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Applying to Top Law Schools Disserved Many in 2014

By Matt Leichter |

Law school applicants gunning for top schools wasted a lot of effort last year.

Kilpatrick Townsend Bets on 'Beast Mode' This Sunday

By Brian Baxter |

R. Gwen Peterson, a partner with Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, helped star Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch trademark his nickname "Beast Mode." Now that nickname, which appeared on a hat Lynch wore at Super Bowl Media Day, could lead to a $100,000 fine by the National Football League.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Goodwin Procter Builds on 2013 Growth

By Nell Gluckman |

With new leadership in place after the firm’s chair of 16 years stepped aside over the summer, Goodwin Procter had a strong year, with gross revenue increasing by 4.4 percent, profits per partner rising 7.4 percent and revenue per lawyer increasing 6.1 percent in 2014.

Deal Watch: Three Am Law Firms Advise on $18 Billion Energy Buy

By Jennifer Henderson |

The $18 billion merger between Energy Transfer Partners and Regency Energy Partners tops a roundup of nine deals breaking the billion-dollar mark this week.

Chadbourne Opens New Office in Johannesburg

By Julie Triedman |

Chadbourne & Parke will open the South African outpost on Feb. 2, to be headed by Lido Fontana, a former project finance partner from one of the country's top corporate firms.

Debevoise Associate Moonlights as Chess Champion

By Nell Gluckman |

Alisa Melekhina learned to play chess at 5, competed for the first time at 7 and represented the U.S. in a tournament at 9. Now, at 23, she is among the top 10 women chess players in the country. Meanwhile, as a new associate at Debevoise & Plimpton, she is working on a white-collar criminal investigation—a challenge she says her chess mind has trained her for.

Meet the Lawyer Who's Giving Dershowitz Hell

By Vivia Chen |

Who's Paul Cassell? And why is he alleging all those awful things about the Harvard law legend?

The Churn

King & Spalding Keeps Hiring, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Five lawyers join King & Spalding, as two others depart; Haynes and Boone heads to Denver; Pillsbury Winthrop adds 10 in Texas; Latham & Watkins lures a well-pedigreed litigator and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

DLA Explores New Revenue Streams through CyberTrak

By Jennifer Henderson |

The firm announced the launch of a subscription-based online platform that allows multinational companies to access information regarding cybersecurity laws for the countries in which they operate.

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

Dentons, Dacheng Seal the Deal for a Union

By Julie Triedman |

Five days after The American Lawyer broke news of the impending combination between Dentons and Asia's largest firm, the union is now official. Chinese regulators gave the expected green light to the landmark deal between China-based Dacheng Law Offices and Dentons early on Monday Beijing time, clearing the way for the signing ceremony.

King & Spalding Advises Latest Bidder for New York City Opera

By Nell Gluckman |

A month after Duane Morris client NYCO Renaissance sought to rescue the New York City Opera out of bankruptcy, another suitor has emerged with a competing bid. King & Spalding client Gene Kaufman is offering $1.5 million for the opera company, trumping NYCO's $1.25 million bid.

Paul Weiss Called In to Investigate Deflate-Gate

By Jennifer Henderson |

The National Football League has tapped Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison to lead a probe into whether the New England Patriots used intentionally deflated balls during the American Football Conference title game last Sunday.

Nixon Peabody Reaches Merger Accord with Chicago Firm

By Brian Baxter |

The Boston-based Am Law 100 firm announced Monday an agreement to absorb Chicago's Ungaretti & Harris, taking on roughly 100 lawyers in the Windy City.

Jane Doe #3 Swears She Had Sex with Dershowitz

By Vivia Chen |

Sex abuse victim in sworn affidavit rebuts Dershowitz's claim of innocence.

Top Rainmaker Leaves Kirkland for Paul Weiss

By Julie Triedman and Brian Baxter |

Taurie Zeitzer, a leading M&A lawyer who joined Kirkland & Ellis two years ago from Latham & Watkins, is taking her private equity expertise to Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.

