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In Unique Deal, Morgan Lewis Merges With Singapore's Stamford Law

By Brian Baxter and Anna Zhang |

Having just absorbed the bulk of Bingham McCutchen, a first-of-its-kind merger now awaits Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, which will announce a union Monday with Singapore's Stamford Law Corp. The combination will make Morgan Lewis the largest global firm in the city-state and the only one with the capacity to practice local law across a range of practice areas.

King & Spalding Snags Pair of McDermott Litigators

By Brian Baxter |

Bobby Burchfield, a management committee member and head of the complex litigation group at McDermott Will & Emery, has left the firm with partner Matthew Leland for King & Spalding. Burchfield joins the firm nearly four years after the departure of former top litigator Paul Clement. His departure from McDermott comes on the heels of a pair of IP partners defecting for Paul Hastings and as McDermott seeks to ramp up its private client practice.

Goodwin Procter Slashes 2 Percent of Workforce

By Nell Gluckman and Brian Baxter |

The Am Law 100 firm announced Wednesday that it would let go off 21 lawyers and 17 professional staffers from its litigation department.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Partner Profits Soar at Winston & Strawn

By Susan Beck |

After seeing gross revenue and profits per partner sink in 2013, Winston & Strawn enjoyed a rebound year in 2014, as the firm posted big gains in several key financial metrics. While the firm's equity partnership decreased for a seventh straight year, Winston & Strawn recently added a dozen partners to its ranks following a raid on Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman.

Victor Kovner

Filmmakers Turn to Davis Wright Partner on Controversial HBO Documentaries

By Nell Gluckman |

Victor Kovner of Davis Wright Tremaine is the lawyer behind "The Jinx," an HBO documentary series about real estate heir Robert Durst, who was arrested on murder charges one day before the final episode aired. He also vetted "Citizenfour," a documentary about whistleblower Edward Snowden that recently won an Oscar.

Five More Attorneys Defect to Winston & Strawn from Pillsbury

By Nell Gluckman |

Winston & Strawn has confirmed its hire of Mats Carlston as co-chairman of its global finance practice, in addition to five more hires from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. Carlston spoke with The Am Law Daily about his move, which follows a group of 11 corporate, finance and private equity partners jumping to Winston & Strawn from Pillsbury earlier this month.

The Churn

Musical Chairs at McKenna Long, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

McKenna Long & Aldridge, poised to vote Monday on a union with Dentons, saw two new partners depart because of conflicts; Morgan Lewis lures eight partners in Dallas ahead of another merger in Singapore; Winston & Strawn poaches 10 more partners from Pillsbury; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Amid Defections, McDermott Adds Practice Head, Eyeing Future Growth

By Nell Gluckman |

Nearly four years to the day after McDermott Will & Emery took on the entire private client practice of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, the former has hired Holland & Knight's international private client practice leader Leigh-Alexandra Basha in Washington, D.C. The move comes as many Am Law 200 firms have reevaluated their private client and trusts and estates practices, and as McDermott braces for some other partner departures.

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Gibson Dunn Partner Suspended for Mishandling Djibouti Case

By Jennifer Henderson |

A British high court judge has reversed an order freezing the assets of Djibouti businessman Abdourahman Boreh after finding that a Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher partner knowingly presented faulty evidence implicating Boreh in a 2009 grenade attack.

Computer Hack in Kazakhstan Exposes Client Emails with Curtis

Emails between Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle and its client, the Republic of Kazakhstan, were posted online in January after that government’s computers were hacked. Kazakhstan’s counsel at Curtis says in a complaint filed Thursday against the alleged hackers that some of the emails contained privileged and confidential attorney-client communications.

The Churn

Polsinelli Sets Up Shop in Raleigh, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

After raiding Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough for five health care partners, fast-growing Polinselli will open an office in Raleigh; Gibson Dunn and Winston & Strawn add new practice leaders; the NSA's top lawyer returns to Mayer Brown; three former federal prosecutors flock to Robins Kaplan and Wilmer; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

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Mayer Brown Brings Back NSA's Top Lawyer

By Brian Baxter |

After nearly three years as general counsel for the National Security Agency, Rajesh "Raj" De is returning to Mayer Brown, a firm where he first made partner in October 2007.

Jones Day Launches Same-Sex Marriage Website

By Jennifer Henderson |

The firm has launched a website that provides information on how same-sex relationships are legally recognized in nearly 300 jurisdictions worldwide.

Ex-Sidley Partner Gets One-Year Suspension for Faking Expenses

By Nell Gluckman |

A former Sidley Austin real estate partner who admitted to faking nearly $70,000 in expenses has been suspended for one year by the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission in Illinois.

Latham & Watkins Plans Middle East Consolidation

By Jennifer Henderson |

Latham & Watkins will shrink its number of offices in the Middle East from four to two, leaving the firm with locations in Saudi Arabia’s capital city of Riyadh as well as in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Kirkland's Performance Accelerates in 2014

By Susan Beck |

Kirkland & Ellis picked up momentum in 2014, with revenue increasing 6.6 percent, to $2.15 billion, and profits per partner lifting 7 percent, to $3.51 million, according to The American Lawyer's reporting. Revenue per lawyer increased 5.4 percent, to $1.365 million, while net income rose 8 percent, to $1.182 billion.

