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Bankrupt SoCal Power Plant Owes Big Money to Big Law

By Meghan Tribe |

La Paloma Generating Co. LLC, a natural gas-fired power plant in Southern California struggling with increased competition from the renewable energy sector, filed for bankruptcy this week in Delaware. The company owes nearly $200,000 to three Am Law 100 firms.

Cincinnati, Ohio.

Jackson Lewis Absorbs Seven-Lawyer Cincinnati Firm

By Scott Flaherty |

The national labor and employment giant has expanded again by bolting on Cincinnati's Denlinger, Rosenthal & Greenberg.

Neel Chatterjee outside of the White House on Nov. 16 with Orrick associates Amisha Patel, Dina Rezvani and Cory Lankford.

Postelection, Orrick Litigator Vows to 'Stick It to the Man'

By Leigh Jones |

IP litigation hotshot Neel Chatterjee is only half-joking.

Robert Giuffra of Sullivan & Cromwell.

Sullivan & Cromwell's Giuffra Steps in for Fiat Chrysler in Emissions Suit

By Ben Hancock |

Hit with accusations that it cheated U.S. emission rules, the company has turned to a lawyer familiar with the issue—Volkswagen's lead attorney, Robert Giuffra Jr., a leader of Sullivan & Cromwell's litigation group.

Mark Soundy

Goodwin Procter Grabs Shearman & Sterling UK Duo

By Rose Walker |

Former Shearman & Sterling private equity partner partner Mark Soundy and tax partner Sarah Priestley have resurfaced at Goodwin Procter. Soundy is joining the Boston-based firm next week, with Priestley poised to join him at Goodwin Procter in January.

Mark Hastings

Quinn Emanuel Adds London Fraud Litigator

By James Booth |

Mark Hastings, head of civil fraud at British firm Addleshaw Goddard, is leaving the firm to become a partner in the disputes practice at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan in London.

10 Most Underrated Law Schools in America

By Vivia Chen |

News flash: A number of not-so-highly ranked schools managed to get a high percentage (70 percent or more) of their graduates into full-time jobs that require JDs or are JD-advantaged.

IPO Funds Continue to Fuel Massive Growth at Publicly Listed UK Firm

By Chris Johnson |

The U.K.'s first publicly listed law firm continues to power ahead, with Gateley announcing that its revenue increased 19 percent and its pre-tax profit soared 44 percent in the first half of the current fiscal year.

Curtis Jackson, 50 Cent.

Rapper 50 Cent Gets $14.5 Million in Malpractice Settlement

By Nell Gluckman |

The rapper, actor and businessman known as 50 Cent claimed that his former lawyers from Garvey Schubert Barer had failed to adequately represent him in an arbitration with a company that was set to market a line of headphones.

Alston & Bird's Bob Dole. Photo by: Michael Whetstine. Photo July 19, 2005.

Alston & Bird Central to Trump's Taiwanese Phone Call

By Michael D. Goldhaber, The Global Lawyer |

Former senator and Alston & Bird special counsel Bob Dole told The Wall Street Journal that he and his firm helped to arrange the president-elect's taboo-breaking telephone call on Friday with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. "It's fair to say that we may have had some influence," Dole told the paper.

Comet Ping Pong in Washington, D.C.

After Shooting, Lawyer's Fake Twitter Account Presses 'Pizzagate' Conspiracy

By Roy Strom |

Do lawyers have a special responsibility not to perpetuate fake news?

Simpson Thacher Antitrust Head Joins Weil

By Nell Gluckman |

Kevin Arquit, head of the antitrust group at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York, is poised to leave the firm for Weil, Gotshal & Manges on Jan. 1, 2017. Arquit, a former general counsel of the Federal Trade Commission and director of its Bureau of Competition, joined Simpson Thacher in 2002 from Clifford Chance.

UFC fighter Georges St-Pierre

Weil Helps UFC Fighters Unify Against New Octagon Owners

By Brian Baxter |

James Quinn, a veteran litigator at Weil and longtime legal advocate for professional athletes, is representing a group of Ultimate Fighting Championship fighters that have formed a trade association to negotiate better terms with management of the mixed martial arts promotion company, which was sold for $4 billion in July.

Graduate Sues Oxford University For Preventing Him From Becoming A Lawyer

By Chris Johnson |

An Oxford graduate is suing the prestigious university for 1 million pounds ($1.27 million), claiming that its “appallingly bad” teaching prevented him from having a successful career as a lawyer.

Mark Lanier.

Mark Lanier on Billion-Dollar Verdicts and the Trump Effect


After his latest trial win against Johnson & Johnson, Houston's Mark Lanier says he has as much as $13 billion in verdicts under his belt. But who's counting?

Nicholas D. Walrath

Durie Tangri Associate Believed Dead in Oakland Fire, Firm Says

By Ben Hancock |

Nicholas Walrath, a 2013 graduate of New York University School of Law, joined the firm in October.

National Labor and Employment Firm Starts Pay Equity Practice

By Meghan Tribe |

Fisher & Phillips, an Atlanta-based labor and employment firm, announced Monday the formation of a pay equity group that seeks to assist clients in what some experts predict could be an active area of litigation in 2017.

Law Firms Earn Top Marks for LGBT Equality

By Nell Gluckman |

More law firms than any other type of industry earned perfect scores on the Human Rights Campaign's survey of how employers treat their LGBT workforce.

Op-Ed: Today's COOs Need These Five Skills

By John C. Lamar |

As firms have evolved in size, reach and complexity, so has the demand for seasoned executives to manage the business of law.

How Law Firms Can Move Beyond Diversity Plan Hype

By Caren Ulrich Stacy |

Are these initiatives moving the needle or are they just great publicity opportunities?

Jay Edelson

Chicago's Edelson Launches RICO Suit Against Serial Class Action Objector

By Roy Strom |

The lawsuit claims that The Bandas Law Firm extracts "nuisance payments" by filing frivolous motions to hold up class-action settlements.

Left to right: William Bogot and Joshua Horn Fox Rothchild

Big Law Feeling Freer to Advertise Medical Pot Practices

By Lizzy McLellan |

More large law firms are spreading the word about their medical cannabis practice capabilities as ethics rule changes and state legislation whittle down the amount of risk involved in providing that guidance. And they are hoping for a big payday.

In San Francisco republican candidate Jeb Bush addresses Thumbtack employees and later caught an Uber car.

Buchanan Ingersoll Forms Alliance With Jeb Bush

By Gina Passarella |

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney has formed an affiliation with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and his consulting firm Jeb Bush & Associates, the firms announced Monday.

DLA, Reed Smith Among Top 20 Firms Rated By Clients For Service

By Chris Johnson |

Allen & Overy, DLA Piper, Norton Rose Fulbright and Reed Smith are among a group of 20 law firms rated by clients as providing the best level of overall service.

Deal Watch: Jones Day Helps Ink $4.3B Deal for Air Filtration Client

By Meghan Tribe |

In an otherwise slow week for mergers and acquisitions, one company made the biggest deal in its history.

Could 2016 Break Law Firm Merger Record?

By Nell Gluckman |

With a month left to go, legal consultants say 2016 could approach last year's record for law firm combinations.

Elite Law Firms Increasingly Suing Clients to Collect Fees

By Christine Simmons |

In an era when demand for legal services is softening, the country's largest firms are increasingly going to courts and arbitration against their former clients to collect fees in what consultants say is the "new normal."

Johnson & Johnson Hit With $1 Billion Verdict in Hip Implant Case

By Amanda Bronstad |

Johnson & Johnson lost a $1 billion verdict on Thursday in a closely watched trial over a hip implant device made by its DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. division.

Is Justice for Sale in Illinois?

By Sue Reisinger |

How State Farm's in-house counsel allegedly played a key role in an effort to influence a state Supreme Court ruling.

Johnson & Johnson Headquarters in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Johnson & Johnson Hit With $1 Billion Verdict in Hip Implant Case

By Amanda Bronstad |

Johnson & Johnson lost a $1 billion verdict on Thursday in a closely watched trial over a hip implant device made by its DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. division.

Associate Bonus Season: Method or Madness?

By Chris Johnson |

Here we go again. The annual associate bonus season is now in full swing, with a growing number of firms committing to match the scale set earlier this week by Cravath, Swaine & Moore.

The VW logo of the brand

Independent Lawyers Ask for Fees in VW Exhaust Class Action

By Amanda Bronstad |

More than 30 law firms have asked a federal judge to award them legal fees and costs associated with a $14.7 billion class action settlement with Volkswagen, most filing after an order last week that barred attorneys from submitting liens against their clients' awards.

Kelley Drye Enters Texas With Acquisition of 14-Lawyer Boutique

By Meghan Tribe |

Kelley Drye & Warren has entered the Texas market through the acquisition of a 14-lawyer environmental litigation boutique.

Are Email Addresses and Passwords From Your Firm Leaking to the Dark Web?

By Zach Warren |

Security experts tally law firm email addresses that have been compromised in third-party hacks. The results are troubling.

Alan Dershowitz Responds to Careerist Column

In an age of growing anti-Semitism around the world and on university campuses, it is insensitive to regard accusations of anti-Semitism as beating a dead horse.

Bo Cooper, Fragomen

Immigration Practices Read Tea Leaves After Trump

By Nell Gluckman |

Law firms with big immigration practices are fielding plenty of questions right now, but what comes next?

Honigman Snags Barnes & Thornburg's Corporate Practice Chair

By Roy Strom |

Leading Michigan firm Honigman has bolstered its corporate practice with addition of Tracy Larsen, while its litigation department faces a "nuanced" transition.

Alan M. Dershowitz.

The Careerist: About Dershowitz, About Begley, About Anti-Semitism

By Vivia Chen |

Alan Dershowitz takes issue with former Debevoise & Plimpton partner Louis Begley's points about discrimination against Jews—or lack thereof.

Southern District U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara at Trump Tower Wednesday

Trump to Keep Bharara as Southern District U.S. Attorney

By Mark Hamblett |

Seven years into the job, Preet Bharara is more than ready to extend his tenure as Southern District U.S. attorney.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld offices in Washington, D.C. November 10, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Akin Gump Snags Baker & McKenzie International Trade Pro in Europe

By Nell Gluckman |

Jasper Helder, the chair of Baker & McKenzie's Europe, Middle East and Americas international trade practice group, has joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld's London office.

In London, the houses of Parliament on the river Thames

Why A&O Won’t Be The Only U.K. Firm To Post Record H1 Results

By Chris Johnson |

Among all the excitement of transatlantic law firm mergers and the ongoing saga at King & Wood Mallesons, news that Allen & Overy’s revenue increased by an impressive 13 percent in the first six months of the fiscal year got somewhat lost in the mix.

Three Firms Pump for Fees in Baker Hughes Fracking Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Davis Polk & Wardwell, which represents Baker Hughes Inc. in its pending combination with General Electric's oil and gas business, is also advising the Houston oil field services company in forming a new pressure pumping venture with CSL Capital Management and West Street Energy Partners.

Heller Ehrman offices in Washington, D.C.

Defunct Heller Ehrman Opens Fight for Fees Before Calif. High Court

By Nell Gluckman |

Eight years after its collapse, the law firm Heller Ehrman is still battling over the legal fees earned by departed partners.

Denver, Colorado.

Kansas City's Spencer Fane Acquires 30-Lawyer Firm in Fast-Growing Denver

By Roy Strom |

The move boosts the firm's head count to about 190 lawyers and shifts its center of gravity toward the Rockies.

The Churn

Return of the Churn, Plus (Many) More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer and Eversheds Sutherland get a head start on the hiring front; Willkie, Proskauer and Goodwin Procter recruit from King & Wood Mallesons; Simpson Thacher and Sullivan & Cromwell dip into the lateral market; White & Case expands in Oz; and other notable additions from throughout The Global 100.

Allen & Overy posts record half-year revenues with 13% hike

By Rose Walker |

Allen & Overy has become the first magic circle firm to announce financial figures for the first half of 2016-17, posting a double-digit increase in revenues.

Justice Richard Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (left) in a May, 2016 conversation with University of Chicago law professor Geoffrey Stone (right) moderated by First Amendment scholar Ron Collins (center.)

Judge Posner Slams 'Stupid' Decisions by Chief Justice Roberts, 'Silly' Stances by Scalia

By Tony Mauro |

In a new YouTube video, the outspoken Posner called Roberts a "terrible" manager and blasted his opinions on gay marriage and free speech at abortion clinics.

A Big Day For Big Law Mergers

By Chris Johnson |

November 29 will go down in history as a big day for Big Law, with news of no fewer than three transatlantic mergers.

Richard Crump and Glenn Legge of Holman Fenwick Willan LLP

Houston's Legge Farrow Inks Merger With Leading UK Firm

By Chris Johnson |

Texas firm Legge, Farrow, Kimmitt, McGrath & Brown will merge in January with London-based Holman Fenwick Willan, one of the U.K.'s 30 largest law firms by revenue.

Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown Revs Up Chicago Corporate Team With Fiat Chrysler GC

By Scott Flaherty |

Mayer Brown has bolstered its corporate and securities presence in Chicago with the hire of Marjorie Loeb from her former role as a senior vice president and general counsel of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV.

Ex-Cadwalader Partner Woolery Makes Another Sudden Exit

By Susan Beck |

James Woolery, who abruptly left his leadership post at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft in early 2015 to co-found the hedge fund Hudson Executive Capital, has moved on once again.

Wells Fargo Survey Sees Revenue Growth Masking Troubling Trends

By Roy Strom |

Managing partners trying to make a case for painful cuts to their firms' head counts are facing a dilemma: Things just aren't bad enough right now.

Allen & Gledhill senior partner Lucien Wong

Top Corporate Lawyer Appointed Attorney General in Singapore

By Anna Zhang |

Singapore has appointed law firm Allen & Gledhill chairman and senior partner Lucien Wong as the next attorney general.

Dentons in Talks to Take on KWM's European Arm

By Alex Berry |

Dentons has emerged as a potential merger partner for the beleaguered European arm of King & Wood Mallesons.

As Collections Loom, Firms Seek Investors to Spread the Risk

By Nell Gluckman |

As law firms race to collect from their clients and make their budgets this year, some may be considering another option: finding investors willing to buy their uncollected billings for cold, hard cash.

