Dentons’ drive to become the preeminent global legal giant continued after Thanksgiving as the 7,300-lawyer firm announced agreements to absorb full-service firms in Colombia and Mexico into its growing Swiss verein network.
Dentons’ drive to become the preeminent global legal giant continued after Thanksgiving as the 7,300-lawyer firm announced agreements to absorb full-service firms in Colombia and Mexico into its growing Swiss verein network.
Personal injury giant Irwin Mitchell and West Sussex-based private client firm Thomas Eggar have already exchanged contracts on a merger, while regional U.K. firm Addleshaw Goddard is in advanced talks with leading Scottish practice Maclay Murray & Spens.
A year after rejoining Skadden, Cyrus Amir-Mokri heads to JPMorgan Chase; a top Squire Patton Boggs public policy partner departs; four Perkins Coie lawyers head in-house; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.
Having recently taken on tax-related engagements for Yahoo and Darden Restaurants, lawyers from Skadden handle Pfizer’s controversial $152 billion union with Allergan, while four other firms land a role on the $4.6 billion sale of Petco Holdings.
Boies Schiller, Debevoise and Gibson Dunn took the lead for the two leading daily fantasy sports companies—DraftKings and FanDuel—in their bid to beat back New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s bid to ban them from operating in the Empire State.
The global legal giant inked its fifth major tie-up of 2015 by agreeing to absorb 34-lawyer Luxembourg firm OPF Partners into its Swiss verein on Jan. 1, 2016.
After a series of departures and an inability to find traction in the desert, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck has shuttered its Phoenix office; Gibson Dunn grabs two new hires; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
Does a Christian anti-abortion, anti-gay group stand a chance of enlisting New York lawyers to its cause?
One year after Morgan, Lewis & Bockius took in 750 lawyers from failing Bingham McCutchen, the firm’s finances are stable and it is once again debt-free, according to chair Jami Wintz McKeon.
Women partners push back against a new study's findings.
If 2015 is the year of the deal, Pfizer’s $160 billion merger with Allergan looks like it’ll be the deal of the year for a small army of M&A lawyers.
Law Firms must focus on profitability, not market share, says Harvard Business School’s Felix Oberholzer-Gee.
Pierre Boivin of Canadian mega-firm McCarthy Tétrault was in Bamako on business when terrorists stormed his hotel on Friday.
In a first-of-its-kind deal, a team of Pillsbury lawyers helped a Virginia conservation group get into the coal mining business.
Mayer Brown adds a cybersecurity expert in Washington, D.C., while watching its Brazilian affiliate ramp up in São Paulo; Baker Botts makes some anniversary additions; a lobbying shakeup at Wilson Elser; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.
News and gossip about Hastings Law School, Debevoise's foodie; MCCA's Joe West and more.
Holland & Knight is dedicating pro bono resources to defending Chicago lawyers who face disciplinary action—the first program of its kind for a big law firm.
Zuccotti, whose name graces the lower Manhattan park that played host to protesters during the Occupy Wall Street movement, helped to revitalize lower Manhattan after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
A pair of lawyers at Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle labored for a decade and a half to win freedom for Jonathan Pollard, who admitted nearly 30 years ago to illegally passing classified U.S. documents to Israel.
Five years after a nasty takeover battle, industrial gas distribution giant Airgas and its lawyers from Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz present another acquisition to shareholders.
The National Association for Law Placement found a decline in the percentage of women and African-American associates at U.S. law firms.
Four Am Law 100 firms led by Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz have snagged a share of $9 million in legal fees and costs emanating from initial public offerings for online dating giant Match Group and startup mobile payments company Square.
As litigation finance continues to gain ground, funding pioneer Juridica Investments said it will halt investments in new cases and cut costs in the wake of courtroom setbacks.
Good news about women (for a change).
Macquarie Capital wants Morrison & Foerster to share the blame for the investment bank’s ill-fated entanglement with defunct Chinese company Puda Coal. But first it’ll have to convince a skeptical New York judge.
