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Nola Heller

Cahill Hires Unit Chief From SDNY

By Christine Simmons |

Nola Heller, chief of the violent and organized crime unit at the U.S. attorney's office for the Southern District of New York, is leaving in June to become a partner at Cahill Gordon & Reindel.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Judge Tosses Racial Discrimination Suit Against Cleary

By Cogan Schneier |

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington, D.C., dismissed the suit, brought by former Cleary Gottlieb project attorney Lyle Silva.

Six Carlton Fields Real Estate Lawyers Jump to Duane Morris in Miami

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Six real estate lawyers have jumped to Duane Morris' rapidly growing Miami office following a down year at Carlton Fields, where real estate was one of the financial bright spots.

Virtual Law Firm Takes on the Careerist 

By Vivia Chen |

A few weeks ago I wrote that I doubted cloud-based operations are competing against Big Law for major rainmakers and clients. One virtual firm took issue with my views.

Matthew Parrott

Fried Frank Hires Katten's NY Real Estate Litigation Head

By Brian Baxter |

Matthew Parrott, head of the New York real estate and distressed debt litigation group at Katten Muchin Rosenman, has joined Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson as a partner in Manhattan. Fried Frank, riding high from a successful financial year in 2016, has been busy on the lateral recruitment front in 2017.

Federal Prosecutor, Ex-Foley & Mansfield Partner Found Dead on Beach

By Brian Baxter |

No cause of death has been determined for Beranton Whisenant Jr., a major crimes prosecutor with the U.S. attorney's office in Miami. The body of Whisenant, who left Foley & Mansfield for public service in January, was found this week on a beach in Hollywood, Florida.

Marc E. Kasowitz of Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman.

A Hard-Hitting Litigator, Kasowitz Goes to Bat for Trump

By Scott Flaherty |

It looks like Marc Kasowitz will go down in history as President Donald Trump's lawyer. But while America is just getting to know him, the same can't be said for his fellow elite litigators, especially in New York.

Mark Adkins

One of Canada's Largest Firms Heads to New York

By Meghan Tribe |

McCarthy Tétrault has opened an office in New York after recruiting corporate partner Mark Adkins from Canadian rival Blake, Cassels & Graydon. Adkins will serve as his new firm's New York managing partner.

Behind the Numbers: A Podcast on What the Am Law 200 Results Really Mean

ALM Intelligence senior analyst Nicholas Bruch breaks down the Am Law 200 results.

Jenny Kim, vice president, law and policy group and associate general counsel, corporate legal group, at Intel Corp

Wanna Raise? Top Silicon Valley Counsel Give 8 Tips for Women Lawyers

By David Ruiz |

Top in-house lawyers at a Silicon Valley event focused on women and compensation in the legal industry shared this advice on how to get paid more.

Dentons to Launch in Peru, Cuts Some UK Lawyers

By Rose Walker |

Dentons is set to launch in Peru through a proposed combination with 20-lawyer local firm Gallo Barrios Pickmann. The move comes as the global legal giant slashed five lawyers from its office in Watford, England, one that Dentons picked up last year after absorbing the bulk of Matthew Arnold & Baldwin.

Josh Zive, Bracewell

In New Podcast, a Bracewell Lobbyist Reports from the Swamp

By Miriam Rozen |

"It's been a hell of a week," Josh Zive, a lobbyist and senior principal in the Washington, D.C., office of Bracewell, told his podcast audience last week.

Marc E. Kasowitz.

Trump Turns to Kasowitz, Rejecting DC Legal Vets

By David Bario |

In a characteristically unorthodox move, the president is reportedly poised to tap commercial litigator Marc Kasowitz to lead his personal legal team amid probes into his campaign's alleged contacts with Russia.

Major Financial Institutions Make Landmark Blockchain Investment

By Stephanie Forshee |

Bank of America, Wells Fargo and HSBC are among the more than 40 banks and financial firms that announced Tuesday they would invest in R3's distributed ledger, or blockchain, technology.

Front Row (l-r): partners Jennifer Schmidt and Stefani Shanberg; Back Row (l-r): of counsel Robin Brewer and associates Madeleine E. Greene, Michael Guo and Eugene Marder

MoFo Welcomes Six-Lawyer Wilson Sonsini IP Team

By Rebecca Cohen |

Morrison & Foerster has hired a six-lawyer IP litigation team in Silicon Valley from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati led by partners Stefani Schanberg and Jennifer Schmidt, of counsel Robin Brewer and three associates.

Jones Day Washington, D.C. offices.

Obama Cybersecurity Official Joins Jones Day

By Katelyn Polantz |

Samir Jain led a group within the White House National Security Council that responded to cyber threats and pursued anti-hacking initiatives.

Rudy Giuliani

Giuliani to Court: I Had No Role in Trump Travel Ban

By Andrew Denney |

Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said in court papers filed Monday that he had no hand in crafting controversial executive orders from the Trump administration banning travel from Muslim-majority countries and that he has not served on a commission related to such orders.

Chase Simmons

Polsinelli Picks Real Estate Partner to Succeed Longtime Leader

By Meghan Tribe |

W. Russell Welsh, chairman and CEO of Polsinelli since 1998, is poised to cede the Kansas City, Missouri-based Am Law 100 firm's top leadership role to real estate head F. Chase Simmons.

(l-r) Steve Durham, Bob Wilson and Tim Warren, of Labaton Sucharow.

Labaton Sucharow Expands SEC Whistleblower Practice With Hire of Three Ex-SEC and DOJ Officials

By Scott Flaherty |

The firm will also open offices in Chicago and Washington, D.C.

White House counsel Donald McGahn, during the first day of the confirmation hearing of Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch. March 20, 2017.

Dear Don McGahn, Please Go.

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

I know you are a busy, hot-shot lawyer, but may I offer you some friendly advice?

Saul Ewing offices in Baltimore, MD.

Saul Ewing, Arnstein & Lehr in Merger Talks

By Lizzy McLellan and Roy Strom |

The deal would create a firm with about 400 lawyers in the Northeast, Midwest and Florida.

Latham & Watkins offices in Washington, D.C.

Senior Latham Lawyer Running for Controversial Right-Wing Party in UK Elections

By Chris Johnson |

A senior Latham & Watkins lawyer is running for Parliament as a member of a controversial right-wing political party in the U.K.'s upcoming general election on June 8.

Businessmen riding on a roller coaster

Managing Partners Frustrated by Slow Pace of Big Law Change, Survey Says

By Roy Strom |

Legal consultancy Altman Weil Inc.'s ninth annual Law Firms in Transition Survey shows that managing partners are increasingly frustrated from facing off against internal resistance to change.

How Much Do Clients Care About Law Firm Layoffs?

By Miriam Rozen |

"A smart firm would be reaching out to their clients and getting ahead of the story," said one former GC.

US Companies Are Biggest Spenders on Legal Services Globally

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

Companies in the U.S. spend 166 percent more on legal services per dollar of revenue compared to companies in other parts of the world, findings from U.K.-based market research company Acritas Research Ltd. show.

Natasha Innocenti

Legal Recruiter Hires Four to Boost Expansion Plans

By Rebecca Cohen |

Mlegal Consulting Inc., a legal search firm founded in San Francisco, has bolted on Innocenti Partners LLC, a solo shop created last year by former Major, Lindsey & Africa practice leader Natasha Innocenti, and picked up three more employees in the Bay Area.

Justin Theroux, Jennifer Aniston at the Premiere Of HBO's

Actor Accuses Attorney Neighbor of Harassment Campaign in Messy Co-Op Dispute

By Todd Cunningham |

Justin Theroux, the star of HBO's "The Leftovers" and son of a longtime Baker McKenzie lawyer, has accused his downstairs neighbor of waging a scorched-earth campaign to bully and intimidate him after Theroux began renovating the New York apartment where he sometimes lives with wife Jennifer Aniston.

Todd Jacobs

Two Years After Merger, Shook Hardy's Chicago Leader Exits

By Roy Strom |

Todd Jacobs, a former managing partner and member of the executive committee at Grippo & Elden, a Chicago-based complex commercial litigation boutique that merged with Shook, Hardy & Bacon in early 2015, is opening a Windy City office for Iowa-based Bradley & Riley.

Blast from the past: Ken Starr testifies at a House Judiciary Committee hearing regarding President Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky in 1998.

As Russia Probes Mount, White-Collar Lawyers Hit Prime Time

By Katelyn Polantz |

It's a helluva time to be a government investigations lawyer in the nation's capital.

David Blass

Ex-SEC Associate GC Joins Simpson Thacher in DC

By Meghan Tribe |

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has hired David Blass, a former associate general counsel at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission who spent nearly the past three years as general counsel for the Investment Company Institute, as an investment funds partner in Washington, D.C.

President Donald Trump being sworn in on January 20, 2017.

Trump Turmoil Tempers Law Firm Business Forecasts

By Christine Simmons |

Regardless of their political leanings, many law firm leaders were cautiously optimistic after Donald Trump's election. They hoped he might boost business—and demand for legal services—with his agenda of tax reform, looser bank regulations and infrastructure investment. But with the fledgling administration already mired in investigations, the enthusiasm is waning amid some firm leaders.

Cozen O'Connor Adds IP Pros From Norton Rose

By Lizzy McLellan |

Cozen O'Connor has hired two patent litigators from Norton Rose Fulbright, adding to its Minneapolis office and its intellectual property practice.

'Speaking the Same Language': Leaders From Big Law Make the Case for Metric Sharing

By Ian Lopez |

Companies and their outside counsel are both collecting useful information that they're not sharing with one another. Should both parties be more transparent to achieve their goals?

With Wilson Sonsini Hire, Sullivan & Cromwell Heads to Brussels

By Anna Ward |

Sullivan & Cromwell has opened an office in the de facto capital of the European Union after adding Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati partner Michael Rosenthal.

The Power Look: Tank Tops, Tattoos and Flip-Flops

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Just how far can you push a summertime dress code before you jeopardize your professional credibility?

Richard Youle

Skadden Welcomes London M&A Partners From White & Case

By Rose Walker |

Skadden made rare hires to its London office with the addition of private equity heavyweights from White & Case.

Left to right: Peter Abreu CIO and Jonathan Cohen,  partner and general counsel Shutts & Bowen

Shutts & Bowen's Cybersecurity Plan Protected It From Ransomware Attack

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Shutts has put into place a comprehensive cybersecurity to allay client fears about the confidentiality of their records.

DLA Piper Grabs Bankruptcy Roles for IP, Industrial Clients

By Brian Baxter |

The global legal giant is advising St. Louis-based manufacturer Katy Industries Inc. on its Chapter 11 filing this week, as well as the California-based subsidiary of a German search optimization company in its bankruptcy case, one that has DLA Piper owed more than $1 million in fees.

As Clients Press for Discounts, Are Firms Too Quick to Show Their Cards?

By Miriam Rozen |

Are some law firms making a mistake by handing clients their billable hour data despite working for flat or fixed fees?

Suedeen Kelly, FERC commissioner. HANDOUT.

In Latest Lateral Raid, Jenner Bags Akin Gump Energy Leader

By Meghan Tribe |

The rapid recruitment effort embarked on by Jenner & Block this year continued Friday as the firm added Suedeen Kelly, co-chair of the energy regulatory, markets and enforcement practice at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, as a partner in Washington, D.C.

Inside the C-Suite: With Expanded Roles, COOs Gain Influence

By Lizzy McLellan |

The future of law firms may just lie in the hands of nonlawyers, as experienced chief operating officers gain stature at firms of all sizes.

Allen & Overy’s Washington, D.C. offices

Allen & Overy Sues Project Finance Client as Fee Suits Pile Up

By Christine Simmons |

Allen & Overy is suing a former client for $343,448 arising out of its work for the development and financing of a solar power facility in Panama.

JAMS' principal outside counsel, Long & Levit partners Joseph McMonigle and Jessica MacGregor

Jury Clears JAMS in Resume-Padding Trial

By Scott Graham |

The jury couldn’t decide if retired appeals judge Sheila Sonenshine made misrepresentations on her JAMS bio, but they decided that didn’t cause harm to venture capitalist Kevin Kinsella.

Drinker Biddle & Reath's offices in Washington, D.C.

Drinker's Retro Look; Jenner Raids the FCC; No Rest for Weary D.C. Lawyers

By Katelyn Polantz |

Washington Wrap is a weekly roundup of Big Law hires and other Washington, D.C., legal industry news.

Quinn Emanuel Adds Two More Shearman Partners in Brussels

By Anna Ward |

Shearman & Sterling antitrust partners Stephen Mavroghenis and Miguel Rato, courted last year by Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, have joined the firm’s Brussels office. Both lawyers re-unite with former colleague Trevor Soames, who Quinn Emanuel hired in December.

For Staffing, the History of E-Discovery Mirrors the Present of Cybersecurity

By Jared Coseglia, TRU Staffing Partners, Cybersecurity Law & Strategy |

Examining the current similarities between e-discovery and cybersecurity can be a predictor of future patterns in the cybersecurity staffing market.

Perkins Coie Bags Sheppard Mullin's Bay Area Co-Leader

By Rebecca Cohen |

Meredith Jones-McKeown, co-managing partner of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton's San Francisco office and co-chair of the firm’s construction practice, has joined Perkins Coie’s commercial litigation and construction practices as a partner. Both firms have been active in the lateral market so far this year.

Reception area of the new Shutts & Bowen office at 200 S. Biscayne Blvd., Miami.

Shutts & Bowen, Partner Settle Antitrust Lawsuit

By Samantha Joseph |

Florida-based Am Law 200 firm Shutts & Bowen and Miami partner Kevin Cowan settled an antitrust lawsuit in a case that also raised allegations of wrongdoing against Hinshaw & Culbertson Coral Gables partner Steven Carlyle Cronig.

Nathan Wilda

Lateral Door Spins for New Honigman, Morgan Lewis Hires

By Meghan Tribe |

The market for large firm lateral partners moves quickly these days. For three new hires announced this week by Morgan, Lewis & Bockius and Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn, it was yet another business card change in an effort to find the right fit.

David Sanford.

Can Litigation Solve Big Law's Gender Equity Problem?

By Scott Flaherty |

Big Law has a major gender equality problem, according to David Sanford, the chairman of Sanford Heisler Sharp, who is the lead lawyer in a trio of high-profile gender discrimination cases brought by female partners at Am Law 200 firms.

Robert Cornish

BBQ-Loving, EB-5 Lawyer Heads to Wilson Elser

By Meghan Tribe |

Wilson Elsker Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker has welcomed alternative investments and EB-5 expert Robert Cornish Jr. as of counsel in Washington, D.C. The Big Law lateral brings some serious barbecue bonafides to his new firm.

Robert S. Mueller III, then acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of California

Mueller’s ‘Unflinching Gaze’: Colleagues, Adversaries Share Northern District Stories

By Ben Hancock |

Robert Mueller III has deep roots in Northern California, where he served as U.S. attorney. We asked lawyers who worked alongside him—or faced off against him—to share their experiences.

Kevin Burnett, left, and Steve Boender, right.

Courting Startups, Stoel Rives Adds Big Law Vets to Corporate Group

By Lizzy McLellan |

Stoel Rives is continuing to beef up its corporate group with practice veterans from larger rivals, including two former K&L Gates partners.

Thompson Hine Aims for Gov't Contracting 'Coup' With Cooley Hires

By Katelyn Polantz |

Thompson Hine has set up a government contracts practice in Washington, D.C., after luring three lawyers from Cooley, including one who was a partner at his former firm.

Robert Mueller

Mueller Leaves Wilmer, Steps In to Head Russia Probe

By Cogan Schneier and Katelyn Polantz |

Robert Mueller III, a former FBI director who joined Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr in 2014, is leaving his perch in private practice and stepping back into law enforcement. Mueller will take on the weighty and politically precarious role of special counsel investigating Russia's efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Michael Hausfeld, left, and Daniel Brockett, right.

Spat Erupts Between Quinn Emanuel and Plaintiffs Firms Over Foreign Exchange Manipulation Litigation

By Scott Flaherty |

A pair of recent filings in U.S. litigation over alleged foreign exchange rate manipulation has revealed a dispute that pits Quinn Emanuel against Hausfeld and Scott + Scott. The dispute, which revolves around foreign exchange rate antitrust litigation, takes on added import because all three firms are eyeing key roles in similar litigation overseas.

Evan Krinick

Merger Creates 180-Lawyer Regional Health Care, Insurance Shop

By Meghan Tribe |

Long Island's Rivkin Radler has agreed to acquire Iseman, Cunningham, Riester & Hyde, a 16-lawyer shop with two New York offices in Albany and Poughkeepsie.

Kenneth Florin

Loeb & Loeb Elects NY Media and Tech Partner as Next Leader

By Christine Simmons |

Loeb & Loeb, riding a wave of rising revenue and profits, has elected media and tech partner Kenneth Florin in New York as its next chairman, ending the 14-year leadership tenure of Michael Beck.

Alice Fisher, of Latham & Watkins, during the NLJ Regulatory Summit in Washington, D.C. December 2014.

Latham's Fisher Withdraws From FBI Director Race Amid New Contenders

By Katelyn Polantz |

Former politicians Joe Lieberman and Frank Keating will interview for the job.

Ex-Prosecutors at Big Firms Weigh Costs of Speaking Out on Trump

By Miriam Rozen |

Did the president expose himself to obstruction of justice charges in the unfolding scandal involving James Comey? If anyone has an opinion on that burning question, it's the country's pool of former federal prosecutors. But not all of them are willing to share it.

Top L-R Matthew Clyde, Lynn Brehm, John Wilson.Bottom L-R William Moorhead, Gabrielle Lee, Brian Casal

Cozen O'Connor Adds Six More Buchanan Lawyers

By Lizzy McLellan |

Cozen O'Connor is continuing a slow-motion raid on Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, with the addition of six more lawyers announced Wednesday.

Sin City Gets a New Law Firm With a Familiar Face

By Roy Strom |

John Mowbray, a well-connected, second-generation Nevada lawyer, is opening an office in Las Vegas for a Midwestern firm on a growth kick. A longtime lawyer to Liberace, Mowbray is also responsible for state bar rules that once barred out-of-state firm from setting up shop in Nevada.

IBM Says New Watson Tool Could Dramatically Reduce Outside Counsel Spend

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

A new tool from IBM, called "Outside Counsel Insights," uses the power of Watson to reveal billing insights to legal departments.

Richard Hsu, Shearman & Sterling partner

Shearman Partner Ditches Practice Leadership for Legal Recruiting

By Rebecca Cohen |

Richard Hsu, global head of IP transactions at Shearman & Sterling and co-chair of the firm's privacy and data protection team, has joined Major, Lindsey & Africa as a managing director in San Francisco. The Silicon Valley-based lawyer is also a popular podcaster.

Mother, newborn, child.

Reed Smith Tries Low-Cost Parenting Perks to Retain Women

By Lizzy McLellan |

Reed Smith is the latest firm in Big Law to make some relatively inexpensive accommodations for new mothers in an attempt to relieve—and retain—lawyer moms.

Willkie Partner, Other Lawyers Land SEC Appointments

By Katelyn Polantz |

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has staffed up with five Big Law alumni, including a rainmaker at Willkie Farr & Gallagher in New York.

Weil's Fee Gutting in Iowa Leads to 'Bargain-Basement' Billing Concerns

By B. Colby Hamilton |

There's a certain schadenfreude in seeing a global law firm with more than $1 billion in annual revenue taken down a peg by a judge in Des Moines. But the episode also raises concerns for lawyers who say it demonstrates a risk high-priced coastal law firms face when they go to court in smaller markets and could make Big Law practitioners wary of practicing in smaller cities.

Seyfarth Shaw offices in Washington, D.C. September 15, 2016. Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM

Mass Layoffs at Seyfarth Shaw Hit Lawyers, Staff

By Roy Strom |

Seyfarth Shaw is letting go at least 40 lawyers and several staff members, according to a Tuesday report confirmed by The American Lawyer.

Napping Pods: One Firm's Solution for Tired Lawyers

By Leigh Jones |

White & Case has installed two "energy pods" at its office in Washington, D.C.

Seattle University School of Law student Tarra Simmons

Despite Setback, Skadden Fellow Still Hopes to Practice Law

By Rebecca Cohen |

Convicted felon Tarra Simmons, who was recently awarded a fellowship from a nonprofit foundation affiliated with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, saw her quest to practice law recently hit a hurdle when the Washington State Bar Association’s character and fitness board recommended against admitting her to the bar.

Morgan Lewis Takes the Heat, but Who Gets the Last Laugh?

By Lizzy McLellan |

All publicity is good publicity, right? For the right kind of celebrity, maybe. For a law firm? Not so much.

SNL's Weekend Update

Are Trump's Endorsements Helping Morgan Lewis?

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Time for another roundup of news and gossip. And yes, they all center around our president (so let me apologize in advance).

Miriam Frank

Big Legal Recruiter Offers Talent Management Expertise

By Meghan Tribe |

Major, Lindsey & Africa, the world's largest legal recruiting firm, has started a legal talent management consulting offering for its in-house and law firm clients.

Members of the New York State Court of Appeals on April 25, 2017. Justice Michael Garcia... The Court of Appeals, normally based in Albany, NY, heard arguments for three days in the Courthouse in White Plains....(David Handschuh/NYLJ)

Garcia, Finalist for FBI Director, Wins Praise as Jurist, Trailblazer

By Rebecca Baker and Jeff Storey |

Court of Appeals Judge Michael Garcia, a former federal prosecutor who spent years in private practice at large firms, was among several candidates interviewed over the weekend by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to replace James Comey, whom President Donald Trump fired on May 9.

Will Ransomware Attack Make Law Firms ‘WannaCry’?

By Roy Strom |

Amid a massive, worldwide ransomware attack, a leading firm in Rhode Island has sued its insurer over a similar cyber assault that it claims cost it $700,000 in lost billings. Providence-based Moses Afonso Ryan is representing itself in a suit filed last week against Sentinel Insurance Co.

DLA Piper Expands Africa Network With Nigeria Alliance

By James Booth |

Having recently closed three small offices, global legal giant DLA Piper is widening its network in Africa by inking an alliance deal with Lagos, Nigeria-based Olajide Oyewole, which was founded in 1965 and focuses on corporate and commercial law. The Nigerian firm has eight partners.

Jenner & Block's Washington, D.C. offices.

Jenner Grows Investigations Group, Ditches ‘White-Collar’ Label

By Roy Strom |

The Chicago-based Am Law 100 firm has hired two federal prosecutors in as many months as the firm drops the "white-collar defense" tag for its well-known investigations practice. The most recent is Brandon Fox, chief of the public corruption and civil rights section at the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles.

Andrew Richards

Garvey Schubert Barer Goes Fishing in the Lateral Market

By Rebecca Cohen |

The firm has hired Andrew Richards, a fishery industry veteran and former deckhand on commercial salmon trollers. Richards recently shuttered his own Seattle-based shop, Sullivan & Richards, which represented a wide variety of clients in the commercial fishing space.

Quinn Emanuel Recruits Top Kirkland IP Litigator

By Rebecca Cohen |

Steven Cherny, a well-regarded intellectual property litigator who has spent nearly the past decade at Kirkland & Ellis, has joined Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan as a partner in New York.

Alice Fisher, of Latham & Watkins, during the NLJ Regulatory Summit in Washington, D.C. December 2014.

Alice Fisher of Latham Considered for FBI Director—But Who Is She?

By Katelyn Polantz |

Washington corporate defense lawyer Alice Fisher interviewed on Saturday to be the next FBI Director, after the agency was shocked by the firing of James Comey last week. Fisher's among the reported top contenders. The National Law Journal has done comprehensive coverage of Fisher, the former Bush-era Criminal Division chief-turned law firm leader, over the years, since she's been a major name in public service at the U.S. Justice Department and private practice at Latham & Watkins. Here are some highlights of Fisher's career.

Partner Hits Proskauer with $50 Million Gender Bias Suit

By Scott Flaherty |

An unnamed Proskauer partner in Washington, D.C., alleges she is a victim of gender discrimination and accused a prominent partner in the office of harassment.

Inside the C-Suite: Rise of the Homegrown Law Firm CMO?

By Lizzy McLellan |

If firms want their top marketers to stick around, should they look to the talent they already have?

Walter

Buyer Beware: Former Foley & Lardner Partner Arrest Reveals Lateral Hiring Risks

By Scott Flaherty |

Did that firm, or the federal government, have a duty to warn Bradley about an investigation?

A Big Bank Goes Bust, and Big Law Gets Left With The Bill

By Brian Baxter |

In the largest U.S. bank failure since 2010, New Orleans-based First NBC Bank Holding Co. filed for Chapter 11 protection in its home city Thursday. The bank, which went public in 2013, saw two top Am Law 100 firms listed among its 20 largest unsecured creditors.

The Big Picture Revealed by the Am Law 100 Results

By Jack Bostelman, David Barnard and Mark Shapiro |

Contributors from law firm consultancy Blaqwell Inc. discuss what the post-recession Am Law 100 results mean for the future of Big Law.

Larry Popofsky

Orrick Antitrust Pioneer, Ex-Heller Ehrman Leader, Dies at 81

By Rebecca Cohen |

Larry Popofsky, a former head of Heller Ehrman who argued a 1977 U.S. Supreme Court case that shifted the course of antitrust law, died on May 9. Popofsky, senior counsel at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in San Francisco, leaves behind an antitrust legacy that includes his son, Mark Popofsky, chair of Ropes & Gray’s antitrust group.

Law Grad Employment Rate Rose, As 2016 Class Shrank

By Karen Sloan |

According to new jobs data released Thursday by the American Bar Association, 78.6 percent of 2016 law graduates had secured jobs that either require a law degree or for which a law degree is an advantage within 10 months of leaving campus. That’s up more than 2 percent from the previous year.

Burford Capital New York Office.

All Signs Point to Gerchen Keller as Funder in Failed Patent Case Against Intel

By Ben Hancock |

With a little sleuthing, it's not hard to see Gerchen Keller's fingerprints on trial that pit Irell & Manella and Boies Schiller lawyers against a team from Wilmer.

Kristina Maynard

After Family-Driven Hiatus, A Partner Returns to Honigman

By Meghan Tribe |

Monday marked Kristina Maynard's first day back at the office in six years. Her children—ages 9, 12 and 13—wanted to commemorate the moment as she had done for them every first day of school. The American Lawyer caught up with Maynard to discuss her decision to come back to Big Law.

To All the Single Ladies

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Women, even ones in the most selective professional programs, prioritize marriage over career, and will downplay their ambitions to achieve that goal.

Walter C. Little

Ex-Foley & Lardner Partner Charged With Insider Trading After Move to Bradley Arant

By Brian Baxter |

Walter "Chet" Little, who left Foley & Lardner last summer to join the Tampa office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, has been hit with criminal insider trading charges by federal prosecutors in New York. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has also filed a parallel civil case against Little and a co-defendant.

James Comey.

James Comey May Find Soft Landing in Big Law

By Katelyn Polantz |

As a prospective law firm hire, Comey combines a prestigious resume with unusual political baggage.

O'Malley Miller

Ex-Munger Tolles Real Estate Head Returns to Allen Matkins

By Rebecca Cohen |

O’Malley Miller, a senior partner and former head of real estate at Munger, Tolles & Olson, has joined the real estate development group of Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis, as a partner in Los Angeles. The move is a reunion for Miller, who previously worked at Allen Matkins two decades ago.

Greenberg Traurig

Greenberg Traurig Accused of Trying to Invalidate the Same Patents It Prosecuted

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

A former client has sued Greenberg Traurig alleging the firm switched sides and used its knowledge of privileged intellectual property information from previous patent work to attempt to invalidate a patent for a new client's benefit.

Jones Day's Munich office

Munich Court Nixes Jones Day Complaint Over VW Search

By Brian Baxter |

Nearly two months after German law enforcement authorities raided Jones Day's Munich office as part of an investigation into Volkswagen AG, a local court has tossed a complaint by the firm about government efforts to obtain materials on its embattled client.

Citi: Biggest Firms Fared Best in First Quarter

By David Altuna and Gretta Rusanow |

Am Law 50 firms showed the biggest gains in revenue but were hit hardest by pay hikes.

Ex-King & Spalding Associate Sues for Firing Over Airing Ethics Concern

By Andrew Denney |

A former King & Spalding associate who said he was fired for raising ethical concerns about the conduct of two of the firm's partners has sued the firm for wrongful termination.

Marc Simon

Ex-Dreier Documentarian Joins Fox Rothschild as a Partner

By Meghan Tribe |

Fox Rothschild has hired entertainment lawyer Marc Simon from New York’s Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard. Simon once produced a documentary called "Unraveled" about Marc Dreier, the disgraced litigator currently serving a 20-year federal prison sentence for fraud.

Two Kasowitz Litigators Join McKool Smith in NY

By Scott Flaherty |

The hire of Christopher Johnson and Zachary Mazin continues McKool Smith's expansion in New York, currently its largest office, and will bolster McKool Smith's financial litigation group, the firm said.

SDNY Short-Lister, Morgan Lewis Partner Helps Guide Showtime's 'Billions'

By Miriam Rozen |

For those who appreciate verisimilitude in their cable TV dramas, a highlight of this week's "Billions" season finale on Showtime came when a young prosecutor told her boss, a fictional U.S. attorney, that she was leaving for a real-life law firm. The show smartly name-dropped Sullivan & Cromwell—the place to be for upwardly mobile securities fraud experts looking to trade a government paycheck for something much, much more lucrative.

William Baer

DOJ Antitrust Chief Baer Returns to Arnold & Porter

By Katelyn Polantz |

Top Justice Department antitrust lawyer Bill Baer is returning to Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer, where he led the antitrust practice for several years, the firm said Wednesday.

Call for Nominations: The American Lawyer’s Lifetime Achievers and Law Firm Distinguished Leaders

The American Lawyer is seeking nominations for our annual feature of Lifetime Achievers and Law Firm Distinguished Leaders. Please send your nominations in a short essay (no more than 300 words) in an attached Word document to EditorialAwards@alm.com by June 16.

3 Tips to Consider When First Implementing Knowledge Management

By Rhys Dipshan |

Seasoned KM experts say the biggest mistakes for new KM projects are to expect too much — and not keep it simple.

Kirkland Raids Freshfields for London Restructuring Partner

By Rose Walker |

Sean Lacey, co-leader of the alternative capital group at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London, has become the latest partner to leave the lockstep Magic Circle firm for potential riches at Kirkland & Ellis.

Another Big British Firm Inks a Combination in the Americas

By Alex Berry |

London-based legal giant Clyde & Co announced Wednesday its merger with Mexico's Garza Tello & Asociados, a 23-lawyer firm specializing in energy, insurance and maritime work.

King & Wood Mallesons Names New Leader After Collapse of European Arm

By Anna Ward |

King & Wood Mallesons has appointed Sue Kench, chief executive partner of its Australian arm, as its new global managing partner. Kench succeeds Stuart Fuller, who relinquished the role at the height of problems with the firm's embattled European affiliate late last year.

Dentons Continues Push in Latin America, Forming Alliance with Firm in Brazil

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The global legal giant, having recently announced agreements with firms in Costa Rica, Hawaii and the Netherlands, now plans to form an alliance with the Brazilian firm Vella Pugliese Buosi Guidoni in São Paulo.

James Comey

What's Next For Ex-FBI Director James Comey?

By Cogan Schneier |

Citing his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server, President Donald Trump on Tuesday fired FBI Director James Comey. His actions may weigh heavy on his future employment prospects, as big law firms may be wary of questions that would accompany his hiring. Still, as a prominent attorney with high-level experience in government and business, he may find a home at a law firm, as some other former FBI directors have.

Littler Mandelson.

Littler Continues European Push With UK Merger

By Chris Johnson |

The labor and employment specialist, which struck a deal with U.K. boutique GQ Employment Law, has now launched in 14 new markets since October 2013.

Washington, D.C. offices of Morgan Lewis. June 10, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Morgan Lewis Files Become Flash Point in HP-Autonomy Fraud Case

By Ross Todd |

If defense lawyers get their way, records from the firm's investigation of Hewlett-Packard's botched deal with a British software firm could become evidence.

Joel Sanders, former CFO of Dewey & LeBoeuf, speaks to an unidentified woman outside the courtroom after he was found guilty Monday.

Post-Gaming the Dewey Trial: A Win for Cyrus Vance?

By Scott Flaherty |

Looking back on the twisting path that led to Tuesday's verdict, some white-collar lawyers said the New York County District Attorney's Office played it much smarter in the case's second act, DA's office played it much smarter in the case's second act, while others continued to question the prosecutors' approach.

Tom Shropshire of Linklaters.

Linklaters Taps London Partner to Lead US Operations

By James Booth |

Word of the new U.S. operations head comes two years into a four-year term for his predecessor.

Leading Withers Tax Partner Joins Blank Rome in New York

By Lizzy McLellan |

Blank Rome has brought on two lawyers from Withers Bergman to its tax, benefits and private client group in New York, including the former leader of Withers' U.S. tax investigations practice.

Allen & Overy Drops Performance Reviews, and Everyone Cheers (Especially Women)

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Anyone who says that performance reviews are useful is full of it.

William Hinman, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett partner

Ex-Simpson Thacher Partner to Head SEC Division

By Ross Todd |

William Hinman, who recently retired as a partner in Simpson Thacher & Bartlett's Silicon Valley office, has been named the head of the agency's Division of Corporation Finance.

For Junior Associates, Going In-House Is Risky

By Keith Fall and Taylor Miller |

While such a move might tempt young lawyers, it could close as many career doors as it opens.

Andrew Luger

Axed By Trump, Ex-US Attorney Joins President's Law Firm

By Meghan Tribe |

Jones Day has hired Andrew Luger, until recently the U.S. Attorney for Minnesota, as a partner for its new office in Minneapolis. Jones Day opened in the Twin Cities last year.

