buy Michael Foods from its private equity owners for $2.45 billion.

Half-Dozen Firms Dig Into Big Canadian Mining Deal

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 23, 2014

Amid talk about a pharma M&A boom, the global mining industry is on the verge of its own round of consolidation.

The Morning Wrap

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 23, 2014

A round up of legal news from ALM-affiliated publications and around the web: Supreme Court upholds affirmative action ban; tiny firms get big deals; Quentin Tarnatino's copyright fight.

SAP, Versata Clash Over Endgame in $391 Million Patent Fight

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 22, 2014

Versata's lawyers at McKool Smith are accusing SAP of postponing the inevitable in a long, hard-fought battle over software patents.

M&A Lawyers Line Up for Major Pharma Deals

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 22, 2014

Valeant launched a $45.7 billion hostile takeover bid for Botox-maker Allergan, while Novartis announced a series of transactions with GlaxoSmithKline and Eli Lilly.

Appeals Court Blocks Controversial Ban on Medtronic Heart Valves

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 21, 2014

The stay is a win for Medtronic's appellate attorney, Edward Reines of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, who argued the injunction could cost patients' lives.

High Court Snubs Exxon in New York City MTBE Case

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : January 21, 2014

Bancroft's Paul Clement argued that leaving the city's $104.7 million verdict against Exxon in place could open up "whole new arenas for abusive and speculative litigation." The U.S. Supreme Court apparently didn't find the situation quite so dire.

Obituary: Leonard Rosen

John Caher : New York Law Journal : January 18, 2014

Leonard Rosen, a founding partner of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and a renowned bankruptcy attorney who represented the City of New York during its 1975 financial crisis and stood up for lenders in the Chrysler bailout in the early 1980s, died Wednesday at the age of 83.

Lululemon Missteps Don't Amount to Fraud, Judge Rules

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : January 18, 2014

The company's see-through pants fiasco and similar blunders can't serve as the basis for a securities fraud class action against Lululemon, a judge in Manhattan confirmed on Friday. The ruling is a victory for defense teams at Weil and Paul Weiss.

Medtronic Accused of 'Scare Tactics' in Heart Valve Case

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 17, 2014

After a Delaware judge blocked use of a Medtronic heart valve, the company decided to play hardball instead of cooperate, argue attorneys for Edwards LifeSciences.

DLA Piper Adds Lawyer To Litigation Practice

: Delaware Law Weekly : January 16, 2014

Ashley R. Altschuler is joining DLA Piper's litigation practice as a partner in Wilmington, with an office also in New York.

German Deal Activity Yields Roles for Large Firms

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

After a big first quarter for U.S. M&A, increased transactional work out of Europe could be a boon for some top firms on the continent.

Clifford Chance, Weil Help Flip French Food Firm

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

The firms grab roles on private equity shop Ardian's $1.8 billion sale of the Diana Group to Germany's Symrise.

Judge Halts Use of Lifesaving Heart Valve

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 14, 2014

Medtronic's valve leads to 'better outcomes with a lower risk of death,' Judge Gregory Sleet of Delaware concluded, but it steps on a rival's patent.

Judge Halts Use of Life Saving Heart Valve in Patent Fight

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 14, 2014

Medtronic's valve leads to "better outcomes with a lower risk of death," Judge Gregory Sleet of Delaware concluded, but it steps on a rival's patent.

Week of April 14

: Texas Lawyer : January 14, 2014

David Starr has been named vice president and general counsel of The LaSalle Group Inc. in Irving. Plus more new positions, appointments, awards and honors.

The Churn: Another Weil Defector, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

A Delaware-based litigation partner leaves Weil for DLA Piper; Mintz Levin lands three IP attorneys in Boston; and, a Utah U.S. attorney returns to Sidley Austin.

New Deals

: The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2014

Buyout firm The Blackstone Group has agreed to buy Denver-based industrial manufacturer Gates Global from its current owners in a $5.4 billion deal announced Friday. Also, India's Sun Pharmaceutical Industries will become the world's fifth-largest generic drug maker with its $3.2 billion buy of struggling rival Ranbaxy Laboratories.

Am Law Firms Help Goldman and Koch Spark Flint Deal

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

Milbank is acting as lead counsel to Goldman Sachs and Koch Industries on their joint purchase of printing ink company Flint Group from CVC Capital Partners for a reported $3 billion. Simpson Thacher is also advising the buyers, while German firm Hengeler Mueller is representing CVC.

Asia Deal Digest: April 10, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 10, 2014

* Shearman and Davis Polk on $3.2 billion merger of Indian generic drug makers* Linklaters and Gilbert + Tobin advising a South African retailer on its $2 billion bid for Australia's David Jones department stores* Chinese state food giant COFCO turns to Clifford Chance for Hong Kong grain trading acquisition

With Growth in Mind, Dentons, Others Eye Africa

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

Global 100 legal giant Dentons is the latest international firm to bet on Africa's growing economic power, announcing Wednesday its opening of new offices in Cape Town and Johannesburg by joining forces with South African alliance firm KapdiTwala and revealing plans to launch another outpost in Francophone Africa later this year.

Shearman, Davis Polk on $3.2 Billion India Drug Merger

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 08, 2014

Indian generic drug maker Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. is acquiring local competitor Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd. from Japan's Daiichi Sankyo Co.

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

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

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

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 07, 2014

Legal industry job changes in our nation's capital.

DC Lateral Moves

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 07, 2014

Lawyers leave the Federal Aviation Administration, the Department of Justice and the White House to join firms in the Washington area.Here's our roundup of local hires and promotions announced in the first week of April:

Two Major Pharma M&A Deals Yield Big-Firm Bonanza

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2014

Weil, Wachtell, Shearman, Simpson, Latham and Davis Polk all got the year's second quarter off to a strong start by grabbing roles on one of two big pharmaceutical deals announced Monday: Irish specialty drugmaker Mallinckrodt's $5.6 billion cash-and-stock purchase of California's Questcor Pharmaceuticals and India's Sun Pharmaceutical Industries' $3.2 billion buy of struggling rival Ranbaxy Laboratories.

Establishing Employers' Ownership in Social Media

Jeffrey S. Klein and Nicholas J. Pappas : New York Law Journal : January 07, 2014

In their Employment Law column, Weil, Gotshal & Manges partners Jeffrey S. Klein and Nicholas J. Pappas write: Employers may correctly believe that social media marketing is more effective when projected through a human rather than corporate persona, and may thus encourage employees personally to connect with other users. But some have then discovered too late that they took insufficient precautions in establishing ownership of the social media.

Malpractice Suit Keeps McDermott in Tense Tango With Former Client

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 04, 2014

Duane Morris partner Allison Lane Cooper is defending McDermott Will & Emery against claims that stem from the firm's work for the owners of a privately held company—and that company's litigation rival.

SAP Shuffles Legal Line-Up to Fight $391 Million Judgment

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 04, 2014

SAP has brought on Weil Gotshal's Edward Reines to argue that a 2013 decision from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board shields the softwar giant from having to satisfy a $391 million judgment.

SAP Shuffles Legal Lineup to Defend First-of-its-Kind PTO Ruling

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 04, 2014

The software giant has brought on Weil Gotshal partner Edward Reines to argue a 2013 decision from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board shields SAP from having to satisfy a $391 million judgment.

Court OKs Attack on DataTern Patents by SAP, Microsoft

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 04, 2014

After DataTern accused dozens of SAP and Microsoft customers of patent infringement, the two companies sprang into action and used declaratory judgment actions to knock out DataTern's patents in 2012. The Federal Circuit blessed that tactic on Friday, but with some reservations.

Asia Deal Digest: April 3, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 03, 2014

* HWL Ebsworth advises restructuring Aussie mall developer Westfield on $20 billion in loan facilities* Slaughter and May and Freshfields on Singapore bank's proposed $5 billion Hong Kong acquisition* Skadden guides Chinese antivirus software maker on $300 million U.S. IPO

Anadarko Inks $5.15 Billion Deal to End Tronox Cleanup Woes

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 03, 2014

The settlement follows a major courtroom victory last year by Kirkland's David Zott and his client, litigation trustee John Hueston of Irell & Manella.

Anadarko Agrees to Record $5B Environmental Settlement

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 03, 2014

In the U.S. Justice Department's largest environmental enforcement recovery ever, Kerr-McGee Corp. and its parent Anadarko Petroleum Corp. today agreed to pay $5.15 billion to settle charges that they fraudulently tried to duck responsibility to pay for environmental cleanup after decades of contamination.

Anadarko Agrees to Record $5B Environmental Settlement

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 03, 2014

In the U.S. Justice Department's largest environmental enforcement recovery ever, Kerr-McGee Corp. and its parent Anadarko Petroleum Corp. today agreed to pay $5.15 billion to settle charges that they fraudulently tried to duck responsibility to pay for environmental cleanup after decades of contamination.

DA's Former General Counsel Joins Gibson Dunn

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 02, 2014

Caitlin Halligan, who left the Manhattan District Attorney's Office in January after four years of helping oversee more than 500 lawyers, joined Gibson Dunn & Crutcher this week as partner focusing on appellate litigation.

The Churn: Weil, Patton Boggs See More Defections, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Weil, Gotshal & Manges loses a securities litigation partner to Jenner & Block; Patton Boggs goes through another spate of departures; and Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr hires a former FBI director and his ex-chief of staff.

U.S. Supreme Court Enters Another Sticky Wicket of Patent Law

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 31, 2014

Accepting its first patent case for the 2014 term, the court agreed to review , a case that addresses the standard of review for claims construction.

