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VW Defends Jones Day After German Prosecutors' Raid

By Brian Baxter |

Jones Day, a firm with close ties to the current U.S. president, saw its offices in Germany raided Wednesday by local prosecutors investigating its client, Volkswagen AG, as part of a probe into an emissions software scandal at the auto giant.

Robert Leung

Paul Hastings to Pick Up Boies Schiller Corporate Group

By Meghan Tribe |

Boies Schiller Flexner, in the process of winding down its corporate practice, will see the bulk of those lawyers head to Paul Hastings in New York.

GlaxoSmithKline headquaters.

Bad Drugs or Big Law Stress? Jury to Decide in Reed Smith Partner's Suicide

By Roy Strom |

Stewart Dolin, a leader of Reed Smith’s corporate department, committed suicide in 2010. His widow seeks $12 million for his death, alleging it was the result of an antidepressant whose suicidal side effects were covered up by GlaxoSmithKline. The pharmaceutical giant claims that Dolin’s death was the result of an unpleasant work environment.

Arent Fox Partner Convicted of Insider Trading

By Brian Baxter |

Robert Schulman, who joined the firm in 2015 from Hunton & Williams, has been convicted of insider trading in New York for passing on a tip related to Pfizer Inc.'s $3.6 billion acquisition of King Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Dale Jefferson.

Houston Lawyer Admits Mistake, Tells Client He Can 'Sue My Law Firm For Legal Malpractice'

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

A Louisiana man, injured in an offshore platform accident in 2014, seeks more than $1 million from Houston plaintiffs firm and two lawyers.

When it Comes to Law Firm Clients, Metrics Matter More Than You Think

By Ian Lopez |

Evolve Law CEO Mary Juetten explained at the ABA Tech Show how law firms can employ metrics in improving their client services.

Mary Yelenick

Ex-Practice Leader Attacks Chadbourne's Origination Credit System

By Brian Baxter |

Mary Yelenick, a former chair of Chadbourne & Parke's products liability group who last month sought to join a $100 million gender discrimination case against the firm, has filed a declaration with a federal court in New York detailing her claims and criticizing the firm’s methods for compensating partners.

Alston & Bird opens new San Francisco office. L-R Bo Phillips, Jeff Tsai, Teresa Bonder and Michael Agoglia.

Alston Raids Reed Smith, MoFo for New San Francisco Office

By Meredith Hobbs |

Atlanta-based Alston & Bird has scooped up financial services litigator Michael Agoglia from Morrison & Foerster and a seven-lawyer class action defense team led by Robert "Bo" Phillips Jr. from Reed Smith to open a San Francisco office and expand its Los Angeles office.

Washington, D.C. offices of Morgan Lewis. June 10, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

A Quick Turnaround for a Morgan Lewis Lateral

By Rebecca Cohen |

Steven Witmer, an employee benefits and executive compensation partner at Ivins, Phillips & Barker, has returned to the firm’s Los Angeles office after joining Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in a three-partner lateral move in January. Two of the partners that moved with him have chosen to remain with Morgan Lewis in Washington, D.C.

Convicted fraudster and alleged mafia associate Salvatore Pelullo, whose history as a client of Eizen, FIneburg & McCarthy indirectly ushered in the firm's demise.

How Criminal Charges Collided With Partner Loyalty at One Philly Firm

By Lizzy McLellan |

A close partnership, a mob trial, and the anatomy of a breakup for Eizen, Fineburg & McCarthy.

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Two More Big Firms Prepare to Get Flexible

By Meghan Tribe |

A pair of legal giants—Baker McKenzie and Jackson Lewis—are joining the rush of Am Law 100 firms touting programs that permit their employees to work from home, while also presumably helping their employers shed some costly office space in the future.

Women Take Charge in Fox Rothschild Changing of the Guard

By Lizzy McLellan |

Fox Rothschild is installing a half-dozen new office managing partners, including in the firm's largest offices, effective April 1.

FILE - In this July 17, 2016 file photo, Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort talks to reporters on the floor of the Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland as Rick Gates listens at back left. Emails obtained by The Associated Press shed new light on the activities of a firm run by Donald Trump’s campaign chairman. They show it directly orchestrated a covert Washington lobbying operation on behalf of Ukraine’s ruling political party, attempting to sway American public opinion in favor of the country’s pro-Russian government. Manafort and his deputy, Rick Gates, never disclosed their work as foreign agents as required under federal law. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Manafort Probes Put Skadden's Ukraine Work in Spotlight

By Brian Baxter |

Paul Manafort Jr., a lawyer and former top campaign adviser to President Donald Trump, is once again in the spotlight. Hacked text messages involving one of his children, an ex-associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, are revealing more details about his work in Ukraine and the firm's role for one of his key clients.

Hong Kong skyline

Davis Polk Hong Kong Capital Markets Star to Leave

By Anna Zhang |

Antony Dapiran will leave the firm in June after seven years while more corporate lawyers are set to exit.

Bill Brooks.

Menlo Park Startup Plays Matchmaker to GCs and Outside Counsel

By David Ruiz |

A Menlo Park company is trying to find a better way to bring GCs and outside counsel together, but some GCs remain reluctant about the idea.

