Some law firms are finding that their younger partners can benefit from management training even more than their top brass.
Some law firms are finding that their younger partners can benefit from management training even more than their top brass.
A look at the Am Law 100 firms behind Lions Gate's bid to buy Starz; Apollo’s latest acquisition effort; and a pair of big health care transactions.
Five months after bolting on Finnish firm Peltonen LMR, global legal giant DLA Piper has expanded again in Scandinavia, as it prepares to absorb Swedish shop Grönberg.
On the heels of the U.K.’s vote to leave the European Union, two corporate partners are leaving Latham & Watkins, including the latter’s Frankfurt office leader, to open a new outpost for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.
Niro Law Ltd. faces claims that it owes a U.K. litigation financier more than $3.5 million for fueling part of the firm's IP docket.
Irish law firms could be poised to pick up additional work after last week’s surprising vote by U.K. voters to leave the European Union. That leaves Ireland as the only remaining English-speaking country with a common law tradition in the Eurozone.
Most projects skew left. But some lawyers and firms have bucked the trend.
A lawsuit claiming that the company underpaid its workers was withdrawn, but a lawyer for a former recruiter said that the dispute will continue in arbitration.
Goodwin Procter rolled out a new, shortened brand name on Tuesday, along with a fresh logo, an overhauled website and new digs on Boston’s waterfront.
Fenwick & West announced the launch of its fifth office in New York this month to a bit of fanfare. But thanks to a firm policy, there are actually Fenwick lawyers working in offices all over the country, from Vermont to Idaho.
After the the efforts of attorney Thomas Geoghegan, Chicago sci-fi fans hoping to pore over "Star Wars" memorabilia may have to travel to a city far, far away.
Several new recruits join Reed Smith; Latham & Watkins welcomes a former Sullivan & Cromwell partner in New York; Gibson Dunn grabs one and loses another; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
While Friday’s Brexit vote has likely cast a potential shadow over cross-border M&A activity, a number of timely billion-dollar tie-ups were announced amid the U.K.’s decision to leave the European Union.
F. Lee Bailey, a criminal defense lawyer famous for his roles representing high-profile clients such as Sam Sheppard and being part of O.J. Simpson’s legal defense “Dream Team,” sought Chapter 7 protection Friday in Maine.
Andrew Arruda, the 27-year-old founder of ROSS Intelligence, says his company's technology is already serving hundreds of lawyers.
Washington, D.C.-based BuckleySander told its associates that the firm's salary scale won't change, but midyear bonuses will boost most first-years' pay above $180,000.
New data on law firm mergers this year shows fewer international deals and a slowdown in major combinations.
Its alliance with Kakar Advocates is said to be a first for the region.
After suffering a $30 million patent verdict last year, the synthetic grass maker skidded into bankruptcy court on Tuesday.
As top transactional lawyers sought to calm nervous clients Friday after Britain's vote to leave the EU, several said that they were bracing for the possibility of a two-year drought in their most highly leveraged, profitable business: advising on cross-border M&A deals.
Zaldwaynaka “Z” Scott, a well-connected co-chair of Kaye Scholer’s Chicago white-collar litigation and internal investigations practice, is headed to Foley & Lardner in the Windy City.
Thomas Laryea, co-chair of Dentons' global government sector and former head of the firm's Africa initiative, has joined a new shop specializing in the diverse legal needs of African governments and diaspora from the continent.
For defendants suddenly facing white-collar prosecution, suicide can be a real temptation. What can their lawyers do to stop it, and what happens if it’s too late?
Major, Lindsey & Africa has acquired three analytical reports on in-house law departments that were previously owned by General Counsel Metrics LLC, a consulting firm owned by Altman Weil principal Rees Morrison.
Ice hockey in the desert might have somewhat of a checkered history in the National Hockey League, but two Am Law 200 firms are advising on a $500 million deal announced late Wednesday to bring a professional hockey franchise to Sin City.
A former Jones Day business development and communications manager filed a complaint against the firm for gender, age and pregnancy discrimination.
As it continues to market litigation funding to law firms, Bentham IMF launched a new tool on Wednesday that it promises will show managing partners how outside financing can help boost realization rates.
The firm has filed its formal application for employment to advise Gawker Media Group as the company seeks to navigate Chapter 11 proceedings in New York.
Christo’s longtime lawyer at Bryan Cave advised the artist on his latest project: a shimmering yellow walkway that allows visitors to stroll across an Italian lake.
Prime partners at lockstep firms are favored targets as the firm surfs the lateral market.
Donald Trump’s actions have a troubling precedent. But there’s method to his madness.
The Big Four accounting firms are continuing to invest heavily in their legal services arms, expanding their presence in the Americas even as their footprint grows in the United Kingdom.
Amid food shortages and rising political unrest, major firms in Caracas are doing what they can to weather the storm.
The firm has secured temporary visas for a Syrian baby and her mother to go to Barcelona for surgery, but the trip from Jordan could threaten the family's resettlement to the U.S.
Amid more departures, K&L Gates seeks to grow; Akin Gump and Reed Smith hire from Winston & Strawn; Fox Rothschild reels in a leading Twin Cities litigator; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
A month after Dentons suggested law firms and their clients should abandon “pay-to-play” networks for international legal referrals and announced its own new network, the referral industry is fighting back.
Since 49 people were gunned down at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub last weekend, law firms have offered to ramp up their support for gun control efforts.
From industrial chemicals to traffic cones, one of the last weeks of spring provided a plethora of transactional opportunities for dozens of Am Law 100 firms.
The co-chairs of McDermott, Will & Emery surprised their partnership when they announced Monday that they’ll step down at the end of this year. Insiders pointed to several potential candidates to replace them.
Between celebrating the opening of a $5.5 billion theme park in Shanghai and girding for the legal aftermath of a gruesome alligator attack in Orlando, Disney has had quite a week.
A year after WilmerHale consolidated its London operations, one longtime partner has left for McDermott Will & Emery; Jones Day hires a trio; Shearman & Sterling snags one from Boies Schiller; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
Law firms and their former associates are taking notice as an incubator for budding tech lawyers takes shape in New York City.
As S&C dips its toes into debtor's side Chapter 11 work for Arctic tanker company Primorsk, a creditor says that the firm might have squandered $2 million in hourly billings.
The troubled city of Flint, Michigan, has hired Foley & Lardner to represent its interests in unidentified allegations levied by a former city attorney, as the municipality grapples with an ongoing water crisis.
Tips ranged from better transparency to stronger management as lawyers from several Chinese firms visited with law firm leaders in New York and D.C.
More charts from The American Lawyer's annual Diversity Scorecard reveal the racial and ethnic demographics of individual law firms.
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Cook’s soon-to-be-former firm also welcomed a government lawyer through the revolving door on Monday, saying it had hired antitrust lawyer David Gelfand from the U.S. Justice Department.
Davis Polk & Wardwell, Fenwick & West, Ropes & Gray, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati are advising on Symantec Corp.’s $4.65 billion buy of Blue Coat Systems Inc. from buyout giant Bain Capital LP.
Economic status, not necessity, is what allows women to stick it out in jobs.
It’s been nearly two years since the Legal Services Corporation first turned to the nation’s largest law firms for financial support. So far just 19 firms have pledged to help.
Former eBay general counsel Michael Jacobson returns to Cooley in Silicon Valley; a Kirkland & Ellis seeks a shave; Greenberg Traurig grows in Israel; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
Madeleine McDonough will succeed outgoing chairman John Murphy, who served 15 years as head of the products liability litigation defense giant.
An internal U.S. Department of Justice review has found that the former top federal prosecutor in Oregon, Amanda Marshall, violated sexual harassment laws and lied to investigators about an “intimate and personal” relationship with a deputy that lasted more than a year.
A Paul Hastings structured finance partner who disappeared from the firm's website in March has joined Schulte Roth & Zabel. Michael Michetti has a practice noted in a recent New York Times business column as presenting a potential conflict of interest.
Donald Trump’s collateral damage includes his chief strategist: Georgetown University Law Center graduate Paul Manafort Jr.
The $1.65 billion sale of New York's 1285 Sixth Avenue saw more than 50 partners from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison—a key tenant in the office tower—invest roughly $10 million in the transaction.
Business school profs tell you how to enjoy networking.
A pair of Williams & Connolly partners could be called to testify against their client Morris Zukerman, an energy investor and former Morgan Stanley banker accused of tax evasion by federal prosecutors.
A bevy of big firms continue this week to match the new base pay scale for associates set Monday by Cravath, Swaine & Moore. Sullivan & Cromwell sought to up the ante for its most senior associates, as other firms like Latham & Watkins joined the pay raise party.
Less than a week after Baker Botts saw a former energy industry restructuring client retain a rival for its second bankruptcy filing in six months, the firm picked up a lead Chapter 11 role for Seventy Seven Energy Inc. on its bankruptcy case.
A tax partner at Dentons in Vancouver formerly affiliated with predecessor firm Frasner Milner Casgrain has been caught up in an offshore tax scandal involving global accounting giant KPMG and the Isle of Man.
The super litigator pays tribute to the broken-hearted.
John Beulick, an IP partner at St. Louis-based Armstrong Teasdale, has taken over as the firm’s first new managing partner in nearly a decade.
Daniel Glazer is the latest lawyer in the technology startup world to switch firms in New York.
At least four large New York firms have moved quickly to match the new base pay scale for associates set Monday by Cravath, Swaine & Moore. And some consultants say more big firms will follow suit.
A week after expanding in New York, Los Angeles-based Michelman & Robinson is poised to set up shop in Chicago.
Roughly seven months after Baker Botts helped client Hercules Offshore Inc. emerge from Chapter 11, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld is advising the Houston-based offshore oilfield services company on its "Chapter 22" bankruptcy filing.
The firm has opened a Minneapolis office after relocating two of its own partners from Chicago and Dallas and snagging three laterals from Barnes & Thornburg.
Billions around the world have felt the death of Muhammad Ali, a legendary boxer who turned himself into a global icon. Not surprisingly, a man who made a living with his fists—but became known for his words—employed more than a few lawyers in his lifetime.
Someone should remind the likely Republican nominee for President that the laws of the land apply to him, too.
Not feeling Clinton or Trump? Big Law voters may want to consider former governor Bill Weld. Now at Mintz Levin’s ML Strategies, the Harvard Law School graduate recently got the call to become a vice presidential nominee on the Libertarian Party ticket.
With Anheuser-Busch/InBev and SABMiller poised to create a beer industry giant, lawyers from several Am Law 200 firms have become founding members of a new nonprofit trade group for the craft beer industry.
