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Winston & Strawn LLP

  • Designation: Chicago
  • Head Count: 842
  • Gross Revenues: $755,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $895,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,490,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -1

Winston & Strawn is a Chicago-based law firm. According to the National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250 rankings, with 868 attorneys in offices worldwide, it is the thirty-first largest law firm in the United States. With $717,000,000 in gross revenue in 2010, the firm ranked 34th on The American Lawyer's 2011 Am Law 100 rankings. Winston & Strawn has been on The American Lawyer's annual Am Law 100 rankings since 1986. The firm ranked 40th on the 2011 Global 100 survey of revenue ranking worldwide. The firm has a substantial focus on litigation and corporate practice, representing corporations and financial institutions in all types of disputes. Practice areas include antitrust and trade regulation, employment and labor relations, intellectual property, and trusts and estates. In addition to its Chicago headquarters, the firm has offices in several cities, including New York, Washington, D.C., London, Geneva and Paris.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 34 -1 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 34 -1 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 25 6 Lawyer head count
The A-List NR N/A Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 77 -26 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 81 -8 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 121 -242 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 45 30 Summer programs

In the News

Fans Sue Springsteen Tour Sellers Who Glommed Tickets for Brokers

Mary Pat Gallagher : New Jersey Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Bruce Springsteen fans who claim they paid too much for tickets to his 2012 Wrecking Ball tour are suing the concert promoters for consumer fraud.

A Guilty Plea in a Cold Chicago Case

Ross Todd : The American Lawyer : January 23, 2014

Did Windy City cops go easy on the mayor's nephew? Winston & Strawn's Dan Webb led the investigation.

Class Certification Denied in Case Against Smucker Co.

Lisa Hoffman : The National Law Journal : January 18, 2014

A federal judge has freed The J.M. Smucker Co. from facing a class action filed by consumers who challenged the truthfulness of the company's label claims that products were healthy.

Am Law Trio on Motorola Unit Sale

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 15, 2014

Kirkland, Wachtell and Winston & Strawn land roles on Zebra Technologies' purchase of a Motorola Solutions unit.

Private Equity Giants Tap Kirkland for Two Big Deals

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

The firm is advising Blackstone on its Ipreo Holdings buy and Madison Dearborn on its sale of Nuveen Investments.

Entertainment Matters: Belafonte Settles With King Heirs

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

A suit over MLK memorabilia ends, Katherine Heigl taps Ballard Spahr and CBS stays in-house to lock in late night.

Civil Actions

: The National Law Journal : January 14, 2014

Cases recently filed in the Washington-area district courts.

Panel: Change of Prison Doesn't Make Inmate's Case Moot

Alyson M. Palmer : Daily Report : January 14, 2014

An Atlanta-based appeals court has rejected the federal prison system's eleventh-hour attempt to end a lawsuit brought by an inmate by giving him the safer facility assignment he has long sought.

Winston Cements $503 Million Win in Battle of Tycoons

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 14, 2014

Winston & Strawn's W. Gordon Dobie scored the half-billion dollar win for Israeli businessman Alexander Gliklad in a long-running fight with billionaire industrialist Michael Cherney.

BAR-ometer

: The Recorder : January 11, 2014

Upsetting the Apple cart … Ware gets whacked … Sunny news for Solyndra

Credit Card Companies Narrowly Escape Antitrust Class Action

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 10, 2014

Somewhat grudgingly, a federal judge in New York tossed claims that American Express, Discover and other companies used meetings organized by lawyers at Wilmer and Ballard Spahr to cook up a conspiracy to preempt consumer class actions.

Chinese Solar Firms Can't Escape Solyndra's Attack

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 10, 2014

A federal judge in Oakland cleared the way for an antitrust suit accusing three Chinese companies of flooding the U.S. market with cheap solar panels.

Chinese Solar Firms Can't Escape Solyndra's Attack

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 10, 2014

U.S. District Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong has cleared the way for an antitrust suit accusing three Chinese companies of flooding the U.S. market with cheap solar panels.