Tobacco Lobby Targets Trans-Pacific, Trans-Atlantic Pacts

Andrew Ramonas : Corporate Counsel : January 31, 2014

As the United States negotiates the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, tobacco giant Philip Morris International Management SA has turned to Akin Gump lobbyists for help.

Big Deals

David Marcus : The American Lawyer : January 31, 2014

Comcast/Time Warner Cable; Actavis / Forest Labs; Facebook / WhatsApp; Santander Consumer USA IPO; Carlyle / J&J Diagnostics Unit

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.

The Churn: White House Official Joins Kilpatrick, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 28, 2014

The White House's former associate director of intergovernmental affairs and public engagement is now part of Kilpatrick Townsend's Native American affairs team; Faegre adds two labor and employment attorneys in Chicago; and the former U.S. Steel general counsel joins Fox Rothschild.

New Deals

Tom Huddleston Jr. and Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 27, 2014

Privately-held Swiss trading house Mercuria Energy Group has agreed to buy JPMorgan Chase's physical commodities trading unit in a deal worth $3.5 billion. Also, Media General announced Friday that it has agreed to acquire LIN Media LLC in a $1.6 billion cash-and-stock deal that, if completed, will create the second-largest local television broadcasting company in the country.

Big Firms Hitch Ride on River of U.S., Global IPOs

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

Wilson Sonsini, Latham & Watkins, Fenwick & West and Cooley are among the Am Law 100 firms reaping the benefits of a surge in activity on the initial public offering front so far this year. And with the IPO pipeline packed, more large firms are poised to help corporate clients tap the capital markets.

Weil and Cooley Get Call for Synopsys-Coverity Deal

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 25, 2014

On a Buying Spree, Facebook Turns to Fenwick for $2 Billion Virtual Reality Deal

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 25, 2014

Irvine-based Oculus VR tapped Bingham McCutchen for counsel.

Financial Reform

: New York Law Journal : January 24, 2014

In this Special Report from the New York Law Journal: "The Volcker Rule's Impact on Incentive Compensation," "Targeted Returns Under FINRA's Communication Rules," "'Banking in the 21st Century: Navigating Uncharted Waters," and "FDIC Issues 'Single Point of Entry' Resolution Strategy."

Gay-Friendly Policies Can Help Law Firms, Advocates Say

Tania Karas : New York Law Journal : January 24, 2014

A work environment that welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender lawyers is not only fundamentally fair, it can boost the bottom line. That was the message of Out in Law, a daylong event at New York University School of Law this month.

FDIC Issues 'Single Point of Entry' Resolution Strategy

Derrick D. Cephas and Dimia Fogam : New York Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Derrick D. Cephas and Dimia Fogam of Weil, Gotshal & Manges discuss the FDIC's "Single Point of Entry" strategy, which addresses a still unresolved major public policy concern and related "too big to fail" issues.

Patent Judge Pitches Wish List to Valley Crowd

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 24, 2014

Speaking last week at Stanford, Federal Circuit Judge Timothy Dyk urged lawyers to advance more creative positions in his court. Meanwhile, advocates for NPEs faced off against their biggest foes in discussions on patent reform.

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

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 21, 2014

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

Am Law Quartet Tune In for Big Local TV Deal

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

Media General has turned to Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson for counsel on its proposed acquisition of LIN Media LLC, which has retained Covington & Burling and Weil, Gotshal & Manges to advise on the $1.6 billion cash-and-stock deal. Paul Hastings, meanwhile, is working on arranging the financing for the transaction, which will create the nation's second-largest local television broadcasting company.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Elite New York Firms Pull Away

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2014

A year after making only slight financial gains, a group of New York–based firms made up of some of The Am Law 100's most profitable members put even more distance between itself and the rest of the pack in 2013, according to The American Lawyer's reporting.

The Churn: Foley Snags Weil's Boston Leader, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 18, 2014

Weil Gotshal's latest lateral defector is the managing partner of the firm's Boston office; Pillsbury lands two transportation finance partners from DLA Piper in London; and a former senior federal prosecutor heads to Sidley.

DLA, Weil Get Call for Vodafone's $10 Billion Ono Deal

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

Vodafone is acquiring Ono, Spain's largest cable operator, in a deal worth roughly $10 billion, including the assumption of debt. DLA Piper is advising Vodafone, while Ono is being represented by Weil Gotshal and Spanish firm Garrigues.

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.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: For Milbank, a Solid Year Under New Leader

Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2014

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy ended its first year under new chairman Scott Edelman on a positive note, with gross revenue increasing 6 percent, to $706 million, and profits per partner rising 5 percent, to $2.565 million, according to The American Lawyer's reporting.

Judge Faults EEOC for Probe Into Discrimination Claim

John Caher : New York Law Journal : January 13, 2014

A major gender discrimination claim involving some 44,000 women and the nation's largest speciality retail jeweler has been dismissed because the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission failed to prove that it conducted a nationwide investigation before accusing Sterling Jewelers of violating its employees' rights.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: At Winston, Revenue, Profits and Head Count All Slip

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

Winston & Strawn saw its gross revenue dip 1.9 percent in 2013, to $741 million, while its profits per equity partner fell 5.4 percent, to $1.41 million, according to the firm.

NJ Lawyer Pleads to Crafting Bogus Retainer Agreement

David Gialanella : New York Law Journal : January 11, 2014

A former top in-house lawyer for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey admitted he created a bogus retainer agreement from Weil, Gotshal & Manges promising discount legal services.

Federal Circuit Hands a Quick Win to DNA Tester Promega

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 11, 2014

But the panel has not yet ruled in a related dispute over a $52 million infringement verdict that pits Weil Gotshal partner Edward Reines against Wilmer's Seth Waxman.

EEOC Botched Bias Case Against Jewelry Giant, Judge Rules

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 11, 2014

Yet another judge has dismissed employment discrimination claims brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on the grounds that the agency ignored the unique duties it owes to its litigation targets.

Federal Circuit Hands a Quick Win to DNA Tester Promega

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 11, 2014

But the panel has not yet ruled in a related dispute over a $52 million infringement verdict that pit Weil Gotshal partner Edward Reines against Wilmer's Seth Waxman.

AIG

John Caher : New York Law Journal : January 10, 2014

A commercial Renaissance on the scale of American International Group takes more than business savvy, financial acumen and marketing insight. It takes a crackerjack in-house legal team like AIG's Global Legal, Compliance, Regulatory and Government Affairs group.

Former Port Authority Lawyer Pleads To Crafting Phony Retainer

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 10, 2014

A former top in-house lawyer for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey admitted he created a bogus retainer agreement from Weil, Gotshal & Manges promising discount legal services.

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.

Music Rights Holder SESAC Must Face Antitrust Claims

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 05, 2014

A judge in New York refused to throw out part of an antitrust class action brought by TV station owners against SESAC, a music licensing organization that represents thousands of composers. The ruling comes just months after a Pennsylvania judge ruled that radio broadcasters are likely to prevail on similar claims.

The Morning Wrap

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 04, 2014

A round-up of legal news from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country: A redesigned law.com, the Justice Department sues Sprint Corp. over bills for eavesdropping, and Patton Boggs seeks outside help for the firm's finances.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Weil's Profits, Revenue, Head Count All Drop in 2013

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2014

After a turbulent year in which at least three dozen partners left and some core practices fell into the doldrums, Weil, Gotshal & Manges reported substantial financial declines in 2013. Revenue dipped 7.4 percent while profits per equity partner fell by the same percentage.

Reed Smith, Skadden Advise as Caesars Shuffles Casinos

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2014

Caesars Entertainment is selling four casino properties in Las Vegas and New Orleans to one of its affiliates in a restructuring transaction worth $2.2 billion, including assumed debt and committed expenditures. Reed Smith is representing a special committee of Caesars' board while Skadden is advising a special committee of Caesars Acquisition Company's board.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Proskauer's Revenue Up as Head Count Drops

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

Proskauer Rose recorded gains in every major financial metric in 2013, including a gross revenue increase of 4.3 percent to $768.5 million, according to The American Lawyer's reporting.

Banks Is Leaving Legal Aid for a City Position

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Steven Banks, who has been attorney-in-chief of the New York City Legal Aid Society since 2004, was named commissioner of the city's Human Resources Administration by Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday.

Weil Loses Finance Partner to Paul Hastings

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 03, 2014

Senior leveraged finance partner John Cobb is heading to Paul Hastings from Weil, Gotshal & Manges, marking the 36th partner departure from Weil in the past six months, and the 15th in just the last three months alone, according to reporting by The American Lawyer.

Weil Gotshal's Keith Flaum

Recorder Staff : The Recorder : January 03, 2014

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.

Big Deals

David Marcus : The American Lawyer : January 01, 2014

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

Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Marketplace

Monica Paquette : New York Law Journal : January 26, 2014

To meet an increasing need for legal services to the poor, New York Legal Assistance Group has expanded the size of its headquarters at 7 Hanover Square. Also, the New York City Department of Design and Construction is expanding its operations at The Feil Organization's Queens Atrium in Long Island City.

How Latham Cracked the Houston Market

Ross Todd : The American Lawyer : January 25, 2014

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

Risky Business: Lateral Moves Down for 2013, Firms Slow Hiring, Lawyers Move With Caution

Jeanne Graham : Texas Lawyer : January 24, 2014

Eighteen of the state's 25 largest firms participated in Texas Lawyer's Lateral Hiring Survey and reported hiring 14.1 percent fewer lateral attorneys—249 versus 290—than they had in 2012.

Three Firms Chip In on $1.6B Semiconductor Deal

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 24, 2014

Weil and Womble Carlyle are advising RF Micro Devices in connection with its purchase of TriQuint Semiconductor, a rival maker of radio frequency semiconductor chips, in an all-stock deal worth roughly $1.6 billion. Perkins Coie is representing TriQuint.