The U.S Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the legal industry gained 100 jobs in May. But layoffs continue to loom, with at least one Am Law 200 firm confirming Friday that it planned to cut less than 10 support staff roles.
Frank Sun, a private equity and M&A partner in Hong Kong who rejoined Kirkland & Ellis from Paul Weiss in 2013, left the firm again in May for Latham & Watkins. But he had to pay up on his way out.
The Lone Star State firms are working with two other Am Law 100 firms in advising on Great Plains Energy Inc.’s $12.2 billion buy of Westar Energy Inc., the latest sign of consolidation in the utilities sector.
Jimmie “Tic Tac” McMillian Jr., a litigation partner at Barnes & Thornburg in Indianapolis featured in a New York Times story last year about African American law partners, recently left the firm for a role with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo must face a discrimination suit filed by a former female associate following a ruling this week by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
The Am Law 100 firm has finally put to rest a dispute over whether a community of Orthodox Jews on Long Island’s affluent East End can put up a nearly invisible boundary that allows them to perform certain work tasks on the Sabbath.
In an annual filing, The National Football League Players Association recently detailed expenditures to 16 law firms within the past year, including payments to Gibson Dunn, Latham & Watkins, Norton Rose Fulbright and Winston & Strawn.
A defense attorney representing former Dewey & LeBoeuf CFO Joel Sanders suggested in a court filing that the criminal investigation of the now-defunct firm's former chairman "was pressed by" an ex-partner and a former top prosecutor in the Manhattan D.A.'s Office.
The fast-growing Am Law 200 firm—started in 2009 by a Skadden alum—hired Preston Burton, a former litigation chief at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in Washington, D.C., whose past clients include Monica Lewinsky and two federal agents accused of spying.
Fox Rothschild snags three from Kenyon & Kenyon; Hogan Lovells goes on a hiring spree; Latham lands an arbitration head; Sheppard Mullin raids Steptoe; Wilmer welcomes a top federal prosecutor; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
While Democratic presidential candidates usually outpace Republicans when it comes to raising funds from lawyers, so far this year the divide between the frontrunners is particularly steep.
A month after a settlement smoothed the way for Argentina's return to the global capital markets, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Davis Polk & Wardwell led the way on a $280.5 million initial public offering by a Buenos Aires-based bank.
An Am Law 100 quartet—Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, Jones Day, Jenner & Block and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher—have landed key roles advising on the fallout from HB2, North Carolina's controversial new transgender bathroom law.
Donald Trump doesn’t want to release his tax returns. Why?
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr and Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone have been retained by the Detroit Land Bank Authority to advise on an investigation of a program designed to demolish vast tracts of abandoned homes in the Motor City.
Former Dewey & LeBoeuf executive director Stephen DiCarmine, who continues to battle multiple criminal charges related to his firm’s 2012 collapse, chose a new top white-collar defense lawyer to represent him on Friday.
Amid merger talks with a U.K. firm, Hunton & Williams added two practice leaders from Katten Muchin Rosenman; Bo Dietl's GC finds a new home; Jenner & Block launches a private wealth practice; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
This year's list of go-to schools—and ones that should be avoided.
Just in time for Memorial Day, four Am Law 100 firms sought to stoke and celebrate their transactional expertise by advising on an $8.4 billion combination of two leading real estate investment trusts.
“It’s really nothing like what we do,” one litigation finance exec said of the revelation that billionaire Peter Thiel has backed Hulk Hogan’s $140 million lawsuit against Gawker.
In the wake of Laquan McDonald’s killing, Lori Lightfoot waded into one of Chicago’s biggest controversies when she agreed to head the city’s task force on police misconduct.
London-based RedLaw launched a New York office this week, becoming perhaps only the second large U.K. legal recruitment firm to make the jump to the cutthroat U.S. lateral market.
As other IP shops contract or are absorbed into big firms, Chicago-based Brinks Gilson & Lione is bucking the trend with lateral hires and brand-new offices in Tampa, Florida and Shenzhen, China.
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Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan is expanding its European presence with the launch of a new office in Switzerland under partner Thomas Werlen. Zurich-based FIFA, soccer's global governing body, is a major client of the firm.
Silicon Valley stalwart Fenwick & West is poised to set up shop in the Big Apple; Boies Schiller brings on two more litigators; Ropes & Gray grabs another private equity pro in London; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
A pictorial roundup of celebrity-Big Law family connections.
According to a new database based on financial disclosures by Bill and Hillary Clinton, a handful of large law firms have paid nearly $2 million to the political power couple to make speeches. One talk came at a global partners' meeting for an Am Law 100 firm.
I know being a yoga instructor is not the same as being a lawyer. But hear me out anyway.
The high and low ends of the M&A legal services market are becoming ever more stratified as billing rates for deal work dwarf other practices, according to a new survey by LexisNexis CounselLink.
Women and minorities who promote diversity get penalized, a study says.
Law firms are in an arms race over who can offer the best paternal leave policies, but at some firms, fathers aren’t taking all the time offered.
Eight months after Monsanto Co. abandoned its $45 billion saga to acquire Switzerland's Syngenta AG, the agribusiness giant is the recipient of a $62 billion takeover bid by Germany’s Bayer AG.
White-collar pro Sean O’Shea is joining Boies Schiller along with the rest of his small firm, O’Shea Partners.
Steptoe & Johnson's Korea practice co-head finds a new home; a Bryan Cave practice leader joins the Kentucky Derby; a longtime Paul Weiss litigator becomes a regulator; Perkins Coie hires from Microsoft; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.
Roger Furey, an IP litigation partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman in Washington, D.C., is poised to become the new chairman of the Chicago-based firm.
For the third time in row, White & Case leads the pack in The American Lawyer's annual Diversity Scorecard
A few weeks after Baker & Hostetler confirmed its intention to try out artificial legal intelligence, Latham & Watkins and Milwaukee-based von Briesen & Roper have reached licensing agreements with ROSS Intelligence, an AI system powered by IBM's Watson.
Constellation Enterprises LLC, owner of the nation’s largest single site steel foundry, owes nearly $2 million in legal bills to some of its outside lawyers, according to its Chapter 11 filing in Delaware.
A week after announcing massive layoffs in the U.K., DLA Piper is considering inking a formal law alliance with a Singapore firm in order to practice local law in the city-state.
Will other big firms follow?
The legal giant's latest expansion effort south of the border involves a dispute between two former colleagues and offers clues about Dentons' other global affiliations.
A half-dozen big firms are advising on two key transactions in the embattled energy space, as a pair of oil field services companies and natural gas producers agree to combine.
The firm, which was forced to relocate its Los Angeles office in late 2014 because of a massive fire caused by arson, is suing a local real estate developer in an effort to recoup damages from the hasty move.
The firm plans to move nearly 5 percent of its global support roles to a new back-office center in the Philippines. The U.S. and Canada will bear the brunt of local job cuts.
Moms with middle schoolers feel super stressed, but so what?
A little more than a year after Richard Levin joined Bryan Cave, where he served as a partner and co-chair of the firm's digital currency team, the corporate lawyer has lateraled to another leadership post at fast-growing Polsinelli.
"Widespread overcapacity" is hindering profitability at more than two-thirds of large firms, according to new survey by Altman Weil that cites underworked nonequity partners as a big part of the problem.
One year into his role as chairman of Hinshaw & Culbertson, Kevin Burke has shaken up the Chicago-based firm's top management in pursuit of a new branding initiative that seeks to make it a market leader in advising other law firms facing legal issues.
The company will now have to convince New York’s top court if it wants a chance to revive its lawsuit against former lawyers for accused fraudster Paul Ceglia.
A half-dozen big firms shuffled practice leaders within the past week; Skadden snags a high-profile arbitration expert in Hong Kong; the founding partner of Weil’s Rhode Island office departs; and other notable laterals from throughout The Am Law 200.
After taking the Saudis' best punch, the 9/11 bill passes the Senate unanimously.
With the passage of a key deadline, any plans for nonlawyer investment in law firms will have to wait.
Barack Obama, poised to cede his POTUS role next year, has received an offer for where to take his post-White House career. And it's from a law firm, although not one in The Am Law 100. Instead the president's legal suitor is slightly smaller and hails from Dubai.
Seth Waxman, meet your new neighbor, Seth Waxman.
On the menu this week in The American Lawyer's Continental Breakfast series: Lawyers on Demand co-founder Simon Harper digests the spectacular growth of the alternative legal services pioneer.
Good news for grumpy workers.
The restructuring practices at the two top Am Law 100 firms are advising on two more Chapter 11 cases filed Monday by Breitburn Energy Partners LP and SandRidge Energy Inc.
The billionaire reality television star and the former secretary of state don’t agree on much, but they’ve both found reasons to turn to ex-candidate Ted Cruz’s former law firm.
The agency took aim at a pair of Texas lawyers—one with ties to a notorious patent holder and another with Am Law 200 credentials—over an alleged scheme to cheat small business owners out of millions of dollars.
With fewer people finishing law school each year, a greater proportion of them should be finding work. Instead, even nonlaw jobs are declining for recent grads.
Three months after Mylan NV once again turned to Cravath, Swaine & Moore to handle another multibillion-dollar deal, the firm is at it again for the acquisitive generic drug giant.
Research into recent recruitment trends by international firms in London has found that they brought in over 20 percent more partners in 2015 than the year before, with total partner numbers climbing by 6 percent across the group year-on-year.
Charles Bennett, a former corporate lawyer at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom accused of perpetrating a $5 million Ponzi scheme, saw federal prosecutors push for him to receive more than four years in prison for his actions. Bennett has had his own shop since 2001.
Former Dewey & LeBoeuf executive director Stephen DiCarmine wants to represent himself in his upcoming retrial. He thinks it’s a good idea; no one else does.
Most big firm lawyers are known for taking clients to lunch, not making it. But for Jake Freed, a San Francisco-based litigation associate at Davis Wright Tremaine, starting a ramen noodle shop named after his prized pooches was a no-brainer.
The former Dewey & LeBoeuf partner, who spoke out about the firm's downfall prior to its subsequent demise, is leaving DLA Piper to help form a business.
The latest quarterly study by Citi Private Bank’s Law Firm Group found that most firms more than weathered the tough market conditions that have dominated early 2016.
The Chapter 11 filings of Linn Energy LLC and Penn Virginia Corp. brought two more big energy-related bankruptcies into a stable of cases collected by Kirkland & Ellis. The Linn case alone is the third-largest bankruptcy filed so far this year.
A survey by BTI Consulting found a big jump in the the top rates paid to the priciest partners.
As lawyers position themselves to represent clients embroiled in the Panama Papers scandal, a legal ethics attorney says now is a good time for firms to re-examine their intake policies, especially in foreign offices.
In 2016, the corporate alien tort is more alive than dead.
Acritas Research found that clients paid more to outside counsel teams that they rated as diverse, and general counsel were more likely to recommend diverse teams to other potential clients.
Besides leading to big breakup fees, lawyers say foiled mergers involving giants like Staples and Halliburton may be deterring other megadeals from being proposed.
A gutsy admission? Or career suicide?
The firm, which is representing presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, cited “expected congestion” for its decision.
Ryan Walsh, a former Bryan Cave litigation associate who pleaded guilty in February to charges of threatening to kill a partner back in 2013, was sentenced to three years' probation Tuesday by a federal judge in St. Louis.
After a review of its business services functions, the global legal giant plans to cut up to 200 support jobs in the U.K., with the bulk of those roles being moved to a new operations center in Warsaw.
A quartet of cybersecurity pros plies their wares at new firms; Blank Rome hires a former U.S. senator; Cooley adds a high-powered private equity team; Orrick adds again in Paris; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
Move over, kale and quinoa. This week it’s doughnuts and ice cream keeping deal lawyers happy.
Oklahoma City’s Chaparral Energy tapped Latham & Watkins to guide it through Chapter 11, while Skadden and Kirkland both faced questions over their fees in other recent energy industry bankruptcies.
Dentons, in its latest growth bid, announced this week the formation of a global referral network in an effort to establish itself as a brand able to connect clients with lawyers around the world. The firm is also poised to open an office in Munich.
Even the Careerist needs some fun and frivolity once in a while.
A nonprofit published a database of offshore entities culled from leaked documents at Panama's Mossack Fonseca. But while the names of dozens of law firms emerged in the disclosures, internal emails and other source materials remained out of public view.
What was Boies doing on the hit TV show?
The debate could have major implications for access to legal services in the U.S. and for the future of firms that compete globally. So why are the country’s most powerful firms sitting it out?
The firm announced the addition of seasoned transactional lawyers in New York, Silicon Valley and London, including former Cadwalader private equity chief Ronald Hopkinson.
Just months after co-founding the elite new litigation boutique with Paul Weiss’s Beth Wilkinson and other high-profile Big Law alums, partner Eric Liebeler has left the firm.
Big-ticket litigations involving scores of lawyers may be thinner on the ground these days, but a surge in global anti-corruption probes appears to be making up for it at a number of firms.
The former Beltway-based leader of Chadbourne & Parke starts his own shop; Bracewell and Sidley make some big New York hires; a boutique investment bank recruits from Sullivan & Cromwell; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
Plenty of familiar names from The Am Law 200 and Global 100 appeared in an early version of a searchable online database drawn from the leaked files of offshore firm Mossack Fonseca.
Kirkland & Ellis may have cornered the market on debtor-side cases for troubled energy clients, but Weil, Gotshal & Manges snagged roles this week on three other recent Chapter 11 cases of note for Aéropostale, CHC Group and Fairway.
Baker & Hostetler is the first law firm to make public that it has licensed the artificial intelligence product using IBM’s Watson technology for bankruptcy matters.
The industry lost 1,500 jobs in April after gaining jobs in March, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.
It will always be a great time to go to some law schools. It will never be a great time to go to others.
A judge urged former Dewey & LeBoeuf executive director Stephen DiCarmine not to split with Bryan Cave’s Austin Campriello, saying that the risks of representing himself were too great.
The lawyer, spinmaster and longtime Clinton ally has a new law firm, Davis Goldberg & Galper, and a new public relations shop to go with it.
The first week of May was kind to several Am Law 100 firms, as a handful of health care, real estate and technology deals provided a boon to corporate transactional coffers.
Magic Circle firm Allen & Overy has bolstered its Australia practice with the hire of a three-lawyer securities team from the soon-to-be-shuttered Sydney office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.
More comings-and-goings at Kirkland & Ellis; cybersecurity hiring stays hot at Cooley and Covington; Latham & Watkins snags another lateral in Germany; Paul Weiss restocks its litigation group; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
Having already grabbed a handful of key debtor’s-side roles for struggling energy companies, Kirkland & Ellis added two more Chapter 11 cases to its docket this week, snagging assignments for Houston's Ultra Petroleum Corp. and Midstates Petroleum Inc.
Cooley is poised to hire Andy Roth, head of the global privacy and cybersecurity group at Dentons, as a partner for its privacy and data protection practice in New York.
Elizabeth “Betty” Temple, the new leader of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, talks about building the “superregional” firm of the future, and how she landed a job she hadn't even considered seeking.
New York City's efforts to grow as an East Coast technology hub are being helped by Tech:NYC, a new nonprofit headed by a former Loeb & Loeb and Dentons lawyer that has two Am Law 100 alums on its board. Gunderson Dettmer is also involved with the organization.
Meredith "Mimi" Addy is on the move again. Less than two years after joining Katten Muchin Rosenman as national chair of its patent litigation practice, Addy has linked up with Windy City-based litigation boutique Tabet DiVito & Rothstein.
Slater & Gordon, an Australian plaintiffs shop that became the world's first publicly traded law firm in 2007, has reached a $630 million debt refinancing deal with lenders to avert a potential bankruptcy filing Down Under.
David Bernick, a former general counsel of tobacco giant Philip Morris International Inc., has left Dechert for Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, which restocked its litigation group after a notable departure in January.
A growing percentage of large law firms say that they have turned to an outside funder to underwrite cases, according to a poll by litigation finance company Burford Capital Ltd.
Chadbourne & Parke's outpost in the Polish capital, which it opened in 2004, has been spun off into its own local firm.
A lawsuit filed in Los Angeles by a former Lateral Link recruiter alleges that the firm underpaid California workers.
Tom Brady may have added Gibson Dunn's Ted Olson to his Deflategate appellate litigation team, but his own NFL franchise, the New England Patriots, saw its outside firm Morgan Lewis recently land an in-house lawyer who had worked for its star quarterback's father.
Study finds that law school rankings encourage cheating, lying.
After striking a deal with Chadbourne & Parke, investors are hoping for another chance to pursue claims that Proskauer Rose helped R. Allen Stanford conceal his Ponzi scheme from regulators.
A family feud involving top New York litigator Nicholas Gravante Jr. got worse when his 81-year-old mother allegedly called his firm and his friends to call him a lying cheat.
DLA Piper bags new recruits from Skadden and Willkie Farr; Chadbourne & Parke picks up a partner with World Cup ties; Cleary Gottlieb adds an Allen & Overy practice leader; Stroock nabs a former federal judge; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
It's the end of an era. Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy is poised to leave New York City's financial district for midtown Manhattan, a departure that moves the Wall Street firm from the historic home of a banking icon to a new development on the West Side.
Husch Blackwell stands to grow more than 25 percent larger with the addition of 150 lawyers from Wisconsin’s Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek.
Employees will leave anyway, so why bother being a good boss?
What should a law school’s mission be? Most deans would rather not ask that question.
A leader of Morrison & Foerster’s national trial practice, Huston was also a fighter pilot, a former Navy officer and a best-selling author.
Abbott Labs seeks to buy St. Jude Medical for $25 billion; Sanofi makes a $9.3 billion bid for Medivation; AbbVie offers $5.8 billion for Stemcentrx; and a look at the big firms behind those proposed megadeals.
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has launched a project with the Americans for Safe Access Foundation—a national cannabis advocacy group—to provide pro bono support to medical marijuana patients.
Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle will become one of the small number of international firms with offices in Switzerland when it opens in Geneva next month.
When Kristen Jarvis Johnson left her senior associate position to focus on her startup toy company, she invited the Internet along for the ride.
The five remaining U.S. presidential candidates all have a need for outside counsel on the campaign trail, and not surprisingly it’s the two frontrunners that have accrued the most in legal expenses.
Three years after Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker expanded into Milwaukee after a merger, three litigation partners have left the Am Law 100 firm's office in the city to start their own shop.
Many of the original plaintiffs didn’t live to see their attorneys prevail at the U.S. Supreme Court, but hundreds of terror victims and their family members are finally close to collecting from Iran.
The Philadelphia-based firm bolts on smaller wealth management shops in California and Florida; Jenner & Block rebuilds its government contracts group; Sidley Austin hires MoFo's ERISA head; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
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At least three law firms are now working with First Republic Bank to help their associates pay down hundreds of thousands in law school debt at reduced rates. Dozens of others are working with nontraditional lenders such as SoFi to implement similar programs.
A case filed by a former Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan client who sued the firm over what he claimed were “excessive" legal fees was sent to arbitration by a Florida state court judge in Miami.
Carl Icahn isn’t ready to walk away from his malpractice battle with Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.
The American Bar Association defended its decision to walk away from a book deal with Chinese lawyer Teng Biao, telling skeptical U.S. lawmakers that the move was strictly business.
Mariah Klinefelter, 35, a former associate at McGuireWoods most recently employed at Steptoe & Johnson PLLC in suburban Pittsburgh, was killed Friday after being struck by an SUV while on vacation in Florida. Her infant son is in stable condition.
Firm leaders and industry consultants said that The American Lawyer’s Am Law 100 survey mostly confirmed their expectations, and most said that they expected more of the same in 2016.
Kirkland & Ellis goes back a long way with the beleaguered Tribune Publishing Co., which is now eyeing an $815 million offer from Gannett Co.
The two Am Law 100 firms brought on new partners in the cybersecurity and data privacy space by making hires from Blank Rome and Hunton & Williams.
Cravath may have stepped in to help Argentina end its legal battle with bondholders, but the country turned to its longtime counsel at Cleary Gottlieb to guide its re-entry into global capital markets.
Ronald Cami heads to Davis Polk & Wardwell in Silicon Valley; Davis Wright Tremaine adds a former top federal prosecutor; another Bracewell partner departs; a new IP boutique forms inside the Beltway; and other key additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
The unheralded lesson of the recent presidential primaries may be as important as the outcome.
On the menu this week in The American Lawyer's Continental Breakfast series: Yingke executive chair Linda Yang on the spectacular growth of the 4,000-lawyer Chinese giant.
Prince, the legendary singer, songwriter, producer and man of myriad other talents, died Thursday at 57. The eclectic pop icon kept a bevy of high-profile lawyers busy during the past three decades.
Grads of lower rank schools often beat top schools in the partnership race.
Who’s on? Who’s off? How does your firm compare? Find out Monday when The American Lawyer releases its full Am Law 100 report, including rankings, features, firm profiles and more.
Four months after suing LeClairRyan for gender discrimination, former partner Michele Craddock is appealing a recent ruling sending her bias complaint against the firm to arbitration.
The firm is advising solar energy giant SunEdison Inc. on its Chapter 11 filing in New York, the largest by any U.S. company so far this year.
Wachtell, Skadden, Cleary Gottlieb and King & Wood Mallesons are advising on a $3.6 billion acquisition of U.S. printer maker Lexmark International Inc. by a Chinese-led consortium.
Russia won a crucial reprieve from a Dutch court, but the country and its lawyers at Cleary Gottlieb aren’t out of the woods yet.
To mark 420, the unofficial holiday for marijuana enthusiasts worldwide, The Am Law Daily spoke with some of the go-to Am Law 200 lawyers in the legal weed field.
A year after Edward Coulson joined leading U.S. plaintiffs firm Hausfeld in London, the antitrust litigator has returned to Berwin Leighton Paisner, a British firm where he spent more than a decade.
A congressional committee that monitors human rights in China wants the ABA's president to explain why the group reversed plans to publish a book by Chinese human rights lawyer Teng Biao.
A shift change at Jenner & Block; Duane Morris takes on 13 lawyers from two firms; DLA Piper partners form their own boutique; a Proskauer Rose litigator becomes CEO of a litigation financier; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
Before The American Lawyer's complete annual Am Law 100 report is released on April 25, take a peek at preliminary reporting on law firm financials from The Am Law Daily and its regional affiliates.
Who fights Sanders' legal battles while his supporters are feeling the Bern? Brad Deutsch, who mixes political and communications law with advocacy on behalf of the legal cannabis industry.
Ahead of the publication next week of the annual Am Law 100 list, The Am Law Daily looked back at what has changed since The American Lawyer first published its rankings in 1985. The biggest difference between that year and 2016 is the size of the firms.
Studies find that women's pay gap narrows when men take paternity leaves.
Size may matter in litigation finance, but which funder will get the better returns?
The Legal Services Corp. is expected to announce a $1 million gift from the technology giant at the White House on Tuesday. The group will also name a new leadership council whose members range from Eric Holder to University of Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh.
Therium is hoping a trio of former Am Law 100 lawyers can stake its claim to the U.S. litigation finance market.
Patrick Smith, co-chair of DLA Piper's white-collar and investigations group, has formed a new firm in New York called Smith Villazor with Rodney Villazor, a fellow former federal prosecutor who joined the global legal giant's litigation group last year.
The two Am Law 200 firms have been hired by Phillips Exeter Academy to probe sexual abuse allegations roiling the elite New Hampshire-based boarding school.
A former IT engineer at the firm got nine years for a cyberattack in 2011. Plus: A plaintiffs lawyer files the first of several promised law firm cybersecurity class actions.
In 2008, Thacher Proffitt & Wood was almost finished, and so was Jordan Harbinger’s Big Law career. Luckily for Harbinger, he'd already started planning his second act.
A four-lawyer team leaves Dykema Gossett to start their own shop; Norton Rose Fulbright nabs a dealmaker who nearly died in an African plane crash; a Seyfarth Shaw practice leader joins a high-profile boutique; and other notable additions from The Am Law 200.
Daniel Shapiro helped to found Schulte Roth in 1969, opened its London office in 2002 and remained an active partner at the firm.
After a slow start to 2016, capital markets in the U.S. are finally warming up with a bevy of high-profile public listings for a pair of big casino companies, as well as an electronic exchange operator, all of whom are sending millions in legal fees to Am Law 100 coffers.
Onetime Skadden associate Eve Runyon will serve as the group's president and CEO, following the death of founder and longtime leader Esther Lardent on April 4.
Seven major banks flunked a regulatory test this week. Luckily for the law firms involved, there’s still time for a do-over.
A year after combining with Canadian firm Davis, DLA Piper has closed its small office in Whitehorse, capital of the Yukon. But the global legal giant isn’t completely bailing out on the Klondike. The firm still has a Northwest Territories outpost in Yellowknife.
Behind all the post-settlement posturing, neither side in the Alan Dershowitz sex case really wants their secrets out.
A week after snagging a top spot in quarterly league transactional tables, White & Case has been tapped for some big oil work in Mother Russia.
Ted Wells launched the first volley this week in a brewing battle involving climate change, free speech and prosecutors’ ability to partner with the plaintiffs bar.
It’s not impossible to address legal problems cheaply and efficiently for low-income clients. Just ask Allen Schwartz, whose Chicago hotline has been doing it for 23 years.
A proposal to limit foreign influence in U.S. politics is unlikely to survive a vote by the Federal Election Commission. But the idea may find a way forward in the courts.
Peabody Energy Corp., the world's largest privately owned coal miner, filed for bankruptcy in St. Louis on Monday. The two Am Law 200 firms have landed lead debtor's counsel roles in the Chapter 11 case, the latest by a major energy company this year.
Meagan Newman, co-chair of Seyfarth Shaw's environmental, safety and toxic tort practice in Chicago, has joined high-powered litigation boutique Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott as chief administrative officer in the Windy City.
Big Law tends to attract and reward aggressive personalities. What happens when the aggression is turned against a partner’s own firm?
Two longtime Am Law 100 partners start post-legal careers; Kirkland & Ellis hires in Germany; Orrick grows in Europe; Reed Smith makes moves amid merger talks; White & Case goes to Boston; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
As New York's so-called Silicon Alley asserts itself, big firms are responding by hiring lawyers who work with emerging companies based on the East Coast.
After three years on the job, Mitchell Zuklie talks about what’s changed since he took over the reins of the firm from longtime leader Ralph Baxter.
Five years after paying $612 million for cybersecurity company SecureWorks Corp., tech giant Dell Inc. is poised to pull off an IPO valuing the former at $1.4 billion. Hogan Lovells and Davis Polk & Wardwell also stand to benefit from 2016’s first big tech listing.
Proskauer Rose stayed in growth mode last year, posting slight gains in gross revenue, profits per partner and revenue per lawyer.
Under a contingency fee deal with the National Credit Union Administration, the firms may enjoy a hefty cut of a $5.1 billion settlement with Goldman that was announced on Monday.
Dershowitz's opponents say they're willing to waive confidentiality. Is he?
Four McDermott Will & Emery partners are leaving for White & Case, including the leader of McDermott’s white-collar practice.
Is your firm stacked with baby boomers? Crawling with Gen-Xers? See how each of the firms in the Am Law 200 compares.
Holland & Knight keeps hiring; Kirkland picks up one from Paul Weiss; Proskauer Rose reels in some heavy-hitters; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
Alan Dershowitz's accusers admit "tactical" mistakes, so what does that really mean?
Mossack Fonseca says it hasn’t yet hired outside counsel. What kind of lawyers will it need?
Vanity Fair-like portraits. Profiles that convey spark and personality. Throughout The Am Law 200, firms are remaking their sites—to the tune of $200,000 to more than $1 million.
Structured finance and capital markets partner Matthew Cahill became the latest partner at the firm to run afoul of the law, withdrawing from the partnership in London after being accused of tax fraud in a film investment scheme.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority has asked several firms to clarify whether they are connected to the Panamanian law firm at the center of a huge leak of confidential financial data.
Some wrongful conviction cases end with lingering questions about the guilt of the accused. Not so with the case of Keith Allen Harward, a 60-year-old former U.S. Navy sailor who walked out of prison on Friday after more than three decades behind bars.
Self-styled experts concerned about the fate of the Cravath model have been wrong before; they’re wrong this time, too.
A new study finds a correlation between women's careers and their bosses' ideology.
Amid a downturn in deal volume on the heels of a record-breaking 2015, White & Case and Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett found themselves front and center for M&A league tables for the first quarter of 2016.
With dozens of high-level executives and politicians under investigation as part of a broad corruption probe, Hughes Hubbard has joined forces with a local anti-corruption lawyer.
After helping win $20 billion in settlements from banks that contributed to the financial crisis, Manisha Sheth will use her skills on behalf of New York state.
More moves from the firm formerly known as Bracewell & Giuliani.
The demise of a controversial tax inversion deal with Allergan may have frustrated Pfizer, but it doesn’t leave the U.S. drug giant that much poorer.
The firm boosted its revenue and profits in 2015 as it expanded in Dallas, Atlanta and elsewhere.
A pair of PE partners leave Weil; a rare hire by Wachtell; big firms raid Cadwalader and Reed Smith; Jenner & Block, Jones Day and Schiff Hardin rotate practice leaders; Goodwin Procter goes to Paris; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
The silver lining? There are still nine months to go.
Lateral partner moves in Big Law tend to be highly scripted affairs, but sometimes the players go off script.
Law firm mergers have continued at a high pace in 2016, but the legal consultancy Altman Weil says it’s getting harder for large firms to find a good boutique to bolt on.
Sidley Austin, McCarter & English and Winston & Strawn are among a dozen legal advisers providing outside counsel and arbitration services to the Major League Baseball Players Association, according to a recent Labor Department filing.
Is having a female leader what it's cracked up to be? Maybe.
Bolstering its litigation ranks in Los Angeles, Proskauer announced Tuesday that it hired Bart Williams and Manuel Cachán from Munger, Tolles & Olson for its white-collar defense and sports law practices.
The international legal community had its Edward Snowden moment this weekend, when newspapers around the world began publishing excerpts from an unprecedented document leak tied to the law firm Mossack Fonseca.
Despite the loss of a leading M&A rainmaker, the firm says the 'Cravath System' is safe.
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Their 18-year friendship was as unlikely as it was strong. Then again, the trust between lawyers and clients can foster deep friendships, Isaacson said.
The moves continue a trickle of recent departures from Hunton & Williams across several practices.
Goodwin Procter is to open in Paris with the hire of a corporate team from King & Wood Mallesons, including its office managing partner, the firm announced Monday.
Partners and security experts reacted with alarm to news of the massive document leak from Panama offshore firm Mossack Fonseca.
McGuireWoods adds 13 partners in 13 days; Paul Weiss poaches a high-powered Cravath M&A partner; Kenyon & Kenyon loses two patent prosecution pros to Norton Rose Fulbright; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
The move by Barshay, who advised on nearly $300 billion in M&A transactions last year, could have a big impact for both firms.
Ideas Interactivas, a Mexican phone book publisher, had accused Yahoo and its lawyers of bribing a judge to escape a massive court judgment.
Day Pitney and Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman hope to capitalize on what they see as a huge demand from colleges and universities facing sexual misconduct investigations.
The legal services sector added 1,200 jobs last month, according to the Department of Labor, which also revised earlier figures to reflect continual gains for the industry this year.
Some law firm leaders would rather perfect an error than learn from it.
