Most Viewed

Prince (Frank Griffin/LFI/Photoshot/Newscom)

Litigators Recall Representing Prince, a Client Like No Other

By Brian Baxter |

Prince, the legendary singer, songwriter, producer and man of myriad other talents, died Thursday at 57. The eclectic pop icon kept a bevy of high-profile lawyers busy during the past three decades.

An Early Look at the 2016 Am Law 100

Before The American Lawyer's complete annual Am Law 100 report is released on April 25, take a peek at preliminary reporting on law firm financials from The Am Law Daily and its regional affiliates.

Kirsten Jarvis Johnson with her son.

How a 'Burned-Out' International Lawyer Ditched Squire Patton Boggs

By Julie Triedman |

When Kristen Jarvis Johnson left her senior associate position to focus on her startup toy company, she invited the Internet along for the ride.

More Law Firms Take Aim at Associate Student Loan Debt

By Nell Gluckman |

At least three law firms are now working with First Republic Bank to help their associates pay down hundreds of thousands in law school debt at reduced rates. Dozens of others are working with nontraditional lenders such as SoFi to implement similar programs.

Peter Kalis of K&L Gates (Johann Sebastian Hänel)

Hit With Defections, K&L Gates Stays the Course

By Julie Triedman |

K&L Gates has expanded well beyond its Pittsburgh roots. The firm says it's on the verge of greatness. Others disagree.

White House

Microsoft to Fund New Pilot Project to Improve Legal Aid

By Susan Beck |

The Legal Services Corp. is expected to announce a $1 million gift from the technology giant at the White House on Tuesday. The group will also name a new leadership council whose members range from Eric Holder to University of Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh.

The Churn

The Door Spins at Jenner & Block, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

A shift change at Jenner & Block; Duane Morris takes on 13 lawyers from two firms; DLA Piper partners form their own boutique; a Proskauer Rose litigator becomes CEO of a litigation financier; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Illustration by Gary Neill

The Am Law 100: Signs of a Slowdown

By Chris Johnson |

The Am Law 100 eked out gains across major financial metrics in 2015. But growth was the slowest in years.

The Churn

Davis Polk Hires Ex-Cravath Partner, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Ronald Cami heads to Davis Polk & Wardwell in Silicon Valley; Davis Wright Tremaine adds a former top federal prosecutor; another Bracewell partner departs; a new IP boutique forms inside the Beltway; and other key additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Eric Blinderman

U.K. Litigation Funder Taps Proskauer Lawyer for U.S. Debut

By Scott Flaherty |

Therium is hoping a trio of former Am Law 100 lawyers can stake its claim to the U.S. litigation finance market.

The American Lawyer May 2016 cover

Law Firm Leaders React to a Year of Slow Growth

By Susan Beck and MP McQueen |

Firm leaders and industry consultants said that The American Lawyer’s Am Law 100 survey mostly confirmed their expectations, and most said that they expected more of the same in 2016.

Illustration by Gary Neill

Am Law 100 Market Reports: Location, Location, Location

How well firms did often depended on where they chose to compete. An on-the-ground look at conditions in New York, Pennsylvania, Chicago, California and London.

Senator Bernie Sanders at a town hall event in New York City, Jan. 5, 2016

Bernie Sanders' Lawyer Stays Busy as Clinton's Lead Widens

By Jennifer Henderson |

Who fights Sanders' legal battles while his supporters are feeling the Bern? Brad Deutsch, who mixes political and communications law with advocacy on behalf of the legal cannabis industry.

Mariah Klinefelter, 35, a former associate at McGuireWoods who most recent working at Steptoe & Johnson PLLC in Pittsburgh, was killed Friday after being struck by an SUV while on vacation in Florida. (GoFundMe)

Steptoe Associate Killed in Freak Florida Traffic Accident

By Brian Baxter |

Mariah Klinefelter, 35, a former associate at McGuireWoods most recently employed at Steptoe & Johnson PLLC in suburban Pittsburgh, was killed Friday after being struck by an SUV while on vacation in Florida. Her infant son is in stable condition.

Am Law Echoes: A Look at Rankings Past and Present

By Nell Gluckman |

Ahead of the publication next week of the annual Am Law 100 list, The Am Law Daily looked back at what has changed since The American Lawyer first published its rankings in 1985. The biggest difference between that year and 2016 is the size of the firms.

Skadden Shines on SunEdison’s Bankruptcy Outage

By Julie Triedman |

The firm is advising solar energy giant SunEdison Inc. on its Chapter 11 filing in New York, the largest by any U.S. company so far this year.