Leaked Emails Show Russian Lawyers Manipulated Yukos Court Rulings

By Chris Johnson |

Lawyers for Russia’s state-controlled oil giant Rosneft manipulated court rulings in order to help it seize hundreds of millions of dollars in assets belonging to the now-defunct private oil major Yukos, the Financial Times reports.

Cravath Kicks Off Associate Bonus Season, Other Firms Follow

By Nell Gluckman |

Once again, Cravath, Swaine & Moore kicked off associate bonus season with a memo announcing its bonus scale, which was promptly posted to the legal blog Above the Law on Monday. Other firms quickly matched.

Uber Taps Cuatrecasas for Landmark EU Regulatory Case

By Rebekah Mintzer |

Uber Technologies Inc. said Monday that Cuatrecasas attorney Cani Fernandez will represent the company before the European Court of Justice in a landmark case determining how the ride-hailing service will be regulated in the EU.

Louis Begley, retired Debevoise partner and author

The Careerist: Louis Begley on Law, Anti-Semitism and Sex

By Vivia Chen |

A retired partner at Debevoise & Plimpton, Begley writes about New York's moneyed class with stinging subtlety. Here are excerpts from our meeting and a subsequent phone conversation.

U.K. Central Bank Chief Plans Secret Brexit Deal, Transition Could Take Seven Years

By Chris Johnson |

The head of the U.K.’s central bank is working on a secret deal that would see British businesses retain access to the European single market for at least two years after the country leaves the EU, according to The Sunday Times.

Beware the Ex-Mailroom Employee With Literary Aspirations

By Brian Baxter |

Chadbourne & Parke moved quickly this week to try and quiet a former mailroom employee announcing the re-release of an e-book detailing his experience at the firm nearly a decade ago.

Northwestern University School of Law professor emeritus Newton Minow

Obama Gives Top Honor to Longtime Sidley Lawyer

By Meghan Tribe |

Sidley Austin senior counsel and former Federal Communications Commission chairman Newton Minow received the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, from President Barack Obama on Nov. 22.

Simpson Thacher Helps KKR Buy Nissan Auto Parts Supplier

By Anna Zhang |

Simpson Thacher and Japan's Big Four firms advise on a rare multibillion-dollar private equity deal in the country as the U.S. buyout firm buys auto parts maker Calsonic Kansei Corp.

Stephen Susman, partner at Susman Godfrey (Photo by C2 Photography).

VIDEO Stephen Susman of Susman Godfrey: "Eat What You Kill and Speak What You Write."

By Staff |

At The American Lawyer's recent Lifetime Achievement Awards in New York City, the preeminent plaintiffs lawyer talks about the principles on which his firm is founded.

Lawyers Hear Message of Hate: 'Go Back to Your Country'

By Susan Beck |

Civil libertarians have sounded alarms over President-elect Donald Trump's calls for mass deportations of undocumented immigrants and restrictions on Muslims entering the country. But as some Big Law partners have found in some recent racist encounters, a vocal segment of America is willing to go further.

King & Wood Mallesons

KWM Europe Feels Like A Slow-Motion Car Crash

By Chris Johnson |

Watching events unfold at King & Wood Mallesons' European arm over the past few months has felt like watching a three-car pile up in slow motion.

Left to right: Christopher Zinski and Jay Williams Schiff Hardin

Former Schiff Hardin Partner Gets $20M in Medical Malpractice Case

By Meghan Tribe |

The family of Christopher Zinski, a former Schiff Hardin corporate partner felled by a stroke four years ago, has secured a $20 million settlement in a medical malpractice suit filed against Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital in Chicago.

Hillary Clinton speaks at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Oct. 24, 2016.

What if the Electoral College Votes for Hillary?

By Steven J. Harper |

My second open letter to President-elect Trump, who once decried this institution as "a disaster for democracy" but now calls it "genius."

Squire Patton Boggs partner Fred Nance and comedian Dave Chappelle

Squire Patton Boggs Helps Chappelle Snag $60M Netflix Deal

By Nell Gluckman |

The Cleveland-based Am Law 100 firm is advising Ohio native Dave Chappelle on his comeback tour, one that after a Saturday Night Live appearance this month has snagged the comedian a $60 million deal with Netflix Inc. for three standup specials.


VIDEO: 2016 Lifetime Achievers, on Life in the Law

By Staff |

At The American Lawyer's recent Lifetime Achievement Awards in New York City, honorees talked about the communities that shaped them, advice to young lawyers and more.

Attorney Ted Olson of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Washington, D.C. August 9, 2016. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM.

VIDEO: Theodore Olson of Gibson Dunn, Advice to New Lawyers

By Staff |

In his acceptance speech at The American Lawyer Lifetime Achievement Awards in New York City, the star litigator says he was wise to listen to legal secretaries, who often knew more about the nuts and bolt of lawyering than lawyers did.

Partnership Expert: KWM Clawback 'Practically Impossible'

By Chris Johnson |

A leading expert in partnership law has dismissed the possibility of partners at King & Wood Mallesons’ European arm having to repay two years’ worth of profits if they refuse the offer of a financial bailout from the firm’s Chinese partnership.

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Debevoise Takes Pro Bono Role on Big Apple Circus Bankruptcy

By Nell Gluckman |

After nearly four decades in operation, The Big Apple Circus Ltd. filed for bankruptcy Sunday, with Debevoise & Plimpton serving as lead counsel to the Brooklyn, New York-based nonprofit on its Chapter 11 case.

Francis Milone of Morgan Lewis (Photo by Adam Jones).

VIDEO: Morgan Lewis' Milone Says Kids Need More "Tailwinds"

By Staff |

In receiving The American Lawyer's Law Firm Distinguished Leader Award, Francis Milone says he got a hand up in life from strong community institutions that today don't work together well for immigrants and the poor.

Paul Rawlinson

Baker & McKenzie's Chair on Heading a Global Firm in a Protectionist Era

By Roy Strom |

With President-elect Donald Trump promising to "rip up" free trade agreements, the U.K.'s Brexit vote and nationalist movements gaining ground in other European countries, Baker & McKenzie's new chair is leading a firm known for cross-border dealmaking as protectionist rhetoric threatens to scuttle international cooperation and trade.

Brexit fall

Another Twist In Historic Brexit Legal Battle

By Chris Johnson |

The U.K.’s Brexit future has become even less clear after the Supreme Court ruled that the Scottish and Welsh governments can join a historic legal battle over the country’s withdrawal from the European Union.

Deal Watch: Six Firms Advise as Antitrust Eyes Await DFS Merger

By Meghan Tribe |

Cooley, Davis Polk, Orrick, Ropes & Gray, Wilson Sonsini and ZwillGen are advising on a long-awaited combination between leading daily fantasy sports providers DraftKings Inc. and FanDuel Inc. A dozen big firms have also grabbed roles on notable deals in the cosmetics, energy and health care space.

William Weld, Former Massachusetts Governor (Wikimedia).

Bill Weld Discusses Return to Mintz Levin After Tough Campaign

By Scott Flaherty |

After nearly six months on the campaign trail, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld has resumed working at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo in Boston. Weld took a leave of absence this summer after being tapped by former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson to join him on the Libertarian Party ticket for president.

Evan Davis, senior counsel at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP (Photo by Oliver Parini).

VIDEO: Evan Davis of Cleary Gottlieb on High Expectations

By Staff |

In his acceptance speech at The American Lawyer Lifetime Achievement Awards in New York City, Davis says the high expectations of family, friends and colleagues were keys to overcoming adversity.

UK Court Ruling Increases Liability Exposure of Litigation Funders

By Susan Beck |

On Friday the English Court of Appeal issued a landmark ruling affecting litigation funders who financed an unsuccessful $1.6 billion case against two U.S. oil companies. The court ruled that the funders, under the U.K.’s “loser pays” rule, could be forced to pay more than $24.7 million in legal costs for defendants in the case.

U.S. Senator, Jeff Sessions, Alabama.

Law Firms That Could Be Big Winners in a Sessions DOJ

By Katelyn Polantz |

With the Trump transition team's selection of Sen. Jeff Sessions as the next attorney general, several Washington law firms—especially those with conservative leaning white-collar lawyers and lobbyists—could benefit from ties to the Alabama Republican.

In Wake of Election, Wilmer's Bill Lee Reveals Troubling Incident

By Susan Beck |

At a time of political upheaval and uncertainty over the future of civil rights in this country, William Lee, a longtime partner and former co-leader at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, has a chilling story to tell.

An Innovative Approach To Law Firm Innovation

By Chris Johnson |

The legal services industry isn’t exactly known for innovation. Lawyers are inherently conservative and change averse animals, and law firms have as a result tended to be years behind other professional services businesses when it comes to areas such as technology, working practices, business development and marketing.

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Ex-Katten Partner Helms Growing Breitbart Media Juggernaut

By Brian Baxter |

Laurence Solov, a former partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman in Los Angeles, serves as president and CEO of the Breitbart News Network. Solov's friendship with the politically conservative site's late founder, Andrew Breitbart, enticed him to leave Big Law in 2008. But his former firm has continued to handle legal work for Breitbart.

Robert T. Grand

Barnes & Thornburg Latest Big Firm to Join Trump's Transition Orbit

By Meghan Tribe |

Barnes & Thornburg managing partner Robert Grand, known for his ties to Republican causes, has been named to President-elect Donald Trump's inaugural committee. Barnes & Thornburg, which is close to Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, is one of many firms providing lawyers and potential appointees to the new administration.

Financial Winds Not Blowing in Chicago Firms' Favor, Survey Shows

By Roy Strom |

Demand for legal services through the third quarter dropped by 2.9 percent compared with the year prior, ranking next to last among all regions and far below the 0.3 percent growth seen nationally.

Poly Prep Country Day School

International Disputes Pro Takes Journalist Turn to Document Sex Abuse

By Roy Strom |

Lewis Baach name partner Eric Lewis got a phone call from an old friend’s sister shortly after he wrote an op-ed in The New York Times in 2013 detailing his time playing under a high school football coach who was also a serial sexual predator. It would mark the beginning of a journey into his past.

Massive US Fine Halts UK Government Bank Selloff

By Chris Johnson |

The U.K. government’s plans to offload more of its majority holding in Royal Bank of Scotland have been put on hold due to a massive impending fine from the U.S. Department of Justice.

From Big Law to Black Lives Matter

By Meghan Tribe |

Walter “Hawk” Newsome Jr., a former project manager at Wilson Elser, went on to get his law degree and now serves as head of the New York branch of activist group Black Lives Matter. After the recent election of Donald Trump to president, Newsome is now vowing to turn his organization into a Black Tea Party.

Report: Nearly 40 Percent of Law Firms Waste C-Suite Talent

By Roy Strom |

A survey released Wednesday by ALM Intelligence found 39 percent of the growing law firm executive ranks did not feel they played a pivotal role affecting the future of their firms.

business men in London

Why Having Good Lawyers Is No Longer Enough

By Chris Johnson |

It used to be that law firms seeking to win work from clients simply had to have the best lawyers or the lowest rates. Not anymore.

(l-r) Richard Wiley, Andrew McBride, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Peter Shields, and Bert Rein, pose for a photo before Justice O'Connor is to give a talk on her new book,

Wiley Rein Takes Third Hit to Telecom Practice in Two Months

By Katelyn Polantz |

Top telecommunications litigator Andrew McBride's departure from Wiley Rein for Perkins Coie this week was not the standard lateral move within Big Law. Instead, it came after a period of solitary soul-searching following a medical emergency this spring.

Citi Report: Third-Quarter Growth Slowed

By David Altuna and Gretta Rusanow |

Nine-month quarterly flash survey results from Citi Private Bank's Law Firm Group show further evidence of the continued challenges facing the legal industry. Associate salary increases have taken a toll on margins, according to Citi.

UK Faces Five-Year, $65 Billion Brexit Divorce

By Chris Johnson |

The U.K. might have to pay the European Union as much as 60 billion euros ($65 billion) in order to leave the political bloc in a process that could take longer than five years to complete, the Financial Times reports.

Steve Berman, managing partner of Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro

Plaintiffs Bar Prepares for Fallout From Trump Agenda

By Scott Flaherty |

Not everyone in the private plaintiffs bar predicts that a Trump presidency will be bad for business. But no one is expecting their jobs to get easier.

Kerrie Campbell.

Chadbourne Asks Judge to Toss Partners’ Gender Bias Suit

By Brian Baxter |

On Monday, Chadbourne & Parke filed papers asking a federal district court in Manhattan to dismiss a high-profile gender bias suit filed against the firm two months ago by litigation partner Kerrie Campbell in Washington, D.C.

Private Equity-Backed Law Firm Acquires Two Businesses

By Chris Johnson |

A London-based law firm that was established with the help of private equity funding has continued to expand by acquiring two businesses.

Brexit shattered glass

EY Report: Brexit Could Cost London 18,000 Legal, Accounting Jobs

By Chris Johnson |

A report by Ernst & Young states that London could lose 18,000 legal and accounting services jobs if the U.K. no longer has access to the single market once the country leaves the European Union. The accounting giant estimates that a loss of passporting rights for euro-denominated clearing could cost London a total of 83,000 jobs.

Reince Priebus

Trump Taps Am Law 200 Partner as Chief of Staff

By David Bario |

President-elect Donald Trump on Sunday chose Reinhold "Reince" Priebus, a partner on leave from Milwaukee-based Michael Best & Friedrich while he chairs the Republican National Committee, to serve as his chief of staff.

Donald Trump speaks during a press conference in New York.

Deal Watch: Ahead of Election, a Deluge of Huge Deals

By Meghan Tribe |

Whether or not President-elect Donald Trump will become a dealmaker or a divider in the White House remains to be seen, but the man who once wrote a book called "The Art of the Deal" could emerge as a so-called deal slayer for some huge transactions.

In Trump World, Some Firms Seek Solace in Buddhism, Others Business

By Brian Baxter |

The aftermath of Donald Trump's stunning victory in the U.S. presidential election over Hillary Clinton has left many speechless. But Big Law is finding its voice, albeit in different ways.

Factory workers at an electronics company in the production of automotive circuit system equipment in Jiangxi province in China.

After Election, US Firms Ponder Asia Business

By Nell Gluckman and Anna Zhang |

Law firms with large transactional and trade practices in Asia are waiting to see how many of President-elect Donald Trump's promises become reality.

Thurman Arnold. Courtesy Arnold & Porter.

