Profit growth in 2015 averaged roughly 4.5 percent, according to an analysis by Citi Private Bank’s Law Firm Group, and firms are likely to see similar results in 2016. Will partners view their bank accounts as half full or half empty?
Profit growth in 2015 averaged roughly 4.5 percent, according to an analysis by Citi Private Bank’s Law Firm Group, and firms are likely to see similar results in 2016. Will partners view their bank accounts as half full or half empty?
The firm helped longtime client American International Group Inc. reach an agreement with activist investors Carl Icahn and John Paulson, who have been pushing for a three-way split of the storied insurance giant.
As the media reports soaring hourly billing rates, they’re missing the real story.
A groundbreaking initiative by a group of leading U.K., U.S. and international law firms is teaching disadvantaged students about the profession but failing to follow through, according to a new report.
A new year brings another new deal for the pharmaceutical giant and its outside lawyers from three firms.
A month after it lured away a group from Dickstein Shapiro in Connecticut, Holland & Knight is opening in North Carolina’s commercial hub with three banking and finance partners from Bryan Cave and Winstead.
Ryan Walsh, a former litigation associate at Bryan Cave, pleaded guilty this week to threatening to kill a partner at the firm in 2013.
U.S.-based firms may be in for some turbulence, but many say that there’s still good money to be made Down Under.
A barely averted disaster for the wife of a Fisher & Phillips partner led to big changes in how the 330-lawyer labor firm prepares for office health emergencies.
Former Latham, Quinn Emanuel and Mintz Levin lawyer Anthony Zappin made headlines for his pro se antics in a New York divorce case. Now he wants the tabloids to pay.
Hughes Hubbard & Reed received $87 million for its work handling the liquidation of MF Global’s broker-deal unit, and customers and creditors of the defunct commodities trader also fared well after four years of bankruptcy proceedings finally came to an end this week.
Study by Harvard economist finds that collaborating with men hurts women's careers.
One of the producers of the popular Netflix series worked as a contract attorney at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan while making the documentary.
The growing firm saw healthy increases last year in profits and revenue.
A year after Morgan Lewis absorbed Bingham McCutchen, several lawyers from the latter find new homes; Fried Frank welcomes back an ex-partner; Jenner & Block brings on an M&A leader; and other additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
The firms led the way in negative and positive head count growth for the Am Law 200 over the past 14 months.
Fifteen years of data shows that the partnership model for The Am Law 200 isn't what it used to be.
Two leading litigation funders announced that they are hiring Big Law veterans and expanding their operations in North America.
Three years after one merger and with another combination scuttled at the end of the year, the firm's gross revenue slipped again in 2015.
Following a contentious debate, the American Bar Association's House of Delegates voted Monday to adopt a resolution that gives states a framework to consider the regulation of "nontraditional legal service providers."
Hillary gets criticized for raising her voice. Are you talking too loudly too?
Akin Gump saw gross revenue rise 7.1 percent in a year that the firm worked to integrate a large new group of laterals in Europe and Hong Kong.
Cletus "Clete" Blakeman, a partner at Omaha’s Carlson & Burnett, went viral on social media Sunday night thanks to his role as the Super Bowl 50's lead referee.
More law firms are adopting management techniques that their clients embraced long ago. But change has been slowed by partners' resistance, according to a new report.
Amid a boom in lateral hiring, consultants are seeing changes in how firms collect capital contributions from new partners—and how they return capital to those who leave.
Greenberg Traurig shuffles its litigation ranks amid plans for global growth; another Kenyon & Kenyon partner departs; Bass Berry and Lewis Brisbois absorb small firms; Holland & Knight hires an ex-governor; and other additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
Gross revenue and partner profits both took a hit in 2015.
The evidence suggests that most managing partners are unable or unwilling to learn from their errors. Their firms pay the price.
The legal industry lost 1,400 jobs in January, the U.S. Labor Department estimates.
Ahead of The American Lawyer's final Am Law 100 and 200 rankings, see the latest early reports on 2015 financial results from The Am Law Daily and its regional affiliates.
After four years of rising revenue, McDermott Will & Emery saw its gross revenue slip in 2015, while profits rose 3.3 percent for the firm’s somewhat diminished equity partnership.
A modest proposal that hints at opening the door to nonlawyers providing simple legal services faces a tough fight at the American Bar Association’s midyear meetings.
Simpson Thacher, Davis Polk Clifford Chance and two leading Swiss firms take the lead on the largest outbound M&A deal ever by a Chinese company; and a look at the other big firms behind the latest slate of billion-dollar transactions.
Nashville-based regional firm Bass, Berry & Sims has taken on 10 partners from Harwell Howard Hyne Gabbert & Manner, a fellow Tennessee shop with the unique acronym h3gm that will now disband.
Law firm associates are especially prone to problem drinking, according to a major study released this week.
The beginning of the end of Argentina’s international bondholder battle means that important legal questions raised by the dispute will have to wait for answers.
Orrick chose a logistically complex mix-and-match approach to populate its new Texas outpost.
A group of former Locke Lord partners, all of whom joined the firm from a year ago after it absorbed Edwards Wildman Palmer, have decamped for another Boston-based firm in Choate, Hall & Stewart. Locke Lord, however, responded by hiring Boston-based Foley Hoag’s former co-managing partner.
Washington litigator Tara Lee is the fourth DLA Piper practice leader to decamp for another firm in less than a week.
For the 20th year straight, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison posted higher profits amid an abundance of billion-dollar lawsuits and multibillion-dollar deals.
Greenberg Traurig, an Am Law 100 firm with Miami roots known for its spectacular growth, confirmed Wednesday that it is in preliminary discussions about a potential union with U.K. firm Berwin Leighton Paisner.
DLA Piper loses three practice leaders but merges in Europe; another Dickstein Shapiro partner departs; Jones Day opens in Brisbane; Orrick unveils its Houston hires; Quinn Emanuel adds an Israel expert; and other moves from throughout The Am Law 200.
Robin Cohen, head of the insurance recovery group at Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman, is leading a team of lawyers leaving the firm for 175-lawyer McKool Smith.
The firm reported across-the-board growth in 2015, including a 14 percent uptick in partner profits.
Partner Demme Doufekias discusses her victory in a Louisiana abortion rights challenge, the upcoming Supreme Court showdown in Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole, and her firm’s pro bono advocacy for women’s reproductive rights.
The firm's international LLP is introducing a new points-based system, bringing in a larger bonus pool and creating a separate lockstep for new partners.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Daimler v. Bauman is undermining anti-terror law on jurisdictional grounds.
The number admitted law students with LSAT scores below 145 has increased 60 percent since 2010.
Of 16 high-powered New York real estate lawyers videotaped in an undercover sting by Global Witness, just one outright refused to help a purported foreign official funnel illicit funds into the U.S.
The firm made an exception to its practice of shunning debtor’s-side Chapter 11 work—and to billing by the hour.
DLA Piper has created a new verein for its Nordic offices following a merger with Finnish firm Peltonen LMR.
The latest Dickstein Shapiro defectors are hired by Holland & Knight; Jones Day adds an IP trio; Kirkland & Ellis recruits a senior SEC official; Latham & Watkins lands a high-profile lateral in Germany; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
Jones Day remains a stable second and DLA Piper and Morgan Lewis are moving up, according to a survey of general counsel by Acritas Research.
It's been a boom year for hiring, our Lateral Survey shows. But can these new recruits really deliver?
It was instead a four-person project management team. When the U.K.'s Herbert Smith Freehills hired those professional staffers amid lots of fanfare, it was a lesson to all firms about lateral hiring. Are you listening?
Led by Schiff Hardin's former chairman Robert Riley and its former managing partner Ronald Safer, the departing group will open Riley, Safer, Holmes & Cancila in Chicago, San Francisco and New York.
An old program offering student debt relief has sprung to new life—for now.
The two Am Law 100 firms have landed lead roles on a deal with activist investor Carl Icahn to split Xerox Corp. into two separate companies, one of which will house Xerox Legal Services.
A year-end report issued by Wells Fargo Private Bank’s Legal Specialty Group states that 2015 was a difficult one to characterize. Firms that are typically considered peers showed a great deal of disparity in their financial performance.
Facebook Inc. still isn’t ready to abandon its quest to hold DLA Piper and other law firms liable for representing accused fraudster Paul Ceglia.
Choose wisely. Otherwise, it can be a cold and lonely existence.
Former Winston & Strawn litigation partner Robert Ruyak spoke with The Am Law Daily about his recent decision to start his own boutique, the current litigation landscape and the fall of Howrey, a now-defunct firm he once chaired.
Wachtell, Simpson Thacher, Shearman & Sterling and Cleary Gottlieb are advising on a $20 billion corporate tax inversion deal between Johnson Controls and Tyco International; and a look at the other big firms behind the latest round of billion-dollar deals.
The short answer: no. Data on Global 100 firms from our researchers and analysts at ALM Legal Intelligence shows that firms with fewer offices and fewer foreign offices tend to have higher profit margins and profits per partner than bigger, more global firms.
The Philadelphia-based Am Law 100 firm has swore off international expansion to stick to its roots serving middle-market clients across a range of industries in the U.S.
Having already hired a handful of litigators this week, Barnes & Thornburg dipped back into the lateral market Wednesday to snag four more partners for its IP practice from prominent Chicago-based boutique Brinks, Gilson & Lione.
Law school enrollment is declining, but so are prospects for future legal employment.