The Churn

McDermott Taps New COO, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Two firms shuffling their COOs saw partners depart in January; DLA Piper and Kirkland & Ellis make some high-profile labor and employment hires; Quinn Emanuel grows in Houston; Wilmer raids MoFo for a new cybersecurity chair; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

2015: The Year The Law School Crisis Ended (Or Not)—Conclusion

By Steven J. Harper |

When it comes to projecting the future demand for lawyers, maybe someone should consider how clients are actually behaving now.

Serial Lateral Finds a New Home

By Nell Gluckman |

IP litigator Paul Gupta has moved from DLA Piper to Reed Smith, making the firm his 10th professional home. His career trajectory has paralleled that of his practice area in general, he says. Now at Reed Smith, he'll be able to help grow and shape the IP practice group.

Dealmaker of the Week: Trevor Norwitz of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

By Jennifer Henderson |

Norwitz advised Dollar Tree Inc. in its $8.5 billion bid for Family Dollar Stores Inc., which ultimately beat out a $9.1 billion bid from rival Dollar General Corp.

Dentons, Dacheng Deal Sets Legal Industry Abuzz

By Julie Triedman |

While law firm leaders and legal observers marvel at the scope and scale of the tie-up between Dentons and China's Dacheng to create the world's largest firm, several also wonder how the two sides will pull off such a massive undertaking, and whether it will ultimately be successful.

Dentons and China's Dacheng Poised for Historic Union

By Julie Triedman |

The world will soon have a new largest law firm. Dentons and leading Chinese firm Dacheng are poised to announce a combination creating a 6,600-lawyer legal giant operating under the Swiss verein structure.

Orr Hired as Consultant for Ailing Atlantic City

By Nell Gluckman |

Former Jones Day restructuring partner Kevyn Orr, who left the firm in 2013 to serve as emergency manager of Detroit, has been hired as a part-time consultant in Atlantic City by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Orr will advise Kevin Lavin, former FTI Consulting restructuring attorney, who will serve as emergency manager for Atlantic City, which has fallen on tough economic times since four casinos closed last year.

Law Firm Leader Confidence Improves Again in 4th Quarter

By MP McQueen |

The latest survey by Citi Private Bank Law Watch finds law firm leaders' confidence in the legal industry improved again in the fourth quarter of 2014, in large part because of increased optimism in the economy and in business conditions.

David Greenwald

Fried Frank Chair Discusses Asia Exit

By Chris Johnson |

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson chair David Greenwald says the firm's decision to effectively close its Hong Kong and Shanghai offices and pull out of Asia, as revealed by The American Lawyer on Monday, was a "difficult but necessary decision."

Littler Back Office Feels Polsinelli Backlash

By Jennifer Henderson |

Less than two weeks after Littler Mendelson announced it would open a back office in Kansas City, Mo., local firm Polsinelli is criticizing the move for undercutting the competitive advantage that it and others now enjoy.

Richard Diebenkorn, Untitled, 1949, oil on canvas, 48 x 41 in., Gift of Mary and Jim Patton, © 2014 The Richard Diebenkorn Foundation

Patton Boggs Cofounder Donates 100 Works to North Carolina Museum

By Nell Gluckman |

James Patton Jr., founder of the Am Law 100 firm formerly known as Patton Boggs, has donated 100 works from his contemporary art collection to the North Carolina Museum of Art. The 86-year-old chaired Patton Boggs’ art committee, which created the firm’s own extensive collection, one that Patton believes contributed to its culture and attracted clients.

Clifford Chance's Problem Associate

By Vivia Chen |

A lawyer makes an incendiary video, and the Magic Circle firm gets blame for its response.

