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Cravath Kicks Off Associate Bonus Season, Other Firms Follow

By Nell Gluckman |

Once again, Cravath, Swaine & Moore kicked off associate bonus season with a memo announcing its bonus scale, which was promptly posted to the legal blog Above the Law on Monday. Other firms quickly matched.


Survey: Which Big Law Firms Get the Work?

By Jan Wolfe |

New findings show who's winning the battle for in-house spending.

Photo Illustration by Joe Schlue

Does Your Firm's Website Repel Women?

By Paola Cecchi-Dimeglio |

Five easy fixes to make your website, and thus your firm, more appealing to top female talent.

Lawyers Hear Message of Hate: 'Go Back to Your Country'

By Susan Beck |

Civil libertarians have sounded alarms over President-elect Donald Trump's calls for mass deportations of undocumented immigrants and restrictions on Muslims entering the country. But as some Big Law partners have found in some recent racist encounters, a vocal segment of America is willing to go further.

Survey: Big Law Leaders Say They're Bullish on 2017

By Meghan Tribe |

In a world of uncertainty, our annual survey finds managing partners looking on the bright side.

Wells Fargo Survey Sees Revenue Growth Masking Troubling Trends

By Roy Strom |

Managing partners trying to make a case for painful cuts to their firms' head counts are facing a dilemma: Things just aren't bad enough right now.

Paul Rawlinson

Baker & McKenzie's Chair on Heading a Global Firm in a Protectionist Era

By Roy Strom |

With President-elect Donald Trump promising to "rip up" free trade agreements, the U.K.'s Brexit vote and nationalist movements gaining ground in other European countries, Baker & McKenzie's new chair is leading a firm known for cross-border dealmaking as protectionist rhetoric threatens to scuttle international cooperation and trade.

Left to right: Christopher Zinski and Jay Williams Schiff Hardin

Former Schiff Hardin Partner Gets $20M in Medical Malpractice Case

By Meghan Tribe |

The family of Christopher Zinski, a former Schiff Hardin corporate partner felled by a stroke four years ago, has secured a $20 million settlement in a medical malpractice suit filed against Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital in Chicago.

Squire Patton Boggs partner Fred Nance and comedian Dave Chappelle

Squire Patton Boggs Helps Chappelle Snag $60M Netflix Deal

By Nell Gluckman |

The Cleveland-based Am Law 100 firm is advising Ohio native Dave Chappelle on his comeback tour, one that after a Saturday Night Live appearance this month has snagged the comedian a $60 million deal with Netflix Inc. for three standup specials.

The Churn

Return of the Churn, Plus (Many) More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer and Eversheds Sutherland get a head start on the hiring front; Willkie, Proskauer and Goodwin Procter recruit from King & Wood Mallesons; Simpson Thacher and Sullivan & Cromwell dip into the lateral market; White & Case expands in Oz; and other notable additions from throughout The Global 100.

A Big Day For Big Law Mergers

By Chris Johnson |

November 29 will go down in history as a big day for Big Law, with news of no fewer than three transatlantic mergers.

As Collections Loom, Firms Seek Investors to Spread the Risk

By Nell Gluckman |

As law firms race to collect from their clients and make their budgets this year, some may be considering another option: finding investors willing to buy their uncollected billings for cold, hard cash.

Deal Watch: Six Firms Advise as Antitrust Eyes Await DFS Merger

By Meghan Tribe |

Cooley, Davis Polk, Orrick, Ropes & Gray, Wilson Sonsini and ZwillGen are advising on a long-awaited combination between leading daily fantasy sports providers DraftKings Inc. and FanDuel Inc. A dozen big firms have also grabbed roles on notable deals in the cosmetics, energy and health care space.

Ex-Cadwalader Partner Woolery Makes Another Sudden Exit

By Susan Beck |

James Woolery, who abruptly left his leadership post at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft in early 2015 to co-found the hedge fund Hudson Executive Capital, has moved on once again.

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Debevoise Takes Pro Bono Role on Big Apple Circus Bankruptcy

By Nell Gluckman |

After nearly four decades in operation, The Big Apple Circus Ltd. filed for bankruptcy Sunday, with Debevoise & Plimpton serving as lead counsel to the Brooklyn, New York-based nonprofit on its Chapter 11 case.