The shakeup of the German legal market shows no signs of abating in 2016, as Latham & Watkins has sought to rebuild its private equity offering in the country by hiring partner and practice head Rainer Traugott in Munich from Magic Circle firm Linklaters.
Paul Hastings and Kirkland & Ellis and several other big firms make key additions in Texas; Greenberg Traurig, Orrick and Sidley Austin keep hiring; Wilson Sonsini welcomes back a favorite son; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.
After adding four litigators in Atlanta and Minneapolis, Barnes & Thornburg hired product liability expert James Murdica in Chicago from New York's Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler.
The megafirm has set its sights on oil and mining-rich Angola through a new local alliance.
Palin has redefined what ambitious women should wear.
A relatively new program at Latham & Watkins allows associates to refinance their student loans at very low interest rates. The program attempts to address the increasingly high cost of a law school degree.
Rudolph Giuliani's comments last February that President Barack Obama doesn't love America prompted some Bracewell clients to complain to the firm, partners said.
Someday we’ll all know exactly what is happening there.
Several months after Brown Rudnick was dragged into a political corruption scandal in Ireland, the former head of the firm's Irish practice has left the firm to reconstitute his own shop in Dublin.
After a series of lateral losses, K&L Gates hits the ground running with some new hires to start 2016; Dickstein Shapiro’s departures mount; Fried Frank launches a London restructuring practice and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
Meet the mother of four who prosecuted one of the most powerful politicians in New York.
The trustee of a company that ran for-profit schools and filed for bankruptcy in 2014 has sued Williams & Connolly and Duane Morris, alleging that the billing practices of the two Am Law 100 firms were unfair.
Florida's Greenspoon Marder, the newest entrant to The Am Law 200 and home to former Dewey & LeBoeuf CFO Joel Sanders, is adding an entertainment practice by snapping up Ziglaw, a small Miami music shop headed by ex-Greenberg Traurig partner Leslie Zigel.
Unrest in the oil and gas industry and more microchip merger madness have yielded roles for several Am Law 100 firms in The Am Law Daily's look at the latest round of billion-dollar transactions.
St. George's School has retained Foley Hoag to replace a former Proskauer Rose lawyer in conducting an internal investigation at the embattled private boarding school, which is grappling with a decades-old sex abuse scandal.
All six partners at Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz—the trial boutique formed this week by star Paul Weiss litigator Beth Wilkinson—are under age 54. The goal, she said, is to give younger lawyers the kind of trial experience that can be hard to come by at a larger firm.
For the first time in three years, firm leaders' confidence in the U.S. economy slumped into negative territory during the last quarter of 2015, according to a report by Citi Private Bank's law firm group.
Besides allying with Rudy Giuliani in an election year, Greenberg Traurig has hired several other notable partners this month; Orrick opens in Houston; Paul Weiss litigators start their own boutique; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
New study finds that difficult interviews yield higher employee satisfaction.
Star Paul Weiss litigator Beth Wilkinson has left the firm to launch a new litigation boutique along with high-profile hires from Kirkland & Ellis and Covington & Burling.
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, which represented reporter Jason Rezaian before his release from an Iranian prison, was just one of the American firms praising the latest diplomatic breakthrough in U.S.-Iran relations.
A pair of longtime Am Law 100 firm leaders, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius' James Pagliaro and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld's R. Bruce McLean, recently retired from their respective firms to make the transition to the world of legal consulting.
The Tea Party darling has friends in Big Law—even in New York City.
Kenneth Ziman, deputy practice leader of corporate restructuring at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York, is leaving the firm for Lazard. Ziman joins two former Skadden restructuring partners in making the move to the storied boutique investment bank.
Greenberg Traurig gets a high-profile boost with the addition of Rudolph Giuliani and former federal prosecutor Marc Mukasey from Bracewell & Giuliani, which will change its name to Bracewell.
Holland & Knight and Sidley Austin hire from Katten Muchin Rosenman and Milbank; a Skadden lawyer returns to public service; Allen & Overy hires in New York; King & Spalding takes two from Jones Day; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
A third-year associate at Skadden is taking an ambitious and novel approach to get associates to support legal aid groups and nonprofits that bring impact litigation.
Lawyers representing Stephen DiCarmine and Joel Sanders filed fresh briefs Friday asking a Manhattan state court judge to drop criminal charges against the defendants.
Sidley Austin and Arnold & Porter have taken the lead for General Electric Co. as the industrial conglomerate continues to reinvent itself through the $5.4 billion sale of its appliance business to China’s Haier Group Corp.
More layoffs may be coming to Big Law as firms again hit the reset button.
Wishful thinking is never a sound strategy for success.
The new quasi-nonprofit ownership structure for the Philadelphia Inquirer is the brainchild of Richard Fox, who leads the philanthropic practice at 100-lawyer Dilworth Paxson.
Two months after its trans-Atlantic merger talks with British firm Eversheds fell through, Foley & Lardner has struck alliances with government affairs shops in California and Michigan.
Top Nelson Mullins government relations partner Robert Crowe quickly denied being part of an illegal scheme by State Street Corp. to win pension-servicing contracts in Ohio.
The Am Law 100 firm announced that it has merged with the injury and insurance defense firm Mannion Gray, picking up new offices in five states.
With the Academy Awards just around the corner, a pair of billion-dollar entertainment industry deals awarded work to a handful of Am Law 200 firms and some big names in Canada.
As creditors fight over Nortel Networks’ $7.3 billion carcass, bankruptcy lawyers are feasting on the fees.
Arnold & Porter, Covington & Burling, Dentons, Latham & Watkins and Munger, Tolles & Olson have landed roles on a deal that will return the National Football League to Los Angeles after a 21-year hiatus.
Following in the footsteps of a competitor, the labor and employment firm Ogletree Deakins opened its first Canadian office this week in Toronto.
Seeking to better serve clients in the life sciences sector, the Silicon Valley stalwart is headed to Boston, where conglomerate General Electric Co. announced it would move its headquarters Wednesday. Wilson Sonsini's new outpost will open with three partners.
Five years after Reed Smith's Stewart Dolin stepped in front of an oncoming train, his widow moved closer to trial in a case accusing GlaxoSmithKline of hiding the suicide risks of its antidepressant Paxil.
Dentons keeps expanding, but one lawyer in Chicago seeks a higher power; Clark Hill merges in the Windy City; Wilson Elser expands in two states; Orrick makes a handful of key hires; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
In acquiring Art Agency, Partners, Sotheby’s has also gained a new executive in former investment banker and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz partner Adam Chinn.
What’s it like to see your mom portrayed on the big screen by a Hollywood megastar?
Formidable litigator Jennifer Selendy left Kirkland & Ellis for Quinn Emanuel, where she joins her husband Philippe.
The parent company of The American Lawyer said that the acquisition, the fourth in recent years, better positions the company in key international markets.
The two Am Law 100 firms, whose headquarters are outside New York, made moves Monday to bolster their corporate and finance practices in the Big Apple by raiding McDermott Will & Emery and Proskauer Rose.
Cravath, Jones Day, Kirkland & Ellis, Ropes & Gray, Slaughter and May and Skadden have grabbed roles on the proposed $32 billion merger between rare disease drug makers Shire plc and Baxalta Inc.
After enduring the scolding of a federal judge last week, the city of Chicago’s law department has tapped Winston & Strawn co-chairman Dan Webb to review the city's response to federal civil rights claims alleging police misconduct.
The filing comes just weeks after senior lenders successfully blocked a debt swap deal that might have averted Chapter 11 for the mining juggernaut.
The Obama administration has launched a renewed effort to winnow the remaining detainee population at Guantánamo Naval Base, according to lawyers who have long represented them.
Just when you think a story is dead, it springs to life.
An L.A. boutique adds four from Dickstein Shapiro; Barclays bags a Jenner & Block partner; Latham & Watkins lands a chief judge; Locke Lord hires from Volkswagen; Louis Freeh leaves Pepper Hamilton; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.
Roderick “Eric” MacLeish Jr., an ex-Greenberg Traurig partner whose prior representation of sex abuse victims prompted a personal crisis and career retreat, is once again practicing law and advising clients pressing abuse claims against an elite Rhode Island boarding school.
The legal services sector added 1,200 jobs last month, signaling steady growth since a dip in legal employment last summer.
The retrial in the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal case will go ahead later this year without the defunct firm’s top partner, Steven Davis, who formally accepted a deferred prosecution agreement Friday in Manhattan state court.
Michele Craddock, a former LeClairRyan partner, has accused the firm of widespread gender discrimination when it comes to compensation and promotions.
With record-breaking M&A volume pushing past the $5 trillion mark in 2015, it's no surprise that deal-hungry Am Law 100 firms wasted little time scooping up market share to start 2016.
Baker Botts, which officially announced Thursday its entry into San Francisco, also said it would close up shop in Rio de Janeiro. The firm opened its Brazilian outpost two years ago.
Another year, another international move for Dentons. The global legal giant brought on a 45-lawyer banking and finance team from regional British firm Matthew Arnold & Baldwin. The new additions had been expected for several months.
Falling oil and gas prices continue to bedevil Am Law 200 firms. When Magnum Hunter Resources filed for bankruptcy last month, the company owed millions in fees to several firms, including Andrews Kurth, Bracewell & Giuliani and Norton Rose Fulbright.
After 45 years on the front lines of U.S. antitrust practice, Jones Day’s Joe Sims stepped down from the partnership on Jan. 1.