Ex-DOJ Lawyer Returns to Irell as Global Investigations Head

By Rebecca Cohen |

Irell & Manella has brought back former associate Jason Linder, most recently a senior trial attorney with the criminal division of the Justice Department’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act unit in Washington, D.C., as a partner and head of its global investigations and anticorruption practice.

Stephen DiCarmine leaving Manhattan Criminal Court with his attorney, Rita Glavin of Seward & Kissel, after he was found not guilty on Monday.

Jury Finds Dewey & LeBoeuf CFO Sanders Guilty; DiCarmine Cleared

By Scott Flaherty |

A New York jury on Monday delivered a mixed verdict in the criminal case against two former Dewey & LeBoeuf executives, finding former CFO Joel Sanders guilty of scheme to defraud, securities fraud and conspiracy, while clearing former executive director Stephen DiCarmine on the same charges.

Eric Holder, Covington & Burling

California Extends Anti-Trump Contract With Covington

By Cheryl Miller |

California’s Legislature has extended by four weeks its contract with Covington & Burling for guidance on challenging Trump administration policies. A spokesman for Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-Paramount, confirmed on Monday that the $25,000-a-month contract, initially signed in January, will now run through the end of May.

Reed Smith Snags Chadbourne's Moscow Managing Partner

By Rose Walker |

Andrei Baev, the head of Chadbourne & Parke's Moscow office, has left the firm ahead of its proposed combination with Norton Rose Fulbright to join Reed Smith.

When Organizations Fall Short on Cybersecurity, Do Law Firms Pick Up the Slack?

By Ian Lopez |

BakerHostetler’s cybersecurity report highlights the nature of company cybersecurity while illustrating the law firm’s changing role in the tech age.

We’re Ladies, We Lunch and We Like It

By Vivia Chen |

At the Central Park Women's Committee hat luncheon last week, the women at my table (lawyers and business executives) want you to know that they deserve respect.

Adam Levitt, DiCello Levitt & Casey

Class Action, Trial Pros Form New National Plaintiffs Firm

By Scott Flaherty |

Former Grant & Eisenhofer director Adam Levitt joins with Mark DeCello and James Casey, formerly of DiCello Law Firm, forming DiCello Levitt & Casey.

Cozen O'Connor Snags More Buchanan Defectors, Building Employment Group

By Lizzy McLellan |

Cozen O'Connor is keeping up its raid on Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, with the departures cutting deeply into Buchanan Ingersoll's labor and employment group.

San Francisco fitness trainer Jonathan Jordan

When Firm Life Makes Them Flabby, Lawyers Call This Trainer

By Leigh Jones |

Personal trainer Jonathan Jordan's clients include attorneys from Big Law offices, who come to him with loose glutes, collapsed cores and hunched shoulders from sitting for long periods.

Richard Roper.

As Obama's US Attorneys Find Homes, Advice from a Veteran

By Miriam Rozen |

Wondering how all those federal prosecutors entering private practice are coping with the transition to private practice? Ask Thompson & Knight's Richard Roper.

Drone Law Practices Taking Off — Again

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Work at drone law practices is shifting as drone-related startups have come of age.

Adit Khorana

Cooley Welcomes Wilmer's West Coast Tech Transactions Leader

By Rebecca Cohen |

Adit Khorana, who joined Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr in 2010, is leaving the firm’s Silicon Valley office to join Cooley.

Orrick Lands Lowenstein Partner to Head New York Tech Group

By Rebecca Cohen |

Peter Fusco, a partner at Lowenstein Sandler and co-chair of the firm’s Brooklyn Entrepreneurship Center, is poised to join Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe as a leader of its technology companies practice in New York. Orrick is the latest Am Law 100 firm to ramp up its tech industry expertise in the city.

Brian Benczkowski.

Kirkland White-Collar Partner Floated for DOJ Criminal Division

By Cogan Schneier |

If confirmed, Kirkland & Ellis' Brian Benczkowski will lead a DOJ division he spent the last few years defending companies from.

Spotlights

Lit Funders Get a Little Sunshine—Whether They Want It or Not

By Ben Hancock |

Publicizing a litigation funding deal is one way for a small company—or a small law firm—to signal that it's ready to fight. Still, the industry is a long way from full transparency.

Big Law Partner Makes Lateral Move for a Lifestyle

By Brian Baxter |

"You get to a point where you start to appreciate another side to life," said Jeffrey Pagano, until recently a partner at Crowell & Moring. "I'd always considered myself a 2,500- to 3,000-hour [a year] type guy. I wanted to continue on—but at what price?"

people, profession, qualification, employment and success concept

Jobs Report Shows Slight Improvement for Legal Employment in April

By Scott Flaherty |

The U.S. legal industry gained 1,100 jobs in April.

Ralph Sutton, former CIO of Bentham IMF.

Bentham Replaces US Chief After Sutton Departs

By Ben Hancock |

CIO Ralph Sutton, who has led the company's U.S. operations since 2011, said in an interview Friday that he plans to start a new litigation finance venture. "It is with mixed feelings that I leave that team," he said.

Litigator Trains for Ironman Six Days a Week to Beat His Own Time

By Carla Vianna |

Heath Eskalyo goes by many titles: Lawyer, husband, father and Ironman.

Mark Lanier.

Elite Plaintiffs Lawyer Accused of Concealing Payments to Expert Witnesses

By Amanda Bronstad |

Hoping to reverse a $502 million loss, lawyers for Johnson & Johnson are attacking Houston attorney W. Mark Lanier. But he says the campaign "fails to tell the whole story."

Redwood Shores, California

Covington Hires Reed Smith's Former Silicon Valley Leader

By Rebecca Cohen |

Catharina Min, vice chair of Reed Smith's business and finance department and a former managing partner of the firm’s office in Palo Alto, California, has joined Covington & Burling as a technology M&A partner in nearby Redwood Shores.

Christopher Carroll of Carroll McNulty Kull, left, and Nick Thomas of Kennedys.

Insurance Firms CMK, Kennedys Ink Transatlantic Merger

By Lizzy McLellan |

New Jersey-based Carroll, McNulty & Kull is merging with international insurance law firm Kennedys, leaders of both firms announced Thursday. The combination will form a nearly 1,000-lawyer firm that specializes in advising the insurance industry.

David Leichtman, New York.

Former Robins Kaplan Partner Forms Business Litigation and IP Boutique in NY

By Scott Flaherty |

Leichtman Law will also employ five other commercial and IP litigators.

Dechert Beefs Up NY Corporate Practice With Linklaters, Paul Weiss Hires

By Lizzy McLellan |

Partners Jeff Norton and Gareth Clark join the firm from Linklaters and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, respectively.

Skadden Snags Stroock Entertainment Lawyer in Los Angeles

By Rebecca Cohen |

Neil Sacker, a former in-house lawyer at Miramax Films and Warner Brothers Studios who joined Stroock & Stroock & Lavan's Los Angeles office last year, has decamped for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

Charles Nebel, COO of Central Pa.-based McNees Wallace & Nurick.

McNees Hires New COO From Orrick's Back Office

By Lizzy McLellan |

McNees Wallace & Nurick has brought on a Big Law veteran to serve as the Pennsylvania firm's new chief operating officer.

San Juan Puerto Rico

Proskauer Among Many Firms Drawn to Puerto Rico's Pseudo-Bankruptcy

By Brian Baxter |

In a move that could dwarf the massive municipal bankruptcy of Detroit, Puerto Rico indicated Wednesday that it would begin a bankruptcy-type process to restructure $70 billion in debt. Proskauer Rose, Quinn Emanuel, Kirkland & Ellis, Dentons and Cleary Gottlieb have been involved in the island's mounting debt crisis in recent years.

Patrick Fitzgerald of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. HANDOUT.

Skadden's Fitzgerald Talks About First Fed Recruit Since Leaving DOJ

By Roy Strom |

Five years after leaving the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago, Patrick Fitzgerald has recruited his first former assistant. What took so long?

U.S. Department of Justice

Dechert Partnership Worth $1.8M for DOJ 'President's Law Firm' Nominee

By Cogan Schneier |

That's according to an ethics disclosure form Steven Engel filed in March, which, along with an ethics pledge, outlines Engel's possible conflicts of interest if confirmed as assistant attorney general at the Office of Legal Counsel.

Nelson Mullins' Robert Crowe.

Nelson Mullins Partner Settles With SEC in Pay-to-Play Suit

By Scott Flaherty |

Partner Robert Crowe agreed to pay a little less then $95,000 to resolve allegations that he played a role in a political corruption scheme aimed at helping State Street Bank and Trust Co. secure public pension contracts in Ohio.

David Sergenian, left, and John Pierce, right, of Pierce Sergenian.

New Boutique Touts Litigation Finance Deal to Fund Big Law Battles

By Roy Strom |

In what may be the first public announcement of a litigation funder investing in a law firm’s portfolio of contingent fee cases, Los Angeles-based litigation upstart Pierce Sergenian has unveiled a tie-up with Arizona’s Pravati Capital.

Gibson Dunn Grabs Third Latham Partner in Frankfurt

By Rose Walker |

Finn Zeidler, a dispute resolution and white-collar defense expert at Latham & Watkins in Frankfurt, has left the firm to join Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's new office in the German financial services center.

Jose Andres Monge Calderon, Fragomen’s associate general counsel for Latin America.

Two Fragomen Employees Accused of Stealing $500,000 from Law Firm 

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Investigation still underway.

U.S. Treasury Department in Washington.

Treasury GC Pick Brent McIntosh Discloses Big Law Income, Clients

By Mike Scarcella |

Brent McIntosh, the Sullivan & Cromwell partner nominated to be general counsel to the U.S. Treasury Department, reported earning nearly $2.9 million in income from the firm last year, according to his financial disclosure on file at the U.S. Office of Government Ethics.

(l-r) Thomas Giotto, Eugene Giotto, and Jeremiah Garvey, of Cozen O’Connor’s new Pittsburgh office.

Cozen O'Connor Grabs Large Group From Buchanan, Opens in Pittsburgh

By Lizzy McLellan |

Cozen O'Connor is expanding into western Pennsylvania, opening an office in Pittsburgh with three partners from Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney.

Eric Cowan

A Dewey & LeBoeuf TV Drama a No-Go, Says Firm's Ex-Telecom Leader

By Brian Baxter |

Eric Cowan, a former managing partner of Squire Patton Boggs' New York office who has been a partner at several other large firms, including the now-defunct Thelen and Dewey & LeBoeuf, is headed to McGuireWoods to head the firm's global media and entertainment practice. He has some thoughts about his former firm's demise.

London, UK

Quinn Emanuel Adds Clifford Chance Tax Leader in London

By Alex Berry |

Liesl Fichardt, head of the tax investigations and disputes practice at Clifford Chance in London, is leaving the Magic Circle firm to join Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan in the city.

Therese Doherty

Mintz Levin Lands Another Herrick Practice Leader

By Brian Baxter |

Therese Doherty, head of the securities, futures and derivatives litigation practice at Herrick, Feinstein in New York, is headed to Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo. The move to Mintz Levin, where Doherty will re-join a former senior Herrick colleague, comes a month after the firm ended merger talks with Crowell & Moring.

John Dedyo

Hunton & Williams Welcomes Weil Structured Finance Pro Dedyo

By Meghan Tribe |

John Dedyo, a longtime partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges in New York, has joined Hunton & Williams as a partner in the firm's finance and securitization practice. Dedyo is the latest lateral recruit by Hunton & Williams so far this year.

Harvard Law School.

Q&A: Legal Industry Leaders Head Back to School

By Miriam Rozen |

The director of Harvard Law School's executive education programs says his curriculum has evolved right along with the problems facing law firm and law department managers.

Noel Francisco

Noel Francisco, Trump's SG Nominee, Reveals Divestiture Plan in Ethics Pledge

By Marcia Coyle |

Noel Francisco, still awaiting a hearing on his nomination as U.S. solicitor general, has promised to divest his interests in technology, financial and pharmaceutical companies—including Apple Inc., Vanguard Financials and Merck & Co.—if he wins Senate confirmation. In his financial disclosure form, the former Jones Day partner reported $4.6M in his partnership share plus earnings supplement.

What Law Firms Can Learn From the United Airlines Fiasco

By Carlos Arcos, Marketing the Law Firm |

Even if you follow the law and all the internal protocols your firm has in place, you may still find that clients and the public view your actions negatively. In situations where you believe you are in the right, the instinct is not to apologize. Here is how to correctly handle a high-profile PR crisis.

Norton Rose Fulbright to Launch in Luxembourg

By Rose Walker |

The global legal giant is poised to open an office in Luxembourg with a team of three partners from local law firms.

3 Ways Big Data Will Change the Lawyer's Role

By Ian Lopez |

Lawyers, technologists and advisers may find themselves expanding their roles as technology becomes more integrated with our lives.

Sydney, Australia

Herbert Smith Freehills Settles With Eight Australian Partners Who Quit to Join White & Case

By Rose Walker |

An Australian court has approved a settlement in a dispute between Herbert Smith Freehills and eight of its former partners who sought to leave the firm last year to launch an Australia practice for White & Case.

New Group Seeks to Unite Women-Owned Firms

By Lizzy McLellan |

A Philadelphia lawyer has organized a national organization to support women-owned law firms and the lawyers who lead them.

Steve Berman, left, of Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro, riding with Jamis Hagens Berman team riders during training last year in Tucson, AZ.

Hagens Berman Mourns Death of Pro Cyclist

By Brian Baxter |

Chad Young, a promising young member of the Axeon Hagens Berman professional cycling team, died Friday in Tucson, Arizona, after a crash in the Tour of the Gila. Young, 21, was the first American cyclist to die in an event in nearly two decades.

Seattle, Washington.

Fox Rothschild Enters Pacific Northwest After Acquiring Local Shop

By Meghan Tribe and Lizzy McLellan |

The Am Law 100 firm is poised to open an office in Seattle after absorbing 39-lawyer Riddell Williams.

Dewey & LeBoeuf's former offices in Manhattan.

Jury Begins Deliberations in Dewey & LeBoeuf Retrial

By Scott Flaherty |

A Manhattan jury on Monday began deliberations in the retrial of former Dewey CFO Joel Sanders and former executive director Stephen DiCarmine.

James Woolery.

King & Spalding Latest Big Firm to Welcome Woolery

By Meghan Tribe |

James Woolery, a former investment banker, hedge fund executive and M&A partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore who for a brief time worked at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, has joined King & Spalding in New York. While it's the fourth job for Woolery in six years, the Kentucky native claims he's finally found a long-term home.

Ian Gershengorn

In Boost for Jenner, Former Acting SG Gershengorn Returns to Head Appeals Practice

By Tony Mauro |

The announcement Monday buoys the firm's venerable Supreme Court practice.

Kenneth Nunnenkamp and Giovanna Cinelli of Morgan Lewis.

Morgan Lewis Hires Dentons Int’l Trade Duo in DC

By Katelyn Polantz |

Giovanna Cinelli and Kenneth Nunnenkamp join Morgan Lewis as partners, with Cinelli tapped to co-lead the firm’s international trade, national security and economic sanctions practice.

Say Cheese! Big-Law Partner's Instagram Feed Captures Life in the Tasty Lane

By Leigh Jones |

Robert Darwell's TheDailyServer is a tribute to waiters, waitresses and bartenders, and all multitaskers whom the Sheppard Mullin partner admires.

Kara Brockmeyer, chief of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Unit at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, at Georgetown Law's Sixteenth Annual Corporate Counsel Institute on March 8, 2012.

SEC's FCPA Ace Kara Brockmeyer Joins Debevoise & Plimpton

By Sue Reisinger |

Kara Brockmeyer, former chief of the SEC Enforcement Division's Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Unit, is joining Debevoise & Plimpton's Washington, D.C., office as a partner and member of the white-collar and regulatory defense and the strategic crisis response and solutions groups, the firm announced Monday.

Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick sign

Another IP Boutique Opts for a Big Firm Merger

By Brian Baxter |

Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, an Am Law 200 firm with roots in Florida and Ohio, is poised to absorb Toledo-based intellectual property firm Fraser Clemens Martin Miller.

Salman Bhojani, left, and Nick Nelson, right, of Bhojani and Nelson in Texas.

Big Law Defectors Make Bet on Muslim Clients

By John Council |

Salam Bhojani and Nick Nelson see opportunity in building bridges with Muslim and South Asian business owners.

Staton M. Childers, Adams and Reese, Houston, TX

Adams and Reese Picks Up Five Litigators in Houston

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

A group, led by partner Staton Childers, joins Adams and Reese in Houston.

Virtu Financial CEO Douglas Cifu, left, and Executive Chairman Vincent Viola embrace during their company's IPO at the Nasdaq MarketSite, Thursday, April 16, 2015, in New York. The New York-based firm is one of the world's largest high-frequency trading companies. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Deal Watch: Virtu and Paul Weiss Seek HFT Supremacy

By Meghan Tribe |

High-speed electronic trader Virtu Financial Inc. turned to Paul Weiss to handle its $1.4 billion acquisition of rival KCG Holdings. The transaction has yielded roles for a half-dozen other Am Law 100 firms, including one firm firm trying to help retired New York Yankees star and ex-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush buy the Miami Marlins.

'He Knew' Says Dewey & LeBoeuf Prosecutor as Case Nears Close

By Scott Flaherty |

A prosecutor in the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal case spent his second day of closing arguments walking jurors through a series of allegedly improper accounting adjustments that he said the now-defunct firm's finance department made between 2008 and 2012.

Julie Brill

Microsoft Hires Ex-FTC Commissioner as Cybersecurity, Privacy Lead

By David Ruiz |

Former commissioner for the U.S. Federal Trade Commission Julie Brill will be deputy general counsel and report directly to Microsoft president and chief legal officer Brad Smith. Brill joins the company after roughly a year with Hogan Lovells.

Bad News: Rainmakers Aren't Lounging in Their PJs

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

The idea that lawyers can make buckets of money from their cozy apartment, beach house or suburban manse is a fantasy.

Downtown Cityscape Los Angeles, California, USA

Mayer Brown Brings on Sidley LA Real Estate Duo

By Rebecca Cohen |

Sidley Austin real estate partner M. Scott Cooper and counsel Daniel Liffmann in Los Angeles became the latest lawyers to leave the firm this year in Los Angeles—Sidley has two offices in the city—as they both joined Mayer Brown as partners.

New Initiative Seeks to Establish Common Language for Legal Matters

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

A developing project around legal matter standards could give law departments a new language to speak when they talk about their work.

Law Firm Recruiters Blast Headhunter's 'Sexist' Job Hunt Column

By Cogan Schneier and Katelyn Polantz |

The founder of BCG Attorney Search wrote that law firms fill recruiting jobs with women who are “quite attractive and fit,” but also sometimes “ditzy” and “more focused on themselves than their jobs.”

Rod Rosenstein testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearing to be deputy attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice March 7, 2017.

Rosenstein Pegged to Bring Experience, Stability to DOJ

By Cogan Schneier |

Rod Rosenstein has his work cut out for him now that he’s officially U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ right-hand man. Attorneys are looking to Rosenstein, a lifelong public servant, to bring a dose of stability to the U.S. Department of Justice after the U.S. Senate confirmed him as the deputy attorney general.

America's Richest County Has 800 People—and One Lawyer

By Miriam Rozen |

Kimberly Kay Krieder-Dusek does a little bit of everything in McMullen County, Texas.

Mary Jo White.

Debevoise's White to Lead Firm's Newly Branded 'Crisis Teams'

By Roy Strom |

Familiar with crises involving President Donald Trump, former U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission chair Mary Jo White is being tapped by Debevoise & Plimpton to be the first person to ring when a Tweet or viral video causes corporate chaos.

McDermott Will & Emery offices at 500 North Capitol street in Washington, D.C. June 11, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Two Ex-Dewey Partners Find a New Home at McDermott

By Meghan Tribe |

McDermott Will & Emery has hired corporate partners Ivan Presant and Jeffrey Meyers in New York from Greenberg Traurig and Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, respectively. Meyers chaired Stroock’s energy and project finance practice after joining the firm in 2009 from Dewey & LeBoeuf, a firm that Presant fled in early 2012.

Charting Growth

This chart maps year-over-year changes in revenue per lawyer and profits per partner for every firm in The Am Law 100. Baker Botts, Crowell & Moring, and Nelson Mullins saw the biggest increases in both RPL and PPP last year. 

Mark Liscio, center, Madlyn Primoff, right, and Scott Talmadge, left.

Freshfields Recruits New York Restructuring Team

By Alex Berry |

London-based legal giant Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has hired three restructuring partners in New York from newly-merged Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer. The Magic Circle firm began ramping up its operations in Manhattan two years ago.

Senior counsel John Conner Jr., left, and partner Peter Gray, of Crowell & Moring.

Crowell Snags Chemicals Pros From Dentons in DC

By Katelyn Polantz |

Crowell & Moring added to its chemicals regulatory practice this week by picking up two longtime pesticides lawyers from Dentons.

Covington Opens Two New Offices After Adding Chadbourne Team

By Rose Walker |

A four-partner team from Chadbourne & Parke is leaving the firm's offices in three cities—Dubai, Johannesburg and London—for Covington & Burling. The move comes ahead of Chadbourne's planned combination with Norton Rose Fulbright.

Partners, Gibson Dunn; Houston office..Bottom Row: left to right:  Mike Darden and Shalla Prichard. Top Row:  left to right:  James Chenoweth, Gerry Spedale, Hillary Holmes, Justin Stolte, and Tull Florey.

Gibson Dunn Nabs Six Baker Botts Energy Partners for New Houston Office

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

A group of six energy transactional partners in Baker Botts today joined Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's new Houston office.

April Doss.

Saul Ewing's Doss Tapped for 2016 Election Probe

By Lizzy McLellan |

April Doss was appointed as special counsel to the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee.

For Big Law Partners, a Trump Tax Giveaway?

By Katelyn Polantz |

Details surrounding the president's tax plan are still sketchy. But one thing’s for sure: Equity partners at the country's biggest law firms would enjoy a massive cut if the plan becomes reality. 

L-R Mark Silow and Mark Morris, Fox Rothchild

Fox Rothschild Grows Revenue 14 Percent, Profits Stay Flat

By Lizzy McLellan |

Revenue jumped 14 percent at Fox Rothschild in 2016, more than matching head count growth as the firm beefed up its lawyer ranks.

Terrence Allen

Pepper Hamilton Defections Mount as Akin Gump Adds Partner

By Rebecca Cohen |

Terrence Allen, who joined Pepper Hamilton’s Los Angeles office a year ago, is on the move again to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in nearby Orange County. Allen is the latest Pepper Hamilton partner to leave the firm so far this year.

Key Findings From the Am Law 100: A Podcast With Roy Strom

Reporter Roy Strom summarizes the key takeaways from the Am Law 100 rankings and what consultants say to look for in the coming year.

Profits Per Lawyer

A firm's PPL is its net income divided by its lawyer count. Wachtell topped the list with a PPL of $1.92 million.

Profitability Index

This metric, introduced in 1985, seeks to demonstrate which firms best balance leverage and profit margin for the highest possible profits per partner. We calculate the profitability index by dividing profits per partner by revenue per lawyer.

Compensation for All Partners

Average Compensation-All Partners rose by 1.6 percent in 2016, compared with an increase of 3.7 percent in 2015. Seventy-one firms posted increases, compared with 70 the previous year. Fifteen firms posted double-digit gains, while six posted double-digit losses.

Value Per Lawyer

Our value per lawyer metric demonstrates how much, on average, each of a firm’s lawyers contributes to total partner compensation. On average, value per lawyer for the Am Law 100 increased 2.4 percent, down from 3.3 percent in 2015. A firm’s VPL is its compensation-all partners divided by its lawyer count. We express it two ways: as a dollar amount and as the number of lawyers needed to generate $10 million in partner compensation.

Paul Tanck

Alston & Bird Adds Chadbourne's IP Chair

By Brian Baxter |

Paul Tanck, chair of Chadbourne & Parke's intellectual property practice in New York, is headed to Alston & Bird ahead of his firm's proposed combination with Norton Rose Fulbright.

Marlins Park

Wachtell, Proskauer Leading Off on Big League Baseball Deal

By Brian Baxter |

The two Am Law 100 firms are advising on a potential $1.3 billion sale of Major League Baseball's Miami Marlins to an ownership group fronted by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and ex-New York Yankees star Derek Jeter.

Todd Toral

Jenner & Block Bags DLA Piper's Cross-Border Litigation Chair

By Rebecca Cohen |

Todd Toral, chair of cross-border litigation for the Americas at DLA Piper, is joining Jenner & Block as a complex commercial litigation partner in Los Angeles.

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Do Women Really Choose the Pink Ghetto?

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Are women opting for those lower-paying practices or is there an invisible hand that steers them there?

Claud

Guns Part of Tex McIver's Ethos—Just Not the One In His Sock Drawer

By R. Robin McDonald |

Atlanta lawyer Claud "Tex" McIver had a lot of guns. No one disputes that.

Stephen DiCarmine leaves court after a mistrial is declared in the first Dewey & LeBoeuf trial, Oct. 19, 2015.

Lawyer Calls Dewey Criminal Case a Failure as Summations Begin

By Scott Flaherty |

A lawyer for former Dewey & LeBoeuf executive director Stephen DiCarmine on Tuesday sought to inject doubt in the minds of jurors nearing a potential verdict in the long-running criminal case over the firm's demise.

Stay-at-Home-Rainmakers: A Growing Threat to Big Law

By Roy Strom |

Cloud-based law firms still face skepticism from some pockets of the legal market. But there are signs that they are becoming stiffer competition for Big Law.

Left to right: Kevin Jordan, Walter Lynch and Michael Cancienne, partners of Jordan, Lynch & Cancienne in Houston.

Three Baker Botts Partners Form Litigation Boutique

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Baker Botts civil litigators Kevin Jordan, Walter Lynch and Michael Cancienne—partners in the firm's Houston office—have left to start Jordan, Lynch & Cancienne.

Deal Watch: Three Firms Advise on Medical Supply Mega-Merger

By Meghan Tribe |

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, Weil, Gotshal & Manges and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz are advising on a proposed $24 billion deal that will see Becton, Dickinson & Co. acquire medical device manufacturing rival C.R. Bard Inc. Skadden and Wachtell also advised on another $6.1 billion deal involving Cardinal Health Inc.

Symphony Tower at 1180 Peachtree St. in Atlanta, where King & Spalding has its offices.

King & Spalding Nabs Tort, Medical Device Group in Austin

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Six lawyers, including three partners, are leaving Norton Rose Fulbright for King & Spalding's office in Austin, Texas.

Adam Szubin

Top Treasury Department Official to Join S&C in DC

By Meghan Tribe |

Sullivan & Cromwell snags Adam Szubin, a former acting under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence at the Treasury Department, as of counsel for its financial services group in Washington, D.C. Szubin was a key architect of the Obama administration's controversial nuclear deal with Iran.

Roger Quillen, chairman and managing partner, Fisher Phillips, Atlanta

Fisher & Phillips Posts Double-Digit Rise in Revenue

By Meredith Hobbs |

Labor and employment lawyers at Fisher & Phillips were in demand in 2016, helping the firm boost its gross revenue to $176.5 million, a hefty 11.7 percent increase from the year before.

Former White House counsel W. Neil Eggleston. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL

Obama White House Counsel Neil Eggleston Returns to Kirkland

By Katelyn Polantz |

"From the moment Neil left, we were missing him and hoping he would return," said Kirkland's Eugene Assaf.

Stephen DiCarmine, left, and Joel Sanders outside the courtroom during their 2015 trial

Dewey Leaders Won't Testify, Call Witnesses as Retrial Nears End

By Scott Flaherty |

In the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal case, counsel for former firm executives Joel Sanders and Stephen DiCarmine said Monday that they would proceed to summations without putting either defendant on the stand or calling their own witnesses.

MoginRubin, a new firm in Washington, D.C., and San Diego, combines the class action representation and antitrust experience of solo practitioners Daniel Mogin (left) and Jonathan Rubin. The two rendezvoused at Dulles International Airport in northern Virginia on Wednesday before Mogin flew back to the West Coast.

New Bicoastal Boutique Packs Antitrust Plaintiffs Punch

By Katelyn Polantz |

A U.S. Supreme Court victory against Visa and Mastercard over ATM fees has helped unite two solo antitrust litigators to form a bicoastal firm.

First day of bottling aged bourbon at Ragged Branch Distillery, located in Albemarle County, Virginia, on a 92-acre farm.

Shot of Bourbon? This Big Law Partner's Got You Covered

By Angela Morris |

A new distillery launched by Mayer Brown tax attorney Russell Nance is part of the growing popularity of craft spirits.

Linklaters to Make Big China Move With New Shanghai Spin-off

By James Booth |

Linklaters is set to make its long-awaited move into Chinese law with a team of almost 20 lawyers breaking off to set up a new "best friends" firm in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone.

Partner Promotions Dip at New York's Largest Firms

By Meghan Tribe |

Many law firms eased back on partner promotions last year, but the slowdown was less pronounced in New York—especially in corporate practices.

Foley & Lardner office in Miami.

Foley & Lardner Explores Union With New York's Friedman Kaplan

By Brian Baxter |

Foley & Lardner, which more than a year ago broke off discussions about a potential combination with Eversheds, is on the hunt for a merger partner in New York. One firm that has drawn Foley & Lardner's interest is boutique Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman. The two firms share more in common than just tie-up talks.

L-R Bill O'Reilly, Chris Christie and Ken Starr.

From Bridgegate to Bill O'Reilly, Probes Put Law Firms in the Hot Seat

By Miriam Rozen |

For American media audiences, the Bill O'Reilly saga had pretty much everything, from sex and celebrity to money and politics. For law firms and their clients, it was also a reminder: In the biggest scandals, there's nothing internal about internal investigations.

Bill O'Reilly.

Would Big Law Boot Bill O'Reilly?

By Vivia Chen |

Just like the Fox News Network LLC, some law firms would be equally reluctant to get rid of a top rainmaker who behaved badly.

Legal Weed Company Gets Some More Lawyer-Shareholders

By Rebecca Cohen |

The marijuana vending machine startup Medbox Inc. got smoked last month by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which accused the cannabis company of filing sham earnings reports. It was the latest in a series of setbacks for Medbox, now called Notis Global Inc., and its growing ranks of lawyer-owners.

Call for Nominations: Litigation Departments of the Year

It's time to submit your entry for The American Lawyer's Litigation Departments of the Year, which recognizes top litigation departments in overall excellence, intellectual property, products liability, and regulatory/white-collar.

K&L Gates Fills Breach-Response Need With RADAR Deal

By Lizzy McLellan |

The partnership follows the departure from K&L Gates of Pittsburgh partner Roberta Anderson, a co-founder of the firm's 6-year-old cybersecurity practice.

Appellate Court Upholds Disqualification Ruling Against Gibson Dunn

By Ross Todd |

Attorneys must refrain from using apparently privileged documents, regardless of when or how they were received, the Fourth District says.

David Podein, partner at Haber Slade in Miami. Courtesy photo.

'Let the World Enjoy My Bald Head': A Lawyer Fights Cancer

By Samantha Joseph |

Real estate attorney David Podein describes his law school-era bout with cancer.

Bilzin Sumberg Sets Its Own Standard for Success

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Bilzin Sumberg isn't on the list of the 200 top grossing U.S. law firms, or that of the firms with the most lawyers. But it regularly ranks among them in terms of profits per partner and revenue per lawyer.

money or compensation

Obermayer Settles Dispute Over Associate Billing, Bonuses

By Lizzy McLellan |

Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel has reached a settlement with a former associate who claimed he lost out on bonuses due to an unfair billing system.

Jury Awards $3M to Widow of Ex-Reed Smith Partner

By Roy Strom |

A Chicago federal jury on Thursday awarded $3 million to the widow of a former leader of Reed Smith’s corporate department, finding pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline plc liable for the 2010 suicide of Stewart Dolin.

David Feuerstein

NYC Boutique Makes Bet on Big Weed

By Meghan Tribe |

Feuerstein Kulick, a five-lawyer boutique formed last year in Manhattan, has received a surge in interest from clients keen on opportunities in the legal cannabis market following legislation introduced in Canada last week that would legalize marijuana north of the border.

Jeff Dorrill, third from the left, is pictured with some fellow members of the University of Alabama triathlon team at the Rocketman Triathlon in Huntsville, Alabama, in August 2016.

Tax Lawyer, 55, to Compete on University’s Triathlon Team

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Jeff Dorrill, a partner in Haynes and Boone in Dallas, will compete against athletes half his age in a national championship.

What's in Your Warehouse? Closing the Business Intelligence Data Gap

By Zach Warren |

Collecting and normalizing business intelligence data, building a data warehouse, and effective presentation for outside the organization will be key concepts at the 2017 CLOC conference.

David Frederick

Washington's $500 Million Man Becomes Name Partner at Kellogg Hansen

By Katelyn Polantz |

Here's one way to get your name on the letterhead at an elite law firm: Earn half a billion dollars from a single client.

Winston & Strawn's eDiscovery Review Center at their Washington, D.C. office. February 1, 2016. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Katherine Vidal to Lead Winston's Silicon Valley Push

By Scott Graham |

Vidal, who has represented companies like PayPal and VMware, is leaving Fish & Richardson after 20 years at the firm.

Houston IP Firm Sues Ex-Lawyer, Alleging She Steered Clients to Other Firms

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

JL Salazar Law Firm, an intellectual property firm in Houston, seeks up to $1 million in damages from former member Valerie Friedrich, who departed the firm on March 1.

Evan Greebel and Martin Shkreli

Shkreli, Ex-Counsel to Get Separate Trials, US Judge Decides

By Andrew Denney |

A joint trial of ex-pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli and Evan Greebel, his co-defendant in a fraud case and his former lawyer, would present a "serious risk" that Shkreli would not receive a fair trial, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday.

