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How a Massachusetts Decision to Publish Data Breach Info Will Affect Big Law

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

The Massachusetts decision spells out new challenges for lawyers working with breached companies.

Left to right: Gregory Katsas of Jones Day; Hunton & Williams' David Higbee; and Ralph Ferrara of Proskauer Rose.

Behind the Scenes, Big Law Shapes Trump Presidency

By Katelyn Polantz |

It’s not just high-profile appointees like Don McGahn II helping to shepherd in the new administration—and possibly reap benefits from a new era in Washington.

Skadden Snags McDermott Trusts and Estates Pro

By Brian Baxter |

Amy Heller, a trusts and estates partner who joined McDermott Will & Emery in a high-profile lateral move in 2011, has left the firm for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. McDermott watched another private client partner leave its London office for Bryan Cave.

Former Dewey junior manager Zachary Warren in September 2014.

Dewey Cloud Lifted for Defendant Who Found Home at Williams & Connolly

By Christine Simmons |

Zachary Warren, a young lawyer who faced criminal charges alongside three executives at Dewey & LeBoeuf, has formally put the case behind him and has relaunched his legal career at one of the country's top law firms.

How a Big Law Fee Dispute Turned Into a Bitter, Cross-Country Litigation

By Roy Strom |

Vedder Price is facing arbitration in California in a case that shows there can be risks to law firms' increasingly litigious stance on unpaid bills.

Global Law Firms Face a World of Questions in 2017

By Chris Johnson |

Ever since the financial crisis, Big Law has adapted to volatile market conditions. But the U.K.'s shocking decision to leave the European Union and Donald Trump's equally unexpected victory in the U.S. presidential election have created significant uncertainty in the world's two largest legal markets.

King & Wood Mallesons.

Big Firms Raid Remnants of KWME, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

As King & Wood Mallesons' European arm continues to crumble, big firms around the world pick up some partner-level pieces; Baker McKenzie ditches its ampersand; DLA Piper heads to Chile; a former K&L Gates litigation leader starts his own firm; and other notable moves from throughout The Global 100.

David Keenan

Orrick Attorney, Once a Juvenile Defendant, Follows Unconventional Path to Bench

By Ben Hancock |

David Keenan, who dropped out of high school after run-ins with the law, will take the bench in Seattle on Jan. 9.

Another Busy Year for Law Firm Deals, But What's Left to Snatch Up?

By Roy Strom |

Legal consulting firms Altman Weil Inc. and Fairfax Associates have issued reports on the state of the law firm merger market in 2016. Last year may have missed out on setting a record for combinations, but it did confirm a trend: In the post-recession legal market, managing partners are more acquisitive than ever.

Former Herbert Smith Freehills Lawyer Charged With Assault in Sydney

By Anna Zhang |

A top Australian intellectual property lawyer who is a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills' Australian IP relationship firm has been charged with indecent assault, according to Australian and international media reports.

President-elect Donald Trump speaks as one of his attorneys, Sheri Dillon, of Morgan Lewis & Bockius, listens during a news conference, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, in New York. The news conference was his first as President-elect.

Morgan Lewis Partner Basks in Trump's Spotlight—Is That a Good Thing?

By Katelyn Polantz |

The names of corporate law firms are not usually mentioned in major political news conferences. Lawyers are, or course. Nearly all of America has been introduced to David Boies, David Kendall, and Ted Olson. But most large law firm names are unrecognizable to the general public. Until Wednesday.

Caesars Palace on the Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, NV.

With $150M and Counting in Big Law Bills, Caesars Bankruptcy Approaches Finish Line

By Roy Strom |

Lawyers from four top Am Law 100 firms are nearing the end of the marathon—and highly lucrative—bankruptcy involving the operating arm of Caesars Entertainment Corp. After a tumultuous hearing in Chicago that briefly threatened to prolong the case, a judge set the stage for a confirmation hearing later this month.

Kelvin Natural Slush Co.

Ex-Sidley Associates See Slush Melt on CNBC

By Brian Baxter and Meghan Tribe |

Two former real estate associates at Sidley Austin in New York appeared Tuesday night on CNBC's "Billion Dollar Buyer," a reality TV show that sees billionaire Tilman Fertitta evaluate business proposals from small business owners. Unfortunately, the two ex-Sidley entrepreneurs behind Kelvin Natural Slush Co. didn't get a deal.

King & Wood Mallesons Stops Paying European Staff as Administration Looms

By Rose Walker |

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has put 100 members of staff on unpaid leave, pending redundancy, as the firm’s Europe, UK and Middle East (EUME) arm draws closer to administration.


Big Law Ties Abound in Yoga Company Troubles

By Meghan Tribe |

A litigation dispute in California against Bikram Choudhury, the founder of so-called hot yoga, has ended with his former British lawyer being awarded control of his business empire. In New York, a startup yoga clothing company, recently filed for bankruptcy, owing thousands of dollars in legal fees to two law firms.

Jeff Randall.