Three Am Law 100 firms each poached practice heads from rivals this week. Covington & Burling brought on Wilmer's CFPB co-chair, DLA Piper picked up Jenner & Block’s antitrust chair and Mintz Levin landed Locke Lord's retail industry and consumer products chair.
A look back, and ahead, from legal consultancy Altman Weil.
Two litigation partners depart Dickstein Shapiro’s shrinking New York office; Cooley lands a high-profile M&A partner from O’Melveny & Myers; Pillsbury plucks an insurance team from Orrick; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.
Chicago-based litigation funder Gerchen Keller Capital announced a major expansion Wednesday, boosting both its capital and its executive team.
A New York court approved a three-year law license suspension for former Sullivan & Cromwell partner John O’Brien, but it disagreed with a recommendation that he not be forced to reapply for admission to the bar.
Researchers at UNC School of Law and MIT found that most legal work is too complex—and too important—for even the most advanced machines.
One way to upgrade your law school: Transfer.
The Cleveland Browns have long been an NFL laughingstock. But after another losing season, the embattled franchise has named a former Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr associate to head its football operations. Another ex-Wilmer lawyer serves as the team's president.
Ford & Harrison, an Atlanta-based labor and employment firm that has periodically pierced the Am Law 200 ranks, has absorbed Waldman Law in the second notable combination so far this year.
Another former Dewey partner has stumbled in a lawsuit against Barclays related to capital contribution loans provided to partners at the now-defunct firm.
Doug Demarest died last week after his plane crashed in Anchorage, damaging the building where his wife, Dorsey & Whitney partner Katherine Demarest, practices law.
Five years after leaving his big law career behind, 51-year-old Steve Vaccaro is leading the legal charge for bicyclist and pedestrian rights in New York.
Cooley kicks off 2016 with a big lateral addition in Silicon Valley.
Lewis Roca Rothgerber, an Am Law 200 firm formed via a merger two years ago, has pulled off the first big-firm combination of 2016 by absorbing Southern California-based IP boutique Christie, Parker & Hale.
Three former Polsinelli partners are expanding their medical pot company PharmaCann to New York in 2016.
The Supreme Court’s decision in Baker Botts v. Asarco hasn’t stopped the firm from landing new bankruptcy work, but it inspired a bid to change the way the firm earns its fees.
Michel Debolt’s new company is inspired by his own efforts to maintain family ties between his children in Hong Kong and relatives halfway around the world.
Biotech company KaloBios filed for bankruptcy protection late Tuesday, weeks after its CEO Martin Shkreli and outside counsel Evan Greebel were indicted on securities fraud charges.
Law firms shouldn't be afraid to identify and cultivate high-potential female associates.
Armstrong Teasdale, Bryan Cave, Husch Blackwell, Lathrop & Gage, Polsinelli and Stinson Leonard Street—a half-dozen Am Law 200 firms with Missouri roots—are hiring for the holidays.
Michael Punke, a former Mayer Brown partner currently working in Switzerland for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, wrote "The Revenant," a 2002 book that has been adapted into a major motion picture starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
A New York appellate court has dismissed a malicious prosecution suit filed by social networking giant Facebook Inc. against DLA Piper, Milberg and a Buffalo, New York-based firm over their representation of alleged fraudster Paul Ceglia.
A year-end roundup of the latest news about law students, bar passage, Texas and more.
Davis Wright Tremaine, Gibson Dunn and Quinn Emanuel have been retained in the aftermath of a controversial investigative report by Al Jazeera America accusing several high-profile U.S. athletes of using performance-enhancing substances.
A case being handled by the nonprofit Innocence Project and Dorsey & Whitney in Alaska saw a client get freed after 18 years in prison, although a similar matter in Minnesota drew ended this month after another pro bono client died while incarcerated.
More partner movement at K&L Gates before year’s end; DLA Piper closes its Tampa office; Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton brings back a former partner from IMG College; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett snagged roles on three year-end deals of note for private equity firms The Blackstone Group and Apax Partners, as well as Bruce Ratner’s Forest City Enterprises, which agreed to give up its remaining stake in the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets.
A Minnesota firm known for its work fighting the Catholic Church on behalf of sex abuse victims is the latest to be targeted by hackers in a phishing scam.
A team of lawyers from Hogan Lovells has been trying for a year to force the New York City Housing Authority to fix a widespread mold problem in its public housing units. Last week, they finally made some headway.
John Hinderaker, a longtime litigation partner at Faegre Baker Daniels in Minneapolis and co-founder of popular conservative political blog Power Line, will retire at year's end and become president of the Center of the American Experiment.
A former co-head of Allen & Overy's global corporate group has been charged in a corruption probe at Brazilian oil colossus Petrobras, while Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has been hired by Brazilian mining giant Vale to help with a tragic dam collapse.
Thompson & Knight welcomes back a father and son attorney team in Mexico; King & Spalding grabs a Skadden counsel in D.C.; Latham & Watkins takes on a Goldman Sachs executive; and other key hires from throughout The Am Law 200.
You can name top male criminal defense lawyers. Women? Not so much.
Seven Weibo posts landed prominent Chinese human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang in jail, got him convicted and ended his legal career.
See the firms that have dominated The American Lawyer's Litigation Department of the Year contest over the past decade and a half.
Evan Greebel, facing wire fraud charges for his ties to an accused Ponzi schemer, remains at Kaye Scholer as the firm commences an internal investigation into his alleged misconduct. His former firm, Katten Muchin Rosenman, has also launched a probe.
The firm’s new career counseling program embraces the fact that most of the lawyers it trains will take their skills elsewhere—and it’s in the firm’s best interest to keep them on good terms.
The Careerist's annual pick of funny, sad, weird quotes by the famous, infamous and the not-so-famous.
Nearly a quarter of lawyers interviewed by staffing firm Robert Half Legal said their law firms or corporate legal departments would be filling vacancies or adding new positions next year.
Five months after joining Greenberg Traurig, a new hire heads in-house; Baker & Hostetler bags two from Kenyon & Kenyon; Sidley Austin adds a new diversity manager; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
When it comes to client advice, the best lawyers see around the next corner and act accordingly. When it comes to running their law firms—not so much.
The Center for Public Integrity published a list of lobbying firms that advise countries with the worst human rights records, according to an index compiled by the Fund for Peace. Four Am Law 100 firms made the list for work they handled on behalf of Cameroon, China, Saudi Arabia and others.
Amid megadeals poised to create DowDuPont and Newell Brands, several firms grabbed roles on a pair of transactions announced by Chinese Internet titan Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.
In the season of giving, it pays to have celebrities as friends. Dentons announced this week that Michael Jordan was giving part of a recent settlement to a charity founded by its CEO Elliott Portnoy, whose wife is the basketball legend’s longtime business manager.
Evan Greebel, a Kaye Scholer corporate partner who joined the firm’s New York office this summer, was arrested Thursday morning on charges of participating in a securities fraud scheme with former hedge fund manager-turned-pharmaceutical- executive Martin Shkreli.
Associate bonus announcements continue to roll in, with Freshfields and Clifford Chance announcing that their U.S. associates won't trail American peers. As in past years, Boies, Schiller & Flexner and Susman Godfrey marched to their own rhythms.
The Walt Disney Co. has enlisted legions of lawyers to advise on anti-piracy measures related to the release of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."
The deal leaves it up to a separate case involving Quinn Emanuel to decide whether some legal work is so mundane that it should trigger wage requirements for nonprofessionals.
Big law firms can expect modest growth in profits and demand in 2016, while the gaps between firms are widening, according to a report released Wednesday by Citi Private Bank and Hildebrandt Consulting.
Several Am Law 100 firms welcome new recruits from Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Debevoise hires from Sullivan & Cromwell on Hong Kong; Fox Rothschild expands in Minneapolis; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
House hubbies and breadwinner moms are no longer scorned.
Eric Dinallo, who joined Debevoise & Plimpton in 2010 after serving as New York's top insurance regulator, says he pulled a man from the tracks just seconds before he was crushed by an oncoming train.
A Latham & Watkins litigation partner and the CEO of a cybersecurity information-sharing platform told attendees at an ALM-sponsored cybersecurity conference in New York that big challenges remain in protecting client data.
Just in time for the holiday season, five firms led by Jones Day are handling the sale of Yankee Candle maker Jarden Corp. to Newell Rubbermaid Inc., a $15.4 billion deal creating a consumer products giant with enough brands to fill several Christmas catalogs.
On Monday, U.S. Army Captain Simratpal Singh reported for duty after being granted an accommodation that allows him to wear his beard and turban while serving his country.
Allen & Overy lost two New York corporate partners in March to Paul Hastings, which used the lateral hires to set up shop this month in Brazil. Now the London-based legal giant is seeking to rebuild its stateside securities group by recruiting from Cleary Gottlieb.
On the menu this week in The American Lawyer's Continental Breakfast series: Shepherd and Wedderburn chair Stephen Gibb on whether independent Scottish firms are a dying breed.
Two boutiques recruit from their larger brethren; Baker & McKenzie and Mayer Brown make notable additions in Europe; in-house opportunities lure two Skadden lawyers; the door spins at Haynes and Boone; and other key hires from throughout The Am Law 200.
Thanks to its role in DuPont's planned merger with Dow, the firm has gained membership in the most exclusive kind of club—the kind with just one member.
A judge found longtime Sidley Austin partner Stanley Stallworth and his nephew not guilty of sexually assaulting a teenager in Stallworth’s home. Sidley and Stallworth parted ways soon after the charges were filed.