Troy Zander.

Cooley Hires DLA Piper's Ex-San Diego Leader

By Rebecca Cohen |

Troy Zander, a venture debt finance partner at DLA Piper in Silicon Valley and San Diego, is headed to Cooley. Zander served as an office managing partner in San Diego for DLA Piper, which has two offices in the city. Litigation partner Jesse Hindman also recently left DLA Piper in San Diego to start his own shop.

Blank Rome, Cozen O'Connor Want Ponzi Scheme Suit Tossed

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The two firms claim they are being targeted because the real fraudster is broke and owes millions of dollars.

The Young and the Restless

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

If your firm has been spending big bucks on branding, paying fat bonuses or packing associates off for courses at Harvard Business School, you've just wasted your partners' hard-earned money.

Bill O'Reilly.

Lawyers Take Aim at Each Other as O'Reilly Exits Fox

By Miriam Rozen |

In a slugfest between two prominent New York litigators, plaintiffs lawyer Douglas Wigdor on Wednesday cited his appreciation for Fox News and his financial backing for Donald Trump's presidential campaign to refute the suggestion that he's part of a left-wing conspiracy against newly-ousted Fox commentator Bill O'Reilly.

Wachtell Lawyer Jumps to Litigation Funder

By Ben Hancock |

Garrett Ordower is joining Lake Whillans in New York, where he'll help vet cases for potential investment.

Kerrie Campbell.

Chadbourne Ousts Partner Suing Firm for Gender Bias

By Brian Baxter |

Kerrie Campbell, a litigator at Chadbourne & Parke who brought a $100 million gender bias suit against the firm, was expelled from its partnership Thursday. In a memo to all Chadbourne partners, Campbell sought to avoid such a fate, which came after 70 partners voted in favor of her exit. She was the only dissenting vote.

Wall or No Wall, Cross-Border Pipelines Keep Texas Lawyers Busy

By Miriam Rozen |

"A bunch of the anti-Mexico rhetoric that you heard from the president has now faded," says King & Spalding's James Bowe.

Anton Valukas.

Tony Valukas Steps Down as Jenner & Block Chairman

By Roy Strom |

Anton “Tony” Valukas, a longtime partner and leader of Jenner & Block, will step down as chairman at month’s end. Valukas, one of The American Lawyer’s Lifetime Achievers, will not be replaced in the honorary role but remain a senior partner at the Chicago-based Am Law 100 firm.

Will Law Schools' LL.M Programs Suffer from Trump's 'America First' Stance?

By Karen Sloan |

Law school administrators say concerns are growing from foreign students about how the myriad immigration and travel policies emerging from Washington could impact their plans to obtain LL.M degrees in the United States.

Alexander Hadjis.

Cadwalader's ITC Chair Decamps to IP Boutique

By Meghan Tribe |

Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, a suburban Washington, D.C.-based IP firm, has hired partner Alexander Hadjis from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, which he joined in early 2014 from Morrison & Foerster. Hadjis headed Cadwalader’s International Trade Commission group and co-chaired the firm’s technology industry practice.

Hong Kong.

Davis Polk Hires Ex-U.S. Prosecutor from Ropes & Gray in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

Patrick Sinclair is the latest former federal prosecutor to wind up in the Hong Kong office of a U.S. firm.

Kerrie Campbell, partner with Chadbourne & Parke, in Washington, D.C. September 1, 2016.

Chadbourne Sex Bias Plaintiffs Lose Bid to Block Partnership Vote

By Scott Flaherty |

A federal judge in Manhattan on Monday declined to temporarily block Chadbourne & Parke’s partnership from voting to expel Kerrie Campbell, a partner in Washington, D.C., who is leading a $100 million gender discrimination action against the firm.

Study Shows Gender Diversity Varies Widely Across Practice Areas

By Meghan Tribe |

A study by ALM Intelligence found that women are better represented in niche legal fields such as immigration and family law, but underrepresented in top-tier Big Law practice areas like corporate and litigation. Female talent is also underrepresented in states with large law school talent pools, according to the analysis.

(L-R) David Sanford, Jeremy Heisler, and Kevin Sharp, of Sanford Heisler Sharp.

Sanford Heisler Firm Adds Name Partner, New Office With Judge's Hire

By Scott Flaherty |

Sanford Heisler said outgoing Tennessee federal Judge Kevin Sharp will expand the firm and help it trade blows with Chadbourne & Parke in a $100 million sex bias suit.

Dentons offices in Washington, D.C., at 1900 K Street, N.W. March 30, 2017.

Dentons Culls Partners Amid Budget Shortfall

By Katelyn Polantz |

The world’s largest law firm by head count asked several U.S.-based partners to leave after it failed to meet its 2016 budget, multiple sources said.

Irwin Raij.

O’Melveny Lands Foley & Lardner Sports Co-Leader in Practice Push

By Brian Baxter |

O’Melveny & Myers has hired Irwin Raij, co-chair of the sports industry team at Foley & Lardner in Miami, New York and Washington, D.C., as a partner and co-chair of its sports industry group. The addition of Raij is the latest lateral recruit by O’Melveny in the sports space this year.

Deal Watch: Skadden Feasts on Panera, Intrawest, McAfee Bids

By Brian Baxter and Meghan Tribe |

What do security software, ski resorts and casual dining chains have in common? Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, which got the first quarter of 2017 started by snagging roles on three notable M&A deals. Alas, the firm was shunted aside by Latham & Watkins on another major transaction for film studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.

Second Circuit Revives Fraud Suit Against K&L Gates, Ex-Partners

By Andrew Denney |

A federal appeals court has reinstated a fraud lawsuit against K&L Gates and two of its former partners alleging that the attorneys exploited their past representation of a publishing executive to undermine his efforts to acquire assets from a bankruptcy sale.

Art Rooney II at a press conference in April 2012 announcing the new Minnesota Vikings stadium.

Death of Diversity Pioneer Rooney A Tough Blow to Buchanan Ingersoll

By Meghan Tribe |

When news broke Thursday of Dan Rooney's death, the National Football League community mourned the loss of one of its great icons. For Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, the loss of the Pittsburgh Steelers' chairman at 84 marked the passing of a longtime client and friend, as well as an innovator for workplace diversity.

An advertisement for Trump University.

For Trump U Plaintiffs Lawyers, Unusual Path to 'Extraordinary' $25M Settlement

By Scott Flaherty |

Plaintiffs lawyers from Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd discuss the road to the settlement they reached with Trump U.

Voice of the Client: Attention, Lawyers! Collaborate with Your Clients

By Beth Marie Cuzzone and Kelly Harbour, Marketing the Law Firm |

When it comes to relationship man¬agement, many firms fail to con¬sider the value client involvement can bring to key business processes such as succession planning or cli¬ent team transitioning.

Ciber, Med Dev Bankruptcies Leave Trail of Big Law Creditors

By Brian Baxter |

The bankruptcy filings this week of global IT consultancy Ciber Inc. and a pair of medical device makers have left several big firms holding the bag. Ciber owes thousands in unpaid legal fees to Polinselli, while Duane Morris, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and two California firms are listed as unsecured creditors another Chapter 11 case.

The United Airlines Fiasco Should Lead to Better Pay for Jurors

By Roy Strom |

Being bumped from an airplane is a raw deal. Sitting on a jury is way worse. What could be done to change that? Fair pay.

NY Judge's Suspected Suicide Shines Light on Silent Struggle

By John Council |

Judges are public figures, problem-solvers and make life-or-death decisions—all of which can make it difficult to seek help with depression or other mental health issues.

Heller Ehrman Ruling Shows Perils for 'In-Between' Partners

By Ross Todd |

A longtime partner who was de-equitized before the firm's collapse can't collect more than $1 million in back pay because he was still technically a shareholder, the Ninth Circuit ruled this week.

Debevoise & Plimpton

Debevoise Adds Ex-EDNY Securities Fraud Chief

By Brian Baxter |

In its latest hire of a former federal prosecutor in the Obama administration, Debevoise & Plimpton has hired Winston Paes as counsel for its white-collar defense and regulatory group in New York. Paes leaves the U.S. attorney's office in Brooklyn on the eve of its high-profile securities fraud trial of ex-Katten Muchin partner Evan Greebel.

Bennett Kight, Atlanta .

Defense: Ex-Sutherland Partner Incompetent to Stand Trial on Fraud Charges

By R. Robin McDonald |

Lawyers for a 76-year-old Atlanta lawyer accused of stealing from a longtime client say he suffers from dementia and scans show a "black hole" in an area of the brain that affects judgment and personality.

Jeffrey Greene

Fenwick's New York Office Nabs Foley IP Vice Chair

By Rebecca Cohen |

Having finally opened a New York office almost a year ago, the Silicon Valley stalwart has hired Foley & Lardner partner Jeffrey Greene to bolster its base in the Big Apple. Greene served as vice chair of his former firm’s department.

David Sanford.

Partner Asks Judge to Halt Chadbourne Expulsion Vote Amid Gender Bias Case

By Scott Flaherty |

Kerrie Campbell, who is leading a gender bias suit against Chadbourne & Parke, claims that the firm's planned planned vote next week on her expulsion from the partnership is part of an effort to punish her for bringing the putative class action case.

Azul Brazilian Airlines at Curitiba Airport (CWB) in Brazil.

Brazilian IPOs a Boon to Shearman, Simpson Thacher

By Brian Baxter |

The two Wall Street firms are advising this week on a pair of initial public offerings by Brazilian airline Azul SA and Latin American e-commerce giant NetShoes Ltd. that have raised nearly $800 million for both companies and generated millions in legal fees.

DLA Piper Exits Australian Capital in Latest Office Closure

By James Booth |

In the latest of a series of closures involving the global legal giant's international network, DLA Piper is shutting its doors in Canberra.

Workers clean the inside of a cafeteria hours after a bomb exploded at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, killing nine, four of them Americans, and wounding more than 70, on July 31, 2002.

Big Law Bench Runs Deep in $655M Terror Case at High Court

By Marcia Coyle |

Thirteen years after suing the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority—and winning a $655 million jury award in 2015—the American victims and estates of victims of a series of bombings and shootings in Israel are asking the justices to overturn a federal appeals court decision that jettisoned them out of court.

Should Firms 'Out' Lawyers on the Work/Life Balance Track?

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Littler Mendelson lists its "flextime" attorneys right on its website.

Dollars & Data: Law Firms Increasing Marketing, Business Development Tech Spend

By Ian Lopez |

A recent Bloomberg Law/Legal Marketing Association report examined how firms are using and plan to use technology for business development.

A detainee is escorted to a medium security facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Guantanamo Defense Attorneys Sue Over Work Conditions

By Cogan Schneier |

The attorneys, which include civilian and JAG lawyers, say they are forced to work in conditions that expose them to carcinogens while defending a client from the death penalty.

MOSCOW - AUGUST 21, 2016: Aerial view to Moscow-city (Moscow International Business Center) over Moskva River. Moscow-city is a modern commercial district in central Moscow.

Diplomatic Breakdown Rattles Western Law Firms in Russia

By Miriam Rozen |

For U.S. and international law firms in Moscow, soured geopolitics are making a bad business situation worse.

Kirkland's Gross Revenue, Partner Profits Hit New Highs

By Roy Strom |

The Chicago-based Am Law 100 firm had a 2016 to remember, as gross revenue rose 15 percent and profits per partner soared nearly 14 percent, helping Kirkland & Ellis break financial records.

Shearman & Sterling capital markets partner Lona Nallengara. HANDOUT.

Shearman Snags Two Equity Partner Hires in New York

By Meghan Tribe |

After making cutbacks to its equity partnership last year, Shearman & Sterling has recruited two corporate equity partners to its ranks in the Big Apple. One new addition is returning to the firm after a nearly two-year stint at Bridgewater Associates LP, the world’s largest hedge fund.

Brian Winterfeldt, left, and Daniel Winterfeldt, right.

Gay Twins Strive for Equality in Big Law

By Leigh Jones |

One is a partner at Mayer Brown; another is a partner at Reed Smith. Both are adamant about helping LGBT lawyers thrive in the profession.

digital tools

Clients Not Ready to 'Talk to a Robot,' but Jackson Lewis Bets on Automating Compliance Tasks

By Ian Lopez |

Jackson Lewis' workthruIT site serves as a digital tool suite for general counsel, HR and employers for workplace-related issues.

Reed Smith Launches Miami Office Amid Boutique Breakup

By Scott Flaherty |

Reed Smith is opening a Miami office with an international arbitration practice picked up from the Miami-based boutique firm Astigarraga Davis. The Astigarraga firm is splitting up, but more than half its lawyers will continue to work together at a new firm.

Adams and Reese managing partner Gif Thornton with new Atlanta office partner-in-charge Ron Bingham.

Adams and Reese Raids Baker Donelson to Launch Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale Offices

By Meredith Hobbs |

Adams and Reese has landed a 10-lawyer financial services team from Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz to open an Atlanta office and another in Fort Lauderdale.

Pepper Hamilton

Ex-Baylor Football Director Drops Claims Over Pepper's Report

By Lizzy McLellan |

A former Baylor University football official is dropping his libel suit against the university and Pepper Hamilton, but his claims may not be gone forever.

David Boies

Boies Schiller Bags Another Boutique, As Paul Weiss Adds Partner

By Meghan Tribe |

Almost a year after acquiring a New York-based litigation boutique, the newly-minted Boies Schiller Flexner has absorbed Los Angeles-based litigation firm Caldwell Leslie & Proctor. The move comes amid a restructuring at Boies Schiller that has resulted in several partners leaving the firm as it re-focuses itself on high-end litigation work.

Wells Fargo.

Report Faults Wells Fargo's Law Department in Sham-Accounts Scandal

By C. Ryan Barber |

Shearman & Sterling's report on the Wells Fargo sham-accounts scandal didn't hold any punches. And the bank's law department didn't escape scrutiny. The report found the law department "did not appreciate that sales integrity issues reflected a systemic breakdown in Wells Fargo's culture and values and an ongoing failure to correct the widespread breaches of trust in the misuse of customers’ personal data and financial information." Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan said the report provides a new opportunity to "learn from our mistakes."

Firms Announce Flextime Policies. How Exciting.

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Based on what I've seen, many if not most lawyers (except for the junior ones) work wherever they want.

E. Barrett Prettyman Court House.

Fight Over 2 Big Law Accounts Sparks Legal Tech Spat

By Cogan Schneier |

In a new suit, eSentio Technologies accuses HBR Consulting of derailing its bid for document management work from Akin Gump and King & Spalding.

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison offices in Washington, D.C. March 24, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Paul Weiss Poised to Make Rare London Lateral Partner Hire

By Rose Walker |

Alvaro Gomez de Membrillera Galiana, a corporate partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in London, has agreed to join Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in the city.

New York's High-Flying Firms Hit New Heights in Profits, Revenue

By Christine Simmons and Lizzy McLellan |

The good times are rolling again for New York's elite law firms.

For Some Big Firms, It's Still All About That IPO Equity

By Rebecca Cohen |

The tech bubble may have burst more than 15 years ago, but large law firms are still taking equity stakes in startup companies that they help bring to market.

Scott Wolas.

After 20 Years as Fugitive, Ex-Hunton Partner Arrested in Florida

By Brian Baxter |

He was not quite Whitey Bulger, but federal prosecutors in Boston announced Friday the arrest in Florida of Scott Wolas, a disbarred lawyer accused of perpetrating a $1.5 million real estate investment fraud in Massachusetts. Wolas, booted from Hunton & Williams in 1995, has been on the run for two decades.

Evan Greebel and Martin Shkreli

Feds Accuse Shkreli, Ex-Counsel of 'Ramping Up' Row as Trial Strategy

By Andrew Denney |

A federal prosecutor in the securities fraud case against pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli and his ex-counsel Evan Greebel accused the defendants on Friday of strategically “ramping up” the animosity between them in an effort to sever their cases.

Westinghouse Filings Detail Weil's Big Bankruptcy Bills

By Brian Baxter |

Weil, Gotshal & Manges, no stranger to big bankruptcy fees, has disclosed how much it was paid by Westinghouse Electric prior to the nuclear energy company's recent Chapter 11 filing. The Trump administration and Japanese government are seeking to avert a sale of Westinghouse—owned by Toshiba Corp.—to Chinese buyers.

Jobs Report Brings More Bad News for Legal Employment

By Scott Flaherty |

Employment in the U.S. legal sector took another hit in March, with the industry losing 1,500 jobs, according to preliminary data released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Judge Neil Gorsuch testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee during the second day of his confirmation hearing to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia at the U.S. Supreme Court. March 21, 2017.

Gorsuch's SCOTUS Vote Could Soon Prove Decisive on Many Cases

By Marcia Coyle and Tony Mauro |

The final round of arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court this month will give soon-to-be Justice Neil Gorsuch opportunities to reveal how he would deal with a range of issues, including government support of religious institutions and requirements for securities and product liability claims.

J. Dennis Hastert.

Dennis Hastert Escapes More Legal Trouble Thanks to ‘Implausible’ Witness

By Katelyn Polantz |

An Illinois realtor who accused the former House speaker of misusing federal funds bombed with U.S. District Judge Charles Cocoas, who dismissed the suit on Thursday.

Pictured (L-R): James Normile, Patricia Mollica, William Dudine, Alexander Deland, Catriona Morgan

Katten Takes on Winston & Strawn's Public Finance Group

By Meghan Tribe |

A five-lawyer public finance group from Winston & Strawn has joined Katten Muchin Rosenman's New York office as the firm looks to expand its practice presence nationwide. James Normile, one of the partners making the move, is leaving an office he joined 30 years ago from now-defunct Finley Kumble.

Kristopher Badame

For New Jackson Lewis Lateral Litigator, A Shift Change

By Rebecca Cohen |

Jackson Lewis has brought on litigation partner Kristopher Badame in Irvine, California, from his own plaintiffs’ shop in nearby Lake Forest. Badame, who coaches amateur hockey in his spare time, will transition his practice to doing corporate defense work at his new firm.

Tower Bridge and downtown Sacramento, California.

Buchalter Bags LeClairRyan Litigators for New Sactown Base

By Rebecca Cohen |

Having just opened an office in Sacramento, Buchalter sought this week to grow its new outpost in California's capital by recruiting a team of lawyers from LeClairRyan.

Preet Bharara, former US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, speaks to a standing room only crowd at Cooper Union on Thursday, April 6, 2017. This is his first public appearance since his termination by President Donald J. Trump last month.

Reason for Firing 'Beats the Hell Out of Me,' Bharara Says in First Speech Since Leaving U.S. Atty Post

By Andrew Denney |

Preet Bharara said he refused to resign when asked to do so last month to make sure the record reflected that President Donald Trump changed his mind and decided to fire him as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

Mary Jo White, center, speaking before the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, during her confirmation hearing to be chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, on March 12, 2013.  Behind her, left, is her husband, John White, a partner with Cravath, Swaine & Moore.

Cravath Welcomes Lone Nonequity Partner Back Into Equity Tier

By Katelyn Polantz |

Now that Mary Jo White is out of government and back at Debevoise, her husband John White has returned from equity exile at Cravath.

V&E, Akin Gump, Advise on $3.3B Convenience Store Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Vinson & Elkins represents Sunoco LP in its pending $3.3 billion sale of more than 1,000 convenience stores, some in Texas, to 7-Eleven, which turned to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.

Stephen D. Susman

Susman Godfrey Rethinks Contingency Model, Looks to Oil and Gas Clients

By Miriam Rozen |

"I have 116 lawyers at this firm. They need to feed their families," says Steve Susman.

Vice President Mike Pence

Mike Pence Is a Prude, and So Are Big-Law Partners

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Who knew the vice president was such a lustful rascal?

Kerrie Campbell

Chadbourne Wants Kerrie Campbell to Leave the Building

By Brian Baxter |

Seven months after slapping a $100 million gender bias suit against Chadbourne & Parke, litigation partner Kerrie Campbell in Washington, D.C., could finally be on the outs. The firm said Wednesday that a partnership vote would determine her future at Chadbourne.

California Supreme Court.

32 Firms Line Up to Fight 'Unfinished Business' Doctrine at Calif. High Court

By Ross Todd |

From Akin Gump to Wilson Sonsini, law firms are protesting the principle that bankruptcy trustees can claw back profits from client matters that partners take with them from defunct firms.

money or compensation

Obermayer Says Ex-Associate Can't Sue Over 'Intangible' Bonus Credits

By Lizzy McLellan |

In response to a former associate's lawsuit over bonuses, Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel is countering that its associate bonuses are discretionary, and the credits it uses to calculate bonuses don't amount to "tangible" property.

multi-ethnic team

Legal Depts. Ask Firms for Diversity, Make Efforts In-House

By David Ruiz |

Corporate legal departments pushing for greater diversity in outside counsel are also taking steps to improve diversity in-house. Adobe Systems Inc.'s general counsel is among those involved.

Law Firm Merger Mania Continues in First Quarter of 2017

By Meghan Tribe |

Led by a strong wave of cross-border combinations, law firm merger activity in the first quarter of 2017 continued to accelerate as legal services shops gained growth and market share through acquisitions, according to reports by legal consultancies Altman Weil Inc. and Fairfax Associates.

Reality-Testing Firm Leaders' Financial Projections

By David Altuna and Gretta Rusanow |

A Citibank analysis of results for the second half of 2016 shows that firm leaders' expectations were too optimistic.

Kirkland Among Big Firms Picking Up Payless Bankruptcy Roles

By Brian Baxter |

Armstrong Teasdale, Kirkland & Ellis, Munger, Tolles & Olson and Canada's Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt are advising Payless ShoeSource Inc., as the Topeka, Kansas-based shoe retailer filed for bankruptcy Tuesday in St. Louis and announced plans to shutter 400 stores.

Insurance Industry Competition Spurs New Network’s Creation

By Meghan Tribe |

Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, a 482-lawyer firm with Philadelphia and New York roots, has formed a global insurance network with firms in Canada, Spain and the U.K. The move comes more than two months after insurance industry rival Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker launched its own international network.

Stephen Immelt, CEO of Hogan Lovells.

Hogan Lovells Confirms Hire of Climan's Crew, But No Moves Yet

By Rebecca Cohen |

A team of technology transactions partners at Weil, Gotshal & Manges in Silicon Valley led by M&A rainmaker Richard “Rick” Climan are poised to join Hogan Lovells. But the group is still listed on Weil’s website and it remains unclear when their notice period will expire.

Plaintiffs Firm Sued for Defamation, 'Self-Aggrandizement'

By Amanda Bronstad |

Jay Edelson, founding partner of Edelson PC, called the complaint filed by a litigation foe "an attempt to do some late-in-the-game damage control" and promised an aggressive response.

Women and Rejection

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Does the dearth of women at the top stem from fear of rejection? Not exactly. After a botched interview or a unflattering review, they're less likely to try again.

The 2017 Corporate Scorecard

By The American Lawyer |

Firms are ranked on both the number and value of the deals handled in specific transactional areas, including Asset-Backed Securities, Bankruptcy, Equities, High-Yield Debt, Investment-Grade Debt, IPOs, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mortgage-Backed Securities, Municipal Bonds, Private Equity, Project Financing, REIT Debt, and REIT Equities.

Corporate Scorecard, The Methodology

By The American Lawyer |

The American Lawyer's Corporate Scorecard tracks the transactional practices of leading firms. See below for details on how the rankings are assembled; click here to return to the 2017 Corporate Scorecard.

Logo in the reception area of Greenspoon Marder in the Miami, Florida, office

Greenspoon Marder Expands in San Diego With IP Practice

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The firm is taking on three attorneys, including the name partner, from Handal & Associates.

Trinh Huynh, Atlanta

Arrest Announced in Midtown Slaying of UPS Lawyer

By Kristen Rasmussen |

Atlanta police announced Tuesday afternoon that a Roswell man was in custody in connection with the shooting death of Trinh Huynh, who arrived as a child refugee from wartorn Vietnam, grew up in Georgia and dedicated herself to the Atlanta legal and immigrant community.

Squire Patton Boggs offices in Washington, D.C.

Squire Patton Boggs Strikes Alliance With Trump's Lawyer

By Katelyn Polantz |

Michael Cohen, a personal lawyer to President Donald Trump who started his own firm two weeks ago, has agreed to form a strategic alliance with global legal giant Squire Patton Boggs.

Crowell & Moring, Herrick Call Off Tie-Up Talks

By Meghan Tribe |

Advanced discussions on a potential combination between Crowell & Moring and Herrick, Feinstein have ended, both firms announced in a joint statement Monday evening.

Alan S. Waldenberg of Schulte Roth & Zabel.

Schulte Roth Holds Steady With Modest Increases in Its 2016 Financial Results

By Scott Flaherty |

The firm's key financial metrics grew by less than 3 percent.

The Peculiar Alchemy of 2017's Two Big Mergers

By Hugh A. Simons |

The merger of Arnold & Porter and Kaye Scholer and the pending deal between Norton Rose Fulbright and Chadbourne & Parke present some unique challenges, contributor Hugh A. Simons writes.

Alberta Oil Sands Production.

Deal Watch: Five Firms Help ConocoPhillips Escape Oil Sands

By Meghan Tribe |

One of the world's largest independent oil exploration and production companies is bidding adieu to Canada's massive oil sands. Three leading Canadian firms and a pair of Am Law 100 shops have grabbed lead roles on a $13.3 billion deal by Houston-based ConocoPhillips' to unload the bulk of its assets up north.

The White House.

Trump Lawyers' Financial Disclosures Reveal Big Law Salaries, Client Lists

By C. Ryan Barber and Katelyn Polantz |

Want to know what Jones Day's biggest names made last year? How about partners at other major firms? The White House's staff financial disclosures, released over the weekend, offer rare glimpses inside the wallets of some of Washington's most well-known lawyers. We've highlighted details from 12 lawyers' disclosures.

Baseball Opening Day.

Sidley, Bay Area Boutique Among Top Baseball Billers

By Brian Baxter |

San Francisco-based Altshuler Berzon and Sidley Austin were among a dozen outside law firms to have received payments in 2016 from the Major League Baseball Players Association. The labor union, one of the most powerful in professional sports, disclosed the fees in an annual Labor Department filing.

Depressed young businessman wearing formal suit, sitting in the office with a laptop on desk

Ex-Reed Smith Partner's Suicide Trial Highlights Anxiety in Big Law Mergers

By Roy Strom |

Before Stewart Dolin's suicide in 2010, he told his therapist he felt inadequate as a Reed Smith practice leader. It's a feeling therapists say that lawyers, as a group, often struggle with, especially following mergers. But Big Law has a zip-lipped culture when it comes to mental health concerns.

Dallas Legal Market is Smoking Hot in 2017

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

With firms opening Dallas offices and laterals moving from firm to firm, the Dallas legal market is in play in 2017.

Denmark Latest Venue for DLA Piper's Global Growth

By James Booth |

DLA Piper's international expansion spree continued Friday as the legal giant announced a tie-up with 150-lawyer Danish firm LETT. The local shop will be absorbed into DLA Piper’s Nordic verein.

Betsy DeVos, U.S. secretary of education, speaks to employees on her first day at the Department of Education in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017.

Law School Student Debt the Betsy DeVos Way

By Steven J. Harper |

Don’t rely on the Trump administration to help solve the growing student debt crisis, says columnist Steven J. Harper.

L-R Arokium Sampson and Alison Bernard.

Dechert Debuts New Talent Team With Fried Frank, A&P Hires

By Lizzy McLellan |

Dechert has revamped its talent and diversity leadership, bringing in two Big Law veterans to lead lawyer development and diversity initiatives.

United States President-elect Donald Trump, Eric Trump, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jnr. listen to Attorney Sheri Dillon as she speaks about the turning over of The Trump Organization to the children of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at a press conference at Trump Tower in New York City. The President Elect spoke and answered questions on the turning over of his business to his children, email hacking and fake news. Trump is still holding meetings upstairs at Trump Tower as he continues to fill in key positions in his new administration. President-elect Donald Trump press conference, New York, USA - 11 Jan 2017 (Rex Features via AP Images)

Investment Fund Fires Morgan Lewis for 'Enabling' Trump With Ethics Advice

By Roy Strom |

"Americans deserve a president of undivided loyalty," the Wallace Global Fund told Morgan Lewis' leader. "Your firm has denied them that."

Dr. Scott E. Kamholz, MD, PhD, of Foley Hoag, in Washington, D.C. August 11, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Pair of Ex-PTAB Judges Join Covington

By Rebecca Cohen |

Covington & Burling is bulking up its patent practice on both coasts by recruiting two former judges with the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

Proskauer Rose, 11 Times Square, NYC.8-22-2016

Ex-Stroock Leader Part of Dozen-Lawyer Team Joining Proskauer

By Brian Baxter |

An investment funds group from Stroock & Stroock & Lavan led by Stuart Coleman, the firm's former co-managing partner and chair of its investment management practice, is peeling off for Proskauer Rose.

Fraud Conviction in $23M Scheme Targeting Lawyers

By Lizzy McLellan |

A Canadian man accused of stealing more than $23 million from more than 100 lawyers, including some in Pennsylvania, has been convicted of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

Rudy Giuliani and Michael Mukasey

Giuliani, Mukasey Play Mysterious Roles in Case of Turkish Trader

By Andrew Denney |

A defense lawyer for Reza Zarrab confirmed the attorneys' involvement in response to a court order but said details of the representation are confidential.

David Friedman, left, and Donald Trump in 2010.

Kasowitz Reports Down Year; Trims Firm Name as Ex-Partner Assumes Ambassador Post

By Scott Flaherty |

Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman is now just Kasowitz Benson Torres. Name partner David Friedman left the firm to become the new ambassador to Israel under the Trump administration. The name change comes as the firm reports a down year in 2016.

Debevoise & Plimpton

Growth Surge Ends at Debevoise, But Ex-Partners Return

By Meghan Tribe |

Debevoise & Plimpton saw its gross revenue, profits per partner and revenue per lawyer and head count drop in 2016. The firm started off 2017 by bringing back former partner and litigation leader Mary Jo White as senior chair.

(Clockwise from top left) Julia Salasky of Crowdjustice, Jay Greenberg of LexShares, Howard Shams of Parabellum Capital, Susan Dunn of Harbour Litigation Finance, Ralph Sutton of Bentham IMF, and Christopher Bogart of Burford.

Who Rules the World of Litigation Funding?

By Ben Hancock |

Commercial litigation finance is a growing industry. But when it comes to the people who laid its foundations and those who are propelling the business today, it is an exceedingly small and interconnected world. Many key figures trace their roots to elite law firms or Wall Street institutions.

L-R Andy Liu and Robert Nichols, Nichols Liu.

D.C.'s Newest Firm Touts Big Law, Agency Vets

By Katelyn Polantz |

Government contract boutique Nichols Liu, led by ex-Covington partner Robert Nichols and other law firm and federal agency alums, made its formal debut this week.

Negative Ratings

What's a Law Firm To Do About Anonymous Online Reviews? Sue, of Course

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

A small Houston construction firm seeks damages from John and Jane Doe, alleging in a lawsuit that they authored false and defamatory reviews on various online websites.

USA Hockey, Gymnastics Generating Plenty of Big Law Work

By Meghan Tribe |

Ballard Spahr, Faegre Baker Daniels, Krieg DeVault and several other firms are advising the U.S. governing bodies for hockey and gymnastics, both of which are dealing with major legal matters that could affect their future.

Reception area of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo..102809

Mintz Levin Continues Growth in 2016, Topping 2015's Record Year

By Scott Flaherty |

Mintz Levin credits strong lateral hires and a focus on collaboration across practice areas and offices.

Sequoya Nuclear Power Plant.

Weil, Skadden Snag Roles on Westinghouse Bankruptcy

By Brian Baxter |

Skadden is advising Japan's Toshiba Corp. on its decision to put its Pittsburgh-based Westinghouse unit—advised by Weil, Gotshal & Manges—into bankruptcy in New York. The Chapter 11 filing comes a month after Toshiba took a $6.3 billion write-down on cost overruns for Westinghouse, a major player in the U.S. nuclear power industry.

Squire Patton Boggs offices in Washington, D.C. March 2015. Photo by Mike Scarcella/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Still in Growth Mode, Squire Patton Boggs Boosts Partner Profits

By Katelyn Polantz |

Squire Patton Boggs edged total revenues closer to the $1 billion mark and boosted average partner profits to nearly $1 million in 2016, in what global managing partner Steve Mahon called the firm's "best year ever."

Miami.

South Florida's Billing Rates Remain Flat As Small Firms Get More Than Half the Work

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Lawyer billing rates in the South Florida market grew more slowly than in most large markets through 2015 and a larger percentage of the work went to smaller law firms than it did in larger cities

DLA Piper Continues to Expand in Latin America—This Time in Peru

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The global legal giant has established another cooperation agreement in Latin America with Peru's Pizzaro, Botto & Escobar. The 40-lawyer firm will now be known as DLA Piper Pizarro Botto Escobar in Lima.

From left Richard Climan, John Brockland, Keith Flaum, and Jane Ross

Hogan Lovells Lures Weil Tech Transactions Team

By Rebecca Cohen |

Hogan Lovells is poised to hire a high-profile technology transactions team in Silicon Valley from Weil, Gotshal & Manges led by partners Richard 'Rick' Climan, Keith Flaum, Jane Ross and John Brockland. The quartet headed to Weil five years ago ahead of the collapse of Dewey & LeBoeuf, which they joined from Cooley in 2009.

Thomas Bolling, Abby Bried and Marc Warren

At Jenner & Block, A New Practice Takes Flight

By Meghan Tribe |

A new aviation and aerospace practice is ready for launch at Jenner & Block. The Chicago-based Am Law 100 firm has hired three new leaders of the practice from Crowell & Moring and United Airlines Inc.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission building

Ex-Big Law Partner Still Angry After SEC Fraud Claims Tossed

By Scott Flaherty |

William Uchimoto, a former partner at Buchanan Ingersoll, Saul Ewing and Stevens & Lee, says the only one guilty of misconduct in his case was the SEC.

