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 2015. ALM Media Properties, LLC. All rights reserved. The Am Law Daily Dealmakers of the Week: Ryan Maierson and Debbie Yee of Latham & Watkins Ryan Maierson and Debbie Yee of Latham & Watkins are named Dealmakers of the Week for their roles in advising Energy Transfer Partners in its $18 billion merger with Regency Energy Partners. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 19:13:55 EST 1202716686254 The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Dorsey & Whitney Records Most Profitable Year Despite a management change and the defection of three practice group leaders and other top partners, Dorsey & Whitney reported a 3.8 percent increase in gross revenue in 2014, to $338.5 million, while profits per partner and revenue also improved. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:53:44 EST 1202716672703 Applying to Top Law Schools Disserved Many in 2014 Law school applicants gunning for top schools wasted a lot of effort last year. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:33:00 EST 1202716627348 Kilpatrick Townsend Bets on 'Beast Mode' This Sunday R. Gwen Peterson, a partner with Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, helped star Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch trademark his nickname "Beast Mode." Now that nickname, which appeared on a hat Lynch wore at Super Bowl Media Day, could lead to a $100,000 fine by the National Football League. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 23:09:02 EST 1202716548674 The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Goodwin Procter Builds on 2013 Growth With new leadership in place after the firm?s chair of 16 years stepped aside over the summer, Goodwin Procter had a strong year, with gross revenue increasing by 4.4 percent, profits per partner rising 7.4 percent and revenue per lawyer increasing 6.1 percent in 2014. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 18:28:26 EST 1202716528090 Deal Watch: Three Am Law Firms Advise on $18 Billion Energy Buy The $18 billion merger between Energy Transfer Partners and Regency Energy Partners tops a roundup of nine deals breaking the billion-dollar mark this week. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 18:02:16 EST 1202716524684 Chadbourne Opens New Office in Johannesburg Chadbourne & Parke will open the South African outpost on Feb. 2, to be headed by Lido Fontana, a former project finance partner from one of the country's top corporate firms. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:33:44 EST 1202716393689 Debevoise Associate Moonlights as Chess Champion Alisa Melekhina learned to play chess at 5, competed for the first time at 7 and represented the U.S. in a tournament at 9. Now, at 23, she is among the top 10 women chess players in the country. Meanwhile, as a new associate at Debevoise & Plimpton, she is working on a white-collar criminal investigation?a challenge she says her chess mind has trained her for. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:09:24 EST 1202716389276 King & Spalding Keeps Hiring, Plus More Lateral Moves Five lawyers join King & Spalding, as two others depart; Haynes and Boone heads to Denver; Pillsbury Winthrop adds 10 in Texas; Latham & Watkins lures a well-pedigreed litigator and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:29:16 EST 1202716296481 DLA Explores New Revenue Streams through CyberTrak The firm announced the launch of a subscription-based online platform that allows multinational companies to access information regarding cybersecurity laws for the countries in which they operate. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:39:55 EST 1202716291258 Dentons, Dacheng Seal the Deal for a Union Five days after The American Lawyer broke news of the impending combination between Dentons and Asia's largest firm, the union is now official. Chinese regulators gave the expected green light to the landmark deal between China-based Dacheng Law Offices and Dentons early on Monday Beijing time, clearing the way for the signing ceremony. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:05:50 EST 1202716267881 King & Spalding Advises Latest Bidder for New York City Opera A month after Duane Morris client NYCO Renaissance sought to rescue the New York City Opera out of bankruptcy, another suitor has emerged with a competing bid. King & Spalding client Gene Kaufman is offering $1.5 million for the opera company, trumping NYCO's $1.25 million bid. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:34:20 EST 1202716184074 Paul Weiss Called In to Investigate Deflate-Gate The National Football League has tapped Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison to lead a probe into whether the New England Patriots used intentionally deflated balls during the American Football Conference title game last Sunday. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:24:10 EST 1202716183334 Nixon Peabody Reaches Merger Accord with Chicago Firm The Boston-based Am Law 100 firm announced Monday an agreement to absorb Chicago's Ungaretti & Harris, taking on roughly 100 lawyers in the Windy City. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:17:20 EST 1202716182114 Top Rainmaker Leaves Kirkland for Paul Weiss Taurie Zeitzer, a leading M&A lawyer who joined Kirkland & Ellis two years ago from Latham & Watkins, is taking her private equity expertise to Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:21:23 EST 1202716144338 McDermott Taps New COO, Plus More Lateral Moves Two firms shuffling their COOs saw partners depart in January; DLA Piper and Kirkland & Ellis make some high-profile labor and employment hires; Quinn Emanuel grows in Houston; Wilmer raids MoFo for a new cybersecurity chair; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200. Sun, 25 Jan 2015 19:53:01 EST 1202716047610