Morrison & Foerster's Washington, D.C. offices. July 23, 2014. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

MoFo's Financials Took a Dip in 2016

By Rebecca Cohen |

After ticking upward in 2015, Morrison & Foerster saw its financial performance slide last year. Gross revenue at the firm fell 3.5 percent, to $945 million, as revenue per lawyer and profits per partner also dropped to $990,000 and $1.41 million, respectively.

McDermott, Reed Smith Recruit Fund Formation Partners

By Meghan Tribe |

A pair of investment funds partners are on the move in New York. McDermott Will & Emery has hired Fried Frank partner Ian Schwartz to head its investment funds group, while Reed Smith added King & Wood Mallesons partner Parik Dasgupta, an international investment funds pro who re-joins dozens of former colleagues at the firm.

Marc E. Kasowitz.

Judge Disqualifies Kasowitz and DLA Piper in Contract Dispute, Citing Conflicts of Interest for Both Sides

By Scott Flaherty |

A recent disqualification ruling found that neither Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman nor DLA Piper should be representing their respective clients in a contract dispute both sides had conflicts of interest.

U.S. Treasury Department in Washington, D.C. June 10, 2016. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Sullivan & Cromwell's Brent McIntosh Is Picked for Treasury GC

By C. Ryan Barber and Mike Scarcella |

Brent McIntosh, co-leader of Sullivan & Cromwell's cybersecurity practice, was nominated on Tuesday to lead the U.S. Treasury Department's general counsel office. McIntosh joins a team of other attorneys from the firm who have taken or been nominated for key posts in the Trump administration.

DLA Piper's Revenue Falls on Post-Brexit Currency Slump, but New Approach Sees Profits Rise

By Chris Johnson |

The decline in gross revenue was caused entirely by currency exchange rates and did not reflect what the firm called a "very solid" year.

Southern Methodist, Stanford, Texas A&M, Cardozo, UC Hastings, University of North Carolina, Vanderbilit, UC Irvine, University of Berkeley

The 'Trump Bump' for Law Schools Is (Kind of) a Thing

By Karen Sloan |

Admissions officials who have seen an increase say that a Trump effect is contributing to greater interest in the law, from both his supporters and those who oppose his policies.

Mark Kelly of Vinson & Elkins.

Vinson & Elkins Has 'Best Year Ever' in 2016, Reports Record Financial Results

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

The Houston-based firm's profits per partner exceeded the $2 million mark in 2016.

In a First, Major UK Client Says No to Paying for Junior Lawyers

By Anna Ward and Alex Berry |

Deutsche Bank's decision not to pay newly qualified lawyers in London is the first apparent instance of a U.K. client adopting the trend long seen in the United States.

Client Data in the Age of Digital Technologies and Cyber Warfare

By Tinamarie Feil, Law Journal Newsletters |

Ubiquitous news of law firm data breaches, even among BigLaw, spotlights a treasure trove of trade secrets, confidential and strategic transactions, and sensitive client information. No wonder law firms are perceived to be attractive targets of cyber-attacks. Attractive? You can't help that. Easy? Not so fast.

Jeffrey Melcher, Atlanta.

Wilson Elser Enters Atlanta With Defense Litigation Focus

By Meredith Hobbs |

Fast-growing Wilson Elser has opened an Atlanta office—its first in the Southeast—with a six-lawyer team from Gordon & Rees led by Jeffrey Melcher.

‘Lawyers Behaving Badly’: Firm Sues Former Lawyer, Alleging He Stole Client Information and Operated His Own Firm on the Side

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Houston trial and intellectual property firm sued former lawyer Erik Osterrieder, alleging he took confidential client information and stored it "off-site" at his private firm.

Reginald Brown of WilmerHale. HANDOUT.

Manafort, Willing to Talk, Hires Top Wilmer Partner

By Brian Baxter |

Reginald Brown, chairman of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr's financial institutions group and head of the firm's congressional investigations practice, has been retained by President Donald Trump's former top campaign adviser Paul Manafort Jr. as he prepares to answer questions about his alleged ties to Russia.

Kirkland & Ellis offices in Washington, D.C. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Kirkland, Prodded By Caterpillar, Confirms Bill Barr's Return

By Brian Baxter |

William Barr, a former U.S. attorney general under President George H.W. Bush, has returned to Kirkland & Ellis as of counsel in Washington, D.C. The move was not announced by Kirkland, but Caterpillar Inc., which recently hired Barr and the firm to advise it in an investigation.

Paul Hastings sign at NYC offices

Steady Growth Name of the Game for Paul Hastings

By Meghan Tribe |

The firm, in the midst of a major revamp of its office space around the country, saw a continued increase in all major financial metrics in 2016.

David Sergenian and John Pierce, of Pierce Sergenian.

Kirkland, Quinn Emanuel Litigators Join New LA Boutique

By Rebecca Cohen |

Pierce Sergenian, a Los Angeles-based firm formed in January by John Pierce, a short-lived litigation leader at K&L Gates, is expanding by hiring a Kirkland & Ellis partner and an of counsel from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan.