Three former leaders of defunct Dewey & LeBoeuf dodged a handful of additional charges in the second partial verdict by a weary Manhattan jury.
Three former leaders of defunct Dewey & LeBoeuf dodged a handful of additional charges in the second partial verdict by a weary Manhattan jury.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
For these Am Law 200 lawyers, it takes a little extra effort to stick out from the crowd.
Northwestern has suspended its accelerated J.D. program. What will others learn from its failure?
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.
Anheuser-Busch InBev has sidled up with Sullivan & Cromwell in its ongoing effort to merge with alcoholic beverage industry rival SABMiller.
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.
Law firms are used to partners taking their clients with them when they jump to other firms. But what about their blogs?
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.
In the white-collar defense bar, the feeling was awfully bullish for Dewey & LeBoeuf’s former leaders after Wednesday’s partial verdict.
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.
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.
Mental health advocacy groups are working to remove stigmas and barriers to treatment in the legal industry. National Depression Screening Day is Thursday.
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.
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.
The legal lineup continues to expand on both sides of Volkswagen’s historic corporate disaster.
A recent lawsuit pitting Michelle Foster against her erstwhile partner Eilene Bloom offers a window into the legal recruiting business.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 has established its first presence outside the Americas following a merger with German labor and employment law boutique Vangard, the firm announced Monday.
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.
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.
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.
A former information technology at Locke Lord has been convicted in a federal court in Dallas of hacking the firm’s internal computer network.
Moreover, the Labor Department revised its numbers for August, meaning that declines initially reported weren't really as steep.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
Consultants, recruiters and former partners weigh in on what Chadbourne & Parke and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman stand to gain by merging with one another.
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.
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.
Who says there's no life after Big Law? Former Cravath partner Alan Hruska writes novels and plays—and more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Dewey & LeBoeuf trial obscured the most important lessons to be learned from the firm’s collapse.
The American Lawyer Global M&A Deals of the Year recognize transactions that redrew the corporate map in every corner of the globe.
Jurors in the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal trial finished their fifth full day of deliberations, with no verdict yet in sight.
Microchips, airport services, rental properties and baby formula make up the latest batch of billion-dollar deals fueling the corporate coffers of global firms.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Do 'false' and 'inappropriate' equal 'illegal' in the case against Dewey & LeBoeuf’s former leaders? The short answer, the judge said Tuesday, is no.
Amid partner departures, Kenyon & Kenyon has elected Edward Colbert—comedian Stephen Colbert’s older brother—as its new managing partner.
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.
Passage rates on the multistate are down drastically in some states. What does this mean to the client?
Even for white-collar defendants, New York state’s labyrinthine penal system offers plenty to dread.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If the crime doesn’t get you, the cover-up will.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Department of Education has concocted yet another income-based repayment plan, but this one adds a twist: making graduate debtors pay more.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
And Orange County, California, ranks as the best place to work, according to The American Lawyer's 2015 Summer Associate satisfaction survey.
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.
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.
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.
Is complimenting a woman on LinkedIn about her photo sexist?
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.
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.
A prosecutor told jurors Friday that Dewey & LeBoeuf’s top executives drafted lower-level employees to do their dirty work.
To understand why the crisis in legal education persists, take a look at how law deans and professors are wishing it away.
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.
Who’s lying in the Dewey criminal trial? As the jury gets close to deliberating, both sides spent a day pointing fingers.
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.
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.
Shock and indignation greet Paul Hastings' plan to house junior lawyers in cubicles.
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.
Thin evidence and a lack of any motive fatally undermines the criminal case against former Dewey & LeBoeuf executive director Stephen DiCarmine, jurors heard Wednesday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Do you work to live or live to work? The better question is: Why should you have to choose?
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.
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.
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.
The chair of Manatt Phelps' advertising practice writes about carving a niche in Big Law.
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.
Law firms often overlook key considerations when negotiating for new space that could save them a bundle, experts say.
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.
Pennsylvania firms are sleepy no longer. Profits, rates, demand and salaries are all up.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Should feminists rally behind the topless women at Times Square?
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.
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 susceptible to fall for phishing scams, finds study.
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.
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.
Dealmakers saw the upside of sunken oil prices yet again this week.
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.
Lawyers for Dewey & LeBoeuf’s former leaders say the state failed to provide enough proof to convict their clients.
A new study says that couples who share equally in childcare have better sex.
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.
From Davis Polk to the Justice Department to … Bachelor in Paradise?
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.
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.
Dentons global chairman Joe Andrew and global CEO Elliott Portnoy said market unrest can sometimes be good for business.
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.
Surfing IP lawyer (and pun-enthusiast) James Cleary says his morning “board meetings” amid the waves give him credibility with clients.
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.
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.
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.
Here are the five most annoying questions law firms love to ask.
China's stock tumble, with its nerve-rattling aftershocks in the U.S., may cause law firms to further scrutinize their strategy in Asia.
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.
Jeff Bezos disagrees with The New York Times’ description of his company’s culture. Could Bezos and the Times both be right?
Plaintiffs got three big breaks in the case, which underscore the power of trial judges in settlements.
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.
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 Lipton is now monitoring lawyers 24/7.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Big Law professes to care about work/life balance, but is it really that different from the dog-eat-dog world of Amazon?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
New research questions if happy workers are more productive.
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.
For the associates helping to defend Dewey & LeBoeuf’s former leaders, the ongoing Dewey criminal trial has been an eye-opener.
You may not be replaced with an intelligent robot, but be prepared to work with one.
When are "all equity" partnerships really not all equity?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cooperating witness Dianne Cascino told jurors in the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal trial that she improperly manipulated accounting records while at the firm.
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.
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.
Police in Overland Park, Kansas, say 51-year-old transactional lawyer Patrick Henderson was found dead after wandering from his suburban home.
Investors would love a crystal ball to tell them what companies will be next on Warren Buffett’s M&A shopping list. But anyone can predict which law firm will be there when Berkshire Hathaway goes on the prowl.
Bruce Keller, the 60-year-old leader of Debevoise & Plimpton's IP litigation group, has taken on an unlikely new role as an assistant U.S. attorney in New Jersey.
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Dewey & LeBoeuf’s former billing chief testified Monday that one of the firm’s top executives, ex-CFO Joel Sanders, had instructed her to prepare client invoices aimed at artificially inflating the firm’s revenues.
Mills advised PartnerRe on a previously agreed-upon merger with AXIS Capital before changing gears to confront an evolving—and ultimately successful—hostile bid by Italian investment firm Exor.
Eight lawyers are leaving DLA Piper’s outpost in Sacramento for King & Spalding; Weil, Gotshal & Manges loses two structured finance partners; more partnership changes at K&L Gates; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
The legal sector added 200 jobs in July, according to the latest jobs report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, continuing a trend of slow and intermittent growth in 2015.
Forget the spin—the ABA blew another one.
The American Lawyer's chief European correspondent meets regularly with senior legal figures at their favorite breakfast spots to chew over the industry's tastiest talking points. This week he dined with two leaders of Gateley Plc, the U.K.'s first publicly listed law firm.
Another major regulatory consulting firm is in hot water after allegedly caving in to pressure from Sullivan & Cromwell to go soft on a bank accused of illegal money laundering activity.
When Coca-Cola bottlers combine to create the largest independent bottler for the mega beverage brand, they need a fountain of law firms to seal the deal. Plus, the pharma M&A frenzy continues in our latest roundup of billion-dollar deals.
In the end, it may not matter how Dewey & LeBoeuf was allegedly fudging its numbers. What matters is the Who—and the Why.