Deeply Divided Federal Circuit Keeps District Judges on Tight Rein in Claim Construction

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 21, 2014

Despite speculation that the en banc court would overturn its long-standing rule, the court voted 6-4 to affirm that claim construction be reviewed de novo on appeal.

Tech Docket Watch: S.F. Postpones Mandatory E-Filing

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 21, 2014

Meanwhile, Siri is vindicated, Obama gives ammo to patents, Facebook spends billions, and California democrats are antsy to push data breach laws.

Deeply Divided Federal Circuit Keeps District Judges on Tight Rein in Claim Construction

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 21, 2014

Despite speculation that the en banc court would overrule its longstanding rule, the court voted 6-4 to affirm that claim construction be reviewed de novo on appeal.

Kasowitz Layoffs Tied to End of Credit Crisis Cases

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 21, 2014

Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman has laid off about 30 people, including associates, counsel, partners and non-attorney staff, according to a firm attorney close to the situation who said the layoffs were the result of a number of large cases nearing their resolution last year.

Asia Deal Digest: February 20, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 20, 2014

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

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Chevron Work Gives Gibson Dunn a Boost

Drew Combs : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2014

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher reported gains across key financial metrics in 2013. The firm enjoyed its biggest bump in gross revenue, which rose 7.4 percent, to $1.386 billion, according to The American Lawyer's reporting.

Weil, MoFo on $2.5 Billion Logistics Investment

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 19, 2014

A group of Chinese investors is buying a stake in Singapore-based warehouse operator Global Logistics Properties.

Smartphone Makers Face Suits Over Sieman Patents

Maria Zilberman : The Recorder : January 19, 2014

Bluebonnet Telecommunications of Texas, which now holds the patents, accuses Apple, Samsung and others of infringing with standard features like airplane mode and call forwarding.

Weil, Fenwick Tapped for Facebook's $19 Billion WhatsApp Buy

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 19, 2014

The eye-popping price marks the biggest Internet deal in a decade and set tongues wagging—and Twitter accounts firing—in Silicon Valley.

Hotels, Travel Sites Beat Price-Fixing Class Action

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 18, 2014

A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a class action lawsuit alleging that hotel chains and online travel companies conspired to fix the price of rooms booked online, handing a big win to a brigade of defense firms.

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

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

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

DOJ Warns 'Repeat Offenders' with $425 Million Bridgestone Fine

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 13, 2014

The Justice Department has a message for companies in trouble for fixing prices: If you're going to come clean, you better not hold back.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Sidley Austin Sees Growth Across All Fronts

Michael D. Goldhaber : The Am Law Daily : January 12, 2014

In Carter Phillips' first year as chair of Sidley Austin, the firm notched growth of greater than 7 percent in both gross revenue, to $1.6 billion, and net income, to $547 million. Profits per partner and revenue per lawyer rose approximately 4 percent, to $1.875 million and $945,000, respectively, according to The American Lawyer's reporting.

East Texas Chief Says District Doesn't Live Up to 'Plaintiffs Hellhole' Reputation

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 11, 2014

Appearing in San Francisco, Leonard Davis talked trials, sanctions and 'troll fatigue' with judges from the Bay Area and Delaware.

East Texas Chief Says District Doesn't Live Up to 'Plaintiffs Hellhole' Reputation

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 11, 2014

Appearing in San Francisco, Leonard Davis talked trials, sanctions and 'troll fatigue' with judges from the Bay Area and Delaware.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 10, 2014

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

Prenatal Testing Firms Take IP Fight to Federal Circuit

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 10, 2014

San Diego-based Sequenom—which saw its patent squelched by a district judge last year—is asking the appeals court to take judicial notice of "uncontested" scientific facts. But the company's rivals are crying foul.

Prenatal Testing Firms Take IP Fight to Federal Circuit

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 10, 2014

San Diego-based Sequenom—which saw its patent squelched by a district judge last year—is asking the appeals court to take judicial notice of "uncontested" scientific facts. But the company's rivals are crying foul.

Five Am Law 100 Firms Handle Three Big PE Deals

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2014

Private equity giants KKR and The Carlyle Group kept a handful of Am Law 100 firms busy this week with acquisitions totaling nearly $5 billion, and veteran Simpson Thacher & Bartlett partner Mari Lerner took the lead on two of the deals. Changing hands in the transactions were an industrial packaging unit owned by Illinois Tool Works, medical device maker Lake Region Medical and optical retailer National Vision.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 07, 2014

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

New Deals

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2014

British medical technology company Smith & Nephew has agreed to pay $1.7 billion in cash to acquire ArthroCare, which makes devices used for soft tissue repairs and joint procedures. Also, Entegris has agreed to buy ATMI, a rival supplier of materials to the semiconductor industry, in a deal worth $1.15 billion.

Skadden Bankruptcy Baron Joins Liquidation Shop

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 05, 2014

John "Jack" Wm. Butler Jr., a former cohead of the corporate reorganization practice at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, is poised to leave the Am Law 100 firm's Chicago office to join financial services shop Hilco Global, which specializes in distressed investments.

The Churn: Yankees President Heads to Jackson Lewis, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2014

Randy Levine, team president of the New York Yankees, has left Akin to join the New York office of Jackson Lewis as of counsel. Meanwhile, Covington adds two financial M&A partners in Washington, D.C., and Gibson Dunn lands new partners in Los Angeles and New York.

Judge OKs Settlement In Price-Fixing Suit

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 04, 2014

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

Ropes, Weil Steer $1.15 Billion Semiconductor Materials Deal

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2014

The Am Law 100 firms are advising as Entegris agrees to buy ATMI. Both companies make materials used to manufacture semiconductors.

Using CFAA to Protect Confidential Information

Jeffrey S. Klein and Nicholas J. Pappas : New York Law Journal : January 03, 2014

In their Employment Law column, Jeffrey S. Klein and Nicholas J. Pappas, partners at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, write: Employers frequently seek to prevent unauthorized use of confidential information by enforcing non-competition agreements against ex-employees, but even when there is no such agreement, employers have statutory options. One relatively new theory that employers are asserting in litigation with greater frequency is a federal claim under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

New York Sees Growth in Partner Promotions

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 03, 2014

A survey of New York's largest firms shows a slight uptick in the number of lawyers promoted to partner last year. The number of new partners firmwide at remained almost even from the number in 2012.

Establishing a sense of credibility

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

A game of three-dimensional chess. That's how Kenneth Lee described the multibillion-dollar battle between the trustee of Lehman Brothers Inc. and the estate of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

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

Am Law 200 Firms Stake Claims in Houston

Ross Todd : The American Lawyer : January 03, 2014

Drawn by the oil and gas boom, plenty of other firms have followed Latham's lead into Houston.

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Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 01, 2014

Five firms announce new additions, including Jason Halper joining Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe as co-head of its financial institution litigation practice.

August Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Will a New Chief Bring Change?

Scott Graham : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

The Federal Circuit's new leader has lawyers hoping for more consensus.

Why the Big Four First Failed to Crack the Legal Market

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

More than a decade ago, the Enron scandal and Sarbanes-Oxley curtailed accounting firms' ambitions in the legal services field.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

Medtronic/Covidien; Tyson/Hillshire; Time Inc. Spinoff; Level 3/TW Telecom; Apple/Beats

Mayor Appoints Members to Judicial Advisory Panel

: New York Law Journal : January 29, 2014

New York Mayor de Blasio on Friday announced the 16 appointees who will serve on the Mayor's Advisory Committee on the Judiciary.

Texas Lawyer Announces Its Winning Women of 2014

Heather D. Nevitt : Texas Lawyer : January 29, 2014

We read each of the nearly 150 nominations we received and then conducted our own research to arrive at this list of 20 Winning Women and a lifetime achiever.

In-House Counsel Profile: Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc.'s Brian Farley

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

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc. has come a long way from helping pharmacies and other medical professionals figure out doctors' messy handwriting. Brian Farley heads a department of 40, including 16 attorneys, located in Chicago, Atlanta, Raleigh and India.

Federal Circuit Won't Rehear DataTern Case

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 25, 2014

No votes to reconsider case at center of Rader/Reines imbroglio.

Weil, Goodwin Advise on Yahoo-Flurry Deal

Maria Zilberman : The Recorder : January 22, 2014

Yahoo tapped its regular deal counsel for the acquisition of the app analytics startup.

Russian Steelmaker Sells U.S. Plants for $2.3 Billion

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : January 21, 2014

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom is representing OAO Severstal in the sale of its North American subsidiaries to U.S. competitors Steel Dynamics Inc. and AK Steel Holding Corp. Weil Gotshal & Manges is advising AK Steel while Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Barrett & McNagny is counseling Steel Dynamics.

In-House Counsel Profile: Freeport LNG Development L.P.'s John Tobola

Richard Acello : The National Law Journal : January 21, 2014

Freeport LNG Development L.P. has responded to the shale gas boom by undertaking a multibillion-dollar expansion. General counsel John Tobola said its earnings are set by contract, not daily oil prices.

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

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

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

Underwriters Can't Dodge Puda Coal Securities Class Action

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 14, 2014

For the law firms driving consolidated litigation over Puda's demise, Monday's ruling is a welcome bit of good news. For the boutique investment banks Macquarie Capital and Brean Murray Carret & Co., not so much.

The Churn: Dickstein Group Defects, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

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

BAR-ometer

: The Recorder : January 11, 2014

Cartel busting in the Ninth Circuit … Herrera's headache … The return of Ed Reines

Software Firm Vies to Restore $147 Million BlackBerry Verdict

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 11, 2014

The appeal for client Mformation brought Weil Gotshal's Edward Reines to the Federal Circuit for his first argument since playing a role in Judge Randall Rader's resignation.