Examining the Future of Complex Prosecutions in New York

Gerald L. Shargel and Ross M. Kramer : New York Law Journal : January 07, 2014

Gerald L. Shargel and Ross M. Kramer of Winston & Strawn address the proposed revisions to New York state grand jury procedure, the accomplice corroboration rule, and the substantive laws on larceny, scheme to defraud and money laundering—key areas where New York state law has lagged behind federal law in the white-collar arena.

White-Collar Crime

: New York Law Journal : January 07, 2014

In this Special Report from the New York Law Journal, : "SEC Renews Focus on Accounting and Disclosure Fraud," "Rule 180.1: The CFTC Targets Fraud and Manipulation," "Examining the Future of Complex Prosecutions in New York," and "How the SEC May Receive Testimony Compelled in U.K., Canada."

Court Revives Samsung Antitrust Suit Against Panasonic

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 04, 2014

The Ninth Circuit reversed a decision that found Samsung waited too long to file its suit accusing Panasonic of using patents to stomp competitors.

Appeals Court Revives Samsung Digital Memory Suit Against Panasonic

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 04, 2014

A decision by Ninth Circuit Judge Ronald Gould reverses a district court ruling that the suit accusing Panasonic of using patents to stomp competitors had been filed too late.

The Churn: Cooley Woos Mintz Levin IP Team, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2014

Cooley poaches a six-lawyer intellectual property group from Mintz Levin, a former federal prosecutor who left the Justice Department amid controversy moves to Baker Botts, and O'Melveny brings back a former associate who has been a key legal adviser to President Obama since his run for the U.S Senate in 2004.

Feeling Insecure?

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 01, 2014

You should—threats to client confidentiality lurk inside and outside your firm.

Robotic Attorneys and the Future

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Law Technology News : January 31, 2014

Will legal work soon be performed by robots?

Whistleblower Rules Extend to Private Companies

Dan Webb and Robb C. Adkins : The National Law Journal : January 31, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court decision broadens reach of Sarbanes-Oxley beyond publicly held corporations.

In-House Counsel Profile: DeVry Education Group Inc.'s Gregory Davis

Lisa Holton : The National Law Journal : January 31, 2014

Gregory Davis heads an 11-­lawyer team that also includes a director of contract management.

IN BRIEF: Denies Advance Knowledge

: The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Sulaiman Abu Ghaith testified on his own behalf last week in federal court in New York against charges he served as a propagandist for al-Qaeda and recruited fighters for Osama bin Laden ­immediately ­following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Plus more from NLJ.com and other ALM publications.

Patent Ruling Highlights Pressure on Plaintiffs

Lisa Shuchman : The Litigation Daily : January 20, 2014

Should patent plaintiffs be held to the same heightened pleading standards that other litigants have had to adopt since the Supreme Court's rulings in and ?

Suits Test Reach of Antitrust Laws Over Caps on College Athletes' Pay

Mary Pat Gallagher : New Jersey Law Journal : January 19, 2014

Putative class actions in California and New Jersey are testing whether college sports organizations are big businesses whose limits on payments to amateur athletes violate antitrust laws.

The Score: March Madness Edition

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

With the field set for the National Collegiate Athletic Association men's basketball tournament, others can agonize over their brackets. The Am Law Daily's focus is on the lawyers and law firms with ties to the NCAA and the nation's top college sports conferences.

Winston & Strawn Hits NCAA With Suit over Players' Pay

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 17, 2014

Will Jeffrey Kessler of Winston & Strawn upend the business of college sports?

Former Student Settles With School District After Alleging Coaches Forced Her to Admit She Was Gay

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 17, 2014

"The only reason this case settled is the insurance carrier did not want to spend another five years and spend hundreds of thousands of dollars for this case to go back to the Fifth Circuit," said Robert Davis, who defended KISD and coaches Rhonda Fletcher and Cassandra Newell.

In-House Counsel Profile: University of Illinois' Thomas Bearrows

Lisa Holton : The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Thomas Bearrows manages a legal department of 50, including 26 attorneys, most of them in Chicago.

Treehouse Sets Off Flurry of Suits Against Keurig

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 14, 2014

Following in Treehouse Food's footsteps, Grant & Eisenhofer has sued Keurig Green Mountain, accusing the single-serve coffee brewer of scheming to monopolize the market. Several others, including McKool Smith and Motley Rice, have filed similar suits in recent days.

