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Christopher Bogart.

Burford Capital Again Announces Big Litigation Earnings

By Julie Triedman |

Four months after reporting record annual earnings, litigation funder Burford Capital LLC once again announced that it has topped last year's first-half earnings and new investments by wide margins in early 2016. Simpson Thacher is one firm benefiting from Burford's largesse.

Protesters carry a photo of Tamir Rice as they march during a rally at Public Square in Cleveland, Ohio (David Maxwell/EPA/Newscom).

In Police Department Monitorships, Firms Seek Contentious Work

By Nell Gluckman |

Squire Patton Boggs won a contract to monitor police reforms in Ferguson, Missouri, a job that promises to be both controversial and not exactly lucrative.

The Churn

Weil Loses Another PE Partner, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Nell Gluckman |

Weil, Gotshal & Manges saw another private equity partner depart; McDermott snagged a labor and employment group from Kaye Scholer; Paul Hastings brought on another IP partner; and other moves throughout The Am Law 200.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., speaks during a Florida delegation breakfast, Monday, July 25, 2016, in Philadelphia, during the first day of the DNC. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Perkins Coie Lawyer's Advice Helped Spark Democratic Divisions

By Susan Beck |

Perkins Coie's Marc Elias, who has juggled legal roles for both the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, saw the intersecting interests of both clients unexpectedly become public on Friday.

Protesters march through Ferguson streets on August 20, 2014.

Squire Patton Team Hired to Monitor Ferguson Police Reforms

By Nell Gluckman |

Nearly two years after Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson, Missouri, by a white officer, a team led by Squire Patton Boggs' Clark Ervin was named to ensure that the city's police department follows through with federally mandated reforms.

Police pray after the burial services for Sergeant Michael J. Smith at Restland Public Safety Memorial Gardens in Dallas, Texas, USA, 14 July 2016 (Larry W. Smith/EPA/Newscom).

Donald Trump, Guns and Leadership

By Steven J. Harper |

Branding with catch-phrases is easy; reconciling their contradictory messages is impossible.

Jeffery Malonson with King & Spalding

Lateral Misfire Leads to King & Spalding for Vinson Partner

By MP McQueen |

Houston capital markets and M&A lawyer Jeff Malonson was left in limbo early this year, when a planned move from Vinson & Elkins to Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett fizzled after another partner backed out.

Carlos Brito, Chief Executive Officer of Anheuser-Busch InBev, testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee during a hearing titled

Deal Watch: Big Beer Merger Cleared as Health Insurers Face Off with DOJ

By Jennifer Henderson |

It was a good news/bad news week for companies on the antitrust front.

Arthur Culvahouse, Jr.

O'Melveny's Culvahouse Plans to Stay With Trump Campaign After VP Vetting

By Susan Beck |

Arthur Culvahouse Jr., a longtime Washington Republican insider who initially backed Jeb Bush, said that he plans to stick with the Donald Trump campaign after helping to vet the candidate's picks for vice president.

Greg Duff of Garvey Schubert Barer.

Practice Mix at Seattle Firm Straddles Bernie Sanders, 50 Cent and Pot Law

By Nell Gluckman |

Seattle's Garvey Schubert Barer announced a new chair this week. The firm's unusual mix of clients, which include marijuana companies, celebrities and Bernie Sanders, has boosted its exposure recently.

Susan Estrich, of Quinn Emanuel, and Fox News chief Roger Ailes (Wikimedia).

Lawyer for Roger Ailes Was Leading Voice for Rape Law Reform

By Nell Gluckman |

Long before she was defending Roger Ailes against sexual harassment claims, Quinn Emanuel's Susan Estrich offered a feminist legal critique of the country's rape laws.

Steven Speiss, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck.

Former Cravath Exec Goes West, Joining Denver Firm as COO

By Jennifer Henderson |

After nearly 25 years at the elite New York firm, former executive director Steven Spiess will serve as chief operating officer of Denver's Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck.

Dan Katz, associate professor of law at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, speaks at the Janders Dean & Chicago-Kent College of Law Legal Horizons conference on Thursday, July 14, 2016.

Law Schools' Tech-Training Conundrum: If We Teach Them, Will They Get Jobs?

By Roy Strom |

The number of law schools offering tech-related training is growing, but are their enough employers looking for the skill set?

Cupcakes at a Dentons reception at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. July 19, 2016.

At RNC, Dentons Fetes Clients and Gingrich Talks Up Trump

By Susan Beck |

A party hosted by Dentons at the Republican National Convention offered a glimpse of how law firms blend marketing and networking amid the politicking in Cleveland.

Lawyer Bar Exam Prep Tips: "I've Got the Nuns Praying for Me."

By Roy Strom |

From prayer to marathon training, the Am Law Daily heard from prominent Chicago lawyers about how they survived preparing for the bar exam.

Sean Pavone/iStockphoto

Amid Puerto Rican Debt Crisis, DLA Piper Sees Opportunity in San Juan

By Jennifer Henderson |

DLA Piper may be the first full-service Am Law 100 firm to open an office in Puerto Rico.

Turkish soldiers secure the area as supporters of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan protest in Istanbul's Taksim square, early Saturday, July 16, 2016.

Global Law Firms in Turkey Cope with Coup Aftermath

By Jennifer Henderson |

Five years ago Turkey's economy was booming, enticing a handful of international law firms to open offices in the country. But after a failed military coup and with growth at a relative crawl, their future is unclear.

cybersecurity, digital

Covington Bulks Up Cybersecurity Practice With Ex-Mandiant Consultant

By Nell Gluckman |

Stephen Surdu, a cybersecurity consultant, is a nontraditional hire for the firm, which has been building out its cybersecurity practice in recent months.

Cognitive Dissonance and Law Firm Associate Pay

By Steven J. Harper |

As associate salaries increase, reluctant clients are complaining about the wrong problem.

People gather at a makeshift memorial of flowers and candles on the 'Promenade des Anglais' in Nice, France.

Terror Fears Made Real for Risk Management GC in Nice Attack

By Nell Gluckman |

Eric Dratell, general counsel and head of legal and corporate affairs of Risk Management Solutions, was having dinner with his wife at the end of a vacation in Nice, France when the attacker struck.

The Churn

A Rare Cravath Hire Departs, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter and Nell Gluckman |

A former partner at a pair of Am Law 100 firms leaves Cravath, Swaine & Moore a year after coming aboard; Jackson Lewis lands a high-powered lobbying group; Greenspoon Marder keeps growing; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Deal Watch: Indian M&A Leaders Revealed

By Brian Baxter |

With India's legal market inching closer to liberalization, the subcontinent could provide a shot of cross-border transactional work to global firms reeling from Brexit and an economic slowdown in China.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence joins Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a rally in Westfield, Ind., Tuesday, July 12, 2016.

With Pence Pick, Trump Expands His Circle of Lawyers

By Susan Beck |

In addition to choosing one-time corporate lawyer Mike Pence as his running mate, Trump invited Rudy Giuliani and Michael Mukasey to address the RNC.

Denver, Colorado downtown at dusk.

Firms Elbow Each Other for Growth as Denver Market Stays Hot

By Julie Triedman |

As national and regional law firms continue to expand in the Mile-High City, the growth is creating winners and losers.

Workers prepare for a Big Apple Circus show in Sterling, Virginia.  October 9, 2008.

Big Firms Provide Crucial Revenue for Struggling Circus

By Nell Gluckman |

Cravath, Swaine & Moore and Paul Weiss are helping bolster the dwindling revenues of the ailing Big Apple Circus. This month, the nonprofit is in a desperate attempt to raise $2 million, should some other prominent Wall Street firms also be willing to pony up.

Lewis Kaden, Davis Polk

Former Citi Vice Chair Returns to Davis Polk

By Nell Gluckman |

After a long career as a partner at Davis Polk & Wardwell, followed by several years as a top banker at Citigroup Inc., Lewis Kaden has returned to the Wall Street firm as senior counsel.

Maura Grossman of Wachtell Lipton (Annie Tritt).

Lawyer Who Brought Artificial Intelligence to Wachtell Leaves Big Law

By Susan Beck |

Maura Grossman, who helped pioneer the use of artificial intelligence techniques for legal work at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, has left the storied Am Law 100 firm.

L-R Wm. David Cornwell Sr. and Lee Hutton III

Barnes & Thornburg Bags One Sports Lawyer, Loses Another

By Brian Baxter |

The firm has hired Lee Hutton III, a former college football player and chair of the entertainment, media and sports practice at Zelle LLP in Minneapolis. Hutton’s hire comes a few weeks after Barnes & Thornburg saw another high-profile sports lawyer depart.

Odeon cinema multiplex at West Ham Leisure Park, Basingstoke.

Weil, Gibson Dunn Land Lead Roles in $1.2B AMC Theaters Deal

By MP McQueen |

The firms advised AMC and private equity giant Terra Firma, respectively, in a deal to create world’s largest movie chain with 7,600 screens in the U.S. and Europe.

Marie Colvin, veteran correspondent for London's The Sunday Times

Shearman & Sterling's Family Ties Behind Syrian Government Suit

By Roy Strom |

For the lawyers who filed suit Saturday seeking to hold Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government responsible for the death of veteran war correspondent Marie Colvin, the work was intensely personal.

Nicolas Morgan, left, and Thomas Zaccaro, right.

Paul Hastings Bolts On SEC Enforcement Boutique

By Nell Gluckman |

The Am Law 100 firm is poised to pick up six lawyers, including the two founding partners, from Los Angeles-based Zaccaro Morgan. Thomas Zaccaro is a former Paul Hastings partner who started the boutique just over a year ago, only to return to his former home.

Daniel Radler of Quarles & Brady.  Courtesy photo.

Quarles & Brady Ushers in First Leadership Handoff

By Jennifer Henderson |

The Milwaukee-based Am Law 200 firm is poised to unveil a new managing partner—only the second in Quarles & Brady's history—on Dec. 1. Daniel Radler, an engineer-turned-IP lawyer, will succeed corporate partner Fredrick Lautz in the firm’s top leadership role.

The Churn

Two Partners Join Jones Day, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Jones Day recruits two new partners on opposite coasts after a top restructuring duo departs; Milbank makes a rare lateral hire; Paul Hastings makes some high-profile additions; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Newt Gingrich greets U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a rally at the Sharonville Convention Center in Cincinnati, July 6, 2016 (Aaron P. Bernstein/Rueters/Newscom).

What Would a Trump-Gingrich Ticket Mean for Dentons?

By Katelyn Polantz |

Donald Trump has pledged to negotiate tough new U.S.-Chinese trade terms if he is elected president. So why not pick a running mate from the only law firm rooted in both countries?

Cops-Turned-Lawyers Speak Out About Shootings, Use of Force

By Roy Strom |

The murder of five Dallas police officers by a sniper Thursday night sparked widespread condemnation, dismay and sadness in the aftermath of the tragic shooting of two black men this week in Louisiana and Minnesota. And lawyers were among the first to weigh in.

Clifford Chance, Freshfields Take Top UK Financial Spots

By Brian Baxter |

The two London-based legal giants reigned supreme in the gross revenue and profits per equity partner metrics, respectively, as most large U.K. firms unveiled financial figures this week for their 2015-16 fiscal years.

Small Bump for Legal Jobs as U.S. Employment Shows Surprise Uptick

By Scott Flaherty |

The U.S. legal industry's employment outlook remained mostly flat amid better-than-expected job growth in the overall American economy, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's latest jobs report.

People on a tour of Plum Island, N.Y., off the coast of Long Island, watch seals relaxing on the rocky shore, on Oct. 6, 2010.

MoFo Suit Would Block Sale of Storied Plum Island

By Scott Flaherty |

Federal property off Long Island coast houses an animal disease research lab long shrouded in mystery.

At Blaqwell, Watching the Ink on Big Firms’ Bottom Lines

By Julie Triedman |

The Am Law Daily caught up with the two lead principals at secretive legal consultancy Blaqwell Inc. for a rare on-the-record chat about trends affecting their clients, which have included some 40 Am Law 100 firms.

Deal Watch: White & Case Tops First-Half Transactional Rankings

By Jennifer Henderson |

Those controversial deal tables are out again, with White & Case, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Sullivan & Cromwell and Davis Polk & Wardwell all jockeying for position as the quarterly so-called King of M&A.

Firm Leaders Predict Modest Growth in Second Half of 2016

By Nell Gluckman |

Law firm leaders surveyed by Citi Private Bank's Law Firm Group mostly reported that they expect a slight growth in demand in the second half of 2016, while realization rates are expected to remain stagnant.

Hassen Sayeed, left, and Hiroyuki Hagiwara, right, of Paul Hastings.

Continuing Hiring Spree, Paul Hastings Adds Two New IP Partners

By Nell Gluckman |

Ropes & Gray patent litigation partners Hiroyuki Hagiwara and Hassen Sayeed have joined Paul Hastings in Tokyo and New York, respectively.

L. Howard Belknap, COO of Butler Snow.

Baker & McKenzie's New York COO Departs for Down South

By Jennifer Henderson |

L. Howard Belknap will become firmwide COO at Jackson, Mississippi-based Butler Snow.

John Quinn, Quinn Emanuel

After Nixing Summer Program, Quinn Emanuel Lures 3Ls with $35K Bonus

By Nell Gluckman |

The firm has gone mostly without summer associates, but has found another way to try to recruit soon-to-be law school graduates.

A Changing Role for the Law Librarian

By MP McQueen |

As facilities evolve, what becomes of the staff?

The Churn

Orrick Makes Key Additions, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Three new laterals at Orrick; a pair of Honigman practice leaders land at Foley & Lardner; Gibson Dunn recruits from the Justice Department; Latham & Watkins welcomes a top SEC official; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Kate Vernon, left, and Boris Bronfentrinker, right.

Quinn Emanuel, Litigation Funder Team Up for Landmark $25B MasterCard Fight

By Julie Triedman |

The case, which promises to be the largest yet under the U.K.'s retooled competition law, marks the largest non-U.S. investment by Chicago-based litigation funder Gerchen Keller Capital LLC.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher offices in D.C.

Gibson Dunn Lands Top DOJ Lawyer in D.C.

By Scott Flaherty |

The firm bulked up its litigation and white-collar defense group in the nation's capital with the hire of Patrick Stokes, a longtime federal prosecutor and high-ranking official in the Justice Department's fraud division.

Litigation Slump, Leadership Shifts Take Toll at Cadwalader

By Julie Triedman |

Could a merger be next for Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft?

Jahna Lindemuth.

Alaska Taps Dorsey Partner as New AG

By Nell Gluckman |

Anchorage office head Jahna Lindemuth was profiled in The Am Law Daily last year when she helped secure the release of one of the Fairbanks Four.

Jeremy Cross

Cadwalader Adds King & Wood Mallesons' European Finance Head

By James Booth, Legal Week |

King & Wood Mallesons has continued to lose partners in London, with former European finance chief Jeremy Cross the latest to emerge at another firm.

To Breed Leaders and Keep Clients Happy, Firms Go Back to School

By Susan Beck |

Some law firms are finding that their younger partners can benefit from management training even more than their top brass.


King & Spalding Fields Chapter 11 for AstroTurf

By Scott Flaherty |

After suffering a $30 million patent verdict last year, the synthetic grass maker skidded into bankruptcy court on Tuesday.


DLA Piper Strikes Alliance in Afghanistan

By Jennifer Henderson |

A deal between DLA Piper and Kabul's Kakar Advocates is said to be a first for the region.

Deal Watch: Four Firms Punch Ticket on $4.4 Billion Film Deal

By Jennifer Henderson |

A look at the Am Law 100 firms behind Lions Gate's bid to buy Starz; Apollo’s latest acquisition effort; and a pair of big health care transactions.

Stockholm, Sweden

DLA Piper Adds 21 Lawyers in Sweden With Stockholm Merger

By James Booth |

Five months after bolting on Finnish firm Peltonen LMR, global legal giant DLA Piper has expanded again in Scandinavia, as it prepares to absorb Swedish shop Grönberg.

Gibson Dunn Grabs Latham Duo for New Frankfurt Office

By Rose Walker |

On the heels of the U.K.’s vote to leave the European Union, two corporate partners are leaving Latham & Watkins, including the latter’s Frankfurt office leader, to open a new outpost for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

Raymond Niro of Niro Law Ltd. (HANDOUT).

Niro Firm Lashes Back at Litigation Funder's Lawsuit

By Scott Flaherty |

Niro Law Ltd. faces claims that it owes a U.K. litigation financier more than $3.5 million for fueling part of the firm's IP docket.


Irish Eyes Smiling at Legal Opportunities From UK’s Brexit Vote

By Jennifer Henderson |

Irish law firms could be poised to pick up additional work after last week’s surprising vote by U.K. voters to leave the European Union. That leaves Ireland as the only remaining English-speaking country with a common law tradition in the Eurozone.

Paul Clement of Bancroft following a funeral mass for late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Feb. 20, 2016.

Want To Do Conservative Pro Bono? Good Luck.

By Vivia Chen |

Most projects skew left. But some lawyers and firms have bucked the trend.

Recruiter's Wage Case Against Lateral Link Dismissed

By Nell Gluckman |

A lawsuit claiming that the company underpaid its workers was withdrawn, but a lawyer for a former recruiter said that the dispute will continue in arbitration.

Goodwin office in Boston's Seaport district (HANDOUT).

'Goodwin,' 'Nutter' Join Rebranding Bandwagon

By Scott Flaherty |

Goodwin Procter rolled out a new, shortened brand name on Tuesday, along with a fresh logo, an overhauled website and new digs on Boston’s waterfront.

Donald Landwehrle/iStockphoto

Where in the World Is Your Fenwick & West Lawyer?

By Nell Gluckman |

Fenwick & West announced the launch of its fifth office in New York this month to a bit of fanfare. But thanks to a firm policy, there are actually Fenwick lawyers working in offices all over the country, from Vermont to Idaho.

Return of the Jedi.

Chicago Lawyer Wins Battle Over George Lucas Museum

By Roy Strom |

After the the efforts of attorney Thomas Geoghegan, Chicago sci-fi fans hoping to pore over "Star Wars" memorabilia may have to travel to a city far, far away.