Report: Nixon Peabody in Merger Talks With Chicago Firm

By Brian Baxter |

Nixon Peabody, having had unsuccessful tie-up talks in recent years with Blank Rome and Locke Lord, is now reportedly looking at a potential acquisition of Chicago’s 100-lawyer Ungaretti & Harris. With roughly 100 lawyers, Ungaretti & Harris has seen its fortunes slip along with many midsize Windy City shops in recent years.

The Churn

Hedge Funds Add Top Talent, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft and Kirkland & Ellis saw a pair of leading M&A partners depart for new roles on the business side; a former Bingham McCutchen practice leader lands at Willkie Farr; Skadden snags a leading trusts and estates lawyer; Squire Patton Boggs adds a retired Utah congressman; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Two Am Law 200 Firms Seek Growth Through Mergers

By Nell Gluckman |

Dinsmore & Shohl announced its acquisition of West Virginia's Huddleston Bolen on Tuesday, while Clark Hill absorbed the Rayndon Law Group in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Weil Sees 'Strong Rebound Year'

By Julie Triedman |

After two consecutive years of profits per equity partner dipping by high single digits, Weil, Gotshal & Manges is reporting a 16.5 percent upswing for 2014, with PPP climbing to $2.4 million from $2.065 million—a level not seen since 2011.

After Two Years at Cadwalader, Woolery Leaves for Hedge Fund

By Julie Triedman |

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft announced Tuesday that James Woolery, who had been poised to become the storied Wall Street firm's chair this month after spending nearly two years as chairman-elect, would leave to cofound a new investment venture. Patrick Quinn, Cadwalader's managing partner-elect since January 2014, will assume sole leadership of the firm that hired Woolery from JPMorgan Chase as its highest-paid partner.

Fried Frank to Pull Out of Asia

By Chris Johnson |

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson is to effectively close its Hong Kong and Shanghai offices and pull out of Asia, The American Lawyer has learned.

Dealmakers of the Week: Eileen Nugent and Graham Robinson of Skadden

By Jennifer Henderson |

The pair guided NPS Pharmaceutical's $5.2 billion sale to Irish drugmaker Shire, which is recovering from a botched deal with AbbVie last year.

The Churn

Davis Polk Partner Decamps, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

A Davis Polk & Wardwell corporate partner in Silicon Valley leaves the firm to return to the business side; Greenberg Traurig grows in Mexico City; Hogan Lovells expands in Vietnam; Wilmer adds a new lobbying cochair and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Akerman Capitalizes on Years of Work in Cuba

By Nell Gluckman |

Attorneys at Miami-based Akerman say they’ve been overrun with inquiries from potential clients who want to do work in Cuba. The firm’s Cuba practice is led by Augusto Maxwell, who returned from the island nation this week. Attorneys at Holland & Knight and Greenburg Traurig have also been fielding client inquiries.

2015: The Year the Law School Crisis Ended (or Not)—Part II

By Steven J. Harper |

The federal government now says that the projected demand for lawyers will keep all new graduates employed. I guess that makes it true.

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Former Simpson Thacher Clerk Indicted in New Jersey

By Brian Baxter |

Steven Metro, a former managing clerk in Simpson Thacher & Bartlett’s New York office charged nearly a year ago with insider trading, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Trenton. The indictment comes at the same time another key figure in the alleged insider trading scheme appears to have reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors.

Prof. Dershowitz, Tell Me How You Really Feel

By Vivia Chen |

Harvard's legendary law professor chats with the Careerist about the recent sex allegations, his enemies and the "cesspool."

Kirkland, Jones Day in Caesars Bankruptcy Showdown

By Nell Gluckman |

Two of the country’s top bankruptcy lawyers—Kirkland & Ellis’ James Sprayregen and Jones Day’s Bruce Bennett—are facing off in the Chapter 11 case of a subsidiary of casino and gaming giant Caesars Entertainment Corp.

