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Seyfarth Shaw offices in Washington, D.C. September 15, 2016. Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM

Mass Layoffs at Seyfarth Shaw Hit Lawyers, Staff

By Roy Strom |

Seyfarth Shaw is letting go at least 40 lawyers and several staff members, according to a Tuesday report confirmed by The American Lawyer.

Morgan Lewis Takes the Heat, but Who Gets the Last Laugh?

By Lizzy McLellan |

All publicity is good publicity, right? For the right kind of celebrity, maybe. For a law firm? Not so much.

IBM Says New Watson Tool Could Dramatically Reduce Outside Counsel Spend

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

A new tool from IBM, called "Outside Counsel Insights," uses the power of Watson to reveal billing insights to legal departments.

Robert Mueller

Mueller Leaves Wilmer, Steps In to Head Russia Probe

By Cogan Schneier and Katelyn Polantz |

Robert Mueller III, a former FBI director who joined Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr in 2014, is leaving his perch in private practice and stepping back into law enforcement. Mueller will take on the weighty and politically precarious role of special counsel investigating Russia's efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

JAMS' principal outside counsel, Long & Levit partners Joseph McMonigle and Jessica MacGregor

Jury Clears JAMS in Resume-Padding Trial

By Scott Graham |

The jury couldn’t decide if retired appeals judge Sheila Sonenshine made misrepresentations on her JAMS bio, but they decided that didn’t cause harm to venture capitalist Kevin Kinsella.

Mother, newborn, child.

Reed Smith Tries Low-Cost Parenting Perks to Retain Women

By Lizzy McLellan |

Reed Smith is the latest firm in Big Law to make some relatively inexpensive accommodations for new mothers in an attempt to relieve—and retain—lawyer moms.

'Speaking the Same Language': Leaders From Big Law Make the Case for Metric Sharing

By Ian Lopez |

Companies and their outside counsel are both collecting useful information that they're not sharing with one another. Should both parties be more transparent to achieve their goals?

For Staffing, the History of E-Discovery Mirrors the Present of Cybersecurity

By Jared Coseglia, TRU Staffing Partners, Cybersecurity Law & Strategy |

Examining the current similarities between e-discovery and cybersecurity can be a predictor of future patterns in the cybersecurity staffing market.

As Clients Press for Discounts, Are Firms Too Quick to Show Their Cards?

By Miriam Rozen |

Are some law firms making a mistake by handing clients their billable hour data despite working for flat or fixed fees?

Marc E. Kasowitz.

Trump Turns to Kasowitz, Rejecting DC Legal Vets

By David Bario |

In a characteristically unorthodox move, the president is reportedly poised to tap commercial litigator Marc Kasowitz to lead his personal legal team amid probes into his campaign's alleged contacts with Russia.

Weil's Fee Gutting in Iowa Leads to 'Bargain-Basement' Billing Concerns

By B. Colby Hamilton |

There's a certain schadenfreude in seeing a global law firm with more than $1 billion in annual revenue taken down a peg by a judge in Des Moines. But the episode also raises concerns for lawyers who say it demonstrates a risk high-priced coastal law firms face when they go to court in smaller markets and could make Big Law practitioners wary of practicing in smaller cities.

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Exclusive Report: The 2017 Am Law 200

The Am Law 200 reversed course in 2016, posting gains in gross revenue after experiencing a decline in 2015. But that average gain of 1.2 percent, coupled with similar increases in revenue per lawyer and profits per equity partner, masked some weakness in many firms’ results. As our overview story shows, a “hollow middle” is emerging.

Federal Prosecutor, Ex-Foley & Mansfield Partner Found Dead on Beach

By Brian Baxter |

No cause of death has been determined for Beranton Whisenant Jr., a major crimes prosecutor with the U.S. attorney's office in Miami. The body of Whisenant, who left Foley & Mansfield for public service in January, was found this week on a beach in Hollywood, Florida.

David Sanford.

Can Litigation Solve Big Law's Gender Equity Problem?

By Scott Flaherty |

Big Law has a major gender equality problem, according to David Sanford, the chairman of Sanford Heisler Sharp, who is the lead lawyer in a trio of high-profile gender discrimination cases brought by female partners at Am Law 200 firms.

Ex-Prosecutors at Big Firms Weigh Costs of Speaking Out on Trump

By Miriam Rozen |

Did the president expose himself to obstruction of justice charges in the unfolding scandal involving James Comey? If anyone has an opinion on that burning question, it's the country's pool of former federal prosecutors. But not all of them are willing to share it.