The Churn

Reed Smith Rebuilds Partner Ranks, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Several new recruits join Reed Smith; Latham & Watkins welcomes a former Sullivan & Cromwell partner in New York; Gibson Dunn grabs one and loses another; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Deal Watch: London Falls, But M&A Must Carry On

By Jennifer Henderson |

While Friday’s Brexit vote has likely cast a potential shadow over cross-border M&A activity, a number of timely billion-dollar tie-ups were announced amid the U.K.’s decision to leave the European Union.

Defense attorney F. Lee Bailey (Pool/Reuters/Newscom).

Legendary Trial Lawyer F. Lee Bailey Files for Bankruptcy

By Nell Gluckman |

F. Lee Bailey, a criminal defense lawyer famous for his roles representing high-profile clients such as Sam Sheppard and being part of O.J. Simpson’s legal defense “Dream Team,” sought Chapter 7 protection Friday in Maine.

ROSS Intelligence CEO Andrew Arruda.

Q&A: Legal AI Pioneer ROSS Takes Stock After First Year

By Susan Beck |

Andrew Arruda, the 27-year-old founder of ROSS Intelligence, says his company's technology is already serving hundreds of lawyers.

BuckleySandler's Andrew Sandler.

DC Firm Pushes Back On Associate Raises

By Katelyn Polantz |

Washington, D.C.-based BuckleySander told its associates that the firm's salary scale won't change, but midyear bonuses will boost most first-years' pay above $180,000.

Haynes and Boone Tie-Up Breaks Trans-Atlantic Merger Drought

By Julie Triedman |

New data on law firm mergers this year shows fewer international deals and a slowdown in major combinations.

Brexit fall

Brexit Vote Clouds Big-Firm Lawyers' M&A Crystal Balls

By Julie Triedman |

As top transactional lawyers sought to calm nervous clients Friday after Britain's vote to leave the EU, several said that they were bracing for the possibility of a two-year drought in their most highly leveraged, profitable business: advising on cross-border M&A deals.

Foley & Lardner Lands Leading Kaye Scholer Chicago Litigator

By Roy Strom |

Zaldwaynaka “Z” Scott, a well-connected co-chair of Kaye Scholer’s Chicago white-collar litigation and internal investigations practice, is headed to Foley & Lardner in the Windy City.

Dentons' Africa Head Leaves Global Giant for Boutique

By Julie Triedman |

Thomas Laryea, co-chair of Dentons' global government sector and former head of the firm's Africa initiative, has joined a new shop specializing in the diverse legal needs of African governments and diaspora from the continent.

Sanjay Valvani departs federal court after a hearing following his arrest on June 15. Valvani killed himself one week later.

When a Client Commits Suicide

By Scott Flaherty |

For defendants suddenly facing white-collar prosecution, suicide can be a real temptation. What can their lawyers do to stop it, and what happens if it’s too late?

Legal Recruiting Giant Buys Rights to Legal Department Reports

By Nell Gluckman |

Major, Lindsey & Africa has acquired three analytical reports on in-house law departments that were previously owned by General Counsel Metrics LLC, a consulting firm owned by Altman Weil principal Rees Morrison.

Proskauer, Loeb & Loeb Bring NHL to Las Vegas

By Brian Baxter |

Ice hockey in the desert might have somewhat of a checkered history in the National Hockey League, but two Am Law 200 firms are advising on a $500 million deal announced late Wednesday to bring a professional hockey franchise to Sin City.

Longtime Staffer Lobs Bias Lawsuit at Jones Day

By Nell Gluckman |

A former Jones Day business development and communications manager filed a complaint against the firm for gender, age and pregnancy discrimination.

Ralph Sutton of Bentham IMF.

A Litigation Funding Pitch for Law Firms: You'll Get Paid

By Roy Strom |

As it continues to market litigation funding to law firms, Bentham IMF launched a new tool on Wednesday that it promises will show managing partners how outside financing can help boost realization rates.

Gawker founder Nick Denton walks out of the courthouse on March 18, 2016, in St. Petersburg, FL (Eve Edelheit/ZUMA Press/Newscom).

Ropes & Gray Seeks Fees for Gawker Bankruptcy Work

By Scott Flaherty |

The firm has filed its formal application for employment to advise Gawker Media Group as the company seeks to navigate Chapter 11 proceedings in New York.

Christo's 'The Floating Piers,' Lake Iseo, Italy (Photos by Wolfgang Volz).

Bryan Cave Helps Artist Christo Walk on Water

By Nell Gluckman |

Christo’s longtime lawyer at Bryan Cave advised the artist on his latest project: a shimmering yellow walkway that allows visitors to stroll across an Italian lake.

Latham & Watkins offices in Washington, D.C. April 1, 2015.

Flush With Cash, Latham & Watkins Extends Lateral Spree

By Julie Triedman |

Prime partners at lockstep firms are favored targets as the firm surfs the lateral market.

Donald Trump

Trump and the Rule of Law, Continued

By Steven J. Harper |

Donald Trump’s actions have a troubling precedent. But there’s method to his madness.

The Toronto skyline.

EY Hires Norton Rose Fulbright Partner As Big Four Continue Push Into Law

By Chris Johnson |

The Big Four accounting firms are continuing to invest heavily in their legal services arms, expanding their presence in the Americas even as their footprint grows in the United Kingdom.

People line up expecting to buy food outside a supermarket in Caracas, Venezuela (Ivan Alvarado/REUTERS/Newscom).

Foreign Law Firms on Edge as Venezuela Teeters

By Julie Triedman |

Amid food shortages and rising political unrest, major firms in Caracas are doing what they can to weather the storm.

Sham Aldhaher, a Syrian child born last year without an eye who has received approval to receive emergency surgery in Spain.

In 'Baby Sham' Case, Reed Smith Weighs Risks for a Refugee Family

By Nell Gluckman |

The firm has secured temporary visas for a Syrian baby and her mother to go to Barcelona for surgery, but the trip from Jordan could threaten the family's resettlement to the U.S.

The Churn

K&L Gates’ Partner Churn Continues, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Amid more departures, K&L Gates seeks to grow; Akin Gump and Reed Smith hire from Winston & Strawn; Fox Rothschild reels in a leading Twin Cities litigator; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Dentons offices in Washington, D.C. November 12, 2014.

Dentons, Referral Industry Square Off Ahead of New Network Launch

By Julie Triedman |

A month after Dentons suggested law firms and their clients should abandon “pay-to-play” networks for international legal referrals and announced its own new network, the referral industry is fighting back.

Jose Hernandez (in gray) holds hands with friend Victor Bayez as they grieve the loss of close friends Amanda Alvear and Mercedez Flores at a vigil in downtown Orlando, Fla., Monday, June 13, 2016.

After Orlando, Firms Offer Pro Bono Help On Gun Control

By Nell Gluckman |

Since 49 people were gunned down at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub last weekend, law firms have offered to ramp up their support for gun control efforts.

Deal Watch: Morgan Lewis Makes Work for BASF

By Jennifer Henderson |

From industrial chemicals to traffic cones, one of the last weeks of spring provided a plethora of transactional opportunities for dozens of Am Law 100 firms.

McDermott Will & Emery's Washington, D.C. offices. November 3, 2014.

Who Will Take the Reins At McDermott?

By Susan Beck |

The co-chairs of McDermott, Will & Emery surprised their partnership when they announced Monday that they’ll step down at the end of this year. Insiders pointed to several potential candidates to replace them.

Bastiaan Slabbers/iStockphoto

For Disney's Lawyers, a Florida Nightmare and a Chinese Debut

By Julie Triedman |

Between celebrating the opening of a $5.5 billion theme park in Shanghai and girding for the legal aftermath of a gruesome alligator attack in Orlando, Disney has had quite a week.

The Churn

McDermott Adds Amid Leadership Change, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

A year after WilmerHale consolidated its London operations, one longtime partner has left for McDermott Will & Emery; Jones Day hires a trio; Shearman & Sterling snags one from Boies Schiller; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

A rendering of Cornell Tech's planned campus on Roosevelt Island in New York City.

Big Law Alums Join Cornell Tech LLM Inaugural Class

By MP McQueen |

Law firms and their former associates are taking notice as an incubator for budding tech lawyers takes shape in New York City.

Sullivan & Cromwell Faces Fee Challenge in Primorsk Bankruptcy

By Scott Flaherty |

As S&C dips its toes into debtor's side Chapter 11 work for Arctic tanker company Primorsk, a creditor says that the firm might have squandered $2 million in hourly billings.

Flint, Michigan (DenisTangneyJr/iStockphoto).

Flint Taps Foley & Lardner Following City Attorney Allegations

By Jennifer Henderson |

The troubled city of Flint, Michigan, has hired Foley & Lardner to represent its interests in unidentified allegations levied by a former city attorney, as the municipality grapples with an ongoing water crisis.

Members of a Chinese delegation of lawyers speaking at an event at Hogan Lovells in Washington D.C. in June. The organizer of the visit, Chu Wang, is second from right.

On U.S. Tour, Chinese Lawyers Soak Up Big Law Lessons

By Julie Triedman |

Tips ranged from better transparency to stronger management as lawyers from several Chinese firms visited with law firm leaders in New York and D.C.

A Closer Look at Law Firm Diversity

By MP McQueen |

More charts from The American Lawyer's annual Diversity Scorecard reveal the racial and ethnic demographics of individual law firms.

Hey, Associates: 7 Ways to Spend Your Pay Raise

Need ideas on how to splurge a little with your well deserved pay hike? Take a look.

Robert Cook of Cleary Gottlieb (HANDOUT).

FINRA Taps Cleary Gottlieb Partner Robert Cook as CEO

By Scott Flaherty |

Cook’s soon-to-be-former firm also welcomed a government lawyer through the revolving door on Monday, saying it had hired antitrust lawyer David Gelfand from the U.S. Justice Department.

Five Firms Grab Roles on Latest Cybersecurity Transaction

By Nell Gluckman |

Davis Polk & Wardwell, Fenwick & West, Ropes & Gray, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati are advising on Symantec Corp.’s $4.65 billion buy of Blue Coat Systems Inc. from buyout giant Bain Capital LP.


White Female Privilege

By Vivia Chen |

Economic status, not necessity, is what allows women to stick it out in jobs.

Big Firms Slow to Answer Legal Services Funding Plea

By Susan Beck |

It’s been nearly two years since the Legal Services Corporation first turned to the nation’s largest law firms for financial support. So far just 19 firms have pledged to help.

The Churn

Cooley Hires Back Ex-Partner, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Former eBay general counsel Michael Jacobson returns to Cooley in Silicon Valley; a Kirkland & Ellis seeks a shave; Greenberg Traurig grows in Israel; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Shook, Hardy & Bacon, John Murphy and Madeleine McDonough (HANDOUT).

Shook Hardy Elects First Woman as Firm Leader

By MP McQueen |

Madeleine McDonough will succeed outgoing chairman John Murphy, who served 15 years as head of the products liability litigation defense giant.

Amanda Marshall (Wikimedia).

Justice Department Finds Ex-U.S. Attorney Lied About Affair

By Scott Flaherty |

An internal U.S. Department of Justice review has found that the former top federal prosecutor in Oregon, Amanda Marshall, violated sexual harassment laws and lied to investigators about an “intimate and personal” relationship with a deputy that lasted more than a year.

Two Paul Hastings Finance Partners Move to Schulte Roth

By Nell Gluckman |

A Paul Hastings structured finance partner who disappeared from the firm's website in March has joined Schulte Roth & Zabel. Michael Michetti has a practice noted in a recent New York Times business column as presenting a potential conflict of interest.

Donald Trump

One Lawyer's Dilemma

By Steven J. Harper |

Donald Trump’s collateral damage includes his chief strategist: Georgetown University Law Center graduate Paul Manafort Jr.

1285 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY (Flickr).

Deal Watch: Paul Weiss Ponies Up in Skyscraper Sale

By Jennifer Henderson |

The $1.65 billion sale of New York's 1285 Sixth Avenue saw more than 50 partners from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison—a key tenant in the office tower—invest roughly $10 million in the transaction.


Tips on Overcoming That Dirty Feeling About Networking

By Vivia Chen |

Business school profs tell you how to enjoy networking.

Williams & Connolly partners James Bruton III and James Fuller III (HANDOUT).

Two Am Law 100 Partners Sought as Witnesses in Tax Case

By Scott Flaherty |

A pair of Williams & Connolly partners could be called to testify against their client Morris Zukerman, an energy investor and former Morgan Stanley banker accused of tax evasion by federal prosecutors.

More Firms Jump on Cravath Pay Scale, as S&C Beats Top End

By Brian Baxter |

A bevy of big firms continue this week to match the new base pay scale for associates set Monday by Cravath, Swaine & Moore. Sullivan & Cromwell sought to up the ante for its most senior associates, as other firms like Latham & Watkins joined the pay raise party.

Robert Ingelhart/iStockphoto

Baker Botts Bags Role on Another Big Energy Bankruptcy

By Scott Flaherty |

Less than a week after Baker Botts saw a former energy industry restructuring client retain a rival for its second bankruptcy filing in six months, the firm picked up a lead Chapter 11 role for Seventy Seven Energy Inc. on its bankruptcy case.

Isle of Man (Wikimedia).

Dentons, KPMG Linked to Offshore Tax Scheme Up North

By Jennifer Henderson |

A tax partner at Dentons in Vancouver formerly affiliated with predecessor firm Frasner Milner Casgrain has been caught up in an offshore tax scandal involving global accounting giant KPMG and the Isle of Man.

Fire escape, NYC. Photo by: Vivia Chen

John Quinn Feels Your Pain

By Vivia Chen |

The super litigator pays tribute to the broken-hearted.

John Beulick of St. Louis-based Am Law 200 firm Armstrong Teasdale (HANDOUT).

Meet Me in St. Louis: Armstrong Teasdale Elects New Managing Partner

By Jennifer Henderson |

John Beulick, an IP partner at St. Louis-based Armstrong Teasdale, has taken over as the firm’s first new managing partner in nearly a decade.

Daniel Glazer (HANDOUT).

Wilson Sonsini Adds to Tech Transactions Group With Fried Frank Hire

By Nell Gluckman |

Daniel Glazer is the latest lawyer in the technology startup world to switch firms in New York.

Big Firms Move to Match Cravath Associate Pay Boost

By MP McQueen and Susan Beck |

At least four large New York firms have moved quickly to match the new base pay scale for associates set Monday by Cravath, Swaine & Moore. And some consultants say more big firms will follow suit.

LA Firm Launches in Windy City as Part of Three-Stage Growth Spurt

By Roy Strom |

A week after expanding in New York, Los Angeles-based Michelman & Robinson is poised to set up shop in Chicago.

Akin Gump Bests Baker Botts for Hercules ‘Chapter 22’ Role

By Scott Flaherty |

Roughly seven months after Baker Botts helped client Hercules Offshore Inc. emerge from Chapter 11, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld is advising the Houston-based offshore oilfield services company on its "Chapter 22" bankruptcy filing.

Jones Day Bags Barnes & Thornburg Trio for Twin Cities Opening

By Jennifer Henderson |

The firm has opened a Minneapolis office after relocating two of its own partners from Chicago and Dallas and snagging three laterals from Barnes & Thornburg.

Ali’s Lawyers, Counsel to The Champ, Recall Representing The Greatest

By Brian Baxter |

Billions around the world have felt the death of Muhammad Ali, a legendary boxer who turned himself into a global icon. Not surprisingly, a man who made a living with his fists—but became known for his words—employed more than a few lawyers in his lifetime.

Donald Trump

Trump and the Rule of Law

By Steven J. Harper |

Someone should remind the likely Republican nominee for President that the laws of the land apply to him, too.

William Weld, Former Massachusetts Governor (Bryan Smith/ZUMA Press/Newscom).

Mintz Levin's Weld Joins the Presidential Election Circus

By Scott Flaherty |

Not feeling Clinton or Trump? Big Law voters may want to consider former governor Bill Weld. Now at Mintz Levin’s ML Strategies, the Harvard Law School graduate recently got the call to become a vice presidential nominee on the Libertarian Party ticket.

It’s Five O'Clock Somewhere: Big Law Brew Pros Form Guild

By Jennifer Henderson |

With Anheuser-Busch/InBev and SABMiller poised to create a beer industry giant, lawyers from several Am Law 200 firms have become founding members of a new nonprofit trade group for the craft beer industry.

Jobs Report: Legal Industry Sees Slight Gain in Employment

By Nell Gluckman |

The U.S Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the legal industry gained 100 jobs in May. But layoffs continue to loom, with at least one Am Law 200 firm confirming Friday that it planned to cut less than 10 support staff roles.

Kirkland Partner Leaving for Latham Asked to Pay Back Bonus

By Frances Ivens |

Frank Sun, a private equity and M&A partner in Hong Kong who rejoined Kirkland & Ellis from Paul Weiss in 2013, left the firm again in May for Latham & Watkins. But he had to pay up on his way out.

Headquarters of Westar Energy company that was sold to Great Plains Energy (Mark Reinstein/ZUMA Press/Newscom)

Deal Watch: Baker Botts, Bracewell Get Jolt From Utility Union

By Jennifer Henderson |

The Lone Star State firms are working with two other Am Law 100 firms in advising on Great Plains Energy Inc.’s $12.2 billion buy of Westar Energy Inc., the latest sign of consolidation in the utilities sector.

Jimmie McMillian at the Indy 500 (Chris Owens/IMS Photo 2016).

Jimmie Goes to Indy: Barnes & Thornburg Partner Heads In-House

By Jennifer Henderson |

Jimmie “Tic Tac” McMillian Jr., a litigation partner at Barnes & Thornburg in Indianapolis featured in a New York Times story last year about African American law partners, recently left the firm for a role with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

scaled gender inequality

Top Court Orders Mintz Levin to Face Gender Bias Claim

By Julie Triedman |

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo must face a discrimination suit filed by a former female associate following a ruling this week by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges team (HANDOUT).

Weil Prevails in Five-Year Hamptons Pro Bono Battle

By Nell Gluckman |

The Am Law 100 firm has finally put to rest a dispute over whether a community of Orthodox Jews on Long Island’s affluent East End can put up a nearly invisible boundary that allows them to perform certain work tasks on the Sabbath.

Amid Battles With League, NFL Players Incur Big Legal Fees

By Brian Baxter |

In an annual filing, The National Football League Players Association recently detailed expenditures to 16 law firms within the past year, including payments to Gibson Dunn, Latham & Watkins, Norton Rose Fulbright and Winston & Strawn.

Andrew Frisch

Dewey Case Memo Calls Birth of DA’s Case “Troubling”

By Christine Simmons and Nell Gluckman |

A defense attorney representing former Dewey & LeBoeuf CFO Joel Sanders suggested in a court filing that the criminal investigation of the now-defunct firm's former chairman "was pressed by" an ex-partner and a former top prosecutor in the Manhattan D.A.'s Office.

Preston Burton of BuckleySandler (HANDOUT).

BuckleySandler Bags High-Profile DC Litigator

By Scott Flaherty |

The fast-growing Am Law 200 firm—started in 2009 by a Skadden alum—hired Preston Burton, a former litigation chief at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in Washington, D.C., whose past clients include Monica Lewinsky and two federal agents accused of spying.

The Churn

Kenyon & Kenyon Practice Leader Departs, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Fox Rothschild snags three from Kenyon & Kenyon; Hogan Lovells goes on a hiring spree; Latham lands an arbitration head; Sheppard Mullin raids Steptoe; Wilmer welcomes a top federal prosecutor; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump during 2016 elections. (iStockphoto)

Legal Community Shuns Trump in Campaign Contributions

By Nell Gluckman |

While Democratic presidential candidates usually outpace Republicans when it comes to raising funds from lawyers, so far this year the divide between the frontrunners is particularly steep.


Am Law 100 Duo Advise on First Argentine IPO in Six Years

By Jennifer Henderson |

A month after a settlement smoothed the way for Argentina's return to the global capital markets, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Davis Polk & Wardwell led the way on a $280.5 million initial public offering by a Buenos Aires-based bank.

Protestors gather as they voice their concerns over House Bill 2, also known as the Bathroom Bill, which requires transgender people to use the public restroom matching the sex on their birth certificate.

Transgender Bathroom Imbroglio Enlists Two More Big Firms

By Scott Flaherty |

An Am Law 100 quartet—Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, Jones Day, Jenner & Block and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher—have landed key roles advising on the fallout from HB2, North Carolina's controversial new transgender bathroom law.

Donald Trump

The Trump Tax Three-Step

By Steven J. Harper |

Donald Trump doesn’t want to release his tax returns. Why?

Daniel Mears/Detroit News/PSG/Newscom

Wilmer, Miller Canfield Sink Demo Probe Work in Detroit

By Jennifer Henderson |

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr and Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone have been retained by the Detroit Land Bank Authority to advise on an investigation of a program designed to demolish vast tracts of abandoned homes in the Motor City.

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

Dewey Exec DiCarmine Picks New Lawyer, Delaying Retrial

By Nell Gluckman and Christine Simmons |

Former Dewey & LeBoeuf executive director Stephen DiCarmine, who continues to battle multiple criminal charges related to his firm’s 2012 collapse, chose a new top white-collar defense lawyer to represent him on Friday.

The Churn

Hunton Makes Two Big Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Amid merger talks with a U.K. firm, Hunton & Williams added two practice leaders from Katten Muchin Rosenman; Bo Dietl's GC finds a new home; Jenner & Block launches a private wealth practice; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Jacob Wackerhausen/iStockphoto

Best and Worst Law Schools for Jobs

By Vivia Chen |

This year's list of go-to schools—and ones that should be avoided.


Deal Watch: Four Firms Keen to Create Mega REIT

By Jennifer Henderson |

Just in time for Memorial Day, four Am Law 100 firms sought to stoke and celebrate their transactional expertise by advising on an $8.4 billion combination of two leading real estate investment trusts.

Hulk Hogan.

Hulk Hogan Case Rattles Litigation Funding Firms

By Julie Triedman |

“It’s really nothing like what we do,” one litigation finance exec said of the revelation that billionaire Peter Thiel has backed Hulk Hogan’s $140 million lawsuit against Gawker.

Lori Lightfoot, Mayer Brown partner (HANDOUT).

Q&A: A Mayer Brown Lawyer Takes On the Chicago Police Department

By Susan Beck |

In the wake of Laquan McDonald’s killing, Lori Lightfoot waded into one of Chicago’s biggest controversies when she agreed to head the city’s task force on police misconduct.

UK Legal Recruiter Sets Sights on US Shores

By Julie Triedman |

London-based RedLaw launched a New York office this week, becoming perhaps only the second large U.K. legal recruitment firm to make the jump to the cutthroat U.S. lateral market.


Brinks Bulks Up, Adding Offices in China and Tampa

By Nell Gluckman |

As other IP shops contract or are absorbed into big firms, Chicago-based Brinks Gilson & Lione is bucking the trend with lateral hires and brand-new offices in Tampa, Florida and Shenzhen, China.

June 30 Is Deadline for Lifetime Achiever Nominations

By Staff |

We're seeking nominations for The American Lawyer's Lifetime Achievement Awards. The deadline is June 30.


Quinn Emanuel Continues European Push With Zurich Launch

By Chris Johnson |

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan is expanding its European presence with the launch of a new office in Switzerland under partner Thomas Werlen. Zurich-based FIFA, soccer's global governing body, is a major client of the firm.

The Churn

Fenwick & West Heads to NYC, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Silicon Valley stalwart Fenwick & West is poised to set up shop in the Big Apple; Boies Schiller brings on two more litigators; Ropes & Gray grabs another private equity pro in London; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Twenty Feet From Stardom: Celebrity Ties of the Am Law 100

By Vivia Chen |

A pictorial roundup of celebrity-Big Law family connections.

Hillary Clinton with husband, former US President Bill Clinton (Mike Nelson/EPA/Newscom).

Big Firms Have Paid Big Bucks for Clinton Speeches

By Jennifer Henderson |

According to a new database based on financial disclosures by Bill and Hillary Clinton, a handful of large law firms have paid nearly $2 million to the political power couple to make speeches. One talk came at a global partners' meeting for an Am Law 100 firm.


Too Sexy for the Boss

By Vivia Chen |

I know being a yoga instructor is not the same as being a lawyer. But hear me out anyway.

Report Sees Top Deal Lawyers Pull Ahead as Billing Rates Soar

By Julie Triedman |

The high and low ends of the M&A legal services market are becoming ever more stratified as billing rates for deal work dwarf other practices, according to a new survey by LexisNexis CounselLink.


The Diversity Ghetto

By Vivia Chen |

Women and minorities who promote diversity get penalized, a study says.


Firms Offer More Parental Leave, But Will Associates Take It?

By Nell Gluckman |

Law firms are in an arms race over who can offer the best paternal leave policies, but at some firms, fathers aren’t taking all the time offered.

Dan Gill/Polaris/Newscom

Five Firms Plant Themselves on Bayer’s Mega Monsanto Bid

By Jennifer Henderson |

Eight months after Monsanto Co. abandoned its $45 billion saga to acquire Switzerland's Syngenta AG, the agribusiness giant is the recipient of a $62 billion takeover bid by Germany’s Bayer AG.

Sean O'Shea

Boies Schiller Bolts On New York Litigation Boutique

By Scott Flaherty |

White-collar pro Sean O’Shea is joining Boies Schiller along with the rest of his small firm, O’Shea Partners.

The Churn

Sheppard Mullin’s Growth Surge Continues, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Steptoe & Johnson's Korea practice co-head finds a new home; a Bryan Cave practice leader joins the Kentucky Derby; a longtime Paul Weiss litigator becomes a regulator; Perkins Coie hires from Microsoft; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Roger Furey, an IP partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman in Washington, D.C. (HANDOUT)

Katten Starts Leadership Transition as New Chair Takes Helm

By MP McQueen |

Roger Furey, an IP litigation partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman in Washington, D.C., is poised to become the new chairman of the Chicago-based firm.

2016 Diversity Scorecard: The Rankings

For the third time in row, White & Case leads the pack in The American Lawyer's annual Diversity Scorecard

Latham, Wisconsin Firm Reach ROSS Intelligence Partnerships

By Jennifer Henderson |

A few weeks after Baker & Hostetler confirmed its intention to try out artificial legal intelligence, Latham & Watkins and Milwaukee-based von Briesen & Roper have reached licensing agreements with ROSS Intelligence, an AI system powered by IBM's Watson.

Edgard Rodriguez/iStockphoto

Bankrupt Steel Foundry Operator Leaves Big Firms Holding Bag

By Brian Baxter |

Constellation Enterprises LLC, owner of the nation’s largest single site steel foundry, owes nearly $2 million in legal bills to some of its outside lawyers, according to its Chapter 11 filing in Delaware.


DLA Piper Eyes Potential Domestic Singapore Venture

By Frances Ivens |

A week after announcing massive layoffs in the U.K., DLA Piper is considering inking a formal law alliance with a Singapore firm in order to practice local law in the city-state.


Winston & Strawn Gives Dads 20 Weeks of Paid Leave

By Vivia Chen |

Will other big firms follow?

Rift Among Rainmakers Complicates Dentons' Mexico Deal

By Julie Triedman |

The legal giant's latest expansion effort south of the border involves a dispute between two former colleagues and offers clues about Dentons' other global affiliations.

Laurence Leech/ScottishViewpoint/REX

Deal Watch: Amid Oil Price Plunge, Two Big Energy Deals

By Jennifer Henderson |

A half-dozen big firms are advising on two key transactions in the embattled energy space, as a pair of oil field services companies and natural gas producers agree to combine.

A large blaze at an apartment building under construction lights the sky near LA City Hall in downtown Los Angeles December 8, 2014. (Eric Politzer/Reuters/Newscom)

Lewis Brisbois Sues Developer for Damages Over LA Inferno

By Nell Gluckman |

The firm, which was forced to relocate its Los Angeles office in late 2014 because of a massive fire caused by arson, is suing a local real estate developer in an effort to recoup damages from the hasty move.

Norton Rose Fulbright's offices in Washington, D.C. February 20, 2016.

Norton Rose Fulbright to Shift 170 Support Jobs to SE Asia

By James Booth |

The firm plans to move nearly 5 percent of its global support roles to a new back-office center in the Philippines. The U.S. and Canada will bear the brunt of local job cuts.

Studio Grand Ouest/iStockphoto

Can We Stop the Mommy Anxiety Nonsense?

By Vivia Chen |

Moms with middle schoolers feel super stressed, but so what?

Polsinelli Rolls Up Currency Head From Bryan Cave

By Jennifer Henderson |

A little more than a year after Richard Levin joined Bryan Cave, where he served as a partner and co-chair of the firm's digital currency team, the corporate lawyer has lateraled to another leadership post at fast-growing Polsinelli.

Too Many Lawyers? Report Faults Firms for Resisting Layoffs

By Nell Gluckman |

"Widespread overcapacity" is hindering profitability at more than two-thirds of large firms, according to new survey by Altman Weil that cites underworked nonequity partners as a big part of the problem.

In Bid to Become a ‘Category Killer,’ Hinshaw Makes Changes

By Roy Strom |

One year into his role as chairman of Hinshaw & Culbertson, Kevin Burke has shaken up the Chicago-based firm's top management in pursuit of a new branding initiative that seeks to make it a market leader in advising other law firms facing legal issues.

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO

Facebook Strikes Out in Attorney Deceit Case Against DLA Piper, Milberg

By Scott Flaherty |

The company will now have to convince New York’s top court if it wants a chance to revive its lawsuit against former lawyers for accused fraudster Paul Ceglia.

The Churn

Practice Leaders Pick Up Stakes, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

A half-dozen big firms shuffled practice leaders within the past week; Skadden snags a high-profile arbitration expert in Hong Kong; the founding partner of Weil’s Rhode Island office departs; and other notable laterals from throughout The Am Law 200.

The U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

The Global Lawyer: Terror Plaintiffs Still Have Friends in Washington

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

After taking the Saudis' best punch, the 9/11 bill passes the Senate unanimously.

American Bar Association offices in Washington, D.C.

Deadline Passes for Proposal to Change Law Firm Ownership Rules

By Nell Gluckman |

With the passage of a key deadline, any plans for nonlawyer investment in law firms will have to wait.

President Barack Obama (EdStock/iStock) and Dubai-based law firm of Emirati lawyer Isa Bin Haider (HANDOUT).

Obama Gets a Law Firm Offer

By Jennifer Henderson |

Barack Obama, poised to cede his POTUS role next year, has received an offer for where to take his post-White House career. And it's from a law firm, although not one in The Am Law 100. Instead the president's legal suitor is slightly smaller and hails from Dubai.

Seth Waxman of Dickinson Wright (HANDOUT) and Seth Waxman of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr (Diego M. Radzinschi / The National Law Journal)

A Tale of Two Waxmans at Wilmer and Dickinson Wright

By Scott Flaherty |

Seth Waxman, meet your new neighbor, Seth Waxman.

Simon Harper, Lawyers On Demand Co-Founder & BLP Consultant (HANDOUT)

Lawyers on Demand Ramps Up Growth

By Chris Johnson |

On the menu this week in The American Lawyer's Continental Breakfast series: Lawyers on Demand co-founder Simon Harper digests the spectacular growth of the alternative legal services pioneer.

Hell Yeah, You Can Bitch on the Job!

By Vivia Chen |

Good news for grumpy workers.

Kirkland, Weil Divvy Up Latest Batch of Energy Bankruptcies

By Brian Baxter |

The restructuring practices at the two top Am Law 100 firms are advising on two more Chapter 11 cases filed Monday by Breitburn Energy Partners LP and SandRidge Energy Inc.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump during 2016 elections. (iStockphoto)

Morgan Lewis Straddles the Trump-Hillary Divide

By Nell Gluckman |

The billionaire reality television star and the former secretary of state don’t agree on much, but they’ve both found reasons to turn to ex-candidate Ted Cruz’s former law firm.

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

SEC Suit Targets 'Patent Troll' Owner, Big Law Alum

By Scott Flaherty |

The agency took aim at a pair of Texas lawyers—one with ties to a notorious patent holder and another with Am Law 200 credentials—over an alleged scheme to cheat small business owners out of millions of dollars.

As Supply of Law Grads Drops, More Struggle to Find Work

By Matt Leichter |

With fewer people finishing law school each year, a greater proportion of them should be finding work. Instead, even nonlaw jobs are declining for recent grads.

The Mylan Laboratories Inc. headquarters in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.

Deal Watch: Mylan Taps Cravath Again for Dermatology Deal

By Jennifer Henderson |

Three months after Mylan NV once again turned to Cravath, Swaine & Moore to handle another multibillion-dollar deal, the firm is at it again for the acquisitive generic drug giant.

Lateral Hiring By US Firms in London Reaches New High

By Frances Ivens |

Research into recent recruitment trends by international firms in London has found that they brought in over 20 percent more partners in 2015 than the year before, with total partner numbers climbing by 6 percent across the group year-on-year.

Feds Seek Up to Five Years for Ex-Skadden Ponzi Lawyer

By Scott Flaherty |

Charles Bennett, a former corporate lawyer at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom accused of perpetrating a $5 million Ponzi scheme, saw federal prosecutors push for him to receive more than four years in prison for his actions. Bennett has had his own shop since 2001.

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

A Fool For a Client

By Steven J. Harper |

Former Dewey & LeBoeuf executive director Stephen DiCarmine wants to represent himself in his upcoming retrial. He thinks it’s a good idea; no one else does.

Jake Freed, of Davis Wright Tremaine, at Shiba Ramen.

Davis Wright Litigator Feeds His Ramen Craving

By Jennifer Henderson |

Most big firm lawyers are known for taking clients to lunch, not making it. But for Jake Freed, a San Francisco-based litigation associate at Davis Wright Tremaine, starting a ramen noodle shop named after his prized pooches was a no-brainer.

John Altorelli.

DLA Piper's John Altorelli Has Left the Building

By Nell Gluckman |

The former Dewey & LeBoeuf partner, who spoke out about the firm's downfall prior to its subsequent demise, is leaving DLA Piper to help form a business.

Citi Report: Law Firm Revenues Surged in First Quarter

By David Altuna and John Wilmouth, Citi Private Bank Law Firm Group |

The latest quarterly study by Citi Private Bank’s Law Firm Group found that most firms more than weathered the tough market conditions that have dominated early 2016.

Kirkland's Quest for All the Energy Bankruptcies Continues

By Brian Baxter |

The Chapter 11 filings of Linn Energy LLC and Penn Virginia Corp. brought two more big energy-related bankruptcies into a stable of cases collected by Kirkland & Ellis. The Linn case alone is the third-largest bankruptcy filed so far this year.

Billing $2K an Hour? Study Says Clients Will Pay If Lawyers Deliver

By Julie Triedman |

A survey by BTI Consulting found a big jump in the the top rates paid to the priciest partners.

A screenshot shows the website of Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca on April 4, 2016.

Law Firms Look for Lessons—and Clients—in Panama Papers Leak

By Nell Gluckman |

As lawyers position themselves to represent clients embroiled in the Panama Papers scandal, a legal ethics attorney says now is a good time for firms to re-examine their intake policies, especially in foreign offices.

The Global Lawyer: The 'Zombie' Alien Tort, Three Years After Kiobel

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

In 2016, the corporate alien tort is more alive than dead.

GCs Spend More on Diverse Legal Teams, Survey Finds

By MP McQueen |

Acritas Research found that clients paid more to outside counsel teams that they rated as diverse, and general counsel were more likely to recommend diverse teams to other potential clients.

Amid Broken Deals, Antitrust Pros Chart Rough Road Ahead

By Julie Triedman |

Besides leading to big breakup fees, lawyers say foiled mergers involving giants like Staples and Halliburton may be deterring other megadeals from being proposed.

