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Latham & Watkins offices in Washington, D.C. April 1, 2015.

Flush With Cash, Latham & Watkins Extends Lateral Spree

By Julie Triedman |

Prime partners at lockstep firms are favored targets as the firm surfs the lateral market.

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For Disney's Lawyers, a Florida Nightmare and a Chinese Debut

By Julie Triedman |

Between celebrating the opening of a $5.5 billion theme park in Shanghai and girding for the legal aftermath of a gruesome alligator attack in Orlando, Disney has had quite a week.

Longtime Staffer Lobs Bias Lawsuit at Jones Day

By Nell Gluckman |

A former Jones Day business development and communications manager filed a complaint against the firm for gender, age and pregnancy discrimination.

The Churn

K&L Gates’ Partner Churn Continues, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Amid more departures, K&L Gates seeks to grow; Akin Gump and Reed Smith hire from Winston & Strawn; Fox Rothschild reels in a leading Twin Cities litigator; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

McDermott Will & Emery's Washington, D.C. offices. November 3, 2014.

Who Will Take the Reins At McDermott?

By Susan Beck |

The co-chairs of McDermott, Will & Emery surprised their partnership when they announced Monday that they’ll step down at the end of this year. Insiders pointed to several potential candidates to replace them.

A rendering of Cornell Tech's planned campus on Roosevelt Island in New York City.

Big Law Alums Join Cornell Tech LLM Inaugural Class

By MP McQueen |

Law firms and their former associates are taking notice as an incubator for budding tech lawyers takes shape in New York City.

Dentons offices in Washington, D.C. November 12, 2014.

Dentons, Referral Industry Square Off Ahead of New Network Launch

By Julie Triedman |

A month after Dentons suggested law firms and their clients should abandon “pay-to-play” networks for international legal referrals and announced its own new network, the referral industry is fighting back.

The Churn

McDermott Adds Amid Leadership Change, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

A year after WilmerHale consolidated its London operations, one longtime partner has left for McDermott Will & Emery; Jones Day hires a trio; Shearman & Sterling snags one from Boies Schiller; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Sanjay Valvani departs federal court after a hearing following his arrest on June 15. Valvani killed himself one week later.

When a Client Commits Suicide

By Scott Flaherty |

For defendants suddenly facing white-collar prosecution, suicide can be a real temptation. What can their lawyers do to stop it, and what happens if it’s too late?

People line up expecting to buy food outside a supermarket in Caracas, Venezuela (Ivan Alvarado/REUTERS/Newscom).

Foreign Law Firms on Edge as Venezuela Teeters

By Julie Triedman |

Amid food shortages and rising political unrest, major firms in Caracas are doing what they can to weather the storm.

Brexit fall

Brexit Vote Clouds Big-Firm Lawyers' M&A Crystal Balls

By Julie Triedman |

As top transactional lawyers sought to calm nervous clients Friday after Britain's vote to leave the EU, several said that they were bracing for the possibility of a two-year drought in their most highly leveraged, profitable business: advising on cross-border M&A deals.

The Toronto skyline.

EY Hires Norton Rose Fulbright Partner As Big Four Continue Push Into Law

By Chris Johnson |

The Big Four accounting firms are continuing to invest heavily in their legal services arms, expanding their presence in the Americas even as their footprint grows in the United Kingdom.

The Churn

Reed Smith Rebuilds Partner Ranks, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Several new recruits join Reed Smith; Latham & Watkins welcomes a former Sullivan & Cromwell partner in New York; Gibson Dunn grabs one and loses another; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Jose Hernandez (in gray) holds hands with friend Victor Bayez as they grieve the loss of close friends Amanda Alvear and Mercedez Flores at a vigil in downtown Orlando, Fla., Monday, June 13, 2016.

After Orlando, Firms Offer Pro Bono Help On Gun Control

By Nell Gluckman |

Since 49 people were gunned down at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub last weekend, law firms have offered to ramp up their support for gun control efforts.

Ralph Sutton of Bentham IMF.

A Litigation Funding Pitch for Law Firms: You'll Get Paid

By Roy Strom |

As it continues to market litigation funding to law firms, Bentham IMF launched a new tool on Wednesday that it promises will show managing partners how outside financing can help boost realization rates.

Sullivan & Cromwell Faces Fee Challenge in Primorsk Bankruptcy

By Scott Flaherty |

As S&C dips its toes into debtor's side Chapter 11 work for Arctic tanker company Primorsk, a creditor says that the firm might have squandered $2 million in hourly billings.

BuckleySandler's Andrew Sandler.

DC Firm Pushes Back On Associate Raises

By Katelyn Polantz |

Washington, D.C.-based BuckleySander told its associates that the firm's salary scale won't change, but midyear bonuses will boost most first-years' pay above $180,000.

Deal Watch: Morgan Lewis Makes Work for BASF

By Jennifer Henderson |

From industrial chemicals to traffic cones, one of the last weeks of spring provided a plethora of transactional opportunities for dozens of Am Law 100 firms.

Gawker founder Nick Denton walks out of the courthouse on March 18, 2016, in St. Petersburg, FL (Eve Edelheit/ZUMA Press/Newscom).

Ropes & Gray Seeks Fees for Gawker Bankruptcy Work

By Scott Flaherty |

The firm has filed its formal application for employment to advise Gawker Media Group as the company seeks to navigate Chapter 11 proceedings in New York.

Christo's 'The Floating Piers,' Lake Iseo, Italy (Photos by Wolfgang Volz).

Bryan Cave Helps Artist Christo Walk on Water

By Nell Gluckman |

Christo’s longtime lawyer at Bryan Cave advised the artist on his latest project: a shimmering yellow walkway that allows visitors to stroll across an Italian lake.

Proskauer, Loeb & Loeb Bring NHL to Las Vegas

By Brian Baxter |

Ice hockey in the desert might have somewhat of a checkered history in the National Hockey League, but two Am Law 200 firms are advising on a $500 million deal announced late Wednesday to bring a professional hockey franchise to Sin City.

Sham Aldhaher, a Syrian child born last year without an eye who has received approval to receive emergency surgery in Spain.

In 'Baby Sham' Case, Reed Smith Weighs Risks for a Refugee Family

By Nell Gluckman |

The firm has secured temporary visas for a Syrian baby and her mother to go to Barcelona for surgery, but the trip from Jordan could threaten the family's resettlement to the U.S.

Defense attorney F. Lee Bailey (Pool/Reuters/Newscom).

Legendary Trial Lawyer F. Lee Bailey Files for Bankruptcy

By Nell Gluckman |

F. Lee Bailey, a criminal defense lawyer famous for his roles representing high-profile clients such as Sam Sheppard and being part of O.J. Simpson’s legal defense “Dream Team,” sought Chapter 7 protection Friday in Maine.

Dentons' Africa Head Leaves Global Giant for Boutique

By Julie Triedman |

Thomas Laryea, co-chair of Dentons' global government sector and former head of the firm's Africa initiative, has joined a new shop specializing in the diverse legal needs of African governments and diaspora from the continent.

Illustration by Neil Webb for The American Lawyer.

Exclusive Survey: Pro Bono Rankings

By Nell Gluckman |

Hughes Hubbard is tops for U.S. pro bono; Dechert leads the international scene.

Legal Recruiting Giant Buys Rights to Legal Department Reports

By Nell Gluckman |

Major, Lindsey & Africa has acquired three analytical reports on in-house law departments that were previously owned by General Counsel Metrics LLC, a consulting firm owned by Altman Weil principal Rees Morrison.

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Where in the World Is Your Fenwick & West Lawyer?

By Nell Gluckman |

Fenwick & West announced the launch of its fifth office in New York this month to a bit of fanfare. But thanks to a firm policy, there are actually Fenwick lawyers working in offices all over the country, from Vermont to Idaho.

Foley & Lardner Lands Leading Kaye Scholer Chicago Litigator

By Roy Strom |

Zaldwaynaka “Z” Scott, a well-connected co-chair of Kaye Scholer’s Chicago white-collar litigation and internal investigations practice, is headed to Foley & Lardner in the Windy City.

Goodwin office in Boston's Seaport district (HANDOUT).

'Goodwin,' 'Nutter' Join Rebranding Bandwagon

By Scott Flaherty |

Goodwin Procter rolled out a new, shortened brand name on Tuesday, along with a fresh logo, an overhauled website and new digs on Boston’s waterfront.

ROSS Intelligence CEO Andrew Arruda.

Q&A: Legal AI Pioneer ROSS Takes Stock After First Year

By Susan Beck |

Andrew Arruda, the 27-year-old founder of ROSS Intelligence, says his company's technology is already serving hundreds of lawyers.