Members of the New York State Court of Appeals on April 25, 2017. Justice Michael Garcia... The Court of Appeals, normally based in Albany, NY, heard arguments for three days in the Courthouse in White Plains....(David Handschuh/NYLJ)

Garcia, Finalist for FBI Director, Wins Praise as Jurist, Trailblazer

By Rebecca Baker and Jeff Storey |

Court of Appeals Judge Michael Garcia, a former federal prosecutor who spent years in private practice at large firms, was among several candidates interviewed over the weekend by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to replace James Comey, whom President Donald Trump fired on May 9.

How Much Do Clients Care About Law Firm Layoffs?

By Miriam Rozen |

"A smart firm would be reaching out to their clients and getting ahead of the story," said one former GC.

Willkie Partner, Other Lawyers Land SEC Appointments

By Katelyn Polantz |

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has staffed up with five Big Law alumni, including a rainmaker at Willkie Farr & Gallagher in New York.

Rudy Giuliani

Giuliani to Court: I Had No Role in Trump Travel Ban

By Andrew Denney |

Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said in court papers filed Monday that he had no hand in crafting controversial executive orders from the Trump administration banning travel from Muslim-majority countries and that he has not served on a commission related to such orders.

Richard Hsu, Shearman & Sterling partner

Shearman Partner Ditches Practice Leadership for Legal Recruiting

By Rebecca Cohen |

Richard Hsu, global head of IP transactions at Shearman & Sterling and co-chair of the firm's privacy and data protection team, has joined Major, Lindsey & Africa as a managing director in San Francisco. The Silicon Valley-based lawyer is also a popular podcaster.

Blast from the past: Ken Starr testifies at a House Judiciary Committee hearing regarding President Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky in 1998.

As Russia Probes Mount, White-Collar Lawyers Hit Prime Time

By Katelyn Polantz |

It's a helluva time to be a government investigations lawyer in the nation's capital.

Jenny Kim, vice president, law and policy group and associate general counsel, corporate legal group, at Intel Corp

Wanna Raise? Top Silicon Valley Counsel Give 8 Tips for Women Lawyers

By David Ruiz |

Top in-house lawyers at a Silicon Valley event focused on women and compensation in the legal industry shared this advice on how to get paid more.

Saul Ewing offices in Baltimore, MD.

Saul Ewing, Arnstein & Lehr in Merger Talks

By Lizzy McLellan and Roy Strom |

The deal would create a firm with about 400 lawyers in the Northeast, Midwest and Florida.

The Am Law 200's 'Hollow Middle'

By Miriam Rozen |

Midrange firms face a growing dilemma: If your firm isn't either top-tier or super cheap, how will you attract clients?

Miriam Frank

Big Legal Recruiter Offers Talent Management Expertise

By Meghan Tribe |

Major, Lindsey & Africa, the world's largest legal recruiting firm, has started a legal talent management consulting offering for its in-house and law firm clients.

Businessmen riding on a roller coaster

Managing Partners Frustrated by Slow Pace of Big Law Change, Survey Says

By Roy Strom |

Legal consultancy Altman Weil Inc.'s ninth annual Law Firms in Transition Survey shows that managing partners are increasingly frustrated from facing off against internal resistance to change.

Justin Theroux, Jennifer Aniston at the Premiere Of HBO's

Actor Accuses Attorney Neighbor of Harassment Campaign in Messy Co-Op Dispute

By Todd Cunningham |

Justin Theroux, the star of HBO's "The Leftovers" and son of a longtime Baker McKenzie lawyer, has accused his downstairs neighbor of waging a scorched-earth campaign to bully and intimidate him after Theroux began renovating the New York apartment where he sometimes lives with wife Jennifer Aniston.

Drinker Biddle & Reath's offices in Washington, D.C.

Drinker's Retro Look; Jenner Raids the FCC; No Rest for Weary D.C. Lawyers

By Katelyn Polantz |

Washington Wrap is a weekly roundup of Big Law hires and other Washington, D.C., legal industry news.

President Donald Trump being sworn in on January 20, 2017.

Trump Turmoil Tempers Law Firm Business Forecasts

By Christine Simmons |

Regardless of their political leanings, many law firm leaders were cautiously optimistic after Donald Trump's election. They hoped he might boost business—and demand for legal services—with his agenda of tax reform, looser bank regulations and infrastructure investment. But with the fledgling administration already mired in investigations, the enthusiasm is waning amid some firm leaders.

Jenner & Block's Washington, D.C. offices.

Jenner Grows Investigations Group, Ditches ‘White-Collar’ Label

By Roy Strom |

The Chicago-based Am Law 100 firm has hired two federal prosecutors in as many months as the firm drops the "white-collar defense" tag for its well-known investigations practice. The most recent is Brandon Fox, chief of the public corruption and civil rights section at the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles.