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Report: Law Firms Consolidating at Record Setting Pace

By Nell Gluckman |

In the first half of 2015, 48 law firms announced mergers, the highest half-year total in nine years, according to the legal consultancy Altman Weil.

Quinn Slashes Summer Program. Should Your Firm?

By Vivia Chen |

Is your firm better off without a summer associate program?

Bomb Injures Canadian Lawyer; Client’s Ex-Husband Charged

By Jennifer Henderson |

A bomb blast shook the office of a Winnipeg boutique Friday, severely injuring an associate romantically linked to a recently disbarred Canadian lawyer. Police have arrested a client's former husband in connection with the attack.

The Churn

MoFo Hires Latham's M&A Co-Chair, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Latham & Watkins corporate partner Graeme Sloan in London joined Morrison & Foerster as co-chair of its M&A group; Covington & Burling brings back a high-profile former U.S. attorney general; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. at the downtown Washington office of Covington & Burling on June 30, 2015.

Holder's Return to Covington Was Six Years in the Making

By Katelyn Polantz |

Covington & Burling celebrates a homecoming this week as Eric Holder Jr., the nation's first black attorney general, rejoins the firm as a white-collar partner. Covington's latest high-profile hire will officially start at the firm in September.

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. at the downtown Washington office of Covington & Burling on June 30, 2015.

Q&A: Eric Holder Jr. Returns to Private Practice

By Tony Mauro and Katelyn Polantz |

Eric Holder Jr. has returned home to Covington & Burling after more than six years as U.S. attorney general, and he said it is the "last stop" in his legal career—and even ruled out a U.S. Supreme Court appointment, if he is asked. Holder spoke also about the opportunities he will have at Covington, in addition to his practice, to advocate for his long-running causes—including improving race relations and access to justice.

Deal Watch: Skadden Celebrates Holiday Weekend Atop M&A League Tables

By Jennifer Henderson |

M&A league tables for the first half of 2015 compiled by Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters show Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom leading the pack among legal advisers, while several other Am Law 100 firms prepare to fete the Fourth of July with some insurance-related transactional work.

Partner Pay Spreads: Minding the Gap

Wondering how many multiples of your pay your fellow partners may be earning? Indulge your insecurities with this handy interactive chart.

Pillsbury chair Jim Rishwain

Pillsbury Chair Takes Stock After Departures

By Julie Triedman |

Pillsbury chair Jim Rishwain answered our questions about a spate of recent partner defections, the firm’s merger outlook, and the search for his eventual replacement.

Lawyers in Dewey Trial Spar Over What Constitutes Proper Accounting

By Nell Gluckman |

Defense counsel in the trial of three ex-Dewey & LeBoeuf executives pressed their argument Thursday that many of the accounting adjustments made by former firm employees were appropriate. The prosecution has sought to portray those adjustments as acts of fraud.

Jobs Report: Legal Services Industry Takes a Hit

By MP McQueen |

The Labor Department’s June jobs report showed that the legal services industry lost 800 jobs, more than erasing the meager gains that the industry enjoyed in May.

Goodwin Procter Leader Says Firm Committed to Diversity, Growth

By Julie Triedman |

Three months after Goodwin Procter said it would slash 2 percent of its workforce, the Boston-based Am Law 100 announced three private equity hires Wednesday in its hometown and London. The Am Law Daily caught up with chairman David Hashmall to discuss his plans for Goodwin Procter as he approaches the end of his first year as leader.

Dewey Defense Argues Accounting Adjustments Were Proper

By Nell Gluckman |

A former Dewey & LeBoeuf budget director cooperating with the New York County District Attorney’s Office in its prosecution of three former firm leaders conceded during cross-examination Wednesday that some accounting adjustments are legitimate.

Words That Scare Women

By Vivia Chen |

Are words like "ambitious" and "competitive salary" turning women off?

Syngenta AG Golden Harvest brand hybrid seed corn seedlings grow in a field in Princeton, Illinois, U.S., on Friday, May 8, 2015. Syngenta AG, the world's largest maker of agricultural chemicals, rejected a 41.7 billion Swiss-franc ($45 billion) takeover offer from U.S. rival Monsanto Co., saying it undervalued the company and a merger would have significant execution risks.

Wilmer’s Lobbyists Seek to Keep Monsanto Out of Regulatory Weeds

By Jennifer Henderson |

After building out its lobbying group with a pair of seasoned hires over the past two years, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr has dug into advising agribusiness behemoth Monsanto on its effort to acquire Swiss seed technology rival Syngenta.

Dentons' Eye Still Wandering as McKenna Long Ties the Knot

By Julie Triedman |

With Dentons' merger with McKenna Long & Aldridge becoming official on Wednesday, we asked the firm's leaders about the impending combination with China's Dacheng—and what other global tie-ups may be in store.

Herbert Smith Freehills Grows Profits, Shrinks Debt Amid Flat Revenues

By Chris Johnson |

Herbert Smith Freehills achieved strong profit growth in the last financial year despite largely flat revenues, the firm announced Wednesday.

The Churn

Paul Hastings Poaches Foursome, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

A leading structured finance team leaves Ashurst for Paul Hastings; a Quinn Emanuel associate development director moves on; Dentons closes on a combination; DLA Piper bolts on a boutique Down Under; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Cadwalader Partner, Federal Judge Broaden Scope of Re-Enactments

By Nell Gluckman |

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft partner Kathy Chin and her husband, Judge Denny Chin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, have been presenting re-enactments of cases important to Asian-American legal history for nearly a decade. Now, they will broaden the scope of their work to commemorate cases involving other minority groups.

(From left) Stephen DiCarmine, Zachary Warren, Joel Sanders, and Steven Davis are led into court on Thursday March 6, 2014.

Former Dewey Financial Controller Testifies to Falsifying Records

By Nell Gluckman |

Ilya Alter, a former director of budgeting and planning at Dewey & LeBoeuf, admitted in testimony Tuesday in the criminal trial of three former firm executives that he helped falsify accounting records at the now-defunct firm. Alter is one of seven former Dewey & LeBoeuf employees who have agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in exchange for a lighter sentence.

John M. Dowd

‘Mad Dog’ of Sports Radio Meets Match in Ex-Akin Gump Partner

By Brian Baxter |

John Dowd, a former Marine and veteran Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld litigator who retired from the firm earlier this year, appeared on SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio with Christopher Russo to discuss his investigation 26 years ago that led to a lifetime ban of Major League Baseball icon Pete Rose. It did not go well.

Former Law School Roommates Take Charge in Chicago

By Madeline Farber |

Rebecca Eisner and Lydia Kelley used to share mac and cheese dinners and cram for exams together. Now they oversee nearly 600 lawyers as managing partners of the Chicago offices of Mayer Brown and McDermott Will & Emery, respectively.

Dewey & LeBoeuf NYC

Ex-Dewey Senior Partner Says Probe News Scuttled Merger Deal

By Julie Triedman |

Defense lawyers for three former Dewey & LeBoeuf executives had some tough questions during their cross-examination of a former executive committee member from the now-defunct firm.

The Churn

Musical Chairs at Kirkland & Ellis; Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Kirkland snags a top London tax partner but loses three others; McKenna Long & Aldridge sees more lateral movement ahead of its deal with Dentons; Shearman & Sterling opens in Saudi Arabia; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Dealmaker of the Week: Richard Hall of Cravath, Swaine & Moore

By Jennifer Henderson |

Hall advised Delhaize Group in its merger with Koninklijke Ahold NV, which will create a combined company valued at $29 billion.

Cleary Bankruptcy Pro Takes On Gay 'Conversion Therapy'

By Madeline Farber |

After Friday's victory for same-sex marriage, the notion that gays and lesbians need to be "cured" might seem almost quaint. Not so for Jim Bromley's pro bono clients, who won a resounding jury verdict this week against a group that promised to purge their homosexuality.

Ex-Dewey Finance Partner Recalls Fateful 2010 Bond Offering

By Julie Triedman |

Richard Shutran, the former co-head of Dewey & LeBoeuf’s corporate department who took the lead on a $150 million private placement by the firm, testified Thursday that he was never in the loop about its shaky financial situation.

From Fitbit to Fogo de Chão, Big-Firm Lawyers Enjoying IPO Party

By Brian Baxter |

From Fitbit to Fogo de Chão, capital markets lawyers at Am Law 100 firms are reaping the benefits from a fresh round of initial public offerings, as June shapes up to be potentially the best month by volume for U.S. listings since 1999.

Deal Watch: Cravath Goes Big on Groceries and Unsolicited Bids

By Jennifer Henderson |

The Am Law 100 firm took the lead this week for clients such as The Williams Companies, Cigna and Delhaize on a trio of potential deals totaling some $124 billion in value.

South Carolina’s Nelson Mullins Joins Chorus On Confederate Flag

By Jennifer Henderson |

A week after the killings at Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, one of the state’s oldest and largest firms came out against one of the South’s most controversial emblems.

Defense Digs Deeper Into Emails Between Ex-Dewey Partners

By Nell Gluckman |

The defense counsel for three former Dewey & LeBoeuf executives accused of fraud and other crimes further dissected emails that were sent between partners on the executive committee of legacy firm LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae.

Guest Column: Six Ways to Doom Yourself on the Bar Exam

By Mary Campbell Gallagher |

Here's what bar exam veterans say not to do.

Tom Brady

Gibson Dunn Takes the Field in Deflategate Appeal

By Jennifer Henderson |

Partner Andrew Tulumello joined Winston & Strawn’s Jeffrey Kessler on Tuesday to contest quarterback Tom Brady’s suspension.

The Churn

Sidley Hires Again in LA, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

A month after opening a second office in Los Angeles, Sidley Austin raids Paul Hastings for a real estate pro; Proskauer Rose picks up a regional private equity head from Baker & McKenzie; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Infighting, Power Struggle Presaged Dewey & LeBoeuf’s Creation

By Nell Gluckman |

Inflammatory emails between executive committee members at legacy firm LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae were shown to the jury during the trial of three former firm executives who went on to top roles at Dewey & LeBoeuf, the 1,400-lawyer firm formed through a 2007 merger with Dewey Ballantine that filed for bankruptcy five years later.

Law Firm Investments Pay Off in $2.1 Billion Kythera Deal

By Jennifer Henderson |

Partner earnings are still making their way into client coffers through law firm investment funds—and firms are reaping both returns and deal work from their investment targets.

Another Kaye Scholer Practice Leader Heads to Hughes Hubbard

By Brian Baxter |

Robert Bell, co-head of Kaye Scholer’s antitrust practice in Washington, D.C., has joined Hughes Hubbard & Reed as a partner. Bell is the third practice leader to leave Kaye Scholer in recent weeks.

Ex-Dewey Rainmaker Says Partners Asked to Forgo Half of Salary

By Nell Gluckman |

The ongoing testimony of Ralph Ferrara, a salaried partner and former rainmaker at Dewey & LeBoeuf, painted a picture of the firm’s downfall that seemed sympathetic to the defense. Ferrara said the decision of certain key partners to leave the firm as they became aware of its grim finances contributed to its eventual bankruptcy.

The Churn

New Summer Digs for Skadden Trio, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Three former Skadden lawyers find new homes; Milbank adds a Magic Circle private equity pro in London; Locke Lord lands a 14-member team in Atlanta; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Gordon Silver to Fold in Sin City

By Nell Gluckman |

The longtime Las Vegas-based firm, which suffered a spate of partner departures this year, is in the process of winding down its operations.

Top Firms for Women for Equity and Power

By Vivia Chen |

Forty-four firms get WILEF's seal of approval.

New Rule Spells Trouble for For-Profit Law Schools

By Matt Leichter |

Accredited for-profit law schools will soon be subject to a new regulation that restricts federal loans to underperforming colleges. If only the government would hold all law schools similarly accountable.

Former Dewey Rainmaker Praises Bankrupt Firm's Leaders

By Julie Triedman |

Three former Dewey & LeBoeuf executives facing fraud and conspiracy charges got an unexpected lift late Thursday when a former partner glowingly extolled their work ethic and professional character. Ralph Ferrara, a veteran securities litigator, also described the lucrative payday he once received to switch firms.

Deal Watch: Am Law 100 Firms Flock to Pharma, as Kirkland and Skadden Snag China Work

By Jennifer Henderson |

Nearly a dozen billion-dollar deals were announced over the past week, ranging from homebuilders and retail buys to the privatization of a U.S.-listed Chinese technology company. At the same time, Am Law 100 firms had to look no further than the active pharmaceutical arena to add a few notable M&A engagements to their transactional ledger.