Michal Rosenn.

Lawyers Using Social Media Lack Framework for What's Allowed

By David Ruiz |

Companies and firms are dealing with lawyers' social media use on a case-by-case basis, leading to uncertainty, in-house and outside counsel say.

Daniel Gallagher.

Mylan Taps Ex-SEC Commissioner as Top Lawyer

By Kristen Rasmussen |

EpiPen maker Mylan N.V. announced Tuesday that Daniel Gallagher has been appointed chief legal officer, effective April 17. Gallagher served as a commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from late 2011 to late 2015. He previously held various staff roles at the agency, including as counsel to two commissioners.

Partners Question 'Unreasonable' Deutsche Demands on Junior Lawyer Pay

By Anna Ward |

Almost 60% of partners think Deutsche Bank’s plan to stop paying panel law firms for work carried out by junior lawyers is unreasonable, according to a new survey.

Wilmer Grows Partner Profits, Trims Head Count as California Beckons

By Katelyn Polantz |

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr pruned attorney head count but kept revenue stable last year, as high-profile clients from Washington, D.C., to California turned to the firm to keep regulators and courtroom adversaries at bay.

Using Gamification to Drive Business Development Performance

By David Freeman, Law Journal Newsletters |

How to use gamification for business development.

Ten Am Law 100 Firms Help Raiders Roll Into Sin City

By Brian Baxter |

Enough outside law firms to represent nearly every position on a football field grabbed roles Monday on a deal to relocate to Las Vegas the National Football League's Oakland Raiders. In a 31-1 vote, NFL owners approved the team's move that will involve a record-setting sum of public money.

Fox Rothschild Raids Dentons for New York Startup Group

By Brian Baxter |

Randolph Adler Jr. and Michael Chung, once a pair of laid off Skadden associates, merged their own boutique with Dentons in 2015. Now the duo are leading a six-strong team decamping Dentons for Fox Rothschild, where Adler will co-chair the firm’s emerging companies and startup group. In the end, a global platform just didn’t matter.

Deadline Extended to May 15: Global Legal Awards

It's time to submit your entry for The American Lawyer's Global Legal Awards, which recognizes the best cross-border work of the year.

New York City, NY - July 12 2016: Aerial view top of Metlife building next to grand central terminal in the Manhattan skyline surrounded by building rooftops

California IP Firm Sets Sights on New York

By Rebecca Cohen |

While some large law firms are cutting back on their intellectual property practices, California-based Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear is in expansion mode. The IP-focused firm, which saw its gross revenue rise to $220 million in 2016, is preparing to move five lawyers to a new office in New York.

The Gender Divide Among Dealmaking Laterals

By Hugh A. Simons |

With Hourly Rates Rising, Report Shows Spotty Record for GC's Cost-Constraint Tactics

By Roy Strom |

Hourly rates are rebounding strongly from the post-recession doldrums and Big Law is leading the way in capturing more money for their time. Nonetheless, overall demand for lawyers’ time continues to fall, according to an analysis released Monday of actual legal invoices from nearly 100 companies.

Dale Noll, with Akerman, Miami

National LGBT Bar Association President Says Group Has 'a Lot of Work to Do'

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Akerman associate Dale Noll assumed the helm as president of the National LGBT Bar Association this month.

Deal Watch: Three Firms Headline PR Giant's Going Public Sale

By Meghan Tribe |

This is not a press release. Kirkland & Ellis, Latham & Watkins and Graubard Miller are advising on the $2.4 billion sale of public relations software and technology firm Cision Inc., owner of products like PR Newswire, Gorkana and Help a Reporter Out. The deal will see Cision go public after combining with a blank check company.

David Caputo, left, and Andrew Youman, right, of Youman & Caputo.

Law Firm Spinoffs an Option as Lawyers Look to Go Lean

By David Gialanella and Zack Needles |

Radical change is not easy to pull off at large or even midsize firms, which often are weighed down by bulky staffs, layers of bureaucracy and decades of tradition.

Second Circuit Upholds Ban on Private Investment in Law Firms

By Andrew Denney and Ben Hancock |

A federal appeals court on Friday rejected an attempt to loosen restrictions on private investment in the legal industry, dismissing arguments that ethics rules impinge on lawyers’ First Amendment rights.

Chadbourne & Parke offices in Washington, D.C.

Chadbourne, Plaintiffs Trade Blows in Batch of New Filings

By Brian Baxter |

Three current and former female partners seeking certification of a gender bias class action against Chadbourne & Parke saw the firm file its response opposing that motion late Thursday. Chadbourne’s managing partner Andrew Giaccia and retired partner Mary Yelenick, who is among those suing the firm, also both filed court papers in the case.

Reginald Brown of WilmerHale. HANDOUT.

Manafort, Willing to Talk, Hires Top Wilmer Partner

By Brian Baxter |

Reginald Brown, chairman of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr's financial institutions group and head of the firm's congressional investigations practice, has been retained by President Donald Trump's former top campaign adviser Paul Manafort Jr. as he prepares to answer questions about his alleged ties to Russia.

‘Lawyers Behaving Badly’: Firm Sues Former Lawyer, Alleging He Stole Client Information and Operated His Own Firm on the Side

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Houston trial and intellectual property firm sued former lawyer Erik Osterrieder, alleging he took confidential client information and stored it "off-site" at his private firm.

U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

Here Are The Hill Lawyers Behind Obamacare Repeal Efforts

By By Kristen Rasmussen |

Here are some of the congressional attorneys playing a role in the health care legislation efforts, representing both parties, both chambers and various committees. They include Kim Brandt, chief oversight counsel, Senate Committee on Finance; Nick Bath, health policy director, Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP); Mike Bloomquist, deputy staff director House Committee on Energy and Commerce; Karen Christian, general counsel, House Committee on Energy and Commerce; Allison Halataei, general counsel, House Committee on Ways and Means; and Jane Lucas, legislative director for Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota.

Sullivan & Cromwell partner Jay Clayton testifies before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs during his confirmation hearing to become the next Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington.  March 23, 2017.

Jay Clayton, SEC Chair Nominee, Grilled Over Wall Street Ties

By C. Ryan Barber |

Fending off questions about his lucrative law practice and potential conflicts of interest, Jay Clayton, the Sullivan & Cromwell partner who was nominated to lead the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, on Thursday defended his private sector experience as an asset and said he was "committed to showing no favoritism to anyone in this position."

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel logo

Kramer Levin's Partner Profits Reach Nearly $2M

By Scott Flaherty |

The 320-lawyer firm reported $353 million in gross revenue, a 6 percent increase over the $332 million that it posted in 2015. Revenue per lawyer also rose to $1.1 million.

Women Take Charge in Fox Rothschild Changing of the Guard

By Lizzy McLellan |

Fox Rothschild is installing a half-dozen new office managing partners, including in the firm's largest offices, effective April 1.

Paul Hastings sign at NYC offices

Steady Growth Name of the Game for Paul Hastings

By Meghan Tribe |

The firm, in the midst of a major revamp of its office space around the country, saw a continued increase in all major financial metrics in 2016.

Cozen Hires White & Case Litigators as Miami Growth Continues

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Cozen O'Connor's expanding Miami office has hired three additional litigators: two long-time White & Case lawyers and a third who is a law school classmate of one of the hires, and the son of the other.

Washington, D.C. offices of Morgan Lewis. June 10, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

A Quick Turnaround for a Morgan Lewis Lateral

By Rebecca Cohen |

Steven Witmer, an employee benefits and executive compensation partner at Ivins, Phillips & Barker, has returned to the firm’s Los Angeles office after joining Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in a three-partner lateral move in January. Two of the partners that moved with him have chosen to remain with Morgan Lewis in Washington, D.C.

Marc E. Kasowitz.

Judge Disqualifies Kasowitz and DLA Piper in Contract Dispute, Citing Conflicts of Interest for Both Sides

By Scott Flaherty |

A recent disqualification ruling found that neither Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman nor DLA Piper should be representing their respective clients in a contract dispute both sides had conflicts of interest.

4/7/12- Joe Louis fist sculpture in Detroit, Mi.

Jones Day Calls Detroit Mayor 'Political Hack' in Response to Threatened Suit

By Roy Strom |

Responding to legal threats by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Jones Day's managing partner vigorously defended the firm’s work on behalf of the Motor city and called its top elected official a "political hack."

Boies/Schiller Film Group's Suit Could Unleash Litigation Beast

By Meghan Tribe |

The film finance vehicle of Boies Schiller Flexner's David Boies and the son of a fellow co-founding partner of the firm has filed a fraud suit against a Florida investor over the 2016 film “Jane Got a Gun.”

Global Law Firms and Vereins: The End of the Affair?

By Chris Johnson |

In the inexorable march toward greater global consolidation, will law firms steer clear of the verein structure?

Husch Blackwell CEO and managing partner Gregory Smith, left, and deputy CEO Paul Eberle.

Husch Blackwell Revenue Soars, Partner Profits Slip After Merger

By Katelyn Polantz |

Last year's big merger with a Wisconsin firm translated into big revenue gains for Husch Blackwell.

L-R Jake Heller, Founder and CEO and Laura Safdie, COO and General Counsel, Casetext.

$12M Casetext Investment Underscores Am Law Interest in AI Technology

By Ian Lopez |

A recent investment in artificial intelligence-enabled legal research technology signals law firm acceptance and adoption of such technology.

GSK Faces Familiar Foe in Ex-Reed Smith Partner's Suicide Trial

By Roy Strom |

Psychiatrist David Healy has railed against GlaxoSmithKline and other pharmaceutical firms' clinical studies for years. Despite GSK's lawyers' best efforts, he did so again in Chicago this week as an expert in a trial over the 2010 suicide of a former Reed Smith practice leader.

Dentons Enters Tbilisi as DLA Piper's Europe Exits Continue

By Rose Walker |

DLA Piper is pulling out of the former Soviet republic of Georgia, with rival global legal giant Dentons poised to take on all of the firm's 11 lawyers in Tbilisi.

Dale Jefferson.

Houston Lawyer Admits Mistake, Tells Client He Can 'Sue My Law Firm For Legal Malpractice'

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

A Louisiana man, injured in an offshore platform accident in 2014, seeks more than $1 million from Houston plaintiffs firm and two lawyers.

Alston & Bird opens new San Francisco office. L-R Bo Phillips, Jeff Tsai, Teresa Bonder and Michael Agoglia.

Alston Raids Reed Smith, MoFo for New San Francisco Office

By Meredith Hobbs |

Atlanta-based Alston & Bird has scooped up financial services litigator Michael Agoglia from Morrison & Foerster and a seven-lawyer class action defense team led by Robert "Bo" Phillips Jr. from Reed Smith to open a San Francisco office and expand its Los Angeles office.

FILE - In this July 17, 2016 file photo, Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort talks to reporters on the floor of the Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland as Rick Gates listens at back left. Emails obtained by The Associated Press shed new light on the activities of a firm run by Donald Trump’s campaign chairman. They show it directly orchestrated a covert Washington lobbying operation on behalf of Ukraine’s ruling political party, attempting to sway American public opinion in favor of the country’s pro-Russian government. Manafort and his deputy, Rick Gates, never disclosed their work as foreign agents as required under federal law. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Manafort Probes Put Skadden's Ukraine Work in Spotlight

By Brian Baxter |

Paul Manafort Jr., a lawyer and former top campaign adviser to President Donald Trump, is once again in the spotlight. Hacked text messages involving one of his children, an ex-associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, are revealing more details about his work in Ukraine and the firm's role for one of his key clients.

McDermott, Reed Smith Recruit Fund Formation Partners

By Meghan Tribe |

A pair of investment funds partners are on the move in New York. McDermott Will & Emery has hired Fried Frank partner Ian Schwartz to head its investment funds group, while Reed Smith added King & Wood Mallesons partner Parik Dasgupta, an international investment funds pro who re-joins dozens of former colleagues at the firm.

Arent Fox office in Washington, D.C.

Arent Fox Joins Millionaires' Club in Partner Profits

By Katelyn Polantz |

Arent Fox has kept up a growth streak that few other Big Law firms can match.

In a First, Major UK Client Says No to Paying for Junior Lawyers

By Anna Ward and Alex Berry |

Deutsche Bank's decision not to pay newly qualified lawyers in London is the first apparent instance of a U.K. client adopting the trend long seen in the United States.

Israel Practice Leader Moves to Holland & Knight from Greenberg Traurig

By Staff report |

Meital Stavinsky joins Holland & Knight as co-chair of its Israel practice.

Mark Kelly of Vinson & Elkins.

Vinson & Elkins Has 'Best Year Ever' in 2016, Reports Record Financial Results

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

The Houston-based firm's profits per partner exceeded the $2 million mark in 2016.

Ailing Energy Industry Still Pumping Bankruptcy Fees Into Big Law

By Brian Baxter |

Saul Ewing, Skadden, Morgan Lewis and Morrison & Foerster have landed roles on the latest batch of big bankruptcies in the oil and gas sector. The prolonged economic slump in the energy industry also has other firms on the opposite side of the Chapter 11 ledger.

Berlin, Germany

DLA Piper to Close Berlin Base in April

By Rose Walker |

The global legal giant will close its small office in Berlin on April 3 after a team departs for British firm DWF.

Bill Brooks.

Menlo Park Startup Plays Matchmaker to GCs and Outside Counsel

By David Ruiz |

A Menlo Park company is trying to find a better way to bring GCs and outside counsel together, but some GCs remain reluctant about the idea.

Morrison & Foerster's Washington, D.C. offices. July 23, 2014. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

MoFo's Financials Took a Dip in 2016

By Rebecca Cohen |

After ticking upward in 2015, Morrison & Foerster saw its financial performance slide last year. Gross revenue at the firm fell 3.5 percent, to $945 million, as revenue per lawyer and profits per partner also dropped to $990,000 and $1.41 million, respectively.

Deal Watch: Skadden in Driver's Seat for Mobileye, Us Weekly Sales

By Meghan Tribe |

It was another big deal week for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, which scored roles on Intel’s $15.3 billion acquisition of self-driving company Mobileye NV and Wenner Media on its $100 million sale of Us Weekly to American Media Inc., owner of the National Inquirer.

Southern Methodist, Stanford, Texas A&M, Cardozo, UC Hastings, University of North Carolina, Vanderbilit, UC Irvine, University of Berkeley

The 'Trump Bump' for Law Schools Is (Kind of) a Thing

By Karen Sloan |

Admissions officials who have seen an increase say that a Trump effect is contributing to greater interest in the law, from both his supporters and those who oppose his policies.

GlaxoSmithKline headquaters.

Bad Drugs or Big Law Stress? Jury to Decide in Reed Smith Partner's Suicide

By Roy Strom |

Stewart Dolin, a leader of Reed Smith’s corporate department, committed suicide in 2010. His widow seeks $12 million for his death, alleging it was the result of an antidepressant whose suicidal side effects were covered up by GlaxoSmithKline. The pharmaceutical giant claims that Dolin’s death was the result of an unpleasant work environment.

Convicted fraudster and alleged mafia associate Salvatore Pelullo, whose history as a client of Eizen, FIneburg & McCarthy indirectly ushered in the firm's demise.

How Criminal Charges Collided With Partner Loyalty at One Philly Firm

By Lizzy McLellan |

A close partnership, a mob trial, and the anatomy of a breakup for Eizen, Fineburg & McCarthy.

Geber86/iStockphoto

Two More Big Firms Prepare to Get Flexible

By Meghan Tribe |

A pair of legal giants—Baker McKenzie and Jackson Lewis—are joining the rush of Am Law 100 firms touting programs that permit their employees to work from home, while also presumably helping their employers shed some costly office space in the future.

Stephen DiCarmine, left, and Joel Sanders outside the courtroom during their 2015 trial

Dewey Witness Says He Didn't Discuss Accounting Moves with Former Exec DiCarmine

By Scott Flaherty |

A key witness in the criminal retrial over the collapse of Dewey & LeBoeuf told a New York jury Friday that he never discussed improper accounting adjustments with former Dewey executive director Stephen DiCarmine.

Nelson Mullins LA-Bound in Bid For More Big Auto Work

By Rebecca Cohen |

The South Carolina-based firm has opened an office in Gardena, California, a city just south of downtown Los Angeles, after hiring a new local managing partner in Richard Otera, most recently general counsel at Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd. Three other partners have also joined the firm’s first outpost on the West Coast.

Kirkland & Ellis offices in Washington, D.C. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Kirkland, Prodded By Caterpillar, Confirms Bill Barr's Return

By Brian Baxter |

William Barr, a former U.S. attorney general under President George H.W. Bush, has returned to Kirkland & Ellis as of counsel in Washington, D.C. The move was not announced by Kirkland, but Caterpillar Inc., which recently hired Barr and the firm to advise it in an investigation.

The Results Don't Lie: Mattern & Associates Cost Recovery Survey 2016

By Rob Mattern |

2017 has arrived with a bang: expenses are back on the rise and demand growth is trending negative. Last year in the March issue of this publication, we hypothesized what the results of the 2016 Mattern & Associates Cost Recovery Survey would reveal. With the results tabulated, let's see how accurate our predictions were as well as analyze the results.

William P. Gelnaw Jr., left, and Charles A. Cheever

Choate Posts Record Revenue, Profit After 5th Consecutive Year of Growth

By Chris Johnson |

Choate Hall & Stewart reported record-high revenue and profit in 2016 and its revenue per lawyer is now among the highest of any law firm based in the U.S.

Survey Finds Midsized LA Firms Just Looking For Right Fit

By Rebecca Cohen |

Nearly nine out of 10 midsized Los Angeles law firms were approached in the past year by another firm looking to merge, according to a survey by legal consultancy the Zeughauser Group. Almost half of those firms are open to the possibility of a combination.

John Langel of Ballard Spahr. HANDOUT.

Ballard Spahr, Faegre Baker Faceoff Over Women's Hockey

By Meghan Tribe |

The two Am Law 100 firms are advising separate sides of a dispute over wages between the U.S. women’s national hockey team and USA Hockey Inc. ahead of a major tournament later this month.

Dewey & LeBoeuf's former offices in Manhattan.

Lawyers for Dewey Defendants Question Prosecutors' Deal with Key Witness

By Scott Flaherty |

As the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal retrial continued Thursday, a lawyer for former Dewey chief financial officer Joel Sanders pressed a key witness about changes to his cooperation and plea agreement after an earlier trial ended with a hung jury in 2015.

Jeffrey Melcher, Atlanta.

Wilson Elser Enters Atlanta With Defense Litigation Focus

By Meredith Hobbs |

Fast-growing Wilson Elser has opened an Atlanta office—its first in the Southeast—with a six-lawyer team from Gordon & Rees led by Jeffrey Melcher.

Joshua Holt, at Goodwin Procter.

It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It's 'Biglaw Investor' to Associates' Rescue

By Leigh Jones |

This Big Law associate is a mysterious blogger on a mission to prevent young lawyers from falling prey to their own lousy money management.

Jones Day's Munich office

VW Defends Jones Day After German Prosecutors' Raid

By Brian Baxter |

Jones Day, a firm with close ties to the current U.S. president, saw its offices in Germany raided Wednesday by local prosecutors investigating its client, Volkswagen AG, as part of a probe into an emissions software scandal at the auto giant.

When it Comes to Law Firm Clients, Metrics Matter More Than You Think

By Ian Lopez |

Evolve Law CEO Mary Juetten explained at the ABA Tech Show how law firms can employ metrics in improving their client services.

Left to right: Woody Allen, Eleanor Alter and Mia Farrow.

So You Want to Be a Hot-Shot Divorce Lawyer

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

If anyone knows what it takes to be a successful divorce lawyer it's Eleanor Alter.

Duane Morris Grows Revenue 4.6 Percent, PPP 4.4 Percent

By Lizzy McLellan |

Even with cost-conscious clients keeping industrywide demand in check, Duane Morris edged forward in 2016, hitting new highs for revenue and profits per equity partner.

Waymo driverless vehicle.

Quinn, MoFo Already Crossing Swords in Driverless Car Case

By Scott Graham |

After lawyers for Alphabet Inc. subsidiary Waymo balk at providing confidential documents, Judge William Alsup promises to vet an Uber in-house attorney for access.

Arent Fox Partner Convicted of Insider Trading

By Brian Baxter |

Robert Schulman, who joined the firm in 2015 from Hunton & Williams, has been convicted of insider trading in New York for passing on a tip related to Pfizer Inc.'s $3.6 billion acquisition of King Pharmaceuticals Inc.

BakerHostetler.

Baker & Hostetler Bags Manatt Practice Leader

By Meghan Tribe |

Linda Goldstein, the former head of the advertising, marketing and new media practice at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, has left the firm's New York office for Baker & Hostetler. She brings with her Manatt partner Holly Melton.

Dentons Signage in Atlanta.

Dentons Trims Ranks on Both Sides of the Atlantic

By James Booth |

The global legal giant, having just absorbed firms in Costa Rica and the Netherlands, is slashing 60 jobs in the U.S. and up to five lawyer jobs in the U.K. in order to streamline its operations.

U.S. Treasury Department in Washington, D.C. June 10, 2016. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Sullivan & Cromwell's Brent McIntosh Is Picked for Treasury GC

By C. Ryan Barber and Mike Scarcella |

Brent McIntosh, co-leader of Sullivan & Cromwell's cybersecurity practice, was nominated on Tuesday to lead the U.S. Treasury Department's general counsel office. McIntosh joins a team of other attorneys from the firm who have taken or been nominated for key posts in the Trump administration.

Client Data in the Age of Digital Technologies and Cyber Warfare

By Tinamarie Feil, Law Journal Newsletters |

Ubiquitous news of law firm data breaches, even among BigLaw, spotlights a treasure trove of trade secrets, confidential and strategic transactions, and sensitive client information. No wonder law firms are perceived to be attractive targets of cyber-attacks. Attractive? You can't help that. Easy? Not so fast.

Mary Yelenick

Ex-Practice Leader Attacks Chadbourne's Origination Credit System

By Brian Baxter |

Mary Yelenick, a former chair of Chadbourne & Parke's products liability group who last month sought to join a $100 million gender discrimination case against the firm, has filed a declaration with a federal court in New York detailing her claims and criticizing the firm’s methods for compensating partners.

Chris Bogart, CEO, Burford Capital

With Profits Up 75 Percent, Burford's Results Reveal Evolving Litigation Funding Industry

By Roy Strom |

Burford Capital Ltd. announced another banner financial year Tuesday, with profit after tax rising 75 percent from the year prior as the publicly traded litigation funder committed $378 million to new investments, a yearly increase of 83 percent.

Perkins Coie Washington, D.C. offices. June 19, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Perkins Coie Posts Solid Growth in Revenue, Profits

By Scott Flaherty |

Perkins Coie posted solid financial growth in 2016, with gross revenue edging up 4.3 percent to $781 million while profits per equity partner grew by 7.3 percent to just less than $1.2 million.

Robert Leung

Paul Hastings to Pick Up Boies Schiller Corporate Group

By Meghan Tribe |

Boies Schiller Flexner, in the process of winding down its corporate practice, will see the bulk of those lawyers head to Paul Hastings in New York.

David Sergenian and John Pierce, of Pierce Sergenian.

Kirkland, Quinn Emanuel Litigators Join New LA Boutique

By Rebecca Cohen |

Pierce Sergenian, a Los Angeles-based firm formed in January by John Pierce, a short-lived litigation leader at K&L Gates, is expanding by hiring a Kirkland & Ellis partner and an of counsel from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan.

 Dewey & LeBoeuf sign

Dewey Finance Chief Says Firm Used ‘False’ Accounting to Mask Shortfalls

By Scott Flaherty |

Former Dewey & LeBoeuf finance director Francis Canellas, a key witness in the long-running criminal case over the firm's collapse, told a New York jury on Monday that the now-defunct firm failed to tell lenders about its struggles to pay vendors and partners in the years before its 2012 bankruptcy.

Burford Capital New York Office.

Litigation Funder Burford Poised to Cash in From First-Ever Bankruptcy Deal

By Roy Strom |

In the first deal of its kind, Burford Capital Ltd. is poised to make a 91 percent return on its $26 million purchase of a portion of a bankruptcy judgment. Burford will likely collect $50 million after an appeals court affirmed the $213 million judgment the litigation funder bought into.

DLA Piper's Revenue Falls on Post-Brexit Currency Slump, but New Approach Sees Profits Rise

By Chris Johnson |

The decline in gross revenue was caused entirely by currency exchange rates and did not reflect what the firm called a "very solid" year.

Neal Katyal of Hogan Lovells. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Hogan Lovells Publishes Docs Online in Hawaii’s Trump Travel Ban Challenge

By Ian Lopez |

Hogan Lovells’ Neal Katyal, counsel to Hawaii in the case, says “We want everyone to be able to read our work.”

McDermott to Close Rome Office, With Layoffs to Follow

By Rose Walker |

The Chicago-based Am Law 100 firm will shutter its outpost in Rome later this year, a decision that will likely result in the loss of 38 jobs, including 17 lawyers, eight of whom are partners.

Deal Watch: Skadden Basks in SunEdison's Bankruptcy Glow

By Brian Baxter |

Skadden, which has billed SunEdison Inc. for more than $38.4 million in legal fees and expenses since the start of the solar energy giant’s Chapter 11 case last year, is advising the company on the $1.41 billion sale of two key subsidiaries. The firm is also advising a major Hollywood talent agency on another notable deal.

Big Law Heads Home—But Will It Work For You?

By Meghan Tribe |

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius recently announced the implementation of a new policy allowing some of its associates in the U.S. and U.K. to work from home. Other large law firms have similar programs, and while they have been credited for improving workplace morale, some lawyers would be well-served to heed potential red flags.

Southern District U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara Fired After Refusing to Resign

By Mark Hamblett |

Southern District U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is out of a job. Bharara, who was told he would keep his position during a meeting with the President-elect at Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan in November, announced via his personal Twitter account that he was fired just before 3 p.m. Saturday. "I did not resign," he said in the tweet. "Moments ago, I was fired. Being the US Attorney in SDNY will forever be the greatest honor of my professional life."

Stephen DiCarmine, left, and Joel Sanders outside the courtroom during their 2015 trial

Dewey & LeBoeuf Witness Describes Tightening Noose as Audits Loomed

By Scott Flaherty |

A key witness in criminal case over the 2012 collapse of Dewey & LeBoeuf testified Friday that he facilitated improper accounting adjustments and took steps to hide them from auditors after discussing the adjustments with former Dewey CFO Joel Sanders.

Is Your Firm's Partner Comp Spread Too Narrow?

By Hugh A. Simons |

A case for why firms should increase their partner compensation spreads and how they can go about doing it.

More Companies Consolidate Outside Legal Work: LexisNexis Report

By Rebekah Mintzer |

A trend in which legal departments are cutting the number of law firms that handle outside legal work does not appear to be slowing, according to a new study.

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O'Melveny & Myers Reports Strong Revenue and Income Growth in 2016

By Anna Zhang |

In Asia, the 648-lawyer firm saw several departures across offices last year, but chair Brad Butwin says his firm remains committed to the region.

Marci Eisenstein of Schiff Hardin. HANDOUT.

After Partner Split, Schiff Hardin's Revenue Tumbles

By Roy Strom |

A traumatic departure of more than 20 partners and a $32 million contingent fee earned in 2015 conspired to send gross revenue plummeting to $222 million at Schiff Hardin last year.

Legal Services Corporation offices at 3333 K Street, N.W. in Washington, D.C. March 18, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

More Than 150 Law Firm Leaders Urge Govt to Continue Funding of Legal Services

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

A group of more than 150 leaders of U.S. firms sent a letter today to the Office of Management and Budget, asking for continued funding for the Legal Services Corp.

Travis LeBlanc

Boies Schiller Bags Another Ex-Obama Lawyer in Palo Alto

By Meghan Tribe |

The firm landed Travis LeBlanc, a former chief of the FCC's enforcement bureau, as a partner in Washington, D.C., and Palo Alto, California, where Boies Schiller Flexner has also hired Kathleen Hartnett, another ex-government lawyer who spent the past five years handling some controversial matters in the Obama administration.

Hurry! Send Your Resume to the White House!

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

I am truly sorry that so much of the news and gossip, even in our little world of law, is about Donald Trump.

Mayer Brown's Washington, D.C. offices

Revenue Up, But Head Count Growth Stalls Other Mayer Brown Metrics

By Roy Strom |

Mayer Brown's gross revenue inched up in 2016, to $1.26 billion, while its lawyer ranks ballooned 5.2 percent. The firm's equity partnership also grew by 3.1 percent last year.

Former Dewey & LeBoeuf finance director Francis Canellas outside the firm's Manhattan offices in May 2012.

A Star Witness Returns for Dewey & LeBoeuf Retrial

By Scott Flaherty |

Testimony from star witness Francis Canellas wasn’t enough to secure convictions against Dewey's leaders in 2015. Will prosecutors fare better this time?

Orrick in San Francisco

Amid Hiring Spree, An Up-and-Down Year at Orrick

By Rebecca Cohen |

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe saw its head count rise in 2016, although the size of its equity partnership fell. The mixed bag extended to the firm's financials, as gross revenue grew, although profits per partner and revenue per lawyer both declined.

Jenner & Block's Washington, D.C. offices.

Jenner & Block Sees End to Two-Year Bull Run

By Roy Strom |

The Chicago-based firm, well-known for its commitment to pro bono work, saw its financial performance level off in 2016 as gross revenue dipped and head count spiked following three years of strong financial growth.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission building in Washington, D.C.

Jay Clayton, SEC Chair Nominee, Pulled in $7M From Sullivan & Cromwell Last Year

By C. Ryan Barber |

Benefitting from a client roster that includes big banks, British Airways and Volkswagen AG, longtime Sullivan & Cromwell partner Jay Clayton raked in $7.6 million in the year leading up to his nomination to lead the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Isaac Lidsky, corporate speaker, author, entrepreneur and the only blind person to serve as a law clerk for the U.S. Supreme Court

With ‘Eyes Wide Open,’ Blind Lawyer Recounts SCOTUS Clerkship, Unhappy Law Firm Life

By Tony Mauro |

Isaac Lidsky, who in 2008 became the first blind U.S. Supreme Court law clerk, writes in a new memoir that working for a Big Law firm after his clerkship felt like trading in a “legal joyride” for a job as a corporate chauffeur.

Steven Katzman, attorney with Katzman Wasserman Bennardini & Rubinstein.

Greenberg Traurig Settles Malpractice Suit At Close of Trial

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Greenberg is last of four law firms to settle a legal malpractice suit filed in 2009 by Dyadic International.

Three Firms Admit to Overbilling, Agree to Pay $2M for Probe of Bills

By Scott Flaherty |

Judge appoints retired federal judge to conduct probe of fee requests from Labaton Sucharow, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstien and Thornton Law Firm.

Steep Losses Gripped Kaye Scholer Before Arnold & Porter Merger

By Christine Simmons |

Kaye Scholer's financial performance took a remarkable beating in its last year as an independent law firm. But managing partner Michael Solow called the 2016 declines a natural result of strategic pruning ahead of the firm's merger with Arnold & Porter at year's end.

Pepper Hamilton

Pepper Hamilton Forms Health Sciences Department, With Gussack as Chair

By Zack Needles |

Pepper Hamilton has announced the creation of a health sciences department, bringing together more than 110 attorneys from its health effects litigation, health care, life sciences, intellectual property and white-collar/government investigations practices with the goal of better serving its clients in the health sciences industry.

John W. Weeks Bridge with clock tower over Charles River in Harvard University campus Boston

Harvard Becomes Second Law School to Accept GRE for Admission

By Karen Sloan |

Starting in the fall, it will permit applicants to use the test as an alternative to the LSAT.

David Greenwald

Fried Frank's Revenue, Profit Hit Record Highs After 'Best Ever' Year

By Chris Johnson |

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson had what global chair David Greenwald described as its best ever year in 2016, with the firm posting record numbers across all key metrics.

Seyfarth Shaw

Seyfarth Grows Revenue, Profits as Lean Investment Pays Off

By Roy Strom |

A larger Seyfarth Shaw was able to grow its top and bottom lines in 2016, as gross revenue rose nearly 6 percent, to $623.5 million, while profits per partner bumped up nearly 3 percent, to $1.05 million.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman's Washington, D.C. offices at 1200 17th St. NW. December 8, 2014. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Pillsbury's Financials Rebound, But Firm Leader Wants More

By Rebecca Cohen |

The firm, having broken off merger talks with Chadbourne & Parke more than a year ago, saw improvement in several key financial metrics in 2016. While the number of equity partners dropped at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, the firm saw gains in gross revenue, partner profits and revenue per lawyer.

'There are enough ambitious men around' - female practice heads on making it to the top

By Anna Ward |

Despite efforts to boost diversity, men still outnumber women more than five to one when it comes to running global practices at the UK’s top law firms. Here, Legal Week speaks to some of those who have made it about how they achieved success, the reality of their roles and their advice to the next generation.

Ropes & Gray's Washington, D.C. offices. August 29, 2014. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Ropes & Gray to Shed Lawyers, Retreat From Patent Work in Firm Shakeup

By Brian Baxter |

About 100 lawyers and staffers are poised to leave Ropes & Gray within the next few months as the Boston-based Am Law 100 firm prepares to spin-off its patent prosecution practice into an independent firm.

