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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld offices in Washington, D.C. November 10, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Akin Gump Partner's Arrest Highlights Hiring Risks for Firms

By Scott Flaherty |

Federal prosecutors have accused an Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld partner—and a government lawyer himself until last year—of hawking a copy of a nonpublic whistleblower complaint to a company facing a False Claims Act lawsuit.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, where a three-judge panel heard arguments on the halting of the immigration ban.

Ninth Circuit, Asserting Its Role, Keeps Nationwide Block on Travel Ban in Place

By Ross Todd |

If there's a way to respond to a president who has taken aim at the federal judiciary, it's to speak with one voice. That's just what the Ninth Circuit did on Thursday with its per curiam opinion that struck back at the notion that a president's actions are unreviewable.

Richard Clifton, Michelle Friedland, and William Canby.

In Travel Ban Appeal, Judges Don't Accept 'We’re in a Rush' Excuse

By Scott Graham |

Lawyers prepared for Tuesday's Ninth Circuit arguments under extreme time pressure. But the judges wouldn't cut them any breaks.

Former Bio-Rad General Counsel, Sanford Wadler (left) leaves the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Ousted Bio-Rad GC Wins Whistleblower Case

By David Ruiz |

The jury awarded Sanford Wadler $2.9 million in back pay and stock compensation, which will be doubled, plus $5 million for punitive damages.

Kim Rivera, Hewlett Packard

HP, Mandating Diversity, Will Withhold Fees From Some Firms

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

In-house legal departments regularly encourage, and in some cases require, that outside firms have some level of diversity in staffing legal work. Hewlett-Packard Inc. has taken this mandate a step further—saying the company will withhold invoiced fees from firms that do not meet diversity requirements.

Pepper Hamilton

Amid Departures, Pepper Hamilton Revenue Drops 10 Percent, PPP Down 28 Percent

By Lizzy McLellan |

Firm leaders said double-digit declines were misleading, but there are signs that partners are unsettled.

Pepper Hamilton

Amid Departures, Pepper Hamilton Revenue Drops 10 Percent, PPP Down 28 Percent

By Lizzy McLellan |

Firm leaders said double-digit declines were misleading, but there are signs that partners are unsettled.

Pepper Hamilton

Amid Departures, Pepper Hamilton Revenue Drops 10 Percent, PPP Down 28 Percent

By Lizzy McLellan |

Firm leaders said double-digit declines were misleading, but there are signs that partners are unsettled.

Crisis illustration

Citi Report: Growth Slowed in 2016

By Gretta Rusanow |

Last year was a better one than 2015 for the Am Law 50, and especially for the most profitable firms. The same can't be said for the rest of the industry.

Pillsbury Opens Miami Office With Six Boies Schiller Lawyers

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman has opened a new Miami office with six lawyers from Boies Schiller Flexner.

Crowell & Moring Sees Big Lift in Profits, Revenue

By Katelyn Polantz |

Profits per partner were up a whopping 40 percent in 2016.

Donald Trump.

Cleary Gottlieb Publishes Trump 'Social Media Attack' Survival Guide

By C. Ryan Barber |

Since his election, President Donald Trump has not let go of his personal Twitter account—or his penchant for lashing out against companies on social media. That practice, unprecedented for a president in the internet age, has put companies on edge. And law firms are being called on to help corporate executives prepare for the fallout from drawing Trump's ire on Twitter. Cleary Gottlieb employed an acronym to describe the president's conduct: "SMA," for "social media attack."

A Smaller Cadwalader Sees Revenue Drop, Profits Rise

By Christine Simmons |

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft saw its revenue decline in 2016 amid partner defections and office closures. But managing partner Patrick Quinn pointed to higher profits as a sign that the firm's tighter focus on core clients and practices is paying off.

Mary Jo White.

Mary Jo White Takes Leadership Role at Debevoise as SEC Enters New Era

By Christine Simmons |

Debevoise & Plimpton has created a new leadership position for Mary Jo White, who returned to the firm Wednesday after chairing the Securities and Exchange Commission for nearly four years under the Obama administration.

Big Law Brand Survey Shows Client-Led Shakeup

By Roy Strom |

In a sign of a legal market where clients are as untethered to law firms as ever, a survey of legal buyers’ preferred Big Law brands has a new No. 1 for the first time in its six-year history. Jones Day topped the Acritas U.S. Law Firm Brand Index, released Monday, after ranking in second place for the previous five years to Skadden.