Davis Polk made waves last year by awarding higher bonuses to some midlevel and senior associates than other firms had announced just days before, but this year it’s sticking with the crowd.
Am Law 100 transactional lawyers are wringing their hands over a potential $120 billion chemical industry tie-up for the holidays, as General Electric continues keeping its outside counsel busy on a spate of divestitures by the conglomerate.
The firm hired a three-lawyer team in Frankfurt led by Clifford Chance partner André Schwanna.
The Manhattan district attorney's office continues its streak of bizarre decisions in the Dewey & LeBoeuf case.
Mobster Vince Asaro owes his freedom to two female lawyers.
A prominent tax partner at leading Australian firm Clayton Utz is named in records obtained by Wired and Gizmodo that purportedly identify the creator of leading digital currency bitcoin, which has been a boon to many Am Law 100 firms in recent years.
In the latest twist in a bizarre saga of litigation funding gone awry, Clifford Chance has agreed to pay a confidential amount to settle a negligence suit threatened by a litigation funder that bankrolled a disastrous case handled by the U.K. law firm.
Jonathan Shaw, a litigation partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner in Washington, D.C., is representing Barclays as it squares off against former Dewey & LeBoeuf partners who were loaned money so they could pay their capital contributions.
DLA Piper has continued to build its European finance practice with the hire of two senior partners in London, the firm announced Wednesday.
Linklaters and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer add from Shearman & Sterling and Skadden; K&L Gates grabs three Down Under; Willkie welcomes back an alum from the FCC; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
Associates make gobs of money compared with the rest of the population, though the numbers don’t look as good when law school debt is factored in.
As the Windy City prepares for a federal probe into its embattled police department, the city of Baltimore will pay some $2 million to Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr to advise its own police force in another inquiry by the U.S. Department of Justice.
The year’s highly caffeinated deal market keeps brewing up work for Am Law firms.
The firm’s 2015 bonuses will match the scale ultimately adopted by top firms last year, according to an internal memo distributed by the firm on Monday.
The knotty tale of famed plaintiffs lawyer Stanley Chesley’s fall from grace got even knottier over the weekend.
After abandoning a new trial against Dewey & LeBoeuf’s former chair, prosecutors offered plea deals to the remaining three defendants and dismissed falsifying business records from the case.
The Careerist's December forecast for law schools, associates, equity partners, nonequity partners, women in Big Law, boomers—and Alan Dershowitz.
Five months after a high-profile raid by Cooley, Reed Smith rebuilds its capital markets practice; Burleson refugees find new homes; Dentons keeps hiring; and other additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
The former Dewey & LeBoeuf chairman won't face a retrial over claims that he and other firm leaders misled lenders and investors in the run-up to Dewey's demise.
Woodrow Wilson is in trouble. Who’s next?
The trend lines are positive, but legal employment is still below what it was a decade ago.
With plans to open its first Middle East office in 2016, Mayer Brown added corporate and securities partners Charles Hallab and Tahan Thraya, both former practice group leaders at Baker & McKenzie.
Barry Brett, a former Troutman Sanders antitrust leader who has retired to Florida, is caught up in a federal court fight with New York power lunch spot DB Bistro Moderne over a piece of metal wire he had to have surgically removed after consuming a chicken dish at the Daniel Boulud-owned establishment, which is represented by Wilson Elser.
More than ever, firms are offering laterals signing bonuses.
Nearly 10 years after the formation of the only association for full-time pro bono lawyers at large law firms, the Association of Pro Bono Counsel released its first annual report documenting its progress to date.
The firm lured away longtime Shearman & Sterling partner Danielle Carbone to lead its U.S. capital markets practice.
Having to return to law school might sound like a nightmare to some associates, but for many at Milbank, it’s a prized rite of passage.
Maybe women should follow Amal Clooney's lead and ditch the bling.
Psst, clients: Time to pay your lawyers.
Paul Hastings adds an energy and project finance partner to open in São Paulo; Hogan Lovells makes three new hires; Northwestern nabs a Jenner & Block practice leader; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
Marjorie Jaffe Goldner founded PregPrep, which this year received approval to sell a new female fertility pill. Helping Goldner on the legal side is her husband, Bruce Goldner, head of Skadden’s New York office and co-head of the firm’s IP and technology group.
After taking a conservative approach in the wake of the recession, White & Case is ready for a growth spurt.
As college students nationwide press their institutions to confront the experiences of campus minorities, law schools and their students and alumni are increasingly being drawn into the debates.
McGuireWoods has forged an affiliation agreement with Shanghai-based FuJae Partners, a firm formed by three partners leaving Chinese firm Jun He Law Offices.
Dentons’ drive to become the preeminent global legal giant continued after Thanksgiving as the 7,300-lawyer firm announced agreements to absorb full-service shops in Colombia and Mexico into its growing Swiss verein network.
Personal injury giant Irwin Mitchell and West Sussex-based private client firm Thomas Eggar have already exchanged contracts on a merger, while regional U.K. firm Addleshaw Goddard is in advanced talks with leading Scottish practice Maclay Murray & Spens.
A year after rejoining Skadden, Cyrus Amir-Mokri heads to JPMorgan Chase; a top Squire Patton Boggs public policy partner departs; four Perkins Coie lawyers head in-house; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.
Having recently taken on tax-related engagements for Yahoo and Darden Restaurants, lawyers from Skadden handle Pfizer’s controversial $152 billion union with Allergan, while four other firms land a role on the $4.6 billion sale of Petco Holdings.
Boies Schiller, Debevoise and Gibson Dunn took the lead for the two leading daily fantasy sports companies—DraftKings and FanDuel—in their bid to beat back New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s bid to ban them from operating in the Empire State.
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.
After a series of departures and an inability to find traction in the desert, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck has shuttered its Phoenix office; Gibson Dunn grabs two new hires; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
Does a Christian anti-abortion, anti-gay group stand a chance of enlisting New York lawyers to its cause?
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.
Women partners push back against a new study's findings.
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.
Law Firms must focus on profitability, not market share, says Harvard Business School’s Felix Oberholzer-Gee.
Pierre Boivin of Canadian mega-firm McCarthy Tétrault was in Bamako on business when terrorists stormed his hotel on Friday.
In a first-of-its-kind deal, a team of Pillsbury lawyers helped a Virginia conservation group get into the coal mining business.
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.
News and gossip about Hastings Law School, Debevoise's foodie; MCCA's Joe West and more.
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.
Zuccotti, whose name graces the lower Manhattan park that played host to protesters during the Occupy Wall Street movement, helped to revitalize lower Manhattan after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
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.
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.
The National Association for Law Placement found a decline in the percentage of women and African-American associates at U.S. law firms.
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.
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.
Good news about women (for a change).
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.
Four years after fending off Air Products' hostile takeover bid, Wachtell helped Airgas tie the knot with Air Liquide.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
An influential Asian American lawyer group honors—gasp—a recruiter!
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.
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.
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.
The shakeup of the German legal market continues, with White & Case set to close its Munich office in early 2016.
If your firm is one of The Am Law 100 or The Am Law 200, it's time to complete our signature survey of firm financials before the deadline of January 29.
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.
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.
Valentin Ribet, a white-collar litigation associate in the firm’s Paris office, was the first victim to be identified in the terrorist attacks that killed at least 129 people in the city on Nov. 13. He died at the Bataclan concert hall.
Hugh Verrier just made a film on the Jessup moot court. And that isn't even his most out-of-the-box idea.
What can the legal profession learn from the ouster of Tim Wolfe as president of the University of Missouri system? A lot.
Lawyers from a dozen Global 100 firms are advising on a $106 billion megamerger between Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller, one that moved forward this week as SABMiller agreed to the $12 billion sale of its 58 percent stake in joint venture MillerCoors.
As firms prepare for their annual end-of-year collections push, there are signs that some may struggle more than usual with collections.
It took nearly a decade, but lawmakers are finally realizing that unrestrained lending to law students enriches law schools while harming many students.
With help from Boies Schiller's David Boies, Gibson Dunn’s Randy Mastro and others, DraftKings and FanDuel are girding for battle with New York’s attorney general and a growing roster of opponents.
Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker is the latest big firm to bet on the Lone Star State with an 11-lawyer team from Lewis Brisbois; Shearman & Sterling snags an IP trio from Kenyon & Kenyon; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.
DLA Piper has scrapped plans to create its own contract attorney unit in the United Kingdom, and instead has entered into a formal venture with the U.K. firm Lawyers on Demand.
A new study finds that negative thinkers are more resilient than those with positive outlooks.
More than anything else, clients want their outside counsel to slash fees, according to a report released Tuesday by the legal consultancy Altman Weil.
Ten months after Dentons reached an agreement to combine with Chinese legal juggernaut Dacheng, the firm announced Tuesday that the landmark deal is now final.
Just over a third of the U.S. lawyers promoted to partner by the country's largest firms last year were female, according to a new study, while several Am Law firms invited only men to the partner ranks.
Ravel Law co-founder Daniel Lewis talks about his company’s partnership with Harvard Law School—and why the world need better tools for legal research.
Goldberg Segalla, a 240-lawyer U.S. firm that has made some high-profile lateral additions this year, chose to terminate the founding partner of its London office after he was caught disparaging Liverpool soccer fans as “scouse scum.”
Demand growth cooled off in the third quarter, suggesting an overall decline from 2014, according to the latest data from Citi Private Bank’s Law Firm Group.