After Merger, Arnold & Porter Seeks to Put DC 'On the Map' in New York

By Katelyn Polantz |

Arnold & Porter's merger with fellow Am Law 100 firm Kaye Scholer, announced Thursday, cuts into the traditions of Washington, D.C., as a separated legal outpost, one where the firm has been among the most prestigious for 70 years.

Joining Other Firms, Bryan Cave Asks Tech Team to Start Billing

By Roy Strom |

At a growing number of law firms, the back office is getting pushed front and center.

Indiana Tech Law School

Indiana Tech: Another Law School Lesson Ignored

By Steven J. Harper |

A law school that never should have existed bites the dust; the systemic problems remain.

There's Something Different About the Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer Merger

By Chris Johnson |

Almost all of the large scale combinations involving U.S. law firms over the past few years have been cross-border. This one is dfferent.

Arnold & Porter offices in Washington, D.C. May 27, 2016. Photo by Mike Scarcella/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer Leaders Discuss Merger

By Christine Simmons |

Leaders of Arnold & Porter and Kaye Scholer, which announced plans Thursday to combine on Jan. 1, 2017, talk about what bought them together. The deal is the only union between Am Law 100 firms so far in 2016.

King & Wood Mallesons global chair Stuart Fuller.

KWM Global Chief Steps Down as Troubled Firm's Partners Prepare for Meeting on Finances

By Georgina Stanley |

King & Wood Mallesons global managing partner Stuart Fuller will step down by the end of the year, prompting a rapid hunt for a successor at the struggling Global 100 firm.

Brexit fall

EU Slashes Regional Growth Forecast, Warns Post-Brexit Slump Could Become Permanent

By Chris Johnson |

The European Commission has predicted that U.K. economic growth will almost halve from 1.9 percent to just 1 percent in 2017 following the Brexit vote.

Arnold & Porter offices in Washington, D.C. May 27, 2016. Photo by Mike Scarcella/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Arnold & Porter, Kaye Scholer Agree to Combine

By Christine Simmons |

Arnold & Porter and Kaye Scholer's ongoing tie-up talks have finally been consummated, as the two firms announced Thursday morning their plans to unify on Jan. 1, 2017, into Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton walks off the stage after speaking in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. Clinton conceded the presidency to Donald Trump in a phone call early Wednesday morning.

The Night the First Woman President Wasn’t

By Vivia Chen |

This is not the story I thought I would be telling.

President-elect Donald Trump pumps his fist during an election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Big Law Braces for Impact After Trump Victory

By Susan Beck |

As Americans adjusted to Donald Trump's unexpected electoral victory on Wednesday, law firm leaders began to assess how the Trump era will affect their bottom lines.

Donald Trump

US Election Shock is Like Brexit All Over Again

By Chris Johnson |

A shock result following a highly divisive campaign with worrying racial undertones, stock markets crashing, currency tumbling, social media in uproar . . . anyone else getting a strong sense of deja-vu? The Dawn of Trump: It's like Brexit all over again.

Martin Shkreli

Shkreli, Katten Face Off Over Deal Advice

By Christine Simmons |

A judge will decide whether former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli can force his former lawyers at Katten Muchin Rosenman to hand over records that he claims will help show his innocence in a securities fraud case.

Per-Partner Revenue Slipped in 2015, Study Finds

By Rebecca Cohen |

Partner compensation rose 1 percent, with payouts highest on the East Coast.

Big Law Mans the Phones for National Election Protection Efforts

By Scott Flaherty, Christine Simmons, Meredith Hobbs and Roy Strom |

As Americans head to the polls on Tuesday, law firms across the country are banding together in election protection efforts, readying to staff voter hotlines during what many expect could be a more contentious Election Day than any cycle in recent memory.

Another UK Firm to Offer Free Legal Advice to Fintech Startups

By Chris Johnson |

U.K. law firms continue to position themselves in an attempt to tap into the fast-growing financial technology market, with Addleshaw Goddard the latest to announce that it will offer free legal advice to startup companies.

Super PACs, Aided by Big Law, Pump Money Into Politics

By Brian Baxter |

Which large law firms are behind the biggest super political action committees during this election cycle? Perhaps not surprisingly, Perkins Coie, a longtime legal advocate for Democratic Party causes, and Jones Day, campaign counsel for Donald Trump, are just two Am law 100 firms racking up legal bills on behalf of super PACs.

Report Shows Dip in Demand as Billing Rates Rise

By Nell Gluckman |

A report released Monday by Thomson Reuters' Peer Monitor found that law firms are raising rates in order to battle a quickening drop in demand for legal services.

Frederick Nance, a Cleveland-based regional managing partner at Squire Patton Boggs (HANDOUT).

Squire Patton Boggs Names Nance New US Chief

By Susan Beck |

Frederick Nance, a Cleveland-based regional managing partner at Squire Patton Boggs, will lead the global firm's U.S. operations.

GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, and New Jersey governor Chris Christie

After Bridgegate, a Christie Justice Department?

By Steven J. Harper |

The scandal enveloping Governor Chris Christie will not go away, but that doesn’t seem to bother Donald Trump.

King & Wood Mallesons, Amid Partner Exodus, Seeks White Knight for SJ Berwin

By Anna Ward and Rose Walker |

A spate of partner defections from its European arm has global legal giant King & Wood Mallesons discussing the possibility of a deal with a U.S. firm, with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius emerging as a potential suitor.

Hillary Clinton.

Emails Suggest 'Optics' Guided Legal Billing for Clinton Foundation Report

By Brian Baxter |

Two years ago The American Lawyer tried and failed to persuade the Clinton Foundation to disclose how much it had paid its lawyers at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett to conduct a review of the charity's governance and operations. Thanks to WikiLeaks, we now have some answers.

Jobs Report Shows No October Surprise for Legal Sector

By Nell Gluckman |

The legal sector lost 100 jobs in October, according to data released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor, but the industry is still on track to see overall job gains in 2016.

Kerrie Campbell, partner with Chadbourne & Parke, in Washington, D.C. September 1, 2016. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM.

Chadbourne Delivers Robust Response to Gender Bias Suit

By Brian Baxter |

Two months after the Am Law 100 firm was hit with a high-profile $100 million gender discrimination case, Chadbourne & Parke submitted its response Thursday evening to an amended complaint filed by two former female partners.

Sedgwick Wins Bid to Arbitrate Partner's Gender Bias Claims

By Ross Todd |

Traci Ribeiro "had the requisite sophistication to understand" the arbitration clause in her partnership agreement, a federal judge ruled Wednesday in the San Francisco case.

Cooley Beefs Up FinTech Team With Pillsbury Hires

By Susan Beck |

In its second lateral hiring coup this week, Cooley is adding digital currency experts Marco Santori and Patrick Murck from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman.

Linklaters Partners Vote in Favor of Lockstep Reform

By James Booth |

Linklaters partners voted Thursday to approve a package of reforms to the firm's lockstep system at a partners' conference in London. The long-awaited vote will saw partners consider a range of measures intended to increase lockstep flexibility, without going as far as introducing "superpoints" to reward star performers.

Melbourne, Australia.

White & Case Poised to Open Two New Australian Offices

By Brian Baxter |

Global legal giant White & Case has confirmed plans to set up shop in Melbourne on Dec. 1 and in Sydney by early 2017 after adding three more lawyers from Herbert Smith Freehills. In September, White & Case hired 10 partners from the same firm.

Robert McDowell.

Cooley Welcomes Communications Co-Leader From Wiley Rein

By Katelyn Polantz |

Robert McDowell, a former commissioner with the Federal Communications Commission who joined Wiley Rein in 2014, has left the firm to co-lead the global communications practice at Cooley in Washington, D.C., McDowell is the latest top telecom industry partner to depart Wiley Rein in recent months.

Half-Dozen Firms Lace Up for Sports Equipment Bankruptcy

By Brian Baxter |

Performance Sports Group Ltd., maker of Bauer ice hockey gear and Easton baseball equipment, filed for bankruptcy Monday as part of a plan to sell itself for $575 million to stalking horse bidders Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. and Sagard Capital Partners LP.

Jones Day Lawyer Turned Blogger Tracks Cubs' World Series Hunt

By Roy Strom |

Brett Taylor, editor of Bleacher Nation, doesn't miss the long hours of Big Law. He's too busy figuring out what to write about Major League Baseball's Chicago Cubs.

Hogan Lovells Associate Killed in Denver Hit-and-Run

By Brian Baxter |

Karina Pulec, a 28-year-old associate at Hogan Lovells in Denver, was killed early Sunday morning after being struck by a vehicle in a hit-and-run accident.


Six Firms Snag Roles on CenturyLink’s Level 3 Acquisition

By Meghan Tribe |

Willkie Farr, Wachtell, Paul Weiss, Jones Walker, Latham and Cleary Gottlieb are advising on CenturyLink’s $34 billion cash-and-stock buy of Level 3 Communications. The deal will create a combined business communications provider designed to better compete with market leaders AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc.

Baker Donelson to Merge With Baltimore's Ober Kaler

By Nell Gluckman |

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, a full-service Am Law 200 firm headquartered in Memphis, has agreed to merge with Baltimore-based Ober Kaler on Jan. 1, 2017. The two firms, which will form an 800-lawyer shop under the Baker Donelson banner, announced their combination Monday.

Will a US Law Firm Join the CMS Mega-Merger?

By Chris Johnson |

The ink has barely dried on the three-way merger agreement between British firms CMS Cameron McKenna, Nabarro and Olswang, but rumors are already circulating that an American firm may be joining the party.

Interactive: What You're Paying

Office rental prices, city by city.

Time Warner headquarters in New York City.

Deal Watch: Lobbyists Heed Call for AT&T, DFS

By Brian Baxter and Meghan Tribe |

A look at the big firms behind the latest billion-dollars deals announced within the past week, including AT&T's proposed $108.7 billion buy of Time Warner Inc. The mega-deal, which will likely receive a robust regulatory review, should be a boon to lobbyists for both companies.

Wachtell's home at the CBS Building in New York City.

Appeals Court Says Wachtell Can’t Shake Icahn Malpractice Case

By Scott Flaherty |

After earlier defeats in both state and federal court, billionaire investor Carl Icahn caught a break this week in a legal showdown with Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, accompanied by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, left, takes questions from members of the media during a news conference on Super Tuesday primary election night in the White and Gold Ballroom at The Mar-A-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla., Tuesday, March 1, 2016.

Who Might Serve as Attorney General in a Trump Presidency?

By Steven J. Harper |

Donald Trump has made remarkable claims about what his administration would do to former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other political adversaries. But who would execute his orders?

Kerrie Campbell, partner with Chadbourne & Parke, in Washington, D.C. September 1, 2016. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM.

Chadbourne Hit With New Complaint—and Video—in Gender Bias Suit

By Brian Baxter |

Plaintiffs led by Chadbourne & Parke litigation partner Kerrie Campbell and former Kiev office managing partner Jaroslawa Johnson have filed an amended complaint in their $100 million gender bias suit against the firm. Proskauer is representing Chadbourne in the case, which now includes several individual partners as defendants.

Paul Weiss' Bet on Barshay Yields a New M&A Client

By Nell Gluckman |

The firm's high-profile hire from Cravath, Swaine & Moore led the legal team that advised Qualcomm Inc. on its proposed $47 billion acquisition Thursday of NXP Semiconductors NV.

Damon Vocke of Vocke Law Group

Ex-Gen Re GC Forms New Insurance Boutique

By Meghan Tribe |

Damon Vocke, a former president and general counsel at Berkshire Hathaway Inc. reinsurance subsidiary General Re Corp., said Wednesday that he would form his own boutique. Four other lawyers are joining Vocke as partners at his new firm, which will have offices in three cities.

Outgoing Paul Weiss partner Toby Myerson

Leading M&A Partner Leaves Paul Weiss to Launch Business Advisory Firm

By Nell Gluckman |

Toby Myerson is leaving after 33 years at the firm, where he helped build a corporate department that has attracted high-profile lateral partners this year from Cravath, Swaine & Moore and Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft.

Weil, Sidley Snag Roles on Two More Big Energy Bankruptcies

By Brian Baxter |

The ongoing energy bust has claimed two more victims in Houston-based Key Energy Services Inc. and Fort Worth-based Basic Energy Services Inc., both of which filed for Chapter 11 protection this week in Delaware.

Wall Street Firms Lead on Big Brokerage Merger

By Brian Baxter and Nell Gluckman |

Wachtell, Sullivan & Cromwell, Simpson Thacher and Fried Frank are advising on a $4 billion cash-and-stock merger that will see Scottrade be acquired by TD Ameritrade and Toronto-Dominion Bank, better known as TD Bank. The deal unites two of the largest discount brokerages in the U.S.

Deal Watch: Cravath Leads on Time Warner, Tobacco Mega-Mergers

By Brian Baxter and Meghan Tribe |

Christmas has come early to Cravath, Swaine & Moore. The firm is advising British American Tobacco on a $47 billion cash-and-stock bid for the remaining stake in cigarette giant Reynolds American it doesn’t already own. Meanwhile, another longtime Cravath client, Time Warner Inc., has agreed on a $108.7 billion sale to AT&T.

Joseph Sohm/Shutterstock

Trump's Campaign, Already a Boon to Lawyers, Could Serve as Litigation Fund

By Brian Baxter |

Donald Trump's presidential campaign saw its monthly legal bills hit $500,000 in September, a sum that's almost half of what former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney accrued in all of 2012. And come November, any unspent funds in Trump's campaign coffers could be sent to his personal foundation, or used for litigation battles.

Joseph Sohm/Shutterstock

Trump and His Lawyers: Threats vs. Reality

By Steven J. Harper |

Is Donald Trump holding his attorneys back, or is it the other way around?

Norton Rose Fulbright Chief Targets Strategy Shift

By Anna Ward |

Peter Martyr, CEO of the London-based legal giant, said he's on a mission to transform how staff and lawyers work, putting flexibility at the heart of a plan to drive global efficiency and transform the business.

Lisa Ferri.

Panel Urges Big Reforms to Boost Law Firm Diversity

By Nell Gluckman |

Speakers at an event hosted by Mayer Brown in New York said that structural changes are needed to bring more women and minorities into positions of power.

David Frederick, left, and Stephen Tillery, right.

US Agency Paid Two Firms Over $1 Billion in Battle With Banks

By Scott Flaherty |

Kellogg Huber and Korein Tillery earned more than $1 billion in contingency fees for leadling the National Credit Union Administration's legal fight with big banks.

