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Finley, Kumble, Wagner, Heine, Underberg, Manley, Myerson & Casey, New York City, USA, 7th June 1983.

A Quiet Death for a Legendary Lawyer Who Fell From Grace

By Brian Baxter |

Before the demise of Dewey & LeBoeuf, there was the fall of Finley Kumble. The firm’s high-profile former managing partner, Harvey Myerson, was sentenced on fraud charges 23 years ago this week. He died quietly in South Florida earlier this year.

Legal Recruiters Offer Advice to Year-End Laterals

By Nell Gluckman |

The Am Law Daily caught up with some legal recruiters to discuss what partners thinking of joining a new firm should consider before making the jump.

Litigation Funder Juridica Pulls Back After Bad Bets

By Julie Triedman |

As litigation finance continues to gain ground, funding pioneer Juridica Investments said it will halt investments in new cases and cut costs in the wake of courtroom setbacks.

Growth Won't Solve Your Firm's Problems: Harvard Business Prof

By MP McQueen |

Law Firms must focus on profitability, not market share, says Harvard Business School’s Felix Oberholzer-Gee.

The Churn

Pillsbury Lawyer Heads West, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Nell Gluckman and Brian Baxter |

An environmental law expert heads to Oregon; Greenberg Traurig grabs two from McDermott in New York; Hogan Lovells hires a Latham & Watkins trio in Dubai; Ice Miller brings back a mayor; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Foreign Law Firms Grab a Share of Canada's Legal Market

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

International mergers are transforming the Canadian legal scene. Will Canadian law firms have to change their game?

The Churn

K&L Gates Expands Abroad and Shutters in Spokane, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

New partners join K&L Gates in Sydney and Warsaw as the firm closes a U.S. office; Norton Rose Fulbright loses two practice leaders; Sutherland snags a Kaye Scholer project finance head; and other notable address changes from throughout The Am Law 200.

Report: Female and African-American Associates Losing Ground

By Nell Gluckman |

The National Association for Law Placement found a decline in the percentage of women and African-American associates at U.S. law firms.

Gordon Rees Ends Fee Fight With Alex Rodriguez

By Scott Flaherty |

New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez has settled a dispute over $380,000 in attorney fees incurred by Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani related to the firm’s representation of him in a performance-enhancing drug scandal.

After Dacheng Deal, Dentons Finalizes Three-Way Combination

By Julie Triedman |

Partners at Dentons, Australia’s Gadens and Singapore's Rodyk & Davidson have approved a combination, the second three-way deal by the growing global legal gaint in three years.

More Firms Earn Top Marks in Annual LGBT Equality Rankings

By Nell Gluckman |

Nearly 100 law firms received top ratings from the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index. The annual survey is meant to promote inclusive policies and benefits for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.

White & Case Retrenches in Germany With Munich Closure

By Chris Johnson |

The shakeup of the German legal market continues, with White & Case set to close its Munich office in early 2016.

Cravath, Gibson Dunn Reserve Roles on Hotel Industry Megamerger

By Jennifer Henderson |

The two Am Law 100 firms are advising on Marriott International's $12.2 billion cash-and-stock acquisition of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, a deal that if completed will create the world’s largest hotel company.

From Poison Pill Megabattle to $10.3B Megadeal for Airgas and Wachtell

By Susan Beck |

Four years after fending off Air Products' hostile takeover bid, Wachtell helped Airgas tie the knot with Air Liquide.

Shearman & Sterling's Thomas Wilner was initially retained by Kuwaitis whose sons or husbands had gone missing in Afghanistan.

The Guantánamo Bar: Thomas Wilner

By Julie Triedman |

Still in the fray, 13 years after filing one of the first Guantánamo-related suits.

Young plaintiffs suing the Obama administration celebrate outside a Eugene, Oregon courthouse after filing their case on Aug. 12, 2015.

Sidley Squares Off Against Youth Activists in Climate Suit

By Scott Flaherty |

The environmental plaintiffs may be as young as 8 years old, but the case is more than child’s play to Sidley's energy industry clients.

MoFo Urges Judge to Toss Malpractice Case Over Puda Coal Offering

By Scott Flaherty |

Macquarie Capital wants Morrison & Foerster to share the blame for the investment bank’s ill-fated entanglement with defunct Chinese company Puda Coal. But first it’ll have to convince a skeptical New York judge.

LeClairRyan Co-Founder Stepping Down After 28 Years as Chair

By Jennifer Henderson |

After 28 years as chairman of LeClairRyan, Gary LeClair is stepping down as leader of his namesake firm. The Am Law Daily caught up with LeClair to discuss his tenure and LeClairRyan's future.

The Guantánamo Bar: Lee Wolosky

By Julie Triedman |

The new envoy for Guantánamo closure faces a big coalition-building job.

Malian troops patrol outside the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako on November 21, 2015. Investigators in Mali are hunting at least three people suspected of links to the jihadist siege at the luxury Radisson Blu hotel in the capital that left at least 19 people dead.

Big Law Partner Returns Home After Surviving Mali Terror Attack

By Nell Gluckman |

Pierre Boivin of Canadian mega-firm McCarthy Tétrault was in Bamako on business when terrorists stormed his hotel on Friday.

Phishing, Attacks Top Data Concerns of Law Firm CIOs

By Alan Cohen |

Chief technology officers say that they're trying to anticipate threats to IT systems and sensitive data and eliminate them faster and more effectively than before.

The Churn

Maneuverings at Mayer Brown, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Mayer Brown adds a cybersecurity expert in Washington, D.C., while watching its Brazilian affiliate ramp up in São Paulo; Baker Botts makes some anniversary additions; a lobbying shakeup at Wilson Elser; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Wachtell Leads Lineup Reaping Fees in Match, Square IPOs

By Brian Baxter |

Four Am Law 100 firms led by Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz have snagged a share of $9 million in legal fees and costs emanating from initial public offerings for online dating giant Match Group and startup mobile payments company Square.

Deal Watch: Cleary Gottlieb, Wachtell Light Up on Big Gas Deal

By Jennifer Henderson |

Five years after a nasty takeover battle, industrial gas distribution giant Airgas and its lawyers from Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz present another acquisition to shareholders.

Am Law Firms Go Big on $160 Billion Pfizer-Allergan Deal

By Jennifer Henderson |

If 2015 is the year of the deal, Pfizer’s $160 billion merger with Allergan looks like it’ll be the deal of the year for a small army of M&A lawyers.

Morgan Lewis Boasts Steady Profits, No Debt on Anniversary of Bingham Deal

By Julie Triedman |

One year after Morgan, Lewis & Bockius took in 750 lawyers from failing Bingham McCutchen, the firm’s finances are stable and it is once again debt-free, according to chair Jami Wintz McKeon.

Lawyers Blast Parole Terms in Pollard Spying Case

By Scott Flaherty |

A pair of lawyers at Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle labored for a decade and a half to win freedom for Jonathan Pollard, who admitted nearly 30 years ago to illegally passing classified U.S. documents to Israel.

Holland & Knight's New Pro Bono Clients? Other Lawyers

By Nell Gluckman |

Holland & Knight is dedicating pro bono resources to defending Chicago lawyers who face disciplinary action—the first program of its kind for a big law firm.

Dentons Celebrates Thanksgiving By Digesting Another Combination

By Nell Gluckman |

The global legal giant inked its fifth major tie-up of 2015 by agreeing to absorb 34-lawyer Luxembourg firm OPF Partners into its Swiss verein on Jan. 1, 2016.