Janie Schulman of Morrison & Foerester, Janice MacAvoy of Fried Frank and Alicia Handy of Latham Watkins.

Big Law Women Talk About Abortion (Their Own)

By Vivia Chen |

A gutsy admission? Or career suicide?

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a primary night rally, on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in Manchester, N.H.  Don McGahn of Jones Day is at left.

Jones Day to Close Cleveland Office for Republican Convention

By Susan Beck |

The firm, which is representing presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, cited “expected congestion” for its decision.

Ex-Bryan Cave Associate Gets Probation After Death Threat

By Brian Baxter |

Ryan Walsh, a former Bryan Cave litigation associate who pleaded guilty in February to charges of threatening to kill a partner back in 2013, was sentenced to three years' probation Tuesday by a federal judge in St. Louis.

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

DLA Piper Says UK Layoffs Won't Spread to US

By James Booth |

After a review of its business services functions, the global legal giant plans to cut up to 200 support jobs in the U.K., with the bulk of those roles being moved to a new operations center in Warsaw.

The Churn

Cybersecurity Hiring Stays Hot, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

A quartet of cybersecurity pros plies their wares at new firms; Blank Rome hires a former U.S. senator; Cooley adds a high-powered private equity team; Orrick adds again in Paris; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Sweet Deals: Firms Binge on Friendly's, Krispy Kreme Sales

By Jennifer Henderson |

Move over, kale and quinoa. This week it’s doughnuts and ice cream keeping deal lawyers happy.

Latham Lands Latest Energy Bankruptcy as Fees Draw Scrutiny

By Scott Flaherty |

Oklahoma City’s Chaparral Energy tapped Latham & Watkins to guide it through Chapter 11, while Skadden and Kirkland both faced questions over their fees in other recent energy industry bankruptcies.

Coming soon to a location near you.

Growth Game: Dentons Launches Referral Network, Munich Office

By Rose Walker |

Dentons, in its latest growth bid, announced this week the formation of a global referral network in an effort to establish itself as a brand able to connect clients with lawyers around the world. The firm is also poised to open an office in Munich.

Not Just Rich, White Ladies Anymore

By Vivia Chen |

Even the Careerist needs some fun and frivolity once in a while.

Second Tranche of Offshore Docs Reveals More Big Firms

By Brian Baxter |

A nonprofit published a database of offshore entities culled from leaked documents at Panama's Mossack Fonseca. But while the names of dozens of law firms emerged in the disclosures, internal emails and other source materials remained out of public view.

David Boies will be on The Good Wife (CBS)

David Boies Has a Thing for The Good Wife

By Vivia Chen |

What was Boies doing on the hit TV show?

The American Bar Association's offices in Washington, D.C.

Big Law Stays Silent as ABA Weighs Law Firm Ownership Rules

By Susan Beck |

The debate could have major implications for access to legal services in the U.S. and for the future of firms that compete globally. So why are the country’s most powerful firms sitting it out?

(From left): Stephen Rosen, Eric Schwartzman and Ronald Hopkinson.

Cooley Banks on Private Equity Trio to Win More Tech Deals

By Scott Flaherty |

The firm announced the addition of seasoned transactional lawyers in New York, Silicon Valley and London, including former Cadwalader private equity chief Ronald Hopkinson.

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

Managing Partner Splits With Newly Formed Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz

By Julie Triedman |

Just months after co-founding the elite new litigation boutique with Paul Weiss’s Beth Wilkinson and other high-profile Big Law alums, partner Eric Liebeler has left the firm.

U.S. Department of Justice building in Washington, D.C.

Firms Cash In on Anti-Bribery Expertise Amid Litigation Slowdown

By Julie Triedman |

Big-ticket litigations involving scores of lawyers may be thinner on the ground these days, but a surge in global anti-corruption probes appears to be making up for it at a number of firms.

The Churn

Chadbourne's TMT Chair Goes Solo, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

The former Beltway-based leader of Chadbourne & Parke starts his own shop; Bracewell and Sidley make some big New York hires; a boutique investment bank recruits from Sullivan & Cromwell; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Dozens of Big Firms to Appear in New 'Panama Papers' Database

By Brian Baxter |

Plenty of familiar names from The Am Law 200 and Global 100 appeared in an early version of a searchable online database drawn from the leaked files of offshore firm Mossack Fonseca.

Aeropostale store and a CHC helicopter.

Lucky 33: Weil Scores a Bankruptcy Hat Trick

By Brian Baxter |

Kirkland & Ellis may have cornered the market on debtor-side cases for troubled energy clients, but Weil, Gotshal & Manges snagged roles this week on three other recent Chapter 11 cases of note for Aéropostale, CHC Group and Fairway.

AI Pioneer ROSS Intelligence Lands Its First Big Law Clients

By Susan Beck |

Baker & Hostetler is the first law firm to make public that it has licensed the artificial intelligence product using IBM’s Watson technology for bankruptcy matters.

Jobs Report Shows Fresh Dip in Legal Employment

By Scott Flaherty |

The industry lost 1,500 jobs in April after gaining jobs in March, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A Lawyer Shortage? In Your (Law School's) Dreams

By Steven J. Harper |

It will always be a great time to go to some law schools. It will never be a great time to go to others.

Steven Davis, left, and Stephen DiCarmine, right, leave court after a mistrial was declared in the Dewey & LeBoeuf trial. Oct. 19, 2015. Attorney Austin Campriello is in the center.

Dewey's DiCarmine Looks to Fire Lawyer as Retrial Looms

By Nell Gluckman |

A judge urged former Dewey & LeBoeuf executive director Stephen DiCarmine not to split with Bryan Cave’s Austin Campriello, saying that the risks of representing himself were too great.

Lanny Davis Launches New Firm With Orrick, Patton Boggs Alums

By Susan Beck |

The lawyer, spinmaster and longtime Clinton ally has a new law firm, Davis Goldberg & Galper, and a new public relations shop to go with it.

Deal Watch: Five Firms on Call for $9 Billion Health Services Merger

By Jennifer Henderson |

The first week of May was kind to several Am Law 100 firms, as a handful of health care, real estate and technology deals provided a boon to corporate transactional coffers.

After Sydney Closure, Skadden Team Sails to Allen & Overy

By Chris Johnson |

Magic Circle firm Allen & Overy has bolstered its Australia practice with the hire of a three-lawyer securities team from the soon-to-be-shuttered Sydney office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

The Churn

New Recruits at Kirkland, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

More comings-and-goings at Kirkland & Ellis; cybersecurity hiring stays hot at Cooley and Covington; Latham & Watkins snags another lateral in Germany; Paul Weiss restocks its litigation group; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Two More Energy Companies Tap Kirkland for Bankruptcy Work

By Scott Flaherty |

Having already grabbed a handful of key debtor’s-side roles for struggling energy companies, Kirkland & Ellis added two more Chapter 11 cases to its docket this week, snagging assignments for Houston's Ultra Petroleum Corp. and Midstates Petroleum Inc.

Cooley's Andy Roth

Dentons Cyber Group Chair Jumps to Cooley

By Nell Gluckman |

Cooley is poised to hire Andy Roth, head of the global privacy and cybersecurity group at Dentons, as a partner for its privacy and data protection practice in New York.

Elizabeth O. 'Betty' Temple

How Womble Carlyle's First Female Chair Took the Reins

By Julie Triedman |

Elizabeth “Betty” Temple, the new leader of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, talks about building the “superregional” firm of the future, and how she landed a job she hadn't even considered seeking.

New York Skyline

Big Law Alums Seek to Grow Tech Startup Scene in New York

By Nell Gluckman |

New York City's efforts to grow as an East Coast technology hub are being helped by Tech:NYC, a new nonprofit headed by a former Loeb & Loeb and Dentons lawyer that has two Am Law 100 alums on its board. Gunderson Dettmer is also involved with the organization.

Meredith Martin Addy, partner at Tabet DiVito & Rothstein. (HANDOUT)

Chicago Boutique Lures Katten Patent Litigation Chair

By Jennifer Henderson |

Meredith "Mimi" Addy is on the move again. Less than two years after joining Katten Muchin Rosenman as national chair of its patent litigation practice, Addy has linked up with Windy City-based litigation boutique Tabet DiVito & Rothstein.

World's First Publicly Traded Law Firm Won't Go Bankrupt

By James Booth |

Slater & Gordon, an Australian plaintiffs shop that became the world's first publicly traded law firm in 2007, has reached a $630 million debt refinancing deal with lenders to avert a potential bankruptcy filing Down Under.

Paul Weiss' David Bernick HANDOUT

Paul Weiss Hires High-Profile Product Liability Litigator

By Scott Flaherty |

David Bernick, a former general counsel of tobacco giant Philip Morris International Inc., has left Dechert for Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, which restocked its litigation group after a notable departure in January.

Big Law Warms Up to Litigation Funding, Burford Survey Finds

By Julie Triedman |

A growing percentage of large law firms say that they have turned to an outside funder to underwrite cases, according to a poll by litigation finance company Burford Capital Ltd.

Chadbourne's Warsaw Office Sets Off on Separate Path

By Jennifer Henderson |

Chadbourne & Parke's outpost in the Polish capital, which it opened in 2004, has been spun off into its own local firm.

Ex-Recruiter Says Lateral Link Stiffs Employees on Wages

By Nell Gluckman |

A lawsuit filed in Los Angeles by a former Lateral Link recruiter alleges that the firm underpaid California workers.

Football star Tom Brady (lft) and his father Tom Brady, Sr.

Tom Brady Bunch: Morgan Lewis Lands Lawyer With QB Ties

By Brian Baxter |

Tom Brady may have added Gibson Dunn's Ted Olson to his Deflategate appellate litigation team, but his own NFL franchise, the New England Patriots, saw its outside firm Morgan Lewis recently land an in-house lawyer who had worked for its star quarterback's father.

How Law Schools Game the Rankings

By Vivia Chen |

Study finds that law school rankings encourage cheating, lying.

Financier R. Allen Stanford gives a thumbs up as he arrives to the federal courthouse in shackles for a hearing in Houston, Texas, April 6, 2010.

Chadbourne Pays $35M in Stanford Ponzi Suit; Proskauer Faces New Class Action

By Julie Triedman |

After striking a deal with Chadbourne & Parke, investors are hoping for another chance to pursue claims that Proskauer Rose helped R. Allen Stanford conceal his Ponzi scheme from regulators.

Nicholas Gravante Jr.

Boies Schiller Partner's New Courtroom Foe: His Mom

By Scott Flaherty |

A family feud involving top New York litigator Nicholas Gravante Jr. got worse when his 81-year-old mother allegedly called his firm and his friends to call him a lying cheat.

The Churn

DLA Piper Adds High-Powered Duo, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

DLA Piper bags new recruits from Skadden and Willkie Farr; Chadbourne & Parke picks up a partner with World Cup ties; Cleary Gottlieb adds an Allen & Overy practice leader; Stroock nabs a former federal judge; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Hudson Yards Project (Courtesy Related-Oxford)

From Bowie to Boies: Milbank Looks to Hudson Yards as New Home

By Jennifer Henderson |

It's the end of an era. Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy is poised to leave New York City's financial district for midtown Manhattan, a departure that moves the Wall Street firm from the historic home of a banking icon to a new development on the West Side.

Husch Blackwell's Gregory Smith and Whyte Hirschboeck's Paul Eberle (HANDOUT)

Husch Blackwell Tacks On 150-Lawyer Wisconsin Firm

By Nell Gluckman |

Husch Blackwell stands to grow more than 25 percent larger with the addition of 150 lawyers from Wisconsin’s Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek.


Nice Bosses Do No Better (or Worse) Than Nasty Ones

By Vivia Chen |

Employees will leave anyway, so why bother being a good boss?

Law Schools Need More Than 'Warm Bodies'

By Steven J. Harper |

What should a law school’s mission be? Most deans would rather not ask that question.

Author and Morrison & Foerster partner James Huston died this month after a battle with multiple myeloma.

MoFo Partner, Novelist James Huston Dead After Battle With Cancer

By MP McQueen |

A leader of Morrison & Foerster’s national trial practice, Huston was also a fighter pilot, a former Navy officer and a best-selling author.

Abbott Laboratories Global headquarters in Abbott Park, Illinois (HANDOUT)

Deal Watch: A Pharmaceutical Frenzy for a Half-Dozen Firms

By Jennifer Henderson |

Abbott Labs seeks to buy St. Jude Medical for $25 billion; Sanofi makes a $9.3 billion bid for Medivation; AbbVie offers $5.8 billion for Stemcentrx; and a look at the big firms behind those proposed megadeals.

Rene Kathawala of Orrick and Steph Sherer, executive director of Americans for Safe Access (HANDOUT)

Orrick Partners With Pro-Pot Nonprofit Group

By Nell Gluckman |

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has launched a project with the Americans for Safe Access Foundation—a national cannabis advocacy group—to provide pro bono support to medical marijuana patients.

Curtis Expands to Switzerland With New Geneva Office

By Chris Johnson |

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle will become one of the small number of international firms with offices in Switzerland when it opens in Geneva next month.

Kirsten Jarvis Johnson with her son.

How a 'Burned-Out' International Lawyer Ditched Squire Patton Boggs

By Julie Triedman |

When Kristen Jarvis Johnson left her senior associate position to focus on her startup toy company, she invited the Internet along for the ride.

In Presidential Legal Fee Race, Trump Beats Hillary

By Brian Baxter |

The five remaining U.S. presidential candidates all have a need for outside counsel on the campaign trail, and not surprisingly it’s the two frontrunners that have accrued the most in legal expenses.

Douglas Knott, Sean Gaynor and Samuel Leib of Leib Knott Gaynor in Milwaukee (HANDOUT)

Half of Wilson Elser's Milwaukee Bolt-On Breaks Away

By Jennifer Henderson |

Three years after Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker expanded into Milwaukee after a merger, three litigation partners have left the Am Law 100 firm's office in the city to start their own shop.

In this Sunday, Oct. 23, 1983, file photo, service members search through rubble after a suicide truck bomb attack on the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon. The blast _ the single deadliest attack on U.S. forces abroad since World War II _ claimed the lives of 241 American service members. - AP Photo/Jim Bourdier

Lawyers for Beirut Bombing Victims Finally Close In on Recovery

By Julie Triedman |

Many of the original plaintiffs didn’t live to see their attorneys prevail at the U.S. Supreme Court, but hundreds of terror victims and their family members are finally close to collecting from Iran.

The Churn

Fox Rothschild Bets on Big Wealth, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

The Philadelphia-based firm bolts on smaller wealth management shops in California and Florida; Jenner & Block rebuilds its government contracts group; Sidley Austin hires MoFo's ERISA head; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.


News & Gossip: Slaughter & May, DLA, S&C + More

By Vivia Chen |

A quick and dirty take on the news.

More Law Firms Take Aim at Associate Student Loan Debt

By Nell Gluckman |

At least three law firms are now working with First Republic Bank to help their associates pay down hundreds of thousands in law school debt at reduced rates. Dozens of others are working with nontraditional lenders such as SoFi to implement similar programs.

Joseph Sigelman, indicted former chief executive of PetroTiger Ltd.

Ex-Quinn Emanuel Client Can’t Dodge Arbitration Clause

By Nell Gluckman |

A case filed by a former Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan client who sued the firm over what he claimed were “excessive" legal fees was sent to arbitration by a Florida state court judge in Miami.

Billionaire activist-investor Carl Icahn gives an interview on FOX Business Network's Neil Cavuto show in New York (Brenden McDermid/Reuters/Newscom)

Icahn's CVR Energy Seeks to Reboot Wachtell Malpractice Case

By Susan Beck |

Carl Icahn isn’t ready to walk away from his malpractice battle with Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.

American Bar Association offices in Washington, D.C.

ABA Says Money, Not Politics, Doomed Book By Chinese Rights Lawyer

By Susan Beck |

The American Bar Association defended its decision to walk away from a book deal with Chinese lawyer Teng Biao, telling skeptical U.S. lawmakers that the move was strictly business.

Mariah Klinefelter, 35, a former associate at McGuireWoods who most recent working at Steptoe & Johnson PLLC in Pittsburgh, was killed Friday after being struck by an SUV while on vacation in Florida. (GoFundMe)

Steptoe Associate Killed in Freak Florida Traffic Accident

By Brian Baxter |

Mariah Klinefelter, 35, a former associate at McGuireWoods most recently employed at Steptoe & Johnson PLLC in suburban Pittsburgh, was killed Friday after being struck by an SUV while on vacation in Florida. Her infant son is in stable condition.

The American Lawyer May 2016 cover

Law Firm Leaders React to a Year of Slow Growth

By Susan Beck and MP McQueen |

Firm leaders and industry consultants said that The American Lawyer’s Am Law 100 survey mostly confirmed their expectations, and most said that they expected more of the same in 2016.

Newspapers (perspective/Flickr)

Read All About It: Skadden, Kirkland Advise on Tribune Bid

By Jennifer Henderson |

Kirkland & Ellis goes back a long way with the beleaguered Tribune Publishing Co., which is now eyeing an $815 million offer from Gannett Co.

Jones Day's Jorge Hladjk and K&L Gates' Steven Caponi (HANDOUTS)

Jones Day, K&L Gates Bulk Up Cybersecurity Practices

By Nell Gluckman |

The two Am Law 100 firms brought on new partners in the cybersecurity and data privacy space by making hires from Blank Rome and Hunton & Williams.

Mauricio Macri

Cleary Takes Lead on Argentina’s $16.5B Market Re-Entry

By Scott Flaherty |

Cravath may have stepped in to help Argentina end its legal battle with bondholders, but the country turned to its longtime counsel at Cleary Gottlieb to guide its re-entry into global capital markets.

The Churn

Davis Polk Hires Ex-Cravath Partner, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Ronald Cami heads to Davis Polk & Wardwell in Silicon Valley; Davis Wright Tremaine adds a former top federal prosecutor; another Bracewell partner departs; a new IP boutique forms inside the Beltway; and other key additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Harry S. Truman, president-elect, holds up edition of Chicago Daily Tribune with headline 'Dewey Defeats Truman'. The Republican newspaper followed the public polls predictions that Truman would be defeated by Dewey. Instead, Truman won with electoral votes to spare and a 49.6 % of the popular vote to Dewey's 45.1 %. Nov. 3, 1948. Everett Collection/Newscom

The Real Story of the New York Primary: Beware of Big Data

By Steven J. Harper |

The unheralded lesson of the recent presidential primaries may be as important as the outcome.

Continental Breakfast: Linda Yang, Yingke

By Chris Johnson |

On the menu this week in The American Lawyer's Continental Breakfast series: Yingke executive chair Linda Yang on the spectacular growth of the 4,000-lawyer Chinese giant.

Prince (Frank Griffin/LFI/Photoshot/Newscom)

Litigators Recall Representing Prince, a Client Like No Other

By Brian Baxter |

Prince, the legendary singer, songwriter, producer and man of myriad other talents, died Thursday at 57. The eclectic pop icon kept a bevy of high-profile lawyers busy during the past three decades.


Law Schools that Feed Big Law Partnerships

By Vivia Chen |

Grads of lower rank schools often beat top schools in the partnership race.

AM Law 100, May 2016

Coming Monday: The 2016 Am Law 100

Who’s on? Who’s off? How does your firm compare? Find out Monday when The American Lawyer releases its full Am Law 100 report, including rankings, features, firm profiles and more.

Ex-Partner Appeals Ruling Sending Bias Suit to Arbitration

By Nell Gluckman |

Four months after suing LeClairRyan for gender discrimination, former partner Michele Craddock is appealing a recent ruling sending her bias complaint against the firm to arbitration.

Skadden Shines on SunEdison’s Bankruptcy Outage

By Julie Triedman |

The firm is advising solar energy giant SunEdison Inc. on its Chapter 11 filing in New York, the largest by any U.S. company so far this year.


Deal Watch: Lexmark Inks Sale With Four Big Firms in the Queue

By Jennifer Henderson |

Wachtell, Skadden, Cleary Gottlieb and King & Wood Mallesons are advising on a $3.6 billion acquisition of U.S. printer maker Lexmark International Inc. by a Chinese-led consortium.

The Global Lawyer: Russia Plugs $50 Billion Yukos Gusher

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Russia won a crucial reprieve from a Dutch court, but the country and its lawyers at Cleary Gottlieb aren’t out of the woods yet.

Jars of marijuana buds sit on the counter at the Denver Kush Club early Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, in north Denver. More than two dozen customers took advantage of a new Colorado holiday tradition of marijuana shops drawing customers with discounted weed and holiday gift sets. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Blazing Billables: State Laws Expand Pro-Pot Legal Work

By Nell Gluckman |

To mark 420, the unofficial holiday for marijuana enthusiasts worldwide, The Am Law Daily spoke with some of the go-to Am Law 200 lawyers in the legal weed field.

London Antitrust Litigator Does About-Face to Hausfeld

By Scott Flaherty |

A year after Edward Coulson joined leading U.S. plaintiffs firm Hausfeld in London, the antitrust litigator has returned to Berwin Leighton Paisner, a British firm where he spent more than a decade.

Chinese human rights lawyer, Teng Biao (Shizhao/Wikimedia)

Lawmakers Pounce After ABA Scraps Book by China Rights Lawyer

By Susan Beck |

A congressional committee that monitors human rights in China wants the ABA's president to explain why the group reversed plans to publish a book by Chinese human rights lawyer Teng Biao.

The Churn

The Door Spins at Jenner & Block, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

A shift change at Jenner & Block; Duane Morris takes on 13 lawyers from two firms; DLA Piper partners form their own boutique; a Proskauer Rose litigator becomes CEO of a litigation financier; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

An Early Look at the 2016 Am Law 100

Before The American Lawyer's complete annual Am Law 100 report is released on April 25, take a peek at preliminary reporting on law firm financials from The Am Law Daily and its regional affiliates.

Senator Bernie Sanders at a town hall event in New York City, Jan. 5, 2016

Bernie Sanders' Lawyer Stays Busy as Clinton's Lead Widens

By Jennifer Henderson |

Who fights Sanders' legal battles while his supporters are feeling the Bern? Brad Deutsch, who mixes political and communications law with advocacy on behalf of the legal cannabis industry.

Am Law Echoes: A Look at Rankings Past and Present

By Nell Gluckman |

Ahead of the publication next week of the annual Am Law 100 list, The Am Law Daily looked back at what has changed since The American Lawyer first published its rankings in 1985. The biggest difference between that year and 2016 is the size of the firms.

A businessman holding his son after a long day at work (laflor/iStockphoto)

What a Man! He's Taking Paternity Leave!

By Vivia Chen |

Studies find that women's pay gap narrows when men take paternity leaves.

Litigation Funding Race Escalates as Burford Hits $1B

By Julie Triedman |

Size may matter in litigation finance, but which funder will get the better returns?

White House

Microsoft to Fund New Pilot Project to Improve Legal Aid

By Susan Beck |

The Legal Services Corp. is expected to announce a $1 million gift from the technology giant at the White House on Tuesday. The group will also name a new leadership council whose members range from Eric Holder to University of Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh.

Eric Blinderman

U.K. Litigation Funder Taps Proskauer Lawyer for U.S. Debut

By Scott Flaherty |

Therium is hoping a trio of former Am Law 100 lawyers can stake its claim to the U.S. litigation finance market.

Rodney Villazor, left, and Patrick Smith of Smith Villazor.

DLA Piper Practice Leader Starts Commercial Litigation Shop

By Scott Flaherty |

Patrick Smith, co-chair of DLA Piper's white-collar and investigations group, has formed a new firm in New York called Smith Villazor with Rodney Villazor, a fellow former federal prosecutor who joined the global legal giant's litigation group last year.

Phillips Exeter Academy (Transmarinus/Wikimedia)

Holland & Knight, Choate Hall Latest Firms Tapped for Sex Abuse Work

By Jennifer Henderson |

The two Am Law 200 firms have been hired by Phillips Exeter Academy to probe sexual abuse allegations roiling the elite New Hampshire-based boarding school.

Ex-Locke Lord Staffer Sentenced for Hacking Firm Computers

By Nell Gluckman |

A former IT engineer at the firm got nine years for a cyberattack in 2011. Plus: A plaintiffs lawyer files the first of several promised law firm cybersecurity class actions.

Jordan Harbinger (The Art of Charm/Flickr)

A Big Law Alum's Charm Offensive Pays Off

By Jennifer Henderson |

In 2008, Thacher Proffitt & Wood was almost finished, and so was Jordan Harbinger’s Big Law career. Luckily for Harbinger, he'd already started planning his second act.

The Churn

Dykema Defectors Form New Firm, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

A four-lawyer team leaves Dykema Gossett to start their own shop; Norton Rose Fulbright nabs a dealmaker who nearly died in an African plane crash; a Seyfarth Shaw practice leader joins a high-profile boutique; and other notable additions from The Am Law 200.

Daniel Shapiro, a founding partner at Schulte Roth & Zabel, died Friday in London.

Founding Partner of Schulte Roth & Zabel Dies at 77

By MP McQueen |

Daniel Shapiro helped to found Schulte Roth in 1969, opened its London office in 2002 and remained an active partner at the firm.

Milbank, Latham, Davis Polk Advise on BATS, Big Casino IPOs

By Brian Baxter |

After a slow start to 2016, capital markets in the U.S. are finally warming up with a bevy of high-profile public listings for a pair of big casino companies, as well as an electronic exchange operator, all of whom are sending millions in legal fees to Am Law 100 coffers.

After Founder's Death, Pro Bono Institute Names New Leader

By Susan Beck |

Onetime Skadden associate Eve Runyon will serve as the group's president and CEO, following the death of founder and longtime leader Esther Lardent on April 4.

Citigroup headquarters in New York.

Life Goes On for Lawyers After Bank Regulators Reject 'Living Wills'

By Julie Triedman |

Seven major banks flunked a regulatory test this week. Luckily for the law firms involved, there’s still time for a do-over.

Gareth Sloan/Wikimedia

DLA Piper Shutters Whitehorse Office, Retreats Farther North

By Brian Baxter |

A year after combining with Canadian firm Davis, DLA Piper has closed its small office in Whitehorse, capital of the Yukon. But the global legal giant isn’t completely bailing out on the Klondike. The firm still has a Northwest Territories outpost in Yellowknife.

A free range, cockerel walking in grass. (George Clerk/iStockphoto)

What's Everyone Hiding in the Dershowitz Case?

By Vivia Chen |

Behind all the post-settlement posturing, neither side in the Alan Dershowitz sex case really wants their secrets out.


Deal Watch: White & Case Stays on Deal Streak With Rosneft Work

By Jennifer Henderson |

A week after snagging a top spot in quarterly league transactional tables, White & Case has been tapped for some big oil work in Mother Russia.

In Exxon Suit, Paul Weiss Targets Cohen Milstein's Ties to Climate Probe

By Susan Beck |

Ted Wells launched the first volley this week in a brewing battle involving climate change, free speech and prosecutors’ ability to partner with the plaintiffs bar.

Allen Schwartz, the the executive director of CARPLS, in his Chicago office.

Could This Simple Idea Solve the Justice Gap?

By Susan Beck |

It’s not impossible to address legal problems cheaply and efficiently for low-income clients. Just ask Allen Schwartz, whose Chicago hotline has been doing it for 23 years.

Demonstration outside the U.S. Supreme Court to bring attention to reconsideration of the Citizens United v. FEC decision. February 23, 2012. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

The Global Lawyer: A Modest Proposal to Roll Back Citizens United

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

A proposal to limit foreign influence in U.S. politics is unlikely to survive a vote by the Federal Election Commission. But the idea may find a way forward in the courts.

Peabody Energy's Wyoming mine is the largest coal mine in the United States.

Jones Day, Armstrong Teasdale Advise on Big Coal Bankruptcy

By Brian Baxter |

Peabody Energy Corp., the world's largest privately owned coal miner, filed for bankruptcy in St. Louis on Monday. The two Am Law 200 firms have landed lead debtor's counsel roles in the Chapter 11 case, the latest by a major energy company this year.

Chicago Courthouse Place (chicagocrimescenes/Flickr)

Boutique Bags Seyfarth Practice Leader for Senior Admin Role

By Jennifer Henderson |

Meagan Newman, co-chair of Seyfarth Shaw's environmental, safety and toxic tort practice in Chicago, has joined high-powered litigation boutique Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott as chief administrative officer in the Windy City.

Vasko Miokovic Photography/iStockphoto

Your Law Firm Partner Is a Jerk. Now What?

By MP McQueen |

Big Law tends to attract and reward aggressive personalities. What happens when the aggression is turned against a partner’s own firm?

The Churn

Big Firm Vets Start New Careers, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Two longtime Am Law 100 partners start post-legal careers; Kirkland & Ellis hires in Germany; Orrick grows in Europe; Reed Smith makes moves amid merger talks; White & Case goes to Boston; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Manhattan's Flatiron district.

Startups Take Root in New York, and Law Firms Take Notice

By Nell Gluckman |

As New York's so-called Silicon Alley asserts itself, big firms are responding by hiring lawyers who work with emerging companies based on the East Coast.

Mitchell Zuklie

Q&A: Orrick Chair Takes Stock After Strategic Shifts

By Julie Triedman |

After three years on the job, Mitchell Zuklie talks about what’s changed since he took over the reins of the firm from longtime leader Ralph Baxter.

Two Big Firms Reap Benefits From Cybersecurity IPO

By Brian Baxter and Rose Walker |

Five years after paying $612 million for cybersecurity company SecureWorks Corp., tech giant Dell Inc. is poised to pull off an IPO valuing the former at $1.4 billion. Hogan Lovells and Davis Polk & Wardwell also stand to benefit from 2016’s first big tech listing.

The Am Law 100: Proskauer Rose’s World Mostly Flat in 2015

By Jennifer Henderson |

Proskauer Rose stayed in growth mode last year, posting slight gains in gross revenue, profits per partner and revenue per lawyer.

Kellogg Huber's David Frederick outside the U.S. Supreme Court. Oct. 1, 2012.

Goldman Sachs Deal May Spell Big Payday for Kellogg Huber, Korein Tillery

By Scott Flaherty |

Under a contingency fee deal with the National Credit Union Administration, the firms may enjoy a hefty cut of a $5.1 billion settlement with Goldman that was announced on Monday.

Alan Dershowitz (Rick Kopstein), Paul Cassell (U of Utah Law School) and Bradley Edwards HANDOUT

Did Dershowitz Pay Big Bucks to Settle Sex Case?

By Vivia Chen |

Dershowitz's opponents say they're willing to waive confidentiality. Is he?


White & Case Snags McDermott Partners to Open Boston Office

By Nell Gluckman |

Four McDermott Will & Emery partners are leaving for White & Case, including the leader of McDermott’s white-collar practice.

By the Numbers: Is Your Firm Older or Younger than Peer Firms?

By Nicholas Bruch, ALM Legal Intelligence |

Is your firm stacked with baby boomers? Crawling with Gen-Xers? See how each of the firms in the Am Law 200 compares.

The Churn

Holland & Knight Adds Partner Quartet, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Holland & Knight keeps hiring; Kirkland picks up one from Paul Weiss; Proskauer Rose reels in some heavy-hitters; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Dershowitz Settles Sex Case, But Is He Vindicated?

By Vivia Chen |

Alan Dershowitz's accusers admit "tactical" mistakes, so what does that really mean?

Who Will Represent the Firm Behind the 'Panama Papers'?

By Nell Gluckman |

Mossack Fonseca says it hasn’t yet hired outside counsel. What kind of lawyers will it need?

A typical lawyer profile photo from the website of Carroll McNulty & Kull.

The Humble Law Firm Website Is Going Way, Way Upscale

By MP McQueen |

Vanity Fair-like portraits. Profiles that convey spark and personality. Throughout The Am Law 200, firms are remaking their sites—to the tune of $200,000 to more than $1 million.

Sidley London Partner Leaves Firm Amid Legal Woes

By Brian Baxter |

Structured finance and capital markets partner Matthew Cahill became the latest partner at the firm to run afoul of the law, withdrawing from the partnership in London after being accused of tax fraud in a film investment scheme.

UK Regulator Probes Law Firms' Links to Panama Papers

By Anna Ward |

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has asked several firms to clarify whether they are connected to the Panamanian law firm at the center of a huge leak of confidential financial data.

Keith Allen Harward (Virginia Department of Corrections) HANDOUT

Skadden Helps Win Freedom for Wrongfully Convicted Navy Sailor

By Jennifer Henderson |

Some wrongful conviction cases end with lingering questions about the guilt of the accused. Not so with the case of Keith Allen Harward, a 60-year-old former U.S. Navy sailor who walked out of prison on Friday after more than three decades behind bars.

The End of the Cravath Lockstep Model? Not So Fast

By Steven J. Harper |

Self-styled experts concerned about the fate of the Cravath model have been wrong before; they’re wrong this time, too.

Charles Mostoller/REUTERS/Newscom

Bad News for Female Lawyers with Republican Bosses

By Vivia Chen |

A new study finds a correlation between women's careers and their bosses' ideology.

Skadden Names 11 New Partners

By Staff |

Deal Watch: White & Case, Simpson Thacher Take League Table Top Spots

By Jennifer Henderson |

Amid a downturn in deal volume on the heels of a record-breaking 2015, White & Case and Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett found themselves front and center for M&A league tables for the first quarter of 2016.

Rio De Janeiro.

Amid Corruption Scandals, Hughes Hubbard Inks Alliance with Brazilian Compliance Firm

By Nell Gluckman |

With dozens of high-level executives and politicians under investigation as part of a broad corruption probe, Hughes Hubbard has joined forces with a local anti-corruption lawyer.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announcing a $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America in August 2014.

New Prosecutor Brings Quinn Emanuel Mojo to NY AG's Office

By David Bario |

After helping win $20 billion in settlements from banks that contributed to the financial crisis, Manisha Sheth will use her skills on behalf of New York state.

Bracewell Sees Departures in New York, Houston

By Jennifer Henderson |

More moves from the firm formerly known as Bracewell & Giuliani.

Still a U.S. company, for now.

Lawyering Helped Ease Pain of Pfizer's $160B Breakup

By Nell Gluckman |

The demise of a controversial tax inversion deal with Allergan may have frustrated Pfizer, but it doesn’t leave the U.S. drug giant that much poorer.

The Am Law 100: Barnes & Thornburg Stays in Growth Mode

By MP McQueen |

The firm boosted its revenue and profits in 2015 as it expanded in Dallas, Atlanta and elsewhere.

The Churn

Ropes and Sidley Snag Weil Partners, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Jennifer Henderson |

A pair of PE partners leave Weil; a rare hire by Wachtell; big firms raid Cadwalader and Reed Smith; Jenner & Block, Jones Day and Schiff Hardin rotate practice leaders; Goodwin Procter goes to Paris; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Firms Cope with Deal Doldrums Amid First-Quarter Slowdown

By Julie Triedman |

The silver lining? There are still nine months to go.

Latest Lateral Mystery Stars Bracewell Partner, White & Case

By Scott Flaherty |

Lateral partner moves in Big Law tend to be highly scripted affairs, but sometimes the players go off script.

Report: Merger-Minded Law Firms Running Out of Low-Hanging Fruit

By Nell Gluckman |

Law firm mergers have continued at a high pace in 2016, but the legal consultancy Altman Weil says it’s getting harder for large firms to find a good boutique to bolt on.

Play Ball! Baseball Season Brings More Big Fees for Big-League Firms

By Brian Baxter |

Sidley Austin, McCarter & English and Winston & Strawn are among a dozen legal advisers providing outside counsel and arbitration services to the Major League Baseball Players Association, according to a recent Labor Department filing.

Women Leaders Are: 1) Awesome 2) Overrated 3) Irrelevant

By Vivia Chen |

Is having a female leader what it's cracked up to be? Maybe.

Bart Williams

Munger Tolles Litigation Duo Departs for Proskauer Rose

By Scott Flaherty |

Bolstering its litigation ranks in Los Angeles, Proskauer announced Tuesday that it hired Bart Williams and Manuel Cachán from Munger, Tolles & Olson for its white-collar defense and sports law practices.