George Town, Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands

Holland & Knight Takes Lead in Cayman Fund’s Bankruptcy

By Meghan Tribe |

Two Cayman Islands-based funds controlled by Platinum Partners, a hedge fund caught up in a federal fraud probe, filed for bankruptcy Tuesday in Manhattan.

Cooley Comes Up Empty in Two Bankruptcy Cases

By Brian Baxter |

The Am Law 100 firm is owed a collective $1.57 million in fees from Implant Sciences Corp. and Sotera Wireless Inc., two companies that recently filed for Chapter 11 protection in Delaware and San Diego, respectively. A handful of other firms are also owed money by the debtors.

Jaroslawa Z. Johnson.

Ex-Chadbourne Partner Discusses Decision to Join Gender Bias Suit

By Brian Baxter |

Jaroslawa Zelinsky Johnson, a former managing partner of Chadbourne & Parke’s defunct Kiev office, is the second named plaintiff to come forward in a $100 million gender bias suit against the firm.

Zurich Switzerland.

Baker & McKenzie Bags 10-Lawyer Swiss Team

By Meghan Tribe |

Baker & McKenzie, which has had a presence in Switzerland for more than 50 years, has hired a 10-lawyer team from local firm Froriep to bolster its presence in the country's financial services center of Zurich.

As Rates Soar, Some Firms Profit by Coming Down to Earth

By Nell Gluckman |

A new report suggests that clients rewarded firms that took a less aggressive approach to billing rate hikes.

Eric A. Seeger. Handout photo. 2/2012

Could Fourth Quarter Usher in a Spate of Big Firm Combinations?

By Nell Gluckman |

Within the past week, at least four large firm mergers were announced, suggesting that the fourth quarter could see an uptick in activity after a slow third quarter.

Donald Mrozek

New Hinshaw Practice Aimed at Advising Other Law Firm Leaders

By Roy Strom |

The former leader of Hinshaw & Culbertson has taken his years in management coupled with the firm's legal work on behalf of law firms to form a law firm consulting practice. Dewey & LeBoeuf's former general counsel, who joined Hinshaw last year, is part of the group.

Paris, France.

Littler Doubles Down on Europe With 170-Lawyer French Merger

By Chris Johnson |

Almost exactly a year after establishing its first presence outside the Americas with a German merger, Littler has expanded its European footprint by combining with 170-lawyer French firm Fromont Briens.

Deal Watch: All About Energy and a Sanction-Free Sale

By Meghan Tribe |

Energy company acquisitions dominated the billion-dollar transactional tables last week and a big deal announced over the weekend—one specifically structured to avoid Western sanctions—has yielded roles for a half-dozen firms from the U.K. and India.

Canadian Lawyer, Ex-Alberta Premier Killed in Plane Crash

By Brian Baxter |

Jim Prentice, a well-respected lawyer who worked at Canada's Fraser Milner Casgrain and once served as Alberta's premier, died at 60 on Oct. 13 with three other people in a plane crash in British Columbia. Prentice was once called "the chief operating officer" of Canada by the country's former prime minister.

As Trump's Troubles Pile Up, Lawyers Line Up

By Brian Baxter |

Marvin Putnam and Marshall Grossman, two lateral hires by Latham & Watkins and Orrick, respectively, are the latest lawyers to represent clients caught up in the traveling circus that has become Donald Trump's presidential campaign. Gibson Dunn's Ted Boutrous Jr. and Beverly Hills litigator Charles Harder have also entered the mix.

Creighton Condon.

Shearman Gambles on Wall Street Rarity: Nonequity Partners

By Susan Beck |

Shearman & Sterling's move to expand its nonequity tier will likely increase the firm's profitability, at the least in the short term. But it also carries risks.

New York Skyline

Sheppard Mullin Snags Sichenzia Ross Founding Partner

By Brian Baxter |

Richard Friedman, the former head of New York's Sichenzia Ross Friedman Ference, has left the firm he co-founded in 1988 to join Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton. Three other partners are also making the move.

Ex-Chadbourne Partner Seeks to Join Campbell's Gender Bias Suit

By Brian Baxter |

Jaroslawa Zelinsky Johnson, a former managing partner of Chadbourne & Parke's now-defunct Kiev office, has filed papers with a federal court in New York seeking to join a putative class action against her former firm filed in late August by current litigation partner Kerrie Campbell.

Leslie Richards-Yellen, left, and Kathy Bowman-Williams, right.

Three Big Firms Hire New Diversity Officers

By Nell Gluckman |

Reed Smith, Hogan Lovells and Day Pitney each announced this week hires into positions designed to promote diversity within their firms.

Akerman Adds Ex-ACLU Lawyer, OnRamp Fellowship Recruit

By Meghan Tribe |

Sara Mandelbaum, a former staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union and Paul Weiss, has joined Akerman’s litigation group in New York. She is the Am Law 200 firm’s first hire from the OnRamp Fellowship, a program started in 2014 that seeks to bring women back into the workforce.

Brussels Antitrust Pro Leaves Shearman to Start Boutique

By Nell Gluckman |

Trevor Soames, a former global antitrust co-chair at Howrey who joined Shearman & Sterling’s Brussels office with four other partners in 2011, has left the firm to start his own boutique. His departure marks the latest European exit from the storied New York firm, although two other Brussels-based partners will remain at Shearman.


Magic Circle Lawyering Comes to Naught as UK IPO Pulled Due to Post-Brexit Volatility

By Chris Johnson |

Lawyering by magic circle firms came to naught as the U.K.'s largest private gym chain canceled its planned IPO due to concerns over market volatility.

The Churn

Ashurst Partners Do About-Face, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Paul Hastings and Gibson Dunn see two purported recruits remain at a London-based legal giant; a bevy of moves at Chadbourne & Parke, Jones Day and Quinn Emanuel; Munger Tolles makes two high-profile hires; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Where Are the Women and Minorities in Global Dispute Resolution?

By Christine Simmons |

Serving on international ADR panels is nice work if you can get it. But those selected as judges are almost always men, predominantly white and disproportionately from wealthy nations.

M&A (Merger & acquisition) sign with people icon linked as network on businessman hand

Deal Watch: White & Case Tops Tables as M&A Volume Plunges

By Brian Baxter |

League table rankings for the third quarter of 2016 show global transactional volume reaching its lowest levels in three years in Brexit's aftermath.

In Changing Legal Market, Big Firm Model Faces Questions

By Meghan Tribe |

Panelists at a law firm leadership forum debated the structural merits of today’s global legal giants.

John Gleeson

Wachtell Turns to Former Judge to Fend Off Icahn Malpractice Suit

By Susan Beck |

John Gleeson, who left the Eastern District of New York to join Debevoise & Plimpton earlier this year, appeared before a New York appellate court this week to defend Wachtell against an Icahn-controlled company's malpractice claims.

Jobs Report Shows Small Gains for Legal Sector

By David Bario |

Legal sector jobs ticked up ever-so-slightly in September, regaining lost ground from the prior month but still lagging behind a five-year high water mark set in 2013

Jami WIntz McKeon

Looking for the Perfect Law Firm Business Model? Good Luck

By Nell Gluckman |

Panelists at a law firm leadership forum offered conflicting visions of how to conquer current market challenges.

European Union flags in front of the Berlaymont building in Brussels, Belgium. Credit: Jan Kranendonk/

Squire Patton Boggs Public Interest Fellowship Goes Abroad

By Nell Gluckman |

The firm's program, which funds internships at government agencies and nonprofits, is now open to students at law schools outside the U.S.

Businessman touch screen concept - World, Network

ROSS Intelligence Lands Another Law Firm Client

By Brian Baxter |

Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice has become the latest large law firm to ink an agreement to use artificial intelligence platform ROSS Intelligence, which earlier this year signed on its first law firm clients.

<b>COURTSIDE:</b> Michele Roberts this year left behind Big Law—she was a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Washington—to lead the National Basketball Players Association.

Winston, Orrick Reprise Roles as Top Firms for NBA Players

By Brian Baxter |

The National Basketball Players Association, now under the leadership of former Skadden litigation partner Michele Roberts, recently filed its annual report with the U.S. Department of Labor. The union spent more than $1.8 million on legal fees to 14 firms in 2015-16.

The Churn

Southern Firms Seek New Horizons, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Baker Donelson and Maynard, Cooper & Gale set up shop in new cities; Crowell & Moring sees two practice leaders depart; more exits at Cadwalader; McGuireWoods expands in San Francisco; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

White House

Op-Ed: It's Time to Address the Justice Gap

By Martha Bergmark |

Candidates have debated everything—except for the crisis in legal aid.

Robert McDonnell. July 9, 2013.

Florida Biopharma's Bankruptcy Leaves Big Firms Holding Bag

By Brian Baxter |

Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals filed for bankruptcy in Delaware last week, owing nearly $3.7 million to lawyers from more than 20 firms, including at least eight from the Am Law 200. The Sarasota, Florida-based company, formerly known as Star Scientific, once made headlines over a criminal complaint filed against a former Virginia governor.

Donald Trump

Trump's Returns: A Tax Lawyer's Rebuttal

By Robert Weston Nuzum |

I submit that Donald Trump has extremely legitimate reasons for not releasing copies of his federal or state income tax returns that are under audit, or those for which the statute of limitations has not already prescribed.

An advertisement for Trump University.

Trump University Taps Kasowitz to Advise on Appellate Fight

By Nell Gluckman |

Marc Kasowitz, advising Donald Trump in his spat with The New York Times over its decision to publish his 1995 tax returns, has been retained to assist in the defense of Trump University in a case before a New York appellate court. Meanwhile, a Morgan Lewis partner received a letter from the New York AG's office over the Trump Foundation.

Asher Waite-Jones

Op-Ed: Homelessness Isn't a Crime

By Asher Waite-Jones |

Yet homeless youth are often treated like criminals. I want to help end that.


Cravath Helps IBM Pick Up Promontory, Bolster Watson’s Brainpower

By Brian Baxter |

International Business Machines Corp. turned to its longtime lawyers from Cravath, Swaine & Moore to handle it recent purchase of Promontory Financial Group. The deal will expand the expertise of Watson Financial Services, an artificial intelligence and cognitive computing platform of increased interest to law firms.

Donald Trump

Trump Taps Kasowitz Amid Times Tax Drama

By Nell Gluckman |

Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman, which has previously represented the current Republican presidential nominee on numerous engagements, is now advising the real estate mogul as he responds to a New York Times report that disclosed details from his 1995 tax returns.

Christopher Mintz-Plasse as McLovin in the film Superbad.

Deal Watch: Two Big Firms Find McLovin in Ad-Tech Transaction

By Meghan Tribe |

Fenwick & West and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati are advising on the $1.4 billion sale of Silicon Valley-based mobile marketing platform AppLovin Corp. to a private equity firm. AppLovin gets its name from its founders’ love of the McLovin character in the 2007 film “Superbad.”

Cosi restaurant.

Cosi's Bankruptcy Takes Bite Out of Cadwalader

By Meghan Tribe |

Cosi Inc. filed for bankruptcy this week in its hometown of Boston. The fast-casual restaurant chain has hired a 100-year-old firm to represent it in its Chapter 11 case, one in which it owes nearly $147,000 to New York’s oldest firm.

Cadwalader Latest Big Firm to Close Offices in China

By Julie Triedman |

In what Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft has called an attempt to refocus on its core clients, the Wall Street firm confirmed Thursday its withdrawal from bases in Beijing and Hong Kong. Fried Frank and Chadbourne & Parke have made similar moves within the past 15 months.

Andrew Humphrey, Faegre Baker Daniels’ managing partner.

Faegre Unveils New Leadership Structure

By Rebecca Cohen |

Faberge Baker Daniels, formed through a late 2011 merger, has named Thomas Froehle Jr. as its next chair and managing partner, replacing Andrew Humphrey in the role. The leadership change is effective March 1, 2017.

Growing Data Threats Keep Deal Lawyers on Their Toes

By Meghan Tribe |

When it comes to deal lawyers and cybersecurity, the discussion is often over whether law firms are a weak link in their clients' data defenses. But what about lawyers' obligations to probe for cyber weaknesses within the companies doing the deals?


After Hush-Hush Opening, Manatt Mulls Broader Chicago Offering

By Roy Strom |

Big law firms often trumpet a new office in a new city as a sign of increased demand for the firm and an investment in the future. That's not the case with Manatt, Phelps & Phillips' new base in the Windy City.

Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

Caesars Deal Means End of Fee Frenzy for Bankruptcy Lawyers

By Julie Triedman |

A $5 billion agreement resolves billions of dollars in potential damage claims by disgruntled creditors, and brings the bankruptcy, which has spun off as much as $200 million in legal fees to a group of firms, a giant step closer to an end.


Honigman Partner Who Saved Detroit’s Art Joins Jones Day

By Roy Strom |

A year after Jones Day opened an office in Detroit following its representation of the Motor City in its landmark Chapter 9 case, the firm has hired litigation partner Arthur O'Reilly, a former vice chairman of Honigan Miller Schwartz and Cohn.

As Cybersecurity Hurdles Loom, Smaller Firms Face Big Challenges

By Meghan Tribe |

State regulators in New York this month proposed new rules that would subject law firms to annual cybersecurity assessments. Is your firm ready?

Three Big Firms Advise on CBOE's Bats Exchange Buy

By Meghan Tribe |

Sidley Austin, Fried Frank and Davis Polk are advising on a $3.2 billion cash-and-stock deal that will see CBOE Holdings Inc., owner of the largest U.S. options exchange, acquire Bats Global Markets Inc., the nation's second-largest stock exchange operator.

Global Legal Award Winners Announced. And the Winners Are...

The American Lawyer honors the most important and creative cross-border work of the year in citizenship/pro bono, disputes, finance and mergers and acquisitions.

business men in London

Quinn Hires Macfarlanes Financial Services Chief in London

By Anna Ward |

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has hired Macfarlanes financial services head David Berman in London, in a rare exit for the U.K. firm.

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Three Bankruptcies and More Big Firm Creditors, Even Bingham

By Brian Baxter |

Bingham McCutchen may have dissolved two years ago into Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, but the Boston-based firm is still listed as an unsecured creditor in the bankruptcy this month of defense contractor Fansteel Inc. Outstanding legal bills also resulted in eight other firms being listed as creditors in two more bankruptcy cases.

