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The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Profits Continue to Slide at Cadwalader

By Nell Gluckman |

Gross revenue and partner profits both took a hit in 2015.

Chasing Lateral Growth, Big Law Leaders Lose Their Way

By Steven J. Harper |

The evidence suggests that most managing partners are unable or unwilling to learn from their errors. Their firms pay the price.

Jobs Report: Legal Sector Has Rocky Start in 2016

By Nell Gluckman |

The legal industry lost 1,400 jobs in January, the U.S. Labor Department estimates.

An Early Look at the 2016 Am Law 100

Ahead of The American Lawyer's final Am Law 100 and 200 rankings, see the latest early reports on 2015 financial results from The Am Law Daily and its regional affiliates.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: McDermott Sees Modest Revenue Decline

By Susan Beck |

After four years of rising revenue, McDermott Will & Emery saw its gross revenue slip in 2015, while profits rose 3.3 percent for the firm’s somewhat diminished equity partnership.

Deborah Rhode.

At ABA Meeting, Bar Groups See Threat from Nonlawyers

By Susan Beck |

A modest proposal that hints at opening the door to nonlawyers providing simple legal services faces a tough fight at the American Bar Association’s midyear meetings.

Syngenta headquarters in Basel, Switzerland.

Deal Watch: ChemChina's Syngenta Merger Sets Record

By Brian Baxter |

Simpson Thacher, Davis Polk Clifford Chance and two leading Swiss firms take the lead on the largest outbound M&A deal ever by a Chinese company; and a look at the other big firms behind the latest slate of billion-dollar transactions.

Todd Rolapp, left, and Mark Manner, right.

Bass Berry Bags 10 Partners From Disbanding Tennessee Firm

By Brian Baxter |

Nashville-based regional firm Bass, Berry & Sims has taken on 10 partners from Harwell Howard Hyne Gabbert & Manner, a fellow Tennessee shop with the unique acronym h3gm that will now disband.

The Legal Profession's Drinking Problem Is Worse Than We Thought

By MP McQueen |

Law firm associates are especially prone to problem drinking, according to a major study released this week.

Mauricio Macri points as he rides in an open top car towards the presidential palace after he was sworn in as Argentina's new president in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015.

The Global Lawyer: The First Shoe Drops in Argentina

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

The beginning of the end of Argentina’s international bondholder battle means that important legal questions raised by the dispute will have to wait for answers.

Houston A La Carte: Behind Orrick's Texas Expansion

By Jennifer Henderson |

Orrick chose a logistically complex mix-and-match approach to populate its new Texas outpost.

(l-r) Stephen Meredith, Christopher Nelson, and Sarah Camougis.

Choate Hall Hires Three Locke Lord PE Partners in Boston

By Nell Gluckman |

A group of former Locke Lord partners, all of whom joined the firm from a year ago after it absorbed Edwards Wildman Palmer, have decamped for another Boston-based firm in Choate, Hall & Stewart. Locke Lord, however, responded by hiring Boston-based Foley Hoag’s former co-managing partner.

Tara Lee.

Quinn Emanuel Touts D.C. Hire as Another Practice Chief Leaves DLA Piper

By Scott Flaherty |

Washington litigator Tara Lee is the fourth DLA Piper practice leader to decamp for another firm in less than a week.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Paul Weiss Partner Profits Top $4 Million

By Julie Triedman |

For the 20th year straight, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison posted higher profits amid an abundance of billion-dollar lawsuits and multibillion-dollar deals.

Greenberg Traurig In Tie-Up Talks With Major British Firm

By Brian Baxter and Chris Johnson |

Greenberg Traurig, an Am Law 100 firm with Miami roots known for its spectacular growth, confirmed Wednesday that it is in preliminary discussions about a potential union with U.K. firm Berwin Leighton Paisner.

The Churn

Three Practice Leaders Leave DLA Piper, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

DLA Piper loses three practice leaders but merges in Europe; another Dickstein Shapiro partner departs; Jones Day opens in Brisbane; Orrick unveils its Houston hires; Quinn Emanuel adds an Israel expert; and other moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

McKool Smith Snags Kasowitz Benson Insurance Team

By Brian Baxter and Christine Simmons |

Robin Cohen, head of the insurance recovery group at Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman, is leading a team of lawyers leaving the firm for 175-lawyer McKool Smith.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: A Strong Year for Goodwin Procter

By Nell Gluckman |

The firm reported across-the-board growth in 2015, including a 14 percent uptick in partner profits.

Demme Doufekias.

Q&A: Morrison & Foerster Takes On Abortion Foes

By Scott Flaherty |

Partner Demme Doufekias discusses her victory in a Louisiana abortion rights challenge, the upcoming Supreme Court showdown in Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole, and her firm’s pro bono advocacy for women’s reproductive rights.

DLA Piper's Washington, D.C. offices.

DLA Piper Shakes Up Non-U.S. Compensation

By James Booth |

The firm's international LLP is introducing a new points-based system, bringing in a larger bonus pool and creating a separate lockstep for new partners.

U.S. Supreme Court

The Global Lawyer: Will Daimler Blow Up Terror Litigation?

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Daimler v. Bauman is undermining anti-terror law on jurisdictional grounds.

Is It Time To Set an LSAT Minimum for Law School Admission?

By Vivia Chen |

The number admitted law students with LSAT scores below 145 has increased 60 percent since 2010.

The Lawyer Who Said, 'This Ain't for Me'

By Nell Gluckman |

Of 16 high-powered New York real estate lawyers videotaped in an undercover sting by Global Witness, just one outright refused to help a purported foreign official funnel illicit funds into the U.S.

Sullivan & Cromwell Takes Rare Debtor Assignment for Primorsk

By Scott Flaherty |

The firm made an exception to its practice of shunning debtor’s-side Chapter 11 work—and to billing by the hour.

DLA Creates Nordic Verein Following Finland Merger

By Chris Johnson |

DLA Piper has created a new verein for its Nordic offices following a merger with Finnish firm Peltonen LMR.

The Churn

Holland & Knight Hires in Connecticut, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter and Christine Simmons |

The latest Dickstein Shapiro defectors are hired by Holland & Knight; Jones Day adds an IP trio; Kirkland & Ellis recruits a senior SEC official; Latham & Watkins lands a high-profile lateral in Germany; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Survey: Skadden Is Best-Known U.S. Legal Brand Among GCs

By MP McQueen |

Jones Day remains a stable second and DLA Piper and Morgan Lewis are moving up, according to a survey of general counsel by Acritas Research.

The Most Prized Lateral of 2015 Wasn't a Partner

By William Henderson and Christopher Zorn |

It was instead a four-person project management team. When the U.K.'s Herbert Smith Freehills hired those professional staffers amid lots of fanfare, it was a lesson to all firms about lateral hiring. Are you listening?

The Lateral Report: Moves Hit a Post-Recession High

It's been a boom year for hiring, our Lateral Survey shows. But can these new recruits really deliver?

Schiff Hardin Sees 22 Partners Leave to Open New Firm

By Jennifer Henderson |

Led by Schiff Hardin's former chairman Robert Riley and its former managing partner Ronald Safer, the departing group will open Riley, Safer, Holmes & Cancila in Chicago, San Francisco and New York.

Another Chance to Tackle Student Loan Debt

By Steven J. Harper |

An old program offering student debt relief has sprung to new life—for now.

Cravath, Paul Weiss Advise on Icahn-Backed Deal to Breakup Xerox

By Brian Baxter |

The two Am Law 100 firms have landed lead roles on a deal with activist investor Carl Icahn to split Xerox Corp. into two separate companies, one of which will house Xerox Legal Services.

Report: 2015 a Volatile Year for Law Firms

By Nell Gluckman |

A year-end report issued by Wells Fargo Private Bank’s Legal Specialty Group states that 2015 was a difficult one to characterize. Firms that are typically considered peers showed a great deal of disparity in their financial performance.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook Calls for Round Three in DLA Piper Fraud Case

By Scott Flaherty |

Facebook Inc. still isn’t ready to abandon its quest to hold DLA Piper and other law firms liable for representing accused fraudster Paul Ceglia.

The 10 Best and Worst Cities for Young Lawyers

By Vivia Chen |

Choose wisely. Otherwise, it can be a cold and lonely existence.

Robert Ruyak.

Ex-Howrey Chair Discusses His New Shop, Old Firm’s Demise

By Julie Triedman |

Former Winston & Strawn litigation partner Robert Ruyak spoke with The Am Law Daily about his recent decision to start his own boutique, the current litigation landscape and the fall of Howrey, a now-defunct firm he once chaired.

Tyco Fire & Security headquarters in Boca Raton, Florida.

Deal Watch: Am Law 100, Irish Firms Team for Industrial Inversion

By Jennifer Henderson |

Wachtell, Simpson Thacher, Shearman & Sterling and Cleary Gottlieb are advising on a $20 billion corporate tax inversion deal between Johnson Controls and Tyco International; and a look at the other big firms behind the latest round of billion-dollar deals.

By the Numbers: Are the Biggest Firms the Most Profitable?

By Nicholas Bruch, ALI Legal Intelligence |

The short answer: no. Data on Global 100 firms from our researchers and analysts at ALM Legal Intelligence shows that firms with fewer offices and fewer foreign offices tend to have higher profit margins and profits per partner than bigger, more global firms.

Spotlight on Strategy: Middle-Market and Mergers for Fox Rothschild

By Jennifer Henderson |

The Philadelphia-based Am Law 100 firm has swore off international expansion to stick to its roots serving middle-market clients across a range of industries in the U.S.

Barnes & Thornburg Bags Four From Top Chicago IP Shop

By Nell Gluckman |

Having already hired a handful of litigators this week, Barnes & Thornburg dipped back into the lateral market Wednesday to snag four more partners for its IP practice from prominent Chicago-based boutique Brinks, Gilson & Lione.

The Government's Dismal Job Outlook for Lawyers

By Matt Leichter |

Law school enrollment is declining, but so are prospects for future legal employment.

German Shakeup Continues as Latham Boosts Buyouts With Senior Linklaters Hire

By Chris Johnson |

The shakeup of the German legal market shows no signs of abating in 2016, as Latham & Watkins has sought to rebuild its private equity offering in the country by hiring partner and practice head Rainer Traugott in Munich from Magic Circle firm Linklaters.

The Churn

Houston Hiring Market Stays Hot, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Paul Hastings and Kirkland & Ellis and several other big firms make key additions in Texas; Greenberg Traurig, Orrick and Sidley Austin keep hiring; Wilson Sonsini welcomes back a favorite son; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Patterson Belknap Loses Products Pro to Barnes & Thornburg

By Nell Gluckman |

After adding four litigators in Atlanta and Minneapolis, Barnes & Thornburg hired product liability expert James Murdica in Chicago from New York's Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler.

Luanda, Angola.

DLA Piper Expands Africa Network With Angolan Firm

By Jennifer Henderson |

The megafirm has set its sights on oil and mining-rich Angola through a new local alliance.

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin waves as she arrives on stage to endorse Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a rally at the Iowa State University, Tuesday, January 19, 2016, in Ames, Iowa.

Fashion, Sarah Palin and Power

By Vivia Chen |

Palin has redefined what ambitious women should wear.

At Latham, Associates Refinance Student Loans at Reduced Rates

By Nell Gluckman |

A relatively new program at Latham & Watkins allows associates to refinance their student loans at very low interest rates. The program attempts to address the increasingly high cost of a law school degree.

Rudolph William Louis

Former Partners: Giuliani's Political Comments Caused Tension

By Susan Beck |

Rudolph Giuliani's comments last February that President Barack Obama doesn't love America prompted some Bracewell clients to complain to the firm, partners said.

A Firm To Watch: King & Wood Mallesons

By Steven J. Harper |

Someday we’ll all know exactly what is happening there.

Brown Rudnick's Irish Practice Head Departs

By Jennifer Henderson |

Several months after Brown Rudnick was dragged into a political corruption scandal in Ireland, the former head of the firm's Irish practice has left the firm to reconstitute his own shop in Dublin.

The Churn

K&L Gates Going Gangbusters, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

After a series of lateral losses, K&L Gates hits the ground running with some new hires to start 2016; Dickstein Shapiro’s departures mount; Fried Frank launches a London restructuring practice and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Carrie Cohen, left, and Sheldon Silver, right.

Top Prosecutor Says U.S. Attorney's Office Is Family Friendly

By Vivia Chen |

Meet the mother of four who prosecuted one of the most powerful politicians in New York.

Defunct School Operator Sues Two Big Firms Over Big Legal Bills

By Nell Gluckman |

The trustee of a company that ran for-profit schools and filed for bankruptcy in 2014 has sued Williams & Connolly and Duane Morris, alleging that the billing practices of the two Am Law 100 firms were unfair.

After Beverage Bolt-On, Greenspoon Marder Gets Entertained

By Jennifer Henderson |

Florida's Greenspoon Marder, the newest entrant to The Am Law 200 and home to former Dewey & LeBoeuf CFO Joel Sanders, is adding an entertainment practice by snapping up Ziglaw, a small Miami music shop headed by ex-Greenberg Traurig partner Leslie Zigel.

Aerial view of the Suncor oil sands extraction facility on the banks of the Athabasca River and near the town of Fort McMurray in Alberta Province, Canada on October 23, 2009. Greenpeace is calling for an end to oil sands mining in the region due to their greenhouse gas emissions and have recently staged sit-ins which briefly halted production at several mines. At an estimated 175 billion barrels, Alberta's oil sands are the second largest oil reserve in the world behind Saudi Arabia, but they were neglected for years, except by local companies, because of high extraction costs. Since 2000, skyrocketing crude oil prices and improved extraction methods have made exploitation more economical, and have lured several multinational oil companies to mine the sands. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

Deal Watch: Rough Times in the Oil Patch

By Brian Baxter |

Unrest in the oil and gas industry and more microchip merger madness have yielded roles for several Am Law 100 firms in The Am Law Daily's look at the latest round of billion-dollar transactions.

St. George's School in Middletown, Rhode Island.

Foley Hoag Joins Sex Abuse Row at Elite New England School

By Jennifer Henderson |

St. George's School has retained Foley Hoag to replace a former Proskauer Rose lawyer in conducting an internal investigation at the embattled private boarding school, which is grappling with a decades-old sex abuse scandal.

Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz partners.  Top row from left to right: Brant Bishop, Sean Eskovitz, Eric Liebeler, and Brian Stekloff.  Bottom row from left to right: Alexandra Walsh, and Beth Wilkinson.

Wilkinson’s New Firm Aims to Train Younger Trial Lawyers

By Nell Gluckman |

All six partners at Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz—the trial boutique formed this week by star Paul Weiss litigator Beth Wilkinson—are under age 54. The goal, she said, is to give younger lawyers the kind of trial experience that can be hard to come by at a larger firm.

Citi Report: Managing Partners Losing Confidence in Economy

By MP McQueen |

For the first time in three years, firm leaders' confidence in the U.S. economy slumped into negative territory during the last quarter of 2015, according to a report by Citi Private Bank's law firm group.

The Churn

Greenberg Traurig Goes Beyond Rudy, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Besides allying with Rudy Giuliani in an election year, Greenberg Traurig has hired several other notable partners this month; Orrick opens in Houston; Paul Weiss litigators start their own boutique; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Want to Hire Smarter? Try Tougher Interviews

By Vivia Chen |

New study finds that difficult interviews yield higher employee satisfaction.

Paul Weiss' Wilkinson Launches New Firm With Kirkland, Covington Litigators

By Nell Gluckman |

Star Paul Weiss litigator Beth Wilkinson has left the firm to launch a new litigation boutique along with high-profile hires from Kirkland & Ellis and Covington & Burling.

Left to right: Washington Post foreign editor Douglas Jehl; Jason Rezaian; Washington Post editor Marty Baron; and Wilmer senior counsel Robert Kimmitt at the U.S. Army's regional medical center in Landstuhl, Germany, on Rezaian's first full day of freedom since July 22, 2014.

Lawyers for U.S., Iranian Captives Celebrate Prisoner Swap

By Nell Gluckman |

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, which represented reporter Jason Rezaian before his release from an Iranian prison, was just one of the American firms praising the latest diplomatic breakthrough in U.S.-Iran relations.

James Pagliaro, left, and R. Bruce McLean, right.

Having Led One Firm, Two Partners Now Seek to Advise Many

By Brian Baxter |

A pair of longtime Am Law 100 firm leaders, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius' James Pagliaro and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld's R. Bruce MacLean, recently retired from their respective firms to make the transition to the world of legal consulting.

Ted Cruz in Texas in 2009.

Which Big Firms Are Supporting Ted Cruz?

By Vivia Chen |

The Tea Party darling has friends in Big Law—even in New York City.

Lazard Snags Another Skadden Restructuring Leader

By Jennifer Henderson |

Kenneth Ziman, deputy practice leader of corporate restructuring at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York, is leaving the firm for Lazard. Ziman joins two former Skadden restructuring partners in making the move to the storied boutique investment bank.