Former Student Settles With School District After Alleging Coaches Forced Her to Admit She Was Gay

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 13, 2014

"The only reason this case settled is the insurance carrier did not want to spend another five years and spend hundreds of thousands of dollars for this case to go back to the Fifth Circuit," said Robert Davis, who defended KISD and coaches Rhonda Fletcher and Cassandra Newell.

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.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 10, 2014

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

Emails Aren't Only Challenge in Dewey Defense, Experts Say

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 10, 2014

A day after Dewey & LeBoeuf's former leaders were indicted on grand larceny and fraud charges, criminal defense experts weighed in on the challenges and strategies in defending such cases, especially when damning emails are presented as key evidence.

Morgan Lewis Poaches From Bingham in Three Cities

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

Bingham McCutchen energy partner Mark Williams, tax partner Daniel Nelson, investment management partner Gerald Kehoe and corporate of counsel Ann Chamberlain are leaving the firm's offices in Boston, New York and Washington, D.C., to join Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. For Bingham, the latest lateral losses come on the heels of the firm's worst financial performance in six years.

CBOE's Three Patents Face Risk of Invalidation

Lisa Shuchman : The Litigation Daily : January 07, 2014

The PTO's Patent Trial and Appeal Board has instituted postgrant reviews of three patents owned by the Chicago Board Options Exchange that are at the center of a suit against the International Securities Exchange, represented by Winston & Strawn.

Ex-Dewey Leaders Charged With Fraud

Ed Shanahan : The American Lawyer : January 07, 2014

After a nearly two year investigation, the former leaders of Dewey & LeBoeuf, ex-chairman, Steven Davis; former executive director, Stephen DiCarmine; and its ex-chief financial officer, Joel Sanders, were accused Thursday of "concocting and overseeing a massive effort to cook the books" at the firm.

Reactions to Dewey Indictments Run the Gamut

Christine Simmons : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2014

Those with direct and indirect interests in the events at issue in the charges filed against three former Dewey & LeBoeuf leaders Thursday try to make sense of the stunning developments.

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.

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.

High Court Takes Up New Securities Conundrum in Omnicare Case

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 03, 2014

With Monday's cert grant in , Winston & Strawn won a chance to resolve a circuit split over what constitutes a false statement under federal securities laws. Plus: Some good news for Aereo as it prepares for April arguments in its Supreme Court showdown with TV broadcasters.

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

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

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

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Geoffrey Willis joins the Brown Rudnick's environmental and real estate practices in the Irvine, Calif., office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Law Firms Back Narrow Right of Court Access in Delaware Appeal

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 24, 2014

Two dozen major law firms came together on Monday to send an unlikely message to the U.S. Supreme Court: It's time to clamp down on open access to government.

Court Revives Patent Fight Over Manhole Cover Sealant

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 21, 2014

The relatively unknown world of manhole cover sealants drew the likes of Jones Day, which represented Stopaq in its bid to revive a patent infringement claim against Amcorr, advised by Winston & Strawn.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 18, 2014

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

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

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

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

Kirkland Seeks $20.7 Billion in Damages From Anadarko

Julie Triedman : The Litigation Daily : January 14, 2014

There's a $20 billion gulf between what Anadarko and its adversaries think the company should have to pay to resolve a battle over environmental liabilities in the Tronox Inc. bankruptcy.

Winston's Webb Wades Into Coffee Pod Wars

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 12, 2014

Single-serve coffee brewers are big business, especially now that market leader Green Mountain's patents on the technology have expired. So it's fitting that an upstart competitor has hired big-name litigator Dan Webb to challenge Green Mountain's recent efforts to maintain its huge market share.

Bingham's White-Collar Co-Chairman Leaves for Sheppard

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 11, 2014

Oil and Gas Equipment Division to Change Hands for $550 Million

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 10, 2014

William Lemmer, senior vice president and general counsel of Cameron International Corp., turned to lawyers from Winston & Strawn and Baker Botts for the Houston company's pending sale of its reciprocating compression division to GE Oil & Gas for about $550 million in cash.