Jars of marijuana buds sit on the counter at the Denver Kush Club early Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, in north Denver. More than two dozen customers took advantage of a new Colorado holiday tradition of marijuana shops drawing customers with discounted weed and holiday gift sets. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Blazing Billables: State Laws Expand Pro-Pot Legal Work

By Nell Gluckman |

To mark 420, the unofficial holiday for marijuana enthusiasts worldwide, The Am Law Daily spoke with some of the go-to Am Law 200 lawyers in the legal weed field.

Big Firms Fuel Up on Energy Sector Bankruptcies

By Brian Baxter |

The administrative office of the U.S. Courts said Thursday that bankruptcy filings fell 8.5 percent over the past year. But one sector where Chapter 11 work hasn't dried up is the energy industry, where Kirkland & Ellis and Jones Day are siphoning off new assignments.

Chinese human rights lawyer, Teng Biao (Shizhao/Wikimedia)

Lawmakers Pounce After ABA Scraps Book by China Rights Lawyer

By Susan Beck |

A congressional committee that monitors human rights in China wants the ABA's president to explain why the group reversed plans to publish a book by Chinese human rights lawyer Teng Biao.

AM Law 100, May 2016

Coming Monday: The 2016 Am Law 100

Who’s on? Who’s off? How does your firm compare? Find out Monday when The American Lawyer releases its full Am Law 100 report, including rankings, features, firm profiles and more.

The Churn

Fox Rothschild Bets on Big Wealth, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

The Philadelphia-based firm bolts on smaller wealth management shops in California and Florida; Jenner & Block rebuilds its government contracts group; Sidley Austin hires MoFo's ERISA head; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Litigation Funding Race Escalates as Burford Hits $1B

By Julie Triedman |

Size may matter in litigation finance, but which funder will get the better returns?

Jones Day's Jorge Hladjk and K&L Gates' Steven Caponi (HANDOUTS)

Jones Day, K&L Gates Bulk Up Cybersecurity Practices

By Nell Gluckman |

The two Am Law 100 firms brought on new partners in the cybersecurity and data privacy space by making hires from Blank Rome and Hunton & Williams.

Continental Breakfast: Linda Yang, Yingke

By Chris Johnson |

On the menu this week in The American Lawyer's Continental Breakfast series: Yingke executive chair Linda Yang on the spectacular growth of the 4,000-lawyer Chinese giant.

In Presidential Legal Fee Race, Trump Beats Hillary

By Brian Baxter |

The five remaining U.S. presidential candidates all have a need for outside counsel on the campaign trail, and not surprisingly it’s the two frontrunners that have accrued the most in legal expenses.

Author and Morrison & Foerster partner James Huston died this month after a battle with multiple myeloma.

MoFo Partner, Novelist James Huston Dead After Battle With Cancer

By MP McQueen |

A leader of Morrison & Foerster’s national trial practice, Huston was also a fighter pilot, a former Navy officer and a best-selling author.

Rene Kathawala of Orrick and Steph Sherer, executive director of Americans for Safe Access (HANDOUT)

Orrick Partners With Pro-Pot Nonprofit Group

By Nell Gluckman |

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has launched a project with the Americans for Safe Access Foundation—a national cannabis advocacy group—to provide pro bono support to medical marijuana patients.


Deal Watch: Lexmark Inks Sale With Four Big Firms in the Queue

By Jennifer Henderson |

Wachtell, Skadden, Cleary Gottlieb and King & Wood Mallesons are advising on a $3.6 billion acquisition of U.S. printer maker Lexmark International Inc. by a Chinese-led consortium.

The Churn

DLA Piper Adds High-Powered Duo, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

DLA Piper bags new recruits from Skadden and Willkie Farr; Chadbourne & Parke picks up a partner with World Cup ties; Cleary Gottlieb adds an Allen & Overy practice leader; Stroock nabs a former federal judge; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

In this Sunday, Oct. 23, 1983, file photo, service members search through rubble after a suicide truck bomb attack on the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon. The blast _ the single deadliest attack on U.S. forces abroad since World War II _ claimed the lives of 241 American service members. - AP Photo/Jim Bourdier

Lawyers for Beirut Bombing Victims Finally Close In on Recovery

By Julie Triedman |

Many of the original plaintiffs didn’t live to see their attorneys prevail at the U.S. Supreme Court, but hundreds of terror victims and their family members are finally close to collecting from Iran.