A little more than a week after news of tie-up talks between Foley & Lardner and London-based Eversheds made headlines on both sides of the Atlantic, the two firms have called off discussions about a merger.
The outcomes have been far different for terror victims and their families suing Saudi Arabia than for those suing Iran.
Detroit-based Dickinson Wright launches a health care affiliate; Duane Morris hires a diversity leader; Quinn Emanuel starts a class action practice in Australia; Sidley expands in Los Angeles; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
Kenneth Freeling, a former Dewey & LeBoeuf litigation partner now of counsel at Covington & Burling, is suing Barclays, the British banking giant that financed capital contributions for partners at the now-defunct firm.
New study finds that executive and high achieving women suffer greater compensation gaps.
The Magic Circle firm’s work in forming an Indonesia coal group and advising on a sale of a stake in high-speed railway service Eurostar have come under scrutiny from a pair of British regulatory bodies.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics unveiled its latest jobs report Friday morning. Employment in legal services is up along with the rest of the economy.
Some law professors and deans are rising to the defense of the wrong cause.
Goodwin Procter on Thursday became the latest major law firm to bet on Germany, which remains a top destination for both established and aspiring global firms.
A ruling this week by Mexico’s Supreme Court could eventually legalize marijuana in the country. Hogan Lovells partner Juan Francisco Torres Landa is one of four plaintiffs who brought the landmark case in an effort to end decades of drug violence.
As Cuba’s borders slowly open up to American investment, a cadre of U.S. lawyers is hoping to make new inroads related to pastimes beloved by both countries: booze and baseball.
The Global 100 duo grabbed roles on a $23.3 billion deal by payment processing giant Visa.
With help from a group of Cooley lawyers, Iranian-American immigration judge Ashley Tabaddor successfully challenged an order that she recuse herself from cases involving Iranian nationals.
The move marked the second New York lateral hire for Linklaters in the past week.
Lawyers are so easily bruised. Thank goodness we have Love Your Lawyer Day.
The National Hockey League’s 2015-2016 season is underway, and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom has checked some of its competitors vying for the league’s legal work over the board; plus other notable bills from big law.
The occasional disqualification fight is part of doing business for big law firms in high-stakes business litigation. For Munger, Tolles & Olson, the threat of disqualification is looming over a very different kind of case.
After several months of partner losses, K&L Gates continues a recent hiring spree by adding four partners on two continents; another bolt-on by Dinsmore & Shohl; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
With its announcement of new planned megamergers in Australia and Singapore, Dentons sent a clear message: Bigger is better. But the latest deals also highlight the uncertainties of Dentons’ aggressive growth strategy.
The term “donkey balls” isn’t one that most lawyers would dare put into a federal appeals court brief. But Arnold & Porter and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan recently got borderline scatological in their representation of the Washington Redskins in a trademark battle.
The city in Germany's industrial heartland is proving increasingly attractive to the world’s top law firms.
Things are looking up for Stanford’s 21,000 global investors, not to mention a group of lawyers representing them on a contingency basis.
Thou shall not compliment female colleagues about their looks—unless she's the boss.
Global juggernaut Dentons is planning a new cross-border amalgamation with 500-lawyer Australian firm Gadens and Singapore’s Rodyk & Davidson, a 200-lawyer firm. Meanwhile, Dinsmore & Shohl and Ike Sorkin's New York shop are doing deals of their own.
Three years after Carl Icahn's successful hostile takeover of CVR Energy, the billionaire investor has settled litigation with CVR's investment banks. But he isn't ready to make peace with Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.
A United Nations war crimes tribunal for former members of the Khmer Rouge reels in a Holland & Knight partner; Kilpatrick Townsend sets up shop in Texas; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
Nearly all new partners say they've already been contacted by headhunters.
To the chagrin of many legal educators, when The New York Times speaks, powerful people listen.
Stanley Chesley, the so-called Master of Disaster for his class action work for tort victims, is wanted in Kentucky after he failed to appear at a recent court hearing over a $42 million dispute with ex-clients.
A strong marriage can help lawyers get ahead. But what happens once you've arrived?
Four Am Law 200 firms rack up fees ahead of Time Warner Cable’s merger with Charter Communications; a U.S. Chamber of Commerce affiliate and its lawyers look at spending on legal ads; and other notable bills from Big Law.
Caren Stacy hopes a little competition may help firms find ways to attract and retain women lawyers.
A tie-up of big pharmacy chains came with a healthy price tag, as the proposed $17.2 billion union between the Walgreens Boots Alliance and Rite Aid yielded roles for a handful of Am Law 100 firms.
Bankruptcy filings slipped to their lowest number in fiscal 2015 since 2007, according to data released Wednesday by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, and many big-firm restructuring lawyers are grappling with the consequences.
The firm reports that it’s made $715.6 million since 2008 for its work recovering funds for victims of Bernie Madoff’s massive Ponzi scheme.
Hausfeld and litigation funder Burford Capital are teaming up in a first-of-its-kind $30 million joint venture to bring cartel claims in Germany, both parties announced Wednesday.
Douglas Tween, chair of Baker & McKenzie’s white-collar practice and head of the firm’s New York litigation department, is headed to Magic Circle firm Linklaters; Cravath hires from Simpson Thacher; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.
This weekend Sheppard Mullin partner Daniel Brown will watch his brother compete in the New York City marathon in a wheelchair for the first time in 25 years.
NAWL's survey is out—and the picture for women is bleak.
Which law firm is getting an early peek at the newest Star Wars flick?
After earlier retreats for White & Case in Hungary and Romania, sources say the firm is now poised to lose virtually its entire Polish litigation practice to Baker & McKenzie and Greenberg Traurig.
Law firm profits may be rising, but rents are rising even faster, according to a new report by commercial real estate services company Jones Lang LaSalle.
A dispute in a Chapter 11 case by gaming giant Caesars Entertainment Corp. could cost Kirkland & Ellis a slice of one of the richest ongoing bankruptcy bonanzas.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announced Monday that it has paid nearly $7.6 million in fees over the past year to two Am Law 100 firms, a leading midsize firm specializing in collegiate investigations and a public relations agency in the fallout from its academic fraud scandal.
Stone Ridge Asset Management recruits a Davis Polk & Wardwell corporate partner to be its new head of legal; McKenna Long’s former cybsecurity co-chair finds a new home; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.
Junior lawyers are used to feeling like cogs in a machine. According to a new report, a surprising number of law firm leaders expect to be able to replace them with actual machines—and soon.
Can DLA Piper, Milberg and former New York Attorney General Dennis Vacco escape the wrath of Mark Zuckerberg?
In the policy debates over student debt, lofty rhetoric collides with ugly reality to create a bipartisan mess.
Simpson Thacher and Davis Polk divvy up fees from the largest IPO of 2015; a look at the nation’s top legal lobbying shops; and other billables of note from throughout the Am Law 200 universe.
Is the conservative congressman promoting a feminist agenda?
Despite continued consolidation in the chipmaking sector, it was a real estate deal with a history steeped in the global financial crisis that was a reunion of sorts for several Am Law 100 firms.
Former Skadden lawyer Charles Bennett is set to plead guilty to running a $5 million Ponzi scheme. The fraud came to light when Bennett attempted suicide last year.
Pack the flip-flops and forget the tie—The American College of Trial Lawyers is headed to the South Pacific.
The New York-based firm has absorbed four-lawyer IP boutique Ward & Zinna, becoming the latest in a slew of Am Law 200 firms to make such a move.
New York prosecutors could have done more to avoid a mistrial in the criminal case against three former Dewey & LeBoeuf leaders, said several defense lawyers who closely followed the five-month trial.
How to handle an abusive boss.
Monday's mistrial will delay or complicate several related actions, including the trial against former Dewey & LeBoeuf employee Zachary Warren and a civil SEC suit against the defendants.
As one lawyer seeks to turn the tables on malicious prosecution claims brought by Facebook Inc., a trio of law firms facing parallel charges will try their luck this week before a New York appeals court.
Six months after a firmwide cull, Wiley Rein is hiring again; Covington & Burling brings back a partner from GE; Day Pitney expands into Florida; Ropes & Gray raids Fried Frank; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
After Monday’s mistrial, jurors in the Dewey & LeBoeuf case said the deliberations were rife with divisions from the start.
Prosecutors swung at Dewey & LeBoeuf's former leaders and missed. But the ramifications of the trial are many, and the case may not be over yet.
One key question for both sides after Monday’s mistrial: how much the veneer of unity between the defendants—mostly preserved during trial—will erode in the coming weeks.
The Dewey & LeBoeuf trial has produced reactions ranging from introspection to schadenfreude. Reaction to the mistrial has been mixed as well.
Anna Wintour wouldn't wear them, but should female lawyers?
After recruiting David Hennes and Gregg Weiner from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, Ropes & Gray asserts that it now ranks among the 20 largest law firms in the Big Apple.
All the partners of this dysfunctional firm were unindicted co-conspirators in its demise. Because it wasn't really a partnership.
The criminal trial that has riveted the legal community since May finally came to an end on Monday, when a Manhattan judge accepted the jury's surrender.
For Irell’s Morgan Chu, last week’s $234 million trial win against Apple was a big drop in a very, very big bucket.
Crowell & Moring picks up a former disc jockey to head its London corporate group, while another controversial partner departs; Cahill Gordon & Reindel hires from Credit Suisse; Orrick adds in Germany; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
Thought there’d be a Dewey & LeBoeuf verdict by now, or at least a mistrial? Not so fast.