Lateral.ly's Micah Springut and Audrey Barron

Two Legal Search Firms Battle over Trademark

By Julie Triedman |

Lateral.ly, a startup legal recruitment firm with a novel online jobsearch platform, is locked in a bitter trademark suit with a larger rival. On Monday, a judge denied an early injunction that could have shut it down.

Sunshine State Beckons Bradley Arant

By Jennifer Henderson |

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings has become the second Am Law 200 regional firm in the Southeast this week to expand via a merger. The Birmingham-based firm is entering Florida for the first time by absorbing 12 lawyers in Tampa from local shop Glenn Rasmussen.

Aspirational Jones Walker Adds Banking Boutique, Lobbyists

New Orleans-based Jones Walker hopes to return to the Am Law 200 ranks by acquiring seven-lawyer banking and securities boutique Spidi & Fisch in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 1, picking up the Florida lobbyist Christopher Moya and bolstering its affordable housing and gaming practice.

Ex-Duane Morris Lawyer Uproots to Become a Farmer

By Jennifer Henderson |

The day after Christmas, Duane Morris pro bono counsel A. Nicole Friant Stewart began a cross-country drive from Philadelphia to Northern California with her husband to become the proud owner of an organic farm.

After Long Careers, Am Law Luminaries Look to New Horizons

By Brian Baxter |

From Akin’s John Dowd to Vinson & Elkins’ Joe Dilg, the start of 2015 has led some lions of the bar to retire. Some, like Dilg, are leaving Am Law 100 life early to try their hand on the business side, while others, such as Baker Botts’ Robert Jordan and McGuireWoods’ Richard Lieberman, are preparing for book tours.

The Churn

Financial Litigation Hiring Heats Up, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Paul Hastings, Hughes Hubbard & Reed, Debevoise & Plimpton and Boies, Schiller & Flexner make high-profile litigation hires; an Akin project finance head goes in-house; Kelley Drye & Warren adds a Bingham McCutchen refugee but loses its private equity chair; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

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News and Gossip

By Vivia Chen |

Another ex-Sullivan & Cromwell lawyer romantically linked to celebrity; tossing away the Supreme Court ticket; and suing Harvard.

Scam Artists Pose as Am Law 100 Firms in Email Hoax

By Nell Gluckman |

Firms such as Baker & McKenzie and Sherman & Sterling have begun to see their names used in scam emails enticing people to click on bad links or hand over sensitive information.

Shire Pharmaceutical's Adderall

Am Law 100 Firms on Both Sides of $5.2 Billion Shire, NPS Deal

By Jennifer Henderson |

Davis Polk & Wardwell and Slaughter and May are representing Dublin-based Shire as it recovers from its botched deal with AbbVie last year and acquires New Jersey-based NPS Pharmaceuticals, which turned to Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom for legal counsel.

Name Game: Farewell to the Wildman (and Palmer)

By Brian Baxter |

The completion of the merger between Edwards Wildman Palmer and Locke Lord this past weekend spells the end of the Wildman and Palmer names on the firm's shingle.

Willkie Fees in Hospital Bankruptcy Draw Renewed Scrutiny

By Julie Triedman |

As the Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn pieces itself back together after exiting bankruptcy last summer, questions persist over the $15.3 million in fees and expenses paid out to law firms—including Willkie Farr & Gallagher, Alston & Bird and Nixon Peabody—and other advisers that worked on the 18-month proceeding.

Edwards Wildman, MoFo Hires Spur Cooley’s Launch in London

By Nell Gluckman |

Cooley announced Monday that the firm would open an office in London with 55 lawyers—20 of them partners—from Edwards Wildman Palmer and Morrison & Foerster. The move marks Cooley’s second international office opening.

The Churn

Big Firms Hire in Bulk, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Davis Wright Tremaine and Dentons absorb two small shops; Cadwalader adds a seven-strong team from Latham & Watkins; a former senator signs on at DLA Piper; McDermott’s European antitrust head goes in-house; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

2015: The Year the Law School Crisis Ended (or Not)—Part I

By Steven J. Harper |

A prediction for 2015: Rhetoric will obfuscate reality.