The Global 100: Rankings and Analysis of the World’s Biggest Firms

Top-grossing law firms saw slow and steady growth over the past year, with revenues and profits increasing. But challenges abound.

Infoblox Santa Clara, CA.

Deal Watch: Tech Transactions Keep Corporate Practices Humming

By Meghan Tribe |

There have been $100 billion in IT and software deals in 2016 and last week another $4.2 billion got tacked on to that sum with the sales of Infoblox Inc. and Avnet Inc.'s technology solutions business. A bevy of big firms grabbed roles on those two deals.

Full Pay for Less Work Greets Proskauer Parents Returning From Leave

By Nell Gluckman |

A new program allows primary caregivers to work a 75 percent schedule while receiving 100 percent of their preparental leave pay.


Another Day, Another Big Firm Merger in Canada

By Meghan Tribe |

Combination, eh? After global legal giants DLA Piper and Norton Rose Fulbright sought to expand their presence up north within the past week, two of Canada's largest provincial law firms have announced their intention to merge.

Dacheng founder Peng Xuefeng and Dentons global chair Joseph Andrew at a signing ceremony in Beijing in 2015.

Amid Global Growth, Firms Weigh Risks and Rewards

By Katelyn Polantz |

In a world of global giants, lawyers at the International Bar Association pondered the pros and cons of cross-border expansion.

Legal Networks Hit Back at Dentons' Nextlaw Claims

By Julie Triedman |

Already the world's largest firm by lawyer head count, Dentons is set to roll out its giant referral network, one that includes 250 firms and 18,000 lawyers globally. But the traditional legal networks are fighting back.

Russian Legal Market Shows Signs of Life as Two US Firms Tout Hires

By Chris Johnson |

After being somewhat of a Big Law wasteland in recent years, Moscow has regained some lost luster, as Baker Botts and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan both announced senior hires in the city this week.

The Churn

McDermott Keeps Hiring, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

The Chicago-based firm hires a handful of new partners ahead of new leadership; Kirkland & Ellis adds Paul Clement and others; Goodwin Procter hires from GE; comings-and-goings at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips; O’Melveny & Myers recruits an Israeli practice head; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.


Legal Woes Behind Bankruptcy of Another For-Profit Educator

By Meghan Tribe |

ITT Educational Services Inc., owner of Indiana’s ITT Technical Institute and New Hampshire’s Daniel Webster College, filed for bankruptcy on Sept. 16 in Indianapolis. Faegre Baker Daniels has taken the lead for the company in its Chapter 7 liquidation

In Vaping Bankruptcy, No Smoke, But Plenty of Unpaid Legal Bills

By Meghan Tribe |

NJOY Inc., one of the nation's largest electronic cigarette makers, has filed for bankruptcy in Delaware. The company owes millions in outstanding legal fees to lawyers from several firms, including DLA Piper and Goodwin Procter.

Shearman & Sterling Partners Face Possible Demotions

By Julie Triedman and Anna Ward |

The Am Law 100 firm, despite repeated denials, is considering a plan to remove some partners from the equity ranks in order to boost profits. Shearman & Sterling has watched its finances slip in recent years.


DLA Piper's Canadian Arm Bolts on Toronto Firm

By Julie Triedman |

A week after Norton Rose Fulbright absorbed a Vancouver firm and Dentons affiliated with a high-profile Canadian consultancy, rival global legal giant DLA Piper has picked up Toronto-based IP shop Dimock Stratton.

Longtime GE In-House Legal Chief Returns to Goodwin Procter

By Meghan Tribe |

Goodwin Procter announced Monday its hire of Brackett Denniston III as senior counsel in Boston. Denniston, who retired last year as general counsel at General Electric Co., has previously been a partner at the firm.

UK's First Publicly Listed Law Firm Makes Another Acquisition

By Chris Johnson |

The U.K.'s first publicly listed law firm has continued its post-IPO expansion, acquiring property consultancy Hamer Associates for $2.68 million.

Deal Watch: Agro Acquisitions a Boon to Big Firms

By Meghan Tribe |

The proposed $66 billion merger between Bayer AG and Monsanto Co. and $36 billion tie-up between Agrium Inc. and the Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan are providing high-profile transactional and regulatory work for at least 16 firms.

Deutsche Bank Headquarters in Germany

Deutsche Bank Taps Two Big Firms to Resolve $14B DOJ Claim

By Julie Triedman |

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Latham & Watkins are said to be advising the German financial services giant as it copes with a reported $14 billion demand by U.S. regulators to pay for its role in the 2008 financial crisis.

Thomas C. Baxter, executive vice president and general counsel, of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, testifies at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the 2008 government bailout of insurer American International Group Inc. in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 27, 2010.

Sullivan & Cromwell Hires Top NY Fed Lawyer

By Nell Gluckman |

Thomas Baxter Jr., who recently retired after two decades as general counsel of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, announced the move to friends and colleagues this week.

Stanford, Trump and a Culture That Marginalizes Rape

By Steven J. Harper |

Troubling cultural dots connect the Stanford rape case to Donald Trump's tweet about men and women in the military.

Ira Coleman.

Miami Partner Elected Next Leader of McDermott

By Susan Beck |

Ira Coleman, head of McDermott Will & Emery's corporate and transactional practice, beat bids by four other partners to become chair of the Chicago-based Am Law 100 firm. Coleman is also head of McDermott's Miami office.

Golf course at Green Lakes State Park, Fayetteville, NY  -  Wikimedia

Three—Not Fore—Firms Bag Roles on Golfsmith’s Bankruptcy

By Meghan Tribe |

Golfsmith International Holdings Inc., one of the nation’s largest specialty golf retailers, has filed for bankruptcy in Delaware. Weil, Gotshal & Manges, Canada’s Goodmans and Delaware’s Richards, Layton & Finger have stepped onto the Chapter 11 green for the company.

Detroit Federation of Teachers Interim President Ivy Bailey addresses the media in front of the federal courthouse in downtown Detroit.

Sidley Signs on for Long Haul in Landmark Detroit Literacy Fight

By Roy Strom |

The Sidley Austin lawyers who this week helped file a suit claiming that Michigan is failing to provide literacy for students in Detroit schools believe the case will give the U.S. Supreme Court the chance to decide there is a constitutional right to literacy.

Monsanto world headquarters complex in St. Louis, Mo.

Big Firms Round Up Roles on Bayer's Monsanto Megadeal

By Nell Gluckman |

About a half-dozen firms—including a new antitrust team at Paul Weiss—are advising on Bayer AG's proposed $66 billion acquisition of agribusiness giant Monsanto Co. The deal, if approved by regulators, would be the largest all-cash transaction in history.

Perkins Coie Lands Kramer Levin Investment Management Group

By Nell Gluckman |

Carl Frischling, chair of the financial services group at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel, is leaving the firm with three other lawyers to join Perkins Coie's five-year-old New York office, which has rapidly expanded in recent months.

Courting Women, Davis Polk Launches Alumni Rehiring Program

By Nell Gluckman |

The program, which offers training and mentorship to women and others who have left the firm, often to raise children, may help to promote gender diversity.

Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver Latest Locale for Norton Rose Fulbright's Expansion Plans

By Julie Triedman |

Norton Rose Fulbright, continuing its five-year expansion across Canada, will combine with Vancouver-based Bull, Housser & Tupper, both firms announced Monday.

Viet Dinh of Bancroft. June 28, 2011. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

How Bancroft Found a New Home at Kirkland

By Katelyn Polantz |

Viet Dinh and Paul Clement, a pair of prominent litigators affiliated with Washington, D.C.-based boutique Bancroft, cited their friendship with Kirkland & Ellis partner Mark Filip as one reason for their decision to link up with the Chicago-based Am Law 100 firm, where Clement was once an associate.

Former Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper.

Dentons Inks Affiliation With Ex-Canada PM Stephen Harper

By Julie Triedman |

The former Prime Minister of Canada, who lost his Conservative Party majority to Justin Trudeau and his Liberal Party last year, has a new gig with Dentons.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton's managing partner Michael Gerstenzang.

Cleary Gottlieb Elects New Managing Partner

By Nell Gluckman |

Michael Gerstenzang will succeed Mark Leddy at the start of 2017.

Jeffrey Stone, left, and Peter Sacripanti, right.

Five Partners Compete for Leadership Post at McDermott

By Susan Beck |

A crowded field is vying for the top management spot at McDermott, Will & Emery, which is voting to elect a new chair this week.

Formula One 2010 Rd.3 Malaysian GP: opening lap. Wikimedia

Deal Watch: Freshfields Fuels Up With Racing, Software Sales

By Jennifer Henderson |

The London-based legal giant is advising Hewlett-Packard on the sale of its software business and CVC Capital Partners on the sale of Formula One racing.

US Airways Flight 1549

In Flight Flick 'Sully,' Venable Partner Sees Another Hanks on Screen

By Brian Baxter |

Venable partner James Hanks Jr. was a passenger on US Airway Flight 1549, which crash-landed in New York's Hudson River almost seven years ago. The incident is the subject of a new movie out Friday called "Sully," starring Tom Hanks as pilot Chesley Sullenberger. The two Hanks' are not related, but do share some things in common.

European Commission in Brussels

Shearman & Sterling Brussels Partners Eye Move to Quinn Emanuel

By Rose Walker, Anna Ward and Julie Triedman |

The moves, if they take place, would leave just two partners in Shearman's Brussels office.

China 25: RPL

China 25: Most Revenue

Litigation Funder Wins Stake in $213M Renco Judgment

By Julie Triedman |

In what may be the first public sale of a litigation claim to a third-party funder, Gerchen Keller Capital paid $26.2 million to the estate of a bankrupt Utah magnesium company in exchange for stake in a judgment the bankruptcy trustee won at trial last year.

Robins Kaplan Bags Dewey Alum to Join Antitrust Hiring Spree

By Nell Gluckman |

Eamon O'Kelly, a former head of the antitrust practice at Arent Fox and now-defunct Dewey & LeBoeuf, has joined Robins Kaplan as of counsel in New York. His hire is the latest in a frenzy of antitrust additions by several big firms.

Melany Lopez-Lucas in a screenshot from video shot by the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services.

Testing New Legal Aid Model, Big Law Associates Name First Grantees

By Susan Beck |

Using a fresh fundraising approach to support legal services for the poor, a group of big firm associates announced grants to four legal services groups.

Pay Equity Suits Could Impact Recruitment of Female Partners

By Nell Gluckman |

A handful of gender bias suits against law firms this year could make it all the more difficult for firms without women in leadership positions to attract female lateral partners, consultants say.

Hausfeld Extends Growth Spurt With New Boston Base

By Roy Strom |

High-profile plaintiffs boutique Hausfeld, which has expanded to Germany and New York over the past year, announced Tuesday two new mass torts hires for the opening of an office in Boston.

Dentons Taps Local Association for New Iran Launch

By Rose Walker |

Growing global legal giant Dentons is poised to set up shop in Tehran after forging a local legal alliance with the Arman Pirouzan Parvine Legal Institute.

Steven Eckhaus

Top Executive Pay Lawyer Leaving Cadwalader for McDermott

By Christine Simmons |

Steven Eckhaus, known for representing executives in large compensation deals, is moving his practice later this week from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft to McDermott Will & Emery.

After Review, British Firm Slashes its New York Partnership

By Rose Walker |

London-based Mischon de Reya, which opened a New York office in 2010, is poised to halve the size of its partnership in the Big Apple. The decision comes after a review of the firm’s business.

Legal Industry Job Growth Remains Flat

By Nell Gluckman |

The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics announced Friday that the legal industry in the U.S. neither added nor lost jobs in August, though the number employed this summer is the highest it has been all year.

Deal Watch: Big Firms Bag Beer Deal Fees Ahead of Holiday Weekend

By Jennifer Henderson |

A bevy of large firms—including Cleary Gottlieb, Cravath, Hogan Lovells and Sullivan & Cromwell—stand to reap some of the $261 million in legal fees incurred by Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller as a result of their $106 billion beer industry megamerger.

What Happens to Claims Against a Dissolving Firm? A Kenyon Client Will Find Out

By Nell Gluckman |

The storied New York-based IP boutique is being sued for malpractice, though the lawyers who worked for the former client are no longer with Kenyon & Kenyon, as most of the firm's current lawyers prepare to join Andrews Kurth.

Outfield Rooftop seats located across N. Sheffield Avenue from the right outfield allow patrons to view the games at Wrigley Field Stadium in Chicago.

Kirkland Raises Another 'W' Flag for Cubs in Rooftop Owners' Row

By Roy Strom |

Whether it's on the baseball diamond or in the courtroom, Major League Baseball's Chicago Cubs are on a roll. The team and its lawyers from Kirkland & Ellis won another fight in the long-running battle with the rooftop owners across the street from Wrigley Field.

Dentons' European Partners Asked to Cough Up More Capital

By Rose Walker |

Partners in continental Europe affiliated with Dentons are being asked to pay up to $7.8 million in extra capital to the global legal giant.

U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago.

Bring in the Closers—Firms Clinch Four Stadium Naming Rights Deals

By Roy Strom |

Katten Muchin Rosenman; Manatt, Phelps & Phillips; Eisner Jaffe; and Arent Fox are helping four major sports stadiums switch their nameplates.

Daniel Kaplan, 87, was at four Am Law 100 firms and is still practicing at a smaller firm.

For M&A Vet Dan Kaplan, Age is Just a Number

By Julie Triedman |

At 87, the former Akin Gump, Bryan Cave, Goodwin Procter and Proskauer Rose lawyer is still doing big, cross-border deals, just from a smaller platform.

Stade Velodrome in Marseille, home of soccer club Olympique Marseille.

After Dodgers Deal, McCourt Taps S&C for French Football Buy

By Jennifer Henderson |

Four years after helping Frank McCourt Jr. sell Major League Baseball's Los Angeles Dodgers for a record-setting sum, Sullivan & Cromwell has been hired by the real estate developer to advise on his roughly $45 million buy of historic French soccer team Olympique de Marseille.

Dispute Involving Dentons' Mexican Affiliate Continues

By Julie Triedman |

Since June, Dentons' Mexico City unit has been embroiled in a bitter "business divorce" dispute between the predecessor firm's co-founders over allegedly stolen client information and false marketing. The suit, filed in Mexico City, isn't starting out so well for Dentons.