The decade-old legal battle over Google Inc.’s digital books project may finally be headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, setting up a first-ever matchup between Wilmer’s Seth Waxman and Paul Smith of Jenner & Block.
The Cubs may offer lessons that go beyond baseball.
Could Dell's $67 billion buy of EMC Corp. and the $104 billion union of beer giants Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller point to a grand M&A finale for 2015?
William Uchimoto, a former partner at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, Saul Ewing and Stevens & Lee, says he was blindsided by the securities fraud charges filed against him by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Are women too concerned about being "liked" to advocate forcefully for themselves?
The judge presiding over the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal trial received different answers when he asked lawyers in the case about giving undecided jurors yet another nudge.
Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, an expanding Am Law 200 firm, is poised to open new offices in Columbus, Ohio and Wheeling, West Virginia, on Nov. 1.
A look at the Am Law 200 firms that saw their attorney head counts change the most during the first three quarters of 2015. Florida’s Greenspoon Marder, a new entrant this year to the Second Hundred, and Dickstein Shapiro topped the list.
After losing an $85 million patent verdict to a former summer associate at Quinn Emanuel last year, Google brought in the big guns.
Jurors in the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal trial stuck it out for one more day of deliberations on Wednesday, even as the months-long trial threatened to end in a mistrial.
Following a similar effort in Washington, D.C., 19 major law firms have pledged $1.9 million for affordable legal services to people with modest incomes in New York who make too much to qualify for free legal aid.
Foley & Lardner, Katten Muchin Rosenman and Orrick poach partners from Paul Hastings; Kirkland & Ellis hires a new practice head in Washington, D.C.; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.
While law firm managing partners remain a mostly optimistic bunch, their confidence in economic and legal industry growth has fallen for a third straight quarter, according to a survey released Tuesday by Citi Private Bank’s Law Firm Group.
DLA Piper announced a new base in Morocco, to be followed in early 2016 by an outpost in Johannesburg. Garrigues, meanwhile, is bolstering its presence in Latin America through a tie-up with a Colombian firm.
Three former leaders of defunct Dewey & LeBoeuf dodged a handful of additional charges in the second partial verdict by a weary Manhattan jury.
Nearly two years after a lucky seven Am Law 100 firms reaped hefty fees from Dell’s $24.4 billion leveraged buyout, some of the same firms have landed roles in Dell’s record-breaking $67 billion acquisition of EMC.
When Microsoft Corp. wanted to show off its Surface tablet computer in a new online marketing campaign, the company looked no further than one of its own outside lawyers.
Marcel Aubut, a former head of the Canadian Olympic Committee and one-time CEO of the National Hockey League’s now-defunct Quebec Nordiques, resigned from his prominent Montreal-based law firm in the wake of a sexual harassment scandal.
The underground heroics of Kirkland & Ellis records clerk Ramiro Ocasio won admiration from thousands of New Yorkers. Now he’s teamed up with lawyers at the firm to build schools in Honduras.
The world’s soon-to-be-largest firm by attorney head count continues to expand; Honigman Miller hires again in Chicago; Ice Miller opens in New York; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.
Two days after reaching a partial verdict that acquitted three Dewey & LeBoeuf executives on dozens of criminal counts, a Manhattan jury ended its 16th full day of deliberations without any final resolution in the drawn-out case.
For these Am Law 200 lawyers, it takes a little extra effort to stick out from the crowd.
Northwestern has suspended its accelerated J.D. program. What will others learn from its failure?
After throwing out part of the criminal case against Dewey & LeBoeuf's former leaders on Wednesday and getting a jolt from the judge, the jury went home Thursday without a peep.
Anheuser-Busch InBev has sidled up with Sullivan & Cromwell in its ongoing effort to merge with alcoholic beverage industry rival SABMiller.
Milberg, a once high-flying plaintiffs firm, has notified New York sate of its intention to let go of 32 employees by December. The cutbacks are the latest by a big firm coping with a drop-off in high-stakes litigation tied to the 2008 financial crisis.
Law firms are used to partners taking their clients with them when they jump to other firms. But what about their blogs?
K&S became the latest defense firm to trumpet its state AG expertise and its connections with top state law enforcers this week, announcing a partnership with former Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen.
In the white-collar defense bar, the feeling was awfully bullish for Dewey & LeBoeuf’s former leaders after Wednesday’s partial verdict.
Cooley, Debevoise, Dentons, Fenwick, Gibson Dunn, Greenberg Traurig, Kirkland and Latham are advising clients in the increasingly lucrative—and still mostly unregulated—world of daily fantasy sports.
Dizzy jurors. Muscle spasms. Defense lawyers and prosecutors falling down left and right. Just an average couple of weeks in the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal trial.
Mental health advocacy groups are working to remove stigmas and barriers to treatment in the legal industry. National Depression Screening Day is Thursday.
The Manhattan jury hearing the the criminal case against Dewey & LeBoeuf's former leaders acquitted them of several counts, but many of the most serious charges remain.
The Obama administration nominates a K&L Gates litigator to clean up the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; Pillsbury brings on a bitcoin expert; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.
The legal lineup continues to expand on both sides of Volkswagen’s historic corporate disaster.
A recent lawsuit pitting Michelle Foster against her erstwhile partner Eilene Bloom offers a window into the legal recruiting business.
Jurors deliberating in the criminal case against three former leaders of Dewey & LeBoeuf told a judge that they’re unable to agree on a majority of the charges against the defendants.
Jurors in the criminal case against three former Dewey & LeBoeuf leaders considered Monday a key witness's testimony relating to accounting adjustments at the now-defunct Am Law 100 firm.
The troubled retailer’s ongoing fight with former CEO Dov Charney has landed the company in bankruptcy. Among American Apparel’s top 30 largest unsecured creditors are three high-powered Am Law 100 firms.
There have been 68 law firm mergers through September 2015, according to a report released Monday by legal consultancy Altman Weil. The number is the highest through the third quarter of any year since the firm began tracking such deals nearly a decade ago.
John Diehl Jr., a real estate development and construction partner at Husch Blackwell in St. Louis who resigned as Missouri House Speaker in May after being caught up in a sexting scandal involving a female college freshman, has now also left the Am Law 200 firm.
Dentons is opening an office in Milan after hiring a 21-lawyer team led by three partners from DLA Piper, including its former local managing partner, Federico Sutti.
Littler Mendelson has established its first presence outside the Americas following a merger with German labor and employment law boutique Vangard, the firm announced Monday.
Another practice leader leaves Kaye Scholer; Blank Rome bags a handful of new hires; Day Pitney poaches a five-partner real estate team; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
The judge in the criminal case of three former Dewey & LeBoeuf executives will not ask a jury whether they’ve reached a partial verdict in the nearly four-month trial, though he raised the possibility of doing so.
Closing the loop on the twisted tale of Kirkland & Ellis' bid to advise longtime client Teva Pharmaceutical Industries on its latest big M&A deal.
A former information technology at Locke Lord has been convicted in a federal court in Dallas of hacking the firm’s internal computer network.
Moreover, the Labor Department revised its numbers for August, meaning that declines initially reported weren't really as steep.
Forbes unveiled its tally of America’s 400 wealthiest people this week, and while Texas lawyer Joe Jamail Jr. fell off the list, two former lawyers with real estate backgrounds—Rick Caruso and Sanford Diller—broke into the exclusive ranks.
After asking if he should ask jurors if they have reached a partial verdict, a judge in the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal trial also gave lawyers in the case a draft question on charging the jury, to see if jurors have reached a decision on any count or decision.
As 2015's third quarter comes to a close, bank-breaking, billion-dollar deals seem to be the gifts that keep on giving for M&A lawyers at Am Law 100 firms.
A survey by the New York City bar shows that despite growing support for diversity and inclusion goals and some modest gains over the past year, law firms continue to experience high rates of attrition among minority and women lawyers.
A former Skadden and Quinn Emanuel associate who joined a nonprofit police consulting firm will lead a team overseeing reforms at the Cleveland Division of Police. The department, which the Justice Department has accused of using a pattern of excessive force, has made national headlines for violent acts against local citizens.
“Serial,” the podcast and soon-to-be television series, has nothing on Michael Loesberg. The former Greenberg Traurig partner left the firm in early September for Kelley Drye & Warren, only to end up at Blank Rome this week.
Boston-based Greene & Hafer partners up with Sullivan & Worcester; Greenberg Traurig grows in Texas; Paul Weiss welcomes a “Rising Star”; Skadden snags a new Paris tax head; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.
Consultants, recruiters and former partners weigh in on what Chadbourne & Parke and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman stand to gain by merging with one another.
At the end of the ninth full day of deliberations in the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal trial, jurors asked a judge to reread a conspiracy charge, a sign that they could be making progress toward a verdict.
With the 2015-2016 National Basketball Association season set to tip off on Oct. 27, the league’s players union—led by an ex-Skadden litigation partner—filed its annual financial statement Tuesday with the U.S. Department of Labor.
Who says there's no life after Big Law? Former Cravath partner Alan Hruska writes novels and plays—and more.
The jury weighing criminal charges against three Dewey & LeBoeuf executives continued to show signs of confusion and possibly division on Tuesday, asking a New York judge to explain the definition of "deliberation" and their role as jurors.
Maybe it was the cold. A year after London-based legal giant Allen & Overy opened a representative office in Toronto, the Magic Circle firm confirmed Tuesday the closure of its outpost up north.
The Am Law 100 firm is representing the Academy Award-winning actor and political activist’s Los Angeles-based nonprofit on a reforestation project in Haiti unveiled Monday in New York at The Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations.