Cardinals, MLB Lawyer Up in Astros Hacking Probe

By Jennifer Henderson |

Several current and former Am Law 200 lawyers have been called to the field as one of baseball's favorite franchises faces unprecedented scrutiny.

Ex-Dewey Employee Says Most Partners Didn’t Question Backdated Checks

By Nell Gluckman |

Former client relations manager Suzanna Sanchez testified Wednesday that Dewey & LeBoeuf partners knew she was asking for backdated checks in order to meet year-end collections targets and didn't question the activity.

Herbert Smith Freehills Latest Big Firm to Close Mideast Outpost

By Brian Baxter |

The London-based legal giant became the latest Global 100 firm to consolidate its operations in the Middle East by announcing plans to close its Abu Dhabi office and relocate its five lawyers in the city to Dubai.

The Churn

Freshfields’ U.S. Hiring Spree Continues, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

The Magic Circle firm snags a senior Simpson Thacher & Bartlett civil litigation partner in New York; Sheppard Mullin adds a three-lawyer IP team from Pillsbury; King & Spalding opens in Tokyo; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

(From left) Stephen DiCarmine, Zachary Warren, Joel Sanders, and Steven Davis are led into court on Thursday March 6, 2014.

Dewey Client Manager Says Firm Missed Collections Target

By Julie Triedman |

Suzanna Sanchez, a former client relations and collections manager, testified that Dewey & LeBoeuf's former leaders instructed partners to ask clients in January 2010 to backdate checks for matters to the previous month so the struggling firm could book them as 2009 collections.

Ex-Utah AG Faces Lesser Charge Over Troutman Sanders Move

By Nell Gluckman |

But Mark Shurtleff, who briefly joined Troutman Sanders after leaving office in 2013, still faces hefty criminal charges related to his time as AG and his move into private practice.

Ice Melts in Arizona for Former Class Action King

By Brian Baxter |

Former high-flying plaintiffs lawyer Andrew Barroway is preparing to divest himself of a controlling stake in the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes that he acquired last year, as the team finds itself involved in a $200 million litigation battle with the Phoenix suburb of Glendale.

Outgoing Department of Financial Services superintendent Benjamin Lawsky.

Ex-Weil Partner Named Wall St. Watchdog's Interim Chief

By Jennifer Henderson |

As the wait for a permanent successor to Benjamin Lawsky continues, it will fall to his deputy, former Weil partner Anthony Albanese, to keep the banks on their toes as acting head of New York’s Department of Financial Services.

Should You Go to UC Irvine Law School?

By Vivia Chen |

Q&A with admissions director Janice Austin.

Dewey & LeBoeuf NYC

Dewey Witness Says He Falsely Reclassified Firm Chairman’s Money

By Nell Gluckman |

David Rodriguez, a former Dewey & LeBoeuf partner relationship specialist, testified Monday that he reclassified disbursements made to departed partners, of counsel and, perhaps most notably, Steven Davis, chairman of the now-defunct firm. But defense lawyers suggested that such accounting maneuvers are perfectly legal.

Colt Targets O'Melveny As Debt Forces Bankruptcy Filing

By David Bario |

Long after the Colt .45 tamed the American West, Samuel Colt's namesake company is waving the white flag in a showdown with its creditors.

The Churn

O’Melveny and Pillsbury Departures Continue, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Willkie Farr, Winston & Strawn and Sheppard Mullin make hires from two struggling firms with California roots; Blank Rome bolts on an IP boutique in Houston; Fried Frank loses its last partner in Asia; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

New Pot Bar Has Some Lawyers Seeing Green

By Nell Gluckman |

After going live last week, a pot bar began luring lawyers nationwide into its ranks. The National Cannabis Bar Association counts a current Akerman partner and former Reed Smith partner as members of its founding board of directors as the organization seeks to bring a relatively niche practice area into the mainstream.

Dealmakers of the Week: Jeffrey Rosen and Kevin Schmidt of Debevoise & Plimpton

By Jennifer Henderson |

Rosen and Schmidt snagged roles advising the financial wizards behind Canada's state pension fund as they prepare to acquire a $12 billion chunk of GE Capital.