If a newly departed top U.S. prosecutor gets his way, Oglala Sioux elder Alex White Plume may soon turn from hemp martyr to hemp farmer.
Alan Schnitzer, a former partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, is named CEO of The Travelers Cos., the same week that financial regulators approve a reform requiring public companies to disclose the pay ratio between their leaders and rank-and-file workers.
One of the Americans in hot water over alleged poaching incidents in Africa has turned to Blank Rome partner Gregory Linsin to keep the lion hunter-hunters at bay.
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Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy brings on a Jones Day M&A duo in New York, as the firm watched two others head for the door; Morrison & Foerster adds a pair from Crowell & Moring; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.
For high-powered lawyers, it’s usually sink or swim. But with the 2015 World Aquatics Championships underway in Kazan, Russia, two U.S. swimmers with Am Law 100 connections are showing how some legal pros take the phrase a bit more literally than others.
After dodging a $40 billion hostile takeover bid by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and forcing Teva to dump its former transactional lawyers at Kirkland & Ellis, it looks like Mylan NV is finally satisfied.
Soon after launching a string of new offices south of the border, the global labor and employment powerhouse is stretching north.
Everybody makes mistakes. But what happens when a mistake costs a client $1.5 billion?
Together with her fiancée Francis Canellas, Lourdes Rodriguez is part of Manhattan prosecutors' power couple in the case against Dewey’s former leaders.
Bankruptcy filings might be down 12 percent over the past year, according to a recent report released by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, but Jones Day has landed key roles on two new notable filings on the business bankruptcy docket.
It's decision time for a U.S. district judge as 9/11 victims seek to hold funders of the 2001 terror attacks accountable in court.
Kirkland & Ellis makes a pair of key additions in New York and London from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Lewis Brisbois expands again; one partner joins his fourth firm within a year; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.
Harry Ballan resigned from the partnership at Davis Polk & Wardwell to pursue a lifelong interest in music theory and neuroscience. Now senior counsel at the firm, Ballan is also a director at the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function in the Bronx.
The managing partner of Sullivan & Cromwell’s M&A group stepped in for Kirkland & Ellis on Teva Pharmaceutical Industries’ hostile bid for Mylan and subsequently picked up work on the Israeli drugmaker’s $40.5 billion buy of Allergan’s generics business.
Paul Madden, a commercial litigator at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, is a board member for the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund. This month, Madden changed her name to Maryellen Madden, her latest step in transitioning from a man to a woman.
To get the answers about Sandra Bland’s death, someone needs to start asking the right questions.
A bevy of transactions in the pharmaceutical industry and industrial sector in Europe helped make the past week a big one for M&A, with more than a dozen billion-dollar deals being announced.
Among those called to the stand in the trial of three Dewey & LeBoeuf executives were an assistant to a former rainmaker, an ex-partner from predecessor Dewey Ballantine and a banker who oversaw HSBC’s $10 million loan to the now-defunct firm.
For 15 years Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle sought the release of Jonathan Pollard, a former Naval intelligence analyst who served 29 years in prison for slipping secrets to Israeli officials. This week, two Curtis litigators learned that Pollard will be freed on parole.
Israel's Teva Pharmaceutical announced its $40.5 billion buy of Allergan’s generics business this week, a move that saw the acquirer drop its hostile bid for Mylan NV, which it had pursued since April. While that cooled off a heated takeover battle, Mylan remains embroiled in a pair of suits, including a putative shareholder class action and another case against Teva’s ex-corporate lawyers at Kirkland & Ellis.
Darren VanPuymbrouck spent nearly 26 years at Schiff Hardin before joining Barnes & Thornburg a year ago this week. Since then, the Chicago litigator has been on the move two more times, most recently joining Freeborn & Peters this month to head its fire and explosion response and litigation task force.
The ABA's task force on law school financing was convened to push much-needed student loan reforms. Instead it concluded that everything is fine.
Avvo Inc., a Seattle-based startup and online marketplace for finding and rating lawyers, is valued at $650 million after raising $71.5 million from Technology Crossover Ventures, Coatue and Vulcan Capital.
K&L Gates, which has watched more than 90 partners depart this year, saw another handful leave within the past week; Morrison & Foerster picks up an Asian litigation leader; O'Melveny & Myers adds one in London; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.
Canada’s Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg scored a victory this week for pro bono client Dutee Chand, a female sprinter from India and Olympic hopeful previously banned from competition because of high levels of naturally occurring testosterone.
Burford Capital, the world’s largest litigation funder, is getting into the business of lending to law firms, the firm’s CEO announced during an earnings call Tuesday. Burford announced record income and record amounts of new investments during the first half of 2015.
A select group of Am Law 200 firms are among those touted by Working Mother magazine and consulting firm Flex-Time Lawyers for their annual look at the 50 best firms for women, based on metrics like family-friendly policies and percentage of female partners.
Howard Schickler, a former structured finance partner at Dewey & LeBoeuf, said he left the firm in late 2010 for Katten Muchin Rosenman with 12 other lawyers because he did not receive the compensation he was promised.
Michael Hausfeld and his former partners from big plaintiffs firm Cohen Milstein vie for lead roles in antitrust litigation filed against a bevy of big banks for manipulating foreign exchange rates.
Jyhjing Harrington testified Monday that she and others in the now-defunct firm's finance department falsified financial statements by making illegitimate entries at the end of each fiscal year between 2008 and 2011.
Following the completion Friday of AT&T’s $48.5 billion acquisition of DirecTV, The Am Law Daily caught up with AT&T’s go-to antitrust lawyers.
After almost 16 years at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, former litigation partner Victoria Miller has taken her talents elsewhere, having left the firm earlier this year to focus on operating her own wine tasting company.
Baker & McKenzie opens a back-office outpost in Northern Ireland while making a high-profile addition in London; a bevy of moves at Buchanan Ingersoll; Stroock raids Squire Patton Boggs; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.
Sabahat Chaudhary, a commercial litigation and international trade counsel at Perkins Coie in Washington, D.C., left the firm earlier this year to focus on her own cooking products business, something she hopes will be the start of a new career.
A plea to the organization that considers itself the nation's foremost organization for attorneys.
Am Law 100 firms are receiving inquiries from clients about whether they can do business in Iran. Though the nuclear accord announced this month signals that some companies may soon have access to a new market, most lawyers are reserved in their expectations.
Anthem’s $48 billion takeover bid for Cigna and AT&T’s successful $48 billion acquisition of DirecTV provided work for dozens of lawyers at Am Law 100 firms.
An insurance executive testified Thursday that Dewey & LeBoeuf’s management assured him of the firm's fiscal health ahead of a $40 million loan in 2010. But a defense lawyer for Dewey & LeBoeuf’s former leader successfully dismissed that evidence.
The contest attracted 225 strong entries across 30 categories, and honors firms and legal departments involved in the globe's most distinguished deals, disputes and social initiatives.
Three glasses of wine and some sleeping pills did not make for a restful flight from Charlotte to London for Sarah Buffett, a corporate and immigration partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough.
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A cybersecurity breach at the Permanent Court of Arbitration places at risk any law firm that tracks arbitration in The Hague.
Law firm leaders were a less hopeful bunch in the second quarter of 2015, according to the latest quarterly index of managing partner confidence released by the Citi Private Bank Law Group.
McDermott Will & Emery has become the latest Am Law 100 firm to target opportunities stemming from the renewal of U.S. diplomatic relations with Cuba, forging an alliance with Spanish firm Olleros Abogados to advise clients on Cuba-related matters from Madrid.
Merchants in a multibillion-dollar antitrust case against MasterCard say a plaintiffs lawyer should lose $32 million in fees for purportedly sharing confidential documents with former Willkie partner Keila Ravelo.