Software Firm Vies to Restore $147 Million Jury Verdict in Bay Area Patent Case

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 11, 2014

The appeal for client Mformation brought Weil Gotshal's Edward Reines to the Federal Circuit for his first argument since playing a role in Judge Randall Rader's resignation.

The American Lawyer Chooses 2014 Global Legal Award Winners

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

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

Commercial Litigator Moves To Jones Day From Weil Gotshal

Julie Kay : Daily Business Review : January 08, 2014

After a decade at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, complex commercial litigation partner Chris Pace left to join Jones Day's fledgling Miami office.

More IP Work Going In-house, Less to Outside Firms

Lisa Shuchman : Corporate Counsel : January 08, 2014

In-house counsel have gotten a lot more savvy about intellectual property, and law firms should not expect IP to be a growing source of revenue.

New Deals

Vinayak Balasubramanian : The Am Law Daily : January 03, 2014

Alcoa Inc. has said it will acquire jet engine component producer Firth Rixson in a $2.85 billion deal expected to enhance the company's aerospace production.

Biotech, Vitamin Deals a Boon to Wilson Sonsini

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

Swiss drug giant Roche Holdings has agreed to pay up to $1.7 billion to buy Seragon Pharmaceuticals, a San Diego-based maker of breast cancer treatments being advised by Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, which is also counseling online vitamin seller Vitacost.com on its $280 million sale to supermarket chain The Kroger Co.

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

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

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

Canadian Deals

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

July 2014 Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

On the State Level, Suits Focus on Prison Conditions

Ross Todd : The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

Am Law 200 firms take the lead in cases in Arizona, California and South Carolina.

Emails Land a DLA Partner and a Judge in Hot Water

Vinayak Balasubramanian : The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

Two examples of lawyers who should never have pressed "Send."

Rader Leaves Federal Circuit With Unfinished Business

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 30, 2014

The court has yet to rule on a $360 million verdict against Apple. Rader was on the panel.

Rader Leaves Federal Circuit with Unfinished Business

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 30, 2014

The court has yet to rule on Apple's appeal of a $360 million verdict for VirnetX after former chief judge Randall Rader dominated arguments in the case in March.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

AT&T/DirecTV; Alibaba IPO; Valeant / Allergan

A New Yardstick for International Pro Bono

Michael D. Goldhaber : The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

Big differences emerge among large U.S. firms as we measure their foreign pro bono efforts for the first time.

Firth Rixson's Sale to Alcoa Draws Three Am Law Firms

Vinayak Balasubramanian : The Am Law Daily : January 26, 2014

Alcoa said it would buy the jet engine component producer for $2.85 billion. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Crowell & Moring advised Alcoa, while Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison counseled Firth Rixson.

Broderick Becomes Judge

: New York Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Vernon S. Broderick, a former litigation partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges and former Assistant U.S. Attorney, was inducted as a Southern District judge at the Thurgood Marshall Courthouse.

Federal Circuit Knocks Mediator's Ties to Fish & Richardson

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 24, 2014

The Federal Circuit ruled that a court-appointed mediator should have disclosed "an enduring social relationship" with a Fish partner but stopped short of ordering a new jury trial in the case.

Federal Circuit Says Mediator Should Have Disclosed Social Ties

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 24, 2014

But the panel stopped short of ordering a new trial in a patent suit over airline seat-selection software.

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

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

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

Oracle Turns to Weil Gotshal in $5 Billion Micros Deal

Maria Zilberman : The Recorder : January 23, 2014

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

Weil's Reines Objects to Rehearing in DataTern Case

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 20, 2014

Microsoft, SAP and Weil, Gotshal & Manges partner Edward Reines rejected a losing litigant's contention that Reines' friendship with Federal Circuit Judge Randall Rader tainted an appeal before the court.

Reines Objects to Rehearing in DataTern Case

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 20, 2014

The Weil Gotshal partner responded Friday on behalf of Microsoft and SAP, calling the petition for rehearing a "cynical" move at odds with Federal Circuit practice.

Franchise Agreements Don't Impede Eruv, Court Rules

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

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

SAP Racing Clock in Bid to Upend Versata Patent Win

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 18, 2014

The Federal Circuit affirmed the trial court's $391 million judgment against SAP on Wednesday without waiting to resolve the appeal stemming from related PTO proceedings.

SAP Racing Clock in Bid to Upend Versata Patent Win

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 18, 2014

The Federal Circuit affirmed the trial court's $391 million judgment against SAP on Wednesday without waiting to resolve the appeal stemming from related PTO proceedings.

The NLJ 350 Pop Quiz

: The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Take a minute and test your knowledge of law firms on this year's NLJ 350.

Florida Rejects Expansive Judgment Execution Regime

Yehudah L. Buchweitz : New York Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Yehudah L. Buchweitz writes: Several Court of Appeals decisions from the past five years have made New York an attractive forum for judgment creditors to execute on judgment debtors' assets held by others throughout the world. This past March, the Florida District Court of Appeal for the Fourth District squarely rejected the approach taken by New York in a holding that may have wide-ranging impacts.

Wachtell, Willkie Get Call For Telecom, Transport Tie-Ups

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

The Am Law 100 firms are handling the latest round of consolidation in the telecommunications sector, as Level 3 Communications seeks to buy TW Telecom for $5.68 billion, along with another transportation tie-up that will create the largest U.S.-listed dry bulk carrier.

Rader Resigns From Federal Circuit

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 15, 2014

Three weeks after stepping down as chief judge, Randall Rader announced plans to leave the court June 30.

Rader Resigns From Federal Circuit

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 15, 2014

Three weeks after stepping down as chief, Judge Randall Rader announced plans to leave the court June 30.

Tesla Says It Will Open Patent Portfolio

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 12, 2014

CEO Elon Musk pledges not to initiate suits against those who want to use electric car company's patented technology.

Asia Deal Digest: June 12, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 12, 2014

* Private equity giant CVC turns to Simpson Thacher on formation of new $3.5 billion Asia fund* Simpson and Skadden on Alibaba browser buyout deal* Baker & McKenzie advises Australia's Origin Energy on $800 million gas exploration permit buy

Shook Hardy Set to Sublease Hometown Space

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

Shook, Hardy & Bacon is downsizing in a Kansas City, Mo., office tower built to house the firm a decade ago. And in seeking to sublease three floors of space in the building where it serves as anchor tenant, Shook Hardy is just the latest Am Law 200 firm to reduce its real estate needs amid an evolving market for legal services.

Big Energy Deals of 2013

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 09, 2014

The Lone Star State is a driving force in the energy business, so it's not surprising that four of the 10 largest Texas deals in 2013 were energy transactions.

Davis Polk Helps Tyson Foods Prevail in Big Poultry Duel

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

Tyson Foods, one of the country's largest chicken processors, appears poised to best Pilgrim's Pride and its lawyers from Cravath, Swaine & Moore to acquire deli and packaged meat purveyor Hillshire Brands, an offshoot of defunct consumer goods giant Sara Lee Corp.

Texas' Top Deals of 2013

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 06, 2014

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

At the Federal Circuit, a New Chief Enters in Tough Times

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 06, 2014

Sharon Prost, seen as a centrist on patent issues, may help bring her colleagues in line with the Supreme Court.

At the Federal Circuit, a New Chief Enters in Tough Times

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 06, 2014

Sharon Prost, seen as a centrist on patent issues, may help bring her colleagues in line with the Supreme Court.

Weil, Kirkland Lead on American Securities' Emerald Buy

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : January 05, 2014

American Securities continued its mini-shopping spree Thursday by joining forces with the current management team at Emerald Performance Materials to buy the chemical maker from an affiliate of fellow private equity firm Sun Capital Partners.

PAE Seeks New Hearing Due to Rader-Reines Conflict

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 04, 2014

DataTern, which faced off on appeal against Weil partner Ed Reines, has asked the Federal Circuit to rehear the case en banc.

Am Law Firms Lead on American Securities' Grede Buy

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2014

Weil, Gotshal & Manges is representing American Securities in connection with the transaction, while Stroock & Stroock & Lavan is acting as outside counsel to cast metal maker Grede Holdings.

The Churn: Akin Gump, Buchanan Ingersoll Expand, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 03, 2014

Akin Gump adds more Patton Boggs refugees, Buchanan Ingersoll becomes the latest firm to head for the Rockies and more lateral hires from across the Am Law 200.

Texas' Top Deals of 2013

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 03, 2014

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

Drafting an Effective Code of Conduct

Jeffrey S. Klein and Nicholas J. Pappas : New York Law Journal : January 02, 2014

In their Employment Law column, Jeffrey S. Klein and Nicholas J. Pappas write: Given the recent increase in "whistleblower" actions, we reviewed a selection of codes of conduct from 20 public companies of different sizes and across various industries, in order to assess the varied approaches and strategic judgments made by companies in crafting their codes of conduct.

Exclusive Interview With New Fifth Circuit Judge Gregg Costa

John Council : Texas Lawyer : January 02, 2014

Judge Gregg Costa answered a range of questions, including to which judge he would be most similar: U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist or U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Judge John Minor Wisdom.

Supreme Court Upends Two More Patent Rulings

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 02, 2014

A rough year for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit got rougher on Monday, when two more of its rulings were unanimously reversed by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Churn: Squire Patton Boggs Fallout, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Asia Deal Digest: May 29, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 29, 2014

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

Munger, Skadden Help Drop Beats in Apple's Lap

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

Beats Electronics, the Santa Monica-based headphone maker started by hip hop mogul Dr. Dre and recording industry titan Jimmy Iovine in 2006, has turned to teams of lawyers from Munger Tolles, Skadden and British firm Osborne Clarke on its proposed $3 billion sale to Apple, which is being advised by Weil, Gotshal & Manges.