Law Firms on Notice After 'Panama Papers' Leak, Hacking Threats

By ALM Staff |

The international legal community had its Edward Snowden moment this weekend, when newspapers around the world began publishing excerpts from an unprecedented document leak tied to the law firm Mossack Fonseca.

Cravath's offices at 825 8th Avenue in New York. March 31, 2016.

Rainmaker's Defection Could Test Cravath Lockstep Model

By Julie Triedman |

Despite the loss of a leading M&A rainmaker, the firm says the 'Cravath System' is safe.

The Global Lawyer: The Money Laundering Mills of Panama and You

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

What does the 'Panama Papers' scandal mean for the republic of American lawyers?

Garry Shandling.  Jan 25, 2016.

Garry Shandling, Boies Schiller's Bill Isaacson and a Rare Friendship

By Jennifer Henderson |

Their 18-year friendship was as unlikely as it was strong. Then again, the trust between lawyers and clients can foster deep friendships, Isaacson said.

Daniel LeBey

Vinson & Elkins Raids Hunton & Williams REIT Practice in Three Cities

By Scott Flaherty |

The moves continue a trickle of recent departures from Hunton & Williams across several practices.

Fountain at Paris' Place de la Concorde.

Goodwin Procter Launches in Paris With Six-Partner Group

By Chris Johnson |

Goodwin Procter is to open in Paris with the hire of a corporate team from King & Wood Mallesons, including its office managing partner, the firm announced Monday.

'Panama Papers' Put Spotlight on Law Firm Data Security

By Frances Ivens |

Partners and security experts reacted with alarm to news of the massive document leak from Panama offshore firm Mossack Fonseca.

The Churn

McGuireWoods' Hiring Spree Continues, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Nell Gluckman |

McGuireWoods adds 13 partners in 13 days; Paul Weiss poaches a high-powered Cravath M&A partner; Kenyon & Kenyon loses two patent prosecution pros to Norton Rose Fulbright; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Scott Barshay

Top Cravath Deal Lawyer Scott Barshay Jumps to Paul Weiss

By Julie Triedman |

The move by Barshay, who advised on nearly $300 billion in M&A transactions last year, could have a big impact for both firms.

Yahoo! Inc. headquarters in Sunnyvale, California.

Baker & McKenzie, Yahoo Dodge Suit Alleging $2.7 Billion Bribery Scheme

By Scott Flaherty |

Ideas Interactivas, a Mexican phone book publisher, had accused Yahoo and its lawyers of bribing a judge to escape a massive court judgment.

Students at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa. march across the campus demanding the school deal more harshly with students who commit sexual offenses, on Wednesday, March 2, 2011.  Students staged a sit-in at the school as part of a protest in support of more transparent policies on sexual violence.

Law Firms See Opportunity in Wave of Campus Sex Claims

By Nell Gluckman |

Day Pitney and Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman hope to capitalize on what they see as a huge demand from colleges and universities facing sexual misconduct investigations.

Legal Industry Shares in Latest U.S. Jobs Growth

By MP McQueen |

The legal services sector added 1,200 jobs last month, according to the Department of Labor, which also revised earlier figures to reflect continual gains for the industry this year.

Law Firm Leaders' Moneyball Mistake

By Steven J. Harper |

Some law firm leaders would rather perfect an error than learn from it.

Deal Watch: Hogan Lovells Lands Roles in Dell, Therapy Co. Sales

By Jennifer Henderson |

The firm advised on two deals announced this week worth a combined $5 billion.

Jeffrey Kessler of Winston & Strawn. 2015. HANDOUT.

Women's Soccer Suit Keeps Jeffrey Kessler in the Spotlight

By Scott Flaherty |

In his latest headline-grabbing sports industry assignment, the Winston & Strawn antitrust pro is trying his hand at employment litigation for a group of top U.S. women’s soccer players.

Local Counsel May Be Weak Point in Big Law's Cyberdefense

By Nell Gluckman |

Big law firms make for high-profile hacking targets, but client data may be especially vulnerable when it's shared with local counsel without strong security in place.

The Am Law 100: Patterson Belknap Holds Profits Steady

By MP McQueen |

The New York firm saw light declines in revenue and lawyer head count in 2015.

The Churn

London Calling for Two Big Firms, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Boies Schiller and Cooley bulk up their nascent outposts in London; Gordon Rees and Shipman & Goodwin grow in New York; Hogan Lovells hires four in Australia and an ex-New York prosecutor; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Cravath Admits Breach as Law Firm Hacks Go Public

By Nell Gluckman and Christine Simmons |

Law firms usually manage to keep the public in the dark when it comes to data breaches and hacking attacks. But not this week.

Alex White Plume sits on the back steps of his house near Manderson, S.D., on Tuesday, June 26, 2007, near some hemp plants that grew from seeds knocked off plants confiscated by federal drug agents. White Plume sought to grow hemp, a cousin of marijuana with only a trace of marijuana's drug, on his ranch on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Robins Kaplan Snuffs Out Injunction in Hemp Farming Battle

By Jennifer Henderson |

The firm scored a partial victory for pro bono client Alexander White Plume this week, defeating a permanent injunction that barred the Oglala Sioux elder from farming industrial hemp on tribal lands.

Wachtell's home at the CBS Building in Manhattan.

Wachtell Beats Malpractice Case Over Icahn's CVR Takeover

By Susan Beck |

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz’s nasty battle with Carl Icahn could finally be over.

Slater & Gordon General Counsel Quits After Just Two Months

By Frances Ivens |

The problems for Australia's Slater & Gordon, the world's first publicly traded law firm, keep mounting. As its stock price sunk to a new low, Moana Weir, hired as Slater & Gordon's in-house legal chief in January, resigned this week.

Tortured Tale of Ex-Dorsey Partner Takes Turn in Maryland

By Scott Flaherty |

Kristan Peters-Hamlin, a former Dorsey & Whitney partner who has dealt with a recurring disciplinary issue over the past decade, has been disbarred in Maryland.

Archbishop Bernard Hebda speaks during a news conference at St. Paul Cathedral after being appointed as Archbishop of the archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis on Thursday, March 24, 2016 in St. Paul, Minn. Hebda has been interim leader of the archdiocese since Archbishop John Nienstedt resigned nine months ago, and he had been slated to become Archbishop of Newark, New Jersey, this summer. But the Vatican informed him Tuesday that he'll be staying in St. Paul.

Twin Cities’ New Archbishop Has a Big Law Past

By Nell Gluckman |

Archbishop Bernard Hebda, who was appointed last week to lead the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, was once an associate at Reed Smith.

Dozens of Big Firms Targeted by Hacker Seeking M&A Info

By Nell Gluckman |

A Russian hacker living in Ukraine reportedly tried to gain access to the computer systems of 48 law firms involved in M&A deals, according to a story by Crain’s Chicago Business, citing data by intelligence firm Flashpoint.

Law Firm Mergers Don't Benefit Clients, Report Finds

By Chris Johnson |

Amid a spate of unconsummated law firm courtships, a new report claims that the majority of mergers fail to deliver benefits to clients and risk damaging partnership value.

Feds Charge Harvard Law Grad With $95 Million Scheme

By Brian Baxter |

Andrew Caspersen, a Harvard Law School graduate turned private equity executive, was charged by the SEC and federal prosecutors with securities and wire fraud. Caspersen is related to several notable Big Law and Ivy League alums.

K&L Gates Advises Bill Gates on Florida Mansion Deal

By Nell Gluckman |

Bill Gates turned to the firm that bears his father's name to buy a multimillion-dollar property in a Florida equestrian's paradise.

The Am Law 100: Katten Moves Upmarket

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

A firm with Chicago roots breaks the $1.5 million profit barrier.

The Churn

Wiley Rein's FDA Head Joins DLA Piper, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Wiley Rein's food and drug leader decamps for DLA Piper; Mayer Brown recruits a key Verizon in-house lawyer; Skadden hires from a high-profile boutique; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Dealmakers and Deals of the Year

It was a cherry of a year for corporate transactions. Meet the lawyers behind the best work.

Man Enters Guilty Plea in Vedder Price Scam

By Scott Flaherty |

A Chicago man pleaded guilty to a long-running office supply scam that bilked Vedder Price out of roughly $7 million.

The Am Law 100: Shook Hardy's Revenue Rises Amid Profit Dip

By MP McQueen |

Shook, Hardy & Bacon saw its head count grow in 2015, but the Kansas City, Missouri-based firm's profits per partner slipped for the fourth year in a row.

Beautifying Big Law: Ex-Makeup Artist Shines at DLA Piper

By Nell Gluckman |

A young attorney recently hired by DLA Piper in Los Angeles also runs her own cosmetics company that uses nontoxic chemicals for people's skin.

Wachtell Names Three New Partners

By Staff |

Coming Monday: Dealmakers and Deals of the Year

Meet the lawyers behind some of the best, most complicated and most creative transactional work of the year. The American Lawyer's annual Dealmakers issue goes online March 28.

Deal Watch: Jones Day, Weil and Wachtell Paint the Town

By Jennifer Henderson |

A bucket of Am Law 100 firms have soaked up work on a big-time paint industry purchase.

The Am Law 100: Kirkland & Ellis Keeps Revenue Rising

By Susan Beck |

The firm posted a whopping $2.305 billion in revenue last year, according to The American Lawyer’s early reporting.

Big Firms Flock to Windy City’s Multiple Police Probes

By Julie Triedman |

Chicago has paid $760,000 to Wilmer, Taft Stettinius and an ex-Fried Frank partner to advise it on a U.S. Department of Justice probe into its troubled police department. McGuireWoods has also been retained by Chicago’s police oversight agency to conduct an internal audit.

Curtis Names Nine New Partners

By Staff |

Sutherland Names Seven New Partners

By Staff |
The Churn

McGuireWoods Bags Big BofA Book, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

McGuireWoods heads to San Francisco after a Reed Smith raid; Kirkland launches a Houston tax practice; Sidley Austin snags a high-powered IP team from Ropes & Gray; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Malik Isaac Taylor aka Phife Dawg, of A Tribe Called Quest, poses for a portrait at Sirius XM studios in New York, on Nov. 12, 2015.

Beats, Rhymes and Law for Nixon Peabody's Julian Petty

By Brian Baxter |

Julian Petty, head of Nixon Peabody's entertainment practice, reminisces about Phife Dawg, the late rapper and member of A Tribe Called Quest who was one of his first clients in building a practice with a hip-hop base.

Portrait of multi-ethnic businesswomen

Perkins Coie Offers Discount to Female-Run Startups

By Nell Gluckman |

At Perkins Coie, every night is ladies’ night. The firm is offering a 15 percent discount to startups with a female founder or top executive in an effort to give women a boost in the male-dominated startup world.

Burford Boasts Big Year, Invests $100M in Law Firm Portfolio

By Julie Triedman |

Burford Capital LLC announced Wednesday that its earnings topped $100 million in 2015, with commitments of $206 million, both new records for the publicly listed litigation financier, which has invested another $100 million in a law firm's litigation portfolio.

The Am Law 100: Gross Revenue, Profits Surge at Nixon Peabody

By Jennifer Henderson |

Nixon Peabody, which last year bolted on Chicago-based Ungaretti & Harris and consolidated its Hong Kong operations with local shop CWL Partners, saw gains across all financial metrics in 2015.

The Am Law 100: Revenue Rises at Perkins Coie

By Scott Flaherty |

The firm saw an uptick in revenue and kept profits steady as it grew its partnership ranks through lateral hires and internal promotions.

Judge Rejects Baker Botts Fee Proposal in New Gulf Bankruptcy

By Scott Flaherty |

The firm had hoped to balance its litigation risks with the U.S. Supreme Court’s holdings last year in Baker Botts v. Asarco.

Police and rescue teams are pictured outside the metro station Maelbeek in Brussels, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Explosions, at least one likely caused by a suicide bomber, rocked the Brussels airport and its subway system Tuesday, prompting a lockdown of the Belgian capital and heightened security across Europe.

Brussels Blasts Disrupt Big Law Business

By Chris Johnson, Julie Triedman and Nell Gluckman |

Brussels, the seat of the European Union and a hub for U.S. and international firms, was in lockdown Tuesday after a series of explosions rocked the city’s airport and a central subway station. At least 34 have been killed in the terrorist attacks.

(l-r) Barry Damon, Shawn McIntire, and Stephen Donelson.

Ballard Spahr Seeks Rocky Mountain High With Boutique Bolt-On

By Jennifer Henderson |

The Philadelphia-based Am Law 100 firm swallowed up the co-founders of Denver-based boutique Donelson Barry.

Workers use cranes to paint the Estadio Latinoamericano baseball arena in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, March 1, 2016. On the same week as the visits by Obama and The Rolling Stones, the Tampa Bay Rays are expected to play the first Major League Baseball exhibition game in Cuba since 1999.

Obama Not the Only American Lawyer Looking at Cuban Opportunities

By Nell Gluckman and Brian Baxter |

Akerman, Akin Gump, Gibson Dunn and Jones Day are busy advising clients on potential initiatives in Cuba, as President Obama makes a historic visit to the Caribbean island nation ahead of a goodwill-inducing baseball game Tuesday.

The Am Law 100: Winston & Strawn Grows Profits, Revenue

By Susan Beck |

Revenue per lawyer at the Chicago-based firm topped $1 million for the first time in 2015, and profits per partner were up 7.1 percent from the previous year.

Amid Hacking Threats, Law Firms Turn to Cyber Insurance

By Nell Gluckman |

Law firms are finding that their professional liability insurance doesn't cover many of the costs associated with cyberattacks.

What Killed Greenberg Traurig's U.K. Merger?

By Chris Johnson |

Behind the failed merger talks between Greenberg Traurig and London-based Berwin Leighton Paisner.

The Churn

Katten Litigation Co-Leader Decamps, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

The U.S. Department of Commerce adds a high-profile partner from Katten Muchin Rosenman; Greenberg Traurig and Holland & Knight trade hires; Winston & Strawn's arbitration co-chair departs; and other notable additions from around The Am Law 200.

Special Report: A Return to Earth for Elite New York Firms?

By Julie Triedman |

A barrage of big deals in 2015 didn’t translate into explosive growth for many of the country’s most profitable firms.

Deal Watch: Seven Firms Gorge on $13 Billion Pipeline Union

By Jennifer Henderson |

Sullivan & Cromwell, Skadden, Mayer Brown, Crowell & Moring and a trio of leading Canadian firms are advising on TransCanada Corp.'s proposed $13 billion acquisition of Columbia Pipeline Group Inc.

Man Who Shot Ex-Ropes & Gray Partner Given Life Sentence

By Brian Baxter |

More than three years after former Ropes & Gray partner and Jones Walker special counsel Sanford “Sandy” Kaynor Jr. was shot twice and left for dead, his assailant was given a 362-year prison sentence in a New Orleans criminal court.

Donald Trump, 2016 Republican presidential candidate, Nascar CEO Brian France, Nascar drivers Ryan Newman, Bill Elliot, and son Chase Elliott endorsing Trump, in Valdosta, GA, on February 29, 2016.

A Fact-Free Diet for the Election Season

By Steven J. Harper |

When facts get in the way, sometimes it's easiest to ignore them.

The Am Law 100: A Record Year for Mintz Levin

By Nell Gluckman |

Early estimates show dramatic revenue increases at the firm, which usually sits right at the juncture of The Am Law 100 and The Am Law 200.

Louis Solomon of Cadwalader. February 24, 2012. HANDOUT.

Cadwalader Litigation Team Jumps to Greenberg Traurig

By Jennifer Henderson |

Greenberg Traurig, after ending merger talks with Berwin Leighton Paisner, resumed its lateral hiring spree by snagging four partners from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, including the firm's litigation co-chair.

SeaWorld's Decision on Whale Shows Followed Legal Feeding Frenzy

By Julie Triedman |

Thanks to regulatory challenges and lawsuits tied to SeaWorld Entertainment’s famous orca shows, the company has had to rely heavily on professionals who can’t be paid in sardines: lawyers.

Robert Riley.

Schiff Hardin Defectors’ New Firm Eyes New York Opening

By Jennifer Henderson |

Less than two months after 22 partners broke away from Schiff Hardin to form Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila, the new firm has grown to 41 lawyers in three cities, thanks to a few hires from their former home.

Best Law Schools for Jobs and Prestige

By Vivia Chen |

Big Law feeder schools are not always the most highly ranked.

Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

Report: Paul Weiss Likely Not Liable for Caesars Conflicts

By Julie Triedman |

For the second time in six months, a law firm representing a Caesars Entertainment entity has narrowly avoided trouble in bankruptcy court.

Stewart Baker.

Steptoe Partner Makes Waves at SXSW Apple Debate

By Scott Flaherty |

Former NSA general counsel Stewart Baker bashed Apple’s position in the ongoing fight over encrypted communications.

Jeffrey Bleich, incoming State Bar president. Munger Tolles & by Jason Doiy.9-21-07.043-2007

Dentons Bags Ex-U.S. Aussie Ambassador From Munger Tolles

By MP McQueen |

Jeffrey Bleich, a former U.S. ambassador to Australia and longtime litigation partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson in San Francisco, left the firm earlier this month ahead of a planned move to growing global legal giant Dentons.

The Am Law 100: Munger Tolles' Metrics Take a Tumble

By MP McQueen |

Munger, Tolles & Olson, riding high after several years of strong financial performances, saw its numbers slip across the board in 2015. The firm also saw a prominent partner decamp this week for Dentons.

Greenberg Traurig Ends Merger Talks With UK's Berwin Leighton Paisner

By Julie Kay and Rose Walker |

Both firms confirmed Wednesday that the major trans-Atlantic merger was no longer in the cards.

James Bowers.

Q&A: Why a Day Pitney Lawyer Voted to Retire Harvard Law School's Shield

By Nell Gluckman |

James Bowers discusses the power of symbols, the lack of diversity in Big Law, and why he changed his mind about Harvard's need to ditch its controversial shield.