Three months after finalizing its combination with Canada's Davis, DLA Piper is once again expanding north of the border, picking up four corporate partners from a Toronto firm.
With the prosecution's case moving faster than expected, counsel for defendants in the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal trial used the last day of testimony by Dewey's former finance director to cast doubt on the witness.
Squire Patton Boggs sees more partners depart; two more lawyers peel away from O’Melveny & Myers; another IP litigator leaves Kenyon & Kenyon; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.
Former deputy New York mayor Randy Mastro, who's already battling the city over the de Blasio administration's foam packaging ban, is picking a new fight over a proposed increase to the state's minimum wage.
Maybe you're better off hiring less-credentialed associates who really want the job.
Law firms are merging at the highest rate since the Great Recession, but consultants say there are checks within the legal industry that will prevent consolidation on the scale of other professional service industries.
Former Dewey & LeBoeuf finance director Frank Canellas told prosecutors Tuesday that telling the truth about Dewey’s demise would let him "look myself in the mirror every day for the rest of my life."
The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. has tapped Weil, Gotshal & Manges restructuring partner Ray Schrock—one of The American Lawyer’s Star Lateral hires of 2014—to handle its second bankruptcy case in five years.
Robert Ughetta, a capital markets partner with Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft in Charlotte, has left the firm two months after being charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. It was the third time in three years the lawyer found himself in legal trouble.
A defense lawyer for former Dewey & LeBoeuf chairman Steven Davis spent Monday challenging the statements of former Dewey finance director Francis Canellas, whose testimony last week suggested that Davis knew about allegedly improper accounting adjustments at the firm.
The head of Dickstein Shapiro’s insurance coverage practice leads nine other lawyers to Los Angeles-based Liner; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius hires two more partners in London; and other notable new roles from throughout The Am Law 200.
Last week arbitrators in The Hague heard from Foley Hoag's Paul Reichler in the first phase of the world's most misunderstood maritime battle, over the status of a few rocks that form the most controversial dots on the world map.
In probing the American Psychological Association's complicity in post-9/11 interrogation methods, Sidley's David Hoffman found plenty to criticize—but also respect for the profession.
The story of Brown Rudnick’s role in an Irish bailout deal gone bad took a new turn this week, while Mayer Brown landed a role in the U.S. bankruptcy of a disgraced Irish property baron whose wife was allegedly ripped off by a New York lawyer.
The two Am Law 100 firms and a pair of Canadian shops have picked up work on a pickup site deal that will see Barry Diller-backed The Match Group buy PlentyofFish Media for $575 million in cash.
Four prominent corporate partners from Reed Smith—including Yvan-Claude Pierre, head of the firm’s corporate and securities group and chair of its U.S. capital markets practice—are peeling off for Cooley’s offices in New York and San Francisco.
Defense lawyers in the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal trial worked to undermine three days of witness testimony that appeared to link the firm’s executives to the alleged accounting fraud at the heart of the case.
The firm has decided to consolidate its European arbitration practice and relocate its two Geneva partners by Sept. 30, 2015.
Several Global 100 firms picked up work this week on a pair of acquisitions by companies backed by billionaire Martin Franklin.
A new ABA study finds that women are seen, but seldom heard, in court.
Steptoe & Johnson has snagged two new hires for its New York office, including a veteran in-house lawyer and grandson of a former Republican presidential candidate.
McDermott Will & Emery partner Michael Kendall led the effort to overturn Raymond Tempest’s conviction in the grisly 1982 murder of Doreen Picard.
Prosecutors in the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal trial continued to try to link the firm's former executives to allegedly illegal accounting tricks.
High-powered plaintiffs shop Hausfeld hires two antitrust litigators from Greenberg Traurig to open in the Big Apple; Greenberg Traurig opens its first office in Germany; Pillsbury picks up two; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
Curtis Jackson III, a rapper known as 50 Cent, has assembled a high-powered legal team as he files for personal bankruptcy protection in Connecticut following an adverse $5 million judgment against him in sex tape litigation.
Jurors in the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal trial heard more evidence Tuesday that the defunct firm's former leaders used allegedly illegal accounting tricks to mask financial shortfalls, including an internal email that described $25 million as "fake income."
Greenberg Traurig is to launch in Germany later this year, picking up the Berlin office of U.K.-based Olswang, the U.S. firm announced Tuesday.
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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced a settlement Monday with mortgage banker Frank Tamayo, a cooperator in its insider trading case against former Simpson Thacher & Bartlett managing clerk and attorney Steven Metro.
Andrew Weiler, a corporate partner at White & Case in London, has joined O'Melveny & Myers to lead the firm's European M&A and corporate finance.
Frank Canellas, Dewey’s onetime finance director, said he met with the firm’s former CFO in 2008 to come up with accounting adjustments that could mask a looming shortfall with lenders.
A Kirkland & Ellis corporate partner heads to a Silicon Valley sports analytics startup; Epstein Becker & Green snags some epic eyebrows; Morgan Lewis lands a structured transactions trio in London; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.
Las Vegas-based Gordon Silver is now facing litigation from The Blackstone Group, where an affiliate of the buyout giant claims that the dissolving firm defaulted on lease payments.
Yoder and Shuman handled the complex tax component of a megamakeup deal announced between Procter & Gamble and New York-based beauty products giant and firm client Coty Inc.
Every trial has entertaining moments. You just have to recognize humor when you see it.
As the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal trial enters its seventh week, it's far too early to say who has the upper hand. But the contours of the case are coming into sharper focus—as are the challenges that prosecutors must overcome if they hope to win over the jury.
News and gossip about the private lives of Am Law partners.
After a quarter century, Hinshaw & Culbertson chairman Donald Mrozek is ceding his role as leader of the Chicago-based national firm to litigation partner and vice chair Kevin Burke.
It was another big deal week for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, which took the lead on a $12.5 billion buy for beauty products behemoth Coty, as an insider trading case involving a 6-year-old transaction by the firm forced a partner to take early retirement.
Epstein Becker & Green’s latest lateral hire has long had a double life. George Whipple III, who joins the firm from Credit Suisse, also has television journalist, photographer and philanthropist on his resume.
Six weeks into the criminal trial over Dewey & LeBoeuf's allegedly fraud-fueled demise, the jury's ordeal is just beginning.
Winston & Strawn may have escaped malpractice claims related to Thomas Petters' $3.6 billion Ponzi scheme, but Katten Muchin Rosenman hasn't been so lucky.
Cerberus Capital Management has called upon longtime outside counsel Schulte Roth & Zabel to advise on an initial public offering for grocery giant Albertsons, as Brown Rudnick, another adviser to the buyout behemoth, feels the heat over an alleged political payout tied to an Irish bailout deal.
Ottawa-based Gowling Lafleur Henderson and British firm Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co. have announced plans to merge into a 1,400-lawyer firm called Gowling WLG. But the combined Anglo-Canadian giant is uninterested in a tie-up with a U.S. partner.
The Beltway base of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld absorbs two veteran litigators; Hogan Lovells hires three Baker Botts litigators in Texas; McDermott and Pillsbury poach new partners; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
Magic Circle firms Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have unveiled their financial performance for 2014-2015, as France’s Fidal bypasses Spain’s Garrigues as the largest continental European law firm by gross revenue.
Littler Mendelson has expanded to Nicaragua, with the July 1 launch of an office in the Central American nation's capital of Managua by Littler Global member BDS Asesores.
In the first half of 2015, 48 law firms announced mergers, the highest half-year total in nine years, according to the legal consultancy Altman Weil.