The Law Firms That Won the 2016 Election

By Roy Strom |

The 2016 presidential campaign created plenty of work for lawyers. Which Am Law 200 firms benefited the most?

Justice Richard Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (left) in a May, 2016 conversation with University of Chicago law professor Geoffrey Stone (right) moderated by First Amendment scholar Ron Collins (center.)

Judge Posner Slams 'Stupid' Decisions by Chief Justice Roberts, 'Silly' Stances by Scalia

By Tony Mauro |

In a new YouTube video, the outspoken Posner called Roberts a "terrible" manager and blasted his opinions on gay marriage and free speech at abortion clinics.

Beware the Ex-Mailroom Employee With Literary Aspirations

By Brian Baxter |

Chadbourne & Parke moved quickly this week to try and quiet a former mailroom employee announcing the re-release of an e-book detailing his experience at the firm nearly a decade ago.

Associate Bonus Season: Method or Madness?

By Chris Johnson |

Here we go again. The annual associate bonus season is now in full swing, with a growing number of firms committing to match the scale set earlier this week by Cravath, Swaine & Moore.

Matthew Moore of Latham & Watkins.

A New Front Opens in the IP Wars

By Scott Graham |

When a patent holder sued banks for infringement, Capital One fired back with an antitrust suit.

Northwestern University School of Law professor emeritus Newton Minow

Obama Gives Top Honor to Longtime Sidley Lawyer

By Meghan Tribe |

Sidley Austin senior counsel and former Federal Communications Commission chairman Newton Minow received the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, from President Barack Obama on Nov. 22.

Richard Crump and Glenn Legge of Holman Fenwick Willan LLP

Houston's Legge Farrow Inks Merger With Leading UK Firm

By Chris Johnson |

Texas firm Legge, Farrow, Kimmitt, McGrath & Brown will merge in January with London-based Holman Fenwick Willan, one of the U.K.'s 30 largest law firms by revenue.

Kelley Drye Enters Texas With Acquisition of 14-Lawyer Boutique

By Meghan Tribe |

Kelley Drye & Warren has entered the Texas market through the acquisition of a 14-lawyer environmental litigation boutique.


VIDEO: 2016 Lifetime Achievers, on Life in the Law

By Staff |

At The American Lawyer's recent Lifetime Achievement Awards in New York City, honorees talked about the communities that shaped them, advice to young lawyers and more.

Francis Milone of Morgan Lewis (Photo by Adam Jones).

VIDEO: Morgan Lewis' Milone Says Kids Need More "Tailwinds"

By Staff |

In receiving The American Lawyer's Law Firm Distinguished Leader Award, Francis Milone says he got a hand up in life from strong community institutions that today don't work together well for immigrants and the poor.

Attorney Ted Olson of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Washington, D.C. August 9, 2016. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM.

VIDEO: Theodore Olson of Gibson Dunn, Advice to New Lawyers

By Staff |

In his acceptance speech at The American Lawyer Lifetime Achievement Awards in New York City, the star litigator says he was wise to listen to legal secretaries, who often knew more about the nuts and bolt of lawyering than lawyers did.

Simpson Thacher Helps KKR Buy Nissan Auto Parts Supplier

By Anna Zhang |

Simpson Thacher and Japan's Big Four firms advise on a rare multibillion-dollar private equity deal in the country as the U.S. buyout firm buys auto parts maker Calsonic Kansei Corp.

Leaked Emails Show Russian Lawyers Manipulated Yukos Court Rulings

By Chris Johnson |

Lawyers for Russia’s state-controlled oil giant Rosneft manipulated court rulings in order to help it seize hundreds of millions of dollars in assets belonging to the now-defunct private oil major Yukos, the Financial Times reports.

Will Big Law Defend the Rule of Law?

By Susan Beck |

The legal community, including lawyers at major firms, was largely quiet when civil rights, the judiciary, and the U.S. constitution came under attack during the presidential election.

In London, the houses of Parliament on the river Thames

Why A&O Won’t Be The Only U.K. Firm To Post Record H1 Results

By Chris Johnson |

Among all the excitement of transatlantic law firm mergers and the ongoing saga at King & Wood Mallesons, news that Allen & Overy’s revenue increased by an impressive 13 percent in the first six months of the fiscal year got somewhat lost in the mix.