Legal Sector Shows Modest Job Gain for December

By Jennifer Henderson |

The legal sector added 500 jobs in December after two months of little movement, according to seasonally adjusted preliminary data released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Latham, Littler Launch Back Office Operations

By Chris Johnson |

In the latest move by Am Law 100 firms looking to slash expenses, Latham & Watkins and Littler Mendelson have announced plans for back office operations centers in Manchester, England, and Kansas City, Mo., respectively.

Skadden Once Again Steals the Show in M&A Rankings

By Jennifer Henderson |

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom took the top spot in three separate, year-end M&A rankings based on deal value issued by Mergermarket, Thomson Reuters and Bloomberg. Other Am Law 100 firms filling the number two and three legal adviser spots, in varying order, include: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Sullivan & Cromwell, Weil Gotshal & Manges and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.

Bob Bodian

Mintz Levin Adds More From Edwards Wildman, Bingham McCutchen

By Brian Baxter |

Mark Robinson, the former cochair of Bingham McCutchen’s white-collar investigations and enforcement group, is headed to Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo along with 18 lawyers from Edwards Wildman Palmer, including the latter’s former IP practice leaders David Conlin and Peter Corless.

Ex-Sidley Partner May Face Year Suspension for Faking Expenses

By Nell Gluckman |

The Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission panel recommended that ex-Sidley Austin real estate partner Lee Smolen lose his law license for one year after he admitted to falsifying taxi expenses while at his former firm. Smolen, now a partner at DLA Piper, is one of three former Sidley partners who have been caught up in recent scandals.

Law Schools in Bidding Wars for Students

By Vivia Chen |

Students are driving hard bargains with prospective law schools.

Wachtell's home at the CBS Building in Manhattan.

A Glimpse Into Wachtell's Mysterious Billing Structure

By Susan Beck |

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz's fee arrangements with clients have long been cloaked in mystery. Now we know more. The American Lawyer has obtained what appears to be a standard fee agreement that Wachtell sent a client in 2012. It shows that the firm typically charges fees for M&A deals that range from 1 percent to 0.1 percent of the transaction amount.

Lewis Rose

Kelley Drye Starts New Year With Leadership Shakeup

By Jennifer Henderson |

Kelley Drye & Warren welcomed the New Year with new chair James Carr as well as managing partner Lewis Rose. The changes point to Kelley Drye's efforts to become more of a national firm.

O'Melveny Sees Two Partners Depart

By Nell Gluckman |

Two months after losing a high-profile media and entertainment group to Latham & Watkins, two more top partners at O'Melveny & Myers have left the firm. IP partner Kenneth Nissly in Silicon Valley has retired, while London-based M&A partner Daniel Oates has defected for Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson.

Dentons Snags First Tie-Up of 2015 After Another Active Year for Firm Mergers

By Brian Baxter |

The first law firm combination of the year belongs to RK Adler, a New York-based boutique founded by two former Skadden associates that will be absorbed by Dentons. A year-end analysis of U.S. law firm merger activity by Altman Weil reveals that while tie-ups between firms were off 7 percent from their record-setting mark in 2013, last year still saw the second-largest annual total to date.

Dechert ‘Deeply Saddened’ By Sudden Death of Star Disputes Partner

By Chris Johnson |

Dechert announced that its London litigation partner Antony Dutton died suddenly on Jan. 4.

The Churn

Star Litigators Depart, Plus (Many) More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

An array of high-profile litigators from Irell & Manella and Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi are starting their own firms as January’s annual “running of the laterals” begins. Also, Hinshaw & Culbertson hires Dewey & LeBoeuf's former general counsel; a Bingham McCutchen partner and ex-Cadwalader leader find new homes; Blank Rome opens in Pittsburgh; Greenberg Traurig goes to Tokyo; Quinn Emanuel heads to Seattle; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Mike Ceresi

Robins Kaplan Name Partner to Start Own Firm

By Nell Gluckman |

Michael Ciresi, name partner at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, announced he would be splitting off to establish his own firm—to be called Ciresi & Conlin—effective Feb. 1. Joining him are Robins Kaplan partners Jan Conlin and Katie Crosby Lehmann.

