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 Deal Watch: White & Case Leads on Transactional Tables White & Case ranked No. 1 for M&A globally in league table rankings for legal advisers in 2016, according to data analyzed by Bloomberg and Mergermarket. The latter listed the Am Law 100 firm as working on 319 announced deals last year valued in excess of $665 billion. Mon, 16 Jan 2017 21:57:31 EST 1202776897103 Cadwalader to Close Houston Office in Core Practice Pivot A few days after Willkie Farr hired two energy partners from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, Allen & Overy and Haynes and Boone have picked up three more partners from the firm. The moves come as Cadwalader seeks to refocus itself on financial services work, a process that will see the Wall Street firm close its Houston office. Mon, 16 Jan 2017 20:19:05 EST 1202776892585 Big Law Onsite Day Care: The Trend That Wasn't Very few firms have opened full-time facilities, despite their lamentations about the exodus of women. Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:55:06 EST 1202776873511 A Test for Jeff Sessions The new attorney general says he?ll be independent; here?s a chance for him to prove it. Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:49:11 EST 1202776833650 How a Big Law Fee Dispute Turned Into a Bitter, Cross-Country Litigation Vedder Price is facing arbitration in California in a case that shows there can be risks to law firms' increasingly litigious stance on unpaid bills. Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:12:27 EST 1202776824329 Don't Kill Humans: European Parliament Calls for Laws Governing Artificial Intelligence The European Parliament is calling for the establishment of laws to govern robots and artificial intelligence. Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:43:18 EST 1202776817814 Crowdfunded Irish Legal Action To Determine Whether Brexit Can Be Reversed A crowdfunded legal action to determine whether Brexit can be reversed will begin in Ireland later this month. The suit seeks a referral to the European Court of Justice to rule on whether the U.K. can unilaterally revoke Article 50, which starts a two-year deadline for an EU member to complete its withdrawal from the political bloc. Fri, 13 Jan 2017 06:20:07 EST 1202776771480 Willkie Welcomes Cadwalader Energy Regulatory Duo in DC The firm has recruited Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft partners Paul Pantano Jr. and Athena Yvonne Eastwood in Washington, D.C., six years after the two FERC experts joined the latter in a high-profile lateral move from McDermott Will & Emery. Cadwalader said the moves are part of a plan to re-focus itself on financial services. Thu, 12 Jan 2017 19:29:56 EST 1202776745891 Husch Blackwell Hires High-Profile IP Team in St. Louis A five-lawyer team from Harness, Dickey & Pierce is leaving the IP-focused firm for Husch Blackwell. The group includes Rudolph Telscher, who once won a critical appellate ruling preserving the sanctity of fantasy baseball and argued the winning side in a 2014 U.S. Supreme Court case on patent fee-shifting. Thu, 12 Jan 2017 18:55:57 EST 1202776742945 10 Years Out, Report Says Recession's Impact on Firms is Clear Law firms are feeling increased pricing pressure from their clients, according to a report released Thursday but the Georgetown University Law Center and Thomson Reuters' Peer Monitor. How law firm leaders address it will separate the top firms from all the rest. Thu, 12 Jan 2017 18:46:24 EST 1202776741535 K&L Gates Loses IP Practice Leader in California Jeffrey Randall, the co-head of the IP litigation group at K&L Gates, has left the firm a little over a year after joining its Silicon Valley office from Paul Hastings. His departure marks the latest in a series of notable partner-level defections from the firm in recent months. Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:47:50 EST 1202776725715 UK Government Expects to Lose Brexit Legal Challenge London expects to lose its legal battle over whether it can start the Brexit process without wider parliamentary approval. The British government appealed a High Court ruling that parliament must be allowed to vote on triggering Article 50, which starts a two-year deadline for an EU member to withdraw from the political bloc. Thu, 12 Jan 2017 06:09:52 EST 1202776662380 Morgan Lewis Partner Basks in Trump's Spotlight?Is That a Good Thing? The names of corporate law firms are not usually mentioned in major political news conferences. Lawyers are, or course. Nearly all of America has been introduced to David Boies, David Kendall, and Ted Olson. But most large law firm names are unrecognizable to the general public. Until Wednesday. Wed, 11 Jan 2017 22:16:42 EST 1202776656254 Fox Rothschild Adds Entertainment Team From Twin Cities Firm A year after absorbing Minneapolis-based Oppenheimer, Wolff & Donnelly, Fox Rothschild is raiding Twin Cities shop Lommen Abdo for a six-lawyer entertainment team led by Kenneth Abdo, a son of the firm's founding partner. Lommen Abdo is one of the largest firms in Minnesota. Wed, 11 Jan 2017 18:18:37 EST 1202776640185 Big Law Partner's Writing Career Born in Nora Ephron's Kitchen More than a few Big Law partners dream of leaving their practices behind and becoming successful novelists. Ron Liebman made it a reality. Wed, 11 Jan 2017 11:39:46 EST 1202776581077 Chadbourne Sees Partner Changes Amid Gender Bias Litigation As Chadbourne & Parke and two female partners battle in court over discrimination claims, the firm continues to see head count changes, including the departure of a female project finance partner and the arrival of a bankruptcy attorney. Tue, 10 Jan 2017 19:47:15 EST 1202776548007 Jenner Hires One Longtime Client's GC as Partner Departs for Another One way to solidify your relationship with clients is to hire lawyers from their legal departments. Another is to plant your partners in their positions. On both fronts, Jenner & Block recently scored twice. Tue, 10 Jan 2017 18:16:31 EST 1202776535423 Ex-DOJ National Security Leader Starts New Practice at MoFo John Carlin, who stepped down in October as the top official for national security at the U.S. Department of Justice, is joining Morrison & Foerster's New York office, where he will start a new global risk and crisis management practice at the firm. Tue, 10 Jan 2017 15:08:22 EST 1202776507868