The firm advised on two deals announced this week worth a combined $5 billion.
In his latest headline-grabbing sports industry assignment, the Winston & Strawn antitrust pro is trying his hand at employment litigation for a group of top U.S. women’s soccer players.
Big law firms make for high-profile hacking targets, but client data may be especially vulnerable when it's shared with local counsel without strong security in place.
The New York firm saw light declines in revenue and lawyer head count in 2015.
Boies Schiller and Cooley bulk up their nascent outposts in London; Gordon Rees and Shipman & Goodwin grow in New York; Hogan Lovells hires four in Australia and an ex-New York prosecutor; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
Law firms usually manage to keep the public in the dark when it comes to data breaches and hacking attacks. But not this week.
The firm scored a partial victory for pro bono client Alexander White Plume this week, defeating a permanent injunction that barred the Oglala Sioux elder from farming industrial hemp on tribal lands.
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz’s nasty battle with Carl Icahn could finally be over.
The problems for Australia's Slater & Gordon, the world's first publicly traded law firm, keep mounting. As its stock price sunk to a new low, Moana Weir, hired as Slater & Gordon's in-house legal chief in January, resigned this week.
Kristan Peters-Hamlin, a former Dorsey & Whitney partner who has dealt with a recurring disciplinary issue over the past decade, has been disbarred in Maryland.
Archbishop Bernard Hebda, who was appointed last week to lead the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, was once an associate at Reed Smith.
A Russian hacker living in Ukraine reportedly tried to gain access to the computer systems of 48 law firms involved in M&A deals, according to a story by Crain’s Chicago Business, citing data by intelligence firm Flashpoint.
Amid a spate of unconsummated law firm courtships, a new report claims that the majority of mergers fail to deliver benefits to clients and risk damaging partnership value.
Andrew Caspersen, a Harvard Law School graduate turned private equity executive, was charged by the SEC and federal prosecutors with securities and wire fraud. Caspersen is related to several notable Big Law and Ivy League alums.
Bill Gates turned to the firm that bears his father's name to buy a multimillion-dollar property in a Florida equestrian's paradise.
A firm with Chicago roots breaks the $1.5 million profit barrier.
Wiley Rein's food and drug leader decamps for DLA Piper; Mayer Brown recruits a key Verizon in-house lawyer; Skadden hires from a high-profile boutique; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
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A Chicago man pleaded guilty to a long-running office supply scam that bilked Vedder Price out of roughly $7 million.
Shook, Hardy & Bacon saw its head count grow in 2015, but the Kansas City, Missouri-based firm's profits per partner slipped for the fourth year in a row.
A young attorney recently hired by DLA Piper in Los Angeles also runs her own cosmetics company that uses nontoxic chemicals for people's skin.
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A bucket of Am Law 100 firms have soaked up work on a big-time paint industry purchase.
The firm posted a whopping $2.305 billion in revenue last year, according to The American Lawyer’s early reporting.
Chicago has paid $760,000 to Wilmer, Taft Stettinius and an ex-Fried Frank partner to advise it on a U.S. Department of Justice probe into its troubled police department. McGuireWoods has also been retained by Chicago’s police oversight agency to conduct an internal audit.
McGuireWoods heads to San Francisco after a Reed Smith raid; Kirkland launches a Houston tax practice; Sidley Austin snags a high-powered IP team from Ropes & Gray; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
Julian Petty, head of Nixon Peabody's entertainment practice, reminisces about Phife Dawg, the late rapper and member of A Tribe Called Quest who was one of his first clients in building a practice with a hip-hop base.
At Perkins Coie, every night is ladies’ night. The firm is offering a 15 percent discount to startups with a female founder or top executive in an effort to give women a boost in the male-dominated startup world.
Burford Capital LLC announced Wednesday that its earnings topped $100 million in 2015, with commitments of $206 million, both new records for the publicly listed litigation financier, which has invested another $100 million in a law firm's litigation portfolio.
Nixon Peabody, which last year bolted on Chicago-based Ungaretti & Harris and consolidated its Hong Kong operations with local shop CWL Partners, saw gains across all financial metrics in 2015.
The firm saw an uptick in revenue and kept profits steady as it grew its partnership ranks through lateral hires and internal promotions.
The firm had hoped to balance its litigation risks with the U.S. Supreme Court’s holdings last year in Baker Botts v. Asarco.
Brussels, the seat of the European Union and a hub for U.S. and international firms, was in lockdown Tuesday after a series of explosions rocked the city’s airport and a central subway station. At least 34 have been killed in the terrorist attacks.
The Philadelphia-based Am Law 100 firm swallowed up the co-founders of Denver-based boutique Donelson Barry.
Akerman, Akin Gump, Gibson Dunn and Jones Day are busy advising clients on potential initiatives in Cuba, as President Obama makes a historic visit to the Caribbean island nation ahead of a goodwill-inducing baseball game Tuesday.
Revenue per lawyer at the Chicago-based firm topped $1 million for the first time in 2015, and profits per partner were up 7.1 percent from the previous year.
Law firms are finding that their professional liability insurance doesn't cover many of the costs associated with cyberattacks.
Behind the failed merger talks between Greenberg Traurig and London-based Berwin Leighton Paisner.
The U.S. Department of Commerce adds a high-profile partner from Katten Muchin Rosenman; Greenberg Traurig and Holland & Knight trade hires; Winston & Strawn's arbitration co-chair departs; and other notable additions from around The Am Law 200.
A barrage of big deals in 2015 didn’t translate into explosive growth for many of the country’s most profitable firms.
Sullivan & Cromwell, Skadden, Mayer Brown, Crowell & Moring and a trio of leading Canadian firms are advising on TransCanada Corp.'s proposed $13 billion acquisition of Columbia Pipeline Group Inc.
More than three years after former Ropes & Gray partner and Jones Walker special counsel Sanford “Sandy” Kaynor Jr. was shot twice and left for dead, his assailant was given a 362-year prison sentence in a New Orleans criminal court.
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Early estimates show dramatic revenue increases at the firm, which usually sits right at the juncture of The Am Law 100 and The Am Law 200.
Greenberg Traurig, after ending merger talks with Berwin Leighton Paisner, resumed its lateral hiring spree by snagging four partners from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, including the firm's litigation co-chair.
Thanks to regulatory challenges and lawsuits tied to SeaWorld Entertainment’s famous orca shows, the company has had to rely heavily on professionals who can’t be paid in sardines: lawyers.
Less than two months after 22 partners broke away from Schiff Hardin to form Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila, the new firm has grown to 41 lawyers in three cities, thanks to a few hires from their former home.
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For the second time in six months, a law firm representing a Caesars Entertainment entity has narrowly avoided trouble in bankruptcy court.
Former NSA general counsel Stewart Baker bashed Apple’s position in the ongoing fight over encrypted communications.
Jeffrey Bleich, a former U.S. ambassador to Australia and longtime litigation partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson in San Francisco, left the firm earlier this month ahead of a planned move to growing global legal giant Dentons.
Munger, Tolles & Olson, riding high after several years of strong financial performances, saw its numbers slip across the board in 2015. The firm also saw a prominent partner decamp this week for Dentons.
Both firms confirmed Wednesday that the major trans-Atlantic merger was no longer in the cards.
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Greenberg Traurig, Venable, White & Case and two top Los Angeles-based boutiques are advising on a $750 million thriller—the sale by Michael Jackson’s estate of a 50 percent stake in a joint venture with music giant Sony Corp. of America.
Comings-and-goings at McCarter & English; Pillsbury Winthrop heads to Hong Kong; Proskauer Rose picks up a new life sciences vice chair; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
Revenue and profits fell slightly last year because of a slowdown in transactional work in the last quarter, the firm’s managing partner said.
Sullivan & Cromwell, one of the few Am Law 100 firms to own its own office building, has agreed to buy the remaining floors of the tower it calls home in New York City’s financial district for $202 million.
Former Cooley partner Jennifer Massey was fired by Donald Trump after making it to the Season 2 finale of NBC's "The Apprentice."
Former DNC finance co-chair Robert Crowe is still a partner at Nelson Mullins as he battles the SEC, but the firm no longer identifies him as a leader of its government relations practice.
Iberian legal giant Garrigues has finalized a deal to integrate Chilean firm Avendaño Merino into its global network. Amid a shrinking market for high-end legal services in Spain, many of the country's top firms are looking to opportunities in Latin America.
The firm posted a 3.6 percent increase in revenue last year, while partner profits barely budged from 2014.
New York's Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center adds a high-ranking Akin Gump partner to serve as its new legal chief; a troubled Kaye Scholer partner departs; Kirkland makes another high-profile hire; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
The firm reported profits per partner above $3 million for the second straight year in 2015, while its steady mix of plaintiffs and defense-side work drove double-digit revenue growth.
The two Am Law 100 firms grabbed roles on General Motors Co.'s $1 billion buy of autonomous vehicle startup Cruise Automation Inc. The transaction marked the latest in a string of deals for Fenwick & West.
Schulte Roth & Zabel saw little growth in revenue and profits in 2015, but executive committee chairman Alan Waldenberg said the firm has boosted its appeal on the lateral market.
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Proskauer Rose and Chadbourne & Parke are immune from liability for the conduct of a former partner at the firms who was accused of helping R. Allen Stanford orchestrate a $7 billion fraud, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.
The $55 million judgment awarded to TV personality Erin Andrews this week was a missed opportunity for Bingham McCutchen. The now-defunct firm took the lead for Andrews in 2009 after illicit videos of her surfaced online. But a conflict intervened.
Cahill Gordon & Reindel, whose finances float with the capital markets, felt a slight pinch to its bottom line in 2015.
Last year the firm touted its success for oil company CEO Joseph Sigelman, but now the former client is saying he’s been overcharged.
The firm’s PPP reached $1.02 million last year for the first time. Revenue and lawyer head count also increased.
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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson achieved significant increases in revenue and profit in 2015, driven at least partly by strategic and operational changes made by chair David Greenwald.
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy saw gross revenue and partner profits rise slightly in 2015.
The National Institutes of Health is the biggest client for outside legal services by law firms among U.S. agencies, according to government data.
Chen Taihe, a law school professor in China, was one of the 200 human rights lawyers detained in China last summer.
The gains in 2015 were driven by strong activity in Willkie Farr & Gallagher's international private equity, M&A, compliance and insurance transactions practices. The firm's revenue and profit growth slowed from 2014, however.
Three mergers in one year proved to be a mixed bag for regional Am Law 200 firm Dinsmore & Shohl, which saw its gross revenue grow in 2015, while partner profits and revenue per lawyer slipped.