K&L Gates Loses IP Practice Leader in California

By Lizzy McLellan |

Jeffrey Randall, the co-head of the IP litigation group at K&L Gates, has left the firm a little over a year after joining its Silicon Valley office from Paul Hastings. His departure marks the latest in a series of notable partner-level defections from the firm in recent months.

10 Years Out, Report Says Recession's Impact on Firms is Clear

By Nell Gluckman |

Law firms are feeling increased pricing pressure from their clients, according to a report released Thursday but the Georgetown University Law Center and Thomson Reuters' Peer Monitor. How law firm leaders address it will separate the top firms from all the rest.

Ethan Skerry of Fenwick & West.

Partners Play Musical Chairs As NY Tech Scene Heats Up

By Nell Gluckman |

Fenwick & West, which recently opened an office in New York, has hired a tech and life sciences dealmaker away from Lowenstein Sandler, which in turn added a Morgan Lewis transactional partner to its tech group.

President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017.

On Center Stage, Trump Lawyer Describes Conflicts Plan

By Katelyn Polantz |

During a raucous political news conference that was unusually heavy with tax law theory, Donald Trump and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius partner Sheri Dillon outlined Wednesday how the president-elect would distance himself from his companies.

Top Canadian Firm Scoops Up E-Discovery Shop

By Meghan Tribe |

McCarthy Tétrault, one of Canada's largest firms, announced a first-of-its-kind deal Thursday that will see it absorb Wortzmans, a leading electronic discovery shop up north.

Chadbourne & Parke at 1301 6th Ave, NYC

Chadbourne Sees Partner Changes Amid Gender Bias Litigation

By Christine Simmons |

As Chadbourne & Parke and two female partners battle in court over discrimination claims, the firm continues to see head count changes, including the departure of a female project finance partner and the arrival of a bankruptcy attorney.

Two More Ex-Cadwalader Partners in China Find New Homes

By Anna Zhang |

Former Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft Asia managing partner Rocky Lee and Hong Kong capital markets partner Stephen Chan have located new homes in King & Wood Mallesons and Dechert, respectively, following the closing at the end of December of the New York firm's Beijing and Hong Kong offices.

Jones Day Bolsters Cyber Group, New Minneapolis Office

By Meghan Tribe |

Six months after opening an office in Minneapolis, Jones Day has hired cybersecurity, privacy and data protection partner Richard 'Rick' Martinez in the Twin Cities from Robins Kaplan, where he chaired the firm’s privacy and cybersecurity litigation group.

Matt, partner with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Los Angeles, and Liz Dubeck, partner with O'Melveny & Myers in Los Angeles, and their children Emmett and Lillian, who both attend daycare at O'Melveny & Myers's Hope Street Friends daycare.

Big Law Onsite Day Care: The Trend That Wasn't

By Angela Morris |

Very few firms have opened full-time facilities, despite their lamentations about the exodus of women.

Pillsbury Adds Hospitality Honcho as FinServ Regulation Head Departs

By Meghan Tribe |

Herrick, Feinstein hospitality chair Paul Shapses is leaving the firm amid its merger talks with Crowell & Moring for Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. The latter recently saw the co-head of its financial services regulation practice leave to start his own firm in four different cities.

John Carlin, Assistant Attorney General of the U.S. Department of Justice National Security Division, during the American Bar Association’s 24th Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law Conference in Washington. The topic: “Executive Branch Updates on Developments in National Security Law.” November 6, 2014. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Ex-DOJ National Security Leader Starts New Practice at MoFo

By Meghan Tribe |

John Carlin, who stepped down in October as the top official for national security at the U.S. Department of Justice, is joining Morrison & Foerster's New York office, where he will start a new global risk and crisis management practice at the firm.

Stephen DiCarmine, left, and Joel Sanders outside the courtroom during their 2015 trial.

Dewey Defendants Say Prosecution's Deal With Witness 'Extraordinary'

By Christine Simmons |

Two former Dewey & LeBoeuf executives facing retrial are urging a Manhattan judge for permission to cross-examine the lead witness for the prosecution about a new cooperation agreement, calling the deal "extraordinary circumstances" that directly bear on the defendants' rights.

DLA Piper Profits As BHS Administration Fees Near £3 Million

By Chris Johnson |

DLA Piper continues to profit from its role advising the administrators on the collapse of British high street retailer BHS, with a leaked document revealing that professional advisors racked up another million pounds in fees in less than six weeks.

Smith Gambrell Bolts on NY Boutique, Sails Into Europe

By Meredith Hobbs |

As large U.S. firms jockey to stake out a global presence, Smith Gambrell & Russell is expanding its reach with new international offices in the United Kingdom and Germany. The Atlanta-based Am Law 200 firm is also adding seven lawyers to its New York office with the impending acquisition of New York boutique Balber Pickard Maldonado & Van Der Tuin.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Freshfields Offers Voluntary Redundancy to 180 London Secretaries

By James Booth |

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has offered voluntary redundancy to all of its London secretarial staff, in a move that affects roughly 180 individuals.