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

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

By Christine Simmons and Nell Gluckman |

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

Brownstein, Dinsmore and Duane Morris Bolt On IP Boutiques

By Jennifer Henderson |

The three Am Law 200 firms absorbed a trio of IP boutiques on Sept. 1. Meanwhile, Detroit-based Butzel Long picked up a pension and employee benefits shop and Anglo-German legal giant Taylor Wessing expanded into the Netherlands by acquiring a local firm.

Clinton Emails Reveal the Persuasive Nature of Lanny Davis

By Scott Flaherty |

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

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

By Nell Gluckman |

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

Topless Feminists

By Vivia Chen |

Should feminists rally behind the topless women at Times Square?

Arent Fox Partner Moonlights as Montauk Nightclub Owner

By Nell Gluckman |

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

Littler Banks on Big Data

By Jennifer Henderson |

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

Lawyers Are Prone to Fall for Email Scams

By Vivia Chen |

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

Gap Settles Patent Suit After Fight With Dentons

By Scott Flaherty |

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

Acquisition Spree Sees Slater and Gordon Revenues Soar

By Chris Johnson |

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

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

By Jennifer Henderson |

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

stacks of cash

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

By Brian Baxter |

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

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

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

By Nell Gluckman |

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

Taking Care of the Kids Will Help Your Sex Life

By Vivia Chen |

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

Quinn Emanuel Co-Founder Joins Davis Wright

By Brian Baxter |

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

Michael Garofola attends ABC's

A Lawyer's Search for Love on Reality TV

By Jennifer Henderson |

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

Dewey & LeBoeuf NYC

Jury Hears Conflicting Views of Dewey & LeBoeuf Accounting

By Christine Simmons |

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

The Churn

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

By Brian Baxter |

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

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

Dentons Leaders Assess Market Ahead of Dacheng Deal

By Susan Beck |

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

Ex-Davies Ward Partner Gets Hefty Fine for Inside Trades

By Scott Flaherty |

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

To Win Clients, Mintz Levin Partner Hits the Waves

By Nell Gluckman |

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

Lawyers Spar Over Cause of Dewey & LeBoeuf's Demise

By Nell Gluckman |

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

One International Place

After Bingham Bolt-On, Morgan Lewis Subleases Unused Space

By Brian Baxter |

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

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

Dewey Defense: GC Kept Mum as Firm Wooed Investors

By Julie Triedman |

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

How To Answer Annoying Interview Questions

By Vivia Chen |

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

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

Law Firms Eye Global Market Turmoil, China Plunge

By Susan Beck |

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

Satisfaction By City

Baker & McKenzie Drops Behind DLA Piper as Gross Revenue Leader

By Chris Johnson |

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

Big Law Lessons in Amazon’s Workplace Jungle

By Steven J. Harper |

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

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

What Drove Arab Bank to a Billion Dollar Settlement?

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

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

Arab Bank headquarters in Amman, Jordan

Arab Bank Settlement Said to Be More Than $1 Billion

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

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

After Jones Day Raid, Greenberg Traurig Rebuilds Mexico City Outpost

By Julie Triedman |

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

Wachtell Puts Lawyers on Tight Leash

By Vivia Chen |

Wachtell Lipton is now monitoring lawyers 24/7.

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

By Jennifer Henderson and Nell Gluckman |

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

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

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

By Christine Simmons |

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

2015 Lifetime Achievers, Law Firm Leaders Announced

By Am Law Daily Staff |

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

The Churn

Ropes Reels in Cybersecurity Pros, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

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

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

Bank Exec Describes Pulling Plug on Dewey & LeBoeuf Loans

By Julie Triedman |

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

Ashley Madison Owner Taps Am Law Firms Amid Massive Hack

By Jennifer Henderson |

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

Is Big Law Kinder Than Amazon?