Former Dewey GC Heads to Hinshaw

By Julie Triedman |

Hinshaw & Culbertson, the go-to firm for law firms facing ethics and professional malpractice concerns, announced Monday that Janis Meyer, Dewey & LeBoeuf's longtime general counsel, joined the firm as a partner on Jan. 1.

Fennemore Craig Adds 18 From Dissolving Nevada Mainstay

By Nell Gluckman |

Lionel Sawyer & Collins, a 47-year-old firm based in Las Vegas, dissolved on Jan. 1 and saw 18 lawyers join Am Law 200 firm Fennemore Craig, which is seeking to become a dominant player on the Southwest legal scene. Among those making the move are Lionel Sawyer cofounder Samuel Lionel and former U.S. Sen. Richard Bryan.

For Six Am Law Firms, New Leadership; For Their Outgoing Leaders, New Chapters

By Julie Triedman |

A half-dozen Am Law 100 firms—Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft; DLA Piper; Haynes and Boone; Latham & Watkins; Perkins Coie and Squire Patton Boggs—have new leaders in place as of Jan. 1. As they begin their first full week of work in their official roles, the new chairs and managing partners are sketching out strategies for their first 100 days and trying to fill the shoes of their predecessors. Some, like Cadwalader's W. Christopher White, have left Am Law leadership for the nonprofit world.

Deaf Partner at Boies Schiller Overcomes Obstacles

By Nathalie Pierrepont |

Melissa Felder Zappala is deaf. But with years of hard work and the support of Boies, Schiller & Flexner, she has developed a strong litigation practice from the firm’s office in Washington, D.C.

Jason Gold, Valerie Morrison, Dylan Trache

Nelson Mullins Nabs Wiley Rein Bankruptcy Group

By Brian Baxter |

Two months after Wiley Rein announced plans to part ways with its bankruptcy group, the practice led by partner H. Jason Gold has found a new home at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough in Washington, D.C. The moves comes just days after Howrey’s bankrupt estate reached a $1.85 million settlement with several former partners and the now-defunct firm’s ex-bankruptcy lawyers at Wiley Rein.

And the Award Goes to ...

By Vivia Chen |

The Careerist names the most fascinating, sexiest, funniest firms and personalities for the year.

Detroit’s Legal and Consulting Fees Reach $178 Million

By Nell Gluckman |

The controversial legal fees that Detroit has incurred as a result of its historic bankruptcy proceedings have been released, and not surprisingly, Jones Day tops the list. The city’s lead counsel seeks to take in $57.9 million, the most of any of the hired professionals. Dentons, Miller Canfield, Pepper Hamilton and Debevoise & Plimpton are also on the list.

Firms Find Creative Outlet Through Art Collections

By Nathalie Pierrepont |

Dozens of firms have curated museum-quality collections to grace their walls, including Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, whose art work includes pieces by famed photographers Annie Leibovitz, Nicholas Nixon, Lee Friedlander and Irving Penn, screen prints by Andy Warhol, a tapestry by Alexander Calder and a one-of-kind painting by Jim Dine.

Top 10 Careerist Posts on Women

By Vivia Chen |

Most talked about posts on women for 2014.

Sony Hires Wilmer as Class Actions Pile Up

By Nell Gluckman |

A team from Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr has been hired by Sony Pictures to represent the company as it confronts a series of class actions in the wake of a cyberattack. The firm is no stranger to handling such cases, having represented JP Morgan in its own massive security breach.

Latham, Fried Frank Chow Down on Shake Shack IPO

By Wenxiong Zhang |

The two firms advised on the burger chain's filing on Monday for an initial public offering, in which it seeks to raise $100 million and list on the New York Stock Exchange.

The Churn

Ex-Law Firm Leaders Depart, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

A pair of ex-firm leaders head elsewhere; embattled Japanese air bag maker Takata hires a high-profile Simpson Thacher litigator to become in-house legal chief of its North American unit; a Skadden tax lawyer heads to the federal bench; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

DLA Piper's Qatar Report Receives Renewed Attention

By Nell Gluckman |

Eight months after DLA Piper issued a report recommending that the state of Qatar reform the way it treats migrant laborers as it prepares for the 2022 World Cup, the issue is once again drawing scrutiny following an investigation by U.K. publication The Guardian that shows little improvement to the country's grim working conditions.

Big Law Gives Back Through Foundations

By Nathalie Pierrepont |

The Am Law Daily takes a look at some of the notable activity among the biggest foundations within The Am Law 100, including Kirkland & Ellis' continued support for legal education and Jones Day's new high in the number of causes it supported.

Dentons Donates $500,000 to Detroit Firefighters

By Nell Gluckman |

Dentons, the law firm that represented Detroit’s official Committee of Retirees during the city’s bankruptcy proceedings, donated $500,000 to Detroit’s fire department. That’s small change compared with the $15 million and counting that the firm has been paid by the Motor City.

As Inversion Deal Work Tapers Off, Am Law Firms Carry On

By Wenxiong Zhang |

The frantic pace of inversion deals that once saved U.S. corporations millions of dollars in taxes while heaping riches on the law firms that helped structure them are slowing to a crawl. But M&A attorneys interviewed by The Am Law Daily say there is still plenty of other deal work to keep them busy.

Bob Dell

Four Lessons from Latham Chair’s Remarkable 20-Year Run

By Aric Press |

As Bob Dell steps down as the firm's leader, he leaves behind a record that others can seek to emulate.

Five Am Law 100 Firms Play Role in Caesars Reshuffling

By Nell Gluckman |

At least five Am Law 100 firms have played a role in Caesars Entertainment Corporation’s purchase of Caesars Acquisition Company in an attempt to ward off a complicated bankruptcy proceeding involving a subsidiary. Skadden and Latham are representing Caesars Acquisition Company and its special committee, respectively, while Reed Smith and Paul Weiss are counseling Caesars Entertainment and its executive committee.

Clifford M. Sloan

Obama Appointee Boomerangs Back to Skadden

By Nathalie Pierrepont |

Clifford Sloan, who has served as special envoy for the closure of the Guantánamo Bay detention center since 2013, is rejoining Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom’s Washington, D.C., office as a partner in the litigation group.

Three Firms Advise on Sale of Canadian Credit Rating Agency

By Wenxiong Zhang |

DBRS, Canada's largest credit rating agency, is being acquired by private equity firms The Carlyle Group and Warburg Pincus for an undisclosed sum. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, along with Canadian firms Stikeman Elliott and Torys, landed roles on the deal.

The Churn

Bingham McCutchen's Tokyo Outpost Absorbed, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

The Tokyo office of Bingham McCutchen has found a home for holidays, with one of Japan's leading firms and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius agreeing to divvy up the spoils; Baker & Hostetler bags a hydraulic fracturing advocate; Skadden brings back a former partner from Guantánamo Bay; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Paul Hastings Associate Journeys to South Pole on Skis

By Nell Gluckman |

Jeremie Gicquel, a Paul Hastings associate from the firm's Paris office, expects to spend Christmas Eve at the South Pole. The employment law specialist is in the middle of a 70-day cross- country ski trip into the middle of Antarctica with his wife and has used a blog to share updates about his progress with his coworkers.

How to Flirt (and Not) Your Way to Success

By Vivia Chen |

Do you know the rules for flirting on the job?