Many law schools could pass the ABA's proposed bar exam standard, even if they enroll students with long odds of passing the test.
The firm's losses have mounted even with a mammoth contingency fee promising to boost partner profits.
Peter Martelli, a corporate partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York, recently resigned from the firm. After serving a 90-day gardening leave, Martelli will join Kirkland & Ellis, which has frequently raided Simpson Thacher in recent years.
After a rebound year in 2014, New York-based Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman saw some key financial metrics slip last year, and that was before a key insurance recovery group left the firm in January.
John Oliver, a comedian and host of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight,” has sought to trademark the word “Drumpf” in an effort to dismantle Donald Trump’s quest for the Republican presidential nomination. Kenyon & Kenyon is advising.
Husch Blackwell had a mixed year in 2015, with revenue declining for the second straight year amid a double-digit increase in partner profits.
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As part of a compromise related to a $6.4 million settlement with the family of Freddie Gray, the firm will have to wait a bit longer to be fully paid for its work for the city of Baltimore.
Fueled by a big contingency fee, the firm saw big gains in revenue and partner profits.
The firm earned $93 million—including a $70 million contingency fee—under an unusual fee arrangement approved by the Department of Justice.
For the first time at McGuire Woods, profits per equity partner topped $1 million in 2015.
K&L Gates and Sidley Austin disgorge partners to new Chicago offices for other firms; a bevy of moves at legal giants Baker & McKenzie and Norton Rose Fulbright; Schulte Roth bolts on a broker-dealer group; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
Sharp Corp., the struggling Japanese electronics manufacturer, is on the verge of being bought by Taiwan’s Foxconn Technology Co. Ltd. in a nearly $6 billion deal.
The lawyers from K&L Gates’ consumer credit compliance and enforcement practice join a five-partner group that jumped to Mayer Brown earlier this month.
Legal employment has struggled so far in 2016, despite overall gains in the U.S. economy.
Australia's Slater & Gordon, which went public in 2007, is planning to restructure its debt and U.K. operations after posting a net loss of almost a billion Australian dollars in the second half of 2015.
Lori Alvino McGill, an appellate specialist who joined Quinn Emanuel from Latham Watkins two years ago, is now headed to Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz, a firm started in January by former Paul Weiss star litigator Beth Wilkinson.
Julian Rainero, a barbecue aficionado and head of the broker-dealer and market regulation group at the newly renamed Bracewell, is leading a 10-lawyer team to Schulte Roth & Zabel in New York.
Partner profits in 2015 grew more robustly, rising nearly 8 percent from the prior year.
Still buoyed by its work for Bernie Madoff victims, the firm posted strong financial gains across the board in 2015, with profits rising nearly 15 percent.
Gregory Morin, a 32-year-old associate at Latham & Watkins, was killed this week in a car accident that also claimed the life of an office manager at a small firm in the Boston suburbs.
Bruce Zirinsky, the ex-head of the restructuring groups at Greenberg Traurig and Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, has started his own firm in New York. Zirinsky just snagged a lead role advising Republic Airways Holdings Inc. in its bankruptcy case, one that has already pumped more than $1.1 million into his new firm’s coffers.
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The firm's financial performance edged up on all fronts in 2015, and revenue increased for the 20th straight year.
Senior partner Creighton Condon blamed collections delays and volatile markets for modest 2015 revenue growth and a slight slide in profits per partner.
Davis Polk, Paul Hastings, Simpson Thacher and Stoel Rives partners head in-house; K&L Gates and Kirkland & Ellis see a spate of exits; Orrick adds another energy partner; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
Partner Amandeep Sidhu filed the suit for his pro bono client, a Sikh U.S. Army captain who is trying to serve while maintaining his beard and turban.
So far, none of them is heeding Meg Whitman's call to "reject the governor and Donald Trump outright."
Ford & Harrison, a national labor and employment firm that bolted on a boutique in January, remained acquisitive by expanding Tuesday into Connecticut after absorbing Hartford-based Rose Kallor.
Polsinelli confirmed Tuesday that it will be taking 44 IP lawyers from Novak Druce Connolly Bove & Quigg., stripping the boutique of most of its attorneys and all but one of its remaining name partners.
In a move that appears aimed at deterring partner departures, Kirkland & Ellis is doubling the notice period that partners must give before they leave, from 60 to 120 days, according to former Kirkland partners.
Almost a year after Latham & Watkins announced plans to consolidate its Middle East operations, Vinson & Elkins has confirmed plans to do the same, closing its outpost in Abu Dhabi to refocus its regional operations on Dubai and Riyadh. The move comes amid a recent reshuffling in Vinson’s Houston headquarters.
The high-flying firm posted gains in both revenue and profits in 2015.
Robert Ruyak, the former Howrey chairman who recently started his own firm, has brought on a pair of new partners from Haynes and Boone and Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr.
Hogan Lovells goes global for new recruits; a rough week for K&L Gates; Crowell & Moring brings back a top prosecutor; Debevoise bags a federal judge; DLA Piper plucks a longtime ESPN lawyer; and other notable additions from around The Am Law 200.
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The vaunted Wall Street firm picked up two key roles for the South American nation and multinational technology giant, ahead of what could be major deals for both clients.
Ending more than six years of litigation related to a former partner’s role advising disgraced financier R. Allen Stanford, Chadbourne & Parke has agreed to a confidential settlement with aggrieved investors in Stanford's $7 billion Ponzi scheme.
Something touted as “fundamental change” moves the profession backward.
Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie, an Am Law 200 firm that has pulled off a series of mergers in recent years, posted mostly flat financial results in 2015. But the firm, which has strong ties to the gaming industry, is gambling on future growth as it seeks to become a national name in the legal industry.
Foley Hoag saw slight declines in both revenue and net in 2015, according to reporting by The American Lawyer.
The incredibly shrinking Dewey & LeBoeuf prosecution shrank again on Friday, to the relief of former Dewey execs Stephen DiCarmine and Joel Sanders.
A New Jersey mansion at the heart of a preservation battle mysteriously burned to the ground Wednesday morning. The family of Day Pitney’s co-founder owned the historic property.
In a coup for its national IP practice, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius has landed the global co-leader of K&L Gates’ IP group and three members of his team in Chicago.
After posting less than stellar financial results in 2014, O’Melveny & Myers was back in growth mode in 2015.
The recruiting firm accuses two former directors in Chicago of taking confidential client information with them when they left to start their own agency in January.
A Q&A with the Paul Weiss partner about sexuality, stereotypes and her work in the case that legalized gay marriage.
DLA Piper saw its revenue surpass $2.5 billion for the first time in 2015, but those gains were offset by a sharp decline in profits.
Was 2015 the year Latham & Watkins finally fell back to Earth? A superficial look at the numbers might suggest so. But a deeper dive yields no schadenfreude for Latham's rivals.
Milbank's decision to reallocate a $1 million gift to Harvard Law School has sparked an unusual public clash between the firm and a group of prominent law professors.
The National Football League disclosed the second of its two annual federal tax filings this week, marking the last time the league will do so after renouncing its nonprofit status last year. The dual filings reveal big fees for Akin Gump, Covington & Burling and Paul Weiss.
A group of 200 prominent New Jersey citizens, including three ex-governors and partners from Drinker Biddle, Duane Morris and Patterson Belknap, have signed a letter seeking to reopen a murder-suicide investigation involving a prominent Garden State lawyer.
Ending five years of continually strong profitability and revenue growth, Davis Polk & Wardwell posted anemic results in 2015.
Making partner is a big deal. We want to recognize the accomplishment.
The firm is still lagging behind its performance five years ago, but its leader says the trend lines are good.
A week after leaving Vinson & Elkins for Simpson Thacher, Douglas McWilliams did an about-face; Hughes Hubbard hires a new securities enforcement chair; Latham and Paul Weiss grow in Hong Kong; and other key additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
As firms position themselves to take advantage of improving U.S.-Cuba relations, Akin Gump has hired former Cargill executive Devry Boughner Vorwerk to help speed the thaw.
Lesbians make 9 percent more than their straight sisters.
The move marks the second departure from Paul Hastings’ health care group this month as McDermott looks to beef up its offerings.
Profits per partner were up nearly 11 percent at the firm, which also saw a healthy increase in revenue.
After a spate of lateral departures and lackluster financial results for 2015, the newly renamed Bracewell lost its head of litigation in Seattle. The move came after Bracewell hired a New York tax partner, but saw Morgan Lewis land an oil and gas pro in Houston and D.C.
Dentons has found a new way to service startups. A little more than a year after acquiring a small New York shop that advises new companies, the legal giant announced Monday a partnership with international co-working giant WeWork Companies Inc.
Recruiters say there’s no market slump for young lawyers with the right set of skills.
The deal with Carroll Burdick & McDonough gives Squire Patton a 55-lawyer boost in California, Germany and Asia.
Gowlings and Wragge Lawrence Graham made their merger official on Monday, creating one of the largest international firms without an office in the United States.
King & Wood Mallesons’ private equity leader in Germany joins Mayer Brown; two more Edwards Wildman Palmer alums leave Locke Lord; Polsinelli keeps growing; Wachtell adds an e-discovery expert; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
The firm saw its second straight year of double-digit revenue growth and a healthy rise in partner profits.
What Justice Scalia's death means for global warming.
Continuing its systematic expansion, Polsinelli agreed to take in "the vast majority of lawyers and staff" from Houston-based IP boutique Novak Druce Connolly Bove & Quigg.
Am Law 100 firms Davis Polk and Weil have lead roles as China’s Tianjin Tianhai Investment Co. Ltd. pays $6 billion in cash for Irvine, California-based Ingram Micro Inc.
Facing strong opposition from state and local bar groups, the American Bar Association has quickly backed away from a pilot project aimed at helping small business owners find lawyers for a reasonable price.
As the country’s political divide widens, clarity is becoming a casualty.
Knowles, who oversaw his firm's expansion into a global legal giant over the past two decades, will step down from his management post in April before retiring from the partnership.
Are they feminists or ingrates?
A student group at Harvard Law School claims that its stance on free speech and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict drove Milbank to withdraw hundreds of thousands of dollars in annual funding for student-run activities at the school.
Will higher capital contributions become the norm in Big Law? Altman Weil consultant James Cotterman discusses how lower demand for legal services and a coming wave of partner retirements will affect law firm finances.
The firm, which celebrates its sesquicentennial this year, posted across-the-board gains in revenue and profit.
Instead of facing trial for alleged fraud and conspiracy related to Dewey & LeBoeuf’s demise, former Dewey junior manager Zachary Warren is bound for Williams & Connolly this fall as an associate.