Rudy Giuliani Jumps to Greenberg Traurig

By Susan Beck |

Greenberg Traurig gets a high-profile boost with the addition of Rudolph Giuliani and former federal prosecutor Marc Mukasey from Bracewell & Giuliani, which will change its name to Bracewell.

The Churn

Milbank, Katten Lose Practice Leaders, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Holland & Knight and Sidley Austin hire from Katten Muchin Rosenman and Milbank; a Skadden lawyer returns to public service; Allen & Overy hires in New York; King & Spalding takes two from Jones Day; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Corey Laplante.

New Associate Group Supports Legal Nonprofits

By Susan Beck |

A third-year associate at Skadden is taking an ambitious and novel approach to get associates to support legal aid groups and nonprofits that bring impact litigation.

Stephen DiCarmine leaving the courtroom after a mistrial was declared in the Dewey & Leboeuf trial, Oct. 19, 2015.

Facing Retrial, Dewey Defendants Urge Judge to Toss Charges

By Nell Gluckman |

Lawyers representing Stephen DiCarmine and Joel Sanders filed fresh briefs Friday asking a Manhattan state court judge to drop criminal charges against the defendants.

After Electrolux Deal Dies, Four Big Firms Help GE Unload Appliances Unit

By Jennifer Henderson |

Sidley Austin and Arnold & Porter have taken the lead for General Electric Co. as the industrial conglomerate continues to reinvent itself through the $5.4 billion sale of its appliance business to China’s Haier Group Corp.

Reed Smith Layoffs: A Sign of Things to Come?

By Gina Passarella and Christine Simmons |

More layoffs may be coming to Big Law as firms again hit the reset button.

The Crisis in Legal Education Is Over!

By Steven J. Harper |

Wishful thinking is never a sound strategy for success.

A Lawyer's Plan to Save Philadelphia's Newspapers

By Julie Triedman |

The new quasi-nonprofit ownership structure for the Philadelphia Inquirer is the brainchild of Richard Fox, who leads the philanthropic practice at 100-lawyer Dilworth Paxson.

Foley & Lardner Inks Lobbying Alliances in Two States

By Brian Baxter |

Two months after its trans-Atlantic merger talks with British firm Eversheds fell through, Foley & Lardner has struck alliances with government affairs shops in California and Michigan.

Nelson Mullins' Robert Crowe.

SEC Targets Nelson Mullins Partner in Alleged Pay-to-Play Scheme

By Scott Flaherty |

Top Nelson Mullins government relations partner Robert Crowe quickly denied being part of an illegal scheme by State Street Corp. to win pension-servicing contracts in Ohio.

Lewis Brisbois Continues Growth Spurt in East, Midwest

By Nell Gluckman |

The Am Law 100 firm announced that it has merged with the injury and insurance defense firm Mannion Gray, picking up new offices in five states.

Deal Watch: Entertainment Mergers Emerge Amid Oscar Season

By Jennifer Henderson |

With the Academy Awards just around the corner, a pair of billion-dollar entertainment industry deals awarded work to a handful of Am Law 200 firms and some big names in Canada.

Nortel Fee Bonanza Continues as Creditors Square Off in NY

By Julie Triedman |

As creditors fight over Nortel Networks’ $7.3 billion carcass, bankruptcy lawyers are feasting on the fees.

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Five Am Law 100 Firms Handling NFL’s LA Relocation Drama

By Brian Baxter |

Arnold & Porter, Covington & Burling, Dentons, Latham & Watkins and Munger, Tolles & Olson have landed roles on a deal that will return the National Football League to Los Angeles after a 21-year hiatus.

Hugh Christie, left, and Kim Ebert, right.

U.S. Employment Firms Continue Canadian Expansion

By Jennifer Henderson |

Following in the footsteps of a competitor, the labor and employment firm Ogletree Deakins opened its first Canadian office this week in Toronto.

Boston.

Wilson Sonsini to Open Boston Office in February

By Nell Gluckman |

Seeking to better serve clients in the life sciences sector, the Silicon Valley stalwart is headed to Boston, where conglomerate General Electric Co. announced it would move its headquarters Wednesday. Wilson Sonsini's new outpost will open with three partners.

GlaxoSmithKline headquaters.

GSK To Face Trial Over Reed Smith Partner's Suicide

By Scott Flaherty |

Five years after Reed Smith's Stewart Dolin stepped in front of an oncoming train, his widow moved closer to trial in a case accusing GlaxoSmithKline of hiding the suicide risks of its antidepressant Paxil.

The Churn

A Dentons Lawyer Gets Religion, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Dentons keeps expanding, but one lawyer in Chicago seeks a higher power; Clark Hill merges in the Windy City; Wilson Elser expands in two states; Orrick makes a handful of key hires; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Adam Chinn.

In Art Industry Deal, Ex-Wachtell Partner Chinn Lands at Sotheby's

By Nell Gluckman |

In acquiring Art Agency, Partners, Sotheby’s has also gained a new executive in former investment banker and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz partner Adam Chinn.

Jennifer Lawrence arrives at the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

Jennifer Lawrence's 'Joy' Is Personal for Ex-Cravath Lawyer

By Jennifer Henderson |

What’s it like to see your mom portrayed on the big screen by a Hollywood megastar?

Philippe Selendy.

Selendy Hire Unites Litigation Power Couple at Quinn Emanuel

By Scott Flaherty |

Formidable litigator Jennifer Selendy left Kirkland & Ellis for Quinn Emanuel, where she joins her husband Philippe.

ALM Buys UK's Legal Week From Incisive Media

By Nell Gluckman |

The parent company of The American Lawyer said that the acquisition, the fourth in recent years, better positions the company in key international markets.

Joel Rubinstein, left, and William Brady, right.

Winston & Strawn, Paul Hastings Make Key New York Hires

By Brian Baxter |

The two Am Law 100 firms, whose headquarters are outside New York, made moves Monday to bolster their corporate and finance practices in the Big Apple by raiding McDermott Will & Emery and Proskauer Rose.

Shire logos sit on the boxes of Elvanse tablets and Mezavant XL tablets, produced by Shire Plc, on Tuesday, July 8, 2014.

Six Firms Advise on First Pharmaceutical Megadeal of 2016

By Jennifer Henderson |

Cravath, Jones Day, Kirkland & Ellis, Ropes & Gray, Slaughter and May and Skadden have grabbed roles on the proposed $32 billion merger between rare disease drug makers Shire plc and Baxalta Inc.

Dan Webb

Amid Crisis, Chicago Turns to Winston's Dan Webb

By Scott Flaherty |

After enduring the scolding of a federal judge last week, the city of Chicago’s law department has tapped Winston & Strawn co-chairman Dan Webb to review the city's response to federal civil rights claims alleging police misconduct.

Arch Coal Taps Davis Polk in Latest Mining Bankruptcy

By David Bario |

The filing comes just weeks after senior lenders successfully blocked a debt swap deal that might have averted Chapter 11 for the mining juggernaut.

As President Obama struggles to close the detention facility, attorneys for detainees are continuing their efforts to secure the release of their clients.

'Guantánamo Bar' Keeps Up Pressure Amid New Detainee Transfers

By Julie Triedman |

The Obama administration has launched a renewed effort to winnow the remaining detainee population at Guantánamo Naval Base, according to lawyers who have long represented them.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie delivering his annual State of the State address in January 2015.

'Bridgegate' Takes a Strange Turn

By Steven J. Harper |

Just when you think a story is dead, it springs to life.

The Churn

Dickstein’s LA Leader Leaves Firm, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

An L.A. boutique adds four from Dickstein Shapiro; Barclays bags a Jenner & Block partner; Latham & Watkins lands a chief judge; Locke Lord hires from Volkswagen; Louis Freeh leaves Pepper Hamilton; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

St. George's School in Middletown, Rhode Island.

Ex-Greenberg Traurig Litigator Seeks Redemption for Sex Abuse Victims

By Jennifer Henderson |

Roderick “Eric” MacLeish Jr., an ex-Greenberg Traurig partner whose prior representation of sex abuse victims prompted a personal crisis and career retreat, is once again practicing law and advising clients pressing abuse claims against an elite Rhode Island boarding school.

Positive U.S. Jobs Report Extends to Legal Industry

By Scott Flaherty |

The legal services sector added 1,200 jobs last month, signaling steady growth since a dip in legal employment last summer.

Steven Davis entering criminal court in Manhattan in October.

Dewey’s Steven Davis Takes Deal Ahead of New Trial

By Nell Gluckman and Christine Simmons |

The retrial in the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal case will go ahead later this year without the defunct firm’s top partner, Steven Davis, who formally accepted a deferred prosecution agreement Friday in Manhattan state court.

Complaint Alleges Gender Discrimination at LeClairRyan

By Nell Gluckman |

Michele Craddock, a former LeClairRyan partner, has accused the firm of widespread gender discrimination when it comes to compensation and promotions.

Stock board.

Deal Watch: Record M&A Year Gives Way to More 2016 Transactions

By Jennifer Henderson |

With record-breaking M&A volume pushing past the $5 trillion mark in 2015, it's no surprise that deal-hungry Am Law 100 firms wasted little time scooping up market share to start 2016.

Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado mountain overlooking Rio De Janeiro. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Baker Botts Bags Rio Office Amid Bay Area Opening

By Brian Baxter |

Baker Botts, which officially announced Thursday its entry into San Francisco, also said it would close up shop in Rio de Janeiro. The firm opened its Brazilian outpost two years ago.

Coming soon to a location near you.

Dentons’ Growth Surge Continues With Mass UK Hire

By Julie Triedman |

Another year, another international move for Dentons. The global legal giant brought on a 45-lawyer banking and finance team from regional British firm Matthew Arnold & Baldwin. The new additions had been expected for several months.

Oil Price Plunge Puts Firms on Both Sides of Bankruptcy Ledger

By Brian Baxter |

Falling oil and gas prices continue to bedevil Am Law 200 firms. When Magnum Hunter Resources filed for bankruptcy last month, the company owed millions in fees to several firms, including Andrews Kurth, Bracewell & Giuliani and Norton Rose Fulbright.

Joe Sims

Antitrust Pioneer Joe Sims Retires From Jones Day Partnership

By Julie Triedman |

After 45 years on the front lines of U.S. antitrust practice, Jones Day’s Joe Sims stepped down from the partnership on Jan. 1.

John Hamill, left, and Patti Kantor, right.

Covington, DLA Piper, Mintz Levin Land Practice Leaders

By Brian Baxter |

Three Am Law 100 firms each poached practice heads from rivals this week. Covington & Burling brought on Wilmer's CFPB co-chair, DLA Piper picked up Jenner & Block’s antitrust chair and Mintz Levin landed Locke Lord's retail industry and consumer products chair.

Report Touts Record-Breaking Year for Law Firm Mergers

By Nell Gluckman |

A look back, and ahead, from legal consultancy Altman Weil.

The Churn

Dickstein Litigators Decamp, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Two litigation partners depart Dickstein Shapiro’s shrinking New York office; Cooley lands a high-profile M&A partner from O’Melveny & Myers; Pillsbury plucks an insurance team from Orrick; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Travis Lenkner of Gerchen Keller Capital.

Topping $1 Billion Mark, Big Litigation Funder Gets Bigger

By Julie Triedman |

Chicago-based litigation funder Gerchen Keller Capital announced a major expansion Wednesday, boosting both its capital and its executive team.

John J. O'Brien leaves federal court in Manhattan on August 4, 2011.

Court Approves Disciplinary Sanction for Ex-Sullivan & Cromwell Tax Cheat

By Nell Gluckman |

A New York court approved a three-year law license suspension for former Sullivan & Cromwell partner John O’Brien, but it disagreed with a recommendation that he not be forced to reapply for admission to the bar.

UNC, MIT Study Probes AI Threats to Big Law

By Julie Triedman |

Researchers at UNC School of Law and MIT found that most legal work is too complex—and too important—for even the most advanced machines.

Harvard Law School Through the Back Door?

By Vivia Chen |

One way to upgrade your law school: Transfer.

Ex-Wilmer Associate Seeks to Save the Browns

By Brian Baxter |

The Cleveland Browns have long been an NFL laughingstock. But after another losing season, the embattled franchise has named a former Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr associate to head its football operations. Another ex-Wilmer lawyer serves as the team's president.

Ford & Harrison Gobbles Up Global Employment Law Boutique

By Jennifer Henderson |

Ford & Harrison, an Atlanta-based labor and employment firm that has periodically pierced the Am Law 200 ranks, has absorbed Waldman Law in the second notable combination so far this year.

Barclays Dodges Fraud Claims Over Dewey & LeBoeuf Loans

By Scott Flaherty |

Another former Dewey partner has stumbled in a lawsuit against Barclays related to capital contribution loans provided to partners at the now-defunct firm.

A National Transportation Safety Board investigator takes photos at the scene of an aircraft crash, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, in Anchorage, Ak.

Dorsey Partner Says Fatal Alaska Crash Was Suicide

By Nell Gluckman |

Doug Demarest died last week after his plane crashed in Anchorage, damaging the building where his wife, Dorsey & Whitney partner Katherine Demarest, practices law.

Steven Vaccaro

Ex-Debevoise Litigator Takes On NYC's Mean Streets

By Julie Triedman |

Five years after leaving his big law career behind, 51-year-old Steve Vaccaro is leading the legal charge for bicyclist and pedestrian rights in New York.

Steven Tonsfeldt

O’Melveny & Myers Loses M&A Head to Cooley

By Nell Gluckman |

Cooley kicks off 2016 with a big lateral addition in Silicon Valley.

Kenneth Van Winkle Jr., left, and Gregory Lambert, right.

New Year, New Name: Lewis Roca Rothgerber Merges in SoCal

By Brian Baxter |

Lewis Roca Rothgerber, an Am Law 200 firm formed via a merger two years ago, has pulled off the first big-firm combination of 2016 by absorbing Southern California-based IP boutique Christie, Parker & Hale.

Big Law Partners' Medical Marijuana Startup Buds in NY

By Nell Gluckman |

Three former Polsinelli partners are expanding their medical pot company PharmaCann to New York in 2016.

Baker Botts Angles to Shield Future Fees After Asarco Ruling

By Scott Flaherty |

The Supreme Court’s decision in Baker Botts v. Asarco hasn’t stopped the firm from landing new bankruptcy work, but it inspired a bid to change the way the firm earns its fees.

Kirkland Partner Quits to Launch Family-Focused Tech Startup

By Nell Gluckman |

Michel Debolt’s new company is inspired by his own efforts to maintain family ties between his children in Hong Kong and relatives halfway around the world.

Martin Shkreli, after being taken into custody on Dec. 17 on securities fraud charges.

In Bankruptcy, Martin Shkreli's Former Company Turns to Hogan Lovells

By Nell Gluckman |

Biotech company KaloBios filed for bankruptcy protection late Tuesday, weeks after its CEO Martin Shkreli and outside counsel Evan Greebel were indicted on securities fraud charges.

Tell Her She's a Star

By Eve Birnbaum |

Law firms shouldn't be afraid to identify and cultivate high-potential female associates.

The Churn

Show Me State Firms Land New Recruits, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Armstrong Teasdale, Bryan Cave, Husch Blackwell, Lathrop & Gage, Polsinelli and Stinson Leonard Street—a half-dozen Am Law 200 firms with Missouri roots—are hiring for the holidays.

Michael Punke, left, and Leonardo DiCaprio, right.

Ex-Mayer Brown Partner's Novel 'The Revenant' Hits the Big Screen

By Jennifer Henderson |

Michael Punke, a former Mayer Brown partner currently working in Switzerland for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, wrote "The Revenant," a 2002 book that has been adapted into a major motion picture starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

New York Court Nixes Facebook Suit Against DLA Piper, Milberg

By Scott Flaherty |

A New York appellate court has dismissed a malicious prosecution suit filed by social networking giant Facebook Inc. against DLA Piper, Milberg and a Buffalo, New York-based firm over their representation of alleged fraudster Paul Ceglia.

Fewer (and Dumber) Law Students in 2015

By Vivia Chen |

A year-end roundup of the latest news about law students, bar passage, Texas and more.

Big Litigation Guns Hired in Wake of Controversial Al Jazeera Report

By Jennifer Henderson |

Davis Wright Tremaine, Gibson Dunn and Quinn Emanuel have been retained in the aftermath of a controversial investigative report by Al Jazeera America accusing several high-profile U.S. athletes of using performance-enhancing substances.

At Dorsey & Whitney, Pro Bono Cases Up North Meet Different Ends

By Nell Gluckman |

A case being handled by the nonprofit Innocence Project and Dorsey & Whitney in Alaska saw a client get freed after 18 years in prison, although a similar matter in Minnesota drew ended this month after another pro bono client died while incarcerated.

