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Left to right: Bobby Burchfield and Ty Cobb.

Strange Days: Trump Lawyers Caught Up in Email, Inmate Dramas

By Brian Baxter |

King & Spalding partner Bobby Burchfield, the Trump Organization's top ethics counsel, and ex-Hogan Lovells partner Ty Cobb, who joined the White House this summer as a member of the president's legal defense team in special counsel Robert Mueller III's Russia investigation, saw their names emerge in two eyebrow-raising reports.

Robert Sutton, author of the book “The No Asshole Rule

How to Deal With Assholes

By Vivia Chen |

Stanford University professor Robert Sutton just released his book, "The Asshole Survival Guide." Here's what the authority on corporate A-holes has to say.

Ropes & Gray's Washington, D.C. offices. August 29, 2014. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Why Are So Many Partners Leaving Ropes & Gray?

By Rose Walker, Legal Week |

Firm leadership defends its strategy, particularly in London, and says they aren't worried about the future.

Deborah Farone

Marketing Exec Leaves Cravath After Long Run

By Christine Simmons |

Deborah Farone, the longtime chief marketing director of Cravath, Swaine & Moore, is leaving to open her own marketing consultancy for law firms and other professional service providers.

Concept of the road to success with a businessman standing on the road.

Atrium Launches as a Firm-Startup Pair

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Atrium’s law firm will cater to the early stage startup community, while its software company will cater to its law firm.

Sean Marotta of Hogan Lovells' appellate group had 15 coffees with summer associates in Washington, D.C., this summer. One thing he learned: Always celebrate with a selfie.

Figuring Out What Young Associates Want, Over 15 Coffees

By Katelyn Polantz |

Sean Marotta, a senior appellate associate at Hogan Lovells in Washington, D.C., had coffee with 15 summer associates this year who found him over Twitter. The National Law Journal caught up with Marotta to review some of what he learned from them.

Uber CLO Salle Yoo

Chief Legal Officer Salle Yoo Will Leave Uber

By David Ruiz |

After five years with the ride-hailing giant, Yoo will leave the company she helped build.


When Will Disruption Hit the Legal Industry?

By Hugh A. Simons and Nicholas Bruch |

Spoiler alert: it's already here. What current data portends for the next economic downturn.

JANUARY 03, 2016: A computer screen shows details of Big Four auditors main pages on its web sites. Deloitte, EY, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers

Do the Big Four Accounting Firms Pose a Big Threat to Big Law?

By Chris Johnson |

A new study by ALM Intelligence warns that law firms should prepare for increased competition from the Big Four as they step up their push into legal services.

Attorney Harold  Hudson answers questions  Tuesday about Diane McIver's will.

Lawyer Drafted Changes to Wills of McIver and His Wife Before She Died

By R. Robin McDonald |

An estate planning attorney hired by Atlanta lawyer Claud "Tex" McIver and his wife, Diane, has testified he drafted codicils for the couple's wills before McIver shot and killed his wife that, if executed, would alter Diane McIver's will that is now in probate.

Joshua Briones.

From Migrant Field Worker to Big Law Managing Partner—The Remarkable Journey of Joshua Briones

By Jenna Greene |

By the time he was 8 years old, Joshua Briones was rising before dawn to pick strawberries and cherry tomatoes, moving from town to town in California with his immigrant farm worker parents. Today, Briones, 44, is the managing partner of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo’s Los Angeles office and a lauded litigator. This is the story of his remarkable journey,

Ballard Spahr offices in Washington, D.C. March 24, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Ballard Spahr Grows to 650 Lawyers With Lindquist & Vennum Deal

By Lizzy McLellan |

Ballard Spahr is combining with Minneapolis-based Lindquist & Vennum, the two firms announced Tuesday. The combined firm will operate under the name Ballard Spahr, and will have more than 650 lawyers across 15 offices.

Ballard Spahr offices in Washington, D.C. March 24, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Ballard Spahr to Merge With Levine Sullivan, Growing Media Practice

By Lizzy McLellan and Christine Simmons |

In its second merger announcement in two weeks, Ballard Spahr has reached a deal to add 25 lawyers from media law boutique Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz.

Kent and Jill Easter.

Disbarment for Lawyer Involved in Drug-Planting Plot

By Scott Flaherty |

Kent Easter, a California lawyer, has been prohibited from practicing law after he was found guilty of planting drugs in the car of a parent at his son's elementary school.


Latest Law Firm Combinations Show Method to Merger Madness

By Lizzy McLellan |

When Philadelphia-based Ballard Spahr and Saul Ewing (now Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr) both announced significant mergers Tuesday with Midwestern firms of about 150 lawyers, the deals had more in common than timing and geography. Both highlight themes that have been propelling widespread consolidation in the industry, observers said.

Baker & Hostetler's Irving Picard

Madoff-Related Fees Grow to $925M for Baker & Hostetler

By Roy Strom |

It’s been nearly a decade since Irving Picard was appointed trustee of the funds recovered for victims of Bernard Madoff’s massive Ponzi scheme. The matter is still generating payouts for victims and Baker & Hostetler, where Picard is a partner in New York.

Dechert's Latest Lateral Binge Bolsters Corporate Group

By Meghan Tribe |

The Philadelphia-based Am Law 100 firm continued its hiring tear in 2017 by adding Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft structured finance partner Bruce Bloomingdale and White & Case M&A partner Nazim Zilkha in New York. Both lawyers previously worked with one another at Mayer Brown.

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Summer's End Sees Partner Departures Mount at Wilson Sonsini

By Brian Baxter and Rebecca Cohen |

The first week of September saw Latham & Watkins pick up Wilson Sonsini’s privacy and data protection co-chair Michael Rubin, while three other Wilson Sonsini partners are poised to join Cooley. Matthew Sonsini, the son of Wilson Sonsini's septuagenarian chairman Larry Sonsini, has also left the firm for another family business.

Michael Heller, with Cozen O’Connor

Cozen O'Connor CEO Says Firm's Growth Has Just Begun

By Lizzy McLellan |

In the next five years, CEO Michael Heller said, the firm could grow to between 700 and 1,000 lawyers.

Ray Lewis, retired NFL football player and played with the Baltimore Ravens.

Ex-NFL Players Seek Law Firm's Money After Sacking Ex-Partner

By Roy Strom |

Gary Stern is going to prison. But that’s not the end of the story for the disgraced lawyer’s former law firm, Chuhak & Tecson. The 70-lawyer Chicago shop is now facing a formidable opponent: A group of nearly 20 former NFL players who claim the firm helped Stern bilk them out of millions.

Kasowitz Benson Torres' New York office at 1633 Broadway

Kasowitz Partner Pair Heads to Kirkland & Ellis

By Christine Simmons |

Two longtime Kasowitz Benson Torres attorneys, including a management committee member, are leaving the New York firm this week to join Kirkland & Ellis.

Ralph Baxter, Chairman and Chief Executive officer of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

Ex-Orrick Leader Finally Ready to Run for Congress

By Brian Baxter |

Ralph Baxter Jr., a former CEO of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe who retired to West Virginia four years ago, will announce Tuesday that he is going to run for Congress in the 2018 midterm elections. He spoke with The American Lawyer about the path that led him to pursue a new career in public service.

Saul Ewing offices in Baltimore, MD.

Saul Ewing Merger With Arnstein & Lehr Creates New 400-Lawyer Firm

By Lizzy McLellan |

Philadelphia-based Saul Ewing and Chicago-based Arnstein & Lehr have merged, the firms announced Tuesday, creating a firm of more than 400 lawyers with 15 offices across the Northeast, Midwest and Florida. The combined firm will be called Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr.

Baker & McKenzie offices in New York.

Baker McKenzie Hires Big Law Veteran as New Client Development Chief

By Meghan Tribe |

Wendy Bernero, a veteran marketing executive who has worked at a handful of Am Law 100 firms, is heading back into the Big Law fray as she prepares to become head of client development for North America at Baker McKenzie, the global legal giant confirmed Tuesday.

Esther Kiobel.

Amnesty International Targets Cravath as Shell Discovery Fight Goes to 2nd Circuit

By Miriam Rozen |

Cravath is heading into Sept. 12 arguments backed by industry amici in a fight over its past work for Royal Dutch Shell.

Florida Law Firms Bracing for Impact of Hurricane Irma

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

South Florida law firms were closely monitoring Hurricane Irma Wednesday.

Jennifer Newstead (File: 2003)

Davis Polk Partner Picked for State Dept. Legal Adviser Discloses $1.5M Partner Share

By C. Ryan Barber |

Davis Polk & Wardwell partner Jennifer Newstead, a veteran of the George W. Bush administration whom President Donald Trump nominated for U.S. State Department legal adviser, reported earning a $1.5 million partnership share between January 2016 and May of this year, according to documents the U.S. Office of Government Ethics posted Tuesday.

Bryan Cave, University of Colorado Partner for Legal Tech Internship

By Rhys Dipshan |

As a part of the Tech Lawyer Accelerator Program, a law student will join Bryan Cave’s outside counsel team in developing contract management systems for Red Robin’s legal department.

Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) goes up for a shot as Oklahoma City Thunder's Enes Kanter defends during the first half in Game 1 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, April 16, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Three Am Law 100 Firms Lift Off With Big Houston Rockets Sale

By Brian Baxter |

Baker Botts, DLA Piper and White & Case are advising on the record-setting $2.2 billion sale of the National Basketball Association’s Houston Rockets from former lawyer Leslie Alexander to casino and hospitality billionaire Tilman Fertitta.

Big Law Staff Attorney Pleads Guilty to Child Porn Charges

By Brian Baxter |

Jason Mark Sims, a 35-year-old lawyer who has worked at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in Washington, D.C., has pleaded guilty to distributing videos of child sex abuse. Federal prosecutors disclosed the charges against Sims late Friday.