Profits and revenue were mostly flat in 2015, but the firm pivoted toward growth for the first time since the Great Recession, boosting its partnership ranks by 6 percent.
After a record-breaking 2014, Dorsey & Whitney’s gross revenue, revenue per lawyer and partner profits each took a modest hit in 2015.
With client Apollo Global Management in tow, Taurie Zeitzer has kept on making rain since joining Paul Weiss from Kirkland last January.
The firm more than weathered a downturn in IP litigation last year, posting double-digit gains in revenue and partner profits.
Profit growth in 2015 averaged roughly 4.5 percent, according to an analysis by Citi Private Bank’s Law Firm Group, and firms are likely to see similar results in 2016. Will partners view their bank accounts as half full or half empty?
The "realistic" Barbie is a downer. And unfeminist.
The death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has sparked turmoil in American law and politics, with the battle over his successor already raging and the specter of an evenly divided high court hanging over key cases.
After closing its Moscow office, K&L Gates doubles down in Australia; Greenberg Traurig grabs a Goodwin Procter securities litigator; high-powered lawyers leave Vinson & Elkins and Morgan Lewis in Houston; and other key additions from around The Am Law 200.
The firm helped longtime client American International Group Inc. reach an agreement with activist investors Carl Icahn and John Paulson, who have been pushing for a three-way split of the storied insurance giant.
As the media reports soaring hourly billing rates, they’re missing the real story.
A groundbreaking initiative by a group of leading U.K., U.S. and international law firms is teaching disadvantaged students about the profession but failing to follow through, according to a new report.
A new year brings another new deal for the pharmaceutical giant and its outside lawyers from three firms.
A month after it lured away a group from Dickstein Shapiro in Connecticut, Holland & Knight is opening in North Carolina’s commercial hub with three banking and finance partners from Bryan Cave and Winstead.
Ryan Walsh, a former litigation associate at Bryan Cave, pleaded guilty this week to threatening to kill a partner at the firm in 2013.
U.S.-based firms may be in for some turbulence, but many say that there’s still good money to be made Down Under.
A barely averted disaster for the wife of a Fisher & Phillips partner led to big changes in how the 330-lawyer labor firm prepares for office health emergencies.
Former Latham, Quinn Emanuel and Mintz Levin lawyer Anthony Zappin made headlines for his pro se antics in a New York divorce case. Now he wants the tabloids to pay.
Hughes Hubbard & Reed received $87 million for its work handling the liquidation of MF Global’s broker-deal unit, and customers and creditors of the defunct commodities trader also fared well after four years of bankruptcy proceedings finally came to an end this week.
Study by Harvard economist finds that collaborating with men hurts women's careers.
One of the producers of the popular Netflix series worked as a contract attorney at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan while making the documentary.
The growing firm saw healthy increases last year in profits and revenue.
A year after Morgan Lewis absorbed Bingham McCutchen, several lawyers from the latter find new homes; Fried Frank welcomes back an ex-partner; Jenner & Block brings on an M&A leader; and other additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
The firms led the way in negative and positive head count growth for the Am Law 200 over the past 14 months.
Fifteen years of data shows that the partnership model for The Am Law 200 isn't what it used to be.
Two leading litigation funders announced that they are hiring Big Law veterans and expanding their operations in North America.
Three years after one merger and with another combination scuttled at the end of the year, the firm's gross revenue slipped again in 2015.
Following a contentious debate, the American Bar Association's House of Delegates voted Monday to adopt a resolution that gives states a framework to consider the regulation of "nontraditional legal service providers."
Hillary gets criticized for raising her voice. Are you talking too loudly too?
Akin Gump saw gross revenue rise 7.1 percent in a year that the firm worked to integrate a large new group of laterals in Europe and Hong Kong.
Cletus "Clete" Blakeman, a partner at Omaha’s Carlson & Burnett, went viral on social media Sunday night thanks to his role as the Super Bowl 50's lead referee.
More law firms are adopting management techniques that their clients embraced long ago. But change has been slowed by partners' resistance, according to a new report.
Amid a boom in lateral hiring, consultants are seeing changes in how firms collect capital contributions from new partners—and how they return capital to those who leave.
Greenberg Traurig shuffles its litigation ranks amid plans for global growth; another Kenyon & Kenyon partner departs; Bass Berry and Lewis Brisbois absorb small firms; Holland & Knight hires an ex-governor; and other additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
Gross revenue and partner profits both took a hit in 2015.
The evidence suggests that most managing partners are unable or unwilling to learn from their errors. Their firms pay the price.
The legal industry lost 1,400 jobs in January, the U.S. Labor Department estimates.
After four years of rising revenue, McDermott Will & Emery saw its gross revenue slip in 2015, while profits rose 3.3 percent for the firm’s somewhat diminished equity partnership.
A modest proposal that hints at opening the door to nonlawyers providing simple legal services faces a tough fight at the American Bar Association’s midyear meetings.
Simpson Thacher, Davis Polk Clifford Chance and two leading Swiss firms take the lead on the largest outbound M&A deal ever by a Chinese company; and a look at the other big firms behind the latest slate of billion-dollar transactions.
Nashville-based regional firm Bass, Berry & Sims has taken on 10 partners from Harwell Howard Hyne Gabbert & Manner, a fellow Tennessee shop with the unique acronym h3gm that will now disband.
Law firm associates are especially prone to problem drinking, according to a major study released this week.
The beginning of the end of Argentina’s international bondholder battle means that important legal questions raised by the dispute will have to wait for answers.
Orrick chose a logistically complex mix-and-match approach to populate its new Texas outpost.
A group of former Locke Lord partners, all of whom joined the firm from a year ago after it absorbed Edwards Wildman Palmer, have decamped for another Boston-based firm in Choate, Hall & Stewart. Locke Lord, however, responded by hiring Boston-based Foley Hoag’s former co-managing partner.
Washington litigator Tara Lee is the fourth DLA Piper practice leader to decamp for another firm in less than a week.
For the 20th year straight, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison posted higher profits amid an abundance of billion-dollar lawsuits and multibillion-dollar deals.
Greenberg Traurig, an Am Law 100 firm with Miami roots known for its spectacular growth, confirmed Wednesday that it is in preliminary discussions about a potential union with U.K. firm Berwin Leighton Paisner.
DLA Piper loses three practice leaders but merges in Europe; another Dickstein Shapiro partner departs; Jones Day opens in Brisbane; Orrick unveils its Houston hires; Quinn Emanuel adds an Israel expert; and other moves from throughout The Am Law 200.
Robin Cohen, head of the insurance recovery group at Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman, is leading a team of lawyers leaving the firm for 175-lawyer McKool Smith.
The firm reported across-the-board growth in 2015, including a 14 percent uptick in partner profits.
Partner Demme Doufekias discusses her victory in a Louisiana abortion rights challenge, the upcoming Supreme Court showdown in Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole, and her firm’s pro bono advocacy for women’s reproductive rights.
The firm's international LLP is introducing a new points-based system, bringing in a larger bonus pool and creating a separate lockstep for new partners.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Daimler v. Bauman is undermining anti-terror law on jurisdictional grounds.
The number admitted law students with LSAT scores below 145 has increased 60 percent since 2010.
Of 16 high-powered New York real estate lawyers videotaped in an undercover sting by Global Witness, just one outright refused to help a purported foreign official funnel illicit funds into the U.S.
The firm made an exception to its practice of shunning debtor’s-side Chapter 11 work—and to billing by the hour.
DLA Piper has created a new verein for its Nordic offices following a merger with Finnish firm Peltonen LMR.
The latest Dickstein Shapiro defectors are hired by Holland & Knight; Jones Day adds an IP trio; Kirkland & Ellis recruits a senior SEC official; Latham & Watkins lands a high-profile lateral in Germany; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
It's been a boom year for hiring, our Lateral Survey shows. But can these new recruits really deliver?
Jones Day remains a stable second and DLA Piper and Morgan Lewis are moving up, according to a survey of general counsel by Acritas Research.
It was instead a four-person project management team. When the U.K.'s Herbert Smith Freehills hired those professional staffers amid lots of fanfare, it was a lesson to all firms about lateral hiring. Are you listening?
Led by Schiff Hardin's former chairman Robert Riley and its former managing partner Ronald Safer, the departing group will open Riley, Safer, Holmes & Cancila in Chicago, San Francisco and New York.
An old program offering student debt relief has sprung to new life—for now.
The two Am Law 100 firms have landed lead roles on a deal with activist investor Carl Icahn to split Xerox Corp. into two separate companies, one of which will house Xerox Legal Services.
A year-end report issued by Wells Fargo Private Bank’s Legal Specialty Group states that 2015 was a difficult one to characterize. Firms that are typically considered peers showed a great deal of disparity in their financial performance.
Facebook Inc. still isn’t ready to abandon its quest to hold DLA Piper and other law firms liable for representing accused fraudster Paul Ceglia.
Choose wisely. Otherwise, it can be a cold and lonely existence.
Former Winston & Strawn litigation partner Robert Ruyak spoke with The Am Law Daily about his recent decision to start his own boutique, the current litigation landscape and the fall of Howrey, a now-defunct firm he once chaired.
Wachtell, Simpson Thacher, Shearman & Sterling and Cleary Gottlieb are advising on a $20 billion corporate tax inversion deal between Johnson Controls and Tyco International; and a look at the other big firms behind the latest round of billion-dollar deals.
The short answer: no. Data on Global 100 firms from our researchers and analysts at ALM Legal Intelligence shows that firms with fewer offices and fewer foreign offices tend to have higher profit margins and profits per partner than bigger, more global firms.
The Philadelphia-based Am Law 100 firm has swore off international expansion to stick to its roots serving middle-market clients across a range of industries in the U.S.
Having already hired a handful of litigators this week, Barnes & Thornburg dipped back into the lateral market Wednesday to snag four more partners for its IP practice from prominent Chicago-based boutique Brinks, Gilson & Lione.
Law school enrollment is declining, but so are prospects for future legal employment.
The shakeup of the German legal market shows no signs of abating in 2016, as Latham & Watkins has sought to rebuild its private equity offering in the country by hiring partner and practice head Rainer Traugott in Munich from Magic Circle firm Linklaters.
Paul Hastings and Kirkland & Ellis and several other big firms make key additions in Texas; Greenberg Traurig, Orrick and Sidley Austin keep hiring; Wilson Sonsini welcomes back a favorite son; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.
After adding four litigators in Atlanta and Minneapolis, Barnes & Thornburg hired product liability expert James Murdica in Chicago from New York's Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler.
The megafirm has set its sights on oil and mining-rich Angola through a new local alliance.