Final Defendant Charged in Vedder Price Scam Pleads Guilty

By Roy Strom |

Five months after a Chicago man pleaded guilty to scamming Am Law 200 firm Vedder Price out of $7 million, an alleged co-conspirator, Deborah Acuna, has done the same in return for a 10-month jail sentence and pledge to pay $175,000 in restitution.

Publicly Traded British Law Firm Sees Gross Revenue Growth

By James Booth |

Gateley, a British firm that last year raised $45 million in a landmark initial public offering, saw its gross revenue rise 11 percent in 2015-16, according to financial figures released by the firm.

Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka Seeks to Grow Economy—With Help From Baker & McKenzie

By Nell Gluckman |

The global legal giant is advising the island nation on tax and financial laws in other jurisdictions.

The Churn

HayBoo Bags Bankruptcy Veteran, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Amid a surge of oil and gas bankruptcies, Haynes and Boone hires a top restructuring partner; Clark Hill bolts on a small shop; Fox Rothschild’s expansion spree continues; King & Spalding lands a serial lateral; a Shearman & Sterling M&A partner joins a client in-house; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Illustration by Michael Witte

Baby Boomers Are Retiring and Law Firms Aren't Ready

Retiring boomer lawyers are on to new adventures. But their exit from the Am Law 200 poses serious risks for firms that haven't planned ahead.

Illustration by John Corbitt

Ranking: Top Firms for Midlevel Associate Satisfaction

To find out how third-, fourth- and fifth-year asso
ciates rate their firms as workplaces, our survey examined several aspects of job satisfaction.

Big Law Resists the Assault on Democracy

By Steven J. Harper |

When large firms get it right, give them their due.

Anthony Romano.

Littler Picks Up Polsinelli Vice Chair in Kansas City

By Jennifer Henderson |

Anthony Romano, a longtime partner at Polsinelli and vice chair of the firm’s labor and employment group, has left its office in Kansas City, Missouri, for Littler Mendelson. The latter publicly incurred Polsinelli's wrath last year after opening an office in the city.

Struggling Australian Firm Expects More Financial Losses

By Alex Berry |

Slater & Gordon, the world’s first publicly traded law firm, has announced that it expects losses of more than $760 million (A$1 billion) for its 2015-16 fiscal year.

Softer Demand, Rising Salaries May Lead to Layoffs, Analyst Warns

By Julie Triedman |

A Wells Fargo Private Bank survey on the first half of 2016 reveals softening demand and increasing costs, which one analyst said is causing law firm leaders to contemplate layoffs.

Scott Kadish.

Feel the Berne: Century-Old Ulmer Ushers in Fourth Leader

By Jennifer Henderson |

Cleveland-based Ulmer & Berne, founded in 1908, has announced that Scott Kadish will become its new managing partner on Oct. 1. Kadish takes the reins from Harold "Kip" Reader, who led the firm for the past 21 years.

Sidley Austin offices in Washington, D.C. June 25, 2014.

Scammers Choose Sidley in Latest Law Firm Phishing Scheme

By Nell Gluckman |

Sidley Austin is the latest big legal name to be invoked by scammers posing as a major law firm.

Britain and EU flags

Political Uncertainty Stalls Hunton & Williams' UK Tie-Up Talks

By James Booth |

Merger talks between Hunton & Williams and British firm Addleshaw Goddard have slowed following the U.K.'s June vote to leave the European Union.

Travel Survival Tips From Global Law Firm Leaders

By Julie Triedman |

When you spend half your time in the air, the planning you do on the ground makes all the difference.

Tucker Ellis Takes St. Louis With Wilson Elser Crew

By Jennifer Henderson |

Cleveland-based Tucker Ellis, a firm formed from the ashes of a busted Am Law 200 shop, has announced the opening of its second new Midwestern outpost this year.

Pfizer World Headquarters in New York City.

Four Firms Guide Pfizer's Latest Big Drug Buy

By Jennifer Henderson |

Wachtell, Ropes & Gray, Davis Polk and Cooley are advising on a $14 billion deal that will see pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. acquire cancer drug maker Medivation Inc.

Jennifer Chen, left, and John Fuisz, right, of Vinson & Elkins in Washington, D.C.

Ex-McDermott Lawyer Who Tangled With Theranos Joins Vinson

By Katelyn Polantz |

IP lawyer John Fuisz, who went head-to-head with Theranos Inc. over trade secrets while at McDermott Will & Emery, has returned to Big Law after Vinson & Elkins absorbed his two-lawyer boutique.

Baker & McKenzie offices in New York.

Baker & McKenzie Posts Big Gains in Revenue, Profits

By Anna Ward, Legal Week |

Despite uncertainty in key international markets, the firm saw an 8 percent revenue rise in 2015-16, as profits per equity partner surged 13 percent.

Eduardo Leite

After Banner Year, Outgoing Baker & McKenzie Chair Reflects on Tenure

By Julie Triedman |

In his six years at the helm, Eduardo Leite has presided over the firm’s fastest growth in its 67-year history

Donald Trump

Trump and the Rule of Law: US Military Edition

By Steven J. Harper |

Resist 'Trump fatigue' and consider the comments that over time reveal Trump's philosophy.

Lewis Rice Takes Rare Step in Forming Second Firm

By Jennifer Henderson |

St. Louis-based Lewis Rice has formed a second law firm that will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary handling only estates work.

Signage and a satellite dish grace the Univision Communications, Inc., facility in Los Angeles (AP Photo/Reed Saxon).

Deal Watch: Univision Wins Gawker Auction Amid M&A Moves

By Jennifer Henderson |

It wasn't the biggest deal of the week, but Univision's winning bid for Gawker is the only one that started with a sex tape.

DLA Piper

Zero Hours Billed? No Problem for These First-Year Associates

By Roy Strom |

Some of the country's largest law firms allow associates to focus exclusively on pro bono work for more than a year, but there is a debate as to whether those lawyers come out behind their counterparts when they begin billing for work again.

Playboy Mansion. Google Image

Pair of LA Firms Close $100M Playboy Mansion Sale

By Jennifer Henderson |

Cox, Castle & Nicholson and Eisner Jaffe, two leading firms in Los Angeles, scored lead roles on the proposed sale of the iconic Playboy Mansion in the city’s Holmby Hills neighborhood to billionaire and former Pabst Blue Ribbon owner Daren Metropoulos.

Demand Is Down. Why Are Billing Rates On the Rise?

By Julie Triedman |

Contradicting the ordinary rules of supply and demand, law firms have continued to jack up hourly fees faster than demand and a projected 1.7 percent annual inflation rate would suggest.

John Squires, Gibson Dunn

Gibson Dunn Grabs Ex-Goldman Sachs IP Chief

By Jennifer Henderson |

John Squires, a former chief IP counsel at Goldman Sachs who went on to top roles at Chadbourne & Parke and Perkins Coie, decamped this week for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in the Big Apple.

Rio De Janeiro.

DLA Piper's Energy Group Gets Jolt in Rio, DC

By Nell Gluckman |

The global legal giant and its Brazilian affiliate announced Tuesday the addition of five partners—and seven other lawyers—on two continents.

Illustration by Alison Seiffer

It's August. Time to Escape the Big Law Grind!

Admit it. Sometimes you’ve wondered what it would be like to say goodbye to the practice of law. These are the stories of six lawyers who did just that.

Citi Report: Growth Slowed in the Second Quarter

By Dan DiPietro and Lauren Harsha |

Firms are still on pace to show modest gains for full-year 2016, the bank says.

The Churn

Ropes Welcomes Wachtell Funds Head, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

The head of the private funds practice at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz joins Ropes & Gray; Clifford Chance grows in New York; Mayer Brown and Orrick hire in Hong Kong; Reed Smith snags an entertainment and media pro; Sheppard Mullin recruits in Florida; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

After 15 Years on the Bench, a Judge Returns to McDermott

By Nell Gluckman |

Robert Cordy, an associate justice on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court who announced his retirement earlier this year, is poised to return to McDermott Will & Emery's Boston office, where he once served as managing partner.

Surf's Up: Two Big Firms Ride Sport to 2020 Olympics

By Nell Gluckman |

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton and Herrick, Feinstein played a behind-the-scenes role in advising surfing-related organizations, which successfully got the sport accepted into the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo.

The ABA's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

By Steven J. Harper |

The ABA thought getting a renewal of its accreditation power would be a cakewalk—until its barefoot journey over hot coals began.

Big Firms on Opposite Sides of Restaurant Bankruptcies

By Brian Baxter |

The owners of casual dining chains Logan's Roadhouse and Fox & Hound found themselves in bankruptcy court this week in Delaware. Some large law firms grabbed Chapter 11 work related to those cases, while others are owed payments for past expenses.

Whistler Blackcomb Resort (Andrew Doran Photography)

Deal Watch: Seven Sisters Fly High on Olympic Site Sale

By Jennifer Henderson |

With the 2016 Summer Olympic Games underway in Rio de Janeiro, this week brought news of a sizeable M&A deal with ties to the 2010 Winter Games held in Vancouver.

King & Wood Mallesons Holds Off on Profit Distributions After Recapitalization Vote

By Rose Walker, Legal Week |

King & Wood Mallesons has held off on paying out profit distributions to its partners once again, following a recent vote to recapitalize the firm, which has its operations predominantly in Asia and Europe.

Bob Iger, left, and Rob Manfred, right.

Three Am Law 100 Firms Score on Big Video Streaming Play

By Brian Baxter and Jennifer Henderson |

Sullivan & Cromwell, Skadden and Paul Weiss are advising on the $1 billion sale by Major League Baseball of a 33 percent stake in its video streaming unit to The Walt Disney Co.

Case Against Arent Fox Partner Highlights Big Law Hiring Risks

By Nell Gluckman |

A lawyer who was charged with securities fraud for allegedly tipping of the president of an investment firm about a big pharmaceuticals merger was hired by Arent Fox even after he was named, but not charged, in an earlier SEC suit.

Hogan Lovells associate Caetano Altafin ran with the Olympic torch in Rio de Janeiro.

After Crossing Atlantic, Hogan Lovells Associate Carries Olympic Torch

By Jennifer Henderson |

Caetano "Cae" Altafin, an associate at Hogan Lovells in Rio de Janeiro, didn't spend the day of the opening ceremonies for the 2016 Summer Olympics in his office. Thanks to a transatlantic journey a year ago, he was busy running outside the stadium.

Amid Increased Enforcement, Antitrust Practices Bulk Up

By Nell Gluckman |

Four Am Law 100 firms have made notable additions to their antitrust groups within the past week. Large firm leaders say this in response to enhanced scrutiny of large companies by government agencies.


Where the Lawyers Are: Top US Legal Markets by Head Count

By Katelyn Polantz |

Using exclusive survey data, we rank 11 American cities by their populations of big-firm lawyers. Plus, check out our list of firms that dominate those markets.

Deal Watch: Two Firms Behind Bedding Industry Megamerger

By Brian Baxter and Jennifer Henderson |

A look at the large law firms behind the week's most notable deals, such as the mattress maker behind Sleepy's on its sale to a South African firm; two Elon Musk-backed companies combining forces; and Uber's China exit.

FILE - In this Monday, May 2, 2016, file photo, CEO Marc Lore speaks during an interview in Hoboken, N.J. Wal-Mart announced Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, that the company has agreed to buy fast-growing online retail newcomer, which had launched with a splash in 2015 when it announced its intention to challenge online leader Amazon. The deal underscores how serious Wal-Mart is about igniting its online business, which has been slowing even as it has been making big investments in new distribution centers and expanding services. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Gibson, Fenwick Land Roles as Wal-Mart Inks $3.3B Deal

By Brian Baxter |

The two Am Law 100 firms are advising on the sale of online retailer Inc. to Wal-Mart Stores Inc., as Wal-Mart aims to take on market leader in the e-commerce space.

United States' gold medal winner Katie Ledecky celebrates during the medal ceremony after setting a new world record in the women's 400-meter freestyle final during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Ledecky, Shattering Records and Winning Gold, Has Big Law Ties

By Jennifer Henderson |

Katie Ledecky, the 19-year-old U.S. swim star who just broke her own world record at the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, can thank her father—former Kirkland & Ellis lawyer David Ledecky—for taking a break from his career to further her success in the aquatic sport.

Donald Trump, left, and Richard Nixon, right.

Trump and the Rule of Law: Echoes of Nixon

By Steven J. Harper |

A columnist sees shades of Richard Nixon in Donald Trump's candidacy that go beyond Trump's "rule of law" sloganeering.

The Churn

Ex-K&L Gates Litigator Resurfaces, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

After leaving a leadership role at K&L Gates, John Pierce finds a new home; Gibson Dunn grabs one from JPMorgan; Latham's London hiring spree continues; two firms raid Covington; Paul Weiss adds another rainmaker; and other key additions from The Am Law 200.

Large group of people waiting in line

As Demand Slumps, Legal Industry Registers Modest Jobs Decline

By Nell Gluckman |

The number of people employed in the legal industry declined slightly in July, according to preliminary Labor Department statistics. The first half of 2016 has seen modest growth in legal employment overall.

A police officer patrols near the headquarters of oil giant OAO Yukos in Moscow, on Tuesday March 27, 2007.

Yukos and Russia: A Response to 'The Global Lawyer'

By Tim Osborne |

A Letter to the Editor in response to The Global Lawyer column, "To Dodge $50 Billion Bill, Russia Comes Clean on Sale of the Century"

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons Moves to Rebuild in Paris With White & Case Hire

By Chris Johnson |

King & Wood Mallesons is taking steps to rebuild its Paris corporate practice, having hired senior associate Guilain Hippolyte from White & Case, The Am Law Daily has learned.

Former Heller Ehrman Energy Founder Joins Davis Wright

By Jennifer Henderson |

Davis Wright Tremaine has hired Eric "Ric" Redman, a consultant and founder of the energy practice at Heller Ehrman, to serve as a senior energy and climate policy adviser working out of the firm's headquarters in Seattle.

London, UK

Quinn Emanuel Raids Covington to Launch New London Practice

By Rose Walker |

The U.S. litigation boutique has hired Robert Amaee from Covington & Burling to launch a new practice next month.

Ankara, Turkey.

DLA Piper's Former Turkish Partner Raided by Police in Aftermath of Coup

By James Booth |

DLA Piper's former Turkish arm, Yuksel Karkın Kucuk (YKK), was raided by the police, and lawyers were taken into custody in the aftermath of the failed coup in Turkey, according to local press reports.


