Lawyers In The News

Fried Frank, Quinn Emanuel Boost London With Senior Partner Hires

By Chris Johnson |

Fried Frank captures Kirkland & Ellis London senior partner Graham White, who joins the firm as its first-ever London managing partner, while Quinn Emanuel launches a London competition practice with the hire of litigator Boris Bronfentrinker from Hausfeld & Co.

Dealmakers of the Week: Skadden's Schnell and Chitwood

By MP McQueen |

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom M&A partners Paul Schnell and C. Michael Chitwood led the deal team advising medical technology company Becton, Dickinson and Co. on its $12.2 billion cash-and-stock purchase of CareFusion Corp.

Eduardo Leite

Baker & McKenzie's Chairman Elected to Two More Years

By MP McQueen |

The firm has voted to extend Eduardo Leite's appointment as chairman of its executive committee for another two years amid a number of other appointments within its leadership ranks.

Joan Lukey

Top Trial Attorney at Ropes & Gray Heads to Choate Hall

By MP McQueen |

Joan Lukey is leaving Ropes & Gray to join the much smaller Boston-based firm of Choate, Hall & Stewart as a partner and chairwoman of its complex trial and appellate litigation group.

Charlie Geffen

Gibson Dunn Grabs Former Head of Ashurst

By Nathalie Pierrepont |

Charlie Geffen, who led the British firm for five years until he was replaced by dispute resolution partner Ben Tidswell in 2013, is joining Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's London office along with Ashurst corporate partner Mark Sperotto.

Vincent Viola, new owner of the Florida Panthers chats with the media during the announcement of his new team ownership at the BB&T Center on September 27, 2013 in Sunrise, Florida.

Two Lawyers Are New Among Forbes 400 Richest Americans

By Brian Baxter |

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

Valerie Jacob.

Freshfields Poaches Fried Frank Capital Markets Team

By Brian Baxter |

Valerie Ford Jacob, the head of the capital markets group at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, is leaving with partners Michael Levitt and Paul Tropp to join Magic Circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in New York. The moves are the latest high-profile lateral hires by Freshfields in the U.S.

Key Bingham Group Mulling Move Amid Merger Talks

By Brian Baxter and Julie Triedman |

James Roome, a London-based managing partner, global financial restructuring cochair and executive board member at Bingham McCutchen, could lead an overseas exodus of international partners from the firm should it push forward with merger talks with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. Roome's potential departure from Bingham would be a huge blow to the firm, which recently revamped its leadership structure and compensation system after a tough year financially in 2013.

Freshfields Bolsters U.S. M&A Ranks With Wachtell, Skadden Alums

By Brian Baxter |

The Magic Circle has had its problems trying to make inroads in the U.S., but Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, one of the London-based legal giants that has perhaps had the most success stateside, is ramping up its bid for transactional work in New York by hiring two former partners from Wall Street stalwarts Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. The new additions come after Freshfields recently saw two partners depart from its U.S. ranks.

Alan Levin and Jerry Clements

Locke Lord, Edwards Wildman Leaders Discuss Proposed Union

By Brian Baxter |

Edwards Wildman Palmer and Locke Lord firm leaders speak with The Am Law Daily about the forces that drew their firms together and the timeline for a combination that would create Locke Lord Edwards sometime by January 2015.

Sher Kung.

Perkins Coie Associate Killed in Truck Collision

By MP McQueen |

Sher Kung, best known for her work on civil rights advocacy cases, including the American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit that helped overturn the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy for gay service members, was killed on Friday while bicycling to work in downtown Seattle.

Criminal Charges Levied Against Dentons’ Ex-Montreal Tax Head

By Brian Baxter |

Constantine Kyres, who headed the tax group in Dentons’ Montreal office until earlier this year, has been accused of extortion and obstruction of justice by prosecutors in Canada as a result of a long-running corruption probe involving engineering giant SNC-Lavalin and the government of former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. But Kyres' lawyer plans to fight the charges.

David Feirstein and William Sorabella

Dealmakers of the Week: Kirkland & Ellis' Sorabella and Feirstein

By MP McQueen |

As lead advisers for Burger King on its $11.4 billion tie-up with Canadian coffee-and-doughnut chain Tim Hortons, William Sorabella and David Feirstein helped oversee one of the most visible corporate tax inversions yet.

Jones Day Nabs Shearman's LatAm M&A Head

By Brian Baxter |

Michael McGuinness, a corporate partner and former head of the Latin American M&A practice at Shearman & Sterling in New York, has left the firm for Jones Day, which over the past year has sought to slake its thirst for south-of-the-border clients by opening an office in Miami and making key lateral hires.

The American Lawyer Chooses 2014 Global Legal Award Winners

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

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.

Lifetime Achievers, Distinguished Firm Leaders Named

By Valori Corral-Nava |

The honorees selected by The American Lawyer have had distinguished careers that include public service. Law firm leaders have exhibited extraordinary stewardship of their firm.