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NY Judge's Suspected Suicide Shines Light on Silent Struggle

By John Council |

Judges are public figures, problem-solvers and make life-or-death decisions—all of which can make it difficult to seek help with depression or other mental health issues.

Dentons offices in Washington, D.C., at 1900 K Street, N.W. March 30, 2017.

Dentons Culls Partners Amid Budget Shortfall

By Katelyn Polantz |

The world’s largest law firm by head count asked several U.S.-based partners to leave after it failed to meet its 2016 budget, multiple sources said.

Study Shows Gender Diversity Varies Widely Across Practice Areas

By Meghan Tribe |

A study by ALM Intelligence found that women are better represented in niche legal fields such as immigration and family law, but underrepresented in top-tier Big Law practice areas like corporate and litigation. Female talent is also underrepresented in states with large law school talent pools, according to the analysis.

Will Law Schools' LL.M Programs Suffer from Trump's 'America First' Stance?

By Karen Sloan |

Law school administrators say concerns are growing from foreign students about how the myriad immigration and travel policies emerging from Washington could impact their plans to obtain LL.M degrees in the United States.

Kerrie Campbell.

Chadbourne Ousts Partner Suing Firm for Gender Bias

By Brian Baxter |

Kerrie Campbell, a litigator at Chadbourne & Parke who brought a $100 million gender bias suit against the firm, was expelled from its partnership Thursday. In a memo to all Chadbourne partners, Campbell sought to avoid such a fate, which came after 70 partners voted in favor of her exit. She was the only dissenting vote.

MOSCOW - AUGUST 21, 2016: Aerial view to Moscow-city (Moscow International Business Center) over Moskva River. Moscow-city is a modern commercial district in central Moscow.

Diplomatic Breakdown Rattles Western Law Firms in Russia

By Miriam Rozen |

For U.S. and international law firms in Moscow, soured geopolitics are making a bad business situation worse.

Workers clean the inside of a cafeteria hours after a bomb exploded at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, killing nine, four of them Americans, and wounding more than 70, on July 31, 2002.

Big Law Bench Runs Deep in $655M Terror Case at High Court

By Marcia Coyle |

Thirteen years after suing the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority—and winning a $655 million jury award in 2015—the American victims and estates of victims of a series of bombings and shootings in Israel are asking the justices to overturn a federal appeals court decision that jettisoned them out of court.

L-R Bill O'Reilly, Chris Christie and Ken Starr.

From Bridgegate to Bill O'Reilly, Probes Put Law Firms in the Hot Seat

By Miriam Rozen |

For American media audiences, the Bill O'Reilly saga had pretty much everything, from sex and celebrity to money and politics. For law firms and their clients, it was also a reminder: In the biggest scandals, there's nothing internal about internal investigations.

Hogan Lovells CEO Stephen Immelt.

What Hogan Lovells Did Right (and Wrong) in Its Founding Tie-Up

By Chris Johnson and Rose Walker |

The union of London's Lovells and Washington, D.C.'s Hogan & Hartson is arguably the most successful trans-Atlantic law firm combination ever. But did the firm miss some opportunities?

Why is Flying So Terrible? Blame These Antitrust Lawyers

By Jenna Greene |

You don’t have to be beaten and dragged off a flight to conclude that flying coach is a miserable experience these days. Wondering who to blame? Here’s a suggestion: antitrust lawyers--and yes, we're naming names. The ones who rammed through airline mergers--and the ones at DOJ who took the bait.

Dollars & Data: Law Firms Increasing Marketing, Business Development Tech Spend

By Ian Lopez |

A recent Bloomberg Law/Legal Marketing Association report examined how firms are using and plan to use technology for business development.

Bill O'Reilly.

Lawyers Take Aim at Each Other as O'Reilly Exits Fox

By Miriam Rozen |

In a slugfest between two prominent New York litigators, plaintiffs lawyer Douglas Wigdor on Wednesday cited his appreciation for Fox News and his financial backing for Donald Trump's presidential campaign to refute the suggestion that he's part of a left-wing conspiracy against newly-ousted Fox commentator Bill O'Reilly.

Jury Awards $3M to Widow of Ex-Reed Smith Partner

By Roy Strom |

A Chicago federal jury on Thursday awarded $3 million to the widow of a former leader of Reed Smith’s corporate department, finding pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline plc liable for the 2010 suicide of Stewart Dolin.

Art Rooney II at a press conference in April 2012 announcing the new Minnesota Vikings stadium.

Death of Diversity Pioneer Rooney A Tough Blow to Buchanan Ingersoll

By Meghan Tribe |

When news broke Thursday of Dan Rooney's death, the National Football League community mourned the loss of one of its great icons. For Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, the loss of the Pittsburgh Steelers' chairman at 84 marked the passing of a longtime client and friend, as well as an innovator for workplace diversity.