Jones Day's Noel J. Francisco

Trump Picks Former Jones Day Partner as Solicitor General

By Tony Mauro |

Noel Francisco, a former Scalia clerk, has been the principal deputy SG since late January, and on Tuesday night the Trump White House named him as its nominee for the Senate-confirmed position

The Untold Story Behind Big Law Mergers: Revenue Slips, Costs Rise

By Roy Strom |

Attention, partners and Big Law leaders at newly formed mega-firms. Not to interrupt your post-merger glow, but a report released Wednesday by ALM Intelligence states that most major law firm combinations since 2000 have not resulted in significant growth.

Morrison & Foerster's Washington, D.C. offices. July 23, 2014. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

MoFo Nabs Ex-Obama National Security Adviser

By Meghan Tribe |

Morrison & Foerster has hired David Newman, a former associate counsel on the National Security Council, as of counsel for its national security, global risk, and crisis management practice in New York. Newman is the latest former member of the Obama administration to join MoFo this year.

David Einhorn.

Scarinci Hollenbeck Hires 3 Attorneys in NY for Its Growing Technology and IP Practice

By Scott Flaherty |

Two of the new hires come from Baker & Hostetler, where they specialized in IP.

Sherri Simpson.

Meet the Florida Lawyer Trying to Block Trump U Settlement

By Amanda Bronstad |

A Fort Lauderdale bankruptcy attorney who appeared in political ads opposing Donald Trump wants the right to opt out of the settlement deal.

Jones Day's Gregory Katsas.

Trump's White House Counsel Buildup Draws From Large Firms, Government Agencies

By Cogan Schneier |

The White House announced the addition of 26 new attorneys, 11 of whom came from major firms.

Blank Rome Boosts Revenue 22 Percent Amid Major Growth Spurt

By Lizzy McLellan |

Blank Rome hit the accelerator in 2016, posting big revenue gains as it added more than 100 lawyers from a failing firm and lured lateral hires from several competitors.

Sanjay Singh, Laurent Wiesel, Matteo Balzarini – the team behind Justly.

From Big Law to Big Business: Former McGuireWoods Attorney Talks Becoming a Tech Entrepreneur

By Ian Lopez |

A former McGuireWoods associate is betting he can help legal operations departments make predictions on litigation and spend.

Santa Monica, CA.

Orrick Sets Up Shop in Santa Monica's Silicon Beach

By Rebecca Cohen |

Days after Snap Inc.'s nearly $3.5 billion initial public offering, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe is heading to Santa Monica, where Snapchat's parent company is based.

Mitchell Zuklie, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe chairman

Spotlight: Orrick Overhauls Asia Strategy After Partner Exodus

By Anna Zhang |

Orrick lost almost its entire Hong Kong capital markets and corporate practice, which it built up over 11 years, to Morgan Lewis. What will the San Francisco-based firm do now?

U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

USPTO Suspends Former Niro Junior IP Attorney for 18 Months

By Scott Flaherty |

Former Niro lawyer David Mahalek represented Intellect Wireless, which was found to have misled the PTO to obtain its patents related to displaying caller ID on wireless phones.

C. Allen Parker, Cravath, Swaine & Moore partner

Cravath Partner Allen Parker Is Named Wells Fargo GC

By C. Ryan Barber |

C. Allen Parker, a Cravath, Swaine & Moore partner in New York who has long represented big banks on corporate matters, was named Monday the next top lawyer for Wells Fargo & Co.

Washington, D.C.

Revolving Door Goes Into Overdrive as Munger, Others Raid Federal Agencies

By Katelyn Polantz |

It was another day of musical chairs in the capital, with Donald Verrilli bringing another Jenner & Block alum to Munger Tolles, King & Spalding picking up an ex-Florida congressman, a colleague of Sally Yates landing at Linklaters, and the EPA's top lawyer joining Gibson Dunn.

Greenberg Traurig Makes Steady Gains in 2016

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The firm plans to concentrate on efficiency and profitability in 2017.

Bill Jones, a partner with Barnes & Thornburg in Dallas and Washington, D.C.

Barnes & Thornburg Gets Energy Boost as Rick Perry's Ex-GC Joins in Texas, DC

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Bill Jones, former general counsel to Texas Gov. Rick Perry, has joined Barnes & Thornburg in Dallas and Washington, D.C., as a partner in the government services and finance department.

Deal Watch: SoftBank's Spending Spree Keeps Lawyers Busy

By Meghan Tribe |

Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp. has continued its frenetic deal pace, brokering a $13 billion merger between satellite operators, investing $3 billion in office-sharing startup WeWork and taking part in a $500 million fundraising round by online lender Social Finance. Morrison & Foerster, a longtime legal adviser to SoftBank, is close behind.

McGuireWoods' Bay Area Base Makes More Hires

By Rebecca Cohen |

The Richmond, Virginia-based firm, which opened its San Francisco office last year, has hired Chapman and Cutler’s local office leader Peter Szurley. The banking and financial services expert brings with him three other partners.

Reception area of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo..102809

Mintz Levin Hires Longtime Herrick Partner

By Brian Baxter |

Christopher Sullivan, a former co-chair of the litigation group and executive committee member at Herrick, Feinstein, has joined Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo as a partner in its national litigation practice in New York. His move comes amid merger talks between Herrick and Crowell & Moring.

Reid Wilson, left, and Tony Marre, right.

An Aging Wilson Cribbs and Goren Planned Ahead for a New Generation at the Helm

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

The story of how the Houston-based law firm was able to pass the mantle to a new generation demonstrates how aging firms can successfully plan for their future.

Covington Pays to End 3M Conflicts Row

By Scott Flaherty |

The deal puts an end to an unusually high-profile clash between a Fortune 100 client and its onetime law firm.

Kevin Kinsella, Avalon Ventures

JAMS Loses Bid to Avoid Trial on Resume-Padding Charges

By Scott Graham |

A judge Friday ruled JAMS was not entitled judicial immunity or litigation privilege in an attempt to avoid trial.

How Two Big-Name Plaintiffs Lawyers Became Rivals Over NCAA Concussion Cases

By Amanda Bronstad |

Jay Edelson, the charismatic founder of Chicago’s Edelson PC, and Steve Berman, co-founder of Seattle-based plaintiffs powerhouse Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro, saw different paths for the litigation—and different price tags for settlement.

Kate McKinnon as Kellyanne Conway on

Kellyanne: Victim of Sexism?

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

The counselor to the president isn't getting a fair shake.

Jerry Falwell Jr. at Liberty University's convocation in Lynchburg, Va., on Monday, Sept. 14, 2015.

Marginal Law Schools—But Not Students—Could See Savior in Falwell

By Steven J. Harper |

Any progress that the Obama administration made to increase accountability in higher education seems destined for Trump’s dustbin.

Paris, France

Ogletree Adds Paris Office as Employment Firms Expand Global Reach

By Meredith Hobbs |

Labor and employment giants Ogletree and Littler are pursuing different growth strategies, but both involve heavy bets on Europe.

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Latham Lands Former Wilson Sonsini Co-Managing Partner

By Rebecca Cohen |

John “Jack” Sheridan, a former co-managing partner of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, is joining Latham & Watkins as a corporate partner in the firm’s emerging companies practice in Silicon Valley.

Andrew Smulian, chairman and CEO of Akerman.

Akerman Reports Continued Growth in Revenue and Adds Lawyers

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Akerman, one of Florida's largest law firms, added 33 lawyers to its national total last year and lifted revenues to an all-time high of $349 million.

Dewey Leboeuf office at 1305 Avenue of the Americas..May 8, 2012

Ex-Dewey Partner, Covington Counsel Dies in High-Rise Fall

By Brian Baxter |

Kenneth Freeling, a former Dewey & LeBoeuf partner who became of counsel at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C., died Thursday in New York. He was 59.

Andrew Glincher of Nixon Peabody.

Nixon Peabody's Profit Pie Continues to Grow

By Meghan Tribe |

While gross revenue remained flat at Nixon Peabody in 2016, profits per partner and revenue per lawyer continued to grow at the firm, which has its roots in Boston and Rochester, New York.

Finance Team Leaves Jones Day as Holland & Knight Bets on Atlanta

By Meredith Hobbs |

Holland & Knight has landed a four-partner team of commercial lending lawyers from Jones Day, led by Cindy Brazell, in a push to expand both its Atlanta office and its national finance practice.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA/USA - APRIL 10, 2016: BCBG Max Azria retail store exterior. BCBG Max Azria is a global fashion house based in Los Angeles.

Kirkland Latest Firm to Bag Bankruptcy Role From Ailing Retailers

By Meghan Tribe and Brian Baxter |

BCBG Max Azria Group LLC, a high-end women's fashion house struggling with $685 million in debt, has retained Kirkland & Ellis for a bankruptcy filing in New York. The company, which owes more than $781,000 to Winston & Strawn, is the latest retailer to go bust this year.

Henry Weissman, with Munger, Tolles & Olson.

Resolution of Key Matters Causes Profit Dip at Munger Tolles

By Rebecca Cohen |

The Los Angeles-based firm saw declines in several key financial metrics in 2016, as gross revenue, partner profits and revenue per lawyer fell for the second straight year. Despite some big name lateral hires, Munger, Tolles & Olson’s head count also slipped below 200.

Paris, France

Reed Smith Hires 8 Lawyers from Winston & Strawn in Paris

By Rose Walker, Legal Week |

On the heels of Reed Smith's 50-lawyer King & Wood Mallesons acquisition in Europe, the firm has added eight lawyers from Winston & Strawn in Paris.

Snapchat APP on a phone.

Snap This—Cooley Snags Nearly $2M in Snapchat IPO Fees

By Brian Baxter |

Shares of Snap Inc., the parent company of photo-sharing and ephemeral messaging service Snapchat, surged in their market debut Thursday. Cooley has taken the lead for the company on its initial public offering, one that values the company at $33 billion. The firm holds shares now worth some $11.7 million.

U.S. Supreme Court building

In Shift, More SCOTUS Clerks Seek Jobs Outside the Beltway

By Tony Mauro |

Almost half of the 39 clerks from last term are now working outside Washington, D.C. Possible explanations include greater interest by New York firms, the draw of returning to home, saturation of the D.C. market, and even the 2016 presidential election.

How to Transform Your Rainmakers Into Social Media Rock Stars

By Spencer X. Smith |

I used to be a very, very minor rock star. Despite my distinct lack of talent as a drummer, our band, Myopic Son, had the opportunity to play Summerfest (the World’s Largest Music Festival in Milwaukee, WI), dozens of colleges, and hundreds of other gigs.

Seattle University School of Law student Tarra Simmons

First Prison, Then a Skadden Fellowship

By Morgan Montgomery |

As Seattle University School of Law's first-ever Skadden Fellow, Tarra Simmons enrolled in a J.D. program after a 20-month stint in prison for drug offenses.

Melbourne, Australia

Court Imposes Restrictions on Ex-Herbert Smith Freehills Partners Poached by White & Case in Australia

By Anna Zhang, Asian Lawyer, with Legal Week Staff |

Eight partners who quit Herbert Smith Freehills last year to launch White & Case’s new Australia practice will be unable to solicit clients or staff from their former firm until September, according to a decision handed down in the Australian courts earlier today.

Victor Barkalov, chief digital officer at Jackson Lewis.

Jackson Lewis’ Chief Digital Officer on Carving a Place for Technology in the Firm

By Ian Lopez |

Fulfilling the newly-created chief digital officer role at Jackson Lewis, Victor Barkalov chats leveraging IT for legal services.

Therese Pritchard

Bryan Cave's Revenue Dips Again, But PPP and RPL Rise

By Meghan Tribe |

The Am Law 100 firm, having entertained a number of potential mergers in recent years, saw its gross revenue slip for the third year in a row in 2016. But Bryan Cave's other financial metrics were up.

Never Too Late: In Two Separate Deals, Chicago and New York Firms Combine

By Roy Strom |

The route between Chicago and New York is well-trod territory for many Big Law lawyers, with firms from one metropolis finding a way into the other for decades. Add two more to the pile.

Leigh Sprague

Take Leigh Sprague's Advice: Don't Be Like Leigh Sprague

By Nell Gluckman |

After serving time for stealing $10 million from a Russian oligarch, can a former Big Law associate use his story to keep other lawyers from going astray?

Miguel Estrada of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher. HANDOUT.

Miguel Estrada: 'I Would Never' Accept Appointment as Solicitor General

By Tony Mauro |

With a dig at NY Senator Chuck Schumer, the Gibson Dunn partner torpedoed suggestions that he was in the running to be the next U.S. solicitor general.

Gibson Dunn Raids Latham for New Houston Office

By Brian Baxter and Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Michael Darden, chair of the oil and gas transactions group and co-chair of the oil and gas industry team at Latham & Watkins, is headed to Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's new office in Houston. Gibson Dunn confirmed in February that it would hire eight oil and gas partners in the city, but declined to name them.

Phil Ivey.

US Poker Star Takes $10M Cheating Lawsuit to UK Supreme Court

By Chris Johnson |

Phil Ivey has been granted permission by the U.K. Supreme Court to challenge a decision by the Court of Appeal.

Karen Dunn and Hillary Clinton

Loss, Hope and What She Wore

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

If the election had turned out differently, Karen Dunn wouldn't be sitting at her desk at Boies Schiller Flexner in Washington. She'd be somewhere in the West Wing, at the red-hot center of the presidency.

Wifredo A. Ferrer, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida.

US Attorney Ferrer Jumps to Holland & Knight

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Wifredo Ferrer is switching sides in the war on crime, leaving the U.S. attorney's office to join the law firm's white-collar defense practice.

Gina Betts.

Dorsey & Whitney Adds 10 More Lawyers in Dallas

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

A total of 10 of counsel and associates join five partners, all from Schiff Hardin, at Dorsey & Whitney's new Dallas office.

Gibson Dunn Continues Two Decades of Growth, With Revenue Surpassing $1.6B in 2016

By Scott Flaherty |

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher also posted profits per partner of $3.27 million and net income of $977.5 million.

BakerHostetler.

Baker & Hostetler's Revenue Rises After Partnership Restructuring

By Roy Strom |

Still making money from the wind-down of Bernard Madoff's massive Ponzi scheme, Baker & Hostetler saw gross revenue increase slightly in 2016, the first year after the firm moved to an all-equity partnership model.

Richard Dickson, Fenwick & West chair

Fenwick & West's Financial Success Slows in 2016

By Rebecca Cohen |

The Silicon Valley stalwart pulled in $361.5 million in gross revenue last year, a slight dip from the 11.2 percent surge that saw Fenwick & West's turnover hit $363.5 million in 2015.

Chadbourne & Parke at 1301 6th Ave, NYC

Another Ex-Partner Targets Chadbourne in Sex Bias Case

By Brian Baxter |

As it prepares to merge with Norton Rose Fulbright, Chadbourne & Parke is suddenly grappling with a third accuser in a $100 million gender discrimination case that's been hanging over the firm since last year.

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Obermayer Rebmann Can't Dodge Associate's Suit Over Bonuses

By Lizzy McLellan |

A judge has refused to throw out key claims in a lawsuit accusing Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel of cheating on associate bonuses, though the case has been whittled down.

Summer Associate Hiring Was Flat in 2016

By Karen Sloan |

Two consecutive years of growth come to an end.

Miguel Estrada of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher. HANDOUT.

Gibson Dunn Partner Is Next in Spotlight as Possible Solicitor General

By Tony Mauro |

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher partner Miguel Estrada, who has argued 22 cases before the high court, is the latest in a series of lawyers rumored to have a lock on the SG post.

Lawyers Are Ignoring A Vital Business Development Tool

By Pamela Woldow |

When we teach and discuss Legal Project Management (LPM), we stress that the last of LPM's five basic steps, Post Project Review, not only is every bit as essential as the first four steps, it can be an extraordinarily powerful business development lever, as well.

Cooley Snags Stroock’s Private Equity Leader

By Rebecca Cohen |

Ray LaSoya, chair of the private equity practice at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, has joined Cooley as an M&A partner in Los Angeles.

Winston & Strawn's Washington, D.C. offices on K Street.

After Flat Year, Winston & Strawn Ratchets Up Lateral Hiring

By Roy Strom |

Winston & Strawn had a relatively stagnant financial year in 2016, as gross revenue increased slightly, to $823 million, while partner profits rose to nearly $1.83 million.

Sullivan & Cromwell Hires Former Top Justice Department Official in Washington

By Scott Flaherty |

Renata Hesse is the former acting assistant attorney general in charge of antitrust for the U.S. Justice Department.

'Don't Be a Grump' and DLA's Other Advice for Associates

By Katelyn Polantz |

DLA Piper's venture capital transactions co-chairman Jeffrey Lehrer assumed the role of D.C. managing partner with such gusto last month, and he's already briefed the firm's associates on his favorite bits of advice for lawyers.

C. Wade Cooper.

Jackson Walker Posts Big Gains in Income and Revenue

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Gross revenue improved by 11.3 percent at Dallas-based Jackson Walker in 2016, compared with 2015, and net income jumped by 26.2 percent.

Popeyes.

Deal Watch: Paul Weiss Picks Up Popeyes Takeover Work

By Meghan Tribe |

A week after falling short on a $143 billion takeover bid for London-based Unilever plc, Scott Barshay and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison helped the "Home of the Whopper" add a new a resident from Louisiana.

Goodwin Procter Nears $1B Revenue Mark as Partner Profits Stay Flat

By Meghan Tribe |

Gross revenue at Goodwin Procter hit $912 million, but revenue per lawyer and profits per partner dipped slightly amid rising head count.

Douglas Clark of Wilson Sonsini.

Revenue Up, Profits Down at Wilson Sonsini

By Rebecca Cohen |

The firm's gross revenue ticked up 2.7 percent, but revenue per lawyer and profits per partner both declined during what managing partner Doug Clark calls "a year when we invested in the business."

Jay Edelson

Law Firm Dodges Class Claims in First-of-Its-Kind Data Security Case

By Roy Strom |

A federal judge ruled that claims against Chicago-based Johnson & Bell for allegedly failing to protect client information must proceed individually in arbitration, not lumped together as a class.

Reed Smith Revenue Down 4.3 Percent, PPP Up 0.5 Percent

By Lizzy McLellan |

In what firm leadership called a "solid" 2016, Reed Smith held profits per equity partner and revenue per lawyer steady amid declines in head count and overall revenue.

Hogan Lovells offices at 555 13th Street, NW in Washington, D.C. October 25, 2016.

Hogan Lovells Boosts Revenue 6 Percent While Profits Remain Flat

By Katelyn Polantz |

The international verein felt the impact of Brexit and D.C.'s shifting regulatory tradewinds, while reaping the benefit of some strong deal work.

The Samuel Beckett of Cravath

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Remember Alan Hruska, the former Cravath, Swaine & Moore partner turned playwright, novelist and filmmaker? Recently, the 83-year-old former litigator opened his play "Ring Twice for Miranda" at City Center in New York, a highly prestigious off-Broadway venue.

Polsinelli Saw Strong Revenue Growth in 2016, But Partner Profits Dropped With Addition of 44 Lawyers

By Scott Flaherty |

Polsinelli's revenue grew, but profits per partner dropped as a result of a mass hire from IP boutique Novak Druce.

Sidley Austin offices in Washington, D.C.

Sidley Austin Fraud Suit Heads to Arbitration

By Roy Strom |

Plaintiff Carrie Birkel claims Washington, D.C.-based Sidley partner Edward McNicholas lured her into a bogus investment after she won $10 million in a divorce.

Bill Voge of Latham & Watkins

Latham Has Another Outstanding Year, With Revenue Surpassing $2.8B

By Chris Johnson |

Latham & Watkins increased its gross revenue in 2016 for a seventh consecutive year.

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett are fighting over space on the 11th floor of 1155 F St.

Brownstein, Looking to Grow in D.C., Sues Simpson Thacher, JAMS Over Real Estate

By Katelyn Polantz |

As it seeks extra space for its downtown Washington, D.C., office, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck is suing Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, its landlord, and the arbitration company JAMS Inc., a new tenant, over a subleased part of its building at 1155 F St. NW.

Clifford Chance Uses Lockstep 'Super Points' to Reward Top Performers as Offices Face Profit Share Cuts

By Anna Ward |

Clifford Chance (CC) has broken its core lockstep in London and New York to use the ‘super-point’ tier reserved to reward star performers, with the news emerging as the firm considers placing some of its international offices on a lower rung of its lockstep to boost profitability.

Rear view of businessman standing and looking on top of the labyrinth wall with sea and cloudy sky background. He is searching for the right way. Digitally generated image.

‘Soft Skills’ Can Be Integral to Managing Technology Adoption for Law Firms

By Ian Lopez |

The changing workplace is always an obstacle, so law firm technologists offer their tips on managing user adoption.

Reversing Profit Decline, Covington Posts Double-Digit Growth

By Katelyn Polantz |

In 2016, Covington & Burling raised billing rates to match its competitors and reaped rewards from a long-term strategy.

Heather Gerken

Meet Heather Gerken, Yale's First Woman Law Dean

By Karen Sloan |

We caught up with the federalism and election law expert to discuss her new gig, the challenges that await, and her hobby as an amateur novelist.

Mark Sloan.

Thompson & Knight Posts Gains in Revenue and Income

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Following a strong 2015, gross revenue improved by 2.9 percent at Dallas-based Thompson & Knight in 2016, and net income increased by 3.5 percent compared with the prior year.

Betsy Miller (left) and Victoria Nugent

Betsy Miller and Victoria Nugent to lead Cohen Milstein's Public Client Practice

By Scott Flaherty |

Miller and Nugent will co-chair Cohen Milstein's public client practice, which focuses on representing state attorneys general and other government entities in litigation and investigations.

Andrew Humphrey, Faegre Baker Daniels’ managing partner.

Steady Growth for Faegre Baker as Leadership Change Looms

By Scott Flaherty |

The firm posted a 5 percent increase in gross revenue and a solid 7.5 percent bump in profits per equity partner in 2016.

Allen & Overy’s Washington, D.C. offices.

Allen & Overy Continues US Hiring Spree With 3-Partner Paul Hastings Finance Team

By Chris Johnson |

Allen & Overy has continued its U.S. hiring spree with the recruitment of a three-partner finance and securities team from Paul Hastings, including former leveraged finance head Bill Schwitter.

Drinker Biddle & Reath offices in Washington, D.C. June 25, 2014. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Drinker Biddle Grows Revenue, PPP 6 Percent

By Lizzy McLellan |

Two years into new leadership, Drinker Biddle & Reath saw a second year of increases in revenue and profits per equity partner (PPP) in 2016.

Carter Phillips of Sidley Austin.

Sidley Keeps Revenue, Profits Rising Despite Tougher Market

By Rebecca Cohen |

The firm's growth didn't quite match recent years, but its leaders say they're not complaining.

8/08- Creighton Condon, Shearman & Sterling's senior partner

Shearman & Sterling Sees Revenue Rise and Partner Profits Spike

By Christine Simmons |

Equity partner profits jumped by nearly 20 percent last year, as the firm posted revenue growth across several practices while also cutting back its equity partner ranks.

Domino Effect: NY's Financial Cybersecurity Regulation Reaches Beyond Borders, Industries

By Rhys Dipshan |

The regulation requires any company doing business with a "covered entity" to have robust information security processes and procedures.

Dan Binstock of Garrison & Sisson.

Is Your Firm Guilty of Playing Lateral Partner Bingo?

By Dan Binstock |

In selling their firm to lateral candidates, firm leaders are often using the same pitches as their competitors. Recruiter Dan Binstock offers advice on differentiation.

Andrew Olmem.

Two Venable Partners, Including Outspoken Dodd-Frank Critic, Join Trump Team

By C. Ryan Barber |

Two Venable partners, including a former lead Republican negotiator on the post-crisis Dodd-Frank financial reforms who has called the Obama-era regulations "heavy-handed," have joined President Donald Trump's administration. Andrew Olmem, who worked on the Dodd-Frank reforms, will serve at the White House National Economic Council, and Daris Meeks was named director of domestic policy for Vice President Mike Pence.

Neel Chatterjee.

Star IP Litigator Jumps From Orrick to Goodwin

By Meghan Tribe |

Longtime Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe intellectual property partner Neel Chatterjee is joining Goodwin Procter's litigation department and intellectual property practice in its Silicon Valley office.

(Clockwise from top left) Roxanne Almaraz, David Runnels, Stuart Zisman, Cindy Lin, Jason Peters, and Darren Inoff.

King & Spalding Hires 6 Lateral Partners in Houston

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Lawyers from two big firms in Houston, Andrews Kurth Kenyon and Bracewell, move to the Houston office of King & Spalding.

(l-r) Alma Asay, Paul Saputo and Rosemarie Barnett

When Leaving Big Law, the Financial Struggle Is Real

By Leigh Jones |

With 20/20 hindsight, lawyers who strike out on their own say the sacrifices can be profound.

Philadelphia City Hall building at night

Phila. Taps Dechert, Eyes Hogan Lovells to Protect Sanctuary City Policy

By Max Mitchell |

As legal clashes over its status as a sanctuary city appear likely, Philadelphia is turning to a team of local big-law attorneys to advise it on how to handle the controversial immigration issue.

Robert Duvall playing Tom Hagen in

What? Tom Hagen Is Now at the White House?

By Vivia Chen |

Considering what's going on at the White House, is that what clients look for in their lawyers—someone who can tell them how far they can push the ethics boundaries without breaking the law?

McGuireWoods Revenue Up 4 Percent Following Lateral Additions

By Katelyn Polantz |

The firm opened an office in San Francisco last year and boosted its business with help from a 2015 lateral partner, George Terwilliger III.

(l-r) Daryl Lansdale, Peter Martyr and Andrew Giaccia.

It’s Official: Norton Rose Fulbright, Chadbourne & Parke Catch Merger Fever

By James Booth and Christine Simmons |

The year is already shaping up to be a busy one for Big Law combinations.

Paris, France.

Orrick hires four-lawyer Clifford Chance Paris team including local competition head

By Anna Ward |

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has hired four lawyers from Clifford Chance in Paris, including local competition head Patrick Hubert.

Teena Ann Sankoorikal

NY Litigation Boutique Picks Up Cravath Partner

By Christine Simmons |

In a rare loss for Cravath, Swaine & Moore, a partner is leaving the firm to join Levine Lee, a prominent litigation boutique formed six years ago by former Cravath lawyers.

Russell Munsch.

Munsch Hardt Founder Russell Munsch Dies in Plane Crash

By John Council |

Russell Munsch, who founded Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr in Dallas 31 years ago and represented a wealthy Texas oilman in one of the largest personal bankruptcies in history, died in a plane crash while on a golfing vacation in Australia.

Deal Watch: Two Big Firms Advise on Scuttled Unilever-Kraft Heinz Merger

By Brian Baxter and Meghan Tribe |

Linklaters and Paul Weiss landed lead roles on a since aborted $143 billion takeover bid for London-based Unilever plc by Pittsburgh-based Kraft Heinz Foods Co., a megamerger that would have united two of the world’s largest food companies. Two ex-Freshfields partners also took top financial roles on the ill-fated transaction.

Andrew Baker

Nine Norton Rose Fulbright Energy Partners Jump to Baker Botts

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

In a major lateral move in Texas, nine transactional partners who work in the energy sector have joined Baker Botts in Houston, coming from the Houston office of Norton Rose Fulbright.

Daniella Landers, left, and Bart Huffman, right.

Reed Smith Picks Up Four Lawyers in Houston

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

With the four new hires, which include two partners, Reed Smith has 63 lawyers in its Houston office.

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Gross Revenue, Partner Profits Rise at Cahill Gordon

By Meghan Tribe |

Cahill Gordon & Reindel, whose finances typically rise and fall with the bond markets, saw gross revenue hit $382.5 million in 2016, a nearly $20 million increase over the year before. Profits per partner at the firm remained mostly flat, as head count slipped below 300, to 296.

Brad Karp.

Paul Weiss Reaps Benefits From Star Lateral Hires

By Nell Gluckman |

The New York-based firm, having made one of 2016's most notable lateral hires in Scott Barshay, saw gross revenue rise to $1.22 billion last year, while profits per partner jumped to $4.38 million.

Donald Trump.

Cleary Gottlieb Publishes Trump 'Social Media Attack' Survival Guide

By C. Ryan Barber |

Since his election, President Donald Trump has not let go of his personal Twitter account—or his penchant for lashing out against companies on social media. That practice, unprecedented for a president in the internet age, has put companies on edge. And law firms are being called on to help corporate executives prepare for the fallout from drawing Trump's ire on Twitter. Cleary Gottlieb employed an acronym to describe the president's conduct: "SMA," for "social media attack."

Scott A. Edelman of Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy.

Milbank Tweed Reports 'Outstanding' Results for 2016

By Scott Flaherty |

Marking a fourth straight year of strong financial growth, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy posted a double-digit percentage increase in gross revenue in 2016, as profits per equity partner topped $3 million.

Stephen Miller,.

Praising Stephen Miller? Seriously?

By Steven J. Harper |

Dangerous rhetoric and a president who praises it. Where are Trump’s lawyers?

Steptoe & Johnson offices in Washington, D.C. June 12, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Slow Collections Drag on Growth at Steptoe

By Katelyn Polantz |

A string of headline-grabbing cases didn't have much impact on Steptoe & Johnson's bottom line in 2016.

Jenner & Block Boosts London Office With White & Case Management Committee Member

By Chris Johnson |

Jenner & Block is bolstering its fledgling London office with the hire of Jason Yardley, a senior White & Case disputes partner and a member of the firm's global management committee.

Steven Sonberg, managing partner of Holland & Knight in Miami.

Holland & Knight Sees Strong Growth in Revenue and Income

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Holland & Knight continued to show strong growth in 2016, with an 8 percent gross revenue increase that resulted in a higher-than-projected net income of $238.5 million.

Linda Singer.

Plaintiffs Lawyers and State AGs Could Team Up More Often in Trump Era

By Scott Flaherty |

Private plaintiffs lawyers with state and local government practices could benefit from changing federal enforcement priorities that are likely to prompt state attorneys general to devote more resources to fighting consumer and financial fraud and protecting the environment. But they shouldn't expect it to open the floodgates for more work.

Foley Hoag Latest Big Firm to Fire Up Legal Weed Practice

By Meghan Tribe |

As Massachusetts goes green—the commonwealth recently legalized marijuana for recreational use—at least one big, Boston-based firm is getting into the budding industry. Foley Hoag announced this week the formation of a new practice group led by partner Kevin Conroy focusing on the legalized cannabis space.

Kevin O’Brien and Adam Ford

Boutique, Facing Two Ex-Partner Suits, Enters Talks to Settle One

By Christine Simmons |

A Manhattan criminal defense boutique facing two lawsuits by ex-partners is working toward finalizing a settlement in one, but continues to face heated allegations in the other.

Joanna Horsnail

Familiar With Life's Hurdles, Big Law Partner Seeks Partnership Track Reform

By Roy Strom |

Growing up in suburban Denver, Joanna Horsnail lived what she called a charmed life in America's solid middle class. Then she joined Mayer Brown, and life started punching back. Hard.

BuckleySandler.

BuckleySandler Eyes Challenges in New Agency Era

By Katelyn Polantz |

The firm says it grew the amount of work it billed in 2016, and forecasts demand that could help the firm survive the Trump administration.

Thomas McHenry

Gibson Dunn Partner To Become Vermont Law Dean

By Karen Sloan |

Thomas J.P. McHenry will assume the school's top administrative post on July 1.

Pepper Hamilton

Amid Departures, Pepper Hamilton Revenue Drops 10 Percent, PPP Down 28 Percent

By Lizzy McLellan |

Firm leaders said double-digit declines were misleading, but there are signs that partners are unsettled.

Jerry K. Clements

Locke Lord's Revenue Down But Income Up

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Gross revenue declined by 6.4 percent in 2016 at Dallas-based Locke Lord, but net income improved by 11.1 percent with lawyers in many practice areas very busy.

Kim Koopersmith, partner and chairperson, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

On Upward Trajectory, Akin Gump Invests in Regulation, Policy

By Meghan Tribe |

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, which just inked a deal for a new office lease in Washington, D.C., saw gross revenue rise $50 million last year, to $980 million, while profits per partner hit the $2.1 million mark. The firm's total head count slipped slightly in 2016.

Hugh Verrier.

White & Case Posts Gains as Transatlantic Push Continues

By Nell Gluckman |

The firm reached a new revenue high amid plans to grow to 500 lawyers in both New York and London.

Robert Hays

King & Spalding Hits New Megafirm Milestone

By Meredith Hobbs |

The firm passed the 1,000-lawyer mark in 2016, while revenue edged up and profit per partner slipped slightly due to a significant addition of equity partners.

Mary Jo White.

Mary Jo White Takes Leadership Role at Debevoise as SEC Enters New Era

By Christine Simmons |

Debevoise & Plimpton has created a new leadership position for Mary Jo White, who returned to the firm Wednesday after chairing the Securities and Exchange Commission for nearly four years under the Obama administration.

Cooley's Tech Clients Buoyed Firm’s Finances in 2016

By Rebecca Cohen |

The firm saw its gross revenue surge by more than $60 million in 2016, to $974 million, while profits per partner rose by nearly $1 million, to almost $1.97 million. Head count at Cooley hit 854, an increase of more than 50 lawyers from 2015.

Andrew Saker

Litigation Funder Bentham, Fortress Seek to Tap US Litigation Market

By Roy Strom |

On the same day that Fortress Investment Group announced its $3.3 billion sale to Japan’s SoftBank, a unit of the investment giant partnered with Australian litigation funder IMF Bentham on a U.S. litigation funding finance vehicle worth up to $200 million. The move comes two months after two rival litigation financiers agreed to merge.

Deals, Restructuring Drive 'Best Year Ever' for Davis Polk

By Nell Gluckman |

Davis Polk & Wardwell saw healthy growth in revenue and partner profits in 2016, despite capital markets headwinds and uncertainty in European and Asian markets.

Ethics Rule Has Lit Funders Treading Carefully in Class Actions

By Ben Hancock |

Some industry players are steering clear of class actions because of a ban on attorneys sharing fees with nonlawyers. Others are willing to invest but structure their deals to avoid the rule.