When Supporting a Cause Undermines It

By Steven J. Harper |

Sometimes the most effective way to support a cause is to maintain a safe distance from it.

Deal Watch: Sullivan & Cromwell Snags Work for Teva, Tokio Marine

By Jennifer Henderson |

The firm is advising Tokio Marine in its $7.5 billion insurance company buy and has unexpectedly picked up work on Teva’s $40 billion bid for Mylan.

Dewey Defense Lawyers Drill Down On Cooperator

By Julie Triedman |

Defense counsel for Joel Sanders, Dewey & LeBoeuf’s former CFO, struck back hard Thursday at the prosecution's most damaging witness to date, the third-ranking finance department manager at the firm, who pleaded guilty to a lesser criminal charge in 2014.

Cozen, McKenna Long at Opposite Ends of Growth Spectrum

By Brian Baxter |

With the NLJ 350 inspiring law firms to size up their competitors this week, we took a look at the Am Law 200 firms that saw their legal ranks fluctuate the most through the first six months of 2015.

Gina DeJesus, left, and Amanda Berry in downtown Cleveland.

For Kidnapping Survivors' Lawyers, A Pro Bono Case Like No Other

By Jennifer Henderson |

The end of a decade of abuse and imprisonment for Amanda Berry and her fellow victims sparked joy, disgust, relief and endless questions. Among them: How could they ever put their lives back together after such an ordeal?

Dickstein Bankruptcy Lawyers Launch New York Boutique

By Brian Baxter |

Arnold Gulkowitz, who joined Dickstein Shapiro in 2007 and went on to head its bankruptcy and creditors’ rights group, has left the struggling firm’s New York office to start his own restructuring boutique, called Gulkowitz Berger.

Ex-Dewey Controller Admits to Making False Financial Adjustments

By Nell Gluckman |

Thomas Mullikin, a former key financial manager at Dewey & LeBoeuf, told a jury in the criminal trial of three former firm executives that he and others made false adjustments to accounting records in order inflate net income. Mullikin said this was done at the start of 2009 to avoid breaking agreements that the firm had with lenders.

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.'s headquarters in Jerusalem.

Kirkland's Conflict Woes Worsen in Teva Takeover Case

By David Bario |

A judge found that Kirkland & Ellis ignored ethical obligations to snag a role as deal counsel to Teva Pharmaceutical in its $40 billion hostile bid for Mylan. But Kirkland’s loss is Sullivan & Cromwell’s gain, as Teva announced that S&C will step in to advise the company in the takeover fight.

The Churn

McKenna Long Departures Mount, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Ahead of its proposed combination with Dentons, more partners have left McKenna Long & Aldridge, even as the latter makes a hire of its own; Latham & Watkins lands another O’Melveny & Myers rainmaker; Nelson Mullins and Barnes & Thornburg open new offices; Delta Air Lines taps Dorsey & Whitney for a new legal chief; and more notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Squire Patton Team Wins Release of 'Angola Three' Inmate

By Nell Gluckman |

A federal judge in Louisiana agreed to release Albert Woodfox after four decades in prison, but the state’s attorney general has appealed.

The current midtown home of Boies, Schiller & Flexner, on Lexington Ave around the corner from the Four Seasons.

Boies Schiller Signs On As Hudson Yards Pioneer

By Jennifer Henderson |

Boies, Schiller & Flexner will be 55 Hudson Yards' first commercial tenant, leaving east midtown and the Four Seasons behind.

Steven Davis, Joel Sanders and Stephen DiCarmine

Prosecutors Cite Emails Suggesting Dewey Defendants Duped Lenders

By Julie Triedman |

Prosecutors in the criminal trial of three former Dewey & LeBoeuf executives for the first time Tuesday presented evidence that sought to show that defendants lied to their bankers about how the now-defunct firm spent the money it received from lenders. Meanwhile, a former entertainment partner at the firm lost a court fight in London.

Interactive Chart: Law Firm Diversity Remains Elusive

Using data from The American Lawyer's 2015 Diversity Scorecard, we've charted the number of minority lawyers at 220 firms in a single interactive.

Dewey & LeBoeuf NYC

As Jurors Fight Drowsiness, Bank Exec Takes Stand At Dewey Trial

By Nell Gluckman |

Richard Walden, a senior credit executive in the private bank capital advisory group at financial services giant JPMorgan Chase, testified about bank loans that now-defunct Dewey & LeBoeuf received in the years prior to its collapse.

Childless Women Are Scorned

By Vivia Chen |

Think childless women are treated with more respect at the office? Hah!

 For its new back-office digs, pictured here, Fish & Richardson transformed a former food court.

Big Law's Big Mac Move: Fish & Richardson Takes Over Food Court

By Jennifer Henderson |

Here's one option for the beleaguered fast-food industry: Close the burger joints and lease the space to law firms instead.

Birmingham, England.

In UK First, Law Firm Raises $45 Million Via IPO

By Brian Baxter |

A month after Gateley announced that it would become the first law firm in the U.K. to tap into public markets, the 350-lawyer shop raised more than $45 million in an initial public offering on London’s Alternative Investment Market.

The Churn

Anne Hathaway’s Dad Joins Drinker Biddle, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Drinker Biddle & Reath adds a labor and employment partner with star power; Bryan Cave parts ways with a former senator; Greenberg Traurig grabs two former Dewey & LeBoeuf dealmakers; four firms raid Kirkland & Ellis; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

London skyline

ALM Announces 2015 Transatlantic Legal Award Winners

At a London event, lawyers and firms are honored for excellence in transatlantic matters involving corporate, finance and litigation work, innovation, commitment to pro bono, outstanding transatlantic strategy and rising stars under 40.

Kardashian, Jenner Lawyer Among 13 Destined for Dickinson Wright

By Nell Gluckman |

Dickinson Wright is hiring 13 lawyers from Gordon Silver, a struggling Las Vegas-based firm now down to its final six partners. The additions give the Detroit-based Am Law 200 firm an office in Reno, Nevada, as well as the services of an IP partner who represents the Kardashian family and newly minted Caitlyn Jenner. While Gordon Silver’s fate remains uncertain, Jenner is breaking new ground.

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Jobs Report: Legal Employment Inched Ahead in May

By MP McQueen |

Legal industry job gains barely registered in May, continuing a pattern of anemic growth since the Great Recession.

Jobs Report: U.S. Gains 300 Legal Jobs in May

By MP McQueen |

The U.S. legal industry gained 300 jobs in May from April, essentially no growth from a month earlier. Legal services gained 3,400 jobs from May 2014 through May 2015, which also is flat growth according to BLS officials. But the number of jobs increased every month but March this year.

Steven Davis, Joel Sanders and Stephen DiCarmine

The Dewey Trial: Truth, Justice or Neither?

By Steven J. Harper |

Will the trial of three former Dewey & LeBoeuf leaders leave the most important questions unanswered? Let’s hope not.

Transatlantic GC Summit Highlights Regulatory Divide

By Chris Johnson |

"I've never met a lawyer that would prefer to make a judgment than follow a rule," said one attendee, reflecting on U.K. and U.S. approaches to regulation.

Miller Canfield Latest Big Firm to Find a Match in Chicago

By Brian Baxter |

Another week, another law firm combination in Chicago. Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone is poised to join several of its Detroit-based brethren in the Windy City by bolting on 10 lawyers from local boutique Kubasiak, Fylstra, Thorpe & Rotunno.

FIFA Taps Quinn Emanuel Amid Ongoing Corruption Probe, As Others Grab Key Roles

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

William Burck, a former deputy counsel to President George W. Bush, is advising soccer’s embattled world governing body on a massive corruption investigation initiated by the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI. Sidley Austin has also been called in to counsel CONCACAF, while Clifford Chance, Cleary Gottlieb and Holland & Knight are lining up for individual defendants.

Out of the Wild, and Into Big Law

By Nell Gluckman |

IP litigator Michael Simons recalls his early childhood growing up in a two-room log cabin three-and-a-half miles from the road in Canada’s northwest Yukon Territory. The Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld partner says his upbringing helps him keep things in perspective during difficult trials.

Deal Watch: Am Law 100 Firms Chip Away at Intel’s $16.7 Billion Altera Buy

By Jennifer Henderson |

On the heels of Avago Technologies' $37 billion buy of Broadcom, a handful of Am Law 100 firms have found themselves at the helm of another big microchip merger between two California-based companies.

Robbins Russell Hires Apple Monitor Michael Bromwich

By Nell Gluckman |

Former Mayer Brown, Fried Frank and Goodwin Procter partner Michael Bromwich, a key figure in the Apple e-books antitrust case, has joined high-powered litigation boutique Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck, Untereiner & Sauber.

After Getting Personal With Client, Ex-Am Law 200 Partner Gets Probation

By Jennifer Henderson |

Missouri's Supreme Court showed little patience for former Lathrop & Gage partner Allison Bergman, who engaged in an undisclosed romantic and sexual relationship with a former client, the court said in handing down a disciplinary order of two years’ probation on May 26.

MoFo Helps ‘Homeland’ Find a Home in Germany

By Zoe Ferguson |

Less than two years after opening in Berlin, Morrison & Foerster is advising Rupert Murdoch’s Twentieth Century Fox on the production of a fifth season of hit cable drama “Homeland,” as it prepares to become the first major U.S. television show to film in Germany.

Two More Ex-Dewey & LeBoeuf Partners Say Firm Cut Corners

By Julie Triedman |

Deirdre Johnson and Fred Reinke—two former Dewey & LeBoeuf insurance partners now at Crowell & Moring and Mayer Brown, respectively—testified Wednesday that the now-defunct firm fudged already opaque financial data. Another witness, an accountant from PwC, then told jurors about lucrative guaranteed pay deals for firm partners.

The Churn

A Bevy of New Hires at McDermott, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

McDermott Will & Emery adds 17 lawyers from K&L Gates and a Chicago-based IP boutique; three firms make additions through mergers; more McKenna Long & Aldridge partners peel away ahead of the latter’s deal with Dentons; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

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DLA Piper Raises Stake South of the Border With Colombian Connection

By Jennifer Henderson |

The global legal giant has expanded its Latin American presence by inking a cooperation agreement with Martinez Neira Abogados (MNA) in Bogota, Colombia.

Dewey LeBoeuf attorneys enter Criminal Court for arraignment...Attorney Elkan Abramowitz, left leave the arraignment with his client Steven Davis. Thursday March 6, 2014

Dewey & LeBoeuf Defense Puts Hooks Into Ex-Partner on Cross-Examination

By Nell Gluckman |

A lawyer for former Dewey & LeBoeuf chair Steven Davis got aggressive during his cross-examination of former firm tax partner John Salmon. Elkan Abramowitz sought to dispel the notion put forth by prosecutors that Dewey & LeBoeuf’s executives did not provide partners with financial information about the now-defunct firm as it struggled to remain profitable during the recession.

Are Pro-Family Policies Hurting Women's Careers?

By Vivia Chen |

So many options. So many ways to kill your career.

Brawls With League Yield More Big Legal Bills for NFL Players

By Brian Baxter |

The National Football League Players Association filed its annual financial report with the U.S. Department of Labor, which shows that the powerful professional sports union has paid big money to lawyers from five leading Am Law 100 firms.

Empire State Merger Could Forge A New Am Law 200 Firm

By Jennifer Henderson |

After months of tie-up talks, Syracuse, New York-based Hiscock & Barclay and Buffalo, New York-based Damon Morey have agreed to combine operations into a 275-lawyer entity called Barclay Damon.

Dewey Defense Lawyers Suggest Lucrative Pay Deals Justified

By Julie Triedman |

As the second week of testimony in the criminal fraud trial of three former Dewey & LeBoeuf executives began Monday, defense lawyers attempted to put the most damaging evidence introduced by prosecutors into a context more favorable to their clients.

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The End of Lockstep? Not So Fast.

By Chris Johnson |

News that Linklaters is to finally modify its lockstep has raised fresh questions over the long-term future of the compensation system. But with some tinkering, lockstep may prove more durable than many think.

Calling Mr. Mom

By Vivia Chen |

If more couples decided that he should stay home with the kids, women lawyers would thrive.

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Greenberg Traurig, Honigman Make Merger Moves

By Brian Baxter |

The two Am Law 200 firms are poised to expand in Boston and Chicago on June 1 by absorbing local boutiques.