Heller Ehrman Ruling Shows Perils for 'In-Between' Partners

By Ross Todd |

A longtime partner who was de-equitized before the firm's collapse can't collect more than $1 million in back pay because he was still technically a shareholder, the Ninth Circuit ruled this week.

Bennett Kight, Atlanta .

Defense: Ex-Sutherland Partner Incompetent to Stand Trial on Fraud Charges

By R. Robin McDonald |

Lawyers for a 76-year-old Atlanta lawyer accused of stealing from a longtime client say he suffers from dementia and scans show a "black hole" in an area of the brain that affects judgment and personality.

Wachtell Lawyer Jumps to Litigation Funder

By Ben Hancock |

Garrett Ordower is joining Lake Whillans in New York, where he'll help vet cases for potential investment.

David Frederick

Washington's $500 Million Man Becomes Name Partner at Kellogg Hansen

By Katelyn Polantz |

Here's one way to get your name on the letterhead at an elite law firm: Earn half a billion dollars from a single client.

What's in Your Warehouse? Closing the Business Intelligence Data Gap

By Zach Warren |

Collecting and normalizing business intelligence data, building a data warehouse, and effective presentation for outside the organization will be key concepts at the 2017 CLOC conference.

David Sanford.

Partner Asks Judge to Halt Chadbourne Expulsion Vote Amid Gender Bias Case

By Scott Flaherty |

Kerrie Campbell, who is leading a gender bias suit against Chadbourne & Parke, claims that the firm's planned planned vote next week on her expulsion from the partnership is part of an effort to punish her for bringing the putative class action case.

David Sochia.

McKool Smith MP on Market Doldrums, Winning on a Budget and Why Alternative Fees Aren’t the Answer

By Jenna Greene |

These are not the best of times for the business of litigation. The market is stagnant, with clients shying away from bringing new suits, keeping more work in-house and pushing back hard on costs. In a Q&A, McKool Smith managing partner David Sochia, an accomplished litigator who has taken on the mantle of law firm strategist, shares insights on how to thrive.

Foley & Lardner office in Miami.

Foley & Lardner Explores Union With New York's Friedman Kaplan

By Brian Baxter |

Foley & Lardner, which more than a year ago broke off discussions about a potential combination with Eversheds, is on the hunt for a merger partner in New York. One firm that has drawn Foley & Lardner's interest is boutique Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman. The two firms share more in common than just tie-up talks.

Second Circuit Revives Fraud Suit Against K&L Gates, Ex-Partners

By Andrew Denney |

A federal appeals court has reinstated a fraud lawsuit against K&L Gates and two of its former partners alleging that the attorneys exploited their past representation of a publishing executive to undermine his efforts to acquire assets from a bankruptcy sale.

Jeffrey Greene

Fenwick's New York Office Nabs Foley IP Vice Chair

By Rebecca Cohen |

Having finally opened a New York office almost a year ago, the Silicon Valley stalwart has hired Foley & Lardner partner Jeffrey Greene to bolster its base in the Big Apple. Greene served as vice chair of his former firm’s department.

Debevoise & Plimpton

Debevoise Adds Ex-EDNY Securities Fraud Chief

By Brian Baxter |

In its latest hire of a former federal prosecutor in the Obama administration, Debevoise & Plimpton has hired Winston Paes as counsel for its white-collar defense and regulatory group in New York. Paes leaves the U.S. attorney's office in Brooklyn on the eve of its high-profile securities fraud trial of ex-Katten Muchin partner Evan Greebel.

Blank Rome, Cozen O'Connor Want Ponzi Scheme Suit Tossed

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The two firms claim they are being targeted because the real fraudster is broke and owes millions of dollars.

Irwin Raij.

O’Melveny Lands Foley & Lardner Sports Co-Leader in Practice Push

By Brian Baxter |

O’Melveny & Myers has hired Irwin Raij, co-chair of the sports industry team at Foley & Lardner in Miami, New York and Washington, D.C., as a partner and co-chair of its sports industry group. The addition of Raij is the latest lateral recruit by O’Melveny in the sports space this year.

Anton Valukas.

Tony Valukas Steps Down as Jenner & Block Chairman

By Roy Strom |

Anton “Tony” Valukas, a longtime partner and leader of Jenner & Block, will step down as chairman at month’s end. Valukas, one of The American Lawyer’s Lifetime Achievers, will not be replaced in the honorary role but remain a senior partner at the Chicago-based Am Law 100 firm.

An advertisement for Trump University.

For Trump U Plaintiffs Lawyers, Unusual Path to 'Extraordinary' $25M Settlement

By Scott Flaherty |

Plaintiffs lawyers from Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd discuss the road to the settlement they reached with Trump U.

David Feuerstein

NYC Boutique Makes Bet on Big Weed

By Meghan Tribe |

Feuerstein Kulick, a five-lawyer boutique formed last year in Manhattan, has received a surge in interest from clients keen on opportunities in the legal cannabis market following legislation introduced in Canada last week that would legalize marijuana north of the border.