Palin has redefined what ambitious women should wear.
A relatively new program at Latham & Watkins allows associates to refinance their student loans at very low interest rates. The program attempts to address the increasingly high cost of a law school degree.
Rudolph Giuliani's comments last February that President Barack Obama doesn't love America prompted some Bracewell clients to complain to the firm, partners said.
Someday we’ll all know exactly what is happening there.
Several months after Brown Rudnick was dragged into a political corruption scandal in Ireland, the former head of the firm's Irish practice has left the firm to reconstitute his own shop in Dublin.
After a series of lateral losses, K&L Gates hits the ground running with some new hires to start 2016; Dickstein Shapiro’s departures mount; Fried Frank launches a London restructuring practice and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
Meet the mother of four who prosecuted one of the most powerful politicians in New York.
The trustee of a company that ran for-profit schools and filed for bankruptcy in 2014 has sued Williams & Connolly and Duane Morris, alleging that the billing practices of the two Am Law 100 firms were unfair.
Florida's Greenspoon Marder, the newest entrant to The Am Law 200 and home to former Dewey & LeBoeuf CFO Joel Sanders, is adding an entertainment practice by snapping up Ziglaw, a small Miami music shop headed by ex-Greenberg Traurig partner Leslie Zigel.
Unrest in the oil and gas industry and more microchip merger madness have yielded roles for several Am Law 100 firms in The Am Law Daily's look at the latest round of billion-dollar transactions.
St. George's School has retained Foley Hoag to replace a former Proskauer Rose lawyer in conducting an internal investigation at the embattled private boarding school, which is grappling with a decades-old sex abuse scandal.
All six partners at Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz—the trial boutique formed this week by star Paul Weiss litigator Beth Wilkinson—are under age 54. The goal, she said, is to give younger lawyers the kind of trial experience that can be hard to come by at a larger firm.
For the first time in three years, firm leaders' confidence in the U.S. economy slumped into negative territory during the last quarter of 2015, according to a report by Citi Private Bank's law firm group.
Besides allying with Rudy Giuliani in an election year, Greenberg Traurig has hired several other notable partners this month; Orrick opens in Houston; Paul Weiss litigators start their own boutique; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
New study finds that difficult interviews yield higher employee satisfaction.
Star Paul Weiss litigator Beth Wilkinson has left the firm to launch a new litigation boutique along with high-profile hires from Kirkland & Ellis and Covington & Burling.
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, which represented reporter Jason Rezaian before his release from an Iranian prison, was just one of the American firms praising the latest diplomatic breakthrough in U.S.-Iran relations.
A pair of longtime Am Law 100 firm leaders, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius' James Pagliaro and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld's R. Bruce McLean, recently retired from their respective firms to make the transition to the world of legal consulting.
The Tea Party darling has friends in Big Law—even in New York City.
Kenneth Ziman, deputy practice leader of corporate restructuring at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York, is leaving the firm for Lazard. Ziman joins two former Skadden restructuring partners in making the move to the storied boutique investment bank.
Greenberg Traurig gets a high-profile boost with the addition of Rudolph Giuliani and former federal prosecutor Marc Mukasey from Bracewell & Giuliani, which will change its name to Bracewell.
Holland & Knight and Sidley Austin hire from Katten Muchin Rosenman and Milbank; a Skadden lawyer returns to public service; Allen & Overy hires in New York; King & Spalding takes two from Jones Day; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
A third-year associate at Skadden is taking an ambitious and novel approach to get associates to support legal aid groups and nonprofits that bring impact litigation.
Lawyers representing Stephen DiCarmine and Joel Sanders filed fresh briefs Friday asking a Manhattan state court judge to drop criminal charges against the defendants.
Sidley Austin and Arnold & Porter have taken the lead for General Electric Co. as the industrial conglomerate continues to reinvent itself through the $5.4 billion sale of its appliance business to China’s Haier Group Corp.
More layoffs may be coming to Big Law as firms again hit the reset button.
Wishful thinking is never a sound strategy for success.
The new quasi-nonprofit ownership structure for the Philadelphia Inquirer is the brainchild of Richard Fox, who leads the philanthropic practice at 100-lawyer Dilworth Paxson.
Two months after its trans-Atlantic merger talks with British firm Eversheds fell through, Foley & Lardner has struck alliances with government affairs shops in California and Michigan.
Top Nelson Mullins government relations partner Robert Crowe quickly denied being part of an illegal scheme by State Street Corp. to win pension-servicing contracts in Ohio.
The Am Law 100 firm announced that it has merged with the injury and insurance defense firm Mannion Gray, picking up new offices in five states.
With the Academy Awards just around the corner, a pair of billion-dollar entertainment industry deals awarded work to a handful of Am Law 200 firms and some big names in Canada.
As creditors fight over Nortel Networks’ $7.3 billion carcass, bankruptcy lawyers are feasting on the fees.
Arnold & Porter, Covington & Burling, Dentons, Latham & Watkins and Munger, Tolles & Olson have landed roles on a deal that will return the National Football League to Los Angeles after a 21-year hiatus.
Following in the footsteps of a competitor, the labor and employment firm Ogletree Deakins opened its first Canadian office this week in Toronto.
Seeking to better serve clients in the life sciences sector, the Silicon Valley stalwart is headed to Boston, where conglomerate General Electric Co. announced it would move its headquarters Wednesday. Wilson Sonsini's new outpost will open with three partners.
Five years after Reed Smith's Stewart Dolin stepped in front of an oncoming train, his widow moved closer to trial in a case accusing GlaxoSmithKline of hiding the suicide risks of its antidepressant Paxil.
Dentons keeps expanding, but one lawyer in Chicago seeks a higher power; Clark Hill merges in the Windy City; Wilson Elser expands in two states; Orrick makes a handful of key hires; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
In acquiring Art Agency, Partners, Sotheby’s has also gained a new executive in former investment banker and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz partner Adam Chinn.
What’s it like to see your mom portrayed on the big screen by a Hollywood megastar?
Formidable litigator Jennifer Selendy left Kirkland & Ellis for Quinn Emanuel, where she joins her husband Philippe.
The parent company of The American Lawyer said that the acquisition, the fourth in recent years, better positions the company in key international markets.
The two Am Law 100 firms, whose headquarters are outside New York, made moves Monday to bolster their corporate and finance practices in the Big Apple by raiding McDermott Will & Emery and Proskauer Rose.
Cravath, Jones Day, Kirkland & Ellis, Ropes & Gray, Slaughter and May and Skadden have grabbed roles on the proposed $32 billion merger between rare disease drug makers Shire plc and Baxalta Inc.
After enduring the scolding of a federal judge last week, the city of Chicago’s law department has tapped Winston & Strawn co-chairman Dan Webb to review the city's response to federal civil rights claims alleging police misconduct.
The filing comes just weeks after senior lenders successfully blocked a debt swap deal that might have averted Chapter 11 for the mining juggernaut.
The Obama administration has launched a renewed effort to winnow the remaining detainee population at Guantánamo Naval Base, according to lawyers who have long represented them.
Just when you think a story is dead, it springs to life.
An L.A. boutique adds four from Dickstein Shapiro; Barclays bags a Jenner & Block partner; Latham & Watkins lands a chief judge; Locke Lord hires from Volkswagen; Louis Freeh leaves Pepper Hamilton; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.
Roderick “Eric” MacLeish Jr., an ex-Greenberg Traurig partner whose prior representation of sex abuse victims prompted a personal crisis and career retreat, is once again practicing law and advising clients pressing abuse claims against an elite Rhode Island boarding school.
The legal services sector added 1,200 jobs last month, signaling steady growth since a dip in legal employment last summer.
The retrial in the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal case will go ahead later this year without the defunct firm’s top partner, Steven Davis, who formally accepted a deferred prosecution agreement Friday in Manhattan state court.
Michele Craddock, a former LeClairRyan partner, has accused the firm of widespread gender discrimination when it comes to compensation and promotions.
With record-breaking M&A volume pushing past the $5 trillion mark in 2015, it's no surprise that deal-hungry Am Law 100 firms wasted little time scooping up market share to start 2016.
Baker Botts, which officially announced Thursday its entry into San Francisco, also said it would close up shop in Rio de Janeiro. The firm opened its Brazilian outpost two years ago.
Another year, another international move for Dentons. The global legal giant brought on a 45-lawyer banking and finance team from regional British firm Matthew Arnold & Baldwin. The new additions had been expected for several months.
Falling oil and gas prices continue to bedevil Am Law 200 firms. When Magnum Hunter Resources filed for bankruptcy last month, the company owed millions in fees to several firms, including Andrews Kurth, Bracewell & Giuliani and Norton Rose Fulbright.
After 45 years on the front lines of U.S. antitrust practice, Jones Day’s Joe Sims stepped down from the partnership on Jan. 1.
Three Am Law 100 firms each poached practice heads from rivals this week. Covington & Burling brought on Wilmer's CFPB co-chair, DLA Piper picked up Jenner & Block’s antitrust chair and Mintz Levin landed Locke Lord's retail industry and consumer products chair.
A look back, and ahead, from legal consultancy Altman Weil.
Two litigation partners depart Dickstein Shapiro’s shrinking New York office; Cooley lands a high-profile M&A partner from O’Melveny & Myers; Pillsbury plucks an insurance team from Orrick; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.
Chicago-based litigation funder Gerchen Keller Capital announced a major expansion Wednesday, boosting both its capital and its executive team.
A New York court approved a three-year law license suspension for former Sullivan & Cromwell partner John O’Brien, but it disagreed with a recommendation that he not be forced to reapply for admission to the bar.
Researchers at UNC School of Law and MIT found that most legal work is too complex—and too important—for even the most advanced machines.
One way to upgrade your law school: Transfer.
The Cleveland Browns have long been an NFL laughingstock. But after another losing season, the embattled franchise has named a former Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr associate to head its football operations. Another ex-Wilmer lawyer serves as the team's president.
Ford & Harrison, an Atlanta-based labor and employment firm that has periodically pierced the Am Law 200 ranks, has absorbed Waldman Law in the second notable combination so far this year.
Another former Dewey partner has stumbled in a lawsuit against Barclays related to capital contribution loans provided to partners at the now-defunct firm.
Doug Demarest died last week after his plane crashed in Anchorage, damaging the building where his wife, Dorsey & Whitney partner Katherine Demarest, practices law.
Five years after leaving his big law career behind, 51-year-old Steve Vaccaro is leading the legal charge for bicyclist and pedestrian rights in New York.
Cooley kicks off 2016 with a big lateral addition in Silicon Valley.