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Georgetown Pairs Up With DLA Piper, Arent Fox to Open Low Bono Firm

By Susan Beck |

Georgetown University Law Center is working with DLA Piper and Arent Fox to create a small nonprofit law firm in Washington, D.C., aimed at providing legal services at affordable rates to people with modest incomes who don't qualify for free legal aid because they're not poor enough.

Sony's Hacked Emails a Treasure Trove for Attorney-Client Relations

By Brian Baxter and Nell Gluckman |

Internal emails hacked from Sony Pictures Entertainment late last year have been released in a searchable database form by WikiLeaks. The document dump reveals frank discussions between the company's in-house lawyers and outside counsel on everything from legal fees and conflict waivers to pitches for business.

The Churn

Wilson Sonsini Partner Sets Sail for New Horizons, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

J. Christopher Groobey spent 25 years in Big Law before heading for the high seas; Fried Frank makes more litigation hires; Latham & Watkins lures three from Sidley Austin; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

The Churn

Wine Lovers Relocate, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Duane Morris and McKool Smith saw a pair of oenophiles pull up stakes for new endeavors; Kirkland & Ellis adds one litigator and loses two more; Paul Hastings bolsters its banking group in London; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

JPMorgan Chase Accuses Ex-Dewey Partner of Lying About Assets

By Nell Gluckman |

The bank has filed a complaint against former Dewey & LeBoeuf partner John Altorelli, claiming he misrepresented his assets when he sought to delay repayment of a $500,000 loan he'd taken out in 2012.

Ralph Baxter, Chairman and Chief Executive officer of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

Former Orrick Chair Sticks to His Roots

By Julie Triedman |

Ralph Baxter became almost synonymous with his firm during his 22 years at the helm of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. On Monday, he announced his first official plans for his post-firm life: taking on board roles at two data analytics-oriented legal services innovators and chairing a new industry think tank.

Cleary Gottlieb, Allen & Overy Get Google’s Antitrust Call

By Nell Gluckman |

The two firms are divvying up the task of advising Google on antitrust claims leveled at the technology giant this week by the European Union.

Boies Schiller Bolsters Corporate Group With O'Melveny Hire

By Brian Baxter |

Boies, Schiller & Flexner is rebuilding its small corporate group by hiring O'Melveny & Myers corporate and project finance partner Dev Sen, who joined his now former firm nearly three years ago, prior to the historic collapse of Dewey & LeBoeuf.

Survey Sees Slight Dip in Confidence Among Firm Leaders

By MP McQueen |

Law firm managing partners' confidence in the first quarter dropped to the levels of last year's third quarter thanks to lower expectations for economic and legal industry growth, according to Citi Private Bank Law Group.

The Churn

Half-Dozen K&L Gates Partners Decamp, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

K&L Gates sees six partners leave for four firms; some of Fried Frank’s Asia lawyers find new homes; Jackson Lewis opens two new offices; Mayer Brown adds a practice leader; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Deal Watch: Am Law Firms Get Electric With $26.5 Billion GE Capital Deal

By Jennifer Henderson |

As hundreds of Am Law 100 lawyers work on the dissolution of General Electric's financial unit, three more big firms grab roles on Nokia's $16.6 billion acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent.

Dentons Makes a Grand Budapest Bolt-On

By Brian Baxter |

Having recently announced mergers in the U.S. and China, the ever-expanding global legal giant is now adding a 30-strong team from White & Case in the Hungarian capital. The move is essentially another merger, as Dentons will absorb the entire local affiliate of White & Case, a firm that opened in Budapest in 1990.

From Big Law to Beaver Creek, One Partner's Journey From Sheppard Mullin to Ski Scholar

By Jennifer Henderson |

Prentice O'Leary, a longtime bankruptcy lawyer at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, is spending his retirement as a part-time ski instructor at a major ski resort in Colorado.

Insurer Aims at New Target in Dewey Bond Offering Suit

By Nell Gluckman |

After a federal court judge in Iowa granted a stay in Aviva Life and Annuity Co.'s case against three former Dewey & LeBoeuf leaders, the insurance company has filed a separate suit against two others: COO Dennis D'Alessandro and executive committee member Richard Shutran.