The Churn

K&L Gates Adds Two Before Year's End, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

More partner movement at K&L Gates before year’s end; DLA Piper closes its Tampa office; Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton brings back a former partner from IMG College; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Deal Watch: Simpson Thacher Follows the Bouncing Ball

By Jennifer Henderson and Brian Baxter |

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett snagged roles on three year-end deals of note for private equity firms The Blackstone Group and Apax Partners, as well as Bruce Ratner’s Forest City Enterprises, which agreed to give up its remaining stake in the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets.

'Tis the Season for a Law Firm Scamming

By Nell Gluckman |

A Minnesota firm known for its work fighting the Catholic Church on behalf of sex abuse victims is the latest to be targeted by hackers in a phishing scam.

Lincoln Houses in East Harlem.  Bathroom with black mold on pipe.

Hogan Lovells Seeks to Scrub Mold From Housing Projects

By Nell Gluckman |

A team of lawyers from Hogan Lovells has been trying for a year to force the New York City Housing Authority to fix a widespread mold problem in its public housing units. Last week, they finally made some headway.

John Hinderaker.

Retiring Faegre Partner to Head Conservative Think Tank

By Jennifer Henderson |

John Hinderaker, a longtime litigation partner at Faegre Baker Daniels in Minneapolis and co-founder of popular conservative political blog Power Line, will retire at year's end and become president of the Center of the American Experiment.

Aerial view of the debris after a dam burst at the small town of Bento Rodrigues in Minas Gerais state, Brazil, Friday, Nov. 6, 2015.

Allen & Overy, Cleary Gottlieb Caught Up in Brazil’s Bad Times

By Scott Flaherty |

A former co-head of Allen & Overy's global corporate group has been charged in a corruption probe at Brazilian oil colossus Petrobras, while Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has been hired by Brazilian mining giant Vale to help with a tragic dam collapse.

The Churn

Thompson & Knight Expands in Mexico, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Jennifer Henderson |

Thompson & Knight welcomes back a father and son attorney team in Mexico; King & Spalding grabs a Skadden counsel in D.C.; Latham & Watkins takes on a Goldman Sachs executive; and other key hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Wanted: Women in Court

By Vivia Chen |

You can name top male criminal defense lawyers. Women? Not so much.

Chinese human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang speaks during an interview at his office in Beijing, China, on Wednesday, June 30, 2010.

The Seven Tweets that Ended a Chinese Lawyer's Career

By Nell Gluckman |

Seven Weibo posts landed prominent Chinese human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang in jail, got him convicted and ended his legal career.

The 2016 Litigation Power Rankings

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

See the firms that have dominated The American Lawyer's Litigation Department of the Year contest over the past decade and a half.

Martin Shkreli, chief executive officer of Turing Pharmaceuticals LLC, center, and attorney Evan Greebel, left, exit federal court in New York, U.S., on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. Shkreli was arrested on alleged securities fraud related to Retrophin Inc., a biotech firm he founded in 2011. Greebel is accused of conspiring with Shkreli in part of the scheme.

Katten, Kaye Scholer Both Probing Partner Over Shkreli Charges

By Brian Baxter |

Evan Greebel, facing wire fraud charges for his ties to an accused Ponzi schemer, remains at Kaye Scholer as the firm commences an internal investigation into his alleged misconduct. His former firm, Katten Muchin Rosenman, has also launched a probe.

To Keep Its Lawyers Close, Kirkland Helps Them Leave

By Nell Gluckman |

The firm’s new career counseling program embraces the fact that most of the lawyers it trains will take their skills elsewhere—and it’s in the firm’s best interest to keep them on good terms.

The Year's 7 Most Intriguing Quotes

By Vivia Chen |

The Careerist's annual pick of funny, sad, weird quotes by the famous, infamous and the not-so-famous.

Legal Jobs Survey Finds Litigators in Demand

By MP McQueen |

Nearly a quarter of lawyers interviewed by staffing firm Robert Half Legal said their law firms or corporate legal departments would be filling vacancies or adding new positions next year.

The Churn

Am Law Partner Takes Flight at Airbus, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Five months after joining Greenberg Traurig, a new hire heads in-house; Baker & Hostetler bags two from Kenyon & Kenyon; Sidley Austin adds a new diversity manager; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Big Law's Short-Termism Problem

By Steven J. Harper |

When it comes to client advice, the best lawyers see around the next corner and act accordingly. When it comes to running their law firms—not so much.

Report: Four Big Firms Earned Millions From Suspect States

By Nell Gluckman |

The Center for Public Integrity published a list of lobbying firms that advise countries with the worst human rights records, according to an index compiled by the Fund for Peace. Four Am Law 100 firms made the list for work they handled on behalf of Cameroon, China, Saudi Arabia and others.

Deal Watch: Big Firms Grab Seat for Alibaba's Movie, Media Moves

By Jennifer Henderson |

Amid megadeals poised to create DowDuPont and Newell Brands, several firms grabbed roles on a pair of transactions announced by Chinese Internet titan Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.

Dentons’ Michael Jordan Ties a Win for Charity

By Julie Triedman |

In the season of giving, it pays to have celebrities as friends. Dentons announced this week that Michael Jordan was giving part of a recent settlement to a charity founded by its CEO Elliott Portnoy, whose wife is the basketball legend’s longtime business manager.

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 17:  Martin Shkreli (C), CEO of Turing Pharmaceutical, is brought out of 26 Federal Plaza by law enforcement officials after being arrested for securities fraud on December 17, 2015 in New York City. Shkreli gained notoriety earlier this year for raising the price of Daraprim, a medicine used to treat the parasitic condition of toxoplasmosis, from $13.50 to $750 though the arrest that happened early this morning does not involve that price hike.

Kaye Scholer Partner, Pharma Exec Plead Not Guilty to Fraud Charges

By Nell Gluckman, Christine Simmons and Brian Baxter |

Evan Greebel, a Kaye Scholer corporate partner who joined the firm’s New York office this summer, was arrested Thursday morning on charges of participating in a securities fraud scheme with former hedge fund manager-turned-pharmaceutical- executive Martin Shkreli.

Magic Circle Firms, Litigation Leaders Spread Bonus Cheer

By Nell Gluckman |

Associate bonus announcements continue to roll in, with Freshfields and Clifford Chance announcing that their U.S. associates won't trail American peers. As in past years, Boies, Schiller & Flexner and Susman Godfrey marched to their own rhythms.

Film still from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

When it Comes to Star Wars, Disney’s Lawyers Play Sith Lords

By Julie Triedman |

The Walt Disney Co. has enlisted legions of lawyers to advise on anti-piracy measures related to the release of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

Contract Attorneys Settle Overtime Lawsuit Against Skadden

By Scott Flaherty |

The deal leaves it up to a separate case involving Quinn Emanuel to decide whether some legal work is so mundane that it should trigger wage requirements for nonprofessionals.

2016 Citi Client Report Sees Slow, Uneven Law Firm Growth Ahead

By MP McQueen |

Big law firms can expect modest growth in profits and demand in 2016, while the gaps between firms are widening, according to a report released Wednesday by Citi Private Bank and Hildebrandt Consulting.

The Churn

Orrick and Kirkland Make Weil Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Several Am Law 100 firms welcome new recruits from Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Debevoise hires from Sullivan & Cromwell on Hong Kong; Fox Rothschild expands in Minneapolis; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Gender Reversals Gain Acceptance

By Vivia Chen |

House hubbies and breadwinner moms are no longer scorned.

Debevoise Partner, Ex-NY Regulator, Saves Man From Subway Tracks

By Nell Gluckman |

Eric Dinallo, who joined Debevoise & Plimpton in 2010 after serving as New York's top insurance regulator, says he pulled a man from the tracks just seconds before he was crushed by an oncoming train.

Lawyers, Tech Pros Say Cybersecurity Threat Isn’t Waning

By Nell Gluckman |

A Latham & Watkins litigation partner and the CEO of a cybersecurity information-sharing platform told attendees at an ALM-sponsored cybersecurity conference in New York that big challenges remain in protecting client data.

Big Firms Alight Behind Yankee Candle Maker’s Holiday Megadeal

By Brian Baxter |

Just in time for the holiday season, five firms led by Jones Day are handling the sale of Yankee Candle maker Jarden Corp. to Newell Rubbermaid Inc., a $15.4 billion deal creating a consumer products giant with enough brands to fill several Christmas catalogs.

McDermott Helps Sikh Army Captain Keep the Faith

By Nell Gluckman |

On Monday, U.S. Army Captain Simratpal Singh reported for duty after being granted an accommodation that allows him to wear his beard and turban while serving his country.

After Paul Hastings Raid, Allen & Overy Grabs New U.S. Partner

By Jennifer Henderson |

Allen & Overy lost two New York corporate partners in March to Paul Hastings, which used the lateral hires to set up shop this month in Brazil. Now the London-based legal giant is seeking to rebuild its stateside securities group by recruiting from Cleary Gottlieb.

Shepherd & Wedderburn's Stephen Gibb in Edinburgh.

Continental Breakfast: Stephen Gibb, Shepherd and Wedderburn

By Chris Johnson |

On the menu this week in The American Lawyer's Continental Breakfast series: Shepherd and Wedderburn chair Stephen Gibb on whether independent Scottish firms are a dying breed.

The Churn

Boutiques Bolt on Am Law Alums, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Two boutiques recruit from their larger brethren; Baker & McKenzie and Mayer Brown make notable additions in Europe; in-house opportunities lure two Skadden lawyers; the door spins at Haynes and Boone; and other key hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

With DuPont Deal, Skadden Breaks $1 Trillion M&A Barrier for 2015

By Jennifer Henderson |

Thanks to its role in DuPont's planned merger with Dow, the firm has gained membership in the most exclusive kind of club—the kind with just one member.

Sidley Partner Who Left Firm Amid Sex Assault Charges Found Not Guilty

By Nell Gluckman |

A judge found longtime Sidley Austin partner Stanley Stallworth and his nephew not guilty of sexually assaulting a teenager in Stallworth’s home. Sidley and Stallworth parted ways soon after the charges were filed.

No Bonus Bump From Davis Polk as Firm Follows Bellwethers

By Nell Gluckman |

Davis Polk made waves last year by awarding higher bonuses to some midlevel and senior associates than other firms had announced just days before, but this year it’s sticking with the crowd.

Deal Watch: DuPont/Dow Union Looms as GE Continues to Unload

By Jennifer Henderson |

Am Law 100 transactional lawyers are wringing their hands over a potential $120 billion chemical industry tie-up for the holidays, as General Electric continues keeping its outside counsel busy on a spate of divestitures by the conglomerate.

Mayer Brown Picks Off More Magic Circle Talent in Germany

By Nell Gluckman |

The firm hired a three-lawyer team in Frankfurt led by Clifford Chance partner André Schwanna.

Dewey, the DA and Secrets

By Steven J. Harper |

The Manhattan district attorney's office continues its streak of bizarre decisions in the Dewey & LeBoeuf case.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12:  Alleged Bonanno crime family captain Vincent Asaro walks with his lawyers outside of a Brooklyn court house  after a jury found him not guilty of one count of racketeering conspiracy and two extortion-related counts on November 12, 2015 in New York City. Asaro, 80, was charged in connection with the 1978 Lufthansa heist at JFK International Airport. The famed crime inspired part of the plot in the 1990 mob film

The Women Who Won Over Jurors in 'Goodfellas' Mobster's Trial

By Vivia Chen |

Mobster Vince Asaro owes his freedom to two female lawyers.

Is Andrew Sommer the Big Law Partner Behind Bitcoin’s Creator?

By Brian Baxter |

A prominent tax partner at leading Australian firm Clayton Utz is named in records obtained by Wired and Gizmodo that purportedly identify the creator of leading digital currency bitcoin, which has been a boon to many Am Law 100 firms in recent years.

Clifford Chance Settles With Funder of Failed Excalibur Case

By Susan Beck |

In the latest twist in a bizarre saga of litigation funding gone awry, Clifford Chance has agreed to pay a confidential amount to settle a negligence suit threatened by a litigation funder that bankrolled a disastrous case handled by the U.K. law firm.

Dewey & LeBoeuf NYC

Barclays Hires Boies Schiller (Again) in Fight Over Dewey & LeBoeuf Loans

By Nell Gluckman |

Jonathan Shaw, a litigation partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner in Washington, D.C., is representing Barclays as it squares off against former Dewey & LeBoeuf partners who were loaned money so they could pay their capital contributions.

DLA Continues European Finance Push With London Partner Hires

By Chris Johnson |

DLA Piper has continued to build its European finance practice with the hire of two senior partners in London, the firm announced Wednesday.

The Churn

Magic Circle Firms Make Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Linklaters and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer add from Shearman & Sterling and Skadden; K&L Gates grabs three Down Under; Willkie welcomes back an alum from the FCC; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Bonuses and the Reality of Big Law Associate Compensation

By Nell Gluckman |

Associates make gobs of money compared with the rest of the population, though the numbers don’t look as good when law school debt is factored in.

BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 30: A Baltimore City Sheriff's Office officer asks protesters to move in front of the courthouse where jury selection began in the trial of William Porter, one of six Baltimore city police officers charged in connection to the death of Freddie Gray on November 30, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Porter is the first to go to trial in the death of Gray who died from an injury incured in the back of a police transport van on April 19.

Amid Chicago Police Drama, Wilmer Gets Call in Baltimore

By Jennifer Henderson |

As the Windy City prepares for a federal probe into its embattled police department, the city of Baltimore will pay some $2 million to Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr to advise its own police force in another inquiry by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Weil, Sidley Stir Up Lead Roles in $13.9B Keurig Deal

By Jennifer Henderson |

The year’s highly caffeinated deal market keeps brewing up work for Am Law firms.

Cravath Kicks Off Associate Bonus Season With Familiar Scale

By Nell Gluckman |

The firm’s 2015 bonuses will match the scale ultimately adopted by top firms last year, according to an internal memo distributed by the firm on Monday.

Ex-Plaintiffs Lawyer Chesley, Ohio Federal Judge Robbed at Gunpoint

By Scott Flaherty |

The knotty tale of famed plaintiffs lawyer Stanley Chesley’s fall from grace got even knottier over the weekend.

Former Dewey chairman Steven Davis, former executive director Stephen DiCarmine and ex-chief financial officer Joel Sanders after their trial ended in a mistrial in October.

Dewey Defendants Offered Plea Deals as DA Trims Charges

By Nell Gluckman |

After abandoning a new trial against Dewey & LeBoeuf’s former chair, prosecutors offered plea deals to the remaining three defendants and dismissed falsifying business records from the case.

Top 10 Predictions for Big Law in 2016

By Vivia Chen |

The Careerist's December forecast for law schools, associates, equity partners, nonequity partners, women in Big Law, boomers—and Alan Dershowitz.

The Churn

Reed Smith Bolsters Corporate Group, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Five months after a high-profile raid by Cooley, Reed Smith rebuilds its capital markets practice; Burleson refugees find new homes; Dentons keeps hiring; and other additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Steven Davis, right, with his attorney Elkan Abramowitz leaving Manhattan criminal court in October.

Prosecutors Won't Seek Retrial Against Ex-Dewey Chair Davis

By Christine Simmons |

The former Dewey & LeBoeuf chairman won't face a retrial over claims that he and other firm leaders misled lenders and investors in the run-up to Dewey's demise.

How Will History Judge You?

By Steven J. Harper |

Woodrow Wilson is in trouble. Who’s next?

Jobs Report Shows Continued Growth in U.S. Legal Sector

By MP McQueen |

The trend lines are positive, but legal employment is still below what it was a decade ago.

Baker & McKenzie Hires Have Mayer Brown Headed to Dubai

By Nell Gluckman |

With plans to open its first Middle East office in 2016, Mayer Brown added corporate and securities partners Charles Hallab and Tahan Thraya, both former practice group leaders at Baker & McKenzie.

Ex-Troutman Sanders Antitrust Head Sues Celeb Chef's Eatery

By Jennifer Henderson |

Barry Brett, a former Troutman Sanders antitrust leader who has retired to Florida, is caught up in a federal court fight with New York power lunch spot DB Bistro Moderne over a piece of metal wire he had to have surgically removed after consuming a chicken dish at the Daniel Boulud-owned establishment, which is represented by Wilson Elser.

Making a Lateral Move? Here's How to Get a Signing Bonus

By Dan Binstock |

More than ever, firms are offering laterals signing bonuses.

Seeking Support, Pro Bono Group Publishes Inaugural Annual Report

By Nell Gluckman |

Nearly 10 years after the formation of the only association for full-time pro bono lawyers at large law firms, the Association of Pro Bono Counsel released its first annual report documenting its progress to date.

Danielle Carbone

Reed Smith Snags New Capital Markets Head From Shearman

By Jennifer Henderson |

The firm lured away longtime Shearman & Sterling partner Danielle Carbone to lead its U.S. capital markets practice.

Milbank Grooms Midlevel Associates for Success at Harvard

By MP McQueen |

Having to return to law school might sound like a nightmare to some associates, but for many at Milbank, it’s a prized rite of passage.