Nine More Ex-Dewey Partners Hit With Clawback Suits

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2014

The former Dewey & LeBoeuf partners targeted in the latest round of suits filed by the defunct firm's liquidation trust include Steven Otillar, who waged a since-settled court fight with Citibank over his alleged failure to repay a capital loan, and onetime Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele.

The Morning Wrap

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 07, 2014

A round-up of legal news from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country: Obama challenged on professional diversity of judicial picks, attorneys face allegations of wrongdoing and a call for outside counsel to quit in the Utah same-sex marriage case.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 07, 2014

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

The Churn: L&E Defections at Paul Hastings, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2014

Three New York–based Paul Hastings labor and employment partners jump to Proskauer Rose, and a fourth joins Ogletree in Atlanta; Foley & Lardner adds two partners and an of counsel in Miami; and a Kirkland partner becomes chair of Winston & Strawn's West Coast private equity practice.

The New Frontier: Predictive Coding for InfoGov

Katherine Montgomery : Law Technology News : January 06, 2014

LegalTech New York panel argues that predictive coding can also assist information governance.

White & Case Scores for Pfizer in Lyrica Patent Row

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 06, 2014

Pfizer Inc. and its lawyers at White & Case fended off a major challenge from generic rivals on Thursday, persuading an appeals court that patents for the blockbuster painkiller Lyrica give the company exclusive rights to sell the drug through the end of 2018.

Company's Patent Office Filing Held To Void Attorney-Client Privilege

Mary Pat Gallagher : New Jersey Law Journal : January 05, 2014

A federal judge, finding a hip-replacement device manufacturer waived attorney-client privilege on communications with its patent counsel, has compelled the disclosure of documents and oral statements in an infringement suit.

Diversity Programs in Need of An Overhaul

Peggy A. Davis : The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Focused on filling the pipeline, firms have failed to update ways to help practitioners thrive.

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.

Freshfields, Norton Rose, S&C Handle $1.2 Billion BMO Buy

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

BMO Financial Group, a unit of the Bank of Montreal, has retained Magic Circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Sullivan & Cromwell to advise on its $1.2 billion acquisition of F&C Asset Management, one of the top asset managers in Europe and the U.K. Norton Rose Fulbright, which combined with Fulbright & Jaworski last summer and recently hired BMO's former chief compliance officer, is advising F&C on the deal.

Akin Gump, Accounting Firm Sued for Alleged Bad Tax Advice

John Council : Texas Lawyer : January 27, 2014

A real estate development company and its related businesses have sued Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, accounting firm Grant Thornton and Grant Thornton tax partner Jamie Fowler in a Dallas state district court, alleging that following the defendants' advice cost them $12 million in actual damages.

Litigation Department of the Year: Honorable Mentions

By David Bario, Michael D. Goldhaber, Robin Sparkman, Julie Triedman and Jan Wolfe : The American Lawyer : January 27, 2014

Ten firms win Honorable Mention recognition in The American Lawyer's 2014 Litigation Department of the Year competition.

The Churn: K&S Adds Two From Fried Frank, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 24, 2014

King & Spalding bolsters its white-collar group by recruiting a pair of partners of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. Meanwhile, three Am Law firms open new offices with lateral hires. The Churn is constant. Please send all announcements to thechurn@alm.com.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 22, 2014

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

Fee Tracker: Apple's Bromwich Battle and More

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

The Am Law Daily tallies how much Am Law 200 firms are earning on a variety of engagements, from a Goodwin Procter partner serving as Apple's court-appointed monitor to Robins Kaplan's representation in a card-swipe class action to a Winston & Strawn partner's move in-house with a longtime client.

Conviction Upheld in Import of Unapproved Medical Devices

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 21, 2014

A federal appeals court has affirmed the conviction of the former head of a medical device company on charges of making false statements to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Akin Gump, Accounting Firm Sued for Alleged Bad Tax Advice

John Council : Texas Lawyer : January 21, 2014

A real estate development company has sued Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, accounting firm Grant Thornton and Grant Thornton tax partner Jamie Fowle, alleging that following the defendants' tax strategy advice cost the plaintiffs $12 million in actual damages.