Minority Female Lawyers Make Gains (But Not the Men)

By Vivia Chen |

The latest report on diversity from MCCA and Vault.

Michael Jackson performing during his 13-city U.S. tour in Kansas City, Mo. on Feb. 24, 1988.

Hee-Hee! Big Firms and Boutiques Moonwalk to Michael Jackson Sale

By Jennifer Henderson |

Greenberg Traurig, Venable, White & Case and two top Los Angeles-based boutiques are advising on a $750 million thriller—the sale by Michael Jackson’s estate of a 50 percent stake in a joint venture with music giant Sony Corp. of America.

The Churn

NY Boutique Bags Big Law Partner, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Comings-and-goings at McCarter & English; Pillsbury Winthrop heads to Hong Kong; Proskauer Rose picks up a new life sciences vice chair; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

The Am Law 100: Profits, Revenue Slip at Kaye Scholer

By MP McQueen |

Revenue and profits fell slightly last year because of a slowdown in transactional work in the last quarter, the firm’s managing partner said.

125 Broad Street in lower Manhattan.

Sullivan & Cromwell Inks Deal to Buy Rest of NYC Skyscraper

By Julie Triedman |

Sullivan & Cromwell, one of the few Am Law 100 firms to own its own office building, has agreed to buy the remaining floors of the tower it calls home in New York City’s financial district for $202 million.

Jennifer Massey poses for photographers at the party after the season finale of NBC's

Trump 'Apprentice' Who Co-Founded Cooley's L.A. Office Starts Boutique

By Nell Gluckman |

Former Cooley partner Jennifer Massey was fired by Donald Trump after making it to the Season 2 finale of NBC's "The Apprentice."

Nelson Mullins' Robert Crowe.

Nelson Mullins Partner Fires Back at SEC in Pay-to-Play Suit

By Scott Flaherty |

Former DNC finance co-chair Robert Crowe is still a partner at Nelson Mullins as he battles the SEC, but the firm no longer identifies him as a leader of its government relations practice.

Santiago, Chile.

Spanish Firm Stays on Latin America Foray

By Jennifer Henderson |

Iberian legal giant Garrigues has finalized a deal to integrate Chilean firm Avendaño Merino into its global network. Amid a shrinking market for high-end legal services in Spain, many of the country's top firms are looking to opportunities in Latin America.

The Am Law 100: Partner Profits Hold Steady at Kramer Levin

By MP McQueen |

The firm posted a 3.6 percent increase in revenue last year, while partner profits barely budged from 2014.

The Churn

Akin Gump Health Leader Heads In-House, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

New York's Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center adds a high-ranking Akin Gump partner to serve as its new legal chief; a troubled Kaye Scholer partner departs; Kirkland makes another high-profile hire; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

The Am Law 100: Boies Schiller Rides High on Litigation Waves

By Scott Flaherty |

The firm reported profits per partner above $3 million for the second straight year in 2015, while its steady mix of plaintiffs and defense-side work drove double-digit revenue growth.

The General Motors Headquarters, located in Detroit, Michigan.

Deal Watch: Fenwick, Orrick Steer GM Toward Driverless Future

By Jennifer Henderson |

The two Am Law 100 firms grabbed roles on General Motors Co.'s $1 billion buy of autonomous vehicle startup Cruise Automation Inc. The transaction marked the latest in a string of deals for Fenwick & West.

The Am Law 100: Schulte Roth Holds Steady in Revenue, Profits

By MP McQueen |

Schulte Roth & Zabel saw little growth in revenue and profits in 2015, but executive committee chairman Alan Waldenberg said the firm has boosted its appeal on the lateral market.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) speaks at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Nov. 17, 2015.

'Let the People Speak'? A Response to Ted Cruz

By Steven J. Harper |

The senator's position on the Supreme Court's vacancy shows the perils of rewriting the Constitution to suit a political agenda.

Proskauer Beats Megabucks Class Action Over Work for Ponzi Schemer

By Amanda Bronstad and Julie Triedman |

Proskauer Rose and Chadbourne & Parke are immune from liability for the conduct of a former partner at the firms who was accused of helping R. Allen Stanford orchestrate a $7 billion fraud, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.

Sportscaster and television host Erin Andrews, center, stands with attorney Scott Carr, second from left, as the jury arrives in the courtroom after reaching a verdict Monday, March 7, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn.

For Bingham, Erin Andrews Verdict Is One That Got Away

By Brian Baxter |

The $55 million judgment awarded to TV personality Erin Andrews this week was a missed opportunity for Bingham McCutchen. The now-defunct firm took the lead for Andrews in 2009 after illicit videos of her surfaced online. But a conflict intervened.

The Am Law 100: Revenue, Partner Profits Dip at Cahill Gordon

By Jennifer Henderson |

Cahill Gordon & Reindel, whose finances float with the capital markets, felt a slight pinch to its bottom line in 2015.

Joseph Sigelman, indicted former chief executive of PetroTiger Ltd.

Quinn Emanuel Sued Over Legal Fees in Major Foreign Bribery Case

By Nell Gluckman |

Last year the firm touted its success for oil company CEO Joseph Sigelman, but now the former client is saying he’s been overcharged.

The Am Law 100: Seyfarth Passes $1 Million Mark in Profits Per Partner

By Susan Beck |

The firm’s PPP reached $1.02 million last year for the first time. Revenue and lawyer head count also increased.

Global Legal Awards Deadline Is May 1.

By Staff |

We're honoring the best lawyering the world over in cross-border deals, disputes, finance and citizenship.

The Am Law 100: A Big Year for Fried Frank as New Strategy Pays Off

By Chris Johnson |

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson achieved significant increases in revenue and profit in 2015, driven at least partly by strategic and operational changes made by chair David Greenwald.

The Am Law 100: Milbank Posts Modest Financial Gains

By MP McQueen |

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy saw gross revenue and partner profits rise slightly in 2015.

By the Numbers: Which Law Firms Get the Most Work from Federal Agencies?

By Steve Kovalan, ALM Legal Intelligence |

The National Institutes of Health is the biggest client for outside legal services by law firms among U.S. agencies, according to government data.

Now in U.S., Freed Lawyer Seeks to Reform Chinese Judicial System

By Nell Gluckman |

Chen Taihe, a law school professor in China, was one of the 200 human rights lawyers detained in China last summer.

The Am Law 100: Willkie Grows Revenue, Profits

By MP McQueen |

The gains in 2015 were driven by strong activity in Willkie Farr & Gallagher's international private equity, M&A, compliance and insurance transactions practices. The firm's revenue and profit growth slowed from 2014, however.

The Am Law 200: After Series of Mergers, Dinsmore's Revenue Soars

By Jennifer Henderson |

Three mergers in one year proved to be a mixed bag for regional Am Law 200 firm Dinsmore & Shohl, which saw its gross revenue grow in 2015, while partner profits and revenue per lawyer slipped.

Why the ABA's Bar-Passage Rule Isn't as Tough as It Looks

By Matt Leichter |

Many law schools could pass the ABA's proposed bar exam standard, even if they enroll students with long odds of passing the test.

K&L Gates offices in Washington, D.C. January 8, 2016.

K&L Gates Partners Made for Exits Despite $210M Windfall

By Julie Triedman |

The firm's losses have mounted even with a mammoth contingency fee promising to boost partner profits.

Peter Martelli.

Kirkland Raids Simpson for Another M&A Partner

By Brian Baxter |

Peter Martelli, a corporate partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York, recently resigned from the firm. After serving a 90-day gardening leave, Martelli will join Kirkland & Ellis, which has frequently raided Simpson Thacher in recent years.

The Am Law 100: Kasowitz Benson's Rebound Falls Short

By Scott Flaherty |

After a rebound year in 2014, New York-based Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman saw some key financial metrics slip last year, and that was before a key insurance recovery group left the firm in January.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

You're Hired! Kenyon & Kenyon Tapped For Drumpf Trademark

By Nell Gluckman |

John Oliver, a comedian and host of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight,” has sought to trademark the word “Drumpf” in an effort to dismantle Donald Trump’s quest for the Republican presidential nomination. Kenyon & Kenyon is advising.

The Am Law 100: Husch Blackwell Revenue, Head Count Decline

By Susan Beck |

Husch Blackwell had a mixed year in 2015, with revenue declining for the second straight year amid a double-digit increase in partner profits.

Marcia Clark in 1995, left, and in a current portrait.

Dishing with Marcia Clark (Yes, that Marcia)

By Vivia Chen |

O.J. Simpson's prosecutor talks about race, sexism and parenting.

A protest in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray.

Baltimore Politics Delay Wilmer Fees in Police Probe

By Julie Triedman |

As part of a compromise related to a $6.4 million settlement with the family of Freddie Gray, the firm will have to wait a bit longer to be fully paid for its work for the city of Baltimore.

The Am Law 100: Schiff Hardin Posts Double-Digit Growth

By Jennifer Henderson |

Fueled by a big contingency fee, the firm saw big gains in revenue and partner profits.

Anadarko Tank facility, Uinta Basin, Utah.

Kirkland on Contingency: Behind a $93 Million Fee Deal

By Susan Beck |

The firm earned $93 million—including a $70 million contingency fee—under an unusual fee arrangement approved by the Department of Justice.

The Am Law 100: McGuireWoods Partners Join the $1 Million Club

By Susan Beck |

For the first time at McGuire Woods, profits per equity partner topped $1 million in 2015.

The Churn

Windy City Welcomes Two Midsize Firms, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

K&L Gates and Sidley Austin disgorge partners to new Chicago offices for other firms; a bevy of moves at legal giants Baker & McKenzie and Norton Rose Fulbright; Schulte Roth bolts on a broker-dealer group; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Head Office of Sharp Corporation in Osaka.

Deal Watch: Foxconn Taps Baker & McKenzie for Sharp Buy

By Jennifer Henderson |

Sharp Corp., the struggling Japanese electronics manufacturer, is on the verge of being bought by Taiwan’s Foxconn Technology Co. Ltd. in a nearly $6 billion deal.

Steven Kaplan, left, and Laurence Platt, right.

K&L Gates Losses Continue as 10 More Partners Join Mayer Brown

By Julie Triedman |

The lawyers from K&L Gates’ consumer credit compliance and enforcement practice join a five-partner group that jumped to Mayer Brown earlier this month.

Jobs Report Shows Continued Legal Industry Declines

By MP McQueen |

Legal employment has struggled so far in 2016, despite overall gains in the U.S. economy.

World's First Publicly Listed Law Firm to Restructure After Mammoth Loss

By Chris Johnson |

Australia's Slater & Gordon, which went public in 2007, is planning to restructure its debt and U.K. operations after posting a net loss of almost a billion Australian dollars in the second half of 2015.

Lori Alvino McGill.

New Trial Boutique Lures Another Big Law Partner

By Nell Gluckman |

Lori Alvino McGill, an appellate specialist who joined Quinn Emanuel from Latham Watkins two years ago, is now headed to Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz, a firm started in January by former Paul Weiss star litigator Beth Wilkinson.

Alan Waldenberg.

Bracewell's Broker-Dealer Group Bolts for Schulte Roth

By Jennifer Henderson |

Julian Rainero, a barbecue aficionado and head of the broker-dealer and market regulation group at the newly renamed Bracewell, is leading a 10-lawyer team to Schulte Roth & Zabel in New York.

The Am Law 100: Revenues Edge Up at Mayer Brown

By Susan Beck |

Partner profits in 2015 grew more robustly, rising nearly 8 percent from the prior year.

The Am Law 100: Profits Rise at Baker & Hostetler

By Susan Beck |

Still buoyed by its work for Bernie Madoff victims, the firm posted strong financial gains across the board in 2015, with profits rising nearly 15 percent.

Gregory Morin.

Latham Mourns Boston Associate Killed in Restaurant Crash

By Nell Gluckman |

Gregory Morin, a 32-year-old associate at Latham & Watkins, was killed this week in a car accident that also claimed the life of an office manager at a small firm in the Boston suburbs.

Credit: Lars Lindblad/

Bankruptcy Baron Spreads Wings With Own Shop in Airline Case

By Brian Baxter |

Bruce Zirinsky, the ex-head of the restructuring groups at Greenberg Traurig and Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, has started his own firm in New York. Zirinsky just snagged a lead role advising Republic Airways Holdings Inc. in its bankruptcy case, one that has already pumped more than $1.1 million into his new firm’s coffers.

The Global Lawyer: How The Am Law 100 Screws Contract Lawyers

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Law firms that set best practices abet worst practices for contract attorneys.

Ted Cruz, left, and Marco Rubio, right.

Should You Hire Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio?

By Vivia Chen |

Ted Cruz has the perfect resume, but are you better off with the social butterfly?

The Am Law 100: Another Record Year for Gibson Dunn

By Scott Flaherty |

The firm's financial performance edged up on all fronts in 2015, and revenue increased for the 20th straight year.

The Am Law 100: Profits Dip at Shearman & Sterling

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Senior partner Creighton Condon blamed collections delays and volatile markets for modest 2015 revenue growth and a slight slide in profits per partner.

The Churn

Big Law Partners Snag GC Roles, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Davis Polk, Paul Hastings, Simpson Thacher and Stoel Rives partners head in-house; K&L Gates and Kirkland & Ellis see a spate of exits; Orrick adds another energy partner; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Simratpal Singh

McDermott Sues Defense Department on Behalf of Sikh Captain

By Nell Gluckman |

Partner Amandeep Sidhu filed the suit for his pro bono client, a Sikh U.S. Army captain who is trying to serve while maintaining his beard and turban.

Donald Trump

Christie's Big Law Backers Mostly Mum on Trump Endorsement

By Scott Flaherty |

So far, none of them is heeding Meg Whitman's call to "reject the governor and Donald Trump outright."

Todd Aidman, left, and Michael Rose, right.

National Labor Firm, in Growth Bid, Bags Popeyes Chicken Lawyers

By Jennifer Henderson |

Ford & Harrison, a national labor and employment firm that bolted on a boutique in January, remained acquisitive by expanding Tuesday into Connecticut after absorbing Hartford-based Rose Kallor.

Gregory Novak, left, and Tracy Druce, right, of Novak Druce. April 17, 2012.

Polsinelli Guts IP Boutique Novak Druce With Mass Hire

By Susan Beck |

Polsinelli confirmed Tuesday that it will be taking 44 IP lawyers from Novak Druce Connolly Bove & Quigg., stripping the boutique of most of its attorneys and all but one of its remaining name partners.

Amid Defections, Kirkland Extends Notice Period for Departing Partners

By Susan Beck and Anna Ward |

In a move that appears aimed at deterring partner departures, Kirkland & Ellis is doubling the notice period that partners must give before they leave, from 60 to 120 days, according to former Kirkland partners.

Abu Dhabi

Amid Houston Unrest, Vinson to Close Abu Dhabi Office

By Jennifer Henderson |

Almost a year after Latham & Watkins announced plans to consolidate its Middle East operations, Vinson & Elkins has confirmed plans to do the same, closing its outpost in Abu Dhabi to refocus its regional operations on Dubai and Riyadh. The move comes amid a recent reshuffling in Vinson’s Houston headquarters.

The Am Law 100: Paul Hastings Sees Growth Across the Board

By Nell Gluckman |

The high-flying firm posted gains in both revenue and profits in 2015.

Robert Ruyak.

RuyakCherian Reels In HayBoo, Wilmer Partners

By Julie Triedman |

Robert Ruyak, the former Howrey chairman who recently started his own firm, has brought on a pair of new partners from Haynes and Boone and Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr.

The Churn

Hogan Lovells on a Hiring Spree, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Hogan Lovells goes global for new recruits; a rough week for K&L Gates; Crowell & Moring brings back a top prosecutor; Debevoise bags a federal judge; DLA Piper plucks a longtime ESPN lawyer; and other notable additions from around The Am Law 200.

Special Report: Millennials in Big Law

They outnumber boomers, they’re different from Gen Xers and they’re starting to become Big Law partners. Here’s what to expect.

Millennial Hype

By Vivia Chen |

Who says this generation will rock Big Law? A contrarian's view.

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

Deal Watch: Cravath on the Warpath for Argentina and Yahoo

By Jennifer Henderson |

The vaunted Wall Street firm picked up two key roles for the South American nation and multinational technology giant, ahead of what could be major deals for both clients.

Indicted financier R. Allen Stanford.

Chadbourne & Parke Agrees to Settle Stanford Ponzi Claims

By Julie Triedman |

Ending more than six years of litigation related to a former partner’s role advising disgraced financier R. Allen Stanford, Chadbourne & Parke has agreed to a confidential settlement with aggrieved investors in Stanford's $7 billion Ponzi scheme.

LSAT v. GRE: Rhetoric v. Reality

By Steven J. Harper |

Something touted as “fundamental change” moves the profession backward.

The Am Law 200: Lewis Roca’s Profits Rose Ahead of Merger

By Nell Gluckman |

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie, an Am Law 200 firm that has pulled off a series of mergers in recent years, posted mostly flat financial results in 2015. But the firm, which has strong ties to the gaming industry, is gambling on future growth as it seeks to become a national name in the legal industry.

The Am Law 200: Revenue, Net Income Down at Foley Hoag

By Chris Johnson |

Foley Hoag saw slight declines in both revenue and net in 2015, according to reporting by The American Lawyer.

Stephen DiCarmine, left, and Joel Sanders outside the courtroom during their 2015 trial.

New Blow to Prosecutors as Dewey Execs Dodge Top Charge

By Nell Gluckman |

The incredibly shrinking Dewey & LeBoeuf prosecution shrank again on Friday, to the relief of former Dewey execs Stephen DiCarmine and Joel Sanders.

Pitney Farm.

Day Pitney Co-Founder's Historic Home Gutted in Blaze

By Brian Baxter |

A New Jersey mansion at the heart of a preservation battle mysteriously burned to the ground Wednesday morning. The family of Day Pitney’s co-founder owned the historic property.

Morgan Lewis chair Jami Wintz McKeon

Morgan Lewis Snags K&L Gates' IP Practice Leader in Chicago Raid

By Julie Triedman |

In a coup for its national IP practice, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius has landed the global co-leader of K&L Gates’ IP group and three members of his team in Chicago.