Is Your Jewelry Hurting Your Career?

By Vivia Chen |

Maybe women should follow Amal Clooney's lead and ditch the bling.

Five Tips To Beat the Year-End Collections Crunch

By Nell Gluckman |

Psst, clients: Time to pay your lawyers.

The Churn

A New Brazil Base for Paul Hastings, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Paul Hastings adds an energy and project finance partner to open in São Paulo; Hogan Lovells makes three new hires; Northwestern nabs a Jenner & Block practice leader; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Fertile Startup Ground for Skadden’s New York Leader

By Scott Flaherty |

Marjorie Jaffe Goldner founded PregPrep, which this year received approval to sell a new female fertility pill. Helping Goldner on the legal side is her husband, Bruce Goldner, head of Skadden’s New York office and co-head of the firm’s IP and technology group.

Spotlight on Strategy: White & Case's New Five-Year Plan

By Jennifer Henderson |

After taking a conservative approach in the wake of the recession, White & Case is ready for a growth spurt.

Harvard Law School Langdell Library in Cambridge, Mass.

Harvard Law School To Review Use of Controversial Seal

By Nell Gluckman |

As college students nationwide press their institutions to confront the experiences of campus minorities, law schools and their students and alumni are increasingly being drawn into the debates.

Shanghai's Bund and Oriental Pearl Tower viewed from Shanghai Pudong, China.

Seeking China Beachhead, McGuireWoods Inks Shanghai Deal

By Scott Flaherty |

McGuireWoods has forged an affiliation agreement with Shanghai-based FuJae Partners, a firm formed by three partners leaving Chinese firm Jun He Law Offices.

View of Bogota center with the Santamaria bullring and the Andes mountains in the background.

More Dentons Combo Deals Help Firm Enter Latin America

By Julie Triedman |

Dentons’ drive to become the preeminent global legal giant continued after Thanksgiving as the 7,300-lawyer firm announced agreements to absorb full-service shops in Colombia and Mexico into its growing Swiss verein network.

U.K. Mergers Forge Two New Quarter-Billion Pound Law Firms

By Chris Johnson |

Personal injury giant Irwin Mitchell and West Sussex-based private client firm Thomas Eggar have already exchanged contracts on a merger, while regional U.K. firm Addleshaw Goddard is in advanced talks with leading Scottish practice Maclay Murray & Spens.

The Churn

JPMorgan Snags Skadden Partner, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

A year after rejoining Skadden, Cyrus Amir-Mokri heads to JPMorgan Chase; a top Squire Patton Boggs public policy partner departs; four Perkins Coie lawyers head in-house; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Deal Watch: Skadden's Tax Schemes and a Petco Purchase

By Brian Baxter |

Having recently taken on tax-related engagements for Yahoo and Darden Restaurants, lawyers from Skadden handle Pfizer’s controversial $152 billion union with Allergan, while four other firms land a role on the $4.6 billion sale of Petco Holdings.

Am Law All-Stars Seek to Avert Daily Fantasy Sports Shutdown

By Scott Flaherty |

Boies Schiller, Debevoise and Gibson Dunn took the lead for the two leading daily fantasy sports companies—DraftKings and FanDuel—in their bid to beat back New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s bid to ban them from operating in the Empire State.

Dentons Celebrates Thanksgiving By Digesting Another Combination

By Nell Gluckman |

The global legal giant inked its fifth major tie-up of 2015 by agreeing to absorb 34-lawyer Luxembourg firm OPF Partners into its Swiss verein on Jan. 1, 2016.

The Churn

Brownstein Hyatt Bags Phoenix Office, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

After a series of departures and an inability to find traction in the desert, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck has shuttered its Phoenix office; Gibson Dunn grabs two new hires; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Lunching with the Right Wing

By Vivia Chen |

Does a Christian anti-abortion, anti-gay group stand a chance of enlisting New York lawyers to its cause?

Morgan Lewis Boasts Steady Profits, No Debt on Anniversary of Bingham Deal

By Julie Triedman |

One year after Morgan, Lewis & Bockius took in 750 lawyers from failing Bingham McCutchen, the firm’s finances are stable and it is once again debt-free, according to chair Jami Wintz McKeon.

Are Women Allergic to Power?

By Vivia Chen |

Women partners push back against a new study's findings.

Am Law Firms Go Big on $160 Billion Pfizer-Allergan Deal

By Jennifer Henderson |

If 2015 is the year of the deal, Pfizer’s $160 billion merger with Allergan looks like it’ll be the deal of the year for a small army of M&A lawyers.

Growth Won't Solve Your Firm's Problems: Harvard Business Prof

By MP McQueen |

Law Firms must focus on profitability, not market share, says Harvard Business School’s Felix Oberholzer-Gee.

Malian troops patrol outside the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako on November 21, 2015. Investigators in Mali are hunting at least three people suspected of links to the jihadist siege at the luxury Radisson Blu hotel in the capital that left at least 19 people dead.

Big Law Partner Returns Home After Surviving Mali Terror Attack

By Nell Gluckman |

Pierre Boivin of Canadian mega-firm McCarthy Tétrault was in Bamako on business when terrorists stormed his hotel on Friday.

From left to right: Pillsbury's Patrick Potter, Sheila Harvey and Andrew Troop with mine executive Ken McCoy before descending below the surface at a former Patriot Coal mining site.

Pillsbury Mines Fees from Enviro Group's Novel Coal Plan

By Jennifer Henderson |

In a first-of-its-kind deal, a team of Pillsbury lawyers helped a Virginia conservation group get into the coal mining business.

The Churn

Maneuverings at Mayer Brown, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Mayer Brown adds a cybersecurity expert in Washington, D.C., while watching its Brazilian affiliate ramp up in São Paulo; Baker Botts makes some anniversary additions; a lobbying shakeup at Wilson Elser; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Frank Wu, dean of Hastings College of the Law

Hastings' Dean Is Out + More News

By Vivia Chen |

News and gossip about Hastings Law School, Debevoise's foodie; MCCA's Joe West and more.

Holland & Knight's New Pro Bono Clients? Other Lawyers

By Nell Gluckman |

Holland & Knight is dedicating pro bono resources to defending Chicago lawyers who face disciplinary action—the first program of its kind for a big law firm.

Prominent NY Real Estate Lawyer John Zuccotti Dies at 78

By Nell Gluckman |

Zuccotti, whose name graces the lower Manhattan park that played host to protesters during the Occupy Wall Street movement, helped to revitalize lower Manhattan after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Lawyers Blast Parole Terms in Pollard Spying Case

By Scott Flaherty |

A pair of lawyers at Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle labored for a decade and a half to win freedom for Jonathan Pollard, who admitted nearly 30 years ago to illegally passing classified U.S. documents to Israel.

Deal Watch: Cleary Gottlieb, Wachtell Light Up on Big Gas Deal

By Jennifer Henderson |

Five years after a nasty takeover battle, industrial gas distribution giant Airgas and its lawyers from Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz present another acquisition to shareholders.

Report: Female and African-American Associates Losing Ground

By Nell Gluckman |

The National Association for Law Placement found a decline in the percentage of women and African-American associates at U.S. law firms.

Wachtell Leads Lineup Reaping Fees in Match, Square IPOs

By Brian Baxter |

Four Am Law 100 firms led by Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz have snagged a share of $9 million in legal fees and costs emanating from initial public offerings for online dating giant Match Group and startup mobile payments company Square.

Litigation Funder Juridica Pulls Back After Bad Bets

By Julie Triedman |

As litigation finance continues to gain ground, funding pioneer Juridica Investments said it will halt investments in new cases and cut costs in the wake of courtroom setbacks.

Women Rising at Arent Fox, Ropes Gray, Simpson Thacher

By Vivia Chen |

Good news about women (for a change).

MoFo Urges Judge to Toss Malpractice Case Over Puda Coal Offering

By Scott Flaherty |

Macquarie Capital wants Morrison & Foerster to share the blame for the investment bank’s ill-fated entanglement with defunct Chinese company Puda Coal. But first it’ll have to convince a skeptical New York judge.

From Poison Pill Megabattle to $10.3B Megadeal for Airgas and Wachtell

By Susan Beck |

Four years after fending off Air Products' hostile takeover bid, Wachtell helped Airgas tie the knot with Air Liquide.

More Firms Earn Top Marks in Annual LGBT Equality Rankings

By Nell Gluckman |

Nearly 100 law firms received top ratings from the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index. The annual survey is meant to promote inclusive policies and benefits for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.

The Churn

K&L Gates Expands Abroad and Shutters in Spokane, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

New partners join K&L Gates in Sydney and Warsaw as the firm closes a U.S. office; Norton Rose Fulbright loses two practice leaders; Sutherland snags a Kaye Scholer project finance head; and other notable address changes from throughout The Am Law 200.

After Dacheng Deal, Dentons Finalizes Three-Way Combination

By Julie Triedman |

Partners at Dentons, Australia’s Gadens and Singapore's Rodyk & Davidson have approved a combination, the second three-way deal by the growing global legal gaint in three years.

Gordon Rees Ends Fee Fight With Alex Rodriguez

By Scott Flaherty |

New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez has settled a dispute over $380,000 in attorney fees incurred by Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani related to the firm’s representation of him in a performance-enhancing drug scandal.

LeClairRyan Co-Founder Stepping Down After 28 Years as Chair

By Jennifer Henderson |

After 28 years as chairman of LeClairRyan, Gary LeClair is stepping down as leader of his namesake firm. The Am Law Daily caught up with LeClair to discuss his tenure and LeClairRyan's future.

Ivan Fong, general counsel of 3M, in St. Paul, MN.

The Go-To Headhunter for Asian American Lawyers

By Vivia Chen |

An influential Asian American lawyer group honors—gasp—a recruiter!

Legal Recruiters Offer Advice to Year-End Laterals

By Nell Gluckman |

The Am Law Daily caught up with some legal recruiters to discuss what partners thinking of joining a new firm should consider before making the jump.

Young plaintiffs suing the Obama administration celebrate outside a Eugene, Oregon courthouse after filing their case on Aug. 12, 2015.

Sidley Squares Off Against Youth Activists in Climate Suit

By Scott Flaherty |

The environmental plaintiffs may be as young as 8 years old, but the case is more than child’s play to Sidley's energy industry clients.

Cravath, Gibson Dunn Reserve Roles on Hotel Industry Megamerger

By Jennifer Henderson |

The two Am Law 100 firms are advising on Marriott International's $12.2 billion cash-and-stock acquisition of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, a deal that if completed will create the world’s largest hotel company.

White & Case Retrenches in Germany With Munich Closure

By Chris Johnson |

The shakeup of the German legal market continues, with White & Case set to close its Munich office in early 2016.

It's Time to Fill Out Our Annual Am Law Survey

If your firm is one of The Am Law 100 or The Am Law 200, it's time to complete our signature survey of firm financials before the deadline of January 29.

Finley, Kumble, Wagner, Heine, Underberg, Manley, Myerson & Casey, New York City, USA, 7th June 1983.

A Quiet Death for a Legendary Lawyer Who Fell From Grace

By Brian Baxter |

Before the demise of Dewey & LeBoeuf, there was the fall of Finley Kumble. The firm’s high-profile former managing partner, Harvey Myerson, was sentenced on fraud charges 23 years ago this week. He died quietly in South Florida earlier this year.

The Churn

Pillsbury Lawyer Heads West, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Nell Gluckman and Brian Baxter |

An environmental law expert heads to Oregon; Greenberg Traurig grabs two from McDermott in New York; Hogan Lovells hires a Latham & Watkins trio in Dubai; Ice Miller brings back a mayor; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Hogan Lovells Associate Killed in Paris Terror Attacks

By Brian Baxter |

Valentin Ribet, a white-collar litigation associate in the firm’s Paris office, was the first victim to be identified in the terrorist attacks that killed at least 129 people in the city on Nov. 13. He died at the Bataclan concert hall.

Jessup competitor Areej Alragabi.

The Global Lawyer: White & Case Goes Hollywood with 'ALL RISE'

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Hugh Verrier just made a film on the Jessup moot court. And that isn't even his most out-of-the-box idea.

COLUMBIA, MO - NOVEMBER 9: Tents remain on the Mel Carnahan quad on the campus of University of Missouri - Columbia on November 9, 2015 in Columbia, Missouri. University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe resigned today amid protests over racial tensions at the university.

Law Firm Lessons From Mizzou

By Steven J. Harper |

What can the legal profession learn from the ouster of Tim Wolfe as president of the University of Missouri system? A lot.

Deal Watch: Amid Sidecar Sale, Dozen Firms Toast Beer Megamerger

By Brian Baxter |

Lawyers from a dozen Global 100 firms are advising on a $106 billion megamerger between Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller, one that moved forward this week as SABMiller agreed to the $12 billion sale of its 58 percent stake in joint venture MillerCoors.

Law Firms May Face Worse Collections Crunch This Year

By Nell Gluckman |

As firms prepare for their annual end-of-year collections push, there are signs that some may struggle more than usual with collections.

Is Washington Finally Tired of Welfare for Law Schools?

By Matt Leichter |

It took nearly a decade, but lawmakers are finally realizing that unrestrained lending to law students enriches law schools while harming many students.

All Lawyered Up, Fantasy Sports Companies Take On NY AG

By David Bario |

With help from Boies Schiller's David Boies, Gibson Dunn’s Randy Mastro and others, DraftKings and FanDuel are girding for battle with New York’s attorney general and a growing roster of opponents.

The Churn

Wilson Elser Expands in Texas, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker is the latest big firm to bet on the Lone Star State with an 11-lawyer team from Lewis Brisbois; Shearman & Sterling snags an IP trio from Kenyon & Kenyon; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

DLA Piper Launches Venture With U.K. Contract Lawyer Firm

By Susan Beck |

DLA Piper has scrapped plans to create its own contract attorney unit in the United Kingdom, and instead has entered into a formal venture with the U.K. firm Lawyers on Demand.

What, Me Worry? Why Negative Thinking Can Be Positive

By Vivia Chen |

A new study finds that negative thinkers are more resilient than those with positive outlooks.

For Cost-Conscious Clients, Less Is More

By Nell Gluckman |

More than anything else, clients want their outside counsel to slash fees, according to a report released Tuesday by the legal consultancy Altman Weil.

Dacheng founder Peng Xuefeng and Dentons global chair Joseph Andrew at a signing ceremony in Beijing, Jan. 27, 2015.

It's Official: Dentons Merger With Dacheng Creates Global Giant

By Susan Beck |

Ten months after Dentons reached an agreement to combine with Chinese legal juggernaut Dacheng, the firm announced Tuesday that the landmark deal is now final.

At Some Firms More Than Others, Women Lag Among New Partners

By Julie Triedman |

Just over a third of the U.S. lawyers promoted to partner by the country's largest firms last year were female, according to a new study, while several Am Law firms invited only men to the partner ranks.

Daniel Lewis of Ravel Law

Q&A: Legal Research Upstart Ravel Law Takes On Westlaw

By Nell Gluckman |

Ravel Law co-founder Daniel Lewis talks about his company’s partnership with Harvard Law School—and why the world need better tools for legal research.

Anfield Stadium, home of Liverpool Football Club

Growing U.S. Firm Fires London Partner After Soccer Rant

By Brian Baxter |

Goldberg Segalla, a 240-lawyer U.S. firm that has made some high-profile lateral additions this year, chose to terminate the founding partner of its London office after he was caught disparaging Liverpool soccer fans as “scouse scum.”

Citi Report: Law Firms Face Slowdown in Demand

By Gretta Rusanow and Andrew Godwin |

Demand growth cooled off in the third quarter, suggesting an overall decline from 2014, according to the latest data from Citi Private Bank’s Law Firm Group.

Foley & Lardner, Eversheds Won't Pursue Combination

By Brian Baxter |

A little more than a week after news of tie-up talks between Foley & Lardner and London-based Eversheds made headlines on both sides of the Atlantic, the two firms have called off discussions about a merger.

The Global Lawyer: A Tale of Two Terror Strategies

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

The outcomes have been far different for terror victims and their families suing Saudi Arabia than for those suing Iran.

The Churn

Dickinson Wright Debuts Health Care Venture, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Detroit-based Dickinson Wright launches a health care affiliate; Duane Morris hires a diversity leader; Quinn Emanuel starts a class action practice in Australia; Sidley expands in Los Angeles; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Dewey & LeBoeuf NYC

Barclays Sued Again Over Dewey & LeBoeuf Capital Loan

By Nell Gluckman |

Kenneth Freeling, a former Dewey & LeBoeuf litigation partner now of counsel at Covington & Burling, is suing Barclays, the British banking giant that financed capital contributions for partners at the now-defunct firm.

Wage Gap Is Worse for Women at the Top

By Vivia Chen |

New study finds that executive and high achieving women suffer greater compensation gaps.