Nathaniel Gallon.

Tech’s ‘Horizontal’ Place Among Practice Areas: A Q&A with Hogan Lovells’ Gallon

By Ian Lopez |

The Silicon Valley-based partner talks technology trends impacting lawyers and how tech knowledge is integral to firms “interested in staying relevant.”

Munich, Germany.

Kirkland Loses Seven-Partner Team to Sidley in Munich

By Rose Walker |

Sidley Austin has raided Kirkland & Ellis for the second time in a year, bringing on a seven-partner team from the firm, as well as a Linklaters partner, for its Munich office.

In Expansion Mode, Dickinson Wright Sees Big Boost in Revenue

By Meghan Tribe |

By some estimates, the Kardashians made about $122.5 million in 2016, a figure about $80 million shy from what the famous family’s outside counsel at Dickinson Wright earned in gross revenue last year.

Sidley Austin offices in Washington, D.C.

Sidley Fights Fraud Suit Over Alleged Ties to Imprisoned Con Man

By Roy Strom |

Joseph Garcia pleaded guilty to wire fraud last year. Prior to that, the con man appears to have worked with Sidley Austin on a case that led to fraud charges against the firm and one of its prominent partners.

Want to Improve Associate Hiring? Follow Public Interest's Lead

By Karen Sloan |

Law firms could learn a thing or two from the way public interest law organizations and government agencies hire new attorneys.

Kim Rivera, Hewlett Packard

HP's GC Says 'Diversity Mandate' Embraced by Law Firms

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

The legal profession has long struggled with diversity and inclusion. HP Inc. took a novel step in announcing that the company may withhold legal fees from law firms that don't meet diversity staffing requirements. Kim Rivera, HP's chief legal officer and general counsel, on Tuesday detailed the genesis of the fee-holdback program—and the early responses. "I spoke to GCs and law firm partners across the country and much to my gratification, they were very open and collaborative," Rivera said.

Rendering of Akin Gump’s new offices in Washington, D.C.

Akin Gump Brings Strauss Tower to K Street

By Katelyn Polantz |

The firm is leaving Dupont Circle for a 17-year lease on K Street, but keeping the name of name partner Robert Strauss on its new building.

Clients Turning to Encryption to Combat Law Firm Data Breaches

By David Ruiz |

In-house legal departments are on the hunt for ways to combat the data breaches hitting their law firms, and email encryption is a growing option.

Dubai, UAE

Weil Gotshal Closing Dubai Office as Middle East Cutbacks Continue

By Rose Walker |

Weil, Gotshal & Manges has become the latest large firm to rethink its presence in the Middle East, with the New York-based firm deciding to close its Dubai office.

Kim Rivera, Hewlett Packard

HP, Mandating Diversity, Will Withhold Fees From Some Firms

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

In-house legal departments regularly encourage, and in some cases require, that outside firms have some level of diversity in staffing legal work. Hewlett-Packard Inc. has taken this mandate a step further—saying the company will withhold invoiced fees from firms that do not meet diversity requirements.

Cozen O'Connor, in Growth Mode, Sees Revenue Bump

By Lizzy McLellan |

Cozen O'Connor boosted revenue by more than 10 percent in 2016, as the firm continued to reap the benefits of acquisitions and lateral hires, as well as demand that bucked industry trends.

Stephen Cohen

Sidley Recruits Ex-SEC Associate Enforcement Director

By Meghan Tribe |

Stephen Cohen, who spent the past five years as associate director of enforcement at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, has joined Sidley Austin as a securities and derivatives enforcement and regulatory partner in Washington, D.C.

RatnerPrestia Settles Dispute Over Scuttled Germany Merger

By Scott Flaherty |

Less than a year after suing Germany’s Stolmár & Partner over a failed combination, Philadelphia area intellectual property boutique RatnerPrestia has settled breach of contract, fraud and other claims against the Munich-based patent firm.

Crowell & Moring Sees Big Lift in Profits, Revenue

By Katelyn Polantz |

Profits per partner were up a whopping 40 percent in 2016.

Fish & Richardson’s Revenue and Profits Up After ‘Really Strong Year’

By Chris Johnson |

A significant increase in contingency fee income helped Fish & Richardson continue its growth in 2016, with the firm posting solid gains in both revenue and profit.

Cristina Arguedas.

Ex-Akin Gump Partner Taps Big-Name Defense Lawyer

By Ross Todd |

Jeffrey Wertkin has hired Cristina Arguedas—lawyer to FedEx and former San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds—to defend charges he tried to sell a sealed whistleblower complaint.

Attorney Donald McGahn leaves the Four Seasons hotel in New York, Thursday, June 9, 2016, after a GOP fundraiser.

Yo, Where's Don McGahn?

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

The White House counsel seems missing in action amid the ever-mounting conflicts of interest involving this presidency.

Richard Hays, Alston & Bird, Atlanta.

Alston & Bird Boosts Revenue, Head Count

By Meredith Hobbs |

Several big litigation matters and a steady stream of transactional work power the firm's solid gains.

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Citi Report: Growth Slowed in 2016

By Gretta Rusanow |

Last year was a better one than 2015 for the Am Law 50, and especially for the most profitable firms. The same can't be said for the rest of the industry.

Big Law Brand Survey Shows Client-Led Shakeup

By Roy Strom |

In a sign of a legal market where clients are as untethered to law firms as ever, a survey of legal buyers’ preferred Big Law brands has a new No. 1 for the first time in its six-year history. Jones Day topped the Acritas U.S. Law Firm Brand Index, released Monday, after ranking in second place for the previous five years to Skadden.

A screenshot shows the website of Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca on April 4, 2016.

Panama Papers Firm Founders Face Money Laundering Charges

By Brian Baxter |

Ten months after a hacking scandal hit one of Panama's top law firms, prosecutors in the Central American country have arrested Mossack Fonseca name partners Ramon Fonseca Mora and Jurgen Mossack in connection with a massive bribery scandal at a Brazilian conglomerate.

A logo sign outside of a facility occupied by the Reckitt Benckiser Group, in Springfield, Missouri.

Deal Watch: Four Firms Bag Roles on Big Baby Formula Buy

By Meghan Tribe |

British consumer products giant Reckitt Benckiser Group plc has turned to Davis Polk & Wardwell and Linklaters to handle its $17.9 billion acquisition of Mead Johnson Nutrition. Kirkland & Ellis and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton have also landed roles on the transaction, which is the largest in Reckitt’s history.

A Smaller Cadwalader Sees Revenue Drop, Profits Rise

By Christine Simmons |

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft saw its revenue decline in 2016 amid partner defections and office closures. But managing partner Patrick Quinn pointed to higher profits as a sign that the firm's tighter focus on core clients and practices is paying off.

Dechert Client Fee Dispute to Proceed After Court Rules $20M Legal Bill 'Highly Unrealistic'

By Chris Johnson |

Dechert has been dealt a blow in its long-running fee dispute with a former client, with a High Court judge in the U.K. ruling Friday that the company can proceed in its attempt to recover millions of dollars from the firm.

Cristian Stevens

Armstrong Teasdale Adds Federal Prosecutor Who Led Ferguson Case

By Meghan Tribe |

Cristian Stevens, a former federal prosecutor who once investigated a high-profile police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, has joined Armstrong Teasdale as a litigation partner in St. Louis.

Is Big Law Finally Ready For Trans-Atlantic Consolidation?

By Chris Johnson |

It's time once again to examine whether the legal market will consolidate across the Atlantic.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, where a three-judge panel heard arguments on the halting of the immigration ban.

Ninth Circuit, Asserting Its Role, Keeps Nationwide Block on Travel Ban in Place

By Ross Todd |

If there's a way to respond to a president who has taken aim at the federal judiciary, it's to speak with one voice. That's just what the Ninth Circuit did on Thursday with its per curiam opinion that struck back at the notion that a president's actions are unreviewable.

Ballard Spahr offices in Washington, D.C. March 24, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Ballard Spahr Sees Small Revenue Bump as Profits Stay Flat

By Lizzy McLellan |

Ballard Spahr experienced slight revenue growth and flat profits in 2016, making the best of what the firm said it knew would be a challenging year.

KWM Partners Rejected Repeated Attempts to Raise Capital in Years Before Collapse

By Rose Walker |

King & Wood Mallesons’ (KWM) Europe and Middle East (EUME) partners rejected at least four attempts by management to increase capital at the firm between 2011 and 2015, it has emerged.

Do Firms Care When Women Bolt?

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Forgive me for being a cynic (who me?), but I'm not at all convinced that law firm managers are losing sleep when women lawyers fly the coop.

Latham and Baker McKenzie Advise as Priceline Agrees to Buy Travel Search Engine for $550M

By Alex Berry |

Latham & Watkins and Baker McKenzie have secured mandates on Priceline Group’s acquisition of London-based travel search engine Momondo Group for $550m (£438m).

Revenue, Profits Soar at Baker Botts Amid Contingency Wins

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Boosted by some big contingency fees and strategic investments, Houston-based Baker Botts posted a record year in 2016, with revenue up 20.2 percent compared with 2015, and profits per partner up 36.6 percent.

The Atlantis Paradise Island resort, located in the Bahamas.

Three Firms Pump Fees From Bankrupt Bahamian Oil Shipper

By Brian Baxter |

Ultrapetrol Bahamas Ltd., a company that floats energy boats throughout South America, filed for bankruptcy in New York on Feb. 6. Zirinsky Law Partners, a firm formed last year by a former top bankruptcy partner at three Am Law 100 firms, is advising Ultrapetrol along with Hughes Hubbard & Reed and Seward & Kissel.

Lee Wolosky of Boies Schiller Flexner

With Gitmo Back in Play, Obama Envoy Returns to Boies Schiller

By Scott Flaherty |

Boies Schiller Flexner has welcomed Ambassador Lee Wolosky back to the firm after an 18-month stint as the White House's special envoy for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba.

Big-Name Lawyers Who Screwed Up, Big Time

By Leigh Jones |

While former Akin Gump lawyer Jeffrey Wertkin awaits his fate after his arrest for trying to sell a sealed whistleblower suit for $300,000, let's take a moment to revisit some prominent attorneys who made a mess of things.

Speak Up, Find Mentors and Other Tips From Women Attorneys at the Top

By Amanda Bronstad |

We distill the best lessons from Paul Hastings partner Nancy Abell and others at this month's inaugural Women LEAD conference at UCLA School of Law.

Winston & Strawn's Washington, D.C. offices on K Street.

Shearman Partner, Ex-Dewey Colleagues Reunite at Winston

By Meghan Tribe |

Lawrence Hill, a former chair of the tax controversy and litigation group at Dewey & LeBoeuf who joined Shearman & Sterling in May 2012 to co-lead that firm's financial services group, is headed to Winston & Strawn in New York. The hire is the latest high-profile addition by the Chicago-based Am Law 100 firm.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld offices in Washington, D.C. November 10, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Akin Gump Partner's Arrest Highlights Hiring Risks for Firms

By Scott Flaherty |

Federal prosecutors have accused an Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld partner—and a government lawyer himself until last year—of hawking a copy of a nonpublic whistleblower complaint to a company facing a False Claims Act lawsuit.

Blank Rome Takes Three Benefits Partners From Pepper Hamilton

By Lizzy McLellan |

The moves follow a spate of recent departures from Pepper Hamilton, and they extend a string of hires this year at Blank Rome.

Richard Clifton, Michelle Friedland, and William Canby.

In Travel Ban Appeal, Judges Don't Accept 'We’re in a Rush' Excuse

By Scott Graham |

Lawyers prepared for Tuesday's Ninth Circuit arguments under extreme time pressure. But the judges wouldn't cut them any breaks.

Seyfarth Shaw Puts 'Software Robots' to Use in Automation Push

By Roy Strom |

The national labor and employment firm, already well-known in legal circles for being a pioneer in using business process improvements, is now looking to artificial intelligence to enhance its efficiency.

Pillsbury Opens Miami Office With Six Boies Schiller Lawyers

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman has opened a new Miami office with six lawyers from Boies Schiller Flexner.

Wenchi Hu

Ex-SEC Associate Director Joins Latham's New York Office

By Meghan Tribe |

Latham & Watkins is poised to hire former Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton associate Wenchi Hu, most recently an associate director in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's division of trading and markets, as a financial institutions partner in New York.

Former Bio-Rad General Counsel, Sanford Wadler (left) leaves the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Ousted Bio-Rad GC Wins Whistleblower Case

By David Ruiz |

The jury awarded Sanford Wadler $2.9 million in back pay and stock compensation, which will be doubled, plus $5 million for punitive damages.

Davis Polk Adds Antitrust Partner from Obama White House

By Nell Gluckman |

Howard Shelanski, who most recently served as administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the White House’s Office of Management and Budget, will join Davis Polk & Wardwell's office in Washington, D.C.

Legal Departments Find Value in Keeping Work In-House, Report Says

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

According to a new report from ALM Legal Intelligence, legal departments are bringing more work in-house, rather than relying on outside counsel.

New York City subway riders remove anti-Semitic graffiti.

Big Law Associate Goes Viral After Scrubbing Subway Hate

By Meghan Tribe |

Gregory Locke had an interesting Saturday evening. The associate Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker in White Plains, New York, posted a message to Facebook on Feb. 4 documenting how he and a few other fellow passengers on a New York City subway train removed anti-Semitic graffiti.

Weil Sees Big Gains in Profits, Revenue

By Nell Gluckman |

Weil, Gotshal & Manges enjoyed strong demand that boosted 2016 revenues, according to executive partner Barry Wolf, bucking the industry trend.

Gina Maisto Smith, left, and Leslie Gomez, right, of Cozen O'Connor.

Cozen O'Connor Launches Sexual Misconduct Practice With Pepper Hamilton Pros

By Lizzy McLellan |

Cozen O'Connor debuted a new practice group focused on institutional responses to sexual and gender-based harassment and violence, hiring five Philadelphia lawyers, including four attorneys from Pepper Hamilton.

Doha, Qatar.

Clifford Chance Quits Qatar and Relocates Office Head to Dubai

By Anna Ward and James Booth |

The Magic Circle firm is pulling out of Doha roughly six years after opening an office in the capital city of the Middle Eastern country of Qatar.

Donald Trump.

All the President's Conflicts

By Steven J. Harper |

Trump’s assault on the integrity of the presidency already makes Richard Nixon look like an amateur—and a saint.

Shira Scheindlin, retired United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York (Photo by Matt Furman).

Group Turns To Big Law for Major Immigrant Rights Effort

By Christine Simmons |

Spurred on by President Trump's deportation priorities, a group of big-firm lawyers and nonprofit attorneys has launched a project to represent immigrants nationwide who are at risk for deportation and already has distributed a mass letter to hundreds of large firms seeking donations and pro bono work.

Thomas Siebel, CEO of C3 IoT Inc. and founder of Siebel Systems, speaks during the 2015 IHS CERAWeek conference in Houston, Texas, U.S., on Thursday, April 23, 2015.

Small Sums, Big Guns: This Billionaire Would Rather Skirmish Than Settle

By Ben Hancock |

Thomas Siebel is either a man who stands up for his principles, or someone who uses his vast resources to grind his opponents into the ground. Either way, he's probably not someone you want to be litigating against.

IP Partners on the Move Seek Bigger Firms

By Katelyn Polantz |

Big Law snatches up talent as the market changes for boutiques.

Global Lateral Hiring by The Numbers: A Look Behind the High 5-Year Attrition Rate

By Hugh A. Simons |

Half of lateral partner hires are failures. To be precise, 47 percent of laterals don’t stay more than 5 full years.

Am Law 100/200: The Early Reports

By ALM Staff |

The 2016 fiscal year results for the nation’s 200 largest law firms are starting to pour in. ALM’s reporters across the globe are providing early snapshots and analysis of how firms performed last year and what to expect in 2017.

Law Firm General Counsel Roles Are Evolving—And Sometimes ‘Lonely’

By David Gialanella |

A dozen or more years since what one expert called the "great awakening among law firms" about the need to designate an in-house adviser, the role of firm general counsel continues to evolve.

Ropes & Gray's Washington, D.C. offices. August 29, 2014. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Ropes & Gray Raids O'Melveny & Myers for New M&A Head

By Brian Baxter |

Paul Scrivano, who a year ago took over as global head of M&A and private equity at O'Melveny & Myers, has left the firm for Ropes & Gray. O'Melveny & Myers has announced that partner Jay Herron will replacement him as leader of its transactional group.

Colin Cloherty

Wiley Rein Associate, ‘Ivy,’ No Stranger to NFL's Super Bowl

By Brian Baxter |

Colin Cloherty, an ex-NFL tight end who once made it to the Super Bowl with the Indianapolis Colts before concluding his pro football career a few years later with the now big game-bound Atlanta Falcons, is embarking on a new journey. Cloherty spoke with The American Lawyer about his new role as a first-year Big Law associate.

Vanguard Taps Paul Hastings in Latest Big Energy Bankruptcy

By Meghan Tribe |

Paul Hastings is advising Houston-based oil and gas explorer Vanguard Natural Resources LLC on its bankruptcy filing in Houston. Vanguard is the latest U.S. energy company to begin Chapter 11 proceedings within the past year.

Norton Rose Fulbright, Chadbourne Chase Merger as Project Pipeline Thaws

By Christine Simmons |

A vote could come soon, with consideration by some committees and the firms’ partnerships within the next few weeks, according to a partner at one of the firms who has been involved in the talks.

Ivo Labar and James Wagstaffe, Kerr & Wagstaffe leave the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Davis Polk Partner Says Bio-Rad GC Kept Pushing Flimsy Claims

By David Ruiz |

Martine Beamon, who was hired to investigate potential FCPA violations, testified Thursday that the company's general counsel rejected her firm's conclusion that the suspicions were "meritless."

Takata airbag components.

Takata's US General Counsel Departs Amid Company's Scandal

By Stephanie Forshee |

Takata Corp.'s top lawyer in the United States, Eric Laptook, has left his post, weeks after the Tokyo-based automotive safety equipment maker agreed to pay $1 billion in criminal penalties to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Hogan Lovells offices at 555 13th Street, NW in Washington, D.C. October 25, 2016.

Hogan Lovells Calls on Partners to Pay In £50m Extra Capital

By Rose Walker |

Hogan Lovells partners are to pay in additional capital to the firm later this year, as part of a long-running initiative to boost the global firm's capital reserves.

California Bankruptcies Sweep Up DLA Piper, Other Firms

By Meghan Tribe |

From real sports to fantasy sports, two gaming companies filed for bankruptcy in California on Tuesday, owing thousands of dollars to several law firms.

Russell Genet

Chicago Litigation Funder Adds Nixon Peabody Practice Leader

By Roy Strom |

Longford Capital Management LP has hired Russell Genet, national head of the IP group at Nixon Peabody in Chicago, as a director. Genet helped Nixon Peabody open its Windy City office a decade ago.

California Law School Deans Want Bar Exam Pass Score Lowered

By Cheryl Miller |

The deans of 20 California law schools on Wednesday asked the state Supreme Court to temporarily lower the bar exam’s minimum passing score to let the State Bar study whether the number is unjustifiably high.

Iraqi immigrant Hameed Khalid Darweesh is embraced after his release.

How a President's Immigration Order Mobilized Big Law

By Christine Simmons and Nell Gluckman |

The country's corporate law firms unexpectedly became front and center in the weekend response to President Donald Trump's immigration crackdown.

Mark Irion.

Hogan Lovells Expands into Public Relations Field

By Katelyn Polantz |

Mark Irion, formerly of the Washington public relations group Levick, is bringing his services in-house at the firm.

Judge Neil Gorsuch.

Trump Chooses Neil Gorsuch, Ivy League Conservative, for Supreme Court

By Tony Mauro |

In choosing Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court, President Trump opted for a candidate with traditional credentials shared by most modern-day justices. A Colorado native with a degree from Harvard Law School, Gorsuch clerked for Justice Byron White and Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. "In our legal order, it is for Congress and not the courts to write new laws. It is the role of judges to apply, not alter, the work of the people’s representatives," Gorsuch said at the White House.

Mark Wasserman

Merger Vaults Eversheds Sutherland Onto Global Stage

By Meredith Hobbs |

Global firm Eversheds Sutherland made its formal debut on Wednesday, unveiling a new logo and website and cementing the most significant transatlantic tie-up since Norton Rose combined with Fulbright & Jaworski in 2013.

Association of Corporate Counsel office in Washington, D.C.

GCs May Get Rid of Underperforming Firms in 2017, Survey Says

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

Nearly 50 percent of global general counsel and chief legal officers say they might end a law firm or outside counsel relationship this year because of underperformance, according to a new survey from the Association of Corporate Counsel.

DLA Piper Sets Sights on Ireland in European Expansion Push

By James Booth |

DLA Piper's post-Brexit planning could include expanding the global legal giant's European footprint with office launches in Dublin and Denmark.

Rudy Giuliani.

Greenberg Traurig Distances Firm From Giuliani's Immigration Ban Work

By Nell Gluckman |

Greenberg Traurig chairman Richard Rosenbaum responded quickly to Rudy Giuliani's comments, sending a letter to the firm that made it clear Greenberg Traurig was not retained to advise Trump on this executive order and that the firm values diversity and its immigrant roots.

Beth Brinkmann, Deputy Assistant Attorney General.

Covington Bags Brinkmann to Bolster Appellate Expertise

By Katelyn Polantz |

Beth Brinkmann, a deputy assistant attorney general for the past eight years who headed the civil division’s appellate staff at the U.S. Department of Justice, has chosen Covington & Burling for her post-Obama administration landing.

O’Melveny's Sports Practice Hires Former XFL, WWE Legal Chief

By Brian Baxter |

Jared Bartie, who once served as general counsel of the upstart Xtreme Football League and World Wrestling Entertainment, has joined O’Melveny & Myers' high-powered sports practice as a partner in New York. The move is the second notable hire by O’Melveny & Myers in recent weeks.

Stinson Snags Former Wilkinson Walsh Managing Partner

By Meghan Tribe |

Eric Liebeler, a former Kirkland & Ellis partner who left his role last year as administrative head of high-powered litigator Beth Wilkinson’s new firm, has joined Stinson Leonard Street as a partner in Washington, D.C.

Sarah Coyne

Weil Gotshal Hires Former Federal Prosecutor Sarah Coyne From Debevoise

By Scott Flaherty |

Former federal prosecutor Sarah Coyne joins Weil Gotshal less than two years after she started at Debevoise.

Dechert Revenues Up 2.4 Percent Amid Modest Rise in Profits

By Lizzy McLellan |

Last year at Dechert was "fine," CEO Henry Nassau said, with a 2.4 percent increase in revenue and 1.6 percent increase in profits per equity partner.

Clyde & Co Senior Partner Simon Konsta.

UK’s Clyde & Co Raids Troutman Sanders for New DC, Chicago Outposts

By Chris Johnson |

London-based insurance specialty firm Clyde & Co has opened new offices in Chicago and Washington, D.C., after hiring 10 partners from Troutman Sanders.

Baby Sham and her mother

Syrian Baby Among Reed Smith Clients Left in Limbo After Trump Order

By Nell Gluckman |

The family of a Syrian child represented by Reed Smith has to delay plans to resettle in the United States after President Donald Trump's executive order placed an indefinite halt on Syrian refugees entering the country.

2016- Johnson & Johnson Office in North America. from Flickr

Deal Watch: Six Firms Advise on J&J's Actelion Acquisition

By Meghan Tribe |

Cravath, Swaine & Moore, Slaughter and May and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz are leading a team of firms that have landed lead roles on Johnson & Johnson’s proposed $30 billion buy of Swiss biotechnology company Actelion.

Barbara Smith

The Yolk Worn by a Big-Law Trump Supporter

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

A Bryan Cave associate in St. Louis recently penned an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal.

Merger Conflict Helps Orrick Fill Top Tech Post

By Nell Gluckman |

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe capitalized on a recent merger between two competitors to land new talent, hiring a new tech practice leader in its Silicon Valley office.

President Donald J. Trump delivers his presidential inaugural address during the 58th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2017.

Trump’s Nonsensical Conflicts Plan

By Steven J. Harper |

The president should hope is that no court every reaches the merits of his lawyers’ defense of emoluments clause violations.

Pepper Hamilton

Pepper Hamilton Denies Debt Collector Status in FDCPA Suit

By Lizzy McLellan |

The definition of "debt collector" has become a central issue as Pepper Hamilton faces a federal lawsuit alleging that a partner used unfair debt collection practices in payment demands to his tenants that were printed on firm letterhead.

McDermott Four-Lawyer IP Team Moves to Vorys Sater

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Group of four patent lawyers leave McDermott, Will & Emery to join Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease.

Left to right: Scott Webster and Blake Liggio of Goodwin Procter

New Goodwin Procter Partner a Transgender Trailblazer in Big Law

By Meghan Tribe |

Blake Liggio recently made partner at Goodwin Procter, making him one of the first outwardly transgender partners at an Am Law 100 firm. Liggio and Goodwin Procter partner Scott Webster reflect on the challenges he faced and ways that large firms can create a more inclusive environment.

Gotham Perils: Clifford Chance Sues City Over Construction Outage

By Christine Simmons |

For transplants and native New Yorkers alike, sometimes the biggest obstacle in the city is the city itself.

KWM Creditors Report Reveals Failed Merger Efforts and Millions Raised by Business Sell-Off

By Rose Walker |

The administrators of King & Wood Mallesons’ (KWM) European arm have released details of the sums raised by the break-up and sale of the business in a letter to creditors that also sheds light on the failed efforts to secure a single-firm takeover.

Anna Nicole Smith

'I Beg You to Recuse Me': Anna Nicole Smith Judge Finally Gets His Wish

By John Council |

The case that put him in the spotlight had become a trial for him, said Houston probate Judge Mike Wood.

Foley & Lardner logo in Miami.

Florida DEP Official Joins Foley & Lardner as State Reveals Payments of Millions to both Foley and Latham

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The head of the Florida DEP is leaving to work for Foley & Lardner amid scrutiny over how much the state agreed to pay in legal fees, just months after the firm won a state contract to handle money Florida received from the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster.

Preparing Lawyers to be Practice-Ready in a Tech-Driven World

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

With a new emphasis on legal innovation, law schools are using experiential learning and technology tools to meet the future needs of law firms and legal departments.

Michael Tanenbaum.

Drinker Enters Dallas as Sedgwick Sheds 40 Lawyers in Texas, New Jersey

By Lizzy McLellan |

Fifteen partners are splitting from Sedgwick in the New York region and Texas, forming a boutique in the Northeast and launching a new office for Drinker Biddle & Reath in Dallas.

Bankruptcies Might Be Down, But Far From Out

By Meghan Tribe |

A report issued Wednesday said that U.S. bankruptcy filings fell 5.9 percent in 2016 to their lowest number in a decade. Nonetheless, despite a drop-off in business-related cases, troubles in some industries like the energy sector have helped restructuring lawyers pick up some of the slack in demand for their services.

New Litigation Funding Rule Seen as 'Harbinger' for Shadowy Industry

By Ben Hancock |

A disclosure mandate in the Northern District of California could trigger a wider transparency debate.

After Alaska Exit, Crowell & Moring Shutters in Cheyenne

By Brian Baxter |

Crowell & Moring, which last week watched its Anchorage office join Holland & Hart, has also shuttered a small outpost in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Gov. Former state Gov. Dave Freudenthal, who helmed the firm’s presence in the city for the past six years, has started his own shop. Crowell & Moring is currently engaged in merger talks.

Left to right: Dean Niro, Art Gasey, Robert Vitale and Paul Vickrey

Original 'Patent Troll' Law Firm Shuts Its Doors

By Scott Flaherty |

Niro Law is shutting down following the death of founder Raymond Niro, and a group of its lawyers are starting a new firm.

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer Among Bankrupt ATopTech's Creditors

By Meghan Tribe |

ATopTech, a software company on the losing end of a $30 million IP battle with Synopsys last year, filed for bankruptcy last week in Delaware. Arnold & Porter, Dorsey & Whitney and Wilson Sonsini are advising AtopTech in its Chapter 11 case. Arnold & Porter is owed at least $3.5 million for its work as special litigation counsel to the debtor.

Tom Price, left, and Tiffany Trump, right.

Dentons' Oopsy, Tiffany's Trajectory and Skadden's UNaugural Ball

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Alternative facts. Alternative reality. Whatever. Any way you look at it, it's been surreal for the past two months.

Donald Trump.

Hughes Hubbard Files Trademark Application for Trump's Re-election Campaign Slogan

By Scott Flaherty |

President Donald Trump, who has been in office for less than a week, has filed an application for a slogan he can use for his re-election campaign in 2020.

Eversheds Introduces Bonus to Reward Cross-Selling With Sutherland

By James Booth |

Eversheds and its new U.S. merger partner Sutherland Asbill & Brennan will create a new bonus system to reward partners for facilitating integration once the merger between the two firms goes live on Feb. 1.

What Went Wrong at KWME? Partners Opine About Demise of Legacy SJ Berwin

By Anna Ward |

Poor leadership and a reluctance to deal with longstanding issues were the key factors behind the collapse of King & Wood Mallesons' European arm (KWME), according to a survey of London partners by sibling publication Legal Week.

Andrew Ceresney, Co-Director of the Division of Enforcement at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. June 27, 2013. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Ceresney, Back at Debevoise, Predicts Strong SEC Under Trump

By Christine Simmons |

As he returns to his old firm, Andrew Ceresney says the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission won't lose momentum under Donald Trump's administration.

Foley & Lardner Real Estate Lawyer Dead After Chicago Fire

By Brian Baxter |

Louis Cohen, a real estate of counsel at Foley & Lardner in Chicago who joined the firm last year after serving as international chair of the real estate, finance and banking group at Locke Lord, died last week in a mysterious parking garage fire. Cohen, 60, once helped the Super Bowl-bound Atlanta Falcons get a new stadium.

Dan McMahon

Wilson Elser Helps Launch Global Insurance Law Network

By Meghan Tribe |

The Am Law 100 firm has teamed up with Australia's Wotton + Kearney, British firm DAC Beachcroft and Germany's BLD Bach Langheid Dallmayr to form the Legalign Global insurance network.

Richest Firms Pulled Ahead in 2016 as Some Regions Struggled

By Nell Gluckman |

The top performing law firms continued to pull away from the rest of the Am Law 200 last year, according to a report released Monday by Wells Fargo Private Bank's Legal Specialty Group. Meanwhile certain regions, including the mid-Atlantic states, struggled to achieve even modest revenue growth.

David Kelley of Dechert

Dechert Lures Ex-Prosecutor David Kelley From Cahill

By Scott Flaherty |

Kelley, who served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York from 2003 to 2005, was a member of the executive committee at Cahill Gordon & Reindel.

Currency Hedging: A Contrarian View

By Hugh A. Simons |

This former Am Law 100 COO says law firms should pause before adopting a new trend reported by Am Law Daily last week of law firms hedging currency to battle fluctuations in exchange rates.

Reed Smith Seals Hire of 50-Strong KWM Team

By Legal Week Staff |

Reed Smith has confirmed its addition of 17 partners from King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) in London, Germany and Paris, who bring with them sizeable teams of lawyers, trainees and support staff.

Jeh Johnson

Homeland Security Chief Jeh Johnson Returns (Again) to Paul Weiss

By Nell Gluckman |

After more than three decades shuttling between public service and private practice, Johnson says he plans to stay put this time.

Deal Watch: Six Firms Bum Roles on Huge Tobacco Tie-Up

By Meghan Tribe |

The biggest deal of the week will take your breath away. Cravath, Herbert Smith Freehills, Jones Day, Kirkland & Ellis, Moore & Van Allen and Weil, Gotshal & Manges are advising on British American Tobacco’s $49.4 billion takeover of tobacco rival Reynolds American.

Hong Kong

Morgan Lewis Heads to Hong Kong After Orrick Raid

By Anna Zhang |

At least nine partners are poised to join Morgan, Lewis & Bockius from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. Once the mass move is complete, up to 40 lawyers and staff could head to the Philadelphia-based Am Law 100 firm, which has been busy in recent months bolstering its operations in Asia.

A Ukrainian service person during Rapid Trident 2016 international team and staff drill in Yavoriv training range in the Lviv Region. Stringer/Sputnik via AP

Covington to Represent Ukrainian Oil Company in Case Against Russia

By Scott Flaherty |

Covington & Burling has secured a $6.31 million contract to represent Ukraine's state-run oil company Naftogaz in an arbitration dispute against the Russian government over its 2014 incursion into Crimea.

A logo sign outside of a facility occupied by Avaya Inc., in Billerica, Massachusetts on August 14, 2016.

Kirkland Gets Call for Avaya Bankruptcy

By Brian Baxter |

The telecommunications equipment company, which filed for Chapter 11 protection Thursday in New York, is being advised by Kirkland & Ellis in its bankruptcy case. Holland & Knight is owed some $736,380 by the debtor.

King & Wood Mallesons.

King & Wood Mallesons Addresses Past Failures and Future Plans

By Anna Zhang |

The global legal giant's management told clients this week that the collapse of its legacy SJ Berwin business in the U.K. and Europe was the result of poor leadership and a lack of consensus among European partners, and described how King & Wood Mallesons plans to rebuild its operations across the region.

Cape Town, South Africa

Norton Rose Fulbright Expands Again, This Time in South Africa

By Brian Baxter |

In a busy week for law firm combinations, Norton Rose Fulbright has acquired four-lawyer commercial law boutique Keller Snyman Schelhase in Cape Town, a move that comes six years after the global legal giant acquired one of South Africa’s largest firms.

Two More Big Firms Tap New Diversity Heads

By Meghan Tribe |

Baker McKenzie and Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney started 2017 by hiring diversity and inclusion officers, the latest in a series of large firms filling similar roles as they attempt to determine how diversity efforts fit into their businesses in a time of uncertainty.