Exclusive Interview With New Fifth Circuit Judge Gregg Costa

John Council : Texas Lawyer : January 29, 2014

Judge Gregg Costa answered a range of questions, including to which judge he would be most similar: U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist or U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Judge John Minor Wisdom.

Big Deals

David Marcus : The American Lawyer : January 29, 2014

Novartis / Glaxo / Eli Lilly; TIAA-CREF / Nuveen; Mallinckrodt / Questcor; Blackstone / Gates

Recent SEC Trial Losses Highlight Evidence Problems

Christopher L. Garcia and Amanda Burns Shulak : New York Law Journal : January 29, 2014

In their White-Collar Crime column, Christopher L. Garcia and Amanda Burns Shulak of Weil, Gotshal & Manges write: Recently, the SEC has had some missteps, most notably at trial. The losses in those cases were likely the result of the SEC having brought enforcement actions for conduct that was not provable based on the available evidence. Each of the cases suffered from proof issues that made them difficult cases to win.

Big Canadian Deals

Brian Baxter, Marlisse Silver Sweeney, Tom Huddleston Jr. : The American Lawyer : January 29, 2014

Yamana–Agnico-Eagle / Osisko; CPPIB / Wilton Re; Encana / TPG Capital

Supreme Court Affirms Chancery Dismissal in Noteholder Dispute

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 28, 2014

An open-ended investment company holding notes to two investment vehicles cannot pursue claims against another noteholder because the indenture does not permit such litigation, the Delaware Supreme Court has ruled. The high court issued the opinion last week when it affirmed the Court of Chancery's dismissal of the lawsuit on the same grounds.

Am Law Trio Help Koch Slake Petro Thirst

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

Jones Day is advising an affiliate of Koch Industries on its $2.1 billion purchase of PetroLogistics, which is being represented by Vinson & Elkins and Weil.

Cravath Helps Brazilian Client Cook Up Meat Merger

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

Moving to derail Hillshire Brands' pending $4.3 billion purchase of Pinnacle Foods, Pilgrim's Pride has turned to Cravath, Swaine & Moore to advise on its $6.4 billion bid for the Sara Lee spinoff.

Week of May 26

: Texas Lawyer : January 26, 2014

Mandy Price, a corporate associate with Weil, Gotshal & Manges in Dallas, has been named the 2014 Outstanding Young Lawyer of Texas by the Texas Young Lawyers Association. Plus more new positions, appointments, awards and honors.

Hogan Lovells Recognized For Pro Bono Work

Julie Kay : Daily Business Review : January 23, 2014

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

Rader Steps Down as Chief, Apologizes for Reines Email

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 23, 2014

In a gushing email, Randall Rader praised Weil Gotshal partner Edward Reines for an "IMPRESSIVE" argument in a pending case.

Randall Rader Resigns As Chief Judge of Federal Circuit

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 23, 2014

Chief Judge Randall Rader of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will step down as chief judge at the end of the month, the court announced Friday.

Rader Steps Down as Chief, Apologizes for Reines Email

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 23, 2014

The Federal Circuit chief judge apologized for "conduct that crossed the lines" when he sent an email to Weil, Gotshal & Manges partner Edward Reines that praised Reines' skills and encouraged him to share the email with others.

Asia Deal Digest: May 22, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 22, 2014

* Allen & Overy guides India's Bharti Airtel on a $2 billion bond issue* Skadden and Davis Polk lead on $1.3 billion Tencent investment in JD.com* Milbank and Latham on a $1.17 billion Indonesian geothermal plant financing

New Deals

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 22, 2014

At least a dozen firms are advising on telecommunications giant AT&T's proposed $48.5 billion acquisition of DirecTV. Also, Darden Restaurants has agreed to sell Red Lobster to private equity firm Golden Gate Capital for $2.1 billion in cash.

DataTern Lawyer Asks Rader to Explain Mystery Recusal

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 21, 2014

The Federal Circuit's chief judge should detail the conflict that led him to bow out of a case against Microsoft and SAP after it was already decided, McCarter & English argued in Wednesday's letter.

DataTern Lawyer Asks Rader to Explain Mystery Recusal

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 21, 2014

The Federal Circuit's chief judge should detail the conflict that led him to bow out of a case after it was already decided, a McCarter & English partner argues.

Medtronic Inks $1 Billion Deal to End Heart Valve Litigation

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 20, 2014

The deal with Edwards Lifesciences nullifies two large jury awards and the threat of an injunction against potentially life-saving technology.

Medtronic to Pay More Than $1 Billion to End Heart Valve Litigation

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 20, 2014

The deal with Edwards Lifesciences nullifies two large jury awards and the threat of an injunction against potentially lifesaving technology.

The Churn: Kirkland Adds Two, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Kirkland & Ellis poaches from Weil and Baker Botts, a White House rejoins Latham and more new hires across The Am Law 200.

Week of May 19

: Texas Lawyer : January 19, 2014

Akash Sethi has become the first managing partner of McGuireWoods' newest office in Dallas. He is a private equity attorney. Plus more new positions, appointments, awards and honors.

Weil, Paul Weiss Help Nail Down CCMP's Hillman Buy

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : January 19, 2014

Private equity firm CCMP is acquiring a controlling stake in The Hillman Companies from Oak Hill Capital Partners.

Dozen Firms Tune In for AT&T's $48.5 Billion DirecTV Buy

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

In a deal likely to face major regulatory scrutiny, a telecommunications giant aims to absorb the nation's largest satellite television operator.

Three Firms on Macau Power Deal

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 16, 2014

A Chinese state-owned company is acquiring a 38 percent stake in Macau's sole power company for $312 million.

Intervention is Denied Where Interest 'Remote'

Brendan Pierson : New York Law Journal : January 14, 2014

Michael Trimarco, a former officer of patent holding company Data Treasury Corp., cannot intervene in a lawsuit against Data Treasury and Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice over an alleged "pay to prosecute" scheme.

BigLaw Defectors, In-House Counsel Fuel Growth at N.J.'s Parker Ibrahim

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 14, 2014

In the aftermath of the last decade's recession, while firms were retrenching, three in-house counsel from JPMorgan Chase started their own shop in New Jersey and went rapidly into expansion mode.

Kirkland, Paul Hastings Handle Peak 10 Sale

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

The two Am Law 100 firms are advising a pair of private equity firms on the sale of Peak 10, a Charlotte-based IT infrastructure and cloud services provider valued at roughly $900 million.

Weil's Awkward Transition

Vivia Chen : The American Lawyer : January 12, 2014

When Weil, Gotshal & Manges embarked on a strategic overhaul, some partners headed for the exits.

Wachtell, Simpson Handle $1.65 Billion Payments Deal

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

Vantiv has turned to Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz for counsel on its acquisition of Mercury Payment Systems from private equity firm Silver Lake Partners.

Amici Briefs From Firms Fault 'Unfinished Business' Doctrine

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : January 12, 2014

A dozen prominent law firms are urging the Court of Appeals to declare as impractical the practice of allowing bankruptcy trustees to pursue profits from matters that partners carry from defunct firms to their new firms, and to find it contrary to nearly a thousand years of legal principle.

Asia Deal Digest: May 8, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 08, 2014

* Simpson Thacher taking China's Alibaba public in the U.S.* Morrison & Foerster helping Chinese train maker test Hong Kong IPO waters* King & Wood Mallesons and Minter Ellison on $1.6 billion Newcastle port lease

Gonzalez v. Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP

: New York Law Journal : January 07, 2014

Complaint Alleging Law Firm's Violation of Americans With Disabilities Act Time-Barred

Government Lawyers Take Positions on PTAB Review

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 07, 2014

The lines and limits of the new appeal process are taking shape in a pair of Federal Circuit cases.

Rader Pulls Out of Another Big Case He'd Already Decided

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 07, 2014

This time, the Federal Circuit chief judge is recusing himself from the controversial dispute over Medtronic's heart valves. Both cases involve Weil Gotshal's Ed Reines.

Gentiva GC Reveals What He Looks For in a Firm

Mary Welch : Daily Report : January 07, 2014

John Camperlengo was named in May 2010 as general counsel and secretary of Gentiva Health Services, which provides home health and hospice services to more than 350,000 patients across the country.

Rader Pulls Out of Another Big Case He'd Already Decided

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 07, 2014

This time, the Federal Circuit chief judge is recusing himself from the controversial dispute over Medtronic's heart valves. Both cases involve Weil Gotshal's Ed Reines.

Government Lawyers Take Positions on PTAB Review

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 07, 2014

The lines and limits of the new appeal process are taking shape in a pair of Federal Circuit cases.

Federal Circuit Yanks Rader's DataTern Dissent

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 05, 2014

The chief judge is now recused in case over whether companies can go after patent assertion entities that sue their customers.

Wachtell, Willkie, Gibson Dunn Forge Sotheby's Peace

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 05, 2014

The Am Law 100 trio is part of a half-dozen firms advising on an agreement to end a nasty proxy fight between activist investor Daniel Loeb and the venerable auction house.

Recorder Names Corporate Practices of the Year

Recorder Editors : The Recorder : January 02, 2014

The Churn: Covington Adds EU Competition Head, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 02, 2014

Covington hires Clifford Chance partner Johan Ysewyn in Brussels to head its European competition practice while another partner returns to the fold.

Brothers on Both Sides of GE's Big Alstom Bid

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

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

New York Firms Increase Profits, Reducing Size

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 02, 2014

Many large New York law firms grew their revenue and profits last year, continuing to pull ahead of the national pack when it comes to financial indicators.