Joshua Schiller and Hampton Dellinger

In Partner Promotions, Boies Schiller Sees Its Future

By Brian Baxter and Nathalie Pierrepont |

Boies, Schiller & Flexner might be known for big associate bonuses and high-profile courtroom victories, but as its founding partners grow older, the firm is grooming a new generation. Boies Schiller recently promoted nine lawyers to partner, among them counsel Joshua Schiller, the son of the firm's cofounder and current managing partner Jonathan Schiller, and counsel Hampton Dellinger, son of noted O'Melveny & Myers appellate litigator Walter Dellinger III.

The Churn

Energy Pipeline Firm Fuels Three Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Locke Lord, Norton Rose Fulbright and Vinson & Elkins reshuffle some energy industry legal chairs in Houston; a K&L Gates partner with a conflict moves on; more Bingham McCutchen refugees find new homes; the federal bench lands some big-firm talent; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Dealmaker of the Week: Ryerson Symons of Simpson Thacher

By Nathalie Pierrepont |

The corporate partner led a team from the firm representing a BC Partners-backed investment group as it beat out several rival private equity bidders for its $8.7 billion acquisition of PetSmart, the largest leveraged buyout in the U.S. so far this year.

Bear Market Continues for Big Firms in Russia

By Julie Triedman |

Global 100 firms with a major presence in Russia have quietly pulled back from Moscow and St. Petersburg as the country’s economy reels from a perfect storm of Western economic sanctions, the ruble’s recent collapse and tumbling oil prices.

Akin Gump Partner Helps Holocaust Survivors Win Reparations

By Nell Gluckman |

Akin Gump partner Raphael Prober saw his six-year pro bono project come to a gratifying finish earlier this month when the French government agreed to pay $60 million in reparations to Holocaust victims deported on trains operated by France's national state-owned railway company, SNCF.

Nate Quarry (at right) in 2008

UFC Looks for Big Hitters to Batter Antitrust Suit

By Brian Baxter |

Slapped with a $100 million antitrust suit this week by a group of ex-fighters backed by a formidable team of plaintiffs lawyers, the Ultimate Fighting Championship and its Las Vegas-based parent company Zuffa LLC have commenced a beauty contest involving several top firms flexing their legal muscle in an effort to secure the lucrative defense work.

Nate Quarry (at right) in 2008

UFC Looks for Big Hitters to Batter Antitrust Suit

By Brian Baxter |

Slapped with a $100 million antitrust suit this week by a group of ex-fighters backed by a formidable team of plaintiffs lawyers, the Ultimate Fighting Championship and its Las Vegas-based parent company Zuffa LLC have commenced a beauty contest involving several top firms flexing their legal muscle in an effort to secure the lucrative defense work.

IP Partner Involved in Client Dispute Leaves K&L Gates

By Nathalie Pierrepont |

Charles Holland, a former IP litigation partner with K&L Gates’ Palo Alto office, has joined the Strategic Innovation IP Law Offices in Silicon Valley following a dispute with a client about a conflict.

Halla Visteon Climate Control Corp Lab

Skadden, Gibson Dunn, Weil Advise on Visteon Stake Sale

By Wenxiong Zhang |

Auto parts giant Visteon announced Wednesday the $3.6 billion sale of a 70 percent stake in Halla Visteon Climate Control Corp., a South Korean maker of air conditioning and heating systems for vehicles, to Hankook Tire and Korean private equity firm Hahn & Co. Weil, Gotshal & Manges is advising Hahn, while Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom has taken the lead for Visteon, whose financial adviser has turned to Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher for counsel.

Michael J. Garcia

Raising Red Card, Kirkland Partner Quits FIFA Probe

By Nathalie Pierrepont |

Kirkland & Ellis partner and former top federal prosecutor Michael Garcia stepped down from his role as head of the investigatory branch of FIFA's ethics committee after the organization declined to consider his protest.