By Vivia Chen |

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

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

By Jennifer Henderson |

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

Growing German Market Spurs Latest Latham Lateral Raid

By Julie Triedman |

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

Herbert Smith Freehills Trainee Lawyer Murdered in London

By Brian Baxter |

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

Dewey Witness Says She Never Intended to Defraud

By Nell Gluckman |

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

Remembering White House Rejects Who Shaped Big Law

By Nell Gluckman |

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

Miller Canfield Inks Alliance Deal With Mexican Firm

By Brian Baxter |

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

Michael Hausfeld

Antitrust Firms in Forex Case Fix Their Gaze on Europe

By Scott Flaherty |

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

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

By Julie Triedman |

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

Is Happiness at Work Overrated?

By Vivia Chen |

New research questions if happy workers are more productive.

The Churn

Haynes and Boone Raids IP Boutique, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Jennifer Henderson |

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

A Crash Course in Law Firm Disaster

By Nell Gluckman |

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

Did You Remember to Plug In Your Lawyer Today?

By Julie Triedman |

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

BakerHostetler Shakeup Highlights Shifting Equity Equation

By Susan Beck |

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

Deal Watch: Google Shakeup Has Its Lawyers Feeling Lucky

By Jennifer Henderson |

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

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

Dewey Witness Says She Helped Stifle Alarms Over Accounting

By Nell Gluckman |

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

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

By John Wilmouth |

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

Bienvenidos a Mexico, Mayer Brown

By Jennifer Henderson |

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

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

By Scott Flaherty |

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

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

Ex-Dewey Revenue Executive Says She Falsified Firm Records

By Nell Gluckman |

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

The Churn

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

By Jennifer Henderson |

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

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

By Nell Gluckman |

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

Polsinelli Partner Found Dead by Police After Search

By Scott Flaherty |

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

Warren Buffett

Buffett Ties Keep Paying Off for Munger Tolles

By Jennifer Henderson |

Investors would love a crystal ball to tell them what companies will be next on Warren Buffett’s M&A shopping list. But anyone can predict which law firm will be there when Berkshire Hathaway goes on the prowl.

Bruce Keller of Debevoise & Plimpton. HANDOUT.

Debevoise Loses Intellectual Property Group Chief to DOJ

By Nell Gluckman |

Bruce Keller, the 60-year-old leader of Debevoise & Plimpton's IP litigation group, has taken on an unlikely new role as an assistant U.S. attorney in New Jersey.

Moolah for Diversity

By Vivia Chen |

It's August, and you want your news quick and dirty. Here's the latest.

Defendant Joel Sanders during a break on the first day of trial, May 26.

Dewey Witness Says Ex-CFO Sanders Was Behind Bogus Invoices

By Christine Simmons |

Dewey & LeBoeuf’s former billing chief testified Monday that one of the firm’s top executives, ex-CFO Joel Sanders, had instructed her to prepare client invoices aimed at artificially inflating the firm’s revenues.

Dealmaker of the Week: Phillip Mills of Davis Polk & Wardwell

By Jennifer Henderson |

Mills advised PartnerRe on a previously agreed-upon merger with AXIS Capital before changing gears to confront an evolving—and ultimately successful—hostile bid by Italian investment firm Exor.

The Churn

King & Spalding Is California Bound, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Eight lawyers are leaving DLA Piper’s outpost in Sacramento for King & Spalding; Weil, Gotshal & Manges loses two structured finance partners; more partnership changes at K&L Gates; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Legal Industry Makes Modest Job Gains

By Nell Gluckman |

The legal sector added 200 jobs in July, according to the latest jobs report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, continuing a trend of slow and intermittent growth in 2015.

The ABA at Work?

By Steven J. Harper |

Forget the spin—the ABA blew another one.

Continental Breakfast: Gateley Takes Stock After Landmark Law Firm IPO

By Chris Johnson |

The American Lawyer's chief European correspondent meets regularly with senior legal figures at their favorite breakfast spots to chew over the industry's tastiest talking points. This week he dined with two leaders of Gateley Plc, the U.K.'s first publicly listed law firm.

In Promontory and PwC Cases, Sullivan & Cromwell Pushed to Tone Down Reports

By Susan Beck |

Another major regulatory consulting firm is in hot water after allegedly caving in to pressure from Sullivan & Cromwell to go soft on a bank accused of illegal money laundering activity.