IN BRIEF: Oklahoma Follows Utah

: The National Law Journal : January 20, 2014

A federal judge in Oklahoma on Jan. 14 struck down a state constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman, ruling that the law violated the 14th Amendment. Plus more from NLJ.com and other ALM publications.

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

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

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

Orrick IP Partner Jumps to Winston

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 16, 2014

Winston Partner Leaves Firm to Defend Utah Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

By Tony Mauro : Legal Times : January 16, 2014

Veteran Supreme Court and appellate advocate Gene Schaerr is leaving Winston & Strawn to represent the state of Utah in defense of its ban on same-sex marriage.

Winston & Strawn to Open in Taipei

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 07, 2014

No partners will be resident in the new office, and the firm's Taiwan practice will be run out of Washington, D.C.

Auto Parts Antitrust Case Produces First Civil Settlement

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 07, 2014

A Japanese automotive parts supplier has agreed to pay $6 million to resolve claims of price-fixing and bid rigging in the first civil settlements in a sweeping antitrust case coordinated in federal court in Detroit.

Litigator of the Year: George Lombardi

: The American Lawyer : January 02, 2014

A St. Louis jury deliberated just 45 minutes in August 2012 before handing Winston & Strawn's Lombardi and Monsanto Company a 
$1 billion verdict in a dispute with E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company over the technology behind herbi-cide-resistant crops.

How We Picked The Litigation Department of the Year Winners

Robin Sparkman : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2014

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

IP Cases From 2013 That Are Worth Bragging About

Lisa Shuchman : The Litigation Daily : January 02, 2014

It's worth looking back at some of the decisions that got the IP bar buzzing in 2013. Although the list is far from definitive, here are a handful of cases that had winning lawyers popping champagne corks early.

Finalist, Intellectual Property Litigation Department of the Year: Winston & Strawn

Lisa Shuchman : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2014

Winston won a $1 billion jury 
verdict for Monsanto, but that's just a taste of what the firm's IP litigators can do.

Cover Story: Litigation Department of the Year

: The American Lawyer : January 01, 2014

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

The Churn: Greenberg Raids Weil, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

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

Calif. Law Firm Leaders Look Ahead to 2014

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 31, 2013

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

Intellectual Property Cases Won in 2013 Worth Bragging About

Lisa Shuchman : The Litigation Daily : January 31, 2013

It's worth looking back at some of the decisions that got the IP bar buzzing in 2013. Although the list is far from definitive, here are a handful of cases that had winning lawyers popping champagne corks early.

Attorneys Focus On Timing Of Payment For $6.4 Million Judgment Against Daddy Yankee

John Pacenti : Daily Business Review : January 31, 2013

Puerto Rican Reggaeton star Daddy Yankee and management were held liable over canceled Argentine concert tour.

Law Firm Leaders Look Ahead to 2014

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 27, 2013

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

Court Cuts Winston & Strawn Fee Request in Pro Bono Matter

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 26, 2013

Winston & Strawn's nearly $20,000 fee request in a pro bono case where New York City was sanctioned for discovery delays was chopped to $3,600 when a Southern District magistrate judge found the firm provided few details about the attorneys' experience and billed for too many attorneys and hours.

Winston & Strawn Adds Partner in Hong Kong

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 23, 2013

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

Newsmakers - Dec. 23

: Texas Lawyer : January 23, 2013

Marilea Lewis, has become managing shareholder and chief operating officer of Godwin Lewis in Dallas, effective Dec. 1. Plus more new positions, appointments, awards and honors.

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 23, 2013

Barbara de Marigny joins the tax practice of McGuireWoods as partner in the Houston office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Five Am Law Firms Lead as Sycamore Snags Jones Group

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2013

Private equity firm Sycamore Partners said Friday it has agreed to purchase wholesale retailer The Jones Group, which markets brands such as Nine West and Anne Klein, for $2.2 billion, including debt. Winston & Strawn and Simpson Thacher are advising Sycamore on the deal, while Cravath is representing The Jones Group, and Skadden is providing counsel to the company's board of directors.