Freshfields Faces Regulatory Sting on Two Fronts

By Scott Flaherty |

The Magic Circle firm’s work in forming an Indonesia coal group and advising on a sale of a stake in high-speed railway service Eurostar have come under scrutiny from a pair of British regulatory bodies.

Legal Sector Adds 700 Jobs in October, Most Employed in Two Years

By Nell Gluckman |

The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics unveiled its latest jobs report Friday morning. Employment in legal services is up along with the rest of the economy.

Legal Education's Strange Bedfellows

By Steven J. Harper |

Some law professors and deans are rising to the defense of the wrong cause.

With Frankfurt Launch, Goodwin Procter Enters Crowded German Market

By Susan Beck |

Goodwin Procter on Thursday became the latest major law firm to bet on Germany, which remains a top destination for both established and aspiring global firms.

Drug War Led Hogan Lovells Partner to Adopt Pro-Pot Stance

By Brian Baxter |

A ruling this week by Mexico’s Supreme Court could eventually legalize marijuana in the country. Hogan Lovells partner Juan Francisco Torres Landa is one of four plaintiffs who brought the landmark case in an effort to end decades of drug violence.

Lawyers Look to Cuba as Trade Embargo Loosens

By Nell Gluckman |

As Cuba’s borders slowly open up to American investment, a cadre of U.S. lawyers is hoping to make new inroads related to pastimes beloved by both countries: booze and baseball.

Deal Watch: Wachtell, Linklaters Charge Up on Big Visa Buy

By Jennifer Henderson |

The Global 100 duo grabbed roles on a $23.3 billion deal by payment processing giant Visa.

Cooley Wins DOJ Settlement Over Judge's Iranian-American Ties

By Julie Triedman |

With help from a group of Cooley lawyers, Iranian-American immigration judge Ashley Tabaddor successfully challenged an order that she recuse herself from cases involving Iranian nationals.

Linklaters Snags Willkie Partner to Lead New York Restructuring Group

By Nell Gluckman |

The move marked the second New York lateral hire for Linklaters in the past week.

I Heart Lawyers

By Vivia Chen |

Lawyers are so easily bruised. Thank goodness we have Love Your Lawyer Day.

Fee Tracker: As NHL Season Begins, Skadden Leads Among Legal Billers

By Brian Baxter |

The National Hockey League’s 2015-2016 season is underway, and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom has checked some of its competitors vying for the league’s legal work over the board; plus other notable bills from big law.

Munger Tolles Battles L.A. in Rare Pro Bono Conflicts Spat

By Scott Flaherty |

The occasional disqualification fight is part of doing business for big law firms in high-stakes business litigation. For Munger, Tolles & Olson, the threat of disqualification is looming over a very different kind of case.

The Churn

K&L Gates Continues Growth Spurt, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

After several months of partner losses, K&L Gates continues a recent hiring spree by adding four partners on two continents; another bolt-on by Dinsmore & Shohl; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Coming soon to a location near you.

Dentons Ups the Ante in Global Growth Gamble

By Julie Triedman |

With its announcement of new planned megamergers in Australia and Singapore, Dentons sent a clear message: Bigger is better. But the latest deals also highlight the uncertainties of Dentons’ aggressive growth strategy.

Seeking to Salvage Trademark, Redskins’ Lawyers Get Dirty

By Scott Flaherty |

The term “donkey balls” isn’t one that most lawyers would dare put into a federal appeals court brief. But Arnold & Porter and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan recently got borderline scatological in their representation of the Washington Redskins in a trademark battle.

Herbert Smith Freehills Is Latest to Grow in Germany with Düsseldorf Launch

By Chris Johnson |

The city in Germany's industrial heartland is proving increasingly attractive to the world’s top law firms.

Law Firms, Banks Face Fallout From Stanford Ponzi Investors

By Julie Triedman |

Things are looking up for Stanford’s 21,000 global investors, not to mention a group of lawyers representing them on a contingency basis.

Hillary Clinton.

Hey, Boss, You Are Gorgeous!

By Vivia Chen |

Thou shall not compliment female colleagues about their looks—unless she's the boss.

Dacheng founder Peng Xuefeng and Dentons global chair Joseph Andrew at a signing ceremony in Beijing, Jan. 27, 2015.

Dentons Expands Across Pacific Rim Amid Busy Merger Market

By Jennifer Henderson and Julie Triedman |

Global juggernaut Dentons is planning a new cross-border amalgamation with 500-lawyer Australian firm Gadens and Singapore’s Rodyk & Davidson, a 200-lawyer firm. Meanwhile, Dinsmore & Shohl and Ike Sorkin's New York shop are doing deals of their own.

Carl Icahn

Icahn Continues Battle With Wachtell After Bank Settlements

By Susan Beck |

Three years after Carl Icahn's successful hostile takeover of CVR Energy, the billionaire investor has settled litigation with CVR's investment banks. But he isn't ready to make peace with Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.

The Churn

A Holland & Knight Partner Heads to Cambodia, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter and Nell Gluckman |

A United Nations war crimes tribunal for former members of the Khmer Rouge reels in a Holland & Knight partner; Kilpatrick Townsend sets up shop in Texas; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Congrats on the Promotion. Now Wanna Move?

By MP McQueen |

Nearly all new partners say they've already been contacted by headhunters.

Game-Changer: The Legal Education Crisis Goes Public

By Steven J. Harper |

To the chagrin of many legal educators, when The New York Times speaks, powerful people listen.

Arrest Warrant Issued for High-Profile Former Plaintiffs Lawyer

By Jennifer Henderson |

Stanley Chesley, the so-called Master of Disaster for his class action work for tort victims, is wanted in Kentucky after he failed to appear at a recent court hearing over a $42 million dispute with ex-clients.

Dumping Your Spouse Could Jump-Start Your Career

By Vivia Chen |

A strong marriage can help lawyers get ahead. But what happens once you've arrived?

Fee Tracker: Cable Bills, TV Ads and Air Bags

By Brian Baxter |

Four Am Law 200 firms rack up fees ahead of Time Warner Cable’s merger with Charter Communications; a U.S. Chamber of Commerce affiliate and its lawyers look at spending on legal ads; and other notable bills from Big Law.

Lawyer 'Hackathon' Aims to Narrow Big Law Gender Gap

By Nell Gluckman |

Caren Stacy hopes a little competition may help firms find ways to attract and retain women lawyers.

Deal Watch: Walgreens, Rite Aid Deal Just What Doctor Ordered for Big Firms

By Jennifer Henderson |

A tie-up of big pharmacy chains came with a healthy price tag, as the proposed $17.2 billion union between the Walgreens Boots Alliance and Rite Aid yielded roles for a handful of Am Law 100 firms.

As Bankruptcy Filings Fall, Big Firms Forge Path Through Slowdown

By Jennifer Henderson |

Bankruptcy filings slipped to their lowest number in fiscal 2015 since 2007, according to data released Wednesday by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, and many big-firm restructuring lawyers are grappling with the consequences.

Baker & Hostetler's Madoff Tab Tops $715 Million

By Nell Gluckman |

The firm reports that it’s made $715.6 million since 2008 for its work recovering funds for victims of Bernie Madoff’s massive Ponzi scheme.

Michael Hausfeld

Backed by Burford's Millions, Hausfeld Stakes a Claim in Germany

By Julie Triedman |

Hausfeld and litigation funder Burford Capital are teaming up in a first-of-its-kind $30 million joint venture to bring cartel claims in Germany, both parties announced Wednesday.

The Churn

Linklaters Lands Baker & McKenzie Litigator, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Jennifer Henderson and Brian Baxter |

Douglas Tween, chair of Baker & McKenzie’s white-collar practice and head of the firm’s New York litigation department, is headed to Magic Circle firm Linklaters; Cravath hires from Simpson Thacher; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Marathoner Who Inspired Wheelchair Class Action Returns to Race

By Nell Gluckman |

This weekend Sheppard Mullin partner Daniel Brown will watch his brother compete in the New York City marathon in a wheelchair for the first time in 25 years.

Women in Big Law Are Losing Ground

By Vivia Chen |

NAWL's survey is out—and the picture for women is bleak.

Film still from the film Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Three Years After Lucasfilm Deal, The Force Beckons

By Jennifer Henderson |

Which law firm is getting an early peek at the newest Star Wars flick?

White & Case Set to Lose Warsaw Group to International Rivals

By Chris Johnson |

After earlier retreats for White & Case in Hungary and Romania, sources say the firm is now poised to lose virtually its entire Polish litigation practice to Baker & McKenzie and Greenberg Traurig.

Too Damn High? Report Shows Rents Outpacing Law Firm Profits

By MP McQueen |

Law firm profits may be rising, but rents are rising even faster, according to a new report by commercial real estate services company Jones Lang LaSalle.

Bad Bet: Kirkland and Jones Day at Odds Again in Casino Case

By Julie Triedman |

A dispute in a Chapter 11 case by gaming giant Caesars Entertainment Corp. could cost Kirkland & Ellis a slice of one of the richest ongoing bankruptcy bonanzas.

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft partner Kenneth Wainstein holds up a report at a press conference Wednesday detailing accounts of academic fraud in association with UNC's athletic department

Skadden, Cadwalader Snag Slice of UNC’s Mounting Legal Fees

By Jennifer Henderson |

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announced Monday that it has paid nearly $7.6 million in fees over the past year to two Am Law 100 firms, a leading midsize firm specializing in collegiate investigations and a public relations agency in the fallout from its academic fraud scandal.

The Churn

Hedge Fund Hires From Davis Polk, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Stone Ridge Asset Management recruits a Davis Polk & Wardwell corporate partner to be its new head of legal; McKenna Long’s former cybsecurity co-chair finds a new home; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Computer vs. Lawyer? Many Firm Leaders Expect Computers to Win

By Julie Triedman |

Junior lawyers are used to feeling like cogs in a machine. According to a new report, a surprising number of law firm leaders expect to be able to replace them with actual machines—and soon.

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO

DLA Piper, Milberg Deny Part in Alleged Facebook Fraud

By Scott Flaherty |

Can DLA Piper, Milberg and former New York Attorney General Dennis Vacco escape the wrath of Mark Zuckerberg?

The Strange Case of Student Loan Debt

By Steven J. Harper |

In the policy debates over student debt, lofty rhetoric collides with ugly reality to create a bipartisan mess.

Fee Tracker: Big Firms Feast on IPOs

By Brian Baxter |

Simpson Thacher and Davis Polk divvy up fees from the largest IPO of 2015; a look at the nation’s top legal lobbying shops; and other billables of note from throughout the Am Law 200 universe.

Paul Ryan and family, 2012.

Paul Ryan Wants (Demands) Work/Life Balance

By Vivia Chen |

Is the conservative congressman promoting a feminist agenda?

Stuyvesant Town.

Deal Watch: Am Law 100 Firms Stack Their Chips and Help Sell Stuy Town

By Jennifer Henderson |

Despite continued consolidation in the chipmaking sector, it was a real estate deal with a history steeped in the global financial crisis that was a reunion of sorts for several Am Law 100 firms.

Ex-Skadden Lawyer Who Survived Hudson Plunge Will Cop to Ponzi Fraud

By Nell Gluckman |

Former Skadden lawyer Charles Bennett is set to plead guilty to running a $5 million Ponzi scheme. The fraud came to light when Bennett attempted suicide last year.

American Trial Lawyers Invade Tiny Palau

By Jennifer Henderson |

Pack the flip-flops and forget the tie—The American College of Trial Lawyers is headed to the South Pacific.

Michael Zinna, left, and John Ward, right.

Kelley Drye Joins IP Boutique Bolt-On Frenzy

By Nell Gluckman |

The New York-based firm has absorbed four-lawyer IP boutique Ward & Zinna, becoming the latest in a slew of Am Law 200 firms to make such a move.

Manhattan prosecutor Peirce Moser enters the courtroom on the first day of the Dewey & Leboeuf trial in May.

Observers Say Prosecutors Misplayed Dewey & LeBoeuf Criminal Case

By Julie Triedman |

New York prosecutors could have done more to avoid a mistrial in the criminal case against three former Dewey & LeBoeuf leaders, said several defense lawyers who closely followed the five-month trial.

When Your Boss Is a Jerk

By Vivia Chen |

How to handle an abusive boss.

Former Dewey client relations manager Zachary Warren in September 2014.

Dewey Mistrial Clouds Warren Prosecution, SEC Case

By Christine Simmons |

Monday's mistrial will delay or complicate several related actions, including the trial against former Dewey & LeBoeuf employee Zachary Warren and a civil SEC suit against the defendants.

Law Firms Prepare to Square Off in Facebook Appeal

By Scott Flaherty |

As one lawyer seeks to turn the tables on malicious prosecution claims brought by Facebook Inc., a trio of law firms facing parallel charges will try their luck this week before a New York appeals court.

The Churn

Wiley Rein Adds New Recruits, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Six months after a firmwide cull, Wiley Rein is hiring again; Covington & Burling brings back a partner from GE; Day Pitney expands into Florida; Ropes & Gray raids Fried Frank; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Dewey juror Edith Hines talks to reporters and defense attorneys outside the courtroom after a mistrial was declared Monday. Defendants Steven Davis, third from left, and Stephen DiCarmine, at right, listen in.

Inside the Dewey & LeBoeuf Deliberations

By Christine Simmons and Nell Gluckman |

After Monday’s mistrial, jurors in the Dewey & LeBoeuf case said the deliberations were rife with divisions from the start.

Former Dewey chairman Steven Davis, former executive director Stephen DiCarmine and ex-chief financial officer Joel Sanders after their trial ended in a mistrial in October.

The Dewey Mistrial: Full Coverage

Prosecutors swung at Dewey & LeBoeuf's former leaders and missed. But the ramifications of the trial are many, and the case may not be over yet.

Retrial? Plea Deals? What Comes Next in the Dewey Case

By Julie Triedman |

One key question for both sides after Monday’s mistrial: how much the veneer of unity between the defendants—mostly preserved during trial—will erode in the coming weeks.

Legal Industry Reacts to Dewey Mistrial

By Susan Beck |

The Dewey & LeBoeuf trial has produced reactions ranging from introspection to schadenfreude. Reaction to the mistrial has been mixed as well.

Can Female Lawyers Ditch the Pantyhose?

By Vivia Chen |

Anna Wintour wouldn't wear them, but should female lawyers?

Ropes & Gray Beefs Up in New York

By Jennifer Henderson |

After recruiting David Hennes and Gregg Weiner from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, Ropes & Gray asserts that it now ranks among the 20 largest law firms in the Big Apple.

Commentary: Dewey & LeBoeuf, Good Riddance

By Jenna Greene |

All the partners of this dysfunctional firm were unindicted co-conspirators in its demise. Because it wasn't really a partnership.

Former Dewey chairman Steven Davis, former executive director Stephen DiCarmine and ex-chief financial officer Joel Sanders after their trial ended in a mistrial in October.

Marathon Dewey Deliberations End in Mistrial

By Nell Gluckman and Christine Simmons |

The criminal trial that has riveted the legal community since May finally came to an end on Monday, when a Manhattan judge accepted the jury's surrender.

Morgan Chu, Irell & Manella partner

Irell & Manella's $5 Billion Man

By Scott Flaherty |

For Irell’s Morgan Chu, last week’s $234 million trial win against Apple was a big drop in a very, very big bucket.

The Churn

Crowell Nabs a DJ but Loses a Lindh, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter and Nell Gluckman |

Crowell & Moring picks up a former disc jockey to head its London corporate group, while another controversial partner departs; Cahill Gordon & Reindel hires from Credit Suisse; Orrick adds in Germany; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Dewey Jury Slogs Ahead as Deliberations Enter Second Month

By Nell Gluckman and Christine Simmons |

Thought there’d be a Dewey & LeBoeuf verdict by now, or at least a mistrial? Not so fast.

Paul Smith of Jenner & Block

High Court Showdown in Google Books Case?

By Scott Flaherty |

The decade-old legal battle over Google Inc.’s digital books project may finally be headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, setting up a first-ever matchup between Wilmer’s Seth Waxman and Paul Smith of Jenner & Block.

The Chicago Cubs' Kyle Schwarber at bat against the St. Louis Cardinals on October 13, 2015 at Wrigley Field.

Making the Playoffs: Baseball and Big Law

By Steven J. Harper |

The Cubs may offer lessons that go beyond baseball.

Deal Watch: Fourth Quarter Begins With Big Deal Deluge

By Jennifer Henderson |

Could Dell's $67 billion buy of EMC Corp. and the $104 billion union of beer giants Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller point to a grand M&A finale for 2015?

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

Ex-Buchanan Ingersoll, Saul Ewing Partner Lashes Out at SEC Tactics

By Susan Beck |

William Uchimoto, a former partner at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, Saul Ewing and Stevens & Lee, says he was blindsided by the securities fraud charges filed against him by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Jennifer Lawrence as Rosalyn Rosenfeld in

Do You Have a Jennifer Lawrence Problem Too?