Ashurst Hires Partner in Singapore

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 01, 2014

Banking and finance lawyer Kate Allchurch has moved over from White & Case.

May 2014 Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

New Deals

: New York Law Journal : January 01, 2014

The healthcare industry continues to dominate the M&A market with the announcement last week that Zimmer Holdings has agreed to acquire rival medical device specialist Biomet Inc. The cash-and-stock deal is worth $13.35 billion. Also, six major firms have tuned in for the latest episode in Comcast's dramatic $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable.

Shooting Bricks

Jan Wolfe : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

The EEOC's legal team continues to misfire as it extends its losing streak.

2014 Rising Stars

: New York Law Journal : January 01, 2014

The New York Law Journal congratulates the 42 young lawyers chosen as 2014 Rising Stars by a panel of 20 esteemed judges. Our panel reviewed more than 230 nominations of attorneys 40 and under who have established a record of accomplishments and demonstrated that they are top contributors to the practice of law and their communities.

The Trouble With Nonequity Partners

Michael D. Goldhaber : The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

Reliance on nonequity partners has boosted the bottom line at Am Law 100 firms—but is it a sustainable business model?

Am Law 100 Firms Lead on Pepco Sale

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 30, 2014

Kirkland is advising utility operator Exelon on its $6.8 billion purchase of Pepco, which has turned to S&C and Covington.

Supreme Court Eases Fee Shifting in Patent Cases

Marcia Coyle : The Recorder : January 29, 2014

Silicon Valley litigators applauded the rulings, while noting district judges would likely use their new discretion sparingly.

The Party's Over

: The American Lawyer : January 28, 2014

Bingham and Weil did well when times were bad. Now the bankruptcy bonanza has come to an end. What's next?

Big Deals

David Marcus : The American Lawyer : January 28, 2014

Albertsons / Safeway; Men's Wearhouse / Jos. A. Bank; Media General / LIN; Energy XXI / EPL Oil & Gas

Big Firms' Texas Ranks: Shrinking, Stagnant or Swelling?

Jeanne Graham : Texas Lawyer : January 28, 2014

One out-of-state firm boosted its Texas presence by 50 percent, nabbing lawyers from another established out-of-state shop.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 28, 2014

New hires and lateral moves in this week's column.

Five Am Law Firms Advise on Forest Labs M&A Deals

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 28, 2014

Forest Laboratories is paying $1.46 billion for Furiex Pharmaceuticals while also selling Furiex's royalties on two products to Royalty Pharma for $415 million.

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

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

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

Firms Feast on Yet Another Health Care Deal

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 24, 2014

Medical device maker Zimmer Holdings has agreed to pay $13.35 billion to acquire rival Biomet Inc.

New Deals

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The American Lawyer : January 24, 2014

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Hogan Lovells are helping Novartis undergo a massive restructuring involving a series of transactions worth more than $20 billion. Also, Post Holdings, maker of cereal and other dry goods, confirmed last week that it has agreed to buy Michael Foods from its private equity owners for $2.45 billion.

Half-Dozen Firms Dig Into Big Canadian Mining Deal

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 23, 2014

Amid talk about a pharma M&A boom, the global mining industry is on the verge of its own round of consolidation.

The Morning Wrap

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 23, 2014

A round up of legal news from ALM-affiliated publications and around the web: Supreme Court upholds affirmative action ban; tiny firms get big deals; Quentin Tarnatino's copyright fight.

SAP, Versata Clash Over Endgame in $391 Million Patent Fight

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 22, 2014

Versata's lawyers at McKool Smith are accusing SAP of postponing the inevitable in a long, hard-fought battle over software patents.

M&A Lawyers Line Up for Major Pharma Deals

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 22, 2014

Valeant launched a $45.7 billion hostile takeover bid for Botox-maker Allergan, while Novartis announced a series of transactions with GlaxoSmithKline and Eli Lilly.

Appeals Court Blocks Controversial Ban on Medtronic Heart Valves

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 21, 2014

The stay is a win for Medtronic's appellate attorney, Edward Reines of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, who argued the injunction could cost patients' lives.

High Court Snubs Exxon in New York City MTBE Case

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : January 21, 2014

Bancroft's Paul Clement argued that leaving the city's $104.7 million verdict against Exxon in place could open up "whole new arenas for abusive and speculative litigation." The U.S. Supreme Court apparently didn't find the situation quite so dire.

Obituary: Leonard Rosen

John Caher : New York Law Journal : January 18, 2014

Leonard Rosen, a founding partner of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and a renowned bankruptcy attorney who represented the City of New York during its 1975 financial crisis and stood up for lenders in the Chrysler bailout in the early 1980s, died Wednesday at the age of 83.

Lululemon Missteps Don't Amount to Fraud, Judge Rules

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : January 18, 2014

The company's see-through pants fiasco and similar blunders can't serve as the basis for a securities fraud class action against Lululemon, a judge in Manhattan confirmed on Friday. The ruling is a victory for defense teams at Weil and Paul Weiss.

Medtronic Accused of 'Scare Tactics' in Heart Valve Case

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 17, 2014

After a Delaware judge blocked use of a Medtronic heart valve, the company decided to play hardball instead of cooperate, argue attorneys for Edwards LifeSciences.

DLA Piper Adds Lawyer To Litigation Practice

: Delaware Law Weekly : January 16, 2014

Ashley R. Altschuler is joining DLA Piper's litigation practice as a partner in Wilmington, with an office also in New York.

German Deal Activity Yields Roles for Large Firms

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

After a big first quarter for U.S. M&A, increased transactional work out of Europe could be a boon for some top firms on the continent.

Clifford Chance, Weil Help Flip French Food Firm

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

The firms grab roles on private equity shop Ardian's $1.8 billion sale of the Diana Group to Germany's Symrise.

Judge Halts Use of Lifesaving Heart Valve

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 14, 2014

Medtronic's valve leads to 'better outcomes with a lower risk of death,' Judge Gregory Sleet of Delaware concluded, but it steps on a rival's patent.

Judge Halts Use of Life Saving Heart Valve in Patent Fight

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 14, 2014

Medtronic's valve leads to "better outcomes with a lower risk of death," Judge Gregory Sleet of Delaware concluded, but it steps on a rival's patent.

Week of April 14

: Texas Lawyer : January 14, 2014

David Starr has been named vice president and general counsel of The LaSalle Group Inc. in Irving. Plus more new positions, appointments, awards and honors.

The Churn: Another Weil Defector, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

A Delaware-based litigation partner leaves Weil for DLA Piper; Mintz Levin lands three IP attorneys in Boston; and, a Utah U.S. attorney returns to Sidley Austin.

New Deals

: The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2014

Buyout firm The Blackstone Group has agreed to buy Denver-based industrial manufacturer Gates Global from its current owners in a $5.4 billion deal announced Friday. Also, India's Sun Pharmaceutical Industries will become the world's fifth-largest generic drug maker with its $3.2 billion buy of struggling rival Ranbaxy Laboratories.

Am Law Firms Help Goldman and Koch Spark Flint Deal

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

Milbank is acting as lead counsel to Goldman Sachs and Koch Industries on their joint purchase of printing ink company Flint Group from CVC Capital Partners for a reported $3 billion. Simpson Thacher is also advising the buyers, while German firm Hengeler Mueller is representing CVC.

Asia Deal Digest: April 10, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 10, 2014

* Shearman and Davis Polk on $3.2 billion merger of Indian generic drug makers* Linklaters and Gilbert + Tobin advising a South African retailer on its $2 billion bid for Australia's David Jones department stores* Chinese state food giant COFCO turns to Clifford Chance for Hong Kong grain trading acquisition

With Growth in Mind, Dentons, Others Eye Africa

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

Global 100 legal giant Dentons is the latest international firm to bet on Africa's growing economic power, announcing Wednesday its opening of new offices in Cape Town and Johannesburg by joining forces with South African alliance firm KapdiTwala and revealing plans to launch another outpost in Francophone Africa later this year.

Shearman, Davis Polk on $3.2 Billion India Drug Merger

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 08, 2014

Indian generic drug maker Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. is acquiring local competitor Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd. from Japan's Daiichi Sankyo Co.

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

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

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

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 07, 2014

Legal industry job changes in our nation's capital.

DC Lateral Moves

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 07, 2014

Lawyers leave the Federal Aviation Administration, the Department of Justice and the White House to join firms in the Washington area.Here's our roundup of local hires and promotions announced in the first week of April:

Two Major Pharma M&A Deals Yield Big-Firm Bonanza

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2014

Weil, Wachtell, Shearman, Simpson, Latham and Davis Polk all got the year's second quarter off to a strong start by grabbing roles on one of two big pharmaceutical deals announced Monday: Irish specialty drugmaker Mallinckrodt's $5.6 billion cash-and-stock purchase of California's Questcor Pharmaceuticals and India's Sun Pharmaceutical Industries' $3.2 billion buy of struggling rival Ranbaxy Laboratories.

Establishing Employers' Ownership in Social Media

Jeffrey S. Klein and Nicholas J. Pappas : New York Law Journal : January 07, 2014

In their Employment Law column, Weil, Gotshal & Manges partners Jeffrey S. Klein and Nicholas J. Pappas write: Employers may correctly believe that social media marketing is more effective when projected through a human rather than corporate persona, and may thus encourage employees personally to connect with other users. But some have then discovered too late that they took insufficient precautions in establishing ownership of the social media.

Malpractice Suit Keeps McDermott in Tense Tango With Former Client

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 04, 2014

Duane Morris partner Allison Lane Cooper is defending McDermott Will & Emery against claims that stem from the firm's work for the owners of a privately held company—and that company's litigation rival.

