The Am Law Daily The daily source for legal business news, analysis and intelligence from the editors and reporters at The American Lawyer. en-us Copyright 2017. ALM Media Properties, LLC. All rights reserved. The Am Law Daily Winston, Latham Prepare for Pitched Battle Over US Soccer Jeffrey Kessler, a veteran antitrust litigator in the sports arena, is taking aim at the governing body for soccer in the U.S. The 71-page complaint recently filed by a team of Winston & Strawn litigators led by Kessler against the U.S. Soccer Federation?advised by Latham & Watkins?had been at least two years in the making. Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:56:43 EDT 1202798751474 A Whistleblower Takes On Charlotte School of Law Will a former Charlotte Law professor's claims finally bring change to the legal education industry? Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:02:18 EDT 1202798698539 Winston & Strawn Welcomes New Talent Management Team The 800-lawyer firm, riding high this year from some key litigation wins and lateral hires, has recruited three new directors to report to newly-hired chief talent officer Susan Manch. Thu, 21 Sep 2017 19:05:46 EDT 1202798615952 PwC to Launch US Law Firm as Big Four Expand Legal Offerings PricewaterhouseCoopers is set to launch a U.S. law firm in Washington, D.C., later this month, a sign that the Big Four accounting firms are continuing their push into legal services. Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:33:28 EDT 1202798366190 First-Year Associate Jobs Set For Slight Rise, Survey Finds The number of first-year associate jobs at law firms across the U.S. and Canada is set to rise slightly over the next 12 months, a new survey has found. Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:47:09 EDT 1202798556061 High-Powered Plaintiff's Lawyers Battle Over Fees in NCAA Concussion Case Jay Edelson and Steve Berman have been quarreling over strategy in a concussion class action case against the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Now the two litigators are also fighting to reduce each other?s attorney fees, worth a total of up to $21 million. Wed, 20 Sep 2017 18:40:37 EDT 1202798485317 Hogan Lovells Boosts German Practice With Mayer Brown Management Hire Hogan Lovells has boosted its German finance practice with the hire of a two-partner derivatives team from Mayer Brown, led by European capital markets head and global partnership board member Jochen Seitz. Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:50:12 EDT 1202798445597 Opinion: The Myths of the Swiss Verein Of all the things for a firm to worry about, the financial and tax structure should not top the list, consultant Brad Hildebrandt argues in support of the verein model. Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:56:57 EDT 1202798428748 Barnes & Thornburg Looks to West Point for a New Leader Steven Merkel has been COO at Barnes & Thornburg for 42 days. It is the first Big Law job for the retired U.S. Army colonel, who most recently served as chief of operations for the U.S. Military Academy. Merkel hasn?t lost his military-like loyalty to mission; it has just shifted focus. Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:28:03 EDT 1202798381319 Pay for Associate Hours? More Companies Say 'No Thanks' DHL and other companies are experimenting more often with hiring their own freshly-minted law school graduates, rather than paying a premium for young lawyers at outside firms. Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:44:37 EDT 1202798363967 Four Big Law Firms Grab Roles on Toys 'R' Us Bankruptcy From bikes to trains to video games, a quartet of large law firms led by Kirkland & Ellis is advising on the Chapter 11 case of toy retail giant Toys ?R? Us Inc., which became the latest in a string of struggling brick-and-mortar retailers to file for bankruptcy this year. Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:49:25 EDT 1202798349702 France's Gide Becomes Second Big Law Firm to Launch in Iran Leading French firm Gide Loyrette Nouel has re-established a presence in the Middle East, becoming the second Big Law firm to open an office in Iran. Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:32:29 EDT 1202798342282 Major Lindsey Unveils Legal Cost-Saving Tool for Corporate Clients In the seemingly never-ending quest by in-house legal departments to trim their expenditures on outside lawyers, legal recruiting giant Major, Lindsey & Africa has released its Make-Buy Analysis tool to help GCs decide between hiring a new attorney for their in-house staff or rely on external counsel. Mon, 18 Sep 2017 18:54:10 EDT 1202798293123 Litigation Funder Longford Raises $500M as Industry Stays Flush Longford Capital Management LP on Monday announced the latest headline figure in the litigation finance industry. Longford said it raised $500 million for a second fund that will dwarf the initial $56.5 million fund that the Chicago-based firm raised three years ago. Mon, 18 Sep 2017 13:22:24 EDT 1202798234878 Big Law Staff Attorney Pleads Guilty to Child Porn Charges Jason Mark Sims, a 35-year-old lawyer who has worked at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in Washington, D.C., has pleaded guilty to distributing videos of child sex abuse. Federal prosecutors disclosed the charges against Sims late Friday. Sun, 17 Sep 2017 10:47:39 EDT 1202798202203