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A bomb blast shook the office of a Winnipeg boutique Friday, severely injuring an associate romantically linked to a recently disbarred Canadian lawyer. Police have arrested a client's former husband in connection with the attack.
Latham & Watkins corporate partner Graeme Sloan in London joined Morrison & Foerster as co-chair of its M&A group; Covington & Burling brings back a high-profile former U.S. attorney general; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.
Eric Holder Jr. has returned home to Covington & Burling after more than six years as U.S. attorney general, and he said it is the "last stop" in his legal career—and even ruled out a U.S. Supreme Court appointment, if he is asked. Holder spoke also about the opportunities he will have at Covington, in addition to his practice, to advocate for his long-running causes—including improving race relations and access to justice.
Covington & Burling celebrates a homecoming this week as Eric Holder Jr., the nation's first black attorney general, rejoins the firm as a white-collar partner. Covington's latest high-profile hire will officially start at the firm in September.
M&A league tables for the first half of 2015 compiled by Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters show Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom leading the pack among legal advisers, while several other Am Law 100 firms prepare to fete the Fourth of July with some insurance-related transactional work.
Wondering how many multiples of your pay your fellow partners may be earning? Indulge your insecurities with this handy interactive chart.
Pillsbury chair Jim Rishwain answered our questions about a spate of recent partner defections, the firm’s merger outlook, and the search for his eventual replacement.
Defense counsel in the trial of three ex-Dewey & LeBoeuf executives pressed their argument Thursday that many of the accounting adjustments made by former firm employees were appropriate. The prosecution has sought to portray those adjustments as acts of fraud.
The Labor Department’s June jobs report showed that the legal services industry lost 800 jobs, more than erasing the meager gains that the industry enjoyed in May.
Three months after Goodwin Procter said it would slash 2 percent of its workforce, the Boston-based Am Law 100 announced three private equity hires Wednesday in its hometown and London. The Am Law Daily caught up with chairman David Hashmall to discuss his plans for Goodwin Procter as he approaches the end of his first year as leader.
A former Dewey & LeBoeuf budget director cooperating with the New York County District Attorney’s Office in its prosecution of three former firm leaders conceded during cross-examination Wednesday that some accounting adjustments are legitimate.
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After building out its lobbying group with a pair of seasoned hires over the past two years, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr has dug into advising agribusiness behemoth Monsanto on its effort to acquire Swiss seed technology rival Syngenta.
With Dentons' merger with McKenna Long & Aldridge becoming official on Wednesday, we asked the firm's leaders about the impending combination with China's Dacheng—and what other global tie-ups may be in store.
Herbert Smith Freehills achieved strong profit growth in the last financial year despite largely flat revenues, the firm announced Wednesday.
A leading structured finance team leaves Ashurst for Paul Hastings; a Quinn Emanuel associate development director moves on; Dentons closes on a combination; DLA Piper bolts on a boutique Down Under; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft partner Kathy Chin and her husband, Judge Denny Chin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, have been presenting re-enactments of cases important to Asian-American legal history for nearly a decade. Now, they will broaden the scope of their work to commemorate cases involving other minority groups.
Ilya Alter, a former director of budgeting and planning at Dewey & LeBoeuf, admitted in testimony Tuesday in the criminal trial of three former firm executives that he helped falsify accounting records at the now-defunct firm. Alter is one of seven former Dewey & LeBoeuf employees who have agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in exchange for a lighter sentence.
John Dowd, a former Marine and veteran Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld litigator who retired from the firm earlier this year, appeared on SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio with Christopher Russo to discuss his investigation 26 years ago that led to a lifetime ban of Major League Baseball icon Pete Rose. It did not go well.
Rebecca Eisner and Lydia Kelley used to share mac and cheese dinners and cram for exams together. Now they oversee nearly 600 lawyers as managing partners of the Chicago offices of Mayer Brown and McDermott Will & Emery, respectively.
Defense lawyers for three former Dewey & LeBoeuf executives had some tough questions during their cross-examination of a former executive committee member from the now-defunct firm.
Kirkland snags a top London tax partner but loses three others; McKenna Long & Aldridge sees more lateral movement ahead of its deal with Dentons; Shearman & Sterling opens in Saudi Arabia; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.
Hall advised Delhaize Group in its merger with Koninklijke Ahold NV, which will create a combined company valued at $29 billion.
After Friday's victory for same-sex marriage, the notion that gays and lesbians need to be "cured" might seem almost quaint. Not so for Jim Bromley's pro bono clients, who won a resounding jury verdict this week against a group that promised to purge their homosexuality.
Richard Shutran, the former co-head of Dewey & LeBoeuf’s corporate department who took the lead on a $150 million private placement by the firm, testified Thursday that he was never in the loop about its shaky financial situation.
From Fitbit to Fogo de Chão, capital markets lawyers at Am Law 100 firms are reaping the benefits from a fresh round of initial public offerings, as June shapes up to be potentially the best month by volume for U.S. listings since 1999.
The Am Law 100 firm took the lead this week for clients such as The Williams Companies, Cigna and Delhaize on a trio of potential deals totaling some $124 billion in value.
A week after the killings at Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, one of the state’s oldest and largest firms came out against one of the South’s most controversial emblems.
The defense counsel for three former Dewey & LeBoeuf executives accused of fraud and other crimes further dissected emails that were sent between partners on the executive committee of legacy firm LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae.
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Partner Andrew Tulumello joined Winston & Strawn’s Jeffrey Kessler on Tuesday to contest quarterback Tom Brady’s suspension.
A month after opening a second office in Los Angeles, Sidley Austin raids Paul Hastings for a real estate pro; Proskauer Rose picks up a regional private equity head from Baker & McKenzie; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
Inflammatory emails between executive committee members at legacy firm LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae were shown to the jury during the trial of three former firm executives who went on to top roles at Dewey & LeBoeuf, the 1,400-lawyer firm formed through a 2007 merger with Dewey Ballantine that filed for bankruptcy five years later.
Partner earnings are still making their way into client coffers through law firm investment funds—and firms are reaping both returns and deal work from their investment targets.
Robert Bell, co-head of Kaye Scholer’s antitrust practice in Washington, D.C., has joined Hughes Hubbard & Reed as a partner. Bell is the third practice leader to leave Kaye Scholer in recent weeks.
The ongoing testimony of Ralph Ferrara, a salaried partner and former rainmaker at Dewey & LeBoeuf, painted a picture of the firm’s downfall that seemed sympathetic to the defense. Ferrara said the decision of certain key partners to leave the firm as they became aware of its grim finances contributed to its eventual bankruptcy.
Three former Skadden lawyers find new homes; Milbank adds a Magic Circle private equity pro in London; Locke Lord lands a 14-member team in Atlanta; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
The longtime Las Vegas-based firm, which suffered a spate of partner departures this year, is in the process of winding down its operations.
Forty-four firms get WILEF's seal of approval.
Accredited for-profit law schools will soon be subject to a new regulation that restricts federal loans to underperforming colleges. If only the government would hold all law schools similarly accountable.
Three former Dewey & LeBoeuf executives facing fraud and conspiracy charges got an unexpected lift late Thursday when a former partner glowingly extolled their work ethic and professional character. Ralph Ferrara, a veteran securities litigator, also described the lucrative payday he once received to switch firms.
Nearly a dozen billion-dollar deals were announced over the past week, ranging from homebuilders and retail buys to the privatization of a U.S.-listed Chinese technology company. At the same time, Am Law 100 firms had to look no further than the active pharmaceutical arena to add a few notable M&A engagements to their transactional ledger.
Several current and former Am Law 200 lawyers have been called to the field as one of baseball's favorite franchises faces unprecedented scrutiny.