Deal Watch: Firms Guzzle Fees in Coca-Cola Bottling Merger

By Jennifer Henderson |

When Coca-Cola bottlers combine to create the largest independent bottler for the mega beverage brand, they need a fountain of law firms to seal the deal. Plus, the pharma M&A frenzy continues in our latest roundup of billion-dollar deals.

(From left) Stephen DiCarmine, Zachary Warren, Joel Sanders, and Steven Davis are led into court on Thursday March 6, 2014.

Intent, Not Accounting, May Be Key to Dewey Trial

By Nell Gluckman |

In the end, it may not matter how Dewey & LeBoeuf was allegedly fudging its numbers. What matters is the Who—and the Why.

Robins Kaplan, Ex-U.S. Attorney Take Up Tribal Hemp Fight

By Jennifer Henderson |

If a newly departed top U.S. prosecutor gets his way, Oglala Sioux elder Alex White Plume may soon turn from hemp martyr to hemp farmer.

Ex-Simpson Thacher Partner Joins CEO Ranks

By Brian Baxter |

Alan Schnitzer, a former partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, is named CEO of The Travelers Cos., the same week that financial regulators approve a reform requiring public companies to disclose the pay ratio between their leaders and rank-and-file workers.

Big Law Meets Big Game in Lion Hunting Case

By Scott Flaherty |

One of the Americans in hot water over alleged poaching incidents in Africa has turned to Blank Rome partner Gregory Linsin to keep the lion hunter-hunters at bay.

Which Firm Is Right for You?

By Vivia Chen |

An opinionated guide for prospective first-years.

The Churn

Merry-Go-Round at Milbank, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy brings on a Jones Day M&A duo in New York, as the firm watched two others head for the door; Morrison & Foerster adds a pair from Crowell & Moring; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

KAZAN, RUSSIA - AUGUST 04: Brendan McHugh of the United States competes in the Men's 50m Breaststroke heats on day eleven of the 16th FINA World Championships at the Kazan Arena on August 4, 2015 in Kazan, Russia.

At Swimming Championship, Am Law 100 Ties Abound

By Jennifer Henderson |

For high-powered lawyers, it’s usually sink or swim. But with the 2015 World Aquatics Championships underway in Kazan, Russia, two U.S. swimmers with Am Law 100 connections are showing how some legal pros take the phrase a bit more literally than others.

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Mylan, Kirkland Ready to End M&A Conflicts Fight

By Scott Flaherty |

After dodging a $40 billion hostile takeover bid by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and forcing Teva to dump its former transactional lawyers at Kirkland & Ellis, it looks like Mylan NV is finally satisfied.

Toronto skyline

Littler Mendelson Extends Its Tentacles to Toronto

By Jennifer Henderson |

Soon after launching a string of new offices south of the border, the global labor and employment powerhouse is stretching north.

Lawyers Keep Lawyering On After JPMorgan's $1.5 Billion Bungle

By Scott Flaherty |

Everybody makes mistakes. But what happens when a mistake costs a client $1.5 billion?

Dewey & LeBoeuf Billing Chief Tells Jury Firm Fudged Invoices

By Nell Gluckman |

Together with her fiancée Francis Canellas, Lourdes Rodriguez is part of Manhattan prosecutors' power couple in the case against Dewey’s former leaders.

Jones Day Nabs Pair of Big Mining and Media Bankruptcies

By Brian Baxter |

Bankruptcy filings might be down 12 percent over the past year, according to a recent report released by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, but Jones Day has landed key roles on two new notable filings on the business bankruptcy docket.

The Global Lawyer: Saudi Arabia, Iran and 9/11

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

It's decision time for a U.S. district judge as 9/11 victims seek to hold funders of the 2001 terror attacks accountable in court.

The Churn

Kirkland Makes Two Big Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Kirkland & Ellis makes a pair of key additions in New York and London from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Lewis Brisbois expands again; one partner joins his fourth firm within a year; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Former Davis Polk Partner Now Playing A Different Tune

By Nell Gluckman |

Harry Ballan resigned from the partnership at Davis Polk & Wardwell to pursue a lifelong interest in music theory and neuroscience. Now senior counsel at the firm, Ballan is also a director at the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function in the Bronx.