The Am Law 100: O'Melveny & Myers Makes a Rebound

By Jennifer Henderson |

After posting less than stellar financial results in 2014, O’Melveny & Myers was back in growth mode in 2015.

Lateral Link Sues Former Recruiters Over Client Data

By Nell Gluckman |

The recruiting firm accuses two former directors in Chicago of taking confidential client information with them when they left to start their own agency in January.

Roberta Kaplan with her client Edith Windsor, right, addressing the media outside the U.S. Supreme Court on the second day of arguments over the fate of same-sex marriage. March 27, 2013.

Roberta Kaplan Gets Personal

By Vivia Chen |

A Q&A with the Paul Weiss partner about sexuality, stereotypes and her work in the case that legalized gay marriage.

The Am Law 100: DLA Revenue Tops $2.5 Billion, But Profits Fall

By Chris Johnson |

DLA Piper saw its revenue surpass $2.5 billion for the first time in 2015, but those gains were offset by a sharp decline in profits.

The Am Law 100: Growth Slows at Latham & Watkins

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Was 2015 the year Latham & Watkins finally fell back to Earth? A superficial look at the numbers might suggest so. But a deeper dive yields no schadenfreude for Latham's rivals.

Harvard Law School Library in Langdell Hall at night.

Milbank Denies Claims It Sought to Censor Free Speech at Harvard

By Nell Gluckman |

Milbank's decision to reallocate a $1 million gift to Harvard Law School has sparked an unusual public clash between the firm and a group of prominent law professors.

NFL Tax Filings Reveal Glimpse at Last Legal Bills

By Brian Baxter |

The National Football League disclosed the second of its two annual federal tax filings this week, marking the last time the league will do so after renouncing its nonprofit status last year. The dual filings reveal big fees for Akin Gump, Covington & Burling and Paul Weiss.

John Sheridan, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Cooper Health System addresses a gathering in Camden, N.J., on July, 24, 2012.  Sheridan and his wife, Joyce were killed when a fire broke out in their home early Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in Montgomery Township.

Squire Patton Boggs Partner Seeks to Restore Father’s Reputation

By Scott Flaherty |

A group of 200 prominent New Jersey citizens, including three ex-governors and partners from Drinker Biddle, Duane Morris and Patterson Belknap, have signed a letter seeking to reopen a murder-suicide investigation involving a prominent Garden State lawyer.

The Am Law 100: Engines Cool at Davis Polk

By Julie Triedman |

Ending five years of continually strong profitability and revenue growth, Davis Polk & Wardwell posted anemic results in 2015.

Firms, Who Are Your New Partners for 2016?

By Am Law Daily Staff |

Making partner is a big deal. We want to recognize the accomplishment.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Revenue Edges Up at Weil Amid Solid Profits

By Julie Triedman |

The firm is still lagging behind its performance five years ago, but its leader says the trend lines are good.

The Churn

A Vinson Partner's Quick Turnaround, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

A week after leaving Vinson & Elkins for Simpson Thacher, Douglas McWilliams did an about-face; Hughes Hubbard hires a new securities enforcement chair; Latham and Paul Weiss grow in Hong Kong; and other key additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Havana, Cuba.

Akin Gump Hires Cargill Exec to Lobby on Cuba Relations

By Nell Gluckman |

As firms position themselves to take advantage of improving U.S.-Cuba relations, Akin Gump has hired former Cargill executive Devry Boughner Vorwerk to help speed the thaw.

Cate Blanchett in the film Carol.

Why Lesbians Make More Money

By Vivia Chen |

Lesbians make 9 percent more than their straight sisters.

Health Care Stays Hot as Paul Hastings Practice Head Jumps to McDermott

By Susan Beck |

The move marks the second departure from Paul Hastings’ health care group this month as McDermott looks to beef up its offerings.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Debevoise Sees Double-Digit Profit Growth

By Julie Triedman |

Profits per partner were up nearly 11 percent at the firm, which also saw a healthy increase in revenue.

Baker & Hostetler Bags Bracewell's Seattle Litigation Head

By Jennifer Henderson |

After a spate of lateral departures and lackluster financial results for 2015, the newly renamed Bracewell lost its head of litigation in Seattle. The move came after Bracewell hired a New York tax partner, but saw Morgan Lewis land an oil and gas pro in Houston and D.C.

Dentons Starts Up Partnership With WeWork

By Jennifer Henderson |

Dentons has found a new way to service startups. A little more than a year after acquiring a small New York shop that advises new companies, the legal giant announced Monday a partnership with international co-working giant WeWork Companies Inc.

Associates Find Opportunities in Uneven Market

By MP McQueen |

Recruiters say there’s no market slump for young lawyers with the right set of skills.

Squire Patton Boggs offices in Washington, D.C.

Squire Patton Boggs Inks Merger With California's Carroll Burdick

By Susan Beck |

The deal with Carroll Burdick & McDonough gives Squire Patton a 55-lawyer boost in California, Germany and Asia.

New Global Firm Makes a Debut, Shunning US

By Nell Gluckman |

Gowlings and Wragge Lawrence Graham made their merger official on Monday, creating one of the largest international firms without an office in the United States.

The Churn

Mayer Brown Launches German PE Group, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

King & Wood Mallesons’ private equity leader in Germany joins Mayer Brown; two more Edwards Wildman Palmer alums leave Locke Lord; Polsinelli keeps growing; Wachtell adds an e-discovery expert; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Another Strong Year for Jenner & Block

By Susan Beck |

The firm saw its second straight year of double-digit revenue growth and a healthy rise in partner profits.

Antonin Scalia.

The Global Lawyer: The Vanished Robe That Saved the Globe?

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

What Justice Scalia's death means for global warming.

Polsinelli's Russell Welsh.

Polsinelli To Absorb Large IP Group From Novak Druce

By Susan Beck |

Continuing its systematic expansion, Polsinelli agreed to take in "the vast majority of lawyers and staff" from Houston-based IP boutique Novak Druce Connolly Bove & Quigg.

Deal Watch: A Chinese Buyer's Big U.S. Tech Deal

By Jennifer Henderson |

Am Law 100 firms Davis Polk and Weil have lead roles as China’s Tianjin Tianhai Investment Co. Ltd. pays $6 billion in cash for Irvine, California-based Ingram Micro Inc.

Charley Moore founded Rocket Lawyer in San Francisco in 2008.

ABA Abandons Rocket Lawyer Venture Amid Attorney Backlash

By Susan Beck |

Facing strong opposition from state and local bar groups, the American Bar Association has quickly backed away from a pilot project aimed at helping small business owners find lawyers for a reasonable price.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

Scalia's Vacancy: News vs. Opinion

By Steven J. Harper |

As the country’s political divide widens, clarity is becoming a casualty.

Sir Nigel Knowles.

Nigel Knowles, Who Helped Create Global Giant, To End Tenure at DLA Piper

By James Booth |

Knowles, who oversaw his firm's expansion into a global legal giant over the past two decades, will step down from his management post in April before retiring from the partnership.

Are Older and Younger Women Headed for a Clash?

By Vivia Chen |

Are they feminists or ingrates?

Milbank Changes Course on $1M Harvard Law School Gift after Pro-Palestine Event

By Nell Gluckman |

A student group at Harvard Law School claims that its stance on free speech and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict drove Milbank to withdraw hundreds of thousands of dollars in annual funding for student-run activities at the school.

James Cotterman

Q&A: Law Firms to Need More Capital as Boomers Retire

By Julie Triedman |

Will higher capital contributions become the norm in Big Law? Altman Weil consultant James Cotterman discusses how lower demand for legal services and a coming wave of partner retirements will affect law firm finances.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Sidley Partners Pass $2 Million Mark

By Susan Beck |

The firm, which celebrates its sesquicentennial this year, posted across-the-board gains in revenue and profit.

Former Dewey junior manager Zachary Warren in September 2014.

Junior Dewey Defendant Avoids Trial, Lands Big Law Job

By Christine Simmons |

Instead of facing trial for alleged fraud and conspiracy related to Dewey & LeBoeuf’s demise, former Dewey junior manager Zachary Warren is bound for Williams & Connolly this fall as an associate.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: White & Case Shifts Into Growth Mode

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Profits and revenue were mostly flat in 2015, but the firm pivoted toward growth for the first time since the Great Recession, boosting its partnership ranks by 6 percent.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Dorsey Sees Slight Declines in Revenue, Profits

By Nell Gluckman |

After a record-breaking 2014, Dorsey & Whitney’s gross revenue, revenue per lawyer and partner profits each took a modest hit in 2015.

Taurie Zeitzer

Zeitzer Keeps Apollo Work Coming at Paul Weiss with $7B ADT Deal

By Jennifer Henderson |

With client Apollo Global Management in tow, Taurie Zeitzer has kept on making rain since joining Paul Weiss from Kirkland last January.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Profits Leap at Fish & Richardson

By Chris Johnson |

The firm more than weathered a downturn in IP litigation last year, posting double-digit gains in revenue and partner profits.

Citi Private Bank: Firms Can Expect More of the Same in 2016

By Gretta Rusanow and Andrew Godwin, Citi Private Bank |

Profit growth in 2015 averaged roughly 4.5 percent, according to an analysis by Citi Private Bank’s Law Firm Group, and firms are likely to see similar results in 2016. Will partners view their bank accounts as half full or half empty?

New Barbies, from left to right: Curvy, Petite, and Tall.

The New Barbie Must Die

By Vivia Chen |

The "realistic" Barbie is a downer. And unfeminist.

Antonin Scalia.

After Scalia: A Justice's Legacy and an Uncertain Future

By David Bario |

The death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has sparked turmoil in American law and politics, with the battle over his successor already raging and the specter of an evenly divided high court hanging over key cases.

The Churn

K&L Gates Adds Down Under After Moscow Closure, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

After closing its Moscow office, K&L Gates doubles down in Australia; Greenberg Traurig grabs a Goodwin Procter securities litigator; high-powered lawyers leave Vinson & Elkins and Morgan Lewis in Houston; and other key additions from around The Am Law 200.

The American International Building, located in New York, NY.

Weil Helps AIG Make Peace With Icahn, Paulson

By Scott Flaherty |

The firm helped longtime client American International Group Inc. reach an agreement with activist investors Carl Icahn and John Paulson, who have been pushing for a three-way split of the storied insurance giant.

The Dirty Little Secret of Law Firm Billing

By Steven J. Harper |

As the media reports soaring hourly billing rates, they’re missing the real story.

Firms Get Mostly High Marks as Social Mobility Project Enters Fifth Year

By Chris Johnson |

A groundbreaking initiative by a group of leading U.K., U.S. and international law firms is teaching disadvantaged students about the profession but failing to follow through, according to a new report.

The Mylan Laboratories Inc. headquarters in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.

Deal Watch: Mylan Moves on to Meda With Cravath in Tow

By Jennifer Henderson |

A new year brings another new deal for the pharmaceutical giant and its outside lawyers from three firms.

Charlotte, NC.

Holland & Knight Grows Again With New Charlotte Office

By Nell Gluckman |

A month after it lured away a group from Dickstein Shapiro in Connecticut, Holland & Knight is opening in North Carolina’s commercial hub with three banking and finance partners from Bryan Cave and Winstead.

Partner Threat Nets Guilty Plea From Ex-Bryan Cave Associate

By Brian Baxter |

Ryan Walsh, a former litigation associate at Bryan Cave, pleaded guilty this week to threatening to kill a partner at the firm in 2013.

Skadden to Close Sydney Office Amid Australia Jitters

By Julie Triedman |

U.S.-based firms may be in for some turbulence, but many say that there’s still good money to be made Down Under.

After Near-Tragedy, Firm Takes Cardiac Safety to Heart

By Jennifer Henderson |

A barely averted disaster for the wife of a Fisher & Phillips partner led to big changes in how the 330-lawyer labor firm prepares for office health emergencies.

Sanctioned Big Law Associate Sues NY Post, Daily News for Defamation

By Scott Flaherty |

Former Latham, Quinn Emanuel and Mintz Levin lawyer Anthony Zappin made headlines for his pro se antics in a New York divorce case. Now he wants the tabloids to pay.

Customers Reap Benefits From Hughes Hubbard's MF Global Role

By Julie Triedman |

Hughes Hubbard & Reed received $87 million for its work handling the liquidation of MF Global’s broker-deal unit, and customers and creditors of the defunct commodities trader also fared well after four years of bankruptcy proceedings finally came to an end this week.

Teamwork Sucks for Women

By Vivia Chen |

Study by Harvard economist finds that collaborating with men hurts women's careers.

Laura Ricciardi at Netflix 2016 Winter TCA on Sunday, January 17, 2016, in Pasadena, CA.

'Making a Murderer' Creator Had Past Life at Quinn Emanuel

By Nell Gluckman |

One of the producers of the popular Netflix series worked as a contract attorney at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan while making the documentary.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Polsinelli Posts Across-the-Board Gains

By Susan Beck |

The growing firm saw healthy increases last year in profits and revenue.

The Churn

Bingham Refugees Find New Homes, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

A year after Morgan Lewis absorbed Bingham McCutchen, several lawyers from the latter find new homes; Fried Frank welcomes back an ex-partner; Jenner & Block brings on an M&A leader; and other additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Dickstein Shapiro, Greenspoon Marder See Head Counts Dip and Drive

By Brian Baxter |

The firms led the way in negative and positive head count growth for the Am Law 200 over the past 14 months.

By the Numbers: What's a Partnership Anyway?

By Nicholas Bruch, ALM Legal Intelligence |

Fifteen years of data shows that the partnership model for The Am Law 200 isn't what it used to be.

Litigation Finance Arms Race Continues with New Hires at Burford, Bentham

By Julie Triedman |

Two leading litigation funders announced that they are hiring Big Law veterans and expanding their operations in North America.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Revenue, Profits Down at Bryan Cave

By Jennifer Henderson |

Three years after one merger and with another combination scuttled at the end of the year, the firm's gross revenue slipped again in 2015.

American Bar Association office in Washington, D.C. June 23, 2014. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Divided ABA Adopts Resolution on Nonlawyer Legal Services

By Susan Beck |

Following a contentious debate, the American Bar Association's House of Delegates voted Monday to adopt a resolution that gives states a framework to consider the regulation of "nontraditional legal service providers."

Is Hillary Too Loud for You?

By Vivia Chen |

Hillary gets criticized for raising her voice. Are you talking too loudly too?

Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Gross Revenue Jumps at Akin Gump

By Nell Gluckman |

Akin Gump saw gross revenue rise 7.1 percent in a year that the firm worked to integrate a large new group of laterals in Europe and Hong Kong.

Referee Clete Blakeman (34) makes a call as he wears a ball cap with a pink accented attire in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness during an NFL football game between the New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, in Arlington, Texas.

Already a Litigator, Super Bowl’s Top Ref Now a Hottie Too

By Brian Baxter |

Cletus "Clete" Blakeman, a partner at Omaha’s Carlson & Burnett, went viral on social media Sunday night thanks to his role as the Super Bowl 50's lead referee.

Tony Williams.

Under Client Pressure, Law Firms Focus on Cost-Cutting

By Julie Triedman |

More law firms are adopting management techniques that their clients embraced long ago. But change has been slowed by partners' resistance, according to a new report.

Time to Rethink Partner Capital Contributions?

By Nell Gluckman |

Amid a boom in lateral hiring, consultants are seeing changes in how firms collect capital contributions from new partners—and how they return capital to those who leave.

The Churn

Greenberg Traurig Keeps Growing, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Greenberg Traurig shuffles its litigation ranks amid plans for global growth; another Kenyon & Kenyon partner departs; Bass Berry and Lewis Brisbois absorb small firms; Holland & Knight hires an ex-governor; and other additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

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

By Nell Gluckman |

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

Chasing Lateral Growth, Big Law Leaders Lose Their Way

By Steven J. Harper |

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

Jobs Report: Legal Sector Has Rocky Start in 2016

By Nell Gluckman |

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

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

By Susan Beck |

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

Deborah Rhode.

At ABA Meeting, Bar Groups See Threat from Nonlawyers

By Susan Beck |

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

Syngenta headquarters in Basel, Switzerland.

Deal Watch: ChemChina's Syngenta Merger Sets Record

By Brian Baxter |

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

Todd Rolapp, left, and Mark Manner, right.

Bass Berry Bags 10 Partners From Disbanding Tennessee Firm

By Brian Baxter |

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

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

By MP McQueen |

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

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

The Global Lawyer: The First Shoe Drops in Argentina

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

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

Houston A La Carte: Behind Orrick's Texas Expansion

By Jennifer Henderson |

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

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

Choate Hall Hires Three Locke Lord PE Partners in Boston

By Nell Gluckman |

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

Tara Lee.

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

By Scott Flaherty |

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

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

By Julie Triedman |

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

Greenberg Traurig In Tie-Up Talks With Major British Firm

By Brian Baxter and Chris Johnson |

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

The Churn

Three Practice Leaders Leave DLA Piper, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

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

McKool Smith Snags Kasowitz Benson Insurance Team

By Brian Baxter and Christine Simmons |

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

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

By Nell Gluckman |

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

Demme Doufekias.

Q&A: Morrison & Foerster Takes On Abortion Foes

By Scott Flaherty |

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

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

DLA Piper Shakes Up Non-U.S. Compensation

By James Booth |

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

U.S. Supreme Court

The Global Lawyer: Will Daimler Blow Up Terror Litigation?

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

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

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

By Vivia Chen |

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

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

By Nell Gluckman |

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

Sullivan & Cromwell Takes Rare Debtor Assignment for Primorsk

By Scott Flaherty |

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

DLA Creates Nordic Verein Following Finland Merger

By Chris Johnson |

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

The Churn

Holland & Knight Hires in Connecticut, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter and Christine Simmons |

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

The Lateral Report: Moves Hit a Post-Recession High

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

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

By MP McQueen |

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

The Most Prized Lateral of 2015 Wasn't a Partner

By William Henderson and Christopher Zorn |

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