Four years after fending off Air Products' hostile takeover bid, Wachtell helped Airgas tie the knot with Air Liquide.
Nearly 100 law firms received top ratings from the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index. The annual survey is meant to promote inclusive policies and benefits for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.
New partners join K&L Gates in Sydney and Warsaw as the firm closes a U.S. office; Norton Rose Fulbright loses two practice leaders; Sutherland snags a Kaye Scholer project finance head; and other notable address changes from throughout The Am Law 200.
Partners at Dentons, Australia’s Gadens and Singapore's Rodyk & Davidson have approved a combination, the second three-way deal by the growing global legal gaint in three years.
New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez has settled a dispute over $380,000 in attorney fees incurred by Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani related to the firm’s representation of him in a performance-enhancing drug scandal.
After 28 years as chairman of LeClairRyan, Gary LeClair is stepping down as leader of his namesake firm. The Am Law Daily caught up with LeClair to discuss his tenure and LeClairRyan's future.
An influential Asian American lawyer group honors—gasp—a recruiter!
The Am Law Daily caught up with some legal recruiters to discuss what partners thinking of joining a new firm should consider before making the jump.
The environmental plaintiffs may be as young as 8 years old, but the case is more than child’s play to Sidley's energy industry clients.
The two Am Law 100 firms are advising on Marriott International's $12.2 billion cash-and-stock acquisition of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, a deal that if completed will create the world’s largest hotel company.
The shakeup of the German legal market continues, with White & Case set to close its Munich office in early 2016.
The American Lawyer is seeking nominations for its annual Dealmakers of the Year.
Before the demise of Dewey & LeBoeuf, there was the fall of Finley Kumble. The firm’s high-profile former managing partner, Harvey Myerson, was sentenced on fraud charges 23 years ago this week. He died quietly in South Florida earlier this year.
An environmental law expert heads to Oregon; Greenberg Traurig grabs two from McDermott in New York; Hogan Lovells hires a Latham & Watkins trio in Dubai; Ice Miller brings back a mayor; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
Valentin Ribet, a white-collar litigation associate in the firm’s Paris office, was the first victim to be identified in the terrorist attacks that killed at least 129 people in the city on Nov. 13. He died at the Bataclan concert hall.
Hugh Verrier just made a film on the Jessup moot court. And that isn't even his most out-of-the-box idea.
What can the legal profession learn from the ouster of Tim Wolfe as president of the University of Missouri system? A lot.
Lawyers from a dozen Global 100 firms are advising on a $106 billion megamerger between Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller, one that moved forward this week as SABMiller agreed to the $12 billion sale of its 58 percent stake in joint venture MillerCoors.
As firms prepare for their annual end-of-year collections push, there are signs that some may struggle more than usual with collections.
It took nearly a decade, but lawmakers are finally realizing that unrestrained lending to law students enriches law schools while harming many students.
With help from Boies Schiller's David Boies, Gibson Dunn’s Randy Mastro and others, DraftKings and FanDuel are girding for battle with New York’s attorney general and a growing roster of opponents.
Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker is the latest big firm to bet on the Lone Star State with an 11-lawyer team from Lewis Brisbois; Shearman & Sterling snags an IP trio from Kenyon & Kenyon; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.
DLA Piper has scrapped plans to create its own contract attorney unit in the United Kingdom, and instead has entered into a formal venture with the U.K. firm Lawyers on Demand.
A new study finds that negative thinkers are more resilient than those with positive outlooks.
More than anything else, clients want their outside counsel to slash fees, according to a report released Tuesday by the legal consultancy Altman Weil.
Ten months after Dentons reached an agreement to combine with Chinese legal juggernaut Dacheng, the firm announced Tuesday that the landmark deal is now final.
Just over a third of the U.S. lawyers promoted to partner by the country's largest firms last year were female, according to a new study, while several Am Law firms invited only men to the partner ranks.
Ravel Law co-founder Daniel Lewis talks about his company’s partnership with Harvard Law School—and why the world need better tools for legal research.