SAP Shuffles Legal Line-Up to Fight $391 Million Judgment

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 04, 2014

SAP has brought on Weil Gotshal's Edward Reines to argue that a 2013 decision from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board shields the softwar giant from having to satisfy a $391 million judgment.

SAP Shuffles Legal Lineup to Defend First-of-its-Kind PTO Ruling

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 04, 2014

The software giant has brought on Weil Gotshal partner Edward Reines to argue a 2013 decision from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board shields SAP from having to satisfy a $391 million judgment.

Court OKs Attack on DataTern Patents by SAP, Microsoft

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 04, 2014

After DataTern accused dozens of SAP and Microsoft customers of patent infringement, the two companies sprang into action and used declaratory judgment actions to knock out DataTern's patents in 2012. The Federal Circuit blessed that tactic on Friday, but with some reservations.

Asia Deal Digest: April 3, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 03, 2014

* HWL Ebsworth advises restructuring Aussie mall developer Westfield on $20 billion in loan facilities* Slaughter and May and Freshfields on Singapore bank's proposed $5 billion Hong Kong acquisition* Skadden guides Chinese antivirus software maker on $300 million U.S. IPO

Anadarko Inks $5.15 Billion Deal to End Tronox Cleanup Woes

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 03, 2014

The settlement follows a major courtroom victory last year by Kirkland's David Zott and his client, litigation trustee John Hueston of Irell & Manella.

Anadarko Agrees to Record $5B Environmental Settlement

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 03, 2014

In the U.S. Justice Department's largest environmental enforcement recovery ever, Kerr-McGee Corp. and its parent Anadarko Petroleum Corp. today agreed to pay $5.15 billion to settle charges that they fraudulently tried to duck responsibility to pay for environmental cleanup after decades of contamination.

Anadarko Agrees to Record $5B Environmental Settlement

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 03, 2014

In the U.S. Justice Department's largest environmental enforcement recovery ever, Kerr-McGee Corp. and its parent Anadarko Petroleum Corp. today agreed to pay $5.15 billion to settle charges that they fraudulently tried to duck responsibility to pay for environmental cleanup after decades of contamination.

DA's Former General Counsel Joins Gibson Dunn

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 02, 2014

Caitlin Halligan, who left the Manhattan District Attorney's Office in January after four years of helping oversee more than 500 lawyers, joined Gibson Dunn & Crutcher this week as partner focusing on appellate litigation.

The Churn: Weil, Patton Boggs See More Defections, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Weil, Gotshal & Manges loses a securities litigation partner to Jenner & Block; Patton Boggs goes through another spate of departures; and Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr hires a former FBI director and his ex-chief of staff.

U.S. Supreme Court Enters Another Sticky Wicket of Patent Law

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 31, 2014

Accepting its first patent case for the 2014 term, the court agreed to review , a case that addresses the standard of review for claims construction.

Tobacco Lobby Targets Trans-Pacific, Trans-Atlantic Pacts

Andrew Ramonas : Corporate Counsel : January 31, 2014

As the United States negotiates the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, tobacco giant Philip Morris International Management SA has turned to Akin Gump lobbyists for help.

Big Deals

David Marcus : The American Lawyer : January 31, 2014

Comcast/Time Warner Cable; Actavis / Forest Labs; Facebook / WhatsApp; Santander Consumer USA IPO; Carlyle / J&J Diagnostics Unit

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.

The Churn: White House Official Joins Kilpatrick, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 28, 2014

The White House's former associate director of intergovernmental affairs and public engagement is now part of Kilpatrick Townsend's Native American affairs team; Faegre adds two labor and employment attorneys in Chicago; and the former U.S. Steel general counsel joins Fox Rothschild.

New Deals

Tom Huddleston Jr. and Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 27, 2014

Privately-held Swiss trading house Mercuria Energy Group has agreed to buy JPMorgan Chase's physical commodities trading unit in a deal worth $3.5 billion. Also, Media General announced Friday that it has agreed to acquire LIN Media LLC in a $1.6 billion cash-and-stock deal that, if completed, will create the second-largest local television broadcasting company in the country.

Big Firms Hitch Ride on River of U.S., Global IPOs

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

Wilson Sonsini, Latham & Watkins, Fenwick & West and Cooley are among the Am Law 100 firms reaping the benefits of a surge in activity on the initial public offering front so far this year. And with the IPO pipeline packed, more large firms are poised to help corporate clients tap the capital markets.

Weil and Cooley Get Call for Synopsys-Coverity Deal

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 25, 2014

On a Buying Spree, Facebook Turns to Fenwick for $2 Billion Virtual Reality Deal

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 25, 2014

Irvine-based Oculus VR tapped Bingham McCutchen for counsel.

Financial Reform

: New York Law Journal : January 24, 2014

In this Special Report from the New York Law Journal: "The Volcker Rule's Impact on Incentive Compensation," "Targeted Returns Under FINRA's Communication Rules," "'Banking in the 21st Century: Navigating Uncharted Waters," and "FDIC Issues 'Single Point of Entry' Resolution Strategy."

Gay-Friendly Policies Can Help Law Firms, Advocates Say

Tania Karas : New York Law Journal : January 24, 2014

A work environment that welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender lawyers is not only fundamentally fair, it can boost the bottom line. That was the message of Out in Law, a daylong event at New York University School of Law this month.

FDIC Issues 'Single Point of Entry' Resolution Strategy

Derrick D. Cephas and Dimia Fogam : New York Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Derrick D. Cephas and Dimia Fogam of Weil, Gotshal & Manges discuss the FDIC's "Single Point of Entry" strategy, which addresses a still unresolved major public policy concern and related "too big to fail" issues.

Patent Judge Pitches Wish List to Valley Crowd

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 24, 2014

Speaking last week at Stanford, Federal Circuit Judge Timothy Dyk urged lawyers to advance more creative positions in his court. Meanwhile, advocates for NPEs faced off against their biggest foes in discussions on patent reform.

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

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 21, 2014

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

Am Law Quartet Tune In for Big Local TV Deal

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

Media General has turned to Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson for counsel on its proposed acquisition of LIN Media LLC, which has retained Covington & Burling and Weil, Gotshal & Manges to advise on the $1.6 billion cash-and-stock deal. Paul Hastings, meanwhile, is working on arranging the financing for the transaction, which will create the nation's second-largest local television broadcasting company.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Elite New York Firms Pull Away

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2014

A year after making only slight financial gains, a group of New York–based firms made up of some of The Am Law 100's most profitable members put even more distance between itself and the rest of the pack in 2013, according to The American Lawyer's reporting.

The Churn: Foley Snags Weil's Boston Leader, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 18, 2014

Weil Gotshal's latest lateral defector is the managing partner of the firm's Boston office; Pillsbury lands two transportation finance partners from DLA Piper in London; and a former senior federal prosecutor heads to Sidley.

DLA, Weil Get Call for Vodafone's $10 Billion Ono Deal

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

Vodafone is acquiring Ono, Spain's largest cable operator, in a deal worth roughly $10 billion, including the assumption of debt. DLA Piper is advising Vodafone, while Ono is being represented by Weil Gotshal and Spanish firm Garrigues.

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.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: For Milbank, a Solid Year Under New Leader

Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2014

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy ended its first year under new chairman Scott Edelman on a positive note, with gross revenue increasing 6 percent, to $706 million, and profits per partner rising 5 percent, to $2.565 million, according to The American Lawyer's reporting.

Judge Faults EEOC for Probe Into Discrimination Claim

John Caher : New York Law Journal : January 13, 2014

A major gender discrimination claim involving some 44,000 women and the nation's largest speciality retail jeweler has been dismissed because the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission failed to prove that it conducted a nationwide investigation before accusing Sterling Jewelers of violating its employees' rights.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: At Winston, Revenue, Profits and Head Count All Slip

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

Winston & Strawn saw its gross revenue dip 1.9 percent in 2013, to $741 million, while its profits per equity partner fell 5.4 percent, to $1.41 million, according to the firm.

NJ Lawyer Pleads to Crafting Bogus Retainer Agreement

David Gialanella : New York Law Journal : January 11, 2014

A former top in-house lawyer for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey admitted he created a bogus retainer agreement from Weil, Gotshal & Manges promising discount legal services.

Federal Circuit Hands a Quick Win to DNA Tester Promega

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 11, 2014

But the panel has not yet ruled in a related dispute over a $52 million infringement verdict that pits Weil Gotshal partner Edward Reines against Wilmer's Seth Waxman.

EEOC Botched Bias Case Against Jewelry Giant, Judge Rules

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 11, 2014

Yet another judge has dismissed employment discrimination claims brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on the grounds that the agency ignored the unique duties it owes to its litigation targets.

Federal Circuit Hands a Quick Win to DNA Tester Promega

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 11, 2014

But the panel has not yet ruled in a related dispute over a $52 million infringement verdict that pit Weil Gotshal partner Edward Reines against Wilmer's Seth Waxman.

AIG

John Caher : New York Law Journal : January 10, 2014

A commercial Renaissance on the scale of American International Group takes more than business savvy, financial acumen and marketing insight. It takes a crackerjack in-house legal team like AIG's Global Legal, Compliance, Regulatory and Government Affairs group.

Former Port Authority Lawyer Pleads To Crafting Phony Retainer

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 10, 2014

A former top in-house lawyer for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey admitted he created a bogus retainer agreement from Weil, Gotshal & Manges promising discount legal services.

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.

Music Rights Holder SESAC Must Face Antitrust Claims

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 05, 2014

A judge in New York refused to throw out part of an antitrust class action brought by TV station owners against SESAC, a music licensing organization that represents thousands of composers. The ruling comes just months after a Pennsylvania judge ruled that radio broadcasters are likely to prevail on similar claims.