Cecily Strong.

Live from New York, It's Saturday Night!

By Vivia Chen |

A spotlight shines on a Big Law partner in the shadow of President-elect Donald Trump.

Ampersands Go Missing From Big Law

By Leigh Jones |

Baker & McKenzie lost its ampersand last month, and Boies, Schiller & Flexner, not to be outdone, recently dropped its squiggly symbol and also ditched a comma.

Bracing for the New Sexism

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Donald Trump has tapped into our primal insecurities about our looks, and how our physical flaws can diminish our professional success.

 Mark Schaub

KWM Plans to Align European and Asian Operations

By Georgina Stanley |

Mark Schaub, a partner with King & Wood Mallesons in Shanghai, sets out his firm's ambitions for its new operation in Europe.

Ringling Brothers Circus.

Ringling Bros. Demise Gives Final Chapter to Long-Fought Litigation

By Samantha Joseph |

Attorneys reflect on the court battles that played a role in ending the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Anchorage, Alaska. Credit: JonnyNoTrees/iStockphoto.com.

Crowell's Northern Retreat Has Holland & Hart Alaska-Bound

By Meghan Tribe |

Crowell & Moring is closing its Alaskan outpost—one the firm opened in 2009—following Holland & Hart's hire of a six-lawyer environmental team in Anchorage and Washington, D.C.

Paul Weiss Gets Into PTAB Work With Ropes & Gray Recruit

By Brian Baxter |

J. Steven Baughman, a longtime IP litigator at Ropes & Gray in Washington, D.C., is leaving the firm for Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. Baughman is the firm’s latest high-profile lateral recruit.

Ex-Clinton Aide Joins Boies Schiller in Silicon Valley

By Scott Flaherty |

Boies Schiller Flexner has brought on Ann O’Leary, a former top adviser to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, as a partner specializing in nonprofit and philanthropic endeavors in Palo Alto, California.

Oracle's headquarters in Readwood Shores, CA

With Oracle Bias Suit, Tech Firms Feel Labor Dept.'s Unwelcome Gaze

By Ben Hancock |

The perception there's more heat on Silicon Valley comes as large tech companies have become big federal contractors.

As Currencies Suffer, Law Firms Try Hedging to Safeguard Revenues

By Nell Gluckman |

As the British pound falls, so does the reluctance of many firms to gamble on future exchange rates.

Noel J. Francisco of Jones Day

Jones Day Partner May Be Next for Trump Administration Post

By Tony Mauro |

Appellate litigator Noel Francisco is departing Jones Day amid rumors that he could soon be tapped for a role in the solicitor general's office.

King & Wood Mallesons.

KWM Confirms Names of Partners Staying on After Europe Administration

By Rose Walker and Anna Zhang |

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has confirmed the names of 17 partners who have agreed to stay on with the firm in the wake of the administration of its European, UK and Middle East (EUME) business. Seven partners will stay on to maintain a London presence for the firm, as will as a three-partner team in Frankfurt.

15 Signs That You're Getting Fired

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Law firms take their time in bidding attorneys adieu, so it's wise to stay one step ahead of the game.

Johannesburg

Global Law Firms Turn to Africa

By James Booth |

Law firms are looking at Africa as the next frontier.

Chuck Baker.

Two Top Sports Lawyers—On Opposite Sides—Switch Firms

By Brian Baxter |

A pair of leading sports industry lawyers have left their firms for new digs. O’Melveny & Myers hired DLA Piper corporate partner Chuck Baker to chair its sports industry group out of New York, where longtime Weil, Gotshal & Manges litigator James Quinn is retiring from the firm at 71 to become of counsel at top trial boutique Berg & Androphy.

King & Wood Mallesons

End of the Road for Legacy SJ Berwin as KWME Files for Administration

By Legal Week Staff |

King & Wood Mallesons' (KWM) European arm has filed for administration in a move that represents the end of the line for the London-based legacy SJ Berwin business and the largest-ever law firm collapse in the U.K.

Akin Gump Brings Back Prober to Bolster Gov't Relations Expertise

By Katelyn Polantz |

Raphael “Rafi” Prober, who spent almost two years at the U.S. Department of Justice, is returning to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Washington, D.C. Prober will handle congressional response litigation at the firm.

11/9/11-- Miami- White & Case office logo in reception area.

Deal Watch: White & Case Leads on Transactional Tables

By Meghan Tribe |

White & Case ranked No. 1 for M&A globally in league table rankings for legal advisers in 2016, according to data analyzed by Bloomberg and Mergermarket. The latter listed the Am Law 100 firm as working on 319 announced deals last year valued in excess of $665 billion.

Cadwalader to Close Houston Office in Core Practice Pivot

By Brian Baxter |

A few days after Willkie Farr hired two energy partners from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, Allen & Overy and Haynes and Boone have picked up three more partners from the firm. The moves come as Cadwalader seeks to refocus itself on financial services work, a process that will see the Wall Street firm close its Houston office.

Matt, partner with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Los Angeles, and Liz Dubeck, partner with O'Melveny & Myers in Los Angeles, and their children Emmett and Lillian, who both attend daycare at O'Melveny & Myers's Hope Street Friends daycare.

Big Law Onsite Day Care: The Trend That Wasn't

By Angela Morris |

Very few firms have opened full-time facilities, despite their lamentations about the exodus of women.

Former Dewey junior manager Zachary Warren in September 2014.

Dewey Cloud Lifted for Defendant Who Found Home at Williams & Connolly

By Christine Simmons |

Zachary Warren, a young lawyer who faced criminal charges alongside three executives at Dewey & LeBoeuf, has formally put the case behind him and has relaunched his legal career at one of the country's top law firms.

Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington during his confirmation hearing to be the next U.S. Attorney General, on Tuesday, January 10, 2017.

A Test for Jeff Sessions

By Steven J. Harper |

The new attorney general says he’ll be independent; here’s a chance for him to prove it.

How a Big Law Fee Dispute Turned Into a Bitter, Cross-Country Litigation

By Roy Strom |

Vedder Price is facing arbitration in California in a case that shows there can be risks to law firms' increasingly litigious stance on unpaid bills.

Don't Kill Humans: European Parliament Calls for Laws Governing Artificial Intelligence

By Chris Johnson |

The European Parliament is calling for the establishment of laws to govern robots and artificial intelligence.

Brexit shattered glass

Crowdfunded Irish Legal Action To Determine Whether Brexit Can Be Reversed

By Chris Johnson |

A crowdfunded legal action to determine whether Brexit can be reversed will begin in Ireland later this month. The suit seeks a referral to the European Court of Justice to rule on whether the U.K. can unilaterally revoke Article 50, which starts a two-year deadline for an EU member to complete its withdrawal from the political bloc.

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington, D.C.

Willkie Welcomes Cadwalader Energy Regulatory Duo in DC

By Meghan Tribe |

The firm has recruited Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft partners Paul Pantano Jr. and Athena Yvonne Eastwood in Washington, D.C., six years after the two FERC experts joined the latter in a high-profile lateral move from McDermott Will & Emery. Cadwalader said the moves are part of a plan to re-focus itself on financial services.

Rudy Telscher

Husch Blackwell Hires High-Profile IP Team in St. Louis

By Scott Flaherty |

A five-lawyer team from Harness, Dickey & Pierce is leaving the IP-focused firm for Husch Blackwell. The group includes Rudolph Telscher, who once won a critical appellate ruling preserving the sanctity of fantasy baseball and argued the winning side in a 2014 U.S. Supreme Court case on patent fee-shifting.

10 Years Out, Report Says Recession's Impact on Firms Is Clear

By Nell Gluckman |

Law firms are feeling increased pricing pressure from their clients, according to a report released Thursday but the Georgetown University Law Center and Thomson Reuters' Peer Monitor. How law firm leaders address it will separate the top firms from all the rest.

Jeff Randall.

K&L Gates Loses IP Practice Leader in California

By Lizzy McLellan |

Jeffrey Randall, the co-head of the IP litigation group at K&L Gates, has left the firm a little over a year after joining its Silicon Valley office from Paul Hastings. His departure marks the latest in a series of notable partner-level defections from the firm in recent months.

Data Breach.

How a Massachusetts Decision to Publish Data Breach Info Will Affect Big Law

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

The Massachusetts decision spells out new challenges for lawyers working with breached companies.

UK Government Expects to Lose Brexit Legal Challenge

By Chris Johnson |

London expects to lose its legal battle over whether it can start the Brexit process without wider parliamentary approval. The British government appealed a High Court ruling that parliament must be allowed to vote on triggering Article 50, which starts a two-year deadline for an EU member to withdraw from the political bloc.

President-elect Donald Trump speaks as one of his attorneys, Sheri Dillon, of Morgan Lewis & Bockius, listens during a news conference, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, in New York. The news conference was his first as President-elect.

Morgan Lewis Partner Basks in Trump's Spotlight—Is That a Good Thing?

By Katelyn Polantz |

The names of corporate law firms are not usually mentioned in major political news conferences. Lawyers are, or course. Nearly all of America has been introduced to David Boies, David Kendall, and Ted Olson. But most large law firm names are unrecognizable to the general public. Until Wednesday.

Minneapolis Minnesota Downtown and the Stone Arch Bridge at Sunset

Fox Rothschild Adds Entertainment Team From Twin Cities Firm

By Lizzy McLellan |

A year after absorbing Minneapolis-based Oppenheimer, Wolff & Donnelly, Fox Rothschild is raiding Twin Cities shop Lommen Abdo for a six-lawyer entertainment team led by Kenneth Abdo, a son of the firm's founding partner. Lommen Abdo is one of the largest firms in Minnesota.

Partner Reloads in $200M Sedgwick Sex Bias Case

By Scott Flaherty |

Traci Ribeiro and her new lawyers at Sanford Heisler have beefed up their claims against Sedgwick, adding a bid for $200 million in class action damages.

Ron Liebman, author of

Big Law Partner's Writing Career Born in Nora Ephron's Kitchen

By Leigh Jones |

More than a few Big Law partners dream of leaving their practices behind and becoming successful novelists. Ron Liebman made it a reality.

U.S. Supreme Court.

Big Law Associate Takes on Supreme Court Veteran Over NCAA Race-Bias Claims

By Marcia Coyle |

A Morrison & Foerster associate who recently completed a U.S. Supreme Court clerkship will argue Wednesday against former solicitor general Seth Waxman in a major race discrimination case that involves the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

KWM Drops Suit Against Ex-Partner in Deal With Goodwin Procter

By Rose Walker |

Goodwin Procter will take on a 26-lawyer team from King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) in London, with the group hire granted as part of a deal that also saw KWM drop litigation against the Boston-based Am Law 100 firm and corporate partner Richard Lever.

President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017.

On Center Stage, Trump Lawyer Describes Conflicts Plan

By Katelyn Polantz |

During a raucous political news conference that was unusually heavy with tax law theory, Donald Trump and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius partner Sheri Dillon outlined Wednesday how the president-elect would distance himself from his companies.

Dentons Continues Latin America Push With Barbados, Monterrey Offices

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Dentons, which has made a big push into the Latin American and Caribbean markets in the past year, has expanded its web of verein-style partnerships to Monterrey, Mexico, by combining with local firm Canales Zambrano y Asociados and forming an affiliate on the island of Barbados after taking on three lawyers from Canada's BCF.

Chadbourne & Parke at 1301 6th Ave, NYC

Chadbourne Sees Partner Changes Amid Gender Bias Litigation

By Christine Simmons |

As Chadbourne & Parke and two female partners battle in court over discrimination claims, the firm continues to see head count changes, including the departure of a female project finance partner and the arrival of a bankruptcy attorney.

Jenner & Block's Washington, D.C. offices.

Jenner Hires One Longtime Client's GC as Partner Departs for Another

By Roy Strom |

One way to solidify your relationship with clients is to hire lawyers from their legal departments. Another is to plant your partners in their positions. On both fronts, Jenner & Block recently scored twice.

John Carlin, Assistant Attorney General of the U.S. Department of Justice National Security Division, during the American Bar Association’s 24th Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law Conference in Washington. The topic: “Executive Branch Updates on Developments in National Security Law.” November 6, 2014. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Ex-DOJ National Security Leader Starts New Practice at MoFo

By Meghan Tribe |

John Carlin, who stepped down in October as the top official for national security at the U.S. Department of Justice, is joining Morrison & Foerster's New York office, where he will start a new global risk and crisis management practice at the firm.

Lessons for Legal: Inside the Cybertheft Faced by Two Large Firms

By Ricci Dipshan |

Picking apart the recent cybertheft faced by two Am Law 100 firms working on high-profile M&A matters offers lessons on how legal can avoid similar breaches in the future.

Dechert Bags Cadwalader Antitrust Team in Brussels

By Georgina Stanley |

A four-strong antitrust group is leaving Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft in Brussels for Dechert. Among the defectors is local office head Alec Burnside, who joined Cadwalader from Linklaters in 2011.

Barclays Refuses Payments to KWME Staffers

By Rose Walker and Alex Berry |

King & Wood Mallesons' struggling European arm (KWME) has told all staff that they will not receive any salary payments ahead of the firm's imminent administration as its main lender, Barclays plc, will no longer authorize the payments. Quantuma has replaced AlixPartners as KUME's proposed administrator.

UK Campaign Group Crowdfunds Legal Challenge To Controversial 'State Spying' Law

By Chris Johnson |

Human rights campaign group Liberty has launched a crowdfunded legal challenge to new legislation that it claims grants the British government “indiscriminate state spying powers.”

Oil Drilling Gulf of Mexico.

Mexico’s Energy Reforms Mean Billions in Investment and More Work for Lawyers

By Susan Postlewaite |

Sweeping reforms in Mexico's energy sector are luring billions in investment, keeping lawyers busy.

Mina Arai-Ito

Rising Japanese Investment in Africa Prompts Law Firms to Ramp Up Africa Practices

By Anna Zhang |

Africa remains a challenging market, but Japanese companies see growing opportunity there. So do their lawyers.

King & Wood Mallesons.

Big Firms Raid Remnants of KWME, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

As King & Wood Mallesons' European arm continues to crumble, big firms around the world pick up some partner-level pieces; Baker McKenzie ditches its ampersand; DLA Piper heads to Chile; a former K&L Gates litigation leader starts his own firm; and other notable moves from throughout The Global 100.

Hogan Lovells sign outside the Columbia Square building where their D.C. offices are located. January 19, 2012. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Hogan Lovells Hires Latham Finance Partner in LA

By Rebecca Cohen |

Stacey Rosenberg, a debt finance transactions expert at Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles for the past decade, is poised to join Hogan Lovells in the City of Angels.

Report: Firm Leaders Showing More Economic Confidence in 2017

By Nell Gluckman |

Law firm leaders showed tepid confidence that important metrics like demand and revenue would grow in 2017, according to a survey conducted by Citi Private Bank's law firm group. But there are some positive indicators.

Former US Attorney for the District of Colorado John Walsh.

Wilmer Hires Ex-Colorado US Attorney for Denver, LA Offices

By Roy Strom |

John Walsh, a former U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado, is joining Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr as a partner in the Mile-High City, where the Am Law 100 firm has built up a small but impressive office over the past three years.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Freshfields Offers Voluntary Redundancy to 180 London Secretaries

By James Booth |

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has offered voluntary redundancy to all of its London secretarial staff, in a move that affects roughly 180 individuals.

Novel Suits, Setbacks Mark Edelson's First Year in Calif.

By Ross Todd |

The small plaintiffs firm set out to disrupt privacy litigation when it launched a Bay Area office led by partner Rafey Balabanian. So far, returns are mixed.

Private Equity-Backed UK Firm Spent Million Dollars on Failed Acquisition

By Chris Johnson |

A U.K. law firm with private equity backing spent almost a million pounds attempting to buy a rival insurance practice in 2015, accounts have revealed.

Jones Day Bolsters Cyber Group, New Minneapolis Office

By Meghan Tribe |

Six months after opening an office in Minneapolis, Jones Day has hired cybersecurity, privacy and data protection partner Richard 'Rick' Martinez in the Twin Cities from Robins Kaplan, where he chaired the firm’s privacy and cybersecurity litigation group.

Trump and Divestiture: The Lawyers Weigh In

By Steven J. Harper |

As Donald Trump shatters norms underpinning American democracy, how should the legal profession respond? Not with excuses for him, that’s for sure.

Smith Gambrell Bolts on NY Boutique, Sails Into Europe

By Meredith Hobbs |

As large U.S. firms jockey to stake out a global presence, Smith Gambrell & Russell is expanding its reach with new international offices in the United Kingdom and Germany. The Atlanta-based Am Law 200 firm is also adding seven lawyers to its New York office with the impending acquisition of New York boutique Balber Pickard Maldonado & Van Der Tuin.

Tillerson Taps Wilmer for Advice on Shedding Exxon Ties

By Miriam Rozen |

Backed by a legal team from Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, U.S. Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson laid out his answer this week to critics who claimed his financial ties to Exxon Mobil Corp. would create untenable conflicts of interest if he's confirmed.

Left to right: Gregory Katsas of Jones Day; Hunton & Williams' David Higbee; and Ralph Ferrara of Proskauer Rose.

Behind the Scenes, Big Law Shapes Trump Presidency

By Katelyn Polantz |

It’s not just high-profile appointees like Don McGahn II helping to shepherd in the new administration—and possibly reap benefits from a new era in Washington.

Legal Industry Outpaces US Jobs Figures for December

By Scott Flaherty |

After losing 500 jobs in November, U.S. legal sector employment rebounded in December, adding 2,000 jobs, according to preliminary data released Friday by the U.S. Labor Department.

UK Firms Brace for Insolvency Boom as Data Puts Thousands of Companies at Risk

By Chris Johnson |

Law firms in the U.K. could soon face a glut of insolvency and restructuring work, with data suggesting that thousands of companies in the travel sector are at risk of going bust.

Top Canadian Firm Scoops Up E-Discovery Shop

By Meghan Tribe |

McCarthy Tétrault, one of Canada's largest firms, announced a first-of-its-kind deal Thursday that will see it absorb Wortzmans, a leading electronic discovery shop up north.

Stephen DiCarmine, left, and Joel Sanders outside the courtroom during their 2015 trial.

Dewey Defendants Say Prosecution's Deal With Witness 'Extraordinary'

By Christine Simmons |

Two former Dewey & LeBoeuf executives facing retrial are urging a Manhattan judge for permission to cross-examine the lead witness for the prosecution about a new cooperation agreement, calling the deal "extraordinary circumstances" that directly bear on the defendants' rights.

Dentons Hires Skadden's European Competition Co-Leader

By Anna Ward |

James Venit, co-head of European competition at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Brussels, is leaving the firm for global legal giant Dentons.

Norton Rose Fulbright to Close Pittsburgh Office

By Lizzy McLellan |

Norton Rose Fulbright is closing its Pittsburgh office in the near future, the firm confirmed Thursday.

Another Busy Year for Law Firm Deals, But What's Left to Snatch Up?

By Roy Strom |

Legal consulting firms Altman Weil Inc. and Fairfax Associates have issued reports on the state of the law firm merger market in 2016. Last year may have missed out on setting a record for combinations, but it did confirm a trend: In the post-recession legal market, managing partners are more acquisitive than ever.

Ethan Skerry of Fenwick & West.

Partners Play Musical Chairs As NY Tech Scene Heats Up

By Nell Gluckman |

Fenwick & West, which recently opened an office in New York, has hired a tech and life sciences dealmaker away from Lowenstein Sandler, which in turn added a Morgan Lewis transactional partner to its tech group.

David Keenan

Orrick Attorney, Once a Juvenile Defendant, Follows Unconventional Path to Bench

By Ben Hancock |

David Keenan, who dropped out of high school after run-ins with the law, will take the bench in Seattle on Jan. 9.

Uber, DLA Piper Dealt Another Blow in Workers' Rights Battle

By Chris Johnson |

In the latest development in Uber Technologies' long-running workers' rights battle in Europe, a Swiss insurance agency has ruled that its drivers are employees for whom the company must pay social security contributions.

Securities Defense Bar Praises Trump's S&C Pick for SEC

By Christine Simmons |

Jay Clayton, President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to lead the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, is hardly a high-profile figure outside the Wall Street deal-making circles in which he's made his career. Unlike outgoing SEC Chairwoman Mary Jo White, Clayton, a partner at Sullivan & Cromwell, is not a litigator or a member of the white-collar defense bar.

DLA Piper Profits As BHS Administration Fees Near £3 Million

By Chris Johnson |

DLA Piper continues to profit from its role advising the administrators on the collapse of British high street retailer BHS, with a leaked document revealing that professional advisors racked up another million pounds in fees in less than six weeks.

Kelvin Natural Slush Co.

Ex-Sidley Associates See Slush Melt on CNBC

By Brian Baxter and Meghan Tribe |

Two former real estate associates at Sidley Austin in New York appeared Tuesday night on CNBC's "Billion Dollar Buyer," a reality TV show that sees billionaire Tilman Fertitta evaluate business proposals from small business owners. Unfortunately, the two ex-Sidley entrepreneurs behind Kelvin Natural Slush Co. didn't get a deal.

Caesars Palace on the Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, NV.

With $150M and Counting in Big Law Bills, Caesars Bankruptcy Approaches Finish Line

By Roy Strom |

Lawyers from four top Am Law 100 firms are nearing the end of the marathon—and highly lucrative—bankruptcy involving the operating arm of Caesars Entertainment Corp. After a tumultuous hearing in Chicago that briefly threatened to prolong the case, a judge set the stage for a confirmation hearing later this month.

Pillsbury Adds Hospitality Honcho as FinServ Regulation Head Departs

By Meghan Tribe |

Herrick, Feinstein hospitality chair Paul Shapses is leaving the firm amid its merger talks with Crowell & Moring for Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. The latter recently saw the co-head of its financial services regulation practice leave to start his own firm in four different cities.

Headquarters of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington D.C.

Securities Defense Bar Praises Trump SEC Pick

By Christine Simmons |

In the hours after Donald Trump tapped Sullivan & Cromwell dealmaker Jay Clayton to lead the SEC, securities litigators and others said he could usher in a new era for the agency.

King & Wood Mallesons Stops Paying European Staff as Administration Looms

By Rose Walker |

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has put 100 members of staff on unpaid leave, pending redundancy, as the firm’s Europe, UK and Middle East (EUME) arm draws closer to administration.

Jenner & Block Appellate Chief Leaves Big Law to Teach and Advocate for Voting Rights

By Tony Mauro |

Paul Smith, who argued and won the historic U.S. Supreme Court gay rights case Lawrence v. Texas in 2003, is leaving his partnership at Jenner & Block to teach at Georgetown University Law Center and to litigate for voting rights and campaign reform at the Campaign Legal Center, a nonprofit.

diversity

Asians and Hispanics Make Small Diversity Gains in Firms

By Karen Sloan |

The percentage of minority lawyers in U.S. law firms crept up in 2016, but that progress was not across the board.

UK Law Society Chief Resigns Over Lack of Reform Progress

By Chris Johnson |

The chief executive of the Law Society, the professional body for solicitors in England and Wales, has resigned over a lack of progress in attempts to reform its governance.

Skadden Snags McDermott Trusts and Estates Pro

By Brian Baxter |

Amy Heller, a trusts and estates partner who joined McDermott Will & Emery in a high-profile lateral move in 2011, has left the firm for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. McDermott watched another private client partner leave its London office for Bryan Cave.

yoga

Big Law Ties Abound in Yoga Company Troubles

By Meghan Tribe |

A litigation dispute in California against Bikram Choudhury, the founder of so-called hot yoga, has ended with his former British lawyer being awarded control of his business empire. In New York, a startup yoga clothing company, recently filed for bankruptcy, owing thousands of dollars in legal fees to two law firms.

Former Herbert Smith Freehills Lawyer Charged With Assault in Sydney

By Anna Zhang |

A top Australian intellectual property lawyer who is a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills' Australian IP relationship firm has been charged with indecent assault, according to Australian and international media reports.

Two More Ex-Cadwalader Partners in China Find New Homes

By Anna Zhang |

Former Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft Asia managing partner Rocky Lee and Hong Kong capital markets partner Stephen Chan have located new homes in King & Wood Mallesons and Dechert, respectively, following the closing at the end of December of the New York firm's Beijing and Hong Kong offices.

Big-Name Lawyers Divulge New Year's Resolutions

By Leigh Jones |

It's time to make those New Year's resolutions, when waistbands are tight, wallets are empty and even a dry martini has lost its appeal.

Dean Martha Minow of Harvard Law School.

Harvard Dean Martha Minow to Step Down

By Karen Sloan |

She plans to return to teaching and advocacy, and will complete a book, upon leaving Harvard Law School at the end of the academic year. Minow has led the law school since 2009, when her predecessor Elena Kagan left to become solicitor general and later an associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Praxair plant.

Deal Watch: Four Firms Handle Second-Largest Merger of 2016

By Meghan Tribe |

Cravath, Hengeler Mueller, Linklaters and Sullivan & Cromwell are advising on the second-largest deal of 2016: Praxair Inc.'s proposed $35.2 billion buy of industrial gas rival Linde AG.

U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.

Wachtell's George Conway a Potential Trump Pick for Solicitor General

By Gina Passarella |

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz litigation partner George T. Conway III is being considered to serve as U.S. solicitor general in President-elect Donald Trump's administration, according to media reports. Conway's represented major corporate clients at Wachtell, where he's been a partner since 1994, and argued one case in the Supreme Court. On his thinking about presidential power: "In a case involving his private conduct, a president should be treated like any private citizen," Conway wrote in a 1994 op-ed challenging Bill Clinton's push to evade litigation of sexual misconduct claims. "The rule of law requires no more—and no less." Conway is married to Kellyanne Conway, who's set to become counselor to Donald Trump.

Calif. Firms Join Forces in Employee RICO Suit Against Wells Fargo

By Scott Flaherty |

Amid a flurry of lawsuits and government probes spinning out from Wells Fargo & Co.'s fake-accounts scandal, a group of California plaintiffs lawyers teamed up this week to bring a new employment suit, looking to test out an expanded set of legal theories.

Why Brock Turner’s Famous Mug Shot Is Having a Supreme Court Moment

By C. Ryan Barber |

Famed civil rights activists. Notorious gangsters and the Kennedy assassins. A former football star whose murder trial continues to transfix the country. An ex-Stanford swimmer whose six-month sentence for sexual assault drew nationwide attention.

CDI Shareholders Want Winokur, Dechert Out

By Lizzy McLellan |

Barton Winokur, the former head of Dechert and a longtime member of the board of directors at Philadelphia-based CDI Corp., is facing a public call for his resignation from the company's board by two shareholders.

Gulfstream Aerospace G-IV Gulfstream IV

Plaintiffs Firm Stuck With $1M Tax Bill After Trying to Deduct Private Jet Travel

By Amanda Bronstad |

Los Angeles-based Engstrom, Lipscomb & Lack couldn't show that all the expenses it claimed for its attorneys' private jet travel had "a business purpose," the Ninth Circuit ruled.

U.S. Women’s National Team at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on July 5, 2015.

US Women's Soccer Team Ousts Ex-Big Law Leader

By Brian Baxter |

Richard Nichols, a Dallas-based lawyer who once worked at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and K&L Gates predecessor Hughes & Luce, has been let go from his role as executive director of the U.S. women's national soccer team. The move comes as the team seeks a new collective bargaining agreement.

DC's Biggest Lateral Moves of 2016

By Katelyn Polantz |

You know the government lawyers who joined the top firms in the nation’s capital last year. And you’ve probably heard about the mergers to come for some in the city. But for reflection’s sake as a hectic 2016 comes to a close, let’s revisit the lateral group moves, from one Big Law shop to another, that redesigned Washington, D.C.’s legal landscape over the past 12 months.

The Churn

Norton Rose Fulbright Heads to PNG, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Global legal giant Norton Rose Fulbright looks to new horizons; Akin Gump and Fox Rothschild reel in some new recruits; Cooley and Goodwin Procter keep growing; Weil make a high-profile antitrust hire; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

For Stay-at-Home Lawyers Keen on Pro Bono, a New Kirkland Counsel Has You Covered

By Roy Strom |

Kirkland & Ellis has hired an antitrust clearance expert by bringing on of counsel Donna Peel. The firm’s new recruit spent the past six years as executive director of the Chicago-based Pro Bono Network.

Ruden McClosky’s Chapter 11 Comes to a Close

By Lizzy McLellan |

Eggnog, the Way the Supreme Court Made It

By Tony Mauro |

Our annual publication of the U.S. Supreme Court's eggnog recipe comes with the usual admonition: It is potent stuff, not to be drunk before driving. But if you like classic eggnog, not the chemical brew that grocery stores offer, it is hard to beat.

Our Best-Read Stories of the Year

By Staff |

The list includes an assortment of signature surveys, profiles and features, including articles that went viral on social media. Enjoy them (again).

Linda Singer of Cohen Milstein, Shannon Liss-Riordan of Lichten & Liss-Riordan and Elizabeth Cabraser of Lieff Cabraser.

Plaintiffs Bar Looks to the New Year After Rocky, Lucrative 2016

By Scott Flaherty |

The plaintiffs bar bids farewell to 2016 boasting some impressive achievements, including blockbuster settlements in auto emissions litigation and other cases. But there were also notable setbacks—sometimes delivered by opposing counsel, and sometimes involving lawyers on the plaintiffs' own side.

Funniest, Saddest, Most Bizarre Careerist Posts for 2016

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

What a year. We started thinking that we would make history with the first female president—and we ended it with one that makes the Mad Men era look progressive.

Crowell & Moring offices in Washington, D.C.

Wiley Rein Practice Leader Decamps for Crowell & Moring

By Brian Baxter |

Laura Foggan, a longtime litigator at Wiley Rein and leader of the firm’s insurance appellate group, has joined Crowell & Moring as a partner in Washington, D.C. Foggan’s hire comes a few weeks after Crowell & Moring confirmed its discussions with New York’s Herrick, Feinstein about a potential merger.

Scott MacGriff with Deputy Minister of the Interior Yarmand (seated next to Mr. MacGriff) chairing a conference on Police Policy for Aghans and international colleagues

After 36 Months in Afghanistan, Ex-Partner Returns to Big Law

By Scott Flaherty |

Dickinson Wright recently welcomed back government contracts partner Scott MacGriff in Washington, D.C., from the U.S. Department of Justice, where he spent the past eight years as a lawyer in its national courts section. The post saw MacGriff spend more than three years as a Justice Department attaché in Afghanistan.

Ira Millstein, senior partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges

In Trump Era, Weil's Millstein Sees Promise for Corporate Governance

By Nell Gluckman |

Having just turned 90, Weil, Gotshal & Manges senior partner Ira Millstein discusses his decades-long fight to reform corporate boards and his new book on the topic, published this month. Millstein believes directors of companies have a responsibility to improve Americans' view of the corporations they depend upon.

Lawyers Behaving Badly 2016: Deposition Edition

By Ross Todd |

Whether it's hurling insults — or coffee — there's just something about depositions that drives lawyers and litigants to cross the line.

Oil train tank cars are pictured at the Dakota Plains Pioneer Terminal in New Town, N.D., on June 8, 2016.

Baker & Hostetler Bags Bankruptcy Role for Troubled Energy Firm

By Brian Baxter |

Two months after the SEC cracked down on the founders of Dakota Plains Holdings Inc., the midstream energy company filed for bankruptcy in Minneapolis shortly before Christmas. Dakota Plains, which is seeking a sale as part of its Chapter 11 proceedings, owes thousands of dollars to three law firms.

Harold McElhinny of Morrison & Foerster.

MoFo's McElhinny Puts Apple in the Rearview and Italy on the Horizon

By Scott Graham |

The veteran trial lawyer, best known for leading Apple's IP case against Samsung, is retiring after four decades at Morrison & Foerster.

Top Canadian Lawyer and Family Killed in Christmas Eve Fire

By Brian Baxter |

Geoffrey Taber, a top Canadian technology lawyer and partner at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt in Toronto, was killed along with his immediate family in a Dec. 24 fire at a remote cottage in Ontario.

Partnership Dispute Leaves Ex-Big Law Partner Marooned on Alabama Coaching Staff

By Roy Strom |

Undefeated in college football this year, the University of Alabama Crimson Tide are the heavy favorites to repeat as national champions in January. If they succeed, Dean Altobelli, whose official title is “analyst” on head coach Nick Saban's staff, will take home his fourth championship ring since arriving in Tuscaloosa.

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District Preet Bharara.

Chinese Nationals Charged With Hacking Firms to Steal M&A Info

By Mark Hamblett |

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara issued a warning Tuesday to law firms: "You are and will be targets of cyber hacking, because you have information valuable to would-be criminals."

Women Now Dominate Law School Classes. So What?

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Female lawyers are still dramatically underrepresented in the equity partner ranks.

Law Firm Litigation That Quietly Went Away in 2016

By Christine Simmons |

Large firms frequently file suit—or get sued—in all sorts of litigation, such as legal malpractice claims, bill arguments with ex-clients, partnership disputes and claims by ex-employees. While the suits make headlines at the time they are filed, often they are quietly settled or dismissed.

Are US Lawyers a Weak Link in the Fight Against Money Laundering?

By Susan Beck |

The United States trails other nations when it comes to attorneys' anti-money laundering requirements.

KWM Europe Announces Intention to Appoint Administrators

By Rose Walker |

King & Wood Mallesons’ (KWM) struggling European arm has filed an intention of notice to appoint administrators.

9 Startups Backed By Dentons' NextLaw Labs in 2016

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

The global law firm's innovation arm is helping to launch a variety of new tech solutions in an effort to help mitigate legal pain points.

Jenner & Block managing partner Terry Truax takes a rest during his daily commute near the shore of Lake Michigan. Dec. 13, 2016.