Lawyers for Prince Estate Poised to Collect $2 Million as Fees Mount

By Jennifer Henderson |

Stinson Leonard Street, based in Prince's hometown of Minneapolis, is set to receive the bulk of the fees so far.

Leonardo DiCaprio in

Boies Schiller Steps in for Film Company Named in Money Laundering Case

By Susan Beck |

The firm is the first to make an appearance in the case, which alleges that billions were illegally diverted from a Malaysian government-owned company to fund luxury purchases and investments, including a stake in the Leonardo DiCaprio blockbuster "The Wolf of Wall Street."

Gawker founder Nick Denton walks out of the courthouse on March 18, 2016, in St. Petersburg, FL (Eve Edelheit/ZUMA Press/Newscom).

More Lawyers Join Gawker Fray as CEO Files for Personal Bankruptcy

By Julie Triedman |

Attorneys for Nick Denton and his creditors join an army of others who have been clocking time in the Gawker Chapter 11 since June.

San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski (8) shoots during the third period of the Stanley Cup Finals - Game 6 between the San Jose Sharks and the Pittsburgh Penguins at SAP Center in San Jose CA, on June 12, 2016.

Senior Litigator Leaves Weil for NHL Players Union Job

By Brian Baxter |

Bruce Meyer, a veteran litigation partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges in New York, is leaving after 30 years at the firm to take a newly created in-house legal role at the National Hockey League Players' Association.

American Bar Association offices in Washington, D.C.

Money Laundering Case Highlights ABA Stance on Lawyers' Obligations

By Susan Beck |

After money launderers were accused recently of using major U.S. law firms to move hundreds of millions of dollars, is it time to take another look at requiring lawyers to report suspicious transfers?

Warning Signs for Big Firms as Report Sees Demand Drop-Off

By Julie Triedman |

The first report to be issued on the legal market's second quarter said law firms were 'blindsided' by an unexpected decline in demand.

(From left) Siobhan Sweeney, Gary Lieberman and Todd Reed.

Littler Mendelson Hires 11-Lawyer Employment Group From Locke Lord

By Nell Gluckman |

The group includes partners Todd Reed, Gary Lieberman and Siobhan Sweeney.

Women in Law: Where are They?

Women remain scarce in law firm partnership ranks.

The A-List: Our Exclusive Rankings of the Best-of-the-Best 20 Law Firms

Welcome to the A-List, our 14th annual ranking of Big Law's elite.

Still from the film

I Was Juror No. 4

By Vivia Chen |

Like everyone, I dreaded jury duty. But it proved to be a powerful experience.

container ship

Akin Gump Helms International Shipholding Bankruptcy

By Jennifer Henderson |

International Shipholding Corp., a major operator in the global shipping industry, filed for Chapter 11 protection Monday in New York in an effort to sell off certain assets.

ADVANCE FOR THE WEEKEND OF JAN. 9 - This Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015 photo shows an oil rig in Big Lake, Texas. Residents of the West Texas town say it is time for the city to diversify its economy and wean off oil. (Joyce Marshall/Star-Telegram via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Overall Bankruptcy Filings Fall, But Energy Cases Continue

By Brian Baxter |

U.S. bankruptcy filings fell 6.9 percent over the past year, according to new government data, but three more big energy companies found themselves in Chapter 11 proceedings this week in a boon to some big firm restructuring lawyers.

Allen & Overy Adds Five Partners in New York With Team of Finance Hires

By Rose Walker, Legal Week |

Magic circle firm hires lawyers from White & Case, Proskauer Rose and Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy.

St. Louis Blues' Carl Gunnarsson, left, fights with San Jose Sharks' Brenden Dillon (4) during the third period in Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals Saturday, May 21, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. St. Louis won 6-3. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

The NHL, Brains and Lawyerly Denial

By Steven J. Harper |

If you thought the NFL was slow to acknowledge links between player concussions and brain damage, keep a close eye on professional hockey.

Littler Mendelson associate Shella Neba.

Littler Program Promoting Diverse Associates Sees Some Success

By Nell Gluckman |

A mentorship program at Littler Mendelson meant to help minority associates become partners at the global labor and employment giant has some unique components that could be contributing to its success.

8/15- Epiq Systems headquarters located at 501 Kansas Avenue, Kansas City, KS 66105

Deal Watch: Four Firms Land Legal Software Sale Roles

By Jennifer Henderson |

Epiq Systems Inc., a company specializing in electronic discovery and bankruptcy administration services, has agreed to be taken private with the help of four members of its target audience.

King & Wood Mallesons

KWM Parters Agree to Plough Over $18 Million into the Firm

By Rose Walker, Legal Week |

King & Wood Mallesons' European and Middle East arm will recieve a major boost in capital as partners commit over $18 million to the firm.

4/22/16--   Mintz Levin partner John Bauer in his Porsche 996 Cup race car.

Mintz Levin Patent Litigator Revs Up for Racecars

By Nell Gluckman |

A patent litigator at Mintz, Levin, Cohen, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo speaks about his passion for racecar driving, and how it's just like a taking a deposition.

Photo by by Alexandru Csete

On Heels of ARM Acquisition, Three More Firms Go Big on Chip Work

By Jennifer Henderson |

Wachtell, Wilmer and Jones Day are advising on Analog Devices Inc.'s $14.8 billion cash-and-stock acquisition of fellow chipmaker Linear Technology Inc.

Christopher Bogart.

Burford Capital Again Announces Big Litigation Earnings

By Julie Triedman |

Four months after reporting record annual earnings, litigation funder Burford Capital LLC once again announced that it has topped last year's first-half earnings and new investments by wide margins in early 2016. Simpson Thacher is one firm benefiting from Burford's largesse.

Protesters carry a photo of Tamir Rice as they march during a rally at Public Square in Cleveland, Ohio (David Maxwell/EPA/Newscom).

In Police Department Monitorships, Firms Seek Contentious Work

By Nell Gluckman |

Squire Patton Boggs won a contract to monitor police reforms in Ferguson, Missouri, a job that promises to be both controversial and not exactly lucrative.

The Churn

Weil Loses Another PE Partner, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Nell Gluckman |

Weil, Gotshal & Manges saw another private equity partner depart; McDermott snagged a labor and employment group from Kaye Scholer; Paul Hastings brought on another IP partner; and other moves throughout The Am Law 200.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., speaks during a Florida delegation breakfast, Monday, July 25, 2016, in Philadelphia, during the first day of the DNC. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Perkins Coie Lawyer's Advice Helped Spark Democratic Divisions

By Susan Beck |

Perkins Coie's Marc Elias, who has juggled legal roles for both the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, saw the intersecting interests of both clients unexpectedly become public on Friday.

Protesters march through Ferguson streets on August 20, 2014.

Squire Patton Team Hired to Monitor Ferguson Police Reforms

By Nell Gluckman |

Nearly two years after Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson, Missouri, by a white officer, a team led by Squire Patton Boggs' Clark Ervin was named to ensure that the city's police department follows through with federally mandated reforms.

Police pray after the burial services for Sergeant Michael J. Smith at Restland Public Safety Memorial Gardens in Dallas, Texas, USA, 14 July 2016 (Larry W. Smith/EPA/Newscom).

Donald Trump, Guns and Leadership

By Steven J. Harper |

Branding with catch-phrases is easy; reconciling their contradictory messages is impossible.

Jeffery Malonson with King & Spalding

Lateral Misfire Leads to King & Spalding for Vinson Partner

By MP McQueen |

Houston capital markets and M&A lawyer Jeff Malonson was left in limbo early this year, when a planned move from Vinson & Elkins to Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett fizzled after another partner backed out.

Carlos Brito, Chief Executive Officer of Anheuser-Busch InBev, testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee during a hearing titled

Deal Watch: Big Beer Merger Cleared as Health Insurers Face Off with DOJ

By Jennifer Henderson |

It was a good news/bad news week for companies on the antitrust front.

Greg Duff of Garvey Schubert Barer.

Practice Mix at Seattle Firm Straddles Bernie Sanders, 50 Cent and Pot Law

By Nell Gluckman |

Seattle's Garvey Schubert Barer announced a new chair this week. The firm's unusual mix of clients, which include marijuana companies, celebrities and Bernie Sanders, has boosted its exposure recently.

Arthur Culvahouse, Jr.

O'Melveny's Culvahouse Plans to Stay With Trump Campaign After VP Vetting

By Susan Beck |

Arthur Culvahouse Jr., a longtime Washington Republican insider who initially backed Jeb Bush, said that he plans to stick with the Donald Trump campaign after helping to vet the candidate's picks for vice president.

Susan Estrich, of Quinn Emanuel, and Fox News chief Roger Ailes (Wikimedia).

Lawyer for Roger Ailes Was Leading Voice for Rape Law Reform

By Nell Gluckman |

Long before she was defending Roger Ailes against sexual harassment claims, Quinn Emanuel's Susan Estrich offered a feminist legal critique of the country's rape laws.

Steven Speiss, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck.

Former Cravath Exec Goes West, Joining Denver Firm as COO

By Jennifer Henderson |

After nearly 25 years at the elite New York firm, former executive director Steven Spiess will serve as chief operating officer of Denver's Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck.

Dan Katz, associate professor of law at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, speaks at the Janders Dean & Chicago-Kent College of Law Legal Horizons conference on Thursday, July 14, 2016.

Law Schools' Tech-Training Conundrum: If We Teach Them, Will They Get Jobs?

By Roy Strom |

The number of law schools offering tech-related training is growing, but are their enough employers looking for the skill set?

Cupcakes at a Dentons reception at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. July 19, 2016.

At RNC, Dentons Fetes Clients and Gingrich Talks Up Trump

By Susan Beck |

A party hosted by Dentons at the Republican National Convention offered a glimpse of how law firms blend marketing and networking amid the politicking in Cleveland.

Lawyer Bar Exam Prep Tips: "I've Got the Nuns Praying for Me."

By Roy Strom |

From prayer to marathon training, the Am Law Daily heard from prominent Chicago lawyers about how they survived preparing for the bar exam.

Sean Pavone/iStockphoto

Amid Puerto Rican Debt Crisis, DLA Piper Sees Opportunity in San Juan

By Jennifer Henderson |

DLA Piper may be the first full-service Am Law 100 firm to open an office in Puerto Rico.

Turkish soldiers secure the area as supporters of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan protest in Istanbul's Taksim square, early Saturday, July 16, 2016.

Global Law Firms in Turkey Cope with Coup Aftermath

By Jennifer Henderson |

Five years ago Turkey's economy was booming, enticing a handful of international law firms to open offices in the country. But after a failed military coup and with growth at a relative crawl, their future is unclear.

cybersecurity, digital

Covington Bulks Up Cybersecurity Practice With Ex-Mandiant Consultant

By Nell Gluckman |

Stephen Surdu, a cybersecurity consultant, is a nontraditional hire for the firm, which has been building out its cybersecurity practice in recent months.

Cognitive Dissonance and Law Firm Associate Pay

By Steven J. Harper |

As associate salaries increase, reluctant clients are complaining about the wrong problem.

People gather at a makeshift memorial of flowers and candles on the 'Promenade des Anglais' in Nice, France.

Terror Fears Made Real for Risk Management GC in Nice Attack

By Nell Gluckman |

Eric Dratell, general counsel and head of legal and corporate affairs of Risk Management Solutions, was having dinner with his wife at the end of a vacation in Nice, France when the attacker struck.

The Churn

A Rare Cravath Hire Departs, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter and Nell Gluckman |

A former partner at a pair of Am Law 100 firms leaves Cravath, Swaine & Moore a year after coming aboard; Jackson Lewis lands a high-powered lobbying group; Greenspoon Marder keeps growing; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Deal Watch: Indian M&A Leaders Revealed

By Brian Baxter |

With India's legal market inching closer to liberalization, the subcontinent could provide a shot of cross-border transactional work to global firms reeling from Brexit and an economic slowdown in China.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence joins Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a rally in Westfield, Ind., Tuesday, July 12, 2016.

With Pence Pick, Trump Expands His Circle of Lawyers

By Susan Beck |

In addition to choosing one-time corporate lawyer Mike Pence as his running mate, Trump invited Rudy Giuliani and Michael Mukasey to address the RNC.

Denver, Colorado downtown at dusk.

Firms Elbow Each Other for Growth as Denver Market Stays Hot

By Julie Triedman |

As national and regional law firms continue to expand in the Mile-High City, the growth is creating winners and losers.

Workers prepare for a Big Apple Circus show in Sterling, Virginia.  October 9, 2008.

Big Firms Provide Crucial Revenue for Struggling Circus

By Nell Gluckman |

Cravath, Swaine & Moore and Paul Weiss are helping bolster the dwindling revenues of the ailing Big Apple Circus. This month, the nonprofit is in a desperate attempt to raise $2 million, should some other prominent Wall Street firms also be willing to pony up.

Lewis Kaden, Davis Polk

Former Citi Vice Chair Returns to Davis Polk

By Nell Gluckman |

After a long career as a partner at Davis Polk & Wardwell, followed by several years as a top banker at Citigroup Inc., Lewis Kaden has returned to the Wall Street firm as senior counsel.

Maura Grossman of Wachtell Lipton (Annie Tritt).

Lawyer Who Brought Artificial Intelligence to Wachtell Leaves Big Law

By Susan Beck |

Maura Grossman, who helped pioneer the use of artificial intelligence techniques for legal work at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, has left the storied Am Law 100 firm.

L-R Wm. David Cornwell Sr. and Lee Hutton III

Barnes & Thornburg Bags One Sports Lawyer, Loses Another

By Brian Baxter |

The firm has hired Lee Hutton III, a former college football player and chair of the entertainment, media and sports practice at Zelle LLP in Minneapolis. Hutton’s hire comes a few weeks after Barnes & Thornburg saw another high-profile sports lawyer depart.

Odeon cinema multiplex at West Ham Leisure Park, Basingstoke.

Weil, Gibson Dunn Land Lead Roles in $1.2B AMC Theaters Deal

By MP McQueen |

The firms advised AMC and private equity giant Terra Firma, respectively, in a deal to create world’s largest movie chain with 7,600 screens in the U.S. and Europe.

Marie Colvin, veteran correspondent for London's The Sunday Times

Shearman & Sterling's Family Ties Behind Syrian Government Suit

By Roy Strom |

For the lawyers who filed suit Saturday seeking to hold Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government responsible for the death of veteran war correspondent Marie Colvin, the work was intensely personal.