Goldberg Segalla, a 240-lawyer U.S. firm that has made some high-profile lateral additions this year, chose to terminate the founding partner of its London office after he was caught disparaging Liverpool soccer fans as “scouse scum.”
Demand growth cooled off in the third quarter, suggesting an overall decline from 2014, according to the latest data from Citi Private Bank’s Law Firm Group.
A little more than a week after news of tie-up talks between Foley & Lardner and London-based Eversheds made headlines on both sides of the Atlantic, the two firms have called off discussions about a merger.
The outcomes have been far different for terror victims and their families suing Saudi Arabia than for those suing Iran.
Detroit-based Dickinson Wright launches a health care affiliate; Duane Morris hires a diversity leader; Quinn Emanuel starts a class action practice in Australia; Sidley expands in Los Angeles; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
Kenneth Freeling, a former Dewey & LeBoeuf litigation partner now of counsel at Covington & Burling, is suing Barclays, the British banking giant that financed capital contributions for partners at the now-defunct firm.
New study finds that executive and high achieving women suffer greater compensation gaps.
The Magic Circle firm’s work in forming an Indonesia coal group and advising on a sale of a stake in high-speed railway service Eurostar have come under scrutiny from a pair of British regulatory bodies.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics unveiled its latest jobs report Friday morning. Employment in legal services is up along with the rest of the economy.
Some law professors and deans are rising to the defense of the wrong cause.
Goodwin Procter on Thursday became the latest major law firm to bet on Germany, which remains a top destination for both established and aspiring global firms.
A ruling this week by Mexico’s Supreme Court could eventually legalize marijuana in the country. Hogan Lovells partner Juan Francisco Torres Landa is one of four plaintiffs who brought the landmark case in an effort to end decades of drug violence.
As Cuba’s borders slowly open up to American investment, a cadre of U.S. lawyers is hoping to make new inroads related to pastimes beloved by both countries: booze and baseball.
The Global 100 duo grabbed roles on a $23.3 billion deal by payment processing giant Visa.
With help from a group of Cooley lawyers, Iranian-American immigration judge Ashley Tabaddor successfully challenged an order that she recuse herself from cases involving Iranian nationals.
The move marked the second New York lateral hire for Linklaters in the past week.
Lawyers are so easily bruised. Thank goodness we have Love Your Lawyer Day.
The National Hockey League’s 2015-2016 season is underway, and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom has checked some of its competitors vying for the league’s legal work over the board; plus other notable bills from big law.
The occasional disqualification fight is part of doing business for big law firms in high-stakes business litigation. For Munger, Tolles & Olson, the threat of disqualification is looming over a very different kind of case.
After several months of partner losses, K&L Gates continues a recent hiring spree by adding four partners on two continents; another bolt-on by Dinsmore & Shohl; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
With its announcement of new planned megamergers in Australia and Singapore, Dentons sent a clear message: Bigger is better. But the latest deals also highlight the uncertainties of Dentons’ aggressive growth strategy.
The term “donkey balls” isn’t one that most lawyers would dare put into a federal appeals court brief. But Arnold & Porter and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan recently got borderline scatological in their representation of the Washington Redskins in a trademark battle.
The city in Germany's industrial heartland is proving increasingly attractive to the world’s top law firms.
Things are looking up for Stanford’s 21,000 global investors, not to mention a group of lawyers representing them on a contingency basis.
Thou shall not compliment female colleagues about their looks—unless she's the boss.
Global juggernaut Dentons is planning a new cross-border amalgamation with 500-lawyer Australian firm Gadens and Singapore’s Rodyk & Davidson, a 200-lawyer firm. Meanwhile, Dinsmore & Shohl and Ike Sorkin's New York shop are doing deals of their own.
Three years after Carl Icahn's successful hostile takeover of CVR Energy, the billionaire investor has settled litigation with CVR's investment banks. But he isn't ready to make peace with Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.
A United Nations war crimes tribunal for former members of the Khmer Rouge reels in a Holland & Knight partner; Kilpatrick Townsend sets up shop in Texas; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
Nearly all new partners say they've already been contacted by headhunters.