Rolling Through Winter With Jenner's Top Partner

By Susan Beck |

Is that an icicle or my managing partner?

Santa thumb

Firms Give Back During the Holiday Season

By Leigh Jones |

But in the spirit of the holidays, we're giving that a rest and highlighting the good work law firms are undertaking, especially this season. Whether it's through community service or pro bono projects, the legal profession each year gives back—in a big way.

Wrongly Convicted More Frequently Seeking—and Securing—Damage Awards

By Andrew Denney |

It's a sight that has become more frequent in courthouses around the country: newly exonerated defendants, now free after years or even decades behind bars for crimes they didn't commit, joyously hugging relatives and attorneys and posing for news cameras. And it has also become more common to see those same parties back in court—this time as plaintiffs—seeking compensation for the years they've lost from the state and local governments that imprisoned them.

Lawyers for the Wealthy Await Trump's Estate Tax Plan

By Susan Beck |

Even with Donald Trump's promise to eliminate the estate tax, trusts and estates lawyers expect a "stampede" of new work.

Crowell & Moring Plays Catch-Up with NY Merger Bid

By Katelyn Polantz |

When news broke that Crowell & Moring was in talks to merge with a smaller New York firm, Herrick, Feinstein, the reaction of many in Washington was one of curiosity, but not surprise.

David Rivkin

The Better Bar Association

By Michael D. Goldhaber, The Global Lawyer |

Few think the A in ABA stands for admirable. But the I in IBA could plausibly stand for inspiring. Imagine a bar association that acts more as a progressive voice for the profession than a self-serving lobby. As the presidency of Debevoise's David Rivkin draws to a close, the IBA is speaking out on everything from global warming to judicial corruption.

Kamee Verdrager.

Mintz Levin Settles Gender Discrimination Claim by Ex-Associate

By Meghan Tribe |

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo announced on Monday that it reached a settlement agreement in a gender discrimination case filed against the firm by a former female associate.

King & Wood Mallesons.

Another Big Law Firm Stumbles

By Steven J. Harper |

The central problem afflicting most troubled law firms remains the same.

Firms Snap Up Theranos Work After Boies Schiller Exits

By Ben Hancock |

The embattled company has tapped Wilmer Cutler in a pair of investor suits. Meanwhile, CEO Elizabeth Holmes has turned to Cooley.

Tips for Law Firms' Year-End Cash Grab—And How to Avoid It

By Roy Strom |

Yes, it's late in the game for the annual year-end collections push. But that doesn't mean you should throw in the towel and give in to the eggnog.

Edelson Firm Snubs Tech Industry in 'Hamilton'-Themed Rap Video

By Roy Strom |

In a holiday party musical number for the ages, Edelson PC, known for suing the tech industry and law firms, takes aim at its foes in a 'Hamilton' parody that pulls no punches.

Atlanta Lawyer Who Led $2.54B Patent Win Had Never Tried an IP Case

By Gina Passarella |

In what at first may appear to be an oversight, there isn't a single mention of intellectual property law on the website bio of Stephanie Parker, the lawyer who led the team that achieved last week's record-breaking $2.54 billion patent infringement settlement for client Idenix Pharmaceuticals.

Cleary Snags SEC Litigation Chief Matthew Solomon in DC

By Scott Flaherty |

Solomon spent more than three years as chief litigation counsel in the SEC's Enforcement Division.

ABA Accuses Government of Reneging on Law School Loan Forgiveness

By Ross Todd |

A new suit claims the Department of Education is pulling the rug out from under public interest lawyers who were told they qualified for federal loan forgiveness.

Amar D. Sarwal, vice president and chief legal strategist at the Association of Corporate Counsel.

Why This California Case Is Driving a Wedge Between Law Firms and Clients

By Ben Hancock |

Dozens of major law firms are lining up against their corporate clients in an awkward faceoff at the California Supreme Court.

Donald Trump

Trump and the Day of the Generals

By Steven J. Harper |

Combine fake news with loss of civilian control over the military and the result is a really great movie.]

ABA Responds to Article Critical of Its Advocacy

By Linda A. Klein |

The president of the American Bar Association says that members don't sit on the sidelines, but rather are "working collaboratively every day with our diverse membership to make the ABA the world’s leading authoritative voice for liberty and justice."

Joe Conroy.

Cooley Adds Pepper, Chadbourne Partners in Play to Boost Mid-Atlantic Foothold

By Lizzy McLellan |

Cooley has grabbed groups from Chadbourne & Parke and Pepper Hamilton to bolster its life sciences and international arbitration practice on the East Coast.

The 2016 Elite Trial Lawyers

Welcome to The National Law Journal's third annual Elite Trial Lawyers report, in which we highlight 35 law firms that did some of the most creative and significant work on the plaintiffs side over the past three to five years.

Rendering of Boeing 777x.

Deal Watch: Boeing, Beer and Big Media

By Meghan Tribe and Brian Baxter |

Boeing used its in-house lawyers to clinch a $16.6 billion deal with Iran Air, as Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox seeks to consolidate its control over European broadcaster Sky, while Anheuser-Busch InBev unloads five beer brands in an effort to close on its acquisition of SABMiller.

Feds Indict Lawyers Behind Prenda Law 'Porno-Trolling' Scheme

By Scott Graham |

John Steele of Florida and Paul Hansmeier of Minnesota filmed pornographic movies and enticed people to download them illegally, according to a federal indictment, then used phony copyright infringement allegations to "extort" millions of dollars in settlements.

Column: Will Trump Make America Corrupt Again?

By Michael D. Goldhaber, The Global Lawyer |

President-elect Donald Trump once called the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act a "horrible law." Will the U.S. continue to play the role of global corporate corruption cop?

Top Partners at Kirkland & Ellis See Cuts to Equity Shares

By Susan Beck |

Two sources described the equity reallocation as a "bloodbath" for senior litigators.

David Friedman.

Longtime Trump Lawyer Gets Nod for Israel Ambassador Post

By Scott Flaherty |

The president-elect tapped David Friedman, a bankruptcy lawyer, Israel hawk and founding partner of Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman.

Stephen Kon, King & Wood Malleson

Former senior partner Kon resigns from KWM Europe as firms circle

King & Wood Mallesons’ (KWM) former Europe and Middle East (EUME) senior partner Stephen Kon has resigned, as multiple firms circle various parts of the embattled business.

Fried Frank Picks Up Paul Hastings' Banking Practice Head

By Brian Baxter |

V. Gerard “Jerry” Comizio, chair of the global banking practice at Paul Hastings, has joined Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson as a corporate partner in Washington, D.C. Comizio, who will head Fried Frank’s banking group, previously worked at now-defunct Thacher Proffitt & Wood.

Latham Tapped for Two 'Prepack' Energy Bankruptcies

By Meghan Tribe |

The firm is advising Stone Energy Corp. and Illinois Power Generating Co. on their recent Chapter 11 filings in Houston. Andrews Kurth Kenyon and Porter Hedges are working with Latham on both new cases, the latest so far this year as the U.S. energy industry copes with sagging oil and gas prices.

It's True: Republican Partners Give Female Associates Smaller Bonuses

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

If you're worried about gender equality in Big Law, perhaps you should discreetly inquire about your boss's political sympathies.

Katherine Goldstein

SDNY Securities Fraud Chief Heads to Milbank

By Scott Flaherty |

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy on Thursday became the latest law firm to snag a departing federal prosecutor in New York, hiring Katherine Goldstein, who’s stepping down next month as head of the securities fraud unit in the Southern District U.S. attorney’s office.

Mining in Congo.

Will Corporate Responsibility Continue Under Trump?

By Michael D. Goldhaber, The Global Lawyer |

Tucked into the Dodd-Frank Act was a transparency revolution. What will Trump's rollback mean for American policy on "conflict minerals" and "Publish What You Pay"? This is the first in a series of three Global Lawyer columns on anticorruption under Trump.

In London, the houses of Parliament on the river Thames

18,000 Legal, Accounting Jobs At Risk As EU Targets Key London Finance Business

By Chris Johnson |

The European Union is to make a renewed attempt to wrench euro-denominated clearing business from London to the eurozone in a move that could cost tens of thousands of jobs in the U.K. capital.

Burford Capital New York Office.

With Burford-Gerchen Deal, Litigation Finance Comes of Age

By Ben Hancock and Roy Strom |

Observers greeted the announcement that Burford Capital Ltd. would buy rival Gerchen Keller as a sign that the nascent litigation finance industry is maturing.

Latham Associate Moonlights as Opera Singer

By Meghan Tribe |

Marie-Joe Abi-Nassif, a trained opera singer and first-year associate at Latham & Watkins, will be performing Friday at New York's Carnegie Hall. She spoke with The American Lawyer about balancing her musical ambitions with her fulltime job as an M&A lawyer.

Warren Gorrell, Jr., of then Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells), at work in his office. May 18, 2007.

Hogan Lovells' Gorrell to Finally Ride Into the Sunset

By Katelyn Polantz |

J. Warren Gorrell Jr., a longtime leader at Hogan Lovells until stepping aside two years ago, is preparing to retire at 62. He will remain chairman emeritus at the Global 100 firm he helped form through a transatlantic merger in 2010.

Burford CEO Chris Bogart

Burford Shakes Up Litigation Finance World in $160M Gerchen Keller Buy

By Roy Strom |

The deal combines the two largest litigation finance firms in a young but fast-growing industry.

US Firms Dominate 2016 Global Capital Markets Rankings

By Chris Johnson |

U.S. law firms have dominated global capital markets work in 2016, according to Bloomberg’s preliminary legal adviser report.

Quinn Emanuel Bulks Up Antitrust Practice in Brussels

By Nell Gluckman |

Trevor Soames, who previously practiced at Howrey and Shearman & Sterling, joined the litigation powerhouse Tuesday. The antitrust lawyer had started his own boutique in November.

Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf testifies before the Senate Banking Committee, addressing the scandal relating to the bank's opening of fake bank accounts without customer knowledge, on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM

Wells Fargo Scandal Spins Off Work to Web of Law Firms

By Ross Todd and Ben Hancock |

Lawyers at Shearman & Sterling, Munger, Tolles & Olson and Williams & Connolly are among those tapped by the bank and its executives to defend government investigations and class action suits.

Dentons Bows Out of KWM Europe Sweepstakes

By Rose Walker |

Dentons is no longer talking to King & Wood Mallesons' European management about a potential deal to take over its distressed European and Middle East business. Dentons was revealed as being interested in KWM Europe a fortnight ago.

cybersecurity

Facing a Data Breach Suit Without the Data Breach? ‘Scary.’

By Roy Strom |

A suit by data privacy lawyer Jay Edelson seeks to hold Chicago's Johnson & Bell liable for lax security measures even though the firm never suffered a data breach. Lawyers are skeptical the case has a leg to stand on—but fearful if it does.

Angela Styles.

Crowell & Moring and Herrick, Feinstein in Tie-Up Talks

By Christine Simmons |

Washington, D.C.-based Crowell & Moring and New York-based Herrick Feinstein have signed a term sheet as part of advanced merger talks, sources said Tuesday. The proposed union would create a 570-lawyer firm with $478 million in gross revenue, while significantly boosting Crowell & Moring's position in the New York market.

Susman's Santa: Bonuses Up to $140K and Designer Canapés!

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Houston-based Susman Godfrey doesn't do things in understated ways—not in the way it throws a party or the way it pays its associates.

Citi Report Claims Growth Will Remain Slow in 2017

By Nell Gluckman |

The legal industry can expect to see low single-digit growth in revenue and profitability next year, just as it did in 2016, according to a report by Citi Private Bank’s law firm group and Hildebrandt Consulting. Volatility in the market and stagnant demand for law firm services will help top firms continue to pull away from the rest of the pack.

Donald Trump

Who Will Head the PTO Under Trump?

By Scott Graham |

The president-elect will meet with tech leaders this week, but some anticipate he'll look to pharma for an IP chief who supports strong patent rights.

Womble Carlyle Takes Lead for Bankrupt Digital Sports Network

By Meghan Tribe |

After a tumultuous 2016, New York-based Scout Media Inc. filed for bankruptcy in the Big Apple last week, owing $356,800 to Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and $150,000 to Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman. The debtor has hired Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice to advise it in Chapter 11 proceedings.

Central district federal courthouse, located at 350 West 1st St., Los Angeles, California.

Financier's Family Taps Cadwalader in $3B 'Wolf of Wall Street' Money Laundering Case

By Amanda Bronstad |

The family members of a Malaysian financier at the center a $3.5 billion money laundering case involving the film "The Wolf of Wall Street" have asked to intervene in hopes of asserting a claim over several high-priced hotels and condos in New York and California, a Bombardier jet and music royalties.

Jennifer Scullion.

Seeger Weiss Looks to Big Law for Newest Partner

By Scott Flaherty |

Plaintiffs firm Seeger Weiss has added yet another former corporate lawyer to its partner ranks in litigator Jennifer Scullion.

Jonathan Davis.

Cravath Loses New York M&A Pro to Kirkland

By Susan Beck |

The move is the second blow to Cravath's M&A group this year.

Sept. 11, 2001, the twin towers of the World Trade Center burn behind the Empire State Building in New York.

Big Law Lobbying Efforts Fail to Kill 9/11 Litigation Against Saudi Arabia

By Michael D. Goldhaber, The Global Lawyer |

Efforts to pare back the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act have fallen short despite a gusher of cash from Saudi Arabian coffers to lobbyists from DLA Piper and Hogan Lovells.

U.K.'s Largest Companies Expect Market To Deteriorate In 2017

By Chris Johnson |

A major report on boardroom confidence has revealed that the U.K.'s largest public companies are overwhelmingly downbeat on the country's economic outlook for 2017.

Law Firms Struggle With Lateral Partner Due Diligence, Report Finds

By Rebecca Cohen |

Lateral hiring is said to be critical to many firms' strategies, but 30 percent of laterals deliver less than half their expected book of business in their first year at the new firm, with another 21 percent delivering three-quarters or less, an ALM Intelligence report found.

Williams & Connolly Sues Washington Metro for $50M After Falling Pole Hits Associate

By Katelyn Polantz |

A Williams & Connolly partner is representing the associate, who says he can no longer do legal work because of the incident.

NVO/Wikimedia

Deal Watch: Three Firms Help Putin Score With Rosneft Sale

By Meghan Tribe |

A look at the Global 100 firms behind the latest batch of billion-dollar deals, including the Kremlin's $11.3 billion sale of a 19.5 percent stake in Russian oil giant Rosneft to global commodities giant Glencore and Qatar's sovereign wealth fund. Cleary Gottlieb, Linklaters and White & Case have landed roles on that sanctions-busting transaction.

American Bar Association offices in Washington, D.C.

The ABA Raises the Wrong Bar

By Steven J. Harper |

Once again, the ABA has demonstrated its inability to deal with the biggest problem confronting legal education.

Winston & Strawn Enters Fray of Those Pursuing KWM Europe

By Rose Walker |

The struggling European arm of King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) is weighing "a number" of offers for parts of the business. The move comes amid talk of a pre-packaged administration for the branch of the firm, formerly known as SJ Berwin.

cybersecurity

Chicago's Johnson & Bell First US Firm Publicly Named in Data Security Class Action

By Roy Strom |

In the first public data security class action complaint against a U.S. law firm, Chicago-based Johnson & Bell was named in a lawsuit that says the firm failed to protect confidential client information.

Jonathan Judge, Schiff Hardin

Schiff Hardin Data Whiz Who Revolutionized Baseball Stats Turns to Driverless Cars

By Roy Strom |

Jonathan Judge, a litigation partner at Schiff Hardin in Chicago, carved out an interesting side career as a baseball statistician, with some calling him to the next Nate Silver. Now, like Silver’s switch from baseball to politics, he’s setting his sights on a new industry.

European Union and British Union Jack flag flying in front of the Bank of England as symbols of the financial repercussions of the Brexit EU referendum

Leaked Magic Circle Document Shows Banks Want 5-Year Brexit Transition

By Chris Johnson |

A leaked document produced by Magic Circle law firms Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters has revealed that the U.K. finance industry wants the British government to allow it to remain subject to European Union laws for up to five years after Brexit.

Brexit Vote Lawyer “Confident” Of Supreme Court Victory

By Chris Johnson |

One of the lead lawyers in the historic legal challenge over whether the U.K. prime minister has the power to start Brexit has told The American Lawyer that he is “confident” an earlier ruling demanding the process be subject to a parliamentary vote will be upheld.

Big Law's Naughty Dad? Tiffany at Harvard Law? This Is Not Fake News

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Folks, I can't make this stuff up.

Andrew Ceresney.

SEC Enforcement Director Andrew Ceresney to Leave Agency

By Emily Zulz |

Andrew Ceresney, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement director, will leave the agency by the end of the year, the SEC said Thursday.

Kasowitz Wins One for Marine Who Tried to Save His Comrades in Afghanistan

By Jenna Greene |

Jason Brezler tried to do the right thing. The U.S. Marine Corps major warned his comrades in Afghanistan of a possible attack, but in his haste to do so, he sent a classified document from his personal email account. That got Brezler booted from the Marines.

Pryor Cashman Can't Shake Malpractice Suit Over Stock Deal, Appeals Court Rules

By Jason Grant |

The New York-based law firm Pryor Cashman can't avoid a malpractice lawsuit by relying on language in an assignment-of-rights agreement that the firm itself drafted for the client.

Aluyah Imoisili, Greenberg Gross

Greenberg Gross to Exceed Cravath Bonuses Amid Other Changes

By Gina Passarella |

Greenberg Gross, a 17-lawyer firm launched in 2013, has announced it will pay its associates bonuses in excess of the level set by Cravath. But just how much remains unclear.

King & Wood Mallesons Europe Heading Towards Pre-Pack Administration

By Chris Johnson |

The situation at King & Wood Mallesons is coming to a head. Sources at the firm say that its beleaguered European arm is heading for a pre-packaged administration, the U.K. equivalent of bankruptcy, with negotiations already at an advanced stage. An announcement should occur in the second half of next week.

Bankrupt SoCal Power Plant Owes Big Money to Big Law

By Meghan Tribe |

La Paloma Generating Co. LLC, a natural gas-fired power plant in Southern California struggling with increased competition from the renewable energy sector, filed for bankruptcy this week in Delaware. The company owes nearly $200,000 to three Am Law 100 firms.

Cincinnati, Ohio.

Jackson Lewis Absorbs Seven-Lawyer Cincinnati Firm

By Scott Flaherty |

The national labor and employment giant has expanded again by bolting on Cincinnati's Denlinger, Rosenthal & Greenberg. Jackson Lewis' addition of the smaller firm marks the latest merger move in what has been a particularly busy close to the year.

Sydney, Australia

Dentons Completes Australian Union

By Rose Walker |

Dentons formally completed its tie-up with Australia's Gadens on Monday—more than a year after partners first approved the deal.

Neel Chatterjee outside of the White House on Nov. 16 with Orrick associates Amisha Patel, Dina Rezvani and Cory Lankford.

Postelection, Orrick Litigator Vows to 'Stick It to the Man'

By Leigh Jones |

IP litigation hotshot Neel Chatterjee is only half-joking.

Robert Giuffra of Sullivan & Cromwell.

Sullivan & Cromwell's Giuffra Steps in for Fiat Chrysler in Emissions Suit

By Ben Hancock |

Hit with accusations that it cheated U.S. emission rules, the company has turned to a lawyer familiar with the issue—Volkswagen's lead attorney, Robert Giuffra Jr., a leader of Sullivan & Cromwell's litigation group.

Mark Soundy

Goodwin Procter Grabs Shearman & Sterling UK Duo

By Rose Walker |

Former Shearman & Sterling private equity partner partner Mark Soundy and tax partner Sarah Priestley have resurfaced at Goodwin Procter. Soundy is joining the Boston-based firm next week, with Priestley poised to join him at Goodwin Procter in January.

Mark Hastings

Quinn Emanuel Adds London Fraud Litigator

By James Booth |

Mark Hastings, head of civil fraud at British firm Addleshaw Goddard, is leaving the firm to become a partner in the disputes practice at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan in London.

10 Most Underrated Law Schools in America

By Vivia Chen |

News flash: A number of not-so-highly ranked schools managed to get a high percentage (70 percent or more) of their graduates into full-time jobs that require JDs or are JD-advantaged.

IPO Funds Continue to Fuel Massive Growth at Publicly Listed UK Firm

By Chris Johnson |

The U.K.'s first publicly listed law firm continues to power ahead, with Gateley announcing that its revenue increased 19 percent and its pre-tax profit soared 44 percent in the first half of the current fiscal year.

Curtis Jackson, 50 Cent.

Rapper 50 Cent Gets $14.5 Million in Malpractice Settlement

By Nell Gluckman |

The rapper, actor and businessman known as 50 Cent claimed that his former lawyers from Garvey Schubert Barer had failed to adequately represent him in an arbitration with a company that was set to market a line of headphones.

Alston & Bird's Bob Dole. Photo by: Michael Whetstine. Photo July 19, 2005.

Alston & Bird Central to Trump's Taiwanese Phone Call

By Michael D. Goldhaber, The Global Lawyer |

Former senator and Alston & Bird special counsel Bob Dole told The Wall Street Journal that he and his firm helped to arrange the president-elect's taboo-breaking telephone call on Friday with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. "It's fair to say that we may have had some influence," Dole told the paper.

Comet Ping Pong in Washington, D.C.

After Shooting, Lawyer's Fake Twitter Account Presses 'Pizzagate' Conspiracy

By Roy Strom |

Do lawyers have a special responsibility not to perpetuate fake news?

Simpson Thacher Antitrust Head Joins Weil

By Nell Gluckman |

Kevin Arquit, head of the antitrust group at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York, is poised to leave the firm for Weil, Gotshal & Manges on Jan. 1, 2017. Arquit, a former general counsel of the Federal Trade Commission and director of its Bureau of Competition, joined Simpson Thacher in 2002 from Clifford Chance.

UFC fighter Georges St-Pierre

Weil Helps UFC Fighters Unify Against New Octagon Owners

By Brian Baxter |

James Quinn, a veteran litigator at Weil and longtime legal advocate for professional athletes, is representing a group of Ultimate Fighting Championship fighters that have formed a trade association to negotiate better terms with management of the mixed martial arts promotion company, which was sold for $4 billion in July.

Graduate Sues Oxford University For Preventing Him From Becoming A Lawyer

By Chris Johnson |

An Oxford graduate is suing the prestigious university for 1 million pounds ($1.27 million), claiming that its “appallingly bad” teaching prevented him from having a successful career as a lawyer.

Mark Lanier.

Mark Lanier on Billion-Dollar Verdicts and the Trump Effect

By SCOTT FLAHERTY |

After his latest trial win against Johnson & Johnson, Houston's Mark Lanier says he has as much as $13 billion in verdicts under his belt. But who's counting?

Nicholas D. Walrath

Durie Tangri Associate Believed Dead in Oakland Fire, Firm Says

By Ben Hancock |

Nicholas Walrath, a 2013 graduate of New York University School of Law, joined the firm in October.

National Labor and Employment Firm Starts Pay Equity Practice

By Meghan Tribe |

Fisher & Phillips, an Atlanta-based labor and employment firm, announced Monday the formation of a pay equity group that seeks to assist clients in what some experts predict could be an active area of litigation in 2017.

Law Firms Earn Top Marks for LGBT Equality

By Nell Gluckman |

More law firms than any other type of industry earned perfect scores on the Human Rights Campaign's survey of how employers treat their LGBT workforce.

Op-Ed: Today's COOs Need These Five Skills

By John C. Lamar |

As firms have evolved in size, reach and complexity, so has the demand for seasoned executives to manage the business of law.

How Law Firms Can Move Beyond Diversity Plan Hype

By Caren Ulrich Stacy |

Are these initiatives moving the needle or are they just great publicity opportunities?

Jay Edelson

Chicago's Edelson Launches RICO Suit Against Serial Class Action Objector

By Roy Strom |

The lawsuit claims that The Bandas Law Firm extracts "nuisance payments" by filing frivolous motions to hold up class-action settlements.

Left to right: William Bogot and Joshua Horn Fox Rothchild

Big Law Feeling Freer to Advertise Medical Pot Practices

By Lizzy McLellan |

More large law firms are spreading the word about their medical cannabis practice capabilities as ethics rule changes and state legislation whittle down the amount of risk involved in providing that guidance. And they are hoping for a big payday.

In San Francisco republican candidate Jeb Bush addresses Thumbtack employees and later caught an Uber car.

Buchanan Ingersoll Forms Alliance With Jeb Bush

By Gina Passarella |

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney has formed an affiliation with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and his consulting firm Jeb Bush & Associates, the firms announced Monday.

DLA, Reed Smith Among Top 20 Firms Rated By Clients For Service

By Chris Johnson |

Allen & Overy, DLA Piper, Norton Rose Fulbright and Reed Smith are among a group of 20 law firms rated by clients as providing the best level of overall service.

Deal Watch: Jones Day Helps Ink $4.3B Deal for Air Filtration Client

By Meghan Tribe |

In an otherwise slow week for mergers and acquisitions, one company made the biggest deal in its history.

Could 2016 Break Law Firm Merger Record?

By Nell Gluckman |

With a month left to go, legal consultants say 2016 could approach last year's record for law firm combinations.

Elite Law Firms Increasingly Suing Clients to Collect Fees

By Christine Simmons |

In an era when demand for legal services is softening, the country's largest firms are increasingly going to courts and arbitration against their former clients to collect fees in what consultants say is the "new normal."

Johnson & Johnson Hit With $1 Billion Verdict in Hip Implant Case

By Amanda Bronstad |

Johnson & Johnson lost a $1 billion verdict on Thursday in a closely watched trial over a hip implant device made by its DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. division.

Is Justice for Sale in Illinois?

By Sue Reisinger |

How State Farm's in-house counsel allegedly played a key role in an effort to influence a state Supreme Court ruling.

Johnson & Johnson Headquarters in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Johnson & Johnson Hit With $1 Billion Verdict in Hip Implant Case

By Amanda Bronstad |

Johnson & Johnson lost a $1 billion verdict on Thursday in a closely watched trial over a hip implant device made by its DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. division.

Associate Bonus Season: Method or Madness?

By Chris Johnson |

Here we go again. The annual associate bonus season is now in full swing, with a growing number of firms committing to match the scale set earlier this week by Cravath, Swaine & Moore.

The VW logo of the brand

Independent Lawyers Ask for Fees in VW Exhaust Class Action

By Amanda Bronstad |

More than 30 law firms have asked a federal judge to award them legal fees and costs associated with a $14.7 billion class action settlement with Volkswagen, most filing after an order last week that barred attorneys from submitting liens against their clients' awards.

Kelley Drye Enters Texas With Acquisition of 14-Lawyer Boutique

By Meghan Tribe |

Kelley Drye & Warren has entered the Texas market through the acquisition of a 14-lawyer environmental litigation boutique.

Are Email Addresses and Passwords From Your Firm Leaking to the Dark Web?

By Zach Warren |

Security experts tally law firm email addresses that have been compromised in third-party hacks. The results are troubling.

Alan Dershowitz Responds to Careerist Column

In an age of growing anti-Semitism around the world and on university campuses, it is insensitive to regard accusations of anti-Semitism as beating a dead horse.

Bo Cooper, Fragomen

Immigration Practices Read Tea Leaves After Trump

By Nell Gluckman |

Law firms with big immigration practices are fielding plenty of questions right now, but what comes next?

Honigman Snags Barnes & Thornburg's Corporate Practice Chair

By Roy Strom |

Leading Michigan firm Honigman has bolstered its corporate practice with addition of Tracy Larsen, while its litigation department faces a "nuanced" transition.

Alan M. Dershowitz.

The Careerist: About Dershowitz, About Begley, About Anti-Semitism

By Vivia Chen |

Alan Dershowitz takes issue with former Debevoise & Plimpton partner Louis Begley's points about discrimination against Jews—or lack thereof.

Southern District U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara at Trump Tower Wednesday

Trump to Keep Bharara as Southern District U.S. Attorney

By Mark Hamblett |

Seven years into the job, Preet Bharara is more than ready to extend his tenure as Southern District U.S. attorney.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld offices in Washington, D.C. November 10, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Akin Gump Snags Baker & McKenzie International Trade Pro in Europe

By Nell Gluckman |

Jasper Helder, the chair of Baker & McKenzie's Europe, Middle East and Americas international trade practice group, has joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld's London office.

In London, the houses of Parliament on the river Thames

Why A&O Won’t Be The Only U.K. Firm To Post Record H1 Results

By Chris Johnson |

Among all the excitement of transatlantic law firm mergers and the ongoing saga at King & Wood Mallesons, news that Allen & Overy’s revenue increased by an impressive 13 percent in the first six months of the fiscal year got somewhat lost in the mix.

Three Firms Pump for Fees in Baker Hughes Fracking Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Davis Polk & Wardwell, which represents Baker Hughes Inc. in its pending combination with General Electric's oil and gas business, is also advising the Houston oil field services company in forming a new pressure pumping venture with CSL Capital Management and West Street Energy Partners.

Heller Ehrman offices in Washington, D.C.

Defunct Heller Ehrman Opens Fight for Fees Before Calif. High Court

By Nell Gluckman |

Eight years after its collapse, the law firm Heller Ehrman is still battling over the legal fees earned by departed partners.

Denver, Colorado.

Kansas City's Spencer Fane Acquires 30-Lawyer Firm in Fast-Growing Denver

By Roy Strom |

The move boosts the firm's head count to about 190 lawyers and shifts its center of gravity toward the Rockies.

The Churn

Return of the Churn, Plus (Many) More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer and Eversheds Sutherland get a head start on the hiring front; Willkie, Proskauer and Goodwin Procter recruit from King & Wood Mallesons; Simpson Thacher and Sullivan & Cromwell dip into the lateral market; White & Case expands in Oz; and other notable additions from throughout The Global 100.

Allen & Overy posts record half-year revenues with 13% hike

By Rose Walker |

Allen & Overy has become the first magic circle firm to announce financial figures for the first half of 2016-17, posting a double-digit increase in revenues.

Justice Richard Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (left) in a May, 2016 conversation with University of Chicago law professor Geoffrey Stone (right) moderated by First Amendment scholar Ron Collins (center.)

Judge Posner Slams 'Stupid' Decisions by Chief Justice Roberts, 'Silly' Stances by Scalia

By Tony Mauro |

In a new YouTube video, the outspoken Posner called Roberts a "terrible" manager and blasted his opinions on gay marriage and free speech at abortion clinics.

A Big Day For Big Law Mergers

By Chris Johnson |

November 29 will go down in history as a big day for Big Law, with news of no fewer than three transatlantic mergers.

Richard Crump and Glenn Legge of Holman Fenwick Willan LLP

Houston's Legge Farrow Inks Merger With Leading UK Firm

By Chris Johnson |

Texas firm Legge, Farrow, Kimmitt, McGrath & Brown will merge in January with London-based Holman Fenwick Willan, one of the U.K.'s 30 largest law firms by revenue.

Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown Revs Up Chicago Corporate Team With Fiat Chrysler GC

By Scott Flaherty |

Mayer Brown has bolstered its corporate and securities presence in Chicago with the hire of Marjorie Loeb from her former role as a senior vice president and general counsel of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV.

Ex-Cadwalader Partner Woolery Makes Another Sudden Exit

By Susan Beck |

James Woolery, who abruptly left his leadership post at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft in early 2015 to co-found the hedge fund Hudson Executive Capital, has moved on once again.

Wells Fargo Survey Sees Revenue Growth Masking Troubling Trends

By Roy Strom |

Managing partners trying to make a case for painful cuts to their firms' head counts are facing a dilemma: Things just aren't bad enough right now.

Allen & Gledhill senior partner Lucien Wong

Top Corporate Lawyer Appointed Attorney General in Singapore

By Anna Zhang |

Singapore has appointed law firm Allen & Gledhill chairman and senior partner Lucien Wong as the next attorney general.

Dentons in Talks to Take on KWM's European Arm

By Alex Berry |

Dentons has emerged as a potential merger partner for the beleaguered European arm of King & Wood Mallesons.

As Collections Loom, Firms Seek Investors to Spread the Risk

By Nell Gluckman |

As law firms race to collect from their clients and make their budgets this year, some may be considering another option: finding investors willing to buy their uncollected billings for cold, hard cash.

Leaked Emails Show Russian Lawyers Manipulated Yukos Court Rulings

By Chris Johnson |

Lawyers for Russia’s state-controlled oil giant Rosneft manipulated court rulings in order to help it seize hundreds of millions of dollars in assets belonging to the now-defunct private oil major Yukos, the Financial Times reports.

Cravath Kicks Off Associate Bonus Season, Other Firms Follow

By Nell Gluckman |

Once again, Cravath, Swaine & Moore kicked off associate bonus season with a memo announcing its bonus scale, which was promptly posted to the legal blog Above the Law on Monday. Other firms quickly matched.

Uber Taps Cuatrecasas for Landmark EU Regulatory Case

By Rebekah Mintzer |

Uber Technologies Inc. said Monday that Cuatrecasas attorney Cani Fernandez will represent the company before the European Court of Justice in a landmark case determining how the ride-hailing service will be regulated in the EU.

Louis Begley, retired Debevoise partner and author

The Careerist: Louis Begley on Law, Anti-Semitism and Sex

By Vivia Chen |

A retired partner at Debevoise & Plimpton, Begley writes about New York's moneyed class with stinging subtlety. Here are excerpts from our meeting and a subsequent phone conversation.

U.K. Central Bank Chief Plans Secret Brexit Deal, Transition Could Take Seven Years

By Chris Johnson |

The head of the U.K.’s central bank is working on a secret deal that would see British businesses retain access to the European single market for at least two years after the country leaves the EU, according to The Sunday Times.