By Vivia Chen |

Are women too concerned about being "liked" to advocate forcefully for themselves?

Dewey Drama Continues as Defense Splits on Jury Endgame

By Nell Gluckman |

The judge presiding over the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal trial received different answers when he asked lawyers in the case about giving undecided jurors yet another nudge.

Gordon Rees Grows in Ohio, West Virginia

By Jennifer Henderson |

Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, an expanding Am Law 200 firm, is poised to open new offices in Columbus, Ohio and Wheeling, West Virginia, on Nov. 1.

Greenspoon, Dickstein See Head Counts Rise and Slide

By Brian Baxter |

A look at the Am Law 200 firms that saw their attorney head counts change the most during the first three quarters of 2015. Florida’s Greenspoon Marder, a new entrant this year to the Second Hundred, and Dickstein Shapiro topped the list.

Google Avoids New IP Headache With Help From Quinn Emanuel

By Scott Flaherty |

After losing an $85 million patent verdict to a former summer associate at Quinn Emanuel last year, Google brought in the big guns.

Steven Davis, Joel Sanders and Stephen DiCarmine

Dewey Mistrial Looms as Jury Fights Deadlock

By Christine Simmons |

Jurors in the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal trial stuck it out for one more day of deliberations on Wednesday, even as the months-long trial threatened to end in a mistrial.

Firms Pledge Nearly $2 Million for New 'Low Bono' Effort

By Susan Beck |

Following a similar effort in Washington, D.C., 19 major law firms have pledged $1.9 million for affordable legal services to people with modest incomes in New York who make too much to qualify for free legal aid.

The Churn

Paul Hastings Trio Jumps Ship, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Jennifer Henderson |

Foley & Lardner, Katten Muchin Rosenman and Orrick poach partners from Paul Hastings; Kirkland & Ellis hires a new practice head in Washington, D.C.; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Citi Report Finds Law Firm Leaders' Confidence on the Wane

By Scott Flaherty |

While law firm managing partners remain a mostly optimistic bunch, their confidence in economic and legal industry growth has fallen for a third straight quarter, according to a survey released Tuesday by Citi Private Bank’s Law Firm Group.

DLA Piper, Garrigues Take Aim at Emerging Markets

By Chris Johnson |

DLA Piper announced a new base in Morocco, to be followed in early 2016 by an outpost in Johannesburg. Garrigues, meanwhile, is bolstering its presence in Latin America through a tie-up with a Colombian firm.

Steven Davis leaves court on Tuesday, Oct. 13, trailed by his attorney Elkan Abramowitz.

Dewey Execs Dodge More Charges Amid Jury Confusion

By Nell Gluckman and Christine Simmons |

Three former leaders of defunct Dewey & LeBoeuf dodged a handful of additional charges in the second partial verdict by a weary Manhattan jury.

Familiar Firms Flock to Dell’s $67 Billion EMC Buy

By Jennifer Henderson |

Nearly two years after a lucky seven Am Law 100 firms reaped hefty fees from Dell’s $24.4 billion leveraged buyout, some of the same firms have landed roles in Dell’s record-breaking $67 billion acquisition of EMC.

Amid IRS Case, Microsoft Touts Bartlit Beck in Surface Ad

By Scott Flaherty |

When Microsoft Corp. wanted to show off its Surface tablet computer in a new online marketing campaign, the company looked no further than one of its own outside lawyers.

Sacre Bleu! Another Lawyer Sex Scandal, This Time Up North

By Brian Baxter |

Marcel Aubut, a former head of the Canadian Olympic Committee and one-time CEO of the National Hockey League’s now-defunct Quebec Nordiques, resigned from his prominent Montreal-based law firm in the wake of a sexual harassment scandal.

Kirkland's 'Subway Hero' Tackles Education Crisis in Honduras

By Nell Gluckman |

The underground heroics of Kirkland & Ellis records clerk Ramiro Ocasio won admiration from thousands of New Yorkers. Now he’s teamed up with lawyers at the firm to build schools in Honduras.

The Churn

Dentons Keeps Growing, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

The world’s soon-to-be-largest firm by attorney head count continues to expand; Honigman Miller hires again in Chicago; Ice Miller opens in New York; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Jurors receiving instructions from Justice Robert Stolz before deliberations got underway in the Dewey & LeBoeuf trial last month.

Dewey & LeBoeuf Deliberations Grind On

By Christine Simmons |

Two days after reaching a partial verdict that acquitted three Dewey & LeBoeuf executives on dozens of criminal counts, a Manhattan jury ended its 16th full day of deliberations without any final resolution in the drawn-out case.

The Biggest Names in Big Law?

By Scott Flaherty |

For these Am Law 200 lawyers, it takes a little extra effort to stick out from the crowd.

Four Lessons From a Failed Law School Experiment

By Steven J. Harper |

Northwestern has suspended its accelerated J.D. program. What will others learn from its failure?

Steven Davis, Joel Sanders and Stephen DiCarmine leave the courtroom on Oct. 7 after jurors acquitted them on some counts.

Dewey Jury Keeps Quiet After Partial Verdict

By Nell Gluckman |

After throwing out part of the criminal case against Dewey & LeBoeuf's former leaders on Wednesday and getting a jolt from the judge, the jury went home Thursday without a peep.

Deal Watch: Beer Battle, Asset Swap Quench Firms' Transactional Thirst

By Jennifer Henderson |

Anheuser-Busch InBev has sidled up with Sullivan & Cromwell in its ongoing effort to merge with alcoholic beverage industry rival SABMiller.

Milberg Notifies New York of 32 Layoffs

By MP McQueen |

Milberg, a once high-flying plaintiffs firm, has notified New York sate of its intention to let go of 32 employees by December. The cutbacks are the latest by a big firm coping with a drop-off in high-stakes litigation tied to the 2008 financial crisis.

Footloose Lawyers Keep Their Business—and Their Blogs

By Julie Triedman |

Law firms are used to partners taking their clients with them when they jump to other firms. But what about their blogs?

King & Spalding Touts State AG Practice With New Alliance

By Scott Flaherty |

K&S became the latest defense firm to trumpet its state AG expertise and its connections with top state law enforcers this week, announcing a partnership with former Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen.

Steven Davis, Joel Sanders and Stephen DiCarmine

Round One Goes to Dewey & LeBoeuf Defendants

By Julie Triedman |

In the white-collar defense bar, the feeling was awfully bullish for Dewey & LeBoeuf’s former leaders after Wednesday’s partial verdict.

Behind Rise of Daily Fantasy Sports, A Big-Firm Bonanza

By Brian Baxter |

Cooley, Debevoise, Dentons, Fenwick, Gibson Dunn, Greenberg Traurig, Kirkland and Latham are advising clients in the increasingly lucrative—and still mostly unregulated—world of daily fantasy sports.

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Dewey & LeBoeuf Trial Takes a Physical Toll

By Nell Gluckman |

Dizzy jurors. Muscle spasms. Defense lawyers and prosecutors falling down left and right. Just an average couple of weeks in the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal trial.

Depressed? Anxious? This Quiz Aims to Help Lawyers

By MP McQueen |

Mental health advocacy groups are working to remove stigmas and barriers to treatment in the legal industry. National Depression Screening Day is Thursday.

Steven Davis, right, with his attorney Elkan Abramowitz outside court on Wednesday October 7, 2015.

Dewey Execs Win Partial Verdict as Deliberations Continue

By Christine Simmons and Nell Gluckman |

The Manhattan jury hearing the the criminal case against Dewey & LeBoeuf's former leaders acquitted them of several counts, but many of the most serious charges remain.

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K&L Gates Partner Nominated as VA Watchdog, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

The Obama administration nominates a K&L Gates litigator to clean up the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; Pillsbury brings on a bitcoin expert; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Mayer Brown Tapped to Defend Volkswagen Consumer Suits

By Susan Beck |

The legal lineup continues to expand on both sides of Volkswagen’s historic corporate disaster.

Founders of Fledgling Legal Recruiting Firm Square Off in Court

By Scott Flaherty |

A recent lawsuit pitting Michelle Foster against her erstwhile partner Eilene Bloom offers a window into the legal recruiting business.

Steven Davis, Joel Sanders and Stephen DiCarmine

Jury Deadlocked in Dewey & LeBoeuf Criminal Trial

By Nell Gluckman |

Jurors deliberating in the criminal case against three former leaders of Dewey & LeBoeuf told a judge that they’re unable to agree on a majority of the charges against the defendants.

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Dewey & LeBoeuf Jurors Seek More Witness Testimony

By Christine Simmons |

Jurors in the criminal case against three former Dewey & LeBoeuf leaders considered Monday a key witness's testimony relating to accounting adjustments at the now-defunct Am Law 100 firm.

American Apparel, Saddled By Legal Bills, Tries on Jones Day for Ch. 11

By Scott Flaherty |

The troubled retailer’s ongoing fight with former CEO Dov Charney has landed the company in bankruptcy. Among American Apparel’s top 30 largest unsecured creditors are three high-powered Am Law 100 firms.

Report: 2015 Could Set Record for Number of Law Firm Mergers

By Nell Gluckman |

There have been 68 law firm mergers through September 2015, according to a report released Monday by legal consultancy Altman Weil. The number is the highest through the third quarter of any year since the firm began tracking such deals nearly a decade ago.

Husch Blackwell Partner Leaves Firm After Sexting Scandal

By Jennifer Henderson |

John Diehl Jr., a real estate development and construction partner at Husch Blackwell in St. Louis who resigned as Missouri House Speaker in May after being caught up in a sexting scandal involving a female college freshman, has now also left the Am Law 200 firm.

Dentons’ Latest Global Push Sees Firm Set Up Shop in Italy

By Julie Triedman |

Dentons is opening an office in Milan after hiring a 21-lawyer team led by three partners from DLA Piper, including its former local managing partner, Federico Sutti.

Littler Mendelson Expands Beyond Americas With German Merger

By Chris Johnson |

Littler Mendelson has established its first presence outside the Americas following a merger with German labor and employment law boutique Vangard, the firm announced Monday.

The Churn

Arent Fox Adds Tech Transactions Head, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Another practice leader leaves Kaye Scholer; Blank Rome bags a handful of new hires; Day Pitney poaches a five-partner real estate team; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Ahead of Hurricane, Dewey & LeBoeuf Jury Soldiers On

By Nell Gluckman |

The judge in the criminal case of three former Dewey & LeBoeuf executives will not ask a jury whether they’ve reached a partial verdict in the nearly four-month trial, though he raised the possibility of doing so.

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.'s headquarters in Jerusalem.

Another Big Deal for Teva, and a Mystery Role for Kirkland Revealed

By Jennifer Henderson |

Closing the loop on the twisted tale of Kirkland & Ellis' bid to advise longtime client Teva Pharmaceutical Industries on its latest big M&A deal.

Ex-Locke Lord IT Engineer Convicted in Hacking Case

By Scott Flaherty |

A former information technology at Locke Lord has been convicted in a federal court in Dallas of hacking the firm’s internal computer network.

U.S. Adds 4,700 Legal Jobs in September

By MP McQueen |

Moreover, the Labor Department revised its numbers for August, meaning that declines initially reported weren't really as steep.

King of Torts Falls Off Forbes 400, But Ex-Finley Kumble Lawyer Rises

By Brian Baxter |

Forbes unveiled its tally of America’s 400 wealthiest people this week, and while Texas lawyer Joe Jamail Jr. fell off the list, two former lawyers with real estate backgrounds—Rick Caruso and Sanford Diller—broke into the exclusive ranks.

Dewey & LeBoeuf Judge Raises Question of Partial Verdict

By Christine Simmons |

After asking if he should ask jurors if they have reached a partial verdict, a judge in the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal trial also gave lawyers in the case a draft question on charging the jury, to see if jurors have reached a decision on any count or decision.

Deal Watch: M&A Stays Strong Through Third Quarter, Skadden Tops League Tables

By Jennifer Henderson |

As 2015's third quarter comes to a close, bank-breaking, billion-dollar deals seem to be the gifts that keep on giving for M&A lawyers at Am Law 100 firms.

Bar Report: More Effort Needed to Retain Minorities

By MP McQueen |

A survey by the New York City bar shows that despite growing support for diversity and inclusion goals and some modest gains over the past year, law firms continue to experience high rates of attrition among minority and women lawyers.

Ex-Skadden Associate Beats Out Firm for Police Monitor Job

By Nell Gluckman |

A former Skadden and Quinn Emanuel associate who joined a nonprofit police consulting firm will lead a team overseeing reforms at the Cleveland Division of Police. The department, which the Justice Department has accused of using a pattern of excessive force, has made national headlines for violent acts against local citizens.

Three Firms in One Month (Almost) for New Blank Rome Hire

By Jennifer Henderson |

“Serial,” the podcast and soon-to-be television series, has nothing on Michael Loesberg. The former Greenberg Traurig partner left the firm in early September for Kelley Drye & Warren, only to end up at Blank Rome this week.

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Sullivan & Worcester Bolts On Boston Shop, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Boston-based Greene & Hafer partners up with Sullivan & Worcester; Greenberg Traurig grows in Texas; Paul Weiss welcomes a “Rising Star”; Skadden snags a new Paris tax head; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

What’s Driving the Pillsbury-Chadbourne Merger Talks?

By Patience Haggin and Brian Baxter |

Consultants, recruiters and former partners weigh in on what Chadbourne & Parke and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman stand to gain by merging with one another.

Dewey & LeBoeuf Jury Queries Conspiracy Charge

By Nell Gluckman |

At the end of the ninth full day of deliberations in the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal trial, jurors asked a judge to reread a conspiracy charge, a sign that they could be making progress toward a verdict.

<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.

Orrick, Weil, Winston & Strawn Score for NBA Players

By Brian Baxter |

With the 2015-2016 National Basketball Association season set to tip off on Oct. 27, the league’s players union—led by an ex-Skadden litigation partner—filed its annual financial statement Tuesday with the U.S. Department of Labor.

Alan Hruska (left) and a production still from Laugh it Up, Stare it Down (photo by Richard Termine)

Cravath Was His Opening Act

By Vivia Chen |

Who says there's no life after Big Law? Former Cravath partner Alan Hruska writes novels and plays—and more.

At Dewey & LeBoeuf Trial, More Questions Than Answers

By Christine Simmons |

The jury weighing criminal charges against three Dewey & LeBoeuf executives continued to show signs of confusion and possibly division on Tuesday, asking a New York judge to explain the definition of "deliberation" and their role as jurors.

Allen & Overy Shuttering Year-Old Toronto Base

By Jennifer Henderson |

Maybe it was the cold. A year after London-based legal giant Allen & Overy opened a representative office in Toronto, the Magic Circle firm confirmed Tuesday the closure of its outpost up north.

Sean Penn in Port au Prince in February 2015.

Reed Smith Cedes Center Stage to Sean Penn at Reforestation Press Conference

By Jennifer Henderson |

The Am Law 100 firm is representing the Academy Award-winning actor and political activist’s Los Angeles-based nonprofit on a reforestation project in Haiti unveiled Monday in New York at The Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations.

Ex-Spy Defender, Lewinsky Lawyer Tapped to Advise on Government Phone Records

By Scott Flaherty |

Former Orrick litigator Preston Burton will serve as a friend to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court as it weighs a government request to hold on to secretly collected telephone data.

Dewey & LeBoeuf Jury Wavers as Deliberations Stretch On

By Nell Gluckman |

Jurors showed signs Monday that they were straining to understand their obligations, much less to reach a consensus regarding the guilt of Dewey & LeBoeuf's former leaders.

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Covington Bolsters New LA Office, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

The co-head of a Los Angeles-based litigation boutique decamped for Covington & Burling, which opened in the city earlier this year; comings-and-goings at Ballard Spahr and White & Case; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Dewey & LeBoeuf Jury Enters Second Week of Deliberations

By Christine Simmons |

After more than a week of deliberations, jurors in the criminal trial of three former Dewey & LeBoeuf executives left a New York courthouse Friday without a verdict.

Up in Smoke: Tobacco Merger Takes Toll at Hughes Hubbard

By Susan Beck |

Reynolds American’s $27.4 billion acquisition of fellow cigarette maker Lorillard last year has caused Hughes Hubbard & Reed to cut the size of its office in Kansas City, Missouri.

Dewey & LeBoeuf: 10 Lessons Lost

By Steven J. Harper |

The Dewey & LeBoeuf trial obscured the most important lessons to be learned from the firm’s collapse.

Global Legal Awards: 2015 Global M&A Deals of the Year

The American Lawyer Global M&A Deals of the Year recognize transactions that redrew the corporate map in every corner of the globe.

From left, defendants Steven Davis, Stephen DiCarmine and Joel Sanders entering court, Aug. 27, 2015.

More Questions, Still No Answers from Dewey & LeBoeuf Jury

By Nell Gluckman |

Jurors in the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal trial finished their fifth full day of deliberations, with no verdict yet in sight.

