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Chadbourne & Parke, Pillsbury Winthrop Talking Tie-Up

By Julie Triedman and Christine Simmons |

The two Am Law 100 firms, both of which have mulled the possibility of a combination in the past, could be poised to pull off a union by October.

Special Report: The 2015 Global 100

By Chris Johnson |

The world's top-grossing firms are experiencing steady growth after a long, bumpy journey. But while revenue per lawyer and profits per partner have rebounded, that's due in part to declining headcount.

At Dewey & LeBoeuf Trial, More Questions Than Answers

By Christine Simmons |

The jury weighing criminal charges against three Dewey & LeBoeuf executives continued to show signs of confusion and possibly division on Tuesday, asking a New York judge to explain the definition of "deliberation" and their role as jurors.

Dewey & LeBoeuf Jury Wavers as Deliberations Stretch On

By Nell Gluckman |

Jurors showed signs Monday that they were straining to understand their obligations, much less to reach a consensus regarding the guilt of Dewey & LeBoeuf's former leaders.

The World's Best Known Law Firms

By MP McQueen |

Vereins improve their position in the latest iteration of a client-awareness survey.

The Churn

Covington Bolsters New LA Office, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

The co-head of a Los Angeles-based litigation boutique decamped for Covington & Burling, which opened in the city earlier this year; comings-and-goings at Ballard Spahr and White & Case; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Sean Penn in Port au Prince in February 2015.

Reed Smith Cedes Center Stage to Sean Penn at Reforestation Press Conference

By Jennifer Henderson |

The Am Law 100 firm is representing the Academy Award-winning actor and political activist’s Los Angeles-based nonprofit on a reforestation project in Haiti unveiled Monday in New York at The Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations.

Ex-Spy Defender, Lewinsky Lawyer Tapped to Advise on Government Phone Records

By Scott Flaherty |

Former Orrick litigator Preston Burton will serve as a friend to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court as it weighs a government request to hold on to secretly collected telephone data.

Allen & Overy Shuttering Year-Old Toronto Base

By Jennifer Henderson |

Maybe it was the cold. A year after London-based legal giant Allen & Overy opened a representative office in Toronto, the Magic Circle firm confirmed Tuesday the closure of its outpost up north.

The Churn

K&L Gates Grabs London Tax Partner, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

After a few months of partner losses, K&L Gates has been on a hiring spree in September, but some firm lawyers continue to find new homes; Morgan Lewis lands a former NLRB member; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

The Churn

Fried Frank Partner Joins PCAOB, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

David Hardison, co-head of Fried Frank’s professional services defense and counseling practice, decamps in Washington, D.C.; Boies Schiller brings back a former partner and adds an employee benefits head; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

If Convicted, Grim Fate Awaits Dewey & LeBoeuf’s Leaders

By Julie Triedman |

Even for white-collar defendants, New York state’s labyrinthine penal system offers plenty to dread.

Kirkland Keeping Mum on Role in Volkswagen Scandal

By David Bario and Susan Beck |

The scope and timing of Kirkland's involvement is still unclear in a case that could rival the BP oil-spill litigation in scope—not to mention billable hours.

Up in Smoke: Tobacco Merger Takes Toll at Hughes Hubbard

By Susan Beck |

Reynolds American’s $27.4 billion acquisition of fellow cigarette maker Lorillard last year has caused Hughes Hubbard & Reed to cut the size of its office in Kansas City, Missouri.

<b>COURTSIDE:</b> Michele Roberts this year left behind Big Law—she was a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Washington—to lead the National Basketball Players Association.

Orrick, Weil, Winston & Strawn Score for NBA Players

By Brian Baxter |

With the 2015-2016 National Basketball Association season set to tip off on Oct. 27, the league’s players union—led by an ex-Skadden litigation partner—filed its annual financial statement Tuesday with the U.S. Department of Labor.

What’s Driving the Pillsbury-Chadbourne Merger Talks?

By Patience Haggin and Brian Baxter |

Consultants, recruiters and former partners weigh in on what Chadbourne & Parke and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman stand to gain by merging with one another.

Colbert Takes the Stage—As Kenyon & Kenyon Managing Partner

By Nell Gluckman |

Amid partner departures, Kenyon & Kenyon has elected Edward Colbert—comedian Stephen Colbert’s older brother—as its new managing partner.

DLA Piper Doubles Hamburg Size With 20-Lawyer Raid

By Julie Triedman |

The global legal giant has brought on a team of lawyers from British firm Bird & Bird in the German city, the latest in a series of local mass lateral hires by Am Law 100 firms.

More Firms Make Room for Women through OnRamp Fellowship

By Jennifer Henderson |

Six more Am Law firms, along with Amazon's legal department and Barclays' compliance team, plan to reap the untapped benefits of hiring women with resume gaps.

Ex-Manatt Litigator Proud Father of Rare Identical Triplets

By Jennifer Henderson |

Three new babies changed the career trajectory of a lawyer from Long Island, New York. Jason Fenley left Manatt, Phelps & Phillips earlier this year for a position closer to home at seven-lawyer Egan & Golden.

From left, defendants Steven Davis, Stephen DiCarmine and Joel Sanders entering court, Aug. 27, 2015.

More Questions, Still No Answers from Dewey & LeBoeuf Jury

By Nell Gluckman |

Jurors in the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal trial finished their fifth full day of deliberations, with no verdict yet in sight.

Deal Watch: Davis Polk, Jones Day Take Lead on Latest Chipmaker Match

By Jennifer Henderson |

Microchips, airport services, rental properties and baby formula make up the latest batch of billion-dollar deals fueling the corporate coffers of global firms.

American Law Firms Raise Their Bets on Germany

By Julie Triedman |

U.S. firms have adopted ambitious growth strategies in Germany, shaking up that country's lateral market.

Drunk Driver's Crash Gives Rise to Big Firm's New Garden State Base

By Jennifer Henderson |

Fox Rothschild's new office in Morristown, New Jersey, is being constructed on the grounds of a storefront demolished earlier this year when a drunk driver plowed through a knitting shop.

Jury Wades Through More Email Evidence in Dewey & LeBoeuf Trial

By Nell Gluckman |

Jurors deliberating in the Dewey & LeBoeuf trial are hunkering down with a growing mass of documents, including every single email that the prosecution has submitted into evidence.

Continental Breakfast: Guy Beringer, BCKR

By Chris Johnson |

In this week's column, The American Lawyer's chief European correspondent dines with the former senior partner of Allen & Overy to discuss retirement—and how U.K. law firms have lost touch with corporate boardrooms.

Dewey & LeBoeuf Jury Queries Conspiracy Charge

By Nell Gluckman |

At the end of the ninth full day of deliberations in the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal trial, jurors asked a judge to reread a conspiracy charge, a sign that they could be making progress toward a verdict.

Dewey & LeBoeuf Jury Enters Second Week of Deliberations

By Christine Simmons |

After more than a week of deliberations, jurors in the criminal trial of three former Dewey & LeBoeuf executives left a New York courthouse Friday without a verdict.

The Legal Olympics Behind L.A.'s Bid for 2024 Games

By Nell Gluckman |

Three decades after Latham & Watkins helped bring the Summer Olympics to Los Angeles, the city's organizing committee for 2024 has turned to Proskauer Rose.

How Firms Are Faring in Five Emerging Global Markets

By Chris Johnson |

Firm leaders and observers have various takes on Africa, China, Latin America, the Middle East and Russia.