To the chagrin of many legal educators, when The New York Times speaks, powerful people listen.
Stanley Chesley, the so-called Master of Disaster for his class action work for tort victims, is wanted in Kentucky after he failed to appear at a recent court hearing over a $42 million dispute with ex-clients.
A strong marriage can help lawyers get ahead. But what happens once you've arrived?
Four Am Law 200 firms rack up fees ahead of Time Warner Cable’s merger with Charter Communications; a U.S. Chamber of Commerce affiliate and its lawyers look at spending on legal ads; and other notable bills from Big Law.
Caren Stacy hopes a little competition may help firms find ways to attract and retain women lawyers.
A tie-up of big pharmacy chains came with a healthy price tag, as the proposed $17.2 billion union between the Walgreens Boots Alliance and Rite Aid yielded roles for a handful of Am Law 100 firms.
Bankruptcy filings slipped to their lowest number in fiscal 2015 since 2007, according to data released Wednesday by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, and many big-firm restructuring lawyers are grappling with the consequences.
The firm reports that it’s made $715.6 million since 2008 for its work recovering funds for victims of Bernie Madoff’s massive Ponzi scheme.
Hausfeld and litigation funder Burford Capital are teaming up in a first-of-its-kind $30 million joint venture to bring cartel claims in Germany, both parties announced Wednesday.
Douglas Tween, chair of Baker & McKenzie’s white-collar practice and head of the firm’s New York litigation department, is headed to Magic Circle firm Linklaters; Cravath hires from Simpson Thacher; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.
This weekend Sheppard Mullin partner Daniel Brown will watch his brother compete in the New York City marathon in a wheelchair for the first time in 25 years.
NAWL's survey is out—and the picture for women is bleak.
Which law firm is getting an early peek at the newest Star Wars flick?
After earlier retreats for White & Case in Hungary and Romania, sources say the firm is now poised to lose virtually its entire Polish litigation practice to Baker & McKenzie and Greenberg Traurig.
Law firm profits may be rising, but rents are rising even faster, according to a new report by commercial real estate services company Jones Lang LaSalle.
A dispute in a Chapter 11 case by gaming giant Caesars Entertainment Corp. could cost Kirkland & Ellis a slice of one of the richest ongoing bankruptcy bonanzas.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announced Monday that it has paid nearly $7.6 million in fees over the past year to two Am Law 100 firms, a leading midsize firm specializing in collegiate investigations and a public relations agency in the fallout from its academic fraud scandal.
Stone Ridge Asset Management recruits a Davis Polk & Wardwell corporate partner to be its new head of legal; McKenna Long’s former cybsecurity co-chair finds a new home; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.
Junior lawyers are used to feeling like cogs in a machine. According to a new report, a surprising number of law firm leaders expect to be able to replace them with actual machines—and soon.
Can DLA Piper, Milberg and former New York Attorney General Dennis Vacco escape the wrath of Mark Zuckerberg?
In the policy debates over student debt, lofty rhetoric collides with ugly reality to create a bipartisan mess.
Simpson Thacher and Davis Polk divvy up fees from the largest IPO of 2015; a look at the nation’s top legal lobbying shops; and other billables of note from throughout the Am Law 200 universe.
Is the conservative congressman promoting a feminist agenda?
Despite continued consolidation in the chipmaking sector, it was a real estate deal with a history steeped in the global financial crisis that was a reunion of sorts for several Am Law 100 firms.
Former Skadden lawyer Charles Bennett is set to plead guilty to running a $5 million Ponzi scheme. The fraud came to light when Bennett attempted suicide last year.
Pack the flip-flops and forget the tie—The American College of Trial Lawyers is headed to the South Pacific.
The New York-based firm has absorbed four-lawyer IP boutique Ward & Zinna, becoming the latest in a slew of Am Law 200 firms to make such a move.
New York prosecutors could have done more to avoid a mistrial in the criminal case against three former Dewey & LeBoeuf leaders, said several defense lawyers who closely followed the five-month trial.