Former Orrick litigator Preston Burton will serve as a friend to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court as it weighs a government request to hold on to secretly collected telephone data.
Jurors showed signs Monday that they were straining to understand their obligations, much less to reach a consensus regarding the guilt of Dewey & LeBoeuf's former leaders.
The co-head of a Los Angeles-based litigation boutique decamped for Covington & Burling, which opened in the city earlier this year; comings-and-goings at Ballard Spahr and White & Case; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
After more than a week of deliberations, jurors in the criminal trial of three former Dewey & LeBoeuf executives left a New York courthouse Friday without a verdict.
Reynolds American’s $27.4 billion acquisition of fellow cigarette maker Lorillard last year has caused Hughes Hubbard & Reed to cut the size of its office in Kansas City, Missouri.
The Dewey & LeBoeuf trial obscured the most important lessons to be learned from the firm’s collapse.
The American Lawyer Global M&A Deals of the Year recognize transactions that redrew the corporate map in every corner of the globe.
Jurors in the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal trial finished their fifth full day of deliberations, with no verdict yet in sight.
Microchips, airport services, rental properties and baby formula make up the latest batch of billion-dollar deals fueling the corporate coffers of global firms.
Fox Rothschild's new office in Morristown, New Jersey, is being constructed on the grounds of a storefront demolished earlier this year when a drunk driver plowed through a knitting shop.
The global legal giant has brought on a team of lawyers from British firm Bird & Bird in the German city, the latest in a series of local mass lateral hires by Am Law 100 firms.
In this week's column, The American Lawyer's chief European correspondent dines with the former senior partner of Allen & Overy to discuss retirement—and how U.K. law firms have lost touch with corporate boardrooms.
Six more Am Law firms, along with Amazon's legal department and Barclays' compliance team, plan to reap the untapped benefits of hiring women with resume gaps.
Three decades after Latham & Watkins helped bring the Summer Olympics to Los Angeles, the city's organizing committee for 2024 has turned to Proskauer Rose.
The two Am Law 100 firms, both of which have mulled the possibility of a combination in the past, could be poised to pull off a union by October.
The scope and timing of Kirkland's involvement is still unclear in a case that could rival the BP oil-spill litigation in scope—not to mention billable hours.
Do 'false' and 'inappropriate' equal 'illegal' in the case against Dewey & LeBoeuf’s former leaders? The short answer, the judge said Tuesday, is no.
Amid partner departures, Kenyon & Kenyon has elected Edward Colbert—comedian Stephen Colbert’s older brother—as its new managing partner.
After a few months of partner losses, K&L Gates has been on a hiring spree in September, but some firm lawyers continue to find new homes; Morgan Lewis lands a former NLRB member; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
Passage rates on the multistate are down drastically in some states. What does this mean to the client?
Even for white-collar defendants, New York state’s labyrinthine penal system offers plenty to dread.
Jurors deliberating in the Dewey & LeBoeuf trial are hunkering down with a growing mass of documents, including every single email that the prosecution has submitted into evidence.
Three new babies changed the career trajectory of a lawyer from Long Island, New York. Jason Fenley left Manatt, Phelps & Phillips earlier this year for a position closer to home at seven-lawyer Egan & Golden.
David Hardison, co-head of Fried Frank’s professional services defense and counseling practice, decamps in Washington, D.C.; Boies Schiller brings back a former partner and adds an employee benefits head; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.
A look at the Am Law 100 firms fueling up with clients competing in the new space race; Quinn Emanuel and Kasowitz Benson’s FHFA fee windfall; the legal fees of the Marcellus Shale Coalition; and Sutherland Asbill’s bills backing a new stadium for the Atlanta Braves.
On their second full day of deliberations, jurors in the trial of three former Dewey & LeBoeuf executives were given hundreds of documents to review. They also asked a question about reasonable doubt.
If the crime doesn’t get you, the cover-up will.
A clash in letters between the dean of Northeastern University School of Law and legal columnist Steven Harper over what law schools owe their students.
Nearly five years after leaving Dickstein Shapiro for Lowenstein Sandler, longtime New York litigator Ike Sorkin has launched his own shop, Sorkin & Sondhi. The new firm is subleasing space from McLaughlin & Stern, a firm Sorkin was looking to join until he ran into conflict issues.
In its first full day of deliberations, a jury weighing criminal charges against three former Dewey & LeBoeuf executives asked a judge to review the criteria required for conviction and to provide testimony from a star witness for the prosecution.
At least two London-based legal giants and one leading Am Law 100 firm have taken the lead for Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller as they prepare to toast a potential combination.
After more than three months of trial, jurors in the case against Dewey & LeBoeuf's leaders have a lot to remember as they prepare to begin deliberations. Here are some of the moments they’re least likely to forget.
Prosecutors on Wednesday announced a guilty plea by Vladimir Eydelman, a former Morgan Stanley stockbroker charged last year in an alleged $5.6 million insider trading scheme involving former Simpson Thacher & Bartlett managing clerk Steven Metro.
The Department of Education has concocted yet another income-based repayment plan, but this one adds a twist: making graduate debtors pay more.
Leading global insurance firm Clyde & Co, the U.K.’s 11th-largest firm by revenue, is picking up Scotland's Simpson & Marwick, while Trowers & Hamlins will expand its national coverage by combining with Stones Solicitors, a small firm in southwest England.
Prosecutors in the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal trial finally finished their pitch to the jury on Wednesday, leaving the fate of Dewey's former leaders in the hands of 12 New Yorkers.
Finnegan Henderson and Kenyon & Kenyon, two top IP-focused firms, see partners peel away on both coasts; Gibson Dunn grows in London; Morgan Lewis adds an Islamic finance expert; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.
Did an Orrick associate exploit a child’s injury to scam his firm’s health plan sponsor out of more than half a million dollars?
Chicago-based Winston & Strawn, an Am Law 100 firm long known for its litigation work, has announced that New York-based litigator Jeffrey Kessler will join Dan Webb in the largely ceremonial role as chairman of the firm.
And Orange County, California, ranks as the best place to work, according to The American Lawyer's 2015 Summer Associate satisfaction survey.
The Am Law 100 firm has followed up on its addition of several high-profile London hires last year by snagging a pair of capital-markets partners from global legal giant Herbert Smith Freehills.
Promising to expand its footprint in the Midwest, Quinn Emanuel has hired longtime Kirkland & Ellis partner Jonathan Bunge, a top Chicago litigator who once challenged Patrick Fitzgerald to serve as the city’s top federal prosecutor.
More than a year after Mark Hayes’ name arose in an insider trading investigation, the Greenberg Traurig partner has started his own practice; Greenspoon Marder merges into Miami; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.
Is complimenting a woman on LinkedIn about her photo sexist?
Securities litigator John "Sean" Coffey has worn a number of hats during his long legal career, but almost two years ago he landed at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel. On Sept. 4, Coffey picked up one of his first major victories for a client of the firm.
With a unanimous vote, the 930-lawyer firm joined a small group of law firms that have abandoned two strict partnership tiers in favor of tying all partner compensation at least partly to firmwide profits.
A prosecutor told jurors Friday that Dewey & LeBoeuf’s top executives drafted lower-level employees to do their dirty work.
To understand why the crisis in legal education persists, take a look at how law deans and professors are wishing it away.
As football season begins, a look at the fees accrued by lawyers litigating for the NCAA and NFL; Jones Day’s ICANN-related fees; Cleary Gottlieb grabs $25 million for its Puerto Rican restructuring work; and other notable disbursements from throughout Big Law.
Who’s lying in the Dewey criminal trial? As the jury gets close to deliberating, both sides spent a day pointing fingers.
Two lawyers with Am Law 200 pedigrees, including a former Sullivan & Cromwell lawyer and the former head of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney’s China practice, have been ensnared in the latest troubles of Chinese stock promoter Ben Wey.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom advised Canadian utility Emera on its acquisition of New England power assets two years ago, but this week the firm took the lead for Tampa-based Teco Energy on the Florida power generator’s $10.4 billion sale to Emera.
Shock and indignation greet Paul Hastings' plan to house junior lawyers in cubicles.
The demise of Dewey & LeBoeuf bankrupted Geoffrey Coll, but the securities litigator has found a new home at Baker & Hostetler; Greenberg Traurig brings on Ted Kennedy’s widow; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.
Thin evidence and a lack of any motive fatally undermines the criminal case against former Dewey & LeBoeuf executive director Stephen DiCarmine, jurors heard Wednesday.
Davis Wright Tremaine has withdrawn its representation of Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley, now facing money laundering and additional tax-evasion charges after he was originally indicted earlier this year on charges related to stolen money from former business clients.
Former federal prosecutor and Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Stephen Pence vowed to fight charges related to a BDO USA audit of staffing company General Employment Enterprises.
In their closing statements, defense attorneys for former Dewey & LeBoeuf chairman Steven Davis and executive director Stephen DiCarmine told jurors that the prosecution had failed to make its case.
Jeffery Smisek, a former Vinson & Elkins partner serving as CEO of United Continental Holdings, stepped down as head of United Airlines' parent company in connection with an investigation that involves high-powered New Jersey lawyer David Samson.
Carey Gabay, a former associate at Jones Day; Schulte Roth & Zabel; and Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, remains in critical condition after being shot in the head Monday before New York’s West Indian American Day Carnival Parade.
A defense team for Freeman Co., led by the EEOC’s own former general counsel, won nearly $1 million in fees after a judge ruled that the agency kept on pressing a lousy case.