Former client relations manager Suzanna Sanchez testified Wednesday that Dewey & LeBoeuf partners knew she was asking for backdated checks in order to meet year-end collections targets and didn't question the activity.
The London-based legal giant became the latest Global 100 firm to consolidate its operations in the Middle East by announcing plans to close its Abu Dhabi office and relocate its five lawyers in the city to Dubai.
The Magic Circle firm snags a senior Simpson Thacher & Bartlett civil litigation partner in New York; Sheppard Mullin adds a three-lawyer IP team from Pillsbury; King & Spalding opens in Tokyo; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.
Suzanna Sanchez, a former client relations and collections manager, testified that Dewey & LeBoeuf's former leaders instructed partners to ask clients in January 2010 to backdate checks for matters to the previous month so the struggling firm could book them as 2009 collections.
But Mark Shurtleff, who briefly joined Troutman Sanders after leaving office in 2013, still faces hefty criminal charges related to his time as AG and his move into private practice.
Former high-flying plaintiffs lawyer Andrew Barroway is preparing to divest himself of a controlling stake in the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes that he acquired last year, as the team finds itself involved in a $200 million litigation battle with the Phoenix suburb of Glendale.
As the wait for a permanent successor to Benjamin Lawsky continues, it will fall to his deputy, former Weil partner Anthony Albanese, to keep the banks on their toes as acting head of New York’s Department of Financial Services.
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David Rodriguez, a former Dewey & LeBoeuf partner relationship specialist, testified Monday that he reclassified disbursements made to departed partners, of counsel and, perhaps most notably, Steven Davis, chairman of the now-defunct firm. But defense lawyers suggested that such accounting maneuvers are perfectly legal.
Long after the Colt .45 tamed the American West, Samuel Colt's namesake company is waving the white flag in a showdown with its creditors.
Willkie Farr, Winston & Strawn and Sheppard Mullin make hires from two struggling firms with California roots; Blank Rome bolts on an IP boutique in Houston; Fried Frank loses its last partner in Asia; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
After going live last week, a pot bar began luring lawyers nationwide into its ranks. The National Cannabis Bar Association counts a current Akerman partner and former Reed Smith partner as members of its founding board of directors as the organization seeks to bring a relatively niche practice area into the mainstream.
Rosen and Schmidt snagged roles advising the financial wizards behind Canada's state pension fund as they prepare to acquire a $12 billion chunk of GE Capital.
Sometimes the most effective way to support a cause is to maintain a safe distance from it.
The firm is advising Tokio Marine in its $7.5 billion insurance company buy and has unexpectedly picked up work on Teva’s $40 billion bid for Mylan.
Defense counsel for Joel Sanders, Dewey & LeBoeuf’s former CFO, struck back hard Thursday at the prosecution's most damaging witness to date, the third-ranking finance department manager at the firm, who pleaded guilty to a lesser criminal charge in 2014.
With the NLJ 350 inspiring law firms to size up their competitors this week, we took a look at the Am Law 200 firms that saw their legal ranks fluctuate the most through the first six months of 2015.
The end of a decade of abuse and imprisonment for Amanda Berry and her fellow victims sparked joy, disgust, relief and endless questions. Among them: How could they ever put their lives back together after such an ordeal?
Arnold Gulkowitz, who joined Dickstein Shapiro in 2007 and went on to head its bankruptcy and creditors’ rights group, has left the struggling firm’s New York office to start his own restructuring boutique, called Gulkowitz Berger.
Thomas Mullikin, a former key financial manager at Dewey & LeBoeuf, told a jury in the criminal trial of three former firm executives that he and others made false adjustments to accounting records in order inflate net income. Mullikin said this was done at the start of 2009 to avoid breaking agreements that the firm had with lenders.
A judge found that Kirkland & Ellis ignored ethical obligations to snag a role as deal counsel to Teva Pharmaceutical in its $40 billion hostile bid for Mylan. But Kirkland’s loss is Sullivan & Cromwell’s gain, as Teva announced that S&C will step in to advise the company in the takeover fight.
Ahead of its proposed combination with Dentons, more partners have left McKenna Long & Aldridge, even as the latter makes a hire of its own; Latham & Watkins lands another O’Melveny & Myers rainmaker; Nelson Mullins and Barnes & Thornburg open new offices; Delta Air Lines taps Dorsey & Whitney for a new legal chief; and more notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
A federal judge in Louisiana agreed to release Albert Woodfox after four decades in prison, but the state’s attorney general has appealed.
Boies, Schiller & Flexner will be 55 Hudson Yards' first commercial tenant, leaving east midtown and the Four Seasons behind.
Prosecutors in the criminal trial of three former Dewey & LeBoeuf executives for the first time Tuesday presented evidence that sought to show that defendants lied to their bankers about how the now-defunct firm spent the money it received from lenders. Meanwhile, a former entertainment partner at the firm lost a court fight in London.
Using data from The American Lawyer's 2015 Diversity Scorecard, we've charted the number of minority lawyers at 220 firms in a single interactive.
Richard Walden, a senior credit executive in the private bank capital advisory group at financial services giant JPMorgan Chase, testified about bank loans that now-defunct Dewey & LeBoeuf received in the years prior to its collapse.
Think childless women are treated with more respect at the office? Hah!
Here's one option for the beleaguered fast-food industry: Close the burger joints and lease the space to law firms instead.
A month after Gateley announced that it would become the first law firm in the U.K. to tap into public markets, the 350-lawyer shop raised more than $45 million in an initial public offering on London’s Alternative Investment Market.
Drinker Biddle & Reath adds a labor and employment partner with star power; Bryan Cave parts ways with a former senator; Greenberg Traurig grabs two former Dewey & LeBoeuf dealmakers; four firms raid Kirkland & Ellis; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.
At a London event, lawyers and firms are honored for excellence in transatlantic matters involving corporate, finance and litigation work, innovation, commitment to pro bono, outstanding transatlantic strategy and rising stars under 40.
Dickinson Wright is hiring 13 lawyers from Gordon Silver, a struggling Las Vegas-based firm now down to its final six partners. The additions give the Detroit-based Am Law 200 firm an office in Reno, Nevada, as well as the services of an IP partner who represents the Kardashian family and newly minted Caitlyn Jenner. While Gordon Silver’s fate remains uncertain, Jenner is breaking new ground.
Legal industry job gains barely registered in May, continuing a pattern of anemic growth since the Great Recession.
The U.S. legal industry gained 300 jobs in May from April, essentially no growth from a month earlier. Legal services gained 3,400 jobs from May 2014 through May 2015, which also is flat growth according to BLS officials. But the number of jobs increased every month but March this year.
Will the trial of three former Dewey & LeBoeuf leaders leave the most important questions unanswered? Let’s hope not.
"I've never met a lawyer that would prefer to make a judgment than follow a rule," said one attendee, reflecting on U.K. and U.S. approaches to regulation.
Another week, another law firm combination in Chicago. Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone is poised to join several of its Detroit-based brethren in the Windy City by bolting on 10 lawyers from local boutique Kubasiak, Fylstra, Thorpe & Rotunno.
William Burck, a former deputy counsel to President George W. Bush, is advising soccer’s embattled world governing body on a massive corruption investigation initiated by the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI. Sidley Austin has also been called in to counsel CONCACAF, while Clifford Chance, Cleary Gottlieb and Holland & Knight are lining up for individual defendants.
IP litigator Michael Simons recalls his early childhood growing up in a two-room log cabin three-and-a-half miles from the road in Canada’s northwest Yukon Territory. The Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld partner says his upbringing helps him keep things in perspective during difficult trials.