Cahill Taps Cadwalader for Securities Enforcement Head

By Brian Baxter |

Bradley Bondi, head of the securities enforcement and investigation group at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, has joined Cahill Gordon & Reindel in a rare lateral hire by the Wall Street firm. Bondi, who will work out of New York and Washington, D.C., will lead Cahill’s securities enforcement and regulatory group.

Up in Smoke: Polsinelli Partners Tout Medical Marijuana Startup

By Nell Gluckman |

A year ago, Teddy Scott Jr. and John Leja had corner offices and leadership positions in Polisinelli’s IP practice in Chicago. Now they’ve quit their jobs to found and run a medical marijuana company, taking partner Jeremy Unruh with them to serve as general counsel. The company has raised $20 million from investors and received licenses from the state of Illinois to operate two cultivation sites and four dispensaries.

L. Okey Onyejekwe Jr.

From Kasowitz to Kickstarter: Iraq Vet Eyes Medical Records Revolution

L. Okey Onyejekwe Jr., an Iraq War veteran and IP litigation partner with Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman in Silicon Valley, left the firm last month to focus on Zobreus Medical Corp., a startup mobile and health technology company that launched a Kickstarter campaign this week to revolutionize medical records.

The Bankruptcy Files: Oil Slide a Boon to Some Big Firms

By Brian Baxter |

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, Bracewell & Giuliani, Haynes and Boone, Kirkland & Ellis and Vinson & Elkins are some of the Am Law 200 firms that have snagged leading bankruptcy and restructuring roles in the struggling U.S. oil and gas sector.

Robins Kaplan's New Dakota Offices to Serve American Indian Tribes

By Jennifer Henderson |

The firm has opened an office in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, with plans to open another in Bismarck, North Dakota. The Minneapolis-based firm’s newest outposts will be led by the former U.S. attorneys for South Dakota and North Dakota, Brendan Johnson and Timothy Purdon, respectively.

Faegre Baker Grows Chicago Office With Nine Lateral Hires

By Jennifer Henderson |

The Minneapolis-based firm has hired nine partners from four firms, including Locke Lord Edwards, Morgan Lewis & Bockius, Seyfarth Shaw and Ulmer & Berne. With the new additions, Faegre Baker's Chicago office will grow to almost 60 lawyers.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Mintz Levin Holds Flat Amid Partner Moves

By Nell Gluckman |

For Mintz Levin, 2014 was a relatively flat year financially amid notable changes in the partnership ranks. Gross revenue inched up by 1.9 percent, to $316 million, while revenue per lawyer and profits per partner each increased by less than a percent to $760,000 and $955,000, respectively.

The Churn

Lewis Brisbois Lands in Wichita, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Kutak Rock loses eight of its nine lawyers in Wichita to growing Am Law 200 firm Lewis Brisbois; Cahill makes a rare partner hire; Kasowitz and Polsinelli partners take entrepreneurial turns; musical chairs at McDermott; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Robinson & Cole Picks Up Data Protection Group Head

By Nell Gluckman |

Robinson & Cole has poached privacy and data protection group head Linn Freedman from Nixon Peabody. Freedman will lead Robinson & Cole’s newly formed privacy and security data team, following in the footsteps of a number of Am Law 200 firms that have made hires in a practice area that barely existed several years ago.

Deal Watch: One Skadden Client Ousts Another in Duel for Salix

By Jennifer Henderson |

Our latest roundup of transactions sees Skadden client Valeant Pharmaceuticals International prevail over fellow firm client Endo International in its bid for Salix Pharmaceuticals, while Latham & Watkins, Ropes & Gray and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett advise several private equity clients on their proposed acquisitions of Chicago’s Willis Tower and Life Time Fitness.

Top Israeli Lawyer Comes Up Short in Bid to Beat Bibi

By Brian Baxter |

Yitzhak “Isaac” Herzog comes from one of Israel’s most powerful political families—one likened to the Kennedys—but the former senior partner at leading local law firm Herzog Fox & Ne'eman was unable to unseat Benjamin Netanyahu as the country’s prime minister after elections Tuesday. Nonetheless, Herzog’s Zionist Union performed strongly at the polls, and he could still be a key kingmaker.

Fred Leech (left) and his brother Tony Leech watch their children play Little League baseball in 2002.

Late Brother's Boutique Beckons Longtime Reed Smith Partner

By Brian Baxter |

Frederick Leech, a longtime Reed Smith partner in Pittsburgh and former head of the firm's investment management practice, recently left to become chair of the corporate group at Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl, a Steel City-based boutique founded in 1994 by his younger brother Tony Leech, who drowned 10 years later trying to save his two sons from a riptide in Costa Rica.

The Churn

Am Law 100 Pair Keep Poaching, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

King & Spalding and Winston & Strawn continue their recent hiring sprees; Latham & Watkins lands one partner and lose two others; a longtime Reed Smith partner departs; Stroock snags a Goldman Sachs alum from Kirkland & Ellis; Wilmer brings back another former federal regulator; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Deal Watch: Am Law 100 Foursome Feast on Heinz, Kraft Megamerger

By Jennifer Henderson |

Cravath, Swaine & Moore; Kirkland & Ellis; Munger, Tolles & Olson; and Sullivan & Cromwell have landed lead roles on the Warren Buffett-backed $40 billion union of H.J. Heinz and Kraft Foods.