Nicolas Morgan, left, and Thomas Zaccaro, right.

Paul Hastings Bolts On SEC Enforcement Boutique

By Nell Gluckman |

The Am Law 100 firm is poised to pick up six lawyers, including the two founding partners, from Los Angeles-based Zaccaro Morgan. Thomas Zaccaro is a former Paul Hastings partner who started the boutique just over a year ago, only to return to his former home.

Daniel Radler of Quarles & Brady.  Courtesy photo.

Quarles & Brady Ushers in First Leadership Handoff

By Jennifer Henderson |

The Milwaukee-based Am Law 200 firm is poised to unveil a new managing partner—only the second in Quarles & Brady's history—on Dec. 1. Daniel Radler, an engineer-turned-IP lawyer, will succeed corporate partner Fredrick Lautz in the firm’s top leadership role.

The Churn

Two Partners Join Jones Day, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Jones Day recruits two new partners on opposite coasts after a top restructuring duo departs; Milbank makes a rare lateral hire; Paul Hastings makes some high-profile additions; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Newt Gingrich greets U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a rally at the Sharonville Convention Center in Cincinnati, July 6, 2016 (Aaron P. Bernstein/Rueters/Newscom).

What Would a Trump-Gingrich Ticket Mean for Dentons?

By Katelyn Polantz |

Donald Trump has pledged to negotiate tough new U.S.-Chinese trade terms if he is elected president. So why not pick a running mate from the only law firm rooted in both countries?

Cops-Turned-Lawyers Speak Out About Shootings, Use of Force

By Roy Strom |

The murder of five Dallas police officers by a sniper Thursday night sparked widespread condemnation, dismay and sadness in the aftermath of the tragic shooting of two black men this week in Louisiana and Minnesota. And lawyers were among the first to weigh in.

Clifford Chance, Freshfields Take Top UK Financial Spots

By Brian Baxter |

The two London-based legal giants reigned supreme in the gross revenue and profits per equity partner metrics, respectively, as most large U.K. firms unveiled financial figures this week for their 2015-16 fiscal years.

Small Bump for Legal Jobs as U.S. Employment Shows Surprise Uptick

By Scott Flaherty |

The U.S. legal industry's employment outlook remained mostly flat amid better-than-expected job growth in the overall American economy, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's latest jobs report.

People on a tour of Plum Island, N.Y., off the coast of Long Island, watch seals relaxing on the rocky shore, on Oct. 6, 2010.

MoFo Suit Would Block Sale of Storied Plum Island

By Scott Flaherty |

Federal property off Long Island coast houses an animal disease research lab long shrouded in mystery.

At Blaqwell, Watching the Ink on Big Firms’ Bottom Lines

By Julie Triedman |

The Am Law Daily caught up with the two lead principals at secretive legal consultancy Blaqwell Inc. for a rare on-the-record chat about trends affecting their clients, which have included some 40 Am Law 100 firms.

Deal Watch: White & Case Tops First-Half Transactional Rankings

By Jennifer Henderson |

Those controversial deal tables are out again, with White & Case, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Sullivan & Cromwell and Davis Polk & Wardwell all jockeying for position as the quarterly so-called King of M&A.

Hassen Sayeed, left, and Hiroyuki Hagiwara, right, of Paul Hastings.

Continuing Hiring Spree, Paul Hastings Adds Two New IP Partners

By Nell Gluckman |

Ropes & Gray patent litigation partners Hiroyuki Hagiwara and Hassen Sayeed have joined Paul Hastings in Tokyo and New York, respectively.

Firm Leaders Predict Modest Growth in Second Half of 2016

By Nell Gluckman |

Law firm leaders surveyed by Citi Private Bank's Law Firm Group mostly reported that they expect a slight growth in demand in the second half of 2016, while realization rates are expected to remain stagnant.

L. Howard Belknap, COO of Butler Snow.

Baker & McKenzie's New York COO Departs for Down South

By Jennifer Henderson |

L. Howard Belknap will become firmwide COO at Jackson, Mississippi-based Butler Snow.

John Quinn, Quinn Emanuel

After Nixing Summer Program, Quinn Emanuel Lures 3Ls with $35K Bonus

By Nell Gluckman |

The firm has gone mostly without summer associates, but has found another way to try to recruit soon-to-be law school graduates.

A Changing Role for the Law Librarian

By MP McQueen |

As facilities evolve, what becomes of the staff?

The Churn

Orrick Makes Key Additions, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Three new laterals at Orrick; a pair of Honigman practice leaders land at Foley & Lardner; Gibson Dunn recruits from the Justice Department; Latham & Watkins welcomes a top SEC official; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Kate Vernon, left, and Boris Bronfentrinker, right.

Quinn Emanuel, Litigation Funder Team Up for Landmark $25B MasterCard Fight

By Julie Triedman |

The case, which promises to be the largest yet under the U.K.'s retooled competition law, marks the largest non-U.S. investment by Chicago-based litigation funder Gerchen Keller Capital LLC.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher offices in D.C.

Gibson Dunn Lands Top DOJ Lawyer in D.C.

By Scott Flaherty |

The firm bulked up its litigation and white-collar defense group in the nation's capital with the hire of Patrick Stokes, a longtime federal prosecutor and high-ranking official in the Justice Department's fraud division.

Litigation Slump, Leadership Shifts Take Toll at Cadwalader

By Julie Triedman |

Could a merger be next for Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft?

Jeremy Cross

Cadwalader Adds King & Wood Mallesons' European Finance Head

By James Booth, Legal Week |

King & Wood Mallesons has continued to lose partners in London, with former European finance chief Jeremy Cross the latest to emerge at another firm.

Jahna Lindemuth.

Alaska Taps Dorsey Partner as New AG

By Nell Gluckman |

Anchorage office head Jahna Lindemuth was profiled in The Am Law Daily last year when she helped secure the release of one of the Fairbanks Four.

To Breed Leaders and Keep Clients Happy, Firms Go Back to School

By Susan Beck |

Some law firms are finding that their younger partners can benefit from management training even more than their top brass.


King & Spalding Fields Chapter 11 for AstroTurf

By Scott Flaherty |

After suffering a $30 million patent verdict last year, the synthetic grass maker skidded into bankruptcy court on Tuesday.


DLA Piper Strikes Alliance in Afghanistan

By Jennifer Henderson |

A deal between DLA Piper and Kabul's Kakar Advocates is said to be a first for the region.

Deal Watch: Four Firms Punch Ticket on $4.4 Billion Film Deal

By Jennifer Henderson |

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.

Stockholm, Sweden

DLA Piper Adds 21 Lawyers in Sweden With Stockholm Merger

By James Booth |

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.

Gibson Dunn Grabs Latham Duo for New Frankfurt Office

By Rose Walker |

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.

Raymond Niro of Niro Law Ltd. (HANDOUT).

Niro Firm Lashes Back at Litigation Funder's Lawsuit

By Scott Flaherty |

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 Eyes Smiling at Legal Opportunities From UK’s Brexit Vote

By Jennifer Henderson |

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.

Paul Clement of Bancroft following a funeral mass for late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Feb. 20, 2016.

Want To Do Conservative Pro Bono? Good Luck.

By Vivia Chen |

Most projects skew left. But some lawyers and firms have bucked the trend.

Recruiter's Wage Case Against Lateral Link Dismissed

By Nell Gluckman |

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 office in Boston's Seaport district (HANDOUT).

'Goodwin,' 'Nutter' Join Rebranding Bandwagon

By Scott Flaherty |

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.

Donald Landwehrle/iStockphoto

Where in the World Is Your Fenwick & West Lawyer?

By Nell Gluckman |

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.

Return of the Jedi.

Chicago Lawyer Wins Battle Over George Lucas Museum

By Roy Strom |

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.

The Churn

Reed Smith Rebuilds Partner Ranks, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

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.

Deal Watch: London Falls, But M&A Must Carry On

By Jennifer Henderson |

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.

Defense attorney F. Lee Bailey (Pool/Reuters/Newscom).

Legendary Trial Lawyer F. Lee Bailey Files for Bankruptcy

By Nell Gluckman |

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.

ROSS Intelligence CEO Andrew Arruda.

Q&A: Legal AI Pioneer ROSS Takes Stock After First Year

By Susan Beck |

Andrew Arruda, the 27-year-old founder of ROSS Intelligence, says his company's technology is already serving hundreds of lawyers.

BuckleySandler's Andrew Sandler.

DC Firm Pushes Back On Associate Raises

By Katelyn Polantz |

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.

Haynes and Boone Tie-Up Breaks Trans-Atlantic Merger Drought

By Julie Triedman |

New data on law firm mergers this year shows fewer international deals and a slowdown in major combinations.

Brexit fall

Brexit Vote Clouds Big-Firm Lawyers' M&A Crystal Balls

By Julie Triedman |

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.

Foley & Lardner Lands Leading Kaye Scholer Chicago Litigator

By Roy Strom |

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.

Dentons' Africa Head Leaves Global Giant for Boutique

By Julie Triedman |

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.

Sanjay Valvani departs federal court after a hearing following his arrest on June 15. Valvani killed himself one week later.

When a Client Commits Suicide

By Scott Flaherty |

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?

Legal Recruiting Giant Buys Rights to Legal Department Reports

By Nell Gluckman |

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.

Proskauer, Loeb & Loeb, Cooley Bring NHL to Las Vegas

By Brian Baxter |

Ice hockey in the desert might have somewhat of a checkered history in the National Hockey League, but three Am Law 200 firms are advising on a $500 million deal announced late Wednesday to bring a professional hockey franchise to Sin City.

Longtime Staffer Lobs Bias Lawsuit at Jones Day

By Nell Gluckman |

A former Jones Day business development and communications manager filed a complaint against the firm for gender, age and pregnancy discrimination.

Ralph Sutton of Bentham IMF.

A Litigation Funding Pitch for Law Firms: You'll Get Paid

By Roy Strom |

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.

Gawker founder Nick Denton walks out of the courthouse on March 18, 2016, in St. Petersburg, FL (Eve Edelheit/ZUMA Press/Newscom).

Ropes & Gray Seeks Fees for Gawker Bankruptcy Work

By Scott Flaherty |

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 'The Floating Piers,' Lake Iseo, Italy (Photos by Wolfgang Volz).

Bryan Cave Helps Artist Christo Walk on Water

By Nell Gluckman |

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.

Latham & Watkins offices in Washington, D.C. April 1, 2015.

Flush With Cash, Latham & Watkins Extends Lateral Spree

By Julie Triedman |

Prime partners at lockstep firms are favored targets as the firm surfs the lateral market.

Donald Trump

Trump and the Rule of Law, Continued

By Steven J. Harper |

Donald Trump’s actions have a troubling precedent. But there’s method to his madness.

The Toronto skyline.

EY Hires Norton Rose Fulbright Partner As Big Four Continue Push Into Law

By Chris Johnson |

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.

People line up expecting to buy food outside a supermarket in Caracas, Venezuela (Ivan Alvarado/REUTERS/Newscom).

Foreign Law Firms on Edge as Venezuela Teeters

By Julie Triedman |

Amid food shortages and rising political unrest, major firms in Caracas are doing what they can to weather the storm.

Sham Aldhaher, a Syrian child born last year without an eye who has received approval to receive emergency surgery in Spain.

In 'Baby Sham' Case, Reed Smith Weighs Risks for a Refugee Family

By Nell Gluckman |

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.

The Churn

K&L Gates’ Partner Churn Continues, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

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.

Dentons offices in Washington, D.C. November 12, 2014.

Dentons, Referral Industry Square Off Ahead of New Network Launch

By Julie Triedman |

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.

Jose Hernandez (in gray) holds hands with friend Victor Bayez as they grieve the loss of close friends Amanda Alvear and Mercedez Flores at a vigil in downtown Orlando, Fla., Monday, June 13, 2016.

After Orlando, Firms Offer Pro Bono Help On Gun Control

By Nell Gluckman |

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.

Deal Watch: Morgan Lewis Makes Work for BASF

By Jennifer Henderson |

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.

McDermott Will & Emery's Washington, D.C. offices. November 3, 2014.

Who Will Take the Reins At McDermott?

By Susan Beck |

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.

Bastiaan Slabbers/iStockphoto

For Disney's Lawyers, a Florida Nightmare and a Chinese Debut

By Julie Triedman |

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.

The Churn

McDermott Adds Amid Leadership Change, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

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.

A rendering of Cornell Tech's planned campus on Roosevelt Island in New York City.

Big Law Alums Join Cornell Tech LLM Inaugural Class

By MP McQueen |

Law firms and their former associates are taking notice as an incubator for budding tech lawyers takes shape in New York City.

Sullivan & Cromwell Faces Fee Challenge in Primorsk Bankruptcy

By Scott Flaherty |

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.

Flint, Michigan (DenisTangneyJr/iStockphoto).

Flint Taps Foley & Lardner Following City Attorney Allegations

By Jennifer Henderson |

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.

Members of a Chinese delegation of lawyers speaking at an event at Hogan Lovells in Washington D.C. in June. The organizer of the visit, Chu Wang, is second from right.

On U.S. Tour, Chinese Lawyers Soak Up Big Law Lessons

By Julie Triedman |

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.

A Closer Look at Law Firm Diversity

By MP McQueen |

More charts from The American Lawyer's annual Diversity Scorecard reveal the racial and ethnic demographics of individual law firms.

Hey, Associates: 7 Ways to Spend Your Pay Raise

Need ideas on how to splurge a little with your well deserved pay hike? Take a look.

Robert Cook of Cleary Gottlieb (HANDOUT).

FINRA Taps Cleary Gottlieb Partner Robert Cook as CEO

By Scott Flaherty |

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.

Five Firms Grab Roles on Latest Cybersecurity Transaction

By Nell Gluckman |

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.


White Female Privilege

By Vivia Chen |

Economic status, not necessity, is what allows women to stick it out in jobs.

Big Firms Slow to Answer Legal Services Funding Plea

By Susan Beck |

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.

The Churn

Cooley Hires Back Ex-Partner, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

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.

Shook, Hardy & Bacon, John Murphy and Madeleine McDonough (HANDOUT).

Shook Hardy Elects First Woman as Firm Leader

By MP McQueen |

Madeleine McDonough will succeed outgoing chairman John Murphy, who served 15 years as head of the products liability litigation defense giant.