Dealmaker of the Week: Joseph Frumkin of Sullivan & Cromwell

By Jennifer Henderson |

The managing partner of Sullivan & Cromwell’s M&A group stepped in for Kirkland & Ellis on Teva Pharmaceutical Industries’ hostile bid for Mylan and subsequently picked up work on the Israeli drugmaker’s $40.5 billion buy of Allergan’s generics business.

At Buchanan Ingersoll, A Lawyer Finds Her Identity

By Madeline Farber |

Paul Madden, a commercial litigator at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, is a board member for the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund. This month, Madden changed her name to Maryellen Madden, her latest step in transitioning from a man to a woman.

WILLOW SPRINGS, IL - JULY 25: Mourners gather at the grave site of Sandra Bland at Mt. Glenwood Memorial Gardens West cemetery, on July 25, 2015 in Willow Springs, Illinois. Bland's death roused suspicion nationwide after the 28-year-old was found hanging from a plastic bag three days after she was pulled over by a Texas State Trooper for a traffic violation. (Photo by Jonathan Gibby/Getty Images)

About Sandra Bland’s Deadly Encounter

By Steven J. Harper |

To get the answers about Sandra Bland’s death, someone needs to start asking the right questions.

Deal Watch: Teva’s Generics Buy Headlines Banner M&A Week

By Jennifer Henderson |

A bevy of transactions in the pharmaceutical industry and industrial sector in Europe helped make the past week a big one for M&A, with more than a dozen billion-dollar deals being announced.

Three Witnesses Testify to Dewey & LeBoeuf's Financial Practices

By Nell Gluckman |

Among those called to the stand in the trial of three Dewey & LeBoeuf executives were an assistant to a former rainmaker, an ex-partner from predecessor Dewey Ballantine and a banker who oversaw HSBC’s $10 million loan to the now-defunct firm.

Curtis Partners Help Secure Release of Israeli Spy

By Nell Gluckman |

For 15 years Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle sought the release of Jonathan Pollard, a former Naval intelligence analyst who served 29 years in prison for slipping secrets to Israeli officials. This week, two Curtis litigators learned that Pollard will be freed on parole.

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.'s headquarters in Jerusalem.

Two Suits Entwine Teva-Allergan-Mylan Pharma M&A Nexus

By Scott Flaherty |

Israel's Teva Pharmaceutical announced its $40.5 billion buy of Allergan’s generics business this week, a move that saw the acquirer drop its hostile bid for Mylan NV, which it had pursued since April. While that cooled off a heated takeover battle, Mylan remains embroiled in a pair of suits, including a putative shareholder class action and another case against Teva’s ex-corporate lawyers at Kirkland & Ellis.

Chicago’s Freeborn & Peters Snags Fast-Moving Lateral

By Jennifer Henderson |

Darren VanPuymbrouck spent nearly 26 years at Schiff Hardin before joining Barnes & Thornburg a year ago this week. Since then, the Chicago litigator has been on the move two more times, most recently joining Freeborn & Peters this month to head its fire and explosion response and litigation task force.

ABA Task Force Report Dodges Student Debt Reform

By Matt Leichter |

The ABA's task force on law school financing was convened to push much-needed student loan reforms. Instead it concluded that everything is fine.

Avvo, Advised by Perkins Coie, Gets Big Valuation

By Brian Baxter |

Avvo Inc., a Seattle-based startup and online marketplace for finding and rating lawyers, is valued at $650 million after raising $71.5 million from Technology Crossover Ventures, Coatue and Vulcan Capital.

The Churn

K&L Gates Adds Two Amid Departure Wave, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

K&L Gates, which has watched more than 90 partners depart this year, saw another handful leave within the past week; Morrison & Foerster picks up an Asian litigation leader; O'Melveny & Myers adds one in London; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Davies Ward Wins Big for Female Sprinter Banned for High Testosterone

By Jennifer Henderson |

Canada’s Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg scored a victory this week for pro bono client Dutee Chand, a female sprinter from India and Olympic hopeful previously banned from competition because of high levels of naturally occurring testosterone.