The Churn: Fox Rothschild Bulks Up in Bay Area, Plus More Lateral Moves

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2013

Fox Rothschild absorbs a seven-lawyer firm in Northern California; Covington & Burling hires a partner and associate from Mayer Brown in Europe; and a Locke Lord senior counsel is tapped to be the next Texas Secretary of State.

Kaye Scholer Says that Decision Vindicates its Conduct in Bankruptcy

Julie Triedman : The Litigation Daily : January 18, 2013

THE 126-page decision in the GSC Group Inc. Chapter 11 paints a disturbing picture of missteps and failures by firms advising GSC and by the asset management company's largest creditor.

The Churn: Brown Rudnick Takes Paris, Plus More Lateral Moves

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 17, 2013

Brown Rudnick opens a Paris office and brings on California's state treasurer to work part-time; BuckleySandler hires a lawyer from Weil, Gotshal & Manges; and Debevoise & Plimpton poaches the cohead of Herbert Smith Freehill's Seoul office.

Speak Up: Memorable Quotes From the Year Gone By

: Texas Lawyer : January 16, 2013

Fees Slashed, Kaye Scholer Claims Redemption in GSC Ruling

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 16, 2013

Former GSC adviser Kaye Scholer says a ruling vindicates its conduct in the GSC Group Chapter 11, but the judge warned that "big firm-itis" contributed to carelessness in the case.

Haynes and Boone Helps Sears CEO Slash Stake in Retailer

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 11, 2013

Haynes and Boone is advising ESL Investments, a hedge fund controlled by Sears CEO Edward Lampert, on the reduction of its stake in the retail giant, which is seeking to sell off its Lands' End and Sears Auto Center businesses in an effort to cut costs and pay down debt.

Defense Seeks Information on U.S. Probe Into Alleged Threats

Andrew Keshner : New York Law Journal : January 10, 2013

Attorneys for a convicted military contractor are locked in a battle with federal prosecutors over the release of information the government obtained during an eight-month probe into whether the defendant threatened the judge, prosecutors and a defense attorney.

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 09, 2013

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

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

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

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

Litigation Dept. of the Year: Winner Orrick

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 06, 2013

DOJ Using Old Law in New — and Worrisome — Way

Dan Webb and Robb C. Adkins : The National Law Journal : January 02, 2013

Government has more ammunition with its recent reliance on a financial reform act passed in the 80s.

Jury: Daddy Yankee Should Pay $6.4M for Aborted Tour

John Pacenti : Daily Business Review : January 02, 2013

Puerto Rican singer Daddy Yankee should pay $6.4 million to a concert promoter who sued after the star canceled his 2010 tour of Argentina, a Miami federal jury concluded.

Still Shrinking, But More Slowly

Matthew Huisman : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2013

Washington law offices made progress—especially compared to 2011.

Minter Ellison Adding Two New Partners

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 27, 2013

The firm has hired Winston & Strawn Beijing managing partner Jem Li and Gide Loyrette Nouel Hong Kong partner Rebecca Silli. They start next month and in January, respectively.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 25, 2013

A weekly report of lawyer moves and law firm changes. Keep abreast of where movers and shakers are going and what they're doing.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 22, 2013

Sullivan & Cromwell has elected seven partners, while Littler Mendelson, Greenberg Traurig and Winston & Strawn are among the firms announcing new additions.

Biosimilar Patent Battle Will Have to Wait, Judge Says

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 15, 2013

Patent Litigation Gets a Boost from Legal Analytics

Lisa Shuchman : Corporate Counsel : January 05, 2013

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

D.C. MOVES

: The National Law Journal : January 04, 2013

Beyond High Tech

Lisa Shuchman : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2013

The 2013 Patent Litigation Survey

The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 01, 2013

GrayRobinson merges with trial firm Hirschhorn & Bieber; the former managing partner of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy's Asia practice joins investment bank Moelis & Co.; and Cozen O'Connor launches an international arbitration practice..

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 28, 2013

Seth Levy has been named managing partner of Nixon Peabody's Los Angeles office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 28, 2013

Ten firms announce new additions, among other news.