The Boston-based Am Law 100 firm, already caught up in an Irish investigation into its role advising private-equity giant Cerberus Capital Management on its purchase of a troubled Northern Ireland property portfolio last year, must now deal with another inquiry by the U.S. Department of Justice.
As Paul Ceglia, an upstate New York native accused of criminal fraud after claiming an ownership stake in Facebook, approaches six months on the lam, there are still plenty of mysteries arising out of his bizarre case.
Canada’s highest court ruled Friday that thousands of Ecuadorean villagers seeking to hold Chevron liable in an epic environmental toxic torts case can sue the energy giant north of the border.
Do you work to live or live to work? The better question is: Why should you have to choose?
Preliminary data released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the legal sector lost 2,000 jobs in August, while the overall U.S. economy made modest gains.
Amid a slow week for billion-dollar transactional announcements, one big-money deal remains on the table, likely keeping more than a few Am Law 100 lawyers busy before the holiday weekend.
Defense attorneys for three former Dewey & LeBoeuf executives said Thursday that they would rest their case next week, sending the high-profile criminal trial to a jury earlier than expected. New York prosecutors could drop 47 charges against the defendants.
The chair of Manatt Phelps' advertising practice writes about carving a niche in Big Law.
As more partners head for the door, K&L Gates adds a Paul Hastings practice leader; Duane Morris absorbs eight lawyers from two boutiques; Kirkland & Ellis expands in Hong Kong; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
Law firms often overlook key considerations when negotiating for new space that could save them a bundle, experts say.
The Am Law Daily spoke with a few cybersecurity consultants to find out the ideal amount that large law firms should spend to adequately defend their data from hackers, as well as determine whom they should hire for such a task.
Pennsylvania firms are sleepy no longer. Profits, rates, demand and salaries are all up.
Shearman & Sterling launches in Dubai; Dechert forms an alliance in Saudi Arabia; Ogletree Deakins and Jackson Lewis expand in the U.S.; and litigation boutique Kobre & Kim heads to South Korea.
Lawyers for three former Dewey & LeBoeuf executives sought to have a criminal case against their clients dismissed Tuesday, but a New York judge said the case would go to a jury, hopefully by mid-September.
The four Am Law 200 firms absorbed a quartet of IP shops on Sept. 1. Meanwhile, Detroit-based Butzel Long added on an employee benefits firm, while Anglo-German legal giant Taylor Wessing expanded into the Netherlands by acquiring another local firm.
Onetime White House special counsel and former McDermott Will & Emery; Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe; and Patton Boggs partner Lanny Davis was profiled by The American Lawyer in 2010. A recent email dump by the U.S. Department of State reveals how he sought to have Hillary Clinton speak with us for that piece.
According to a midyear report by Wells Fargo’s legal specialty group, Am Law 100 firms saw revenue grow by 4.1 percent during the first six months of 2015, though firm leaders are anxious that demand has not kept up with that pace.
Should feminists rally behind the topless women at Times Square?
Earlier this year, Arent Fox restructuring partner Robert Hirsh was part of a group that opened a new bar in Montauk, New York. But the trendy establishment has upset some locals in the summer hotspot who are peeved about crowds and acts of debauchery.
After setting up several new outposts and launching a back-office operations center earlier this year, Littler Mendelson has hired a new director of analytics to coincide with the launch of the Littler Data Center, a strategic initiative by the firm designed to tap into Big Data.
Lawyers are susceptible to fall for phishing scams, finds study.
Dentons argued that its status as a Swiss verein should have insulated the firm from a former client's conflict claims. A judge wasn't convinced.
Fueled by a series of acquisitions, publicly listed Australian law firm Slater and Gordon has announced a strong set of financials for the last fiscal year, posting significant increases in both revenue and earnings.
Dealmakers saw the upside of sunken oil prices yet again this week.
Pro bono is nice, but it helps to get paid. This week we track fees from the Law School Admission Council’s litigation woes, an IPO for investment bank Houlihan Lokey and Monsanto lobbying.
Lawyers for Dewey & LeBoeuf’s former leaders say the state failed to provide enough proof to convict their clients.
A new study says that couples who share equally in childcare have better sex.
David Quinto, one of the first partners at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan until leaving the litigation powerhouse last year, is headed to Davis Wright Tremaine with Scott Commerson. The two Quinn Emanuel alums hope for referrals from their former colleagues.
From Davis Polk to the Justice Department to … Bachelor in Paradise?
As they prepare to rest their case, prosecutors in the criminal trial of three former Dewey & LeBoeuf executives called to the stand a forensic accounting consultant who testified that accounting adjustments each year lifted net income by tens of millions of dollars.
K&L Gates offsets a series of partner departures with hires in Dallas and Asia; Ashurst brings back a private equity pro from Skadden; Boies Schiller bags one from Cravath; a McKenna Long founder decamps; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
Dentons global chairman Joe Andrew and global CEO Elliott Portnoy said market unrest can sometimes be good for business.
A Canadian securities regulator slapped ex-Davies Ward partner Mitchell Finkelstein with a nearly half-million-dollar fine for tipping off his former fraternity brother about upcoming deals.
Surfing IP lawyer (and pun-enthusiast) James Cleary says his morning “board meetings” amid the waves give him credibility with clients.
Jurors in a New York criminal court were presented Tuesday with conflicting stories about the timing and circumstances that led to the downfall of Dewey & LeBoeuf during the testimony of Janis Meyer, the firm's former general counsel.
Less than a year after agreeing to absorb the bulk of Bingham McCutchen, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius has agreed to sublease space in Boston that it agreed to move into last year, before its combination with the former was finalized in January.
Defense attorneys chipped away Monday at potentially damaging testimony by a former Dewey & LeBoeuf general counsel, casting her as an insider who failed to share material information with investors in a firm bond offering when she had the chance.
Here are the five most annoying questions law firms love to ask.
China's stock tumble, with its nerve-rattling aftershocks in the U.S., may cause law firms to further scrutinize their strategy in Asia.
Baker & McKenzie, having lost its position as the world’s largest-grossing law firm earlier this year to Latham & Watkins, has now slipped behind second-ranked global rival DLA Piper after announcing declines in both revenue and profit.
Jeff Bezos disagrees with The New York Times’ description of his company’s culture. Could Bezos and the Times both be right?
Plaintiffs got three big breaks in the case, which underscore the power of trial judges in settlements.
The framework of the settlement agreement was reached last week, days before a damages trial was to begin in the Eastern District of New York.
The Miami-based Am Law 100 is the latest to ramp up its operations in Mexico, picking up the co-founders of Mexico City’s Orrantia y Robles and a Jones Day labor law expert. The hires come two months after Jones Day hired Greenberg Traurig’s local managing partner.
Wachtell Lipton is now monitoring lawyers 24/7.
Sprout Pharmaceuticals didn't have to wait long for a big-name buyer to spring big bucks for the nascent drug developer. Sullivan & Cromwell took the lead for the company, founded in 2011, on its $1 billion sale this week to longtime Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom client Valeant Pharmaceuticals International.
Janis Meyer, a former general counsel at Dewey & LeBoeuf and current professional ethics and responsibility partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson in New York, testified Thursday in the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal trial.
The American Lawyer honors eight longtime lawyers with distinctive careers and a commitment to public service. Three others are recognized for extraordinary talents managing their firm.
Two top data privacy and security partners leave McDermott Will & Emery for Ropes & Gray; Latham & Watkins hires again from Clifford Chance in Germany; and more notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
As the Dewey criminal trial continues, a senior vice president for Wachovia’s legal banking business chronicled the bank’s decision to end its lending relationship with the firm in 2010.
DLA Piper, Barnes & Thornburg and Stikeman Elliott have been retained by Toronto-based Avid Life Media, owner of AshleyMadison.com, a controversial online dating and social networking service that has been targeted by hackers.
Big Law professes to care about work/life balance, but is it really that different from the dog-eat-dog world of Amazon?
Months after a California federal judge approved a $415 million antitrust class action settlement to resolve Silicon Valley antitrust claims, many of the same lawyers are squaring off in a parallel case involving university medical faculty.
In the the latest example of U.S. firms with merit-based compensation systems poaching from their lockstep Magic Circle rivals, Latham & Watkins has hired another partner in Germany from Clifford Chance.
Elizabeth Nnyanzi, a 31-year-old contract paralegal and aspiring attorney with global legal giant Herbert Smith Freehills, was found dead Friday evening at her home in London. On Monday, a 23-year-old mechanic was charged with her killing.
A cooperating witness testified Tuesday that she didn’t believe the accounting adjustments she made at Dewey & LeBoeuf were fraudulent. Plus: Lawyers argue over stickers, and jurors learn about a dog named Fluffy.
One thing is certain about the 2016 presidential race: It’s going to leave a lot of former Republican candidates looking for something to do. Luckily they’ve got some role models.
Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone forged an affiliation agreement with 14-lawyer Arizpe, Valdés & Marcos in Monterrey, the so-called Motown of Mexico. The deal comes after Miller Canfield established a Latin American legal services network with two other firms.
With $2 billion in foreign exchange-related antitrust settlements already under their belts in the U.S., Hausfeld and Scott + Scott are setting their sights—and expanding their footprints—across the Atlantic.
With just a week remaining before New York prosecutors rest their case in the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal trial, a former subordinate of Dewey's CFO told jurors of false book entries made to financial records.
New research questions if happy workers are more productive.