On the heels of Avago Technologies' $37 billion buy of Broadcom, a handful of Am Law 100 firms have found themselves at the helm of another big microchip merger between two California-based companies.
Former Mayer Brown, Fried Frank and Goodwin Procter partner Michael Bromwich, a key figure in the Apple e-books antitrust case, has joined high-powered litigation boutique Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck, Untereiner & Sauber.
Missouri's Supreme Court showed little patience for former Lathrop & Gage partner Allison Bergman, who engaged in an undisclosed romantic and sexual relationship with a former client, the court said in handing down a disciplinary order of two years’ probation on May 26.
Less than two years after opening in Berlin, Morrison & Foerster is advising Rupert Murdoch’s Twentieth Century Fox on the production of a fifth season of hit cable drama “Homeland,” as it prepares to become the first major U.S. television show to film in Germany.
Deirdre Johnson and Fred Reinke—two former Dewey & LeBoeuf insurance partners now at Crowell & Moring and Mayer Brown, respectively—testified Wednesday that the now-defunct firm fudged already opaque financial data. Another witness, an accountant from PwC, then told jurors about lucrative guaranteed pay deals for firm partners.
McDermott Will & Emery adds 17 lawyers from K&L Gates and a Chicago-based IP boutique; three firms make additions through mergers; more McKenna Long & Aldridge partners peel away ahead of the latter’s deal with Dentons; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.
The global legal giant has expanded its Latin American presence by inking a cooperation agreement with Martinez Neira Abogados (MNA) in Bogota, Colombia.
A lawyer for former Dewey & LeBoeuf chair Steven Davis got aggressive during his cross-examination of former firm tax partner John Salmon. Elkan Abramowitz sought to dispel the notion put forth by prosecutors that Dewey & LeBoeuf’s executives did not provide partners with financial information about the now-defunct firm as it struggled to remain profitable during the recession.
So many options. So many ways to kill your career.
The National Football League Players Association filed its annual financial report with the U.S. Department of Labor, which shows that the powerful professional sports union has paid big money to lawyers from five leading Am Law 100 firms.
After months of tie-up talks, Syracuse, New York-based Hiscock & Barclay and Buffalo, New York-based Damon Morey have agreed to combine operations into a 275-lawyer entity called Barclay Damon.
As the second week of testimony in the criminal fraud trial of three former Dewey & LeBoeuf executives began Monday, defense lawyers attempted to put the most damaging evidence introduced by prosecutors into a context more favorable to their clients.
News that Linklaters is to finally modify its lockstep has raised fresh questions over the long-term future of the compensation system. But with some tinkering, lockstep may prove more durable than many think.
If more couples decided that he should stay home with the kids, women lawyers would thrive.
The two Am Law 200 firms are poised to expand in Boston and Chicago on June 1 by absorbing local boutiques.
Three partners head to Hogan Loveless; Fried Frank raids Kirkland & Ellis in London; another Dickstein Shapiro partner departs; a Florida firm goes on a hiring spree; and more notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
The veteran dealmaker took the lead for Time Warner Cable on its proposed $55 billion merger with Charter Communications, a deal that comes a month after the former's proposed combination with Comcast Corp. fell apart due to regulatory opposition.
The Yale Law Women's survey also credits Cadwalader, Duane Morris, Hogan Lovells, Hunton & Williams, Kirkland & Ellis, Morrison & Foerster, Munger Tolles, Orrick and Wilmer.
Latham & Watkins and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom both had roles on two megamergers in the telecommunications and technology space this week: Avago's $37 billion buy of semiconductor maker Broadcom and the proposed $78 billion union of Charter Communications, Bright House Networks and Time Warner Cable.
Prosecutors in the criminal trial of Dewey & LeBoeuf’s three top executives seemed to find their groove for the first time Thursday in their questioning of a well-liked retired partner and former executive committee member.
There are more painless ways to make a six-figure salary.
The two Am Law 100 firms have brought on a pair of entertainment industry experts in the City of Angels.
Sometimes coming in second isn't all that bad.
See how your firm compares concerning women equity partners, changes over time in the equity rank and the percentage of total women partners.
Racial and ethnic minority lawyers made slight gains in their representation at the largest law firms last year.
Federal prosecutors in Washington claim that Davis Wright Tremaine litigation partner Mark Bartlett—himself a former federal prosecutor—should be conflicted out of representing the state’s troubled auditor Troy Kelley.
The second day of a criminal trial of three former Dewey & LeBoeuf leaders saw the lawyer for ex-chief financial officer Joel Sanders tell a jury Wednesday morning that his client worked hard to keep the now-defunct firm afloat, but did nothing illegal. The final opening statement came before the prosecution called its first witnesses—two accountants and a former Dewey & LeBoeuf partner—to testify.
Litigation giant Quinn Emanuel opens its first office in mainland China; Steptoe & Johnson snags four in Silicon Valley; Dentons follows up on its Newt Gingrich hire with several new additions; and other hires from throughout The Am Law 200.
Dewey & LeBoeuf former chair Steven Davis, former executive director Stephen DiCarmine and ex-chief financial officer Joel Sanders together face more than 50 criminal charges, including grand larceny, scheming to defraud, falsifying business records and conspiracy in the lead-up to the 1,300-lawyer firm's downfall in May 2012. All have pleaded not guilty.
Jurors in a New York state court heard radically different characterizations Tuesday of the alleged roles of three former executives who are facing criminal fraud charges related to the 2012 collapse of Dewey & LeBoeuf.
A look at the major developments leading up to Tuesday's opening arguments.
A seven-partner team will open a new Frankfurt office for Reed Smith, which saw a top sports lawyer head for greener fields; Foley Hoag brings on Massachusetts’ former attorney general; Cravath hires from Crowell & Moring; and more notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
The two Skadden transactional lawyers advised Endo Pharmaceuticals on its $8.05 billion buy of generic-drug maker Par Pharmaceuticals from private equity firm TPG Capital.
Women with advance degrees are having more kids.
The American Lawyer is seeking nominations for its annual Global Legal Awards and Litigation Departments of the Year.
With Memorial Day approaching, The Am Law Daily highlights the work of several firms doing good deeds for their military veteran and reserve workers.
Firms Prescribed Work on $12.7 Billion CVS, Omnicare Deal
Cravath, Swaine & Moore, which experienced a rare lateral partner departure earlier this month, has brought back a former associate in Joseph Adams. Most recently the managing partner of Crowell & Moring’s New York office, Adams returns to Cravath as a senior attorney in its corporate group.
Sheppard Mullin is almost two years into its job as monitor of the New Orleans Police Department. Partner Jonathan Aronie has submitted five quarterly reports to the city documenting the department's progress, the latest of which was presented at a public meeting Wednesday night. But some in the community are frustrated with the lack of change they're seeing on the ground.
Less than two years after Davis Polk & Wardwell helped Patriot Coal emerge from bankruptcy, a global commodities slump has forced the U.S. mining giant back into Chapter 11 in Virginia. With struggling energy and natural resource companies being potentially lucrative clients in a down market for corporate bankruptcy work, two other firms swooped in to pick up Patriot Coal’s “Chapter 22” case, but Davis Polk still took the lead on another major mining bankruptcy.
Successful men are paying their wives bonuses.
Dickinson Wright hires a name partner from struggling Las Vegas legal mainstay Gordon Silver; Jones Day hires a Kelley Drye & Warren practice leader; Sidley Austin snags two partners in Houston and Singapore; and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.
Mecklenburg County police in North Carolina arrested Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft capital markets partner Robert Ughetta on Sunday, charging him with disorderly conduct and resisting a public officer. Ughetta is based in New York and Charlotte.