Deal Watch: Davis Polk, Jones Day Take Lead on Latest Chipmaker Match

By Jennifer Henderson |

Microchips, airport services, rental properties and baby formula make up the latest batch of billion-dollar deals fueling the corporate coffers of global firms.

Drunk Driver's Crash Gives Rise to Big Firm's New Garden State Base

By Jennifer Henderson |

Fox Rothschild's new office in Morristown, New Jersey, is being constructed on the grounds of a storefront demolished earlier this year when a drunk driver plowed through a knitting shop.

DLA Piper Doubles Hamburg Size With 20-Lawyer Raid

By Julie Triedman |

The global legal giant has brought on a team of lawyers from British firm Bird & Bird in the German city, the latest in a series of local mass lateral hires by Am Law 100 firms.

Continental Breakfast: Guy Beringer, BCKR

By Chris Johnson |

In this week's column, The American Lawyer's chief European correspondent dines with the former senior partner of Allen & Overy to discuss retirement—and how U.K. law firms have lost touch with corporate boardrooms.

More Firms Make Room for Women through OnRamp Fellowship

By Jennifer Henderson |

Six more Am Law firms, along with Amazon's legal department and Barclays' compliance team, plan to reap the untapped benefits of hiring women with resume gaps.

The Legal Olympics Behind L.A.'s Bid for 2024 Games

By Nell Gluckman |

Three decades after Latham & Watkins helped bring the Summer Olympics to Los Angeles, the city's organizing committee for 2024 has turned to Proskauer Rose.

Chadbourne & Parke, Pillsbury Winthrop Talking Tie-Up

By Julie Triedman and Christine Simmons |

The two Am Law 100 firms, both of which have mulled the possibility of a combination in the past, could be poised to pull off a union by October.

Kirkland Keeping Mum on Role in Volkswagen Scandal

By David Bario and Susan Beck |

The scope and timing of Kirkland's involvement is still unclear in a case that could rival the BP oil-spill litigation in scope—not to mention billable hours.

Jury Looks for Answers as Dewey Deliberations Continue

By Christine Simmons |

Do 'false' and 'inappropriate' equal 'illegal' in the case against Dewey & LeBoeuf’s former leaders? The short answer, the judge said Tuesday, is no.

Colbert Takes the Stage—As Kenyon & Kenyon Managing Partner

By Nell Gluckman |

Amid partner departures, Kenyon & Kenyon has elected Edward Colbert—comedian Stephen Colbert’s older brother—as its new managing partner.

The Churn

K&L Gates Grabs London Tax Partner, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

After a few months of partner losses, K&L Gates has been on a hiring spree in September, but some firm lawyers continue to find new homes; Morgan Lewis lands a former NLRB member; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Bar Passage at 27 Year Low

By Vivia Chen |

Passage rates on the multistate are down drastically in some states. What does this mean to the client?

If Convicted, Grim Fate Awaits Dewey & LeBoeuf’s Leaders

By Julie Triedman |

Even for white-collar defendants, New York state’s labyrinthine penal system offers plenty to dread.

Jury Wades Through More Email Evidence in Dewey & LeBoeuf Trial

By Nell Gluckman |

Jurors deliberating in the Dewey & LeBoeuf trial are hunkering down with a growing mass of documents, including every single email that the prosecution has submitted into evidence.

Ex-Manatt Litigator Proud Father of Rare Identical Triplets

By Jennifer Henderson |

Three new babies changed the career trajectory of a lawyer from Long Island, New York. Jason Fenley left Manatt, Phelps & Phillips earlier this year for a position closer to home at seven-lawyer Egan & Golden.

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Fried Frank Partner Joins PCAOB, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

David Hardison, co-head of Fried Frank’s professional services defense and counseling practice, decamps in Washington, D.C.; Boies Schiller brings back a former partner and adds an employee benefits head; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Fee Tracker: Space, Securities, Shale and Stadia

By Brian Baxter |

A look at the Am Law 100 firms fueling up with clients competing in the new space race; Quinn Emanuel and Kasowitz Benson’s FHFA fee windfall; the legal fees of the Marcellus Shale Coalition; and Sutherland Asbill’s bills backing a new stadium for the Atlanta Braves.

Jurors receiving instructions from Justice Robert Stolz before deliberations got underway in the Dewey & LeBoeuf trial last month.

Dewey & LeBoeuf Jury Sifts Through Evidence, Ponders Reasonable Doubt

By Nell Gluckman |

On their second full day of deliberations, jurors in the trial of three former Dewey & LeBoeuf executives were given hundreds of documents to review. They also asked a question about reasonable doubt.

A Tragic Failure of Leadership

By Steven J. Harper |

If the crime doesn’t get you, the cover-up will.

Is Legal Education in Crisis? A Dean Responds

A clash in letters between the dean of Northeastern University School of Law and legal columnist Steven Harper over what law schools owe their students.

Madoff Lawyer Leaves Lowenstein Sandler to Start Boutique

By Nell Gluckman |

Nearly five years after leaving Dickstein Shapiro for Lowenstein Sandler, longtime New York litigator Ike Sorkin has launched his own shop, Sorkin & Sondhi. The new firm is subleasing space from McLaughlin & Stern, a firm Sorkin was looking to join until he ran into conflict issues.

Questions Fly as Dewey & LeBoeuf Jury Gets Down to Business

By Christine Simmons |

In its first full day of deliberations, a jury weighing criminal charges against three former Dewey & LeBoeuf executives asked a judge to review the criteria required for conviction and to provide testimony from a star witness for the prosecution.

Deal Watch: Magic Circle, Hogan Lovells on Tap for Big Beer Tie-Up Talks

By Jennifer Henderson |

At least two London-based legal giants and one leading Am Law 100 firm have taken the lead for Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller as they prepare to toast a potential combination.

From left, defendants Steven Davis, Stephen DiCarmine and Joel Sanders entering court, Aug. 27, 2015.

Decision Time in the Dewey & LeBoeuf Trial

By Nell Gluckman |

After more than three months of trial, jurors in the case against Dewey & LeBoeuf's leaders have a lot to remember as they prepare to begin deliberations. Here are some of the moments they’re least likely to forget.

Ex-Simpson Thacher Clerk is Last Holdout in Insider Trading Case

By Scott Flaherty |

Prosecutors on Wednesday announced a guilty plea by Vladimir Eydelman, a former Morgan Stanley stockbroker charged last year in an alleged $5.6 million insider trading scheme involving former Simpson Thacher & Bartlett managing clerk Steven Metro.

A Loan Repayment Plan That Punishes Law Grads

By Matt Leichter |

The Department of Education has concocted yet another income-based repayment plan, but this one adds a twist: making graduate debtors pay more.

U.K. Midmarket Consolidation Continues With Pair of Mergers

By Chris Johnson |

Leading global insurance firm Clyde & Co, the U.K.’s 11th-largest firm by revenue, is picking up Scotland's Simpson & Marwick, while Trowers & Hamlins will expand its national coverage by combining with Stones Solicitors, a small firm in southwest England.

Jury Begins Deliberations in Dewey & LeBoeuf Criminal Trial

By Nell Gluckman |

Prosecutors in the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal trial finally finished their pitch to the jury on Wednesday, leaving the fate of Dewey's former leaders in the hands of 12 New Yorkers.

The Churn

IP Shops See Partners Depart, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Finnegan Henderson and Kenyon & Kenyon, two top IP-focused firms, see partners peel away on both coasts; Gibson Dunn grows in London; Morgan Lewis adds an Islamic finance expert; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Lawsuit Says Orrick Associate Used Son's Injury To Defraud Heath Plan

By Scott Flaherty |

Did an Orrick associate exploit a child’s injury to scam his firm’s health plan sponsor out of more than half a million dollars?

Winston & Strawn Taps Former Dewey & LeBoeuf Leader as Firm Co-Chair

By Jennifer Henderson |

Chicago-based Winston & Strawn, an Am Law 100 firm long known for its litigation work, has announced that New York-based litigator Jeffrey Kessler will join Dan Webb in the largely ceremonial role as chairman of the firm.

Summer Associates Say Choate Hall, Kaye Scholer Are Tops

By MP McQueen |

And Orange County, California, ranks as the best place to work, according to The American Lawyer's 2015 Summer Associate satisfaction survey.

London skyline

Gibson Dunn, Seeking Corporate Growth, Continues London Lateral Spree

By Jennifer Henderson |

The Am Law 100 firm has followed up on its addition of several high-profile London hires last year by snagging a pair of capital-markets partners from global legal giant Herbert Smith Freehills.

Quinn Emanuel Tackles Chicago Market with Kirkland Hire

By Scott Flaherty |

Promising to expand its footprint in the Midwest, Quinn Emanuel has hired longtime Kirkland & Ellis partner Jonathan Bunge, a top Chicago litigator who once challenged Patrick Fitzgerald to serve as the city’s top federal prosecutor.

The Churn

DC Lobbying Partner Starts Own Shop After Probe, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

More than a year after Mark Hayes’ name arose in an insider trading investigation, the Greenberg Traurig partner has started his own practice; Greenspoon Marder merges into Miami; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Brown Rudnick Partner Is Accused of Misogyny

By Vivia Chen |

Is complimenting a woman on LinkedIn about her photo sexist?

At Kramer Levin, Sean Coffey Sees Both Sides of Securities Bar

By Scott Flaherty |

Securities litigator John "Sean" Coffey has worn a number of hats during his long legal career, but almost two years ago he landed at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel. On Sept. 4, Coffey picked up one of his first major victories for a client of the firm.

Baker & Hostetler Votes to Drop Nonequity Partner Tier

By Susan Beck |

With a unanimous vote, the 930-lawyer firm joined a small group of law firms that have abandoned two strict partnership tiers in favor of tying all partner compensation at least partly to firmwide profits.

Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Peirce Moser delivers his summation in the Dewey criminal trial, Sept. 11, 2015. Seated far right are Steven Davis, his attorney Elkan Abramowitz, Stephen DiCarmine and Joel Sanders.

Prosecutors: Dewey Crimes Began With Top Leaders

By Nell Gluckman |

A prosecutor told jurors Friday that Dewey & LeBoeuf’s top executives drafted lower-level employees to do their dirty work.

The Intractable Crisis in Legal Education

By Steven J. Harper |

To understand why the crisis in legal education persists, take a look at how law deans and professors are wishing it away.

Fee Tracker: Football’s Big Bills, ICANN and Alfred Mann

By Brian Baxter |

As football season begins, a look at the fees accrued by lawyers litigating for the NCAA and NFL; Jones Day’s ICANN-related fees; Cleary Gottlieb grabs $25 million for its Puerto Rican restructuring work; and other notable disbursements from throughout Big Law.

Accusations Fly as Dewey & LeBoeuf Trial Nears End

By Christine Simmons |

Who’s lying in the Dewey criminal trial? As the jury gets close to deliberating, both sides spent a day pointing fingers.

Benjamin Wey earlier this year, arriving at the sexual harassment trial in Manhattan involving Hanna Bouveng.

Former Big Law Lawyers Targeted in Benjamin Wey Fraud Case

By Susan Beck |

Two lawyers with Am Law 200 pedigrees, including a former Sullivan & Cromwell lawyer and the former head of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney’s China practice, have been ensnared in the latest troubles of Chinese stock promoter Ben Wey.

Deal Watch: Emera, Looking South, Subs Skadden With Davis Polk

By Jennifer Henderson |

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom advised Canadian utility Emera on its acquisition of New England power assets two years ago, but this week the firm took the lead for Tampa-based Teco Energy on the Florida power generator’s $10.4 billion sale to Emera.

Are You Ready for the Cubicle?

By Vivia Chen |

Shock and indignation greet Paul Hastings' plan to house junior lawyers in cubicles.

The Churn

Baker & Hostetler Bags Dewey Defector, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

The demise of Dewey & LeBoeuf bankrupted Geoffrey Coll, but the securities litigator has found a new home at Baker & Hostetler; Greenberg Traurig brings on Ted Kennedy’s widow; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Bryan Cave's Austin Campriello delivers his closing statement to a Manhattan state court jury on behalf of defendant Stephen DiCarmine (seated far right), Sept. 9, 2015.

Dewey & LeBoeuf Exec Had 'No Motive' To Defraud, Jury Hears

By Julie Triedman |

Thin evidence and a lack of any motive fatally undermines the criminal case against former Dewey & LeBoeuf executive director Stephen DiCarmine, jurors heard Wednesday.

Photo: Washington State Auditor's Office Facebook

Davis Wright No Longer Representing Embattled Washington State Auditor

By Jennifer Henderson |

Davis Wright Tremaine has withdrawn its representation of Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley, now facing money laundering and additional tax-evasion charges after he was originally indicted earlier this year on charges related to stolen money from former business clients.

SEC Targets Ex-Kentucky Lt. Governor, Dinsmore Partner in BDO Case

By Scott Flaherty |

Former federal prosecutor and Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Stephen Pence vowed to fight charges related to a BDO USA audit of staffing company General Employment Enterprises.

Former Dewey & LeBoeuf chairman Steven Davis, left, entering court in Manhattan with his attorney Elkan Abramowitz on August 27, 2015.

Dewey Defense: No 'Shred' of Evidence in Case Against Davis

By Nell Gluckman |

In their closing statements, defense attorneys for former Dewey & LeBoeuf chairman Steven Davis and executive director Stephen DiCarmine told jurors that the prosecution had failed to make its case.

Ex-Vinson Partner Resigns as Airline CEO Amid Federal Probe

By Brian Baxter |

Jeffery Smisek, a former Vinson & Elkins partner serving as CEO of United Continental Holdings, stepped down as head of United Airlines' parent company in connection with an investigation that involves high-powered New Jersey lawyer David Samson.

Ex-Big Firm Associate Fights for Life After NYC Shooting

By Brian Baxter and Joel Stashenko |

Carey Gabay, a former associate at Jones Day; Schulte Roth & Zabel; and Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, remains in critical condition after being shot in the head Monday before New York’s West Indian American Day Carnival Parade.

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) building in Washington, D.C.

Akin Gump Wins Hefty Fees in EEOC Background-Check Case

By Scott Flaherty |

A defense team for Freeman Co., led by the EEOC’s own former general counsel, won nearly $1 million in fees after a judge ruled that the agency kept on pressing a lousy case.

Brendan McDonagh, chief executive officer of Ireland's National Asset Management Agency (NAMA), poses for a photograph at the company's headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, in October 2011.

Report: DOJ Probing Irish ‘Bad Bank’ Deal Involving Brown Rudnick

By Jennifer Henderson |

The Boston-based Am Law 100 firm, already caught up in an Irish investigation into its role advising private-equity giant Cerberus Capital Management on its purchase of a troubled Northern Ireland property portfolio last year, must now deal with another inquiry by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Where in the World is Paul Ceglia?

By Scott Flaherty |

As Paul Ceglia, an upstate New York native accused of criminal fraud after claiming an ownership stake in Facebook, approaches six months on the lam, there are still plenty of mysteries arising out of his bizarre case.

Oil in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

Canada’s Supreme Court Says Ecuadoreans Can Sue Chevron

By Scott Flaherty |

Canada’s highest court ruled Friday that thousands of Ecuadorean villagers seeking to hold Chevron liable in an epic environmental toxic torts case can sue the energy giant north of the border.

The True Meaning of Labor Day

By Steven J. Harper |

Do you work to live or live to work? The better question is: Why should you have to choose?

Illustration by bimbim/iStock

Legal Sector Sheds 2,000 Jobs in August

By Nell Gluckman |

Preliminary data released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the legal sector lost 2,000 jobs in August, while the overall U.S. economy made modest gains.

Deal Watch: Energy, Pharma Deals Usher in Labor Day M&A

By Jennifer Henderson |

Amid a slow week for billion-dollar transactional announcements, one big-money deal remains on the table, likely keeping more than a few Am Law 100 lawyers busy before the holiday weekend.

Steven Davis, Joel Sanders and Stephen DiCarmine during a break May 26, the first day of the Dewey & LeBoeuf trial.

Dewey & LeBoeuf Defense Rests as Prosecutors Mull Shedding Charges

By Nell Gluckman |

Defense attorneys for three former Dewey & LeBoeuf executives said Thursday that they would rest their case next week, sending the high-profile criminal trial to a jury earlier than expected. New York prosecutors could drop 47 charges against the defendants.

Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson in the series Mad Men.

I Am Peggy (Or How I Became an Ad Lawyer)

By Linda Goldstein |

The chair of Manatt Phelps' advertising practice writes about carving a niche in Big Law.

The Churn

K&L Gates Grabs Paul Hastings IP Co-Chair; Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

As more partners head for the door, K&L Gates adds a Paul Hastings practice leader; Duane Morris absorbs eight lawyers from two boutiques; Kirkland & Ellis expands in Hong Kong; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Signing a New Lease? Seven Traps to Avoid

By Jennifer Henderson |

Law firms often overlook key considerations when negotiating for new space that could save them a bundle, experts say.