The Morning Wrap

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 04, 2014

A round-up of legal news from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country: A redesigned law.com, the Justice Department sues Sprint Corp. over bills for eavesdropping, and Patton Boggs seeks outside help for the firm's finances.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Weil's Profits, Revenue, Head Count All Drop in 2013

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2014

After a turbulent year in which at least three dozen partners left and some core practices fell into the doldrums, Weil, Gotshal & Manges reported substantial financial declines in 2013. Revenue dipped 7.4 percent while profits per equity partner fell by the same percentage.

Reed Smith, Skadden Advise as Caesars Shuffles Casinos

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2014

Caesars Entertainment is selling four casino properties in Las Vegas and New Orleans to one of its affiliates in a restructuring transaction worth $2.2 billion, including assumed debt and committed expenditures. Reed Smith is representing a special committee of Caesars' board while Skadden is advising a special committee of Caesars Acquisition Company's board.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Proskauer's Revenue Up as Head Count Drops

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

Proskauer Rose recorded gains in every major financial metric in 2013, including a gross revenue increase of 4.3 percent to $768.5 million, according to The American Lawyer's reporting.

Banks Is Leaving Legal Aid for a City Position

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Steven Banks, who has been attorney-in-chief of the New York City Legal Aid Society since 2004, was named commissioner of the city's Human Resources Administration by Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday.

Weil Loses Finance Partner to Paul Hastings

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 03, 2014

Senior leveraged finance partner John Cobb is heading to Paul Hastings from Weil, Gotshal & Manges, marking the 36th partner departure from Weil in the past six months, and the 15th in just the last three months alone, according to reporting by The American Lawyer.

Weil Gotshal's Keith Flaum

Recorder Staff : The Recorder : January 03, 2014

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.

Big Deals

David Marcus : The American Lawyer : January 01, 2014

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

Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Marketplace

Monica Paquette : New York Law Journal : January 26, 2014

To meet an increasing need for legal services to the poor, New York Legal Assistance Group has expanded the size of its headquarters at 7 Hanover Square. Also, the New York City Department of Design and Construction is expanding its operations at The Feil Organization's Queens Atrium in Long Island City.

How Latham Cracked the Houston Market

Ross Todd : The American Lawyer : January 25, 2014

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

Risky Business: Lateral Moves Down for 2013, Firms Slow Hiring, Lawyers Move With Caution

Jeanne Graham : Texas Lawyer : January 24, 2014

Eighteen of the state's 25 largest firms participated in Texas Lawyer's Lateral Hiring Survey and reported hiring 14.1 percent fewer lateral attorneys—249 versus 290—than they had in 2012.

Three Firms Chip In on $1.6B Semiconductor Deal

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 24, 2014

Weil and Womble Carlyle are advising RF Micro Devices in connection with its purchase of TriQuint Semiconductor, a rival maker of radio frequency semiconductor chips, in an all-stock deal worth roughly $1.6 billion. Perkins Coie is representing TriQuint.

Deeply Divided Federal Circuit Keeps District Judges on Tight Rein in Claim Construction

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 21, 2014

Despite speculation that the en banc court would overturn its long-standing rule, the court voted 6-4 to affirm that claim construction be reviewed de novo on appeal.

Tech Docket Watch: S.F. Postpones Mandatory E-Filing

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 21, 2014

Meanwhile, Siri is vindicated, Obama gives ammo to patents, Facebook spends billions, and California democrats are antsy to push data breach laws.

Deeply Divided Federal Circuit Keeps District Judges on Tight Rein in Claim Construction

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 21, 2014

Despite speculation that the en banc court would overrule its longstanding rule, the court voted 6-4 to affirm that claim construction be reviewed de novo on appeal.

Kasowitz Layoffs Tied to End of Credit Crisis Cases

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 21, 2014

Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman has laid off about 30 people, including associates, counsel, partners and non-attorney staff, according to a firm attorney close to the situation who said the layoffs were the result of a number of large cases nearing their resolution last year.

Asia Deal Digest: February 20, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 20, 2014

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

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Chevron Work Gives Gibson Dunn a Boost

Drew Combs : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2014

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher reported gains across key financial metrics in 2013. The firm enjoyed its biggest bump in gross revenue, which rose 7.4 percent, to $1.386 billion, according to The American Lawyer's reporting.

Weil, MoFo on $2.5 Billion Logistics Investment

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 19, 2014

A group of Chinese investors is buying a stake in Singapore-based warehouse operator Global Logistics Properties.

Smartphone Makers Face Suits Over Sieman Patents

Maria Zilberman : The Recorder : January 19, 2014

Bluebonnet Telecommunications of Texas, which now holds the patents, accuses Apple, Samsung and others of infringing with standard features like airplane mode and call forwarding.

Weil, Fenwick Tapped for Facebook's $19 Billion WhatsApp Buy

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 19, 2014

The eye-popping price marks the biggest Internet deal in a decade and set tongues wagging—and Twitter accounts firing—in Silicon Valley.

Hotels, Travel Sites Beat Price-Fixing Class Action

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 18, 2014

A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a class action lawsuit alleging that hotel chains and online travel companies conspired to fix the price of rooms booked online, handing a big win to a brigade of defense firms.

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

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

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

DOJ Warns 'Repeat Offenders' with $425 Million Bridgestone Fine

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 13, 2014

The Justice Department has a message for companies in trouble for fixing prices: If you're going to come clean, you better not hold back.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Sidley Austin Sees Growth Across All Fronts

Michael D. Goldhaber : The Am Law Daily : January 12, 2014

In Carter Phillips' first year as chair of Sidley Austin, the firm notched growth of greater than 7 percent in both gross revenue, to $1.6 billion, and net income, to $547 million. Profits per partner and revenue per lawyer rose approximately 4 percent, to $1.875 million and $945,000, respectively, according to The American Lawyer's reporting.

East Texas Chief Says District Doesn't Live Up to 'Plaintiffs Hellhole' Reputation

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 11, 2014

Appearing in San Francisco, Leonard Davis talked trials, sanctions and 'troll fatigue' with judges from the Bay Area and Delaware.

East Texas Chief Says District Doesn't Live Up to 'Plaintiffs Hellhole' Reputation

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 11, 2014

Appearing in San Francisco, Leonard Davis talked trials, sanctions and 'troll fatigue' with judges from the Bay Area and Delaware.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 10, 2014

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

Prenatal Testing Firms Take IP Fight to Federal Circuit

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 10, 2014

San Diego-based Sequenom—which saw its patent squelched by a district judge last year—is asking the appeals court to take judicial notice of "uncontested" scientific facts. But the company's rivals are crying foul.

Prenatal Testing Firms Take IP Fight to Federal Circuit

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 10, 2014

San Diego-based Sequenom—which saw its patent squelched by a district judge last year—is asking the appeals court to take judicial notice of "uncontested" scientific facts. But the company's rivals are crying foul.

Five Am Law 100 Firms Handle Three Big PE Deals

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2014

Private equity giants KKR and The Carlyle Group kept a handful of Am Law 100 firms busy this week with acquisitions totaling nearly $5 billion, and veteran Simpson Thacher & Bartlett partner Mari Lerner took the lead on two of the deals. Changing hands in the transactions were an industrial packaging unit owned by Illinois Tool Works, medical device maker Lake Region Medical and optical retailer National Vision.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 07, 2014

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

New Deals

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2014

British medical technology company Smith & Nephew has agreed to pay $1.7 billion in cash to acquire ArthroCare, which makes devices used for soft tissue repairs and joint procedures. Also, Entegris has agreed to buy ATMI, a rival supplier of materials to the semiconductor industry, in a deal worth $1.15 billion.

Skadden Bankruptcy Baron Joins Liquidation Shop

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 05, 2014

John "Jack" Wm. Butler Jr., a former cohead of the corporate reorganization practice at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, is poised to leave the Am Law 100 firm's Chicago office to join financial services shop Hilco Global, which specializes in distressed investments.

The Churn: Yankees President Heads to Jackson Lewis, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2014

Randy Levine, team president of the New York Yankees, has left Akin to join the New York office of Jackson Lewis as of counsel. Meanwhile, Covington adds two financial M&A partners in Washington, D.C., and Gibson Dunn lands new partners in Los Angeles and New York.

Judge OKs Settlement In Price-Fixing Suit

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 04, 2014

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

Ropes, Weil Steer $1.15 Billion Semiconductor Materials Deal

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2014

The Am Law 100 firms are advising as Entegris agrees to buy ATMI. Both companies make materials used to manufacture semiconductors.

Using CFAA to Protect Confidential Information

Jeffrey S. Klein and Nicholas J. Pappas : New York Law Journal : January 03, 2014

In their Employment Law column, Jeffrey S. Klein and Nicholas J. Pappas, partners at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, write: Employers frequently seek to prevent unauthorized use of confidential information by enforcing non-competition agreements against ex-employees, but even when there is no such agreement, employers have statutory options. One relatively new theory that employers are asserting in litigation with greater frequency is a federal claim under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

New York Sees Growth in Partner Promotions

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 03, 2014

A survey of New York's largest firms shows a slight uptick in the number of lawyers promoted to partner last year. The number of new partners firmwide at remained almost even from the number in 2012.

Establishing a sense of credibility

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

A game of three-dimensional chess. That's how Kenneth Lee described the multibillion-dollar battle between the trustee of Lehman Brothers Inc. and the estate of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

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

Am Law 200 Firms Stake Claims in Houston

Ross Todd : The American Lawyer : January 03, 2014

Drawn by the oil and gas boom, plenty of other firms have followed Latham's lead into Houston.