Craig Newman, former co-managing partner of Richards Kibbe & Orbe, has made the move to fellow New York-based firm Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler. Newman will serve as a partner in Patterson Belknap's litigation department and will lead its privacy and data security practice.
Gregory Lawrence, the former co-head of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft’s renewables practice and head of its energy regulatory group, has joined Greenberg Traurig as a partner in Boston and Washington, D.C. Lawrence came to Cadwalader more than four years ago when the firm announced plans for a Houston office.
Study finds that lawyers in lucrative, prestigious positions are miserable.
The firm on Monday unveiled NextLaw Labs, a wholly owned subsidiary through which Dentons will invest in and develop technologies so that attorneys can deliver services to their clients "better, cheaper, faster," according to Dentons global chairman Joseph Andrew.
About two months after Paul Hastings announced that it would open a São Paulo office with three laterals from Allen & Overy, one of those partners has decided to stay put. Bruno Soares, the only one of the three who is actually based in Brazil, will remain with Allen & Overy.
James Skeffington, an Edwards Wildman Palmer-turned-Locke Lord partner in Providence who earlier this year led an ownership group that bought the top minor league team of Major League Baseball’s Boston Red Sox, died from a heart attack while jogging over the weekend.
As the one-year anniversary of the firm’s creation draws near, several more Squire Patton Boggs partners seek new homes; Baker & Hostetler brings on roughly 30 lawyers from McKenna Long & Aldridge ahead of the latter’s June 1 merger with Dentons; Boies, Schiller & Flexner bags another federal prosecutor; Greenberg Traurig grows in Poland; and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.
Thomas Barnett, an electronic discovery expert who joined Paul Hastings as special counsel last year, once led a very different life as a professional saxophone player. At the peak of his musical career, Barnett toured with reggae band Toots and the Maytals, before heading on to law school.
Frederick Green, co-chair of Weil, Gotshal & Manges’ transactions practice, took the lead for Verizon Communications on its $4.4 billion acquisition of AOL.
There’s more to the firm’s latest lateral partner move than meets the eye.
More than 12 key attorneys are leaving the Las Vegas shop Gordon Silver this week to form their own firm. The departures come just five months after another Nevada mainstay, Lionel Sawyer & Collins, closed its doors amid partner defections.
Daniel Clivner, managing partner of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett’s Los Angeles office, is poised to leave the firm to open a Century City office for Sidley Austin as the latter prepares to celebrate its 35th anniversary in the city. Clivner, 51, will serve as co-head of Sidley’s Los Angeles outposts.
John Diehl Jr., a real estate development and construction partner at Husch Blackwell who joined the firm's St. Louis office last fall from Armstrong Teasdale, resigned as speaker of Missouri's House of Representatives less than 24 hours after publicly apologizing for sexually charged text messages he exchanged with a college freshman intern.
Verizon Communication Inc. cites AOL Inc.'s market success in digital content and advertising platforms as reasons behind the purchase. Also in this week's roundup of deals worth $1 billion or more: Williams' acquisition of its master limited partnership Williams Partners in an all-stock deal valued at $13.8 billion, led by Gibson Dunn and Baker Botts.
It's all a day at the beach, but which beach?
The additions come from Allen & Overy and Norton Rose Fulbright and bring Greenberg Traurig's attorney count in Warsaw to 80, with 30 lawyers working in the region's real estate industry.
The fiasco surrounding underinflated footballs in a key National Football League playoff game earlier this year continues to draw more high-powered Am Law 100 lawyers, including a pair of litigators from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius and Winston & Strawn that previously worked at now-defunct firms, in the aftermath of a controversial investigative report released last week by Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.
EY Legal, the legal services unit of accounting giant Ernst & Young, launches a financial regulatory practice in London with 12 lawyers from two Am Law 100 firms; Foley Hoag opens in New York; a senior Wilmer partner goes in-house; a Cravath partner departs; more machinations at McKenna Long & Aldridge; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
The American Lawyer announced this week the finalists of its 2015 Transatlantic Legal Awards. These awards recognize law firms for excellence in handling transatlantic matters across the key areas of corporate, finance and disputes, as well as highlighting law firm innovation, commitment to pro bono, outstanding transatlantic strategy and in-house leaders.
Altman Weil's seventh annual survey of law firms reveals that most have not bounced fully back since the Great Recession. Among the biggest challenges facing big firms today are overcapacity, new sources of competition and aging partners who don't have solid succession plans.
The global legal giant will close its banking and finance outpost in Singapore as a result of its tie-up with China's Dacheng, a union that creates the world's largest law firm with 6,600 lawyers.
In a rare lateral move, Richard Levin is leaving Cravath, Swaine & Moore after almost eight years to join Jenner & Block’s restructuring practice. Levin was an author of the 1978 U.S. Bankruptcy Code and recently helped save the Detroit Institute of Arts during the Motor City’s historic bankruptcy proceedings.
Following in the footsteps of Australia’s Slater & Gordon, regional midmarket British firm Gateley is planning a potential listing on the London Stock Exchange’s Alternative Investment Market. The future float would value Birmingham, England-based Gateley at roughly $210 million.
The global legal giant has announced the creation of a London-based M&A and corporate finance consulting business to focus on entertainment, media, technology and sports ventures.
McKenna Long & Aldridge, O’Melveny & Myers and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman see more partners peel away; a former Bingham McCutchen tax partner rejoins her former colleagues at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius; a Latham & Watkins antitrust litigator launches her own boutique; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.
Hoping to "crack the code" about how to best attract and retain women lawyers, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe is rolling out what its leaders say is among the most generous parental leave programs at any major U.S. firm.
A panel of 12 jurors and eight alternates were selected for the trial of three former leaders of now-defunct Dewey & LeBoeuf.
Most lateral hiring mistakes get shoved under big law firm rugs, but this one won't fit there.
Matthew Hurd, co-head of the firm’s health care and life sciences group, and M&A lawyer Krishna Veeraraghavan, who made partner in 2011.
The number of individuals employed in the legal services industry increased in April, despite a recent spate of staff reductions at Am Law 200 firms. Proskauer Rose became the latest to join those making cutbacks.
The pharmaceutical industry once again reigned supreme on the transactional front this week, although a pair of Am Law 100 firms also helped an iconic New York property change hands.
Last year was the best the legal industry has had in the post-2008 environment. Will 2015 continue that trend? Not based on the first-quarter results. Demand was essentially flat, translating into modest revenue growth. At the same time, expenses grew at a much faster pace than revenue, placing pressure on margins.
Cornell Law School trounces most top 10 schools in the job department.
Theodore "Theo" Shaw—whose arrest in December 2006 drew outrage over the severity of the charges brought against him and five others in the beating of a white classmate—is one of five recipients of the Gates Public Service Law Scholarship at The University of Washington School of Law, which he will attend in the fall.
The authors of a new study on law grads' earnings still avoid discussing the simpler reason law grads make more than most.
James Rishwain, who has served as chair of the firm since 2006, will step down in December 2016 after completing the term he was recently re-elected to. The announcement comes after much turnover at the firm, including the defection of a group of corporate lawyers to Winston & Strawn earlier this year.
Despite a recent spate of departures, K&L Gates absorbed three-partner Moltz Morton & Glenn in Austin, Texas; Cozen O’Connor brings on a 10-lawyer state attorneys general group from Dickstein Shapiro; White & Case raids Clifford Chance in the Middle East; and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.
The beleaguered city was thrust into the national spotlight after the police shooting death of an unarmed black teen. Now Ferguson has hired Winston & Strawn chairman and litigator Dan Webb for representation related to a Department of Justice probe, at an eye-popping rate of $1,335 an hour.