How to handle an abusive boss.
Monday's mistrial will delay or complicate several related actions, including the trial against former Dewey & LeBoeuf employee Zachary Warren and a civil SEC suit against the defendants.
As one lawyer seeks to turn the tables on malicious prosecution claims brought by Facebook Inc., a trio of law firms facing parallel charges will try their luck this week before a New York appeals court.
Six months after a firmwide cull, Wiley Rein is hiring again; Covington & Burling brings back a partner from GE; Day Pitney expands into Florida; Ropes & Gray raids Fried Frank; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
After Monday’s mistrial, jurors in the Dewey & LeBoeuf case said the deliberations were rife with divisions from the start.
Prosecutors swung at Dewey & LeBoeuf's former leaders and missed. But the ramifications of the trial are many, and the case may not be over yet.
One key question for both sides after Monday’s mistrial: how much the veneer of unity between the defendants—mostly preserved during trial—will erode in the coming weeks.
The Dewey & LeBoeuf trial has produced reactions ranging from introspection to schadenfreude. Reaction to the mistrial has been mixed as well.
Anna Wintour wouldn't wear them, but should female lawyers?
After recruiting David Hennes and Gregg Weiner from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, Ropes & Gray asserts that it now ranks among the 20 largest law firms in the Big Apple.
All the partners of this dysfunctional firm were unindicted co-conspirators in its demise. Because it wasn't really a partnership.
The criminal trial that has riveted the legal community since May finally came to an end on Monday, when a Manhattan judge accepted the jury's surrender.
For Irell’s Morgan Chu, last week’s $234 million trial win against Apple was a big drop in a very, very big bucket.
Crowell & Moring picks up a former disc jockey to head its London corporate group, while another controversial partner departs; Cahill Gordon & Reindel hires from Credit Suisse; Orrick adds in Germany; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
Thought there’d be a Dewey & LeBoeuf verdict by now, or at least a mistrial? Not so fast.
The decade-old legal battle over Google Inc.’s digital books project may finally be headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, setting up a first-ever matchup between Wilmer’s Seth Waxman and Paul Smith of Jenner & Block.
The Cubs may offer lessons that go beyond baseball.
Could Dell's $67 billion buy of EMC Corp. and the $104 billion union of beer giants Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller point to a grand M&A finale for 2015?
William Uchimoto, a former partner at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, Saul Ewing and Stevens & Lee, says he was blindsided by the securities fraud charges filed against him by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Are women too concerned about being "liked" to advocate forcefully for themselves?
The judge presiding over the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal trial received different answers when he asked lawyers in the case about giving undecided jurors yet another nudge.
Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, an expanding Am Law 200 firm, is poised to open new offices in Columbus, Ohio and Wheeling, West Virginia, on Nov. 1.
A look at the Am Law 200 firms that saw their attorney head counts change the most during the first three quarters of 2015. Florida’s Greenspoon Marder, a new entrant this year to the Second Hundred, and Dickstein Shapiro topped the list.
After losing an $85 million patent verdict to a former summer associate at Quinn Emanuel last year, Google brought in the big guns.
Jurors in the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal trial stuck it out for one more day of deliberations on Wednesday, even as the months-long trial threatened to end in a mistrial.
Following a similar effort in Washington, D.C., 19 major law firms have pledged $1.9 million for affordable legal services to people with modest incomes in New York who make too much to qualify for free legal aid.
Foley & Lardner, Katten Muchin Rosenman and Orrick poach partners from Paul Hastings; Kirkland & Ellis hires a new practice head in Washington, D.C.; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.
While law firm managing partners remain a mostly optimistic bunch, their confidence in economic and legal industry growth has fallen for a third straight quarter, according to a survey released Tuesday by Citi Private Bank’s Law Firm Group.
DLA Piper announced a new base in Morocco, to be followed in early 2016 by an outpost in Johannesburg. Garrigues, meanwhile, is bolstering its presence in Latin America through a tie-up with a Colombian firm.
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.
An opinionated guide for prospective first-years.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.