The Churn

New Hires Beget New Horizons, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Goodwin Procter launches a London private equity practice; Dentons arrives in Budapest; Fox Rothschild opens in Chicago; Polsinelli puts down stakes in Nashville; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Under ABS Structure, Cahill Makes London Litigation Debut

By Brian Baxter |

Cahill Gordon & Reindel officially launched an English law litigation practice in London after hiring Shearman & Sterling partner Richard Kelly. The announcement comes with a twist: U.K. regulators approved Cahill's application to become the first major U.S. firm in London to be licensed under an alternative business structure.

Djibouti businessman Abdourahman Boreh

Court Denies Gibson Dunn Partner's Initial Appeal in Djibouti Case

By Jennifer Henderson |

Peter Gray sought permission to appeal a British high court's finding last month that the Dubai-based partner deliberately misled the court in presenting inaccurately dated evidence that implicated Djibouti businessman Abdourahman Boreh in a 2009 grenade attack. Justice Julian Flaux on Tuesday rejected Gray's request, which will now go to the Court of Appeal.

Perkins Coie Managing Partner Juggles Past With Future

By Julie Triedman |

Few Am Law 100 firm leaders have had starring roles in high-impact political litigation while managing their firms. John Devaney, who became Perkins Coie's new managing partner on Jan. 1, falls into that category.

Call for Nominations

The American Lawyer is seeking nominations for its annual Global Legal Awards and Litigation Departments of the Year.

Dealmaker of the Week: Warren Gorrell of Hogan Lovells

By Jennifer Henderson |

Gorrell advised General Electric Co. in the $26.5 billion sale of GE Capital's real estate portfolio to funds managed by Blackstone LP, along with Wells Fargo & Co. and additional buyers.

McDermott Loses International Arbitration Head to Mayer Brown

By Nell Gluckman |

B. Ted Howes is the latest addition to Mayer Brown’s international arbitration group, the firm announced Monday. Howes joins the firm in New York from McDermott Will & Emery, where he worked for nearly two decades.

Polsinelli Expands Health Care Practice Into Nashville

By Nell Gluckman |

The firm is extending its reach by creating a new office in Nashville that will focus on the health care industry, a staple for the fast-growing Polsinelli. Manning the outpost will be former Frost Brown Todd attorneys Bobby Guy and Robert Dempsey.

Coming Monday: The 2015 Am Law 100

The American Lawyer releases its 2015 Am Law 100 package on Monday, April 27 at 7 a.m.

Map of Saudi Arabia.

DLA Piper Opens Second Saudi Arabia Office

By Jennifer Henderson |

The firm has put down stakes in Jeddah, creating its second outpost in Saudi Arabia, where it already has an office in Riyadh. DLA Piper plans to further expand by opening a third outpost in the Eastern Province by year’s end.

Family Ties: S&C Partner Helps Private Equity Exec Buy NBA Team

By Brian Baxter |

Sullivan & Cromwell's Alison Ressler is advising her brother-in-law Antony Ressler, founder of buyout giant Ares Management, on his $850 million acquisition of the National Basketball Association's Atlanta Hawks. Ressler's familial relations also came up this week in leaked Sony emails.

Kevyn Orr to Return to Jones Day

By Nell Gluckman |

The former emergency manager for Detroit will be back at Jones Day by early May, his former spokesman says. Before taking the Motor City post and shepherding the historic bankruptcy proceeding, Orr was a partner at Jones Day for more than a decade.

Jackson Lewis Launches New Firm in Hawaii

By Jennifer Henderson |

Jackson Lewis has decided to lei down the law by unveiling a new firm in Honolulu.

Adams and Reese Names New Managing Partner

By Jennifer Henderson |

Adams and Reese tapped Guilford Thornton Jr., a partner specializing in governmental and legislative relations, to lead the firm from its Nashville office.

Deal Watch: Big Firm Pharma Deal Flow Continues With Teva’s Mylan Bid

By Jennifer Henderson |

Big Pharma leads the list of billion-dollar deals this week with a $40 billion, unsolicited bid made by Israel’s Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. for fellow generic-drug maker Mylan N.V.

Paul Weiss, Slaughter and May Counsel Deutsche Bank on $2.5 Billion Settlement

By Nell Gluckman |

A Deutsche Bank subsidiary in London settled with U.S. and U.K. authorities for more than $2.5 billion over manipulation of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) as well as wire fraud and antitrust charges. Paul Weiss partners Theodore Wells, Andrew Finch and Roberto Finzi represented the bank, along with Slaughter and May partners Deborah Finkler and Ewan Brown.