A week after shuttering its last 28 campuses in the aftermath of a crippling settlement with the U.S. Department of Education last year, Corinthian Colleges filed for bankruptcy Monday in Delaware. The for-profit company’s Chapter 11 filing marks the largest collapse of a higher education provider in U.S. history and reveals some of Corinthian’s mounting legal bills ahead of its demise.
Few men want housewives these days.
Covington & Burling and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman pick up partners from McKenna Long & Aldridge as the latter prepares to merge with Dentons; Kirkland & Ellis and Mayer Brown make European antitrust hires; a Sidley Austin litigator flies solo; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr made another addition to its year-and-a-half-old Denver office with the hire of energy partner Andrew Spielman, former co-head of Hogan Lovells’ energy practice.
Aiello, chairman of the corporate department at Weil, advised information management company Iron Mountain Inc. in its $2.1 billion acquisition of Australia's Recall Holdings Ltd.
Dubai-based partner Peter Gray, who was suspended from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher after being accused of knowingly submitting false evidence against a Djibouti businessman, has confirmed to The Am Law Daily that he has left the firm.
On the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, The Am Law Daily catches up with several Vietnamese- American lawyers to discuss the journey from refugee to Big Law.
A merger between a pair of international outsourcing and consulting companies tops the list of billion-dollar deals this week, with Paris-headquartered Capgemini agreeing to acquire iGate, based in Bridgewater, New Jersey, for $4 billion.
With bankruptcy filings down 12 percent at the end of March compared with a year ago, firms with bankruptcy practices are increasingly working with clients on out-of-court restructurings as well as focusing their efforts on financially troubled industries.
Corporate partner Ken Stewart assumes the one-year position of global chairman, succeeding Johannesburg-based Sbu Gule.
The company is making a major foray into the fast growing field of cyber protection. K2 Intelligence, which often works in tandem with Am Law 100 firms, recently secured an investment from AIG to do cybersecurity work and on Tuesday announced the hire of the FBI agent who investigated the JPMorgan Chase security breach.
Boies strikes back at Dershowitz. And Dershowitz counters.
Another batch of lawyers departs McKenna Long & Aldridge ahead of its merger with Dentons; several Edwards Wildman Palmer legacy partners find new homes; Boies, Schiller & Flexner brings on a Justice Department veteran; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe will shutter Frankfurt and Berlin bases later this year to focus practice on Düsseldorf and Munich, The American Lawyer has learned.
The much-anticipated trial of Dewey & LeBoeuf’s three former top executives is likely to last until October, and the process of selecting jurors who can devote enough time to the case will be long and arduous. Over 100 potential jurors filled out questionnaires Monday, but lawyers don’t expect to select anyone before Friday.
Drinker Biddle & Reath has been retained as corporate and securities counsel to CannaPharmaRx, an early-stage pharmaceutical company focused on advancing research and discovery in the cannabinoid industry.
Former Susman Godfrey partner Stephen Shackelford will return to the firm in its New York office on May 1 after serving as executive counsel for litigation at GE Capital, a company poised to be broken up by its corporate parent.
The head of McKenna Long & Aldridge's national tax group leaves ahead of a merger with global legal giant Dentons; Arnold & Porter and Cozen O'Connor both make bulk hires from smaller firms; a Jones Day bankruptcy baron returns; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.
Morgan Stanley has hired Schulte Roth & Zabel's David Rosewater, co-head of the firm's global shareholder activism practice, to lead its activist defense group. But Rosewater, who previously worked at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, won't be fighting Marty Lipton's war.
Steven Browne of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius is named Dealmaker of the Week for his role advising Raytheon Co. in its $1.9 billion acquisition of cybersecurity company Websense. Browne was managing partner at Bingham McCutchen until the firm was absorbed into Morgan Lewis earlier this year.
The annual Am Law 100 rankings are only a slice of Big Law's story.
Another twist in the case involving allegations of underage sex and the Harvard professor.
Sullivan & Cromwell's Alison Ressler is advising her brother-in-law Antony Ressler, founder of buyout giant Ares Management, on his $850 million acquisition of the National Basketball Association's Atlanta Hawks. Ressler's familial relations also came up this week in leaked Sony emails.
Big Pharma leads the list of billion-dollar deals this week with a $40 billion, unsolicited bid made by Israel’s Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. for fellow generic-drug maker Mylan N.V.
The former emergency manager for Detroit will be back at Jones Day by early May, his former spokesman says. Before taking the Motor City post and shepherding the historic bankruptcy proceeding, Orr was a partner at Jones Day for more than a decade.
A Deutsche Bank subsidiary in London settled with U.S. and U.K. authorities for more than $2.5 billion over manipulation of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) as well as wire fraud and antitrust charges. Paul Weiss partners Theodore Wells, Andrew Finch and Roberto Finzi represented the bank, along with Slaughter and May partners Deborah Finkler and Ewan Brown.
The bank has filed a complaint against former Dewey & LeBoeuf partner John Altorelli, claiming he misrepresented his assets when he sought to delay repayment of a $500,000 loan he'd taken out in 2012.
Despite low female partner rates, the firm gets Yale Law Women's top honors.
Adams and Reese tapped Guilford Thornton Jr., a partner specializing in governmental and legislative relations, to lead the firm from its Nashville office.
K&L Gates sees six partners leave for four firms; some of Fried Frank’s Asia lawyers find new homes; Jackson Lewis opens two new offices; Mayer Brown adds a practice leader; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.
Few Am Law 100 firm leaders have had starring roles in high-impact political litigation while managing their firms. John Devaney, who became Perkins Coie's new managing partner on Jan. 1, falls into that category.
Jackson Lewis has decided to lei down the law by unveiling a new firm in Honolulu.
The American Lawyer releases its 2015 Am Law 100 package on Monday, April 27 at 7 a.m.
Boies, Schiller & Flexner is rebuilding its small corporate group by hiring O'Melveny & Myers corporate and project finance partner Dev Sen, who joined his now former firm nearly three years ago, prior to the historic collapse of Dewey & LeBoeuf.
Business school study puts a damper on female bonding.
B. Ted Howes is the latest addition to Mayer Brown’s international arbitration group, the firm announced Monday. Howes joins the firm in New York from McDermott Will & Emery, where he worked for nearly two decades.
The firm has put down stakes in Jeddah, creating its second outpost in Saudi Arabia, where it already has an office in Riyadh. DLA Piper plans to further expand by opening a third outpost in the Eastern Province by year’s end.
Internal emails hacked from Sony Pictures Entertainment late last year have been released in a searchable database form by WikiLeaks. The document dump reveals frank discussions between the company's in-house lawyers and outside counsel on everything from legal fees and conflict waivers to pitches for business.
Goodwin Procter launches a London private equity practice; Dentons arrives in Budapest; Fox Rothschild opens in Chicago; Polsinelli puts down stakes in Nashville; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.
Gorrell advised General Electric Co. in the $26.5 billion sale of GE Capital's real estate portfolio to funds managed by Blackstone LP, along with Wells Fargo & Co. and additional buyers.
As Dentons merges with yet another firm, its leaders are out to shatter "myths" about law firm growth. But what if they're not myths?
The two firms are divvying up the task of advising Google on antitrust claims leveled at the technology giant this week by the European Union.
As hundreds of Am Law 100 lawyers work on the dissolution of General Electric's financial unit, three more big firms grab roles on Nokia's $16.6 billion acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent.
Prentice O'Leary, a longtime bankruptcy lawyer at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, is spending his retirement as a part-time ski instructor at a major ski resort in Colorado.