Sidley Austin offices in Washington, D.C.

Sidley Fights Fraud Suit Over Alleged Ties to Imprisoned Con Man

By Roy Strom |

Joseph Garcia pleaded guilty to wire fraud last year. Prior to that, the con man appears to have worked with Sidley Austin on a case that led to fraud charges against the firm and one of its prominent partners.

Is Big Law Finally Ready For Trans-Atlantic Consolidation?

By Chris Johnson |

It's time once again to examine whether the legal market will consolidate across the Atlantic.

Revenue, Profits Soar at Baker Botts Amid Contingency Wins

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Boosted by some big contingency fees and strategic investments, Houston-based Baker Botts posted a record year in 2016, with revenue up 20.2 percent compared with 2015, and profits per partner up 36.6 percent.

Kim Rivera, Hewlett Packard

HP's GC Says 'Diversity Mandate' Embraced by Law Firms

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

The legal profession has long struggled with diversity and inclusion. HP Inc. took a novel step in announcing that the company may withhold legal fees from law firms that don't meet diversity staffing requirements. Kim Rivera, HP's chief legal officer and general counsel, on Tuesday detailed the genesis of the fee-holdback program—and the early responses. "I spoke to GCs and law firm partners across the country and much to my gratification, they were very open and collaborative," Rivera said.

U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. in his office at the U.S. Department of Justice on June 24.

Behind Munger Tolles' Surprising Big Bet on DC

By Katelyn Polantz |

When former U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli joined Munger, Tolles & Olson to launch a new office for the Los Angeles-based firm, it was an unconventional move on both sides.

Robert Hays

King & Spalding Hits New Megafirm Milestone

By Meredith Hobbs |

The firm passed the 1,000-lawyer mark in 2016, while revenue edged up and profit per partner slipped slightly due to a significant addition of equity partners.

Joanna Horsnail

Familiar With Life's Hurdles, Big Law Partner Seeks Partnership Track Reform

By Roy Strom |

Growing up in suburban Denver, Joanna Horsnail lived what she called a charmed life in America's solid middle class. Then she joined Mayer Brown, and life started punching back. Hard.

Want to Improve Associate Hiring? Follow Public Interest's Lead

By Karen Sloan |

Law firms could learn a thing or two from the way public interest law organizations and government agencies hire new attorneys.

Wenchi Hu

Ex-SEC Associate Director Joins Latham's New York Office

By Meghan Tribe |

Latham & Watkins is poised to hire former Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton associate Wenchi Hu, most recently an associate director in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's division of trading and markets, as a financial institutions partner in New York.

Dechert Client Fee Dispute to Proceed After Court Rules $20M Legal Bill 'Highly Unrealistic'

By Chris Johnson |

Dechert has been dealt a blow in its long-running fee dispute with a former client, with a High Court judge in the U.K. ruling Friday that the company can proceed in its attempt to recover millions of dollars from the firm.

Cozen O'Connor, in Growth Mode, Sees Revenue Bump

By Lizzy McLellan |

Cozen O'Connor boosted revenue by more than 10 percent in 2016, as the firm continued to reap the benefits of acquisitions and lateral hires, as well as demand that bucked industry trends.

Deals, Restructuring Drive 'Best Year Ever' for Davis Polk

By Nell Gluckman |

Davis Polk & Wardwell saw healthy growth in revenue and partner profits in 2016, despite capital markets headwinds and uncertainty in European and Asian markets.

Laura Posner, left, and Linda Singer

At Cohen Millstein, a Reshuffling of the Partnership Ranks

By Scott Flaherty |

Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, one of the nation's top plaintiffs firms, made a rare lateral hire this week by bringing on New Jersey's former top securities enforcer, Laura Posner, as a partner in New York. But Cohen Milstein also lost partners Linda Singer and Mimi Liu to rival plaintiffs firm Motley Rice.

Speak Up, Find Mentors and Other Tips From Women Attorneys at the Top

By Amanda Bronstad |

We distill the best lessons from Paul Hastings partner Nancy Abell and others at this month's inaugural Women LEAD conference at UCLA School of Law.

Richard Hays, Alston & Bird, Atlanta.

Alston & Bird Boosts Revenue, Head Count

By Meredith Hobbs |

Several big litigation matters and a steady stream of transactional work power the firm's solid gains.