How Much Should Firms Pay to Protect Themselves From Hackers?

By Nell Gluckman |

The Am Law Daily spoke with a few cybersecurity consultants to find out the ideal amount that large law firms should spend to adequately defend their data from hackers, as well as determine whom they should hire for such a task.

Rocky Balboa on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, from the film

Is Pennsylvania the Next Hot Legal Market?

By Vivia Chen |

Pennsylvania firms are sleepy no longer. Profits, rates, demand and salaries are all up.

Four Am Law 100 Firms Open New Middle East, U.S. Offices

By Nell Gluckman and Brian Baxter |

Shearman & Sterling launches in Dubai; Dechert forms an alliance in Saudi Arabia; Ogletree Deakins and Jackson Lewis expand in the U.S.; and litigation boutique Kobre & Kim heads to South Korea.

Steven Davis, Joel Sanders and Stephen DiCarmine during a break May 26, the first day of the Dewey & LeBoeuf trial.

After Dismissal Arguments, Judge Says Dewey & LeBoeuf Case Going to Jury

By Christine Simmons and Nell Gluckman |

Lawyers for three former Dewey & LeBoeuf executives sought to have a criminal case against their clients dismissed Tuesday, but a New York judge said the case would go to a jury, hopefully by mid-September.

Brownstein, Dickinson, Dinsmore and Duane Morris Bolt On IP Boutiques

By Jennifer Henderson |

The four Am Law 200 firms absorbed a quartet of IP shops on Sept. 1. Meanwhile, Detroit-based Butzel Long added on an employee benefits firm, while Anglo-German legal giant Taylor Wessing expanded into the Netherlands by acquiring another local firm.

Clinton Emails Reveal the Persuasive Nature of Lanny Davis

By Scott Flaherty |

Onetime White House special counsel and former McDermott Will & Emery; Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe; and Patton Boggs partner Lanny Davis was profiled by The American Lawyer in 2010. A recent email dump by the U.S. Department of State reveals how he sought to have Hillary Clinton speak with us for that piece.

Report: Revenue Grows By 4 Percent Among Am Law 100 Firms

By Nell Gluckman |

According to a midyear report by Wells Fargo’s legal specialty group, Am Law 100 firms saw revenue grow by 4.1 percent during the first six months of 2015, though firm leaders are anxious that demand has not kept up with that pace.

Topless Feminists

By Vivia Chen |

Should feminists rally behind the topless women at Times Square?

Arent Fox Partner Moonlights as Montauk Nightclub Owner

By Nell Gluckman |

Earlier this year, Arent Fox restructuring partner Robert Hirsh was part of a group that opened a new bar in Montauk, New York. But the trendy establishment has upset some locals in the summer hotspot who are peeved about crowds and acts of debauchery.

Littler Banks on Big Data

By Jennifer Henderson |

After setting up several new outposts and launching a back-office operations center earlier this year, Littler Mendelson has hired a new director of analytics to coincide with the launch of the Littler Data Center, a strategic initiative by the firm designed to tap into Big Data.

Lawyers Are Prone to Fall for Email Scams

By Vivia Chen |

Lawyers are susceptible to fall for phishing scams, finds study.

Gap Settles Patent Suit After Fight With Dentons

By Scott Flaherty |

Dentons argued that its status as a Swiss verein should have insulated the firm from a former client's conflict claims. A judge wasn't convinced.

Acquisition Spree Sees Slater and Gordon Revenues Soar

By Chris Johnson |

Fueled by a series of acquisitions, publicly listed Australian law firm Slater and Gordon has announced a strong set of financials for the last fiscal year, posting significant increases in both revenue and earnings.

Deal Watch: Am Law Trio Fuels Up on $14.8B Oil Services Buy

By Jennifer Henderson |

Dealmakers saw the upside of sunken oil prices yet again this week.

stacks of cash

Fee Tracker: Summer Fun for LSAC, I-Bank IPOs and Monsanto

By Brian Baxter |

Pro bono is nice, but it helps to get paid. This week we track fees from the Law School Admission Council’s litigation woes, an IPO for investment bank Houlihan Lokey and Monsanto lobbying.

From left, defendants Steven Davis, Stephen DiCarmine and Joel Sanders enter court on Thursday.

Ex-Dewey & LeBoeuf Leaders Move to Toss Charges as Prosecution Rests

By Nell Gluckman |

Lawyers for Dewey & LeBoeuf’s former leaders say the state failed to provide enough proof to convict their clients.

Taking Care of the Kids Will Help Your Sex Life

By Vivia Chen |

A new study says that couples who share equally in childcare have better sex.

Quinn Emanuel Co-Founder Joins Davis Wright

By Brian Baxter |

David Quinto, one of the first partners at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan until leaving the litigation powerhouse last year, is headed to Davis Wright Tremaine with Scott Commerson. The two Quinn Emanuel alums hope for referrals from their former colleagues.

Michael Garofola attends ABC's

A Lawyer's Search for Love on Reality TV

By Jennifer Henderson |

From Davis Polk to the Justice Department to … Bachelor in Paradise?

Dewey & LeBoeuf NYC

Jury Hears Conflicting Views of Dewey & LeBoeuf Accounting

By Christine Simmons |

As they prepare to rest their case, prosecutors in the criminal trial of three former Dewey & LeBoeuf executives called to the stand a forensic accounting consultant who testified that accounting adjustments each year lifted net income by tens of millions of dollars.

The Churn

K&L Gates Grows Despite Losses, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

K&L Gates offsets a series of partner departures with hires in Dallas and Asia; Ashurst brings back a private equity pro from Skadden; Boies Schiller bags one from Cravath; a McKenna Long founder decamps; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

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

Dentons Leaders Assess Market Ahead of Dacheng Deal

By Susan Beck |

Dentons global chairman Joe Andrew and global CEO Elliott Portnoy said market unrest can sometimes be good for business.

Ex-Davies Ward Partner Gets Hefty Fine for Inside Trades

By Scott Flaherty |

A Canadian securities regulator slapped ex-Davies Ward partner Mitchell Finkelstein with a nearly half-million-dollar fine for tipping off his former fraternity brother about upcoming deals.

To Win Clients, Mintz Levin Partner Hits the Waves

By Nell Gluckman |

Surfing IP lawyer (and pun-enthusiast) James Cleary says his morning “board meetings” amid the waves give him credibility with clients.

Lawyers Spar Over Cause of Dewey & LeBoeuf's Demise

By Nell Gluckman |

Jurors in a New York criminal court were presented Tuesday with conflicting stories about the timing and circumstances that led to the downfall of Dewey & LeBoeuf during the testimony of Janis Meyer, the firm's former general counsel.

One International Place

After Bingham Bolt-On, Morgan Lewis Subleases Unused Space

By Brian Baxter |

Less than a year after agreeing to absorb the bulk of Bingham McCutchen, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius has agreed to sublease space in Boston that it agreed to move into last year, before its combination with the former was finalized in January.

Steven Davis, Joel Sanders and Stephen DiCarmine during a break May 26, the first day of the Dewey & LeBoeuf trial.

Dewey Defense: GC Kept Mum as Firm Wooed Investors

By Julie Triedman |

Defense attorneys chipped away Monday at potentially damaging testimony by a former Dewey & LeBoeuf general counsel, casting her as an insider who failed to share material information with investors in a firm bond offering when she had the chance.

How To Answer Annoying Interview Questions

By Vivia Chen |

Here are the five most annoying questions law firms love to ask.

HANGZHOU, CHINA - AUGUST 24:  (CHINA OUT) An investor watches the electronic board at a stock exchange hall on August 24, 2015 in Hangzhou, China. Chinese shares plunged on Monday with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index down 297.84 points, or 8.49 percent, to close at 3,209.91. The Shenzhen Component Index fell 931.76 points, or 7.83 percent, to close at 10,970.29.

Law Firms Eye Global Market Turmoil, China Plunge

By Susan Beck |

China's stock tumble, with its nerve-rattling aftershocks in the U.S., may cause law firms to further scrutinize their strategy in Asia.

Satisfaction By City

Baker & McKenzie Drops Behind DLA Piper as Gross Revenue Leader

By Chris Johnson |

Baker & McKenzie, having lost its position as the world’s largest-grossing law firm earlier this year to Latham & Watkins, has now slipped behind second-ranked global rival DLA Piper after announcing declines in both revenue and profit.

Big Law Lessons in Amazon’s Workplace Jungle

By Steven J. Harper |

Jeff Bezos disagrees with The New York Times’ description of his company’s culture. Could Bezos and the Times both be right?

Gary Osen showing jurors a video clip of Steve Averbach's deposition during closing arguments in <em>Linde v. Arab Bank</em>.

What Drove Arab Bank to a Billion Dollar Settlement?

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Plaintiffs got three big breaks in the case, which underscore the power of trial judges in settlements.

Arab Bank headquarters in Amman, Jordan

Arab Bank Settlement Said to Be More Than $1 Billion

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

The framework of the settlement agreement was reached last week, days before a damages trial was to begin in the Eastern District of New York.

After Jones Day Raid, Greenberg Traurig Rebuilds Mexico City Outpost

By Julie Triedman |

The Miami-based Am Law 100 is the latest to ramp up its operations in Mexico, picking up the co-founders of Mexico City’s Orrantia y Robles and a Jones Day labor law expert. The hires come two months after Jones Day hired Greenberg Traurig’s local managing partner.

Wachtell Puts Lawyers on Tight Leash

By Vivia Chen |

Wachtell Lipton is now monitoring lawyers 24/7.

Deal Watch: 'Female Viagra' Spawns More Skadden, S&C Deal Work

By Jennifer Henderson and Nell Gluckman |

Sprout Pharmaceuticals didn't have to wait long for a big-name buyer to spring big bucks for the nascent drug developer. Sullivan & Cromwell took the lead for the company, founded in 2011, on its $1 billion sale this week to longtime Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom client Valeant Pharmaceuticals International.

Steven Davis, Joel Sanders and Stephen DiCarmine during a break May 26, the first day of the Dewey & LeBoeuf trial.

Ex-Dewey & LeBoeuf GC Testifies About Firm's Accounting

By Christine Simmons |

Janis Meyer, a former general counsel at Dewey & LeBoeuf and current professional ethics and responsibility partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson in New York, testified Thursday in the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal trial.

2015 Lifetime Achievers, Law Firm Leaders Announced

By Am Law Daily Staff |

The American Lawyer honors eight longtime lawyers with distinctive careers and a commitment to public service. Three others are recognized for extraordinary talents managing their firm.

The Churn

Ropes Reels in Cybersecurity Pros, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Two top data privacy and security partners leave McDermott Will & Emery for Ropes & Gray; Latham & Watkins hires again from Clifford Chance in Germany; and more notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Dewey & LeBoeuf's offices in Manhattan, before the firm's collapse in 2012.

Bank Exec Describes Pulling Plug on Dewey & LeBoeuf Loans

By Julie Triedman |

As the Dewey criminal trial continues, a senior vice president for Wachovia’s legal banking business chronicled the bank’s decision to end its lending relationship with the firm in 2010.

Ashley Madison Owner Taps Am Law Firms Amid Massive Hack

By Jennifer Henderson |

DLA Piper, Barnes & Thornburg and Stikeman Elliott have been retained by Toronto-based Avid Life Media, owner of AshleyMadison.com, a controversial online dating and social networking service that has been targeted by hackers.

Is Big Law Kinder Than Amazon?

By Vivia Chen |

Big Law professes to care about work/life balance, but is it really that different from the dog-eat-dog world of Amazon?

Covington, Plaintiffs Lawyers Reprise Roles in Duke 'No-Poach' Case

By Jennifer Henderson |

Months after a California federal judge approved a $415 million antitrust class action settlement to resolve Silicon Valley antitrust claims, many of the same lawyers are squaring off in a parallel case involving university medical faculty.

Growing German Market Spurs Latest Latham Lateral Raid

By Julie Triedman |

In the the latest example of U.S. firms with merit-based compensation systems poaching from their lockstep Magic Circle rivals, Latham & Watkins has hired another partner in Germany from Clifford Chance.

Herbert Smith Freehills Trainee Lawyer Murdered in London

By Brian Baxter |

Elizabeth Nnyanzi, a 31-year-old contract paralegal and aspiring attorney with global legal giant Herbert Smith Freehills, was found dead Friday evening at her home in London. On Monday, a 23-year-old mechanic was charged with her killing.

Dewey Witness Says She Never Intended to Defraud

By Nell Gluckman |

A cooperating witness testified Tuesday that she didn’t believe the accounting adjustments she made at Dewey & LeBoeuf were fraudulent. Plus: Lawyers argue over stickers, and jurors learn about a dog named Fluffy.

Remembering White House Rejects Who Shaped Big Law

By Nell Gluckman |

One thing is certain about the 2016 presidential race: It’s going to leave a lot of former Republican candidates looking for something to do. Luckily they’ve got some role models.

Miller Canfield Inks Alliance Deal With Mexican Firm

By Brian Baxter |

Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone forged an affiliation agreement with 14-lawyer Arizpe, Valdés & Marcos in Monterrey, the so-called Motown of Mexico. The deal comes after Miller Canfield established a Latin American legal services network with two other firms.

Michael Hausfeld

Antitrust Firms in Forex Case Fix Their Gaze on Europe

By Scott Flaherty |

With $2 billion in foreign exchange-related antitrust settlements already under their belts in the U.S., Hausfeld and Scott + Scott are setting their sights—and expanding their footprints—across the Atlantic.

Dewey Defense Grills Key Witness as State's Case Winds Down

By Julie Triedman |

With just a week remaining before New York prosecutors rest their case in the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal trial, a former subordinate of Dewey's CFO told jurors of false book entries made to financial records.

Is Happiness at Work Overrated?

By Vivia Chen |

New research questions if happy workers are more productive.

The Churn

Haynes and Boone Raids IP Boutique, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Jennifer Henderson |

With Mavrakakis Law Group’s decision to return to Big Law, Haynes and Boone picked up eight boutique patent litigators and a new Chicago office packed with Kirkland & Ellis alums.

A Crash Course in Law Firm Disaster

By Nell Gluckman |

For the associates helping to defend Dewey & LeBoeuf’s former leaders, the ongoing Dewey criminal trial has been an eye-opener.

Did You Remember to Plug In Your Lawyer Today?

By Julie Triedman |

You may not be replaced with an intelligent robot, but be prepared to work with one.

BakerHostetler Shakeup Highlights Shifting Equity Equation

By Susan Beck |

When are "all equity" partnerships really not all equity?

Deal Watch: Google Shakeup Has Its Lawyers Feeling Lucky

By Jennifer Henderson |

Google turns to its longtime M&A counsel at Cleary Gottlieb to create a new holding company for the search giant, plus a rundown of this week's other megadeals and the law firms scrambling to keep them on track.

Dewey & LeBoeuf's offices in Manhattan, before the firm's collapse in 2012.

Dewey Witness Says She Helped Stifle Alarms Over Accounting

By Nell Gluckman |

The director of revenue support at now-defunct Dewey & LeBoeuf testified Thursday that many at the firm questioned her about what she now says were false accounting adjustments.

Citi Report: Despite Growth, Law Firm Forecast Dims for 2015

By John Wilmouth |

Revenue growth in the legal industry accelerated in the second quarter of the year, according to Citi Private Bank’s Law Firm Group. But a slow start to the year and pressure from expenses prompted a downward revision for overall 2015 performance.

Bienvenidos a Mexico, Mayer Brown

By Jennifer Henderson |

The firm announced Wednesday that it has formally hung up a shingle in Mexico City, where the firm will serve clients capitalizing on Mexico’s unfolding energy sector reform.

Who's Leading the Charge Against the SEC's In-House Courts?

By Scott Flaherty |

Thanks to the efforts of a few enterprising lawyers in the white-collar securities defense bar, complaints that the SEC’s administrative enforcement actions are unconstitutional are finally starting to stick.

Manhattan prosecutor Peirce Moser enters the courtroom on the first day of the Dewey & Leboeuf trial in May.

Ex-Dewey Revenue Executive Says She Falsified Firm Records

By Nell Gluckman |

Cooperating witness Dianne Cascino told jurors in the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal trial that she improperly manipulated accounting records while at the firm.

The Churn

Sidley Austin on the Hunt in LA, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Jennifer Henderson |

Manatt loses another partner to Sidley in Los Angeles; Debevoise makes do with a pair of IP departures; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Dewey Defense Says COO, not Defendants, Responsible for Unpaid Loans

By Nell Gluckman |

The finger pointing continued Tuesday in the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal trial, after a former partner testified that Dewey had failed to make promised bank loan repayments and left him holding the bag.

Polsinelli Partner Found Dead by Police After Search

By Scott Flaherty |

Police in Overland Park, Kansas, say 51-year-old transactional lawyer Patrick Henderson was found dead after wandering from his suburban home.